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February 25, 2011

S.C. High School Fishing State Championship March 25 on Lake Keowee

The Bass Federation, in partnership with FLW Outdoors, will be hosting the inaugural Student Angler Federation (SAF) South Carolina High School Fishing State Championship, at Lake Keowee just outside of Seneca.

The state championship is a two person team event for students in grades 9-12. Registration for high school anglers and their "coach," who will provide the boat they compete in, is now open online at http://www.highschoolfishing.org/ or by calling (580) 765-9031. Check-in starts at 4 p.m. on Fri., March 25 at the Gignilliat Community Center in Seneca, with a mandatory rules briefing to follow at 6 p.m. The event is being supported locally by the City of Seneca and the Clemson University Collegiate Bass Fishing Team. If you’re not an SAF member, there’s a $25 per angler entry fee for the state championship, which includes full FLW Outdoors and The Bass Federation (TBF) membership benefits.

The winning two-person team will be offered a $1000 scholarship to attend Clemson; $500.00 for each angler if they choose to attend Clemson University, advancement to an FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing Regional Championship held in conjunction with a National Guard FLW College Fishing Regional

Championship hosted on a college campus this fall. All SAF members and state championship participants automatically qualify to fish the largest event in high school fishing, the 2011 High School Fishing World Finals, July 20-23 in Russellville, Ark., to compete for thousands in college scholarships and prizes.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently partnered with The Bass Federation to form Youth Bass Fishing League Clubs at middle and high schools around South Carolina. Contact DNR Aquatic Education Coordinator Lorianne Riggin at (803) 737-8483 or RigginL@dnr.sc.gov to find out more about the Bass Fishing Clubs and their tournaments.

It's more than just the thrill of reeling in the big one and enjoying time with friends, fishing club members also learn information about fisheries management, artificial lures, attractants and more. There are currently five high schools and two middle schools.

Interested in forming a bass fishing club at your school and becoming a part of the Youth Bass Fishing League? All you need to do is get a minimum of six students (within the 11-18 year old range) with dues paid and you can have a Youth Bass Fishing League Club. You'll also need an adult at your school to help lead the Youth Bass Federation Club, provide advice and help arrange at least two club tournaments, fundraisers, speakers and other learning sessions pertaining to fishing for club meetings.

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