UPCOMING EVENT: Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Okeechobee

Virginia High School Fishing Championship set for Smith Mountain

The Blue Ridge Mountains set the backdrop to start the EverStart Northern Division on Smith Mountain Lake.

The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW, the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, have partnered to present the 2014 Virginia State High School Fishing Championship. The tournament will take place on Smith Mountain Lake in Wirtz, Va., and is open to any High School Fishing team in the entire state of Virginia. The 2014 schedule represents a major expansion of High School Fishing by FLW and The Bass Federation due to an increased demand.

When: Saturday, April 12

Where: Virginia State High School Fishing Championship
Smith Mountain Lake
Gills Creek Marina
790 Fox Chase Road
Wirtz, Va.

Notes: The Virginia state championship is a two-person (team) event for students in grades 9-12. Registration for anglers and their coach, who will provide the boat they compete in, is online at HighSchoolFishing.org. Takeoff will be at 6:30 a.m. and weigh-in will immediately follow the Walmart BFL weigh-in at Parkway Marina, located at 16918 Smith Mountain Parkway in Huddleston, Va., scheduled for 3 p.m. Both the BFL and High School Fishing takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. For more information about this event contact the TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert at (580) 716-4251 or (330) 993-0014.

The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top 3 teams from each of the six 2014 High School Fishing Opens that coincide with the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour. The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2015. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

About The Bass Federation

The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. TBF is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing organization. TBF affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing, youth and conservation events at the local level each year and have provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 40 years. Visit Bassfederation.com.

About FLW

FLW is the industry's premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport's richest payday and most coveted championship trophy - the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the "Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water." For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.

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