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South Carolina High School Fishing State Championship set for March 26

PONCA CITY, Okla. - The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW Outdoors, announced it will host the inaugural Student Angler Federation South Carolina High School Fishing State Championship March 26 at Keowee Lake just outside of Seneca, S.C. The state championship is a two-person team event for students in grades 9 through 12.

Registration for high school anglers and their "coach," who will provide the boat they compete in, is now open online at HighSchoolFishing.org or by calling (580) 765-9031. Check-in starts at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 25, at the Gignilliat Community Center with a mandatory rules briefing to follow at 6 p.m. We highly encourage all teams to pre-register online or by phone well in advance of the event to avoid any late-registration fees. The event is being supported locally by the City of Seneca, as well as the county tourism groups there and the Clemson University Collegiate Bass Fishing Team.

"On behalf of the City of Seneca, Oconee County PRT and the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce, we are very excited to be hosting the inaugural South Carolina High School Bass Fishing Championship," said Seneca Mayor Dan Alexander.

"The Clemson University Bass Fishing Team is thrilled to be working with The Bass Federation to bring the very first High School State Bass Fishing Championship to Keowee Lake," said Adam Boswell, co-founder of the club. "This is a tremendous opportunity - not only for our team to reach out to the community, but also to give these young anglers an opportunity to come learn and fish with us here at Clemson."

Students and parents can go to HighSchoolFishing.org for details about joining the Student Angler Federation (SAF) and signing up for an event. Cost is only $25 a year and includes full TBF and FLW Outdoors member benefits, including unlimited access to the all-new FLW Outdoors Magazine e-Edition and insurance coverage for students and their club.

The winning two-person team will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Clemson University ($500 for each angler if they choose to attend Clemson) plus advancement to an FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing Regional Championship, held in conjunction with a National Guard FLW College Fishing Regional Championship and to be hosted on a college campus this fall. Ranger boats will be provided for the high school anglers to fish from at each regional championship, and the winners from each regional will advance to the FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing National Championship, held on a college campus in conjunction with the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship in the spring of 2012. 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. Each team that qualifies for a regional championship and the national championship will receive a travel allowance to help offset expenses. The High School Fishing National Championship winners will also each receive a $5,000 scholarship to use at the university of their choice.

If you're not an SAF member, there's a $25 entry fee per angler for the state championship, which includes full TBF and FLW Outdoors membership benefits. Also, it's a onetime fee, so you won't have to pay to fish another SAF sanctioned event all year.

"We're very excited to have the TBF of South Carolina, Oconee County and the Clemson University Bass Fishing Team to help bring this event to South Carolina," TBF National President Robert Cartlidge said. "Our affiliated state federations are the backbone of the fishing industry. Oconee County has opened its `home' to the High School students, and Clemson University, complete with a collegiate bass-fishing team, is the perfect home for young anglers wanting a first-class education and competitive fishing at the college level."

TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert commented: "High School anglers are fortunate to have the TBF of South Carolina Federation in this state and eager to help with this event. Our Student Angler Federation has a great start in South Carolina with several state students participating in our High School Fishing World Finals last year held in Russellville, Arkansas. We are looking forward to see how they have progressed."

Another unique feature of an SAF sanctioned event is the "angler testing" component. All participants can take a free online test at HighSchoolFishing.org about boater safety, conservation and angler ethics, which makes them eligible for contingency awards at their state championship.

"It's an industry first by TBF and a tremendous way to emphasize the importance of education to these student anglers," Gintert said. "The Federation is driven by our desire to promote education through fishing. The testing component is designed to do exactly that. When you put this package together with our partnership with FLW Outdoors, the sky is the limit for these young anglers. They'll have opportunities unlike anything the industry has ever seen."

Event details

State championship sign-up: PRE-REGISTER ONLINE at HighSchoolFishing.org OR BY PHONE (580) 765-9031. Questions? E-mail info@highschoolfishing.org or call (580) 765-9031. If necessary, you may register for the tournament at the Friday mandatory check-in. HOWEVER, there will be a $25 late fee per angler. The best way is to pre-register online at HighSchoolFishing.org.
Mandatory check-in: Friday, March 25, 4-6 p.m. EST, Gignilliat Community Center, 621 N. Townville Center, Seneca, S.C., 29678; (864)885-2710; rules briefing 6 p.m.
Takeoff and weigh-in: Saturday, March 26, South Cove Park, 1099 South Cove Road, 7:30 am takeoff, 3 p.m. weigh-in.

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About the Bass Federation, Inc. (TBF)

The Bass Federation Inc. (TBF) is 100 percent membership owned. It is owned by those it serves and dedicated to the sport of fishing. 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 the foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 40 years.

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