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Friday, May 17, 2013
The Bass Federation in partnership with FLW, The Virginia Bass Federation and Franklin County Commerce and Leisure Services will host the 2013 Student Angler Federation Virginia High School Fishing State Championship on Sunday at Smith Mountain Lake. Anglers will launch out of Gills Creek Marina in Moneta.
The 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 www.highschoolfishing.org. Check-in is from 6:30 until 8 p.m. on Saturday at Gills Creek Marina. A mandatory rules briefing will follow. Takeoff is at first light and weigh-in times will be announced at the rules briefing. Teams are encouraged to pre-register online to avoid late registration fees.
“Franklin County is excited to host such a prestigious event as the Virginia High School Fishing State Championship tournament within our community,” said Michael Burnette, director of Franklin County Commerce and Leisure Services. “Smith Mountain Lake is sure to provide competitors and fans alike with an unforgettable tournament experience.”
Entry cost is $25 year and includes full TBF and FLW benefits . The state champions will advance to an FLW/TBF High School Fishing Conference Championship. Conference winners will advance to the FLW/TBF High School Fishing National Championship held in conjunction with the FLW College Fishing National Championship in the spring of 2014.
All SAF members nationwide and state championship participants automatically qualify for the 2013 High School Fishing World Finals, the largest event in high school fishing.
At these events, students compete for thousands of dollars in college scholarships and prizes. Each team qualifying for a conference and/or national championship will receive a travel allowance to help offset expenses. The national champions also will receive a $5,000 scholarship each to use at the university of their choice.
For more information or to register, visit www.highschoolfishing.org or call (580) 765-9031.
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