Florida is known for its high school football, but the Sunshine State has another great sport putting its youngster in the spotlight – bass fishing.
The Bass Federation, one of the oldest freshwater fishing groups in the nation and the FLW tour have teamed up to host the Student Angler Federation High School Fishing Open on the Caloosahatchee River in Moore Haven on Feb. 9.
The tournament, held in conjunction with the Walmart FLW Tour stop in Clewiston, will give high school anglers a chance to meet the world’s top professional bass fishermen and experience the thrill of FLW Tour competition while testing their own bass-fishing skills against their peers.
The High School Open features a two-person (team) format for students in grades 9-12. Youngsters from any state may compete. Registration for anglers and their coach, who will provide and drive the boat from which they compete, is open online at HighSchoolFishing.org.
The top three teams from each SAF High School Fishing Open will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top 10 percent of each state championship field. 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 each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice. All SAF members nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2014 High School Fishing World Finals.