On Tuesday June 21, 2022 when on sight check in was finalized in Florence, Alabama a whopping 416 teams from 40 states (including Hawaii) and 2 teams from as far away as Zimbabwe, South Africa were on sight for the record breaking event.
This 2 in 1 event combines the WORLD FINALS and the High School National Championship into one family friendly event, with more than 2.6 MILLION dollars in scholarship offers and prizes up for grabs.
You can see a flow chart of the format and how the event works by Clicking Here this unique format was built on feedback from the families and parents at previous years events and has proven itself as a level playing field and a popular event.
Because the event is held in the summer time each year so families can vacation around it, SAF imposed a 3 fish limit per team per day for conservation to help put the fish back alive in hotter weather. A 3 fish limit also greatly helps to even the playing field with anglers form so many states attending.
Day 1 saw a Texas team jump to the top of the leaderboard in both the world and National Standings. Fallon Clepper and Wyatt Ford brought in 3 fish for 18.08 ounces to hold their lead firmly on day 1.
Day 2 Clepper and Ford only weighed in 8.03 ounces for 26-11 but it was enough to hang onto their lead by a mere one ounce over Bradyn Antosiewick and Conner Holbrook a team all the way from New Hampshire who wound up with a two day total of 26-10. third place was held down by Kade Surratt and Hunter Brewer from Tennessee with 25-11.
Friday day 3 is JUDGEMENT day! – The top 10 in the National Championship standings compete for the title and scholarship offers to the National Champions. All 10 of those finalist advance to Saturday Final day of the WORLD FINALS. Then 20 more will be added to the final day mix via the WORLD Semifinals. (top 2 from each states) through the Second Chance round all other anglers. This event is a double elimination just like almost other High School sports to get to the finals.
full results and info can be found here.