COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 9, 2012) – FLW, in conjunction with The Bass Federation (TBF), has announced High School Fishing is headed to Lake Murray on April 15 for the High School Fishing National Championship. Five winning teams from each of the five High School Fishing Conference Championships will be competing in the National Championship for a $10,000 scholarship ($5,000 to each team member).

Anglers will take off from Park Site No. #8 (North) located at 2101 North Lake Drive in Columbia, S.C., at 7:15 a.m. Sunday. Weigh-in will be held at Carolina Stadium beginning at 4:30 p.m., pending the end of the USC baseball game. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.

High School anglers competing in the Lake Murray tournament, which is hosted by the University of South Carolina and Capital City/Lake Murray Country, include:

Team 1 – Junior Roberts, Danville, Va., George Washington High, and Tanner Blanks, South Boston, Va., Halifax County High School

Team 2 – Dalton Anderson and Dawson Lenz, both of Peachtree City, Ga., McIntosh High School

Team 3 – Kyler Chelminiak, Franklin, Wis., Whitnall High School, and Nicholas Peterson, Hazelhurst, Wis., Lakeland High School

Team 4 – Drew Bailey, North Platte, Neb., North Platte High School, and Adam Diehl, Brady, Neb., Brady Public School

Team 5 – Jacob Wall, Jacksonville, Ore., St. Mary’s High School, and Colby Pearson, Central Point, Ore., Crater High School

Each FLW/TBF Federation High School Fishing team competes in their state championship event in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top team from each state championship will qualify for one of five conference championships. The winning team from each conference championship will advance to the national championship, held in conjunction with the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship.

High School Fishing is free to enter and FLW provides boats and drivers for each competing team along with travel allowances at the Conference and National Championship tournaments. High School Fishing Tournaments are open to all ninth, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students, including home-schooled students, that are members of the Student Angler Federation.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow High School Fishing on Facebook at Facebook.com/HSFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/HS_Fishing. Visit HighSchoolFishing.org to sign up or to start a club at your school.


Launched in 2011 by FLW and The Bass Federation Student Angler Federation, High School Fishing is the largest student-angler initiative in history. It offers students at more than 23,000 high schools across the United Statesand Canadathe opportunity to compete in club, state, conference and national bass tournaments for the chance to earn college scholarships. Every team participating in a state championship is also invited to compete in the High School Fishing World Finals, the largest tournament of its kind. Visit www.highschoolfishing.org for additional information.


FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing unparalleled fishing resources and entertainment to our sponsors, fans and host communities. FLW is offering anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2012 over the course of 191 tournaments across five tournament circuits, each providing an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water,” through a variety of platforms including tournaments, outdoor expos and the world’s richest fantasy sports game – FLW Fantasy Fishing. For more information about FLW and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit FLWOutdoors.com or FantasyFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter and Facebook.


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 there is. 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 for additional information.


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Chad Gay, Director of Public Relations, (270) 703-3346 or cgay@flwoutdoors.com
Julie Huber, Communications Specialist, (612) 337-1810 (w), (612) 812-9512 (m) or julie.huber@jacobs-mgmt.com                                                                Joe Opager, Communications Specialist, (612) 337-1989 (w), (218) 434-0748 (m) or joe.opager@jacobs-mgmt.com