The High School Fishing World Finals Returns to Russellville, Ark., July 18-23, 2011

Winners to Advance to BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing National Championship

Ponca City, Okla., (Nov. 16, 2010) The Bass Federation announced today the High School Fishing World Finals will return to Russellville, Ark. at Lake Dardanelle. High school stars from TBF’s Student Angler Federation will once again be invited to this “no entry fee” championship event at Lake Dardanelle State Park, July 18-23. Last year, 184 high school anglers from 18 states showcased the top high school talent from all over the country. The field is expected to grow substantially this year as the number of Student Angler Federation School clubs continues to rapidly grow. Winners can expect college scholarships, prizes and an invitation to fish the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing National Championship out of a custom wrapped Ranger boat!

Russellville Tourism, Dardanelle State Park, and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will again play an active role in hosting the event with a variety of activities for anglers and their families. “Russellville is proud to sponsor the TBF High School Fishing World Finals for the second year,” Director of Tourism for Russellville, Christie Graham, stated. “We look with anticipation towards the 2011 event coming to Lake Dardanelle. We know this event is going to grow even larger than last year and can’t wait to see what’s in store for these high school anglers.”

The High School Fishing World Finals is one of the most unique fishing tournaments in the country. It combines not only fishing in a tournament format but also an educational component as each angler is required to pass a written test on angler ethics, boater safety and invasive species. The results add bonus ounces to their weights, which can impact the final outcome. “Last year’s inaugural event was awesome, beyond our expectations,” TBF President, Robert Cartlidge, said. “Our team is excited and prepared to handle as many teams that wish to come to Russellville. We also have a new and exciting wrinkle to this year’s event as we will host a consolation tournament on the final cut day. It will be another unique first in the industry. Our sponsor partners have stepped forward and are offering all sorts of fun prizes and contests for those teams who don’t make the final day cut. Combine that with the TBF’s education-oriented prize packages and it will certainly be worth a trip for the entire family to Russellville, Arkansas the week of July 18-23.”

The 2010 champions from Meade County High School in Kentucky walked away with $32,000 in college scholarship offers and prizes. Additionally, they will be representing High School Anglers nationwide in the largest college fishing event in the nation, the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing National Championship May 23-27 on Lake Lewisville Texas. This year’s event will have even more of the same funding, bigger prizes and echo the SAF’s theory of promoting educating through fishing. “If you think the event was great last year just wait and see what we have in store this year, students will want to pay close attention to announcements that are forthcoming.” TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, stated. “We’re creating even more opportunities for our High School Anglers and their families through our Student Angler Federation, which is just another reason why it pays to belong to the SAF.”

The High School Fishing World Finals is a low cost family fun vacation with activities centered in Russellville, Ark. and it’s convenient location right off of I-40. There’s plenty to see and do for the entire family. Lake Dardanelle State Park offers one of the top weigh-in facilities in the United States. All this will make for a fantastic week of family fun and fishing.

The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is the oldest and largest grassroots fishing organization in America. TBF is owned by those it serves and is dedicated to the sport of fishing. The TBF annually conducts over 20,000 fishing, youth, and conservation events and has provided the foundation for the bass fishing industry for over 40 years. For more information about The Bass Federation, visit or call 580-765-9031.

For more information about the Student Angler Federation, how to get a high school club started in your local area and how to attend this year’s High School Fishing World Finals, visit or call 580-765-9031.


SAF Club Spotlight: BCCC Youth Bass Team – SC

Club name:  BCCC Youth Bass Team

SAF Club Created: 2-9-10

School Name & Mascot: Barnwell County Career Center/no mascot yet

City/State: Barnwell, SC

*Club Email Address:

Club Advisor: Jimmy Easterling, coach

Club President: Trey Knopf

Number of members: 7

How often does your club meet? 1st Monday of each month

How did your club get started? SCDNR contacted our Agriculture teacher

Club’s favorite lake and why? Lake Murray, SC because it is the only one we have fished so far

Describe TBF tournaments, community service and/or conservation projects your club has or plans to have?  We fish a club tournament every month and would like to fish tournaments against other SC teams.

Has your club done any fundraising? We are 100% fundraiser funded, so yes.

Any local sponsors that help support your club? We are trying to get 10 area businesses as sponsors to pay for our tournament shirts

Where do you get your volunteer boaters from? We have two parents with bass boats, I have one, and we have two regular bass fisherman who help when they are not tournament fishing.

Tell us something unique about your club! We are a county Career Center that receives our students from the three high schools in the county; we have members from each school.


SAF Club Spotlight: Hornet Anglers – Dixie High School, SC

Club Name: Hornet Anglers

Club Created: August 2010

School Name & Mascot: Dixie High School – Hornets

City/State: Due West, SC

Club Advisor: Eddy Stone & Chris Bensel

Number of members: 25 – Only 1 girl on team

How often does your club meet? 2 times a month

How did your club get started? We have access to a lot of lakes and many of our students fish and wanted a high school team.

Club’s favorite lake and why? We have 5 lakes within a 30 minute drive and each lake offers different reasons to love it!

Describe TBF tournaments, community service and/or conservation projects your club has or plans to have? We have had 2 tournaments in conjunction with 5 Lakes Fishing Club. We are working on conservation plans. We fish 11-13-10 with the Clemson Team.

Any local sponsors that help support your club? We have 6 local sponsors & several fishing club volunteers. Sponsors are: WK Brown Timber, Tow Boat US, Portronics, Greenwood Auto Salvage, Bar-E, Lake Secession Marina

Where do you get your volunteer boaters from? Parents, grandparents, school alumni and clubs.

Tell us something unique about your club! Professional Bass Fisherman Casey Ashley is our mentor and graduated from Dixie High.