Winners of 2010 SAF High School Fishing World Finals to Be Offered Scholarships of a Lifetime and Spots On a Collegiate Bass Fishing Team

Tens of thousands of dollars in total cash & prizes up for grabs with no entry Fee for all entries received by July 6

June 22, 2010 – There’s a lot on the line for the high school anglers in the first ever High School Fishing World Finals next month in Russellville, Arkansas on Lake Dardanelle. With collegiate bass fishing being one of the fastest growing sports in the nation, the High School Fishing World Finals will be the premier event for recruiting some of the best student anglers in the nation. Colleges are taking notice.

There will be numerous sponsored awards, prizes and trophies given during the event to top competing teams and to their home high schools. But the winning team will definitely have something to be proud of and to brag to all their friends back home about.

The Bass Federation’s Student Angler Federation is excited to announce that the winning 2-person team of the 2010 SAF High School Fishing World Finals will be offered a spot on the Collegiate Bass Fishing Team with the Bethel University Wildcats in McKenzie, Tennessee. Not only will they have the opportunity to fish competitively at the college level, but each team member will also be offered $4,000 per year in scholarships, renewable for 4 years. That’s $16,000 per angler, making the total scholarship amount for the winning team $32,000!

Located in McKenzie, Tennessee, Bethel University is the first college in the nation to offer bass fishing as a collegiate sport. Their bass fishing team competed in the 2010 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship just this past May and are competing this week in the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Open event in Paris, TN on Kentucky Lake. The Wildcats Bass Fishing Coach is Garry Mason, a seasoned veteran of the sport from Buchanan, TN. He has been a fishing and hunting guide in the Kentucky Lake area for the past 25 years.

Bethel College is a member of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and competes in the TranSouth Athletics Conference and Mid-South Athletic Conference. It is located about 130 miles Northwest of Nashville, TN near Paris, TN.

Look for an official press release with further details within the next week.


TBF Student Anglers Showcase High School Fishing in Tennessee

April 23, 2010 – If the excitement of the TBF National Championship wasn’t enough, three High School teams from the Knoxville area competed in a very exciting event at beautiful Melton Hill Reservoir.

Teams from Farragut High School, Oliver Springs High School and Maryville Middle School fished Friday morning in a near perfect setting on one of East Tennessee’s many terrific lakes to help highlight High School Fishing as an up and coming opportunity for student anglers across the country. Continue reading

Stephen Decatur High School holds 2nd Annual Championship and Tyler Stierhoff comes out on top again!!

(4/18/10) The 2nd annual Stephen Decatur High School Fishing Championship was held at the Ocean Pines South Gate pond on April 18 and as luck would have it the weather was cool but bearable. Participating in the event were 17 of the 31 school club members, 9 of which were boys and 8 were girls.  The day started with club organizer Todd Martinek and FLW Pro Fabian Rodriguez helping rig up the rods and giving the young anglers advice as well as choice of lures for them to use like the worms that Berkley Lures donated through the Student Angler Program as well as frogs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits from Scumfrog, Lucky Craft and Big Mouth Lures brought by Rodriguez. It was not long before student Brandon Soloman brought in the first fish and it was measured and released back into the pond. Continue reading