Arrant & Brown Take SAF High School Title at Red River

The Red River is back on track and the fish catches have increased greatly since the hurricane of a few years ago.  Anglers from all across the country fished there for three days and had numerous quality bags during the Federation National Championship adult event just days prior to the Louisiana High School State Championship.  The High School anglers did not disappoint either.  There were quite a few five fish limits throughout the ninety-three boat field on Sunday.

The West Ouachita team of Josh Arrant & Cade Brown figured them out and brought 16-03 pounds to the scale to secure the Louisiana High School State Championship.

Only a few ounces behind them was the Rosepine High School team of Braydon Williams & Austin Williams who weighed in 15-06 pounds to take the runner-up honors.

Finishing third was Evan & Ryan Lee from CE Byrd High School with fifteen pounds even to their credit.

West Ouachita High School had another team make the top five with Gage Struben & Hagen Carter finishing fourth with 12-09 pounds.

Fifth place went to the Parkway Panther team of Chandler Davis & Chris Bacot with 12-05 pounds.

The anglers hit the Red River at the right time, as the weather was warming up and the fish were moving up shallow to spawn.  Most every team talked about catching their fish in less than three feet of water.  All of the shallow water baits were big producers during this event.  Jigs, Creature Baits, Chatterbaits, Spinnerbaits, Square Bill crankbaits, Flukes and Trick Worms were just about on every angler’s rods.  Some even talked about Frog Fishing and Punching the matted grass with big weights and big plastics.

The Lew’s Big Bass of the event was a chunky 5-14 pound largemouth that went to the Stanley Fishing team of Samuel Bissell & Nichlas Adams.  They received a $200 Lew’s Gift Card for catching the largest Bass of the tournament.

The results of this event can be seen at and all of the photos are posted on our Student Angler Federation (SAF) High School Fishing Facebook page.  We qualified nine teams for the upcoming SAF High School National Championship at Lake Hartwell on June 30-July 3, 2021.  This event will be in conjunction with our SAF High School Fishing World Finals event that same week.  The High School Fishing World Finals is an Open event for each and every High School student who has an active SAF membership.  Any high School team across the country can come and fish in the World Finals.  Last year alone we gave away more than three million dollars in College Scholarships to participating anglers.  It is a great week of fun for the anglers and they get to meet people from all across the United States and make new friendships that will last a lifetime.  For more information on the World Finals and National Championship go to

Darden & McNeely Win Arkansas State Championship at DeGray

After a really unusual cold snap dumped snow and ice through much of the Arkansas area, it was nice to be able to get out and enjoy the sunshine again.  The High School anglers were chomping at the bit to hit the water and test their luck on a beautiful sunny weekend.  With water temps starting to rise they were hoping to catch a lot of fish.

Trey Darden and Cole McNeely from the Smackover Buckaroos caught a five fish limit that weighed 12-07 pounds.  Included in that limit, was the biggest bass of the tournament at 6-12 pounds.  That big fish propelled them over the top to help them win the SAF Arkansas High School State Championship.

Taking second place was the Greenbrier High School team of Tyner Redden and Sawyer Henderson.  They weighed in a nice bag of fish that topped the scales at 10-14 pounds.

Brantley Anders and Ben Brockwell of Hamburg High School placed third with 9-03 pounds.  Rounding out the top five teams were Collin Morris and Blake Townsend with 9-01 pounds, and Caleb Faulkner and Jared Brandon with 8-15 pounds.

The teams reported catching their fish on several different baits.  Most were caught on crankbaits, jigs, chatterbaits and even a few on the Alabama Rig.  Most of the teams said they fished in three to ten feet of water in the backs of the shallower rocky pockets.

For full results click HERE.  The photos from this event can be found on our SAF High School Fishing Facebook Page.

Benson & Hubbard Win GA High School Event on Lake Lanier

A great turn out of seventy-eight teams converged on Lake Lanier this past weekend to settle the SAF GA High School State Championship.  The weather changed about three different times in the week leading up to the event.  As the weigh in progressed it was obvious that the bite was tough for the young anglers.  There were ten limits weighed in and it took 9.14 pounds to make the seventh place cut to get into the upcoming National Championship event.

The team of Elijah Benson and Braedon Hubbard took top honors back to Dawson County with a nice 15.05 limit.

The Kings Ridge team of Jake Ryan & Nick Wallace finished second with 13.08 pounds.  Taking third place was Coby Thompson and Bently Floyd from Union County High School with 11.05 pounds.  Taking fourth and fifth place were Jackson & Owen Moss with 11.03 pounds and Nolan Wilson and Austin Miller with 10.12 pounds.  The last two National Championship qualifying spots belonged to Cameron Elliott and Jacob McCann with 10.05 pounds and Aspen Martin and Jett Strickland with 9.14 pounds.

Anglers caught their fish on a variety of patterns and depths throughout the day.  Swimbaits, chatterbaits, jigs, jerkbaits, crankbaits and Texas rigged worms all caught fish and the deepest fish were caught was about 40 feet and some fish came within inches of the shoreline.

Full Results are posted on the website Click HERE and all the photos can be seen on our SAF High School Fishing Facebook page.