Singleton and Johnson win at High Rock Lake

The 2020 North Carolina Student Angler State Championship started off with anglers from all over the state in rain suits. All of the anglers were looking for that grand prize of going to the National Championship in the beautiful state of Wisconsin.

The launch started with rain for a couple of hours. North Lincoln High School anglers, Jacob Singleton and Cole Johnson, were part of the first launch which gave them the upper hand on an area only a quarter of a mile from the ramp where they had practiced a couple of days before. Within the first 30 minutes, they had landed their first bass. They stayed there for almost all 8 hours of the tournament catching quality fish which took them to the top of the leader board. Their big fish was a 5.33, followed by other 5 lb. fish, gave them the winning bag of 24.42 pounds. They only threw 2 baits most of the day, a Shane’s Bait A-rig and a DT 10 Rapala Shad. However, those two baits would be all they needed to take home first place in the North Carolina State Championship.

Jake Monti and Alex Coggins came in 2nd place with 19.01 lbs.

Zeb Burns and Logan Dyer came in 3rd place with 16.89 lbs.


SAF Cancels HS Events March 15 through April 4

While we have developed special procedures to limit and distance participants in all our events for the foreseeable future. The TBF Student Angler Federation has and will be cancelling most high school events except in very limited, small event, circumstances, from March 15th through April 4th out of support of the requested minimum 14 day distancing requested by our elected officials and Federal health task forces, and for our High School Athletic Association partners who have had to cancel their events. Most of all for the health and safety of our anglers and extended families.

At this point we simply are not certain any of our venues will be open during these rapidly changing conditions, restrictions and closures.  So that our anglers can plan, events are being rescheduled now.  As such the following Student Angler Federation high school events are being rescheduled, new dates are listed where they are available.

  • March 21 WASHINGTON HS State Championship, on lake Washington is cancelled/reschedule is TBA
  • March 22 NEVADA HS State Championship, Lake Mead cancelled/reschedule is TBA
  • March 28KENTUCKY HS State Championship, on Cumberland from Burnside Island has been rescheduled for April 18th same location with Friday night meeting at the ramp.
  • March 28 MissHSAA Invitational on Ross Barnett is cancelled
  • March 29 – MISSISSIPPI HS State Championship, Ross Barnett cancelled/reschedule is TBA
  • April 4 – VIRGINIA HS State Championship, Lake Gaston cancelled, reschedule is TBA

“We greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding and we will do all we can to minimize impact” stated Robert Cartlidge Federation National Office President /CEO. “However, due to current COVID-19 US guidelines, it is in everyone’s best interest to follow the path laid out by health officials and to do our small part to help stop the spread and protect those that may be high risk.”

Rescheduled dates that are not listed here will be announced as soon as possible. If you have questions contact the Federation National Office at 580-765-9031 M-F from 8:30-5pm and thank you for your understanding.

As a reminder, health experts have publicly advised there is no reason to panic. According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) for most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is LOW.  Based on the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on everyday prevention of any viral infection, such as the flu or Covid-19 we HIGHLY recommend the following tips:

  • STAY HOME – when sick or living with a sick person.
  • DISTANCE – stay at least 6 feet away for other persons
  • COVER – the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.
  • OFTEN – Wash your hands OFTEN with soap and water.
  • ROUTINELY – clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • LIMIT – face-to-face or Hand to face or eyes contact.
  • CONSULT a healthcare provider as needed.


Wade and Ostendorf Claim High School Victory at Lake Dardanelle

High School anglers from all across Arkansas came to Lake Dardanelle to try and earn a birth into the upcoming Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship at La Crosse, WI this June. Even with all the recent rains, the lake was in pretty good shape and the weather was even better than normal.
Catching the BOOYAH Biggest Bag of fish was the Central Arkansas team of Masen Wade and Cody Ostendorf who brought 19-09 pounds to the scales. That was good enough for the win and a spot in upcoming National Championship.

The Lamar Warriors team of Matthew Higby and John Foster Case weighed-in 14-15 pounds to claim second place.

Gavin Harrod and Lane Edwards from Hamburg High School brought 12-01 pounds in and finished third.

The Lew’s Big Bass award went to the team of Austin Rose and Jarrett Burger for their 4-05 pound klunker.

Most all the anglers reported catching their fish up shallow on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and small plastics. Rocky banks, gravel bars and shallow docks all seemed to hold fish.

The 11th Annual High School Fishing World Finals and National Championship will be held on June 24-27, 2020 at La Crosse, Wisconsin. For more information about these events visit All photos from this Arkansas event can be seen on our Student Angler Federation (SAF) High School Fishing page.