Registration Closes for Florida Open on January 15; Register Now!

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The top 3 teams from the Florida Open will advance to the Conference Championship!

The 2016 high school fishing schedule is almost finalized and registration for events is open. The schedule kicks off with the Okeechobee Open in Florida on January 17. Registration for this event closes on Friday evening, January 15; so we encourage teams to get their registrations in now.

The Florida open falls on Martin Luther King weekend and is open to any active SAF member. We invite teams from any state to make the trip to kick of their fishing seasons. The Florida Open is also one of five National Opens to be held this year. The top three teams at this event, as well as the other four, will advance to the Conference Championships to be held in the fall.

Go to; tournaments; state championship, or click the link provided Then, click register next to your event.

Once again, for both the State Championships and the five National Opens, the order of registration determines the take-off order for participating teams. So, sign up early and secure an early take off position.

“The opener on lake Okeechobee falls perfectly on the Martin Luther King holiday weekend so a lot of teams can take a trip to south Florida and have an extra travel day to get home,” TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, stated. “Add a chance to fish one of the most famed bodies of water with an early qualifying spot to the fall Conference Championship and you’ve got an exciting event.”

There’s no qualification necessary for the State Championships, National Opens or the granddaddy of them all, the High School Fishing World Finals; all SAF members are welcome.

The remaining National Open lakes include Lake Hartwell in February, Kentucky Lake in March, Grand Lake in April and Wheeler Lake in May. For other tournament dates and locations visit

The Student Angler Federation (SAF) continues to lead the high school fishing movement with the largest participation of youth anglers across the country and Canada because of the joint efforts of The Bass Federation and FLW.