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COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 2, 2015) – College teams from across the country will be heading to Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina, April 16 – 18 for the 2015 FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by the Lowrance Insight Genesis College Cup. Fifty college bass fishing duos will be competing for a top award of a Ranger Z117 with a 90-horsepower outboard and entry into the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing.

According to reigning Forrest Wood Cup champion Anthony Gagliardi, who won the championship on Lake Murray, it will be typical springtime fishing at its best. “This event will hit the lake right at the heart of the spawn and bass will be in all stages. We should see spawning, prespawn and postspawn bass all being caught.”

According to Gagliardi the best targets are going to be the pre and postspawn bass. Popular baits expected to be thrown will be spinnerbaits and swimbaits. He went on to say that depending on the weather, herring-spawn topwater baits could play a factor as well.

“It’s not hard to catch fish on Murray but the one thing teams are going to have to be careful of is getting sucked into a pattern that is producing fish, but not the right size fish,” Gagliardi continued. “It’s hard to move when you’re catching 2-pound fish cast after cast after cast. But those are not the fish that are going to win the tournament. Teams are going to have to move away from those areas to go and find the 4- to 5-pounders that they’ll need to make a difference.

“It’s going to be a fun tournament with a lot of fish caught. Teams are going to be competing for the same water so having multiple productive locations will be the difference between winning and losing.”

Gagliardi believes that teams are going to have to consistently bring in 18- to 20-pound sacks to become champion. Back-up plans are going to be clutch. He cautions that one spot will not carry them through the entire tournament to earn victory.

Anglers will take off from SCE&G North Recreation Area at Dreher Shoals Dam located at 2101 N. Lake Drive, in Columbia at 7 a.m. Weigh-in will be held adjacent to Carolina Stadium at Williams and Wheat Streets in Columbia beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday (or immediately following the end of the University of South Carolina baseball game). Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.

College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
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WHAT:   The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, have partnered to present the 2015 Florida State High School Fishing Championship. The tournament is open to any High School Fishing team in the entire state of Florida.
 
WHEN:                  Saturday, February 28, 2015
 
WHERE:                Florida State High School Fishing Championship
                                Lake Toho
                                Big Toho Marina
                                69 Lakeview Drive
                                Kissimmee, Fla.
 
NOTES: The Florida state championship is a two-person (team) event for students in grades 9-12. Registration for anglers and their coach, who will provide the boat they compete in, is online at HighSchoolFishing.org. Takeoff will be at 6:50 a.m. and weigh-in will be held at Big Toho Marina, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. High School Fishing takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. For more information about this event contact the TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert at (580) 716-4251.
 
A preliminary list of schools participating will not be available as teams can still register up until the morning of the event.
 
The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top 3 teams from each of the six 2015 High School Fishing Opens that coincide with the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour. The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2016. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — B.A.S.S. has expanded the Bassmaster High School Series to three Opens for 2015 and has increased the number of ways high school anglers can qualify for the Bassmaster High School National Championship.

When B.A.S.S launched the Bassmaster High School Series in 2014, the series exceeded the number of anglers expected to participate within the first four months of the program’s inception. The sudden growth sparked a need to accommodate the demand for a youth fishing platform across the nation.

“The number of anglers who want to fish with us is really impressive,” said Hank Weldon, manager of the Bassmaster High School Series. “High School fishing has the potential to be the largest tournament series we have in terms of angler participation.”

Weldon said several new routes to qualifying for the 2015 Bassmaster High School National Championship have been added. In addition to berths earned through each participating state’s championship, high school anglers can qualify through sanctioned bass trails and through three regional Opens-format events.

“With the new format in 2015, we expect the field for the championship to grow even more,” Weldon said.

Beginning in January, anglers can qualify for the championship any of three ways: each state’s B.A.S.S. Nation’s Top 2 high school teams, the Bassmaster High School Opens presented by Carhartt and through B.A.S.S. Nation-affiliated High School trails.

“We wanted to offer high school students more opportunities to compete in the national championship,” Weldon said. “We want the best of the best fishing our championship, and this new format increases the number of chances for busy high school students to qualify.”

Weldon said two of the three High School Opens have been scheduled. The Bassmaster High School Southern Open presented by Carhartt, in partnership with the Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation, will be held Feb. 14, 2015, on Lake Martin, Alabama. And the Central Open, in partnership with the Southeast Texas High School Fishing Association, will be held March 14 on Toledo Bend Reservoir on the Texas-Louisiana border. A third Open slated for the Midwest will be announced later.

Similar to the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship qualifying structure, B.A.S.S will award one championship spot for every 10 participating teams in each tournament, after a minimum of 50 teams.

The High School Opens will be one-day tournaments with a briefing and sponsor greeting held the night before competition.

Additionally, B.A.S.S. is extending the team trail format into the high school ranks. Qualifying high school tournament trails that are members of the B.A.S.S. High School Nation will be offered national championship berths.

“We are fully committed to growing our High School B.A.S.S. Nation,” said Jon Stewart, B.A.S.S. Nation director. “The decision to invest more resources behind the High School Series was a no-brainer. The demand is there, and we know that 2015 is going to be very exciting for the growth of our sport.”


Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
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HIAWASSEE, Ga. — With the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship complete, the University of North Carolina Charlotte team of Jake Whitaker and Andrew Helms have proven themselves the best collegiate team in the nation, but because only one angler can be crowned overall champion and earn a berth in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell out of Greenville, S.C., today begins the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic Bracket. Sunday the Top 4 teams will launch on Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee, Ga., to determine the winner-take-all champion in a head-to-head elimnation style bracket competition.
        
The teams, split up to fish individually from Nitro Z-8 boats are: Whitaker of UNC Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) and Robert Giarla of Tennessee Tech University; Zach Parker of Bethel University and Jackson Blackett of University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM); Brett Preuett of ULM and Matt Roberts of Bethel University; and Bentley Manning of Tennessee Tech and Helms of UNC Charlotte.
 
UNC Charlotte
Jake Whitaker
Hometown: Fairview, N.C.
Year: Senior
Degree: Civil Engineering
What would it mean to win? “There were 168 guys fishing the national championship, and to be the one that comes away from the bracket as a winner and Classic contender would be something no one has done before,” Whitaker said. “It would be a dream come true.”
 
Andrew Helms
Hometown: Monroe, N.C.
Degree: Marketing
What has this experience meant to you? “Getting to do participate in the championship, and now the bracket, has been a great experience,” Helms said.
 
Bethel University
Zach Parker
Hometown: Jackson, Tenn.
Year: Senior
Degree: Biology
What would it mean to win? “I want to do it for my friends and family,” Parker said. “It would mean everything to earn a Classic berth.”
 
Matthew Roberts
Hometown: Pulaski, Iowa
Year: Senior
Degree: Biology
Do you have professional bass fishing aspirations? “Oh yeah,” Roberts said. “I’d like to, but there are a lot of financial obstacles.”
 
University of Louisiana Monroe
Brett Preuett
Hometown: Alexandria, La.
Year: Graduated, with master’s in business
Degree: Business
What would it mean to win? “I think about it all the time; I don’t want to have an office job,” Preuett said. “I want to fish full-time and make it to the Classic.”
 
Jackson Blackett
Hometown: Monroe, La.
Year: Senior
Degree: Biology
Years on team: Four
What would it mean to win? “It would be unreal to win the bracket,” Blackett said. “It’d also be a good way to my foot in the door in the fishing industry — a life-changing experience.”
 
Tennessee Tech
Bentley Manning
Hometown: Cookeville, Tenn.
Year: Junior
Degree: Fisheries
Do you have professional bass fishing aspirations? “Lord willing, if there’s way, I’d love to make a career out of fishing.” Manning said. “I do my best every time I go out there just to see if I can make it happen.”
 
Robert Giarla
Hometown: West Palm Beach, Fla.
Year: Senior
Degree: Fisheries


Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
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MONTICELLO, Ind. (June 24, 2014) – The Wabash Valley High School team of Elijah Hamrick and Griffen Fernandes brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 10 pounds, 4 ounces to win the 2014 Indiana State High School Fishing Championship on Lake Shafer. The win earned the team the title of state champions and qualified the team to compete in a High School Fishing conference championship on Lake Erie in September.
     
     The 2014 Indiana State High School Fishing Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 9-12. The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top 3 teams from each of the six 2014 High School Fishing Opens that coincide with the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour. The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2015. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.
 
     In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all SAF members nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2014 High School Fishing World Finals, held on Lake Dardanelle in Russelville, Ark., on July 15-19. At the 2013 World Finals more than $40,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded. Visit HighSchoolFishing.org for details.
 
 
Courtesy of  FLWOutdoors.com