TBF Student Angler Federation (SAF) Announces updated 2021 High School State Championships and Sanctioned Fishing Events Schedule

PONCA CITY, OK – The Bass Federation’s Student Angler Federation (SAF) announces the 2021 High School Fishing sanctioned schedule. Offering more opportunity than ever before including 48 SAF High School Fishing State Championships,  2 Open Challenge events, the Bass Pro Shops/ Cabela’s Early Bird Open Challenge event, 16 state high school athletic association sanctioned tournaments, as well as a number of FLW High School Fishing Opens (TBA by our partners in fishing at FLW) and the pinnacle event in all of high school fishing the 12th annual High School Fishing World Finals and National Championship June 30-July 3 in South Carolina. Available dates/locations are listed below and on the website at www.highschoolfishing.org.In 2021 across all SAF sanctioned events, more than 35,000 anglers are expected to participate in the SAF High School Fishing program and just between the TBF and FLW major events there will be some 75 plus tournaments in which to compete plus hundreds of other events through local SAF sanctioned trails.”As the founders of the National High School fishing movement in 2007, we continue to see the program grow and get more young anglers and families out into the outdoors. For us it has never been about “growing the sport of tournament fishing” which is one reason why we will not pay cash to kids at our youth events, we do scholarships and prizes only. For us, our high school and youth program under the SAF umbrella is and always has been about education through fishing and getting people into the outdoors. It is not about trying to win some money or getting a sponsor patch on your shirt. It is about having some clean family fun in the outdoors.” said TBF President Robert Cartlidge. “We are proud to have had our partners in fishing at FLW be the very first to join us in the National High School arena. Together we provide more fishing opportunities for not just for youth anglers but all anglers than anyone else in the world. We will continue to jointly push the programs forward to accomplish those goals.”SAF sanctioned national events will continue advancement opportunities with 1 in 10 teams from each TBF/SAF and/or FLW State Championship, Challenge or Open event earning a spot in the National Championship and ALL SAF members world-wide are eligible to compete in the High School Fishing World Finals where in 2020 High School Fishing World Finals and National Championship offered a record $3.2 Million in College scholarship and prizes up for grabs giving the maximum amount student anglers the best shot ever for a college scholarship, technical or trade school education. NEW for 2021 is both the National Championship winners and the 12th annual World Championship winners will receive CUSTOM championship rings.Additionally, High School anglers who win a SAF state championship and are 16 years old or older(one or both team members) will be offered a High School TBF Living The Dream package, a TBF sponsorship for a year to include: fully paid ADULT TBF competitor membership, advancement opportunity to represent their home state in a TBF National Semi-Finals as a co-angler, with fully paid entry fees! From there, the sky is the limit, they could qualify for the TBF Federation National Championship or beyond!  Check it all out at HighSchoolFishing.org2021 12th Annual High School World Finals / National Championship:June 30-July3      Lake Hartwell                 Anderson, SC. 2021 Season SAF High School Fishing State Championships:Jan. 30, 2021      FL State Championship – St. Johns River, Tavares, FL       
Feb. 13                  AL State Championship – Neely Henry, Gadsden, AL
Feb 13                 TX State Championship – Sam Rayburn, Zavalla, TXFeb. 20                  SC Carolina State Championship & Open – Lake Hartwell
Feb. 28                  GA State Championship – Lake Lanier, Gainesville, GAMarch 7                  AR State Championship – DeGray Lake, Arkadelphia, ARMarch 14               LA State Championship – Red River, Shreveport, LAMarch 21               MS State Championship – Pickwick Lake, Corinth, MSMarch 27               KY State Championship – Lake Cumberland, BurnsideMarch 27               AZ State Championship – Lake Martinez, Yuma, AZApril 3                    TN State Championship – Lake Chickamauga, DaytonApril 17                  NC State Championship – High Rock Lake, Salisbury NC April 17                  VA State Championship – South Holston, Bristol, VAApril 24                  KS State Championship – Melvern Lake, Melvern, KSApril 24                  UT State Championship – Sand Hollow, Hurricane, UTMay 1                     MO State Championship – Truman Lake, Clinton, MOMay 1                     MD, DE, NJ Tri-State Championship, Potomac                   
May 2                     OK State Championship – Lake Texoma, Durant, OKMay 2                     WV State Championship – Sutton Lake, Sutton, WVMay 8                     MA, RI, CT Tri State Championship – Quaboag, MAMay 16                   IL State Championship – Carlyle LakeMay 22                   OH State Championship – Delaware Lake, Delaware, OHMay 22                   IA HS State Championship – TBAMay 23                   WI State Championship – Lake Winnebago, Oshkosh
June 5                    IN State Championship – Brookville Lake, INJune 5                    NE State Championship – Red Willow Res. McCook, NEJune 6                    SD State Championship – Big Stone Lake, Hartfordbeach
July 10                   ME State Championship – Thompson Lake, Oxford, MEJuly 11                   PA State Championship – Oneida Lake,Brewerton, NYJuly 13                   MN State Championship – Lake Waconia, Waconia, MNJuly 18                   VT State Championship – Lake Champlain, ColchesterJuly 18                   CO State Championship – Lake Pueblo, Pueblo, COJuly 25                   MI State Championship -Lake Hubbard, Hubbard, MISept 12                  NY State Championship – Mohawk River, Waterford, NYOct 3                       NH State Championship – Sunapee, Newberry, NHTBD                           NV State Championship                                           
TBD                          Oregon State ChampionshipTBD                          California State ChampionshipTBD                      Idaho State ChampionshipTBD                       Ontario State Championship 2021 FLW High School Fishing Opens: (TBA) Soon2021 SAF High School Fishing Challenges\Open Events:Feb 6, 2021          Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Georgia Early Bird Challenge – Clarks Hill Lake, Evans, GAFeb. 20                 SC State Championship & Open, Lake Hartwell,                   Anderson, SCTBD                        New Hampshire Open 2021 State Athletic Association Events: (Qualified teams only)Jan. 23            GHSA #1 Lake Seminole, Bainbridge, GAFeb. 13            GHSA #2 West Point Lake, LaGrange, GAFeb. 27           GAPPS Qualifier – Lake Lanier, Gainesville, GA                      March 20       GHSA #3 – Oconee, Buckhead, GAMarch 20       GAPPS Finals Championship – Oconee, Buckhead, GAMarch 20       MissHSAA – Invitational Pickwick Lake, Corinth, MSMarch 27           LHSAA Reg 1 Championship – Ouachita River, Monroe, LAMarch 27          LHSAA Reg 2 Championship – Toledo Bend, Many, LAMarch 27              LHSAA Reg 3 Championship – Atchafalaya Basin, Berwick, LAMarch 27              LHSAA Reg 4 Championship – Bayou Segnette, Westwego
April 10                GHSA – #4 Clarks Hill, Evans, GAApril 17                LHSAA State Finals – Cross Lake, Shreveport, LAApril 24                  KHSAA Reg 1  Championship, Lake Barkley, KuttawaApril 24                  KHSAA Reg 2 Championship, Lake Cumberland, JamestownApril 24                  KHSAA Reg 3 Championship, Green River Lake, CampbellsvilleApril 24                  KHSAA Reg 4 Championship – Cave Run Lake, Salt LickMay 7-8                  KHSAA State Finals – Kentucky Lake, Calvert City, KYMay 8                     GHSA State Finals – Lake Lanier, Gainesville, GA GHSA – Georgia High School AthleticsGAPPS – Georgia Athletics Private Parochial SchoolMissHSAA – Mississippi High School Activities AssociationLHSAA – Louisiana High School Athletics AssociationKHSAA – Kentucky High School Athletics Association Additional SAF events are being added for the latest events line up, visit HighSchoolFishing.org. Complete rules are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and FLWFishing.comRegistration for the 2021 season state championships and challenge events is Open now at HighSchoolFishing.org for SAF High School Fishing State Championships, each team must compete in the state in which their school is located. Teams from all states can compete in a SAF challenge event or a FLW High School Fishing Open tournament. Entries for all State Championships, SAF Challenge events or State Athletic Association events should be made at HighSchoolFishing.org or by calling TBF at (580) 765-9031, entries for FLW Open HS events should be made at Flwfishing.com  or by call 270-252-1000. There is no limit to the number of teams accepted into a tournament from each school or club except per State Athletic Association rules and those events only. All TBF/SAF and FLW High School Fishing tournaments are free to enter there is no event entry fees. The tournaments are two-person (team) events for students in grades 9-12 (one members of each team can be 7th or 8th) plus a adult boat captain, (3 people to a bot no exceptions) and open to any SAF-affiliated high school club. About The Bass FederationThe Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. TBF is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. The Federation is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing, youth and conservation organization there is. TBF, our affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 events each year and have provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 50 years. TBF founded the Student Angler Federation and the National High School Fishing program in 2007 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing and are proud partners in fishing with FLW. Visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org and “LIKE US” on Facebook.2021 SAF memberships and club registrations are open NOW! Clubs and angler membership dues can be sent in any time to get ACTIVE for the new school year!

Student Angler Federation, (SAF) membership dues are $25 for the year & include an FLW membership! ACTIVE SAF membership is required for all TBF/FLW santioned events.
Boat captains are not required to have an SAF membership.
Visit www.highschoolfishing.org for rules & more details or call 580-765-9031 for more info.
SAF Member Discounted Offers!$99 Weigh Kits! – Weigh kits include a scale, bump board & 15 Cabela’s weigh bags. Weigh kit price includes shipping. Email info@highschoolfishing to order one today!Club Fundraiser! – Active SAF clubs can order 100% polarized Solar Bat sunglasses for only $10.99! Then, your club can sell the glasses & keep the profits! Click HERE for more details & to check out the current styles.