McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

June 17, 2014

Lake Eufaula to host high school championship

From submitted reports
Submitted report

McALESTER — The Bass Federation (TBF) and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, have partnered to present the 2014 Oklahoma State High School Fishing Championship. The tournament will take place Saturday on Lake Eufaula and is open to any high school fishing team in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma state championship is a two-person (team) event for students in grades 9-12. Registration for anglers and their coaches, who will provide the boats in which the anglers will compete, is online at HighSchoolFishing.org.

A preliminary list of schools participating will not be available, as teams can still register up until the morning of the event.

Takeoff will be at 6 a.m.; weigh-in will be held at Eufaula Cove at 3 p.m. The high school fishing takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

For more information about this event, contact TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert at (580) 716-4251 or (330) 993-0014.

The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship will advance to a high school fishing conference championship, as will the top three teams from each of the six 2014 High School Fishing Opens that coincide with the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour. The top 10 percent from each conference championship will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, a Spring 2015 event that will coincide with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop.

The high school fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

The 2014 schedule represents a major expansion of high school fishing by FLW and TBF due to an increased demand.