Decatur, Ala. – The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW Outdoors, recently announced the city of Decatur has been selected for the inaugural Student Angler Federation Alabama High School Fishing State Championship, April 17, 2011 on Wheeler Lake. The event is a two-person team format of students in grades 9-12, paired with a "coach" of their choice who will provide the boat they compete in.
The winning team advances to an FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing Regional Championship held in conjunction with a National Guard FLW College Fishing Regional Championship hosted on a college campus this fall, where an invitation to the FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing National Championship, and a chance to win a $5000 scholarship, is on the line. All state championship contestants automatically qualify to fish in the 2011 High School Fishing World Finals July 20-23 in Russellville, Ark.
This will be TBF Student Angler Federation's first appearance in Alabama. State championships are currently held in Florida, Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Utah, and Kansas.
Entry fee for the state championship is $25 per angler and includes full TBF and FLW Outdoors membership benefits. Current Student Angler Federation members fish for free. Pre-registration is now available online at www.highschoolfishing.org or by phone 580.765.9031. Mandatory check-in begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16th at the Country Inn & Suites located at 807 Bank Street NE, Decatur with a mandatory rules briefing to follow at 6 p.m.
Take-off is set for 6:30 a.m. with weigh-in taking place at 2:30 p.m. at Ingalls Harbor located at 701 Market Street NW in Decatur.
For more information, visit www.highschoolfishing.org or call 580.765.9031.
About FLW Outdoors
FLW Outdoors is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world offering anglers worldwide the opportunity to compete for millions over the course of 191 tournaments in 2011. FLW Outdoors has taken fishing mainstream with the world's richest fantasy sports game, FLW Fantasy Fishing presented by Straight Talk, where competitors can play for free as well as sign up for Player's Advantage to gain an edge. For more information about FLW Outdoors and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit FLWOutdoors.com or FantasyFishing.com.
About the Bass Federation, Inc.
The Bass Federation Inc. (TBF) is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. It is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing organization. TBF affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing, youth and conservation events at the local level each year and have provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 40 years. For more information, visit www.bassfederation.com
About the Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCCVB)
The Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization promoting tourism and economic growth in Morgan County. For information on special events and attractions in Decatur, contact the DMCCVB at 800.524.6181 or 256.350.2028; or visit its website at www.decaturcvb.org and click on the "Things to Do" link.