AURORA – The Kentucky High School Athletic Association will add bass fishing as a sport-activity next year, but that doesn’t mean young enthusiasts have to wait until 2013 to compete for a state championship.
The Student Angler Federation Kentucky High School Fishing state tournament will be held Saturday on Kentucky Lake, with Kenlake Marina as the base of operations.
The tournament is part of the Bluegrass State Games.
The Bass Federation is working in partnership with Benton-based FLW Outdoors and Murray State University, one of a number of colleges and universities which have added bass fishing to their sports programs, to conduct this event.
The tournament is open to ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students, including home schooled students, who are Student Angler Federation members.
Students fish as two-person teams in all SAF and FLW High School Fishing tournaments and are accompanied by volunteer adult boat captains.
Largemouth, spotted, redeye or smallmouth bass that meet the tournament’s size requirements may be weighed in.
The winning team is determined by the heaviest five-bass catch.
The winners will advance to a conference championship event held in conjunction with a National Guard FLW Collegiate Fishing event in the fall.
Conference champions move on to the High School Fishing National Championship held in conjunction with the FLW College Fishing National Championship in the spring of 2013.
Each member of the winning team at the High School Fishing National Championship will receive a $5,000 scholarship.
SAF membership costs $25 per year and includes a digital subscription to FLW Bass Fishing magazine, insurance coverage while competing in SAF events (including the option to add a school as additionally insured), an exclusive online fishing education program, discounts on Coast Guard approved boater safety courses and many other benefits.
Students 16 and older are also eligible to win great prizes in the monthly FLW Giveaway.
Registration is open online at HighSchoolFishing.org.
Onsite registration runs 4-6 p.m. CDT on Friday at Murray State University’s Curris Center Theater located on the third floor of the Curris Center.
A mandatory rules briefing will follow at 6:30 p.m. All teams are encouraged to register online in advance to avoid late onsite registration fees.
“We are very excited to partner with Murray State and FLW to add High School Fishing to the Bluegrass State Games,” said Terry Johnson, executive director of the Bluegrass Sports Commission.