The High School Fishing World Finals, billed as the world’s largest bass tournament for prep anglers, will be held next week on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Arkansas.
All Student Angler Federation (SAF) members are eligible to enter the tournament, scheduled for July 15-19,
At the 2013 World Finals more than $40,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded, according to the SAF.
The lake is off limits through Saturday, with official practice days set for Sunday through Tuesday, July 15.
Registration is from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Russellville High School.
Other pre-tournament items include:
n 5:40 p.m.: Deadline to submit final attempt written tests.
n 6- 7:45 p.m.: Welcome activities, meal and rules briefing.
Compeition begins July 16 at Dardanelle State Park, with the National Anthem at 6 a.m. followed by the takeoff. Weigh-in is at 2:30 p.m.
The full field continues to compete on July 17, with the top two from each state advancing to the semifinals and everyone else going into the second chance Round.
The semifinal and second chance rounds will be July 18, with the top 10 from each qualifying for the final round on Saturday, July 19.
An all-species tourney open to all anglers will also be held that day.
Host for the event is Russellville Tourism. For more information, call 479-967-1762 or go to discoverrussellville.org or highschoolfishing.org.
n Marshall County High School was one of the leaders in the effort that resulted in bass fishing being adopted by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association as a sport-activity in 2013.
The KHSAA state fishing tournament has been held the past two years on Kentucky Lake.
Calloway County, which claimed the first state title in 2013, remains one of the leading fishing teams in the state.
Trevor Salyers and Cody Jackson, two members of the Lakers team, finished second in tthe Tennessee State High School Fishing Open on Lake Barkley June 28.