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2015 Maine State Championship moves to Silver Lake

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BUCKSPORT The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW, is pleased to host the 2015 Student Angler Federation (SAF) Maine High School State Championship on Saturday, May 9 at Silver Lake near Bucksport, Maine. The ramp is on the south side of the lake off Silver Lake Road.

The state championship is a two-person team event for students in grades 9-12. New for 2015 is the option for one member of each team to be a 7th or 8th grader if the team chooses. All teams should pre-register online for any high school event at HighSchoolFishing.org to avoid onsite late fees. Anglers and their 'coach,' who provides the boat they compete from, will need to check in on site at 6:30 a.m. on May 9 at the Silver Lake Road Ramp. A rules briefing will immediately follow registration. Take off is at 7:30 a.m. and the weigh-in will begin at 2:30 p.m.

'Our State Championship Series has grown the SAF into the largest high school fishing organization in the country,' stated TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert. 'TBF and our partners in fishing at FLW are the only organization in North America to offer a state championship in every state and Canada. We are once again raising the bar in 2015 by expanding the program to include more anglers and offering one of the two seats in the boat to a 7th or 8th grade angler if the team so chooses.

'The top 10 percent of each 2015 State Championship will advance to a FLW/TBF Conference Regional Championship, and the top 10 percent from those conference events will advance to the FLW/TBF High School National Championship. In April, at this year's two-day High School National Championship event which boasts a $10,000 scholarship to the winners, all teams will be fishing out of brand new matching Ranger boats provided for them, along with paid hotel accommodations and other perks. The final day weigh-in will take place on the FLW main stage in front of a live FLW Tour stop audience in Rogers, Arkansas!'

Students and parents can go to HighSchoolFishing.org for details on the Student Angler Federation and to sign up. Annual cost is a meager $25 per year, and there is no entry fees to any SAF event conducted in the national program. SAF membership includes full TBF and FLW benefits, FLW Magazine e-Edition and full insurance coverage for clubs, officers and student members. SAF also holds a number of open events across the nation.

If you're not a 2015 SAF member, there's a one-time $25 per year membership fee which you can pay in advance, or it will be charged on your first event registration. This includes full TBF & FLW membership for the year and free entries; just enter your active SAF membership number during online SAF event registration!

SAF is the only student program that features an educational piece with an 'angler testing' component. It's not 'just about fishing' but also about education. TBF's online education program is free to all SAF members through the Faculty of Fishing program. SAF members simply go to highschoolfishing.org, click 'Online Education' then enter their SAF number and zip code to access the online training site. There is a host of training chapters covering a wide variety of topics. 'Angler testing and education is an industry first by TBF that we have had in place since the very beginning,' Gintert said. 'There is also an array of contingency programs in place that focus on that educational theme and reward anglers who participate in them. For only $25 per year, the Student Angler Federation gives high school students more opportunities, scholarships, events, educational material and more fishing than any other sporting event or organization.'

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