BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
WOODS CROSS — The Bass Federation (TBF) and the city of Russellville, Ark. will put on another High School Fishing World Finals this season. It is set for July 14.
The event year will introduce a new tournament format, which includes an additional day of competition, a semi-final round and qualification of up to 22 teams. There will also be 10 teams from a “last chance” qualifier to be held the Friday before the final day of competition.
“The High School Fishing World Finals has always been on the cutting edge of tournament formats,” said TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert. “With many industry firsts like angler testing, multi-species consolation tournaments and education-based prizes, we’re hoping the expansion of high school fishing will grow in the future.”
The new format will have a practice period held on July 14. Tuesday will be registration and check-in, and Wednesday and Thursday will be the first days of competition.
The top two teams from each state or province will advance to a semifinal round on Friday, where all weights will be zeroed.
Teams who don’t make the cut can fish the “second chance qualifier” the same day for another chance to make it to the final round on Saturday.
All weights will again be zeroed and one team will be crowned world champions.
“The new format does a few exciting things to improve this event,” said TBF President, Robert Cartlidge. “It provides teams from any state or country a level playing field competing against anglers from the same location to earn a spot into the semi finals.”
The Student Angler Foundation will limit the final round to a 22 teams. The top 10 teams, along with two wildcard teams, will advance to the final round.
Utah schools not compete for a high school championship; however, independent teams are allowed to register for the event.
For more information visit highschoolfishing.org or bassfederation.com.