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Monroe Michigan to Host 2014 Michigan High School State Championship

The state championship is a two person team event for students in grades 9-12. Registration for anglers and their "coach," who will provide the boat they compete in, is online at Check-in is 3-4:30pm EST on Saturday, June 21 at the weigh in trailer at Hellenberg Park located at, 1319 E Front St. Monroe, MI 48161 with a mandatory rules briefing to follow. We highly encourage all teams to pre-register online or by phone in advance to avoid late registration fees.

"Hellenberg Park and the City of Monroe are a terrific place for a High School Fishing Tournament" stated Tournament Director Doug Scott. "Weather permitting we will fish the legendary waters of Lake Erie and in the event of rough water we will fish the Monroe river for the day" added Scott.

"State championships allow every SAF member in North America the opportunity to fish in a championship tournament setting," TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, stated. "This year, with the help of our partners at FLW, were expanding the program again by offering more advancement opportunities based on field size. In 2014, the top 10% of the field will advance. This rewards areas of the country working hard to grow the sport of high school fishing."

Students and parents can go to for details on the Student Angler Federation (SAF) and to sign up. Cost is only $25/ year. Membership includes full TBF and FLW benefits, FLW Magazine e-Edition and insurance coverage for clubs and students. The top 10% of each SAF state championship and the top 3 teams from any SAF National OPEN event will advance to an FLW/TBF High School Fishing Conference Championship. The top 10% of each conference championship will advance to the FLW/TBF High School Fishing National Championship held spring of 2015 in conjunction with a major TBF or FLW event. The National Champions win a $5,000 college scholarship to the school or their choice. All SAF members nationwide and all open and state championship participants automatically qualify for the largest event in high school fishing, the 2014 High School Fishing World Finals. At the 2013 World Finals, over $40,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded. As with all SAF national events, there is no entry fee to this come one, come all, family vacation event that gives every high school team a shot at thousands in scholarships and prizes.

If youre not a 2014 SAF member, theres a one-time $25/per angler fee. This includes full TBF & FLW membership for the year, as well as, free entry to ALL National SAF events!

A unique SAF event feature is the "angler testing" component. Its not "just about fishing" but also about education. This years angler testing will come from TBFs new on-line education format with Faculty of Fishing. Anglers can go to and click on "Online Education" then type in their SAF number and zip code to access the FOF site. They have a host of chapters covering a wide variety of topics. "Angler testing and education is an industry first by TBF," Gintert said. "We built education into the foundation of the entire program when we began, and our partnership with FLW provides even more benefits and opportunities for them to take advantage of," Gintert continued. "For only $25 per year these young anglers and have opportunities unlike anything the industry has ever seen."

Event Details:

Sign-up: PRE-REGISTER ONLINE at or a $25 late registration fee applies to those registering onsite. The best way is to pre-register online at

Mandatory Check-in: Saturday, June 21 at Hellenberg Park Located at 1319 E. Front Street In Monroe Michigan. 3-4:30 pm with the rules meeting immediately following.

Takeoff & Weigh-in: Sunday, June 22 at Hellenberg Park. Take-off at safe light. Weigh-in at 3pm. Questions? 580-765-9031

Tournament Waters: Lake Erie and its tributaries weather permitting. In the event of bad weather the tournament waters will be the Monroe river