IFA announces High School Saltwater Championship
The Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) has joined with the Student Angler Federation (SAF) to develop the first ever High School Saltwater Championship. The inaugural event, which features a two-person team format for students in grades 9-12, will take place Sunday, Oct. 19 as part of the Cabela’s IFA Redfish Tour Championship in Houma, La.
Registration for interested student anglers and their coach, who will be responsible for providing the boat they compete in, is online at HighSchoolFishing.org.
“The new High School Saltwater Championship is going to be a phenomenal event and a terrific way to get young anglers involved with inshore fishing,” said IFA Marketing Director Bart Schad. “We’ve also got the perfect partners in the Student Angler Federation. They are without a doubt the leader in high school and youth fishing nationwide.”
“Our goal is to try and give every single high school student in the country the opportunity to get involved with the great sport of fishing,” said SAF National Youth Director Mark Gintert. “The partnership with the IFA allows us to reach beyond our freshwater roots and expand the reach of our platform. We are thrilled to help bring this event to life.”
The IFA highly encourages all interested anglers and teams to pre-register online or by phone in advance to avoid late registration fees. Students and parents can go online to HighSchoolFishing.org for details on the Student Angler Federation and sign up for the upcoming event.
IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Hobie Fishing, Ranger Boats, Cabela’s, Lucas Oil, Yamaha Outboards, RAM, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Power-Pole, Amphibia, Arctic Ice, Protect the Harvest, General Tire, Bob’s Machine Shop, Blue Point Fabrication, SuperClean, Progressive, Mustang Survival, iON Cameras, Valley Fashions, Powertex Group, and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.
Sign-up: pre-register online at Pat HighSchoolFishing.org or a $25 late registration fee applies to those registering onsite. The best way is to pre-register online at highschoolfishing.org.
Mandatory Check-in: Saturday Oct. 18 at 6:00pm at Falgout Canal Marina located at 1868 Dr Beatrous Rd, Theriot, LA, 70397.
Takeoff and Weigh-in: Sunday, Oct. 19 at Falgout Canal Marina. Take-off at 6:30am with the weigh-in scheduled for 2:00pm. For more information, or if you have questions, call 501-317-7281.
About the IFA
Drawing inshore anglers from Texas to the Carolinas and beyond, the IFA Redfish Tour is the largest and oldest redfish tour in the nation. Offering anglers the opportunity to compete in low-entry fee events, redfish anglers can fish close to home, minimize expenses and compete for lucrative winnings and contingency prizes. The IFA Kayak Fishing Tour presented by Hobie Fishing is the fastest-growing kayak fishing tournament trail in the county. Kayak anglers competing in the catch-photograph-release tournaments can take advantage of the numerous money and product prizes awarded to competitors. For more information or to become a member of the IFA, visit www.ifatours.com.
About The Bass Federation
The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. TBF is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing organization there is. TBF affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing, youth and conservation events at the local level each year and have provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 45 years. TBF started the Student Angler Federation and the national High School Fishing program in 2008 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing. Visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org