High School Fishing Tournament on Lake Lanier

High School Fishing Contest Comes to Lake Lanier
High School Fishing Contest Comes to Lake Lanier

If nine people get on a train in Gainesville and three get off in Toccoa and eleven people get off in Greensboro, does anyone really care?


But if your kids are out fishing with three buck-tailed jigs, two nightcrawlers and a “broke-back” Rapala  topwater lure, and stipers are busting all around them, you want them to know which bait to cast on which rod.  That’s education they can use!

They’ll never be able to feed themselves just because they know the “Hundred Years War” didn’t last 100 years or that Reno, Nevada, is farther west than Los Angeles.

Teach them to fish, however, and you’ll raise them right!

That’s why we cannot thank The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW (the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization) for bringing the 2014 Georgia State High School Fishing Championship right here to Lake Lanier.  The tournament is open to any High School Fishing team in the entire state of Georgia.

Please Note:  We cannot guarantee that your honest little child will not learn to … um, ahh … be “creative” when talking about the fish that get away.  Thank you.

The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

The 2014 Georgia State High School Fishing Championship is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Laurel Park (3100 Old Cleveland Highway in Gainesville).

The Georgia 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 use to compete — is online at HighSchoolFishing.org.

Takeoff will be in the morning at first safe-light.  Weigh-in will be held at 3 p.m.  Both takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.

For more information about this event contact the TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert at (580) 716-4251 or (330) 993-0014.

Teams can register up until the morning of the event.

The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship, along with the top three teams from each of the six 2014 High School Fishing Opens that coincide with the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour.

The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2015.


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.  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 40 years.  Visit Bassfederation.com.


FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide.  In 2014 there will be 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup.  FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.  Visit FLWOutdoors.com.


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Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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