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May 19, 2011
The Bass Federation of S.C. Junior Championship to be held at Lake Murray May 21
Bragging rights for the state of South Carolina are on the line Saturday, May 21 at Dreher Island State Park. Six of the Youth Bass Fishing Clubs are competing for a chance to win the state championship.
School teams will be competing against other school teams for the title of State High School Team Champions. There will be only two individual champions, one from each age group (11-14 and 15-18), that will proceed on to the National Guard Junior World Championship later in the year in Hot Springs, Arkansas and a chance to fish for thousands of dollars in scholarships. The school team with the heaviest combined weight will be declared the State High School Youth Fishing Champions.
Check-in gets underway at 5 a.m. with the actual tournament launch at 7 a.m. from the tournament ramp at Dreher Island.
Some of the rules for the tournament include:
- Two anglers will share each boat along with an adult volunteer. Adults cannot fish but may assist anglers with tackle or netting of fish. A limit of five bass of a minimum size of 12 inches can be weighed in. Only five bass can be in an angler's possession at any time. Each limit of bass MUST be kept separate between the two anglers sharing a boat.
- Permitted methods of fishing will be the use of artificial lures only, no live bait of any sort. Only one fishing rod may be in use at any one time by an angler.
- Every angler must provide his own United States Coast Guard approved personal floatation device (PFD). PFDs must be worn any time the gasoline engine is running.
- All anglers and volunteers must have a valid fishing license if over the age of 16.
All pairings and boat numbers for the tournament were done randomly by computer.
Schools participating in the tournament are:
- Dixie High School
- Saluda High School
- Camden High School
- Santee Junior Bassmasters (Wilson Hall—Sumter)
- North Augusta Middle School
- Bonds Career Center (Greer)
Interested in forming a bass fishing club at your school and becoming a part of the Youth Bass Fishing League? All you need to do is get a minimum of six students (within the 11-18 year old range) with dues paid and you can have a Youth Bass Fishing Club. You'll also need an adult at your school to help lead the club, provide advice and help arrange at least two club tournaments, fundraisers, speakers and other learning sessions pertaining to fishing for club meetings.
Find out more by contacting Aquatic Education Coordinator Sarah Chabaane at (803) 737-8483 or AquaticEd@dnr.sc.gov.