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Feb. 13, 2013

DNR Youth Bass Fishing Championship to be held on Lake Murray March 23

Youth anglers from around South Carolina will descend on the Midlands for the 1st Annual S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Youth Bass Fishing Championship. The tournament will be held on Lake Murray March 23rd with the weigh in at the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic at the SC State Fairgrounds in the Nutt Cattle Arena.

Student anglers in both middle and high school can send up to six anglers to fish in two man teams . Each two man team will share their boat with an adult volunteer.

There will be a title for the winning middle school and high school, as well as the biggest fish for an individual in the middle and high school categories. Winners will be determined by the total weight combined of each of the three two man teams sent per school. Trophies will be awarded to the first, second and third place winning middle and high schools. Biggest fish awards will be given to one middle schooler and one high school. The top ranked high school two man team with the heaviest bag of fish for the tournament will receive scholarship funds.

Interested in forming a bass fishing club at your school? 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. The Youth Bass Fishing Clubs is a product of a partnership between the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, The Bass Federation of South Carolina and B.A.S.S with help and support from parents, teachers, school districts, local bait & tackle shops, community partners and Pure Fishing.

Find out more by contacting DNR Aquatic Education Coordinator Lorianne Riggin at (803) 737-8483 or RigginL@dnr.sc.gov.

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