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Indiana state high school fishing championship set for Patoka Lake

CELESTINE, IN (WFIE) - Young fishermen from across Indiana are headed to Patoka Lake this weekend to compete in a tournament just for teenagers – and a college scholarship could be on the line.

The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW, the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, have partnered to present the 2015 Indiana State High School Fishing Championship. It's a 2-person team event, and it's open to students in grades 7 to 12. The tournament is open to any High School Fishing team in the entire state of Indiana.

Registration for anglers and their coach, who will provide the boat they compete in, is online at

Takeoff will be at 6:30 a.m. and weigh-in will be held at the marina, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. High School Fishing takeoffs and weigh-ins 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.

A preliminary list of schools participating will not be available as teams can still register up until the morning of the event. Complete details can be found at

The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top 3 teams from each of the six 2015 High School Fishing Opens that coincide with the 2015 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 2016. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

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