The high school fishermen land in Florence for the World Fishing Tournament

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A World Fishing Tournament is heading to northwest Alabama and fans are invited to watch!

The 13th annual Bass Federation High School Fishing World Finals and National Championship will be held June 22-25 on Pickwick and Wilson lakes.

$3 million in scholarships and prizes are up for grabs as anglers from most U.S. states and several foreign countries (including Canada, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, to name a few) participate in two tournaments. All anglers present will participate in the world final, open to any member of the TBF Student Angler Federation. Anglers who have placed in the top 10% of high school teams at SAF-sanctioned events will also compete in the national championship.

The bulk of the prizes will be awarded to competitors in the World Finals; National Championship competitors will rake in $500,000 in purses and prizes. No money is given to secondary fishers.

The result has been the explosion we are currently seeing in high school angling participation nationwide, and it all adds up to a good, healthy experience for kids and their families that we all want.

Chairman and CEO of TBF, Robert Cartildge

Students who sign up pay no entry fee and can fish for both competitions at the same time if eligible. Three people are on each boat – two fishermen and their captain or adult coach.

Nearly 3,000 people are expected in the city for the event, and spectators are welcome! Boats will launch each day at 5:30 a.m. from McFarland Park (200 Jim Spain Drive, Florence), which is also where the weigh-ins will take place, beginning at 1:30 a.m. each day. Additionally, coverage will be provided on the High School Fishing website.

In addition to purses and prizes, national champions will qualify for the 2022 Major League Fishing Toyota Series Championship, scheduled for Nov. 3-5 on Lake Guntersville. They will compete as co-fishermen with a chance to win the MLF prizes, which include a new Phoenix 518 Pro boat with a 115 horsepower Mercury outboard engine.

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