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GROVE, Okla. – High school fishing enthusiasts have the opportunity to show off their skills, as well as win scholarship money.

The Bass Federation(TBF) and Fishing League Worldwide(FLW) will host a Student Angler Federation High School Fishing Open on Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma April, 12.

According to TBF, the tournament will be held in conjunction with the TBF National Championship.

High school anglers will have to chance to meet some of the country’s top bass anglers.

Students will be able to experience the intensity of the TBF National Championship while also testing their own bass-fishing skills against their peers.

The Oklahoma High School Open is a two-person team event for students in grades 9-12.

The top three teams for each Student Angler Foundation High School Fishing Open held this season will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top 10 percent of each championship in the field.

The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

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

Dave Washburn, Vice President of FLW, believes that fishing makes students use a wide range of skills learned in the classroom.

Washburn said, “High School Fishing provides students with a connection to their schools and an opportunity to explore their passion for the outdoors in a new and exciting way. It allows students to apply science, technology, engineering and math skills acquired in the classroom in a real-world scenario that is unique in high school athletics. It’s a win for the students, a win for the schools and a win for the future of fishing and conservation in the United States.”

Registration for anglers and their coach, who will provide and drive the boat, is open online at highschoolfishing.org.