Applications for the team, which is now in its ninth year, will be accepted today through March 31.
To be considered, a student must be nominated by a parent, coach, teacher or other school official. Students currently enrolled in grades 10 through 12 with a current grade point average of 2.5 or higher are eligible.
Judges will select up to two student anglers in each state. These All-State Fishing Team members will become semifinalists in the selection of the 12-member Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. Criteria include success in high school fishing tournaments and involvement in conservation efforts and other community service activities.
The anglers chosen will compete in a one-day Bassmaster High School All-American Tournament to be held in conjunction with a 2023 Bassmaster Elite tournament, to be announced at a later date. Elite Series anglers will serve as “coaches” for the student anglers in the one-day fishing event. The high school standouts and Elite Series coaches will be honored before the weigh-in crowd.
“I am super-excited to share this platform with the best high school anglers in the country,” said Glenn Cale, B.A.S.S. tournament manager of the College, High School and Junior series. “Balancing school and fishing is key and hard work.”
All students who compete in high school fishing events are eligible, regardless if they are affiliated with B.A.S.S. or another fishing organization.
Notices have been sent to youth fishing directors of the B.A.S.S. Nation and other organizations, as well as leaders of state high school fishing programs. Adults can nominate students by filling out an online form at Bassmaster.com/allamerican. Nominations must be submitted before midnight on March 31. Please send all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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