So what is the North Louisiana High School Fishing League?
The North Louisiana High School Fishing League is the fastest growing fishing trail in Louisiana. We usually host 6 events per year with a growing number of participants in each one. Our first season we had 42 teams and fished 6 tournaments. The second season we had 106 teams, representing 12 high schools, show up to our first event. In 2018 our league averaged 105 teams over 6 events to set an outstanding growth pace.
We have created the foundation for young anglers to be successful in the sport of bass fishing by hosting competitive bass fishing tournaments for high school and middle school students. With the help of sponsors, parents, and our coaches and captains, we are the premiere high school fishing league in the state of Louisiana and region!
The North Louisiana High School Fishing League is developing character and sportsmanship in our high school youth through fishing and giving back to the community. We require all anglers to become members of The Bass Federation’s (TBF) Student Angler Federation School (SAF) club program.
As a not-for-profit organization, all money raised is given back for each event. All workers are on a volunteer basis. None of the staff is paid through our organization. To generate funds we rely on corporate and local sponsors, membership fees, and donations to cover operating expenses, equipment, and prizes to the student anglers.
Starting in the 2019 season, Bayou Outdoor Supercenter has signed on as the Title Sponsor with a substantial 5 year package, including a new boat each year for our League Championship! Lew’s has also signed on as a Presenting Sponsor again as well as several other local sponsors.
Want to know HOW TO JOIN?
If you have a school or group that would like to join our League then the steps are pretty simple.
- [ Click Here ] for the Boat Captain Release and Angler Release Forms to digitally sign.
- Review our [ Rules ] and read our [ FAQ ] page.
- Join TBF (The Bass Federation) and create a team / roster. EVERY student angler must join TBF - and we strongly encourage the coaches and captains to do the same.
- Follow Us on our [ official Facebook page ] and watch the videos!
- Email Us for further help in setting up your meetings, recruiting anglers and captains, as well as how to get sponsors and donations.
Looking for our Calendar / Schedule?
Our official League calendar of events is [ here ]. These are events or tournaments that are officially sanctioned by our League. Of course, there are a lot of other tournaments, boat shows, and events that we encourage our student anglers and coaches / captains to participate in.
Need to SEND us video, pictures, or LOGOs?
Are you a parent or boat captain or student angler with some pictures video or pictures that you would like to have included in our official League productions?
This is our official for the new season.
These are the official League Videos from our Facebook Page. Please watch them (click on the sound - they start muted) and like / share them out.
Toys & Bikes for Tots @ Cypress Black Bayou - Dec 1, 2018
Toledo Bend - Feb 24, 2018
Toledo Bend - March 10, 2018
Caddo Lake - April 21, 2018 - Taylor Williams & Nick Cannon 1st Place
Caddo Lake - April 21, 2018 - Andy Ebert 10.66lb BIG BASS
2018 Red River Championship Highlights
2018 Red River Championship Day 1 FULL Weigh In Video
2018 Red River Championship Day 2 FULL Weigh In Video
Growth and Popularity
There is no doubt that our North Louisiana High School Fishing League is growing rapidly. In 2016 we started with 110 anglers (55 teams). For the 2019 season we have around 400 anglers, and our growth projections are to hit 500-550 by 2021.
The increasing popularity of collegiate teams and professional angling is helping to drive a renewed interest at the high school level. Of course, much of the driving force is due to the resurging popularity from the major bass tournament trails such as B.A.S.S and FLW and the new Major League Fishing (MLF).
FAQs (frequently asked questions)
Q. Does the League have a website and FB page?
Q. Is there a calendar of events?
A. Yes - the tournaments / meetings are created as FB events which are embedded in the website too.
Q. How does an angler get included in the cool videos?
A. You have to let the media person (Rex Moncrief) know your fishing location or you need to record your own video via GoPro or iPhone and supply it to the media person. Call or txt or email the media person directly. Inclusion in the official League videos, photos, and other marketing is at the sole creative discretion of the media person.
Q. Do the League sponsors also sponsor school teams?
A. Generally, each school is responsible for its own fundraising and sponsorships. While there is some crossover with League sponsors, typically sponsorships are separate.
Q. Can a team member fish alone?
A. All teams must be 2 anglers plus a boat captain. However, a team member can fish alone only under extenuating circumstances. This requires school coach approval AND League approval on a “per event” basis.
Q. How does the point system work?
A. The team with the winning weight at an official League event / tournament receives 200 pts. The next highest team gets 199 points - and so on until the first team that has 0 lbs in weight. Each of the teams with 0 weight (weighed in no fish or had points removed for a rules violation) then receives 10pts less than the last team that had weight.
Q. How does the School Trophy system work for each tournament?
A. The top 3 team weights for each school / club at the tournament are added together. The school / club with the most weight receives the Team Trophy for that official League Tournament.
Q. If an angler’s school doesn’t have a team, can that angler fish for another school?
A. Yes. The angler needs to contact the coach for the other school. The participating school coach must also advise the League in writing (email is fine).
Q. How does someone start a new school club or organization?
A. School backing is not necessary in our League nor the TBF, although we encourage it. If a local group (ex: homeschooling group) wants to start a club / organization and join our League, the best way is reach out to our League via our Facebook Page or website. We will help you coordinate it. Per the TBF it takes 6 members (anglers) with paid dues to create a sanctioned club / organization. You will need to register as a club with the TBF online to receive the full benefits as well as event insurance coverage.
Q. What does the TBF insurance policy cover?
A. For a detailed explanation please contact the TBF directly. This policy does not replace the boat owners need to purchase boat liability insurance. See the TBF Insurance FAQ in this packet or on the TBF website.
Q. What is expected of the hosting school(s) for each tournament event?
A. Hosting school(s) provide volunteers to help run the tournament along with League members. For example, volunteers are need to direct parking, direct anglers through the weigh-in line, and assist with setup as well as general weigh-in duties (bumping fish, releasing fish, etc).
Q. Can student anglers operate the outboard engine?
A. During tournament hours, which includes arrival time at the lake until weigh-in time, the answer is no. When the outboard engine is running, it must be operated by the boat captain. After official weigh-in time, student anglers may operate the outboard engine with the permission of the captain as long as all state laws are followed.