Close to 800 high school student anglers from throughout Texas and several other states are expected to be in Wood County this weekend to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes at the National Lake Fork Open High School Scholarship Tournament. Fishing will be Saturday and Sunday.
The tournament headquarters is located at Oak Ridge Marina at 2919 W. State Highway 154 and it is hosted by the Lake Fork Chamber of Commerce. The tournament director is Micheal Rogge and the assistant director is Tracy Hatton.
The Lake Fork event is open to any high school student entering the ninth grade and to 2017 graduates who have not started college classes as of the date of the tournament. Students can be a member of B.A.S.S. High School Nation, Student Angler Federation or show membership in their high school independent fishing team program.
If a student does not have a fishing program at their high school, they will have to show proof they are a student in good standing with the most current report card or letter from school officials.
This year’s payouts are $6,000 for first place, $4,000 for second, $2,000 for third, $1,500 fourth, $1,000 for fifth and $500 for sixth. Places seven through 10 will receive tackle prizes. There is also a Big Bass prize of $500.
There is a need for 60 volunteers per day at the tournament to keep the event running smoothly and ensure all the student anglers have a good time. Volunteering does have its perks. You get a free shirt, free drinks and dinner at the block party.
For information contact Rogge at 800-846-1859.