Lake LBJ, Marble Falls community hosting Texas High School fishing championship

MARBLE FALLS — The top high school anglers are headed for Marble Falls and Lake LBJ on March 15-17 for the 2013 Student Angler Federation Texas High School Fishing State Championship.

“The Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce is very excited to host the state championship,” said Bill Rives, the chamber executive director. “We think the anglers and their families will enjoy our beautiful surroundings and the fishing on the (stable) Lake LBJ.”

Earlier this year, Marble Falls High School Fishing Club sponsor Lorna Ellis and other organizers announced FLW, the federation and its parent organization, The Bass Federation, selected Lake LBJ and the local chamber to host the annual event.

Last year’s state tournament was held at Eagle Mountain Lake near Azle. Marble Falls High School angler Ben Stripling won the event with a total of three fish weighing a little more than 8½ pounds.

Ellis said there is still time for local businesses, individuals and organizations to support the 2013 tournament. People can call the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce at (830) 693-2815 to learn how to help.

The state championship is a two-person team event for students in grades 9-12.

While the main tournament is Saturday, March 16, angler check-in is 6:30 p.m. March 15 at the River City Grille, 700 First St.

The fishing begins March 16 at first light as anglers head out on Lake LBJ from the LBJ Yacht Club and Marina located between Horseshoe Bay and Cottonwood Shores off RR 2147. Weighing-in times have yet to be announced.

On Sunday, March 17, the action shifts to Lake Marble Falls for the “Highland Lakes Captain’s Challenge.” This is a competition featuring the volunteer boat captains who participated in Saturday’s championship.

Officials said the state championship could bring in several hundred people to the community for a two- to three-day period.

For more on the on the Student Angler Federation, go to www.highschoolfishing.org. For more on the Marble Falls High School Fishing Club, call Ellis at (910) 309-4445.

editor@thepicayune.com