Lake LBJ reels in Texas high school fishing state championship March 16

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — Officials are making final preparations for the 2013 Student Angler Federation Texas High School Fishing State Championship on March 16.

This is the first year the state tournament will be conducted on Lake LBJ; the state tournament returns next year, which was part of the agreement between the Marble Falls steering committee and the SAF.

Bryan and Lorna Ellis, sponsors of the high school fishing club in Marble Falls, said the tournament will draw more than 50 boats.

“Generally, each angler will have with them three family members or friends that accompany them,” Bryan Ellis said. “So for every boat, you’re talking eight to nine people associated with that boat.”

The event will be conducted at Lake LBJ and launched from the LBJ Yacht Club and Marina, 200 Wirtz Dam Road in Horseshoe Bay. Takeoff is at first light.

The state champion advances to the FLW/TBF High School Fishing Conference Championship, and those winners move on to the 2013 High School Fishing World Finals.

As a reward for the adult boat captains, the local club will hold a Captains Challenge on March 17 at Lake LBJ.

jfierro@thepicayune.com