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82 TBF Youth State Champions travel to compete alongside the FLW Pro’s on Lake Lanier

Excitement builds as 82 state champions make their way to Gainesville, Ga., to face off in the 2010 National Guard Junior World Championship, Aug. 5th-8th. The 2010 Forrest Wood Cup is being held this week on Lake Lanier as well and these young anglers get the opportunity to take off right alongside the Pro’s each morning. More significantly, the Pro anglers have stepped aside and given the TBF youth angler’s part of the water, which will be off-limits to them. How tremendously excited these young champions must be to start what is sure to be a life changing week.

This national contest will see two champions, one in each age group, 11-14 and 15-18. For most, this is a year’s worth of drive and dedication to fishing, advancing through tournaments in their respective states and age groups to make it this far. All anglers will compete on day one, and then the field will be cut to 12 anglers for the final day of fishing. These 12 will represent the top finishers (one in each age group) from the 6 different TBF divisions. Tournament registration and the Welcome Banquet presented by Gainesville Tourism & Trade will kick off the event at the Georgia Mountain Center this evening. The sky is clear, the sun is shining and beautiful Lake Lanier awaits, as the 2010 National Guard Junior World Championship is underway.