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AHSBA opens 2019-20 fishing season this weekend

The Amateur High School Bass Anglers high school and middle school fishing league gets started this weekend with the first of eight tournaments. The 2019-20 initial event will begin with a 7 a.m. blastoff from the boat ramp at Gatewood Park Saturday on Lake Allatoona. At least 41 boats have signed up for this year’s opening tournament which sets a new league mark. Twelve of the 41 boats will carry junior anglers representing middle schools with the other 29 carrying high school anglers. Weigh-ins will begin at 1 p.m. for the junior anglers with senior anglers to follow soon after.

The weigh-ins are a full production with an emcee, music, and substantial prizes awarded for the top ten weights. There are 85 anglers registered for the league heading into this week with registration still open to the public. Students interested in joining the AHSBA may visit the league’s Facebook page ( Registration is $100. The fee covers a jersey and insurance/registration with the Student Angler Federation. This qualifies league members for state and national SAF events.

For more information, league organizers my be reached at or send a message to the league’s Facebook page.

Season schedule:

August 24 - Allatoona

September 14 - Weiss

October 12 - Carters

November 9 - Lanier

February 29 - Allatoona

March 28 - Neely Henry

April 18 - Lanier

May 16 - Classic (location TBD)

Participating schools include:

Adairsville Middle

Calhoun Middle

Cartersville Middle

Cass Middle

Cedartown Middle

Red Top Middle

South Paulding Middle

Woodland Middle

Adairsville High

Calhoun High

Cartersville High

Cass High

Cedartown High

Central High

Gordon Central High

Pickens County High

Rockmart High

Sonoraville High

South Paulding High

Woodland High

AHSBA also has a growing number of home school students registered.

Gold Corporate Sponsor:

Yamaha Pro Fishing

Bronze Corporate Sponsors:

JCSB Trucking

Mission Tire

Goldcrest Motorsports


Sublime Wear USA, jersey vendor, works with the league on production cost in return for some advertisement. New Beginning Signs has donated more time, skill, and product with graphics than we could possibly put a number on so the league would like to recognize them as well.

Adult Leaders:

The organization at large is led by Matt and Kristen Martin. Matt is the face of the league. He does the legwork on tournament day with blastoff and weigh-in, handles communication across school teams and with parents, works with sponsors, and works with vendors. Kristen does the legwork behind the scenes with finances, maintaining the points database, handling the SAF paperwork, league and tournament registration, and scholarships. James Hall of JDH Electric is filling a new role for us by serving as the team chaplain, and he will be traveling to all tournaments with us this year. Jeremy Ray and David Adams work primarily with their school teams, but both of these gentlemen have been on board with AHSBA since day one, and not many decisions get made without their input.

School specific leaders/contacts:

Adairsville - David Adams and Chris Martin

Cartersville - Clay Walker and Jeremy Ray

Cass - Rusty and Carol Martin

Calhoun & Gordon County - Jamie and Susan Mills

Paulding County - Wayne Meadows

Polk County - Chet Cleland and Aaron Wood

Woodland - Chuck Moore

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