B.A.S.S. - the world’s largest fishing organization - recently announced the creation of the Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team, and it’s seeking nominations of anglers nationwide.

“Our goal is to provide skilled young anglers with the rewards and recognition they deserve,” said Hank Weldon, manager of B.A.S.S.’s high school and college fishing programs. “In addition, we are offering them an opportunity to demonstrate their fishing abilities on a national stage.”

To be considered for inclusion on the Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team, a student must be nominated by a parent, coach, teacher or other school official. 

Students currently enrolled in grades 10-12 with a current-year grade point average of 2.5 or higher are eligible. Judges will select up to two student anglers in each state, who will become semifinalists in the selection of the 12-member All-American Team. 

Criteria include success in high school fishing tournaments and involvement in conservation efforts and other community service activities. A panel of judges will review the applications and select the High School All-American Fishing Team.

The 12 All-Americans will compete in a one-day Bassmaster All-American High School Tournament to be held in conjunction with the 2015 BASSfest event. Elite Series anglers will serve as “coaches” for the student anglers in a one-day tournament on Lake Barkley, Tennessee on June 6.

All students who compete in high school fishing events are eligible, regardless of whether they are affiliated with B.A.S.S. or another organization, according to a press release.

Adults can nominate students by clicking here, and all nominations must be submitted before midnight on April 15.