Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced it will incrementally impose new 10% tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese imports, including recreational fishing equipment. The next round of tariffs will begin September 1, 2019 on a portion of these imports while the remaining products will be subject to additional tariffs starting December 15, 2019. Since May, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), and many of its members, requested exclusions from additional tariffs on sportfishing equipment arguing that our industry already pays a unique excise tax…

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    SURF’S UP, PRICES DOWN   St. Croix redesigns Legend® Surf rod series to deliver heightened performance and value     Park Falls, WI (August 14, 2019) – St. Croix’s pinnacle surf rod series, Legend® Surf, has been refined for 2020 to offer anglers increased performance at a reduced price. Updates include an all-new Fuji® guide train designed to provide optimal surf fishing performance with improved durability. In the sand or from the jetties, Legend Surf continues its legacy of leading…

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View this email online It is a long-argued position that catfish bite better at night. Plenty of anglers believe it and target the whiskered critters after the sun goes down. Catfish Connections I was recently asked whether fishing was just about tournaments. My reply was absolutely not. It is just a very visible platform which can highlight the sport, provide a competitive… Shoreline Success at Night by Ron Presley Catfishing from the bank at night can be comfortable and productive.…

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  Alexandria, VA – August 13, 2019 –Today, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) announced the recreational fishing industry’s position regarding offshore wind energy (OWE) expansion along the Atlantic coast. ASA wants to make sure the industry’s voice is heard when OWE polices and developments are under consideration. The position statement represents a commitment by ASA to engage on OWE projects in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions as well as others as development continues. This statement outlines four major areas of consideration…

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  FLIPPIN, Ark. (August 13, 2019) – Ranger Boats pro angler Bryan Thrift won the 2019 FLW Cup on Lake Hamilton with a three-day weight of 38 pounds, 7 ounces. Thrift led wire-to-wire and took the win on the final day as the only angler to bring in a two-digit bag. For his efforts, Thrift won the $300,000 first-place prize. In addition, the top-5 leaderboard spots were all taken by Ranger Pros: Kyle Walters (second), Dakota Ebare (third), Jeremy Lawyer (fourth)…

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