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Menhaden Baitfish

The American Sportfishing Association(ASA) supports the vote by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Atlantic Menhaden Management Board to reduce the Atlantic menhaden quota by 10 percent, establishing a quota of 194,400 metric tons for the 2021 and 2022 fishing seasons. Atlantic menhaden are a primary food source for numerous sportfish populations, especially striped bass. The harvest reduction comes in response to a recent fundamental shift in Atlantic menhaden management. In August, ASMFC unanimously adopted a new ecological management…

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Last week’s virtual 2020 Sportfishing Summit brought together more than 200 ASA members and other industry leaders to engage on the issues impacting recreational fishing. During the Summit we welcomed Jesse Simpkins, Marketing Director for St. Croix Rod, as our new board of directors chairman. My thanks go to Chris Megan, publisher, On The Water, who handed the gavel over to Jesse after two years at the helm. My thanks also go to our board of directors, committee chairs and members who…

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Scenic Sunrise

The U.S. House of Representatives passed without objection America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, a historic package of bills to benefit fish and wildlife conservation throughout the nation. With the U.S. Senate unanimously passing the ACE Act on September 16, it now moves to President Trump who can sign it into law. “The ACE Act has strong support from the recreational fishing industry,” said Mike Leonard, vice president of Government Affairs for the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). “It includes several provisions…

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Fishing Rods and Reels

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed without objection H.R. 5126, the Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2020 (DESCEND Act). The bill requires recreational (including charter boats) and commercial fishermen to have on board a venting tool or descending device that is rigged and ready for use while fishing for reef fish in Gulf of Mexico federal waters. The recreational fishing and boating community strongly supports the DESCEND Act, led by Congressmen Garret…

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Angler Korey Sprengel Holds Big Check

We Fish ASA episode #214 features an interview with walleye champion Korey Sprengel. The Beaver Dam, Wisconsin angler is fresh off a big victory in the inaugural 2020 Cabela’s National Walleye Tour event on Lake Michigan out of Oconto, Wi. Korey Sprengel again proves to be a force to be reckoned with in the walleye world. He visits the We Fish ASA podcast to explain what he did to claim his huge victory and offer some other great tips for…

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