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Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have recently acted on legislation to reauthorize the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (SFRBTF). The SFRBTF, which is funded in part by the federal excise tax on fishing equipment paid by the sportfishing industry, funds state-based programs for sportfish conservation and habitat restoration, infrastructure for boating access and education for anglers and boaters. Yesterday, the Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act of 2020 was introduced in the U.S.…

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The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Take Me Fishing™ is the presenting sponsor for ICAST 2020 Online. ASA, the trade association that represents the sportfishing industry, and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), the national non-profit that promotes recreational fishing and boating through Take Me Fishing™, work together on programs and projects to engage people of all ages in recreational fishing. This July, the ICAST Show, the world’s largest recreational fishing trade show, has transitioned…

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Four members of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) were elected to fill two At-Large seats and two regional seats on the board of directors. Their three-year terms begin October 1, 2020. ASA is the national trade association that represents the sportfishing industry. At-Large seats went to: Bruce Akin, CEO, B.A.S.S., Birmingham, Alabama – Re-elected to serve a second term on the board Diane Bristol – Senior Director, Employee and Community Engagement, Simms Fishing Products, Bozeman, Montana – Elected to serve a first term…

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We Fish ASA episode #207 features an interview with Hall of Fame walleye champion Mike Gofron. The Antioch, Illinois angler is fresh off a victory in the new “Head 2 Head” bass and walleye circuit. Gofron explains what Head 2 Head is about and he shares some great stories and anecdotes. Mike Gofron also offers some tips to help the average angler put more fish in his box. The show can be heard at www.wefishasa.com, on Apple Podcasts, on Google…

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Nature Scenic

Late Monday, the U.S. Senate voted 80-17 to proceed with consideration of the Great American Outdoors Act, a massive legislative package to fund access to and maintenance of the nation’s public lands. A final vote on the measure is expected within a week. “Public lands are incredibly important for providing recreational fishing opportunities throughout the country,” said Mike Leonard, vice president of Government Affairs for the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). “This monumental bill is particularly timely. As the sportfishing industry,…

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