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Hurricane Ian

As Florida continues to emerge from the wake of Hurricane Ian, which devastated parts of the state’s west coast last month, the recovery effort continues daily. From the reopening of the Sanibel Bridge earlier this week to the on-going clean-up in Fort Myers, progress continues at a break-neck pace, bringing hope for a quick return to normalcy to even the hardest hit areas. “While Hurricane Ian has impacted our community, our destination and our spirit remains strong,” says Ray Sarracino,…

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Anticipation is ramping up for the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) 2023 Annual Conference to be held in Fort Myers, Florida, January 6 through 8. The premier event for recreational industry fishing professionals ranging from tournament anglers and guides to tackle shop staff, service crews and industry representatives, will be held at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport – Town Center, an awesome venue with a central location just five minutes from the SW Florida Regional Airport (RSW), Southwest Florida’s…

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For recreational fishing industry professionals ranging from tournament anglers and guides to tackle shop staff, service crews and industry representatives, the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) Annual Conference is a special event that truly delivers on its promise. Following a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19 concerns, NPAA is going all out to make the event’s return a smashing success. The organization has selected sunny Fort Myers, Florida, to host the conference January 6 through 8, 2022. Member’s Only Registration begins at 7…

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Florida Angler Walks on Dock

There’s big news on the convention front for the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA). The 1,400-member non-profit sportfishing trade association has decided to host its 2023 Annual Conference in sunny Fort Myers, January 6ththrough 8th. “There is no better state in the nation to host our annual NPAA Conference than Florida – especially with an early January time slot,” says Patrick Neu, NPAA’s president. “As a destination location, Florida simply cannot be beat.” Coming off a three-year conference hiatus due…

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NPAA Award Recipients

The National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) awarded top honors to several members of the professional angling community at its 2020 conference last month. The awards were bestowed to one individual in each of the following categories: Member of the Year, Supporting Partner of the Year, Future Angler Educator of the Year. Lance Valentine – NPAA Member of the Year – Each year, the NPAA recognizes member contributions to bring awareness to the sport of fishing, enhancing professional skills, angling skills…

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