In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress came together in bipartisan fashion to pass relief bills. They helped offset the direct and indirect economic impact on the American people. Thanks to those efforts, our nation averted the worst-case scenarios. Unfortunately, the pace of economic recovery has slowed over the last few months, and jobless claims are rising. Economic experts agree more stimulus is needed to aid the economy in the winter months before a COVID-19 vaccine becomes widely…

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Keep America Fishing

Record numbers of Americans are going fishing and enjoying public lands and waters, many for the very first time. This reinforces our mission to ensure state and federal policies support sensible fisheries management and protect this sport we all love. Thanks to Keep America Fishing supporters like you, some of the most important and impactful pieces of pro-fishing legislation in decades became the law of the land. Without your efforts—the thousands of emails, letters and messages you sent through the…

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Fishing Boats

NOAA Fisheries and the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils are implementing the new Southeast For-Hire Electronic Reporting Program in January 2021. The intent of the program is to provide more timely catch information by federally-permitted charter vessels, to enhance data collection for better fisheries management and science, and to provide accurate and reliable fisheries information about catch, effort, and discards to be used in future stock assessments and management evaluations. South Atlantic – Start Date for…

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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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Walleye on Northland Bait

Northland Fishing Tackle and the Bagley Bait Company are proud to announce the expansion of their established rep group Sokol Associates’ territory, effective October 1, 2020. “Jon Sokol and his team have grown our business in their existing territory and now is the time to strengthen our partnership nationwide,” says Northland/Bagley President and CEO, Gregg Wollner. “These are unprecedented times in fishing tackle sales and participation. I look forward to working with Jon and his team to foster Northland and…

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