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National Professional Anglers Association, Inc.
National Professional Anglers Association, Inc.
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Office Contact
P.O. Box 7048, Pierre, SD  57501
Phone: (605) 223-2136
Fax: (605) 223-9685
E-Mail: anglers@sd.cybernex.net
Board of Directors 1998 - 1999
Mike McClelland ~ President
Gary Parsons ~ Vice President
Marty Glorvigen ~ Secretary / treasurer
John Peterson ~ Board Member
Norb Wallock ~ Board Member

Why the NPAA?

     Important questions concerning the fishing industry have been raised over and over again. What can be done to promote the sport of fishing? What can be done to add excitement and raise the level of participation in our sport while generating greater public awareness and thereby increasing sales of associated products? How can fishing follow in the footsteps of NASCAR, the NBA, the NFL, or the latest sports phenomenon, golf? After much thought and deliberation, a dedicated group of professional anglers have combined their talents to address this important issue. They have jointly formed and organized the National Professional Anglers Association.

     What is the NPAA and what will it accomplish?

     The NPAA is a newly formed nonprofit organization of tournament anglers and supporting industry sponsors. It is dedicated to the advancement of professionalism among tournament fishermen and the growth of the fishing industry. 

    The NPAA was formed to identify, recognize, honor and promote professional fishermen who have distinguished themselves by participating in professional fishing tournaments. It will promote in an ethical, lawful and legal manner the development, preservation, operation, maintenance and general welfare of the professional tournament fishermen of the United States. It will conduct studies, engage in research, and aid professional tournament fishermen and the industry in any other similar and legitimate activities.

     It is the intent of the NPAA to foster a spirit of goodwill among those persons engaged in the fishing industry. It will promote ethical practices in their relationships with each other, their employees, associates, and the general public to the end that all interests may be served fairly. The association also intends to create friendship and good fellowship among members, sponsors, manufacturers and tournament officials, as well as fostering a sense of pride in the association and its purposes.

   The NPAA will collaborate, cooperate, educate and exchange ideas with its members, trade associations, manufacturers, tournament sponsors and the public to promote and establish information, procedures and events beneficial to the industry. The NPAA will create and promote a program of continuing education to promote professionalism among its members. As an organization of professional fisherman, our main goal is to assist the growth of the fishing industry. 

 How will we accomplish these goals?

     A quarterly newsletter is sent to all members. It is filled with tournament and industry updates that will keep all parties connected to the current happenings.

    The NPAA will coordinate with tournament sanctioning organizations and will be able to offer a strong voice on safety and ethics issues.

    The NPAA has designated a legal fund dedicated to preserving tournament fishing and to providing legal information to assist individual members.

    The annual membership directory includes a listing of active members, their photos, biographies and current sponsors. It is distributed to outdoor press and media, sport show promoters, advertising agencies, manufacturers and sponsors. Essentially, this annual publication makes a statement to the industry: "These are the players in professional fishing!"  This publication is designed to help potential sponsors in determining if a fisherman is truly a professional and therefore worthy of sponsorship consideration.

     Supporting members are also incorporated in this annual publication. This provides an excellent opportunity to introduce new products or reinforce products as being tournament-tested or pro-team-proven.

     The fall conference and symposium brings together outdoor press and media, manufacturers, ad agencies, outside industry sponsors and professional fishermen.  Held October 8-11, 1998, this event is exclusive to active and supporting members. Supporting members are encouraged to send two representatives of their company to this fall symposium.

     The focus of the conference will be to search together for ways to truly "grow" the fishing industry. By coordinating the efforts of manufacturers, sponsors, tournament fishermen and media, the entire industry will benefit.

     This symposium will also be important in determining what new angling concepts and important breakthroughs are to be introduced and promoted to the fishing public for the following year. For the last ten years, many of the new fishing concepts, products and cutting-edge techniques have originated from this highly experienced group of tournament fishermen.

    Along with introducing new products and technology through the directory and newsletters, these products and techniques can also be introduced at the fall conference to thirty or more of the nation's top outdoor writers. By combining technology, technique and promotion, the fall symposium has become one of the most important events on the outdoor calendar. 

National Professional Anglers Association, Inc

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