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National Professional Anglers
P.O. Box 7048, Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 223-2136
Fax: (605) 223-9685
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?
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.
are also incorporated in this annual publication. This provides an excellent
opportunity to introduce new products or reinforce products as being tournament-tested
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.
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.