|Chip Leer Joins In-Fisherman as Professional Walleye Trail Tournament
April 16, 2007, Brainerd, Minnesota—In-Fisherman announced
that Chip Leer has joined the Professional Walleye Trail (PWT)
as Tournament Director.
As the PWT Tournament Director, Leer will be responsible for
conducting all fishing tournaments from administrative and operational
policies, procedures, and rules to enforcing compliance with
all tournament rules and regulations. In addition, he will oversee
angler recruitment and relations, purse payouts, on site volunteers,
and all matters relating to tournament safety.
As an innovative promoter and educator with a deep passion for
the sport of fishing, Leer has found effective ways to communicate
his dedication to fishing. He guided and formed an organization
of guides on Leech Lake, The Leech Lake Guide Coalition. He
established and grew a local walleye tournament to one of the
largest in the country. His tournament experience includes that
of competitor, event emcee, promoter, and TV Host for the Minnesota
Pro/Am Bass Tour.
Most recently, Leer was the owner and recognizable face of Fishing
the WildSide and Fishing the WildSide ON ICE, the first-ever
exclusive ice fishing TV series, as well as creating one of
the first interactive on-line digital magazines.
According to In-Fisherman Publisher, Steve Hoffman, "Chip
is ideally suited to successfully meet the challenges ahead.
He brings a wealth of valuable experience to this demanding
job. We're pleased to have him onboard."
“Chip's solid reputation as a promoter, communicator and
leader will be a valuable asset to the PWT. He's passionate
about fishing, our natural resources, and the growth of the
sport of fishing,” said Jim Kalkofen, executive director
of the PWT.
“As PWT Tournament Director I am committed to providing
a fair, competitive environment for the world’s best walleye
anglers, while offering a stage where manufacturer’s innovations
shine and modern walleye fishermen benefit from the tactics
refined on the Trail,” said Leer. “Although I 'm
humbled to have been chosen for this responsibility, I can’t
wait to get moving. This is going to be a lot of fun.”
For over thirty years, In-Fisherman has been the communications
leader in the freshwater fishing industry through the integration
of publications, television, radio, books, videos, fishing tournaments
and the Internet. In-Fisherman Publications include In-Fisherman
and Walleye In-Sider magazines; plus four annuals, Walleye Guide,
Catfish In-Sider Guide, Bass Guide, and Ice Fishing Guide. The
In-Fisherman Library consists of over 19 educational fishing
books and 95 instructional fishing DVD's and videos.
The In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT), the nation’s
premier walleye tournament circuit, hosts six regional Pro-Am
competitions plus a Championship. In-Fisherman Television airs
on The Outdoor Channel, Outdoor Channel 2HD, Fox Sports Net,
Men's Outdoors & Recreation, Wild TV Canada, and select
broadcast markets 52 weeks a year; and In-Fisherman Radio airs
6 days a week to over 420 stations nationwide. The In-Fisherman
Web site can be found at www.in-fisherman.com <http://www.in-fisherman.com>
InterMedia Outdoors comprises the leading outdoor magazine
group in the United States. It includes 17 hunting, fishing
and shooting magazines, with such well known and successful
titles as Fly Fisherman, Game & Fish, Florida Sportsman,
and Guns & Ammo. In addition to traditional magazine publishing,
InterMedia Outdoors has a multi-platform strategy including
the market 's leading online/digital network, 11 top-rated TV
series, syndicated radio, consumer events, and brand-driven