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The Sportfishing Summit - ASA's Premiere Networking Event

New Orleans Welcomes Us to the Big Easy
Please mark your calendar now for the 2016 Sportfishing Summit being held Tuesday,
October 4, through Friday, October 7, at the Ritz Carlton in fabulous New Orleans, La.

This year, we are going to hone in even more on how to grow participation in the sport. We need to not just keep the anglers we have, but be as creative and innovative as possible to grow the angling base to help ensure our industry’s future.

Our keynote speakers are experts in the fields of incorporating new technology in our efforts and further helping us to understand the characteristics of the upcoming generations, especially Gen Z – our next generation of anglers.

For more information about everything that New Orleans has to offer, please check out the website that the visitor’s bureau created just for us!

Summit Keynote Speakers

Jay Baer
Jay Baer

Jay Baer was the keynote speaker last December during a meeting for state agency communications and marketing professionals hosted by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation.

In his eye-opening presentation, Jay talked about why and where customers complain, and how to turn customer service into a marketing advantage.

Eighty percent of companies say they deliver exceptional customer service. Only eight percent of their customers agree. Jay will speak to the critical steps necessary to retain and impress customers in this disrupted era when customer service has become a spectator sport.

David and Jonah Stillman
David and Jonah Stillman

David Stillman, our other keynote speaker, has been conducting generational studies and surveys for many years. His son, Jonah, now a high school senior, is working with David to help ground truth his father’s academic efforts by conducting his own conversations with peers and other people of his generation.

Very Exciting News - Jonah will be conducting informal focus groups and shooting video with his peers over the summer to better understand what young people think about fishing and the outdoors in general. He’s going to learn to fish himself to even further understand how the process works and report out at the Summit.

2016 Summit Registration is Open! Register Now!

The 2016 Sportfishing Summit registration is now open. Once again, we are offering discounted registration fees for multiple members from one company.

Click here for the registration form.

Please email your form to Membership Director Jill Calabria,, or fax it to 703-519-1872.

Making Your 2016 Hotel Reservations

The Ritz Carlton has two options for housing accommodations - a deluxe King Bed a deluxe Double. Both rooms are both $209.00 per night.

Reservations by Phone

Please call (800) 826-8987 to make housing arrangements using the following codes, depending on your preference:
ASA Group Code - deluxe King - TYGTYGA
ASA Group Code - deluxe Double -TYGTYGB

Online Reservations

Click here for deluxe King reservations
Click here for deluxe Double reservations

Thank You 2016 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors!

The American Sportfishing Association extends its thanks to the following companies and agencies for their generous support of the 2016 Sportfishing Summit.

Click here to go to the Summit sponsor page. For more information on Sportfishing Summit sponsorships, contact Membership Director Jill Calabria, x234.

Premium - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pure Fishing, Inc., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Forest Service

Gold - Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s Inc., Costa, Southwick Associates,and TakeMeFishing

Silver - Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, National Fish Habitat Partnership, National Marine Electronics Association and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP.

The sponsors are current as of August 26, 2016.

2016 Sportfishing Summit Schedule-at-a-Glance

Tuesday, October 4
ASA’s board of directors meets from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Because it was so popular last year, we are also hosting an evening reception, the Party with a Purpose, to recognize ASA’s SportfishingPAC contributors and talk about the important work the PAC allows us to do on Capitol Hill. Everyone is invited to attend.

Wednesday, October 5
On Wednesday, our members and guests meet for breakfast and then we break out into our committee meetings. There is also a welcome breakfast for spouses and guests.
We meet for lunch and then move onto our afternoon general business sessions.

Committees meeting on Wednesday morning, October 5, from 9:00 a.m. – Noon, are:

The afternoon General Sessions begin at 1:30 following lunch. Our keynote speakers are David and Jonah Stillman.

The evening is capped off with our official Welcome Reception.

Thursday, October 6
On Thursday, we follow the same general schedule with breakfast followed by committee meetings, lunch and then the afternoon general sessions.

Committees meeting on Thursday morning, October 6, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon are:

The afternoon General Sessions begin at 1:30 following lunch.

Our keynote speaker is Jay Baer.

Friday, October 7
On the last day of the Summit, the board of directors meets just before our General Membership meeting. At the conclusion of that meeting, the association’s members adjourn for another year.

The 2016 Sportfishing Summit Reception and Awards Dinner
The annual dinner will be held Thursday evening at the National World War II Museum. The museum is a special place and you should leave some time to explore the displays. The dinner is included in your registration. Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m.


If you have any questions about the program, please contact ASA Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson,, or call 703-519-9691, x227. See you in October!

What to Expect at the Sportfishing Summit

Board of Directors and Committee Meetings
All Summit attendees are encouraged to attend the committee and board of directors meetings in order to gain a better understanding of how the association staff and the membership work to help ensure our business future.

General Sessions
Key players in the business world, our industry and fisheries conservation and management and policy discuss the most important issues affecting our livelihood.

Featured Speakers
Special guest speakers provide new ideas and practical information to help guide members’ business ventures.

Social Events and Networking Opportunities
Summit attendees can renew relationships with colleagues and friends in a low-key environment.

The 2015 Sportfishing Summit Highlights

The American Sportfishing Association's (ASA) 2015 Sportfishing Summit, the sportfishing industry's premier networking and business management event, was the largest gathering of industry representatives in the association’s history.

The Sportfishing Summit was held October 20-22, in St. Pete Beach, Fla., more than 200 people were in attendance of which 160 were from 101 member companies and organizations.

Check out the award recipients, the program book and keynote and featured speakers from the 2015 Sportfishing Summit held October 20-22, at the Loews Don Cesar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

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