Sportfishing Summit

Sportfishing Summit

ASA’s Premiere Networking Event

Our goal is to provide a venue for our members to network with their industry colleagues and friends as well as hear information about the industry’s the future, and other information that will help them improve their business practices.

Check out this year’s award recipients, and the program book from the Sportfishing Summit held October 4-7, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans, La.

Opal Sands Resort Clearwater Beach, Fla.

Opal Sands Resort
Clearwater Beach, Fla.

The 2017 Sportfishing Summit

Please mark your calendar now for the 2017 Sportfishing Summit being held Tuesday, October 10, through Friday, October 13, at the Opal Sands Resort in sunny Clearwater Beach, Fla.

2016 Sportfishing Summit Overview

More than 220 people representing 116 companies and organizations registered for the event.

The 2016 Sportfishing Summit program agenda focused heavily on angler participation and how to increase the number of people fishing and boating. Current participation trends show younger, more diverse audiences are reluctant to take up fishing and boating, all the while older white males are aging out of the sport.

Decreased fishing and boating participation will have an impact on our nation’s economy, conservation efforts and the fishing and boating industries.

The association’s committees addressed a number of other issues relating to access to public waters, increasing participation in fishing, ICAST, the industry’s trade show, growing the membership and focusing on charting a course for the future.

  • Tuesday, October 4 – On Tuesday, we had the ASA Board of Directors meeting. We also hosted an informal, outdoor meet and greet on Tuesday evening – a Party with a Purpose – to thank current ASA SportfishingPAC donors and provide some info about the PAC.
  • Wednesday, October 5 – On Wednesday, our members and guests met for breakfast and heard from Representative Garret Graves (R-La.) who welcomed everyone to Louisiana and addressed the issues that impact recreational fishing in the Gulf. We then broke out into our committee meetings. We met for lunch and then moved onto our afternoon general business sessions. The evening was capped off with a full-on welcome reception.
  • Thursday, October 6 – On Thursday, we followed the same pattern as Wednesday. The exception is the Sportfishing Summit annual dinner and awards presentations we held on Thursday evening at the National World War II Museum.
  • Friday, October 7 – On the last day of the Summit, the board of directors met just before our General Membership meeting. At the conclusion of that meeting, the association’s members adjourned for another year.

The Sportfishing Summit features:

Board of Directors and Committee Meetings
All meeting 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.