Your Member Benefits

Bringing premier benefits to our members guides everything we do at the American Sportfishing Association. For more information regarding your membership, please contact Membership Director Kirk Ross at (703) 519-9691, x234, or email

Protecting Your Business Interests Through Business and Fisheries Conservation Policy

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) fosters strong relationships with Members of Congress, conservation and recreation partners and state and federal government leaders to ensure that sportfishing interests are well represented when policy decisions are made. Advocating on behalf of all our members is ASA’s way of keeping watch on the existing and potential laws and policies that significantly affect our members’ businesses and sportfishing itself. We give the sportfishing industry a resonating voice in influential circles in all states and the nation’s capital.

Advocating for Our Nation’s Anglers

KeepAmericaFishing® — is the sportfishing industry’s angler advocacy program through which anglers can engage in advocacy, sign up to receive news and alerts about issues that impact recreational fishing and show their support by voicing their opinion. ASA’s members have the right to use the KeepAmericaFishing™ brand and logo to promote anglers’ right to sustainably fish on our public waterways.

For more information, contact KeepAmericaFishing Director Liz Ogilvie, 703-519-9691 x228.

Business Opportunities

International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) — ASA is show producer of the premier trade show for the sportfishing industry and the largest showcase of fishing gear and accessories in the world. ICAST 2018 will be held July 10-13, 2018, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. This event annually hosts 15,000 representatives from the global sportfishing community.

Sportfishing Summit — Each October, ASA hosts the Sportfishing Summit, the association’s annual business meeting and the sportfishing community’s premier networking event. The 2018 Sportfishing Summit will be held Tuesday, October 9, through Friday, October 12, at the Wild Dunes/Isle of Palms, located just outside Charleston, S.C.

Mark your calendar now!

Business Resources

With your business in mind, ASA brings value to our members by providing a variety of very specific business services.

These business services are:

  • Providing information about paying the federal excise tax on sportfishing equipment
  • Human resources information and documents
  • Sportfishing industry data

Federal Excise Tax on Sportfishing Equipment
If you pay the federal excise tax, ASA provides you a direct link to the IRS 2006 Field Directive
Federal Excise tax on the importation and manufacture of fishing and archery products, a reference guide containing a glossary of terms associated with the federal excise tax and a list of factors that define who should pay the tax, a scenarios document that illustrates various business models used in the industry and who is responsible for paying the excise tax under the listed scenarios.

Human Resources Support Services
The services of Human Resource Associates, guided by human resource expert Bill Cook, are available to all ASA members. Via phone or email, HRA provides expert advice on a wide-range of employment issues within 24 hours. Personnel Notebooks, also available to ASA members, are short, easy-to-read documents and forms that address everything from employee manuals to interview questions in a downloadable format.

Industry Data Reports
Trade Insights and Market Report and the Tackle Shipments Index are distributed to participants and a number of other reports and indices are available on ASA’s website or as an exclusive member benefit.

Business Services

The American Sportfishing Association offers its members a variety of business services that can help improve your bottom line.

These services include :

  • Confertel Teleconferencing
  • Manufacturers/Reps Jobs Postings
  • Partnership Shipping Program
Keeping You and the Sportfishing Community Informed

Through a wide-range of media outlets, ASA keeps its members and the broader sportfishing community up-to-date on issues, events and activities that impact recreational fishing and the industry.

  • ASA Insider is a monthly e-newsletter, exclusively for ASA members, which is distributed by email at the beginning of each month.
  • ASA News is the association’s monthly e-newsletter that is emailed to thousands of members of the sportfishing community to keep them up-to-date and engaged in issues related to recreational fishing.
  • ASA’s websites provide a wealth of information about our policy and advocacy efforts, the trade and consumer shows, the annual membership meeting, sportfishing data and statistics, fisheries conservation and much more:
  • ASA on Facebook – Find us on Facebook at

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