2017 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors

2017 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors

2017 Sportfishing Summit

October 10-13, 2016
Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida

2017 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors

The American Sportfishing Association thanks its generous sponsors for helping to make this year's meeting a successes.

The sponsors are current as of August 31, 2017.

NOAA Fisheries NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service

NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), a division of the Department of Commerce, is the federal agency, responsible for the stewardship of the nation's living marine resources and their habitat. NMFS is responsible for the management, conservation and protection of living marine resources within the United States' Exclusive Economic Zone which covers marine waters three to 200 mile offshore. Using the tools provided by the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act, NMFS, along with its six regional offices and eight councils, works with communities on fishery management issues and works to promote sustainable fisheries and to prevent lost economic potential associated with overfishing, declining species and degraded habitats.

Pure Fishing Pure Fishing, Inc.

Pure Fishing, Inc. is a leading global provider of fishing tackle, lures, rods and reels with a portfolio of brands that includes Abu Garcia®, All Star®, Berkley®, Chub™, Fenwick®, Gulp!®, Hardy & Greys™, Hodgman®, Johnson™, Mitchell®, PENN®, Pflueger®, Sébile®, SevenStrand®, Shakespeare®, SpiderWire®, Stren®, Trilene® and Ugly Stik®. Pure Fishing, Inc. operates in 22 countries with a dedicated workforce conversant in 28 languages. Pure Fishing, Inc. is a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation and is part of the Jarden Outdoor Solutions business segment, a leader in developing outdoor and active lifestyle products.

 USDA Forest Service USDA Forest Service

The USDA Forest Service’s National Forest System includes approximately 2.1 million acres of lakes, ponds and reservoirs and 200,000 miles of perennial streams. Our staff of fisheries biologists, aquatic ecologists, hydrologists and technicians works with other disciplines inside the agency and with our partners to protect and restore aquatic resources for all of America to enjoy.
Bass Pro Shops Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops is a leading destination retailer offering outdoor gear and apparel in an immersive setting. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today 102 retail and marine centers host 120 million people annually. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is known as a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”

Cabelas Cabela’s

Cabela’s is a leading retailer and direct marketer of outdoor-related merchandise. Founded in 1961, Cabela’s is a top outdoor recreation brand and recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter®. Through its growing number of retail stores and established direct business, Cabela’s offers a wide selection of quality gear while providing superior customer service.


We build the clearest sunglasses on the planet for those who live to be on the water. Born on the water and we’re still inspired by it. We want to be on it, we want to protect it, and we want to inspire others to do the same.

TakeMeFishing.orgVamosapescar.org Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation
www.takemefishing.org /www.vamosapescar.org

RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation's aquatic resources. RBFF's recently announced 60-in-60 effort strives to attract 60 million anglers to the sport. To help recruit, retain and reactivate participants, RBFF developed the award-winning Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns creating awareness about boating, fishing and conservation, and educating people about the benefits of participation.

Southwick Assoc Southwick Associates, Inc.

Southwick Associates is a market research and statistics firm, specializing in the sportfishing and outdoor markets. We are renowned for delivering comprehensive insights that help businesses improve their strategic decision-making. Our 25+ years of experience serving the sportfishing industry, plus our proprietary sportfishing research panels, provides us with a level of knowledge unobtainable anywhere else. In addition to our custom research services, we also provide syndicated sportfishing participation insights, market tracking studies and new product conception services that are based on customers’ wants and needs. We are the data and statistics provider for the American Sportfishing Association, and have been recognized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation as their top quantitative research vendor.

Yamaha Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Group, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builders with marketing, training and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA®’s Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award every year since its inception. Visit YamahaOutboards.com.
 Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is the professional organization that serves as the collective voice of North America’s fish and wildlife agencies. Our mission is to support and advocate for state, provincial and territorial authority for conservation and to assist those agencies in promoting science-based resource management in collaboration with public and private partners.

Center for Sportfishing Policy Center for Sportfishing Policy

The Center for Sportfishing Policy is the nation’s leading advocate for saltwater recreational anglers. The Center organizes, focuses and engages recreational fishing stakeholders to shape federal marine fisheries management policies.

Coastal Conservation Association

CCA is the largest grassroots, marine resource conservation group of its kind in the nation, with more than 125,000 members in 17 state chapters. Dedicated to enhancing marine resources and improving anglers’ access to them, CCA has been active in state, national and international fisheries management issues since 1977. For more information, visit www.JoinCCA.org.

Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation – Since 1989 the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen’s organization in the political arena. CSF’s mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping.

Engel Coolers

ENGEL COOLERS, the original and leader in AC/DC 12 volt fridges and freezers, high performance roto-molded coolers, vacuum insulated drinkware, outdoor adventure gear and soft-sided coolers. Engel, through No Shoes Reefs and the Andrew “Red” Harris foundation, is proud to support local and national reef conservation efforts and artificial reef deployments.

Forbes - Tate Partners Forbes-Tate Partners

Forbes Tate Partners is a bipartisan, full-service public affairs consultancy specializing in government relations, grassroots/grasstops advocacy, strategic communications, state-level advocacy, and business development. Our principals possess decades of experience serving in various capacities in the White House, Congress, federal agencies, K Street, federal and state campaigns, and NGOs. FTP’s practice area teams work together to leverage our diverse skills and relationships on behalf of our clients. Together we give our clients the attention and advice they need and the outcomes they seek.


Freeman is the world’s leading brand experience company. We help our clients design, plan, and deliver immersive experiences for their most important audiences. Through comprehensive solutions, including strategy, creative, logistics, digital solutions, and event technology, Freeman helps increase engagement and drive business results. What makes us different is our collaborative culture, intuitive knowledge, global perspective, and personalized approach, gained from our 90 years as an industry leader. Freeman is a family-owned company with 90+ locations worldwide and over 7,000 employees, 2,000 of whom are located outside the U.S. For more information, visit www.freeman.com

Map Your Show Map Your Show

National Marine Manufacturers Assoc National Marine Manufacturers Association

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading trade organization for the North American recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, marine accessories and gear used by millions of boaters in North America. The association serves its members and their sales and service networks by improving the business environment for recreational boating including providing domestic and international sales and marketing opportunities, reducing unnecessary government regulation, decreasing the cost of doing business, and helping grow boating participation. As the largest producer of boat and sport shows in the U.S., NMMA connects the recreational boating industry with the boating consumer year-round. Learn more at www.nmma.org and get engaged with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Theodore Rosevelt Conservation Program Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

TRCP is a national hunting and fishing conservation organization whose mission is to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish. We are unique because we are a coalition-building organization that seeks to unite and amplify the voices of ALL sportsmen around important federal issues that affect fish and wildlife habitat, funding for conservation programs, and sportsmen’s access. We work with 54 diverse partner organizations and countless other allies, grassroots supporters, and businesses on the issues most important to hunters and anglers—including management of America’s public lands, forests, wetlands, and saltwater fisheries, as well as policy and funding for private lands conservation, clean water initiatives, drought solutions, and restoration on the Gulf Coast.

Wired2Fish.com Wired2fish, Inc.

Wired2fish, Inc. is one of the largest outdoors media companies in the world with millions of readers and averaging over 5 million videos views every month across our website and various social channels. Wired2fish.com provides the most up-to-date and detailed information and resources about freshwater sport fishing. We feature daily videos, articles, news reports, fishing tackle reviews and more. We've taught millions of anglers across the globe how to fish and be more productive on the water.

Womble Carlyle Womble Carlyle

From our footprint in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Silicon Valley markets, we serve clients in matters across the nation and around the world. Our 15 offices all focus on Womble Carlyle’s commitment to client service, our emphasis on innovation, and our engagement in the communities in which we live and serve. We provide clients with high quality, cost-effective and responsive services in areas such as intellectual property, regulatory, products liability, and general business operational and dispute functions. Effective 4th quarter 2017, Womble Carlyle will combine with UK based Bond Dickinson to create Womble Bond Dickinson, a trans-atlantic firm with nearly 1,000 attorneys experienced in a myriad of industries and legal areas worldwide.