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‘We thought it was going to be a disaster.’ Industry urged to make the most of ‘gift’

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The industry representative body for the US tackle industry heralded the start of its first ever digital summit with a rallying call to its members.

Incoming Chairman of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), Jesse Simpkins (pictured), kicked off proceedings by urging its membership to take full advantage of the ‘gift’ the industry has been given in 2020. He said: “What was originally thought to be a disaster has turned out to be a period of unprecedented growth,

“The desire to go outdoors while remaining socially distant has opened up the docks, shores and piers to millions of new anglers. We must capitalise on this both individually and collectively and do everything we can to welcome and keep these new fishermen. I know we are up to the challenge.”

Simpkins, Marketing Director of St. Croix Rods, told ASA members to consign 2020 to the past and focus on 2021. “The ASA is ready to take on these opportunities. It has great business minds from every sector of the industry and will be working hard on the issues that most affect our collective future.

“Rest assured that the ASA and its Government Affairs team are working hard to look out for your interests and ensure that you have a strong business going forward. Without our team in Washington we would not have a voice on Capitol Hill or around the country that we currently enjoy. We would have less access, fewer fish and bans on lead and plastic and more harmful regulations.”

The industry representative body for the US tackle industry heralded the start of its first ever digital summit wi

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