ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) today announced that the 2020 Sportfishing Summit will be held virtually. The event was previously planned for Naples, Florida; but has been taken online due to COVID-19.

The ASA’s annual Sportfishing Summit is a collective gathering of the minds of the biggest players in the fishing tackle industry. The three-day event typically includes seminars and keynote addresses along with committee and board meetings that help direct the policies of the ASA and the future of sportfishing.

The move was announced to membership via an email today, which you can read in its entirety below:

The American Sportfishing Association’s annual business meeting – the Sportfishing Summit – is one of the most anticipated networking events of the year.

It’s fun. It’s educational. And it’s the venue where we discuss the challenges facing our industry and collectively decide what we’re going to do to address them.

This year, we were looking forward to hosting the Summit from October 13 – 16, at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club in Naples, Fla.

 
Transitioning to a Virtual Business Meeting 

Given the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, our board of directors determined that an onsite, in-person Summit was not possible this year.

In its place, we are planning a virtual annual business meeting with board of directors and committee meetings along with remarks by industry leaders and ASA staff. We’ll also have a keynote presentation by Chris Stirewalt, an American politics editor for the Fox News Channel who will provide an overview of the upcoming elections


We’re still putting the final touches on the schedule of virtual meetings and registration details. Registration will be free for all current ASA members.

Following a similar format as an onsite event, the meetings and sessions will be spread out from Tuesday, October 13, to Friday, October 16.

If you would like to support our virtual meeting, please contact Member Relations Manager Rob Russel for more information about sponsorships.
 
Stay tuned! You’ll be hearing a lot more from us in the days and weeks to come.