March 2020 News/Columns


March 4, 2020 

The stage is set for the Bassmaster Classic, spring bites are on the horizon, and new tech promises more options for anglers. 

NPAA Member News:

Annual Ice Tournament

The 2020 Second Annual Ty Anderson Memorial Ice Derby took place on Saturday February 22nd 2020. There were 176 anglers with 27 anglers under the age of 18 who took place in this exciting even on beautiful Pratt Lake in Gladwin Michigan.  The event was put on by NPAA Member Jake Trombley (#490) along with Lacey Anderson, Cindy Anderson, Peter Schaefer (#553), Bob Leslie (#361), Jesse McKinnon, Ben Redman, Erin Redman, and Becky Noteboom. The 27 youth anglers… Read More


Learn 2 Fish Wisconsin Crowd

Learn 2 Fish With Us, National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) and the Wisconsin Fishing Expo have partnered for the last eight years to bring youth fishing education to the Wisconsin Fishing Expo!!  Thanks to the Learn 2 Fish With Us and NPAA members Karen #121 and Greg Karch #138 for hosting three seminars this past weekend.  Dan, an organizer of the Wisconsin Fishing Expo, asked Greg, if he would consider building an advanced fishing basics… Read More

NPAA Supporting Partner News:

Jacob Powroznik MLF Winner

Ranger Boats pro angler Jacob Powroznik won Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour Stage Two at Lake Okeechobee on February 26. The Prince George, Virginia native won the $100,000 first-place prize, plus an extra $10,000 from the Ranger Cup contingency program. With a cold front coming through the Okeechobee area as the tournament kicked off, navigating the lake and finding bites for Group B were difficult. Winds battered the anglers as they searched for protected… Read More

Bassmaster Classic Anglers 2020

Seasoned anglers like Chris Zaldain, Keith Combs, and Matt Herren as well as newer faces will be running Humminbird SOLIX G2 and HELIX G3N units with MEGA Imaging+. Beyond having unmatched detail and clarity from Down Imaging® and Side Imaging® views at their fingertips, these anglers will be armed with MEGA 360 Imaging™ mounted to their Ultrex trolling motors, showing them fish and structure in every direction. Their arsenal also includes the iconic Minn Kota Ultrex… Read More

Abu Garcia® to Unveil New Line of Zata Reels and Combos at Bassmaster Classic Expo
Abu Garcia Zata Spinning Reel

It’s not just the striking green color that stands out on the new Abu Garcia Zata reels. The newest line of reels from legendary rod and reel maker Abu Garcia, which will make their public debut at this year’s Bassmaster Classic Expo, bring a best-in-class combination of performance and features, which makes it easier than ever for anglers to be equipped with the gear that allows them to fish to win. The new line, which includes… Read More

MWC Winning Anglers on the podium

The city of Spring Valley and the Illinois River welcome the MWC anglers for the 34th time in the last thirty-six years of the circuit, as they start the new season March 20-21, 2020. The team-format, two-day event, presented by Lowrance, has historically seen teams from over ten different states, with a wide range of experience from rookie tournament anglers to world champions. Many make this a fun family event, while others get right to work settling in for the… Read More

Pro Angler Josh Bertrand Lands Bass

Bass fishing fans headed to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex for the 2020 Bassmaster Classic and the Classic Expo will have no shortage of opportunities to cash in on great gear deals and meet their favorite Berkley pros. Professional bass fishing’s top pros will be appearing in the Berkley booth each day at the Bassmaster Classic Expo. Anglers like Jordan Lee, Hank Parker, David Fritts, Scott Suggs, Bobby Lane, Bill Dance and many others will be on hand to do demonstrations… Read More

Anglr Virtual System

ANGLR, Lowrance® and Abu Garcia®, announce the successful collaboration between the three brands to blend their cutting-edge technologies to create a powerful new way to plan, record and relive fishing adventures – all while using precise data to catch more fish. Giving anglers a previously unavailable level of control, the ANGLR app acts as a bridge between the new Abu Garcia Virtual™ Rod and compatible Lowrance chartplotters/fishfinders. This new functionality lets users privately capture key fishing data… Read More

Abu Garcia® Pros Name the Gear They Will Rely on for the 50th Bassmaster Classic
Bass Fishing

Uncertainty about the weather and water conditions on Lake Guntersville have Abu Garcia pros fishing the 50th Bassmaster Classic looking to lower gear ratios on their reels and slower-action rods in order to stay connected to what could be sluggish, pressured fish. The 2020 Bassmaster Classic runs March 6-8 on Alabama’s famed Lake Guntersville. The lake is known for producing big bass and the fishery receives its fair share of fishing pressure throughout the year. On the heels of…Read More

NPAA Non-Profit Partner News:

Asian Carp

Conservation organizations representing hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts throughout the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins are urging Congress to continue critical funding in FY 2021 to fight invasive Asian carp.  This funding will help remove Asian carp from waters they’ve already invaded and help keep them out of the Great Lakes and connected waters. Yesterday, the groups sent a letter to the House Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and the House Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies… Read More

NPAA Member & Partner Articles:
Female Angler Lands Largemouth Bass in Kayak

Aqua-Vu® underwater cameras trending among kayak fishing enthusiasts Tournament anglers sneak it out of their boat’s storage to spy on bass during prefishing. They glance at its live video screen when sonar signals resemble question marks. Other than a scuba mask, it’s the only tool that shows what’s actually living in brushpiles, hunkered down in vegetation or hiding below boat docks. In these scenarios and many others, an underwater camera has proven to be a valuable, trustworthy fish-finder. Now, following the… Read More

Walleye with Lure

Walleye Wizard, John Balla, on the NEW St. Croix Legend® Xtreme How does one describe the indescribable? Here’s what walleye pro, John Balla, had to say about his first experience fishing the all-new Legend® Xtreme – St. Croix’s most-sensitive rod series ever: “We were snap-jigging in the weeds. Normally, you’re throwing out these long casts and you’re not sure what you’re hitting. You think you’re hitting some weeds – we’re trying to target weed areas – and you kind of… Read More

NPAA Supporting Partner Promotions:
Ugly Stik® Announces Bassmaster Classic Expo Sales Promo for Carbon Rods

Ugly Stick Bag

Ugly Stik, one of fishing’s most venerable brands, with legions of loyal followers across both fresh and saltwater markets worldwide, will be bringing retail sales promotions to the 2020 Classic Expo in support of its recently released Carbon rods. Since its release in Fall 2019, the rod has been met with great acclaim across the fishing industry as the rod blends the legendary Ugly Stik power and durability with new-age performance and feel at a universally accessible price point… Read More

NPAA Partner Newsletters:

Best On Tour: Protect Your Outboard For Less Than $200


Best on Tour brings you interesting news from the fishing industry in a weekly email. This week’s edition highlights tips for outboard protection on your fishing boat, baits that anglers aren’t talking about, and the impact Coronavirus could have on the fishing industry. Don’t miss the latest batch of insights and inside info in the Best on Tour newsletter…Read More

CrappieNOW March 2020



Nearly every crappie fisherman anywhere knows that dogwood blossoms often signal the beginning of the crappie spawning season. But there areother special signs anglers watch for as well. Learn to identify these signs, find big slabs, organize your gear, pre-tie your rigs, mark waypoints, and more in this month’s edition of CrappieNOW…Read More


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