NPAA Creates Smiles on 177 Youngsters at Milwaukee Muskie Expo
Mar 12th, 2012 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Mar 12th, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Forestville, WI-Cooperating with the Milwaukee Musky Expo recently, the National Professional Anglers Association presented rods and reels to 177 youngsters at a special seminar. Expo chairman Doug Reuter said, “It was fantastic to see their smiles. This also brought freshness to the industry.”
A number of NPAA members were present including Matt Pikka, Tony Puccio, Greg Karch and Steve Worrall. Larry Dahlberg and Jacob and Jared Stankowski (the Musky Brothers) kept attention riveted on what young anglers needed to know about musky fishing and the tools of the trade.
The NPAA wishes to thank the Expo for the opportunity, and the NPAA members and volunteers for making the event possible. Thanks also to OutdoorsFIRST Media for promoting and publishing video of the event on http://www.muskiefirst.com.
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NPAA Executive Director Pat Neu said, “This was their first annual event, and whenever the NPAA can partner with organizations to get kids involved in fishing, we will step up to the plate. The fishing tackle industry has backed this effort through funding that translates directly to rods and reels in the hands of smiling youngsters.” Neu said the NPAA will soon announce a new youth initiative.
The Muskie Expo hosted the World Championship Hand-crafted Musky Lure contest, with entries from as far away as Norway. After judging, the lures were auctioned with $1,300 in proceeds going to NPAA for future youth educational musky programs.
Other news, including stories from the annual conference is being shared on the NPAA website.
The NPAA is a non-profit organization focused on growing the sport of fishing and increasing the professionalism of its members. Supporting partners include Navionics, Mercury Marine, Evinrude Outboards, Yamaha, Lund Boats, Ranger Boats, The Next Bite, Oahe Wings and Walleyes Guide Service, Skeeter Boats, Outdoor First Media, Pure Fishing, Fish On Kids Books, Advanced Tex Screen Printing, Worldwide Marine Insurance, FLW Outdoors, AIM, North American Media Group, Frabill, John Butts Outdoors, J.J. Keller Fishing Team, The Reel Shot, U.S. Forest Service, Great Lakes Sea Grant, FPS Financial Planning Services, Off-Shore Tackle, Warrior Boats, Fin-Tech Tackle, Kingfisher Boats, Liddle Marketing, Mutual of Omaha, Northland Fishing Tackle, Optima Batteries, Simms Fishing Products, Pasha Lake Cabins, National Fleet Graphics, Arrowhead Promotion, G2 Gemini, Fishouflage and High Tech Fishing. More NPAA member and association news can be viewed at www.npaa.net.
Pat Neu: NPAA headquarters, 920-856-6151