There’s no doubt a lot of politics in fishing. No really, there is. From bans on your tackle to the creation of no-fishing zones, our nation’s pastime is often under threat of being over-regulated, or worse, being completely taken away. With an industry that generates $48 BILLION dollars….yes, $48 BILLION, there is bound to be some red tape.
Through policy, science and conservation, the Government Affairs team of the American Sportfishing Association works to minimize access restrictions, promote clean waters and restore fish populations. And while they’re successful dealing one-on-one with our Congressional leaders, we all know it’s the power of the people that will influence positive change. That’s where Keep America Fishing and their network of nearly 1 million supporters comes in.
Keep America Fishing gives you – the public – a place to learn about the issues we’re facing, unite our efforts as a community, and present a strong voice. When millions of Americans come together and ask our political leaders to vote in favor of recreational fishing, they will listen.
Staying true to the preservation of our waters, 4 years ago, Keep America Fishing launched a campaign to educate anglers about the importance of properly disposing of worn out soft plastic baits. Since then, pro and recreational anglers alike have signed the Pledge and are spreading the word about keeping the places we fish clean and litter-free.
In 2017, Keep America Fishing partnered with professional bass fishing tournament trail FLW Fishing to collect and recycle baits used in their bass tournaments. The FLW Foundation will provide Pitch It bait recycling bins at every FLW tournament across five tournament circuits in 2017 and encourage competitors to use the bins and talk to fans about the importance of proper bait disposal.
At the same time, state fish and wildlife agencies are joining in and passing along information through their publications, outdoor shows, and online. With any luck, you won’t be able to miss the familiar Pitch It logo as you are out and about this year. In addition, Wyze Guyz Tackle proudly serves as a drop off station for your used plastics.
To learn more about this great program, go to www.PledgeToPitchIt.org. Check out what the pros are saying, share your story, and make sure you Sign the Pledge