Bass Pro and Nitro Renew with PAA

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BENTON, Ky. (April 2, 2013)– The Professional Anglers Association (PAA) announced today that Bass Pro Shops, America’s leading outdoor retailer, has renewed its sponsorship of the PAA for 2013.

From a simple but effective idea, founder Johnny Morris, built Bass Pro Shops into one of America’s premier outdoor retailers with destination outdoor retail stores across America and Canada, serving over 75 million sportsmen a year. Today, huge boat showrooms are featured in every Bass Pro Shops but Bass Pro Shops isn’t just about fishing anymore and is now a leading outdoor retailer in hunting, camping, nature gifts, outdoor cooking and much more.

Nitro and Tracker boats have also joined in this renewed sponsorship of the PAA for 2013 and will continue to feature America’s number one selling fishing boats to the bass fishing enthusiasts of PAA.

“Bass Pro Shops and Nitro Boats are pleased to announce that we are continuing as the premier partner of the Professional Anglers Association in 2013. The PAA features the top professional anglers from both the B.A.S.S. and FLW organizations. The PAA Board of Directors are competitive anglers who have a passion for tournament fishing and growing the sport of bass fishing. Their efforts regarding conservation and the promotion of youth fishing programs is instrumental to the future of the sport,” said Rick Emmitt, Marketing Manager-Angler Programs/Pro Staff for Bass Pro Shops.

PAA President Dave Mansue said, ”The PAA is excited to extend our partnership with America’s best outdoor retailer, Bass Pro Shops. Over the last three years Bass Pro Shops and the PAA have done some exciting things together bringing more anglers and more fans to Bass Pro Shops stores across the country. Our Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series events are filled with the best anglers and offer some of the best competition in the industry. Through their support, Bass Pro Shops and Nitro Boats has given the PAA the opportunity to grow the sport of bass fishing and provided our anglers with a gateway to the Toyota Texas Bass Classic.”

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About Bass Pro Shops and Nitro Boats
Bass Pro Shops, Inc. is a multifaceted sporting equipment retailer, with a special emphasis on fishing, hunting, and camping. Operating out of Springfield, Missouri, the company is best known for its Outdoor World stores, massive facilities that combine a large selection of goods with amusement features, such as target ranges, fish tanks, restaurants, and video arcades. The original Outdoor World is located in Springfield and has become the single most popular tourist destination in the state of Missouri, attracting approximately four million visitors each year. Nearby Branson, Missouri, a mini-Nashville with two dozen country music theaters, draws more tourists overall, many of whom make the pilgrimage to Springfield to visit what has become the Mecca of fishing and hunting. Bass Pro Shops also runs a major mail-order business, which originally provided the platform for the company’s entry into megastores. Its private label sporting goods are also distributed to other sporting goods stores through its American Rod & Gun wholesale operation. In addition, Bass Pro Shops owns Tracker Marine, one of the largest U.S. boat manufacturers, who manufactures Nitro Boats as one of its many brands.
Bass Pro Shops Website: www.basspro.com
Nitro Boats Website: www.nitroboats.com

About the PAA
The Professional Anglers Association is a non-profit organization that gives professional anglers a unified voice in order to aid in the growth of the sport of professional bass fishing. The PAA also aims to administer educational programs to the average angler, to increase enjoyment of the sport, and to embrace sound conservation practices to further the future of the sport.
PAA Website: www.FishPAA.com