LAS VEGAS, NV (July 16, 2008) - The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced that the Anglers’ Legacy Innovations Awards were unveiled at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST), the world’s largest annual sportfishing trade show.
RBFF and the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) partnered to survey thousands of Anglers’ Legacy Ambassadors who voted for the products they feel have been most instrumental in shaping the sport over the past seven and a half decades. Ten influential fishing products created over the past 75 years were chosen - from rods to reels to electronics - items that have helped make fishing the great sport it is today.
"We are excited to pay tribute to the landmark innovations that have helped shape the sport of fishing, voted on by our Anglers' Legacy Ambassadors,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “As ASA celebrates 75 years of serving the sportfishing industry, this is a perfect opportunity to highlight the items that have changed the way people fish today."
The final top ten list spans six categories, including accessories, electronics, lines, lures, reels and rods:
“We’re thrilled to be commemorating the way that fishing has endured as one of America’s favorite pastimes,” said ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman. “The sport has touched the lives of so many people, thanks to the number of great inventions that have revolutionized angling over the past seven and a half decades.”
ASA is the sportfishing industry’s trade association, committed to looking out for the interests of the entire sportfishing community. ASA speaks out on behalf of sportfishing and boating industries, state and federal natural resource agencies, conservation organizations, angler advocacy groups and outdoor journalists when emerging laws and policies could significantly affect sportfishing business or sportfishing itself. ASA also invests in long-term ventures to ensure the industry will remain strong and prosperous as well as safeguard and promote the enduring economic and conservation values of sportfishing in America.
RBFF is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 to increase participation in recreational angling and boating. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing™ campaign and Anglers' Legacy.