AFTCO and FishUSA Partner to Support GLATOS, Fisheries Research
FAIRVIEW, Pa. [February 19, 2019] - In a joint effort, FishUSA®, America’s Tackle Shop®, and the American Fishing Tackle Company (AFTCO) are collaborating to give back to the fishing communities of the Great Lakes region by supporting the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS). At a time when Great Lakes anglers are experiencing record-breaking fishing opportunities, the retailer, manufacturer, and network of researchers is aiming to further enhance the region’s fishing resources long into the future.
GLATOS is a bi-national network of researchers who study how different fish species behave in the Great Lakes. Researchers capture a number of fish, surgically implant an acoustic telemetry tag, and release the tagged fish back into the water. The tag tracks each fish’s movement over time and transmits information to acoustic receivers placed throughout the Great Lakes.
Mark Haffley, Biologist with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and GLATOS researcher, says, “Better understanding fish movement and fish migration in Lake Erie is crucial in proper management of each species. As the Great Lakes change, so does the behavior of the fish within them. Studying their movement and spawning locations give us the best chance to make the proper management decisions to benefit not only the resource but the fishermen that utilize them.”
There are currently 69 active GLATOS projects throughout the Great Lakes and connecting waterways. Within these projects, dozens of species and thousands of fish have been tagged. The receivers have registered hundreds of millions of detections from the migrating fish.
From a Great Lakes fishery standpoint, the three-way partnership represents a big step forward for everyone involved.
“Scientists and biologists study the species we like to fish for, and their research helps set regulations so that fish populations remain healthy for recreational and commercial anglers”, says Justin DiRado, FishUSA’s Social Media & Community Outreach Manager. “Fishing license and equipment purchases help fund state fisheries agencies, and private businesses are working to offer better fishing equipment for anglers so they can enjoy those resources even more. Everyone is interacting every day, so we have to work together to create the best situation for the fishing industry and the environment. Forming this partnership between AFTCO, GLATOS, and FishUSA benefits anglers, scientists, managers, manufacturers and sellers of fishing gear, not to mention it improves the resources we’re all supporting.”
“You have a situation where researchers always need funding support for their work. AFTCO is a household name in saltwater fishing, and we’re diving head-first into the freshwater fishing market. What better place to make a statement than supporting the Great Lakes and the biggest freshwater [fishing] market in the country?” says Matt Florentino, AFTCO’s Marketing Director.
“FishUSA is elated to be partnering with AFTCO and GLATOS, and we look forward to an exciting campaign with these outstanding organizations. Although our FishUSA.com website serves customers across the U.S. and globally, a significant number live and fish across the Great Lakes region home, and our Pro Shop and headquarters are only a few minutes from the shores of Lake Erie", states Jeff Parnell, the company’s President and CEO.
The three-way partnership formally begins in the spring of 2019. Through the partnership, a portion of proceeds from AFTCO and FishUSA sales will go to GLATOS to fund fisheries research in a region that supports thousands of jobs, millions of anglers, and a multi-billion dollar fishing economy. AFTCO performance apparel can now be purchased at FishUSA, co-branded apparel is in production, and contributions are already being made to GLATOS.
FishUSA Welcomes Kayak Bass Angler and Educator, Gene Jensen, to Pro Staff
FAIRVIEW, Pa. [January 15, 2019] - FishUSA®, America’s Tackle Shop®, is proud to welcome Gene Jensen to its Pro Staff. Jensen will join fellow bass and kayak angler, Chad Hoover, and Great Lakes open water anglers Pete Alex, Tony Roach, and Ross Robertson, as the newest spokesperson and collaborator on the dynamic team. Also known by his wildly popular moniker, Flukemaster, Gene has amassed an extensive following through his work as an instructive member of the angling community.
A born and bred Georgia native, Jensen grew up trout fishing with his father. He was later introduced to the world of bass fishing and today he can be described as an avid bass angler; which he also considers to be a huge understatement. He guided on Richmond Mill Lake in North Carolina for five years and it was there that he learned he loved to teach people how to fish. Now residing in northwest Georgia, Gene’s home lakes are Guntersville and Lake Chickamauga. It is here that Gene can often be found chasing trophy largemouth while simultaneously mentoring others and producing a variety of digital media assets.
Today, Gene owns and operates multiple social media channels, including his YouTube channel, Flukemaster. He has amassed a following of nearly 300,000 subscribers; a number that grows every day. Through social media, Gene shares his passion for bass fishing while educating others in the sport. He lives by the motto, “Teaching the World to Fish.” He says, “My calling in life is teaching people how to fish. Bass fishing is my passion but I am willing to teach anything that I learn about any species of fish.”
Gene brings his extensive bass and kayak fishing background to FishUSA as the retailer continues to expand its selection of gear and accessories to better serve this fast-growing segment of the fishing community. Recent product line expansions from brands such as 13 Fishing, Bending Branches, Bonafide Kayaks, NRS, Seaguar, YakAttack, and more, continue to build upon FishUSA’s strong selection and further enhance the one-stop online tackle shop experience for all anglers.
The Flukemaster’s contributions to the fishing community were widely known to the FishUSA team before the partnership was reached.
“Gene is a true authority in kayak bass fishing and he fits perfectly with FishUSA’s ongoing expansion in kayak fishing. We are thrilled to have him on our team,” states Jeff Parnell, the company’s President and CEO.
FishUSA Kayak Fishing Specialist, Brandon Ryan, added “Gene has such an extensive background and history with bass fishing. I’ve been watching his videos for years and he’s definitely helped me grow as an angler. I’m excited to work with him and help introduce his followers to FishUSA. We’re all looking forward to working with him and it’s a perfect match for both of us.”
FishUSA Welcomes Professional Kayak Angler, Chad Hoover, to Pro Staff
FAIRVIEW, Pa. [June 27, 2018] - FishUSA ®, America’s Tackle Shop ®, is proud to announce and welcome professional kayak angler, Chad Hoover, in a unique merchandising and spokesperson role and as the newest member of its growing Pro Staff. Hoover joins Great Lakes anglers Tony Roach, of Mille Lacs, Mn., Ross Robertson, of Port Clinton, Oh., and Pete Alex, of Erie, Pa., as FishUSA’s fourth Pro Staff member.
Hoover, a Tennessee native and retired U.S. Navy officer and engineer, is a leader of the worldwide kayak fishing movement. His passion and talent for bass fishing and his desire to share the sport of kayak fishing has prompted two of today’s most popular outdoor television series, Kayak Bassin’ and Knot Right Kayak Fishing, which are produced by award-winning video production company, Heliconia, and air regularly on World Fishing Network (WFN) and Sportsman Channel. Hoover boasts the premier source for all things kayak fishing with his YouTube Channel and maintains an extensive social media presence. Hoover also founded and runs Kayak Bass Fishing - the nation's biggest kayak fishing tournament series.
“As America’s Tackle Shop, FishUSA has established a well-earned reputation for expertise in fishing tackle, and they share my vision for continuing to make kayak angling the fastest growing segment in the market,” says Hoover. “I’m excited about the future with FishUSA and looking forward to helping create the most comprehensive kayak fishing pro shop experience possible!”
“With his dynamic personality and larger-than-life appeal, Chad offers a vast knowledge of and enthusiasm for kayak fishing, and we are excited to have him on our FishUSA team,” says FishUSA CEO, Jeff Parnell. “Customers across the U.S. appreciate our product selection, expertise, and fast, quality service, and this collaboration is an opportunity to share our commitment to the sport with kayak and other anglers everywhere. We are also proud to support Chad’s Kayak Bassin’ and Knot Right Kayak Fishing shows--which air on the Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network (WFN), and YouTube--and are excited about this opportunity to serve kayak anglers with an expanding product assortment and our commitment to world class service.”
FishUSA’s growing selection of kayak angling gear and accessories currently features popular brands like Bonafide, Bending Branches, YakAttack, YakGear, RAILBLAZA and Malone. Products from Torqeedo, NRS and Nines, along with additional brands, will be added soon. The growing kayak angling segment continues to build FishUSA’s reputation as a one-stop online tackle shop, as it accompanies its walleye, trout, salmon and steelhead, panfish, bass, ice and fly fishing offerings.
“I’m excited to be partnering with FishUSA and look forward to combining my kayak fishing expertise with their world class business practices, customer service and product selection to create the best kayak fishing pro shop and tackle store on the planet,” says Hoover. “I encourage kayak and bass fishing enthusiasts to visit their website or pro shop today!”
As a leading online retailer of fishing tackle, FishUSA boasts a unique history.
FishUSA, as it is known today, traces its roots to Erie.net, launched in 1994 as Northwest Pennsylvania’s first internet service provider. In 1998, FishUSA’s owner, an avid angler, oversaw Erie.net’s launch of FishErie.com, the first website and forums for anglers in the region.
Erie.net was sold in 1999, and FishUSA’s chairman kept FishErie in operation. In 2000, FishUSA - one of the first “pure” internet retailers of fishing tackle - was launched.
From the outset, FishUSA stocked the products it sold, and provided complete customer service and support. It also developed strong ties to the fishing industry, including tackle manufacturers, distributors, pro and amateur anglers, angler groups and stakeholders.
FishUSA offers anglers an extensive choice of popular and specialized fishing products, competitive prices, fast delivery, fair shipping charges, product support by a staff of experienced anglers and superior customer service. We operate seven days a week, and ship orders six days a week, to better serve our customers. We are committed to the fishing industry and support organizations that enhance and promote fishing opportunities.
Now in its fifth location, FishUSA has grown from its grassroots origins into one of the nation’s leading online retailers of fishing tackle and related accessories. Currently, FishUSA’s spacious warehouse, offices and Pro Shop are located in Fairview, Pennsylvania, within the region’s “Steelhead Alley,” and a short distance from the shores of beautiful Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay.
With a mission of being the nation's leading online supplier of sport fishing tackle and related products, FishUSA truly is America’s Tackle Shop!
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