PAA Drops Late Registration Penalty Due to Rising Gas Prices

Professional Angler Association

BENTON, Ky. (March, 14, 2011) – Due to the rising cost of gas prices and financial impacts on tournament anglers, the PAA will waive its registration late fee for its 2011 Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series events.

“Tournament anglers are facing more financial costs this season on all the circuits due to the increase in prices for gas and diesel fuel,” said PAA President Chad Morgenthaler. “We are waiving the tournament registration late fee as a goodwill gesture to help the pros experiencing these added costs for fuel at a time when entry fees and deposits are due for events.”

Anglers competing in PAA Tournament Series events this season may register without penalty until 5 p.m. CT on the final business day prior to the first official practice day of tournament week. Prospective competitors must have adhered to and not violated the 30-day off limits and no-information rules as outlined in the PAA’s official tournament rules.

Competitors may register for PAA Tournament Series events without a late penalty through the following dates:

March 25 – for the Lake Lanier tournament; official tournament week practice begins Monday, March 28

June 17 – for the Table Rock tournament; official tournament week practice begins Monday, June 20

Aug. 12 – for the Neely Henry tournament; official tournament week practice begins Monday, Aug. 15

Tournament registration is required prior to 5 p.m. CT on those Friday dates. Registration or balance due monies will not be accepted during tournament week.

“Anglers are faced with many financial challenges as they pursue their careers, with costs for fuel and entry fees being foremost,” Morgenthaler said. “We believe waiving the late registration fee is a small but important step to help alleviate some of these challenges. Every little bit helps.”

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. Web: www.FishPAA.com

2011 PAA Tournament Series
What: 2011 Bass Pro Shops Tournament Series presented by Carrot Stix
Where: Lake Lanier, at Lake Lanier Islands Resort
When: March 31-April 2
Launch/weigh-in: First two days, launch at 7 a.m. and weigh-in at 3 p.m. at Sunset Cove on Lake Lanier, at Lake Lanier Islands Resort
Final day launch/weigh-in: Launch at 7 a.m. at Sunset Cove, weigh-in at 4:30 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, Ga.
At stake: Cash and a 2011 Nitro Z8 with Mercury 225 and T-H Marine Atlas Jackplate, along with points toward PAA Angler of the Year title and qualification for the 2012 PAA All Star Series and 2011 Toyota Texas Bass Classic
Online: FishPAA.com / Facebook.com/fishpaa / Twitter @BigAlFishes

2011 PAA Tournament Series Premier Sponsors: Bass Pro Shops, E21 Carrot Stix, Optima Batteries, Nitro Performance Bass Boats

2011 PAA Tournament Series Associate Sponsors: Lazer TroKar, Jasper Engines & Transmissions, Mercury Marine, Boat U.S. Foundation, Fishouflage, U.S. Reel, Sign Designs, Toyota Texas Bass Classic

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