American Sportfishing Association selects winners of new awards program

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Kenneth L. Kieser won the Angling Awareness grand prize.

Kenneth L. Kieser won the Angling Awareness grand prize.

The American Sportfishing Association named five recipients of its inaugural Angling Awareness Awards.

The awards recognize writers who inspire people to fish. They will be presented during the Sportfishing Summit in Stevenson, Wash., on Oct. 8-11.

Kenneth L. Kieser won the Angling Awareness grand prize and the Reactivation/Non-Endemic category award for “Fishing is a Calming Experience,” which ran in the Missouri newspaper The Examiner.

William Evans, who is 11, won the Recruitment/Endemic category for “Make Fishing Fun Again: Lessons from a 10-Year Old,” which ran in The Fisherman.

Pamela Corwin won the Reactivation/Endemic category award for “Catching Trout and Releasing the Pain,” which ran on

Keith Sutton won the Recruitment/Non-Endemic and Retention/Non-Endemic categories his articles “Fishing Beneath the Boughs of Ancients” and “Fishing for Chainsaws!,” which ran Life in Chenal magazine.

Carter Wijangco won the Retention/Endemic category for “Why You Should Start a High School Fishing Team,” published in Midwest Outdoors.

ASA created the Angling Awareness Awards to support the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s 60 in 60 initiative, which seeks to increase the current 49 million annual U.S. anglers to 60 million by December 2021.

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