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National Boat Owners Association buys tournament organizer

The National Boat Owners Association acquired the Southern Kingfish Association and Tournament Trail.

A longtime partner of the 23-year-old tournament series, the National Boat Owners Association said it is looking forward to continuing the Southern Kingfish Association legacy.

The National Boat Owners Association said the ownership change will have no negative impact on pre-scheduled tournaments or operations. Southern Kingfish Association headquarters will move to Sarasota, Fla., with National Boat Owners Association staff Jim Butler and Erin Henshaw leading management of the organization.

“It was a natural move to assume ownership of an entity we’ve worked so closely with over the years,” National Boat Owners Association vice president Jeffrey Berndt said in a statement. “We’re just happy we’re able to see this sport through, and able to give the anglers and fellow sponsors what they want. Expect good things from the NBOA team. We’re excited and can’t wait to get started.”

National Boat Owners Association staff will work closely with Southern Kingfish Association board members and anglers to ensure a smooth transition. Their primary focus for 2014 is to reconnect with anglers and increase participation across the Southeast.

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