Benton, KY, September 2, 2009 – Starting September 4, 2009, the PAA will be hosting “Professional Anglers’ Auctions”. This program is a new twist on the eBay fundraising auctions used by the organization in the past. Each of these auctions will be a fundraiser for a designated charity through the eBay program, “Giving Works”. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the PAA. Fans of fishing will have an opportunity to bid on once in a lifetime fishing trips, unique fan experiences, along with authentic professional fishing memorabilia.

Each two week auction cycle will have one or two fishing trips or fan experience prizes, which will be scheduled for specific time periods and locations.  In addition, Professional Anglers’ Auctions will also feature one of a kind fishing memorabilia and autographed items, each coming with a Certificate of Authenticity.     

According to John Crews, President of the PAA, “This is an extremely unique opportunity for fans of bass fishing. They will be able to get fishing trips, memorabilia, and prizes that they can’t get anywhere else. The PAA is proud to provide this service, and benefit charities at the same time.”

The first round of auctions kicks off with a dream day of fishing on famed Lake Amistad with PAA Pro Byron Velvick.  The winning bidder also receives two nights lodging at the Lake Amistad Resort during the trip.  For an ultimate fan experience, bidders will also have a chance to win a Bass University seminar series of their choice, along with a private dinner for them and a guest with PAA Pro Mike Iaconelli.  In addition to these unique experiences, other pieces of professional fishing memorabilia, including autographed jerseys and baits, will be available for bids as well.

For the first round of auctions, a portion of the proceeds will go to Recycled Fish, a new conservation partner of the PAA. Recycled Fish promotes a lifestyle of stewardship among anglers and those concerned about the nation’s water resources.  Future auctions will also donate a portion of the proceeds to other organizations that support the goals and missions of the PAA.  Complete details of the Professional Angler Auctions will be hosted on

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. For more information, visit
Recycled Fish is the national 501(c)3 non-profit organization of anglers living a lifestyle of stewardship both on and off the water, because our lifestyle runs downstream. Learn more and take the Sportsman’s Stewardship Pledge at

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