Doug Minor Joins American Baitworks and Other Fishing Industry News

Doug Minor joins American Baitworks as president; Jackson Kayak hires Brad Taylor as VP of sales; National Walleye Tour releases revised schedule; PRADCO distributes PPE to help hospitals; and former Shimano Chairman Yoshizo Shimano passes away.

Doug Minor Joins American Baitworks and Other Fishing Industry News

New American Baitworks President Doug Minor

Fishing Industry Veteran Doug Minor Joins American Baitworks

Fishing industry veteran Doug Minor was named president of American Baitworks after 37 years with Strike King Lure Company.

 “There is a very bright future for our company and our family of brands at American Baitworks," said American Baitworks Founder and CEO Robert Greenberg. "Doug’s passion and enthusiasm is unbridled and he brings with him the experience we need to establish American Baitworks as a leader in our industry.” 

Minor joined the company July 7 as president. American Baitworks is based in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and is comprised of Freedom Tackle, Halo Fishing Rods, NetBait Tackle, Scum Frog, Snag Proof and STH Bait Co. 

“I’m truly blessed to have an opportunity to join and work with our growing team at American Baitworks,” Minor said. “I see such tremendous opportunity to make a difference in and for the fishing industry with our brands and through our team.”


Jackson Kayak Hires Brad Taylor as VP of Sales

Brad Taylor has been hired as vice president of sales for Jackson Adventures.

Taylor brings more than 25 years of experience in the paddling world to Jackson. He will be managing Jackson’s global sales initiatives, taking over as part of what has been a continual evolution at Jackson this past year; 2020 has seen Jackson rebranding and bringing three brands under a new Jackson Adventures corporate structure. It has also been a year of complete corporate growth management exercises including the addition of new executive.

“Brad fits perfect with the Jackson environment,” said Jackson CEO Peter Hausin. “He connects the culture of paddlesports with business extremely well. Brad is an avid paddler, and he knows the industry as a paddler and a businessman.”

Taylor will be replacing Doug Ragan, who is moving to Oregon.

“Jackson has had a lot of momentum in sales over the last two years and I step into an incredible track record,” Taylor said. “Jackson’s unique programs are some of the strongest in the industry and will continue to get better, but the groundwork is thanks to Doug.”


National Walleye Tour Releases Revised Schedule

After a delayed start due to COVID-19, the National Walleye Tour (NWT) Presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s recently released the updated schedule for the 2020 season. Before each regular-season event and the championship, the NWT will detail new protective procedures to help protect anglers and tournament personnel.

The NWT will open on Green Bay at Oconto, Wisconsin, July 23-24, before moving on to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, on Aug. 13-14. The NWT will head to Garrison, North Dakota, to wrap up the regular season on Sept. 10-11 and the championship is set for Oct. 14-16 on Lake Erie at Huron, Ohio.

Registration for the regular-season events is open now.

A fully rigged Ranger 1880, plus cash, is guaranteed for first place at each event — a minimum total value of $61,000. First-place also offers potential boat and motor upgrades. Anglers who fish all three regular-season events, in addition to the top points leaders, will qualify for the three-day, entry-fee championship.

For more details, call 612-424-0708 or check out the website at


PRADCO Distributes PPE to Help Local Hospitals and Staff

In response to the significant needs for personal protective equipment (PPE), PRADCO Outdoor Brands, like many companies, wanted to find a way they could help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PRADCO's fishing lure manufacturing facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas, transitioned teams to begin developing face shields and manufacturing hand sanitizer for local hospitals, while their hunting division in Birmingham, Alabama, began searching for PPE across their supply chain network.

As of May 31, 2020, PRADCO, as part of EBSCO Industries charitable giving efforts, ordered, received and distributed over 350,000 masks to be donated to local hospitals and healthcare facilities in Birmingham, Alabama, and Ipswich, Massachusetts, as well as to family members of EBSCO employees who are working on the front lines. Local recipients of these PPE donations have included UAB, Brookwood Medical Systems, St. Vincent’s, Grandview Medical, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Shelby Baptist.


Former Shimano Chairman Yoshizo Shimano Passed Away July 3

Shimano recently announced the passing of Chairman Emeritus and former Chairman Yoshizo Shimano. Yoshizo died of chronic heart failure at the age of 85 on July 3, 2020.

“The contributions he made to Shimano's business cannot be measured and his impact will be felt forever. On behalf of our management team and employees, we extend our deepest condolences to his family,” Shimano said in a statement on their website.

The funeral has been held by his surviving wife, Ms. Ikuko Shimano, and other close relatives.

Former Shimano Chairman Yoshizo Shimano
Former Shimano Chairman Yoshizo Shimano


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