SAO News Update

Hello everyone,

Over the past couple years, we have seen some tremendous growth in the competitive fishing space for our student anglers. The SATT has continued at a record growth pace since its inception and with the addition of the Lund Virtual Fishing League (VFL) last year we are seeing tremendous growth there as well. To help reduce some confusion and to better focus on growth for each tournament circuit, we have made the decision to separate the SATT from the SAO.

The SATT will largely continue as normal and focus on the live tournaments for our Minnesota student anglers while the SAO will continue to focus on the Lund Virtual Fishing League and student angling growth outside of Minnesota. Both organizations will work closely together and continue as non-profits focused on growing the sport of fishing for students.

With this separation there are two key changes I would like to make everyone aware of. To focus my efforts on the SAO and the growth of Lund’s Virtual Fishing League, I will be transitioning out of the day-to-day operations of the SATT. The second part is the SATT BOD is excited to announce that Natalie Peterson has agreed to take over the role of President for the SATT. With Natalie moving to her new role, Brenda Picht will take over the Administrator duties, and I have agreed to stay on until approx. Aug 1st to help with the transition. I am extremely proud of this organization and all we have accomplished together over the past few years and have the utmost confidence in the board moving forward.

As we move forward, the key contacts and structure for the two organizations will be as follows when the split is finalized.

Again, I look forward to continuing the tremendous growth we have been seeing in student angling for both organizations and I am excited to see where this opportunity takes us. I am sure our paths will continue to cross around both trails and I am thankful for the many friendships I have made with students, parents, coaches, and volunteers.

Jimmy Bell
President & COO MN Student Angler Tournament Trail
President Student Angler Organization and VFL
Coordinator Lund Boats Student Angler Program
Cellular (612) 805-4142

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