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Pro fishing tournament being organized on Lanier
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LAKE LANIER ISLANDS — Gov. Sonny Perdue and the Professional Anglers Association Tuesday announced that initial planning has begun to bring a professional bass fishing tournament here.Called the Go Fish Georgia Professional Anglers Association Championship, the tournament is expected to draw the top bass anglers in the country. As part of the championship, Lake Lanier will also host the Governor’s Go Fish Georgia Pro/Am Tournament, which is scheduled for Nov. 1.PAA is exploring the opportunity to hold the professional tournament later this fall or in early 2008.“This tournament is exactly what I envisioned as part of the Go Fish Georgia initiative,” Perdue said, referring to an initiative he introduced in his State of the State address this year.  “It will generate excitement about fishing in Georgia...”Tom Mann Jr., Mark Davis and Mike Auten, three of the nation’s top pro anglers,  attended Perdue’s announcementSince 1996 when the first made-for-television tournament aired, the sport has grown. Fishing now ranks as the fifth most popular sport in the nation. According to the 2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-associated Recreation, conducted by the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Commerce and the Fish and Wildlife Service, about one in every six U.S. residents 16 and older fish.
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