I recently heard about Professional Crappie Anglers United from my friend Charlie Bunting at the 2022 Grizzly Jig Spring Tackle Show. When Mr. Bunting told me about PCAU, it was in its infancy and ideas were still circulating. Since then, I have spoken to both Mr. Bunting and Craig Nichols about PCAU, what it’s about, including benefits, and more.
Professional Crappie Anglers United was founded to provide crappie anglers a unified voice in the growth and development of professional crappie fishing. The PCAU creates a pathway to develop career opportunities to educate and unite anglers, sponsors, and sportsmen on conservation, integrity, and professionalism for all future generations. The question I asked both Mr. Bunting and Mr. Nichols was whether membership is open to anyone or is it specifically designed for tournament anglers? The PCAU was designed to give both the everyday fisherman and tournament anglers the opportunity to elevate the fishing industry by educating professionalism, conservation, and networking opportunities.
Community and Networking:
PCAU thrives on building a supportive and passionate community of crappie anglers. By joining PCAU, anglers gain access to a network of fellow anglers, enabling them to connect, share knowledge, and learn from one another. The community aspect extends beyond the tournaments, with PCAU facilitating regular meetups, workshops, and seminars where anglers can exchange techniques, tips, and stories. This collaborative environment creates a platform for growth and improvement within the crappie fishing community.
Educational Resources and Mentorship:
PCAU recognizes the importance of continuous learning and skill development. The organization offers a wide range of educational resources, including seminars, webinars, and online courses led by seasoned professionals. These resources cover various aspects of crappie fishing, such as advanced techniques, seasonal patterns, gear selection, and boat control. Additionally, PCAU provides mentorship opportunities, allowing aspiring crappie anglers to learn directly from experienced and successful professionals in the field.
Sponsorship and Brand Exposure:
For anglers aspiring to establish themselves as professionals in the industry, PCAU offers valuable sponsorship opportunities. Through partnerships with reputable brands, PCAU helps its members gain exposure, acquire sponsorships, and enhance their reputation within the fishing community. These partnerships not only provide financial support but also open doors for endorsements, product testing, and collaborations with industry leaders.
There are different levels of membership with the basic membership starting at $50 per year. With membership, you gain access to discounts on a multitude of products from boat and truck wraps from Springfield Wraps, to special pricing on vehicles from Berkshire-Hathaway Reliable Group, along with twenty percent off products from Black Speck Fishing, Rogue Custom Apparel, NBT Marine, AFTCO, and others. One of the other benefits of becoming a member of Professional Crappie Anglers United is they proudly support the Shriner’s Hospital for Children and Operation Freedom Outdoors. A portion of every membership is kept for the purpose of making a donation to these organizations.
Be sure to check out their website at www.procau.com and sign up to become a member. Whether you’re a seasoned angler looking to compete at the highest level or a weekend angler seeking mentorship and networking opportunities, PCAU is a must-join organization that will enhance your crappie fishing journey. Embrace the challenge, connect with fellow enthusiasts, and elevate your skills with Professional Crappie Anglers United.