Saginaw Bay fishing tournaments and a conference lure international media and tourists here

Two major fishing tournaments this summer drew international anglers to Bay City and the Saginaw Bay. Afterward, the Major League Fishing Writers Conference was held at ATS Printing. The conference drew well-known outdoor publications.
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When it comes to casting a shadow over the local economy, you won’t find tournament fisherman John Gillman sitting on his bass.

Gillman, the owner of Advanced Tex Screen Printing (ATS Printing) on Three Mile Road in Bay City for the past six-plus years, also is a national tournament walleye pro for over 23 years. In early August, Gillman hosted the MLF (Major League Fishing) Writers Conference at ATS. Fishermen, journalists, camera crews, social media teams, and magazines from all over the country were at the annual event.

It wasn’t the first time our fishery was on an international stage. The National Professional Fishing League brought its bass fishing tournament to this area on July 16-22. Then, from Aug. 1-6, Major League Fishing invited the top 80 anglers in the world to participate in a tournament in Bay County. (Learn more about the tournaments in this Feb. 9 Route Bay City article.)

Mark Zona, Mike Valster, and Mike Valster talk with vendors, anglers, and reporters…

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