Fishing & Boating News

Top Bass Angler Joins COA's Maximum Outdoors Magazine


(Apr. 22, 2004 - San Antonio, TX) The Christian Outdoor Alliance today announced professional bass angler Jay Yelas has joined their staff as fishing editor of Maximum Outdoors Magazine. Yelas, 38, is best known as the 2003 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year and the 2002 winner of the Citgo Bassmasters Classic. He is No. 4 all-time money winner on the B.A.S.S. tour. COA is a non-profit group that holds summer camps for kids and organizes local and church-based chapters, in addition to publishing the magazine. "I am honored and excited to be the new fishing editor for the COA," said Yelas, a resident of Tyler. "I share similar passions with COA members for the outdoors, and more importantly, for Jesus Christ. I have been very blessed to live my childhood dream of being a professional bass fisherman. The greatest reward, however, is not the fishing titles. It is being used by the Lord to make a positive impact in other peoples lives by leading them toward a relationship with Jesus Christ." "I have seen God do so much in peoples lives over the last 10 years through outdoor-related activities. Ministry sometimes really clicks when people with common interests get together. That is why I am glad the Lord hooked me up with COA," said Yelas. "I look forward to seeing what God is going to do in peoples lives in 2004 through the efforts of COA." Maximum Outdoors is a full-color quarterly publication that focuses on practical information and exciting stories from the world of hunting and fishing. As the official journal of the COA, the magazine also includes information about the organization's events and activities. According to COA's founder and president, Mike Arnold, the publication also carries a subtle Christian message. "We are certainly up-front about our faith, but we're not 'in-your-face,'" said Arnold. "We've designed it so that just about anybody who loves the outdoors can read and enjoy Maximum Outdoors. We hope that as people are drawn to our magazine, they will also respond to the message of salvation that is woven throughout its pages." COA distributes 50,000 copies of each issue of the publication across Texas, and has recently signed advertising and distribution agreements with Super S Foods and McCoys Building Supply. "We are so blessed to have Jay join our team," said Arnold, who is also executive editor of Maximum Outdoors. "It really gives credibility to our new publication. Getting a new magazine off the ground is always a challenge. Lord willing, Jay's participation will help us attract new readers and advertising sponsors. It shows people that we're for real." COA is currently preparing its third issue of Maximum Outdoors for release in early June. More information about the Christian Outdoor Alliance and their Hunting and Fishing Adventure Camps can be found online at www.MyCOA.org and www.COACamps.org. Those interested in receiving copies of Maximum Outdoors Magazine or advertising information may call Arnold at 210-490-6529.