Fishing & Boating News
Underwater camera leader taps pro Bruce Samson, expands educational outreach
(Jan 28, 2016 - Crosslake, MN.) Apart from most angling electronics today, learning to use an Aqua-Vu underwater camera is simple. Deploy the optics and watch the screen. The fish you see through the lens are the same fish you strive to catch—no guesswork necessary. That said, the best anglers have learned to employ a full armada of electronics—sonar, GPS and underwater viewing—to gain the most complete aquatic perspective.
(Jan 25, 2016 - Peachtree, GA) Offshore anglers, commercial fishermen and workboat operators can rely on new Hella marine Sea Hawk-R floodlights to shine on in the harshest conditions.
The Fin-Wing fools the weariest of fish with its unique vertical turn-and-swim action
(Jan 19, 2016 - Traverse City, MI) Fish are smarter than we give them credit for. Calculus and geometry being processed within those little pea-sized brains, you ask? Well… no. To be clear, they’re not that clever. But it’s been proven time and time again they have the ability of recollection.
New HELIX 9 & 10 units offer loads of functionality .. like multiple-unit networking and user-generated mapping via one-of-a-kind AutoChart Live
(Jan 18, 2016 - EUFAULA, AL) Looking back to the release of the HELIX 5 and the ICAST 2015 “Best of Electronics” award-winning HELIX 7, it’s hard to believe that HELIXTM could be made even better …
(Jan 18, 2016 - Clearwater, FL) A challenge when installing hardware is that desirable flush-mounted cleats can't always be positioned where they're needed.
(Jan 14, 2016 - Ashland City, TN) For years, active families seeking an ideal boat for both fishing and water skiing have been forced to compromise for a boat that really didn't handle either assignment sufficiently well.
Bobby Garland's new 1.25 inch Itty Bit Slab Slay'R imitates a variety of preferred crappie meals,ranging from insects to minnows.
(Jan 14, 2016 - Tulsa, OK) While it was American rock band the Eagles who recorded "Take It To The Limit" years ago, Bobby Garland's Itty Bit Slab Slay'R is likely going to have another group, crappie anglers, singing a modified version along the lines of "take it for a limit".
(Jan 11, 2016 - Palm City, FL) Boat owners often struggle placing a mooring line's loop over a piling or cleat, especially from a moving deck. Too often, it slips off the pole and into the water, possibly leading to a dangerous situation. Shurhold's Dock-A-Reni holds the rope securely against any standard boat hook shaft, turning a challenging chore into an easy task.
(Jan 7, 2016 - ) The 17 ACE Flyfisher's Qui-Dry hull allows water to roll off the bow, rather than slapping it—essential when stealthily poling in the shallows. It also keeps the ride smooth, dry and comfortable when running in the chop.
Award-winning Hydro-Flo design applied to hanging bait storage in all-new Plano® M-Series Hydro-Flo™ Tackle Bag
(Jan 7, 2016 - Plano, IL) In 2011, Plano’s original Guide Series 4674 Hydro-Flo™ Tackle Bag earned an ICAST “Best of Show” for an ingenious design that allowed water to flow right through the base of the bag, an industry first. Since then, the Hydro-Flo has become a favorite with anglers the world over.
Over-engineered, problem-solving products from YETI sure to please
(Dec 19, 2015 - ) Just yesterday, I headed to a local river to fish winter smallmouths. It was 34 degrees and raining when I left, but the forecast called for clearing skies and a slight increase in temps.
Lund Pro-V Bass boat reveals innovative engineering and remarkable performance
(Dec 11, 2015 - New York Mills, MN) Eclipsing tournament wins by Lund luminaries Al and James Lindner and Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson, the legendary boat builder recently unveiled a radical new 1875 Pro-V Bass boat during its August dealer meeting – a progressive boat blueprint that sets out to redefine the concept of the modern day bass and musky fishing vessel.
(Dec 11, 2015 - Columbia, SC) Expanding its Galaxy range, Shakespeare introduces the JF-3 Multi-Band Antenna.
(Dec 9, 2015 - ) Targeting powerboats and sailboats, Fischer Panda has announced two new diesel generators‹the Panda 5000 and the 15K Mini DP AC.
High-Def Fishing optics company engineers first consumer-friendly HD digital fishing camera
(Nov 30, 2015 - Crosslake, MN.) Visualize grand and vibrant underwater vistas: The Great Barrier Reef in all its aquamarine glory; the awesome power of Victoria Falls and Niagara; the haunting depths of Blue Hole, Bahamas. Closer to your home waters, imagine viewing legions of largemouth bass, clouds of crappies, mighty pike on patrol—all in the stunning color and clarity of a big-screen theater experience.
When presentations change from horizontal to vertical, there’s one lure that makes the transition trouble free – Keweenaw Tackle Company’s Fin-Wing
(Nov 20, 2015 - Traverse City, MI) Fall’s wicked transformation into winter is the harshest of all seasonal shifts. One night of deep-space temps and the open water you were casting the evening before can turn into a skating rink.
(Nov 19, 2015 - Cape Coral, FL) Some boats are quiet when stalking fish in skinny water. Others are dry when driving through the chop. Action Craft Boats, with its patented Qui-Dry® hull design, excel at both.
(Nov 10, 2015 - ) A fun read of adventure, life lessons and compassion; 100% profits benefit disabled veteran’s charity Project Healing Waters The author of several nonfiction fishing books, Bob Rich takes on the role of a raconteur in his first novel Looking Through Water.
(Nov 4, 2015 - FOND DU LAC, WI) Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion and technology, has introduced SpitFire X7, a stainless steel propeller designed to improve all performance facets of the growing 75-115hp outboard class.
(Oct 31, 2015 - ) Light, quiet and odor-free, electric outboard motors are a convenient and economical alternative to a traditional gasoline-powered engine. They're also far easier to rig and have a range of adjustments to accommodate a wide selection of vessels.
Custom Jigs & Spins' new Rotating Power Minnow adds features to hot bait category
(Oct 19, 2015 - Coralville, IA) Contrary to popular belief, there are times a good thing can be made better.
(Oct 7, 2015 - Clearwater, FL) Cleats are essential pieces of marine hardware, but they can be in the way when not in use. Accon Marine's Folding Cleats enable owners to free up space and help prevent on-board hazards caused by tripping. The company offers them in push-button and manual styles.
FRABILL'S PREMIUM PREDATOR ICE SHELTERS ELEVATE ANGLING COMFORT AND PERFORMANCE
(Sep 25, 2015 - Plano, IL) Ice anglers are a tough crew. Give them enough propane, bait and beef jerky and they may never come home. But that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate the finer things in life. To such piscatorial nomads, the “finer things” include a rugged and long-lasting ice fishing shelter with a few more inches of headroom, more room to set the hook, comfier seats… You get the idea.
Keweenaw Tackle’s Fin-Wing works wonders when targeting anadromous fish in shallow water
(Sep 25, 2015 - Traverse City, MI) Trout and salmon are terribly inconsistent. Fish populations can rise and fall precipitously. And what lures and techniques are hot one season mightn’t make it past New Year’s Eve on forums and social media. It’s a fluid situation to say the least.
Frabill introduces new Bunker Series Hub-style shelters; anglers flash “V for Victory”
(Sep 23, 2015 - PLANO, TX) War historians trace the origin of the term “bunker” to World War I, when first used by German forces to describe bomb-proof shelters above and below ground. By the beginning of World War II in 1939, ‘bunker’ had entered the military lexicon of both Allied and Axis powers to describe various command and control centers and weapons storage facilities.
(Sep 22, 2015 - Millville, NJ) While many boat owners need to replace thru hulls and bonding, users of Tru-Design Ball Valves from Raritan Engineering can take comfort knowing they won't have to endure those processes. These valves can be assembled to a thru hull, eliminating the need for a bonding system. They're suitable for use on all hull types; aluminum, steel, wood or FRP.m
Aqua-Vu® Unveils Technology in Temperature and Depth Next-level Micro DT Underwater Viewing System rapidly reveals productive fishing patterns
(Sep 21, 2015 - Crosslake, MN) Anglers call it pattern fishing; a set of variables that come together to form consistently successful fishing. In terms of fish location—that most important of all fishing factors— no dynamic is more important than depth. Less investigated, yet almost equally influential on fish position, is water temperature.
Aqua-Vu’s Bio-Lume XL engineered for powerful, portable underwater fish-attraction
(Sep 21, 2015 - Crosslake,) Like moths to a flame, bugs above the water and below both respond to light like Pavlov’s dogs—they just can’t help themselves. Underwater, critters called phytoplankton utilize sunlight for photosynthesis. Phytoplankton attract bigger “bugs” called zooplankton, which draw baitfish, and then the sizeable predators we like to catch.
Bearhug Outerwear offers surrounded warmth that's replenished by your body's core resulting in possibly the highest warmth to weight ratio ever.
(Aug 27, 2015 - Chicago, IL) Today, Bearhug Outerwear LLC announced the launch date of their new line of outerwear that offers instant relief from the cold. Their patent pending "double loft front" is a direct response to the clear limitations of current options – namely kangaroo pockets, which offer little warmth and coverage.
The benchmark for quality fish 'n' play boats adds 175-horsepower model to its lineup.
(Aug 26, 2015 - Flippin, AR) The Ranger 212LS Reata®, introduced for the 2014 model year, continues to set the benchmark for quality and performance in family-oriented fish 'n' play boats. Based on the success and popularity of that introduction, Ranger is adding a more compact model to its acclaimed Reata® line, delivering a true family boat that can fish all morning and pull skiers all day.
Ranger quality and performance, best-in-class interior space for less than $26,000 MSRP.
(Aug 20, 2015 - Flippin, AR) Recreational anglers eager to experience Ranger quality and performance without the need for a 20-plus-foot, professional-tournament-ready platform have a new fiberglass boat that easily fits into virtually anyone's lifestyle and budget.
(Aug 21, 2015 - Mt. Pleasant, SC) A great sound system not only delivers crisp, clear tunes, but also adds sophisticated flair to a boat. Prospec Electronics' INFMC30 weatherproof wired remote helps make the company's INFPRV350 and INFMBB3030 radios easy to control, while providing style.
Uncompromising comfort and performance for big, demanding waters
(Aug 20, 2015 - Flippin, AR) From Lake Erie to Sam Rayburn and places in between, some of the country's biggest fish make their homes in some of the nation's biggest and most demanding waters. Cranking offshore ledges, dropshotting deep rock piles or even making check-in time while conditions are rough is no place for undersized - or underpowered - boats.
Tournament-proven performance for less than $60,000 MSRP.
(Aug 20, 2015 - Flippin, AR) Ranger's reputation for building the industry's best boats centers on the brand's insistence on quality components, innovation, fit, finish and unmatched resale values.
StructureScan 3D offers sonar perspective like never before
(Aug 17, 2015 - Tulsa, OK) Sonar has been opening anglers' eyes to the underwater world ever since Lowrance first made waves with its iconic "little green box" back in 1957. In the years since, fishermen have enjoyed a steady stream of technological advancements that have enhanced our view beneath the surface, while improving our understanding of fish location and behavior.
(Aug 9, 2015 - Hayward, CA) Trolling does not have to be a drag. Ideal for salt and freshwater fishing with a 6-25 lb. test line, Davis Instruments' Fish Seeker enables users to choose their trolling depth from 5' to 80' when at a speed of 2 mph.
(Aug 9, 2015 - Milwaukee, WI ) Generator cords are required to provide secure electrical connections. This ensures safe and steady power is supplied even when the cord is unintentionally pulled or stepped on. Conntek's 25' four-prong Generator Extension Cord is reliable and convenient in many transfer switch and generator applications.
St. Croix Rod Avid Inshore wins ICAST 2015 Best New Saltwater Rod
(Aug 8, 2015 - Park Falls, WI) “Game Changer.” The phrase echoed through the American Sportfishing Association’s ICAST “On the Water” event and carried over to the tradeshow floor the following day. With a radically different look, the reborn Avid Inshore sports a seafoam green metallic skin that tempted buyers and members of the media to hold it.
Keweenaw Tackle’s Fin-Wing rises to the top when the bite is looking up
(Aug 7, 2015 - Traverse City, MI) The late summer bite is quite distinctive. Most notably, the major bug hatches and shallow-kept young-of-the-year that filled fish earlier are gone. Fish of all stripes are on the prowl, attempting to pack away provisions before the water cools.
(Jul 16, 2015 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) The Pflueger® Medalist was named the Best Fly Fishing Reel at the 2015 ICAST show in Orlando, Fla. Voters consisted of attending journalists and retailers. The Medalist is widely popular, but received technological upgrades that benefit the many anglers that rely on Pflueger.
(Jul 16, 2015 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) The PENN® Clash™ has been honored with the Best Saltwater Reel Award at the 2015 ICAST show in Orlando, Fla. The voters recognized the PENN Clash as the top new saltwater reel by the select ICAST attendees, which included attending journalists and retailers.
NEW PLANO STAMP MARKS GENERATIONS OF INNOVATION
(Jul 15, 2015 - Plano, IL.) America’s fascination with plastic began when modern thermoplastic compounds were first developed for commercial use during the years leading up to WWII. Plano Molding Company was one of the first to begin injection molding these new “miracle materials” in 1938. Their complex mold designs and innovative spirit quickly showed the world what could be done with the new technology.
(Jul 14, 2015 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) PENN® knows anglers need more than typical fishing tackle. If the boat is outfitted with the six pairs of new PENN pliers, there will never be a need for MacGyver-style improvisation.
Fenwick World Class rods create a new performance standard
(Jul 14, 2015 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) Developing high-end rods is nothing new to Fenwick®. With its rich history of blending tradition and new technology, Fenwick introduces the new Fenwick World Class spinning and baitcast bass rods. These rods maintain the Fenwick look and feel, while incorporating the latest technology to give anglers a trusted companion for years of use.
Progressive Avid Inshore ups the saltwater ante – redfish, trout and flounder expected to fold
(Jul 13, 2015 - Park Falls, WI) If the engineers at St. Croix Rod were professional card sharks, they’d be odds on favorites to win the World Series of Poker. Lady Luck needn’t apply when these guys get together to craft a series of rods, either.
Popular Amphibian and Salamander combos refreshed for the next generation of anglers
(Jul 14, 2015 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) Increase youth involvement in fishing by investing in gear that's up for the challenge. Shakespeare® enjoys a rich history of producing gear that youth can handle with confidence, knowing it will last for years and deliver maximum performance. Shakespeare continues to do so by modernizing its popular Amphibian™ and Salamander™ line of youth combos.
St. Croix steps outside the everyday bass cast and adds new Mojo Bass Fly miniseries
(Jul 13, 2015 - Park Falls, WI) Bass catching is a pastime of continuously making precision casts. If you’re unable to place your offering where “X” marks the spot every time, all you’re doing is bass fishing.
Two unique tangle-free light-tackle spinning reels, featured at tackle trade show
(Jul 13, 2015 - Orlando, FL) WaveSpin, the popular light-tackle spinning reel company with the patented and award-winning tangle-free spool technology launched a decade ago by the late celebrated angler Doug Hannon, is featuring its two newest innovations at the ICAST trade show July 13–15. The Vision 65, the largest reel in the line, joins the smaller Legend 250 introduced last year as the top end pair of WaveSpin’s quality lineup. Both carry two-year warranties.
Built to accommodate today's compact reels and braided lines
(Jul 13, 2015 - Columbia, SC) PENN® revamped the already-successful Carnage™ rod family making way for the introduction of the new Carnage II rods. Today's reels are smaller in terms of both physical dimensions, as well as overall weight.
Berkley hardbaits deliver professional quality and actions
(Jul 13, 2015 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) Berkley® Hardbaits are new for 2016, but the concept began four years ago. Transforming the idea from napkin scribbles into action required the creation of sophisticated CAD designs and intricate molds to form an engineering facility rivaling any high-tech facility found around the world. Next, America's best bass pros tested them on some of the toughest lakes they could find.
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