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(Nov 19, 2017 - Tulsa, OK) Major League Fishing (MLF) officials announce that Gene Larew Lures is the new presenting sponsor of the MLF All Angles television show for the program's upcoming 2018 season.

JOSÉ NEVES SIGNS EXCLUSIVE LICENSING AGREEMENT TO RUN FLW BASS-FISHING TOURNAMENTS IN PORTUGAL
(Nov 16, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced Wednesday that Portugal has become the latest country to sign an exclusive licensing agreement and will begin offering Portuguese anglers the opportunity to compete in FLW-sanctioned bass fishing tournaments in 2018. The agreement was signed by FLW President of Operations Kathy Fennel and José Neves, CEO and President of FLW Portugal.


(Nov 16, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) Out of more than 325,000 entries, the chance to fish with the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic winner, Jordan Lee, is becoming a reality for one lucky sweepstakes winner.  


Inducts 2017 class at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium
(Nov 13, 2017 - Springfield, MO) The all-new Bass Fishing Hall of Fame celebrated its grand opening and honored the 2017 inductees last evening at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, located next to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri.
 


(Nov 10, 2017 - Columbus, GA  ) The Realtree Fishing camouflage pattern and brand follow the parent company tradition, partnering with conservation groups to ensure the continuation of our outdoor heritage and habitat for generations to come.


Appointment of “Recreation Czar”  
(Nov 9, 2017 - Washington, D.C.) The U.S. Department of the Interior is devoting important new resources to outdoor recreation on America’s public lands and waters. Secretary Ryan Zinke today announced the creation of a Recreation Advisory Committee to help improve visitor experiences through expanded public-private partnerships.


(Nov 9, 2017 - Springfield, Mo) The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Fishing Hall of Fame honored its 2017 inductees at a ceremony held on October 28, 2017, the first event of its kind to be hosted at its all-new home within Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, located next to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri.

Voluntary reporting and use of best fishing practices will help ensure a robust fishery
(Nov 2, 2017 - Alexandria, Va.) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) praised NOAA Fisheries’ decision to allow a South Atlantic red snapper fishery season for the first time since 2014. Anglers may harvest one red snapper per day November 3-5, and November 10-12, in federal waters from North Carolina through the entire East Coast of Florida.


(Oct 25, 2017 - FT. LAUDERDALE, FL) Aspiring anglers came from as far away as Ohio and Washington, DC to learn from the pros at the award winning "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!®" Keys University, October 20-22 at the Elks Lodge, Tavernier, FL.

THE CANADIAN PRO BASS TOUR SIGNS EXCLUSIVE LICENSING AGREEMENT TO RUN FLW CANADA BASS TOURNAMENTS
(Oct 20, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced an exclusive licensing agreement with the Canadian Pro Bass Tour to assume operation of FLW Canada bass tournaments.


Industry recognizes several individuals for their outstanding leadership and support
(Oct 17, 2017 - Industry recognizes several individuals for their) Industry recognizes several individuals for their outstanding leadership and support

ASA’s Mike Nussman to retire after decades of dedicated service
(Oct 5, 2017 - Alexandria, VA) After decades of dedicated service both on Capitol Hill advocating for fisheries resource conservation and management and as the leader for the recreational fishing industry’s trade association, the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) President and CEO, Mike Nussman, has announced that he will retire as of March 31, 2018.


(Oct 4, 2017 - WASHINGTON, D.C.) Conservationists and anglers are applauding the U.S. Senate for passing S. 396, a bill to amend the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012. The bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.); Marco Rubio (R-Fla.); Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Joe Manchin, III (D-W.Va.), passed by a voice vote on October 2.

(Oct 3, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW announced Tuesday the Costa FLW Series rules, entry fees and payouts for the 2018 season. The season will again consist of three events in each of the five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western – along with the no-entry-fee Costa FLW Series Championship to be held on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama.


(Sep 27, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation, a grassroots advocacy effort developed by B.A.S.S., achieved a major milestone this month: Since its inception, more than 75,000 advocacy letters have been sent to Congress by anglers nationwide through its website, BassforSalt.com.

Preliminary findings by the USFWS also reveal increase in fishing expenditures
(Sep 14, 2017 - ALEXANDRIA, VA) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its initial report of the 2016 National Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation national survey. The survey, conducted every five years in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, shows that fishing participation is up nearly 20 percent over the last 10 years. Anglers also increased their overall spend by 2.4 percent during the past five years.


(Sep 14, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) Game wardens, fisheries biologists and other personnel in the fish and game departments of Texas and Florida were among the first responders in the back-to-back catastrophic hurricanes that slammed those two states.

Power-Pole Continues Support of Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series
(Sep 14, 2017 - San Antonio, TX) As the 2017-2018 college fishing season gets underway, Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and the Association of College Anglers announced that Power-Pole shallow water anchors will continue their support of the series and will offer a rebate to all collegiate anglers.


(Sep 8, 2017 - Biloxi,MS) Shaggy's wraps up the Summer with 3 successful "Shaggy's Angler Camps" in a partnership with USM Gulf Coast Research Lab. "We were able to add a third camp this year," says Shaggy's Founder Ron Ladner. "We had more kids interested and just wanted to make sure nobody missed out."


(Aug 31, 2017 - Alexandria, Va.) National Hunting and Fishing (NHF) Day is always a great occasion.


(Aug 25, 2017 - San Antonio, TX) Already known as one of the largest and longest supporters of competitive collegiate bass fishing, Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is once again boosting their support and long-standing partnership of the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and the Association of Collegiate Anglers. 


(Aug 23, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Kelly (Flinn) Oettinger has returned to the company as the Vice President of Marketing. Oettinger will be responsible for providing strategic direction and engagement for all of FLW’s marketing initiatives.

Lake Guntersville to host 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship in November
(Aug 22, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today the 2018 Costa FLW Series schedule, which will consist of three events in each of the five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western – along with the no-entry-fee Costa FLW Series Championship to be held on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama.

(Aug 22, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S. and Alabama Power are partnering to award two $5,000 scholarships this year for students currently attending, or planning to attend, a technical school in the state of Alabama.


Versatile fishing star embodies “Best Rods on Earth”  
(Aug 21, 2017 - Park Falls, WI) In seeking out the ideal individual to represent your fishing rod company, it probably doesn’t hurt to hire an angler who, you know, fishes a lot. Might be the understatement of the year relative to St. Croix Rod’s elite roster of professionals, its newest ambassador, Tony

(Aug 12, 2017 - HOT SPRINGS, AR.) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), in conjunction with Visit Hot Springs and the State of Arkansas, announced Saturday that Hot Springs, Arkansas, has been named the location and host of the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of professional bass fishing, Aug. 10-12, 2018, on Lake Ouachita.

(Aug 10, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Ranger Boats, America’s most iconic boat brand, announced Thursday that Ranger has signed an extension of its exclusive boat sponsorship of FLW and its premier tournament trails, highlighting a lengthy relationship that continues to emphasize the rewards of fishing while opening doors of opportunity for all anglers.

Sportfishing industry disputed claims by environmental groups that sought to shut down U.S. Bluefin Fishery
(Aug 8, 2017 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) approves the decision made today by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) to turn down a proposal to list Pacific Bluefin Tuna under the Endangered Species Act.

(Aug 3, 2017 - Washington, D.C.) The recreational fishing and boating community today applauded the introduction of the RED SNAPPER Act, a bill to improve the way the recreational red snapper fishery is managed in the Gulf of Mexico.


(Jul 29, 2017 - Washington, D.C.) Outdoor recreation and its impact on the American economy took center stage at the U.S. Department of Commerce on July 27.  Members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) met with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and other administration officials to discuss outdoor recreation’s importance to the American economy, how increased partnerships can grow jobs, and how trade agreements impact the outdoor recreation industry.

New legislation benefiting fisheries conservation and management advances in the U.S. Senate
(Jul 27, 2017 - Alexandria, Va.) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) today expressed support for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works’ (EPW) passage of S. 1514, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation Act, or HELP for Wildlife Act. The bipartisan bill, which includes a range of provisions designed to improve the management of fish, wildlife, habitat, and outdoor recreation, passed by a 14-7 margin.


Shimano adds Jackall Lures to its Keep America Fishing sponsorship
(Jul 27, 2017 - Alexandria, VA) Keep America Fishing, Jackall Lures and numerous B.A.S.S. Nation chapters around the country have joined forces to expand the ‘Pledge to Pitch It’ campaign.


PLANO PRO POSTS 24TH B.A.S.S. WIN AT HUK BASSMASTER ELITE EVENT  
(Jul 25, 2017 -   WADDINGTON, NY) Plano Pro Kevin VanDam won his 24th B.A.S.S tournament this past Sunday along the US/Canadian border at the Huk Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River presented by Go RVing.

Company to Unveil New Model this fall and Bring Jobs to the Tampa Bay Area
(Jul 25, 2017 - Clearwater, FL) Coastal Marine, parent company of ArrowCat Catamarans, and Endeavour Catamaran Corporation, both industry leaders in the design, manufacture and sales of power catamarans, announced today that as a result of recent successful, collaborative projects, the companies have merged to form Endeavour Corporation.


(Jul 24, 2017 - Alexandria, VA) There’s nothing like the adventure of saltwater fishing. The adrenaline rush of hooking into a billfish, a big striper, or hard-fighting redfish is second to none. That thrill is undoubtedly what attracts over 11 million Americans to the sport.

(Jul 20, 2017 - If you are unable to see the message or images be) Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and other senior federal officials met with representatives of the outdoor recreation industry at the U.S. Department of the Interior yesterday to discuss how the use of public-private partnerships can help improve visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters.


World’s Best Anglers Eye $300,000 Title in Historic 22nd-Annual Championship
(Jul 20, 2017 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) The Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of professional bass fishing, will return to Lake Murray Country, Aug. 11-13, to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2017. Hosted by the Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board, the tournament will feature 53 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals casting for the sport’s biggest award – $300,000 cash.


BOTE wins “Best of Show” during the world’s largest sportfishing trade show
(Jul 14, 2017 - Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL) The world’s largest sportfishing trade show, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, is now in full swing (July 11 – 14), at the Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Fla.


(Jul 14, 2017 - Orange County Convention Center) From exhibitors to buyers to media, representatives from the domestic and international recreational fishing and boating community converged on the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla., July 11-14, for the 60th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST.


(Jul 14, 2017 - Orlando, FL) The new-for-2018 Lew's Mach Crush Speed Spool SLP baitcast combo was voted best rod and reel combo by attending buyers and media in ICAST 2017's New Product Showcase competition, making it four in a row for Lew's in that category. The award was presented during yesterday evening's ASA Chairman's Reception held immediately following the close of the show's first day.


(Jul 11, 2017 - Fort Smith, AR) PRADCO-Fishing has announced changes in its internal organization structure. Bruce Stanton, Vice President and General Manager for PRADCO-Fishing, made the announcement today from the company's Fort Smith offices.

Recreational Fishermen Laud Wicker, Nelson and Colleagues  
(Jul 11, 2017 - Recreational Fishermen Laud Wicker, Nelson and Col) Yesterday, the recreational fishing and boating community praised the Senate introduction of the Modern Fish Act by Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), John Kennedy (R-La.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The “Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017” (Modern Fish Act) would improve public access to America’s federal waters, promote conservation of our natural marine resources and spur economic growth.


(Jul 10, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) The Bassmaster Elite Series has a rich history that always seems to lead it back to venues where special moments have taken place in the past.


(Jul 7, 2017 - Grand Prairie, TX) Plano Synergy, a leading outdoor company providing thousands of individual hunting and fishing products across 14 major brands, has announced the hiring of Chris Russell in the position of Marketing Manager - Fish.

(Jul 7, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) From the earliest days of professional fishing a half-century ago, the most important skill an angler could have is the ability to find the biggest schools of bass. That, more than casting ability or lure selection and presentation, sets the greats in the sport, men like Roland Martin, Rick Clunn and Kevin VanDam, apart from the rest.


(Jul 6, 2017 - ALEXANDRIA, La.) Bill Lewis Outdoors announces the introduction of StutterStep 4.0, a smaller version of the innovative StutterStep 5.0 topwater lure that brought new features and actions to surfa


(Jul 6, 2017 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) Lew's officials have announced that Chris York will be joining the company this month as chief operating officer, and that employee Dave Hinke has been promoted to vice president product development.


(Jun 29, 2017 - FT. LAUDERDALE, FL  ) The highly acclaimed "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" (LLGF) educational series announces new partnerships with ACR Electronics and Coastal Conservation Association Florida (CCA). The relationship will serve to further efforts to encourage the female sector to participate in fishing and boating through educational programming.


(Jun 29, 2017 - Springfield, MO) Do Outdoors, LLC, also known as Lew's Fishing ("Lew's" or the "Company"), a leading supplier of branded fishing reels, rods, and related accessories, announced today that Gary Remensnyder has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Lynn Reeves will remain actively involved in the business as Chairman, continuing to provide strategy and product leadership to the Company.


Industry leaders bring a wide-range of talent and experience to address the issues that impact the recreational fishing industry  
(Jun 29, 2017 - Alexandria, VA) Four members of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) were elected to fill two regional seats and two At-Large seats on the board of directors. Their terms begin October 1, 2017, and they will serve three-year terms. Last October, the membership voted to amend the by-laws and now ASA’s board members may serve two, three-year consecutive terms instead of three, two-year terms.


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