Fishing & Boating News
Industry veteran brings years of experience in working to increase participation
(May 22, 2018 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Emily Beach, most recently with the Archery Trade Association (ATA), is the association’s new R3 (Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation) Director.
A Different Breed of Pro
(May 19, 2018 - Park Falls, WI) Will Simmons planned to be fishing by lunchtime; maybe just a little after. A transplanted crappie fisherman turned bass nut, and now coach of the Obion County Central High School (OCCHS) fishing team, Simmons was en route to his first fishing photoshoot.
Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Joins AFTCO’s Conservation Efforts with AFTCO Bank Bags during Championship Week
(May 19, 2018 - San Antonio, TX) AFTCO a long-time leader in conservation in the saltwater world is bringing their conservation ethics to the freshwater market in 2018 with a variety of new initiatives including their Bank Bag program. This program will be in full effect during the 2018 collegiate bass fishing championship. During that week AFTCO supplies a Bank Bag to each team to use to p
New legislation will improve marine resource conservation and promote innovative new fishing gear
(May 3, 2018 - Alexandria, VA) Leading recreational fishing organizations applauded Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) for introducing S. 2773, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, to phase out the use of mile-long drift gillnets in the eastern Pacific by 2020 and bring California swordfish fishing in-line with all other U.S. and international swordfish fisheries.
(May 3, 2018 - ) The Collegiate Bass Championship /by Amanda The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) announces that Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has renewed its title sponsorship of the 2018 Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Championship.
(May 2, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Mario DePiero of Gaston, Ore., won a trip to fish with reigning Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year in the Bassmaster Fish With Brandon Palaniuk Sweepstakes. He also scored a new Skeeter ZX190 with a Yamaha VF150LA outboard with the win. The total prize pack is worth more than $57,000.
New legislation will improve marine resource conservation and promote innovative new fishing gear
(May 2, 2018 - Alexandria, VA) Leading recreational fishing organizations applauded Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) for introducing S. 2773, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, to phase out the use of mile-long drift gillnets in the eastern Pacific by 2020 and bring California swordfish fishing in-line with all other U.S. and international swordfish fisheries.
New Anglers Learn then Catch Kingfish, Tuna and more at South FL Ladies, Let's Go Fishing University April 27-29
(Apr 30, 2018 - FT. LAUDERDALE, FL) Participants came from around the state to learn fishing skills at the "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" South Florida University April 27-29 in Pompano Beach, FL. Known as the “No-Yelling School of Fishing,” the event offered a networking party on Friday, classes and hands-on skills Saturday and optional charter fishing on Sunday. The event was held at Chaos Fishing.
Collegiate Anglers Finish Big & Win Bigger With #TeamCabelas
(Apr 27, 2018 - San Antonio, TX) Cabela's has long been a supporter of college fishing. Last spring, Cabela's once again increased its commitment to collegiate anglers with a new discount purchase program as well as an angler contingency program - Team Cabela's.
(Apr 20, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) A bill that would have restored anglers’ rights to access public waters in Louisiana was voted down in the state legislature this week by a vote of 37-59.
BUFF® renews sponsorship of the Association of Collegiate Anglers Tournament Series
(Apr 18, 2018 - Santa Rosa, CA) BUFF® recently demonstrated a genuine commitment to encouraging young bass anglers by confirming its continued support of the Association of Collegiate Anglers Tournament Series. The governing body for college fishing, the ACA is sanctioned by The Bass Federation, Inc. (TBF), a grassroots organization dedicated to youth, conservation and fishing.
(Apr 5, 2018 - Fond Du Lac, WI.) Mercury Marine has officially broken ground on a new expansion at its global headquarters in Fond du Lac. The two-story NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) facility's first chamber, and the office space is scheduled to be completed by October 2018 while the second chamber is targeted to be completed by the end of the year.
(Apr 4, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Black Velvet Canadian Whisky has signed on as an Elite Partner of the 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series.
(Mar 30, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Citing recent heavy rains and high water in the Sabine River watershed, B.A.S.S. has decided to postpone the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Elite presented by Econo Lodge that had been scheduled to begin in Orange, Texas, next week.
ASA Government Affairs committee outlines industry agenda for coming months
(Mar 30, 2018 - Alexandria, VA) During its annual spring meeting, the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) Government Affairs committee discussed a variety of sportfishing policy positions and outlined its agenda for the coming months. Over the course of the two-day meeting – held March 26-27, in Washington, D.C. – the committee held briefings with three federal agencies, hosted a panel of key Congressional staff and met with several Congressional offices.
When Bassmaster Elite Series anglers return to the Sabine River system April 6-9, Louisiana waters will be off-limits. B.A.S.S. is urging Louisiana lawmakers to restore public access to tidal waters closed off by landowners.
(Mar 28, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) When Bassmaster Elite Series anglers return to the Sabine River system April 6-9, Louisiana waters will be off-limits. B.A.S.S. is urging Louisiana lawmakers to restore public access to tidal waters closed off by landowners.
(Mar 28, 2018 - San Antonio, TX) The Association of Collegiate Anglers has announced that Denali Rods will continue its support of the 2018 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and collegiate anglers nationwide. As a sponsor of the series, Denali Rods will support collegiate anglers at each of the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing events.
PLANO PRO JORDAN LEE WINS THE BASSMASTER CLASSIC FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW
(Mar 21, 2018 - PLANO PRO JORDAN LEE WINS THE BASSMASTER CLASSIC) Long before sunrise last Sunday, Bassmaster Elite angler Jordan Lee woke up as an outstanding professional bass fisherman. No doubt, his 2017 Bassmaster Classic win solidified his place within a select group of pros that are now household names in the world of fishing.
Industrial harvesters try to pry into conservation zone, again
(Mar 7, 2018 - Alexandria, VA) Today, leading recreational fishing and boating organizations submitted public comment to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council in opposition to an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) that would allow pelagic longline (PLL) vessels into the East Florida Coast Pelagic Longline Closed Area.
(Mar 6, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) The 2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic Bracket presented by Bass Pro Shops will take place Aug. 14-16 on Milford Lake out of Junction City, Kan., B.A.S.S. announced today.
(Mar 2, 2018 - BAINBRIDGE, Ga.) Two boats were involved in a low-speed collision this morning at the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event at Lake Seminole. Pro Adam Slupczynski of Marietta, Georgia, and co-angler Jim Topmiller of Orlando, Florida, were in one of the boats; Pro Frank Clark of Benton, Illinois, and co-angler Anthony Hunt of Fort Lauderdale, Florida were in the other boat.
(Feb 28, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced a sponsorship agreement with Abu Garcia and Berkley to feature fishing tackle, rods, reels and apparel at all FLW-sanctioned bass fishing tournaments in 2018. The deal reestablishes a partnership between the two outdoors-industry leaders, who also partnered in the 2000 to 2009 seasons.
Northwestern State University stays in 2nd and LSU-Shreveport moves to 3rd
(Feb 22, 2018 - San Antonio, TX) With spring just around the corner, the race to win the most prestigious title in collegiate bass fishing has begun to warm up just as the water temperatures have. This year’s race for Cabela’s School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia has turned to be one of the biggest and hardest one to win thanks in large part to a new points system designed to provide more points earning opportunities than ever before for college anglers nationwide.
Lowrance® Renews FLW Sponsorship with Multi-Year Agreement, Remains Exclusive Marine Electronics Sponsor of FLW
(Feb 15, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics since it invented the first consumer sonar device in 1957, announced today a multi-year sponsorship agreement that will extend through the 2020 FLW tournament season.
(Feb 13, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) The national championship locations and dates for the 2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops and the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods have been released, B.A.S.S. announced today.
(Feb 6, 2018 - Tulsa,OK) Major League Fishing (MLF) and General Tire formally announced today that General Tire will be the title sponsor and official tire of MLF beginning in 2018. The multi-year agreement kicks off with the General Tire Major League Fishing Summit Cup's first event airing on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2 - 4 p.m. ET, on Outdoor Channel.
(Feb 1, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Pro competitors Andy Young of Mound, Minnesota, and William Campbell of Middlesboro, Kentucky, were involved in a boat collision on opening day of the FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee last week.
(Jan 31, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) General Tire will sponsor Winning Ways, a popular spinoff of The Bassmasters TV show on ESPN2, B.A.S.S. announced today.
(Jan 31, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Michael Ray of Elk River, Minn., is the lucky winner of the Fish with Kevin VanDam Sweepstakes, and he could not be happier about it.
César Pecellín Muñoz of Spain Signs Exclusive Licensing Agreement to Run FLW Bass-Fishing Tournaments
(Jan 18, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Spain has signed an exclusive licensing agreement and will begin offering 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 César Pecellín Muñoz of FLW Spain.
(Jan 17, 2018 - St. Chjarles, IL) The Illini Muskies Alliance inducted their 2018 Hall of Fame class at the famed Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois on Saturday January 6, 2018. For the second year in a row a large audience (over 100) was present to observe this popular IMA program.
FLW Foundation, Evinrude Team with National Pediatric Cancer Foundation to Promote ‘Fishing Funds the Cure’ Campaign
(Jan 17, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced today that the FLW Foundation, the company’s 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting youth to their natural resources and promoting education, conservation and an active lifestyle, has joined forces with their longtime partner Evinrude and the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) to promote the ‘Fishing Funds the Cure’ program throughout the 2018 tournament season.
(Jan 15, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today a sponsorship agreement with Mercury Marine across all FLW tournament circuits. The Fond du Lac, Wisconsin-based marine propulsion manufacturer, will serve as one of two official outboard-engine sponsors in 2018. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
(Jan 12, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Mossy Oak, the Official Camo Pattern of B.A.S.S., has signed on as the title sponsor of the organization’s fast-growing high school bass fishing program, B.A.S.S. announced today.
(Jan 11, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Berkley and Abu Garcia, two of Pure Fishing’s global family of quality fishing tackle brands, have signed on as premier sponsors of the Bassmaster Classic and other bass fishing series and events, B.A.S.S. announced today.
Advisory for Friday, January 5, 2018
(Jan 5, 2018 - Okeechobee, FL) In order to concentrate all efforts on the ongoing search for co-angler Nik Kayler, Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) officials have decided to cancel the remaining competition day at the Costa FLW Series tournament on Lake Okeechobee.
(Dec 20, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) Bass club anglers qualifying for three B.A.S.S. Nation Regional tournaments in 2018 will have an unusual opportunity at the host fisheries — they might encounter a “10” during the competition.
(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.
International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame inducts 2017 class at all-new Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium
(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.
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