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(Dec 22, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) The United States Senate recently passed a comprehensive new water infrastructure bill, containing language that will likely be alarming to be many bass anglers — especially those who value the incredible fishery on the California Delta.

(Dec 13, 2016 - ALEXANDRIA. VA) Over the weekend, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive maritime infrastructure bill that drew a mixed reaction from the recreational fishing industry. By a 78-21 vote, the Senate passed the “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN),”


Another Fishing Legend Lost
(Dec 7, 2016 - Mountain Home, AR) Ron Pierce, the founder of Bass Cat Boats, died Sunday, of natural causes. He was 81. Pierce, who'd suffered several strokes in recent years, leaves behind a legacy of innovation and a devoted legion of Bass Cat owners that he lovingly referred to as family. 


(Nov 22, 2016 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Crevalle Boats recently launched its 26 Open Bay Boat at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). The innovative, new boat features Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America's ground-breaking BlueSky electric sliding hatch.


(Nov 22, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) The 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic in Houston next March will feature a star-studded field of professional anglers, including nine former Classic champions and six Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title holders.


(Nov 16, 2016 - Amsterdam, Netherlands) Davis Instruments was recently honored by Martin Flory Group for its 20-year relationship with the PR firm. Kelly Flory, Martin Flory Group's general manager, marked the occasion in Amsterdam at METSTRADE, the world's largest marine equipment trade show.


(Nov 7, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) Davy Hite, the 1999 Bassmaster Classic champion and two-time Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year, won’t be competing on the Elite Series in 2017, but his fans will be seeing him more than ever.


(Nov 3, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) After entering the contest every day for 43 days, Glenn Van Iderstine of Elma, N.Y., finally won the grand prize in the Bassmaster Toyota Tundra Giveaway Sweepstakes.


(Nov 2, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) Three lakes in very different parts of the country — Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Shasta and Upper Chesapeake Bay — will host B.A.S.S. Nation Regionals in 2017.

(Nov 2, 2016 - Flippin, AR) Legendary manufacturer Ranger Boats brings its acclaimed line of performance saltwater fishing boats to the 57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Nov. 3-7. The boat show offers three million square feet of exhibition space and six miles of floating dock space.


(Oct 28, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) High school and college anglers will be competing during prime fishing times on some of the premier bass fisheries in the country during the 2017 Costa Bassmaster High School Series presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods and Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops tournaments.


(Oct 19, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) JL Marine Systems Inc., maker of the popular Power-Pole shallow water anchoring system, has signed on to become a premier-level sponsor for all Bassmaster tournament circuits, B.A.S.S. announced today.


(Oct 19, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) T-H Marine Supplies Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-performance boat products since 1975, has signed a multiyear deal to become a supporting level sponsor of select Bassmaster tournament circuits.

Agency takes several steps toward addressing concerns with overly-rigid management approaches
(Oct 18, 2016 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) today applauded NOAA Fisheries for updating and improving the guidelines it and the regional fishery management councils use for developing fishery management plans for the nation’s federal marine fisheries.

Industry recognizes several individuals for their outstanding leadership and support
(Oct 12, 2016 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association's (ASA) 2016 Sportfishing Summit, the sportfishing industry's premier networking and business management event, was held October 4-7, in New Orleans, La.

(Oct 3, 2016 - Ashland City, TN.) For 2017, Triton Boats, a leading manufacturer of premium fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, has doubled the number of aluminum models in its fishing, hunting and utility boat lineup with the introduction of 11 versatile new models. The company's greatly expanded aluminum lineup now means virtually every outdoorsman should find the ideal boat for whatever outdoor adventure awaits them at an authorized Triton Boats dealer.


STEVE PENNAZ TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE FRESHWATER FISHING HALL OF FAME
(Sep 29, 2016 - Plano, IL) Founded in 1960 and based in Hayward, Wisconsin, the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame exists, in part, to recognize persons, organizations and institutions who have made significant and lasting contributions to the sport and heritage of fresh water fishing. For those who have committed a lifetime of service in support of the traditions, ethics, promotion and expanded participation of sport fishing, enshrinement in this storied institution represents the greatest of honors.


Anglers say underwater scouting keyed victory at Canadian Bass Open
(Sep 29, 2016 - Crosslake, MN) Anyone who’s fished North America’s big bass lakes in recent seasons has seen the signs: Clearing waters. Schools of trophy smallmouths shifting deeper and deeper. Tournament game plans evolving to spot-lock, sweet-spot fests—anglers mining small, specific sections of underwater real estate.

(Sep 29, 2016 - Forestville, WI) The National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) has recently added CrappieNow and CatfishNow, two on line digital magazines, to its growing Supporting Partner ranks. Dan Dannenmueller, said, "As the publisher of CrappieNow and CatfishNow digital magazines, I am excited to partner with the NPAA to allow both the members of the NPAA and the magazine readers to benefit from the content and current information shared by both!" 


(Sep 29, 2016 - San Antonio, TX) Ranger Boats and the Association of Collegiate Anglers have renewed their long standing partnership of the 2017 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. As part of the relationship Ranger Boats will continue to reach collegiate anglers throughout the nation through the series with the one of a kind Ranger Cup University program.  

Crucial Everglades restoration bills now go to conference
(Sep 29, 2016 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Keep Florida Fishing® congratulate the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) this week by an overwhelming 399-25 vote.


(Sep 28, 2016 - Tulsa, OK) Major League Fishing (MLF) officials announce that Lew's has signed on as a new sponsor of the popular made-for-television bass fishing competitions for the show's 2017 season. Lew's will showcase its rods, reels and fishing line through the advertising opportunities afforded, and also stands to benefit from having some of its national pro staff members among the anglers who have qualified to compete. 


(Sep 28, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW announced Wednesday the schedule, rules and payouts for the 2017 Bass Fishing League, which includes 128 tournaments in 24 divisions offering nearly $8 million in awards, including as much as $120,000 to the winning boater and $60,000 to the winning co-angler in the nationally-televised BFL All-American, plus advancement to the Forrest Wood Cup for a shot at winning the world championship of bass fishing. 

(Sep 28, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW announced Monday its rules and entry dates for the 2017 Walmart FLW Tour. The season will consist of a 160-boat field competing in seven-regular season events and culminating with the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing, to be held on Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina.


(Sep 27, 2016 - ) The 40-year-old rule that has limited Bassmaster tournament competitors to rods that were 8 feet or shorter will be changed for 2017, allowing competitors to use rods as long as 10 feet.

(Sep 27, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW announced Tuesday the Costa FLW Series rules, entry fees and payouts for the 2017 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 Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee. 


(Sep 21, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S. and Yamaha Marine Group have signed an agreement for Yamaha to continue to sponsor Bassmaster events through 2020.


(Sep 21, 2016 - San Antonio, TX) The Association of Collegiate Anglers has announced that Garmin will continue its support of the 2017 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.  As a series sponsor, Garmin will continue to be able to reach collegiate anglers with their new lineup of fishing electronics and enjoy extensive promotion with collegiate anglers throughout the nation at numerous events as well as on the television series.  

Legislation provides critical funding for Everglades restoration
(Sep 16, 2016 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Keep Florida Fishing® commend the U.S. Senate for passing the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA), which provides essential funding for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), as well as infrastructure and other habitat and water quality projects throughout the nation.


(Sep 16, 2016 - ONAMIA, MN.) Another impressive day of hefty smallmouth astonished fans during the second round of the $1 million Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship at Minnesota’s famed Mille Lacs Lake.  


Recreational Fishing Will Be Allowed in New England Marine Monument
(Sep 15, 2016 - Alexandria, Va.) With the recent announcement that President Obama is creating the first marine monument on the east coast – the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument – many anglers are probably wondering, “how do we fit in?”

Championship Set For November Showdown on Kentucky Lake
(Sep 13, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today the 2017 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 Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee.


(Sep 13, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) Skeeter Products Inc., maker of high-performance bass boats, and B.A.S.S., the world’s most prestigious bass tournament organization, have signed a multiyear agreement for Skeeter to continue as an official premier boat sponsor of all B.A.S.S. circuits.


(Sep 1, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) The 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series schedule features more exciting twists and changes than the world’s premier tournament circuit has seen in its storied 11-year history.


St. Croix pros offer perspectives on Mississippi River event
(Aug 29, 2016 - Park Falls, WI) Soon, the cool winds of fall will begin to rumble down the Mississippi River valley at La Crosse, Wisconsin, decorating maple trees with crimson and yellow leaves, and trumpeting the arrival of the top bass anglers on the earth. Returning to a venue steeped in Midwestern river culture and an enduring competitive and recreational fishing tradition, The Bassmaster Elite circuit is set to pay a September visit to Old Man River from September 8-11.


NHFD set for September 24, 2016
(Aug 29, 2016 - Springfield, MO) Bass Pro Shops is more than just a store that is a gateway to the great outdoors. The industry leader in conservation efforts is once again leading the way and partnering with National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day). Each year, hunting contributes more than $38.3 billion to the economy and supports more than 680,000 jobs. Bass Pro Shops continues its legacy as an organization ready to support sportsmen and women by its sponsorship of NHF Day.


TOP PROS LOOK TO SETTLE SCORES AT THE PLANO BASSMASTER ELITE EVENT ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
(Aug 27, 2016 - Plano, IL) Plano, makers of the world’s premier tackle storage products, supports bass fishing at all levels – most recently through title sponsorship of the Sept. 8-11 Plano Bassmaster Elite event on the Mississippi River at La Crosse, Wis. The tournament is the 2016 season finale for bass fishing’s most prestigious tour.


Petition pulled just days before California Fish and Wildlife Commission hearing
(Aug 25, 2016 - Alexandria, Va.) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA), along with a coalition of leaders in the recreational fishing and boating community, are pleased to announce that striped and black (largemouth and smallmouth) bass, important sportfish species in California, won’t be targeted for eradication as invasive species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and its tributaries.


Pro- and co-anglers win Lucas Oil AOY Rings and paid entry fees for 2017 season
(Aug 25, 2016 - New Smyrana Beach, FL) The 2016 season for the Cabela's National Walleye Tour (NWT) came to a close earlier this month on Lake Oahe in South Dakota with pro-angler Ed Stachowski and co-angler Josh Bruce rising to the top and winning the Lucas Oil Angler of the Year (AOY) titles. Along with custom Lucas Oil AOY rings, both anglers earned paid entry fees for the 2017 NWT season. 

WJ LINDEQUE CC SIGNS EXCLUSIVE LICENSING AGREEMENT TO RUN FLW BASS-FISHING TOURNAMENTS IN SOUTH AFRICAM
(Aug 18, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced an exclusive licensing agreement with WJ Lindeque CC, of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, to begin sanctioning FLW bass-fishing tournaments in South Africa. The agreement was signed by FLW President of Operations Kathy Fennel and Hannes Lindeque, a managing member of WJ Lindeque CC.


Wisconsin walleye pro utilizes Humminbird® and Minn Kota® technologies to take top finish on South Dakota’s Lake Oahe
(Aug 11, 2016 - Racine, WI) Anglers pre-fishing for the 2016 Cabela’s National Walleye Tour (NWT) Championship in Mobridge, South Dakota, struggled with strong winds. Even hail.


PREMIER TACKLE STORAGE BRAND TO SPONSOR ONE OF TELEVISION'S MOST POPULAR FISHING SHOWS IN 2017
(Aug 11, 2016 - Plano, IL) Major League Fishing (MLF), the unique, televised bass fishing competition showcasing the nation's top professional anglers in real-time format, has quickly grown to become one of the most popular fishing show on TV.


St. Croix’s SOLE earns Best of Show in Fly Rod Category
(Aug 3, 2016 - Park Falls, WI) Each year, in the sweltering core of summer, fishing industry insiders gather at ICAST – an international trade show and exposition that highlights the products and the people that help anglers find and catch more fish.

Lake Guntersville to Host Season Opener, Feb. 2-5Huntsville,
(Aug 3, 2016 - Huntsville, AL) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced today the addition of a seventh Walmart FLW Tour event to the 2017 schedule. The 2017 season will now open at Lake Guntersville, Feb. 2-5, in Guntersville, Alabama.


(Aug 3, 2016 - Springfield, MO) Lew's announces the hiring of longtime fishing industry veteran Terry Pederson to serve as vice president of sales responsible for the company's western United States sales efforts.


Recreational fishing community still sees the need for legislative action to require allocation reviews
(Aug 3, 2016 - Washington, D.C.) In response to decades of criticism over not examining how the nation’s public marine fisheries resources are divided among fishing stakeholders, NOAA Fisheries released a Fisheries Allocation Review Policy that describes potential criteria for reviewing fisheries allocations.


(Jul 26, 2016 - ) For 37 years, MariaElena Torres has caringly built Team Boat Hooks and other popular Davis Instruments Team products. A modest estimate of her manufacturing productivity is well over half a million units.


Women comb the aisles for new products and industry triends
(Jul 24, 2016 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL) At the largest ICAST show ever, the staff of "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" (LLGF) combed the aisles to find products of interest to novice anglers. International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, or ICAST, is the world's largest Sportfishing trade show with 15,000 people in attendance in Orlando, FL.


(Jul 20, 2016 - San Antonio, TX) Simply put, college fishing has changed over the past eleven years. In the very first collegiate bass fishing event back in 2005 held on Lake Lewisville, most of the anglers showed up to the event all on their own with old boats and tow vehicles.


(Jul 14, 2016 - Tulsa, OK) Major League Fishing (MLF), a made-for-television bass fishing competition featuring the country's top professional anglers, celebrates its 5-year anniversary this summer with news it has become the No. 1 fishing show in the nation. 


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