Fishing & Boating News
Bass Cat Boats & Mercury Marine Have Teamed up to offer America's Team Tournaments the 2005 Open Team Championship
(Feb. 03, 2005 - Mountain Home, AR) This Bass Cat Mercury Championship is Open to "grass roots" Tournament Directors all across the country. This "end of the year" Championship offers a new Bass Cat Boat rigged with a Mercury Outboard as "Grand Prize" for the winning team.
(Feb. 03, 2005 - CLEWISTON, FL.) In an effort to promote conservation among the fisheries that host its professional bass tournaments, FLW Outdoors has donated $5,000 to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. The donation, provided by FLW Outdoors through the FishAmerica Foundation, will be used to help restore Lake Okeechobee habitat damaged by the hurricanes.
(Feb. 03, 2005 - CYPRESS, CA.) Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. settled its lawsuit today with Brunswick Corp. (NYSE: BC) over the sale of Yamaha-manufactured 75 - 115 horsepower four-stroke powerheads to Brunswick. Yamaha will continue to manufacture these powerheads in the existing quantities and prices specified under their agreement until it expires in March, 2006.
(Feb. 02, 2005 - Kennesaw, GA.) The International Trade Commission sided with Yamaha and voted Feb. 2, 2005, to reject Brunswick Corporation's [NYSE: BC] dumping claims. The ITC found that there was no basis for Brunswick's claims of injury filed on Jan. 8, 2004, alleging that outboard motors and powerheads from outboard motors from Japan were being dumped into the United States.
$100,000 Purse Awaits America's Top Weekend Angler in August
(Jan. 31, 2005 - Kilgore, TX) Skeeter Boats, the company that invented the bass boat more than 50 years ago, which made bass fishing more enjoyable, is at it again with a way for weekend anglers to unify their sport and compete for a $100,000 purse and the title of the best weekend angler in North America.
(Jan. 30, 2005 - Lafayette, LA) LAFAYETTE POWER SPORTS, a Motorcycle, ATV and Personal watercraft dealer in Lafayette La. market for the last 30 years is opening Acadiana's largest marine dealership on Febuary 1st 2005.
Board approves plan to match member funds
(Jan. 26, 2005 - CHICAGO, IL) The sailing industry is on board with the Grow Boating Initiative. Sail America has announced that it will contribute $50,000 to the Grow Boating Start Up Fund, and will match contributions from its members that can make the total donation exceed more than $250,000.
(Jan. 25, 2005 - Burnaby, BC, Canada) The humpback whales that inhabit the Pacific Coast of North America exhibit unique social and feeding behaviors. One of their more remarkable and unusual behaviors is collaborating with other whales to create large bubble nets that surround fish schools to make feeding easier.
(Jan. 25, 2005 - Montgomery, AL.) BASS announced today that the BASS Federation program is restructuring its division system to include six division rather than five. The reorganization will culminate in an expansion of the BASS Federation Divisional Tournament series to six events and will mean that six Federation anglers will qualify for the CITGO Bassmaster Classic beginning in 2006.
(Jan. 25, 2005 - IRVINE, CA) All with the goal to educate, excite and motivate people to experience the passion for the sport of fishing, Shimano is on the road throughout the winter and spring with its 2005 Shimano Fishing Tour.
Cialis® (tadalafil) Joins BASS as Premiere Sponsor
(Jan. 24, 2005 - ) Cialis® (tadalafil), the erectile dysfunction drug marketed by Lilly ICOS (NYSE: LLY and NASDAQ: ICOS), and BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, today announced a one-year sponsorship agreement.
(Jan. 24, 2005 - Lake Okeechobee, FL.) Team Yamaha's Kelly Jordon posted a commanding win at the first FLW Tour stop last weekend at Lake Okeechobee, FL. Kelly's accomplishment capped a week of Yamaha's dominance of the exposure on-site and on the upcoming FOX Sports Net broadcast of the event.
(Jan. 20, 2005 - Kennesaw, GA.) Mike Dixon, Marietta, Ga., has been promoted to Supervisor, Saltwater Promotions, for Yamaha Marine Group. Dixon has been with Yamaha for seven years, and his experience includes positions as dealer sales support coordinator from 1998-2001 and saltwater promotions coordinator from 2001-2004.
(Jan. 21, 2005 - Miami, Florida) The 2nd annual Mayor's Cup Billfish Tournament is still a week away but the buzz amongst the who's who, of South Florida's fishing elite is furious. Each team sure that this year they will redeem themselves and prove to the rest of the country, what we Floridian's, Miamians in particular already know, we have the best anglers!
(Jan. 21, 2005 - Montgomery, AL.) Today BASS announced exciting and expansive changes to its tournament programs for the 2006 CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail. The CITGO Bassmaster Tour will expand from six to 11 events, the popular Elite 50 Series will become three individual major events and fishing's most prestigious event, the CITGO Bassmaster Classic, will move from its traditional summertime setting to kickoff the BASS season in late February or early March.
(Jan. 20, 2005 - Kennesaw, GA.) David Simmons, Adairsville, Ga., has been promoted to Supervisor, Freshwater Promotions for Yamaha Marine Group. Simmons' experience with Yamaha includes five years as Field Promotions Coordinator.
(Jan. 19, 2005 - Grayslake, IL) On October 23, 1983, a child was born who would change the lives of many over the course of years to come. He was born as a twin to Darren, a younger brother to John, and a wonder to his parents, Dan and Renell. His name is Ryan Jackson.
(Jan. 20, 2005 - Kennesaw, GA.Kennesaw, GA.) Cindy Sanders, Atlanta, Ga., has been promoted to Department Manager, Promotions and Events for Yamaha Outboards, according to Dale Barnes, Yamaha Marine Group Marketing Division Manager.
Gander Mountain to Introduce Sales and Rentals of Genmar Boats in Selected Markets, Expand Marine Accessories Department
(Jan. 18, 2005 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Gander Mountain Company (Nasdaq: GMTN) and Genmar Holdings, Inc. today announced an agreement to sell and rent several Genmar boat lines at Gander Mountain stores, expanding on Gander Mountain's existing assortment of canoes, kayaks and small fishing boats. Gander Mountain also announced that it is expanding the assortment of marine accessories at its large-format stores.
Temporary Marina to Accommodate Boaters During Super Bowl on the Water
(Jan. 17, 2005 - Jacksonville, FL) The upcoming Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Florida is being billed as the Super Bowl on the Water-- for very good reason. ALLTEL Stadium sits on the banks of the St. Johns River, which is one of the most beautiful boating destinations in Florida.
Chevrolet Tahoe tops long list of unique items for IGFA's 21st Annual International Auction and Banquet
On-line auction is underway now for January 28th fundraiser
(Jan. 15, 2005 - DANIA BEACH, FL) A 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 SUV is the featured item up for bid in the International Game Fish Association's 21st Annual International Auction and Banquet at The Breakers, in Palm Beach, Fla., on January 28.
(Jan. 15, 2005 - Virgin Islands) New is the "Bait Rigging Station" in the Big Game Room. The idea is to put the Pros behind the bait table - and surround them with novices who are eager to learn!
(Jan. 11, 2005 - Lebanon, MO) Brian L. Moore is added to Team G3's growing group of national anglers. Brian is a well known bass angler around Tennessee and he maintains a very fast paced regional schedule on the bass fishing circuit. Brian competes in both B.A.I.T (Bass Anglers Invitational Trail) and In the Wal-Mart BFL (Mountain Division).
(Jan. 10, 2005 - ATHENS, Texas) Each year the public has a chance to nominate a favorite fishing icon for consideration as an inductee to the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 28.
(Jan. 11, 2005 - MARATHON, Florida Keys) A newly created junior division provides anglers under age 16 an opportunity to compete side by side with adults and contribute their catch to their boat's total in a major billfish tournament.
General Motors division becomes platinum sponsor of premier global fishing conservation organization
(Jan. 08, 2005 - DANIA BEACH, Florida, U.S.A.) The International Game Fish Association announced Chevrolet as the official automotive group of the world's oldest and largest fishing conservation and record keeping organization.
(Jan. 06, 2005 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) The following letter from Genmar Industries, Inc. CEO, Irwin L. Jacobs has been sent to all the Genmar Dealers and U.S. Boat Manufacturers, expressing Jacobs concern over the recent announcement that Brunswick/Mercury is acquiring several more boat companies, along with the current ITC hearings in Washington, D.C. concerning the Brunswick/Mercury anti-dumping case against the Japanese outboard engine manufacturers.
(Jan. 05, 2005 - Atlantic City, NJ) Mack Boring recently held its first National Dealer Meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Over 85 dealers from 21 states attended the highly successful event.
(Jan. 05, 2005 - Kennesaw, GA. Kennesaw, GA.) For a limited time authorized, participating Yamaha Outboard dealers are now offering a Boat Show Bonus — up to 3 years Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.) free of charge for select models of two-stroke and four-stroke outboards purchased and delivered between January 1 and April 30, 2005.
(Jan. 05, 2005 - DANIA BEACH, Florida, U.S.A.) The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) has mailed the 2005 edition of World Record Game Fishes to its members and is now ready to fill orders for the general public.
(Jan. 04, 2005 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors and Solar Bat, a maker of polarized sunglasses designed specifically for anglers, announced Tuesday an expansion in Solar Bat‚s sponsorship of FLW Outdoors to include the new Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series.
(Jan. 03, 2005 - Greensboro, NC) Sufix Fishing North America, Inc., adhering to its aggressive plan of dramatic market penetrations, has hired Gary Colton as its vice president and general manager.
Yamaha Says That Brunswick's Purchase Of Sea Pro, Palmetto And Sea Boss Boats Contradicts Its Claims To The ITC
(Jan. 03, 2005 - KENNESAW, Ga,) Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. reacted today to Brunswick Corporation's (NYSE: BC) $51 million purchase of Sea Pro, Palmetto and Sea Boss Boats. The purchase raises serious questions over the propriety of Brunswick's injury claim, which the ITC is currently investigating in which Brunswick claims that it has been injured by the importation of Japanese outboard motors and powerheads. International Trade Commission 731-TA-1069 (Final)
(Dec. 30, 2004 - CYPRESS, CA) On Dec. 28, 2004, the Department of Commerce issued a revised calculation in the dumping case filed by Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) against outboard motors and powerheads for outboard motors from Japan. Initially, the Department calculated that these products were being sold at 22.52% below normal value.
(Dec. 27, 2004 - PANAMA CITY, Fla.) Century and Cobia Boats have announced a national factory cash rebate program for the winter boat show season. The rebates are available on selected Century and Cobia models ranging from 18' to 23'. The cash rebate program runs from January 1 through April 15, 2005, and it provides a greater incentive for customers to purchase a boat from existing dealer inventories.
(Dec. 21, 2004 - Austin, TX) A team of state and federal agencies today announced two settlement agreements with Alcoa Inc. and Alcoa World Alumina L.L.C. that address mercury-contaminated sediments in Lavaca Bay, ongoing non-permitted discharges of mercury into Lavaca Bay, and soil contamination at the Point Comfort/Lavaca Bay Superfund Site.
(Dec. 21, 2004 - Austin, TX) TengoInternet and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are starting a pilot program to offer wireless Internet service at five Texas state parks — Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham) near Three Rivers, Blanco State Park near Blanco, Balmorhea State Park near Toyahvale, Goose Island State Park near Rockport, and Ray Roberts Lake State Park (Isle du Bois) near Pilot Point.
New features attract more sponsors
(Dec. 15, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) The Ultimate Boater's Guide (UBG), distributed to nearly a quarter of a million people at boat shows hosted by National Marine Manufacturers Association in 2004, returns for the 2005 show season with new features and innovative additions to provide boating enthusiasts with unprecedented desktop access to boat manufacturer products, marine services and topical boating information from their own computers.
(Dec. 15, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) The National Marine Bankers Association (NMBA) has contributed $10,000 to the Grow Boating Initiative Start Up Fund. The group has also announced that it has formed a task force to determine how lenders can financially support the campaign on an ongoing basis.
Sportfishing author and Fishing Hall of Fame member Ken Schultz will join ESPN's new show, BassCenter, beginning with its debut on January 1, 2005.
(Dec. 16, 2004 - ) Formerly Fishing Editor of Field & Stream, Schultz wrote hundreds of articles about all aspects of fishing in that publication for more than two decades, and has authored sixteen books on sportfishing. His 1996 book Successful Bass Fishing is widely recognized as one of the best ever written on bass fishing, and was named one of the Top 25 sportfishing books of all time by Field & Stream in April 1999.
NMMA members ready for mandatory certification
(Dec. 14, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Nearly 200 people participated in the NMMA Engineering Compliance Seminar (ECS) held December 6-9 in Nashville, TN. That is a record number of attendees for the seminar, which reviews updates to USCG regulations and ABYC standards that are used to certify boats and yachts in the NMMA Certified program.
(Dec. 14, 2004 - Minnetonka, MN) The Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit, or MWC, has been a driving force in team walleye tournament fishing for over 20 years. This prestigious tournament trail consists of six qualifying events and a championship. For the 2005 season, the MWC is proud to announce that Salmo Performance Fishing Lures will be joining the other long-term MWC sponsors who have made this one of the most successful team tournament trails in the country.
Testimony Refutes Brunswick Corporation's Dumping Claims
(Dec. 15, 2004 - WASHINGTON, D.C.) Irwin Jacobs, Bob Deputy and other leading marine industry representatives testified Dec. 14, 2004, at a hearing before the International Trade Commission on behalf of Yamaha in a united effort to refute Brunswick Corporation’s dumping claims.
(Dec. 13, 2004 - CHICAGO,IL) The Grow Boating Initiative received a significant boost today, as 3M Marine announced that it will be dedicating a percentage of its annual sales to NMMA boat manufacturer members to the campaign.
(Dec. 13, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors announced Monday that Oh Boy! Oberto® Beef Jerky, maker of America's No. 1 favorite jerky, will be a core sponsor of the new Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series. Oh Boy! Oberto has been making high-quality meat snacks for more than 85 years and is a recognizable name on a long list of companies that sponsor FLW Outdoors, the world's leading marketer of competitive fishing.
Update/Synopsis - Sam Rayburn Recreational Value Protection
(Dec. 11, 2004 - Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.) Provided by Mary Taylor and reported by Ed Snyder/Outdoors. In a desperate attempt to enlist concerns from the public over serious conservation issues being addressed about Lake Sam Rayburn waters becoming polluted from downgrading water quality standards, a group of concerned citizen conservationists, who've been fighting those downgrades, are asking for assistance from other concerned citizens
(Dec. 09, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Responding to the Grow Boating presentation at IBEX 2004, Tom Douglass, the vice president of the Sales & Marketing group at Teleflex Marine has decided to support the program with a leadership contribution of $25,000 to the Grow Boating Start Up Fund.
(Dec. 07, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) As if winning a championship on the Open, Federation or Weekend series were not enough, BASS is raising the stakes this season to include an automatic berth to fish on the prestigious CITGO Bassmaster Tour presented by Busch Beer.
(Dec. 08, 2004 - Mountain Home, AR) Bass Cat Boats is proud to announce the latest addition of Marty Stone, of Linden NC, to their promotional staff. Marty is a welcome addition to our staff. His abilities to communicate with people and his family ethics are right in line with the goals of Bass Cat.
(Dec. 07, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) BASS is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Don Butler on Tuesday, December 7, at his Grand Lake, Okla., home following a long bout with cancer. Butler was the first member of BASS, having personally handed his membership fee to BASS founder Ray Scott in 1968, and one of the sports earliest stars.
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