Fishing & Boating News
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.
Worldwide Leader In Fishing Tackle Is First In Line To Support Famed Trout Hatchery
(Dec. 07, 2004 - SPIRIT LAKE, IOWA) Berkley and its conservation division, the Berkley Conservation Institute, have joined the recently created Hot Creek Trout Hatchery Foundation. The Berkley Conservation Institute is the Foundation's first partner with a multi-year financial commitment.
(Dec. 03, 2004 - Kilgore, TX) Skeeter Boats has expanded its dealer family by bringing two new dealers on board to carry the Skeeter line of high-performance fishing boats.
(Dec. 03, 2004 - ATHENS, Texas) Scott Farmer of Yantis pulled the season's second Budweiser ShareLunker from Lake Fork Dec. 2. The 13.6-pound largemouth had a girth of 21.5 inches and was 24.5 inches long.
(Nov. 29, 2004 - Austin, TX) In what's shaping up to be the largest troop deployment since Vietnam, many from the National Guard are being deployed and if you have been called up and you're not a resident of Texas, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wants you to know that you and your dependents qualify for a resident hunting and or fishing license. Hunting season just began and if you need a break before shipping off, TPWD wants to help give you one.
(Nov. 29, 2004 - ATHENS, Texas) Terry Jones of Jewett turns trash into treasure-metal sculptures that look like prehistoric fish despite being made of old saw blades, meat grinders, car parts and anything else that strikes his fancy.
(Dec. 01, 2004 - ) Walleye anglers know that Lake Erie in October means trophy walleyes! For the Gander Mountain Grand National Walleye Cup (GNWC) teams, October 6-8, 2005 means the National Championship and a date with Lake Erie 'eyes.
(Nov. 29, 2004 - Austin, TX) You won't need a fishing license this winter to try your luck at hooking one of the thousands of rainbow trout being stocked in lakes and rivers at more than a dozen Texas state parks.
GNWC to award $105,000 in boats at the 2005 national championship.
(Nov. 28, 2004 - ) Skeeter and Yamaha have stepped up their support of the Gander Mountain GNWC in a big way. The Skeeter-Yamaha National Championship will feature three boats for 2005. GNWC championship anglers have the opportunity to win three WX 1880 Skeeter boats rigged with Yamaha outboards, Minnkota electric trolling motors and batteries, and Lowrance Electronics.
(Nov. 28, 2004 - KEY WEST, Florida Keys) Powerboat racers Todd Werner and Randy Scism earned a world title in the Superboat Catamaran class Sunday, Nov. 21, at the Fountain Powerboats Key West World Championship.
(Nov. 28, 2004 - KENNESAW, Ga,) On Nov. 17, 2004, Brunswick Corporation applied to the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission to withdraw the 75, 90 and 115 horsepower four-stroke powerheads that Yamaha sells to Brunswick from the dumping case filed by Brunswick.
(Nov. 20, 2004 - Scottsdale, AZ) Americans pursue their favorite outdoor recreation with a dedicated passion to help get rid of the stress of today's hyper-active lifestyle. But there's another kind of stress that comes this time of year, and that's the stress gift-givers endure when they find they have little or no idea what to get their favorite outdoors enthusiast. So, to help relieve this stress, we've found these gifts for different budgets that will be sure to put the fun back into holiday shopping as well as receiving.
(Nov. 18, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) The 2005 BASS Federation Championship will be contested on two Florida lakes, BASS announced today, taking the world's top amateur anglers to both Lake Tohopekaliga and to Bay Lake at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista on April 27-30, 2005.
(Nov. 19, 2004 - Stuart, FL) At IBEX 2004, Lenco Marine was recognized as an Independent Boat Builders Inc. (IBBI) Supplier of the Year. The electric trim tab manufacturer was selected based on survey results from IBBI members.
(Nov. 18, 2004 - BENTON, Ky.) The Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League - formerly known as the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye League - will enter its third season as the nation's premier weekend tournament trail for walleye fishermen with a 13-event schedule offering more than $450,000 in awards. The season kicks off April 16 on the Detroit River in Michigan and wraps up Sept. 8-10 with the $100,000 Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League Finals on the Mississippi River in Winona, Minn.
Features storm-tossed, wrecked boats from 2004 hurricanes
(Nov. 16, 2004 - FT. LAUDERDALE, FL,) A new year brings new calendars. But you've never seen anything like the 2005 Bentboat calendar. Instead of the usual stock photographs of puppies, flowers or supermodels, this calendar vividly illustrates the damage sustained by numerous boats caught in 2004's devastating hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.
(Nov. 18, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Irwin L. Jacobs, chairman of FLW Outdoors, announced today that Charlie Evans has been promoted to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FLW Outdoors. Evans replaces Charlie Hoover, who has resigned to take time off to be with his family and pursue new opportunities.
(Nov. 14, 2004 - Alexandria, VA) The Future Fisherman Foundation has $200,000 available to physical education teachers throughout the United States who incorporate fishing and boating education into their curricula, offering up to $5,000 grants to help foster active leisure lifestyles and ethical attitudes about the outdoors.
(Nov. 15, 2004 - Scottsboro, AL.) Ashley Rainer of Mobile, Ala., has joined Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Walker Agency as an account coordinator. Rainer will be working with various Agency accounts including Bushnell Sports Optics, Yamaha and Toyota.
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