Fishing & Boating News
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.
(Nov. 13, 2004 - PANAMA CITY, FL.) Century and Cobia Boats have enhanced their warranties for 2005 to provide owners with greater protection against the expense of repairs due to defects in material and workmanship. The new 10-3-1 Warranty is 100 percent transferable and will be offered on all new 2005 model year Century and Cobia Boats.
(Nov. 12, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors announced Friday the addition of Mann's Bait Company to its extensive family of sponsors. Mann's Bait Company joins a growing list of more than 40 name brands that have contributed to making FLW Outdoors the world's leader in competitive fishing.
(Nov. 10, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors, the world's leading marketer of competitive fishing, announced Wednesday that 7 UP renewed its highly successful sponsorship as the official soft drink of the Wal-Mart FLW Tour and FLW Outdoors‚ other premier freshwater tournament trails.
(Nov. 09, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors announced Tuesday that Hawaiian Punch is set to become the "official shelf-stable juice of FLW Outdoors" in 2005. Hawaiian Punch joins a growing list of quality sponsors and will be visible on FLW Outdoors‚ six premier freshwater tournament trails.
Toyota Motor Sales USA Names Scottsdale-based Walker Agency To Handle Public Relations for six-state Denver Region
(Nov. 06, 2004 - TORRANCE, CA.,) Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) USA, has named the Walker Agency, Scottsdale, Ariz. to handle public relations for its Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands in the company's six-state Denver region, comprising Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.
(Nov. 03, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) NMMA's board elections were held last week at IBEX in Miami Beach, FL. George Bellwoar, vice president of Sales and Marketing for marine lighting and hardware manufacturer Perko Inc. out of Miami, FL, was elected chairman of the board, succeeding past chair Bill Barrington, non-executive chairman of U.S. Marine.
(Nov. 03, 2004 - Little Rock, AR) Triton Boat Company and Mercury Marine are raising the bar for the new Redfish Nation Q SERIES. The two companies are title sponsors for the Eastern and Western Divisions and have now sweetened the pot for all Q SERIES event winners.
Georgia CastingKids compete against Bill Dance at Atlanta Motor Speedway
(Nov. 01, 2004 - HAMPTON, Ga.) Georgia's state champions in the Bassmaster CastingKids program stood at the start/finish line of Atlanta Motor Speedway during pre-race festivities Sunday and demonstrated their skills with a fishing rod and reel. They had no idea they were about to meet angling legend Bill Dance. What's more, they were going to compete against him!
(Nov. 01, 2004 - Lebanon, MO) Alaska has long been known as one of the most challenging outdoor environments in the world and the individuals who are fortunate enough to earn a living in the Alaskan wilderness certainly understand what works when it comes to aluminum boats. With this in mind the management team at G3 Boats contacted Dan Gibeau of Dewey's Cook Inlet in Anchorage, Alaska.
(Nov. 01, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) American boat and accessory manufacturers should find an expanded market for their products in Japan thanks to a major change in boat operator license regulations that take effect today.
(Oct. 29, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Eight companies were recognized with IBEX Innovation Awards at the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX). National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) presented the awards October 27 during the IBEX Industry Breakfast and Keynote Presentation, held in Miami Beach, Florida.
(Oct. 28, 2004 - WILLIAMSBURG, Va.) The location of the inaugural Busch Shootout is no longer a secret. And shortly after the secret came out, surprise followed in its wake. The 13 Busch Shootout contenders flew to Richmond, Va., Thursday and then traveled to historic Williamsburg, where they'll compete on the James River for the $100,000 top prize in the unique tournament.
(Oct. 27, 2004 - Miami, FL) Yamaha Marine Group received five 2004 Marine Industry CSI Awards for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) during Industry Breakfast ceremonies Wednesday, Oct. 27th at the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Florida.
(Oct. 26, 2004 - Alpharetta, GA) Honda Marine has named John Fulcher senior manager, announced Honda Vice President Wade Terry. His key responsibilities include strategic planning, sales and marketing, as well as service and parts for US operations. Fulcher joins the marine team from Honda's e-Business Division, where he served as senior manager of business-to-consumer marketing.
Professional angling will never be the same
(Oct. 20, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors, the premier fishing organization in the world, is once again elevating America's awareness of sport fishing by partnering with Fox Sports Net (FSN) to bring Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors television coverage to millions of outdoor fans around the country every week.
(Oct. 20, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) will honor the president of Davis Instruments with the Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award. Bob Selig will receive the award at the IBEX Industry Breakfast on Wednesday, October 27 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
More than 150,000 expected to experience Tour this year; 45,000 leads generated
(Oct. 20, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Research conducted on the Discover Boating & Fishing Tour presented by Water Works Wonders shows that at least three percent of consumers have purchased boats since their visit to the mobile tour. In addition, 62 percent of the more than 45,000 consumers surveyed following their visit to the mobile tour, have expressed an interest in buying a boat within one to two years.
(Oct. 18, 2004 - AUSTIN, Texas) The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation board has voted to recommend acceptance of the Jasper County bid to host a new East Texas freshwater fish hatchery for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The TPWD Commission must still approve the foundation recommendation at the commission's Nov. 3 meeting.
(Oct. 18, 2004 - KENNESAW, GA.) Yamaha Marine Group has promoted District Marketing Manager Per Johannessen, to Regional Sales Manager for the Marine Dealer Sales Division. Per's responsibility will be overseeing all dealer sales for the Southeast Region of the U.S., according to John Rigsby, national sales manager, who announced the promotion.
BASS To Move Near Walt Disney World Resort In 2005
(Oct. 18, 2004 - ) BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, will move its headquarters to Central Florida near Walt Disney World Resort in Spring 2005. BASS offices will be located in Celebration, Fla., in Osceola County. The move promises to create even more BASS programs at the popular vacation destination and throughout the region.
Rowe to be inducted at IBEX Industry Awards Breakfast October 27
(Oct. 13, 2004 - CHICAGO,IL) Indmar Products founder Richard C. (Dick) Rowe will receive the highest honor the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) can bestow when he is inducted into the NMMA Hall of Fame later this month. Rowe will be honored during the IBEX Industry Breakfast, being held October 27 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
(Oct. 12, 2004 - Austin, TX) The number of reported boating accidents, boating-related injuries and fatalities on public waterways declined in 2004 compared with the same time period in the last three years. Following are the statistics, which are comparing Jan. 1-Oct. 1 wrecks from each year.
(Oct. 12, 2004 - ) Anglers for Christ Ministries is embarking on a new journey by launching a new television series called "The Christian Angler". The show is hosted by Tony Sellars, former professional fisherman and director of AFC Ministries. All filming and production is being maintained in house by the ministry staff.
(Oct. 12, 2004 - ) After qualifying for an incredible 28 consecutive Bassmaster Classics - one of the most impressive records in all of sports - Rick Clunn has been absent from fishing's world championship event the past three years.
(Oct. 12, 2004 - JASPER, TX) Favorable winters and high water levels have contributed to the spread of Giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta) in Toledo Bend Reservoir, one of dozens of lakes affected by exotic aquatic water weeds statewide. Infestations once confined to the backs of a small number of creeks and bayous in both Texas and Louisiana have now spread throughout the reservoir.
(Oct. 11, 2004 - BRISTOL, CN) For "SportsCenter" fans, it's the most familiar theme music on television: DA-da-DA! DA-da-DA! Beginning January 1, that music and the "SportsCenter" brand will be coming to the ESPN Outdoors weekend television block with the launch of "BassCenter," a new, half-hour show dedicated to the news and topics of the outdoors world. The show will air Saturdays live at 7 a.m. ET on ESPN2 and reair at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.
(Oct. 07, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) The Grow Boating Marketing Task Force has selected Carmichael Lynch, out of Minneapolis, MN, as the advertising agency of record for the industry's Grow Boating initiative.
(Oct. 06, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, and CITGO Petroleum Corporation announced today CITGO has renewed its sponsorship with BASS through 2009. CITGO has been a BASS sponsor since 2001 and the new contract extends CITGO's core sponsorship programs. CITGO is the title sponsor for all CITGO Bassmaster Tour and Open events. CITGO will remain the title sponsor of bass fishing's world championship, the CITGO Bassmaster Classic.
(Oct. 04, 2004 - LAKE CHARLES, La.) On October 2, 2004, during the 2004 Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup Championship held at Bord du Lac Park in Lake Charles, LA, the FishAmerica Foundation and The Redfish Nation announced a $8,900 grant to the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Florida, for redfish habitat restoration in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida. CCA is an angler conservation organization with 15 chapters located across the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic seaboard.
(Oct. 04, 2004 - Lake Sam Rayburn, TX) Anyone who may have been driving by the Umphrey Family Pavilion on Hwy-255 these past two weeks may have seen bulldozers, dump trucks, and workers toiling about as the new Umphrey Family Pavilion facility is undergoing another construction phase for its tourism operations.
(Oct. 01, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) attendees will have an opportunity to tour the 53-foot interactive mobile marketing display used as the centerpiece for the seven-month Discover Boating and Fishing Tour presented by Water Works Wonders during IBEX, being held October 25-27 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Florida.
(Sep. 29, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Pre-registration for the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference, being held October 25–27 at the Miami Beach (FL) Convention Center is up 10 percent compared to the 2003 Miami Beach show. Show organizers from Professional BoatBuilder magazine and National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) believe these statistics are indicative that attendance at this year's event will exceed last year's which totaled 4,300 verified attendees.
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