Fishing & Boating News
Fills Niche Magazines and Newspapers Miss
(Sep. 29, 2004 - Dallas, TX) If you hunt or fish in Texas or live there and are an outdoors enthusiast, there's a brand new publication called The Lone Star Outdoor News, and you need to take a look at it because it fills a niche monthly and quarterly magazines can't match, and newspapers can't equal due to limited space for outdoor pages.
(Sep. 27, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) The boat brands of Genmar, the largest privately held boat manufacturer in the world, recognized the support and contributions of their suppliers with an appreciation dinner during the Brands of Genmar 2005 Dealer Meeting last week in Las Vegas. In addition, a number of the brands recognized the suppliers with the first ever Genmar Special Recognition, Innovation and Supplier of the Year Awards.
(Sep. 23, 2004 - KENNESAW, GA.) No longer will boaters and anglers have to Google the Internet to get timely news and information of their favorite pastimes. Nor will they have to surf several different Web sites for all the information they crave.
(Sep. 22, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) He's been tournament bass fishing in some form or another for the last 25 years and last week was named general manager of BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing. Don Rucks also brings more than 30 years marketing experience and a strong knowledge of the fishing industry.
(Sep. 22, 2004 - Athens, TX) Just as April showers bring May flowers, summer rains may produce lots of big bass come winter. The 19th Budweiser ShareLunker season begins October 1 and continues through April 30, 2005, and program coordinator David Campbell anticipates a good year. "Many lakes caught a lot of water this summer, and that produces more habitat for fish to spawn.
(Sep. 22, 2004 - PANAMA CITY, FL) Richie Rodgers has joined C&C Manufacturing as the new Customer Service and Quality Assurance Manager for Century and Cobia Boats. He replaces Jeff Hudson who leaves that position to take on greater responsibilities as Engineering Manager for the company.
Inside BASS for Sept. 21
(Sep. 21, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) After months of inactivity, the pros had filtered in to the town of Eufaula on the Alabama-Georgia border and begun laying the groundwork for their first national tournament of the fall - the CITGO Bassmaster Southern Open presented by Busch Beer - when the approach of Hurricane Ivan ruined their plans.
(Sep. 20, 2004 - Alpharetta, GA) The seventh annual Fishers Of Men’s Leadership Conference was recently held at the Southern Baptist Convention’s, North American Mission Board, in Alpharetta, GA, just outside of Atlanta. The gathering is an annual event where FOM Division Directors and the National Staff get together to uplift, encourage one another, seek God’s face and direction through prayer, give annual reports, and go over the proposed rule changes for the new season.
(Sep. 17, 2004 - DELRAY BEACH, FL.) In a recent system check of the Personal Locator Beacon Emergency Response System in Vermont, the McMurdo Fastfind Plus PLB turned in the best performance among the PLBs tested in terms of time needed to fix on the target and locate the beacon. McMurdo is a leading manufacturer of Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs).
(Sep. 17, 2004 - PANAMA CITY, FL) Boat ownership is getting more sophisticated at all levels. Whether it's an owner's first boat or his fourth, the amount of information on boat systems, operation, electronics, and power can seem overwhelming. To ease owners though this education curve, Century and Cobia Boats have created new boat owners DVDs that provides a visual guide to ownership, operation and maintenance.
Progress made in four other focus areas of Grow Boating effort
(Sep. 15, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) After the Grow Boating Marketing Task Force announced that it would retain a search consultant to find the initiative's first agency, more than 100 agencies sent in credentials for consideration. The task force has narrowed the list of agencies to four finalists.
(Sep. 15, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) ESPN Outdoors today introduced Don Rucks as general manager of BASS and named Dean Kessel to the newly created position of vice president of BASS Operations. Rucks, a longtime sports marketing executive for CITGO Petroleum, was the guiding force behind CITGO's title sponsorship of BASS events and support for the entire organization since 2001. He will report to Christine Godleski, vice president and general manager of ESPN Outdoors.
(Sep. 15, 2004 - Las Vegas, NV) The Marine Retailers Association of America has selected Genmar Founder and Chairman Irwin Jacobs to receive the Association's Boating Pioneer Award, which was presented last night by MRAA President Phil Keeter in ceremonies during the company's closing banquet of its Brands of Genmar 2005 dealer meeting.
(Sep. 14, 2004 - FLORIDA KEYS) Florida Keys tourism officials have set Thursday, Sept. 16, as the recommended date visitors should begin returning to the island destination, after Keys emergency management officials discontinued a mandatory evacuation Monday.
ESPN and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to co-host fundraising event
(Sep. 14, 2004 - WASHINGTON , DC) The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (Foundation) announced today that it will honor film icon Clint Eastwood for his efforts in conservation at a special fundraising dinner next week. Eastwood will receive the Foundation's "Chairman's Award" - the highest accolade bestowed by one of the nation's leading conservation organizations.
Genmar Hosts First Group Dealer Meeting Of All Its Boat Brands on 26th Anniversary of First Acquisition
(Sep. 13, 2004 - Las Vegas, NV) Twenty-six years to the day that Irwin Jacobs acquired Larson Boats, his first boat company, he presided over the first ever dealer meeting of all 15 boat brands that make up Genmar, the Minneapolis-based billion dollar company that is the largest privately held boat manufacturer in the world.
Show will be held December 2 – 5, 2004
(Sep. 10, 2004 - Tampa, FL) Due to the growing threat of severe weather and Hurricane Ivan, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has postponed the 2004 Tampa Boat Show scheduled for September 16 through September 19 at the Tampa Convention Center. The Show has been rescheduled for December 2 through December 5 at the Tampa Convention Center. As Hurricane Ivan approaches, the NMMA's primary concern is for the safety of those being affected by the storm.
Show to be co-produced by NMMA and Festevents
(Sep. 10, 2004 - CHICAGO,IL) National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is adding to its portfolio of boat shows with the debut of the Virginia In-Water Boat Expo. Co-produced with Norfolk Festevents, the show will debut September 9-11, 2005 in Norfolk, Virginia.
Unit boat shipments rise 8.8 percent
(Sep. 09, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Wholesale dollar sales of all boats were up 18.5 percent for the first half of 2004 compared to prior year numbers, while unit boat shipments increased 8.8 percent, based on the June Monthly Shipment Report (MSR) released today by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The traditional powerboat segments, (outboard, sterndrive, and inboard boats) were up 20.0 percent in dollars and up 12.2 percent in units shipped through June, compared to the previous year.
(Sep. 07, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Fans will find Gerald Swindle's name on the entry list for the upcoming CITGO Bassmaster Southern Open presented by Busch Beer on Alabama's Lake Eufaula. Considering the enormous demands routinely placed on the reigning CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year, fishing fans might wonder why he would be found competing in the Opens.
(Sep. 02, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors, the world's leading marketer of competitive fishing, and Solar Bat, maker of polarized sunglasses designed specifically for anglers, announced today a long-term renewal of Solar Bat's sponsorship of FLW Outdoors‚ six bass and walleye tournament trails.
(Sep. 02, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) The National Marine Manufacturers Association has honored West Marine with its Robert Hammond Leadership Award. NMMA's Accessory Manufacturers Division (AMD) is recognizing West Marine for the tremendous positive impact their leadership has had on the marine industry and the marine aftermarket in particular.
(Sep. 02, 2004 - ) As the Labor Day Holiday approaches, sport anglers need not put away their fishing gear because of the recent flurry of fish consumption advisories and discussion about mercury in fish tissue according to a joint statement issued by three prominent conservation organizations.
(Aug. 30, 2004 - ROCKPORT, Texas) The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seeking public input on a proposal to create mandatory "propeller up" zones for motorboats in parts of Redfish Bay where biologists have been testing voluntary zones since 2000. The proposal is part of a continuing effort to find the most effective means of protecting sensitive seagrass in areas of high boat traffic.
(Aug. 30, 2004 - AUSTIN, Texas) Texas saltwater anglers will continue to help fund a program designed to reduce commercial fishing effort in the bays through a $3 surcharge on the Saltwater Sportfishing Stamp fee, following action taken by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Commission.
(Aug. 30, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) As the leader in professional tournament fishing, FLW Outdoors has provided bass and walleye anglers the opportunity to get hooked on lucrative tournaments for years. Now, FLW Outdoors is expanding into inshore competitive angling. On Monday, FLW Outdoors announced plans to add a redfish tournament series to its 2005 professional fishing lineup.
Genmar Holdings, Inc. Announces Appointment of David J. Huls As Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(Aug. 27, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Genmar Holdings, Inc. today announced the appointment of David J. Huls as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective August 15, 2004. Mr. Huls assumes this role from the Company's previous Chief Financial Officer, Roger R. Cloutier, II, who was named President and Chief Operating Officer on April 12, 2004.
(Aug. 27, 2004 - Kilgore, TX) Most boat company dealer meetings use the same formula for their dealer awards night — bland chicken dinners followed by some quick award presentations and grip-and-grin photo opportunities...not at Skeeter Boats' 2005 dealer meeting.
(Aug. 25, 2004 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) Professional bass anglers weren't the only ones casting for fish and prizes during the 2004 Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship presented by Castrol, held Aug. 11-14 on Logan Martin Lake in Birmingham. While championship contenders were out on the water, 10 sponsor mascots were also trying their best to land healthy limits of fish during the first-ever FLW Outdoors Sponsor Mascot Tournament.
(Aug. 27, 2004 - Temple, TX) Come join us for Free hot dogs and hamburgers to celebrate our 35th Anniversary as a Central Texas Boat Dealer. We are hosting this two day party with live radio remotes, specials throughout the store and free food as a THANK YOU to our many customers.
Faulk to Oversee Two New Boat Shows for NMMA
(Aug. 25, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) today announced that it has promoted Jennifer Faulk to central regional manager overseeing the Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show, Northwest Sportshow, and the Minneapolis Boat Show. The next Chicago and Minneapolis shows will both be held January 19-23, 2005. The next Northwest Sportshow will be held March 29-April 3, 2005.
(Aug. 26, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) For years, FLW Outdoors has been and continues to be the leading tournament organization in competitive bass and walleye fishing. Now, the world leader in professional fishing is expanding its reach to saltwater. In a move to accommodate the growing interest in competitive fishing, FLW Outdoors announced Thursday its all-new Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour for saltwater anglers. The Kingfish Tour - set to kick off in April 2005 - will be the most lucrative kingfish tour in the world.
(Aug. 26, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Frank Scalish wants to be a champion. His competition? Approximately 800 other anglers, all of whom are competing in tournaments across the country in hopes of qualifying for the CITGO Bassmaster Open Championship presented by Busch Beer.
(Aug. 24, 2004 - Houston, TX) Adhering to boating safety laws is the single greatest factor in reducing boating accidents, injuries and fatalities, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Each year TPWD coordinates hundreds of classes across the state. If you plan on operating a boat, whether you own one, rent one or win one, a boating education class is a good idea.
(Aug. 25, 2004 - Branson, MO) For Skeeter Boats, this year's dealer sales meeting is all about numbers as more than 300 people representing 104 dealerships in the U.S., Canada and overseas distributors gathered at the Chateau Resort in Branson, Mo. to check out more than 80 models, including eight all-new boats.
(Aug. 24, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Before Rick Clunn was labeled "Mr. October" for his exploits at the CITGO Bassmaster Classic (which were originally staged in the fall) and "Gentleman George" Cochran had two Classic victories to his credit, there was "Mr. Consistency," Ricky Green.
"Faultless performance" says industry expert witness
(Aug. 23, 2004 - PORTSMOUTH, UK) McMurdo Limited (McMurdo) today published the results of new, independently witnessed tests conducted on the company’s Precision EPIRB and FastFind Plus PLB.
(Aug. 24, 2004 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) In an effort to promote conservation among the fisheries that host its professional bass tournaments, FLW Outdoors has donated $5,000 to the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. The donation will go toward the Aquatic Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Program, and the funding provided by FLW Outdoors through the FishAmerica Foundation will be used specifically to develop new fish habitats and fishing reefs in Logan Martin Lake.
(Aug. 23, 2004 - KYOTO, Japan) Popeye's Tackle Shop was seemingly lifeless when the tour bus pulled into its small parking lot. The store manager opened the door, smiling wildly, and stood under a banner that said in both English and Japanese, "Welcome To Japan: Takahiro Omori, Bassmaster Classic Champion." When Omori stepped off the bus it made official his first appearance as bass fishing's world champion in his homeland.
(Aug. 19, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors announced Thursday that Skippy Peanut Butter, one of America's favorite brands, will spread the fun of fishing to the masses by renewing its sponsorship of the organization's six tournament trails. Skippy has been an official sponsor of FLW Outdoors since 2003.
(Aug. 20, 2004 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) JEFF McDANIEL of Calera, Ala., was all smiles during the recent FLW Championship held in Birmingham, Ala., And with good reason. His name was drawn from among thousands to receive the very first Ranger Z Series boat powered by a Yamaha VMAX outboard.
Unit boat shipments rise 9.6 percent
(Aug. 18, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Wholesale dollar sales of all boats in 2004 were up 18.9 percent through May compared to prior year numbers, while unit shipments increased 9.6 percent based on the May Monthly Shipment Report (MSR) released today by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The traditional powerboat segments, (outboard, sterndrive, and inboard boats) were up 19.9 percent in dollars and up 12.4 percent in units shipped through May, compared to the previous year.
(Aug. 18, 2004 - KENNESAW, Ga.) Mark Tracy has been promoted to regional sales manager for the OEM Division of Yamaha Marine Group Company, according to Tim Fernandez, general manager.
(Aug. 18, 2004 - PANAMA CITY, FL.) Century Boats kicked off its 2005 model year with one of the most successful dealer meetings in the company's history. Coming off of record low field inventories, Century dealers were eager to restock and secure orders for the coming year at this year's annual dealer meeting in Sarasota, Florida.
Industry remains optimistic about economy
(Aug. 18, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Marine business leaders reported significantly higher unit and dollar sales in the second quarter of 2004, compared to the same quarter the previous year, according to the latest Marine Business Leaders Outlook (MBLO) Quarterly Survey released today by the Recreational Marine Research Center (RMRC).
(Aug. 18, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors announced today that Lawry's is spicing up professional fishing by renewing its sponsorship of the organization's six tournament trails. Lawry's joined the FLW Outdoors sponsorship team in 2003 as the "Official Seasoning of the Wal-Mart FLW Tour."
(Aug. 16, 2004 - DELRAY BEACH, Fl) McMurdo's Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) technology has been credited with two successful rescues in the past four months. The first was a dramatic rescue of a sailboat crew at sea off the coast of North Carolina, and the second was the rescue of two passengers after an emergency landing of a small helicopter in the mountains north of Seattle, WA.
(Aug. 17, 2004 - ) After competing in the biggest event in the bass world with all of the associated hoopla and fanfare, the very next week 11 pros who competed in the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer hit the road again, headed for locales like Catskill, N.Y. and Paducah, Ky., to chase their first chance at Classic requalification through the CITGO Bassmaster Opens presented by Busch Beer.
(Aug. 16, 2004 - IDA GROVE, Iowa,) Midwest Industries, maker of ShoreLand'r trailers and ShoreStation lakefront systems, is celebrating 50 years of innovation this year. Midwest plans to commemorate the occasion with a banquet and open house celebrating the accomplishments of founder Byron Godbersen.
Requirement takes effect with 2007 model year
(Aug. 13, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) To demonstrate its commitment to boating safety and a quality consumer experience, the board of directors for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is requiring that all NMMA member boat manufacturers have their boats NMMA Certified to ABYC standards. The NMMA Certification program will also require participants to have a Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) program instituted at their company in order to be certified.
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