Fishing & Boating News
(Aug. 03, 2004 - CHARLOTTE, N.C.) Faced with little or no growth in recreational fishing, leaders of the sportfishing industry went to a panel of experts for answers: They asked children how to increase participation.
Omori Prepared To Unify Bass-Fishing Titles At $1.5 Million Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship Presented By Castrol
Bassmaster Classic champ to cast for $500,000 - bass fishing's biggest prize - Aug. 11-14
(Aug. 03, 2004 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) For Japanese native and Emory, Texas, resident Takahiro Omori, it's one down and one to go in his quest to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of bass fishing. On the heels of winning the Bassmaster Classic title and $200,000 in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Omori is already preparing for another title shot. This time, the Yamaha pro will be casting for the $1.5 million Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship title and a $500,000 payday in Birmingham Aug. 11-14.
Somehow the annual CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer just keeps getting bigger and better.
(Aug. 03, 2004 - Charlotte, NC) omehow the annual CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer just keeps getting bigger and better. Web sites and chat rooms are abuzz about 11 hours of television coverage, which surpassed any previous coverage that has ever been done on the sport of fishing. Between the special programming, on-the-water coverage, live and timely updates and the weigh-in shows, a fishing fan in Alaska could feel like he or she was sitting on the banks of Lake Wylie watching the final two rounds.
Omori Wins Bassmaster Crown
(Aug. 02, 2004 - Charlotte, NC) If you watched Team Yamaha's Takahiro Omori win yesterday's 34th CITGO Bassmaster Classic Championship, you might think his broad smile couldn’t get any bigger. But when Trip Weldon of ESPN/BASS delivered the championship prize check for $200,000 to Takahiro at a celebration following the weigh-in, his smile positively lit up the room.
(Aug. 01, 2004 - Charlotte, NC) Since 2002, the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer has provided the stage for the worldwide authority on bass fishing to present the BASS Outstanding Achievement Award. The crystal-and-gold trophy is awarded based on a member of the bass-fishing community's dedication and excellence in service to the sport.
Manufacturer's Electronics Play a Leading Role in Finding Fishing Hot Spots
(Aug. 2, 2004 - Nashua, NH) At the professional level of bass fishing, in order to be competitive, an angler has to be able to find fish consistently on lakes that he might only fish once a year. Having the right electronics on board can make a big difference is putting fish in the live well, according to Tom Mann, Jr. who has qualified for the FLW Championship this year on Logan Martin Lake in Birmingham, Alabama, on August 11-14.
(Aug. 1, 2004 - Charlotte, NC) The second in a series of limited-edition lure kits designed to help fund cancer research was introduced today at the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer.
CITGO Bassmaster Classic Notebook for July 31
(Jul. 31, 2004 - Charlotte, NC) As those associated with the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame will learn Saturday night when boat-manufacturing icon Earl Bentz is inducted as a member, he can't get far in a conversation about his industry without mentioning fishing. It's tough to have one without the other.
Bassmaster Pros Arrive in Charlotte with Hopes, Dreams
(Jul. 29, 2004 - Charlotte, NC) After four weeks of waiting, 53 of the nation's top bass anglers are finally back in Charlotte and gearing up to chase their biggest dream during this week's CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer on Lake Wylie.
There Will Be Plenty for Families to Do and See in Charlotte
(Jul. 22, 2004 - CHARLOTTE, N.C.) Classic Week, professional bass fishing's annual week-long celebration, centers around the 53 pros competing for the $200,000 prize and world championship title, but as usual there will be plenty for families to see and do in Charlotte, N.C.
(Jul. 22, 2004 - PANAMA CITY, FL.) Century and Cobia Boats have launched a national fishing team program with its Team Cobia and Team Century fishing teams. Both companies will increase their involvement and visibility in the shallow water fishing tournaments with four company-sponsored fishing teams. The teams are equipped with the new Century 2202 Bay and Cobia 222 Bay boats.
(Jul. 21, 2004 - Alexandria, VA) Shimano American Corporation won the Overall Best of Show Award, and Best of Show for the reel category, in the ICAST 2004 New Product Showcase awards competition for its Chronarch B Series Reel. The company also took top honors for the new Bagio Fishing Traveler Case in the Tackle Management category.
Yamaha announces significant price increases for outboard motor powerheads it sells to Brunswick Corporation
(Jul. 23, 2004 - KENNESAW, Ga.) Yamaha Motor Company, Ltd. announced that it will shortly significantly raise the prices of the F75, F90 and F115 four-stroke powerheads for outboard motors that it sells to Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC). Yamaha is not publicly announcing the amount of the increase to Brunswick.
(Jul. 21, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) If there weren't enough reasons to be excited about the 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer, Purolator, maker of the official oil filter and air filter of BASS, has given fans a few more.
(Jul. 21, 2004 - Montgomery, AL) Not only is ESPN, the parent company of BASS, stepping up big with an unprecedented 11-plus hours of coverage for next week's CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer, but television viewers will be guided and entertained by an impressive collection of on-air talent.
(Jul. 19, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Today Genmar released information on an exciting new program, not only offering their dealers, but others that might be interested, the opportunity to tap into the market of boat rentals. The revoluntionary new program is outlined below in a letter from Irwin Jacobs, Genmar, Chairman of the Board, to all Genmar dealers.
Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show Will Co-Locate with Travel Show Chicago 2005
(Jul. 16, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Chicago's largest boat show just got bigger. The Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show will co-locate with Outside magazine's newly launched Travel Show Chicago 2005. With 70,000 people expected to attend, this show will be the largest event in the Midwest market for recreational and leisure activities. The show will be held January 19–23, 2005, at McCormick Place.
Bosworth First Woman to Win in Outdoor Athlete Category
(Jul. 16, 2004 - LOS ANGELES, CA) Tina Bosworth became the first woman and the first non-bass angler to win an ESPY Award in the "Best Outdoors Athlete" category. The 12th annual ESPY Awards will be telecast from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre on ESPN Sunday, July 18 at 9 p.m. ET (four days after taking place on Wednesday, July 14). This year marked the first time that fan voting determined the winners in all categories.
NMMA Honors First Recipients Of Distributor, Cataloger, Retailer Awards At MAATS Best Exhibit award also introduced at event
(Jul. 16, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Exhibitors at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) have spoken, and have picked the winners of the first MAATS Best Distributor, Cataloger and Retailer Awards. Winners were announced at the MAATS Awards Reception at the Las Vegas Hilton on Saturday, July 10.
(Jul. 15, 2004 - CHARLOTTE, N.C.) When sports fans think of the Tar Heel state, the college basketball of Tobacco Road and NASCAR racing immediately come to mind. When the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer hits Lake Wylie at the end of the month, two North Carolina anglers hope to change the mindset.
(Jul. 14, 2004 - Lake Wylie, NC) With the five days of official pre-practice over, the 53 contenders in the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer July 30-Aug. 1st have 30 days to cool their heels. But it won't exactly be idle time with the most important title of professional fishing on their minds.
(Jul. 14, 2004 - BENTON, Ky.) FLW Outdoors, the nation's leading provider of competitive fishing opportunities, announced Wednesday that the EverStart Series Championship payout will increase from $335,975 to $1 million for 2005. The announcement also included the introduction of a new division to accommodate incredible demand in the existing Eastern Division.
(Jul. 12, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) ESPN will unveil a new multimedia advertising campaign this week, promoting the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer featuring professional anglers and the bass. The spots, created by the Boston, Massachusetts-based ad agency Fort Franklin, focus on what makes the sport of competitive bass fishing exciting and unpredictable - the bass.
Adds 4 New Division, Increases Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Payout from $6.3 Million to $8.4 Million
(Jul. 13, 2004 - BENTON, Ky.) FLW Outdoors, the nation's leading provider of affordable, close-to-home weekend tournaments for bass anglers, announced Tuesday that top competitors fishing the popular Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League in 2005 will be casting for a share of $1 million in the prestigious All-American championship.
Classic Champion Set His Sights on Defending His Title
(Jul. 12, 2004 - Montgomery, AL) Michael Iaconelli has enjoyed a fast-paced, wide-ranging, remarkable reign as champion of the 2003 CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer. The brash, break-dancing, boat-bellowing 32-year-old New Jersey angler has enjoyed the usual perks that go to the newly crowned Classic winner: fame, fortune and a whirlwind year of travel doing seminars, media opportunities and other public appearances.
(Jul. 08, 2004 - KEY WEST, Florida Keys) Three different U.S. offshore powerboat racing organizations have agreed to stage a unified, season-ending world championship in Key West, officials said Wednesday.
(Jul. 10, 2004 - Virgin Islands) We are off to Bermuda on Monday to set up for the Bermuda leg of the BTS series. I heard some fantastic news yesterday in that 43 boats are fishing the Fourth Annual, Bermuda Big Game Classic. This is a tournament put on by Marlin Magazine for the purpose of promoting Bermuda as a vacation destination and specifically as a World Class Big Game Fishery. Marlin's promotional efforts are working - because everyone I know wants to fish there!
(Jul. 10, 2004 - ) When BASS introduced the Elite 50 series of tournaments for 2004, the goal was to create additional excitement for the already-exciting BASS Tour. Team Skeeter pros felt that excitement so much so that team members Mark Davis and Alton Jones won three of the four Elite 50 tournaments.
Activities for July 9-11
(Jul. 09, 2004 - MADISON, WI.) BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, will offer a hands-on kids‚ fishing activity at the ESPN Great Outdoor Games presented by Dodge in Madison, Wis. Children in attendance can learn a little about the sport of fishing and be introduced to some simple techniques.The activity will give children the opportunity to participate Friday, July 9 through Sunday, July 11 from 3:30 p.m. until dark.
(Jul. 08, 2004 - Kilgore, TX,) Swarms of Skeeters have been seen heading for East Texas all week. That could only mean one thing — Skeeter boat owners are getting ready to compete to see who is the best angler at the 11th Annual Skeeter Owners Tournament. Taking place on Lake Fork in Alba, Texas, the tournament will be held July 10-11 and will offer big prizes, drawings and a free barbecue for all contestants and their families.
(Jul. 07, 2004 - MADISON, WI.) Anglers from the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail will team up with BASS pros this week at the ESPN Great Outdoor Games presented by Dodge.
(Jul. 07, 2004 - Madison, WI) Team ESPN, the corporate outreach program of ESPN, Inc, and Wonderful Outdoor World (WOW), sponsored by The Walt Disney Company, are bringing 20 children from Salt Lake City, Utah chapter of WOW to this year's Great Outdoor Games Presented by Dodge event, scheduled July 8-11 from in Madison, Wisconsin.
Joins with FLW Outdoors for New Season
(Jul. 06, 2004 - KILGORE, Texas,) Skeeter Boats has some great news for its owners and pro anglers. Starting in January, Skeeter Boats will become a boat sponsor of all six FLW Outdoors tournament trails, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, the EverStart Series, the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Tour, the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye League and the Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail.
(Jul. 02, 2004 - KENNESAW, Ga.) Yamaha Marine recently recognized four outstanding students of Yamaha Outboard dealers and their employees with a $3,000 college scholarship each. This year's recipients are: Katherine A. Brobeil of Tonawanda, N.Y.; David Lamberton Jalensky of Racine, Wis.; Brooke Michelle Kresta of Edna, Texas; and Jenna Marie Taylor of Onancock, Va.
(Jun. 29, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Wholesale dollar sales of all boats were up 20.8 percent in the first quarter 2004 compared to the same period last year, according to data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The trade association, which represents companies that manufacture an estimated 80 percent of marine products used in North America, also said that unit shipments through March are up 19.8 percent compared to the first quarter of 2003.
(Jun. 30, 2004 - Saint Bruno, Québec,) Bombardier Recreational Products Inc., recently branded as "BRP", today announced that its revenues reached $ 630.9 million for the first quarter of FY05 compared to $515.8 million for last year's first quarter, an increase of 22.3%.
(Jun. 30, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) has renewed its sponsorship as one of the official outboard engines of FLW Outdoors‚ premier tournament trails. BRP's Evinrude outboard-engine brand has been a part of the FLW Outdoors sponsorship team for more than 20 years, unquestionably realizing the value of the sport and its continued growth.
(Jun. 28, 2004 - Alexandria, VA) Six new members of the American Sportfishing Association's Board of Directors for next year were recently elected to fill three At-Large seats and three Regional seats, with their terms beginning October 1, 2004. The Board includes 16-21 members who serve 2-year terms.
(Jul. 01, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors announced today that Skeeter Boats will join the FLW Outdoors sponsorship lineup for the 2005 season, beginning in January. Skeeter will join an elite group of FLW Outdoors‚ boat sponsors - including Ranger, Champion and Stratos - on all six tournament trails: Wal-Mart FLW Tour, EverStart Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart RCL Walleye League and Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail.
Association purchases General Sports Shows
(Jun. 22, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has acquired General Sports Shows, Inc., and the four annual Midwest shows the company produces, the two organizations announced today.
FLW Outdoors Adds $800,000 To 2005 Wal-Mart FLW Tour Purse, Record $7.6 Million To Be Awarded In 10th Anniversary Season
(Jun. 22, 2004 - BENTON, Ky.) FLW Outdoors announced its 2005 Wal-Mart FLW Tour schedule Tuesday and answered a long-standing request from professional bass anglers by increasing the award for 50th place in all qualifying events to $10,000 in the Pro Division. This increase in awards for the top 50 anglers in every qualifier amounts to an $800,000 addition to the world's most lucrative professional bass-tournament series
(Jun. 22, 2004 - Houston, TX) The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is hosting a public meeting in Houston at the Coastal Conservation Association National Headquarters Office to receive input from marine anglers to help mold policies and fishery management programs related to offshore recreational fisheries.
(Jun. 24, 2004 - KENNESAW, Ga.) In a strongly worded statement issued today, Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A., Marine Group President Phil Dyskow responded to rumors being circulated by some U.S.-based competitors of pending price increases for its outboard engines:
For week 6-22-04
(Jun. 22, 2004 - Monatgomery, AL) While 53 contenders scour Lake Wylie in pursuit of bass and the world championship title at the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer, as many as 100,000 fishing fans will be scouring the aisles of the Classic ESPN Outdoors Expo in search of bargains and fishing products that they just can't live without.
Abundant Smallmouth Fishery Awaits Visiting Pros
(Jun. 21, 2004 - BUFFALO, N.Y.) Last fall, the first BASS event ever held on Lake Erie proved to be a pleasant surprise for the pro and amateur anglers that really didn't know what to expect. When the $300,000 New York CITGO Bassmaster Northern Open presented by Busch Beer returns to the giant lake June 24-26, Lake Erie will be a known commodity. And that has all of the entrants fired up about the circuit's season-opener.
(Jun. 17, 2004 - LAS VEGAS, NV.) Building on the success of two consecutive sell-out shows, ICAST 2004 is shaping up to be the biggest sportfishing trade event in recent years, with 378 exhibitors filling 1,100 booths to showcase their full product lines and the latest in sportfishing equipment and accessories for industry buyers.
(Jun. 17, 2004 - Washington, DC) The Commerce Department today announced the appointment of 17 members to the eight regional fishery management councils. The appointments of two members to obligatory seats on the South Atlantic and Pacific Councils will be made by August 11.
NOAA Releases 2003 Status Of Fisheries Of the United States to Congress
(Jun. 16, 2004 - Washington, DC) The "Status of Fisheries of the United States" report, released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows considerable progress was made in 2003 to address excessive fishing rates and rebuild fish stocks to healthy levels. In 2003, four fish stocks were fully rebuilt, a record ten species were removed from the list of overfished stocks, and overfishing practices were stopped for five species. NOAA is an agency of the Department of Commerce.
(Jun. 16, 2004 - Bozeman, MT,) The Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) is pleased to announce that R. Peter Van Gytenbeek has been hired as Chief Executive Officer. FFF Board of Directorís President Gary Grant made the announcement stating 'Pete (Van) has proven business, leadership, and development skills. He is currently a member of the Fish and Game Commission for the State of Washington. He is a past president of the Federation of Fly Fishers and served as the Executive Director of Trout Unlimited.
Inaugural Professional Tarpon Tournament Series A Success, Century and Cobia Boats To Continue Sponsorship for 2005
(Jun. 17, 2004 - PANAMA CITY, FL.) The new Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (PTTS), sponsored by Century and Cobia Boats, successfully concluded its first year with the Jim Beam Tarpon Cup championship tournament in Boca Grande Pass, Fla., June 6. The tournament series, which included five regular season qualifying events and the championship event, was deemed a big success by anglers and sponsors.
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