Fishing & Boating News
A controversial two-year pilot program could lead to a private recreational limited access program for red snapper
(May 26, 2017 - Alexandria, Va.) The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recently announced a controversial two-year pilot program for Gulf of Mexico red snapper management. Expected to begin in 2018, the program will allow 150 randomly-selected offshore anglers in the state access to 25,000 pounds of Gulf of Mexico red snapper. These anglers must agree to take part in a mandatory reporting program via smartphones in order to participate in the pilot program.
(May 26, 2017 - COEUR D' ALENE, Idaho) Anglers Inn International, with popular 5-star fishing destinations in Mexico, Brazil and the United States, announces the beginning of a strategic partnership with Minn Kota® and Humminbird®, well known manufacturers of trolling motors and sonar fish finders.
(May 23, 2017 - Beginners Tackle Fishing Skills at Ladies, Let’s G) Aspiring anglers were treated to an intense seminar and fishing experience at the Clearwater/Tampa Bay "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" University, May 20-21 at MarineMax, Clearwater.
(May 17, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) One fortunate B.A.S.S. angler will get the chance to “build” the truck of his or her dreams — and then drive off with it — as the grand-prize winner of the Ultimate Toyota Tundra Giveaway sweepstakes contest, which began this week.
Multi-Year Partnership Will Engage Kids in Nationwide Fishing Tournaments
(May 9, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Bass Pro Shops, a leading national retailer of outdoor gear and apparel, announced today a partnership supporting nationwide high school fishing tournaments in an effort to promote both organizations and grow the sport. Effective immediately, Bass Pro Shops will assume title sponsorship of the FLW High School Fishing Opens.
(May 9, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) The Shell Rotella brand of heavy-duty diesel engine oils has signed on as a premier sponsor of B.A.S.S. and 2017 Bassmaster tournament circuits, B.A.S.S. announced today.
26,000 Sign Petition for Ethanol Fuels Reform
(May 5, 2017 - WASHINGTON, DC,) In a letter sent to the Trump administration and Congress, a coalition of recreational boating and sportfishing interests urged action to fix America’s broken ethanol policy.
Multi-Year Partnership Will Engage Kids in Nationwide Fishing Tournaments
(May 5, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Bass Pro Shops, a leading national retailer of outdoor gear and apparel, announced today a partnership supporting nationwide high school fishing tournaments in an effort to promote both organizations and grow the sport. Effective immediately, Bass Pro Shops will assume title sponsorship of the FLW High School Fishing Opens.
More Than 100 Outdoor Recreation Executives Sign Letter Urging the Administration to Keep the “Great” in the Great Outdoors
(May 3, 2017 - Alexandria, VA) In an open letter published in the Wall Street Journal, executives from more than 100 outdoor recreation industry companies praised the agenda being set by Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency.
FLW Will Fish For Kids Charity Tournament Crosses $1 Million Donation Mark to Arkansas Children's Hospital
Honorary Chairperson FLW Tour pro James Watson Leads Charge To Raise More Than $60,000 in 2017 Event
(May 2, 2017 - ROGERS, AR.) Every year the FLW Tour makes an annual trek to northwest Arkansas to visit Beaver Lake. However, the action doesn’t stop after the tournament is finished. The FLW Will Fish for Kids (WFFK) Bill Kerr Memorial Charity Tournament Lake, presented by Quaker State, took place on Beaver Lake Monday following the conclusion of the Beaver Lake Tour stop.
(Apr 26, 2017 - Alexandria, VA) Senior recreation industry corporate and trade association officials met with Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday, April 24, capping a full and encouraging day of discussions with administration officials. The meetings were organized by the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) and began in Shenandoah National Park. Twelve hours later, the day’s discussions concluded in Zinke’s offices in downtown Washington, D.C.
(Apr 26, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) For the fourth consecutive year, the Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods will be held on Kentucky Lake at Paris, Tenn., B.A.S.S. announced today.
(Apr 26, 2017 - Recreation Expansion and Improvements Alexandria,) Senior officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and U.S. Forest Service met with more than 30 representatives of the outdoor recreation industry at Shenandoah National Park April 24 to discuss improving visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters. The meeting was hosted by the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) at Skyland Resort – operated by National Park concessioner Delaware North.
(Apr 22, 2017 - Redding, CA.) Building contractor Nick Wood of Yreka, Calif., lead the Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional presented by Magellan at Lake Shasta, California, from start to finish. A day after Wood helped the California B.A.S.S. Nation team claim a victory, he earned the individual title for himself with a three-day total of 37 pounds, 1 ounce.
(Apr 10, 2017 - ) There’s nothing like the adventure of saltwater fishing. The adrenaline rush of hooking into a billfish, a big striper, or hard-fighting redfish is second to none. That thrill is undoubtedly what attracts over 11 million Americans to the sport.
Gordon Schluter inducted into the 2017 Class of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame
(Apr 7, 2017 - Park Falls, WI) One of the many programs of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, based in Hayward, Wisconsin, is recognizing individuals, organizations and institutions who have made significant and lasting contributions to the sport and heritage of freshwater fishing.
(Apr 7, 2017 - San Antonio, TX) The Association of College Anglers is proud to announce that SPRO will renew its sponsorship of the 2017 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. As a 2017 series sponsor, SPRO will receive extensive promotion with collegiate anglers throughout the nation at the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series events and television series.
(Apr 6, 2017 - Washington, D.C.) Recreation leaders from state and federal government agencies, as well as private-sector partners – including a member of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) – helped Members of Congress better understand how to improve visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters during a Congressional hearing on April 5.
(Apr 6, 2017 - Washington, D.C.) The recreational fishing and boating community praised the introduction of a bill that addresses critical challenges facing saltwater recreational fishing at the federal level.
(Mar 24, 2017 - LAKE FOREST, IL) Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) today announced it will immediately begin to wind down boat manufacturing operations in Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil, as it prepares to close the facility. The operation manufactures certain Bayliner and Sea Ray boat models for the South American market. Moving forward, this demand will be fulfilled through Brunswick's remaining global boat manufacturing footprint.
(Mar 21, 2017 - Houston, TX) The 47th world championship of bass fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods is less than a week away. With larger venues and expected turnouts, new this year, B.A.S.S. has partnered with local organizations in Houston to bring a unique activity for kids to the event.
(Mar 21, 2017 - KENNESAW, Ga.-) Yamaha Marine Group announced today that it was named recipient of the Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellors Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.
ASA Government Affairs Committee Hosts Successful Spring Meeting
(Mar 21, 2017 - Alexandria, Va.) During its spring meeting, the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) Government Affairs Committee discussed a variety of pressing policy issues that impact the recreational fishing industry.
(Mar 16, 2017 - Alexandria, Va.) The American Sportfishing Association and its Florida advocacy arm, Keep Florida Fishing®, today praised Florida Governor Rick Scott for his recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce for appointments to both the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC).
Bryan College Jumps Four Places to Take the Top Spot with the University of North Alabama in 2nd and Mississippi State University in 3rd
(Mar 16, 2017 - San Antonio, TX) Cabela's School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia has seen a shakeup in the Top Five after the completion of the first major Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series event for this season.
Brunswick Corporation: Crestliner Receives Tenth Consecutive NMMA Customer Satisfaction Award Amid Exciting New Model Launches
(Mar 14, 2017 - OTSEGO, MN.) Crestliner received its tenth-straight Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) award from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) at the recent Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show.
Funding directed toward conducting a census of the Gulf red snapper population
(Mar 14, 2017 - Alexandria, Va.) Due to an effort by Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will provide a competitive grant toward innovative Gulf of Mexico reef fish survey assessments and technologies.
(Mar 14, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) Costa renewed its title sponsorship for the 2017 Bassmaster High School tournament series, B.A.S.S. announced today. The company will also continue its supporting sponsorship of the Bassmaster College Series. This will be the third consecutive year that Costa has partnered with B.A.S.S.
FLW bass pro Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson connects with Aqua-Vu Underwater Cameras
(Mar 11, 2017 - Crosslake, MN) Anyone who’s fished North America’s big bass lakes in recent seasons has seen the signs: Clearing waters; schools of trophy bass shifting deeper and deeper; tournament game plans evolving to spot-lock, sweet-spot fests—anglers mining small, specific sections of underwater real estate.
(Mar 11, 2017 - Washington, D.C.) Outdoor recreation took center stage on Capitol Hill March 7. The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) held briefings for staffers from both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate, introducing the newly formed organization itself and detailing the tremendous economic impact of outdoor recreation within the United States.
(Mar 11, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) Mix the technology of Bassmaster LIVE with the zaniness of Mark Zona and you get the latest Bassmaster.com offering — “Zona Live.” “Think fun and interactive,” Zona said. “A 4-hour fishing funhouse.”
Chickamauga Pro Tops 215-boat Field, Wins $52,200
(Mar 4, 2017 - BAINBRIDGE, Ga.) FLW Tour pro Buddy Gross of Chickamauga, Georgia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 23 pounds, 7 ounces, Saturday to claim top honors at the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division tournament on Lake Seminole presented by Mud Hole Custom Tackle. Gross’ three-day total of 15 bass weighing 64 pounds, 11 ounces, was enough to earn him $52,200. ￼
Sportfishing Industry Applauds Interior’s Efforts to Expand Public Access Secretary Zinke recognizes the outdoor industry’s impact on our economy
(Mar 2, 2017 - Alexandria, VA) Today, newly appointed Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued two Secretarial orders to expand access and recognize the impact that sportsmen and women have on the nation’s economy. The first order advances conservation stewardship by directing Interior agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service to identify areas where recreation and fishing can be expanded.
Team Catfish announced that it has again signed Retired Professional Trophy Catfish and Sturgeon Guide Brian Klawitter
(Mar 2, 2017 - ) Team Catfish announced that it has again signed Retired Professional Trophy Catfish and Sturgeon Guide Brian Klawitter
(Mar 1, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) Bassmaster Radio, a new weekly program focusing on professional bass fishing, debuts Saturday, March 4, on more than 100 radio stations nationwide, B.A.S.S. announced today.
(Mar 1, 2017 - Springfield, MO) Lew's announces the introduction of the Lew's Mach Product Grant (Lew's MPG) high school program that is designed to provide product support to organized high school fishing efforts throughout the United States.
(Mar 1, 2017 - Alexandria, VA) Yesterday, the United States Senate voted 72-27 to confirm Wilbur Ross, investor and former banker, as the Secretary of Commerce.
(Mar 1, 2017 - San Antonio, TX) The Association of Collegiate Anglers has announced that Engel Coolers has partnered with the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series for the 2017 season. As a new sponsor of the Series, Engel Coolers will support collegiate anglers nationally and internationally at each of the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series events.
Plano pro, Mark Rose, matches diverse presentations to evolving patterns en route to Lake Travis tournament title; earns unprecedented back-to-back FLW Tour wins
(Feb 22, 2017 - Plano,IL) Mark Rose is on fire. A scant two weeks after his win a the 2017 FLW Tour kickoff event at Lake Guntersville, the West Memphis pro made professional bass fishing history by besting the field at last weekend’s FLW Tour presented by Quaker State event on Lake Travis, Texas. The veteran angler’s back-to-back FLW wins represent a feat that has never before been accomplished in the FLW Tour’s 20-year history.
(Feb 22, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) The world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), announced today a groundbreaking partnership with Columbia Sportswear, a brand known for their innovative apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. Columbia is now the official apparel outfitter of FLW, and anglers will have full access to Columbia’s technical line of Performance Fishing Gear (PFG), including the collection of award-winning OutDry™ Extreme Rainwear.
(Feb 22, 2017 - Oklahoma City, OK) Scholarship Awarded In Honor Of Former B.A.S.S. Conservation Director Noreen Clough
Drilling down to each congressional district illustrates recreational fishing’s impact
(Feb 21, 2017 - ) Recreational fishing brings a myriad of economic benefits to communities throughout the U.S. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Southwick Associates have released the 2017 update of Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing: U.S. Congressional Districts, along with a new series of one-page infographics, which depict recreational fishing’s economic impact on all 435 Congressional districts and the 50 states.
(Feb 21, 2017 - Norman, OK) Blue Heron Communications (BHC), a full service, outdoor-specialty marketing and public relations agency, announces a strategic partnership with PRADCO-Fishing, the legendary and popular manufacturer of anglers' favorite fishing tackle.
(Feb 21, 2017 - ) Whether it was cabin fever among bass fishing fans, pent-up anticipation of the new Bassmaster Elite Series season or simply continued growth in popularity, audience sizes for videos and other content achieved record numbers for the first Elite event of 2017.
Legislation clarifies intent of Pacific billfish conservation measures
(Feb 17, 2017 - WASHINGTON, DC) Conservationists and anglers are praising a bill filed Wednesday by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) that seeks to clear the way for full implementation of a landmark law to raise protections for billfish.
$20k for 1st at Cedar Creek this weekend.
(Feb 16, 2017 - Haslet, Texas) Bass Champs announces today that Lowrance will continue to sponsor the tournament trail for 2017. The leading electronics company understands the value of aligning with the largest team trail in the nation. Lowrance will again award anglers for running their products with a Cash Bonus!
(Feb 16, 2017 - San Antonio, TX) The Association of Collegiate Anglers is excited to announce Denali Rods as our newest partner of the 2017 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. As a new sponsor of the series, Denali Rods will support collegiate anglers nationally and internationally at each of the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing events.
( - GREENVILLE, S.C.) Some lakes are known for how deep they are. Some are known for the type of structure and baitfish they have. Others are known for serving as the sites of some of the greatest moments in professional bass fishing history — and one of those from that latter column has been chosen as the home of next year’s GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
(Feb 16, 2017 - ) Lew's announces that sales organization Tim Bailey and Associates has been contracted for Lew's sales responsibilities in the group's regional territory of Texas and Louisiana, effective immediately.
Evinrude contingency program offered at all events
(Feb 14, 2017 - NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL.) Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), makers of Evinrude E-TEC outboards, has re-joined the Texas Team Trail (TXTT) as an official sponsor for the 2017 season. The announcement comes as the TXTT season is already underway with their next event slated for Feb. 18 on Toledo Bend.
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