Fishing & Boating News
St. Croix pros offer perspectives on Mississippi River event
(Aug 29, 2016 - Park Falls, WI) Soon, the cool winds of fall will begin to rumble down the Mississippi River valley at La Crosse, Wisconsin, decorating maple trees with crimson and yellow leaves, and trumpeting the arrival of the top bass anglers on the earth. Returning to a venue steeped in Midwestern river culture and an enduring competitive and recreational fishing tradition, The Bassmaster Elite circuit is set to pay a September visit to Old Man River from September 8-11.
NHFD set for September 24, 2016
(Aug 29, 2016 - Springfield, MO) Bass Pro Shops is more than just a store that is a gateway to the great outdoors. The industry leader in conservation efforts is once again leading the way and partnering with National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day). Each year, hunting contributes more than $38.3 billion to the economy and supports more than 680,000 jobs. Bass Pro Shops continues its legacy as an organization ready to support sportsmen and women by its sponsorship of NHF Day.
TOP PROS LOOK TO SETTLE SCORES AT THE PLANO BASSMASTER ELITE EVENT ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
(Aug 27, 2016 - Plano, IL) Plano, makers of the world’s premier tackle storage products, supports bass fishing at all levels – most recently through title sponsorship of the Sept. 8-11 Plano Bassmaster Elite event on the Mississippi River at La Crosse, Wis. The tournament is the 2016 season finale for bass fishing’s most prestigious tour.
Petition pulled just days before California Fish and Wildlife Commission hearing
(Aug 25, 2016 - Alexandria, Va.) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA), along with a coalition of leaders in the recreational fishing and boating community, are pleased to announce that striped and black (largemouth and smallmouth) bass, important sportfish species in California, won’t be targeted for eradication as invasive species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and its tributaries.
Pro- and co-anglers win Lucas Oil AOY Rings and paid entry fees for 2017 season
(Aug 25, 2016 - New Smyrana Beach, FL) The 2016 season for the Cabela's National Walleye Tour (NWT) came to a close earlier this month on Lake Oahe in South Dakota with pro-angler Ed Stachowski and co-angler Josh Bruce rising to the top and winning the Lucas Oil Angler of the Year (AOY) titles. Along with custom Lucas Oil AOY rings, both anglers earned paid entry fees for the 2017 NWT season.
WJ LINDEQUE CC SIGNS EXCLUSIVE LICENSING AGREEMENT TO RUN FLW BASS-FISHING TOURNAMENTS IN SOUTH AFRICAM
(Aug 18, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced an exclusive licensing agreement with WJ Lindeque CC, of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, to begin sanctioning FLW bass-fishing tournaments in South Africa. The agreement was signed by FLW President of Operations Kathy Fennel and Hannes Lindeque, a managing member of WJ Lindeque CC.
Wisconsin walleye pro utilizes Humminbird® and Minn Kota® technologies to take top finish on South Dakota’s Lake Oahe
(Aug 11, 2016 - Racine, WI) Anglers pre-fishing for the 2016 Cabela’s National Walleye Tour (NWT) Championship in Mobridge, South Dakota, struggled with strong winds. Even hail.
PREMIER TACKLE STORAGE BRAND TO SPONSOR ONE OF TELEVISION'S MOST POPULAR FISHING SHOWS IN 2017
(Aug 11, 2016 - Plano, IL) Major League Fishing (MLF), the unique, televised bass fishing competition showcasing the nation's top professional anglers in real-time format, has quickly grown to become one of the most popular fishing show on TV.
St. Croix’s SOLE earns Best of Show in Fly Rod Category
(Aug 3, 2016 - Park Falls, WI) Each year, in the sweltering core of summer, fishing industry insiders gather at ICAST – an international trade show and exposition that highlights the products and the people that help anglers find and catch more fish.
Lake Guntersville to Host Season Opener, Feb. 2-5Huntsville,
(Aug 3, 2016 - Huntsville, AL) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced today the addition of a seventh Walmart FLW Tour event to the 2017 schedule. The 2017 season will now open at Lake Guntersville, Feb. 2-5, in Guntersville, Alabama.
(Aug 3, 2016 - Springfield, MO) Lew's announces the hiring of longtime fishing industry veteran Terry Pederson to serve as vice president of sales responsible for the company's western United States sales efforts.
Recreational fishing community still sees the need for legislative action to require allocation reviews
(Aug 3, 2016 - Washington, D.C.) In response to decades of criticism over not examining how the nation’s public marine fisheries resources are divided among fishing stakeholders, NOAA Fisheries released a Fisheries Allocation Review Policy that describes potential criteria for reviewing fisheries allocations.
(Jul 26, 2016 - ) For 37 years, MariaElena Torres has caringly built Team Boat Hooks and other popular Davis Instruments Team products. A modest estimate of her manufacturing productivity is well over half a million units.
Women comb the aisles for new products and industry triends
(Jul 24, 2016 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL) At the largest ICAST show ever, the staff of "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" (LLGF) combed the aisles to find products of interest to novice anglers. International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, or ICAST, is the world's largest Sportfishing trade show with 15,000 people in attendance in Orlando, FL.
(Jul 20, 2016 - San Antonio, TX) Simply put, college fishing has changed over the past eleven years. In the very first collegiate bass fishing event back in 2005 held on Lake Lewisville, most of the anglers showed up to the event all on their own with old boats and tow vehicles.
(Jul 14, 2016 - Tulsa, OK) Major League Fishing (MLF), a made-for-television bass fishing competition featuring the country's top professional anglers, celebrates its 5-year anniversary this summer with news it has become the No. 1 fishing show in the nation.
(Jul 14, 2016 - ORLANDO, FL.) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced the 2017 Walmart FLW Tour regular-season schedule Thursday in a live press event held at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST). The 2017 season will feature six tournaments, broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network, which will showcase the best bass anglers in the world competing in the most competitive circuit in the sport.
(Jul 11, 2016 - Orlando, FL) Lew's opens ICAST 2016 this week with what the company says is its most exciting and innovative new product lineup ever, anchored by SLP Super Low Profile baitcast reels and new rod technology.
North Alabama and Murray State Finish 2nd and 3rd
(Jul 6, 2016 - San Antonio, TX) The University of Alabama has won the 2016 Cabela’s School of the Year title! Widely regarded as the hardest and most sought after college fishing title in the nation, this is the first time that the University of Alabama has earned this prestigious award.
Gains Presence, Opportunity in Growing Heavy-Gauge Aluminum Boat Market
(Jul 5, 2016 - Lake Forest, IL) Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) today announced it has acquired Thunder Jet, a designer and builder of heavy-gauge aluminum (HGA) boats. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Thunder Jet's 2015 revenues were approximately $20 million.
Angler's consistency and Ranger boat keys to title
(Jul 5, 2016 - Flippin, AR) Ranger Boats Pro Chris Johnston beat out 28 other FLW Tour anglers to win the 2016 Rookie of the Year title on Lake Champlain. Johnston also finished second in the FLW Tour Angler of the Year race behind FLW Tour veteran Andy Morgan.
Newly introduced marine fisheries legislation approved by the Senate Commerce Committee
(Jun 29, 2016 - Washington, D.C.) The recreational fishing and boating community strongly supported action today by the Senate Commerce Committee to pass the recently introduced S. 3099, The Access for Sportfishing Act of 2016, which contains several marine fisheries-related provisions.
(Jun 25, 2016 - UNION SPRINGS, N.Y. —) Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Bassmaster Elite Series will return to one of its most popular venues in history — Waddington, N.Y. — in 2017.
(Jun 22, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S. today announced a partnership with Busch beer, who will be the title sponsor for Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake event June 23-26 out of Union Springs, N.Y.
Annual date to celebrate Sportsmen and Women set for September 24, 2016
(Jun 15, 2016 - Springfield, MO) Everything about Realtree is geared toward enjoying and protecting the outdoors. Realtree is once again stepping forward to sponsor National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day).
Arkansas angler qualifies for 2017 Elite Series
(Jun 8, 2016 - Floppin,AR) Ranger Boats Pro Mark Rose won the Bassmaster Southern Open Angler of the Year title. The angler's 579 points accrued from competing in the three Southern Open events gave him the title and qualifies Rose for the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series.
(Jun 8, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) In celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week (June 4-12), Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) is proud to announce the first five awards as part of the FLW Foundation Florida High School Fishing grant program.
(Jun 7, 2016 - Kingsport, TN) Knife manufacturer Taylor Brands announces its Old Timer Father's Day 2016 "Fish with Tommy Biffle" Sweepstakes.
(Jun 6, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament fishing organization, announced today a sponsorship agreement with Polaris Industries Inc., a leading powersports manufacturer. The partnership will offer the Minnesota-based brand the opportunity to directly connect with the millions of outdoor and fishing fanatics that FLW reaches through their tournaments and promotional platforms.
(Jun 1, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) The 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic champion Edwin Evers is teaming up once again with OPTIMA Batteries and a new partner, B.A.S.S., with live coverage on Bassmaster.com, to give deserving Purple Heart veterans a once-in-a-lifetime fishing experience in the OPTIMA Batteries Healing Heroes in Action Tour presented by General Tire.
(May 31, 2016 - Forestville, WI) FishUSA, located just outside of Erie, PA, has become the first fishing tackle retailer to partner with the NPAA. FishUSA is owned by FishUSA, Inc., a privately-held company based in Fairview, PA, along the shores of Lake Erie. Their employees are enthusiastic anglers dedicated to serving their customers.
Funds help establish new or expand existing High School Fishing clubs
(May 19, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) The Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Foundation has announced the availability of grants to Student Angler Federation (SAF)-affiliated high school fishing clubs in Florida of up to $500 per school to establish new or expand existing clubs. The grants are offered via a two-year initiative with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
(May 18, 2016 - Many, LA) During Sunday’s final round of the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend, Hank Cherry of Maiden, N.C., landed a 14-inch bass that was easily one of his smallest fish of the week to that point.
(May 16, 2016 - Springfield, MO) Lew's announces its Lew's Ozarks Fishing Museum will open Thursday, May 19, with a public ceremony scheduled and several fishing celebrities confirmed to attend. The museum is located in Lew's corporate headquarters, 3031 N. Martin Ave., Springfield, Mo.
Industry leaders gather in Washington D.C. to discuss top legislative issues
(May 14, 2016 - ) During the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) annual spring Government Affairs Committee meeting, recreational fishing industry leaders met with Members of Congress, federal agencies and the Obama Administration to advocate for one of the nation’s most popular outdoor sports. The meeting, held in conjunction with the American Boating Congress, was held May 10-11, in Washington, D.C.
Great Lakes bass angler honored for his decades of contributions
(May 14, 2016 - Flippin. AR) The Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame recently selected longtime Ranger Pro Steve Clapper for enshrinement into the hall. Clapper is a legend among big-water anglers and his influence on bass anglers in the North still resonates today. The awards committee selected Clapper for his lasting impact and contributions to the sport of freshwater fishing.
Longtime Ranger Boats dealer joins the ranks of "Legendary Organizations"
(May 11, 2016 - Flppin, AR) Ranger Boats congratulates Frankie's Marine on their recent induction into the Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota. The longtime Ranger dealer joins the ranks of "Legendary Organizations." The enshrinement recognizes Frankie's Marine for their positive impact on Minnesota's sport fishing industry.
(May 11, 2016 - ) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today a sponsorship agreement with Mars Petcare to feature the PEDIGREE® Food for Dogs and PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX™ treats brands.
(May 6, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) The disqualification of Luke Clausen of Otis Orchards, Wash., from the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament at Wheeler Lake, Alabama, last week, has been upheld by an appeals panel.
(May 2, 2016 - ) Brunswick Names Langlais as President - Princecraft
(May 2, 2016 - Columbia, SC) Entering its fifth season, the Fenwick "Earn Your Wings" program has been wildly popular among collegiate anglers. Fenwick is alleviating the rising cost of tuition by giving anglers the opportunity to fish Fenwick and Pflueger products without spending money that is better used toward an angler's education.
One-of-a-kind attraction sees visitors from all 50 states, more than a dozen countries in its first year
(Apr 29, 2016 - Memphis, TN) Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, a destination retail attraction in downtown Memphis, is celebrating its first anniversary since opening its doors on April 29, 2015. Located inside a massive transformed sports arena, the dynamic, immersive adventure contains restaurants, shopping, a hotel and attractions designed to appeal to a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts and families.
(Apr 29, 2016 - Orlando, FL) Universal Technical Institute, the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, is launching the first Mercury Marine technician career training certification program at its Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) campus in Orlando.
(Apr 29, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) Phoenix Boats, a young, fast-growing bass boat company based in Winchester, Tenn., has signed a multi-year deal to be a supporting level sponsor of 2016 Bassmaster tournament circuits.
(Apr 29, 2016 - Benton, KY) The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, partnered with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) to present the 2016 KHSAA bass fishing regional tournaments on Saturday. More than 292 teams across Kentucky competed in four different regional tournaments with the goal of advancing to the KHSAA State competition.
(Apr 28, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S. is pleased to announce that Shell Rotella heavy duty diesel engine oils will be a supporting level sponsor of the 2016 Bassmaster tournament circuits. This includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series,Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation events presented by Magellan outdoors, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops and Costa Bassmaster High School Series.
Letter calls for including the recreational fishing community's priorities in the MSA reauthorization
(Apr 25, 2016 - Alexandria, Va.) The recreational fishing industry welcomed the action taken by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to recognize the significant economic, social and conservation benefits that saltwater recreational fishing provides to the nation.
(Apr 21, 2016 - Washington, D.C.) Tonight, recreational and commercial fishing representatives, Members of Congress, and key former and current individuals from the administration gathered on Capitol Hill in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), a first-of-its-kind piece of legislation that established a framework to manage domestic, federal saltwater fisheries.
(Apr 21, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today a sponsorship agreement with Unilever to showcase the Lipton tea brand. The partnership will offer the world’s No. 1 tea brand the opportunity to directly connect with the millions of outdoor and fishing fanatics that FLW reaches through their tournaments and promotional platforms.
Current stop for interactive learning trailer is Mountain Home, Ark.
(Apr 20, 2016 - Columbia) The Berkley Experience Trailer rolls through 2016 with 27 different locations. The next event is at the BASS Elite Series event in Mountain Home, Ark. The interactive trailer and four highly trained Berkley specialists are on hand to answer angler questions and showcase the innovation and technology that goes into all Berkley products. Seminars are held throughout the day including knot tying, line selection and how to select the best baits to Catch More Fish.
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