Fishing & Boating News
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.
(Jun. 16, 2004 - Richmond, BC, Canada) June 4th, 2004 was a very lucky day for Barry Stewart of Alberta and the Pacific Salmon Foundation of British Columbia. He was awarded $75,000 Canadian for his 45.7 pound Chinook catch, winning the grand prize in the second annual Salmon Masters Tournament, sponsored by West Coast Resorts and the Pacific Salmon Foundation.
(Jun. 16, 2004 - CHICAGO,IL) The Publicity Club of Chicago has awarded the Chicago Boat, RV and Outdoors Show its Silver Trumpet Award for its "Discover Boating Backpack" promotion. The Silver Trumpet is awarded for outstanding achievement in public relations.
(Jun. 16, 2004 - DALLAS, TX) FLW Outdoors announced it is moving its radio program, "FLW Outdoors Presented by Wal-Mart," to KLLI- FM. Beginning July 4, Emmy Award-winning host Keith Lebowitz and co-host Tony Casillas, a former Dallas Cowboy and two-time Super Bowl champion, will be heard Sundays from 10-11 a.m. on KLLI 105.3 FM Talk, the No. 1 radio station among males age 25 to 54 in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of Texas.
(Jun. 16, 2004 - PADUCAH, KY.) Anglers competing in the Bassmaster Elite 50 series are getting ready for the exciting finale on the Tennessee, Ohio and Cumberland Rivers in Paducah, Ky. In addition to wrapping up the first ever best-of-the-best series, the finale is the culmination of the 2003/2004 CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented by Busch Beer.
"Providing Customers With the Most Innovative, Exciting, and Responsible Recreational Experience."
(Jun. 15, 2004 - St-Bruno, Québec,) Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. launched its new brand and signature today. From now on, it will be known as BRP. The new BRP brand is based on a combination of astute leveraging of its rich heritage of entrepreneurial spirit and innovation, and a renewed focus on the BRP experience, providing consumers worldwide with uniquely crafted products that anticipate their needs and generate their passion and enthusiasm.
(Jun. 15, 2004 - Pittsburg, PA) Bassmaster's has just released the information for the 2005 Bassmaster Classic.
(Jun. 10, 2004 - Lindale, TX) Web sites want to be "Sticky". They want their web visitors to "stick around" and they want their web visitors to come back often. To accomplish this usually requires having fresh content of interest to their specific marketplace, and that means a lot of time and increased cost for editorial work.
Gerald Swindle Points Toward Professional Fishing's Biggest Title
(Jun. 09, 2004 - CHARLOTTE, N.C.) Gerald Swindle is well aware of that fact that there has only been one pro - Arkansas' Mark Davis - that has ever won both the CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year and CITGO Bassmaster Classic titles in the same season.
(Jun. 09, 2004 - Athens, TX) n a scene as rare as a 13-pound bass, four Budweiser ShareLunkers will be returned to Lake Fork at one time on Monday, June 14. The public and members of the media are invited to visit with the anglers who caught the fish before watching them put the lunkers back into the lake starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Resort, on Texas 154 seven miles north of Quitman, Texas.
(Jun. 08, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) The fishing fans that crowded into Prattville's Stanley-Jensen Stadium might not have realized it, but Mark Davis wrapped up his heroics at the Bassmaster Elite 50 event on Saturday on the 37th anniversary of Ray Scott's first national tournament.
Sportfishing Champions To Be Honored AT Capitol Hill Reception Celebrating National Fishing and Boating Week
(Jun. 07, 2004 - ) The American Sportfishing Association will present its most prestigious honors to two extraordinary sportfishing advocates at an evening reception on Capitol Hill June 8, 2004, part of National Fishing and Boating Week celebrations.
Classic Weekend Will Delight Fishing Fans, Expose Sports Fans to BASS
(Jun. 02, 2004 - CHARLOTTE, N.C.) The sport of professional bass fishing may never be the same after ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports, gives bass fishing's world championship its patented big-league treatment.
Outdoor Retailer Announces Third Texas Store
(Jun. 03, 2004 - Garland, TX) Bass Pro Shops, America's most popular outdoor store, today announced they have agreed to open their third Texas store on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard on I-30 in Garland. The outdoor store, which will anchor the new 28-acre Harbor Point Development, will include approximately 120,000 square foot of retail selling space plus a restaurant, boat super center and a marina. Opening date is tentatively planned for late 2005.
Inside Bass for June 1
(Jun. 01, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Like most CITGO Bassmaster Classic champions, two-time Classic winner George Cochran is extremely proud of the distinctive rings that signify his achievements at the world championship of professional fishing, but he wears the ring from his 1996 Classic victory with extra pride.
The High Liner Foods USA brand also will sponsor the online Derby Locator
(Jun. 01, 2004 - KETCHUM, OK.) Fisher Boy®, the top-selling frozen fish stick brand from High Liner Foods USA, Inc., will sponsor the Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby, the nationwide program that will help more than 300,000 young anglers go fishing this year.
(May. 28, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Charter Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) and BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, today announced BASS as an associate sponsor of the Number 60 Charter Racing Ford Taurus for the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series.
(May. 28, 2004 - Saint-Bruno, Québec) Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP), today announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2004. On December 18, 2003, in a transaction sponsored by Bain Capital, the Bombardier family, La Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDP), a newly created entity named Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) acquired from Bombardier Inc. its recreational products business.
Amistad National Recreation Area
(May. 27, 2004 - Lake Amistad, TX) The National Park Service has re-opened Amistad National Recreation Area to personal watercraft use. Personal watercraft (PWC), small one or two-person craft such as Ski-doos and Waverunners, have been prohibited at Amistad NRA since November 2002. The National Park Service has written a special regulation to permit the watercraft after determining that PWC use at Amistad NRA is appropriate and consistent with the park's mission, resources and values, and other visitor activities.
12 Pros Qualified Last Fall for the Coveted Classic
(May. 27, 2004 - CHARLOTTE, N.C.) Bink Desaro and 11 other pros have known for months that their tickets had been punched for the coveted 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer in Charlotte. Unlike the other 40 Classic contenders, they have enjoyed the luxury of not having to wait and ponder their fate in regards to professional fishing's most important event.
(May. 25, 2004 - Sackets Harbor, NY) Four enthusiastic fishermen are boasting of the world-class fishing in New York's freshwaters of Lake Ontario, the Salmon River, and the St. Lawrence River. Visitors to the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in the resort village of Sackets Harbor push 12 buttons to hear the angler characters speak.
Bassmaster Pros Will Find Changed Conditions
(May. 27, 2004 - PRATTVILLE, AL.) The Alabama River is used to being the site of high-stakes, big-league fishing events. Last year, it was the scene of the 2003 CITGO Bassmaster Tour season finale where the CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year trophy and invitations to the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer were awarded.
BASS NEWS: Inside BASS For 5-25-04
(May. 25, 2004 - Montgomery, AL) Fishing fans come from all walks of a life. Case in point: a visitor to the final-day weigh-in at last week's Bassmaster Elite 50 event in Columbus, Miss. Tom Hamill was a little-known truck driver until he was kidnapped by insurgents April 9th in Iraq and made a dramatic escape three weeks later.
(May. 22, 2004 - PHOENIX, AZ) Perplexing fish die-offs at three lakes along the Salt River during the past two months have scientists and others playing detective. There was a fish die-off at Apache Lake during March, one at Canyon Lake around April 27 and the latest was in Saguaro Lake May 5. Another die off was reported at Apache Lake on May 18. Authorities are actively investigating the die-offs.
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