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Digest for May 4, 2004
(May. 06, 2004 - ) AN EMMY? SOUNDS GOOD! Last summer's coverage of the ESPN Great Outdoor Games presented by Dodge captured an Emmy. The Great Outdoor Games' very first Emmy was for Outstanding Live Audio/Sound, and one of 10 racked up by ESPN and ABC Sports.

(May. 04, 2004 - LEBANON, MO.,) G3 Boats, a manufacturer of aluminum fishing boats,  and, recently received the 'Crystal Award of Excellence' by the International Communications Awards Committee for their joint creation of the Web site design and communication.

Stop by for drawings, specials and refreshments!
(May. 04, 2004 - Owasso, OK) Morton Marine will have their annual in-house boat show on Friday, May 7 from 8 AM to 6 PM and Saturday, May 8 from 8 AM to 4 PM. If you're thinking of buying a boat, now is the time to do it!

. . . AND A $10,000 PRIZE One hundred percent of proceeds fund scholarships for economically challenged campers
(May. 04, 2004 - San Antonio, TX) The Christian Outdoor Alliance today announced its 2004 Send a Kid to Camp Raffle. Kids who want to attend COA's Hunting and Fishing Adventure Camp this summer can earn their full tuition by selling the raffle tickets. The winner will get a prize package worth $10,000 that includes a premium custom-built deer rifle, plus a once-in-a-lifetime trophy whitetail buck hunt. Taxidermy and meat processing are also included.

(May. 04, 2004 - PANAMA CITY, Fl) Trey White has joined C&C Manufacturing as the new Marketing Manager for Century and Cobia Boats. The announcement was made by Dean Burnett, vice president and general manager for C&C Manufacturing.

(May. 04, 2004 - BENTON, Ky.) Some of FLW Outdoors‚ most successful professional anglers will offer tournament-winning tips and techniques Saturday, May 8 when they host the Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors Fishing and Automotive Clinic prior to the Wal-Mart FLW Tour event in Benton. The clinics are presented by BFGoodrich Tires, Castrol and 7UP, and the Benton clinic was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 9, but has been moved to Saturday, May 8, in honor of Mother's Day.

(Apr. 30, 2004 - Lindale, TX), Inc. announced its web site has been presented with the Crystal Award of Excellence, the highest level of achievement, by the national Communicator Awards competition. The web site of is both a leading source of constantly updated fishing news and a community hosting web solutions for businesses serving the fishing and boating industries.

(Apr. 30, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors announced today that ConAgra Foods ˆ Snack Foods Group, America's No. 1 manufacturer of popcorn products including ACT II and Jiffy Pop, has renewed its sponsorship, making ACT II the Wal-Mart FLW Tour's official popcorn brand. ACT II's renewal is another example of how professional fishing continues to become a part of mainstream America and how FLW Outdoors has become a major marketing tool, targeting a highly desirable consumer audience.

SCS Manual, Training Poster and SCS Consultant Available to Members
(Apr. 28, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Accessory manufacturers that want to improve their supply chain now have several resources available to them. Complementing the Marine Industry Supply Chain Standards (SCS) Manual launched last October, the Mutual Efficiency Forum (MEF) Aftermarket Task Force has introduced a training poster and hired an SCS consultant.

(Apr. 29, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) A few years ago, CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year Gerald Swindle had an idea. Swindle was inspired by the youth programs that BASS is committed to, including CastingKids, the Bassmaster Family Fest and the Junior Bassmaster World Championship, but he thought there was more to do.

(Apr. 27, 2004 - Stuart, FL) Lexus Scott, Port St. Lucie, FL came because she married an avid angler and boater and wanted to learn fishing skills. Leslie Corcoran, Stuart, FL attended the seminar to be able to teach her son to fish. These women joined more than 60 others to learn saltwater fishing and conservation skills at the "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!® seminar April 23-25 at Pirates Cove Resort and Marina, Stuart, FL.

(Apr. 27, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Officials from BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, announced today that the CITGO Bassmaster Open Championship presented by Busch Beer will be held Dec. 2-5 in Monroe, La. The tournament waters will be the Ouachita River, the site of last November's Central Open finale.

(Apr. 28, 2004 - Athens, TX) Many people go fishing in Lake Athens after they retire. Wednesday 112 largemouth bass retired to Lake Athens to be fished for.

(Apr. 26, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Only 10 spots remain open for bass fishing's premier event, the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer July 30-Aug. 1 in Charlotte, N.C. Five spots were filled following last Saturday's CITGO BASS Federation Championship. The top angler from each geographic division will be added to the list of the 2004 competitors bringing the total number of qualified anglers to 42.

(Apr. 22, 2004 - San Antonio, TX) The Christian Outdoor Alliance today announced professional bass angler Jay Yelas has joined their staff as fishing editor of Maximum Outdoors Magazine. Yelas, 38, is best known as the 2003 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year and the 2002 winner of the Citgo Bassmasters Classic. He is No. 4 all-time money winner on the B.A.S.S. tour. COA is a non-profit group that holds summer camps for kids and organizes local and church-based chapters, in addition to publishing the magazine.

(Apr. 22, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) The panel of judges, drawn from Boating Writers International (BWI) to determine the recipients of the NMMA Innovation Awards being presented at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS), have been announced. MAATS is being held July 8-11 at the Las Vegas Hilton in conjunction with the S.T.E.P. Conference (S.T.E.P. dates are July 7-8; MAATS July 8-11).

(Apr. 24, 2004 - Tulsa, OK) Ray Sprano Sr. of St. Alban's Bay, Vt., died in his sleep Friday night in Tulsa, Okla. Sprano was the Vermont BASS Federation representative competing in the CITGO BASS Federation Championship.

(Apr. 23, 2004 - Dania Beach, FL) Rolex U.S.A. and the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) have chosen Johnson Communications, Inc., located in Scottsdale, Ariz., a marine and outdoor sports focused public/media relations agency, to represent their events in the United States and internationally.    

Opportunities to participate in show are still available
(Apr. 22, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) The exhibit floor at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) is officially sold out. Nearly 300 companies will fill more than 440 booths, covering 35,320 square feet at the show, being held July 8-11 at the Las Vegas Hilton (S.T.E.P. dates run July 7-8).

(Apr. 20, 2004 - Washington, DC) On April 20th, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, appointed by President Bush in 2001, released its long awaited recommendations for addressing America's ocean policy in the 21st Century. The Commission calls for legislative and regulatory changes to improve marine management and promote long-term sustainable uses of the oceans. The undersigned members of the sportfishing community could not agree more strongly that this is needed.

(Apr. 20, 2004 - ) Last summer's coverage of the ESPN Great Outdoor Games presented by Dodge captured an Emmy in ceremonies held last night in New York. The Great Outdoor Games' very first Emmy was for Outstanding Live Audio/Sound, and one of 10 racked up by ESPN and ABC Sports.

(Apr. 20, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Ask 10 different bass professionals about almost any subject and chances are you will get at least nine different answers or opinions; however, the new Bassmaster Elite 50 series on the CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented by Busch Beer is the rare subject that draws a unanimous answer.

(Apr. 20, 2004 - Austin, TX) Catching a big fish can be just as much a matter of luck as skill. But it takes more than luck to catch several different big fish. There is an elite group of anglers who prove their ability regardless of the water they fish, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wants to recognize their achievements through a new Elite Angler Awards program.

(Apr. 19, 2004 - HOT SPRINGS, AR.) The Board of Directors of The Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame has announced that the fourth annual induction into the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame will be held Saturday, July 31.

(Apr. 19, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) It has been previously been announced by Irwin Jacobs, Chairman & CEO of Genmar that the Genmar product lines were to move the introduction of the Model Year to a date later in the year. Below is a letter from Irwin Jacobs to all Genmar dealers discussing the introduction of the 2005 Model Year.

(Apr. 16, 2004 - Kennesaw, GA) Yamaha Outboards and Skeeter Boats have won top awards and recognition for their marketing, advertising and PR materials in the 2004 Communicator Awards international competition. honors were earned in catalogs, video, press kits, writing, TV spots and dealer publications categories.

Winner gets $1000 scholarship to Hunting and Fishing Adventure Camp
(Apr. 16, 2004 - San Antonio, TX) The Christian Outdoor Alliance recently announced its third annual essay contest for boys and girls 11-16. The young person who writes the best essay on the topic "The importance of our hunting and fishing heritage" will receive a $1000 scholarship to one of this summer's Hunting and Fishing Adventure Camps. The scholarship may be applied to any session for summer 2004.

To Division Manager, Outboard Motor Dealer Sales
(Apr. 16, 2004 - Kennesaw, GA) John Rigsby, National Sales Manager for Dealer Sales for Yamaha Marine Group Co., has been promoted to Division Manager, Outboard Motor Dealer Sales, according to Phil Dyskow, Yamaha Marine Group Co. President.

(Apr. 12, 2004 - NATCHITOCHES, LA.) Some of FLW Outdoors‚ most successful professional anglers will offer tournament-winning tips and techniques Sunday, April 25 when they host the Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors Fishing and Automotive Clinic prior to the EverStart Series Central Division tournament in Natchitoches. The clinic is presented by Castrol.

(Apr. 14, 2004 - Athens, TX) The ShareLunker Program has added two more to the 2004 record books. Roy Greer of Alba, Texas caught ShareLunker #14 of the 2004 season from a private lake on April 8, 2004. Lunker #14 weighs 13.43 lbs and measures 26.25" in length with a 20.63" girth.

(Apr. 12, 2004 - Austin, TX) Beginning this fall, Texas anglers will have to pick the fishing license that matches their fishing preference: freshwater, saltwater or both. That's because a new $5 freshwater fishing stamp to generate funding for fish hatchery construction and repair will be required to fish in freshwater starting Sept. 1. A similar endorsement to fish in saltwater has been in place for several years, with revenue generated by coastal anglers earmarked for that fishery.

(Apr. 12, 2004 - Alexandria, VA) American Sportfishing Association President and CEO Mike Nussman took part in a gathering with President Bush at his Crawford ranch last week along with the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, Coastal Conservation Association, and more than a dozen other sportsmen's organizations. 

(Apr. 12, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Genmar Holdings, Inc. (Genmar) today announced the promotion of Roger R. Cloutier, II to President & Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mr. Cloutier replaces Grant Oppegaard, who has been President and a Genmar Board member since late 1995. Mr. Cloutier, who has served as Genmar’s Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Board member since 1996, will assume the role of President & COO effective immediately. 

(Apr. 08, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Wal-Mart and FLW Outdoors are collaborating again this year to bring children and their parents a great way to have fun in the sun through the Casting Smiles-Fishing with Kids program - formerly known as Take a Kid Fishing. To gear up for the event taking place June 5 at Wal-Mart stores across the country, the official Casting Smiles Web site has been updated with new information and added games.

Elite 50 All the Rage
(Apr. 08, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) The stage is set, April 14-17 on Arkansas Lake Dardanelle, for the first Bassmaster Elite 50 series event on the CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented by Busch Beer. BASS, widely recognized as the worldwide authority on bass fishing, is pulling out all the stops to guarantee that the four-event, no-entry-fee series, doling out $150,000 to the winner, is unparalleled.

(Apr. 07, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) The Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS), held in conjunction with the National Marine Distributors Association (NMDA) S.T.E.P. event July 7-8, will host nearly 300 exhibitors this year, more than 20 percent of which are presenting at MAATS for the first time. Besides new exhibits, National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), organizer of the show, is giving exhibiting companies more opportunities to introduce their new products to buyers

More than 30 Sponsors Pledge Support for Annual Boating Industry Legislative Conference
(Apr. 07, 2004 - Washington, DC) Representatives Eric Cantor (R-VA), Mark Foley (R-FL), Walter Jones (R-NC), Ric Keller (R-FL), Frank Pallone (R-NJ), John Porter (R-NV), Jim Saxton (R-NJ) and Dave Weldon (R-FL), and Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) have accepted NMMA's invitation to address this year's American Boating Congress (ABC), May 2-4 in Washington, DC. The Congressmen will join other distinguished speakers recently confirmed by NMMA:

(Apr. 07, 2004 - Shelby, Al.) When the Women's Bass Fishing Association contenders come to weigh their fish at Lake Dardanelle (AR) on April 29th -30th, the weigh-in crowd might notice something just a little different about their weigh-in bags: They've been altered slightly - with a simple, wide, red line to remind anglers to keep plenty of water over the fish throughout the weigh in process. Fish should have enough water to suspend upright and allow ample gill movement.

(Apr. 07, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) XTOOLS?, the industry leader in floating fishing tools and accessories, inked a deal with FLW Outdoors to become the official fishing-tool sponsor of the Wal-Mart FLW Tour through 2005. In joining the FLW Outdoors sponsorship program, XTOOLS becomes part of a team that brings fishing enthusiasts the world's premier bass- and walleye-fishing tournaments.

(Apr. 07, 2004 - Baxter, MN) Two of the most respected competitive fishing organizations, BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, and the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) will join forces in the Freshwater Doubles event at the ESPN Great Outdoor Games presented by Dodge July 8-11, in Madison, Wis.

(Apr. 06, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors announced Tuesday that longtime partner U.S. Bank has renewed its successful sponsorship with the world's leading competitive fishing organization. U.S. Bank is a mainstay on the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, where its logo is most often seen as pros and co-anglers happily hoist their winning checks above their heads. Known for its Five Star Service Guarantee, U.S. Bank has been a sponsor of FLW Outdoors tournaments since 1999.

(Apr. 07, 2004 - Athens, TX) The Budweiser ShareLunker program received two more entries last week, boosting to 13 the number of lunker bass received in 2004.

(Apr. 06, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Officials from BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, today announced the official schedule of the 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Open series presented by Busch Beer. The CITGO Bassmaster Opens are a qualifying series for anglers who intend to fish on the CITGO Bassmaster Tour presented by Busch Beer. The top 15 boater anglers in each of the four O

(Apr. 05, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, today announced the return of Ray Scott to the organization he created more than three and a half decades ago.

Title achieved by hosting most youth fishing derbies, all of which can be found with online Derby Locator.
(Apr. 05, 2004 - KETCHUM, OK.) New York will host 87 Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby events in 2004, more than any other of the 50 U.S. states, narrowly edging out Georgia by five events. This factoid was made public by the people at Hooked on Fishing International of Ketchum, Okla. as they opened up the 2004 online Derby Locator on the official website,

(Apr. 02, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced today that Representative Ric Keller (R-FL) is this year's recipient of the Admirals Circle for Recreational Boating Industry Award. Keller will be honored at a special ceremony during the industry's annual legislative conference, the American Boating Congress, being held May 2-4 at the Loews L'Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C.

(Apr. 02, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors remains committed to conservation in 2004 through its partnership with the FishAmerica Foundation, the conservation arm of the American Sportfishing Association. FLW Outdoors will continue to donate $5,000 for each of its seven Wal-Mart FLW Tour events as well as for a variety of its other sanctioned tournaments.

(Apr. 01, 2004 - ) Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Senator John Breaux (D-LA) introduced the Freedom to Fish Act (S. 2244) on March 25, closely mirroring a bill introduced in the House of Representatives last year.

(Apr. 02, 2004 - KENNESAW, Ga.) The Yamaha Marine Group announced today that it will be terminating O.E.M. agreements to sell outboard motors to Lund, Lowe and Crestliner boat companies effective June 30, 2004. The decision to terminate and not renew each of these agreements is the result of the transfer of ownership for Crestliner, Lund and Lowe from Genmar Holdings, Inc. to Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).

(Mar. 31, 2004 - KENNESAW, Ga.) Yamaha Outboards and authorized participating Yamaha Outboard dealers are out to help cure cabin fever with the new "Hook a Great Rebate" Promotion featuring cash rebates up to $1,000 on eligible outboard models. Just in time for spring boating season, this exciting retail promotion continues until May 18, 2004.  

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