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(Mar. 26, 2004 - MANNING, S.C.) Greg Hackney isn't just a bass master. On Thursday, the Louisiana pro also demonstrated his command of leapfrog, hopping over four tough competitors to take the lead in the CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race.

(Mar. 24, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Ozark Trail, the newest addition to FLW Outdoors‚ group of sponsors, recently announced the members of its professional angling team that will hit the water during the 2004 bass-fishing season. Team members include pros Harmon Davis of Marlow, Okla., and Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tenn.

(Mar. 24, 2004 - MANNING, S.C.) Anglers are scouring South Carolina's Santee Cooper Lakes for an edge and a shot at some of the half million dollars in cash and prizes that will be won - and lost - at the final event of the 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Tour presented by Busch Beer.

(Mar. 23, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Scott Suggs is brutally honest about the bulls eye on his back as the leader in the hotly contested CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year race entering this week's showdown on the Santee-Cooper Reservoir in South Carolina.

(Mar. 23, 2004 - ATHENS, Texas) Jimmie Rodgers sang "T for Texas, T for Tennessee." Now we can add two more Ts—for Tony Hill of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Budweiser ShareLunker number ten, which Hill caught from Lake Fork on March 22nd.

(Mar. 16, 2004 - KEY WEST, FL) The norm for most offshore powerboat racing competitions is to do your fighting out on the water. Today, the battle has come on-shore with three separate boat-racing organizations fighting for the right to host their own World Championship races in Key West, Florida.

(Mar. 18, 2004 - Dania Beach, Florida, USA) The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) World Record Achievement Awards Celebration attracted a sellout crowd of nearly 300 guests on March 13, 2004 at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Museum. The event honored the top world record achievers of 2003 and over 50 trophies were presented in various categories.

(Mar. 18, 2004 - Dallas, TX) This Sunday on "FLW Outdoors Presented by Wal-Mart," hosts Keith Lebowitz and Tony Casillas will talk with Team Snickers pro John Sappington of Willard, Mo. Sappington suffered neck and back injuries prior to the Wal-Mart FLW Tour event held at the Atchafalaya Basin in Morgan City, La., in February. He sustained the injuries when the boat he was piloting struck a cable used to pull the Cote Blanche Ferry near St. Mary Parish, La.

(Mar. 18, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Tournament officials for the CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented by Busch Beer announced today that the qualifying criteria for the new Bassmaster Elite 50 series will be adjusted for anglers qualifying through points standings.

(Mar. 17, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Mercury Marine, Triton Boats and BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, today announced a strategic marketing alliance that will make the two manufacturers the official and exclusive marine engine and boat brand of BASS.

(Mar. 18, 2004 - Athens, TX) Budweiser ShareLunkers number 8 and 9 have taken up their new residences, tanks in the Lunker Bunker at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. Both were caught Tuesday, March 16. Jeff Bassinger of Alvarado caught number 8 from Lake Fork. Toby McDonald of Porter landed his lunker from Lake Conroe.

(Mar. 17, 2004 - EUFAULA, AL.) At Lake Eufaula, the pre-spawn fish are frustrated - and so are the anglers trying to catch them in practice for the CITGO Bassmaster Tour presented by Busch Beer. The tournament begins Thursday, but after two days practicing while the water levels fluctuate, the pros are none too pleased with the level of the lake, which they say leaves bedding bass with nowhere to go.

(Mar. 15, 2004 - Athens, TX) A photograph of two men holding up a giant catfish is making the rounds of the Internet and causing confusion among anglers. Whoever posted the photograph stated it shows the new state record (and pending world record) blue catfish caught in Lake Texoma by Cody Mullennix in January.

New guide book to be handed out at Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derbies
(Mar. 15, 2004 - KETCHUM, OK.) Nestle Waters North America has published World's Greatest Fishing Tips for Kids, a waterproof booklet that is perfectly sized for young anglers‚ tackle boxes. All kids 6 to 16 participating in a Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby -- an estimated 300,000 this year -- will receive the guide free of charge. There will be an estimated 1,800 sanctioned events taking place in communities across the country in 2004.

(Mar. 11, 2004 - Alexandria, VA) The FishAmerica Foundation and the Interior Department's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have created a new 5-year, $500,000 partnership that will allow the foundation to greatly expand its impact on freshwater fisheries conservation and research.

(Mar. 11, 2004 - Indiana) The 2004 National Boat Mart - TVA Bass Series has an interesting schedule in place for this upcoming season as well as some new things going on at each event. "Co-Angler Bonus" Starting in 2004 all non-boaters will now be referred to as "Co-Anglers". At each event in 2004 as was started in the Fall Opens. The series will award the Co-Angler Bonus to the highest finishing Co-Angler at each event.

Historic Lake Eufaula Hosts Fifth Stop on 2004 Tour (March 18 - 21)
(Mar. 10, 2004 - EUFAULA, AL.) The 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Tour presented by Busch Beer enters the homestretch March 18-21 with its stop on famed Lake Eufaula. The 25 CITGO Bassmaster Classic spots, the coveted Elite 50 rankings and the CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year will be on the line.

(Mar. 10, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) The National Marine Manufacturers Association reports that annual 2003 wholesale dollar sales of all boats were up 7.0 percent compared to 2002, while unit boat shipments were down 4.8 percent, based on the December Monthly Shipment Report (MSR) just released by NMMA.

(Mar. 08, 2004 - KENNESAW, Ga.) Brandon Broxson, Atlanta, has been promoted to District Marketing Manager for Yamaha Outboards, according to John Rigsby,  national sales manager.

(Mar. 08, 2004 - Harris Chain of Lakes, Tavares, Fl) Tony Strickland of Orlando, Fla., passed away Saturday evening following a boating accident on Lake Eustis that occurred during the BFL Gator Division tournament on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Tavares, Fla.

(Mar. 08, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Genmar Holdings, Inc. (Genmar) announced today the sale of its Aluminum Boat Companies, consisting of Lund, Lund Canada, Crestliner and Lowe to Brunswick Corporation for $191 million in cash plus an additional $30 million potential earn-out.

(Mar. 03, 2004 - Austin, TX) Hoping to gain public comment on a variety of issues ranging from a temporary deferral hunter education requirements to changes in fishing licenses, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has scheduled a series of 19 public hearings throughout the state during the month of March. TPWD considers changes to hunting and fishing regulations and related policies each year and entertaining public input on those proposals is a key component in the process.

(Mar. 02, 2004 - Athens, TX) Two more fish were added to the Budweiser ShareLunker tally on February 20 and 21, increasing to five the number of 13-pound-plus largemouth bass from 2004 in the Lunker Bunker at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.

(Mar. 04, 2004 - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK.) The good news far outweighed the bad at this year's Largemouth Bass Virus (LMBV) Workshop, sponsored by BASS. "LMBV prevalence has declined and maybe LMBV is gone or going away," said Mike Maceina, a fisheries professor from Auburn University.

(Mar. 03, 2004 - Athens, TX) Ross Allcorn of Burleson, Texas, became the latest angler to prove that March is big bass month on Lake Fork when he caught Budweiser ShareLunker No. 7 on Tuesday, March 2. Allcorn was fishing on the edge of a creek channel in eight feet of water with a 3/8-oz. black/blue Realistic jig. At 11 a.m., a 13.41-bass measuring 25.75 inches long and 20.75 inches around took the bait. Allcorn donated the fish to the Budweiser ShareLunker program.

(Mar. 03, 2004 - KIMBERLING CITY, MO) After three days of practice, anglers are still having a tough time finding patterns that work for them at the third event of the CITGO Bassmaster Tour presented by Busch Beer at Missouri's Table Rock Lake. The general consensus is that this lake is going to be a serious challenge. California's Aaron Martens ranks Table Rock as one of the toughest lakes he has ever fished.

(Mar. 02, 2004 - Rhinelander, WI) As the tournament season heats up, RMC Pro Staffers Chad Brauer and Dean Rojas sit atop the current BASS and FLW points leader boards, respectively. Missouri Pro Chad Brauer leads the current BASS points standings with 671 points and Texas Pro Dean Rojas is atop the FLW point rankings with 389 points.

(Feb. 26, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) With the first two months of 2004 -- and roughly 300 boat shows -- now completed, Genmar Holdings, Inc. (Genmar) and its subsidiaries are reporting double-digit increases in sales over the same period last year.

(Feb. 25, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Weekly update of Bassmaster programs for the week of February 25, 2004

(Feb. 26, 2004 - Montgomery, AL) BASS and the 10 member BASS Athlete Advisory Council have discovered a glitch that was unforeseen by both groups when crafting the current points structure and it has now been corrected.

Michigan retains title as top state for boat registrations
(Feb. 26, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) The latest United States Coast Guard (USCG) boat registration numbers indicate that Michigan has more registered boats than any other state in the country. This news comes following an announcement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) that California had unseated Michigan as the top state, based on earlier figures provided by the USCG.

(Feb. 24, 2004 - Washington, DC) The conclusion of a three-year experiment in the Grand Banks and recent estimates of sea turtle bycatch (unintentional catch) in the Atlantic pelagic longline fishery have prompted the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) to propose mandatory changes in fishing practice for the fleet. Under the proposal, turtle takes would be dramatically reduced, and U.S. fishermen would regain access to prime swordfish fishing grounds in the Grand Banks.

(Feb. 24, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors announced Tuesday an agreement with Mann's Bait Co. to produce a line of FLW Outdoors soft plastics, jigs and spinnerbaits to be available exclusively at Wal-Mart stores beginning this month.

2004 Budweiser ShareLunker Program
(Feb. 23, 2004 - Athens, TX) Lake Fork has produced two more Sharelunker candidates over 13 pounds during the past few days. The springlike weather has the fishermen out seriously searching for some of the big bass Lake Fork is famous for.

(Feb. 23, 2004 - KENNESAW, Ga.) The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today voted to continue the investigation into the allegation by Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation, that outboard engines from Japan are being sold at unfair prices and injuring the domestic producers.  The ITC vote came at the end of a preliminary investigation to determine whether there is sufficient evidence of injury to continue with the investigation.

(Feb. 19, 2004 - VA) The future of hunting and fishing in the United States ultimately depends upon the commitment of future generations to these traditional fish and wildlife activities. The key to active participation in and commitment to hunting and fishing by future generations is fostering this commitment and participation among today's youth.

(Feb. 20, 2004 - Athens, TX) Jason Reyes of Humble, Texas caught the fourth ShareLunker of the 2004 season from Quantum Lakes in Cleveland, Texas on February 19, 2004.

(Feb. 19, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) His friends will tell you that Scott Suggs attracts good news like a magnet, but even Suggs was surprised when his latest stroke of good fortune came in a double dose. Following the second event on the CITGO Bassmaster Tour presented by Busch Beer, Suggs learned that he leads not just the BASS Rookie of the Year race, but also the CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year points list.

(Feb. 18, 2004 - Dania Beach, Florida,U.S.A.) The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) will recognize several South Florida anglers at the Inaugural World Record Achievement Awards on March 13, 2004. The awards dinner will be held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum located in Dania Beach, Florida. It will be a “fishing casual” affair featuring a Bar-B-Q buffet and a beer and wine reception with silent auction.

(Feb. 17, 2004 - AUSTIN, Texas) Visitors heading to Texas state parks this spring will be greeted upon arrival with posters and park employees sporting lapel buttons that read: "All the Parks. Extra Perks" designed to call attention to a new annual parks pass. The new Texas State Parks Pass provides free entry to all 120 state parks and historic sites for members and their guests, camping discounts and other benefits for a year.

(Feb. 17, 2004 - Austin, TX) The Coastal Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has released the results of annual coastwide gill net surveys and the news is good for saltwater anglers. "It was a great way to welcome me onboard," stated Larry McKinney, Ph.D., the newly named head of the division. "What caught my eye was the continued rise in redfish numbers, some of the highest since 1998," he continued, "and spotted seatrout numbers, which have been high, continue to hold at those levels."

(Feb. 17, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Noreen Clough, former southeast regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has been named BASS Conservation Director, Dean Kessel, Vice President and General Manager of BASS, announced Tuesday.

(Feb. 17, 2004 - Onalaska, Tx) The Lakecaster family has suffered a great loss. Leah Webb, Bill's wife, died last night of surgical complications. A blood clot broke loose after having her knee operated on. 

(Feb. 17, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Masterfoods USA, one of the world's leading food manufacturers, announced Tuesday its renewal of an FLW Outdoors sponsorship for the 2004 tournament season. The food company that owns such brands as Snickers and M&M‚s Chocolate Candies has been a partner of the nation's premier fishing-tournament organization since 2001.

(Feb. 13, 2004 - Lighthouse Point, FL) Rugged Shark Ultimate Marine Footwear, manufacturer of the finest fishing and boating shoes made, announced the formation of its official National Pro Staff , which includes some of the nationís hottest tournament anglers and television personalities.

(Feb. 13, 2004 - ) Mr. Joe Atwell, President of Chum-stik, confirmed that tournament pro and TV show host, Capt. Alex Suescun, has been chosen to represent UltraScent, the company's new patented line of strike attractants, in an upcoming national advertising campaign.

(Feb. 12, 2004 - Miami, Florida) The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) revealed the winners of the Directors' Discover Boating Awards at the Miami International Boat Show Media Breakfast. The awards were expanded this year to include five categories and the recipients were selected by the Executive Committee of the NMMA Board of Directors.

(Feb. 12, 2004 - Ft. Pierce, FL.) The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida's ruling on Feb. 10 did not uphold Maverick Boat Company's claim that American Marine Holdings' (AMH) Pro-Line copied its registered 2200V Pathfinder hull design.  While Maverick regrets the court's decision, the ruling points out that the industry has not clearly defined the issues that led to the creation of the Vessel Hull Protection Act and the need within the industry for design protection.

(Feb. 12, 2004 - Miami, Florida) Genmar Holdings, Inc. (Genmar), the world's largest builder of recreational boats, announced today that it's revolutionary Windsor Craft pontoon has been awarded the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) highest honor for product excellence – the Innovation Award -- at the Miami International Boat Show.

Mercury Outboards Redbone and Boomer Esiason Foundation are main tournament supporters for cystic fibrosis research efforts
(Feb. 11, 2004 - KEY WEST, FL.,) One of South Florida's oldest and most challenging annual fishing tournaments, The Key West Classic, has a new name and a new charity recipient. The April 28 – May 1 tournament, a dual offshore/inshore event, will now become The Key West Classic, a Mercury Outboards Redbone@Large event. The Boomer Esiason Foundation (BEF) along with Rich Products will also be among the major sponsors with proceeds going to cystic fibrosis.

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