Fishing & Boating News
(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
CITGO BASSMASTER TOUR PRESENTED BY BUSCH BEER
(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.
NOAA Seeks Comment On Proposal TO Lessen Fishing Impacts On Sea Turtles & Reopen Grand Banks To U.S. Pelagic Longline Fleet
(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.
Directors' Discover Boating Award Winners Announced At the Miami International Boat Show Media Breakfast
(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.
(Feb. 11, 2004 - SPIRIT LAKE, IOWA) Pure Fishing announced that it has purchased the fishing related assets of Remington® Arms Company, Inc., including the popular Stren brand, effective February 10, 2004. Purchase of the Stren fishing business, headquartered in Madison, North Carolina, includes both U.S. and International operations.
(Feb. 11, 2004 - ) The New Standard in Weekend Walleye Tournaments continues to grow! Executive Director Bernie Barringer has unveiled the expansion of the Gander Mountain Grand National Walleye Cup (GNWC) into an eight-region circuit for 2004, and with the new wave of special incentive awards, it is the hottest partner walleye circuit in the country.
(Feb. 10, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Genmar Holdings, Inc. (Genmar) announced today the successful spin-off of its VEC Technology business into a new stand-alone entity. The newly created company's official name is VEC Technology, L.L.C. (VEC LLC).
(Feb. 05, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Wholesale dollar sales of all boats for 2003 were up 6.8 percent through November compared to previous year numbers, while unit boat shipments were down 5.1 percent, based on the November Monthly Shipment Report (MSR) released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Numbers for the traditional powerboat segments are better, (outboard, sterndrive, and inboard boats) up 9.3 percent in dollars and up 1.2 percent in units shipped for November YTD, compared to the previous year.
(Feb. 05, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors announced Thursday that snack-food maker Frito Lay will remain an integral part of the Wal-Mart FLW Tour Family Fun Zone and a staple of the organization‚s sponsorship team. Frito Lay's renewal reiterates the continuing and increasing popularity of professional fishing and its emergence as a major marketing tool, targeting a highly desirable consumer audience.
(Feb. 05, 2004 - ) Retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator, unveiled President Bush's proposed 2005 budget for the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Speaking to more than 125 stakeholders in Washington, D.C., Lautenbacher said NOAA's request totals $3.4 billion, an increase of $146.9 million over the FY 2004 request.
(Feb. 05, 2004 - Pelham, AL) Willie Cook, founder of The Women's Bass Fishing Association announces the recent expansion of the tour's executive staff. Veteran pro angler and 2002 Texas Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee, Kathy Magers has been named President and National Spokesperson. Joining her is business entrepreneur, Michael Vander Sande, as Interim CEO and Director of Business/Partnership Development.
(Feb. 04, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) As professional tournament fishing continues to grow both in popularity and payouts, FLW Outdoors has kept up with demand through the help of its many prestigious sponsors. Year after year, returning sponsors - including original FLW Tour sponsors Wal-Mart, Chevy Trucks, Land O'Lakes and Evinrude Outboard Engines, along with a growing list of new sponsors - have helped to make professional fishing a heavy hitter in the sports-marketing industry.
(Feb. 03, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors announced Tuesday that Ozark Trail has joined FLW Outdoors as its official camping-equipment sponsor. The outdoor-equipment company will be visible on all six of FLW Outdoors‚ tournament trails.
(Feb. 03, 2004 - KENNESAW, Ga.) Yamaha Marine says Mercury Marine's Feb. 2 statement on routine examination procedures by the U.S. Department of Commerce, (DOC) as a validation of its dumping allegations against Japanese outboard manufacturers, is simply a tactic to imply victory for their petition.
(Feb. 02, 2004 - FOND DU LAC, WI.) The U.S. Department of Commerce has determined that an investigation into possible "dumping" practices by Japanese outboard-engine companies will begin immediately.
(Feb. 02, 2004 - ) BASSMASTER Classic qualifiers Mike McClelland and Mark Rizk recently joined the Champion Boats National Pro Staff team. Both McClelland and Rizk now join the ranks of other well known Champion Boats pros such as California's Skeet Reese and Mike Reynolds, both of whom are Classic veterans in their own rights.
(Jan. 30, 2004 - Eufaula, Al) Gary Clouse, President of Stratos Boat Company of Murfreesboro, Tennessee presents a new 2004, 285 PRO XL Bass Boat to Lee King Benefit Buddy Tournament, Inc Founder and Director, Sam Williams of Eufaula, Alabama . The XR6 Mercury powered rig has been given to to raise funds for research to find a cure for Niemann-Pick Disease.
A periodic review from the American Sportfishing Association and its partners on issues of importance to the future of fishing.
(Jan. 29, 2004 - Alexandria, VA) A periodic review from the American Sportfishing Association and its partners on issues of importance to the future of fishing.
2004 Budweiser ShareLunker #2 now in the record books
(Jan. 30, 2004 - Athens, TX) Don't tell Richard Mims of Laredo there aren't any big fish in state park lakes. Thursday afternoon Mims landed the second Budweiser ShareLunker of the 2004 season, a 13.08-pound largemouth bass pulled from Lake Casa Blanca. The 1,656-acre lake is on the east side of Laredo inside Lake Casa Blanca International State Park.
(Jan. 29, 2004 - Washington, DC) Four leading U.S. independent boat builders and four top marine dealers today voiced their support of Yamaha Outboards in testimony at the U.S. International Trade Commission's preliminary conference to hear comments on Brunswick Corporation's allegations of Japanese outboard makers' dumping activities.
(Jan. 23, 2004 - Dania Beach, Florida) The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) has announced that George Poveromo, TV Fishing Show host of “World of Salt Water Fishing” and Senior Editor of Salt Water Sportsman magazine will be Master of Ceremonies for IGFA’s Inaugural World Record Achievement Awards (WRAA). The ceremony will take place at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Museum in Dania Beach, FL on Saturday March 13.
California grabs top spot from Michigan with most boat registrations
(Jan. 21, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) There were 13.0 million recreational boats registered in the United States in 2002 according to the U.S. Coast Guard. This represents an increase of 154,000, or 1.2 percent from the previous year. National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) used the registration data supplied by the USCG, the U.S. Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Statistical Surveys, Inc. to develop the 2002 U.S. Recreational Boat Registration Statistics report.
Patented Digital High Definition Fish Imaging Technology Honored
(Jan. 22, 2004 - Nashua, New Hampshire) Raymarine's patented digital High Definition Fish Imaging (HDFI) technology has been recognized by MotorBoating Magazine for "taking fishfinder technology to a higher level." The groundbreaking HDFI technology received an Editor's Choice Award in the electronics category of the magazine's annual review of the best products in the marine industry.
(Jan. 23, 2004 - WALKER, MN.) WildSide Diversified is pleased to announce the addition of John Hietala as its new Chief Operations Officer. Hietala comes to the Walker, Minnesota based company from In-Fisherman Communications Network, where he served as National Accounts Manager. Hietala's duties at WildSide will focus on sponsorship, advertising and promotional sales along with company operations.
(Jan. 23, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors is committed to conservation in 2004 through its longstanding partnership with the FishAmerica Foundation, the conservation arm of the American Sportfishing Association. FLW Outdoors will donate $5,000 for each of its seven Wal-Mart FLW Tour events as well as for a variety of its other sanctioned tournaments.
(Jan. 22, 2004 - Kilgore, TX,) One of professional bass angling's legends, Mark Davis, three-time BASS Angler of the Year and 1995 Bassmaster Classic Champion, has joined Team Skeeter, a team already comprised of many pro angling champions and record holders whose achievements make it arguably the hottest team in pro fishing competition.
(Jan. 21, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) BASS Veteran Ish Monroe is already feeling the pressure of making the all-new Bassmaster Elite 50 Series. With the stringent qualifying criteria for the $1.6 million series, the Californian knows he'll have his work cut out for him to stay eligible.
Nashville Boat & Sports Show attendance jumps 44 percent
(Jan. 21, 2004 - CHICAGO,IL) National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) boat shows drew to a close this past weekend in Atlanta, Toronto, Nashville and Little Rock, AR, much to the chagrin of exhibitors, who have been reporting record sales from the show floor.
(Jan. 20, 2004 - ATHENS, Texas) The cat is now out of the bag, Cody Mullennix of Howe, Texas caught a new state rod and reel record blue catfish from Lake Texoma Friday, January 16. The leviathan weighed 121 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 58 inches in length, shattering the previous rod and reel record of 100 pounds also caught from Lake Texoma in 2000. Mullennix was fishing from the bank with a surf rod and 20-pound test line using shad for bait when he caught the giant fish.
(Jan. 20, 2004 - Oklahoma) In years past, when anglers gathered around the back of a bass boat in a motel parking lot, or at the spinner-bait counter at a local tackle store they would talk fishing. Their conversations always seemed to gravitate from what color the bass were biting to more important and meaningful conversations. Some even talked politics, the politics of fisheries management, anglers' rights, environmental issues and even biology.
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