Fishing & Boating News
(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, www.kids-fishing.com.
(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.
(Mar. 31, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Missouri's Brian Snowden barely missed qualifying for the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer on Sunday when BASS Officials announced the list of 25 anglers who would receive invitations to the 34th Classic based on their performance in the CITGO Bassmaster Tour presented by Busch Beer.
(Mar. 30, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) The following is a list of anglers who have qualified for the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer in Charlotte, N.C., July 30-Aug. 1. These anglers have qualified based on their season point standings from the CITGO Bassmaster Tour presented by Busch Beer and the CITGO Bassmaster Open series presented by Busch Beer.
(Mar. 30, 2004 - Athens, TX) A 13.63-pound Toledo Bend largemouth bass caught by John Martin of Buna, Texas, became Budweiser ShareLunker No. 11 on March 29.
(Mar. 29, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) EverStart Batteries announced this week the renewal of its long-term sponsorship of FLW Outdoors, the world's leading marketer of competitive fishing. EverStart Batteries is the title sponsor of the EverStart Series, considered the pathway to the world‚s most lucrative bass-tournament series, the Wal-Mart FLW Tour. Competitive fishing is on the rise as it continues to garner attention through association with top name-brand sponsors such as EverStart Batteries.
(Mar. 26, 2004 - DEL RIO, TX) Businesses and agencies at Amistad Reservoir, Del Rio, TX, have noted a high level of visitor enthusiasm for lake conditions and recreational opportunities. Joe Valdez, Dockmaster at Forever Resorts Lake Amistad Marina, commented, "Visitors are very happy with the water level and lake conditions. This week, in fact, anglers have been raving about the excellent fishing. Almost every first-time visitor to the lake is surprised how nice the lake is and tells me they'll be coming back."
(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.
"Partners For Fish and Wildlife" Paves The Way For FishAmerica-Supported Conservation In The Southeast
(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.
BOAT SALES UP IN 2003, UNIT SALES DECLINE
(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
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.
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