Fishing & Boating News
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.
(May. 20, 2004 - IDA GROVE, Iowa) With gas prices hitting all-time highs, this summer's travel season looks as if it will be spent closer to home. To combat these higher gas prices, the folks at ShoreLand'r Trailers offer a list of trailering tips that will help get the most out of your gas money.
Unit shipments down 5.2 percent
(May. 21, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Wholesale dollar sales of all boats were up 15.6 percent in January 2004, compared to the prior year numbers, while unit boat shipments were down 5.2 percent, based on the January Monthly Shipment Report (MSR) just released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The traditional powerboat segments, (outboard, sterndrive, and inboard boats) were up 20 percent in dollars and up 11 percent in units shipped for January, compared to the previous year.
Jimmy Johnson teams up with Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
(May. 20, 2004 - Alexandria, VA) The non-profit Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation today announced that former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson will serve as honorary chairperson of National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW), June 5-13. Coach Johnson is the first honorary chairperson of the annual fishing and boating celebration, now in its fourth year.
Boat manufacturers plan on hiring to meet increased demand for boats
(May. 19, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Marine business leaders continue to be optimistic about the economic state of the recreational marine industry, according to the latest Marine Business Leaders Outlook (MBLO) Quarterly Survey released today by the Recreational Marine Research Center (RMRC).
Weighs in at less than half an ounce
(May. 19, 2004 - KENNESAW, Ga.) Long the bane of editors and writers, the press kit, one of the PR person's main publicity tools, is often bulky, heavy and so stuffed with material that some eventually will fall out at the most inconvenient time. Now imagine a press kit so light and compact that it can be carried on a keychain and weighs less than two quarters.
Marine Electronics Leader Outfits Singer's New 57' Shelter Island Commuter
(May. 18, 2004 - Nashua, New Hampshire) Fast on the heels of singer/songwriter Billy Joel's acclaimed Shelter Island Runabout, yacht designer Doug Zurn, Billy Joel, and Coecles Harbor Marine unveil their newest creation, the 57 Shelter Island Commuter, Vendetta. Vendetta is outfitted with a customized Raymarine electronics package including the widely acclaimed C-120 displays.
Bombardier Recreational Products Brings E-TEC Benefits Of Cleaner, Quieter, Low Maintenance Engines To V6 Power Options
(May. 18, 2004 - Sturtevant, WI) Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) will offer three new horsepower options in the EvinrudeÆ E TEC(TM) family of outboard engines in the 2005 model year. BRP continues to provide boaters with options they want while leading the industry with powerful engines and advanced technology, including the new 200, 225 and 250 hp engines, and the hugely popular 225 HO (high output) model.
(May. 18, 2004 - Morristown, TN) Saturday, May 15, was the 5th Annual Kid's Hooked on Fishing Day Camp sponsored by Anglers for Christ Ministries. This event, held in Morristown, TN each year in the month of May gets larger each year. This year there were around 275 children involved in the event.
Anglers Struggle In Bassmaster Elite 50 Series Practice
(May. 18, 2004 - COLUMBUS, MS.) The pros on the CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented by Busch Beer are having some tough practice days on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, site of the second of four events in the $1.6 million Bassmaster Elite 50 series.
(May. 18, 2004 - ATHENS, Texas) A new official Texas freshwater fishing map available May 24 will promote family fishing and benefit the construction fund for a new education building at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.
(May. 17, 2004 - PANAMA CITY, FL.) Cobia and Century Boats has signed on as the title sponsor of the new Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (PTTS). The tournament series, which includes five regular season events and one championship event in a live release format, will be held in Boca Grande Pass, Fla.
(May. 15, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Attwood, Hunter Marine and Brunswick have all signed on to sponsor the Discover Boating and Fishing Tour presented by Water Works Wonders™. The three companies will be represented on the Tour during the 25 events on the six-month schedule running through mid-November.
New Fishing Show To Air 24 Times in 2004 on FOX SPORTS NET NORTH
(May. 14, 2004 - Walker, MN,) Fishing the WildSide, Inc. announced today that it will air its first-ever fishing TV show in 2004. The program will air for in third quarter of 2004 and be called Fishing the WildSide TV.
(May. 12, 2004 - Montgomery, AL) BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, today announced that MotorGuide, its longest-running current sponsor, has renewed its premier sponsorship with the world's largest fishing organization.
(May. 11, 2004 - KEY WEST, Florida Keys) The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) welcomes Boston Whaler as Official Boat of the 2004 Mercury/IGFA Junior Angler World Championship (JAWC). The tournament will be held July 11 – 13 in Key West, Florida. The JAWC is the third in a series of world class events that includes the ROLEX/IGFA Inshore and ROLEX/IGFA Offshore Championships.
(May. 10, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Professional fishing will be missing one of its brightest stars and most popular anglers for the remainder of the 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented by Busch Beer, as Shaw Grigsby is forced to take a hiatus from competition to undergo heart bypass surgery.
Fisheries Seeks Comment on Options Identified by Constituents
(May. 06, 2004 - Washington, DC) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released an issues and options paper for fisheries management of highly migratory species in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. The paper identifies potential management measures for billfish, swordfish, tunas and sharks. Fishermen and the interested public are encouraged to review the paper and offer ideas and suggestions for management of these fisheries. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
(May. 07, 2004 - VAIL, CO.) The Eagle River gave up a host of enormous trout and the final four tickets to the summer's big event this week, as fly fishermen from across the country gathered to compete for berths in July's ESPN Great Outdoor Games presented by Dodge.
(May. 07, 2004 - Athens, TX) The Budweiser ShareLunker season ended April 30 with a total of 15 largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more entered into the program. One fish was a repeat caught and entered into the program for the second time. Another angler likely released his chance to become the first to fourpeat and submit four fish to the program in the same year.
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.
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