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(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.

(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.

(Jan. 16, 2004 - Dania Beach, Florida, U.S.A.) The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) has mailed the 2004 edition of World Record Game Fishes, to its members and is now ready to fill orders for the general public. The 356-page record book, as always, is packed with valuable information. The fisherman's "bible" remains the most complete source of fishing reference material for anglers anywhere.

(Jan. 15, 2004 - CLEWISTON, FL.) On Friday, Jan. 23, select members of Fujifilm's pro fishing team will visit Clewiston Middle School to meet with an assembly of sixth-grade students. The anglers will talk about the family-friendly sport of fishing and the importance of conservation. The team will be in Clewiston for the Wal-Mart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee that takes place Jan. 21-24.

(Jan. 16, 2004 - Portland, OR) Gerber Legendary Blades®, known internationally for quality knives, multi-tools and outdoor recreational gear, has acquired CMG Equipment, LLC. CMG is recognized as a leading manufacturer and marketer of Light Emitting Diode (L.E.D.)-based portable outdoor lighting products. L.E.D. technology, with virtually indestructible bulbs that burn for over 100,000 hours and consume a fraction of the energy of their incandescent peers, is reshaping the portable lighting industry.

(Jan. 14, 2004 - Pine River, MN) Bernie Barringer, president of Fishing Promotions, Inc., and Executive Director of the Gander Mountain Grand National Walleye Cup announced today the signing of Skeeter Boats as the Presenting Sponsor for the GNWC National Championships.

(Jan. 14, 2004 - Alexandria, VA) The Future Fisherman Foundation is making a total of $200,000 available to physical education teachers who incorporate fishing and boating education into their curricula, offering up to $5,000 grants to help foster active leisure lifestyles and ethical attitudes about the outdoors.

(Jan. 15, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors announced today that Oh Boy! Oberto Beef Jerky, maker of America's No. 1 favorite jerky, is the newest member of its sponsorship team. The meat-snack maker will be the Wal-Mart FLW Tour's official beef-jerky sponsor. Oberto has been making high-quality meat snacks for more than 85 years and will join a long list of companies who sponsor FLW Outdoors, the world's leading marketer of competitive fishing.

(Jan. 15, 2004 - Alexandria, VA) Redfish conservation will get a boost from a new partnership between the FishAmerica Foundation and The Redfish Nation, an angler organization launched this month by outdoor television producers J.M. Associates of Little Rock, Arkansas. The partnership will help raise funds to support redfish conservation and spotlight the growing popularity of redfish fishing.

(Jan. 15, 2004 - BENTON, Ky.) FLW Outdoors announced Thursday a joint effort with BassMedics that will help ensure the health of tournament-caught fish and further enhance FLW Outdoors‚ already impressive 98 percent live-release rate in 2004. BassMedics, a division of OSP LLC, manufacturers Rejuvenade, the revolutionary proactive livewell formula that revitalizes and rejuvenates bass and game fish under tournament conditions.

(Jan. 16, 2004 - Saint-Bruno, Québec) Mr. José Boisjoli, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. ("BRP"), today announced a series of changes made to the structure of the new company. These changes include the creation of the new management team, the complete integration of the North American operations and the relocation of the new company?s corporate office from Saint Bruno to Valcourt. He also announced that a new logo and signature would be unveiled in early spring 2004.

(Jan. 13, 2004 - Austin, TX) Sharon Fahlberg and her twin sister have always loved the outdoors. "My parents took us camping when we were 6 months old," she said. "I think we have old pictures of diapers spread across clotheslines." But when she moved to Texas several years ago, she "didn't know where to go or what to do."

(Jan. 14, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) PEDIGREE, the No. 1 pet-food manufacturer in the world and a leader in dog nutrition, recently announced the members of its professional angling team that will hit the waters at FLW Outdoors tournaments in 2004. Team members include Steve Kennedy of Auburn, Ala., and Greg Pugh of Cullman, Alabama.

(Jan. 13, 2004 - Athens, TX) Each year Texans have a chance to nominate their favorite fishing icon for consideration as an inductee to the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. Nominations are now being accepted and will be until Feb. 20. The Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, housed at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, honors legendary anglers, fisheries professionals and organizations who have made a lasting contribution to freshwater fishing in Texas.

New York Sea Grant Summit Unites Recreational Boating Groups
(Jan. 13, 2004 - New York) A January 2004 survey funded by New York Sea Grant will ask 6,000 of New York State's 528,114 registered boaters about the money they spend pursuing their water-based pastime. "This survey is designed to give the boating community an understanding of just how large their economic clout is on New York State's economy," says New York Sea Grant Great Lakes Program Coordinator Dave White.

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