Fishing & Boating News
(Jul 14, 2016 - Tulsa, OK) Major League Fishing (MLF), a made-for-television bass fishing competition featuring the country's top professional anglers, celebrates its 5-year anniversary this summer with news it has become the No. 1 fishing show in the nation.
(Jul 14, 2016 - ORLANDO, FL.) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced the 2017 Walmart FLW Tour regular-season schedule Thursday in a live press event held at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST). The 2017 season will feature six tournaments, broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network, which will showcase the best bass anglers in the world competing in the most competitive circuit in the sport.
(Jul 11, 2016 - Orlando, FL) Lew's opens ICAST 2016 this week with what the company says is its most exciting and innovative new product lineup ever, anchored by SLP Super Low Profile baitcast reels and new rod technology.
North Alabama and Murray State Finish 2nd and 3rd
(Jul 6, 2016 - San Antonio, TX) The University of Alabama has won the 2016 Cabela’s School of the Year title! Widely regarded as the hardest and most sought after college fishing title in the nation, this is the first time that the University of Alabama has earned this prestigious award.
Gains Presence, Opportunity in Growing Heavy-Gauge Aluminum Boat Market
(Jul 5, 2016 - Lake Forest, IL) Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) today announced it has acquired Thunder Jet, a designer and builder of heavy-gauge aluminum (HGA) boats. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Thunder Jet's 2015 revenues were approximately $20 million.
Angler's consistency and Ranger boat keys to title
(Jul 5, 2016 - Flippin, AR) Ranger Boats Pro Chris Johnston beat out 28 other FLW Tour anglers to win the 2016 Rookie of the Year title on Lake Champlain. Johnston also finished second in the FLW Tour Angler of the Year race behind FLW Tour veteran Andy Morgan.
Newly introduced marine fisheries legislation approved by the Senate Commerce Committee
(Jun 29, 2016 - Washington, D.C.) The recreational fishing and boating community strongly supported action today by the Senate Commerce Committee to pass the recently introduced S. 3099, The Access for Sportfishing Act of 2016, which contains several marine fisheries-related provisions.
(Jun 25, 2016 - UNION SPRINGS, N.Y. —) Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Bassmaster Elite Series will return to one of its most popular venues in history — Waddington, N.Y. — in 2017.
(Jun 22, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S. today announced a partnership with Busch beer, who will be the title sponsor for Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake event June 23-26 out of Union Springs, N.Y.
Annual date to celebrate Sportsmen and Women set for September 24, 2016
(Jun 15, 2016 - Springfield, MO) Everything about Realtree is geared toward enjoying and protecting the outdoors. Realtree is once again stepping forward to sponsor National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day).
Arkansas angler qualifies for 2017 Elite Series
(Jun 8, 2016 - Floppin,AR) Ranger Boats Pro Mark Rose won the Bassmaster Southern Open Angler of the Year title. The angler's 579 points accrued from competing in the three Southern Open events gave him the title and qualifies Rose for the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series.
(Jun 8, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) In celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week (June 4-12), Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) is proud to announce the first five awards as part of the FLW Foundation Florida High School Fishing grant program.
(Jun 7, 2016 - Kingsport, TN) Knife manufacturer Taylor Brands announces its Old Timer Father's Day 2016 "Fish with Tommy Biffle" Sweepstakes.
(Jun 6, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament fishing organization, announced today a sponsorship agreement with Polaris Industries Inc., a leading powersports manufacturer. The partnership will offer the Minnesota-based brand the opportunity to directly connect with the millions of outdoor and fishing fanatics that FLW reaches through their tournaments and promotional platforms.
(Jun 1, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) The 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic champion Edwin Evers is teaming up once again with OPTIMA Batteries and a new partner, B.A.S.S., with live coverage on Bassmaster.com, to give deserving Purple Heart veterans a once-in-a-lifetime fishing experience in the OPTIMA Batteries Healing Heroes in Action Tour presented by General Tire.
(May 31, 2016 - Forestville, WI) FishUSA, located just outside of Erie, PA, has become the first fishing tackle retailer to partner with the NPAA. FishUSA is owned by FishUSA, Inc., a privately-held company based in Fairview, PA, along the shores of Lake Erie. Their employees are enthusiastic anglers dedicated to serving their customers.
Funds help establish new or expand existing High School Fishing clubs
(May 19, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) The Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Foundation has announced the availability of grants to Student Angler Federation (SAF)-affiliated high school fishing clubs in Florida of up to $500 per school to establish new or expand existing clubs. The grants are offered via a two-year initiative with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
(May 18, 2016 - Many, LA) During Sunday’s final round of the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend, Hank Cherry of Maiden, N.C., landed a 14-inch bass that was easily one of his smallest fish of the week to that point.
(May 16, 2016 - Springfield, MO) Lew's announces its Lew's Ozarks Fishing Museum will open Thursday, May 19, with a public ceremony scheduled and several fishing celebrities confirmed to attend. The museum is located in Lew's corporate headquarters, 3031 N. Martin Ave., Springfield, Mo.
Industry leaders gather in Washington D.C. to discuss top legislative issues
(May 14, 2016 - ) During the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) annual spring Government Affairs Committee meeting, recreational fishing industry leaders met with Members of Congress, federal agencies and the Obama Administration to advocate for one of the nation’s most popular outdoor sports. The meeting, held in conjunction with the American Boating Congress, was held May 10-11, in Washington, D.C.
Great Lakes bass angler honored for his decades of contributions
(May 14, 2016 - Flippin. AR) The Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame recently selected longtime Ranger Pro Steve Clapper for enshrinement into the hall. Clapper is a legend among big-water anglers and his influence on bass anglers in the North still resonates today. The awards committee selected Clapper for his lasting impact and contributions to the sport of freshwater fishing.
Longtime Ranger Boats dealer joins the ranks of "Legendary Organizations"
(May 11, 2016 - Flppin, AR) Ranger Boats congratulates Frankie's Marine on their recent induction into the Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota. The longtime Ranger dealer joins the ranks of "Legendary Organizations." The enshrinement recognizes Frankie's Marine for their positive impact on Minnesota's sport fishing industry.
(May 11, 2016 - ) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today a sponsorship agreement with Mars Petcare to feature the PEDIGREE® Food for Dogs and PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX™ treats brands.
(May 6, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) The disqualification of Luke Clausen of Otis Orchards, Wash., from the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament at Wheeler Lake, Alabama, last week, has been upheld by an appeals panel.
(May 2, 2016 - ) Brunswick Names Langlais as President - Princecraft
(May 2, 2016 - Columbia, SC) Entering its fifth season, the Fenwick "Earn Your Wings" program has been wildly popular among collegiate anglers. Fenwick is alleviating the rising cost of tuition by giving anglers the opportunity to fish Fenwick and Pflueger products without spending money that is better used toward an angler's education.
One-of-a-kind attraction sees visitors from all 50 states, more than a dozen countries in its first year
(Apr 29, 2016 - Memphis, TN) Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, a destination retail attraction in downtown Memphis, is celebrating its first anniversary since opening its doors on April 29, 2015. Located inside a massive transformed sports arena, the dynamic, immersive adventure contains restaurants, shopping, a hotel and attractions designed to appeal to a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts and families.
(Apr 29, 2016 - Orlando, FL) Universal Technical Institute, the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, is launching the first Mercury Marine technician career training certification program at its Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) campus in Orlando.
(Apr 29, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) Phoenix Boats, a young, fast-growing bass boat company based in Winchester, Tenn., has signed a multi-year deal to be a supporting level sponsor of 2016 Bassmaster tournament circuits.
(Apr 29, 2016 - Benton, KY) The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, partnered with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) to present the 2016 KHSAA bass fishing regional tournaments on Saturday. More than 292 teams across Kentucky competed in four different regional tournaments with the goal of advancing to the KHSAA State competition.
(Apr 28, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S. is pleased to announce that Shell Rotella heavy duty diesel engine oils will be a supporting level sponsor of the 2016 Bassmaster tournament circuits. This includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series,Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation events presented by Magellan outdoors, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops and Costa Bassmaster High School Series.
Letter calls for including the recreational fishing community's priorities in the MSA reauthorization
(Apr 25, 2016 - Alexandria, Va.) The recreational fishing industry welcomed the action taken by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to recognize the significant economic, social and conservation benefits that saltwater recreational fishing provides to the nation.
(Apr 21, 2016 - Washington, D.C.) Tonight, recreational and commercial fishing representatives, Members of Congress, and key former and current individuals from the administration gathered on Capitol Hill in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), a first-of-its-kind piece of legislation that established a framework to manage domestic, federal saltwater fisheries.
(Apr 21, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today a sponsorship agreement with Unilever to showcase the Lipton tea brand. The partnership will offer the world’s No. 1 tea brand the opportunity to directly connect with the millions of outdoor and fishing fanatics that FLW reaches through their tournaments and promotional platforms.
Current stop for interactive learning trailer is Mountain Home, Ark.
(Apr 20, 2016 - Columbia) The Berkley Experience Trailer rolls through 2016 with 27 different locations. The next event is at the BASS Elite Series event in Mountain Home, Ark. The interactive trailer and four highly trained Berkley specialists are on hand to answer angler questions and showcase the innovation and technology that goes into all Berkley products. Seminars are held throughout the day including knot tying, line selection and how to select the best baits to Catch More Fish.
(Apr 20, 2016 - Washington, D.C.) A coalition of recreational fishing and boating organizations praised the introduction of a bill, S.2807, that will safeguard the role of state fisheries management agencies and help prevent unwarranted fishing closures like what recently occurred at Biscayne National Park. Led by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.),
(Apr 20, 2016 - ) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Duracell, the No. 1 battery brand trusted by consumers all over the world, has signed a sponsorship agreement to become the official battery sponsor of FLW. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
(Apr 7, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) High school students from across the country have been named to the 2016 class of Bassmaster High School All-State anglers. Students are selected for the honor based on their competition success, academics, leadership and community service.
(Apr 6, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) Locations of the final two events in the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series schedule — the Wild Card tournament and the national championship — have been decided, B.A.S.S. announced today.
Many ways to win this unique contest that starts now
(Apr 4, 2016 - Columbia, SC) It doesn't matter if it's friendly or for a check, Berkley anglers are always looking for ways to catch more fish. Berkley is offering all anglers a chance to live out the dream of competitive fishing through the Berkley Fantasy Fish Camp contest that is currently underway.
Retail promotion offers rebates up to $4 per engine horsepower on qualifying purchases
(Apr 4, 2016 - Flippin, AR) In recognition and appreciation of the thousands of service men and women across the country, Ranger Boats is offering engine horsepower rebates and other exclusive items to current and former military personnel through the 2016 "Operation Troop Salute" sales program. The retail promotion, available on qualifying new boat purchases made from authorized Ranger dealers, runs April 1 through December 31, 2016.
Retail promotion offers rebates up to $4 per engine horsepower on qualifying purchases
(Apr 1, 2016 - Flippin, AR) In recognition and appreciation of the thousands of service men and women across the country, Ranger Boats is offering engine horsepower rebates and other exclusive items to current and former military personnel through the 2016 "Operation Troop Salute" sales program. The retail promotion, available on qualifying new boat purchases made from authorized Ranger dealers, runs April 1 through December 31, 2016.
(Mar 25, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) Lowrance, a world leader in marine electronics and GPS navigational systems, and B.A.S.S. will continue their long-standing relationship after striking a deal on a multiyear sponsorship agreement.
(Mar 25, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) Tackle storage magnate Plano Molding Co., Inc., has secured the title sponsorship of the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series season finale.
(Mar 23, 2016 - Rhinelander, WI) Beckie Joki, of Rhinelander Wisconsin has assumed the role of Sponsorship Director for the Wisconsin River Series. She has tremendous experience in working with both local and regional/national sponsors and will work seamlessly with all our existing sponsors.
(Mar 19, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) Rapala, maker of premium lures and other fishing tackle and accessories, will sponsor the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series, the world’s premier professional bass fishing tournaments, as well as other major B.A.S.S. tournament circuits, B.A.S.S., LLC announced today.
(Mar 16, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today a partnership with Proctor & Gamble to feature Old Spice, the quintessential men’s grooming brand.
(Mar 15, 2016 - ISLAMORADA, FL‹) They say the family that fishes together stays together, and for South Florida ąs Davis family that tradition also includes supporting the Blazing Mako Tournament & a Festival, a June event that will combine fishing, conservation, research and marine science scholarships.
(Mar 15, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced today that Jack Link’s®, the No. 1 U.S. meat snack brand, is the newest member of the FLW partnership team. The partnership offers FLW and Jack Link’s fans the exciting opportunity to bring together their passion for fishing and love of jerky.
(Mar 11, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) Walmart FLW Tour pro Gary Yamamoto of Palestine, Texas, informed FLW today that he is withdrawing from next week’s Walmart FLW Tour event at Lake Hartwell due to severe neck and back pain caused by a compressed disc in his back.
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