Fishing & Boating News
Recruiting anglers isn’t as big a challenge and keeping them on the water
(Sep 2, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) When it comes to anglers dropping in and out of the sport from year-to-year: there’s good news and bad news, and both are surprising. The bad news is anglers aren’t nearly as avid as we like to think. The good news is there’s far more opportunities to engage people in fishing than one would believe.
(Aug 30, 2015 - Detroit, MI) Aaron Martens slept through his alarm clock Sunday morning, got on the water 30 minutes late and still clinched the 2015 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title three weeks early.
(Aug 27, 2015 - ) Recreational anglers have scored a small but significant victory towards correcting Gulf red snapper allocation.
Sportfishing Sportfishing Industry Association Appoints Policy Director for the Keep Florida Fishing Initiative
Policy veteran will focus on fishery policy for this important new program in the number one fishing state
(Aug 26, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Kellie Ralston, a fifth generation Floridian and an expert in Florida’s marine fisheries management, has joined the ASA staff as Fishery Policy Director for the Keep Florida Fishing initiative. She joins Gary Jennings who is the Manager of the Keep Florida Fishing initiative’s coalition building efforts. Ralston’s tenure began on Monday, August 24, 2015. She will be based in Tallahassee, Florida’s state capitol.
(Aug 20, 2015 - Hot Springs, AR) Fifty of the best professional bass anglers in the world began their four-day competition for a top cash award of $500,000 at the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing, at Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Thursday.
(Aug 20, 2015 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) With the seventh stop on the Bassmaster Elite Series tour complete, total attendance records have already been shattered before the tour’s final events.
(Aug 20, 2015 - HOT SPRINGS, Ark.) Boat Bling anglers have been challenging their fans to enter the 2015 Boat Bling Beat a Pro, Win a Boat Challenge all season long. Over the past two weeks, all but one Boat Bling pro has announced via social media that they will not be competing against the winning amateur challenger.
Grant will sponsor research for summer flounder stock assessments that help benefit anglers
(Aug 17, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The FishAmerica Foundation has awarded $10,000 to the Save the Summer Flounder Fishery Fund (SSFFF), a non-profit organization whose mission is to safeguard and improve fishing access to summer flounder.
(Aug 14, 2015 - ) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, is set to sign an agreement with Mexico to bring their internationally sanctioned bass-fishing tournaments to the United States’ southern neighbor as part of the international division of the Rayovac FLW Series.
New partnership, contingency program will add even more ways to win in 2016
(Aug 14, 2015 - MOUNTAIN HOME, AR.) While the 2016 season is still months away, the Texas Team Trail presented by Cabela's (TXTT) continues to make headlines. Coming off a record year with boat counts on the rise, the popular bass fishing trail has officially joined forces with the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.).
(Aug 12, 2015 - Flippin, AR) Nina Wood, co-founder of Ranger Boats and wife of bass fishing icon Forrest Wood, will be inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame in recognition of her lifetime of contributions to the outdoors and the sport of fishing.
(Aug 5, 2015 - DAYTON, TN.) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, has partnered with the Chattanooga Bass Association, Fish Dayton and the Hydrilla Hawgs to host the #NoogaStrong Memorial Bass Tournament on Lake Chickamauga,
(Aug 4, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S., the world’s largest fishing organization, today announced its corporate sponsorship of the Center for Coastal Conservation. The sponsorship underscores the commitment of B.A.S.S. to the preservation of recreational angling and conservation of U.S. waterways.
(Aug 4, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) A joint Congressional hearing delved into concerns raised by members of the recreational fishing community, as well as other stakeholders, about the National Park Service’s recent decision to close over 10,000 acres of Biscayne National Park to recreational fishing.
(Jul 31, 2015 - Washington, D.C.) On the heels of the recent announcement to close over 10,000 acres of Biscayne National Park to fishing, a coalition of recreational fishing and boating organizations praised the introduction of a bipartisan bill, H.R. 3310, that will help stop this and similar unwarranted fishing closures from occurring.
Humminbird® HELIX 7® voted ICAST 2015 “Best of Electronics” by dealers and outdoors media
(Jul 22, 2015 - EUFAULA, AL.) According to recently-released statistics from the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), ICAST 2015 shattered all previous attendance records, drawing nearly 13,000 sportfishing industry professionals to Orlando, Florida, July 14-17.
“States are simply better equipped to manage the fishery -- and more aware of its importance”
(Jul 17, 2015 - WASHINGTON, D.C.) Leaders in the recreational fishing community today lauded new bipartisan legislation by U.S. Representatives Garret Graves (R-La.) and Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) that the president of the Center for Coastal Conservation predicted “will better conserve Gulf red snapper and finally give recreational anglers reasonable access to red snapper fishing.”
(Jul 16, 2015 - Orlando, FL.) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Sunny Lake (Beijing) Sport Development, LLC, from China to begin sanctioning FLW bass-fishing tournaments in the Eastern-Asian nation at a contract signing today at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST).
(Jul 14, 2015 - Orlando, FL.) The Mystik Lubricants-sponsored trio of Bill Dance, Cody Detweiler and Dave East brought a five-bass limit to the scale Tuesday morning totaling 17 pounds, 1 ounce to win the inaugural ICAST Cup presented by FLW bass-fishing tournament on Lake Toho. For their victory, the trio each earned trophies to take home and the title of ICAST Cup Champions.
(Jul 14, 2015 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) The booming growth of the B.A.S.S. High School Nation program is gaining momentum with a new presenting sponsor joining the popular tournament program.
(Jul 2, 2015 - Tulsa, Ok) Gene Larew Lures has acquired Crappie Pro, a popular crappie fishing brand known for its quality jig heads featuring horizontal balancing, super sharp hooks and durable color finishes.
(Jun 29, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, is set to sign an agreement with China to bring their internationally sanctioned bass-fishing tournaments to the world’s most populous country. The agreement will be signed by Gang Li, Vice President of the Florida Culture Exchange Association representing Sunny Lake (Beijing) Sport Development, LLC, at a scheduled news conference at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST).
Miroonamoo Media Group Signs Exclusive FLW Licensing Agreement To Run FLW Tournaments In South Korea
(Jun 29, 2015 - MARBURY, Md.) FLW announced today an exclusive licensing agreement with MirooNamoo Media Group from South Korea to begin sanctioning FLW bass-fishing tournaments in the Eastern-Asian country at a contract signing preceding the weigh-in at the Walmart FLW Tour at the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats.
(Jun 24, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Walmart FLW Tour pros Jeff Barth, Marshall Deakins, Brent Long, Colby Schrumpf, Terry Segraves and Derrick Snavely have informed FLW of their decisions to withdraw from the Tour prior to the final regular-season event of the 2015 season.
(Jun 17, 2015 - Alexandria, Va) The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved Sen. Richard Shelby's (R-Ala.) proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Bill. The bill included a number of provisions that attempt to address the ongoing mismanagement of the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery that has resulted in the current 10-day season for private recreational anglers.
(Jun 15, 2015 - Hopkins, MN) WHAT: FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, is set to sign an agreement with South Korea to bring their internationally sanctioned bass-fishing tournaments to the Eastern Asian nation. The agreement will be signed by Jin-Soo Kang, CEO of MiruNamu, Inc., and Director of OBS broadcasting immediately preceding the June 26 weigh-in on the Walmart FLW Tour stage.
(Jun 9, 2015 - ALICE TOWN, THE BAHAMAS) ”Come on in- the water's fine”, is the new mantra for the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina. Featuring a new family-sized pool, two completely re-built docks at the 75-slip marina, and several improvements to the boutique resorts’ 51-rooms, the popular Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina is looking forward to a very busy summer season.
Recreational Boating and Fishing Community Strongly Objects to Fishing Closure
(Jun 6, 2015 - WASHINGTON, D.C.) Today, the National Park Service announced its final General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park. Despite commitments made by Biscayne National Park officials to work with stakeholders and the state of Florida to explore less restrictive options, the GMP includes a marine reserve, eliminating fishing and severely restricting boating in over 10,000 acres of the park’s most popular and productive marine waters.
Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization contains major provisions benefitting recreational fishing
(Jun 6, 2015 - Washington, D.C.) A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community congratulated the U.S. House of Representatives on its passage of H.R. 1335, a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary statute governing the nation’s marine fisheries.
(May 29, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) A report released on Monday, May 21,2015, by the California Coastal Conservation Association and the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) demonstrates that banning traditional fishing tackle will have a negative impact on fishing participation, which generates millions of dollars for fisheries conservation in the state.
(May 29, 2015 - Jacksonville, TX) Folks, You did it again! The ignominious Water Grid Bill, known as Grid-Zilla, has died.
(May 28, 2015 - Little Rock, AR) As his hopes of becoming a major league baseball pitcher began to fade, Jerry McKinnis gave himself over to another passion: fishing. Baseball’s loss was fishing’s gain as McKinnis progressed from local television fishing show host to cable television pioneer to bass fishing icon.
Store to be located on State Route 8 in Village of Boston Heights
(May 20, 2015 - VILLAGE OF BOSTON HEIGHTS, Ohio) Bass Pro Shops, an outdoor retailer specializing in hunting, fishing, camping and other related outdoor gear, is proud to announce plans for a third store in Ohio. The store will be located on the northwest quadrant of Interstate 80 and State Route 8 in the Village of Boston Heights, in Summit County.
(May 14, 2015 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Nominations for the 2015 Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award are now being accepted. The annual award recognizes a Walmart FLW Tour professional angler who best displays an overall commitment to sportsmanship and community leadership, on and off the water, by demonstrating ethical behavior, upholding integrity, class, selflessness, conservation efforts and demonstrating kindness to others.
(May 14, 2015 - ) The 21st annual Austin Peay State University Governors Bass Tournament will be held 6 a.m., Saturday at Kentucky Lake, with registration and boat launching from Paris Landing, Tenn., State Park.
Evans Harnesses the Power of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for 2015 Tour
(May 14, 2015 - SPRINGFIELD, MO.) Nickelodeon the number-one entertainment brand for kids, and Lil’ Anglers LLC, makers of the new Kid Casters no-tangle rods and reels for children, today announced sponsorship of professional bass angler and Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame member Charlie Evans on the FLW Tour.
(May 5, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Twelve high school students from 10 states have been selected as members of the first Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team.
House Natural Resources Committee approves Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization bill
(May 4, 2015 - Washington, D.C.) Leaders in the recreational fishing and boating community yesterday highlighted the progress in elevating the importance of saltwater recreational fishing in the nation’s primary law governing marine fisheries management.
(Apr 28, 2015 - Stuart, FL) In 1975, Mark Hauptner built his first 31' center console. 40 years later, the company he founded—Ocean Master—celebrates its proud history and numerous achievements, as it moves into the future. A competitive boat racer since an early age, Hauptner didn't back down when people scoffed at the idea of a large, overbuilt, outboard-powered center console.
(Apr 28, 2015 - ) Kid Casters, a new youth fishing brand owned by Lil Anglers, LLC, has teamed up with KeepAmericaFishing® and the American Sportfishing Association in hopes of igniting a passion for fishing within our younger generations.
(Apr 27, 2015 - Lebanon, MO) Greg Banaka will join the G3 management team as National Sales Manager, effective Monday April 27. Greg comes to G3 with 34 years of marine experience, having owned and operated Sedalia Outdoor Sports, a marine dealership in Sedalia, Missouri. A University of Missouri graduate, Greg also has experience in banking and finance.
(Apr 15, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, has announced Rayovac®, a division of Spectrum Brands featured by FLW since 2012, has signed a sponsorship agreement and will remain a partner of the organization, including title sponsorship of the Rayovac FLW Series. Terms of the agreement were not released.
Keweenaw Tackle Company lends a hand so others can achieve their full potential
(Apr 10, 2015 - Traverse City, MI) When you look up the word “business” in the dictionary, one definition says: The practice of making one's living by engaging in commerce.
(Apr 10, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s premier tournament-fishing organization, announced today that California-based optics manufacturer Typhoon® has renewed their sponsorship agreement for the 2015 tournament season. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The foundation’s new website features communities-in-action projects
(Apr 10, 2015 - Alexandria VA) This month, the FishAmerica Foundation, the sportfishing industry’s fisheries conservation and habitat restoration foundation, launched a brand-new version of its website.
(Apr 10, 2015 - San Antonio, TX) The Association of College Anglers is proud to announce that SPRO will renew its sponsorship of the 2015 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. As a 2015 series sponsor, SPRO will receive extensive promotion with collegiate anglers throughout the nation at major events and with the associated television series.
Please see attached article re additional changes to Hibdon's withdrawal
(Apr 8, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Walmart FLW Tour pros Guido and Payden Hibdon, both of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, informed FLW of their decision to withdraw from the remaining four regular-season FLW Tour events in the 2015 season. Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma, and Jeremy Starks of Scott Depot, West Virginia, have agreed to replace the Hibdons on Tour and will fish the remaining four events this season. The full tournament field will remain at 154.
(Apr 7, 2015 - Eufaula, AL) It was with a great deal of humility and grace that Humminbird pro Tom Neustrom was recently inducted into Minnesota’s Fishing Hall of Fame. Concurrent with the Northwest Sportshow at the Minneapolis Convention Center, industry peers, friends and family packed the ceremony to recognize Tom’s vast contributions to the sport of fishing.
(Apr 2, 2015 - Austin, TX) The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its Thursday public hearing approved adjustments to bass length limits on several lakes, a change in alligator gar bag limit on Falcon Lake and clarifications to commercial crab and finfish rules.
(Apr 2, 2015 - MINNEAPOLIS,MN) Matt Rigsby of Texas City, Texas, correctly picked four of the top 10 anglers in last week’s Walmart FLW Tour event on Lewis Smith Lake presented by Evinrude. For his picks, Rigsby won $5,000 by playing FLW Fantasy Fishing, held in conjunction with the FLW Tour fishing tournament.
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