Fishing & Boating News
(Dec 4, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The amount of time devoted to recreation is the same among all anglers, with active, lapsed, and former anglers each averaging slightly more than 3 hours per workday and 6.5 hours per weekend day. This slice of time can be devoted to any combination of activities, indoors or outdoors. So how do they choose to spend that time?
Drilling down to each congressional district tells a specific story for congressional members
(Dec 4, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. And that all politics is local. To this end, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Southwick Associates released a report, Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing: U.S. Congressional Districts, along with a series of one-page infographics, which depict recreational fishing’s economic impact on all 435 Congressional districts and the 50 states.
Broad package of legislative priorities for anglers and hunters advances in the Senate
(Nov 30, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The sportfishing industry applauds the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for advancing a major portion of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 during today’s committee markup hearing.
(Nov 30, 2015 - ) The UM Sports Hall of Fame celebrated World Habitat Day on Monday, October 5th by presenting a check for $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys... proceeds from the 5th Annual UMSHoF / Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys Celebrity Dolphin Tournament, Hosted by Randal Hill and Andre Johnson...
(Nov 30, 2015 - Forestville, WI) Continuing with the mission of increasing participation in the sport of fishing, the Future Angler Foundation (FAF) has filled an open seat on the board of directors with R. Nick Schmal, retired USDA Forest Service fishery program leader. Schmal, who lives in Germantown, Wisc., has agreed to assume the role of Executive Director. With a long career in the biology and science areas of fisheries management, he is also an avid angler.
Arkansas Pro Adds Second Non-profit Organization to Sponsorship Portfolio
(Nov 19, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW announced today that second-year professional angler Cody Kelley of Conway, Arkansas, will represent the FLW Foundation on the Walmart FLW Tour in 2016. As part of the agreement, Kelley will organize and host a youth fishing-derby at each FLW Tour event held in 2016.
(Nov 19, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Brad Novak gets up most mornings of the week at 4 a.m. and walks to the Chicago River from his home in a downtown skyscraper to fish for bass. The video he shot of his catch one morning this summer made him the grand-prize winner in the GoPro Best Catch Contest Powered by Bassmaster.
(Nov 19, 2015 - ) The new Gold Anchor Global Marina Accreditation was launched at METS on 18 November 2015 followed by a formal signing ceremony at Marine House, TYHA and British Marine’s registered office.
(Nov 19, 2015 - Cape Coral, FL) Some boats are quiet when stalking fish in skinny water. Others are dry when driving through the chop. Action Craft Boats, with its patented Qui-Dry® hull design, excel at both.
Moving to Dallas, Texas Area in 2016
(Nov 17, 2015 - ) Today, officials announced the 2016 Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a debut in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex on Lake Ray Roberts.
Popular catfish tackle brand now under the direction of Custom Jigs & Spins
(Nov 13, 2015 - Coralville, IA) It comes as no surprise to America’s 7-million catfish anglers, but the ‘Whisker Nation’ is growing in size and scope. Never mind the fact that catfish remain the most abundant, accessible and delicious sportfish in the country. Or that catfish tournament circuits have sprung up all across America. Or that thanks to progressive companies like Rippin Lips, high quality, affordable cat-gear continues to improve with each fishing season.
Texas pro Jeff Sprague to represent Keystone Light
(Nov 13, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW announced today that MillerCoors will return as a sponsor of the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization throughout the 2016 season. Professional angler Jeff Sprague of Point, Texas, will represent Keystone Light in FLW tournament competition and at various Walmart in-store events and appearances. 2016 will mark the fourth-consecutive season that the two organizations have partnered.
(Nov 13, 2015 - SPRINGFIELD, MO.) Bass Pro Shops is honoring the brave men and women in uniform this November and December by hosting fundraising months that invite customers to join in the cause to support two leading organizations for service members, military families, and veterans.
(Nov 13, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced today a partnership in which NMMA will produce a new Marine Accessories Pavilion located within the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST. ICAST will be held July 12-15, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
(Nov 10, 2015 - ) A fun read of adventure, life lessons and compassion; 100% profits benefit disabled veteran’s charity Project Healing Waters The author of several nonfiction fishing books, Bob Rich takes on the role of a raconteur in his first novel Looking Through Water.
(Nov 6, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Sports Destination Management, the leading publication for sports event planners and tournament directors, today announced the 2015 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism.
Sportfishing’s Trade Show Receives National Award from Top Trade Show Industry Group ICAST recognized for the third year in a row as one of the fastest growing shows in the U.S.
(Nov 4, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) For the third year in a row, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, has been recognized by the Trade Show News Network (TSNN) as one of the fastest growing trades shows in the U.S. by square footage. Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), ICAST is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, hosting more than 12,000 representatives from the global sportfishing community.
(Nov 4, 2015 - SAN ANTONIO, TX) The Association of Collegiate Anglers has announced that Garmin will continue its support of the 2016 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.
GUY HARVEY MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES SPECIAL ISSUE THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH LA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE & FISHERIES
Louisiana’s rich, natural resources to be featured in Guy Harvey Magazine’s Spring 2016 Issue
(Oct 31, 2015 - Pensacola, FL –) Guy Harvey Magazine (GHM), an award winning publication focused on sustainable and responsible fishing, today announced its partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to create the first collaboration of an issue devoted to Louisiana fisheries. Engaging features, stunning images and Louisiana-focused stories for GHM's regular columns will all serve a single goal--connecting readers to the state’s rich natural resources.
(Oct 31, 2015 - Alexandria, Va) In a victory for fishermen and boaters, the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee today. Commonly known as the Sportsmen’s Act, today’s vote moves the bill one step closer to passage.
(Oct 31, 2015 - ) The Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.), boasting over half a million members nationwide, has joined the Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) as an official sponsor. The multi-year agreement includes both Redfish Tour and Kayak Tour events.
(Oct 21, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) More opportunities will be available for club anglers who qualify for the 2016 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation regional championships under the new B.A.S.S. Nation tournament format.
(Oct 19, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) The Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops will make stops at all-new tournament destinations in 2016. The regular season will span five months, visit five regions of the country and challenge competitors in a three-day tournament format.
Costa Sunglasses Continues Support of the Association of Collegiate Anglers and Collegiate Bass Fishing Series
(Oct 18, 2015 - SAN ANTONIO, TX) Costa Sunglasses and the Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) have renewed their partnership for the 2016 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. Through their continued partnership, Costa Sunglasses will enjoy national exposure among collegiate anglers throughout the televised Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.
(Oct 18, 2015 - San Antonio, TX) Ranger Boats and the Association of Collegiate Anglers have partnered through 2016 to continue support of the 2016 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. Recognized as a series sponsor, Ranger Boats will reach collegiate anglers throughout the nation through the series along with the one of a kind Ranger Cup University program.
Brands shape young angler's career path
(Oct 8, 2015 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) Justin Lucas has asserted himself as a dominant force on the B.A.S.S. Elite Series Tour. The Northern California native has renewed with fishing industry leaders, Abu Garcia and Berkley Fishing.
SHARE Act includes provisions to improve public access and protect our fishing heritage
(Oct 8, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The recreational fishing industry applauds today’s passage of a bill by the House Natural Resources Committee that benefits recreational fishing and hunting and natural resource conservation.
Johnson Shad Scales and Tubes key to anglers' success
(Oct 7, 2015 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) Johnson played a key role in the 2015 Crappie Masters tournament series including the Championship tournament that just concluded on Kentucky Lake.
(Oct 7, 2015 - Miami, FL) The UM Sports Hall of Fame celebrated World Habitat Day on Monday, October 5th by presenting a check for $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys...
(Oct 1, 2015 - BIRMINGHAM, AL) When Kayla Nevius caught an 8-pound, 2-ounce bass one morning before work, she was excited, but she didn’t realize it would be a life-changing moment. The video she shot of her catch made her the grand-prize winner in the GoPro Best Catch Contest Powered by Bassmaster.
(Sep 21, 2015 - Louisville, KY) Mercury Marine was awarded the IBEX Innovation Award for Propulsion Parts/Propellers for its Flo-Torq SSR-HD here Tuesday, the first day of the 2015 International Boatbuilders Exhibition and Conference.
(Sep 10, 2015 - Springfield. MO.) It is the fourth and largest location that the fast growing Lew's rod and reel company has occupied in the area since a change in ownership back in 2009.
(Sep 10, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Some of America’s top-ranked bass fisheries — plus a new wrinkle in tournament formats and an extra event — await the nation’s top professional bass anglers competing in the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series.
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.”
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