Fishing & Boating News
(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.
to Launch Sportfishing Charters at Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour
(Apr 2, 2015 - GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND) Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts announced today that legendary sportfishing Captain Billy Black has joined the company's Expedition Outfitter program, and will operate sportfishing charters out of Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour on West End, a member of the company's Expedition Collection portfolio, starting April 15th.
(Mar 30, 2015 - FT. LAUDERDALE, FL) The highly acclaimed "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" educational series announces a partnership with Freedom Boat Club, the world's oldest and largest members-only boating club.
(Mar 26, 2015 - Fond du Lac, WI) Mercury Marine, the world leader in commercial and recreational marine propulsion and technology, has been named one of America’s Best 500 Employers for 2015 by Forbes Magazine. The global marine manufacturer ranked No. 82 on the list announced by Forbes in partnership with Statista.com
Event runs March 26-29
(Mar 26, 2015 - Flippin, AR) Legendary manufacturer Ranger Boats brings its acclaimed line of performance saltwater fishing boats and industry-leading sales incentives to the 30th Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 26-29 along the waterfront in Palm Beach, Fla.
(Mar 24, 2015 - ORLANDO, FL) Today Correct Craft announced it is entering the bass and walleye fishing markets with the acquisition of both Bass Cat and Yar-Craft.
T-H Marine Joins National Walleye Tour
(Mar 24, 2015 - ) T-H Marine, a leading manufacturer of boat parts and marine accessories, has joined the Cabela's National Walleye Tour (NWT) as an official sponsor for the 2015 season. The agreement was finalized as the NWT prepares for the upcoming season, scheduled to kick-off May 7 on the Mississippi River.
(Mar 23, 2015 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) Who doesn't love getting a surprise in the mail? If it is a jury summons then most of us will pass, but if it happens to be a special box of Berkley products, any angler will gladly accept. Through a special promotion with Mystery Tackle Box, over 20,000 anglers will be receiving a Mystery Tackle Box exclusively with assorted Berkley products.
(Mar 21, 2015 - Stuart, FL) After 40 years building boats in West Palm Beach, Florida, Ocean Master has relocated its headquarters to Stuart, Florida. The company made the move to align its office and manufacturing needs with its growing and evolving business demands.
Will Reward One Lucky Angler With A 2015 Nitro Z21 Package Worth Over $50,000
(Mar 18, 2015 - SAN MATEO, CA) GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO), enabler of some of today's most engaging content, announced the launch of the GoPro Best Catch Contest: Powered by Bassmaster campaign, offering anglers around the U.S. the opportunity to win a loaded Nitro Z21 boat, motor and trailer package powered by a Mercury 250HP ProXS motor and top-notch electronics.
(Mar 17, 2015 - Gulf of Mexico) The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees have issued the following statement in response to today's press release and report from BP concerning the health of the Gulf of Mexico:
Sportfishing and boating community welcomes state-based management approach
(Mar 15, 2015 - Washington,DC) In a move long-awaited by the recreational fishing and boating community, the directors of the state fish and wildlife agencies from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas announced an agreement for state-based management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper, which in recent years has experienced increasing privatization of this public resource and decreasing recreational fishing opportunities.
(Mar 15, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Gene Larew Lures, a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based manufacturer of a full line of soft plastics, has signed on as a FLW sponsor for 2015.
Kicks of Competitive Tour in Quigley 4x4 Van
(Mar 15, 2015 - Manchester, PA) Quigley Motor Company, manufacturer of 4-wheel drive conversions for Ford, General Motors and Nissan announces its yearlong sponsorship with top-ranked professional angler, Dave Lefebre. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Lefebre will travel the tournament series in a Quigley 4x4 Van.
(Mar 12, 2015 - ) A new Idaho based company, The Hitch Defender, manufacturer of the patented product that covers a tow hitch’s ball mount to help eliminate bumped and bruised shins announced a sponsorship deal with FLW Tour California pro Kevin Stewart.
(Mar 12, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S. has set the date for the Costa Bassmaster High School Midwestern Open and the second annual Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship, as well as announced a new youth competition in the Junior Bassmaster Championship.
(Mar 12, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Named after the founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW introduced its Fishing League Worldwide tagline last year to better reflect its status as the world’s largest tournament fishing organization. Today FLW expanded its presence on the world stage yet again with the introduction of a sanctioning program allowing international partners to license the iconic brand and run FLW tournaments abroad.
(Mar 9, 2015 - TULSA, OK.) B.A.S.S. and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa have signed a “Local Partnership Agreement” to present the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro March 4-6, 2016, in Tulsa and on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees out of Grove, Okla.
(Mar 4, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Boat Bling, creator of high-quality premium boat detailing products, have announced a sponsorship agreement for the 2015 season. Boat Bling will receive exposure across multiple FLW platforms including its websites, tournament trails, Expos, social media outlets and FLW Bass Fishing magazine. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Congressional, federal agency and association veteran Scott Gudes joins the American Sportfishing Association
(Mar 2, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Scott Gudes, an acknowledged bipartisan Government Affairs expert and life-long, avid angler and boater, has joined the ASA staff as Vice President, Government Affairs. His tenure begins on March 2, 2015.
Generous donation will further fisheries conservation and habitat restoration
(Mar 1, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The FishAmerica Foundation (FAF) is, once again, the recipient of a generous donation from the American Snuff Company (ASC). For the second year, the company has made a generous donation to the foundation to further the foundation's mission of fisheries conservation and habitat restoration.
Manager named for new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World store opening in Round Rock, Texas Asa Ewing to lead team of more than 250 at the Bass Pro Shops retail store that will also feature the popular Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill.
(Feb 25, 2015 - ROUND ROCK, TX) Asa Ewing has been named store manager for the new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Round Rock, Texas, which will open in early summer. Ewing, who has more than 30 years of retail experience, will lead a team of 250 associates at the new 121,000-square- store located at 200 Bass Pro Drive.
(Feb 25, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s premier tournament-fishing organization, and the Ram Truck brand announced today a strategic marketing agreement that names Ram the official tow vehicle of FLW.
(Feb 17, 2015 - Doral, Florida) When Edwin Evers hits the water in the Bassmaster Elite Series this year he will be fishing as a member of Team Mustad.
(Feb 17, 2015 - SPRINGFIELD, MO.) Bassmaster Elite Series angler Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss., is the newest member of the Team Lew's pro staff. Lew's officials made the announcement today, citing this week's 2015 Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell as the perfect opportunity to celebrate the addition of Pace who joins several other Lew's anglers who qualified for the event.
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