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(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.  


Greenville gets nod for first look at Mike Iaconelli Pro-designed series 
(Feb 16, 2015 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) After 3 years of intensive research and development with Elite Series Pro Mike Iaconelli, Abu Garcia debuts the much-anticipated Ike Rod Series at the 2015 Bassmaster Classic event in Greenville, SC. Consisting of fifteen different models, the Ike series caters to a variety of techniques and situations. 

Meet top pros, get free stuff and learn about the science behind the products 
(Feb 16, 2015 - Columbia, SC) Berkley is rolling out the "red carpet" at the Bassmaster Classic Expo in Greenville, SC in the TD Convention Center. The brand highlights the science behind the products and has a lot of fun and engaging activities for anglers of all skill levels. The expo is scheduled to take place February 20-22.

Classic Expo to feature newest Ranger models, sales incentives and pro appearances     
(Feb 16, 2015 - FLIPPIN, AR.) Legendary boat brand Ranger Boats will be represented by 16 of the world's top professional bass anglers when the 2015 Bassmaster Classic is contested on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell on February 20-22.

(Feb 15, 2015 - San Antonio, TX) The Association of College Fishing and the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series are proud to announce Gill North America rainwear as the newest sponsor of the 2015 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.


(Feb 13, 2015 - SPRINGFIELD, MO.) Officer Aaron Pearson was shot while on duty in Springfield. Groups from all areas have rallied in support to help Pearson and his family. Order of Police have teamed in a major fundraiser to benefit Springfield, Mo., police officer Aaron Pearson and his family. Pearson was seriously wounded late last month while responding to a burglary call.


(Feb 13, 2015 - Doral,FL) Mustad, the world’s leading hook manufacturer since 1877, is proud to announce the signing of Bassmaster Elite Series Angler Kevin Short to its pro staff.

(Feb 12, 2015 - Norman, OK) Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), makers of Evinrude E-TEC outboards, has re-joined the Texas Team Trail (TXTT) as part of a multiyear agreement announced today. 


Recreational fishing industry is hopeful the policy will bring about must-needed on-the-water improvements
(Feb 12, 2015 - Alexandria, Va) Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) unveiled a national saltwater recreational fishing policy which was greeted enthusiastically by sportfishing and boating leaders.


Event Runs February 12-16; Includes Exclusive Retail Sales Promotions    
(Feb 10, 2015 - Flippin, AR) Boat show season is the time of the year when boat buyers often find the best deals on the newest boats. For legendary manufacturer Ranger Boats, 2015 is no exception.  


(Feb 8, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest bass fishing tournament organization, has announced today a continued partnership with Plano, an industry leader in outdoor equipment protection and storage solutions, and Frabill, providers of the most trusted gear in the fishing industry.

Sportfishing industry is optimistic about chances for passage
(Feb 5, 2015 - Alexandria, Va) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) applauds the introduction of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015, which includes numerous legislative measures beneficial to anglers and hunters across the nation.


Eric Clements will lead a team of more than 200 when the store opens in April.
(Feb 4, 2015 - ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) Bass Pro Shops has named Eric Clements, an avid outdoorsman with over 40 years of retail experience, as manager of the new Atlantic City Bass Pro Shops Outpost. New Jersey’s first Bass Pro Shops store will open in April and is located at 30 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard in Atlantic City.

(Feb 4, 2015 - ) T-H Marine, an industry-leading manufacturer of thousands of boat parts and accessories, has renewed its sponsorship with FLW, the world’s largest bass-fishing tournament organization, for the 2015 tournament season.


(Feb 2, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S. is excited to announce the return of Allstate as the presenting sponsor of one of bass fishing’s most popular competitive circuits in 2015, the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series.


Texas Ford dealers will again play a big roll in the Bass Champs team tournament trail in 2015
(Feb 2, 2015 - Haslet, Tx) Bass Champs announced that Ford Motor Company (Texas Ford Dealers) will again be the official vehicle of the leading team tournament trail in the Nation. With innovation dating as far back as 1890, Ford Motor Company has become a leading brand among drivers today. Leading the state of Texas in truck sales makes a loud statement all by itself. With the ever-evolving advancements, Ford has remained ahead of the curve producing a truck that people can depend on for years on end.


(Jan 27, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest bass tournament-fishing organization, has renewed their partnership with Livingston Lures, an industry-leading manufacturer of innovative, technologically advanced lures that catch fish in fresh and saltwater. The two organizations have partnered since 2013. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

(Jan 29, 2015 - Norman, OK) Title sponsor of the Texas Team Trail (TXTT), has renewed its partnership with the popular bass fishing circuit. The multiyear extension was finalized as the TXTT heads toward its first event of the 2015 season on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Jan. 31.

(Jan 27, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Igloo Products Corp., the industry leader in cooler manufacturing, has renewed its partnership with FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization.

Sponsorship includes custom contingency program at all 2015 events  
 
(Jan 27, 2015 - Norman, OK)  Navionics, the leader in content and location-based services for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, has joined the Texas Team Trail (TXTT) as an official sponsor for the 2015 season. The agreement includes a unique contingency program designed to reward anglers for creating custom sonar logs at each event. 

(Jan 22, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that the annual FLW Will Fish For Kids charity bass-fishing tournament held each year on Beaver Lake in conjunction with the Walmart FLW Tour has been renamed the FLW Will Fish for Kids – Bill Kerr Memorial Charity Tournament to honor northwest Arkansas luminary Bill Kerr.


Legendary fishing company reaches milestone, rewards fans 
(Jan 21, 2015 - ) Ugly Stik, America's Strongest, Most Sensitive Rod, reached one million Facebook fans this week, making it the first fishing tackle brand to achieve that milestone. Ugly Stik's Facebook page went live in February 2011 and has been an important part of the brand's digital media ever since.


Canterbury, Arey and Houston Selected As Brand Ambassadors, Aggressive Marketing Programs in Store For Inaugural Season
(Jan 21, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Quaker State®  motor oil announced today a multi-year agreement that will showcase the motor oil brand to millions of outdoor and fishing enthusiasts. The tremendous marketing benefits offered by FLW in digital advertising, social media, promotions on-site at the events and connections with top anglers in the world makes the organization a perfect fit for Quaker State.


Hardcore fishing goodies, meet amazing economy in Lund’s progressive 1750 Rebel XS
(Jan 19, 2015 - New York Mills, Mn) Boosting its already enduring status as the leading American builder of premium fishing boats, Lund recently announced news of another exceptional model introduction, the all new 1750 Rebel XS. At 17 feet, 6 inches in length and with an ample 85-inch beam, Lund’s newest Rebel offers exceptional engineering at a truly tremendous price.

(Jan 21, 2015 - Forestville, WI) The National Professional Anglers Association announced that aluminum boat manufacturer Alumacraft has become the newest Supporting Partner of the non-profit organization.  Pat Neu, NPAA executive director said, “It’s a tribute to the growth and successes of the NPAA to have Alumacraft join us as the newest Supporting Partner.” 


(Jan 21, 2015 - Austin, TX) The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has named Craig Bonds as the new division director for Inland Fisheries.


(Jan 15, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest bass-fishing tournament organization, has announced a sponsorship agreement with Zoom Bait Company, a leading manufacturer of soft-plastic fishing baits. 2015 marks the first season that Zoom Bait Company will join the FLW sponsorship lineup.

(Jan 15, 2015 - MINNEAPOLIS,MN) FLW, the world’s largest bass fishing tournament organization, has announced a sponsorship renewal with Z-Man Fishing Products, Inc., the fastest-growing lure brand in America.

For Tournament Trail and Television Show.
(Jan 14, 2015 - Haslet, Texas) Bass Champs announced today a multi-year agreement that will keep Skeeter Boats as the title sponsor of the leading Texas team tournament trail in 2015 and beyond. It is only fitting that the top Bass Boat manufacturer for tournament anglers continues its partnership with the most prominent team tournament trail in the United States, Skeeter Bass Champs. Skeeter, the first Bass Boat to hit the water, was founded in 1948 by Holmes Thurmond, in Marshall, Texas.

Mark your calendar for the world’s largest sport fishing trade event
(Jan 14, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) Now is the time to mark your calendar for the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show. Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the trade group that represents the sportfishing industry, ICAST will be held July 14 – 17, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.


(Jan 9, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Walmart announced the members of its professional angling team that will hit the water in 2015. The Walmart team will be comprised of pros Mark Rose of West Memphis, Arkansas, David Dudley of Lynchburg, Virginia, and co-angler Nicole Jacobs of New Brighton, Minnesota.


(Jan 9, 2015 - Peachtree City, GA) Hella marine's new Oblong Courtesy Lamps are available in a surface mount version for easier installation. Featuring a slim and stylish design, the lights are ideal for brightening onboard areas, such as steps, stairs, toe kicks, storage areas, companion ways, deck fittings, signs and switches.

Go fishing on June 7, and you just might win one of many exciting prizes
(Jun. 06, 2014 - Alexandria, VA) Saturday, June 7, 2014 is the first-ever KeepAmericaFishing Day and is being held in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week. This is a day for avid and novice anglers alike to show their support of recreational fishing by getting out on the water. Anglers are asked to come to www.KeepAmericaFishing.org/fishing-day and share their experiences including photos and other highlights. Just by sharing, anglers are eligible to win prizes from KeepAmericaFishing and its partners.


Despite some improvements, many of the community's top priorities are not addressed
(May. 29, 2014 - Washington, D.C.) As Congress continues exploring reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the primary law governing U.S. marine fisheries management, the recreational fishing and boating community continues to seek substantive legislative changes that will improve saltwater recreational fisheries management.


Will face qualifiers from FLW College Fishing National Championship
(May. 28, 2014 - FLIPPIN, AR.) Landon Anderson and Tyler Arms, collegiate anglers from Tennessee Tech University, qualified for the 2014 Ranger Cup University Team of the Year Challenge with their second-place finish in the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship on May 23 at Alabama's Lake Pickwick.


Former AOY Suffers Heart Attack
(May. 27, 2014 - MINNEAPOLIS,MN) Three-time FLW Angler of the Year winner Clark Wendlandt from Leander, Texas has withdrawn from next week's Walmart FLW Tour event at Pickwick Lake after suffering a heart attack on Monday. Wendlandt is currently at St. Mary's Hospital in downtown Knoxville and anticipates being released Thursday evening or Friday morning.


Health Problems Force Veteran Pro To End 2014 Season
(May. 21, 2014 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Veteran bass-fishing pro Stacey King of Reeds Spring, Mo., has withdrawn from the final two events of the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season due to undergoing cancer treatment. He will undergo surgery on his tonsils Thursday and doctors will then determine what sort of treatments he'll require going forward.

(May. 19, 2014 - ) The Bandys High School team of Kristopher Queen and Tyler Black brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 13 pounds, 5 ounces to win the 2014 North Carolina State High School Fishing Championship on Kerr Lake. The win earned the team the title of state champions and qualified the team to compete in a future High School Fishing conference championship.

(May. 19, 2014 - LA CROSSE, WI.) The Aquinas High School team of Colin Meyer and Hudson Schamberger brought four bass to the scale Sunday weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces to win the 2014 Wisconsin State High School Fishing Championship on the Mississippi River. The win earned the team the title of state champions and qualified the team to compete in a future High School Fishing conference championship.?


ASA Vice President Gordon Robertson to retire after decades of dedicated service
(May. 14, 2014 - Alexandria, VA) After decades of dedicated service to the recreational fishing industry; fisheries resource conservation and management; and advocating on behalf of both, American Sportfishing Association (ASA) Vice President Gordon Robertson has announced his retirement as of June 30, 2014.

Surfer's Journal provides funds for fisheries conservation and habitat restoration projects
(Apr. 21, 2014 - Alexandria, VA) The Fish America Foundation received a $5,300 donation from the Surfer's Journal. The publication's employees selected the FishAmerica Foundation to receive one percent of the journal's fiscal year earnings.


(Apr. 20, 2014 - ISLAMORADA, In the Florida Keys,) In late March, as he does each year to raise awareness and funds for a cure for cystic fibrosis, Capt. Gary Ellis led a large contingent of supporters in the annual Redbone Island Walk. What he didn't expect was to be surprised by one of the walkers, U.S. Congressman Joe Garcia of Florida, honoring him with a proclamation from the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., for Ellis' near three decades of charity work.


(Apr. 04, 2014 - North Little Rock, AR) Known for his great friendships and his lifelong love of fishing Gary William Gould, 67, of Edgemont, Arkansas passed away Monday, March 31,2014.

the new policy will better integrate recreational fishing into NOAA Fisheries' mission
(Apr. 03, 2014 - Alexandria, VA) An announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that NOAA Fisheries will develop a national recreational fishing policy

the new policy will better integrate recreational fishing into NOAA Fisheries' mission
(Apr. 03, 2014 - Alexandria, VA) An announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that NOAA Fisheries will develop a national recreational fishing policy


Leaders map out path for federal marine fisheries conservation
(Mar. 26, 2014 - ) Congress is currently revising the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act, the law that governs our nation's marine resources. Recreational saltwater anglers and the sportfishing and boating industries are intensifying efforts to ensure that their social, conservation and economic priorities are well represented in the legislative process.


Generous donation will further fisheries conservation and habitat restoration
(Mar. 06, 2014 - Alexandria, VA) The votes are in and the FishAmerica Foundation (FAF) has received a $120,000 donation from the American Snuff Company to provide grant funding to support community-based fisheries conservation and habitat restoration projects.

(Feb. 28, 2014 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW, the world's premier tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Lowrance, the industry leader in marine electronics, will be the presenting sponsor of the 2014 FLW College Fishing National Championship. The championship event takes


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