Fishing & Boating News
(Apr. 05, 2011 - FLORENCE, AL.) After Monday evening's torrential rainstorm, Bassmaster Elite Series pros awakened Tuesday to clearing skies, crisp air and the rising water of Pickwick Lake.
(Apr. 05, 2011 - Toledo Bend, Many, LA) Ninety-nine of the most talented anglers in bass fishing-representing 27 states and one foreign country-are headed to Toledo Bend Lake on the Louisiana-Texas border for one of America's premier fishing competitions, April 14-17.
(Apr. 04, 2011 - Lake Eufaula, AL.) Boater Ryan Ingram of Phenix City, Ala., caught a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 8 ounces April 2 to win $4,507 in the BFL Bama Division tournament on Lake Eufaula.
Project FishSmart outlines objectives for improving catch-and-release survival rates
(Apr. 04, 2011 - Alexandria, VA) Improving catch-and-release survival rates in saltwater fish is a key concern for the recreational fishing community. Last month, anglers, scientists, environmental groups, state and federal agencies and sportfishing industry representatives met to evaluate how much is known about marine fisheries catch-and-release survival rates and explore ways to improve fisheries management and catch-and-release techniques.
Two levels of incentives available to current and former military personnel
(Apr. 04, 2011 - Flippin, AR) Recognizing the tremendous contributions of the thousands of brave men and women who currently serve or have served our country, Ranger Boats recently launched "Operation Gratitude," an incentive program designed to show visible appreciation to the members of the United States Armed Forces community who enjoy the rewards of the fishing and boating lifestyle.
(Apr. 01, 2011 - Austink, TX) The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted hunting and fishing regulations for 2011-12 with relatively few changes. All amendments take effect Sept. 1, 2011.
Marine Electronics Leader Signs Two-Year Sponsorship Deal to Extend Its Longstanding Relationship With World-Leading Bass Fishing Tournament
(Apr. 01, 2011 - Tulsa, OK) Lowrance ? a world-leading brand in marine electronics since 1957 and GPS navigational systems since 1992 ? and B.A.S.S. LLC, the world authority on bass fishing, announced today that Lowrance will continue its sponsorship of B.A.S.S. and its prestigious tournaments through 2012. The agreement states that Lowrance is a Supporting-Level Sponsor of the Bassmaster Elite Series and B.A.S.S. Federation Nation.
(Mar. 30, 2011 - Lake Texoma, TX) BRRRR!!!! Best describes C.A.S.T. North Region's tournament on Texoma this past weekend. With a high of 44 degrees, light rain all day and a north wind, it felt like fishing in the middle of winter. However, on Saturday, while pre-fishing, our couples were trying to prevent from getting sunburned! While on tournament day, it was more of a feeling of hoping you didn't get frost bite!
(Mar. 30, 2011 - Athens, TX) Entries from Lake Fork into the Toyota ShareLunker Program have been overshadowed recently by reservoirs in other areas of the state, but the Lake Fork Trophy Bass Survey's eight-year history shows that Lake Fork should remain on the list of any serious trophy bass hunter.
All-volunteer effort celebrates 25 years of caring for the Texas coast
(Mar. 28, 2011 - Austin, TX) The 25th annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup will take place Saturday, April 30th at 30 sites along the Texas coast.
On the Dock with Rick Smith
(Mar. 29, 2011 - Temple, TX) In previous articles we have discussed ethanol blended gasoline (E10) and some of the issues it is creating for the boating community. Unlike your car, typically your boat will sit for weeks at a time between uses (unless you are a commercial fisherman or pro bass angler).
(Mar. 29, 2011 - San Antonio, TX) The 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series got off to an exciting start as Tennessee Volunteer, Bradley Cooper, landed a 6.78 pound largemouth bass to win overall big bass and day two big bass honors during the Big Bass Bash presented by HydroWave.
(Mar. 28, 2011 - Smith Mountain Lake, VA.) Boater Benjamin Reynolds of Callands, Va., caught a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 12 ounces March 26 to win $3,766 in the BFL Shenandoah Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake.
TroKar on board for Louisiana Elite; Not-a-fluke Fletcher; Power-Pole awards cash bonus; Co-angler Clark wants to go pro; Swindle on the Classic; Return to Norman for Roy; and .. What's up next
(Mar. 29, 2011 - Celebration, FL.) TroKar on board for Louisiana Elite: TroKar premium hooks has signed on as the title sponsor of the season's fourth Bassmaster Elite Series event, the Toledo Bend competition out of Many, La.
(Mar. 28, 2011 - Dale Hollow Lake, KY) Boater Perry Neathery of Albany, Ky., caught a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 1 ounce March 26 to win $4,729 in the BFL Mountain Division tournament on Dale Hollow Lake.
NC Piedmont Division
(Mar. 29, 2011 - Mooresville, NC.) The NC Piedmont Division of the Fishers Of Men National Tournament Trail continued the 2011 season with the second tournament held on the waters of Lake Norman, located west of Mooresville, NC.
(Mar. 28, 2011 - Kentucky/Barkley Lakes, KY) Boater Derek Jenkel of Pinckneyville, Ill., caught a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds, 8 ounces March 26 to win $6,199 in the BFL LBL Division tournament on Kentucky/Barkley lakes.
(Mar. 28, 2011 - Harris Chain of Lakes, FL.) Boater Jim Folks of Melbourne, Fla., caught a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 11 ounces March 26 to win $4,271 in the BFL Gator Division tournament on the Harris Chain of Lakes.
(Mar. 28, 2011 - DeGray Lake, AR) Boater Dakota Lucy of Hot Springs, Ark., caught a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces March 26 to win $5,505 in the BFL Arkie Division tournament on DeGray Lake.
(Mar. 27, 2011 - Greemville, S.C.) Sgt. 1st Class Mark Thompson of Anderson, S.C., and Sgt. 1st Class Robert Osteen of Sumter, S.C., won the National Guard FLW Soldier Appreciation Tournament held on Lake Hartwell Saturday.
(Mar. 27, 2011 - MOUNTAIN HOME, AR.) Mansue has competed professionally for 10 years on the PAA Tournament Series, Bassmaster Tour and Top 150, and Bassmaster Open circuits. He qualified for the 2005 Everstart championship from the FLW Everstart Series along with two prestigious Toyota Texas Bass Classic championships.
(Mar. 25, 2011 - ) Members of Congress are determined to reduce the federal debt with some of our nation's most essential and effective fisheries management and conservation programs bearing the brunt of their budget-cutting efforts.
(Mar. 25, 2011 - BENTON, KY) Humminbird and Minn Kota will support the 2011 Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series season as the newest PAA Associate Sponsors.
(Mar. 24, 2011 - Athens, TX) A cooperative effort between the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to standardize fishing regulations on waters shared by the two states is nearing fruition.
Sampling in last closed area also underway
(Mar. 24, 2011 - ) NOAA continues to re-test seafood from the Gulf of Mexico to demonstrate to American and worldwide consumers that it is safe to eat, and announced today it will continue this re-testing into the summer.
B.A.S.S. News Announcement: Basss Pro Shops Expands Its B.A.S.S. Sponsorship To Official Sponsor Level; The Two Industry Powehouses Continue New Marketing Programs
(Mar. 23, 2011 - Celebration, FL) Bass Pro Shops, the world?s foremost retailer of fishing tackle and other outdoor gear, has elevated its sponsorship of Bassmaster events to the top level and enhanced its multifaceted marketing alliance with B.A.S.S. LLC.
Jones pulls ahead in Elite points race; DeFoe leads Elite rookies; The stories of 10-plus-pounders; On to Lake Norman; and ? Quotables
(Mar. 23, 2011 - Celebration, FL.) Jones pulls ahead in Elite points race: Alton Jones is one step closer to winning the 2011 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year title and so are Terry Scroggins, Kevin VanDam, Edwin Evers and several other Bassmaster Elite Series pros.
(Mar. 22, 2011 - Lake Havasu City, AZ) McCoy Fishing announced today that it has signed FLW Tour Pro Roy Hawk (Salt Lake City, UT) for the 2011 season. The 2008 WONBASS Pro Angler of the Year, Roy also has 3 FLW wins under his belt. This year Roy will be fishing the FLW Pro Tour Majors Division and kicks off the season March 3-6 at Beaver Lake (Rogers, AR). With a strong history of winning and performing well under pressure, Roy Hawk is a great addition to the McCoy team.
(Mar. 21, 2011 - Benton, KY) Jasper Engines & Transmissions has renewed its commitment to the PAA by continuing as an Associate Sponsor for the 2011 Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series presented by Carrot Stix
(Mar. 21, 2011 - Lake of the Ozarks, MO.) Boater Tim Taylor of Nixa, Mo., caught a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 8 ounces March 19 to win $3,879 in the BFL Ozark Division tournament on Lake of the Ozarks.
(Mar. 22, 2011 - Lake Havasu City, AZ) McCoy Fishing announced today that it has re-signed Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Jason Williamson (Wagener, SC) for the 2011 season. On the McCoy Pro Staff for 2009 and 2010, Jason has proven to be a great asset for McCoy and a top tier Elite Series angler.
Caddo fish is a repeat from last season; Gilmer fish is new lake record
(Mar. 22, 2011 - Athens, TX) Gilmer Reservoir sent a new lake record largemouth bass to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) March 17, and the next day Caddo Lake sent the existing lake record largemouth to Athens for the second year in a row.
(Mar. 21, 2011 - Watts Bar Lake, TN) Boater Rick Howington of Gate City, Va., caught four bass weighing 20 pounds, 4 ounces March 19 to win $3,889 in the BFL Volunteer Division tournament on Watts Bar Lake.
(Mar. 21, 2011 - Lake Wylie, S.C.) Boater John Hoyle of Rutherfordton, N.C., caught a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 4 ounces March 19 to win $4,394 in the BFL South Carolina Division tournament on Lake Wylie.
(Mar. 19, 2011 - Palatka, FL.) Playing catch-up: After leading the Power-Pole Citrus Slam for two days, can Alton Jones be caught on Day Three? The expected - and received - answer from the pros trying to overtake him in the St. Johns River event was "yes."
(Mar. 18, 2011 - Hemphill, TX) Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 5 ounces Friday to lead day two of the EverStart Series Texas Division event on Toledo Bend. With a total weight of 46-9, Castledine holds a solid 6-pound, 6-ounce lead going into the final day of competition.
(Mar. 18, 2011 - PALATKA, FL.) Alton Jones' first stop: At the docks Friday morning, Day One leader Alton Jones said that his first stop will be at a spawning area, but he won't be sight fishing.
Lower T&R numbers reported in annual global conservation "competition" program that's critical to scientific research
(Mar. 17, 2011 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL.) Every time they fish on three oceans, these anglers are helping scientific research. Globally since 1990 they --- anglers, captains and mates --- have become the heart-and-soul of The Billfish Foundation's (TBF) eminent conservation program committed to billfish tag and release, supplying valuable data critical to learning migratory habits and more.
(Mar. 17, 2011 - Minnetonka, MN) A trio of time-tested tackle brands have joined the Masters Bass Circuit family. Rapala, Sufix and Trigger X have signed on as supporting sponsors for the MBC's inaugural season.
(Mar. 17, 2011 - HARRIS CHAIN OF LAKES, FL.) If there were a central theme to the Bassmaster Elite Series season opener at Florida's Harris Chain of Lakes it would be that nice guys finished first. Shaw Grigsby won the event, and Stephen Browning won the BoatUS Angler "Weigh-to-Win" $500 cash bonus for his admirable 3rd place finish.
(Mar. 17, 2011 - Celebration, FL.) Grigsby's big mo: Shaw Grigsby has not stopped moving since he won the season opener on the Harris Chain of Lakes last Sunday.
(Mar. 17, 2011 - Athens, TX) Six weeks ago it looked like no lake in Texas could catch O.H. Ivie in the Toyota ShareLunker race. By January 30 O.H. Ivie had produced four ShareLunkers, and anglers could follow the smoke to the lake.
AIM announced today that Kurt Kainz will assume responsibilities for the 2011 AIM Pro Walleye Series tournaments.
(Mar. 16, 2011 - Plymouth, WI) Anglers Insight Marketing, LLC has announced that Kurt Kainz has accepted the position of Tournament Director for the AIM Pro Walleye Series tournaments. Kurt will be responsible for the daily schedule of events and the application of the rules at each tournament.
(Mar. 16, 2011 - Springfield, MO) Lew's announces it has entered into an exclusive marketing agreement with famed crappie angler Wally Marshall to develop together the next generation of Wally Marshall Signature Series and Mr. Crappie rods, reels, pre-mount combos and fishing line products. Lew's officials say the partnership is a logical fit for the legendary American fishing brand that is focused on a return to prominence.
(Mar. 16, 2011 - Naples, FL) Ladies came from seven states to Naples for the "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Gulf Coast seminar March 11-13 at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club.
(Mar. 14, 2011 - Smith Mountain Lake, NC) Boater Chris Baldwin of Lexington, N.C., caught a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 9 ounces March 12to win $5,466 in the BFL Piedmont Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake.
(Mar. 14, 2011 - Benton, KY) Due to the rising cost of gas prices and financial impacts on tournament anglers, the PAA will waive its registration late fee for its 2011 Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series events.
(Mar. 14, 2011 - Lake Sam Rayburn, TX) Boater Dicky Newberry of Houston, Texas, caught a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 10 ounces March 12to win $6,000 in the BFL Cowboy Division tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
Ryjus Group will serve as official supplier
(Mar. 11, 2011 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Fans throughout the world are now able to purchase new gear from FLW Outdoors, the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, with the launch of a new online clothing store as a component of the newly unveiled FLWOutdoors website, which has received rave reviews from fans and anglers alike.
Supreme Court grants rare motion for rehearing on case that threatens public access
(Mar. 11, 2011 - Austin, TX) Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today welcomed news that the Supreme Court will rehear arguments in a case brought forward by a California resident that some say has gutted the Texas Open Beaches Act.
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