Fishing & Boating News
(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.
(Mar. 13, 2011 - Celebration,m FL.) JVD vs. KVD: Rookie Jonathon VanDam, who made the final-day cut in his first Bassmaster Elite Series event, says he isn't rattled by the fact that his famous uncle is two places ahead of him on the leaderboard.
AIM announced today that Yamaha will provide major support to the 2011 AIM Pro Walleye Series.
(Mar. 11, 2011 - Plymouth, WI) AIM has partnered with Yamaha (Kennesaw, Georgia) to sponsor the AIM Pro Walleye Series. AIM will promote the Yamaha brand at each of the 2011 tournaments, as well as through the online representation at the aimfishing website.
(Mar. 12, 2011 - Tavares, FL) Adaptation: Kevin VanDam had 17-9 on Day 1, then 18-3 on Day 2. Almost the same result, but accomplished on the Harris Chain in very different ways, according to the four-time Bassmaster Classic champ.
(Mar. 10, 2011 - San Antonio, TX) Careco TV announced today that Onyx, a leading brand of outdoor recreation products, will be the official Personal Flotation Device (PFD) of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series. Onyx will provide a PFD for every angler competing in the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship event and the student anglers will wear the devices throughout both days of competition.
(Mar. 11, 2011 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) The 2011 season of "FLW Outdoors" original programming begins Sunday, March 13, from 1-2 p.m. ET on VERSUS. The show will feature 48 weeks of the best coverage of competitive bass and walleye fishing from across the country including coverage of championship events such as the Forrest Wood Cup, Walmart BFL All-American, the EverStart Series Championship and the National Guard FLW College Fishing Championships.
(Mar. 11, 2011 - Tavares, FL) Howell the gator wrestler: Within one charged hour of fishing Thursday, Randy Howell fought an alligator to retrieve a pricey lure, and lost out on a 6-plus-pound fish that he said probably weighed more than the gator.
Reservoir fishing "wide open; anglers will enjoy versatility
(Mar. 10, 2011 - ) The EverStart Series is headed to Toledo Bend March 17-19 for the third of four stops in the Texas Division. The tournament will feature as many as 300 pros and co-anglers competing for top awards up to $35,000 plus a Ranger boat with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard for the pro and a Ranger boat with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard plus $5,000 for the co-angler.
Submit your video tips for a chance to win new gear
(Mar. 10, 2011 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) Abu Garcia is announcing a "Tips4Tackle" contest that allows anglers to submit short video fishing tips for a chance to win a Grand Prize that includes Top Secret new Abu Garcia products before they ever hit the market.
America's Leader in Outdoor TV Brings Another Hit Fishing Series to Growing Lineup
(Mar. 10, 2011 - TEMECULA, CA.) Outdoor Channel, America's Leader in Outdoor TV, and B.A.S.S., the authority on bass fishing, today announced that the two companies have entered into an agreement that brings "The Bassmasters," one of the highest-rated outdoor programs on television, to Outdoor Channel.
(Mar. 10, 2011 - Athens, TX) Falcon International Reservoir continued to solidify its status as one of the prime big-bass lakes in Texas March 9 with a 13.56-pound largemouth that became Toyota ShareLunker 517.
On the Dock with Rick Smith
(Mar. 08, 2011 - Temple, TX) The 2011 bass tournament schedules are out and the calendar is filling up fast. Some tournament trails have already started and more will begin this month. For bass fishermen, there are several opportunities to fish competitively wit
(Mar. 10, 2011 - OSAGE BEACH, MO.) Roy Hawk of Salt Lake City, Utah, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 6 ounces Thursday to lead day one of the EverStart Series Central Division event on Lake of the Ozarks.
Partnership with NOAA Restoration Center invests in community efforts to restore coastal and marine fish habitat
(Mar. 09, 2011 - Alexandria, VA) The FishAmerica Foundation, through its partnership with the NOAA Restoration Center, has awarded more than $1 million in grants to 18 projects in coastal communities across the United States. The foundation's grants will leverage $9 million in cash, in-kind services and approximately 11,000 hours of volunteer hours to help restore coastal and marine habitat.
(Mar. 08, 2011 - Milam, TX) Talon Series Custom Lures, the manufacturer of custom quality bass lures from Milam, Tex. is proud to announce the addition of Pete Pond to their National Pro Staff. Ponds, the 51-year-old angler from Madison, Miss. will join Billy McCaghren on Talon's national fishing team.
No strings attached, Mass Bass man catches top prize
(Mar. 09, 2011 - Minneapolis, MN) Steven Luce of Dracut, Mass., couldn't believe it when he was told that he won $15,000 by playing FLW Fantasy Fishing presented by Straight Talk held in conjunction with the Walmart FLW Tour. Luce correctly picked his favorite, Chevy pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., to win the Walmart FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake.
Hearing highlights serious problems with agency implementation of federal marine fisheries law
(Mar. 08, 2011 - Alexandria, VA) A dearth of marine fisheries data is on a collision course with the primary federal law that oversees federal marine fisheries management. To address this impending train wreck, today the U.S. Senate's Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard held an oversight hearing regarding the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service's (NOAA Fisheries) management of the nation's federal marine fisheries.
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