Fishing & Boating News
(Jan 11, 2016 - ) Because of heavy rains, major flooding and unsafe navigational waters in the Atchafalaya Basin, B.A.S.S. — working with local officials — has elected to reschedule the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open to fall 2016.
(Jan 7, 2016 - Henderson, NY) The Bass Federation (TBF) in coordination with NY The Bass Federation (NYTBF) and the town of Ticonderoga NY will host the 2016 Student Angler Federation (SAF) Regional Championship on Lake Champlain. The morning launch and afternoon weigh-ins will be out of the Ticonderoga Boat Ramp.
(Jan 7, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Lew’s, an industry-leading designer of fishing rods, reels, apparel and accessories, have renewed their sponsorship for 2016. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 2016 will mark the third consecutive season that the two organizations have partnered.
Thursday, January 14- Sunday, January 17
(Jan 5, 2016 - Sunday, January 17) Attracting attendees from throughout Colorado and surrounding states, ISE Denver is the region’s annual outdoor showpiece. The ISE fills a 300,000-sq.-ft. space with 500+ companies featuring hunting and fishing products and destinations.
(Jan 4, 2016 - Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida) The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) is pleased to announce the completion and final approval of the Management Profile for the Gulf and Southern Flounder Fishery in the Gulf of Mexico. The Management Profile is a cooperative effort to describe the flounder populations throughout the territorial seas of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the fisheries they support.
Over $2,000 in combined retail incentives available to buyers of qualified models
(Jan 4, 2016 - Flippin, AR) With the start of boat show season just a few weeks away, Stratos Boats announces the 2016 Performance Made Practical promotion, which offers up to $2,050 in combined retail value for qualifying purchases.
Bonus cash at all team events
(Jan 4, 2016 - Haslet, T) Bass Champs announced that Lowrance will be a new sponsor of the Skeeter Bass Champs tournament trail for 2016-2017.
Retail incentives available for a limited time to buyers of qualified models
(Jan 4, 2016 - Flippin, AR) Ranger Boats is providing additional incentives to potential boat buyers this year with the announcement of its 2016 retail sales promotions. With limited-time-only offers geared for both freshwater and saltwater customers, qualifying purchases of eligible models will receive benefits totaling up to $6,200 in combined retail value.
Thursday, January 21 - Sunday, January 24
(Jan 4, 2016 - Sacramento, CA) Five buildings and 600+ exhibiting companies strong, ISE Sacramento is California’s largest presentation of fishing and hunting products, sportfishing boats, offroad vehicles and travel destinations. A dozen theaters, special features and demo areas host 200+ seminars, clinics and contests at this vast ISE.
Premier Sunglass Manufacturer Agrees To Multi-Year Deal
(Jan 4, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that they have reached a sponsorship agreement with Costa Del Mar, a leading manufacturer of the world’s clearest polarized performance sunglasses. Effective immediately, Costa will assume title sponsorship of the FLW Series, which recently published increased paybacks at the no-entry fee championship and an impressive schedule of lakes for 2016.
(Dec 23, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) – FLW announced today the complete professional angler roster of 171 for the upcoming 2016 Walmart FLW Tour season, the 21st season of the FLW Tour. The 2016 FLW Tour will feature six regular-season tournaments, along with the addition of two fall Invitational tournaments, with competition kicking off Feb. 4-7 at Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Florida.
The incentive program returns for 2016
(Dec 22, 2015 - Springfield, Mo) Lew's announces that Missouri's Dennis Berhorst is the first to win the company's new Speed Fishing Angler of the Year title, and also that it will be offering the awards incentive program again for 2016.
Conference & Events: July 12–15, 2016 • Exhibition: July 13–15, 2016 • Orlando, Fl
(Dec 22, 2015 - Alexandria, Va) ICAST, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, is the premier showcase for the latest innovations in fishing gear, accessories and apparel. ICAST is the cornerstone of the sportfishing industry, helping to drive recreational fishing product sales year round.
Over-engineered, problem-solving products from YETI sure to please
(Dec 19, 2015 - ) Just yesterday, I headed to a local river to fish winter smallmouths. It was 34 degrees and raining when I left, but the forecast called for clearing skies and a slight increase in temps.
One-of-a-kind attraction reaches new milestone after opening, solidifying reputation as a “must-see” destination and a catalyst for redevelopment
(Dec 17, 2015 - Memphis, TN) Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, a new destination retail attraction in downtown Memphis, has welcomed more than two million visitors in its first year of operation. Located inside a massive transformed sports arena, the dynamic, immersive adventure contains restaurants, retail, a hotel and attractions designed to appeal to a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts as well as families looking to have fun.
(Dec 16, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) Today’s Congressional Omnibus Appropriations bill includes several actions important to recreational fishing championed by Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). The bill includes a number of provisions that attempt to address the ongoing Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery mismanagement that has resulted in an abbreviated ten-day season for private sector recreational anglers.
and Association of Collegiate Anglers for the 11th Straight Year
(Dec 16, 2015 - ) As the leading manufacturer of the next generation of outboard motors, Yamaha continues to support the next generation of anglers resulting from their partnership with the 2016 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.
(Dec 11, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Tyler Courtney of Lubbock, Texas, will be upgrading his 1998 Triton for a 2016 version after winning the grand prize in Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing presented by Toyota, a fantasy game that follows the Bassmaster Classic and the Bassmaster Elite Series.
View from the Marina
(Dec 11, 2015 - Cape Coral, FL) There is a malady sweeping the nation. I call it gloom and doomitis. Yes, these are trying times for our country. Acts of violence, economic uncertainty and the rising cost of living all contribute to the collective jitters of Main Street America.
(Dec 7, 2015 - Gilchrist, TX) Special Note: As some of you have probably heard, the Federal Judge has rulled in favor of Galveston County- this means that if we can't turn this decission around that the State of Texas will close on their promise to fill in the pass
(Dec 7, 2015 - ) About 100 yards off the end of my dock is a weed bed that holds fish year-round. Local anglers know it, so I wasn’t surprised yesterday when three different boats fished it in the time it took me to eat breakfast (bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios and a grapefruit), another five hit it before lunch, and nine more hit it from dinnertime on.
(Dec 7, 2015 - ) Entering its 11th season, the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series field has been filled with 111 professional anglers, including both new and familiar names.
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.
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.
at "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Keys University Nov. 13-15, 2015
(Nov 19, 2015 - Tavernier, FL.) Sixty women came from around the country to learn from the pros at the award winning "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!®" Keys University, November 13-15 at BPOE Elks, Tavernier, FL.
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 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.
Nicholls State University and Northwestern State University Currently Take 2nd and 3rd Place Respectively
(Nov 10, 2015 - SAN ANTONIO, TX) With over four months of the Cabela's School of the Year Race in the books, the Texas A&M fishing team has seized control of the Cabela's School of the Year rankings, with Nicholls State University and Northwestern State University following close behind in the race for the most prestigious title in college fishing.
(Nov 5, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Two special events of the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series will be held at new, or relatively new, venues for the world’s premier bass fishing circuit, B.A.S.S. announced today.
(Nov 2, 2015 - ) This week, Nov. 5-7, anglers from all over the world will gather in Monroe to compete on the Ouachita River for the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.
Team “Nearly Impossible” Lady Anglers joins the Growing Field
(Oct 31, 2015 - ALICE TOWN, BIMINI) Among the dozens of seasoned anglers heading out for some wahoo action next month will be three ladies to prove that women winning a popular Bahamas fishing tournament is far from being "Nearly Impossible."
(Oct 30, 2015 - ) The Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship was an event filled with season standouts — the Top 50 pros in the 2015 Elite Series, the Rookie of the Year Brent Ehrler, the Angler of the Year Aaron Martens and the Toyota Fan Favorite Kevin VanDam.
(Oct 30, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Getting the chance to meet the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic winner, Casey Ashley, is a dream that became a reality for one lucky man.
(Oct 27, 2015 - ) FLW announced the dates and locations for the two inaugural 2016 Walmart FLW Tour Invitational tournaments Thursday. The 2016 season will feature six regular-season qualifier tournaments along with the introduction of the two Invitational tournaments.
(Oct 21, 2015 - Lebanon, MO) G3 Boats, located in Lebanon, Missouri and part of the Yamaha Marine Group, is proud to announce national sponsorship of the Missouri BoatRide Bluegrass Band, from Branson West, MO.
(Oct 18, 2015 - Old Town, Maine) On July 22nd four military veterans departed the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca, MN. Their mission: To paddle the entire 2,320-miles of river to the Gulf of Mexico. Their mode of transportation: Old Town NEXT canoes. Their status: They are now halfway done with the monumental journey, with two months remaining for a November 22nd arrival at the gulf.
(Oct 9, 2015 - Jacksonville, TX) A friendly reminder that the very important Launch Event for the Cherokee Neches State Paddling Trail is next Saturday, October 17.
(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.
Scott Larson Wins NWT Championship, Mark Courts Earns NWT AOY
(Sep 25, 2015 - EUFAULA, AL) At the same time Humminbird bass pros Aaron Martens and Brent Ehrler were hoisting trophies in Door County, Wisconsin, their pro walleye brothers were doing the same at the 2015 NWT Championship in Devils Lake, ND.
"Earn Your Wings" program in fourth year
(Sep 22, 2015 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) It isn't easy being a collegiate angler. With rising cost of tackle and tuition, going after sponsors is a nearly impossible task. Fenwick developed the "Earn Your Wings" program four years ago to help collegiate anglers fish with a little less financial stress. By selecting student anglers, Fenwick continues to develop the collegiate angler. Earn Your Wings applications opened June 6, 2015 and will remain open until September 28, 2015.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Deputy, Larry Davis Jr., Wins Guy Harvey Outpost's Lake Okeechobee Fishing Adventure
(Sep 21, 2015 - LAKELAND, FL) For Larry Davis Jr., who spends his working hours as a motorcycle patrol officer for Hillsborough County, Florida, a day fishing or hunting is a much welcomed opportunity to decompress and relax.
Early Bird Registration Discount Also Available Through September
(Sep 16, 2015 - Alice Town, Bimini,Bahamas) Chasing wahoo in November has become an annual ritual in Bimini with anglers competing for bragging rights and thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.
Three Tournaments Rescheduled for Mid-October
(Sep 16, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW announced today that the Rayovac FLW Series tournament on Clear Lake presented by Evinrude, scheduled for Sept. 24-26, the College Fishing Western Conference Championship scheduled for Sept. 26-27 and the FLW/TBF High School Fishing Western Conference Championship scheduled for Sept. 27 have been rescheduled for the weekend of Oct. 15-18, due to the wildfires currently wreaking havoc in northern California.
(Sep 14, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) Do you believe that the only way to conserve our public lands and waters is to lock recreational fishermen out? Do you view recreational fishing as an extractive activity on par with oil drilling and commercial bottom
(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.
(Sep 5, 2015 - Athens, TX) Booming populations of largemouth bass and alligator gar give anglers two good reasons to fish Falcon Reservoir. Above average rainfall in spring 2014 and 2015 following very low water levels for several years prior is sparking a resurgence of the bass population, said Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries biologist Randy Myers.
(Sep 1, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Jimmy Bass of Ocala, Florida, won the $10,000 grand prize playing FLW Fantasy Fishing and being named the top-scoring player in the seven-event Walmart FLW Tour season.
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