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(Dec. 13, 2010 - Fond du Lac, WI) Mercury Marine was named favorite outboard manufacturer and favorite sterndrive manufacturer by Trailer Boats magazine readers in the first-ever Readers Choice Awards this November.


(Dec. 13, 2010 - Key Largo, Florida Keys) Formal ceremonies and a weekend environmental expo ended an 11-day celebration of America's first underwater preserve.

Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau honors FLW Outdoors
(Dec. 13, 2010 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) The Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau (GCVB) presented FLW Outdoors with the prestigious Event of the Year award for the Forrest Wood Cup and FLW Outdoors Expo during its Annual Tourism Awards and Holiday Luncheon. The Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing, was held on Lake Lanier Aug. 5-8, 2010, and included the FLW Outdoors Expo, which was held at the Gwinnett Convention Center and Arena.


(Dec. 11, 2010 - Cicero, NY) New York Sea Grant, the Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York (BIA), and Marathon Boat Group have announced that clean and safe boating and how boaters, anglers and other water recreation users can prevent and slow the spread of aquatic invasive species in New York waters will be the focus of the 2011 Discover Clean & Safe Boating campaign. The announcement was made at the BIA's December 9th meeting in Cicero, NY.

(Dec. 09, 2010 - Tyler, TX) The East Texas Woods and Waters Foundation (ETWWF) and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will host two special fishing events in January 2010. Two thousand rainbow trout will be stocked into The Nature Center pond to provide a free fishing opportunity for area youth and their adult fishing mentors. Event dates are January 8 and 15, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., rain or shine.

(Dec. 09, 2010 - New Bern, NC) Hatteras Yachts and CABO Yachts are pleased to announce that John Ward has accepted the position of senior vice president, global sales & marketing. Ward was most recently president of Boston Whaler.

(Dec. 09, 2010 - Lake Forest, IL) Brunswick Boat Group today announced that Tim Schiek has been named president of Boston Whaler and Brunswick Commercial Government Products (BCGP), effective immediately. Schiek, a 15-year Brunswick veteran, will report to Andy Graves, president - Brunswick Boat Group (BBG).

(Dec. 09, 2010 - Washington, DC) Texas officials and coastal managers will now receive early notice of outbreaks of toxic algae that threaten public health and affect beach and fishing activities along the coast. Weekly bulletins generated by the NOAA Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System are based on observations from state partners, coupled with models, imagery and data from NOAA's powerful tide and current and weather systems.


Monies used for fish studies in Caribbean, coastal Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
(Dec. 09, 2010 - Titusville, FL.) Just one month remains in the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust membership drive with a Hell's Bay Boatworks Lodge Edition Waterman skiff as the grand prize to one lucky person who joins.

(Dec. 09, 2010 - Islamorada, Florida Keys) Anglers aboard the Reel McCoy, skippered by George McElveen, released 16 sailfish during three days of fishing to earn top honors at the 47th annual Islamorada Sailfish Tournament that ended Dec. 5 off the Florida Keys.

(Dec. 09, 2010 - Dallas, TX) Since 2006, Dallas Safari Club (DSC) has granted more than $750,000 in funding for wildlife and habitat conservation, youth and public education, and hunter advocacy programs within the state of Texas.

(Dec. 08, 2010 - Minnetonka, MN) Walleye anglers nationwide have a new ally in the fight to protect and promote the sport of walleye fishing, thanks in part to the Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit and its sponsor partners.

Walleye circles have been buzzing about a "new deal" coming to the walleye world.
(Dec. 08, 2010 - Ponca City, OK) Industry veterans announce the formation of The Walleye Federation, (TWF) Walleye circles have been buzzing about a "new deal" coming to the walleye world. Details were unleashed today when industry veterans, The Bass Federation, (TBF) announced the formation of The Walleye Federation, (TWF) a new organization based on the TBF's grassroots model successfully used for 40 years.

(Dec. 07, 2010 - Mountain Home, AR) Trailer Boats Magazine has Trailer Boats magazine has announced the Winners of its 3rd annual Excellence in Design Awards, a program that defines and recognizes all that is truly outstanding in boat design.

Second chance for Schuff; Thompson to B.A.S.S.; Swindle swings through the Louisiana Delta; Classic quest; Save the date; and ...Touch marketing
(Dec. 07, 2010 - Celebration, FL) Second chance for Schuff: For Craig Schuff of Watauga, Texas, last week's decision to join the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series was a restart of a career interrupted.

(Dec. 07, 2010 - Minneapolis, MN) EverStart Batteries, the No. 1 retail selling automotive and marine battery brand in the world, announced a sponsorship with FLW Outdoors, making it the official automotive and marine battery of the tournament-fishing organization.

(Dec. 06, 2010 - Forestville, WI) The members of the National Professional Anglers Association are tackling one of the most serious threats facing fresh water. Working in conjunction with new marketing partner, the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, the NPAA members will be educating the public about the very real impact of aquatic invasive species.


Elite Series Pro Speaks at Elementary School Assembly
(Dec. 06, 2010 - Auburn CA) Being a Bassmaster Elite Series pro provides an angler opportunity to share their experiences on the lecture circuit. While most of the appearances are at a trade show, or at a major tackle store; sometimes the opportunity to share at a special place presents itself.


Green Advocates Could Take Home $1,000
(Dec. 06, 2010 - Alexandria, VA) The BoatUS Foundation wants to know who is helping boaters, sailors and anglers stay "green". A call for nominations draws to a close December 15 for the 2010 BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award.

Bait manufacturer known for world-record catches
(Dec. 06, 2010 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW Outdoors and Rapala, the world's leading brand of fishing lures, have signed a sponsorship extension for 2011, reaffirming the bait manufacturer's longstanding commitment to tournament angling. Through FLW Outdoors' lucrative bass and walleye tournaments, Rapala will showcase its extensive line of world-record-catching baits, tools, knives and fishing accessories. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The famous Wolf River walleye run will be the target for the first tournament of the 2011 AIM Pro Walleye Series.
(Dec. 04, 2010 - Plymouth, WI) Spring in Wisconsin means walleye fishing. And before the statewide general fishing season opens, the center of walleye fishing excitement is the Wolf River and the connecting chain of lakes. Literally straddling the Wolf River is the small city of Winneconne, Wisconsin. Known as a city of 2,401 of the friendliest people in Wisconsin - and for having no stoplights - Winneconne will be the host of the first event on the 2011 AIM Pro Walleye Series schedule.

Although delay is good news; the only permanent solution is by legislation
(Dec. 04, 2010 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA), Center for Coastal Conservation, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, International Game Fish Association and the National Marine Manufacturers Association support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) decision to delay a ban on all bottom fishing in a 5,000 square mile area of the South Atlantic until June 2011.

(Dec. 02, 2010 - Daytona Beach, FL) Costa sunglasses recently renewed its longtime partnership with the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship and Association of Collegiate Anglers. In 2011, Costa will again serve as a corporate sponsor and official sunglass of the championship series and its participants.


(Dec. 02, 2010 - Celebration, FL) There will be a new mouthpiece of the Bassmaster Elite Series, B.A.S.S. announced today. Starting with the upcoming Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans (Feb. 18-20), popular television personality Dave Mercer will control the microphone as contenders weigh fish for the world championship title. Mercer also will emcee all Elite Series events for 2011.


Emphasis on the value of recreational fishing slowly advancing at the annual meetings
(Dec. 02, 2010 - Paris, France) A negotiating team from the United States, which included The Billfish Foundation (TBF), successfully defended existing conservation measures for white and blue marlin and swordfish during 12 days of annual negotiations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), which concluded in Paris, November 27.

(Dec. 02, 2010 - Kennesaw, GA) Yamaha Marine Group today announced "The Four Stroke Revolution," a new promotion designed to give consumers even more of a reason to buy during the 2010 holidays and continuing through the boat show season through the end of March 2011.


(Dec. 01, 2010 - Key Largo, Florida Keys) Free admission to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is available Saturday, Dec. 11, during a special 50th birthday celebration planned for that day.

Four new Elite Series rookies; Meet Nate Wellman, Elite Series pro; and ... Central Opens registration in top gear
(Dec. 01, 2010 - Celebration, FL) They will be part of the Elite Series rookie class of 2011, yet all are competitors seasoned by Bassmaster trails and other major tournament circuits.

(Nov. 30, 2010 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW Outdoors and Plano, pacesetter in the storage-system industry, have signed a multiyear sponsorship agreement. Through FLW Outdoors? lucrative bass and walleye tournaments, Plano will showcase its extensive line of fishing, hunting, golf and toolbox products. In addition, Plano will have a strong presence across all of the FLW Outdoors media platforms. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


(Nov. 23, 2010 - Dania Beach, FL) Young anglers from the Santa Barbara, Calif., area along with a large group of Cub Scouts, parents and volunteers kicked off the first UPSAC/IGFA Goleta Pier Youth Angler Tournament in mid October, held at Goleta Beach County Park and Pier on the Pacific Ocean.


(Nov. 23, 2010 - Dania Beach, FL) The IGFA's recently launched iPhone app is generating significant appeal to anglers worldwide who love having instant fishing knowledge in their hands.


(Nov. 23, 2010 - Dania Beach, FL) Three species of tuna caught in Japan, Mexico and Vanuatu are up for IGFA world records and lead off the IGFA Hot Catches for November. IGFA World Records Coordinator Jack Vitek has included other pending records from Australia, Africa and the U.S.


(Nov. 23, 2010 - Athens, TX) n November 16 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries biologists began rebuilding the fishery at Fairfield Lake affected by a serious fish kill in August by stocking 500 largemouth bass up to 16 inches in length into the reservoir.

Winterize Now
(Nov. 23, 2010 - Temple, TX) The weatherman is telling us our first freeze of the season is headed to Central Texas over the Thanksgiving weekend so let's talk winterization. This is a job you can do yourself or take your boat to your local marine dealer, but do not think you have nothing to worry about.

Can a pro angler cook a turkey?; What's going down on the bayou; Poche looking forward to the 2011 Elite season; A true Thanksgiving; and ... Plan on it
(Nov. 23, 2010 - Celebration, FL) Can a pro angler cook a turkey?: Yes, and it comes naturally. Any pro angler worth his or her seasoning salt possesses the talents and skills to tackle turkey day in the kitchen.

"Experience The REVOlution" Sweepstakes Scheduled for December 2010
(Nov. 23, 2010 - Columbia, SC) Abu Garcia announced today a December Sweepstakes campaign "Experience The REVOlution" to promote the new Revo Premier Spinning Reel.


(Nov. 17, 2010 - Temple, TX) Bass are a quirky lot. Leading up to last Saturday's TuffMan bass tournament, fishermen were reporting some nice catches of small mouth bass with some fish up to 4 pounds. Pre-fishing teams were sure they could take home a top 12 qualifying position plus $2,500 or more in prize money on a five fish stringer of these smallies. This would be quite a feat when you consider most local tournaments are won with largemouth bass.


(Nov. 17, 2010 - San Antonio, TX) G2 Gemini Custom Apparel announced today that the company will make it easy and affordable for collegiate anglers to wear what the top bass tournament pros wear.

Captain's Cash contingency program offered to FLW Tour pros
(Nov. 17, 2010 - Minneapolis, MN) JL Marine Systems, Inc., announced Wednesday it has signed a sponsorship agreement with the tournament-fishing company FLW Outdoors. Through the sponsorship, JL Marine Systems' popular Power-Pole shallow-water anchor system will be promoted across the various FLW Outdoors platforms.

Tournament Hosted Last Week at the Historic Big Game Club in Bimini
(Nov. 16, 2010 - Alice Town, Bimini) Using the best four fish, Shine On out of Key Biscayne wins the first leg of the Bahamas Wahoo Challenge.

(Nov. 16, 2010 - Celebration, FL) B.A.S.S. today introduced Joe Higgins, a veteran sales executive for several major media organizations, as its Senior Director/Sales, effective Dec. 6.

(Nov. 16, 2010 - Ponca City, WI) The Bass Federation announced today the High School Fishing World Finals will return to Russellville, Ark. at Lake Dardanelle. High school stars from TBF's Student Angler Federation will once again be invited to this "no entry fee" championship event at Lake Dardanelle State Park, July 18-23. Last year, 184 high school anglers from 18 states showcased the top high school talent from all over the country.

B.A.S.S. Reporter's Notebook: November 16, 2010
(Nov. 16, 2010 - Celebration, FL) B.A.S.S. is back: The "dots" are returning to the name and products of the organization that's been serving bass anglers worldwide for more than 40 years.

Gives Users Access to Video and Text for Product Education
(Nov. 15, 2010 - Columbia, SC) For those anglers that are looking for a new way to understand the product they're about to buy, Pure Fishing is introducing MS Tag technology to their packaging.

99.6 percent of federal waters now open
(Nov. 15, 2010 - Washington, DC) NOAA today reopened to commercial and recreational fishing 8,403 square miles of Gulf waters which extend from the Louisiana state water line to due south of the Alabama/Florida state line. This is the eleventh reopening in federal waters since July 22.


(Nov. 15, 2010 - Tullahoma, TN) Professional angler Russ Lane of Alabama has joined the Phoenix Boats pro staff. Lane will run a Phoenix 721 ProXP powered by a Yamaha 250 SHO. The Phoenix 721 ProXP features a totally enclosed console design, hand-laid hull with AME 5000 resins, superior knit type fiberglass cloth and all composites.


(Nov. 10, 2010 - Temple, TX) It's Boats and Boating, Fish and Fishing (and sometimes a little Hunting) Most of you that follow me on the radio or who read my weekly column know that I'm passionate about all things outdoors, but especially boating and fishing.

The sportfishing industry applauds decision to reject increases in commercial harvest
(Nov. 10, 2010 - Alexandria, VA) The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) voted 10-4 to reject a proposal to increase the commercial harvest of Atlantic striped bass in state waters Tuesday. In May, the ASMFC proposed an addendum to its current striped bass management plan, which would have increased the commercial striped bass quota by up to 50 percent.

Just who is Ryan McMurtury?; Catching up with the youngest 2011 Classic qualifier; Mississippi youth champ repeats; Hall of Fame adds two Bassmaster anglers; and ... Screams of joy
(Nov. 09, 2010 - Celebration, FL) Just who is Ryan McMurtury?: His kids call him Forrest Gump. Nothing much to do with a box of chocolates; it's that Ryan McMurtury has tried his hand at many different careers, including ? like Gump ? football.


(Nov. 08, 2010 - Minneapolis, MN) You might think a sure sign of winter might be the frost on the car when you get up, but actually it?s the airing of the third big season of Ice Fishing Today Television.


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