Fishing & Boating News
Learn from the best; How stockbroker Ben Parker became an Elite Series pro; Swindle's new venture; Classic show gears up; and ... Inclined to be excited
(Jan. 04, 2011 - Celebration, FL) Learn from the best: Jerry McKinnis, one of the new owners of B.A.S.S., is scheduled to speak Jan. 8 during the Shreveport-Bossier City, La., stop of The Bass University.
(Jan. 03, 2011 - Marathon, Florida Keys) As a facet of a holiday vacation in the Florida Keys that wrapped up Sunday, former President Jimmy Carter fished offshore of Marathon.
(Jan. 03, 2011 - Athens,TX) O.H. Ivie Reservoir continues to pump out Toyota ShareLunkers. The West Texas lake produced Toyota ShareLunker 506 on January 1.
Longtime SEC football rivals Louisiana State University and the University of Alabama will meet Feb. 20 not on the field, but on the water.
(Jan. 31, 2011 - New Orleans, LA.) The LSU and Alabama bass fishing teams will compete that Sunday in the Bassmaster College Classic on Louisiana's Lake Verret. At the same time, the world's top anglers will be competing elsewhere on the Louisiana Delta on the final day of the 41st Bassmaster Classic, the world championship of bass fishing, out of New Orleans.
(Dec. 29, 2010 - Benton, KY) "FishPAA Television," highlighting the exciting action and skills of the nation's best professional anglers competing on the Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series presented by Carrot Stix, will begin additional coverage from the 2010 season on Sportsman Channel.
NOAA Launches Website Housing Previously Released Public Information from the Deepwater Horizon Response
(Dec. 29, 2010 - Wahington, DC) NOAA today unveiled a web archive of the maps, wildlife reports, scientific reports and other previously released public information used by emergency responders, fishermen, mariners and local officials during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The NOAA Deepwater Horizon Library can be accessed via http://www.noaa.gov/deepwaterhorizon.
Sunglasses firm steps up as title sponsor of a hot new angling show broadcast nationally on the Versus Channel. Host Dave Maynard chases Baja's amazing fish with lures, bait and flies.
(Dec. 27, 2010 - Mobile, AL) Ono's Trading Company announced it is title sponsor of Fish the Baja Presented By Ono's an all-new weekly sportfishing show from Mexico's Baja Peninsula premiering nationally on the Versus channel Dec. 28.
(Dec. 20, 2010 - Dania Beach, FL) Two bright red-colored fish species kickoff the December Hot Catches report for IGFA world records. Jack Vitek, the IGFA's World Records Coordinator has included pending records from South Africa, Canada, Costa Rica, several from the U.S. and one from the small Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia.
(Dec. 23, 2010 - Corpus Christi, TX) Due to continued public interest in overall spotted seatrout population health, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Coastal Fisheries Division staff will host a series of coastwide scoping meetings in January to obtain public input on potential conservation measures for spotted seatrout as part of the annual statewide proclamation process.
(Dec. 22, 2010 - ) Fishers of Men Announces Agreement with Skeeter-Yamaha The Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail today announced a Sponsorship Agreement between the organization and Skeeter/Yamaha. Effective Jan 1st Skeeter and Yamaha will become the Official exclusive Boat and Motor Sponsors of both the Fishers of Men Team and Legacy Tournament Series.
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Paybacks will extend through 70th place
(Dec. 21, 2010 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW Outdoors announced that the field for the 2011 Walmart FLW Tour Majors will have 160 professional anglers participating. With the field set at 160, paybacks will be paid through 70th place.
ORV management plan ignores economic impact on local community by closing large areas to recreational fishing and other outdoor activities
(Dec. 21, 2010 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA), along with Cape Hatteras (NC) civic and business organizations, denounce the National Park Service's (NPS) decision to adopt an off-road vehicle (ORV) management plan for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area (CHNSRA) that closes extensive areas of the seashore to the public and severely limits ORV access to one of the premier surf fishing locations on the East coast.
Have Mercer; Top Bassmaster stories of 2010; 45 seasons and counting; Special treatment; Bradley Roy's newest sponsor; and ... Happy Holidays!
(Dec. 21, 2010 - Celebration, FL) Have Mercer: Think of a boy anticipating Christmas morning, a boy who knows that the biggest package under the tree has his name on it. That's how Dave Mercer says he feels about getting started in his new job as Bassmaster emcee, beginning with the Feb. 18-20 Bassmaster Classic.
(Dec. 21, 2010 - Ponca City, OK) The Bass Federation, (TBF) announced today Kimball City, Tenn., and Nickajack Lake will host the widely anticipated 2011 Federation National Championship, presented by the National Guard. Anglers from seven TBF divisions competed locally to qualify for the no-entry fee 2010 TBF Division Championship Series.
(Dec. 20, 2010 - Dania Beach, FL) Catch-and-release anglers and conservationists; you asked for it and you got it. The International Game Fish Association has added a new 100% release category to its world records section beginning in 2011.
(Dec. 20, 2010 - Reidsville, NC) Today Bassmaster Elite Series Rookie of the Year Bradley Roy contracted to endorse Taylor Man's Custom Lures line of premium, US-made custom lures.
Self-proclaimed expert offers ideas on items for under $50
(Dec. 18, 2010 - ) Last minute Christmas gift shopping can be pressure packed even when you share the exact same interests of the loved one, but it becomes much more challenging when trying to buy for a hunter or angler and you're not.
(Dec. 17, 2010 - Athens, TX) Bobbie Gayle of Millersview joined a very exclusive club December 15 when she caught Toyota ShareLunker 505 from O.H. Ivie Reservoir.
Decade-long relationship continues to grow
(Dec. 15, 2010 - Minneapolis, MN) Minn Kota, the world's leading manufacturer of electric trolling motors, has renewed its longstanding partnership with FLW Outdoors, the world's largest tournament-fishing organization. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
(Dec. 15, 2010 - Belton, TX) The rumor on Lake Stillhouse Hollow is that all the big bass are dead. After several years of fishermen catching 7 plus pounders, all the big fish seemed to have disappeared.
(Dec. 14, 2010 - Key Largo, Florida Keys) Key Largo Celebration Ends for America's First Underwater Preserve. The day before, noted divers descended on an iconic underwater statue to mark the 50th anniversary of America's first underwater preserve.
(Dec. 14, 2010 - Austin, TX) Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, is calling on Texas students to participate in the 15th annual Adopt-A-Beach "Treasures of the Texas Coast" Children's Art Contest. The deadline to submit artwork is Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
G-man meets fireman; Andy Montgomery, uncommon Elite Series rookie; It's still big (a Classic scouting report); For singles only; and ... A trim for the tree
(Dec. 14, 2010 - Celebration, FL) G-man meets fireman: After spending the night in a downtown New Orleans firehouse, pro angler Gerald "G-man" Swindle has a deeper regard for firefighters, and especially for what they went through during Hurricane Katrina.
PENN International Reel Brings in Giant 405.2-Pound Yellowfin
(Dec. 13, 2010 - Columbia, SC) Few world-fishing records have been as elusive as the yellowfin tuna, standing since 1977 - until now. Fishing on December 6th, Mike Livingston of Sunland, Calif., never thought it possible to hoist up a yellowfin that would potentially topple the previous 33-year old world record of 388 pounds, 12 ounces.
(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.
Recreational Fishing and Boating Community Supports Delay on Bottom Fishing Ban in the South Atlantic
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.
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