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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.

(Nov. 08, 2010 - Temple, TX) The accumulation of Faith Angler Network's inaugural season closed with a two day championship tournament held on 2 different lake October 22nd and 23rd, 2010. The event began at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Temple TX. Thursday evening October 21st. Sponsors, anglers and their friends and families of the 25 teams that qualified nestled into the fellowship hall to enjoy some Rudy's Bar-B Q, and the wonderful brownies and ice cream provided by the kind staff of IBC


(Nov. 06, 2010 - Bloomington, IN) SS Zack Fromme and FLW College Fishing angler Andy Southard from Western Kentucky University win the FLW National Guard Soldier Appreciation Tournament held on Lake Monroe Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. The team caught two bass weighing 3 pounds to take the title and bragging rights amongst their peers.


(Nov. 05, 2010 - Flippin, AR.) Ranger Boats founder and fishing industry legend, Forrest L. Wood, received one of the highest honors bestowed on members of the angling community when he was inducted into the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Hall of Fame on October 26.

(Nov. 04, 2010 - San Antonio, TX) As the fall 2010 college semester gets underway, collegiate anglers throughout the country are looking forward to the opportunity to represent their schools as they compete in bass tournaments. Many college fishing clubs will hold intra club events this fall before the competition heats up during the spring of 2011.

(Nov. 04, 2010 - Mountain Home, AR) We are looking for some good men and women to represent Denali Rods. We are currently taking applications for 2011 positions.

Final policy on controversial management tool opens door to reallocation, but perils of implementation remain
(Nov. 04, 2010 - Washington, DC) After months of intense debate, today's official release of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations' (NOAA) Catch Share Policy provides recreational anglers with two key elements: a framework to redistribute the benefits of harvesting the nation's marine resources; and a commitment that catch shares have no place as a management tool for private recreational anglers.

America's anglers triumph over unwarranted petition to ban lead in fishing tackle
(Nov. 04, 2010 - Alexandria, VA) The sportfishing community commends the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for its decision to reject a sweeping petition to ban lead in all fishing tackle. The petition, which was submitted on August 3, 2010, by the Center for Biological Diversity and four other groups, requested that EPA ban all lead in all fishing tackle on all U.S. waters.

(Nov. 03, 2010 - ) The National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) is proud to announce a new program for all tournament organizations to become affiliated with the organization known for growing the sport of fishing.


Final standings of the 2010 Junior Bassmaster World Championship
(Nov. 03, 2010 - Celebration, FL) How to retire, fish and win: Retired firefighter George Crain of Cropwell, Ala., went after a seat in the 2011 Bassmaster Classic three different ways. One avenue, the BASS Federation Nation, panned out for him last weekend.

(Nov. 02, 2010 - Celebration, FL) ESPN Inc., announced Tuesday that it has finalized the sale of BASS, LLC to a group of investors including Don Logan, Jerry McKinnis and Jim Copeland. An agreement in principle was announced in August by ESPN and the transaction was completed Monday.


(Oct. 29, 2010 - Plymouth, WI) In December 2009, the fishing industry lost a long-time competitor and a key person in the creation of the AIM Pro Walleye Series. Dave Anderson was an important member of the AIM Board of Directors. His perspective and steady optimism will not be forgotten.

Dawes to appear with Berkley pro Hank Parker on Versus Network
(Oct. 29, 2010 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) Jonathan Dawes, a 13-year-old Boy Scout from Tacoma, Washington, and his father, Daniel, flew to Montgomery, Alabama, to fish with legendary angler Hank Parker.


(Oct. 28, 2010 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW Outdoors announced that pro fishermen George Cochran and Wesley Strader will represent Team Walmart on the 2011 Walmart FLW Tour. Serving as brand ambassadors, Cochran and Strader will compete against the world's greatest bass anglers from Walmart-wrapped Ranger boats pulled by matching Chevy tow vehicles.


Learn how to catch Kamloops trout with advice from a skilled veteran of the sport
(Oct. 27, 2010 - Bothwell, WA) Attention, fly fishers searching for that elusive thrill of tying into a famous Kamloop trout in the lakes of British Columbia! A new guide is here to offer help with his new book, Fly Fishing For Kamloops Trout (published by AuthorHouse), the new nonfiction from veteran fly fisher and instructor Ray Gould.


On the Dock with Rick Smith
(Oct. 27, 2010 - Austin, TX) It seems that you cannot turn on the news anymore without hearing of someone seeing an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) or having a close encounter with some alien life form. Texas has a real life alien that has already invaded and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is asking for our help in stopping this invader.

(Oct. 26, 2010 - Washington, DC) NOAA has released the Recreational Saltwater Fisheries Action Agenda, a national plan to address the complex issues facing marine recreational fisheries. The plan will improve science and stewardship and build a stronger partnership with the recreational community. It is a direct outcome of input received from recreational fishermen during the April 2010 Recreational Saltwater Fishing Summit organized by NOAA.

The nation's premier collegiate bass fishing tournament series will award 2011 College Bass National Champion an automatic spot in the 2012 Bassmaster Classic
(Oct. 26, 2010 - Little Rock, AR) For the first time in the history of the Bassmaster Classic, a collegiate angler will have the opportunity to compete against the top professional bass anglers on the biggest stage in the sport.


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