Fishing & Boating News
(May 28, 2015 - Little Rock, AR) As his hopes of becoming a major league baseball pitcher began to fade, Jerry McKinnis gave himself over to another passion: fishing. Baseball’s loss was fishing’s gain as McKinnis progressed from local television fishing show host to cable television pioneer to bass fishing icon.
Floods Damage More Than Half of Texas State Park System
(May 28, 2015 - Austin, TX) Torrential storms that have continued to hammer much of the state for more than a week now are leaving their mark on Texas’ State Park system. As of Wednesday, more than 50 state parks report some damage as a result of significant rainfall; about half those sites are currently either closed or partially closed to the public due to flooding.
New Dan A. Hughes Unit honors namesake’s role in key acquisition.
(May 21, 2015 - Austin, TX) The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Thursday authorized the renaming of the Big Satan Unit of the Devils River State Natural Area. The new Dan A. Hughes Unit honors the role of its namesake in helping the state acquire this unique property. Hughes, father of TPW Commission chairman Dan A. Hughes Jr., is a well-known South Texas oil and gas businessman, outdoors enthusiast and conservationist.
(May 21, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Scott Sprencz of Phoenix, Arizona, correctly picked five of the top 10 anglers in last week’s Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Eufaula presented by Quaker State. For his picks, Sprencz won $5,000 by playing FLW Fantasy Fishing, held in conjunction with the FLW Tour fishing tournament.
(May 20, 2015 - Neches River, Jacksonville, TX) I have a few catch up items for you 1). I made a second trip to Devils River that was more exciting than the first. I am working on the write up to follow. 2). The Launch Event must be rescheduled for the Cherokee Neches Paddling Trail that was for May 30 – there is just too much water for it to be a safe paddle.
Store to be located on State Route 8 in Village of Boston Heights
(May 20, 2015 - VILLAGE OF BOSTON HEIGHTS, Ohio) Bass Pro Shops, an outdoor retailer specializing in hunting, fishing, camping and other related outdoor gear, is proud to announce plans for a third store in Ohio. The store will be located on the northwest quadrant of Interstate 80 and State Route 8 in the Village of Boston Heights, in Summit County.
2015 Toyota Texas Bass Classic at Lake Fork is accepting volunteer applications
(May 20, 2015 - Quitman, TX) The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) is looking for volunteers to help support the Texas-sized outdoor music festival and world championship fishing event. The 9th annual TTBC is returning to Lake Fork Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, 2015. The event will host the world’s greatest anglers as well as chart topping country music performances.
(May 17, 2015 - Jacksonville, TX) Folks, Texans! Texas needs your help. There is a bill, HB 3298, being considered in Committee in the Texas Senate which needs to be DEFEATED for the Good of TEXAS.
(May 14, 2015 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Nominations for the 2015 Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award are now being accepted. The annual award recognizes a Walmart FLW Tour professional angler who best displays an overall commitment to sportsmanship and community leadership, on and off the water, by demonstrating ethical behavior, upholding integrity, class, selflessness, conservation efforts and demonstrating kindness to others.
(May 14, 2015 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Walmart FLW Tour pro Nick Prvonozac of Warren, Ohio, informed FLW of his decision Monday to withdraw from the remaining three regular-season FLW Tour events in the 2015 season. A tournament field of 149 boats will compete this week at the FLW Tour at Lake Eufaula presented by Quaker State.
Evans Harnesses the Power of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for 2015 Tour
(May 14, 2015 - SPRINGFIELD, MO.) Nickelodeon the number-one entertainment brand for kids, and Lil’ Anglers LLC, makers of the new Kid Casters no-tangle rods and reels for children, today announced sponsorship of professional bass angler and Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame member Charlie Evans on the FLW Tour.
(May 11, 2015 - Quitman, TX) The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) is bringing world class entertainment to East Texas. Along with 35 of the world’s best anglers and 4 of country music’s biggest stars, a full lineup of family-friendly activities are taking place on the grounds of the Sabine River Authority in Quitman, TX.
(May 11, 2015 - Grove, OK) The Walmart BFL tournament at Lake Eufaula slated for May 16 has been moved and anglers will now compete on Grand Lake. Anglers will takeoff and weigh-in at the Grove City Ramp, located at 1007 N. 16th St. W. in Grove, Oklahoma.
(May 5, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Twelve high school students from 10 states have been selected as members of the first Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team.
(May 2, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Johnathan Johnson of Sylacauga, Alabama, correctly picked four of the top 10 anglers in last week’s Walmart FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake presented by Rayovac. For his picks, Johnson won $5,000 by playing FLW Fantasy Fishing, held in conjunction with the FLW Tour bass-fishing tournament.
(Apr 30, 2015 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) vWalmart FLW Tour pro Eric Olliverson of Lampe, Missouri, informed FLW of his decision to withdraw from the remaining three regular-season FLW Tour events in the 2015 season due to personal reasons. The FLW Tour tournament field will be trimmed to 153.
(Apr 30, 2015 - EUFAULA, AL.) The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, will host the Alabama State High School Championship and a Student Angler Federation (SAF) High School Fishing Open on Lake Eufaula in Eufaula, Alabama, May 9.
(Apr 30, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) When Michael Wohlgemuth was looking forward to this 50th birthday, he had no idea he would get not only a new bass boat as a gift, but also a fishing trip with 2014 Bassmaster Classic champion Randy Howell.
(Apr 28, 2015 - Quitman, TX) The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) is looking for volunteers to help support the Texas-sized outdoor music festival and world championship fishing event. The 9th annual TTBC is returning to Lake Fork Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, 2015.
Winning anglers win more than $47,000 in cash and prizes
(Apr 28, 2015 - Norman, OK) James Stricklin, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Billy Cline, of Grapevine, Texas, brought 16.93 pounds of bass to the scales to win the 2015 Texas Team Trail presented by Cabela's (TXTT) event at Lake Texoma on April 25. The winning anglers took home a Ranger Z119C powered by an Evinrude 225HP outboard and an additional $2,220 of Anglers Advantage money for a total prize package worth $47,025.
(Apr 28, 2015 - ) Kid Casters, a new youth fishing brand owned by Lil Anglers, LLC, has teamed up with KeepAmericaFishing® and the American Sportfishing Association in hopes of igniting a passion for fishing within our younger generations.
(Apr 21, 2015 - FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, FL.) Since Guy Harvey, Ph.D. has supported, and continues to support NSU in scholarship, research and the conservation of marine life, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) has named its newest research facility the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center.
Mustang Survival Renews Partnership with Cabela's National Walleye Tour Professional walleye circuit gearing up for 2015 season
(Apr 21, 2015 - MOUNTAIN HOME, AR.) Mustang Survival, a leading manufacturer of marine safety and extreme climate protection products, has renewed its partnership with the Cabela's National Walleye Tour (NWT) as an official sponsor for the 2015 season. The renewal was finalized as the NWT prepares for the upcoming season, scheduled to kick-off May 7 on the Mississippi River.
(Apr 21, 2015 - Quitman, TX) The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) has partnered with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) for the past 9 consecutive years to bring the best anglers, biggest country music stars and most exciting family fun to Texas. This Memorial Day Weekend the celebration is taking place on Lake Fork in Quitman, Texas May 23-25, 2015.
(Apr 18, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Walmart FLW Tour pro Van Soles of Haines City, Florida, informed FLW of his decision Friday to withdraw from the remaining four regular-season FLW Tour events in the 2015 season. Joe Gerard of Concordia, Kansas, a 12-year veteran of the Rayovac FLW Series, has agreed to replace Soles on Tour and will fish the remaining four events this season. The full tournament field will remain at 154.
(Apr 15, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, has announced Rayovac®, a division of Spectrum Brands featured by FLW since 2012, has signed a sponsorship agreement and will remain a partner of the organization, including title sponsorship of the Rayovac FLW Series. Terms of the agreement were not released.
Keweenaw Tackle Company lends a hand so others can achieve their full potential
(Apr 10, 2015 - Traverse City, MI) When you look up the word “business” in the dictionary, one definition says: The practice of making one's living by engaging in commerce.
(Apr 10, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s premier tournament-fishing organization, announced today that California-based optics manufacturer Typhoon® has renewed their sponsorship agreement for the 2015 tournament season. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
(Apr 10, 2015 - San Antonio, TX) The Association of College Anglers is proud to announce that SPRO will renew its sponsorship of the 2015 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. As a 2015 series sponsor, SPRO will receive extensive promotion with collegiate anglers throughout the nation at major events and with the associated television series.
(Apr 9, 2015 - Austin, TX) For the fourth year in a row, Whole Earth Provision Co. is stepping up to support Texas State Parks. This Texas-based travel, adventure and nature store is hosting two events with proceeds going to helping state parks day-to day operational expenses and enhanced visitor programs.
(Apr 8, 2015 - Lakeport, CA) Fishing partners Kory Ray and Mark “Chief” Torrez needed 10 weigh-in bags to haul their collective catches to the weigh-in scales at today’s Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Western Divisional underway on Clear Lake.
Please see attached article re additional changes to Hibdon's withdrawal
(Apr 8, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Walmart FLW Tour pros Guido and Payden Hibdon, both of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, informed FLW of their decision to withdraw from the remaining four regular-season FLW Tour events in the 2015 season. Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma, and Jeremy Starks of Scott Depot, West Virginia, have agreed to replace the Hibdons on Tour and will fish the remaining four events this season. The full tournament field will remain at 154.
(Apr 8, 2015 - Crystal Lake, IL) Kayaking has undergone a major change in the last few years. No longer is it just paddling around on the lake by grandpa's log cabin or shooting down rapids like a lunatic. Kayak fishing posted a one-year growth rate of 28%, with 1.8 million fishermen accounting for over 39 million outings in 2014. That makes it the second-fastest-growing outdoor sport, just one percentage point behind stand-up paddleboarding.
(Apr 7, 2015 - Eufaula, AL) It was with a great deal of humility and grace that Humminbird pro Tom Neustrom was recently inducted into Minnesota’s Fishing Hall of Fame. Concurrent with the Northwest Sportshow at the Minneapolis Convention Center, industry peers, friends and family packed the ceremony to recognize Tom’s vast contributions to the sport of fishing.
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(Apr 7, 2015 - Grand Rapids, MN) As summer approaches, anglers across the country are gearing up for a variety of fishing adventures. Much attention is deservedly focused on big-ticket items like boats, along with must-have tackle such as rods, reels and lures.
(Apr 2, 2015 - MINNEAPOLIS,MN) Matt Rigsby of Texas City, Texas, correctly picked four of the top 10 anglers in last week’s Walmart FLW Tour event on Lewis Smith Lake presented by Evinrude. For his picks, Rigsby won $5,000 by playing FLW Fantasy Fishing, held in conjunction with the FLW Tour fishing tournament.
to Launch Sportfishing Charters at Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour
(Apr 2, 2015 - GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND) Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts announced today that legendary sportfishing Captain Billy Black has joined the company's Expedition Outfitter program, and will operate sportfishing charters out of Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour on West End, a member of the company's Expedition Collection portfolio, starting April 15th.
(Mar 30, 2015 - FT. LAUDERDALE, FL) The highly acclaimed "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" educational series announces a partnership with Freedom Boat Club, the world's oldest and largest members-only boating club.
Qualifiers from BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing and FLW College Fishing championships to square off on famed Florida fishery this September
(Mar 26, 2015 - Flippin, AR) Teams competing for the 2015 Ranger Cup University Team of the Year title will be doing so on some of the most renowned big-bass waters in the United States. This year's winner-take-all event, slated for September 23-25, will be contested at Florida's legendary Bienville Plantation.
(Mar 24, 2015 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) With the explosive growth of high school bass fishing tournaments, young athletes are making a name for themselves in an organized sport quite different from traditional games like football, baseball and basketball.
T-H Marine Joins National Walleye Tour
(Mar 24, 2015 - ) T-H Marine, a leading manufacturer of boat parts and marine accessories, has joined the Cabela's National Walleye Tour (NWT) as an official sponsor for the 2015 season. The agreement was finalized as the NWT prepares for the upcoming season, scheduled to kick-off May 7 on the Mississippi River.
(Mar 23, 2015 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) Who doesn't love getting a surprise in the mail? If it is a jury summons then most of us will pass, but if it happens to be a special box of Berkley products, any angler will gladly accept. Through a special promotion with Mystery Tackle Box, over 20,000 anglers will be receiving a Mystery Tackle Box exclusively with assorted Berkley products.
(Mar 23, 2015 - Orange, TX) Making a final charge Sunday at the Bassmaster Elite tournament on the Sabine River, Cabela's/GEICO For Your Boat angler Mike McClelland brought in the day's biggest bass, a 4-pound, 2-ounce whopper that put his five-fish limit at 13 pounds, 1 ounce and his total tournament weight at an even 46 pounds. That amount was good enough for a stout second-place result overall.
(Mar 21, 2015 - Orange, TX) Cabela's/GEICO For Your Boat Elite angler Mike McClelland culled his way into the top five at the conclusion of day three of the Bassmaster Elite Series event at the Sabine River presented by Stark Cultural Venues, earning a spot to continue his hunt for a victory on championship Sunday.
Will Reward One Lucky Angler With A 2015 Nitro Z21 Package Worth Over $50,000
(Mar 18, 2015 - SAN MATEO, CA) GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO), enabler of some of today's most engaging content, announced the launch of the GoPro Best Catch Contest: Powered by Bassmaster campaign, offering anglers around the U.S. the opportunity to win a loaded Nitro Z21 boat, motor and trailer package powered by a Mercury 250HP ProXS motor and top-notch electronics.
(Mar 17, 2015 - Gulf of Mexico) The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees have issued the following statement in response to today's press release and report from BP concerning the health of the Gulf of Mexico:
Sportfishing and boating community welcomes state-based management approach
(Mar 15, 2015 - Washington,DC) In a move long-awaited by the recreational fishing and boating community, the directors of the state fish and wildlife agencies from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas announced an agreement for state-based management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper, which in recent years has experienced increasing privatization of this public resource and decreasing recreational fishing opportunities.
(Mar 15, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Gene Larew Lures, a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based manufacturer of a full line of soft plastics, has signed on as a FLW sponsor for 2015.
Kicks of Competitive Tour in Quigley 4x4 Van
(Mar 15, 2015 - Manchester, PA) Quigley Motor Company, manufacturer of 4-wheel drive conversions for Ford, General Motors and Nissan announces its yearlong sponsorship with top-ranked professional angler, Dave Lefebre. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Lefebre will travel the tournament series in a Quigley 4x4 Van.
(Mar 12, 2015 - Tulsa, OK) The world championship of bass fishing — the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro — will return to one of its most popular destinations in 2016, B.A.S.S. and the event’s Oklahoma hosts announced today. And for the first time, the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing” will be conducted in early March instead of February.
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