Fishing & Boating News
For the 14th year in a row, Skeeter Boats remains the title sponsor of Bass Champs tournament trail and television show.
(Dec 19, 2015 - Halet, TX) Bass Champs announced today that Skeeter Boats will remain the title sponsor of the number one team tournament trail and television show.
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 17, 2015 - ) There are many reasons for you to go fishing but that is another story. I go fishing on Keith Lake because I can catch fish there.
(Dec 17, 2015 - High Island, TX) Archosargus probatocepha, alias Convict Fish, or just Sheepshead belongs to the Family Sparidae, or PORGIES, are blackish silver in color, with 5 or 6 distinct vertical black bars on its sides, but not always the same on both sides.
(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.
Evinrude to Launch Lucrative Contingency Program for BFL Anglers
(Dec 16, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that BRP’s Evinrude brand has re-signed a multi-year agreement to remain an official outboard engine sponsor, marking their 15th consecutive year as a sponsor of FLW. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Accomplishments Significant progress made in several key areas for recreational fishing’s future
(Dec 16, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) Over the course of 2015, numerous legislative, public policy and advocacy activities occurred that will have a lasting impact on recreational fishing’s future. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) today recounted seven of the top recreational fishing advocacy accomplishments of 2015.
2016 season begins January 30 at Sam Rayburn Reservoir
(Dec 16, 2015 - NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL) Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will once again be featured as title sponsor of the Texas Team Trail (TXTT) at all 2016 events. The popular bass fishing circuit kicks off Jan. 30 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir and promises a strong mix of venues and exceptional payout for the year ahead.
(Dec 16, 2015 - Langley, British Columbia) Mercury Marine is pleased to announce the opening of its new state of the art facility in Langley, British Columbia. The 50,000 square-foot facility will be the new home to both Mercury Marine Canada and Land ‘N’ Sea Canada and is officially opened to serve Mercury’s dealer network throughout the Western Region of Canada.
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 12, 2015 - Guntersville, AL) Things didn’t go exactly as Thomas Martens had hoped during Saturday’s six-man Bassmaster Classic fish-off on Lake Guntersville. The current he had relied on all week disappeared, and that may have caused him to lose a couple of good fish Saturday morning. He also had to share his best spot with the crowd of recreational fishermen who always flock to Guntersville on the weekends.
Lund Pro-V Bass boat reveals innovative engineering and remarkable performance
(Dec 11, 2015 - New York Mills, MN) Eclipsing tournament wins by Lund luminaries Al and James Lindner and Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson, the legendary boat builder recently unveiled a radical new 1875 Pro-V Bass boat during its August dealer meeting – a progressive boat blueprint that sets out to redefine the concept of the modern day bass and musky fishing vessel.
(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 11, 2015 - Guntersville, AL) Everything went right for Chris Risner and Timothy Eaton during Friday’s second round of the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship on Lake Guntersville.
(Dec 11, 2015 - Columbia, SC) Expanding its Galaxy range, Shakespeare introduces the JF-3 Multi-Band Antenna.
(Dec 11, 2015 - Woodbury, MN) There is something special about plucking fish through the ice that gives us “Ice Fever.” Ice fever is defined as “rapid heartbeat due to intense excitement when catching fish through the ice.” And there’s no better fish to catch through the ice than feisty crappies.
Huk Performace Apparel has upgraded its sponsorship and signed a three-year agreement with B.A.S.S. to become a Premier Sponsor of all Bassmaster tournament circuits.
(Dec 9, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Huk, a performance apparel company offering quality, technical fishing clothing to anglers, has upgraded its sponsorship and signed a three-year agreement with B.A.S.S. to become a Premier Sponsor of all Bassmaster tournament circuits.
(Dec 9, 2015 - Guntersville, AL) After a two-day pre-tournament practice period that saw most of the 197-boat field from around the country struggle, it only makes sense that two local teams shot to the top of the leaderboard during Wednesday’s opening round of the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship on Lake Guntersville.
(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.
Fishing and boating industries partner to enhance accessory offerings at world’s largest sportfishing trade event
(Dec 7, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Associationand the National Marine Manufacturers Association announced today a partnership in which NMMA will produce a new Marine Accessories Pavilion located within the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST.
(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.
(Dec 4, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The amount of time devoted to recreation is the same among all anglers, with active, lapsed, and former anglers each averaging slightly more than 3 hours per workday and 6.5 hours per weekend day. This slice of time can be devoted to any combination of activities, indoors or outdoors. So how do they choose to spend that time?
(Dec 4, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) RECREATIONAL FISHING is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the United States. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 42 million youth and adults—13 percent of the U.S. population—go fishing every year.
(Dec 4, 2015 - Guntersville, AL) When bass fishing enthusiasts hear mention of Lake Guntersville, many think right away of a lake that’s played host to some of the sport’s biggest moments.
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.
High-Def Fishing optics company engineers first consumer-friendly HD digital fishing camera
(Nov 30, 2015 - Crosslake, MN.) Visualize grand and vibrant underwater vistas: The Great Barrier Reef in all its aquamarine glory; the awesome power of Victoria Falls and Niagara; the haunting depths of Blue Hole, Bahamas. Closer to your home waters, imagine viewing legions of largemouth bass, clouds of crappies, mighty pike on patrol—all in the stunning color and clarity of a big-screen theater experience.
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.
(Nov 30, 2015 - ) The UM Sports Hall of Fame celebrated World Habitat Day on Monday, October 5th by presenting a check for $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys... proceeds from the 5th Annual UMSHoF / Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys Celebrity Dolphin Tournament, Hosted by Randal Hill and Andre Johnson...
(Nov 30, 2015 - Forestville, WI) Continuing with the mission of increasing participation in the sport of fishing, the Future Angler Foundation (FAF) has filled an open seat on the board of directors with R. Nick Schmal, retired USDA Forest Service fishery program leader. Schmal, who lives in Germantown, Wisc., has agreed to assume the role of Executive Director. With a long career in the biology and science areas of fisheries management, he is also an avid angler.
When presentations change from horizontal to vertical, there’s one lure that makes the transition trouble free – Keweenaw Tackle Company’s Fin-Wing
(Nov 20, 2015 - Traverse City, MI) Fall’s wicked transformation into winter is the harshest of all seasonal shifts. One night of deep-space temps and the open water you were casting the evening before can turn into a skating rink.
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.
(Nov 19, 2015 - ) The new Gold Anchor Global Marina Accreditation was launched at METS on 18 November 2015 followed by a formal signing ceremony at Marine House, TYHA and British Marine’s registered office.
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.
(Nov 19, 2015 - Cape Coral, FL) Some boats are quiet when stalking fish in skinny water. Others are dry when driving through the chop. Action Craft Boats, with its patented Qui-Dry® hull design, excel at both.
Moving to Dallas, Texas Area in 2016
(Nov 17, 2015 - ) Today, officials announced the 2016 Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a debut in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex on Lake Ray Roberts.
(Nov 16, 2015 - ) Mike Devere of Berea, Kentucky, weighed five bass totaling 12 pounds even Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Wild Card on Lake Hartwell with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 21 pounds, 11 ounces.
Popular catfish tackle brand now under the direction of Custom Jigs & Spins
(Nov 13, 2015 - Coralville, IA) It comes as no surprise to America’s 7-million catfish anglers, but the ‘Whisker Nation’ is growing in size and scope. Never mind the fact that catfish remain the most abundant, accessible and delicious sportfish in the country. Or that catfish tournament circuits have sprung up all across America. Or that thanks to progressive companies like Rippin Lips, high quality, affordable cat-gear continues to improve with each fishing season.
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 13, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced today a partnership in which NMMA will produce a new Marine Accessories Pavilion located within the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST. ICAST will be held July 12-15, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
(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 7, 2015 - Monroe, LA) Albert Collins’ victory in the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship was a year in the making. The Texas angler lost his bid to the Classic by 1 1/2 pounds on the Ouachita River in November 2014; he’s been planning for his next chance ever since.
(Nov 6, 2015 - ) The conditions changed on the second day of the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on the Ouachita River, but the first-day leader did everything the same and managed to stay on top of the field. Louisiana’s Jamie Laiche added 13 pounds, 14 ounces, ending Day 2 with 30 pounds, 4 ounces and a 1 1/2-pound lead.
(Nov 6, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Sports Destination Management, the leading publication for sports event planners and tournament directors, today announced the 2015 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism.
(Nov 6, 2015 - ) Jamie Laiche of Gonzales, La., only traveled four hours to get to the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, so it seems like he would have home-lake advantage over the rest of the field.
(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.
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