Fishing & Boating News
Industrial harvesters try to pry into conservation zone, again
(Mar 7, 2018 - Alexandria, VA) Today, leading recreational fishing and boating organizations submitted public comment to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council in opposition to an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) that would allow pelagic longline (PLL) vessels into the East Florida Coast Pelagic Longline Closed Area.
(Mar 6, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) The 2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic Bracket presented by Bass Pro Shops will take place Aug. 14-16 on Milford Lake out of Junction City, Kan., B.A.S.S. announced today.
(Mar 2, 2018 - BAINBRIDGE, Ga.) Two boats were involved in a low-speed collision this morning at the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event at Lake Seminole. Pro Adam Slupczynski of Marietta, Georgia, and co-angler Jim Topmiller of Orlando, Florida, were in one of the boats; Pro Frank Clark of Benton, Illinois, and co-angler Anthony Hunt of Fort Lauderdale, Florida were in the other boat.
(Feb 28, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced a sponsorship agreement with Abu Garcia and Berkley to feature fishing tackle, rods, reels and apparel at all FLW-sanctioned bass fishing tournaments in 2018. The deal reestablishes a partnership between the two outdoors-industry leaders, who also partnered in the 2000 to 2009 seasons.
Northwestern State University stays in 2nd and LSU-Shreveport moves to 3rd
(Feb 22, 2018 - San Antonio, TX) With spring just around the corner, the race to win the most prestigious title in collegiate bass fishing has begun to warm up just as the water temperatures have. This year’s race for Cabela’s School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia has turned to be one of the biggest and hardest one to win thanks in large part to a new points system designed to provide more points earning opportunities than ever before for college anglers nationwide.
Lowrance® Renews FLW Sponsorship with Multi-Year Agreement, Remains Exclusive Marine Electronics Sponsor of FLW
(Feb 15, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics since it invented the first consumer sonar device in 1957, announced today a multi-year sponsorship agreement that will extend through the 2020 FLW tournament season.
(Feb 13, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) The national championship locations and dates for the 2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops and the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods have been released, B.A.S.S. announced today.
(Feb 6, 2018 - Tulsa,OK) Major League Fishing (MLF) and General Tire formally announced today that General Tire will be the title sponsor and official tire of MLF beginning in 2018. The multi-year agreement kicks off with the General Tire Major League Fishing Summit Cup's first event airing on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2 - 4 p.m. ET, on Outdoor Channel.
(Feb 1, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Pro competitors Andy Young of Mound, Minnesota, and William Campbell of Middlesboro, Kentucky, were involved in a boat collision on opening day of the FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee last week.
(Jan 31, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) General Tire will sponsor Winning Ways, a popular spinoff of The Bassmasters TV show on ESPN2, B.A.S.S. announced today.
(Jan 31, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Michael Ray of Elk River, Minn., is the lucky winner of the Fish with Kevin VanDam Sweepstakes, and he could not be happier about it.
César Pecellín Muñoz of Spain Signs Exclusive Licensing Agreement to Run FLW Bass-Fishing Tournaments
(Jan 18, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Spain has signed an exclusive licensing agreement and will begin offering anglers the opportunity to compete in FLW-sanctioned bass fishing tournaments in 2018. The agreement was signed by FLW President of Operations Kathy Fennel and César Pecellín Muñoz of FLW Spain.
(Jan 17, 2018 - St. Chjarles, IL) The Illini Muskies Alliance inducted their 2018 Hall of Fame class at the famed Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois on Saturday January 6, 2018. For the second year in a row a large audience (over 100) was present to observe this popular IMA program.
FLW Foundation, Evinrude Team with National Pediatric Cancer Foundation to Promote ‘Fishing Funds the Cure’ Campaign
(Jan 17, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced today that the FLW Foundation, the company’s 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting youth to their natural resources and promoting education, conservation and an active lifestyle, has joined forces with their longtime partner Evinrude and the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) to promote the ‘Fishing Funds the Cure’ program throughout the 2018 tournament season.
(Jan 15, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today a sponsorship agreement with Mercury Marine across all FLW tournament circuits. The Fond du Lac, Wisconsin-based marine propulsion manufacturer, will serve as one of two official outboard-engine sponsors in 2018. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
(Jan 12, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Mossy Oak, the Official Camo Pattern of B.A.S.S., has signed on as the title sponsor of the organization’s fast-growing high school bass fishing program, B.A.S.S. announced today.
(Jan 11, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Berkley and Abu Garcia, two of Pure Fishing’s global family of quality fishing tackle brands, have signed on as premier sponsors of the Bassmaster Classic and other bass fishing series and events, B.A.S.S. announced today.
Advisory for Friday, January 5, 2018
(Jan 5, 2018 - Okeechobee, FL) In order to concentrate all efforts on the ongoing search for co-angler Nik Kayler, Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) officials have decided to cancel the remaining competition day at the Costa FLW Series tournament on Lake Okeechobee.
(Dec 20, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) Bass club anglers qualifying for three B.A.S.S. Nation Regional tournaments in 2018 will have an unusual opportunity at the host fisheries — they might encounter a “10” during the competition.
(Nov 19, 2017 - Tulsa, OK) Major League Fishing (MLF) officials announce that Gene Larew Lures is the new presenting sponsor of the MLF All Angles television show for the program's upcoming 2018 season.
JOSÉ NEVES SIGNS EXCLUSIVE LICENSING AGREEMENT TO RUN FLW BASS-FISHING TOURNAMENTS IN PORTUGAL
(Nov 16, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced Wednesday that Portugal has become the latest country to sign an exclusive licensing agreement and will begin offering Portuguese anglers the opportunity to compete in FLW-sanctioned bass fishing tournaments in 2018. The agreement was signed by FLW President of Operations Kathy Fennel and José Neves, CEO and President of FLW Portugal.
(Nov 16, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) Out of more than 325,000 entries, the chance to fish with the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic winner, Jordan Lee, is becoming a reality for one lucky sweepstakes winner.
Inducts 2017 class at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium
(Nov 13, 2017 - Springfield, MO) The all-new Bass Fishing Hall of Fame celebrated its grand opening and honored the 2017 inductees last evening at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, located next to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri.
(Nov 10, 2017 - Columbus, GA ) The Realtree Fishing camouflage pattern and brand follow the parent company tradition, partnering with conservation groups to ensure the continuation of our outdoor heritage and habitat for generations to come.
Appointment of “Recreation Czar”
(Nov 9, 2017 - Washington, D.C.) The U.S. Department of the Interior is devoting important new resources to outdoor recreation on America’s public lands and waters. Secretary Ryan Zinke today announced the creation of a Recreation Advisory Committee to help improve visitor experiences through expanded public-private partnerships.
International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame inducts 2017 class at all-new Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium
(Nov 9, 2017 - Springfield, Mo) The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Fishing Hall of Fame honored its 2017 inductees at a ceremony held on October 28, 2017, the first event of its kind to be hosted at its all-new home within Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, located next to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri.
Voluntary reporting and use of best fishing practices will help ensure a robust fishery
(Nov 2, 2017 - Alexandria, Va.) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) praised NOAA Fisheries’ decision to allow a South Atlantic red snapper fishery season for the first time since 2014. Anglers may harvest one red snapper per day November 3-5, and November 10-12, in federal waters from North Carolina through the entire East Coast of Florida.
(Oct 25, 2017 - FT. LAUDERDALE, FL) Aspiring anglers came from as far away as Ohio and Washington, DC to learn from the pros at the award winning "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!®" Keys University, October 20-22 at the Elks Lodge, Tavernier, FL.
THE CANADIAN PRO BASS TOUR SIGNS EXCLUSIVE LICENSING AGREEMENT TO RUN FLW CANADA BASS TOURNAMENTS
(Oct 20, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced an exclusive licensing agreement with the Canadian Pro Bass Tour to assume operation of FLW Canada bass tournaments.
Industry recognizes several individuals for their outstanding leadership and support
(Oct 17, 2017 - Industry recognizes several individuals for their) Industry recognizes several individuals for their outstanding leadership and support
ASA’s Mike Nussman to retire after decades of dedicated service
(Oct 5, 2017 - Alexandria, VA) After decades of dedicated service both on Capitol Hill advocating for fisheries resource conservation and management and as the leader for the recreational fishing industry’s trade association, the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) President and CEO, Mike Nussman, has announced that he will retire as of March 31, 2018.
(Oct 4, 2017 - WASHINGTON, D.C.) Conservationists and anglers are applauding the U.S. Senate for passing S. 396, a bill to amend the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012. The bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.); Marco Rubio (R-Fla.); Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Joe Manchin, III (D-W.Va.), passed by a voice vote on October 2.
(Oct 3, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW announced Tuesday the Costa FLW Series rules, entry fees and payouts for the 2018 season. The season will again consist of three events in each of the five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western – along with the no-entry-fee Costa FLW Series Championship to be held on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama.
(Sep 27, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation, a grassroots advocacy effort developed by B.A.S.S., achieved a major milestone this month: Since its inception, more than 75,000 advocacy letters have been sent to Congress by anglers nationwide through its website, BassforSalt.com.
Preliminary findings by the USFWS also reveal increase in fishing expenditures
(Sep 14, 2017 - ALEXANDRIA, VA) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its initial report of the 2016 National Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation national survey. The survey, conducted every five years in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, shows that fishing participation is up nearly 20 percent over the last 10 years. Anglers also increased their overall spend by 2.4 percent during the past five years.
(Sep 14, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) Game wardens, fisheries biologists and other personnel in the fish and game departments of Texas and Florida were among the first responders in the back-to-back catastrophic hurricanes that slammed those two states.
Power-Pole Continues Support of Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series
(Sep 14, 2017 - San Antonio, TX) As the 2017-2018 college fishing season gets underway, Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and the Association of College Anglers announced that Power-Pole shallow water anchors will continue their support of the series and will offer a rebate to all collegiate anglers.
(Sep 8, 2017 - Biloxi,MS) Shaggy's wraps up the Summer with 3 successful "Shaggy's Angler Camps" in a partnership with USM Gulf Coast Research Lab. "We were able to add a third camp this year," says Shaggy's Founder Ron Ladner. "We had more kids interested and just wanted to make sure nobody missed out."
(Aug 31, 2017 - Alexandria, Va.) National Hunting and Fishing (NHF) Day is always a great occasion.
(Aug 25, 2017 - San Antonio, TX) Already known as one of the largest and longest supporters of competitive collegiate bass fishing, Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is once again boosting their support and long-standing partnership of the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and the Association of Collegiate Anglers.
(Aug 23, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Kelly (Flinn) Oettinger has returned to the company as the Vice President of Marketing. Oettinger will be responsible for providing strategic direction and engagement for all of FLW’s marketing initiatives.
Lake Guntersville to host 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship in November
(Aug 22, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today the 2018 Costa FLW Series schedule, which will consist of three events in each of the five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western – along with the no-entry-fee Costa FLW Series Championship to be held on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama.
(Aug 22, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S. and Alabama Power are partnering to award two $5,000 scholarships this year for students currently attending, or planning to attend, a technical school in the state of Alabama.
Versatile fishing star embodies “Best Rods on Earth”
(Aug 21, 2017 - Park Falls, WI) In seeking out the ideal individual to represent your fishing rod company, it probably doesn’t hurt to hire an angler who, you know, fishes a lot. Might be the understatement of the year relative to St. Croix Rod’s elite roster of professionals, its newest ambassador, Tony
(Aug 12, 2017 - HOT SPRINGS, AR.) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), in conjunction with Visit Hot Springs and the State of Arkansas, announced Saturday that Hot Springs, Arkansas, has been named the location and host of the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of professional bass fishing, Aug. 10-12, 2018, on Lake Ouachita.
(Aug 10, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Ranger Boats, America’s most iconic boat brand, announced Thursday that Ranger has signed an extension of its exclusive boat sponsorship of FLW and its premier tournament trails, highlighting a lengthy relationship that continues to emphasize the rewards of fishing while opening doors of opportunity for all anglers.
Sportfishing industry disputed claims by environmental groups that sought to shut down U.S. Bluefin Fishery
(Aug 8, 2017 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) approves the decision made today by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) to turn down a proposal to list Pacific Bluefin Tuna under the Endangered Species Act.
(Aug 3, 2017 - Washington, D.C.) The recreational fishing and boating community today applauded the introduction of the RED SNAPPER Act, a bill to improve the way the recreational red snapper fishery is managed in the Gulf of Mexico.
Recreation Leaders Ask Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Help Grow Recreation Industry and Participa
(Jul 29, 2017 - Washington, D.C.) Outdoor recreation and its impact on the American economy took center stage at the U.S. Department of Commerce on July 27. Members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) met with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and other administration officials to discuss outdoor recreation’s importance to the American economy, how increased partnerships can grow jobs, and how trade agreements impact the outdoor recreation industry.
New legislation benefiting fisheries conservation and management advances in the U.S. Senate
(Jul 27, 2017 - Alexandria, Va.) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) today expressed support for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works’ (EPW) passage of S. 1514, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation Act, or HELP for Wildlife Act. The bipartisan bill, which includes a range of provisions designed to improve the management of fish, wildlife, habitat, and outdoor recreation, passed by a 14-7 margin.
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