Fishing & Boating News
(Aug 1, 2018 - Alexandria, VA) Today, the Senate Commerce Committee approved a bill to address the devastation of Columbia River salmon by sea lions. The Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act, S. 3143 passed the
(Aug 1, 2018 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) For the second time in the 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series season, B.A.S.S. was forced to postpone an Elite event because of massive flooding and unsafe boating conditions. And for the first time in Elite Series history, one of those events has been canceled altogether, the organization announced today.
Wisconsin’s St. Croix Rod awarded ICAST 2018 Best of Show Trifecta
(Aug 1, 2018 - Park Falls, WI) Over 32 pairs of hands are required to complete three dozen different steps in the manufacturing, assembly and finishing of a St. Croix rod. Whether that takes place at the company’s headquarters in Park Falls, Wisconsin – or their state-of-the-art factory in Fresnillo, Mexico – each St. Croix rod is a product of the passion and attention to detail of the engineers who design them and artisans who craft them.
(Jul 27, 2018 - Buffalo, New York) The second day of competition at the Costa FLW Series event on Lake Erie presented by Polaris has been cancelled due to high winds.
(Jul 26, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Due to recent heavy rainfall and increasingly dangerous water conditions, B.A.S.S. officials decided to postpone the Huk Bassmaster Elite at Upper Chesapeake Bay presented by Mossy Oak Fishing that was originally scheduled for July 26-29 out of Harford County, Md.
South Florida Water Crisis; reason Hell’s Bay Boatworks Joined Captains For Clean Water as a Legacy Partner
(Jul 25, 2018 - FT. MYERS, FL.) Foul smelling and toxic algae blooms, polluted water, declining fisheries on Florida’s East and West Coasts; all are a result of massive, unnatural discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers.
Sportfishing Industry Presents the ICAST 2018 New Product Showcase Awards Buyers and Media choose 25 Best of Category winners
(Jul 18, 2018 - Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL) July 12, 2018 – Last night, the 25 New Product Showcase Best of Category awards were presented during the New Product Showcase Awards reception held during ICAST, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades.
(Jul 15, 2018 - ORLANDO, FL) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today its schedule and a key rule change for the 2019 FLW Tour season at a live press event held at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST).
Landmark Fisheries Reform Takes Major Step Toward Becoming Law
(Jul 11, 2018 - Alexandria, VA) Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 200, a bipartisan bill that includes the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (Modern Fish Act). This historic vote marks the first time the priorities of the recreational fishing sector are included in the reauthorization of our nation’s primary marine fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
"America's Favorite Fisherman” and Quaker State Ambassador, Jimmy Houston Named Quaker State 400 Grand Marshal.
(Jul 11, 2018 - Sparta, Ky.) The popular Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) angler and Quaker State® ambassador Jimmy Houston, will give the command to start engines Saturday night July 14.
(Jul 10, 2018 - ORLANDO, FL) Gene Larew Lures, makers of Bobby Garland crappie baits and Gene Larew bass lures, announces two new product series at the 2018 ICAST fishing tackle trade show being held this week.
(Jul 3, 2018 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) After three years of hovering in the Top 5 of Bassmaster Magazine’s 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings, Texas’ Sam Rayburn Reservoir finally takes the crown for being the best bass lake in the nation for 2018.
$30,000 Donation Serves as Catalyst for Ongoing Sustainability Measures in SportsFishing Industry
(Jul 2, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Forty Creek®, an award-winning Canadian whisky distiller based in Ontario, has signed on as a Conservation Partner of B.A.S.S. and sponsor of former Bassmaster Classic champion Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin announced today.
(Jul 2, 2018 - Washington, D.C.) On June 27, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the 2018 Regional Fishery Management Council (RFMC) appointments. The recreational fishing community thanks the Administration for considering and appointing many of their preferred candidates.
Bipartisan measure addresses unchecked predation at environmental pinch points in the Columbia River system
(Jun 28, 2018 - Alexandria, VA) The sportfishing industry applauded the U.S House of Representatives passage of Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s (R-Wash.) Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act (H.R. 2083) by a vote of 288-115. This bipartisan bill will address the growing threat posed to salmon by the presence and predation of sea lions at migratory bottlenecks in the lower Columbia River system in Oregon and Washington.
Puerto Rican Woman Wins Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Screamin’ Reels Tournament, Islamorada June 22-23, 2018
Wrapup Release: Ladies, Let' Go Fishing Screamin' Reels Islamorada Tournament June 22-23
(Jun 28, 2018 - ) Dr. Aracely Llanos, San Juan, Puerto Rico clinched First Place Offshore at the Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Screamin’ Reels Tournament June 22-23 in Islamorada, FL. Fishing on Caribsea, Llannos landed a 10.7 lb. mahi to win a Penn Squall combo valued at $199.00. Second place offshore went to Kim Livingston, Key West, FL on the FinFreak for a 9.4 lb. mahi. Jill Whitcombe, Naples, FL won the Inshore division with a 15 inch blue runner.
Sea Ray sale process ended; Company will restructure Sea Ray to focus on growth opportunities in sport boat and cruiser; Discontinue Sea Ray sport yacht and yacht models and wind down production in 2018
(Jun 26, 2018 - METTAWAI IL) "Over the last several months, we have engaged in a thorough sale process for the Sea Ray business, which we believed would generate the highest value for our shareholders," Brunswick Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Schwabero explained.
Program aims to increase red snapper, red drum and other South Atlantic species survival rate
(Jun 25, 2018 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association – the sportfishing industry’s trade association – announced the launch of a new project to improve the survival of caught-and-released fish in the South Atlantic, as part of the FishSmart program.
(Jun 18, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Berkley has signed on as title sponsor of the upcoming Bassmaster Elite Series tournament at South Dakota’s Lake Oahe, and sister company Abu Garcia has been named presenting sponsor, B.A.S.S. announced today.
(Jun 6, 2018 - SAN ANTONIO, TX) Last month, Bethel University was crowned the 2017-2018 Cabela's School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia, joining Bryan College, University of North Alabama, and a long list of other teams in the exclusive club of Cabela's School of the Year winners.
(Jun 4, 2018 - Alexandria, VA) On May 30, the Department of the Interior announced a plan designating 19 new National Recreation Trails in 17 states, many of which will enhance public space for recreational fishing.
(May 30, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, today announced the renewal of its global partnership with T-H Marine via multi-year extension, in which the industry-leading manufacturer of thousands of boat parts and accessories will continue to serve as the title sponsor of the Bass Fishing League (BFL) as well as the official weigh-in bag, fish care provider (G-Juice Live Well Treatment) and jackplate provider for FLW.
Industry veteran brings years of experience in working to increase participation
(May 22, 2018 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Emily Beach, most recently with the Archery Trade Association (ATA), is the association’s new R3 (Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation) Director.
A Different Breed of Pro
(May 19, 2018 - Park Falls, WI) Will Simmons planned to be fishing by lunchtime; maybe just a little after. A transplanted crappie fisherman turned bass nut, and now coach of the Obion County Central High School (OCCHS) fishing team, Simmons was en route to his first fishing photoshoot.
Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Joins AFTCO’s Conservation Efforts with AFTCO Bank Bags during Championship Week
(May 19, 2018 - San Antonio, TX) AFTCO a long-time leader in conservation in the saltwater world is bringing their conservation ethics to the freshwater market in 2018 with a variety of new initiatives including their Bank Bag program. This program will be in full effect during the 2018 collegiate bass fishing championship. During that week AFTCO supplies a Bank Bag to each team to use to p
New legislation will improve marine resource conservation and promote innovative new fishing gear
(May 3, 2018 - Alexandria, VA) Leading recreational fishing organizations applauded Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) for introducing S. 2773, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, to phase out the use of mile-long drift gillnets in the eastern Pacific by 2020 and bring California swordfish fishing in-line with all other U.S. and international swordfish fisheries.
(May 3, 2018 - ) The Collegiate Bass Championship /by Amanda The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) announces that Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has renewed its title sponsorship of the 2018 Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Championship.
(May 2, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Mario DePiero of Gaston, Ore., won a trip to fish with reigning Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year in the Bassmaster Fish With Brandon Palaniuk Sweepstakes. He also scored a new Skeeter ZX190 with a Yamaha VF150LA outboard with the win. The total prize pack is worth more than $57,000.
New legislation will improve marine resource conservation and promote innovative new fishing gear
(May 2, 2018 - Alexandria, VA) Leading recreational fishing organizations applauded Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) for introducing S. 2773, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, to phase out the use of mile-long drift gillnets in the eastern Pacific by 2020 and bring California swordfish fishing in-line with all other U.S. and international swordfish fisheries.
New Anglers Learn then Catch Kingfish, Tuna and more at South FL Ladies, Let's Go Fishing University April 27-29
(Apr 30, 2018 - FT. LAUDERDALE, FL) Participants came from around the state to learn fishing skills at the "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" South Florida University April 27-29 in Pompano Beach, FL. Known as the “No-Yelling School of Fishing,” the event offered a networking party on Friday, classes and hands-on skills Saturday and optional charter fishing on Sunday. The event was held at Chaos Fishing.
Collegiate Anglers Finish Big & Win Bigger With #TeamCabelas
(Apr 27, 2018 - San Antonio, TX) Cabela's has long been a supporter of college fishing. Last spring, Cabela's once again increased its commitment to collegiate anglers with a new discount purchase program as well as an angler contingency program - Team Cabela's.
(Apr 20, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) A bill that would have restored anglers’ rights to access public waters in Louisiana was voted down in the state legislature this week by a vote of 37-59.
BUFF® renews sponsorship of the Association of Collegiate Anglers Tournament Series
(Apr 18, 2018 - Santa Rosa, CA) BUFF® recently demonstrated a genuine commitment to encouraging young bass anglers by confirming its continued support of the Association of Collegiate Anglers Tournament Series. The governing body for college fishing, the ACA is sanctioned by The Bass Federation, Inc. (TBF), a grassroots organization dedicated to youth, conservation and fishing.
(Apr 5, 2018 - Fond Du Lac, WI.) Mercury Marine has officially broken ground on a new expansion at its global headquarters in Fond du Lac. The two-story NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) facility's first chamber, and the office space is scheduled to be completed by October 2018 while the second chamber is targeted to be completed by the end of the year.
(Apr 4, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Black Velvet Canadian Whisky has signed on as an Elite Partner of the 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series.
(Mar 30, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Citing recent heavy rains and high water in the Sabine River watershed, B.A.S.S. has decided to postpone the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Elite presented by Econo Lodge that had been scheduled to begin in Orange, Texas, next week.
ASA Government Affairs committee outlines industry agenda for coming months
(Mar 30, 2018 - Alexandria, VA) During its annual spring meeting, the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) Government Affairs committee discussed a variety of sportfishing policy positions and outlined its agenda for the coming months. Over the course of the two-day meeting – held March 26-27, in Washington, D.C. – the committee held briefings with three federal agencies, hosted a panel of key Congressional staff and met with several Congressional offices.
When Bassmaster Elite Series anglers return to the Sabine River system April 6-9, Louisiana waters will be off-limits. B.A.S.S. is urging Louisiana lawmakers to restore public access to tidal waters closed off by landowners.
(Mar 28, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) When Bassmaster Elite Series anglers return to the Sabine River system April 6-9, Louisiana waters will be off-limits. B.A.S.S. is urging Louisiana lawmakers to restore public access to tidal waters closed off by landowners.
(Mar 28, 2018 - San Antonio, TX) The Association of Collegiate Anglers has announced that Denali Rods will continue its support of the 2018 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and collegiate anglers nationwide. As a sponsor of the series, Denali Rods will support collegiate anglers at each of the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing events.
PLANO PRO JORDAN LEE WINS THE BASSMASTER CLASSIC FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW
(Mar 21, 2018 - PLANO PRO JORDAN LEE WINS THE BASSMASTER CLASSIC) Long before sunrise last Sunday, Bassmaster Elite angler Jordan Lee woke up as an outstanding professional bass fisherman. No doubt, his 2017 Bassmaster Classic win solidified his place within a select group of pros that are now household names in the world of fishing.
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.
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