Fishing & Boating News
World’s Best Anglers Eye $300,000 Title in Historic 22nd-Annual Championship
(Jul 20, 2017 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) The Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of professional bass fishing, will return to Lake Murray Country, Aug. 11-13, to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2017. Hosted by the Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board, the tournament will feature 53 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals casting for the sport’s biggest award – $300,000 cash.
BOTE wins “Best of Show” during the world’s largest sportfishing trade show
(Jul 14, 2017 - Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL) The world’s largest sportfishing trade show, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, is now in full swing (July 11 – 14), at the Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Fla.
(Jul 14, 2017 - Orange County Convention Center) From exhibitors to buyers to media, representatives from the domestic and international recreational fishing and boating community converged on the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla., July 11-14, for the 60th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST.
(Jul 14, 2017 - Orlando, FL) The new-for-2018 Lew's Mach Crush Speed Spool SLP baitcast combo was voted best rod and reel combo by attending buyers and media in ICAST 2017's New Product Showcase competition, making it four in a row for Lew's in that category. The award was presented during yesterday evening's ASA Chairman's Reception held immediately following the close of the show's first day.
(Jul 11, 2017 - Fort Smith, AR) PRADCO-Fishing has announced changes in its internal organization structure. Bruce Stanton, Vice President and General Manager for PRADCO-Fishing, made the announcement today from the company's Fort Smith offices.
Recreational Fishermen Laud Wicker, Nelson and Colleagues
(Jul 11, 2017 - Recreational Fishermen Laud Wicker, Nelson and Col) Yesterday, the recreational fishing and boating community praised the Senate introduction of the Modern Fish Act by Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), John Kennedy (R-La.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The “Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017” (Modern Fish Act) would improve public access to America’s federal waters, promote conservation of our natural marine resources and spur economic growth.
(Jul 10, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) The Bassmaster Elite Series has a rich history that always seems to lead it back to venues where special moments have taken place in the past.
CHRIS RUSSELL JOINS PLANO SYNERGY MARKETING TEAM INDUSTRY VETERAN TO LEAD MARKETING FUNCTIONS FOR ICONIC FRABILL AND PLANO FISHING BRANDS
(Jul 7, 2017 - Grand Prairie, TX) Plano Synergy, a leading outdoor company providing thousands of individual hunting and fishing products across 14 major brands, has announced the hiring of Chris Russell in the position of Marketing Manager - Fish.
(Jul 7, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) From the earliest days of professional fishing a half-century ago, the most important skill an angler could have is the ability to find the biggest schools of bass. That, more than casting ability or lure selection and presentation, sets the greats in the sport, men like Roland Martin, Rick Clunn and Kevin VanDam, apart from the rest.
(Jul 6, 2017 - ALEXANDRIA, La.) Bill Lewis Outdoors announces the introduction of StutterStep 4.0, a smaller version of the innovative StutterStep 5.0 topwater lure that brought new features and actions to surfa
(Jul 6, 2017 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) Lew's officials have announced that Chris York will be joining the company this month as chief operating officer, and that employee Dave Hinke has been promoted to vice president product development.
(Jun 29, 2017 - FT. LAUDERDALE, FL ) The highly acclaimed "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" (LLGF) educational series announces new partnerships with ACR Electronics and Coastal Conservation Association Florida (CCA). The relationship will serve to further efforts to encourage the female sector to participate in fishing and boating through educational programming.
(Jun 29, 2017 - Springfield, MO) Do Outdoors, LLC, also known as Lew's Fishing ("Lew's" or the "Company"), a leading supplier of branded fishing reels, rods, and related accessories, announced today that Gary Remensnyder has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Lynn Reeves will remain actively involved in the business as Chairman, continuing to provide strategy and product leadership to the Company.
Industry leaders bring a wide-range of talent and experience to address the issues that impact the recreational fishing industry
(Jun 29, 2017 - Alexandria, VA) Four members of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) were elected to fill two regional seats and two At-Large seats on the board of directors. Their terms begin October 1, 2017, and they will serve three-year terms. Last October, the membership voted to amend the by-laws and now ASA’s board members may serve two, three-year consecutive terms instead of three, two-year terms.
(Jun 29, 2017 - Plano,IL) Over the course of the past 48 hours, Plano Synergy became aware of a situation which required swift and decisive action.
(Jun 29, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) Minnesota’s state motto is “Star of the North,” which seems appropriate seeing Bassmaster Magazine has crowned the state’s second largest lake as the best bass fishery in the nation based
(Jun 28, 2017 - Washington, D.C.) Today, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the 2017 Regional Fishery Management Council (RFMC) appointments and has shown that recreational fishing and boating are important to the Trump Administration.
(Jun 26, 2017 - Washimngton, D.C.) America’s Great Outdoors is vital to the quality of life for most Americans and key to the nation’s $887 billion per year outdoor recreation industry.
(Jun 20, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Pro angler Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina, capped off an incredible season this weekend, winning his second FLW Tour Angler of the Year (AOY) title and the $100,000 prize Saturday at the FLW Tour's final 2017 regular-season event on the Potomac River.
(Jun 20, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Pro angler Bradley Dortch of Atmore, Alabama, finished the 2017 FLW Tour regular-season in 18th place overall – the highest of any Tour rookie – with 1,087 points, earning him the prestigious FLW Tour Rookie of the Year (ROY) title.
(Jun 17, 2017 - Austin, TX) Following a series of public meetings on the Texas coast to seek angler input, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), along with the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, and the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC), have reached an agreement that will allow private recreational anglers to catch red snapper in federal waters on weekends this summer.
(Jun 15, 2017 - OLD TOWN, MAINE) Johnson Outdoors, a global leader in innovative outdoor recreation equipment products, today announced plans to expand product offerings under its flagship Old Town brand, maker of award-winning, market-leading canoes and kayaks.
(Jun 15, 2017 - Alexandria, Va.) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) supports the U.S. Department of Commerce’s announcement to expand the 2017 private recreational fishing season for Gulf of Mexico red snapper.
Bills will support science and management to support the region’s fisheries
(Jun 12, 2017 - ALEXANDRIA. VA) The sportfishing industry offered its full support for two bills introduced by U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to manage and conserve the Great Lakes’ fisheries. Recreational fishing in the Great Lakes helps support a $7 billion economy and 75,000 jobs.
Johnny Morris and Bass Pro Shops donating 40,000 rods and reels in nationwide effort to get more kids outside
Gone Fishing movement aims to introduce fishing to families everywhere with free activities, donations and partnerships
(Jun 8, 2017 - Springfield, MO) Noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is challenging families everywhere to get off the couch and head outdoors to discover the fun of fishing this summer.
A controversial two-year pilot program could lead to a private recreational limited access program for red snapper
(May 26, 2017 - Alexandria, Va.) The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recently announced a controversial two-year pilot program for Gulf of Mexico red snapper management. Expected to begin in 2018, the program will allow 150 randomly-selected offshore anglers in the state access to 25,000 pounds of Gulf of Mexico red snapper. These anglers must agree to take part in a mandatory reporting program via smartphones in order to participate in the pilot program.
(May 26, 2017 - COEUR D' ALENE, Idaho) Anglers Inn International, with popular 5-star fishing destinations in Mexico, Brazil and the United States, announces the beginning of a strategic partnership with Minn Kota® and Humminbird®, well known manufacturers of trolling motors and sonar fish finders.
(May 23, 2017 - Beginners Tackle Fishing Skills at Ladies, Let’s G) Aspiring anglers were treated to an intense seminar and fishing experience at the Clearwater/Tampa Bay "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" University, May 20-21 at MarineMax, Clearwater.
(May 17, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) One fortunate B.A.S.S. angler will get the chance to “build” the truck of his or her dreams — and then drive off with it — as the grand-prize winner of the Ultimate Toyota Tundra Giveaway sweepstakes contest, which began this week.
Multi-Year Partnership Will Engage Kids in Nationwide Fishing Tournaments
(May 9, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Bass Pro Shops, a leading national retailer of outdoor gear and apparel, announced today a partnership supporting nationwide high school fishing tournaments in an effort to promote both organizations and grow the sport. Effective immediately, Bass Pro Shops will assume title sponsorship of the FLW High School Fishing Opens.
(May 9, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) The Shell Rotella brand of heavy-duty diesel engine oils has signed on as a premier sponsor of B.A.S.S. and 2017 Bassmaster tournament circuits, B.A.S.S. announced today.
26,000 Sign Petition for Ethanol Fuels Reform
(May 5, 2017 - WASHINGTON, DC,) In a letter sent to the Trump administration and Congress, a coalition of recreational boating and sportfishing interests urged action to fix America’s broken ethanol policy.
Multi-Year Partnership Will Engage Kids in Nationwide Fishing Tournaments
(May 5, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Bass Pro Shops, a leading national retailer of outdoor gear and apparel, announced today a partnership supporting nationwide high school fishing tournaments in an effort to promote both organizations and grow the sport. Effective immediately, Bass Pro Shops will assume title sponsorship of the FLW High School Fishing Opens.
More Than 100 Outdoor Recreation Executives Sign Letter Urging the Administration to Keep the “Great” in the Great Outdoors
(May 3, 2017 - Alexandria, VA) In an open letter published in the Wall Street Journal, executives from more than 100 outdoor recreation industry companies praised the agenda being set by Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency.
FLW Will Fish For Kids Charity Tournament Crosses $1 Million Donation Mark to Arkansas Children's Hospital
Honorary Chairperson FLW Tour pro James Watson Leads Charge To Raise More Than $60,000 in 2017 Event
(May 2, 2017 - ROGERS, AR.) Every year the FLW Tour makes an annual trek to northwest Arkansas to visit Beaver Lake. However, the action doesn’t stop after the tournament is finished. The FLW Will Fish for Kids (WFFK) Bill Kerr Memorial Charity Tournament Lake, presented by Quaker State, took place on Beaver Lake Monday following the conclusion of the Beaver Lake Tour stop.
(Apr 26, 2017 - Alexandria, VA) Senior recreation industry corporate and trade association officials met with Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday, April 24, capping a full and encouraging day of discussions with administration officials. The meetings were organized by the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) and began in Shenandoah National Park. Twelve hours later, the day’s discussions concluded in Zinke’s offices in downtown Washington, D.C.
(Apr 26, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) For the fourth consecutive year, the Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods will be held on Kentucky Lake at Paris, Tenn., B.A.S.S. announced today.
(Apr 26, 2017 - Recreation Expansion and Improvements Alexandria,) Senior officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and U.S. Forest Service met with more than 30 representatives of the outdoor recreation industry at Shenandoah National Park April 24 to discuss improving visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters. The meeting was hosted by the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) at Skyland Resort – operated by National Park concessioner Delaware North.
(Apr 22, 2017 - Redding, CA.) Building contractor Nick Wood of Yreka, Calif., lead the Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional presented by Magellan at Lake Shasta, California, from start to finish. A day after Wood helped the California B.A.S.S. Nation team claim a victory, he earned the individual title for himself with a three-day total of 37 pounds, 1 ounce.
(Apr 10, 2017 - ) There’s nothing like the adventure of saltwater fishing. The adrenaline rush of hooking into a billfish, a big striper, or hard-fighting redfish is second to none. That thrill is undoubtedly what attracts over 11 million Americans to the sport.
Gordon Schluter inducted into the 2017 Class of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame
(Apr 7, 2017 - Park Falls, WI) One of the many programs of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, based in Hayward, Wisconsin, is recognizing individuals, organizations and institutions who have made significant and lasting contributions to the sport and heritage of freshwater fishing.
(Apr 7, 2017 - San Antonio, TX) The Association of College Anglers is proud to announce that SPRO will renew its sponsorship of the 2017 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. As a 2017 series sponsor, SPRO will receive extensive promotion with collegiate anglers throughout the nation at the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series events and television series.
(Apr 6, 2017 - Washington, D.C.) Recreation leaders from state and federal government agencies, as well as private-sector partners – including a member of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) – helped Members of Congress better understand how to improve visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters during a Congressional hearing on April 5.
(Apr 6, 2017 - Washington, D.C.) The recreational fishing and boating community praised the introduction of a bill that addresses critical challenges facing saltwater recreational fishing at the federal level.
(Mar 24, 2017 - LAKE FOREST, IL) Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) today announced it will immediately begin to wind down boat manufacturing operations in Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil, as it prepares to close the facility. The operation manufactures certain Bayliner and Sea Ray boat models for the South American market. Moving forward, this demand will be fulfilled through Brunswick's remaining global boat manufacturing footprint.
(Mar 21, 2017 - Houston, TX) The 47th world championship of bass fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods is less than a week away. With larger venues and expected turnouts, new this year, B.A.S.S. has partnered with local organizations in Houston to bring a unique activity for kids to the event.
(Mar 21, 2017 - KENNESAW, Ga.-) Yamaha Marine Group announced today that it was named recipient of the Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellors Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.
ASA Government Affairs Committee Hosts Successful Spring Meeting
(Mar 21, 2017 - Alexandria, Va.) During its spring meeting, the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) Government Affairs Committee discussed a variety of pressing policy issues that impact the recreational fishing industry.
(Mar 16, 2017 - Alexandria, Va.) The American Sportfishing Association and its Florida advocacy arm, Keep Florida Fishing®, today praised Florida Governor Rick Scott for his recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce for appointments to both the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC).
Bryan College Jumps Four Places to Take the Top Spot with the University of North Alabama in 2nd and Mississippi State University in 3rd
(Mar 16, 2017 - San Antonio, TX) Cabela's School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia has seen a shakeup in the Top Five after the completion of the first major Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series event for this season.
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