Fishing & Boating News
The next generation of Ranger boats tops the magazine's "Premium Selection"
(Jul. 17, 2008 - Flippin, AR) With accolades and rave reviews from all corners of the fishing industry since its debut, the 2008 Ranger Z520 Comanche has quickly become the hottest-selling bass boat on the market. Most recently, Consumers Digest magazine weighed in by naming the Z520 its top "premium selection" in its list of "Best Buys in Powerboats."
Six products receive Innovation Awards; several 'Honorable Mentions' noted
(Jul. 18, 2008 - Las Vegas, NV) Six marine aftermarket products were honored last night for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 8th annual Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) in Las Vegas. Winning companies received their awards during the MAATS Awards Reception, held Thursday, July 17 at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel.
(Jul. 16, 2008 - Kilgore, TX) Skeeter Products, Inc., celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2008 as a leader in the marine industry, has been recognized for the seventh consecutive year as a recipient of the National Marine Manufacturer's Association's (NMMA) CSI Award for Customer Satisfaction.
MAATS Resource Area, NMMA Accessory Center among featured highlights
(Jul. 15, 2008 - Chicago, IL) The 2008 installment of the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) opens this Wednesday, July 16, and features nearly 300 exhibitors displaying the latest in aftermarket products in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Seventy-three boatbuilders, engine manufacturers receive awards
(Jul. 14, 2008 - Chicago, IL) The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) today announced recipients of the annual 2008 Marine Industry CSI Awards. A total of 73 boat and engine manufacturers were recognized for excellence in customer satisfaction, as part of NMMA's Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) program.
Show Management Taps Kenton Smith Advertising & PR for Expanded St. Petersburg Boat Show & Strictly Sail™ Marketing Support
(Jul. 09, 2008 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Show Management COO and VP Dane Graziano announced the appointment of Kenton Smith Advertising & Public Relations as agency of record for the newly enhanced St. Petersburg Boat Show & Strictly Sail™ to be held December 4-7, 2008.
(Jul. 07, 2008 - Kennesaw, GA.) Two Yamaha outboards, the Yamaha V MAX® Series 2 VZ250 and the Yamaha V MAX® Series 2 VZ300 have been awarded a Consumers Digest® Best Buy rating in the August 2008 issue of the Consumers Digest® publication.
NOAA's Fisheries Service Encourages Applicants for Advisory Panel; Please Submit Applications by July 21
(Jul. 01, 2008 - Washington, DC) NOAA's Fisheries Service is seeking applicants for the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, the only federal advisory panel charged with advising the Secretary of Commerce on living marine resource issues that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce.
Tom Gordon returns home to Hell's Bay to combine efforts
(Jun. 25, 2008 - Titusville, FL) Hell's Bay Boatworks is bringing back veteran fishing boat builder Tom Gordon, plus two of its classic and popular shallow-water performance skiffs with those currently produced by Gordon Boatworks, in a merger of the two companies.
(Jun. 25, 2008 - Spirit Lake, IA) Pure Fishing, a leading global provider of branded fishing products, today announced plans to establish its world headquarters in Columbia, South Carolina. This move will strongly position Pure Fishing for its next phase of growth as an international leader in the fishing tackle market, with closer proximity to its global customer base and improved operating efficiencies.
NMMA reinforces need for boaters, industry to take action
(Jun. 17, 2008 - Washington, DC) Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the Clean Water Act proposal in the Federal Register that will impose new requirements on recreational boaters to learn about and follow specific practices mandated by the federal government to operate their boats and manage their everyday, overboard water discharges.
Industry domestic sales revenue decreases, imports and exports rise in 2007
(Jun. 10, 2008 - Chicago, IL) The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) recently released its 2007 Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract. Copies of the annual study are now available for purchase to both NMMA members and non-member companies. The Abstract highlights boating sales and participation numbers compiled on behalf of the recreational boating industry throughout calendar year 2007.
(Jun. 10, 2008 - White Bear Lake, MN) Anglers Insight Marketing LLC (AIM) recently held a vote and the owners have elected a Board Of Directors. The five directors chosen were Dave Anderson, Scott Fairbairn, Keith Kavajecz, Pat Neu and Gary Parsons. The Board or Directors later held a meeting in Wausau Wisconsin where the board voted to elect Patrick Neu as Chairman of the Board, and Keith Kavajecz as AIM's Chief Financial Officer.
(Jun. 05, 2008 - Hawthorn Woods, IL) Torqeedo, the German manufacturer of high-tech electric outboards is one of three companies to be nominated for this year's German Start-Up of the Year award, as chosen by the committee of the Deutscher Gruenderpreis. It is the first time a company from within the marine industry has made the shortlist.
Event will take place September 25-28, 2008 and retain original location
(May. 27, 2008 - Chicago, IL) The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) today announced its acquisition of the Liberty Boat Show from Liberty Event Management LLC. Terms of the show's sale are undisclosed, however NMMA will retain the event's original location and dates and manage show operations out of its New York office.
Association's most prestigious award presented to Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin
(May. 21, 2008 - Chicago, IL) On Tuesday, April 29, the States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) presented its most prestigious award, the SOBA Congressional Award, to Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) during a ceremony held in conjunction with the 2008 American Boating Congress (ABC) in Washington, D.C.
(May. 19, 2008 - Kennesaw, GA.) Yamaha Marine Group today announced it will become the exclusive supplier of outboard power to Sundance Boats, one of the industry's premiere manufacturers of shallow-draft fishing skiffs and a growing player in the market segment. In addition, Yamaha will provide advice and technical support designed to advance the boat company's future growth.
(May. 13, 2008 - Lake Forest, IL) Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced today that it will cease production of its Bluewater Marine brands -- including Sea Pro, Sea Boss, Palmetto and Laguna -- with the upcoming 2009 model year, which commences July 1. As a result of this action, Brunswick will close its production facility in Newberry, S.C., by the end of June.
Campaign for Game Fish Conservation continues drive
(May. 09, 2008 - Dania Beach, FL) A major milestone in the history of the International Game Fish Association has been reached as the mortgage for the worldwide headquarters of the 69-year old conservation and record-keeping body has been paid off.
(May. 06, 2008 - Kennesaw, GA.) Yamaha Marine Group announced today several promotions in addition to the organizational changes and promotions the company announced last month.
(May. 01, 2008 - Kennesaw, GA.) Yamaha Marine Group announced today it has put its marine care products under the trusted Yamalube® brand..
(Apr. 29, 2008 - White Bear Lake, MN) The Interim Board of Directors is pleased to announce the formation of Anglers Insight Marketing, LLC (AIM). In early January 2008, a dedicated group of walleye tournament anglers met in Bloomington, Minnesota to discuss the future of professional walleye tournaments.
(Apr. 30, 2008 - Kilgore, TX) Skeeter Products, Inc., manufacturer of Skeeter brand boats, is proud to introduce its BASS Federation Nation Program, as part of the company's recent sponsorship of BASS - a program that is the first "no signature required - no commitment necessary" benefits program ever offered by Skeeter.
(Apr. 29, 2008 - Brimingham, MI) To keep up with the demands of a rapidly growing business, True Harbor has relocated to a new, larger facility. This space provides more room for product development and administrative personnel.
(Apr. 29, 2008 - Ft. Pierce, FL.) Pursuit Boats proudly congratulates the first dealers to complete and achieve Flagship Dealer status within the dealer network:
International event honors contributions of five to the sport of fishing
(Apr. 24, 2008 - Dania Beach, FL) Four men and a lady, all who have made significant contributions to the sport of recreational fishing, will be inducted as the 10th class into the International Game Fish Association International Fishing Hall of Fame this fall. The announcement of the class of 2008 includes Henry Chee, Dr. Roy Dean, Jimmy Houston, Kay Rybovich and Karl Wickstrom.
(Apr. 21, 2008 - Kennesaw, GA.) Yamaha Marine Group announced today that Jami Miller of Pine Knot Concessions in Big Bear Lake, Calif. is the first woman in the history of Yamaha training to achieve Yamaha Outboard Master Technician status. Ms. Miller was one of only two in her class to pass the Master Technician qualification test. She finished in the upper half of the 114 Master Technicians nationwide.
(Apr. 16, 2008 - Montgomery, AL) Ann Lewis, former media relations manager for BASS, died Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala., after a lengthy illness.
BoatU.S. Foundation Environmental Leadership Award Comes with $1,000 Prize
(Apr. 11, 2008 - Alexandria, VA) Is there someone in your town who has helped boaters be more environmentally responsible and made their local waterways cleaner?
Cross Trail Outfitters today announced it is doubling its popular summer camps program.
(Apr. 10, 2008 - San Antonio, TX) CTO is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian youth hunting and fishing club that has full-time clubs is six communities across Texas and Louisiana.
(Apr. 10, 2008 - Atlanta) The Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup, the nation's premier saltwater fishing championship, today announced the launch of their new, community-focused initiative to be held in each of the five stops of the 2008 season. Net Gains, presented by ARC Dehooker, will allow local youth to learn from the best saltwater anglers in the world at a series of free fishing and conservation clinics taught by the Redfish Cup pros themselves.
(Apr. 07, 2008 - Adelanto, CA) Cabo Yachts is pleased to announce the appointment of Don Smith as Sales Manager. Don will be responsible for managing Cabo's dealer relationships for the East coast of the United States. Don brings with him more than 23 years of proven industry experience in sales, marketing and retail sales management.
(Apr. 08, 2008 - Hawthorn Woods, IL) Leading manufacturer of high-tech electric outboards Torqeedo has appointed Steven Trkla to president of the Illinois-based office. Most recently national sales manager, Trkla has proven to be a valuable asset to the company. He takes the place of Olaf Knueppel, who leaves Torqeedo to pursue family interests.
(Apr. 03, 2008 - Kennesaw, GA.) Yamaha Marine Group announced today, that effective January 1, 2008, it has lengthened the limited warranty period for Yamaha Marine replacement parts, accessories, instruments and gauges sold by its authorized dealers.
(Apr. 01, 2008 - Montreal, Canada) Bass Pro Shops, ranked the #1 Outdoor Retailer in America by Sporting Goods Business Magazine, today announced that it is continuing its retail growth with the opening of an outdoor superstore at Lac Mirabel. The store is scheduled to open in fall 2009. Lac Mirabel is a joint development between Gordon Group Holdings, LLC and Morgan Stanley Real Estate.
(Mar. 27, 2008 - Washington, DC) Phil Morlock, Director of Environmental Affairs for Shimano in both the U.S. and Canada is a respected member of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) where he chairs the Communications Committee. He is frequently in Washington working with the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus on Capitol Hill and groups like the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) to advance issues of importance to America's fishermen.
(Mar. 20, 2008 - Edenton, NC) Regulator Marine is pleased to announce its sponsorship support for the upcoming 2008 World Sailfish Championship from April 15-19 in Key West, FL. This event is one of the world's most prestigious offshore fishing events where elite anglers will compete for $125,000 in cash, including a $100,000 first-place purse.
Levi joins Career Sports & Entertainment to oversee fishing properties
(Mar. 17, 2008 - Atlanta, GA) Underscoring the tremendous growth and popularity of competitive fishing and outdoors competition, The Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup, a property owned by Career Sports & Entertainment, today announced the hiring of Steve Levi as the full time general manager of the elite saltwater fishing competition. As general manager he will be responsible for raising the visibility of the Redfish Cup and Redfish Nation, as well as guiding the future growth and direction of the property.
(Mar. 11, 2008 - Toronto, CA) Insight Sports and WFN: World Fishing Network announced today that Lakeport Brewing has been named the official beer sponsor of the 2008 WFN Tour Bass Championships, a Pro-Am Canadian fishing circuit that features five Ontario-based events and a total of $1,000,000 in prize money.
Leading marine display and computer manufacturer invests in key market.
(Mar. 06, 2008 - Frankfurt, Germany) Hatteland Display has appointed David Neal, 36, as the Sales Manager US - Yacht Division. The appointment is part of Hatteland Display's initiative to enhance the service it provides to its US customers in the Naval, Commercial and Yacht Markets, and follows the appointment of David Hawthorne as General Manager of its American operations in December 2007.
(Mar. 05, 2008 - Alpharetta, GA) Independent sales rep group GSW and Associates celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The company's hard work and dedication to quality service proves successful. "Twenty-five years in the marine representative business can be attributed to the right mix of a lot of hard work with a lot of good fortune," said founding partner, Ron Gueterman.
Walker Agency expands its Escape To The Outdoors media features service to include business, retail Web sites as well as print media
(Mar. 06, 2008 - Scottsdale, AZ) Escape To The Outdoors, a national news feature service providing leisure lifestyle features to more than 12,000 newspaper editors and publishers, will expand its summer issue to include content for Web sites.
(Mar. 05, 2008 - Spirit Lake, IA) In April of 2007 I sold my final shares in Pure Fishing to Jarden. Agreeing to manage the business through the transition and integration of the Pure Fishing businesses with Shakespeare and Penn, I spent a hectic and rewarding ten months as Interim President. Effective February 1st, I am retired from the fishing tackle industry…serving as an occasional Senior Advisor when I can be helpful. Terry Carlson, the new CEO, will be an exceptional leader for the new Pure Fishing.
Boston Whaler®'s 230 Dauntless® Wins National Marine Manufacturers Association Innovation Award At Miami International Boat Show
(Feb. 29, 2008 - Edgewater, FL.) The all new Boston Whaler 230 Dauntless introduced in July 2007, was presented the prestigious National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show on February 14, 2008.
(Feb. 29, 2008 - Greenville, SC) During the biggest fishing event of the year, members of the South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus learned first hand about the scope of bass fishing and the popularity of tournament fishing at the 38th Annual BASSMASTER Classic, held in Greenville on nearby Lake Hartwell.
(Feb. 26, 2008 - Austin, TX) Gov. Rick Perry announced Feb. 21 that he has appointed Ralph H. Duggins of Fort Worth to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. The commission preserves and promotes Texas' natural resources and oversees sporting and recreational opportunities in the state.
Three Major Industry Marketing Initiatives
(Feb. 22, 2008 - Orlando, FL) At its bi-annual meeting during the Miami International Boat Show last week, Marine Marketers of America announced three major marketing initiatives to benefit the boating industry — a pro bono cause marketing campaign, a marine industry speakers bureau and a marketing awards competition, an industry first.
(Feb. 19, 2008 - FOND DU LAC, WI.) Mercury Marine's consumer Web site has been recognized by the North American Marine Industry Web Awards competition as the Best Marine Equipment Site.
Arizona Boating & Watersports™ Announces Veteran Journalist Mike Harris Joins Publication As Southern California Coordinator
(Feb. 18, 2008 - Tempe, AZ) Arizona Boating & Watersports™ — the Southwest's number-one monthly boating, fishing, watersports, and outdoors publication — said today that Mike Harris, former editor for California's number-one boating newspaper, is joining Arizona Boating & Watersports™ as the news magazine's Southern California coordinator.
(Feb. 14, 2008 - Miami, FL) BRP is kicking off its year-long 100th anniversary celebrations of the Evinrude brand at the Miami International Boat Show. This iconic brand that created the boating industry as we know it today has survived through a century of triumphs and challenges, and BRP continues that leadership into the future.
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