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(Feb 22, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) The world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), announced today a groundbreaking partnership with Columbia Sportswear, a brand known for their innovative apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. Columbia is now the official apparel outfitter of FLW, and anglers will have full access to Columbia’s technical line of Performance Fishing Gear (PFG), including the collection of award-winning OutDry™ Extreme Rainwear.

(Feb 22, 2017 - Oklahoma City, OK) Scholarship Awarded In Honor Of Former B.A.S.S. Conservation Director Noreen Clough

Drilling down to each congressional district illustrates recreational fishing’s impact
(Feb 21, 2017 - ) Recreational fishing brings a myriad of economic benefits to communities throughout the U.S. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Southwick Associates have released the 2017 update of Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing: U.S. Congressional Districts, along with a new series of one-page infographics, which depict recreational fishing’s economic impact on all 435 Congressional districts and the 50 states.

(Feb 21, 2017 - Norman, OK) Blue Heron Communications (BHC), a full service, outdoor-specialty marketing and public relations agency, announces a strategic partnership with PRADCO-Fishing, the legendary and popular manufacturer of anglers' favorite fishing tackle. 

(Feb 21, 2017 - ) Whether it was cabin fever among bass fishing fans, pent-up anticipation of the new Bassmaster Elite Series season or simply continued growth in popularity, audience sizes for videos and other content achieved record numbers for the first Elite event of 2017.

Legislation clarifies intent of Pacific billfish conservation measures
(Feb 17, 2017 - WASHINGTON, DC) Conservationists and anglers are praising a bill filed Wednesday by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) that seeks to clear the way for full implementation of a landmark law to raise protections for billfish.

$20k for 1st at Cedar Creek this weekend.
(Feb 16, 2017 - Haslet, Texas) Bass Champs announces today that Lowrance will continue to sponsor the tournament trail for 2017. The leading electronics company understands the value of aligning with the largest team trail in the nation. Lowrance will again award anglers for running their products with a Cash Bonus! 

(Feb 16, 2017 - San Antonio, TX) The Association of Collegiate Anglers is excited to announce Denali Rods as our newest partner of the 2017 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. As a new sponsor of the series, Denali Rods will support collegiate anglers nationally and internationally at each of the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing events.

( - GREENVILLE, S.C.) Some lakes are known for how deep they are.   Some are known for the type of structure and baitfish they have.   Others are known for serving as the sites of some of the greatest moments in professional bass fishing history — and one of those from that latter column has been chosen as the home of next year’s GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

(Feb 16, 2017 - ) Lew's announces that sales organization Tim Bailey and Associates has been contracted for Lew's sales responsibilities in the group's regional territory of Texas and Louisiana, effective immediately.

Evinrude contingency program offered at all events  
(Feb 14, 2017 - NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL.) Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), makers of Evinrude E-TEC outboards, has re-joined the Texas Team Trail (TXTT) as an official sponsor for the 2017 season. The announcement comes as the TXTT season is already underway with their next event slated for Feb. 18 on Toledo Bend.

(Feb 13, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today a sponsorship extension with Procter & Gamble to continue to feature the Old Spice brand and products in 2017. Financial terms were not available.

(Feb 10, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S. and ESPN have renewed and expanded their agreement to air Bassmaster tournaments on ESPN beginning with today's Bassmaster Elite at Cherokee Lake on Friday, February 10, at 7 a.m. ET on and WatchESPN.

Legendary rod builder St Croix builds relationships with student anglers
(Feb 7, 2017 - Park Falls, WI) College sports are big business. Once a junior-league for the pros, many college athletic programs have surpassed the popularity and fan base of neighboring professional teams. In fact, some parts of the country are devoid of professional sports franchises due, in part, to the inability to compete with college.

Auburn University takes the Top Spot with Arkansas Tech University and Murray State University in Second and Third
(Feb 7, 2017 - San Antonio, TX) As the Cabela's School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia race continues into the 2017 season, there has been a shake up in the standings after the first three events of the year.

Legendary rod builder St Croix builds relationships with student anglers
(Feb 3, 2017 - Park Fall, WI) College sports are big business. Once a junior-league for the pros, many college athletic programs have surpassed the popularity and fan base of neighboring professional teams. In fact, some parts of the country are devoid of professional sports franchises due, in part, to the inability to compete with college.

(Jan 31, 2017 - San Antonio, TX) Costa Sunglasses and the Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) have renewed their partnership for the 2017 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. Through their continued partnership, Costa Sunglasses will enjoy national exposure among collegiate anglers throughout the televised Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.

Offers over $9000 in bonus cash.
(Jan 26, 2017 - Haslett, TX) Bass Champs announced that Power-Pole shallow water anchors will once again be a sponsor of the largest team trail in the nation.

(Jan 26, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, has established a new partnership between its nonprofit arm, the FLW Foundation, and Keep America Fishing, the sport’s leading grassroots advocacy group, to implement Keep America Fishing’s Pitch It soft-plastic disposal and recycling program at FLW tournaments.

(Jan 25, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) On the day before President Barack Obama left office, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued an edict to ban lead fishing tackle and ammunition from hundreds of thousands of acres of land and water managed by that agency. Executed without stakeholder input, the controversial action has sparked outrage from fishing and hunting communities.

Oak Mountain High School Fishing Team Puts St. Croix’s BASS X to the Test
(Jan 23, 2017 - Park Falls, WI) Yes, football is still king of High School sports, at least in the South. However, many students who play under the Friday night lights are standing on the deck of a bass boat early the next morning, their school colors splattered across a bass fishing jersey instead of a helmet, casting for school pride instead of tackling for it.

(Jan 23, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S. is seeking nominations for the best and brightest high school bass anglers in the country.

(Jan 20, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) DICK’S Sporting Goods today announced an expanded partnership with B.A.S.S., as the retailer became the presenting sponsor of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic through 2019. This year’s Classic is to be held on Lake Conroe, outside of Houston, Texas, March 24-26. DICK’S has sponsored the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo for nine consecutive years, and will continue to do so for the 2017-2019 championships.

(Jan 17, 2017 - New Smyrana Beach, FL) T-H Marine, a leading manufacturer of boat parts and marine accessories, has re-signed with the Texas Team Trail (TXTT) as an official sponsor for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The renewed partnership was finalized as the TXTT prepares for the upcoming season, which is set to kick off Jan. 28 on Sam Rayburn.

(Jan 17, 2017 - San Antonio, TX) The Association of Collegiate Anglers has announced that Sunline will continue its partnership support of the 2017 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and collegiate anglers nationwide. In addition to extensive promotion of the complete lineup of Sunline products, the 2017 sponsorship includes special discounted Sunline pricing offered solely to anglers competing in any of the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series events during 2017.

(Jan 11, 2017 - San Antonio, TX) Cabela's is one of college bass fishing's largest supporters and has been supporting college fishing since the very first major event held on Lake Lewisville in 2006.  

(Jan 11, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced today the complete professional angler roster of 165 for the upcoming 2017 FLW Tour season, the 22nd season of the FLW Tour. The 2017 FLW Tour will feature seven regular-season tournaments with competition kicking off Feb. 2-5 at Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama.

(Jan 10, 2017 - New Smyrana Beach, FL) T-H Marine, a leading manufacturer of boat parts and marine accessories, has re-signed with the Cabela's National Walleye Tour (NWT) as an official sponsor for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The agreement was finalized as the NWT prepares for the upcoming season, scheduled to kick-off April 12 on Lake Erie.

Retail incentives available for a limited time to buyers of qualified models  
(Jan 4, 2017 - Flippin, AR) Ranger Boats is providing additional incentives for potential boat buyers this year with the announcement of their 2017 retail sales promotions. With limited-time-only offers geared for both fiberglass and aluminum customers, qualifying purchases will receive benefits up to $3,100 in combined retail value for eligible models. 

The incentive program expands to more trails in 2017 
(Dec 29, 2016 - Springfield, MO) Lew's announces that Ohio angler Brett Warrick is the Lew's Speed Fishing Awards (SFA) Angler of the Year, and that the incentive program responsible for the distinction is expanding to include more tournaments in 2017.

A living slice of fishing Americana, Dan Johnston embraces new title at St. Croix Rod  
(Dec 22, 2016 - Park Falls, WI) He’s been designated a franchise player and bestowed a new title – making him essentially unrecruitable to the competition. St. Croix Rod road-warrior Dan Johnston’s rank has been raised to National Accounts Manager, and the position fits him like a rod in a travel sleeve.

(Dec 22, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) The United States Senate recently passed a comprehensive new water infrastructure bill, containing language that will likely be alarming to be many bass anglers — especially those who value the incredible fishery on the California Delta.

(Dec 13, 2016 - ALEXANDRIA. VA) Over the weekend, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive maritime infrastructure bill that drew a mixed reaction from the recreational fishing industry. By a 78-21 vote, the Senate passed the “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN),”

Another Fishing Legend Lost
(Dec 7, 2016 - Mountain Home, AR) Ron Pierce, the founder of Bass Cat Boats, died Sunday, of natural causes. He was 81. Pierce, who'd suffered several strokes in recent years, leaves behind a legacy of innovation and a devoted legion of Bass Cat owners that he lovingly referred to as family. 

(Nov 22, 2016 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Crevalle Boats recently launched its 26 Open Bay Boat at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). The innovative, new boat features Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America's ground-breaking BlueSky electric sliding hatch.

(Nov 22, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) The 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic in Houston next March will feature a star-studded field of professional anglers, including nine former Classic champions and six Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title holders.

(Nov 16, 2016 - Amsterdam, Netherlands) Davis Instruments was recently honored by Martin Flory Group for its 20-year relationship with the PR firm. Kelly Flory, Martin Flory Group's general manager, marked the occasion in Amsterdam at METSTRADE, the world's largest marine equipment trade show.

(Nov 7, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) Davy Hite, the 1999 Bassmaster Classic champion and two-time Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year, won’t be competing on the Elite Series in 2017, but his fans will be seeing him more than ever.

(Nov 3, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) After entering the contest every day for 43 days, Glenn Van Iderstine of Elma, N.Y., finally won the grand prize in the Bassmaster Toyota Tundra Giveaway Sweepstakes.

(Nov 2, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) Three lakes in very different parts of the country — Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Shasta and Upper Chesapeake Bay — will host B.A.S.S. Nation Regionals in 2017.

(Nov 2, 2016 - Flippin, AR) Legendary manufacturer Ranger Boats brings its acclaimed line of performance saltwater fishing boats to the 57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Nov. 3-7. The boat show offers three million square feet of exhibition space and six miles of floating dock space.

(Oct 28, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) High school and college anglers will be competing during prime fishing times on some of the premier bass fisheries in the country during the 2017 Costa Bassmaster High School Series presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods and Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops tournaments.

(Oct 19, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) JL Marine Systems Inc., maker of the popular Power-Pole shallow water anchoring system, has signed on to become a premier-level sponsor for all Bassmaster tournament circuits, B.A.S.S. announced today.

(Oct 19, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) T-H Marine Supplies Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-performance boat products since 1975, has signed a multiyear deal to become a supporting level sponsor of select Bassmaster tournament circuits.

Agency takes several steps toward addressing concerns with overly-rigid management approaches
(Oct 18, 2016 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) today applauded NOAA Fisheries for updating and improving the guidelines it and the regional fishery management councils use for developing fishery management plans for the nation’s federal marine fisheries.

Industry recognizes several individuals for their outstanding leadership and support
(Oct 12, 2016 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association's (ASA) 2016 Sportfishing Summit, the sportfishing industry's premier networking and business management event, was held October 4-7, in New Orleans, La.

(Oct 3, 2016 - Ashland City, TN.) For 2017, Triton Boats, a leading manufacturer of premium fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, has doubled the number of aluminum models in its fishing, hunting and utility boat lineup with the introduction of 11 versatile new models. The company's greatly expanded aluminum lineup now means virtually every outdoorsman should find the ideal boat for whatever outdoor adventure awaits them at an authorized Triton Boats dealer.

(Sep 29, 2016 - Plano, IL) Founded in 1960 and based in Hayward, Wisconsin, the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame exists, in part, to recognize persons, organizations and institutions who have made significant and lasting contributions to the sport and heritage of fresh water fishing. For those who have committed a lifetime of service in support of the traditions, ethics, promotion and expanded participation of sport fishing, enshrinement in this storied institution represents the greatest of honors.

Anglers say underwater scouting keyed victory at Canadian Bass Open
(Sep 29, 2016 - Crosslake, MN) Anyone who’s fished North America’s big bass lakes in recent seasons has seen the signs: Clearing waters. Schools of trophy smallmouths shifting deeper and deeper. Tournament game plans evolving to spot-lock, sweet-spot fests—anglers mining small, specific sections of underwater real estate.

(Sep 29, 2016 - Forestville, WI) The National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) has recently added CrappieNow and CatfishNow, two on line digital magazines, to its growing Supporting Partner ranks. Dan Dannenmueller, said, "As the publisher of CrappieNow and CatfishNow digital magazines, I am excited to partner with the NPAA to allow both the members of the NPAA and the magazine readers to benefit from the content and current information shared by both!" 

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