Fishing & Boating News
(Sep. 16, 2005 - Lake Forest, IL.) Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced today that it has acquired the Harris-Kayot boat company from Bentley Industries of Columbia, S.C. Harris-Kayot, which will remain based in Fort Wayne, Ind., will become part of the Brunswick Boat Group's Freshwater Group of brands. In 2004, Harris-Kayot had annual sales of approximately $35 million. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
(Sep. 12, 2005 - AUSTIN, Texas) Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has introduced a new brochure which details prohibited species in the seafood market. The brochure describes the harm to humans and the ecosystem that could result if each of the exotic (non-native) species makes it out into the environment.
(Sep. 12, 2005 - Chicago, IL) New Orleans Boat Show Manager Barbara Sclafani will temporarily relocate to the Mid-South Regional office of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in St. Louis until conditions allow for re-entry into New Orleans. Sclafani and NMMA are working alongside exhibitors and marine dealers as well as local government officials throughout New Orleans to determine next steps surrounding the status of the 2006 New Orleans Boat Show.
Open Rivers Initiative: Dam Removal Funding Could Provide Major Fishery Benefits
(Sep. 12, 2005 - Celebration, FL.) BASS/ESPN Outdoors and the American Sportfishing Association will lead a coalition to support a new grant program called the Open Rivers Initiative, which is designed to provide funding to communities for removal of obsolete and derelict stream barriers such as dams.
Hurricane Katrina Triggers Fishery Failure and Fishery Resource Disaster Declaration in the Gulf of Mexico
(Sep. 09, 2005 - Washington, DC) U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez today announced a formal determination of a fishery failure in the Gulf of Mexico due to the devastation following Hurricane Katrina. The affected area includes the Florida Keys and from Pensacola, Fla., to the Texas border.
Bell County Expo Center
(Sep. 08, 2005 - Lakes Belton and Stillhouse, TX) Bragging rights will be on the line Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th during the Texas Association of Bass Clubs Championship Weekend on Lakes Belton and Stillhouse. You can witness the Championship Weigh-In each afternoon during the End of Summer Boat Show and Sale at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton!
(Sep. 02, 2005 - LAKE FOREST, IL.) Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) and the Walt Disney World(R) Resort announced today that they have partnered to deliver nine Trophy center console boats with Mercury Marine engines to New Orleans to support Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
(Sep. 01, 2005 - FOND DU LAC, WI.) Mercury Marine has joined with Sea Pro boat company to ship more than $200,000 in boats and engines to support rescue efforts in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
(Aug. 29, 2005 - EVERETT, WA.) Two all new water lifestyle television channels from MCE Television Networks, Inc. will debut in October. Programming is designed specifically for those who enjoy a lifestyle on or near the water. The new channels will provide viewers with both lifestyle programming —the Water Channel — and a transactional television network coupled with a Web site home shopping experience — Club Blue.
Traditional powerboat segment follows trend
(Aug. 29, 2005 - Chicago, IL) Wholesale dollar sales for the first half of 2005 were up 7.2 percent compared to the same period last year, while unit sales declined 1.7 percent, according to the June Monthly Shipment Report (MSR) released today by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
(Aug. 29, 2005 - Chicago, IL) The Grow Boating Initiative, which is a cooperative effort by the recreational boating industry to increase participation in boating, will have a hard time succeeding if Americans do not have adequate access to the nation's waterways.
(Aug. 25, 2005 - Kennesaw, GA.,) More than 300 Yamaha Marine dealership representatives from 214 dealerships have registered for the fall and winter sessions of the Strategic Dealer Management Symposium, part of Yamaha University offered by Yamaha Marine and there's no let-up in sight.
(Aug. 23, 2005 - Gadsden, AL.) The WBFA Tour announced today that the Classic World Championship of women’s bass fishing will be held in Gadsden, Alabama in October of 2005. The top forty-eight women anglers from the currently, only women’s professional bass tour, representing 14 states, will compete on Neely Henry Lake for the title of World Champion. The Classic World Championship is slated for Saturday and Sunday October 29th and 30th.
(Aug. 23, 2005 - Kennesaw, GA.) Yamaha Marine has eliminated the model year designation on its outboard motors, according to Yamaha Marine President Phil Dyskow
(Aug. 22, 2005 - Kennesaw, GA.,) Effective October 1, 2005, Yamaha Marine will reimburse Key Full Line and Key PrePaired Performance outboard dealers suggested retail price for most parts included on approved Yamaha Outboard warranty claims, according to John Rigsby, National Sales Manager for Yamaha Marine.
(Aug. 17, 2005 - DANIA BEACH, FL.) The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is in its sixth year of the ROLEX/IGFA Inshore Championship Tournament series, an international fishing competition that draws anglers from various worldwide locations.
(Aug. 17, 2005 - Pittsburgh, PA) Cory Harrington of Hiddenite, North Carolina, outlasted his competitors in two cast-off elimination rounds to take home the Bassmaster CastingKids National Championship and a $5,000.00 scholarship. The Bassmaster CastingKids program offers awards on local, state and national levels as an incentive to reward and motivate young competitive anglers. Kids compete in two age groups, 7-10 and 11-14, and the winners could win medals, plaques, rods, reels, tackle boxes and much more.
(Aug. 17, 2005 - Grass Valley, CA.) Bob Kornhauser, President/Owner of Legends of the West/100% BASS, have reached an agreement with No Sweat Mist to partner for Legends Tournament.
(Aug. 16, 2005 - KENNESAW, Ga.,) Kim Jarvis, Kennesaw, Ga., has been promoted to OEM Regional Sales and Marketing Coordinator, according to OEM Regional Sales Manager Lou Rancilio.
Value of boats imported from U.S. increases 105 percent
(Aug. 14, 2005 - CHICAGO, IL) Imports of inboard recreational boats in Japan increased 78 percent during the first six months of 2005 compared to the same period the previous year, according to statistics compiled by Japan's Ministry of Finance.
(Aug. 11, 2005 - Gurnee, IL) Representing a diverse group of agencies, the new National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) board members and officers officially took their seats at the recent Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(Aug. 05, 2005 - CELEBRATION, FL.) An average of more than 405,000 households tuned in to the weigh-in telecasts of the 2005 CITGO Bassmaster Classic on ESPN and ESPN2 July 29-31, up 9 percent from the 370,000 homes that watched last year.
(Aug. 04, 2005 - ) The re-birth of the WBFA Outdoors Magazine, a quarterly publication of the Women Bass Fishing Anglers’ Tour, is slated for mid-October 2005 because two sisters who live 1400 miles apart have volunteered their time and talent to once again make the magazine a reality. Denese Freeman of Lawton, Oklahoma and Linda Berry of Madison, NC agreed to take on the challenge at the request of Willie Cook, tournament director of the WBFA Tour
Dealers to give certification standards trial run
(Aug. 03, 2005 - CHICAGO,IL) A new dealer certification program is closer to reality following the launch of the Dealer Certification pilot program last week in Chicago. Thirty-three representatives from 21 dealerships across the country met to review draft Marine Industry Dealer Certification materials that have been developed for the expected complete rollout of the program in the fourth quarter of 2005.
(Aug. 01, 2005 - Overland Park, KS) Bushnell Performance Optics, Inc., the worldwide leader in sports optics, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Michaels of Oregon Co., a leading manufacturer of outdoor, hunting and shooting accessories.
(Aug. 01, 2005 - Las Vegas, NV) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) recognized Zebco as the Take Me Fishing Manufacturer of the Year for its leadership in encouraging people, particularly children and families, to go fishing.
(Aug. 01, 2005 - Las Vegas, NV) The Shimano Torsa Reels won the Overall Best of Show Award, and Best of Show for the Reel category in the ICAST 2005 New Product Showcase awards competition. The company also took top honors for the new Trevala Jigging Rods in the Rod category.
Efforts by angler and boater groups key in reauthorization success
(Jul. 30, 2005 - ALEXANDRIA, VA) After close to two years of Congressional action and three years of strategic planning and consensus building by leading angling and boating organizations, the most significant legislation for sportfishing and boating since 1984 is now waiting for President Bush's signature.
Money Raised at MarineMax~Hatteras Billfish Invitational Helps Make-A-Wish Foundation® Grant Wishes of Six Children
(Jul. 29, 2005 - Clearwater, FL.) As the nation’s largest boating retailer, MarineMax is in the business of making boating dreams come true. Now, by teaming with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, MarineMax is making even more dreams come true than ever before. Three months ago, MarineMax granted 12-year-old cancer patient Nathan’s wish of a fishing trip when the company invited Nathan and his family to attend the exclusive MarineMax-Hatteras Billfish Invitational in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas.
Arden Hills, Minn., dairy producer to sponsor all nine FLW Outdoors tournament trails
(Jul. 29, 2005 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors announced Friday that Land O'Lakes, the nation's No. 1 marketer of branded butter and deli cheese, has extended its sponsorship with America's largest and most prestigious fishing-tournament organization.
State of Wisconsin, BASS Deliver Certificate of Appreciation
(Jul. 30, 2005 - Pittsburgh, PA) The state of Wisconsin and BASS honored Mercury Marine on Friday with a certificate of appreciation for its $15,000 contribution to help support a study of culling effects on fisheries during tournaments.
i-Class NMMA certified; 20i passes tests for maneuverability with maximum attitude and power capacity rating of 250 hp.
(Jul. 28, 2005 - Kilgore, TX,) Skeeter Boats, the leader in bass boat innovation since 1948, is now introducing a new class of boats. A bass boat like the i-Class is a tough assignment. Engineers met the challenge using innovation and precision technology to make the boat's style unlike any boat ever introduced, without compromising a smooth, dry ride.
(Jul. 27, 2005 - Chicago, IL) National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has promoted Steve Tadd to the newly created position of director of Grow Boating to provide internal leadership and support for the industry-wide Grow Boating Initiative.
$6,332 donation to pay for sport-fishing facility on Lake Hamilton
(Jul. 26, 2005 - HOT SPRINGS, AR.) Anglers and fishing fans have teamed up with FLW Outdoors and its sponsors to help preserve and enhance the bass population on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Ark. More than $6,000 was donated for a sport-fishing support station that will assist in implementing conservation measures on Lake Hamilton.
Canadian company, FisherGirl wins prestigious New Product Showcase Award at ICAST 2005
(Jul. 26, 2005 - Las Vegas, NV) Milton, Ontario based FisherGirl Inc. (www.fishergirl.com
(Jul. 25, 2005 - Roseburg, OR) Eric Linde, a well-known fishing guide in the Northwest, has accepted a position as host and promoter of a nationally broadcast television show, Waters Less Traveled, managed by Just Ad Water, a North River Boats-owned marketing and advertising company. With a strong focus on fisheries in the Northwest, as well as an educational twist, Waters Less Traveled should prove to be innovative, entertaining, and one of the best fishing shows on television.
(Jul. 25, 2005 - WASHINGTON, DC) NOAA Fisheries Service has reduced the recreational red grouper catch limit in the Gulf of Mexico from two fish per person per day to one fish per person per day and closed the recreational grouper fishery in November and December of this year. The federal agency took this action today to reduce overfishing and get the species back on track with its 10-year rebuilding program. The new regulations take effect August 9.
(Jul. 19, 2005 - Sacramento, CA) Bob Kornhauser, President/Owner of 100% BASS/Legends of the West, and Marketing firm to be announced have arranged with the California State Fair to promote and hold the richest specialty bass tournament ever in the west.
(Jul. 22, 2005 - HOT SPRINGS, AR.) It?'s not called the Super Bowl of fishing for nothing. Just hours after Hot Springs native George Cochran won the Wal-Mart FLW Tour?s 10th anniversary $1.5 million Forrest L. Wood Championship presented by Castrol and collected the sport?s richest purse, $500,000, the final attendance data was tallied. The result: A record 40,671 people attended the championship?s four-day outdoor show and daily weigh-ins at Summit Arena.
(Jul. 19, 2005 - Las Vegas, NV) On the eve of the opening of MAATS (Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show) 2005 in Las Vegas, Home Port Marine Marketing announced the launch of MarineAngelsTM, a unique venture fund to provide seed capital, expertise and advice to help launch new marine products.
Money to benefit Children's Hospital in Little Rock
(Jul. 16, 2005 - HOT SPRINGS, AR.) Energizer shined a light on children today through a $25,000 donation to the Children's Miracle Network that will benefit the Children's Hospital in Little Rock. The donation was made as a tribute to the Wal-Mart FLW Tour anglers who collectively maintained a 98-percent live-release rate throughout the tournament season, which ended today at the 2005 Forrest L. Wood Championship presented by Castrol. The championship took place on Arkansas' Lake Hamilton.
Canadian company, FisherGirl makes it easy for women to fall in love with fishing through exclusive line of women's fishing equipment and apparel
(Jul. 13, 2005 - TORONTO,ONT, CAN) Milton, Ontario based FisherGirl Inc. launched its exclusive line of women's fishing rods and equipment in the Canadian market earlier this year and is now looking to launch into international waters at the ICAST show in Las Vegas this July 20-22 (booth# 811).
Watercraft, Outboard divisions sponsor seven-month Tour
(Jul. 14, 2005 - Chicago, IL) Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA has signed on to sponsor the Discover Boating & Take Me Fishing Tour. The seven-month Tour runs through November, visiting highly-attended consumer events to promote the pleasures of boating and fishing to the public.
(Jul. 14, 2005 - Hot Springs, AR) What are the benefits of being a professional angler who qualifies for a national bass championship tournament? Aside from a chance at fame and fortune?
(Jul. 12, 2005 - Hot Springs, AR.) The 2005 Forrest L. Wood Championship opened Tues., July 12 in Hot Springs, Ark., with an all-angler banquet followed by an awards presentation for the top ten winners in the 2005 Ranger Cup Contingency Program.
(Jul. 12, 2005 - Middletown, CA.) The makers of the Real Tree Camo patterns have agreed to license nine of their most popular camo patterns to Save Phace, Inc. the inventors of the popular Fish Hedz Face Mask. Since 83% of Fisherman also Hunt, Real Tree is excited about having their flagship patterns on the hottest product to hit the industry in 50 years.
(Jul. 09, 2005 - Norman, OK) Ranger Boats, the nation’s largest manufacturer of premium fiberglass fishing boats, announces the hiring of Blue Heron Communications to assist in its public relations efforts.
New design credited with bringing in more consumers
(Jul. 07, 2005 - Chicago, IL) Establishing a goal of increasing boat show attendance at its 23 consumer shows, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has encouraged its exhibitors to help improve the retail environment by introducing more consumer-friendly exhibits. NMMA has honored the efforts of U.S. Marine by presenting the company with a Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement in Boat Show Exhibit Design for its 2005 boat show exhibit.
(Jul. 07, 2005 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors, the world's leading tournament organization, announced Thursday the launch of a new $1.1 million kingfish series to compliment the wildly successful $1.7 million Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, which filled its 100 boat fields within 48 hours of its introduction earlier this year.
(Jul. 06, 2005 - Chicago, IL) National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and IAN, Inc. have received two Telly Awards for commercials that aired earlier this year to promote the 2005 Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show and the Northwest Sportshow, held in Minneapolis. The Telly Award is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs.
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