Fishing & Boating News
(Nov. 01, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) American boat and accessory manufacturers should find an expanded market for their products in Japan thanks to a major change in boat operator license regulations that take effect today.
(Oct. 29, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Eight companies were recognized with IBEX Innovation Awards at the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX). National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) presented the awards October 27 during the IBEX Industry Breakfast and Keynote Presentation, held in Miami Beach, Florida.
(Oct. 28, 2004 - WILLIAMSBURG, Va.) The location of the inaugural Busch Shootout is no longer a secret. And shortly after the secret came out, surprise followed in its wake. The 13 Busch Shootout contenders flew to Richmond, Va., Thursday and then traveled to historic Williamsburg, where they'll compete on the James River for the $100,000 top prize in the unique tournament.
(Oct. 27, 2004 - Miami, FL) Yamaha Marine Group received five 2004 Marine Industry CSI Awards for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) during Industry Breakfast ceremonies Wednesday, Oct. 27th at the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Florida.
(Oct. 26, 2004 - Alpharetta, GA) Honda Marine has named John Fulcher senior manager, announced Honda Vice President Wade Terry. His key responsibilities include strategic planning, sales and marketing, as well as service and parts for US operations. Fulcher joins the marine team from Honda's e-Business Division, where he served as senior manager of business-to-consumer marketing.
Professional angling will never be the same
(Oct. 20, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors, the premier fishing organization in the world, is once again elevating America's awareness of sport fishing by partnering with Fox Sports Net (FSN) to bring Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors television coverage to millions of outdoor fans around the country every week.
(Oct. 20, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) will honor the president of Davis Instruments with the Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award. Bob Selig will receive the award at the IBEX Industry Breakfast on Wednesday, October 27 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
More than 150,000 expected to experience Tour this year; 45,000 leads generated
(Oct. 20, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Research conducted on the Discover Boating & Fishing Tour presented by Water Works Wonders shows that at least three percent of consumers have purchased boats since their visit to the mobile tour. In addition, 62 percent of the more than 45,000 consumers surveyed following their visit to the mobile tour, have expressed an interest in buying a boat within one to two years.
(Oct. 18, 2004 - AUSTIN, Texas) The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation board has voted to recommend acceptance of the Jasper County bid to host a new East Texas freshwater fish hatchery for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The TPWD Commission must still approve the foundation recommendation at the commission's Nov. 3 meeting.
(Oct. 18, 2004 - KENNESAW, GA.) Yamaha Marine Group has promoted District Marketing Manager Per Johannessen, to Regional Sales Manager for the Marine Dealer Sales Division. Per's responsibility will be overseeing all dealer sales for the Southeast Region of the U.S., according to John Rigsby, national sales manager, who announced the promotion.
BASS To Move Near Walt Disney World Resort In 2005
(Oct. 18, 2004 - ) BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, will move its headquarters to Central Florida near Walt Disney World Resort in Spring 2005. BASS offices will be located in Celebration, Fla., in Osceola County. The move promises to create even more BASS programs at the popular vacation destination and throughout the region.
Rowe to be inducted at IBEX Industry Awards Breakfast October 27
(Oct. 13, 2004 - CHICAGO,IL) Indmar Products founder Richard C. (Dick) Rowe will receive the highest honor the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) can bestow when he is inducted into the NMMA Hall of Fame later this month. Rowe will be honored during the IBEX Industry Breakfast, being held October 27 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
(Oct. 12, 2004 - Austin, TX) The number of reported boating accidents, boating-related injuries and fatalities on public waterways declined in 2004 compared with the same time period in the last three years. Following are the statistics, which are comparing Jan. 1-Oct. 1 wrecks from each year.
(Oct. 12, 2004 - ) Anglers for Christ Ministries is embarking on a new journey by launching a new television series called "The Christian Angler". The show is hosted by Tony Sellars, former professional fisherman and director of AFC Ministries. All filming and production is being maintained in house by the ministry staff.
(Oct. 12, 2004 - ) After qualifying for an incredible 28 consecutive Bassmaster Classics - one of the most impressive records in all of sports - Rick Clunn has been absent from fishing's world championship event the past three years.
(Oct. 12, 2004 - JASPER, TX) Favorable winters and high water levels have contributed to the spread of Giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta) in Toledo Bend Reservoir, one of dozens of lakes affected by exotic aquatic water weeds statewide. Infestations once confined to the backs of a small number of creeks and bayous in both Texas and Louisiana have now spread throughout the reservoir.
(Oct. 11, 2004 - BRISTOL, CN) For "SportsCenter" fans, it's the most familiar theme music on television: DA-da-DA! DA-da-DA! Beginning January 1, that music and the "SportsCenter" brand will be coming to the ESPN Outdoors weekend television block with the launch of "BassCenter," a new, half-hour show dedicated to the news and topics of the outdoors world. The show will air Saturdays live at 7 a.m. ET on ESPN2 and reair at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.
(Oct. 07, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) The Grow Boating Marketing Task Force has selected Carmichael Lynch, out of Minneapolis, MN, as the advertising agency of record for the industry's Grow Boating initiative.
(Oct. 06, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, and CITGO Petroleum Corporation announced today CITGO has renewed its sponsorship with BASS through 2009. CITGO has been a BASS sponsor since 2001 and the new contract extends CITGO's core sponsorship programs. CITGO is the title sponsor for all CITGO Bassmaster Tour and Open events. CITGO will remain the title sponsor of bass fishing's world championship, the CITGO Bassmaster Classic.
(Oct. 04, 2004 - LAKE CHARLES, La.) On October 2, 2004, during the 2004 Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup Championship held at Bord du Lac Park in Lake Charles, LA, the FishAmerica Foundation and The Redfish Nation announced a $8,900 grant to the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Florida, for redfish habitat restoration in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida. CCA is an angler conservation organization with 15 chapters located across the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic seaboard.
(Oct. 04, 2004 - Lake Sam Rayburn, TX) Anyone who may have been driving by the Umphrey Family Pavilion on Hwy-255 these past two weeks may have seen bulldozers, dump trucks, and workers toiling about as the new Umphrey Family Pavilion facility is undergoing another construction phase for its tourism operations.
(Oct. 01, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) attendees will have an opportunity to tour the 53-foot interactive mobile marketing display used as the centerpiece for the seven-month Discover Boating and Fishing Tour presented by Water Works Wonders during IBEX, being held October 25-27 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Florida.
(Sep. 29, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Pre-registration for the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference, being held October 25–27 at the Miami Beach (FL) Convention Center is up 10 percent compared to the 2003 Miami Beach show. Show organizers from Professional BoatBuilder magazine and National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) believe these statistics are indicative that attendance at this year's event will exceed last year's which totaled 4,300 verified attendees.
Fills Niche Magazines and Newspapers Miss
(Sep. 29, 2004 - Dallas, TX) If you hunt or fish in Texas or live there and are an outdoors enthusiast, there's a brand new publication called The Lone Star Outdoor News, and you need to take a look at it because it fills a niche monthly and quarterly magazines can't match, and newspapers can't equal due to limited space for outdoor pages.
(Sep. 27, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) The boat brands of Genmar, the largest privately held boat manufacturer in the world, recognized the support and contributions of their suppliers with an appreciation dinner during the Brands of Genmar 2005 Dealer Meeting last week in Las Vegas. In addition, a number of the brands recognized the suppliers with the first ever Genmar Special Recognition, Innovation and Supplier of the Year Awards.
(Sep. 23, 2004 - KENNESAW, GA.) No longer will boaters and anglers have to Google the Internet to get timely news and information of their favorite pastimes. Nor will they have to surf several different Web sites for all the information they crave.
(Sep. 22, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) He's been tournament bass fishing in some form or another for the last 25 years and last week was named general manager of BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing. Don Rucks also brings more than 30 years marketing experience and a strong knowledge of the fishing industry.
(Sep. 22, 2004 - Athens, TX) Just as April showers bring May flowers, summer rains may produce lots of big bass come winter. The 19th Budweiser ShareLunker season begins October 1 and continues through April 30, 2005, and program coordinator David Campbell anticipates a good year. "Many lakes caught a lot of water this summer, and that produces more habitat for fish to spawn.
(Sep. 22, 2004 - PANAMA CITY, FL) Richie Rodgers has joined C&C Manufacturing as the new Customer Service and Quality Assurance Manager for Century and Cobia Boats. He replaces Jeff Hudson who leaves that position to take on greater responsibilities as Engineering Manager for the company.
Inside BASS for Sept. 21
(Sep. 21, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) After months of inactivity, the pros had filtered in to the town of Eufaula on the Alabama-Georgia border and begun laying the groundwork for their first national tournament of the fall - the CITGO Bassmaster Southern Open presented by Busch Beer - when the approach of Hurricane Ivan ruined their plans.
(Sep. 20, 2004 - Alpharetta, GA) The seventh annual Fishers Of Men’s Leadership Conference was recently held at the Southern Baptist Convention’s, North American Mission Board, in Alpharetta, GA, just outside of Atlanta. The gathering is an annual event where FOM Division Directors and the National Staff get together to uplift, encourage one another, seek God’s face and direction through prayer, give annual reports, and go over the proposed rule changes for the new season.
(Sep. 17, 2004 - DELRAY BEACH, FL.) In a recent system check of the Personal Locator Beacon Emergency Response System in Vermont, the McMurdo Fastfind Plus PLB turned in the best performance among the PLBs tested in terms of time needed to fix on the target and locate the beacon. McMurdo is a leading manufacturer of Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs).
(Sep. 17, 2004 - PANAMA CITY, FL) Boat ownership is getting more sophisticated at all levels. Whether it's an owner's first boat or his fourth, the amount of information on boat systems, operation, electronics, and power can seem overwhelming. To ease owners though this education curve, Century and Cobia Boats have created new boat owners DVDs that provides a visual guide to ownership, operation and maintenance.
Progress made in four other focus areas of Grow Boating effort
(Sep. 15, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) After the Grow Boating Marketing Task Force announced that it would retain a search consultant to find the initiative's first agency, more than 100 agencies sent in credentials for consideration. The task force has narrowed the list of agencies to four finalists.
(Sep. 15, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) ESPN Outdoors today introduced Don Rucks as general manager of BASS and named Dean Kessel to the newly created position of vice president of BASS Operations. Rucks, a longtime sports marketing executive for CITGO Petroleum, was the guiding force behind CITGO's title sponsorship of BASS events and support for the entire organization since 2001. He will report to Christine Godleski, vice president and general manager of ESPN Outdoors.
(Sep. 15, 2004 - Las Vegas, NV) The Marine Retailers Association of America has selected Genmar Founder and Chairman Irwin Jacobs to receive the Association's Boating Pioneer Award, which was presented last night by MRAA President Phil Keeter in ceremonies during the company's closing banquet of its Brands of Genmar 2005 dealer meeting.
(Sep. 14, 2004 - FLORIDA KEYS) Florida Keys tourism officials have set Thursday, Sept. 16, as the recommended date visitors should begin returning to the island destination, after Keys emergency management officials discontinued a mandatory evacuation Monday.
ESPN and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to co-host fundraising event
(Sep. 14, 2004 - WASHINGTON , DC) The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (Foundation) announced today that it will honor film icon Clint Eastwood for his efforts in conservation at a special fundraising dinner next week. Eastwood will receive the Foundation's "Chairman's Award" - the highest accolade bestowed by one of the nation's leading conservation organizations.
Genmar Hosts First Group Dealer Meeting Of All Its Boat Brands on 26th Anniversary of First Acquisition
(Sep. 13, 2004 - Las Vegas, NV) Twenty-six years to the day that Irwin Jacobs acquired Larson Boats, his first boat company, he presided over the first ever dealer meeting of all 15 boat brands that make up Genmar, the Minneapolis-based billion dollar company that is the largest privately held boat manufacturer in the world.
Show will be held December 2 – 5, 2004
(Sep. 10, 2004 - Tampa, FL) Due to the growing threat of severe weather and Hurricane Ivan, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has postponed the 2004 Tampa Boat Show scheduled for September 16 through September 19 at the Tampa Convention Center. The Show has been rescheduled for December 2 through December 5 at the Tampa Convention Center. As Hurricane Ivan approaches, the NMMA's primary concern is for the safety of those being affected by the storm.
Show to be co-produced by NMMA and Festevents
(Sep. 10, 2004 - CHICAGO,IL) National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is adding to its portfolio of boat shows with the debut of the Virginia In-Water Boat Expo. Co-produced with Norfolk Festevents, the show will debut September 9-11, 2005 in Norfolk, Virginia.
Unit boat shipments rise 8.8 percent
(Sep. 09, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Wholesale dollar sales of all boats were up 18.5 percent for the first half of 2004 compared to prior year numbers, while unit boat shipments increased 8.8 percent, based on the June Monthly Shipment Report (MSR) released today by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The traditional powerboat segments, (outboard, sterndrive, and inboard boats) were up 20.0 percent in dollars and up 12.2 percent in units shipped through June, compared to the previous year.
(Sep. 07, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Fans will find Gerald Swindle's name on the entry list for the upcoming CITGO Bassmaster Southern Open presented by Busch Beer on Alabama's Lake Eufaula. Considering the enormous demands routinely placed on the reigning CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year, fishing fans might wonder why he would be found competing in the Opens.
(Sep. 02, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors, the world's leading marketer of competitive fishing, and Solar Bat, maker of polarized sunglasses designed specifically for anglers, announced today a long-term renewal of Solar Bat's sponsorship of FLW Outdoors‚ six bass and walleye tournament trails.
(Sep. 02, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) The National Marine Manufacturers Association has honored West Marine with its Robert Hammond Leadership Award. NMMA's Accessory Manufacturers Division (AMD) is recognizing West Marine for the tremendous positive impact their leadership has had on the marine industry and the marine aftermarket in particular.
(Sep. 02, 2004 - ) As the Labor Day Holiday approaches, sport anglers need not put away their fishing gear because of the recent flurry of fish consumption advisories and discussion about mercury in fish tissue according to a joint statement issued by three prominent conservation organizations.
(Aug. 30, 2004 - ROCKPORT, Texas) The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seeking public input on a proposal to create mandatory "propeller up" zones for motorboats in parts of Redfish Bay where biologists have been testing voluntary zones since 2000. The proposal is part of a continuing effort to find the most effective means of protecting sensitive seagrass in areas of high boat traffic.
(Aug. 30, 2004 - AUSTIN, Texas) Texas saltwater anglers will continue to help fund a program designed to reduce commercial fishing effort in the bays through a $3 surcharge on the Saltwater Sportfishing Stamp fee, following action taken by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Commission.
(Aug. 30, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) As the leader in professional tournament fishing, FLW Outdoors has provided bass and walleye anglers the opportunity to get hooked on lucrative tournaments for years. Now, FLW Outdoors is expanding into inshore competitive angling. On Monday, FLW Outdoors announced plans to add a redfish tournament series to its 2005 professional fishing lineup.
Genmar Holdings, Inc. Announces Appointment of David J. Huls As Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(Aug. 27, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Genmar Holdings, Inc. today announced the appointment of David J. Huls as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective August 15, 2004. Mr. Huls assumes this role from the Company's previous Chief Financial Officer, Roger R. Cloutier, II, who was named President and Chief Operating Officer on April 12, 2004.
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