Fishing & Boating News
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.
(Aug. 27, 2004 - Kilgore, TX) Most boat company dealer meetings use the same formula for their dealer awards night — bland chicken dinners followed by some quick award presentations and grip-and-grin photo opportunities...not at Skeeter Boats' 2005 dealer meeting.
(Aug. 25, 2004 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) Professional bass anglers weren't the only ones casting for fish and prizes during the 2004 Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship presented by Castrol, held Aug. 11-14 on Logan Martin Lake in Birmingham. While championship contenders were out on the water, 10 sponsor mascots were also trying their best to land healthy limits of fish during the first-ever FLW Outdoors Sponsor Mascot Tournament.
(Aug. 27, 2004 - Temple, TX) Come join us for Free hot dogs and hamburgers to celebrate our 35th Anniversary as a Central Texas Boat Dealer. We are hosting this two day party with live radio remotes, specials throughout the store and free food as a THANK YOU to our many customers.
Faulk to Oversee Two New Boat Shows for NMMA
(Aug. 25, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) today announced that it has promoted Jennifer Faulk to central regional manager overseeing the Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show, Northwest Sportshow, and the Minneapolis Boat Show. The next Chicago and Minneapolis shows will both be held January 19-23, 2005. The next Northwest Sportshow will be held March 29-April 3, 2005.
(Aug. 26, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) For years, FLW Outdoors has been and continues to be the leading tournament organization in competitive bass and walleye fishing. Now, the world leader in professional fishing is expanding its reach to saltwater. In a move to accommodate the growing interest in competitive fishing, FLW Outdoors announced Thursday its all-new Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour for saltwater anglers. The Kingfish Tour - set to kick off in April 2005 - will be the most lucrative kingfish tour in the world.
(Aug. 26, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Frank Scalish wants to be a champion. His competition? Approximately 800 other anglers, all of whom are competing in tournaments across the country in hopes of qualifying for the CITGO Bassmaster Open Championship presented by Busch Beer.
(Aug. 24, 2004 - Houston, TX) Adhering to boating safety laws is the single greatest factor in reducing boating accidents, injuries and fatalities, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Each year TPWD coordinates hundreds of classes across the state. If you plan on operating a boat, whether you own one, rent one or win one, a boating education class is a good idea.
(Aug. 25, 2004 - Branson, MO) For Skeeter Boats, this year's dealer sales meeting is all about numbers as more than 300 people representing 104 dealerships in the U.S., Canada and overseas distributors gathered at the Chateau Resort in Branson, Mo. to check out more than 80 models, including eight all-new boats.
(Aug. 24, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Before Rick Clunn was labeled "Mr. October" for his exploits at the CITGO Bassmaster Classic (which were originally staged in the fall) and "Gentleman George" Cochran had two Classic victories to his credit, there was "Mr. Consistency," Ricky Green.
"Faultless performance" says industry expert witness
(Aug. 23, 2004 - PORTSMOUTH, UK) McMurdo Limited (McMurdo) today published the results of new, independently witnessed tests conducted on the company’s Precision EPIRB and FastFind Plus PLB.
(Aug. 24, 2004 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) In an effort to promote conservation among the fisheries that host its professional bass tournaments, FLW Outdoors has donated $5,000 to the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. The donation will go toward the Aquatic Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Program, and the funding provided by FLW Outdoors through the FishAmerica Foundation will be used specifically to develop new fish habitats and fishing reefs in Logan Martin Lake.
(Aug. 23, 2004 - KYOTO, Japan) Popeye's Tackle Shop was seemingly lifeless when the tour bus pulled into its small parking lot. The store manager opened the door, smiling wildly, and stood under a banner that said in both English and Japanese, "Welcome To Japan: Takahiro Omori, Bassmaster Classic Champion." When Omori stepped off the bus it made official his first appearance as bass fishing's world champion in his homeland.
(Aug. 19, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors announced Thursday that Skippy Peanut Butter, one of America's favorite brands, will spread the fun of fishing to the masses by renewing its sponsorship of the organization's six tournament trails. Skippy has been an official sponsor of FLW Outdoors since 2003.
(Aug. 20, 2004 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) JEFF McDANIEL of Calera, Ala., was all smiles during the recent FLW Championship held in Birmingham, Ala., And with good reason. His name was drawn from among thousands to receive the very first Ranger Z Series boat powered by a Yamaha VMAX outboard.
Unit boat shipments rise 9.6 percent
(Aug. 18, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Wholesale dollar sales of all boats in 2004 were up 18.9 percent through May compared to prior year numbers, while unit shipments increased 9.6 percent based on the May Monthly Shipment Report (MSR) released today by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The traditional powerboat segments, (outboard, sterndrive, and inboard boats) were up 19.9 percent in dollars and up 12.4 percent in units shipped through May, compared to the previous year.
(Aug. 18, 2004 - KENNESAW, Ga.) Mark Tracy has been promoted to regional sales manager for the OEM Division of Yamaha Marine Group Company, according to Tim Fernandez, general manager.
(Aug. 18, 2004 - PANAMA CITY, FL.) Century Boats kicked off its 2005 model year with one of the most successful dealer meetings in the company's history. Coming off of record low field inventories, Century dealers were eager to restock and secure orders for the coming year at this year's annual dealer meeting in Sarasota, Florida.
Industry remains optimistic about economy
(Aug. 18, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Marine business leaders reported significantly higher unit and dollar sales in the second quarter of 2004, compared to the same quarter the previous year, according to the latest Marine Business Leaders Outlook (MBLO) Quarterly Survey released today by the Recreational Marine Research Center (RMRC).
(Aug. 18, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors announced today that Lawry's is spicing up professional fishing by renewing its sponsorship of the organization's six tournament trails. Lawry's joined the FLW Outdoors sponsorship team in 2003 as the "Official Seasoning of the Wal-Mart FLW Tour."
(Aug. 16, 2004 - DELRAY BEACH, Fl) McMurdo's Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) technology has been credited with two successful rescues in the past four months. The first was a dramatic rescue of a sailboat crew at sea off the coast of North Carolina, and the second was the rescue of two passengers after an emergency landing of a small helicopter in the mountains north of Seattle, WA.
(Aug. 17, 2004 - ) After competing in the biggest event in the bass world with all of the associated hoopla and fanfare, the very next week 11 pros who competed in the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer hit the road again, headed for locales like Catskill, N.Y. and Paducah, Ky., to chase their first chance at Classic requalification through the CITGO Bassmaster Opens presented by Busch Beer.
(Aug. 16, 2004 - IDA GROVE, Iowa,) Midwest Industries, maker of ShoreLand'r trailers and ShoreStation lakefront systems, is celebrating 50 years of innovation this year. Midwest plans to commemorate the occasion with a banquet and open house celebrating the accomplishments of founder Byron Godbersen.
Requirement takes effect with 2007 model year
(Aug. 13, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) To demonstrate its commitment to boating safety and a quality consumer experience, the board of directors for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is requiring that all NMMA member boat manufacturers have their boats NMMA Certified to ABYC standards. The NMMA Certification program will also require participants to have a Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) program instituted at their company in order to be certified.
Money to benefit Children's Hospital in Birmingham
(Aug. 14, 2004 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) Energizer Lighting Products shined the light on children today through a $25,000 donation to the Children's Miracle Network that will benefit the Children's Hospital in Birmingham. 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 2004 Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship presented by Castrol. The championship took place on Alabama's Logan Martin Lake.
(Aug. 13, 2004 - TORONTO, Ont., Can.,) Yamaha Motor Canada, Ltd. announced that it has notified Lund Canada it will terminate its O.E.M. relationship effective Aug. 31, 2004. Lund Canada was one of several aluminum boat companies sold by Genmar to Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) earlier this year. Relationships also ceased earlier this year between Yamaha Motor Canada and Crestliner and Lowe, the other companies that were sold.
Boating Safety Reminders for All
(Aug. 09, 2004 - Austin, TX) Since the Memorial Day week kick-off of boating season, Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens have been out in full force attempting to make Texas waters safer.
Sixth annual Rolex sponsored event honors contributions to the sport of fishing
(Aug. 11, 2004 - DANIA BEACH, FL.) Five men will be inducted into the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame, this fall. The class of 2004 includes Walter W. Fondren, III, Peter Goadby, Frank J. Mather, III, Ray W. Scott, Jr. and Mark Sosin.
(Aug. 12, 2004 - AUSTIN, Texas) The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will hold its annual public hearing Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. in the Commission Hearing Room here at the Austin headquarters office at 4200 Smith School Road.
(Aug. 09, 2004 - Washington, DC) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the agency's partners will pool $4.8 million in 2004 to remove 91 barriers to fish passage in 26 states. Service funds for the popular Fish Passage Program, amounting to $2.8 million, will be supplemented by another $2 million in matching funds from a wide array of partners ranging from civic and conservation organizations, local and State governments and other Federal agencies.
(Aug. 11, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) have announced the panel of judges for this year’s IBEX Innovation Awards. The awards will be handed out at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference, produced by NMMA and Professional Boatbuilder magazine, being held at the Miami Beach (FL) Convention Center October 25-27.
(Aug. 11, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced today that its Foundation for Recreational Boating Safety, Education and Environmental Awareness (FRBSEEA) has received a $125,000 grant from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to launch the second phase of a study to improve upon current statistical information available on recreational boating.
(Aug. 10, 2004 - ) As expected, newly crowned CITGO Bassmaster Classic champion Takahiro Omori's life has already been turned upside down in a little more than a week since winning professional fishing's true world championship.
(Aug. 09, 2004 - Austin, TX) New hunting and fishing licenses for 2004-05 will be available beginning Aug. 15, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is reminding customers to be aware of some significant changes. All current annual hunting and fishing licenses expire on Tuesday, Aug. 31.
(Aug. 09, 2004 - KENNESAW, Ga.) Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. responded today to an announcement that was issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce on August 6, which calculated the dumping margin on outboard motors and powerheads imported from Japan at 22.5 percent. This margin was calculated as part of a dumping investigation initiated by the Mercury Marine Division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC). These percentages are preliminary and subject to revision by the Department of Commerce.
(Aug. 05, 2004 - Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.) In a positive effort to establish a "state of the art" fish recovery system at the Umphrey Family Pavilion, the LSRPA (Lake Sam Rayburn Pavilion Association) Board of Directors has assigned a special committee the task of designing, developing, and installing a working live release system at the Pavilion to be used by Tournament organizations who schedule their events during the hot summer months.
Fishing Reel Maintenance Video
(Aug. 05, 2004 - Yantis, TX) Lake Fork Tackle Repair, a nationally recognized source for expert rod and reel repair services has produced a first of it's kind video: "Fishing Reel Maintenance". This video will quickly and easily teach any angler a fail-safe methodology for cleaning and repairing any reel on the market today.
(Aug. 05, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors announced today that the American Forces Network (AFN) - the administrative department that provides stateside radio and TV programming to U.S. military personnel serving outside the continental United States - will have a live video feed from the Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship Presented by Castrol weigh-in Aug. 14
(Aug. 04, 2004 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) Wal-Mart FLW Tour anglers David Lauer, J.T. Kenney, Bobby Curtis and Laura Aldridge will visit Children's Hospital in Birmingham Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. to visit with children who are patients at the hospital. The hospital visit coincides with the $1.5 million Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship Boat and Outdoor Show taking place in Birmingham Aug. 11-14.
(Aug. 03, 2004 - CHARLOTTE, N.C.) Faced with little or no growth in recreational fishing, leaders of the sportfishing industry went to a panel of experts for answers: They asked children how to increase participation.
Omori Prepared To Unify Bass-Fishing Titles At $1.5 Million Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship Presented By Castrol
Bassmaster Classic champ to cast for $500,000 - bass fishing's biggest prize - Aug. 11-14
(Aug. 03, 2004 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) For Japanese native and Emory, Texas, resident Takahiro Omori, it's one down and one to go in his quest to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of bass fishing. On the heels of winning the Bassmaster Classic title and $200,000 in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Omori is already preparing for another title shot. This time, the Yamaha pro will be casting for the $1.5 million Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship title and a $500,000 payday in Birmingham Aug. 11-14.
Somehow the annual CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer just keeps getting bigger and better.
(Aug. 03, 2004 - Charlotte, NC) omehow the annual CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer just keeps getting bigger and better. Web sites and chat rooms are abuzz about 11 hours of television coverage, which surpassed any previous coverage that has ever been done on the sport of fishing. Between the special programming, on-the-water coverage, live and timely updates and the weigh-in shows, a fishing fan in Alaska could feel like he or she was sitting on the banks of Lake Wylie watching the final two rounds.
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