Fishing & Boating News
BASS NEWS: Inside BASS For 5-25-04
(May. 25, 2004 - Montgomery, AL) Fishing fans come from all walks of a life. Case in point: a visitor to the final-day weigh-in at last week's Bassmaster Elite 50 event in Columbus, Miss. Tom Hamill was a little-known truck driver until he was kidnapped by insurgents April 9th in Iraq and made a dramatic escape three weeks later.
(May. 22, 2004 - PHOENIX, AZ) Perplexing fish die-offs at three lakes along the Salt River during the past two months have scientists and others playing detective. There was a fish die-off at Apache Lake during March, one at Canyon Lake around April 27 and the latest was in Saguaro Lake May 5. Another die off was reported at Apache Lake on May 18. Authorities are actively investigating the die-offs.
(May. 20, 2004 - IDA GROVE, Iowa) With gas prices hitting all-time highs, this summer's travel season looks as if it will be spent closer to home. To combat these higher gas prices, the folks at ShoreLand'r Trailers offer a list of trailering tips that will help get the most out of your gas money.
Unit shipments down 5.2 percent
(May. 21, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Wholesale dollar sales of all boats were up 15.6 percent in January 2004, compared to the prior year numbers, while unit boat shipments were down 5.2 percent, based on the January Monthly Shipment Report (MSR) just released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The traditional powerboat segments, (outboard, sterndrive, and inboard boats) were up 20 percent in dollars and up 11 percent in units shipped for January, compared to the previous year.
Jimmy Johnson teams up with Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
(May. 20, 2004 - Alexandria, VA) The non-profit Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation today announced that former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson will serve as honorary chairperson of National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW), June 5-13. Coach Johnson is the first honorary chairperson of the annual fishing and boating celebration, now in its fourth year.
Boat manufacturers plan on hiring to meet increased demand for boats
(May. 19, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Marine business leaders continue to be optimistic about the economic state of the recreational marine industry, according to the latest Marine Business Leaders Outlook (MBLO) Quarterly Survey released today by the Recreational Marine Research Center (RMRC).
Weighs in at less than half an ounce
(May. 19, 2004 - KENNESAW, Ga.) Long the bane of editors and writers, the press kit, one of the PR person's main publicity tools, is often bulky, heavy and so stuffed with material that some eventually will fall out at the most inconvenient time. Now imagine a press kit so light and compact that it can be carried on a keychain and weighs less than two quarters.
Marine Electronics Leader Outfits Singer's New 57' Shelter Island Commuter
(May. 18, 2004 - Nashua, New Hampshire) Fast on the heels of singer/songwriter Billy Joel's acclaimed Shelter Island Runabout, yacht designer Doug Zurn, Billy Joel, and Coecles Harbor Marine unveil their newest creation, the 57 Shelter Island Commuter, Vendetta. Vendetta is outfitted with a customized Raymarine electronics package including the widely acclaimed C-120 displays.
Bombardier Recreational Products Brings E-TEC Benefits Of Cleaner, Quieter, Low Maintenance Engines To V6 Power Options
(May. 18, 2004 - Sturtevant, WI) Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) will offer three new horsepower options in the EvinrudeÆ E TEC(TM) family of outboard engines in the 2005 model year. BRP continues to provide boaters with options they want while leading the industry with powerful engines and advanced technology, including the new 200, 225 and 250 hp engines, and the hugely popular 225 HO (high output) model.
(May. 18, 2004 - Morristown, TN) Saturday, May 15, was the 5th Annual Kid's Hooked on Fishing Day Camp sponsored by Anglers for Christ Ministries. This event, held in Morristown, TN each year in the month of May gets larger each year. This year there were around 275 children involved in the event.
Anglers Struggle In Bassmaster Elite 50 Series Practice
(May. 18, 2004 - COLUMBUS, MS.) The pros on the CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented by Busch Beer are having some tough practice days on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, site of the second of four events in the $1.6 million Bassmaster Elite 50 series.
(May. 18, 2004 - ATHENS, Texas) A new official Texas freshwater fishing map available May 24 will promote family fishing and benefit the construction fund for a new education building at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.
(May. 17, 2004 - PANAMA CITY, FL.) Cobia and Century Boats has signed on as the title sponsor of the new Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (PTTS). The tournament series, which includes five regular season events and one championship event in a live release format, will be held in Boca Grande Pass, Fla.
(May. 15, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Attwood, Hunter Marine and Brunswick have all signed on to sponsor the Discover Boating and Fishing Tour presented by Water Works Wonders™. The three companies will be represented on the Tour during the 25 events on the six-month schedule running through mid-November.
New Fishing Show To Air 24 Times in 2004 on FOX SPORTS NET NORTH
(May. 14, 2004 - Walker, MN,) Fishing the WildSide, Inc. announced today that it will air its first-ever fishing TV show in 2004. The program will air for in third quarter of 2004 and be called Fishing the WildSide TV.
(May. 12, 2004 - Montgomery, AL) BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, today announced that MotorGuide, its longest-running current sponsor, has renewed its premier sponsorship with the world's largest fishing organization.
(May. 11, 2004 - KEY WEST, Florida Keys) The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) welcomes Boston Whaler as Official Boat of the 2004 Mercury/IGFA Junior Angler World Championship (JAWC). The tournament will be held July 11 – 13 in Key West, Florida. The JAWC is the third in a series of world class events that includes the ROLEX/IGFA Inshore and ROLEX/IGFA Offshore Championships.
(May. 10, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Professional fishing will be missing one of its brightest stars and most popular anglers for the remainder of the 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented by Busch Beer, as Shaw Grigsby is forced to take a hiatus from competition to undergo heart bypass surgery.
Fisheries Seeks Comment on Options Identified by Constituents
(May. 06, 2004 - Washington, DC) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released an issues and options paper for fisheries management of highly migratory species in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. The paper identifies potential management measures for billfish, swordfish, tunas and sharks. Fishermen and the interested public are encouraged to review the paper and offer ideas and suggestions for management of these fisheries. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
(May. 07, 2004 - VAIL, CO.) The Eagle River gave up a host of enormous trout and the final four tickets to the summer's big event this week, as fly fishermen from across the country gathered to compete for berths in July's ESPN Great Outdoor Games presented by Dodge.
(May. 07, 2004 - Athens, TX) The Budweiser ShareLunker season ended April 30 with a total of 15 largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more entered into the program. One fish was a repeat caught and entered into the program for the second time. Another angler likely released his chance to become the first to fourpeat and submit four fish to the program in the same year.
Digest for May 4, 2004
(May. 06, 2004 - ) AN EMMY? SOUNDS GOOD! Last summer's coverage of the ESPN Great Outdoor Games presented by Dodge captured an Emmy. The Great Outdoor Games' very first Emmy was for Outstanding Live Audio/Sound, and one of 10 racked up by ESPN and ABC Sports.
(May. 04, 2004 - LEBANON, MO.,) G3 Boats, a manufacturer of aluminum fishing boats, and Fishingworld.com, recently received the 'Crystal Award of Excellence' by the International Communications Awards Committee for their joint creation of the g3boats.com Web site design and communication.
Stop by for drawings, specials and refreshments!
(May. 04, 2004 - Owasso, OK) Morton Marine will have their annual in-house boat show on Friday, May 7 from 8 AM to 6 PM and Saturday, May 8 from 8 AM to 4 PM. If you're thinking of buying a boat, now is the time to do it!
. . . AND A $10,000 PRIZE One hundred percent of proceeds fund scholarships for economically challenged campers
(May. 04, 2004 - San Antonio, TX) The Christian Outdoor Alliance today announced its 2004 Send a Kid to Camp Raffle. Kids who want to attend COA's Hunting and Fishing Adventure Camp this summer can earn their full tuition by selling the raffle tickets. The winner will get a prize package worth $10,000 that includes a premium custom-built deer rifle, plus a once-in-a-lifetime trophy whitetail buck hunt. Taxidermy and meat processing are also included.
(May. 04, 2004 - PANAMA CITY, Fl) Trey White has joined C&C Manufacturing as the new Marketing Manager for Century and Cobia Boats. The announcement was made by Dean Burnett, vice president and general manager for C&C Manufacturing.
(May. 04, 2004 - BENTON, Ky.) Some of FLW Outdoors‚ most successful professional anglers will offer tournament-winning tips and techniques Saturday, May 8 when they host the Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors Fishing and Automotive Clinic prior to the Wal-Mart FLW Tour event in Benton. The clinics are presented by BFGoodrich Tires, Castrol and 7UP, and the Benton clinic was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 9, but has been moved to Saturday, May 8, in honor of Mother's Day.
(Apr. 30, 2004 - Lindale, TX) FishingWorld.com, Inc. announced its web site has been presented with the Crystal Award of Excellence, the highest level of achievement, by the national Communicator Awards competition. The web site of FishingWorld.com is both a leading source of constantly updated fishing news and a community hosting web solutions for businesses serving the fishing and boating industries.
(Apr. 30, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) FLW Outdoors announced today that ConAgra Foods ˆ Snack Foods Group, America's No. 1 manufacturer of popcorn products including ACT II and Jiffy Pop, has renewed its sponsorship, making ACT II the Wal-Mart FLW Tour's official popcorn brand. ACT II's renewal is another example of how professional fishing continues to become a part of mainstream America and how FLW Outdoors has become a major marketing tool, targeting a highly desirable consumer audience.
SCS Manual, Training Poster and SCS Consultant Available to Members
(Apr. 28, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Accessory manufacturers that want to improve their supply chain now have several resources available to them. Complementing the Marine Industry Supply Chain Standards (SCS) Manual launched last October, the Mutual Efficiency Forum (MEF) Aftermarket Task Force has introduced a training poster and hired an SCS consultant.
(Apr. 29, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) A few years ago, CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year Gerald Swindle had an idea. Swindle was inspired by the youth programs that BASS is committed to, including CastingKids, the Bassmaster Family Fest and the Junior Bassmaster World Championship, but he thought there was more to do.
(Apr. 27, 2004 - Stuart, FL) Lexus Scott, Port St. Lucie, FL came because she married an avid angler and boater and wanted to learn fishing skills. Leslie Corcoran, Stuart, FL attended the seminar to be able to teach her son to fish. These women joined more than 60 others to learn saltwater fishing and conservation skills at the "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!® seminar April 23-25 at Pirates Cove Resort and Marina, Stuart, FL.
(Apr. 27, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Officials from BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, announced today that the CITGO Bassmaster Open Championship presented by Busch Beer will be held Dec. 2-5 in Monroe, La. The tournament waters will be the Ouachita River, the site of last November's Central Open finale.
(Apr. 28, 2004 - Athens, TX) Many people go fishing in Lake Athens after they retire. Wednesday 112 largemouth bass retired to Lake Athens to be fished for.
(Apr. 26, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Only 10 spots remain open for bass fishing's premier event, the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer July 30-Aug. 1 in Charlotte, N.C. Five spots were filled following last Saturday's CITGO BASS Federation Championship. The top angler from each geographic division will be added to the list of the 2004 competitors bringing the total number of qualified anglers to 42.
(Apr. 22, 2004 - San Antonio, TX) The Christian Outdoor Alliance today announced professional bass angler Jay Yelas has joined their staff as fishing editor of Maximum Outdoors Magazine. Yelas, 38, is best known as the 2003 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year and the 2002 winner of the Citgo Bassmasters Classic. He is No. 4 all-time money winner on the B.A.S.S. tour. COA is a non-profit group that holds summer camps for kids and organizes local and church-based chapters, in addition to publishing the magazine.
(Apr. 22, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) The panel of judges, drawn from Boating Writers International (BWI) to determine the recipients of the NMMA Innovation Awards being presented at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS), have been announced. MAATS is being held July 8-11 at the Las Vegas Hilton in conjunction with the S.T.E.P. Conference (S.T.E.P. dates are July 7-8; MAATS July 8-11).
(Apr. 24, 2004 - Tulsa, OK) Ray Sprano Sr. of St. Alban's Bay, Vt., died in his sleep Friday night in Tulsa, Okla. Sprano was the Vermont BASS Federation representative competing in the CITGO BASS Federation Championship.
(Apr. 23, 2004 - Dania Beach, FL) Rolex U.S.A. and the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) have chosen Johnson Communications, Inc., located in Scottsdale, Ariz., a marine and outdoor sports focused public/media relations agency, to represent their events in the United States and internationally.
Opportunities to participate in show are still available
(Apr. 22, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) The exhibit floor at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) is officially sold out. Nearly 300 companies will fill more than 440 booths, covering 35,320 square feet at the show, being held July 8-11 at the Las Vegas Hilton (S.T.E.P. dates run July 7-8).
(Apr. 20, 2004 - Washington, DC) On April 20th, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, appointed by President Bush in 2001, released its long awaited recommendations for addressing America's ocean policy in the 21st Century. The Commission calls for legislative and regulatory changes to improve marine management and promote long-term sustainable uses of the oceans. The undersigned members of the sportfishing community could not agree more strongly that this is needed.
(Apr. 20, 2004 - ) Last summer's coverage of the ESPN Great Outdoor Games presented by Dodge captured an Emmy in ceremonies held last night in New York. The Great Outdoor Games' very first Emmy was for Outstanding Live Audio/Sound, and one of 10 racked up by ESPN and ABC Sports.
(Apr. 20, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Ask 10 different bass professionals about almost any subject and chances are you will get at least nine different answers or opinions; however, the new Bassmaster Elite 50 series on the CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented by Busch Beer is the rare subject that draws a unanimous answer.
(Apr. 20, 2004 - Austin, TX) Catching a big fish can be just as much a matter of luck as skill. But it takes more than luck to catch several different big fish. There is an elite group of anglers who prove their ability regardless of the water they fish, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wants to recognize their achievements through a new Elite Angler Awards program.
(Apr. 19, 2004 - HOT SPRINGS, AR.) The Board of Directors of The Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame has announced that the fourth annual induction into the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame will be held Saturday, July 31.
(Apr. 19, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) It has been previously been announced by Irwin Jacobs, Chairman & CEO of Genmar that the Genmar product lines were to move the introduction of the Model Year to a date later in the year. Below is a letter from Irwin Jacobs to all Genmar dealers discussing the introduction of the 2005 Model Year.
(Apr. 16, 2004 - Kennesaw, GA) Yamaha Outboards and Skeeter Boats have won top awards and recognition for their marketing, advertising and PR materials in the 2004 Communicator Awards international competition. honors were earned in catalogs, video, press kits, writing, TV spots and dealer publications categories.
Winner gets $1000 scholarship to Hunting and Fishing Adventure Camp
(Apr. 16, 2004 - San Antonio, TX) The Christian Outdoor Alliance recently announced its third annual essay contest for boys and girls 11-16. The young person who writes the best essay on the topic "The importance of our hunting and fishing heritage" will receive a $1000 scholarship to one of this summer's Hunting and Fishing Adventure Camps. The scholarship may be applied to any session for summer 2004.
To Division Manager, Outboard Motor Dealer Sales
(Apr. 16, 2004 - Kennesaw, GA) John Rigsby, National Sales Manager for Dealer Sales for Yamaha Marine Group Co., has been promoted to Division Manager, Outboard Motor Dealer Sales, according to Phil Dyskow, Yamaha Marine Group Co. President.
(Apr. 12, 2004 - NATCHITOCHES, LA.) Some of FLW Outdoors‚ most successful professional anglers will offer tournament-winning tips and techniques Sunday, April 25 when they host the Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors Fishing and Automotive Clinic prior to the EverStart Series Central Division tournament in Natchitoches. The clinic is presented by Castrol.
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