Fishing & Boating News
(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.
Omori Wins Bassmaster Crown
(Aug. 02, 2004 - Charlotte, NC) If you watched Team Yamaha's Takahiro Omori win yesterday's 34th CITGO Bassmaster Classic Championship, you might think his broad smile couldn’t get any bigger. But when Trip Weldon of ESPN/BASS delivered the championship prize check for $200,000 to Takahiro at a celebration following the weigh-in, his smile positively lit up the room.
(Aug. 01, 2004 - Charlotte, NC) Since 2002, the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer has provided the stage for the worldwide authority on bass fishing to present the BASS Outstanding Achievement Award. The crystal-and-gold trophy is awarded based on a member of the bass-fishing community's dedication and excellence in service to the sport.
Manufacturer's Electronics Play a Leading Role in Finding Fishing Hot Spots
(Aug. 2, 2004 - Nashua, NH) At the professional level of bass fishing, in order to be competitive, an angler has to be able to find fish consistently on lakes that he might only fish once a year. Having the right electronics on board can make a big difference is putting fish in the live well, according to Tom Mann, Jr. who has qualified for the FLW Championship this year on Logan Martin Lake in Birmingham, Alabama, on August 11-14.
(Aug. 1, 2004 - Charlotte, NC) The second in a series of limited-edition lure kits designed to help fund cancer research was introduced today at the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer.
CITGO Bassmaster Classic Notebook for July 31
(Jul. 31, 2004 - Charlotte, NC) As those associated with the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame will learn Saturday night when boat-manufacturing icon Earl Bentz is inducted as a member, he can't get far in a conversation about his industry without mentioning fishing. It's tough to have one without the other.
Bassmaster Pros Arrive in Charlotte with Hopes, Dreams
(Jul. 29, 2004 - Charlotte, NC) After four weeks of waiting, 53 of the nation's top bass anglers are finally back in Charlotte and gearing up to chase their biggest dream during this week's CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer on Lake Wylie.
There Will Be Plenty for Families to Do and See in Charlotte
(Jul. 22, 2004 - CHARLOTTE, N.C.) Classic Week, professional bass fishing's annual week-long celebration, centers around the 53 pros competing for the $200,000 prize and world championship title, but as usual there will be plenty for families to see and do in Charlotte, N.C.
(Jul. 22, 2004 - PANAMA CITY, FL.) Century and Cobia Boats have launched a national fishing team program with its Team Cobia and Team Century fishing teams. Both companies will increase their involvement and visibility in the shallow water fishing tournaments with four company-sponsored fishing teams. The teams are equipped with the new Century 2202 Bay and Cobia 222 Bay boats.
(Jul. 21, 2004 - Alexandria, VA) Shimano American Corporation won the Overall Best of Show Award, and Best of Show for the reel category, in the ICAST 2004 New Product Showcase awards competition for its Chronarch B Series Reel. The company also took top honors for the new Bagio Fishing Traveler Case in the Tackle Management category.
Yamaha announces significant price increases for outboard motor powerheads it sells to Brunswick Corporation
(Jul. 23, 2004 - KENNESAW, Ga.) Yamaha Motor Company, Ltd. announced that it will shortly significantly raise the prices of the F75, F90 and F115 four-stroke powerheads for outboard motors that it sells to Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC). Yamaha is not publicly announcing the amount of the increase to Brunswick.
(Jul. 21, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) If there weren't enough reasons to be excited about the 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer, Purolator, maker of the official oil filter and air filter of BASS, has given fans a few more.
(Jul. 21, 2004 - Montgomery, AL) Not only is ESPN, the parent company of BASS, stepping up big with an unprecedented 11-plus hours of coverage for next week's CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer, but television viewers will be guided and entertained by an impressive collection of on-air talent.
(Jul. 19, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Today Genmar released information on an exciting new program, not only offering their dealers, but others that might be interested, the opportunity to tap into the market of boat rentals. The revoluntionary new program is outlined below in a letter from Irwin Jacobs, Genmar, Chairman of the Board, to all Genmar dealers.
Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show Will Co-Locate with Travel Show Chicago 2005
(Jul. 16, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Chicago's largest boat show just got bigger. The Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show will co-locate with Outside magazine's newly launched Travel Show Chicago 2005. With 70,000 people expected to attend, this show will be the largest event in the Midwest market for recreational and leisure activities. The show will be held January 19–23, 2005, at McCormick Place.
Bosworth First Woman to Win in Outdoor Athlete Category
(Jul. 16, 2004 - LOS ANGELES, CA) Tina Bosworth became the first woman and the first non-bass angler to win an ESPY Award in the "Best Outdoors Athlete" category. The 12th annual ESPY Awards will be telecast from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre on ESPN Sunday, July 18 at 9 p.m. ET (four days after taking place on Wednesday, July 14). This year marked the first time that fan voting determined the winners in all categories.
NMMA Honors First Recipients Of Distributor, Cataloger, Retailer Awards At MAATS Best Exhibit award also introduced at event
(Jul. 16, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Exhibitors at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) have spoken, and have picked the winners of the first MAATS Best Distributor, Cataloger and Retailer Awards. Winners were announced at the MAATS Awards Reception at the Las Vegas Hilton on Saturday, July 10.
(Jul. 15, 2004 - CHARLOTTE, N.C.) When sports fans think of the Tar Heel state, the college basketball of Tobacco Road and NASCAR racing immediately come to mind. When the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer hits Lake Wylie at the end of the month, two North Carolina anglers hope to change the mindset.
(Jul. 14, 2004 - Lake Wylie, NC) With the five days of official pre-practice over, the 53 contenders in the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer July 30-Aug. 1st have 30 days to cool their heels. But it won't exactly be idle time with the most important title of professional fishing on their minds.
(Jul. 14, 2004 - BENTON, Ky.) FLW Outdoors, the nation's leading provider of competitive fishing opportunities, announced Wednesday that the EverStart Series Championship payout will increase from $335,975 to $1 million for 2005. The announcement also included the introduction of a new division to accommodate incredible demand in the existing Eastern Division.
(Jul. 12, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) ESPN will unveil a new multimedia advertising campaign this week, promoting the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer featuring professional anglers and the bass. The spots, created by the Boston, Massachusetts-based ad agency Fort Franklin, focus on what makes the sport of competitive bass fishing exciting and unpredictable - the bass.
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