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(Jun. 08, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) The fishing fans that crowded into Prattville's Stanley-Jensen Stadium might not have realized it, but Mark Davis wrapped up his heroics at the Bassmaster Elite 50 event on Saturday on the 37th anniversary of Ray Scott's first national tournament.

(Jun. 07, 2004 - ) The American Sportfishing Association will present its most prestigious honors to two extraordinary sportfishing advocates at an evening reception on Capitol Hill June 8, 2004, part of National Fishing and Boating Week celebrations.

Classic Weekend Will Delight Fishing Fans, Expose Sports Fans to BASS
(Jun. 02, 2004 - CHARLOTTE, N.C.) The sport of professional bass fishing may never be the same after ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports, gives bass fishing's world championship its patented big-league treatment.

Outdoor Retailer Announces Third Texas Store
(Jun. 03, 2004 - Garland, TX) Bass Pro Shops, America's most popular outdoor store, today announced they have agreed to open their third Texas store on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard on I-30 in Garland. The outdoor store, which will anchor the new 28-acre Harbor Point Development, will include approximately 120,000 square foot of retail selling space plus a restaurant, boat super center and a marina. Opening date is tentatively planned for late 2005.

Inside Bass for June 1
(Jun. 01, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Like most CITGO Bassmaster Classic champions, two-time Classic winner George Cochran is extremely proud of the distinctive rings that signify his achievements at the world championship of professional fishing, but he wears the ring from his 1996 Classic victory with extra pride.

The High Liner Foods USA brand also will sponsor the online Derby Locator
(Jun. 01, 2004 - KETCHUM, OK.) Fisher Boy®, the top-selling frozen fish stick brand from High Liner Foods USA, Inc., will sponsor the Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby, the nationwide program that will help more than 300,000 young anglers go fishing this year.

(May. 28, 2004 - MONTGOMERY, AL.) Charter Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) and BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, today announced BASS as an associate sponsor of the Number 60 Charter Racing Ford Taurus for the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series.

(May. 28, 2004 - Saint-Bruno, Québec) Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP), today announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2004. On December 18, 2003, in a transaction sponsored by Bain Capital, the Bombardier family, La Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDP), a newly created entity named Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) acquired from Bombardier Inc. its recreational products business.

Amistad National Recreation Area
(May. 27, 2004 - Lake Amistad, TX) The National Park Service has re-opened Amistad National Recreation Area to personal watercraft use. Personal watercraft (PWC), small one or two-person craft such as Ski-doos and Waverunners, have been prohibited at Amistad NRA since November 2002. The National Park Service has written a special regulation to permit the watercraft after determining that PWC use at Amistad NRA is appropriate and consistent with the park's mission, resources and values, and other visitor activities.

12 Pros Qualified Last Fall for the Coveted Classic
(May. 27, 2004 - CHARLOTTE, N.C.) Bink Desaro and 11 other pros have known for months that their tickets had been punched for the coveted 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer in Charlotte. Unlike the other 40 Classic contenders, they have enjoyed the luxury of not having to wait and ponder their fate in regards to professional fishing's most important event.


(May. 25, 2004 - Sackets Harbor, NY) Four enthusiastic fishermen are boasting of the world-class fishing in New York's freshwaters of Lake Ontario, the Salmon River, and the St. Lawrence River. Visitors to the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in the resort village of Sackets Harbor push 12 buttons to hear the angler characters speak.

Bassmaster Pros Will Find Changed Conditions
(May. 27, 2004 - PRATTVILLE, AL.) The Alabama River is used to being the site of high-stakes, big-league fishing events. Last year, it was the scene of the 2003 CITGO Bassmaster Tour season finale where the CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year trophy and invitations to the CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer were awarded.

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.


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