Fishing & Boating News
(Feb 15, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) For the eighth-straight year, DICK’S Sporting Goods will be the presenting sponsor for the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo, set for March 4-6 in conjunction with the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro in Tulsa, Okla.
(Feb 15, 2016 - Mountain Home, AR) Denali Rods is announcing the formation of a new Walleye Team to design and promote new rods for walleye techniques. Dean Arnoldussen, John Gillman, Kevan Kokkonen, Casey Holte, Rob Ruckman and Bill Osterman will make up this newly formed Denali Walleye Team.
2016 season scheduled to kick off April 21 on Lake Erie
(Feb 13, 2016 - NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL) Minn Kota, the world's leading manufacturer of electric trolling motors, has renewed its partnership with the Cabela's National Walleye Tour for 2016. The agreement comes as the NWT prepares for the season to kick off April 21-22 on Lake Erie.
(Feb 11, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) Shimano To Extend Supporting Sponsorship Of All B.A.S.S. Tournament Circuits
(Feb 11, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that JL Marine Systems, manufacturer of Power-Pole shallow-water anchor systems, has signed an extension and will return as a sponsor for the 2016 season. 2016 marks the sixth consecutive season that the two organizations have partnered. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.for the 2016 season.
(Feb 4, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) Two of the best known brands in bass fishing, Minn Kota and Humminbird, will continue their prominence at Bassmaster events in 2016, as Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics has entered a multi-year agreement with B.A.S.S. to continue as a premier-level sponsor.
(Feb 4, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) A.R.E. Accessories, the Ohio-based maker of truck caps and tonneau covers, has signed on as the title sponsor for the Elite tournament May 12-15 on Toledo Bend, B.A.S.S. announced today.
(Feb 4, 2016 - ) The Association of College Anglers is proud to announce that SPRO will renew its sponsorship of the 2016 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.
Agreement includes contingency at all events
(Feb 2, 2016 - NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL.) Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), makers of Evinrude E-TEC outboards, has re-joined the Cabela's National Walleye Tour as an official sponsor for the 2016 season. The renewal was finalized as the NWT prepares for the upcoming season, scheduled to kick off April 21 on Lake Erie.
(Feb 2, 2016 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S. today announced the expansion of its partnership with Huk Performance Fishing, as the company that makes high-performance fishing apparel is now the title sponsor for the Elite event April 7-10 at Winyah Bay out of Georgetown, S.C., as well as a premier sponsor of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro and all B.A.S.S. tournament circuits.
(Feb 2, 2016 - SPRINGFIELD, MO.) Bass Pro Shops, a leading national retailer of outdoor gear and apparel, has been named a top retailer in customer satisfaction by ForeSee, the pioneering leader in Voice of Customer solutions, for its excellence in mobile, web, and in-store customer experience.
Future Angler Foundation Hosts Successful Fundraiser at National Professional Anglers Association Conference
(Jan 28, 2016 - Forestville, WI) Anglers and the sportfishing community recently gathered in the Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin and kicked off the major annual fundraiser for the Future Angler Foundation (FAF). This benefit banquet was sponsored by Yamaha and Skeeter Boats for the fourth consecutive year.
Proceeds from highly rated novel goes to wounded veterans’ program
(Jan 28, 2016 - ) One of the world’s most successful businessmen, avid fishermen, sports team owners and five-time author is making another stop on his book tour, Friday afternoon, January 29, in Morgantown, West Virginia.
(Jan 28, 2016 - ) FLW anglers are already seeing the benefits of the company’s partnership with Costa Del Mar. FLW is pleased to announce today the details of the Costa FLW Rewards program, a contingency program designed to support the enthusiasm and brand loyalty of FLW anglers across the country.
Management Broad representation of recreational fishing community interests strategize on key management issues
(Jan 19, 2016 - New Orleans, LA) Representatives from the recreational fishing community recently met for their second in-person meeting to plan strategies for addressing current and future Gulf of Mexico red snapper management challenges.
(Jan 19, 2016 - San Antonio, TX) The Association of Collegiate Anglers is proud to announce that G2 Gemini will continue the long standing partnership with the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series through the 2016 season.
The Answers are Close to Home New report examines anglers’ lifestyle choices to help businesses improve marketing
(Jan 11, 2016 - Alexandria, VA) What does an affluent, young soccer mom in suburbia have in common with a farmer living along the Appalachians? An urban hipster with a retiree rooted in America’s heartland? A hectic, young professional with a family living on the outskirts of a metropolitan area with an empty nester who owns a vacation home in a resort area?
(Jan 11, 2016 - ) Because of heavy rains, major flooding and unsafe navigational waters in the Atchafalaya Basin, B.A.S.S. — working with local officials — has elected to reschedule the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open to fall 2016.
(Jan 7, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Lew’s, an industry-leading designer of fishing rods, reels, apparel and accessories, have renewed their sponsorship for 2016. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 2016 will mark the third consecutive season that the two organizations have partnered.
Over $2,000 in combined retail incentives available to buyers of qualified models
(Jan 4, 2016 - Flippin, AR) With the start of boat show season just a few weeks away, Stratos Boats announces the 2016 Performance Made Practical promotion, which offers up to $2,050 in combined retail value for qualifying purchases.
Bonus cash at all team events
(Jan 4, 2016 - Haslet, T) Bass Champs announced that Lowrance will be a new sponsor of the Skeeter Bass Champs tournament trail for 2016-2017.
Premier Sunglass Manufacturer Agrees To Multi-Year Deal
(Jan 4, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that they have reached a sponsorship agreement with Costa Del Mar, a leading manufacturer of the world’s clearest polarized performance sunglasses. Effective immediately, Costa will assume title sponsorship of the FLW Series, which recently published increased paybacks at the no-entry fee championship and an impressive schedule of lakes for 2016.
(Dec 23, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) – FLW announced today the complete professional angler roster of 171 for the upcoming 2016 Walmart FLW Tour season, the 21st season of the FLW Tour. The 2016 FLW Tour will feature six regular-season tournaments, along with the addition of two fall Invitational tournaments, with competition kicking off Feb. 4-7 at Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Florida.
The incentive program returns for 2016
(Dec 22, 2015 - Springfield, Mo) Lew's announces that Missouri's Dennis Berhorst is the first to win the company's new Speed Fishing Angler of the Year title, and also that it will be offering the awards incentive program again for 2016.
For the 14th year in a row, Skeeter Boats remains the title sponsor of Bass Champs tournament trail and television show.
(Dec 19, 2015 - Halet, TX) Bass Champs announced today that Skeeter Boats will remain the title sponsor of the number one team tournament trail and television show.
(Dec 16, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) Today’s Congressional Omnibus Appropriations bill includes several actions important to recreational fishing championed by Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). The bill includes a number of provisions that attempt to address the ongoing Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery mismanagement that has resulted in an abbreviated ten-day season for private sector recreational anglers.
Evinrude to Launch Lucrative Contingency Program for BFL Anglers
(Dec 16, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that BRP’s Evinrude brand has re-signed a multi-year agreement to remain an official outboard engine sponsor, marking their 15th consecutive year as a sponsor of FLW. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Accomplishments Significant progress made in several key areas for recreational fishing’s future
(Dec 16, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) Over the course of 2015, numerous legislative, public policy and advocacy activities occurred that will have a lasting impact on recreational fishing’s future. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) today recounted seven of the top recreational fishing advocacy accomplishments of 2015.
2016 season begins January 30 at Sam Rayburn Reservoir
(Dec 16, 2015 - NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL) Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will once again be featured as title sponsor of the Texas Team Trail (TXTT) at all 2016 events. The popular bass fishing circuit kicks off Jan. 30 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir and promises a strong mix of venues and exceptional payout for the year ahead.
and Association of Collegiate Anglers for the 11th Straight Year
(Dec 16, 2015 - ) As the leading manufacturer of the next generation of outboard motors, Yamaha continues to support the next generation of anglers resulting from their partnership with the 2016 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.
Fishing and boating industries partner to enhance accessory offerings at world’s largest sportfishing trade event
(Dec 7, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Associationand the National Marine Manufacturers Association announced today a partnership in which NMMA will produce a new Marine Accessories Pavilion located within the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST.
(Dec 4, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The amount of time devoted to recreation is the same among all anglers, with active, lapsed, and former anglers each averaging slightly more than 3 hours per workday and 6.5 hours per weekend day. This slice of time can be devoted to any combination of activities, indoors or outdoors. So how do they choose to spend that time?
Drilling down to each congressional district tells a specific story for congressional members
(Dec 4, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. And that all politics is local. To this end, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Southwick Associates released a report, Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing: U.S. Congressional Districts, along with a series of one-page infographics, which depict recreational fishing’s economic impact on all 435 Congressional districts and the 50 states.
Broad package of legislative priorities for anglers and hunters advances in the Senate
(Nov 30, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The sportfishing industry applauds the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for advancing a major portion of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 during today’s committee markup hearing.
(Nov 30, 2015 - ) The UM Sports Hall of Fame celebrated World Habitat Day on Monday, October 5th by presenting a check for $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys... proceeds from the 5th Annual UMSHoF / Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys Celebrity Dolphin Tournament, Hosted by Randal Hill and Andre Johnson...
(Nov 30, 2015 - Forestville, WI) Continuing with the mission of increasing participation in the sport of fishing, the Future Angler Foundation (FAF) has filled an open seat on the board of directors with R. Nick Schmal, retired USDA Forest Service fishery program leader. Schmal, who lives in Germantown, Wisc., has agreed to assume the role of Executive Director. With a long career in the biology and science areas of fisheries management, he is also an avid angler.
Arkansas Pro Adds Second Non-profit Organization to Sponsorship Portfolio
(Nov 19, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW announced today that second-year professional angler Cody Kelley of Conway, Arkansas, will represent the FLW Foundation on the Walmart FLW Tour in 2016. As part of the agreement, Kelley will organize and host a youth fishing-derby at each FLW Tour event held in 2016.
(Nov 19, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Brad Novak gets up most mornings of the week at 4 a.m. and walks to the Chicago River from his home in a downtown skyscraper to fish for bass. The video he shot of his catch one morning this summer made him the grand-prize winner in the GoPro Best Catch Contest Powered by Bassmaster.
(Nov 19, 2015 - ) The new Gold Anchor Global Marina Accreditation was launched at METS on 18 November 2015 followed by a formal signing ceremony at Marine House, TYHA and British Marine’s registered office.
(Nov 19, 2015 - Cape Coral, FL) Some boats are quiet when stalking fish in skinny water. Others are dry when driving through the chop. Action Craft Boats, with its patented Qui-Dry® hull design, excel at both.
Moving to Dallas, Texas Area in 2016
(Nov 17, 2015 - ) Today, officials announced the 2016 Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a debut in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex on Lake Ray Roberts.
Popular catfish tackle brand now under the direction of Custom Jigs & Spins
(Nov 13, 2015 - Coralville, IA) It comes as no surprise to America’s 7-million catfish anglers, but the ‘Whisker Nation’ is growing in size and scope. Never mind the fact that catfish remain the most abundant, accessible and delicious sportfish in the country. Or that catfish tournament circuits have sprung up all across America. Or that thanks to progressive companies like Rippin Lips, high quality, affordable cat-gear continues to improve with each fishing season.
Texas pro Jeff Sprague to represent Keystone Light
(Nov 13, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW announced today that MillerCoors will return as a sponsor of the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization throughout the 2016 season. Professional angler Jeff Sprague of Point, Texas, will represent Keystone Light in FLW tournament competition and at various Walmart in-store events and appearances. 2016 will mark the fourth-consecutive season that the two organizations have partnered.
(Nov 13, 2015 - SPRINGFIELD, MO.) Bass Pro Shops is honoring the brave men and women in uniform this November and December by hosting fundraising months that invite customers to join in the cause to support two leading organizations for service members, military families, and veterans.
(Nov 13, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced today a partnership in which NMMA will produce a new Marine Accessories Pavilion located within the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST. ICAST will be held July 12-15, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
(Nov 10, 2015 - ) A fun read of adventure, life lessons and compassion; 100% profits benefit disabled veteran’s charity Project Healing Waters The author of several nonfiction fishing books, Bob Rich takes on the role of a raconteur in his first novel Looking Through Water.
(Nov 6, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Sports Destination Management, the leading publication for sports event planners and tournament directors, today announced the 2015 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism.
Sportfishing’s Trade Show Receives National Award from Top Trade Show Industry Group ICAST recognized for the third year in a row as one of the fastest growing shows in the U.S.
(Nov 4, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) For the third year in a row, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, has been recognized by the Trade Show News Network (TSNN) as one of the fastest growing trades shows in the U.S. by square footage. Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), ICAST is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, hosting more than 12,000 representatives from the global sportfishing community.
(Nov 4, 2015 - SAN ANTONIO, TX) The Association of Collegiate Anglers has announced that Garmin will continue its support of the 2016 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.
GUY HARVEY MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES SPECIAL ISSUE THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH LA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE & FISHERIES
Louisiana’s rich, natural resources to be featured in Guy Harvey Magazine’s Spring 2016 Issue
(Oct 31, 2015 - Pensacola, FL –) Guy Harvey Magazine (GHM), an award winning publication focused on sustainable and responsible fishing, today announced its partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to create the first collaboration of an issue devoted to Louisiana fisheries. Engaging features, stunning images and Louisiana-focused stories for GHM's regular columns will all serve a single goal--connecting readers to the state’s rich natural resources.
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