Fishing & Boating News
Please see attached article re additional changes to Hibdon's withdrawal
(Apr 8, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Walmart FLW Tour pros Guido and Payden Hibdon, both of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, informed FLW of their decision to withdraw from the remaining four regular-season FLW Tour events in the 2015 season. Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma, and Jeremy Starks of Scott Depot, West Virginia, have agreed to replace the Hibdons on Tour and will fish the remaining four events this season. The full tournament field will remain at 154.
(Apr 7, 2015 - Eufaula, AL) It was with a great deal of humility and grace that Humminbird pro Tom Neustrom was recently inducted into Minnesota’s Fishing Hall of Fame. Concurrent with the Northwest Sportshow at the Minneapolis Convention Center, industry peers, friends and family packed the ceremony to recognize Tom’s vast contributions to the sport of fishing.
(Apr 2, 2015 - Austin, TX) The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its Thursday public hearing approved adjustments to bass length limits on several lakes, a change in alligator gar bag limit on Falcon Lake and clarifications to commercial crab and finfish rules.
(Apr 2, 2015 - MINNEAPOLIS,MN) Matt Rigsby of Texas City, Texas, correctly picked four of the top 10 anglers in last week’s Walmart FLW Tour event on Lewis Smith Lake presented by Evinrude. For his picks, Rigsby won $5,000 by playing FLW Fantasy Fishing, held in conjunction with the FLW Tour fishing tournament.
to Launch Sportfishing Charters at Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour
(Apr 2, 2015 - GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND) Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts announced today that legendary sportfishing Captain Billy Black has joined the company's Expedition Outfitter program, and will operate sportfishing charters out of Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour on West End, a member of the company's Expedition Collection portfolio, starting April 15th.
(Mar 30, 2015 - FT. LAUDERDALE, FL) The highly acclaimed "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" educational series announces a partnership with Freedom Boat Club, the world's oldest and largest members-only boating club.
(Mar 26, 2015 - Fond du Lac, WI) Mercury Marine, the world leader in commercial and recreational marine propulsion and technology, has been named one of America’s Best 500 Employers for 2015 by Forbes Magazine. The global marine manufacturer ranked No. 82 on the list announced by Forbes in partnership with Statista.com
Event runs March 26-29
(Mar 26, 2015 - Flippin, AR) Legendary manufacturer Ranger Boats brings its acclaimed line of performance saltwater fishing boats and industry-leading sales incentives to the 30th Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 26-29 along the waterfront in Palm Beach, Fla.
(Mar 24, 2015 - ORLANDO, FL) Today Correct Craft announced it is entering the bass and walleye fishing markets with the acquisition of both Bass Cat and Yar-Craft.
T-H Marine Joins National Walleye Tour
(Mar 24, 2015 - ) T-H Marine, a leading manufacturer of boat parts and marine accessories, has joined the Cabela's National Walleye Tour (NWT) as an official sponsor for the 2015 season. The agreement was finalized as the NWT prepares for the upcoming season, scheduled to kick-off May 7 on the Mississippi River.
(Mar 23, 2015 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) Who doesn't love getting a surprise in the mail? If it is a jury summons then most of us will pass, but if it happens to be a special box of Berkley products, any angler will gladly accept. Through a special promotion with Mystery Tackle Box, over 20,000 anglers will be receiving a Mystery Tackle Box exclusively with assorted Berkley products.
(Mar 21, 2015 - Stuart, FL) After 40 years building boats in West Palm Beach, Florida, Ocean Master has relocated its headquarters to Stuart, Florida. The company made the move to align its office and manufacturing needs with its growing and evolving business demands.
Will Reward One Lucky Angler With A 2015 Nitro Z21 Package Worth Over $50,000
(Mar 18, 2015 - SAN MATEO, CA) GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO), enabler of some of today's most engaging content, announced the launch of the GoPro Best Catch Contest: Powered by Bassmaster campaign, offering anglers around the U.S. the opportunity to win a loaded Nitro Z21 boat, motor and trailer package powered by a Mercury 250HP ProXS motor and top-notch electronics.
(Mar 17, 2015 - Gulf of Mexico) The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees have issued the following statement in response to today's press release and report from BP concerning the health of the Gulf of Mexico:
Sportfishing and boating community welcomes state-based management approach
(Mar 15, 2015 - Washington,DC) In a move long-awaited by the recreational fishing and boating community, the directors of the state fish and wildlife agencies from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas announced an agreement for state-based management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper, which in recent years has experienced increasing privatization of this public resource and decreasing recreational fishing opportunities.
(Mar 15, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Gene Larew Lures, a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based manufacturer of a full line of soft plastics, has signed on as a FLW sponsor for 2015.
Kicks of Competitive Tour in Quigley 4x4 Van
(Mar 15, 2015 - Manchester, PA) Quigley Motor Company, manufacturer of 4-wheel drive conversions for Ford, General Motors and Nissan announces its yearlong sponsorship with top-ranked professional angler, Dave Lefebre. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Lefebre will travel the tournament series in a Quigley 4x4 Van.
(Mar 12, 2015 - ) A new Idaho based company, The Hitch Defender, manufacturer of the patented product that covers a tow hitch’s ball mount to help eliminate bumped and bruised shins announced a sponsorship deal with FLW Tour California pro Kevin Stewart.
(Mar 12, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S. has set the date for the Costa Bassmaster High School Midwestern Open and the second annual Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship, as well as announced a new youth competition in the Junior Bassmaster Championship.
(Mar 12, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Named after the founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW introduced its Fishing League Worldwide tagline last year to better reflect its status as the world’s largest tournament fishing organization. Today FLW expanded its presence on the world stage yet again with the introduction of a sanctioning program allowing international partners to license the iconic brand and run FLW tournaments abroad.
(Mar 9, 2015 - TULSA, OK.) B.A.S.S. and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa have signed a “Local Partnership Agreement” to present the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro March 4-6, 2016, in Tulsa and on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees out of Grove, Okla.
(Mar 4, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Boat Bling, creator of high-quality premium boat detailing products, have announced a sponsorship agreement for the 2015 season. Boat Bling will receive exposure across multiple FLW platforms including its websites, tournament trails, Expos, social media outlets and FLW Bass Fishing magazine. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Congressional, federal agency and association veteran Scott Gudes joins the American Sportfishing Association
(Mar 2, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Scott Gudes, an acknowledged bipartisan Government Affairs expert and life-long, avid angler and boater, has joined the ASA staff as Vice President, Government Affairs. His tenure begins on March 2, 2015.
Generous donation will further fisheries conservation and habitat restoration
(Mar 1, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The FishAmerica Foundation (FAF) is, once again, the recipient of a generous donation from the American Snuff Company (ASC). For the second year, the company has made a generous donation to the foundation to further the foundation's mission of fisheries conservation and habitat restoration.
Manager named for new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World store opening in Round Rock, Texas Asa Ewing to lead team of more than 250 at the Bass Pro Shops retail store that will also feature the popular Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill.
(Feb 25, 2015 - ROUND ROCK, TX) Asa Ewing has been named store manager for the new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Round Rock, Texas, which will open in early summer. Ewing, who has more than 30 years of retail experience, will lead a team of 250 associates at the new 121,000-square- store located at 200 Bass Pro Drive.
(Feb 25, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s premier tournament-fishing organization, and the Ram Truck brand announced today a strategic marketing agreement that names Ram the official tow vehicle of FLW.
(Feb 17, 2015 - Doral, Florida) When Edwin Evers hits the water in the Bassmaster Elite Series this year he will be fishing as a member of Team Mustad.
(Feb 17, 2015 - SPRINGFIELD, MO.) Bassmaster Elite Series angler Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss., is the newest member of the Team Lew's pro staff. Lew's officials made the announcement today, citing this week's 2015 Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell as the perfect opportunity to celebrate the addition of Pace who joins several other Lew's anglers who qualified for the event.
Greenville gets nod for first look at Mike Iaconelli Pro-designed series
(Feb 16, 2015 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) After 3 years of intensive research and development with Elite Series Pro Mike Iaconelli, Abu Garcia debuts the much-anticipated Ike Rod Series at the 2015 Bassmaster Classic event in Greenville, SC. Consisting of fifteen different models, the Ike series caters to a variety of techniques and situations.
Meet top pros, get free stuff and learn about the science behind the products
(Feb 16, 2015 - Columbia, SC) Berkley is rolling out the "red carpet" at the Bassmaster Classic Expo in Greenville, SC in the TD Convention Center. The brand highlights the science behind the products and has a lot of fun and engaging activities for anglers of all skill levels. The expo is scheduled to take place February 20-22.
Classic Expo to feature newest Ranger models, sales incentives and pro appearances
(Feb 16, 2015 - FLIPPIN, AR.) Legendary boat brand Ranger Boats will be represented by 16 of the world's top professional bass anglers when the 2015 Bassmaster Classic is contested on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell on February 20-22.
The Association of Collegiate Anglers and Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Announce Gill as New Sponsor to 2015 Season
(Feb 15, 2015 - San Antonio, TX) The Association of College Fishing and the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series are proud to announce Gill North America rainwear as the newest sponsor of the 2015 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.
(Feb 13, 2015 - SPRINGFIELD, MO.) Officer Aaron Pearson was shot while on duty in Springfield. Groups from all areas have rallied in support to help Pearson and his family. Order of Police have teamed in a major fundraiser to benefit Springfield, Mo., police officer Aaron Pearson and his family. Pearson was seriously wounded late last month while responding to a burglary call.
(Feb 13, 2015 - Doral,FL) Mustad, the world’s leading hook manufacturer since 1877, is proud to announce the signing of Bassmaster Elite Series Angler Kevin Short to its pro staff.
(Feb 12, 2015 - Norman, OK) Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), makers of Evinrude E-TEC outboards, has re-joined the Texas Team Trail (TXTT) as part of a multiyear agreement announced today.
Recreational fishing industry is hopeful the policy will bring about must-needed on-the-water improvements
(Feb 12, 2015 - Alexandria, Va) Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) unveiled a national saltwater recreational fishing policy which was greeted enthusiastically by sportfishing and boating leaders.
Event Runs February 12-16; Includes Exclusive Retail Sales Promotions
(Feb 10, 2015 - Flippin, AR) Boat show season is the time of the year when boat buyers often find the best deals on the newest boats. For legendary manufacturer Ranger Boats, 2015 is no exception.
(Feb 8, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest bass fishing tournament organization, has announced today a continued partnership with Plano, an industry leader in outdoor equipment protection and storage solutions, and Frabill, providers of the most trusted gear in the fishing industry.
Sportfishing industry is optimistic about chances for passage
(Feb 5, 2015 - Alexandria, Va) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) applauds the introduction of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015, which includes numerous legislative measures beneficial to anglers and hunters across the nation.
Eric Clements will lead a team of more than 200 when the store opens in April.
(Feb 4, 2015 - ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) Bass Pro Shops has named Eric Clements, an avid outdoorsman with over 40 years of retail experience, as manager of the new Atlantic City Bass Pro Shops Outpost. New Jersey’s first Bass Pro Shops store will open in April and is located at 30 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard in Atlantic City.
(Feb 4, 2015 - ) T-H Marine, an industry-leading manufacturer of thousands of boat parts and accessories, has renewed its sponsorship with FLW, the world’s largest bass-fishing tournament organization, for the 2015 tournament season.
(Feb 2, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S. is excited to announce the return of Allstate as the presenting sponsor of one of bass fishing’s most popular competitive circuits in 2015, the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series.
Texas Ford dealers will again play a big roll in the Bass Champs team tournament trail in 2015
(Feb 2, 2015 - Haslet, Tx) Bass Champs announced that Ford Motor Company (Texas Ford Dealers) will again be the official vehicle of the leading team tournament trail in the Nation. With innovation dating as far back as 1890, Ford Motor Company has become a leading brand among drivers today. Leading the state of Texas in truck sales makes a loud statement all by itself. With the ever-evolving advancements, Ford has remained ahead of the curve producing a truck that people can depend on for years on end.
(Jan 27, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest bass tournament-fishing organization, has renewed their partnership with Livingston Lures, an industry-leading manufacturer of innovative, technologically advanced lures that catch fish in fresh and saltwater. The two organizations have partnered since 2013. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
(Jan 29, 2015 - Norman, OK) Title sponsor of the Texas Team Trail (TXTT), has renewed its partnership with the popular bass fishing circuit. The multiyear extension was finalized as the TXTT heads toward its first event of the 2015 season on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Jan. 31.
(Jan 27, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Igloo Products Corp., the industry leader in cooler manufacturing, has renewed its partnership with FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization.
Sponsorship includes custom contingency program at all 2015 events
(Jan 27, 2015 - Norman, OK) Navionics, the leader in content and location-based services for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, has joined the Texas Team Trail (TXTT) as an official sponsor for the 2015 season. The agreement includes a unique contingency program designed to reward anglers for creating custom sonar logs at each event.
(Jan 22, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that the annual FLW Will Fish For Kids charity bass-fishing tournament held each year on Beaver Lake in conjunction with the Walmart FLW Tour has been renamed the FLW Will Fish for Kids – Bill Kerr Memorial Charity Tournament to honor northwest Arkansas luminary Bill Kerr.
Legendary fishing company reaches milestone, rewards fans
(Jan 21, 2015 - ) Ugly Stik, America's Strongest, Most Sensitive Rod, reached one million Facebook fans this week, making it the first fishing tackle brand to achieve that milestone. Ugly Stik's Facebook page went live in February 2011 and has been an important part of the brand's digital media ever since.
Canterbury, Arey and Houston Selected As Brand Ambassadors, Aggressive Marketing Programs in Store For Inaugural Season
(Jan 21, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Quaker State® motor oil announced today a multi-year agreement that will showcase the motor oil brand to millions of outdoor and fishing enthusiasts. The tremendous marketing benefits offered by FLW in digital advertising, social media, promotions on-site at the events and connections with top anglers in the world makes the organization a perfect fit for Quaker State.
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