Fishing & Boating News
(Oct 23, 2020 - TULSA, Okla.) Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today the 2021 MLF Bass Pro Tour schedule, which will showcase the best bass anglers in the world competing on many of the top fisheries in the United States.
Managers vote to reduce Atlantic menhaden quota by 10%
(Oct 21, 2020 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) supports yesterday’s vote by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Atlantic Menhaden Management Board to reduce the Atlantic menhaden quota by 10 percent, establishing a quota of 194,400 metric tons for the 2021 and 2022 fishing seasons. Atlantic menhaden are a primary food source for numerous sportfish populations, especially striped bass.
(Oct 19, 2020 - Alexandria, VA) Today, the nation’s leading hunting, fishing, and habitat conservation organizations released a statement on the Thirty by Thirty Initiative (30 by 30 Initiative) to establish a goal of placing 30% of the planet’s lands and waters under protected status by the year 2030.
Study indicates significantly more red snapper in the Gulf than previously estimated
(Oct 4, 2020 - Alexandria, VA) Yesterday, Congress was briefed on the impressive preliminary findings of the Great Red Snapper Count. This unprecedented study was led by the Harte Research Institute and provides an independent and robust assessment of Gulf of Mexico red snapper stock abundance. According to a NOAA Fisheries statement on the study, the results indicate there are “up to three times as many” red snapper in the Gulf than previously thought.
Landmark conservation bill now moves to the President for his signature
(Oct 1, 2020 - Alexandria, VA) The U.S. House of Representatives passed without objection America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, a historic package of bills to benefit fish and wildlife conservation throughout the nation. With the U.S. Senate unanimously passing the ACE Act on September 16, it now moves to President Trump who can sign it into law.
Save up to $500 on qualifying Raymarine Evolution autopilot packs now through November 1
(Sep 23, 2020 - ) Every boat and boater benefits from having an autopilot system onboard. No longer considered a luxury, modern autopilots conserve fuel, help keep eyes forward, and aid in getting to destinations safely and efficiently.
Numerous industry priorities reflected in final measure
(Feb 15, 2019 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) expressed its strong support for the passage of the 2019 Consolidated Appropriations Act which provides funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2019 for nine federal agencies, including the Departments of Commerce and the Interior.
The MOA is intended to promote sustainable recreational fishing and boating in federal waters
(Feb 15, 2019 - Alexandria, VA) This morning, representatives from the recreational fishing and boating community, NOAA Fisheries and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to develop and expand a framework of cooperation for planning and implementing mutually beneficial projects and activities to promote sustainable recreational fishing and boating conducted within federal marine waters, including national marine sanctuaries.
(Dec 4, 2018 - San Antonio, TX) The Association of Collegiate Anglers and the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series are proud to announce their new partnership with Bass Pro Shops. Under the agreement, Bass Pros Shops will become the title sponsor of the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, as well as the title sponsor of the Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley event and the prestigious School of the Year program.
Seaguar continues its support of Gray FishTrag Research roosterfish study
(Nov 16, 2018 - New York, NY) Seaguar continues its support of Gray FishTrag Research roosterfish study
(Nov 10, 2018 - Florida Panhandle, FL) When Randall Tharp returned home at 3 a.m. Saturday, October 6, from an eight-day fishing exhibition in China, the tropical depression that would soon become the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Florida Gulf Coast did not appear to be a threat at all. To help recover from jetlag, the Yamaha Pro and some friends even spent Saturday evening watching a college football game on television.
Day One of Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Guntersville Cancelled due to High Winds, Strong Storms in the Area
(Nov 1, 2018 - Lake Guntersville, AL) The first day of competition at the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Guntersville was cancelled by FLW officials Thursday due to high winds and strong storms in the area. Competition will resume Friday, Nov. 2, and conclude Saturday, Nov. 3.
(Oct 31, 2018 - FT. LAUDERDALE, FL) Aspiring anglers came from as far away as California, Arizona and Virginia to learn from the pros at the award winning "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!®" Keys University, October 19-21 at the Elks Lodge, Tavernier, FL.
(Oct 24, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) After a one-year experiment with a Bassmaster Opens Championship, B.A.S.S. is returning to the popular “win-and-you’re-in” qualifying system from the Opens to the Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
(Sep 4, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) When Walt Warren started entering B.A.S.S. sweepstakes in 2013, he thought he haNorth Carolina Man Wins Fish With Randy Howell Sweepstakes After 125 Entriesd a chance to win, but it took five years of persistence for it to come to fruition. After 125 entries, Warren won a brand-new bass boat and a chance to fish with 2014 Bassmaster Classic champion Randy Howell.
11th Annual Chris Lane Kids Fishing Camp Held Memorial Day Weekend Coincides with Fourth Foodland Bass Team Tournament at Lake Guntersville
(Jun 4, 2018 - Guntersville, AL.) Each year, on Memorial Day weekend, when the whole country turns its focus on remembering the men and women of the U.S. Military, Bassmaster Elite Series pro and 2012 Bassmaster Classic Champion Chris Lane along with his family and friends at Mitchell Foods / Foodland Grocery Stores add giving back into the equation.
presented by Abu Garcia
(May 30, 2018 - SAN ANTONIO, TX) Winning a single event and having your name in the headlines is the goal of every angler who has ever held a rod and reel in their hands. To sustain that type of success for a full season, is a dream come true. The true pinnacle of the sport, the Cabela's School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia is what each and every school is competing for starting at the beginning of the season.
(May 3, 2018 - COEUR D' ALENE, Idaho) Billy Chapman Jr., owner and founder of Anglers Inn International, believes everyone should become a B.A.S.S. member. And he puts his money where it supports his dedication to bass fishing.
(May 2, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Mario DePiero of Gaston, Ore., won a trip to fish with reigning Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year in the Bassmaster Fish With Brandon Palaniuk Sweepstakes. He also scored a new Skeeter ZX190 with a Yamaha VF150LA outboard with the win. The total prize pack is worth more than $57,000.
New legislation will improve marine resource conservation and promote innovative new fishing gear
(May 2, 2018 - Alexandria, VA) Leading recreational fishing organizations applauded Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) for introducing S. 2773, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, to phase out the use of mile-long drift gillnets in the eastern Pacific by 2020 and bring California swordfish fishing in-line with all other U.S. and international swordfish fisheries.
UNA remains in 2nd, while Adrian College moves up into 3rd
(Apr 30, 2018 - San Antonio, TX) April is quickly coming to an end and with that comes the fast-approaching final showdown for the most prestigious title in college fishing. Who will claim the 2017-2018 Cabela’s School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia title? This season, the college fishing world has progressively become more and more competitive, but one constant has remained – fishing as many events is key and fishing consistently is even more important.
(Apr 20, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) A bill that would have restored anglers’ rights to access public waters in Louisiana was voted down in the state legislature this week by a vote of 37-59.
Abu Garcia Renews with the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and the Association of Collegiate Anglers
(Apr 11, 2018 - San Antonio, TX) Abu Garcia and the Association of Collegiate Anglers have announced the renewal of their partnership for the 2018 Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. As a Series partner, Abu Garcia will enjoy a wide range of promotions with collegiate anglers throughout the nation at each of the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series events including being the presenting sponsor of the Cabela’s School of the Year.
(Mar 30, 2018 - Birmingham, AL) Citing recent heavy rains and high water in the Sabine River watershed, B.A.S.S. has decided to postpone the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Elite presented by Econo Lodge that had been scheduled to begin in Orange, Texas, next week.
New Anglers Net Fishing Skills at "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Gulf Coast University March 23-25
(Mar 28, 2018 - FORT MYERS, FL) Women came to learn fishing skills and nailed the fish at the "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" (LLGF) Gulf Coast University March 23-25 at Bass Pro Shops, Fort Myers, FL.
(Feb 1, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN) Pro competitors Andy Young of Mound, Minnesota, and William Campbell of Middlesboro, Kentucky, were involved in a boat collision on opening day of the FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee last week.
(Dec 10, 2017 - ANN ARBOR, MI.) B.A.S.S., along with other hunting, angling, conservation and outdoor industry organizations, today submitted public comments in support of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to prevent Asian carp from infesting the Great Lakes.
(Nov 13, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) Two Alabama students were each awarded a $5,000 scholarship from B.A.S.S. and Alabama Power, the companies announced today.
Bethel University Slips to 2nd as West Virginia Moves to 3rd
(Oct 10, 2017 - San Antonio, TX) Adrian College has overtaken Bethel University for the lead in the Cabela's School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia race after earning back to back victories at FLW Northern events on Lake Erie and Chautauqua Lake. The Adrian College team has been well represented this season and is poised to make a run at this year's title.
(Sep 27, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation, a grassroots advocacy effort developed by B.A.S.S., achieved a major milestone this month: Since its inception, more than 75,000 advocacy letters have been sent to Congress by anglers nationwide through its website, BassforSalt.com.
Hint of autumn in the air spurs catfish activity…and St. Croix Mojo Cat promo
(Sep 19, 2017 - Park Falls, WI) Warm sun-filled days coupled with crisp, cool nighttime temperatures start bringing tempertures down on Arkansas’s Lake Ouachita. With it, leaves begin turning, imparting the annual telltale sign that catfish are going on the prowl.
New legislation benefiting fisheries conservation and management advances in the U.S. Senate
(Jul 27, 2017 - Alexandria, Va.) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) today expressed support for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works’ (EPW) passage of S. 1514, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation Act, or HELP for Wildlife Act. The bipartisan bill, which includes a range of provisions designed to improve the management of fish, wildlife, habitat, and outdoor recreation, passed by a 14-7 margin.
(Jul 14, 2017 - Orange County Convention Center) From exhibitors to buyers to media, representatives from the domestic and international recreational fishing and boating community converged on the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla., July 11-14, for the 60th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST.
(Jul 10, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) The Bassmaster Elite Series has a rich history that always seems to lead it back to venues where special moments have taken place in the past.
(Jul 7, 2017 - Birmingham, AL) From the earliest days of professional fishing a half-century ago, the most important skill an angler could have is the ability to find the biggest schools of bass. That, more than casting ability or lure selection and presentation, sets the greats in the sport, men like Roland Martin, Rick Clunn and Kevin VanDam, apart from the rest.
(Jun 22, 2017 - Islamorada, FL) Sienna Megna, Pompano Beach, FL clinched First Place at the Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Anyone Can Win Tournament June 17-18 in Islamorada, FL. Fishing on LegaSea, Megna landed a 15.5 lb. mahi to win a Penn Squall rod and reel combo valued at $199.00.
(Jun 20, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Pro angler Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina, capped off an incredible season this weekend, winning his second FLW Tour Angler of the Year (AOY) title and the $100,000 prize Saturday at the FLW Tour's final 2017 regular-season event on the Potomac River.
(Jun 20, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Pro angler Bradley Dortch of Atmore, Alabama, finished the 2017 FLW Tour regular-season in 18th place overall – the highest of any Tour rookie – with 1,087 points, earning him the prestigious FLW Tour Rookie of the Year (ROY) title.
(Jun 20, 2017 - New Smyrana Beach, FL) The Texas Team Trail (TXTT) presented by Cabela's recently unveiled the 2018 schedule, which includes stops at some of the most popular tournament bass lakes in the country.
(Jun 17, 2017 - Austin, TX) Following a series of public meetings on the Texas coast to seek angler input, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), along with the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, and the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC), have reached an agreement that will allow private recreational anglers to catch red snapper in federal waters on weekends this summer.
(May 5, 2017 - Lufkin, TX) Sam Rayburn Reservoir is on a very short list of the all-time best fisheries to host a major bass tournament. Not surprisingly, more professional Bassmaster tournaments have been held on the 111,400-acre impoundment in east Texas — 31 — than on any other fishery in the United States.
(May 5, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Rick Whitt of Ashland, Kentucky, accumulated the most points of any Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Fantasy Fishing player worldwide to win $5,000 after last week’s FLW Tour event at Beaver Lake presented by General Tire in Rogers, Arkansas. Whitt won by assembling a team of anglers and earning points based on their performance in the FLW Tour fishing tournament.
Multi-Year Partnership Will Engage Kids in Nationwide Fishing Tournaments
(May 5, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Bass Pro Shops, a leading national retailer of outdoor gear and apparel, announced today a partnership supporting nationwide high school fishing tournaments in an effort to promote both organizations and grow the sport. Effective immediately, Bass Pro Shops will assume title sponsorship of the FLW High School Fishing Opens.
FLW Will Fish For Kids Charity Tournament Crosses $1 Million Donation Mark to Arkansas Children's Hospital
Honorary Chairperson FLW Tour pro James Watson Leads Charge To Raise More Than $60,000 in 2017 Event
(May 2, 2017 - ROGERS, AR.) Every year the FLW Tour makes an annual trek to northwest Arkansas to visit Beaver Lake. However, the action doesn’t stop after the tournament is finished. The FLW Will Fish for Kids (WFFK) Bill Kerr Memorial Charity Tournament Lake, presented by Quaker State, took place on Beaver Lake Monday following the conclusion of the Beaver Lake Tour stop.
(May 1, 2017 - Wagoner, OK) Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced today that the YETI FLW College Fishing tournament scheduled for Fort Gibson Lake on Saturday, May 6 has been rescheduled for Oct. 14, 2017 due to the flooding and dangerous conditions currently wreaking havoc in the Ozark region.
Livingston Team #4
(Apr 24, 2017 - Lake Livingston, TX) Kyle Nitschke & Tyler Goetzman from Willis Tx., had no idea that their 12.40 lb limit would not only hold a money spot, but actually win.....lol.... They won $1,130.00......
(Apr 22, 2017 - Redding, CA.) Building contractor Nick Wood of Yreka, Calif., lead the Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional presented by Magellan at Lake Shasta, California, from start to finish. A day after Wood helped the California B.A.S.S. Nation team claim a victory, he earned the individual title for himself with a three-day total of 37 pounds, 1 ounce.
(Apr 21, 2017 - GROVE, OK.) Four anglers are recovering today after a boating accident on Thursday at the Costa FLW Series at Grand Lake sent three of them to the hospital.
(Apr 21, 2017 - Grove, OK) Day Two of the Costa FLW Series event on Grand Lake presented by Ranger Boats has been canceled due to severe thunderstorms and lightning.
Angler wins Z518 with top finish in Ranger Cup program
(Apr 12, 2017 - Flippin, AR) Ranger Boats Pro Allen Boyd beat a field of 253 anglers to win The Bass Federation 2017 National Championship at Table Rock Lake on April 7. The angler fought through a tough bite for five days to win the "Living the Dream" package. The angler also participated in the Ranger Cup program and took home a brand new Ranger Z518.
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