Fishing & Boating News
(Mar. 22, 2011 - Lake Havasu City, AZ) McCoy Fishing announced today that it has re-signed Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Jason Williamson (Wagener, SC) for the 2011 season. On the McCoy Pro Staff for 2009 and 2010, Jason has proven to be a great asset for McCoy and a top tier Elite Series angler.
Caddo fish is a repeat from last season; Gilmer fish is new lake record
(Mar. 22, 2011 - Athens, TX) Gilmer Reservoir sent a new lake record largemouth bass to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) March 17, and the next day Caddo Lake sent the existing lake record largemouth to Athens for the second year in a row.
(Mar. 21, 2011 - Watts Bar Lake, TN) Boater Rick Howington of Gate City, Va., caught four bass weighing 20 pounds, 4 ounces March 19 to win $3,889 in the BFL Volunteer Division tournament on Watts Bar Lake.
(Mar. 21, 2011 - Lake Wylie, S.C.) Boater John Hoyle of Rutherfordton, N.C., caught a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 4 ounces March 19 to win $4,394 in the BFL South Carolina Division tournament on Lake Wylie.
(Mar. 19, 2011 - Palatka, FL.) Playing catch-up: After leading the Power-Pole Citrus Slam for two days, can Alton Jones be caught on Day Three? The expected - and received - answer from the pros trying to overtake him in the St. Johns River event was "yes."
(Mar. 18, 2011 - Hemphill, TX) Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 5 ounces Friday to lead day two of the EverStart Series Texas Division event on Toledo Bend. With a total weight of 46-9, Castledine holds a solid 6-pound, 6-ounce lead going into the final day of competition.
(Mar. 18, 2011 - PALATKA, FL.) Alton Jones' first stop: At the docks Friday morning, Day One leader Alton Jones said that his first stop will be at a spawning area, but he won't be sight fishing.
Lower T&R numbers reported in annual global conservation "competition" program that's critical to scientific research
(Mar. 17, 2011 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL.) Every time they fish on three oceans, these anglers are helping scientific research. Globally since 1990 they --- anglers, captains and mates --- have become the heart-and-soul of The Billfish Foundation's (TBF) eminent conservation program committed to billfish tag and release, supplying valuable data critical to learning migratory habits and more.
(Mar. 17, 2011 - Minnetonka, MN) A trio of time-tested tackle brands have joined the Masters Bass Circuit family. Rapala, Sufix and Trigger X have signed on as supporting sponsors for the MBC's inaugural season.
(Mar. 17, 2011 - HARRIS CHAIN OF LAKES, FL.) If there were a central theme to the Bassmaster Elite Series season opener at Florida's Harris Chain of Lakes it would be that nice guys finished first. Shaw Grigsby won the event, and Stephen Browning won the BoatUS Angler "Weigh-to-Win" $500 cash bonus for his admirable 3rd place finish.
(Mar. 17, 2011 - Celebration, FL.) Grigsby's big mo: Shaw Grigsby has not stopped moving since he won the season opener on the Harris Chain of Lakes last Sunday.
(Mar. 17, 2011 - Athens, TX) Six weeks ago it looked like no lake in Texas could catch O.H. Ivie in the Toyota ShareLunker race. By January 30 O.H. Ivie had produced four ShareLunkers, and anglers could follow the smoke to the lake.
AIM announced today that Kurt Kainz will assume responsibilities for the 2011 AIM Pro Walleye Series tournaments.
(Mar. 16, 2011 - Plymouth, WI) Anglers Insight Marketing, LLC has announced that Kurt Kainz has accepted the position of Tournament Director for the AIM Pro Walleye Series tournaments. Kurt will be responsible for the daily schedule of events and the application of the rules at each tournament.
(Mar. 16, 2011 - Springfield, MO) Lew's announces it has entered into an exclusive marketing agreement with famed crappie angler Wally Marshall to develop together the next generation of Wally Marshall Signature Series and Mr. Crappie rods, reels, pre-mount combos and fishing line products. Lew's officials say the partnership is a logical fit for the legendary American fishing brand that is focused on a return to prominence.
(Mar. 16, 2011 - Naples, FL) Ladies came from seven states to Naples for the "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Gulf Coast seminar March 11-13 at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club.
(Mar. 14, 2011 - Smith Mountain Lake, NC) Boater Chris Baldwin of Lexington, N.C., caught a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 9 ounces March 12to win $5,466 in the BFL Piedmont Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake.
(Mar. 14, 2011 - Benton, KY) Due to the rising cost of gas prices and financial impacts on tournament anglers, the PAA will waive its registration late fee for its 2011 Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series events.
(Mar. 14, 2011 - Lake Sam Rayburn, TX) Boater Dicky Newberry of Houston, Texas, caught a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 10 ounces March 12to win $6,000 in the BFL Cowboy Division tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
Ryjus Group will serve as official supplier
(Mar. 11, 2011 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Fans throughout the world are now able to purchase new gear from FLW Outdoors, the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, with the launch of a new online clothing store as a component of the newly unveiled FLWOutdoors website, which has received rave reviews from fans and anglers alike.
Supreme Court grants rare motion for rehearing on case that threatens public access
(Mar. 11, 2011 - Austin, TX) Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today welcomed news that the Supreme Court will rehear arguments in a case brought forward by a California resident that some say has gutted the Texas Open Beaches Act.
(Mar. 13, 2011 - Celebration,m FL.) JVD vs. KVD: Rookie Jonathon VanDam, who made the final-day cut in his first Bassmaster Elite Series event, says he isn't rattled by the fact that his famous uncle is two places ahead of him on the leaderboard.
AIM announced today that Yamaha will provide major support to the 2011 AIM Pro Walleye Series.
(Mar. 11, 2011 - Plymouth, WI) AIM has partnered with Yamaha (Kennesaw, Georgia) to sponsor the AIM Pro Walleye Series. AIM will promote the Yamaha brand at each of the 2011 tournaments, as well as through the online representation at the aimfishing website.
(Mar. 12, 2011 - Tavares, FL) Adaptation: Kevin VanDam had 17-9 on Day 1, then 18-3 on Day 2. Almost the same result, but accomplished on the Harris Chain in very different ways, according to the four-time Bassmaster Classic champ.
(Mar. 10, 2011 - San Antonio, TX) Careco TV announced today that Onyx, a leading brand of outdoor recreation products, will be the official Personal Flotation Device (PFD) of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series. Onyx will provide a PFD for every angler competing in the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship event and the student anglers will wear the devices throughout both days of competition.
(Mar. 11, 2011 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) The 2011 season of "FLW Outdoors" original programming begins Sunday, March 13, from 1-2 p.m. ET on VERSUS. The show will feature 48 weeks of the best coverage of competitive bass and walleye fishing from across the country including coverage of championship events such as the Forrest Wood Cup, Walmart BFL All-American, the EverStart Series Championship and the National Guard FLW College Fishing Championships.
(Mar. 11, 2011 - Tavares, FL) Howell the gator wrestler: Within one charged hour of fishing Thursday, Randy Howell fought an alligator to retrieve a pricey lure, and lost out on a 6-plus-pound fish that he said probably weighed more than the gator.
Reservoir fishing "wide open; anglers will enjoy versatility
(Mar. 10, 2011 - ) The EverStart Series is headed to Toledo Bend March 17-19 for the third of four stops in the Texas Division. The tournament will feature as many as 300 pros and co-anglers competing for top awards up to $35,000 plus a Ranger boat with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard for the pro and a Ranger boat with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard plus $5,000 for the co-angler.
Submit your video tips for a chance to win new gear
(Mar. 10, 2011 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) Abu Garcia is announcing a "Tips4Tackle" contest that allows anglers to submit short video fishing tips for a chance to win a Grand Prize that includes Top Secret new Abu Garcia products before they ever hit the market.
America's Leader in Outdoor TV Brings Another Hit Fishing Series to Growing Lineup
(Mar. 10, 2011 - TEMECULA, CA.) Outdoor Channel, America's Leader in Outdoor TV, and B.A.S.S., the authority on bass fishing, today announced that the two companies have entered into an agreement that brings "The Bassmasters," one of the highest-rated outdoor programs on television, to Outdoor Channel.
(Mar. 10, 2011 - Athens, TX) Falcon International Reservoir continued to solidify its status as one of the prime big-bass lakes in Texas March 9 with a 13.56-pound largemouth that became Toyota ShareLunker 517.
On the Dock with Rick Smith
(Mar. 08, 2011 - Temple, TX) The 2011 bass tournament schedules are out and the calendar is filling up fast. Some tournament trails have already started and more will begin this month. For bass fishermen, there are several opportunities to fish competitively wit
(Mar. 10, 2011 - OSAGE BEACH, MO.) Roy Hawk of Salt Lake City, Utah, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 6 ounces Thursday to lead day one of the EverStart Series Central Division event on Lake of the Ozarks.
Partnership with NOAA Restoration Center invests in community efforts to restore coastal and marine fish habitat
(Mar. 09, 2011 - Alexandria, VA) The FishAmerica Foundation, through its partnership with the NOAA Restoration Center, has awarded more than $1 million in grants to 18 projects in coastal communities across the United States. The foundation's grants will leverage $9 million in cash, in-kind services and approximately 11,000 hours of volunteer hours to help restore coastal and marine habitat.
(Mar. 08, 2011 - Milam, TX) Talon Series Custom Lures, the manufacturer of custom quality bass lures from Milam, Tex. is proud to announce the addition of Pete Pond to their National Pro Staff. Ponds, the 51-year-old angler from Madison, Miss. will join Billy McCaghren on Talon's national fishing team.
No strings attached, Mass Bass man catches top prize
(Mar. 09, 2011 - Minneapolis, MN) Steven Luce of Dracut, Mass., couldn't believe it when he was told that he won $15,000 by playing FLW Fantasy Fishing presented by Straight Talk held in conjunction with the Walmart FLW Tour. Luce correctly picked his favorite, Chevy pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., to win the Walmart FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake.
Hearing highlights serious problems with agency implementation of federal marine fisheries law
(Mar. 08, 2011 - Alexandria, VA) A dearth of marine fisheries data is on a collision course with the primary federal law that oversees federal marine fisheries management. To address this impending train wreck, today the U.S. Senate's Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard held an oversight hearing regarding the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service's (NOAA Fisheries) management of the nation's federal marine fisheries.
(Mar. 07, 2011 - Celebration, FL.) Owner of several of the tackle industry's most venerable lure names and creator of some of its newest designs, Luck "E" Strike USA has become a supporting sponsor of B.A.S.S. LLC's premier tournament trails.
(Mar. 09, 2011 - Tavares, FL) Chris Lane moved from Lakeland, Fla., to Guntersville, Ala., more than a year ago. Back in Florida this week for the Bassmaster Elite Series 2011 opener on the Harris Chain of Lakes, Lane couldn't feel more at home.
(Mar. 07, 2011 - ) As the leading manufacturer of the next generation of outboard motors, Yamaha continues to support the next generation of anglers as a result of its partnership with the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series.
(Mar. 07, 2011 - Benton, KY.) Nominations are being accepted for three positions on the Professional Anglers Association Board of Directors.
(Mar. 07, 2011 - Lake Martin, AL.) Boater Garry Hicks of Cullman, Ala., caught a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 2 ounces March 5 to win $6,163 in the BFL Bama Division tournament on Lake Martin.
(Mar. 07, 2011 - Lake Lanier, GA.) Boater Dustin Ray of Ball Ground, Ga., caught a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 4 ounces March 5 to win $4,830 in the BFL Bulldog Division tournament on Lake Lanier.
(Mar. 06, 2011 - Grand River, KY.) As the 2011 Lady Bass Anglers (LBAA) Tournament Trail nears its first stop, the LBAA is gaining momentum in the sponsorship realm as well. The LBAA is pleased to announce the inking of two brand new 2011 Tour Sponsors - FINS Superlines and Red Dirt Bait Company, and an increased commitment from an existing sponsor - Todali Tackle.
(Mar. 03, 2011 - Alexandria, VA) Recreational boat owners who paid state sales taxes on a boat purchase, or those who secured a loan to finance a boat, may have some tax deductions coming to them when filing their 2010 federal income tax return, says a national boat owners group, BoatUS.
(Mar. 05, 2011 - Rogers, AR.) Pfc. Kyle Lowdermilk of Greenwood, Ark., and Pfc. Tyler Bacon of Conway, Ark., won the National Guard FLW Soldier Appreciation Tournament held on Beaver Lake Saturday.
(Mar. 03, 2011 - San Antonio, TX) As a long-time sponsor of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series, frogg toggs has renewed its commitment to continue supporting the efforts of competitive collegiate anglers.
Dudley, Robertson, Surman highlight Castrol team
(Mar. 02, 2011 - Minneapolis, MN) Castrol, widely acknowledged as the world's leading provider of motor oils and lubricants, will continue its long-standing partnership entering its 10th season with FLW Outdoors, the world's largest tournament-fishing organization.
(Mar. 01, 2011 - Celebration, FL.) KVD in the car wash: Last week Kevin VanDam completed a flurry of ESPN show appearances. Called the "car wash," it's something every Bassmaster Classic winner in recent years has been through.
(Feb. 28, 2011 - New Orleans, LA) Moments after he held court in the Bassmaster Classic press conference, Kevin VanDam held a jumbo-sized BoatUS Angler "Weigh-to-Win" check made out to him in the amount of $1,500, and he was genuinely excited about it, stating, "Sweet, I won!" as representatives handed him the cash bonus.
(Feb. 28, 2011 - Lake Ouachita, AR) Boater Joey Brannon of Benton, Ark., caught a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 4 ounces Feb. 26 to win $5,842 in the BFL Arkie Division tournament on Lake Ouachita.
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