Fishing & Boating News
(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.
The March 10-13 Sunshine Showdown in Florida launches a hot new season for the Bassmaster Elite Series
(Feb. 28, 2011 - Tavares, FL) Brian Snowden's fall at the finish line of the 2008 Sunshine Showdown still stands as one of the most dramatic moments of the Bassmaster Elite Series.
(Feb. 28, 2011 - Lake Norman, NC) Boaters Keith Kirby of Gaffney, S.C., and David Williams of Maiden, N.C., each caught a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 12 ounces to tie for the win on Feb. 26 at the BFL North Carolina Division tournament on Lake Norman.
(Feb. 28, 2011 - Lake Belton, TX) The date of April 9th has been set for the 2nd annual Texas High School Bass Championship according to Justin Rackley, professional angler and event coordinator. He commented that "Due to the overwhelming response and hospitality of the local communities and central location of Lake Belton, we decided to come back again this year."
25th Anniversary membership drive features three levels of billfish adventures as prizes
(Feb. 28, 2011 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL.) To celebrate its 25th anniversary, and the spirit of pelagic fisheries conservation, The Billfish Foundation has launched an exciting membership drive -- for new members and those renewing, to experience some of the best of what billfishing has to offer -- an event aptly named the TBF Experience.
(Feb. 28, 2011 - Athens, TX) Just when you thought this Toyota ShareLunker season was going to be all about O.H. Ivie, along comes Lake Austin.
(Feb. 25, 2011 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL.) Thousands of sea turtles, a rejuvenated island and cleaner seas took the limelight for the Angels of the Seas conservation honors, Feb. 19 at the Miami Boat Show's Big Game Room. Celebrated marine artist Guy Harvey presented framed prints and certificates and Justin Gould of Star Brite presented buckets of Sea Safe boat cleaning products to the honored groups.
Fishermen call for delay in rules until outcome of lawsuit is determined
(Feb. 25, 2011 - Sacramento, CA.) Today, the California Association for Recreational Fishing (CARF) announced its opposition to new regulations being unveiled at the March 3rd California Fish and Game Commission hearing being held in Los Angeles.
(Feb. 24, 2011 - Benton, KY.) Positions are available for PAA Tour member participation in the three events of this season's 2011 Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series presented by Carrot Stix.
Pro-Designed Bass Baits that Unleash The Action
(Feb. 24, 2011 - Columbia, SC) There have been thousands of new introductions of soft plastics over the years, but none bigger or more anticipated than Berkley HAVOC soft plastics.
(Feb. 24, 2011 - Key West, Florida Keys) An American space pioneer fished in the Florida Keys Wednesday, catching and releasing a nice array of gamefish including grouper, cero mackerel and kingfish.
(Feb. 24, 2011 - Ponca City, OK) The Bass Federation Inc. (TBF), the nation's oldest and largest organized grass-roots fishing, youth and conservation organization, announced today a new TBF sponsor partnership with Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoors gear since 1961.
(Feb. 23, 2011 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Every angler knows the value of a boat. Poseidon Boat Alarm has joined FLW Outdoors as a sponsor in recognition of the importance of boat security.
(Feb. 23, 2011 - Athens, TX) The first signs of spring have arrived at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, and they are not what you might expect.
(Feb. 23, 2011 - St. Petersburg, FL.) Thousands of commercial and recreational fishermen are headed to St. Petersburg, FL, the Southeast Regional Headquarters of the National Marine Fisheries Service, for the first ever "Fishing Matters to Me" rally which kicks off at 9 am on Friday, February 25, 2011.
(Feb. 22, 2011 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW Outdoors announced Tuesday that veteran Walmart FLW Tour pro Terry Bolton has been named to the OFF! fishing team.
(Feb. 22, 2011 - Washington, DC) NOAA is again surveying saltwater anglers across the nation to update and improve estimates of the overall economic contributions of saltwater recreational fishing to the U.S. economy.
(Feb. 22, 2011 - San Antonio, TX) Collegiate anglers throughout the country may begin registering online for the 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship. Registration will close on May 1 and the final field will be announced on May 5. Due to the incredible growth in the number of contestants since 2006, the 2011 championship field will be capped at 150 two-person teams. Register now.
New Sites Needed for BoatUS Foundation Reel In and Recycle Program
(Feb. 20, 2011 - Annapolis, MD) Ready for a roadtrip? If you packed your bags - and tacklebox - and drove from Washington, DC to San Diego, California, you would travel nearly 2,700 miles. That's also the amount of fishing line that was recycled through the BoatUS Foundation's Reel In and Recycle Program last year, which gives anglers an easy way to recycle fishing line at over a thousand locations across the country.
Anglers Quest Livingston Individual 1st Series #2
(Feb. 21, 2011 - Onalaska, TX) Anglers Quest 2011 Livingston Individual 1st Series #2 out of Kickapoo Bait & Tackle in Onalaska, Tx began this event with 12 anglers showing up to fish for the $1150.00 purse.
General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Program celebrates 25 years with $50,000 from Shell and Motiva
(Feb. 20, 2011 - Austin, TX) Ronald Reagan was president, Top Gun was the top draw at the box office and 2,800 Texans volunteered for the inaugural General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup in 1986.
(Feb. 21, 2011 - Athens, TX) Toyota ShareLunker program manager David Campbell might well be putting new words to the song "It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary" before the current season ends.
(Feb. 20, 2011 - Austin, TX) Preliminary assessments by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department coastal fisheries biologists suggest the damage from back-to-back freeze events that impacted marine life from Galveston to Brownsville could have been much worse.
Salute to Kerchal: The young B.A.S.S. Federation Nation qualifier blew a whistle on the Bassmaster Classic stage.
(Feb. 20, 2011 - New Orleans, LA) Deja vu. The young man with the whistle was 23-year-old Brandon Palaniuk, and he was at the 2011 Classic in New Orleans. But those who remember the 1994 Classic could have closed their eyes and imagined that the angler was Bryan Kerchal.
(Feb. 20, 2011 - New Orleans, LA) The Fishing Tigers of Louisiana State University met the Alabama Crimson tide this morning on Lake Verret, which lies roughly 90 miles west of New Orleans. The Tide came into the event as reigning champs thanks to their win at the inaugural Bassmaster College Classic last year. However, the Tide proved to be a bit low this year as the Tigers won by more than 8 pounds.
Program open to both FLW- and Boat US-affiliated college teams
(Feb. 20, 2011 - Flippin, AR) Collegiate anglers don't have to wait any longer to cash in on pro-style incentives. In a recent announcement, Ranger Boats unveiled its newest contingency program, Ranger Cup University, designed to support the enthusiasm and dedication of competitive college anglers across the country.
(Feb. 20, 2011 - New Orleans, LA) Brandon Palaniuk, a 23-year old B.A.S.S. Federation angler from Rathdrum, Idaho, moved into fourth place Saturday after two days of competition in the Bassmaster Classic, while fellow Yamaha pros Todd Faircloth and Bobby Lane hold down 8th and 10th, respectively.
(Feb. 19, 2011 - Payson, AZ) Staff Sgt. Lloyd Stenglein of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Pfc. Reno Goodwin of Flagstaff, Ariz., won the National Guard FLW Soldier Appreciation Tournament held on Lake Roosevelt Saturday.
B.A.S.S. Joins National Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited and more than 350 other Businesses and Organizations in Urging Congress to Restore Louisiana's Coast
(Feb. 19, 2011 - New Orleans, LA.) B.A.S.S. LLC, the "Worldwide Leader in Bass Fishing," today added its name to a growing list of businesses and sportsmen's organizations nationwide to sign a letter to Congress urging it to dedicate the resources and implement policies needed to restore Louisiana's imperiled coastal wetlands.
Mike Rychard wins co-angler title
(Feb. 19, 2011 - Payson, AZ) Ken Howden of Mesa, Ariz., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the EverStart Series Western Division event on Lake Roosevelt with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 56 pounds, 10 ounces. For his victory, Howden earned $32,913.
The Couples Association of Sport Tournaments/C.A.S.T. has announced a partnership between Colmic Champion Quality Fishing Tackle
(Feb. 15, 2011 - ) The Couples Association of Sport Tournaments/C.A.S.T. has announced a partnership between Colmic Champion Quality Fishing Tackle and the couple's tournament fishing organization. Through this agreement, Colmic Champion Quality Fishing Tackle will market its technology and superior quality to tournament fishermen, their families, and friends.
(Feb. 15, 2011 - Waycross, GA) After five years of development, Carolina Skiff is proud to introduce Fun Chaser, a revolutionary line of fiberglass deck and pontoon boats that will forever change the definition of family fun on the water.
Classic attendees to receive free gear, rub shoulders with Skeet Reese, Mike McClelland and Larry Nixon
(Feb. 15, 2011 - Flippin, AR) In conjunction with the 2011 Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans, Stratos Boats is calling all Stratos enthusiasts and avid anglers to visit the Stratos booth and receive limited-edition free gear while taking in one of the industry's most exciting displays.
(Feb. 14, 2011 - BENTON, Ky.) OPTIMA Batteries, manufacturer of high-performance marine and automotive batteries, known among anglers worldwide for its Blue Top batteries, has joined the Professional Anglers Association as a Premier Sponsor.
(Feb. 15, 2011 - Union Springs, AL) BASS Elite Series pro Keith Poche, of Troy, Alabama, has joined forces with Bonnie Plants, the leading provider of vegetable and herb plants in North America. Poche is thrilled to join the company's "Going Greener for You" nationwide initiative and will proudly and prominently display the Bonnie Plants logo on his tournament boat, truck and jersey.
(Feb. 14, 2011 - ) Sunline America is proud to announce that it has formed a partnership with the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series.
(Feb. 15, 2011 - Athens, TX) O.H. Ivie Reservoir moved into striking distance of becoming the second-highest producer of 13-pound-plus bass with the catch of Toyota ShareLunker 511 on February 13.
(Feb. 14, 2011 - New Orleans, LA.) A tough Friday-Sunday practice finally behind them, Bassmaster Classic anglers are bone-tired. But that feeling is almost incidental to their relief about the end of frigid air over the Louisiana Delta. In the nick of time, milder weather is on its way.
(Feb. 14, 2011 - New Orleans, LA.) The patients at Tulane Hospital for Children received a special surprise this Valentine's Day when they were visited by celebrity anglers Kevin VanDam, Aaron Martens, Brian LaClair, Ryan Said, Shaw Grigsby, Stephen Browning and Edwin Evers.
Brass N' Blades Lures announced today that it is partnering with Bassmaster Elite Series angler Bill Lowen
(Feb. 11, 2011 - Brownsboro, TX) Brass N' Blades Lures announced today that it is partnering with Bassmaster Elite Series angler Bill Lowen to promote its new line of lures.
(Feb. 11, 2011 - Benton, KY) T-H Marine Supplies, makers of the rugged Atlas Jackplate, has renewed its partnership with the PAA for the 2011 Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series presented by Carrot Stix.
Walleye is only regularly published periodical magazine dedicated to walleye fishing
(Feb. 11, 2011 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW Outdoors, the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, has rebranded the Walleye edition of FLW Outdoors magazine to just Walleye. FLW Outdoors produces FLW Outdoors magazine and Walleye magazine, each the world's leading authority on their species.
(Feb. 11, 2011 - Minneapolis, MN) Providing 25 years of experience in the tackle industry, Z-Man has joined the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, FLW Outdoors, as a sponsor.
Long-time Bassmaster sponsor Triton Boats, LLC has expanded its commitment to the premier level, B.A.S.S. LLC announced today.
(Feb. 11, 2011 - Celebration, FL.) Under a new sponsorship agreement, Triton becomes an Official Sponsor of all Bassmaster tournament trails and events: the Bassmaster Classic, Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens, and B.A.S.S. Federation Nation events presented by Yamaha and Skeeter Boats.
(Feb. 11, 2011 - Minneapolis, MN) Modern research and development pioneer 3M has joined forces with FLW Outdoors, the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, to highlight its ScotchBluePainter's Tape, Command Brand adhesive strips, Scotchgard and Scientific Anglers brands.
(Feb. 11, 2011 - MARATHON, Florida Keys) For a group of New York buddies, a late January Florida Keys fishing trip will be remembered for the celebration of a victory over cancer, the bonds of friendship and an 82.7-pound wahoo catch.
(Feb. 11, 2011 - New Orleans, LA.) The rich outdoor heritage of Louisiana blends perfectly with the 2011 Bassmaster Classic, which is just as much a celebration of the outdoors as it is a world-class competition.
(Feb. 11, 2011 - Jasper, TX) Bert Thompson of Benton, La., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 27 pounds, 13 ounces Friday to lead day one of the EverStart Series Texas Division event presented by Evinrude on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Thompson holds a 5-pound, 15-ounce lead going into the final day of competition.
Just as the Bassmaster Classic is the angling event to be in, the Bassmaster Classic is the angling event to be at.
(Feb. 10, 2011 - New Orleans, LA.) The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the State of Louisiana will host the 41st Classic, Feb. 18-20 out of New Orleans. The Classic pits 50 of the world's best anglers against each other and the bass of the Louisiana Delta. The qualifiers fought all last year for the right to compete. Likewise, being there to watch is the dream of many fishing fans.
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