Fishing & Boating News
(Dec 11, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Tyler Courtney of Lubbock, Texas, will be upgrading his 1998 Triton for a 2016 version after winning the grand prize in Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing presented by Toyota, a fantasy game that follows the Bassmaster Classic and the Bassmaster Elite Series.
View from the Marina
(Dec 11, 2015 - Cape Coral, FL) There is a malady sweeping the nation. I call it gloom and doomitis. Yes, these are trying times for our country. Acts of violence, economic uncertainty and the rising cost of living all contribute to the collective jitters of Main Street America.
(Dec 7, 2015 - Gilchrist, TX) Special Note: As some of you have probably heard, the Federal Judge has rulled in favor of Galveston County- this means that if we can't turn this decission around that the State of Texas will close on their promise to fill in the pass
(Dec 7, 2015 - ) About 100 yards off the end of my dock is a weed bed that holds fish year-round. Local anglers know it, so I wasn’t surprised yesterday when three different boats fished it in the time it took me to eat breakfast (bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios and a grapefruit), another five hit it before lunch, and nine more hit it from dinnertime on.
(Dec 7, 2015 - ) Entering its 11th season, the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series field has been filled with 111 professional anglers, including both new and familiar names.
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.
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.
at "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Keys University Nov. 13-15, 2015
(Nov 19, 2015 - Tavernier, FL.) Sixty women came from around the country to learn from the pros at the award winning "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!®" Keys University, November 13-15 at BPOE Elks, Tavernier, FL.
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 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.
Nicholls State University and Northwestern State University Currently Take 2nd and 3rd Place Respectively
(Nov 10, 2015 - SAN ANTONIO, TX) With over four months of the Cabela's School of the Year Race in the books, the Texas A&M fishing team has seized control of the Cabela's School of the Year rankings, with Nicholls State University and Northwestern State University following close behind in the race for the most prestigious title in college fishing.
(Nov 5, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Two special events of the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series will be held at new, or relatively new, venues for the world’s premier bass fishing circuit, B.A.S.S. announced today.
(Nov 2, 2015 - ) This week, Nov. 5-7, anglers from all over the world will gather in Monroe to compete on the Ouachita River for the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.
Team “Nearly Impossible” Lady Anglers joins the Growing Field
(Oct 31, 2015 - ALICE TOWN, BIMINI) Among the dozens of seasoned anglers heading out for some wahoo action next month will be three ladies to prove that women winning a popular Bahamas fishing tournament is far from being "Nearly Impossible."
(Oct 30, 2015 - ) The Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship was an event filled with season standouts — the Top 50 pros in the 2015 Elite Series, the Rookie of the Year Brent Ehrler, the Angler of the Year Aaron Martens and the Toyota Fan Favorite Kevin VanDam.
(Oct 30, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Getting the chance to meet the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic winner, Casey Ashley, is a dream that became a reality for one lucky man.
(Oct 27, 2015 - ) FLW announced the dates and locations for the two inaugural 2016 Walmart FLW Tour Invitational tournaments Thursday. The 2016 season will feature six regular-season qualifier tournaments along with the introduction of the two Invitational tournaments.
(Oct 21, 2015 - Lebanon, MO) G3 Boats, located in Lebanon, Missouri and part of the Yamaha Marine Group, is proud to announce national sponsorship of the Missouri BoatRide Bluegrass Band, from Branson West, MO.
(Oct 18, 2015 - Old Town, Maine) On July 22nd four military veterans departed the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca, MN. Their mission: To paddle the entire 2,320-miles of river to the Gulf of Mexico. Their mode of transportation: Old Town NEXT canoes. Their status: They are now halfway done with the monumental journey, with two months remaining for a November 22nd arrival at the gulf.
(Oct 9, 2015 - Jacksonville, TX) A friendly reminder that the very important Launch Event for the Cherokee Neches State Paddling Trail is next Saturday, October 17.
(Oct 1, 2015 - BIRMINGHAM, AL) When Kayla Nevius caught an 8-pound, 2-ounce bass one morning before work, she was excited, but she didn’t realize it would be a life-changing moment. The video she shot of her catch made her the grand-prize winner in the GoPro Best Catch Contest Powered by Bassmaster.
Scott Larson Wins NWT Championship, Mark Courts Earns NWT AOY
(Sep 25, 2015 - EUFAULA, AL) At the same time Humminbird bass pros Aaron Martens and Brent Ehrler were hoisting trophies in Door County, Wisconsin, their pro walleye brothers were doing the same at the 2015 NWT Championship in Devils Lake, ND.
"Earn Your Wings" program in fourth year
(Sep 22, 2015 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) It isn't easy being a collegiate angler. With rising cost of tackle and tuition, going after sponsors is a nearly impossible task. Fenwick developed the "Earn Your Wings" program four years ago to help collegiate anglers fish with a little less financial stress. By selecting student anglers, Fenwick continues to develop the collegiate angler. Earn Your Wings applications opened June 6, 2015 and will remain open until September 28, 2015.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Deputy, Larry Davis Jr., Wins Guy Harvey Outpost's Lake Okeechobee Fishing Adventure
(Sep 21, 2015 - LAKELAND, FL) For Larry Davis Jr., who spends his working hours as a motorcycle patrol officer for Hillsborough County, Florida, a day fishing or hunting is a much welcomed opportunity to decompress and relax.
Early Bird Registration Discount Also Available Through September
(Sep 16, 2015 - Alice Town, Bimini,Bahamas) Chasing wahoo in November has become an annual ritual in Bimini with anglers competing for bragging rights and thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.
Three Tournaments Rescheduled for Mid-October
(Sep 16, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW announced today that the Rayovac FLW Series tournament on Clear Lake presented by Evinrude, scheduled for Sept. 24-26, the College Fishing Western Conference Championship scheduled for Sept. 26-27 and the FLW/TBF High School Fishing Western Conference Championship scheduled for Sept. 27 have been rescheduled for the weekend of Oct. 15-18, due to the wildfires currently wreaking havoc in northern California.
(Sep 14, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) Do you believe that the only way to conserve our public lands and waters is to lock recreational fishermen out? Do you view recreational fishing as an extractive activity on par with oil drilling and commercial bottom
(Sep 10, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Some of America’s top-ranked bass fisheries — plus a new wrinkle in tournament formats and an extra event — await the nation’s top professional bass anglers competing in the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series.
(Sep 5, 2015 - Athens, TX) Booming populations of largemouth bass and alligator gar give anglers two good reasons to fish Falcon Reservoir. Above average rainfall in spring 2014 and 2015 following very low water levels for several years prior is sparking a resurgence of the bass population, said Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries biologist Randy Myers.
(Sep 1, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Jimmy Bass of Ocala, Florida, won the $10,000 grand prize playing FLW Fantasy Fishing and being named the top-scoring player in the seven-event Walmart FLW Tour season.
(Sep 1, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Tom Barry of Oak Forest, Illinois, correctly picked eight of the top 10 anglers in professional bass fishing’s world championship – the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Ouachita presented by Walmart. For his picks, Barry won $5,000 by playing FLW Fantasy Fishing, beating out thousands of players from around the world to win the top prize.
Throwback event features free games, prizes, food samples and big bargains on outdoor gear.
(Aug 31, 2015 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) Bass Pro Shops throwback event to bid summer goodbye, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5 and 6 from noon to 5 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops stores across the U.S. and Canada.* Hometown Festival family activities include free games, craft, prizes, face painting, food samples, and the chance to win a vintage Bass Tracker package during the Throwback Sweepstakes.
(Aug 31, 2015 - SAN ANTONIO, TX) Collegiate bass fishing fanatics will get the chance to experience the excitement of the nation's largest collegiate bass fishing event on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 when the 10th Anniversary BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Presented by Cabela's is set to air on the NBC Sports Network at 12:00 p.m. EST.
(Aug 30, 2015 - Detroit, MI) Aaron Martens slept through his alarm clock Sunday morning, got on the water 30 minutes late and still clinched the 2015 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title three weeks early.
Uncompromising comfort and performance for big, demanding waters
(Aug 20, 2015 - Flippin, AR) From Lake Erie to Sam Rayburn and places in between, some of the country's biggest fish make their homes in some of the nation's biggest and most demanding waters. Cranking offshore ledges, dropshotting deep rock piles or even making check-in time while conditions are rough is no place for undersized - or underpowered - boats.
(Aug 20, 2015 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) With the seventh stop on the Bassmaster Elite Series tour complete, total attendance records have already been shattered before the tour’s final events.
(Aug 20, 2015 - HOT SPRINGS, Ark.) Boat Bling anglers have been challenging their fans to enter the 2015 Boat Bling Beat a Pro, Win a Boat Challenge all season long. Over the past two weeks, all but one Boat Bling pro has announced via social media that they will not be competing against the winning amateur challenger.
Grant will sponsor research for summer flounder stock assessments that help benefit anglers
(Aug 17, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The FishAmerica Foundation has awarded $10,000 to the Save the Summer Flounder Fishery Fund (SSFFF), a non-profit organization whose mission is to safeguard and improve fishing access to summer flounder.
(Aug 14, 2015 - ) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, is set to sign an agreement with Mexico to bring their internationally sanctioned bass-fishing tournaments to the United States’ southern neighbor as part of the international division of the Rayovac FLW Series.
(Aug 13, 2015 - HOT SPRINGS, Ark.) As thousands of fishing fans gather in Hot Springs next week to celebrate the Forrest Wood Cup, the sport of fishing will celebrate the athletes of Special Olympics Arkansas by hosting the FLW Foundation Special Olympics Fishing Derby.
(Aug 12, 2015 - Flippin, AR) Nina Wood, co-founder of Ranger Boats and wife of bass fishing icon Forrest Wood, will be inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame in recognition of her lifetime of contributions to the outdoors and the sport of fishing.
One-of-a-kind attraction earns Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris national recognition for Shaping Retail’s Future
(Aug 4, 2015 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) More than one million visitors have experienced Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, a new national destination attraction in downtown Memphis. Located inside a massive transformed sports arena, the dynamic, immersive adventure contains restaurants, retail, a hotel and attractions designed to appeal to a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts as well as families looking to have fun.
(Jul 30, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S., along with 30 other conservation organizations, has signed a letter urging Congress to restore funding for sportfishing projects suffering under the current federal budget impasse.
“States are simply better equipped to manage the fishery -- and more aware of its importance”
(Jul 17, 2015 - WASHINGTON, D.C.) Leaders in the recreational fishing community today lauded new bipartisan legislation by U.S. Representatives Garret Graves (R-La.) and Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) that the president of the Center for Coastal Conservation predicted “will better conserve Gulf red snapper and finally give recreational anglers reasonable access to red snapper fishing.”
(Jul 16, 2015 - Athens, TX) Catfish anglers have until July 26 to comment on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Departmentís (TPWD) proposed catfish management plan.
FLW to Hold Press Conference in Orlando on Thursday, July 17 at 4 p.m. ET
(Jul 13, 2015 - Orlando, FL.) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, will announce host locations and dates for the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour regular season dates during a press conference scheduled for Thursday, July 16 at 4 p.m. EST during ICAST 2015 held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
(Jul 2, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Tien Austin of Honolulu, Hawaii, correctly picked five of the top 10 anglers in last week’s Walmart FLW Tour event at the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats. For her picks, Austin won $5,000 by playing FLW Fantasy Fishing, held in conjunction with the FLW Tour fishing tournament.
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