Fishing & Boating News
(Dec 11, 2015 - Woodbury, MN) There is something special about plucking fish through the ice that gives us “Ice Fever.” Ice fever is defined as “rapid heartbeat due to intense excitement when catching fish through the ice.” And there’s no better fish to catch through the ice than feisty crappies.
Huk Performace Apparel has upgraded its sponsorship and signed a three-year agreement with B.A.S.S. to become a Premier Sponsor of all Bassmaster tournament circuits.
(Dec 9, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Huk, a performance apparel company offering quality, technical fishing clothing to anglers, has upgraded its sponsorship and signed a three-year agreement with B.A.S.S. to become a Premier Sponsor of all Bassmaster tournament circuits.
(Dec 9, 2015 - Guntersville, AL) After a two-day pre-tournament practice period that saw most of the 197-boat field from around the country struggle, it only makes sense that two local teams shot to the top of the leaderboard during Wednesday’s opening round of the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship on Lake Guntersville.
(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.
Fishing and boating industries partner to enhance accessory offerings at world’s largest sportfishing trade event
(Dec 7, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Associationand the National Marine Manufacturers Association announced today a partnership in which NMMA will produce a new Marine Accessories Pavilion located within the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST.
(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.
(Dec 4, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The amount of time devoted to recreation is the same among all anglers, with active, lapsed, and former anglers each averaging slightly more than 3 hours per workday and 6.5 hours per weekend day. This slice of time can be devoted to any combination of activities, indoors or outdoors. So how do they choose to spend that time?
(Dec 4, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) RECREATIONAL FISHING is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the United States. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 42 million youth and adults—13 percent of the U.S. population—go fishing every year.
(Dec 4, 2015 - Guntersville, AL) When bass fishing enthusiasts hear mention of Lake Guntersville, many think right away of a lake that’s played host to some of the sport’s biggest moments.
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.
High-Def Fishing optics company engineers first consumer-friendly HD digital fishing camera
(Nov 30, 2015 - Crosslake, MN.) Visualize grand and vibrant underwater vistas: The Great Barrier Reef in all its aquamarine glory; the awesome power of Victoria Falls and Niagara; the haunting depths of Blue Hole, Bahamas. Closer to your home waters, imagine viewing legions of largemouth bass, clouds of crappies, mighty pike on patrol—all in the stunning color and clarity of a big-screen theater experience.
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.
(Nov 30, 2015 - ) The UM Sports Hall of Fame celebrated World Habitat Day on Monday, October 5th by presenting a check for $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys... proceeds from the 5th Annual UMSHoF / Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys Celebrity Dolphin Tournament, Hosted by Randal Hill and Andre Johnson...
(Nov 30, 2015 - Forestville, WI) Continuing with the mission of increasing participation in the sport of fishing, the Future Angler Foundation (FAF) has filled an open seat on the board of directors with R. Nick Schmal, retired USDA Forest Service fishery program leader. Schmal, who lives in Germantown, Wisc., has agreed to assume the role of Executive Director. With a long career in the biology and science areas of fisheries management, he is also an avid angler.
When presentations change from horizontal to vertical, there’s one lure that makes the transition trouble free – Keweenaw Tackle Company’s Fin-Wing
(Nov 20, 2015 - Traverse City, MI) Fall’s wicked transformation into winter is the harshest of all seasonal shifts. One night of deep-space temps and the open water you were casting the evening before can turn into a skating rink.
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.
(Nov 19, 2015 - ) The new Gold Anchor Global Marina Accreditation was launched at METS on 18 November 2015 followed by a formal signing ceremony at Marine House, TYHA and British Marine’s registered office.
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.
(Nov 19, 2015 - Cape Coral, FL) Some boats are quiet when stalking fish in skinny water. Others are dry when driving through the chop. Action Craft Boats, with its patented Qui-Dry® hull design, excel at both.
Moving to Dallas, Texas Area in 2016
(Nov 17, 2015 - ) Today, officials announced the 2016 Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a debut in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex on Lake Ray Roberts.
(Nov 16, 2015 - ) Mike Devere of Berea, Kentucky, weighed five bass totaling 12 pounds even Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Wild Card on Lake Hartwell with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 21 pounds, 11 ounces.
Popular catfish tackle brand now under the direction of Custom Jigs & Spins
(Nov 13, 2015 - Coralville, IA) It comes as no surprise to America’s 7-million catfish anglers, but the ‘Whisker Nation’ is growing in size and scope. Never mind the fact that catfish remain the most abundant, accessible and delicious sportfish in the country. Or that catfish tournament circuits have sprung up all across America. Or that thanks to progressive companies like Rippin Lips, high quality, affordable cat-gear continues to improve with each fishing season.
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 13, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced today a partnership in which NMMA will produce a new Marine Accessories Pavilion located within the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST. ICAST will be held July 12-15, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
(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 7, 2015 - Monroe, LA) Albert Collins’ victory in the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship was a year in the making. The Texas angler lost his bid to the Classic by 1 1/2 pounds on the Ouachita River in November 2014; he’s been planning for his next chance ever since.
(Nov 6, 2015 - ) The conditions changed on the second day of the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on the Ouachita River, but the first-day leader did everything the same and managed to stay on top of the field. Louisiana’s Jamie Laiche added 13 pounds, 14 ounces, ending Day 2 with 30 pounds, 4 ounces and a 1 1/2-pound lead.
(Nov 6, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Sports Destination Management, the leading publication for sports event planners and tournament directors, today announced the 2015 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism.
(Nov 6, 2015 - ) Jamie Laiche of Gonzales, La., only traveled four hours to get to the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, so it seems like he would have home-lake advantage over the rest of the field.
(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 4, 2015 - FOND DU LAC, WI) Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion and technology, has introduced SpitFire X7, a stainless steel propeller designed to improve all performance facets of the growing 75-115hp outboard class.
Sportfishing’s Trade Show Receives National Award from Top Trade Show Industry Group ICAST recognized for the third year in a row as one of the fastest growing shows in the U.S.
(Nov 4, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) For the third year in a row, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, has been recognized by the Trade Show News Network (TSNN) as one of the fastest growing trades shows in the U.S. by square footage. Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), ICAST is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, hosting more than 12,000 representatives from the global sportfishing community.
(Nov 4, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW announced today the schedule, rules and entry dates for the 2016 FLW College Fishing season, highlighted by the 2016 College Fishing National Championship hosted by the Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau on Lake Keowee in Seneca, South Carolina and the second annual FLW College Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake.
(Nov 4, 2015 - SAN ANTONIO, TX) The Association of Collegiate Anglers has announced that Garmin will continue its support of the 2016 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.
Spotted Bass Bite Likely to Be Key
(Nov 4, 2015 - SENECA, S.C.) The Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) is headed to Lake Hartwell Nov. 13-14 for the no-entry-fee BFL Wild Card Tournament. The two-day tournament will feature anglers who entered all five regular-season events in one of the 24 BFL divisions and fished in at least two but did not advance to a Regional Championship.
(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.
(Oct 31, 2015 - Woodbury, MN) As we look forward to ice fishing, the image of sluggish, finicky fish in crystal-clear water comes to mind. But that’s not always true. There are also times when fish are faced with dirty, dingy water or low-light conditions below the hard surface of a frozen lake. This is similar to differing conditions during open-water season. The fish’s’ challenge is to find food no matter what. Our challenge turns toward finding ways to make them bite. New ice-fishing tools can help.
Texas Angler Becomes First to Win Four FLW Series Events in a Single Season
(Nov 1, 2015 - ) Ray Hanselman of Del Rio, Texas, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 13 ounces to win the Rayovac FLW Series Championship on the Ohio River. Hanselman’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 46 pounds, 11 ounces earned him $50,000 and a berth into the Forrest Wood Cup in the event that featured 171 of the best semi-professional bass-fishing anglers from across the country.
Super shallow and non-structured bottoms entice cold water smallmouth bass
(Oct 31, 2015 - Michigan) Cool days and even colder nights have water temperatures tumbling; bug hatches are coming to a halt. The once warm summer rains are turning bitter, too – crawlers and the like burrowing deep rather than getting washed into the drink. Young-of-the-year fishes that have avoided being eaten since birth have learned to be on the lookout for predators better than ever.
GUY HARVEY MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES SPECIAL ISSUE THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH LA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE & FISHERIES
Louisiana’s rich, natural resources to be featured in Guy Harvey Magazine’s Spring 2016 Issue
(Oct 31, 2015 - Pensacola, FL –) Guy Harvey Magazine (GHM), an award winning publication focused on sustainable and responsible fishing, today announced its partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to create the first collaboration of an issue devoted to Louisiana fisheries. Engaging features, stunning images and Louisiana-focused stories for GHM's regular columns will all serve a single goal--connecting readers to the state’s rich natural resources.
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 31, 2015 - Alexandria, Va) In a victory for fishermen and boaters, the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee today. Commonly known as the Sportsmen’s Act, today’s vote moves the bill one step closer to passage.
(Oct 31, 2015 - ) Benton Parrott, of Daphne, Alabama, measured a combined two-day total of 121.38 inches in length to win the 2015 IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Championship presented by Hobie Fishing at St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, on Oct. 10.
(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 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW announced the Rayovac FLW Series rules, entry fees and payouts for the 2016 season. The season will again consist of three events in each of the five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western – along with the no-entry-fee Rayovac FLW Series Championship to be held on the Table Rock Lake in Kimberling City, Missouri.
(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.
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