Fishing & Boating News
Kapiton Wins FLW Bass Fishing League Gator Division Opener On Lake Okeechobee Presented By Navionics
Event ties record for second-largest field in FLW Bass Fishing League History
(Jan 11, 2016 - Lake Okeechobee, FL) Professional angler George Kapiton of Inverness, Florida, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 31 pounds even Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Okeechobee, presented by Navionics. For his victory, Kapiton earned $9,000.
(Jan 11, 2016 - ) Because of heavy rains, major flooding and unsafe navigational waters in the Atchafalaya Basin, B.A.S.S. — working with local officials — has elected to reschedule the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open to fall 2016.
(Jan 7, 2016 - Henderson, NY) The Bass Federation (TBF) in coordination with NY The Bass Federation (NYTBF) and the town of Ticonderoga NY will host the 2016 Student Angler Federation (SAF) Regional Championship on Lake Champlain. The morning launch and afternoon weigh-ins will be out of the Ticonderoga Boat Ramp.
(Jan 7, 2016 - ) The 17 ACE Flyfisher's Qui-Dry hull allows water to roll off the bow, rather than slapping it—essential when stealthily poling in the shallows. It also keeps the ride smooth, dry and comfortable when running in the chop.
VIEW FROM THE MARINA
(Jan 7, 2016 - ) Have you noticed how many books about Heaven have become bestsellers in the past few years? There was “Heaven for Real,” “Proof of Heaven,” and some others.
Back by popular demand, the nonprofit Ladies, Let's Go Fishing! Foundation will offer its Gulf Coast educational event to the Ft. Myers area
(Jan 7, 2016 - Fort Myers, FL) March 12-13, 2016 at the Matlacha Community Center. Last year, sixty women and families traveled from several states for education, hands-on fishing activities, habitat conservation and to meet other anglers.
(Jan 7, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Lew’s, an industry-leading designer of fishing rods, reels, apparel and accessories, have renewed their sponsorship for 2016. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 2016 will mark the third consecutive season that the two organizations have partnered.
Award-winning Hydro-Flo design applied to hanging bait storage in all-new Plano® M-Series Hydro-Flo™ Tackle Bag
(Jan 7, 2016 - Plano, IL) In 2011, Plano’s original Guide Series 4674 Hydro-Flo™ Tackle Bag earned an ICAST “Best of Show” for an ingenious design that allowed water to flow right through the base of the bag, an industry first. Since then, the Hydro-Flo has become a favorite with anglers the world over.
(Jan 5, 2016 - Breham, TX) FLW College Fishing is headed to Somerville Lake Jan. 16 for the first of three regular-season stops in the Southern Conference. A full field of college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth into the 2017 College Fishing National Championship.
Record Field of 250 Boaters Set to Compete for Second Consecutive Season
(Jan 5, 2016 - ) The Costa FLW Series is headed to Lake Okeechobee Jan. 14-16 for a tournament presented by Power Pole when 500 pros and co-anglers will take to the water for the first stop of 2016 in the Southeastern Division. The field of 250 boats will tie the record set last season for the largest FLW Series field of all-time.
(Jan 5, 2016 - ) The 2016 Tournament Series Schedule
Thursday, January 14- Sunday, January 17
(Jan 5, 2016 - Sunday, January 17) Attracting attendees from throughout Colorado and surrounding states, ISE Denver is the region’s annual outdoor showpiece. The ISE fills a 300,000-sq.-ft. space with 500+ companies featuring hunting and fishing products and destinations.
(Jan 4, 2016 - Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida) The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) is pleased to announce the completion and final approval of the Management Profile for the Gulf and Southern Flounder Fishery in the Gulf of Mexico. The Management Profile is a cooperative effort to describe the flounder populations throughout the territorial seas of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the fisheries they support.
Over $2,000 in combined retail incentives available to buyers of qualified models
(Jan 4, 2016 - Flippin, AR) With the start of boat show season just a few weeks away, Stratos Boats announces the 2016 Performance Made Practical promotion, which offers up to $2,050 in combined retail value for qualifying purchases.
Bonus cash at all team events
(Jan 4, 2016 - Haslet, T) Bass Champs announced that Lowrance will be a new sponsor of the Skeeter Bass Champs tournament trail for 2016-2017.
Retail incentives available for a limited time to buyers of qualified models
(Jan 4, 2016 - Flippin, AR) Ranger Boats is providing additional incentives to potential boat buyers this year with the announcement of its 2016 retail sales promotions. With limited-time-only offers geared for both freshwater and saltwater customers, qualifying purchases of eligible models will receive benefits totaling up to $6,200 in combined retail value.
Thursday, January 21 - Sunday, January 24
(Jan 4, 2016 - Sacramento, CA) Five buildings and 600+ exhibiting companies strong, ISE Sacramento is California’s largest presentation of fishing and hunting products, sportfishing boats, offroad vehicles and travel destinations. A dozen theaters, special features and demo areas host 200+ seminars, clinics and contests at this vast ISE.
Premier Sunglass Manufacturer Agrees To Multi-Year Deal
(Jan 4, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that they have reached a sponsorship agreement with Costa Del Mar, a leading manufacturer of the world’s clearest polarized performance sunglasses. Effective immediately, Costa will assume title sponsorship of the FLW Series, which recently published increased paybacks at the no-entry fee championship and an impressive schedule of lakes for 2016.
(Jan 1, 2016 - Lake Okeechobee, FL) The 2016 FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament season will begin Saturday, Jan. 9, when the Gator division opens the season on Lake Okeechobee.
(Dec 23, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) – FLW announced today the complete professional angler roster of 171 for the upcoming 2016 Walmart FLW Tour season, the 21st season of the FLW Tour. The 2016 FLW Tour will feature six regular-season tournaments, along with the addition of two fall Invitational tournaments, with competition kicking off Feb. 4-7 at Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Florida.
(Dec 22, 2015 - Maderia Beach, FL) A sponsor of Old Salt Fishing Foundation's King of the Beach tournament, Suzuki Repower by Mastry congratulates the first place winner in the Single Engine Division. The Boaters' Republic team consisted of Captain Scotty Gramling, Gavin McClay, Jordan Hallsted and Anthony Boggini.
The incentive program returns for 2016
(Dec 22, 2015 - Springfield, Mo) Lew's announces that Missouri's Dennis Berhorst is the first to win the company's new Speed Fishing Angler of the Year title, and also that it will be offering the awards incentive program again for 2016.
Conference & Events: July 12–15, 2016 • Exhibition: July 13–15, 2016 • Orlando, Fl
(Dec 22, 2015 - Alexandria, Va) ICAST, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, is the premier showcase for the latest innovations in fishing gear, accessories and apparel. ICAST is the cornerstone of the sportfishing industry, helping to drive recreational fishing product sales year round.
Where you catch fish at first ice will depend on when, exactly, it formed
(Dec 19, 2015 - Michigan) Seasonal depression… Disregard the claim it’s a lack of daylight triggering this disorder. Anglers who live in the Ice Belt know what really generates despondency: The absence of ice.
Over-engineered, problem-solving products from YETI sure to please
(Dec 19, 2015 - ) Just yesterday, I headed to a local river to fish winter smallmouths. It was 34 degrees and raining when I left, but the forecast called for clearing skies and a slight increase in temps.
For the 14th year in a row, Skeeter Boats remains the title sponsor of Bass Champs tournament trail and television show.
(Dec 19, 2015 - Halet, TX) Bass Champs announced today that Skeeter Boats will remain the title sponsor of the number one team tournament trail and television show.
One-of-a-kind attraction reaches new milestone after opening, solidifying reputation as a “must-see” destination and a catalyst for redevelopment
(Dec 17, 2015 - Memphis, TN) Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, a new destination retail attraction in downtown Memphis, has welcomed more than two million visitors in its first year of operation. 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.
(Dec 17, 2015 - ) There are many reasons for you to go fishing but that is another story. I go fishing on Keith Lake because I can catch fish there.
(Dec 17, 2015 - High Island, TX) Archosargus probatocepha, alias Convict Fish, or just Sheepshead belongs to the Family Sparidae, or PORGIES, are blackish silver in color, with 5 or 6 distinct vertical black bars on its sides, but not always the same on both sides.
(Dec 16, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) Today’s Congressional Omnibus Appropriations bill includes several actions important to recreational fishing championed by Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). The bill includes a number of provisions that attempt to address the ongoing Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery mismanagement that has resulted in an abbreviated ten-day season for private sector recreational anglers.
Evinrude to Launch Lucrative Contingency Program for BFL Anglers
(Dec 16, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that BRP’s Evinrude brand has re-signed a multi-year agreement to remain an official outboard engine sponsor, marking their 15th consecutive year as a sponsor of FLW. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Accomplishments Significant progress made in several key areas for recreational fishing’s future
(Dec 16, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) Over the course of 2015, numerous legislative, public policy and advocacy activities occurred that will have a lasting impact on recreational fishing’s future. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) today recounted seven of the top recreational fishing advocacy accomplishments of 2015.
2016 season begins January 30 at Sam Rayburn Reservoir
(Dec 16, 2015 - NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL) Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will once again be featured as title sponsor of the Texas Team Trail (TXTT) at all 2016 events. The popular bass fishing circuit kicks off Jan. 30 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir and promises a strong mix of venues and exceptional payout for the year ahead.
(Dec 16, 2015 - Langley, British Columbia) Mercury Marine is pleased to announce the opening of its new state of the art facility in Langley, British Columbia. The 50,000 square-foot facility will be the new home to both Mercury Marine Canada and Land ‘N’ Sea Canada and is officially opened to serve Mercury’s dealer network throughout the Western Region of Canada.
and Association of Collegiate Anglers for the 11th Straight Year
(Dec 16, 2015 - ) As the leading manufacturer of the next generation of outboard motors, Yamaha continues to support the next generation of anglers resulting from their partnership with the 2016 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.
(Dec 12, 2015 - Guntersville, AL) Things didn’t go exactly as Thomas Martens had hoped during Saturday’s six-man Bassmaster Classic fish-off on Lake Guntersville. The current he had relied on all week disappeared, and that may have caused him to lose a couple of good fish Saturday morning. He also had to share his best spot with the crowd of recreational fishermen who always flock to Guntersville on the weekends.
Lund Pro-V Bass boat reveals innovative engineering and remarkable performance
(Dec 11, 2015 - New York Mills, MN) Eclipsing tournament wins by Lund luminaries Al and James Lindner and Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson, the legendary boat builder recently unveiled a radical new 1875 Pro-V Bass boat during its August dealer meeting – a progressive boat blueprint that sets out to redefine the concept of the modern day bass and musky fishing vessel.
(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 11, 2015 - Guntersville, AL) Everything went right for Chris Risner and Timothy Eaton during Friday’s second round of the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship on Lake Guntersville.
(Dec 11, 2015 - Columbia, SC) Expanding its Galaxy range, Shakespeare introduces the JF-3 Multi-Band Antenna.
(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.
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