Tuesday, October 21, 2014

 
ACQUISITIONS
Navico Holding AS, parent company to the Simrad brand of navigational marine electronics, has reached an agreement to acquire MARIS (Maritime Information Systems A/S) from The Grieg Group.
Correct Craft, the owner of Nautique Boat Co. and Aktion Parks, now owns 100 percent of both PCM Marine Engines and Crusader Engines.

COAST GUARD
The Coast Guard is urging boaters and beach goers to exercise caution in and around the waters of San Francisco Bay due to forecasted strong swells over the next few days.

CONSERVATION
The annual spiny softshell turtle beach cleanup day is on Saturday, October 25, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help. Participants are asked to arrive at North Hero State Park between 10 and 11 a.m.
Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, Apache Corporation, Fieldwood Energy and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will begin construction this week on an artificial reef system at the site of the recently removed structures in Ship Shoal 26, known by many Louisiana anglers as "the Pickets."
A panel of experts will offer critical suggestions on how post-Gulf of Mexico oil catastrophe research funds should be spent at the Guy Harvey Fisheries Symposium at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus.

CONTESTS
He never picked the perfect team and only chose the winner twice all season, but Lainsburg, Mich., angler Calvin Stier took his Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing hobby to the next level by earning a total of 10,121 points over nine Bassmaster Elite Series events in 2014.

ENVIRONMENT
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has issued a Public Notice concerning an application by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for a Department of the Army permit to conduct restoration activities on 11 lakes and water bodies in the FWC's North Central Region.
Researchers found that various types of seagrass require between 8 and 27 percent of the sunlight striking the surface to thrive.

FISHERIES
The inaugural fund raiser for the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians, slated for Nov 1st at 5:00 pm Harrah's Oak Room, Cherokee, North Carolina is going to be a dandy according to Alen Baker.

GRANTS
The watershed grants program, co-administered by DEC and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, distributes grant dollars for noteworthy local and regional water-related projects within Vermont.
Three proposals designed to protect high-priority Puget Sound marine shoreline habitat will receive funding through the Puget Sound Marine and Nearshore Grant Program at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

HONORS & AWARDS
2015 Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame inductees Mike Gofron and Mark Martin, both Lund pro-staffers, have set records in walleye tournament-fishing history, and still work diligently to pass the passion of angling along to future generations.

INDUSTRY
Since the beginning of the year, 67 new North American dealers are now offering consumers Evinrude outboard engines.
Arctic Ice, manufacturer of high performance cooler panels is proud to partner with Mid South Farm Supply at 1119 Desoto Avenue in Clarksdale, MS to bring their innovative product offerings to outdoorsmen in the Mississippi Delta.

JOBS
We are currently interviewing for an Associate Editor at our Headquarters location in Alexandria, Virginia. This position will focus on our Boat U.S. Magazine for both the print and online versions.
Suzuki has an immediate opening for a Specialist in our Brea, CA Headquarters location in the Technical Training and Publications Group.

NEW PRODUCTS
Measure it Fish is a passive device (no electronics or batteries) that translates movement on your smartphone and converts the movement into a usable value such as weight.

ORGANIZATIONS
Nominees must be PAA Tour or Legends level members who will keep their membership in good standing during their term of service and must be willing to accept the responsibilities of serving on the Board.

RADIO
Northwestern Outdoors Radio covers hunting, fishing and conservation this coming weekend.

RETAIL
The Bass Pro Shops World Wide Sportsman store will be located on U.S. 1 north of PGA Boulevard. An opening date for the new 75,000-square-foot World Wide Sportsman store will be announced at a later time.

STATES
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is looking for American crocodile response agents in the upper Florida Keys.Experience handling crocodilians is preferred.

TOURNAMENTS
This past Friday and Saturday October 17th & 18th Crappie USA held the 2014 Cabela's Crappie USA Classic on Lake Cumberland at Somerset, Kentucky where 250 of the top anglers in the nation competed for $107,000.00 in cash and prizes.
Chris Martinkovic of Hamilton, Ohio, weighed a three-day total of 11 bass totaling 38 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake presented by Mercury Saturday. For his victory, Martinkovic took home a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy 1500 Silverado as well as entry into the 2015 BFL All-American presented by Chevy.
Buzz Gallo of Moselle, Mississippi, weighed a three-day total of 14 bass totaling 40 pounds, 9 ounces, to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Sam Rayburn Reservoir Saturday. For his victory, Gallo took home a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy 1500 Silverado as well as entry into the 2015 BFL All-American presented by Chevy.
Benton Parrott, of Spanish Fort, Alabama, measured a combined two-day total of 124.28 inches in length to win the 2014 IFA Kayak Fishing Tour championship presented by Hobie Fishing at Houma, La., on Oct. 18. The angler won the first-place prize of a Hobie Mirage Pro Angler kayak, valued at $2,549.

WASHINGTON
The Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) has joined a groundswell of opposition to a controversial mangemement proposal for Gulf red snapper scheduled for a final vote of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council this week in Mobile, Alabama.

Outdoors Calendar

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Apr. 1 - Nov. 30: New Jersey inshore saltwater fishing tournament. Eight species, over 50 weigh stations, $100,000 in cash & prizes for the largest catches. Proceeds to the Fisheries Conservation Trust. $FREE entry using The Fishing Wire Code: 3720; www.BeachNBoat.com or 609.423.4002.

Apr. 12 - Mar. 31: 2nd Annual Lund Boats LCI Champlain Basin Derby,
50 weeks, 15 species, $25,000! www.lciderby.com

Oct. 21 - Oct. 25: Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Tournament, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. $2.5 million-plus in cash prizes. www.bisbees.com

Oct. 23: Saltwater fly fishing seminar at Minnows & Monsters Tackle, 3625 S. Manhattan Ave. in Tampa, FL, begins 7 p.m., free food and drink; 813.835.1512.

Oct. 24 - Oct. 25: IFA Redfish Championship at Houma, La.; www.ifatours.com

Oct. 24 - Oct. 25: Saltwater Sisters Lady Angler Tournament hosted by Stuart Sailfish Club in Stuart, FL as a fund raiser for local breast cancer patients, awards ceremony at Pirate's Cove Resort in Stuart; www.SaltwaterSisters.com.

Oct. 30 - Nov. 2: IGFA School of Sportfishing seminar series at the 55th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, FREE with paid attendance, hosted by International Game Fish Association, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Florida. www.igfa.org

Nov. 1: Great Lakes Council IFFF, 15th Annual FLY TYING EXPO. 70 Demonstration tyers, programs, vendors, auction, raffle. Kids free. http://www.fffglc.org.

Nov. 5 - Nov. 8: Western Outdoor News Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot, Cabo's largest tournament with more than $600,000 in cash & prizes; www.loscabostunajackpot.com.

Nov. 7 - Nov. 8: International Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Symposium, IGFA headquarters, Dania Beach, Fla., public welcome; bob@bonefishtarpontrust.org.

Nov. 8 - Nov. 9: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, San Francisco, Calif., advanced registration at http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

Dec. 6 - Dec. 7: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, Orlando, Fla., http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.





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