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Mud Hole Brings Rod Building to Students Across America

With students across the country returning to school this fall, Mud Hole Custom Tackle is stepping up in its efforts to bring custom fishing rod building and tackle crafting to the youth of America. As the industry’s number one supplier of tools, supplies, components, and education content, Mud Hole is uniquely positioned to engage kids […]

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Mud Hole Custom Tackle Joins Coastal Conservation Association Florida for East Coast Redfish Restocking Initiative: Release the East

In its ongoing commitment to preserve natural fisheries and ecosystems for future generations, Mud Hole Custom Tackle is, again, joining forces with Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Florida, supporting its East Coast Redfish Restocking Initiative: ‘Release the East.’ Following CCA Florida’s successful efforts along Florida’s West Coast, and borne out of drastic declines in redfish stocks […]

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Bipartisan Lawmakers Remain Committed to Modernizing the California Drift Gillnet Fishery

Sportfishing industry resumes work to phase out destructive gear in California. On February 8, 2021, Senators Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) reintroduced the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act which aims to align state and federal policy to support the modernization of California’s swordfish fishery. The California drift gillnet fishery is the last […]

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First Ever BassPro Super Bowl Commercial to Air Sunday

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On February 4, 2021, BassPro Shops posted a preview of the first ever BassPro Superbowl commercial. “The great outdoors are wide open, and they’re calling us like never before,” the commercial proclaims in a voice over filled with hope. The moving and inspiring commercial culminates with the great message “Let’s get back to nature; we’re […]

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Getting Back to Business at ICAST 2021

This July, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show is headed back to Orlando. This year marks the 64th consecutive recreational fishing trade show produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) for its members and the recreational fishing industry. ICAST 2021 is scheduled for July 20 – 23, in the North/South building at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in […]

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Gulf of Mexico States Take the Helm of Private Recreational Red Snapper Seasons

        The recreational fishing and boating community praised final action taken by NOAA Fisheries to implement state management for private anglers fishing for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. Today’s action cements the management changes found in “Reef Fish Amendment 50: State Management for Recreational Red Snapper” agreed to by the […]

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ASA Outlines Offshore Wind Energy Priorities

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) announced the recreational fishing industry’s position regarding offshore wind energy (OWE) expansion along the Atlantic coast. ASA wants to make sure the industry’s voice is heard when OWE polices and developments are under consideration. The position statement represents a commitment by ASA to engage on OWE projects in the New England and […]

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Z-Man Pledges Support of Essential Marine Research

For the people behind the phenomenal fish-catching baits at Z-Man Fishing Products, taking caring of the fish and their habitat has always been a primary priority. “Over the years, Z-Man chairman Jonathan Zucker and I have both played active roles in fishery projects,” says Z-Man president Daniel Nussbaum. “We’re big fans of fishery scientists and […]

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Sportfishing Industry Mourns the Passing of Industry Giant, Darrell Lowrance

The sportfishing industry extends its sincere condolences to the Lowrance family on the passing of Darrell J. Lowrance, founder of Lowrance Electronics, Inc., who brought early technology to recreational fishing with the invention of the first portable sonar “fish finder” – the Fish-Lo-K-Tor – for the average angler. Darrell served as President and CEO of […]

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President Trump Signs the Modern Fish Act

      The recreational fishing and boating community is celebrating the enactment of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018 (Modern Fish Act), which was signed into law by President Trump on December 31. The Modern Fish Act finally recognizes in federal law the differences between recreational and commercial saltwater fishing and adds […]

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U.S. Senate Passes Modern Fish Act

On Monday, December 17, 2018, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed S.1520, the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (Modern Fish Act). The legislation, which would make critical updates to the oversight of federal fisheries, marks a big step forward for America’s angling community and now moves to the U.S. House for final passage. “Today […]

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Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s Bonefish Genetics Study Reveals Connectivity Across the Caribbean

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, the world leader in saltwater flats conservation, has completed a multi-year Bonefish Genetics Study, the results of which provide scientific evidence that the bonefish population across the Caribbean is closely connected. The study, which launched in 2014, involved the collection of genetic samples from bonefish in multiple locations spanning the region. […]

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WEST MARINE LAUNCHES NEW “FALL FOR FISHING” CONTEST

West Marine, the world’s top boating, fishing and sailing retailer, announced today the launch of its “Fall For Fishing” photo contest, Oct. 1 to Oct. 27. The contest is part of West Marine’s commitment to providing products and services that equip anglers to make the big catch. Participants are encouraged to enter the contest by […]

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Monofilament Recycling Website Gets New Look, Interactive Map

Do you know how or where to recycle your used monofilament or fluorocarbon fishing line? How about how to prevent your fishing gear from negatively impacting wildlife and their habitat?   You can learn all of this and more by visiting the newly updated Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Monofilament Recovery and Recycling […]

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Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto Fishing & Golf Tournament 2017

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About half way down the east coast of the Baja Peninsula, nestled along Danzante Bay and the cerulean waters of the Sea of Cortez, you’ll find the The Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, a luxury resort of the highest-caliber. Its stately rooms and gorgeous grounds make the resort a remarkable family vacation […]

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Recreational Red Snapper Season Extended

Starting this weekend, anglers can take advantage of an addition 39-day season for recreational red snapper fishing in Gulf and Federal waters. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, which announced the federal changes, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, which approved extending this additional season to state waters, this Friday, June 16, will […]

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Book Review: The Fish Market

The Fish Market: Inside the Big Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate By Lee Van Der Voo Reviewed by Sid Dobrin Award-winning, freelance journalist Lee Van Der Voo has recently published an eye-opening exposé of the nation’s federally-managed catch shares program. The Fish Market: Inside the Big Money Battle for the Ocean […]

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The Center for Coastal Conservation Releases Vision Report

This month, in collaboration with marine industry partners, the Center for Coastal Conservation published A Vision for Marine Fisheries Management in the 21st Century: Priorities for a New Administration. The Vision highlights the top recommendations of the marine recreational fishing community for the incoming Administration and a continuation of our work with the next Congress. The recommendations […]

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