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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.

Berhorst is Lew's Speed Fishing AOY; The incentive program returns for 2016

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Dec. 21, 2015) - 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.


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Evinrude to Launch Lucrative Contingency Program for BFL Anglers

MINNEAPOLIS (Dec. 15, 2015) – 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.

Eaton, Risner win Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship on Guntersville

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Tim Eaton (left) and Chris Risner of Michigan weighed 24 pounds, 13 ounces on Day 2 of the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship on Lake Guntersville to claim the victory with a two-day total of 48 pounds, 7 ounces.

Photo by Ronnie Moore/B.A.S.S.

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — 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.

Even some things they never could have imagined.

No, the OTHER Martens wins Bassmaster Classic berth on Guntersville

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Thomas Martens of Lago Vista, Texas, caught a total of 28 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the Team Championship Classic fish-off on Lake Guntersville. Martens earns a spot in the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro on Grand Lake O' the Cherokees out of Tulsa, Okla., March 4-6.

Photo by Ronnie Moore/B.A.S.S.

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — 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.

Europe proposes bass ban, anglers upset; confused

The European Union Commission has proposed a complete ban on bass fishing for the first half of 2016 with stringent restrictions thereafter.

This was, of course, met with strong opposition at first. Now recreational anglers think they may be off the hook (sorry, couldn't help making the obvious pun).

According Angling International:

Pure Fishing parent company said to be in merger talks

Jarden Corporation, owner of Pure Fishing since 2007, is reportedly in merger talks with fellow corporate giant Newell Rubbermaid, maker of iconic Rubbermaid food storage products, among other things.

Jarden, current market capitalization of 10.65 billion dollars, also added Sebile to its portfolio in 2011.

Newell is said to be valued at nearly $12 billon.

How will this affect the Pure Fishing brands and anglers who like to fish their products? How will it affect sponsored pros and others in the industry? If talk turns to action, we'll all find out soon.

Martens auctioning off winning rods for Wounded Warriors

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Check this out - you can fish with A-Mart's Elite Series-wining gear:

ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 3, 2015) – In 2015, Aaron Martens won his third Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year title with stunning dominance. During the Elite Series season, Martens recorded five top-10 finishes, including two victories. In the end, he won the coveted Angler of the Year award by a historical 112-point margin.

Huk Performance Apparel Increases Support As Premier B.A.S.S. Sponsor

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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.

Michigan Autoworker Wins $5,000 Shopping Spree Contest

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Kelly Ray of Sterling Heights, MIch., is the grand-prize winner in the Bassmaster Shopping Spree Sweepstakes and will receive a $5,000 Bass Pro Shops gift card.
Photo courtesy of Kelly Ray

After living on Lake St. Clair, Michigan, his whole life, Kelly Ray knows what lures he likes to use on the Northern fishery: tube jigs and spinners.

Now Ray can buy all the tube jigs and spinners he will need for quite a while, thanks to winning the Bassmaster Shopping Spree Sweepstakes for a $5,000 Bass Pro Shops gift card.

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