Canary in the Coalmine

Canary in the Coalmine

Recent move made by a state agency signals next-level concerns over forward-facing and 360-degree sonar.

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Top Tournament Performers Have Something in Common

Top Tournament Performers Have Something in Common

Five of the top 12 finishers at the 2024 Bassmaster Classic are NPAA members; “no coincidence” says President, Pat Neu 

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A Chance to Make KVD’s Last Ride, Your New Ride

A Chance to Make KVD’s Last Ride, Your New Ride

Enter the VanDam Victory Lap sweepstakes to win Kevin VanDam’s tournament-used boat.

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Marine Batteries – But Were Afraid To Ask

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Marine Batteries – But Were Afraid To Ask

 

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Ladies Nailed Peacock Bass at South Florida Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Freshwater University, March 2, 2024    Ladies came from all over Florida and as far away as Maryland to learn skills and release fish at the popular “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” freshwat

Ladies Nailed Peacock Bass at South Florida Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Freshwater University, March 2, 2024

  
Ladies came from all over Florida and as far away as Maryland to learn skills and release fish at the popular “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” freshwater fishing seminar with guided fishing on March 2 at Bass Pro Shops Dania Beach, FL. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies, Let's Go Fishing Foundation, the educational event offered classroom instruction, conservation, hands-on fishing activities, networking, a guided fishing experience from land and gifts. The featured speaker was Michael Coleman.
In two hours of fishing, participants released ten fish including peacock and largemouth bass as well is cichlids.  
  The program offered rod and reel basics, lure usage, casting techniques, fish retrieval, release, strategy and conservation, hands-on fishing skill practice for rod rigging, spin casting, releasing, fish fighting techniques and an on-water fishing experience.
“I came to learn so I could fish with my son,” commented Tawni Blambie of Hollywood, FL. 
 Featured on national network television and more, the series is supported by major partners including Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation, Take Me Fishing, Vamos a Pescar, Mercury, Magic Tilt trailers, Shearwater Boats, Power-Pole, Penn, TACO Metals, Lowrance, Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida and Fish Florida. Largest Annual Sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, ICOM, CCA Florida STAR, Bob’s Machine Shop, AFTCO, Costa, Smith Optics, Frogg Toggs, Hubbards Marina, Star Brite, Future Angler Foundation and Big Rock Sports Conservation Foundation. Top donors are Yeti, Fishing Headquarters, Engel, AO Coolers, Big Rock Sports Conservation Foundation, Egret Baits/Vudu, Hobie Eyewear, Canoe Outpost, Flying Fisherman, Pelagic Gear, Flanigans, Guy Harvey, TTI Blakemore, The Fish Grip, Engel, Danco, Flambeau, Guy Harvey and Outpost Resorts, FishBites and Brella. Supporters and other contributors are listed on the website.
  Participants must register in advance for all events online at www.ladiesletsgofishing.com.  
2024 LLGF upcoming events, with optional or included fishing are: 
March 23-24 South Gulf Coast Saltwater Weekend Inshore Seminar Fort Myers, FL 
April 19-21, 2024 Florida Saltwater Weekend Seminar Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 17-19, 2024 Keys Fishing Learning on the Water Islamorada, FL
Sept. 20-21, 2024 Guy Harvey Outpost Bass Seminar & Tournament Camp Mack, Lake Wales, FL
Oct. 18-20 2024 Keys Saltwater Weekend Seminar and fishing Islamorada, FL 
Nov. 23-24, 2024 St. Augustine Surf Fishing Academy Guy Harvey Resort
Additional: Several Virtual Meetings and more events are in the works. 
  Contact: Phone: (954) 475-9068; [email protected]; www.ladiesletsgofishing.com, www.facebook.com/ladiesletsgofishing.           
 
 
About “Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"
The Ladies, Let's Go Fishing Foundation (LLGF) is a nonprofit 501C3 organization dedicated to attracting women and families to fishing while encouraging conservation and responsible angling. Known as the "No-Yelling School of Fishing," LLGF conducts weekend, immersion-based educational programs in multiple regions of Florida with classroom presentations, hands-on practice, networking and an option to fish from boats or land, depending on the venue. No equipment or experience is necessary. The organization also offers fishing experiences and international trips.
 
Founded in 1997 by Betty Bauman of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, LLGF has over 9,000 graduates from around the country, representing the largest organization of its kind. The effort is supported by sponsors and donors. Both Bauman and the University series are known nationally in the fishing and marine industries. The organization has earned rave reviews from media including Inside Edition, The Early Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS, Good Morning America, Outdoor Life Network, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Southern Living and more. More details are on https://ladiesletsgofishing.com

Award-Winning Women’s Fishing and Outdoors Podcast Announces New 2024 Season

Award-Winning Women’s Fishing and Outdoors Podcast Announces New 2024 Season

 

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Protecting the Rights of Sportfishers

Protecting the Rights of Sportfishers

In the age of tribes, it seems we all need to stake out our positions and marshal our forces around us.

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Angler Rights Activism

Angler Rights Activism

Those who would nix your right to fish in an instant are active and organized – recreational anglers need to be equally vigilant. 

 

FORESTVILLE, WI (February 12, 2024) – Those who would nix your right to fish in an instant are active and organized – recreational anglers need to be equally vigilant.   

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Ladies to Tackle Bass March 2 and Offshore Fishing April 19-21 in South Florida with Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing

Ladies to Tackle Bass March 2 and Offshore Fishing April 19-21 in South Florida with Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing 

Changing the tide of fishing by encouraging more female participation 

  

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Key Adjustment Guides Rasmussen To Victory At B.A.S.S. Nation Qualifier On Lake Eufaula

Eufaula, AL — After some anxious moments in the morning hours, Adam Rasmussen caught a limit weighing 18 pounds, 13 ounces Friday to win the Mercury B.A.S.S. Nation Qualifier at Lake Eufaula presented by Lowrance with a three-day total of 62-5. 

Along with the trophy, Rasmussen earned $9,728 and a berth in the 2024 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship. 

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Wildlife Forever And Yamaha Rightwaters Expand National Partnership On Invasive Species

Wildlife Forever And Yamaha Rightwaters Expand National Partnership On Invasive Species

White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever announces an expansion of its partnership with Yamaha Rightwaters.  The renewed collaboration will bring new invasive species awareness tools to a broader audience of boaters and anglers across the country. 

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Passion to Profession

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Passion to Profession

Professional angler and promoter Keith Kavajecz discusses building a platform to success, geting paid to share secrets, and much more.

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The Tale of Two Tundras and College Bonus Bucks

The Tale of Two Tundras and College Bonus Bucks
 
The first two weeks of Easton Fothergill’s 2024 fishing season included no shortage of excitement. Fothergill competed in the Abu Garcia College Fishing National Championship presented by YETI with fellow University of Montevallo teammate Nick Dumke on Lake Toho January 9th – 11th
 
After leading day one with an impressive 27+-pound limit of fish, Fothergill and Dumke ultimately finished the event in 3rd place, taking home the Toyota Bonus Bucks payout of $3,500 in the process. The two Montevallo Falcons rode to Florida in Fothergill’s 2011 Toyota Tundra and were the highest finishing team towing their boat with a Toyota at the MLF National Championship. 
 
College anglers are eligible for bonus payouts with ANY year, make, or model of Toyota tow vehicle through the College Series of Bonus Bucks. Fothergill bought his trusty 2011 Tundra in 2020, specifically with traveling around the country for college fishing in mind. 
 
“My dad drove a Tundra when I was growing up and I knew they were super reliable vehicles,” Fothergill said. “Reliability plus Toyota’s support of bass fishing and the chance to make extra money through College Bonus Bucks made it an easy decision. The truck had 80,000 miles on it when I bought it and it’s already got almost 210,000 miles now. I haven’t had hardly any issues with it and almost all of the 120K miles I’ve put on it have been towing. It’s been a beast.” 
 
If catching the biggest bass he’d ever weighed in during a tournament (7-pounds 11-ounces) on a glide bait and nearly winning the National Championship wasn’t enough buzz to start the new year, Fothergill’s cup was filled when he flew to Oklahoma less than 48-hours after the tournament ended on January 11th to pick up his fully-rigged, alma-mater wrapped 2023 Toyota Tundra. 
 
Fothergill won full use of this Tundra and a brand-new Nitro Z20 for the 2024 season when he finished on top of the Bassmaster College Series Classic Bracket last fall. This also qualified him to fish the 2024 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake in March and have a shot at even bigger bonuses in his future. 
 
“That whole week was amazing,” Fothergill said with a smile. “I wish we could have held on and won the National Championship, but other than that it’s been like a dream come true. Hopefully I can keep some positive momentum rolling for the rest of my season. I love my 2011, but I’m ready to put some towing miles on that new Tundra.” 
 
It’s been a whirlwind of a start to 2024 for Fothergill, but he’s got two Tundras in his driveway at the University of Montevallo and he’s all smiles heading into the rest of the year. To sign up for the free-to-register for program, or more information on Toyota Bonus Bucks – College Series, follow this link: https://www.toyotatrucksbonusbucks.com/college/overview or shoot an email to [email protected]

Artificial Intelligence’s Influence on Fishing

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Forestville, WI (January 15, 2024) – Elon Musk professes that one of his greatest fears is A.I. being used for nefarious purposes, and ungoverned, it being a threat to humanity. (Think Skynet from Terminator.) Now nobody can say for certain that we’re heading down that path, but what we do know is A.I. can be an incredible tool for technological advancements.
A.I. is accelerating the speed of drug discovery and expected to ultimately find cures for illnesses and diseases. A.I. is improving the precision and efficiency of robotics used in manufacturing. The information provided by A.I. can improve general decision-making and accentuate problem-solving. And we’ve all seen the ideas and information that ChatGPT can sling around. (Buyer beware when it comes to misinformation and disinformation.)
So, how does, and will, A.I. influence fishing as it relates to professionals in the industry? For that answer, NPAA tapped Sid Dobrin.
Dobrin is Professor and Chair of the Department of English, University of Florida and is also one of the country’s foremost experts on artificial intelligence. Dobrin is also the author of numerous books, co-owner of inventivefishing.com, and is a an extremely knowledgeable saltwater and freshwater angler.
In Dobrin’s presentation he introduces some fundamental explanations about how A.I and GenAI work and how they might be deployed in various workplace settings in the fishing industry.
Pour a cup of coffee or crack a beer and watch Dobrin’s presentation from the recent NPAA Annual Conference In Fort Myers, FL.

Women to Tackle Inshore Saltwater Fishing at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Gulf Coast University, March 23-24, 2024

Women to Tackle Inshore Saltwater Fishing at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Gulf Coast University, March 23-24, 2024 

  

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Amazing Roster of Fishing Industry Speakers

 

 

Amazing Roster of Fishing Industry Speakers 

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Mission Accomplished!! Learn 2 Fish With Us / Captain Greg Host Over Forty Fishing Clinics in 2023!!

Mission Accomplished!!  Learn 2 Fish With Us / Captain Greg Host Over Forty Fishing Clinics in 2023!!

Learn 2 Fish With Us, Captain Greg, and our volunteers hosted over forty fishing clinics in 2023, educating over five thousand youth and families to the great sport of fishing.  To date, Learn 2 Fish With Us has hosted nearly four hundred FREE fishing clinics since their inception in 2009.  

This year’s fishing clinics were hosted for schools all across Wisconsin, YMCA’s, Boys & Girls Clubs, United States Forest Service, Sport Shows, State and local parks, Park & Recs, Scouts, Breakfast on the Farm, Bike and Fish, and so many more organizations across Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan.  What an accomplishment for Captain Greg, Learn 2 Fish With Us and our awesome volunteers!!

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American Sportfishing Association Gives Anglers a Powerful Voice

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American Sportfishing Association Gives Anglers a Powerful Voice

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PULASKI SCOUTS LEARN 2 FISH

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