Fishing Industry News: Controlling Asian Carp; Women Ice Angler Outing; and Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Support

Stopping the spread of invasive Asian Carp is critical to ensuring high-quality fishing in the Southeast, and the Tennessee Wildlife Federation recently secured $25 million in federal funding to continue the fight.

Fishing Industry News: Controlling Asian Carp; Women Ice Angler Outing; and  Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Support

Asian Carp Control

Combating Asian carp is a battle worth fighting, and the Tennessee Wildlife Federation has built a coalition (more than 85 Tennessee-based businesses, organizations and chambers of commerce) that recently secured $25 million in federal funding to stop this invasive species.

The appropriation to fight Asian carp was passed in Congress and signed by President Trump as part of the federal budget for fiscal year 2020.

The funding will be allocated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Money will go into barriers that limit the movement of Asian carp. Money will also be used for contract and commercial fishing incentives, as well as researching more ways to control Asian carp.

Invasive Asian carp can severely harm a fishery, which is why the Tennessee Wildlife Federation is working hard to control them.
Invasive Asian carp can severely harm a fishery, which is why the Tennessee Wildlife Federation is working hard to control them.

“Asian carp are wreaking havoc on our aquatic ecosystems — including threatened or endangered species — while also making rivers and lakes unusable for recreation, which is destroying local economies,” said Tennessee Wildlife Federation CEO Michael Butler. “The Federation’s conservation policy work is at the heart of what we do because it creates far-reaching results like securing this funding.”

For more information, visit www.tnwf.org.

 

Recap: Women Ice Angler Project Outing on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka

The goal of the Women Ice Angler Project (WIAP) is to empower and encourage women through ice fishing. The group recently took to the ice of Lake Minnetonka, which is 20 miles west of Minneapolis, Minnesota, for overnight camping (in portable hub-style shacks, not fancy wheelhouses) followed by a day of fishing and skill-building. The members of WIAP showcased sponsor products ranging from camp chairs and sleeping bags to portable fire pits and ice fishing gear.

Attendees of the event had the chance to learn jigging techniques, mapping, electronics (sonar and underwater cameras), tip-ups, ice safety and auger use from WIAP members. The 2020 WIAP team consisted of Barb Carey, Brittany Hoffman, Shelly Holland, Kristine (K.J.) Houtman, Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, Rikki Pardun, Jana Rewey, Bonnie Timm, Dena Vick and Shantel Wittstruck.

Sponsors of the 2020 event included: Vexilar, Clam, Jiffy, Raymarine, Women Anglers of Minnesota (WAM), Fish On Kids Books, Woman Angler & Adventurer, WI Women Fish, Outdoors First Media, Aqua-Vu, GCI Outdoors, Briggs and Stratton, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, Fireside Industries, St. Croix Rods, Fish Monkey, Recycled Fish, Frabill, Life is Short Movement, Muck Boots, Vexan Fishing, Yetti Outdoors and Pursuit Energy Drink. 

For more information on the Women Ice Angler Project, visit www.womenonice.com

 

Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Announces Several Sponsorships

The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA), along with the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, recently announced partnerships with AFTCO, Secret Lures and Yamaha Outboards.

As part of the continued support of collegiate fishing, AFTCO will remain the title sponsor of the Collegiate Bass Open to be held on Lake Dardanelle (Arkansas) in October 2020. AFTCO will also continue its support of collegiate anglers in a variety of ways ranging from conservation initiatives, to discount programs and more at each of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series events this season.

"Despite our company being over 60 years old, we feel like we continue to learn as much about the needs of bass anglers as these students are learning on the water,” said AFTCO President Casey Shedd. “Our company is one of the only clothing companies not owned by a large private equity firm, and our motivation will continue to be on anglers, like these students, rather than short-term profits. Our gear will keep student anglers comfortable, in any situation they encounter from on the water to the classroom. 

Secret Lures will also continue to support the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. The Secret Lures brand has been aggressive recently in showcasing its new and existing product lines to anglers nationwide. The sponsorship will include the renewal of its Discounts and Incentives Program for college anglers, as well as the Secret Lures Big Bass Bounty. The $500 Big Bass Bounty will be paid to any collegiate angler who claims Big Bass honors in 2020 Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series events on a Secret Lures product.

2020 marks the 15th consecutive year that Yamaha Outboards will sponsor the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. As in previous years, the company’s 2020 sponsorship includes the annual Yamaha Angler Appreciation Night at the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship in May 2020, the Yamaha Power Pay Contingency Program, as well as extensive promotion of Yamaha Marine products. 

"We want to commend the Association of Collegiate Anglers for their accomplishments year after year in promoting these events," said David Ittner, Yamaha Marine Group tournament, sponsorship and pro staff manager. "We see our future in these Collegiate Anglers and will remain committed to the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series again for 2020.”

For more information about the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, visit www.collegiatebasschampionship.com.



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