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    IFBBA IAMONIA OPEN TEAM TOURNAMENT IFBBA 04/19/21 12:50 PM
    May 1st , Saturday the IFBBA will host another event on Lake Iamonia. $2,000.00 First place if there is 15 teams or more. This is a team buddy event. For more information contact Travis Clark at 229-221-1082.

    Cash at the Ramp! Important note: All IFBBA participants from 2020 and 2021 qualify for the IFBBA Fall Classic November 6th. Cash and 2-Battle Born Lithium Batteries worth $1,000.00 each will be given to the Winners of the Fall Classic!
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    Plano Frost™ Cooler Chills, Preps, and Protects in a Great New Lineup elizabeth G 04/15/21 02:51 PM

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    Plano Frost™ Cooler Chills, Preps, and Protects in a Great New Lineup

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    Plano's new Frost™ cooler is the newest addition to an excellent lineup of outdoor products for 2021. These shock resistant coolers come in 3 sizes: 14-quart, 21 quart, and 32-quart. Each is made from industrial strength injection molding and is something that Plano has been doing for 70 years. Plano's production history and experience are leaps and bounds above competitors.

    While the smaller 14-quart version can keep things cool for up to 5 days and is perfect for tailgating, the 32 quart keeps up with the performance of the smaller versions while being able to fill every roll from tailgating to hunting. Each style comes with a stainless-steel bottle opener on the lid and a small hanging basket on the inside to keep things separated and organized perfectly. The 32-quart also comes with a small twist drain and an internal divider to keep items separated and doubles as a cutting board for food prep while in the bush or on a road trip.

    All three sizes share the same construction and 1" industrial rated foam insulation throughout. Just like the rifle and pistol cases Plano has integrated a Dri-Loc® seal to keep dirt and debris out while retaining liquids inside. The heavy-duty ergonomic handle integrates some easy-to-use tie down slots. Being shock and drop resistant pushes the new Frost™ cooler line to the top of the pack and removed all worry from movement and travel. PROTECT YOUR PASSION® with Plano's Frost™ cooler line.

    FEATURES: 32-quart
    • 32-quart capacity
    • Dual-stage molded latches
    • 1" commercial grade insulation
    • Continuous, airtight Dri-Loc® seal
    • Retains ice for up to 5 days
    • Includes removable dry basket and cutting board divider
    • Stainless steel bottle opener in lid
    • Integrated tie-down slots in handle
    • Rugged, industrial-strength construction
    • Shock- and drop-resistant for worry-free transit
    • Heavy-duty ergonomic carry handle
    • Twist drain in base for easy emptying
    • Hanging Basket
    • Cutting Board Divider
    • Interior dimensions 21.5" x 11" x 9.8"
    • Exterior dimensions 25.5" x 14.5" x 14.3"
    • Color: White/Gray
    • MSRP $199.99


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    FEATURES: 21-quart
    • 21-quart capacity
    • Dual-stage molded latches
    • 1" commercial grade insulation
    • Continuous, airtight Dri-Loc® seal
    • Retains ice for up to 5 days
    • Includes removable dry basket and cutting board divider
    • Stainless steel bottle opener in lid
    • Integrated tie-down slots in handle
    • Rugged, industrial-strength construction
    • Shock- and drop-resistant for worry-free transit
    • Heavy-duty ergonomic carry handle
    • Hanging Basket
    • Interior dimensions 12.9" x 10.14" x 9.8"
    • Exterior dimensions 19.5" x 15" x 13"
    • Color: White/Gray
    • MSRP $119.99


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    FEATURES: 14-quart
    • 14.5-quart capacity
    • Dual-stage molded latches
    • 1" commercial grade insulation
    • Continuous, airtight Dri-Loc® seal
    • Retains ice for up to 5 days
    • Includes removable dry basket and cutting board divider
    • Stainless steel bottle opener in lid
    • Integrated tie-down slots in handle
    • Rugged, industrial-strength construction
    • Shock- and drop-resistant for worry-free transit
    • Heavy-duty ergonomic carry handle
    • Hanging Basket
    • Interior dimensions 12.9" x 6.91" x 9.8"
    • Exterior dimensions 19.5" x 11.5" x 13"
    • Color: White/Gray
    • MSRP $99.99


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    For more information on this and other new for 2021 products from Plano, please visit: https://www.planosynergy.com/new-products/
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    Bass Pro Brent Ehrler Masters the Shad Spawn With Gamakatsu’s Spring Lock Spinner elizabeth G 04/15/21 02:06 PM

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    Bass Pro Brent Ehrler Masters the Shad Spawn With Gamakatsu’s Spring Lock Spinner


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    Professional bass fisherman Brent Ehrler uses Gamakatsu’s Spring Lock Spinner to score big around the shad spawn. The California big bass specialist loads the spring lock with his favorite swimbait and hits the thick stuff, knowing the 2x-strong forged carbon steel hook will let him winch them right out of the heaviest cover.

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    “Gamakatsu’s Spring Lock Spinner really comes into its own around the shad spawn,” says the veteran angler, who has taken more than two million in prize money during his 18-year professional fishing career. When shad start to spawn, he rigs the Spring Lock Spinner with paddle tails and other soft plastics to mimic shad and gets to work around the structure and in heavy cover where the big boys hide. The Extra Wide Gap provides plenty of room for the biggest baits, so he can use realistic imitations of the favored forage fish without worrying about hook sets.

    “It’s a great grass bait,” explains Ehrler, who uses the bubble trail created by the blade to trigger strikes from bass hunkered down in the thickest grass. The Double Down Spring Lock bait screw uses two retaining wires wound in parallel to ensure the bait is perfectly aligned when it goes on—and stays there, no matter how tough the cover gets. But it’s no one-trick pony, as the pro likes to vary his retrieve to squeeze some added attraction out of the blade. “I like to pop and snap it, which creates more sound and vibration when the blade smacks against the hook. It really triggers reaction strikes.”

    While the Spring Lock Spinner is perfect for targeting big bass around the shad spawn, its versatility makes it a go-to bait for Ehrler year-round. A wide variety of sizes and weights make it suitable for swimbaits, curly tails and paddle tails. Whatever you put on there, the 28-degree hook eye and premium spring lock keeps it in place, so it runs true every cast. “They never leave the boat. You can match the hatch in any lake by switching the soft plastic up. It’s perfect just about anywhere, anytime rigged with a Zako,”

    Grab your biggest plastics and hit the thick stuff with Gamakatsu’s Spring Lock Spinner.

    Spring Lock Spinner Features:
    • Nickel willow blade delivers flash and sound to lure predators from a distance
    • Double Down Spring Lock bait screw is an easier, more efficient way to keep soft plastics perfectly positioned
    • Extra-wide gap permits rigging the biggest baits with plenty of room to set the hook
    • Neutral weighting provides a tantalizing fall and erratic action that triggers bites
    • 2x strong forged carbon steel hook stands up the hardest hook sets and biggest predators
    • Size 3/0 (3/16)
    • Size 5/0 (1/4)
    • Size 6/0, 7/0, 9/0 (3/8)
    • Size 10/0 (1/2)
    • Size 12/0 (3/4)
    • Color: NS Black
    • Qty/Pack: 1


    For more information, visit www.gamakatsu.com
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    The Keys Jump to new posts
    Re: Key Largo Peacock Bass guide? lconn4 04/14/21 03:13 PM
    I lived down that way for many years... check Miami area guides. Good Luck!
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    Re: Siesta Key & south lconn4 04/14/21 03:03 PM
    If you like getting away from people fast... make the one hour drive from Sarasota to Everglades City/Chokoloskee. Its one of only three places you can enter into Everglades National Park. Great fishing for snook, trout, redfish, and tarpon. One of the best places to kayak fish in all of Florida. On your way back to Key West, fish Flamingo, near Homestead. This is the southernmost entrance into the Everglades, and the most incredible place I've ever fished. For kayakers, it doesn't get any better.

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    Raymarine Pros Set to Compete in SKA Championship elizabeth G 04/12/21 05:36 PM

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    Raymarine Pros Set to Compete in SKA Championship
    2019-2020 Southern Kingfish Association National Championship to take place April 14-17 in Ft. Pierce, Florida


    After a one-year hiatus due to last year’s COVID-19 pandemic, the SKA National Championship is back for its 28th installment, coming to Ft. Pierce, Florida, April 14-17.

    “We’re excited to have the 28th Annual SKA National Championship here in Ft. Pierce at Causeway Cove Marina on the Treasure Coast of Florida,” says Rick Hatcher, Executive Director of the Treasure Coast Sports Commission. “We welcome all the teams, all the families, all the sponsors and vendors, and we look forward to an exciting week of great fishing, as well as fun activities for the families and friends who come with your teams.”

    The SKA National Championship is a two-fish aggregate event, meaning each team will score points for the heaviest king mackerel caught each day during the two-day tournament. To qualify for the SKA National Championship, a team must have competed in at least 2 SKA sanctioned events and weighed in a King Mackerel (minimum 10.0 pounds) in at least one of those sanctioned events. All team members must be active SKA members. With last year’s limited tournament schedule, SKA organizers are allowing qualifiers from the 2019 and 2020 seasons into this year’s Championship, which is a winner-take-all event in two classes: Open and Small Boat, with $40,000 and $10,000 prizes, respectively. Past National Champions and past Anglers of the Year are automatically qualified for the Championship.

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    One of those past Anglers of the Year is 25-year SKA veteran, Ron Mitchell of Palm Beach, Florida, one of only three captains in the 30-year history of the SKA to earn AOY honors more than once.

    “We’ve won quite a few individual tournaments over the years and have finished in the top ten almost every season, but earning Angler of the Year twice (2006 and 2009) is something we’re really proud of,” says Mitchell, who laments missing a third AOY honor in 2011 by a scant pound. “Winning AOY is the hardest thing to do in tournament fishing. Winning a single tournament is a great accomplishment, but to go and travel to new areas out of your comfort zone, compete and consistently earn success against 100 other boats full of great fishermen is really hard to do.”

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    Earning success is what Ron Mitchell and his Bandit Fishing Team do on a consistent basis. “We broke the all-time record in 2006,” says Mitchell. “We didn’t win a single tournament that year, but we maintained a 40-lb. average. I have always been blessed with skilled teammates,” he adds. “You can’t do well without an amazing team.”

    Raymarine is a key part of that team, and is also a supporting partner of the SKA. “I’ve been on board with Raymarine since the Raytheon days and I won’t switch,” Mitchell says. “Raymarine is always moving forward and creating opportunities for anglers; they’re never satisfied, and that’s how most of us tournament fishermen are.”

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    Mitchell and his Bandit Fishing Team are running a brand new 39’ SeaVee, fully loaded with Raymarine electronics. “We have the Axiom XL multifunction displays. They’re so fast, clear and powerful, and with CHIRP, SideVision and DownVision sonar, we can see a pod of fish and easily know whether they’re kings,” says Mitchell. “We need the separation and detail that Raymarine sonar provides. We’re also running a FLIR 364c camera and open-array Raymarine radar with Bird Mode. With the FLIR, we can bust out of an inlet at 3:00 AM and it’s like daytime, and we can find birds on bait from miles away and get there fast. Without these technologies, you are blind.”

    Mitchell says finding good bait and having the ability to make a long run, if necessary, are a couple potential keys to having success in the upcoming SKA National Championship on the Treasure Coast. “We have a long area; the fish can be anywhere from Daytona to Lauderdale. It isn’t always necessary, but boats that can make that long run to find good fish are at an advantage,” says Mitchell, adding that he thinks it’ll probably take 80-90 lbs. to win the Championship. “No doubt there will be some big kings caught, but even if lightning strikes and you boat a 50 or 60, you still need something to go with it the next day. Bait is key, too,” he adds. “You can have a lot of variability in the quality of bait from one boat to the next. You’ve got to be able to find good bait and keep it healthy to stay in the game.”

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    Captain John Jackson and his Tito’s Fishing Team is another boat to watch in next week’s SKA National Championship. Also based out of Palm Beach, Jackson and his team have been fishing in the SKA for the past nine years. Team Tito’s won the very first tournament they entered in the Small Boat Class, but have been fishing the Open Class for the past seven years.

    “After last year’s unique circumstances, we’re really looking forward to seeing and hanging out with all our SKA friends at the Championship in Ft. Pierce. They really know how to host a tournament!” says Jackson, who thinks it’ll probably take 80 lbs. to win the Championship.

    “There are definitely going to be fish around, but it has been tough lately. We have been a bit lost this year,” Jackson admits. “We got skunked at the Palm Beach Mayhem event ; the fishing just hasn’t been as consistent as many are accustomed to. Some sardines are finally starting to show up though, and if they come in a little stronger you’ll see competitors finding some nice fish.”

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    Jackson and Team Tito’s recently made the switch to Raymarine from another brand of electronics, and are running a pair of Axiom Pro 16’s and two Axiom Pro 12’s. “The customizability with Raymarine is second to none. Being able to quickly adjust data fields, customize favorite views and integrate with all the systems on the boat has been a game changer for us,” says Jackson. “Combine that with our new Raymarine open-array radar with Bird Mode and our FLIR M232 thermal camera, and we have an all-new level of awareness of what’s happening on and around our boat out there on the water. I won’t build another boat without a FLIR. All our bait fishing is done at night, so the increased awareness and vision it provides is extremely helpful.”

    Jackson says he’s excited that brothers Jay and Price Feimster have taken on ownership of the SKA. “These guys really love and support the fishing community,” he says, “and their overall experience in running tournaments and supporting them with cutting-edge marketing and communications is going to take what’s already a great organization to the next level. We’re thrilled to see our sponsor, Raymarine, continuing to support the SKA, too. More anglers are going to see and learn about the advantages Raymarine equipment provides.”

    SKA co-owner, Jay Feimster, dives into next week’s National Championship event and provides insight into what anglers, sponsors and fans can expect to see from SKA in the near future.

    “2020 was our first full year with the SKA. It started off great, then COVID forced us to shift our traditional tournament format,” he says. “The parties, banquets and get-togethers everyone loved went to virtual meetings, online registrations and point scores and not a lot of in-person interaction. While it was different than what everyone had come to expect, there were some real bright spots. Most importantly, overall participation was great in last year’s tournaments. People wanted to be out there and they had the time to do it. Secondly, COVID allowed us to digitize a lot of our content and start building a brand new digital platform. The parties and in-person gatherings will be coming back, but starting next season we’ll have an entirely new digital platform that connects our anglers, sponsors, and fans in real-time in exciting new ways. Price and I have been in the web industry for 23 years and we’re excited about using that experience to move SKA forward. We have 42 tournaments scheduled for next season from North Carolina to Texas in 10 divisions right now, and are fairly certain we’ll be adding a few more.”

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    Feimster says their hosts for the SKA National Championship – Ft. Pierce, Causeway Cove Marina, and others – have done an outstanding job at providing the facilities and resources necessary to bring back much of the beloved social interaction SKA events have afforded in the past, while keeping participants safe. “The venue and the site at Causeway Cove Marina is totally contained,” he says. “Our hosts have been really creative and helpful. We’ll have tents set up for our social gatherings outside, which will allow us to conduct our events safely in accordance with current social-distancing guidelines.” Planned events include a Captain’s Meeting, Divisional Awards Ceremony, and an SKA Hall of Fame Induction, which Feimster is particularly excited about. “We’re inducting someone who’s been fishing in the SKA for 25 years,” Feimster says. “He’s earned a lot of success on the trail, but has never won an SKA National Championship. We’re looking forward to honoring this captain, his accomplishments, and his broad contributions to the SKA and to sport fishing overall.”

    Since participants could qualify for the 2020 National Championship over the prior two seasons instead of just one, Feimster says they’ve received more pre-registrations than ever. He’s expecting a field of over 150 boats in the competition. “More people are eligible to fish this year due to the two-year qualification window, but this is also the SKA’s 30th anniversary, so we’re also enjoying seeing several members come back into the organization.” He says the Championship in Ft. Pierce is anyone’s game. “The fish are usually closer to shore here, so if that holds true, it could be a really even playing field. When we were here in 2016, the winning fish was caught right off the beach. Anything can happen in Ft. Pierce, but I think an upper 30 and a 40 might put a boat near or at the top of the leader board.”

    In addition to Mitchell and Jackson, other Raymarine pros competing in the SKA National Championship include Captain Rob Lupola and the Raymarine Strike Two Fishing Team, Captain Jeff Fletcher and the Hooked Up Fishing Team, and Captain Shane Murray and the Total Vision Sportfishing Team.

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    FISHING NEWS: Rock ‘n’ Roll elizabeth G 04/12/21 05:07 PM
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    Northland Fishing Tackle® Goes Rock ‘n’ Roll

    New Rumble Stick set to shake up the water for deep water multi-species success.

    In March of 1958, rockabilly guitarist phenom Link Ray released his single “Rumble” and listeners immediately took note with dance halls and jukeboxes practically wearing out the vinyl. The instrumental featured some of the first uses of distortion and feedback that would shake up the rock ‘n’ roll scene forever.

    Now, over sixty years later, Northland Fishing Tackle® is proud to release its own rock ‘n’ roll sensation with the name Rumble – a premium hardbait designed by Northland chief bait designer Jarmo Rapala. The Rumble Stick is a deep-diving crankbait available in two sizes with varying diving depths. For the hardcore trolling game, you’ll discover walleyes and other species find their unique roll and action simply irresistible!



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    The #4 Rumble Stick dives 18’ to 25’ and the #5 dives 23’ to 32’. Each is formed of balsa through the Heat Compression Molding (HCM) process and feature a welded through wire construction from the tie eye to the tail. With regards to the manufacturing process, Jarmo Rapala says, “There is no other manufacturer building baits with this construction method. The result are baits that are strong, durable, and offer precise actions in the water.”

    Northland pro Joel Nelson comments on the durability of the individually tank-tested Rumble Sticks, “The construction of the baits is important for trolling. Oftentimes, I’ve caught muskies and big pike in open water areas. And if you’re catching basin walleyes, the bait’s going to take some abuse – from netting big fish and sticking in a fish’s mouth and leveraging the bait out it’s helpful to have a bait that’s so well constructed and holds up. Northland’s HCM process is a real game-changer in terms of bait construction.”

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    Designed to imitate larger baitfish forage, the bait features a tight action that attracts aggressive gamefish response. The Rumble Stick is available in a multitude of 15 colors, from match-the-hatch patterns to bright and vibrant custom paint themes. The Rumble Stick features premium short shank treble hooks and an oval split ring on the line tie.

    Northland pro Brian “Bro” Brosdahl remarks, “The Rumble Stick is exactly that trolling crankbait I’ve been looking for. They dive deep and their tight wobble really grabs the attention of fish. And the colors are just dynamite for the trolling game!”

    Bro continues: “The Rumble Stick is a big game tool. It’s a great bait for trolling a deep weedline or deep structure or over open water like in the Great Lakes and your bigger walleye factories. The Rumble Stick has a digging, shaking motion and a side-to-side movement that gives it a great tail wag. It’s good for calling in fish from a distance. It’s just the bait for catching big walleyes, pike, and trout. It has super sharp hooks and comes in 15 fish-getting colors to match the hatch of any location. And you’ll find plenty of unique colors without the custom paint job price.”



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    Northland Team Pro Joel Nelson adds: “The Rumble Stick dives super deep. So much of the summertime walleye fishing for years has focused on contour breakline trolling, but a lot more anglers are now relying on their electronics to find deep, suspended fish. With Rumble Sticks diving anywhere from 18- to 32-feet, you’ve got a really nice range to target open basin fish. And you don’t have to pull leadcore line necessarily, which is what most guys are doing to get down that deep. Pulling a balsa bait like the Rumble Stick over those suspended fish is a proven tactic. The Rumble Stick is perfect for trolling down deep and the smaller size is ideal for trolling sharp contours and breaklines.”

    Nelson continues: “I really like the color selection because in clear water situations in big walleye factories like MIlle Lacs, Lake of the Woods, and the Great Lakes it’s all about color. Anglers are either matching the hatch trying to make the bait look like predominant forage like in the case of Lake of the Woods or they’re trying to do something crazy, like the firetiger color varieties and the Wonderbread patterns. Guys for years have been winning tournaments everywhere from the Mississippi River, to Mille Lacs, the Great Lakes, and Lake of the Woods on custom colored crankbaits and Rumble Sticks look like that right out of the box.”

    You’re going to want to up your game with Northland’s new custom Rumble Stick…fishing’s definitely better with balsa.



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    Ruble Stick Features and Specifications:
    • Heat Compression Molding (HCM) Construction
    • Welded Through Wire Construction from tie eye to the tail
    • Individually Tank-Tested
    • Size- #4- 4.25", 3/8oz, #4 hook (Depth- 18-25ft)
    • Size- #5- 5", 5/8oz, #3 hook (Depth- 23-32ft)
    • Made from Premium Balsa
    • MSRP $9.99



    ABOUT Northland Fishing Tackle: https://www.northlandtackle.com/

    ABOUT Bagley Bait Company: https://shop.northlandtackle.com/bagley-bait-co/
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    Bass Pro Shops Amateur Tournament Continues on Ray Roberts April 17 elizabeth G 04/12/21 04:13 PM

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    LAKE RAY ROBERTS TO HOST BASS PRO SHOPS US OPEN REGIONAL QUALIFYING EVENT & FAN VILLAGE ON APRIL 17

    Grandest tournament in fishing history comes to Texaswith250 amateur teams competing for shot at $1 million prize
    Proceeds benefit conservation with fans of all ages invited to enjoy FREE outdoor activities and weigh-in ceremony featuring fishing legend Roland Martin


    The path to the Bass Pro Shops U.S. Open National Bass Fishing Amateur Team Championships–a first-of-its-kind amateur fishing tournament offering the biggest payout in freshwater fishing history –continues on Texas’ legendary Lake Ray Roberts on Saturday, April 17. With proceeds benefiting local fisheries conservation and the future of fishing, the fan-friendly event is a true celebration of bass fishing being held exclusively for amateur anglers with a guaranteed purse value of $4.3 million.

    One of 8 regional qualifying events being held nationwide, the Lake Ray Roberts event will feature 250 two-person amateur teams competing for a first place $50,000 prize, with the top 40 teams qualifying for the National Championship. The Bass Pro Shops US Open National Championship, held this November at Big Cedar Lodge on Missouri’s famed Table Rock Lake, will be internationally broadcast and offer a $1 million cash prize to the winning team.

    "In Texas, everything is a little bigger and bass fishing is no exception,” said noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. “We’re excited to welcome everyday anglers, friends and familiesto Lake Ray Robertson April 17, all while raising money for local conservation and the future of fishing.”


    Families and Veterans Among the Amateurs Competing for $1 Million

    The Lake Ray Roberts qualifying event will feature anglers ranging in age from 6–84 years old. The amateur field of 250 two-person teams consist of a cross-section of families and active military/veterans adding to the fun of the tournament including:
    • 59military veterans
    • 3active military
    • 35father-son teams
    • 10mother-son teams
    • 14 husband-wife teams
    • 11brother-brother teams
    • 2 father-daughter teams
    • 20female anglers


    The stakes are high, with teams competing for life-changing cash and prizes. A fish-friendly weigh-in will score teams by the official weight of each team’s catch (five bass limit) to determine winners. Prize breakdown for the regional qualifier is as follows:
    • First place team wins $50,000 with a payout to 40th place
    • Top 40 teams qualify for the National Championship and compete for $1 million cash prize
    • $1 million prize if a team breaks the Texas state record for a largemouth bass (record of 18.18 pounds set in 1992)



    Benefiting the Future of Fishing in Texas & Beyond

    The Lake Ray Roberts event benefits local fish habitat with proceeds supporting The National Fish Habitat Partnership. Thanks to Bass Pro Shops and Toyota, 100 percent of all entry fees –over $1 million throughout the tournament–will benefit conservation.

    Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops has made significant contributions to the future of the outdoors in the Lone Star State as a longstanding conservation partner of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department(TPWD). From fisheries management to restoring Eastern wild turkey and cutting-edge bobwhite quail research, Bass Pro Shops and TPWD are working together to find solutions for critical conservation needs including the restoration and enhancement of native wildlife, public education, and nationally-recognized research programs.

    Johnny Morris and Bass Pro Shops are proud partners of TPWD’s renowned ShareLunker program, a national model for trophy bass management that encourages angler participation in producing bigger, better bass for Texas lakes. Now in its 35thyear, the program enables anglers to donate bass greater than 13 pounds to TPWD Inland Fisheries biologists for a selective breeding program and genetic analysis, spawning bigger, better bass that will enhance fishing in Texas lakes for years to come.

    To honor Johnny’s contributions and those of fellow conservationist Richard M Hart, TPWD established the Richard M. Hart and Johnny Morris Conservation Center at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas, which stands as a centerpiece of the campus and a lasting legacy of the partnership. The 14,000 square foot facility provides unparalleled educational opportunities for Texans and a place to celebrate Texas’ rich fishing heritage.

    "We are blessed with exceptional natural resources in Texas, but the quality of our outdoor recreation and wildlife we know today wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of partners like Johnny Morris and Bass Pro Shops,” said TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith. “We are particularly grateful for their continued support of our fisheries habitat enhancement efforts statewide and look forward to seeing our collective work come full circle for anglers at the Bass Pro Shops US Open qualifying event on Lake Ray Roberts.”

    In keeping with its longstanding commitment to conservation, Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops and TPWD will work together tohelp ensure all fish caught during the Bass Pro Shops US Open regional qualifying event on Lake Ray Roberts are released responsibly following a fish-friendly weigh-in.


    Fan Activities & Celebrity Guests

    While anglers are competing on the water, the general public is invited to participate in the excitement taking place on the broad banks of Lake Ray Roberts with free socially distanced outdoor activities beginning at noon
    (address: Ray Roberts Marina, 1399 Marina Circle, Sanger, TX 76266):

    • Free Kids Activities: Free interactive games, inflatable slides and more will create a festive atmosphere for families and fishing fans of all ages to enjoy.
    • Celebrity Guest: Hosted by legendary angler Roland Martin, tournament weigh-in will begin at 2:30 p.m. Competitors will arrive at the weigh-in site in waves throughout the afternoon and are invited to stay for the final award ceremony, taking place at 6:30 p.m.
    • Live Music: The Petersens, an American bluegrass band from Missouri’s Ozark mountains, will also provide live music and entertainment throughout the day.
    • Outdoor Fun for the Whole Family: Guests can learn about fisheries conservation with representatives from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and enjoy a Bass Pro Shops pop-up shop with exclusive merchandise and the latest gear from top outdoor brands, along with food and special activities.


    Learn More: https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/usopen


    About Bass Pro Shops
    Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”
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    Plano’s Flex System Gives Joe Balog An EDGE™ elizabeth G 04/07/21 05:37 PM

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    Plano’s Flex System Gives Joe Balog An EDGE™

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    Joe Balog is a versatile angler, at home catching fish on the open water or through the ice, freshwater or salt. He looks to Plano for a tackle management system as adaptable as he is. “We have the ability with the Flex System to make the compartments unique for your personal gear,” the industry veteran explains. “Being flexible on the water allows you to adjust your technique to hook more fish, pivoting with the conditions.”


    Taking advantage of rapidly changing patterns means carrying lots of lures. Plano’s EDGE™ Flex tackle storage system lets Balog take everything he needs without eating up all of the storage space on his boat. “Any time you look in your tackle box and see air, that’s wasted space where you’re not storing things.”


    Joe arranges his swimbaits right alongside terminal tackle, taking advantage of the Flex Divider System. “It allows me to have part of the box for the real big stuff and part of the box for smaller stuff—instead of having two boxes.” There’s no wasted space, and all of his rigging supplies are right where he needs them—no digging through separate boxes to find the right hook. The recessed dividers ensure small items, like hooks and swivels, can’t wiggle their way into other compartments, so they’ll always be right where you left them.


    “The Flex dividers allow me to create a custom box from scratch to fit my lures perfectly,” says Balog. Joe is confident that his baits are protected in the EDGE™ Flex tackle storage system, with a Dri-Loc® O-ring seal that keeps water out when closed. If any water hitches a ride in on a recently used bait, the reusable Water Wick™ packet absorbs any moisture before it can cause rust. The built-in Rustrictor™ technology delivers 360 degrees of rust-preventative protection that stands guard 24/7 to keep tackle performing at its peak.


    “All of this fits in this waterproof box with a giant latch,” says the industry insider. That’s Joe Balog’s EDGE™. What’s yours?

    The Plano EDGE™ features that Joe Balog counts on to be the most efficient are:
    • Flex Divider System allows anglers to customize the layout
    • Flex System includes (5) 4X dividers, (6) 3X dividers, (9) 2X dividers (18) 1X dividers
    • Water Wick™ divider with reusable moisture-wicking packet
    • Dri-Loc® O-ring seal maintains waterproofing when closed
    • Rustrictor™ technology delivers 360 degrees of rust-preventative protection
    • One-handed latch design


    For more information, please visit: www.PLANOMOLDING.COM
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    GOST Announces Powerful New Functionality for Satellite Tracking Systems elizabeth G 04/06/21 05:31 PM
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    GOST Announces Powerful New Functionality for Satellite Tracking Systems


    GOST® (Global Ocean Security Technologies), a world leader in marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems for over 15 years, announced today a powerful new velocity tracking functionality for the award-winning Nav-Tracker IDP Series satellite tracking system.


    The new feature incorporates an accelerometer into the antenna, allowing users to set a reporting interval when the boat is moving over a certain speed. This reporting interval begins when the boat is in use, even if the geofence system is disarmed. The feature, when enabled from the GOST Specter website, will automatically adjust the frequency of reports to 2, 5, 15, 30 minutes or 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, 24 hours whenever the boat is going above 2 knots.


    “We’re very excited about the new velocity-based report capabilities of our proven Nav-Tracker IDP Series antennas,” said Brian Kane, chief technology officer, GOST. “While our systems’ primary goal has always been to track down stolen boats and alert the customer when an armed boat moves, our clients also use our systems for many other reasons, such as knowing the boat is close to its destination while doing a crossing or if loved ones are on their way back in from a day of fishing offshore. This new feature adds another layer of ingenuity; removing any potential user error by automatically tracking, on defined levels, when the boat is in use. Our tracking systems are designed to ensure that no matter where you are in the world, you will have total awareness of the status of your boat and confidence that your investment is being protected.”


    The IDP Series tracking system command and control interface is managed by the GOST Specter website launched last year. Since its launch, Specter is already approaching 1,000 users. The Specter interface offers a streamlined and user-friendly control of geo-fence monitoring and alerts, remote arm/disarm functionality, as well as real-time GPS tracking. The interface retains a 90-day tracking history and text/email alerts. It is also capable of monitoring multiple vessels for fleet management.

    For more information on GOST and its full line of security, monitoring and surveillance products, contact info@gost.com or visit www.gost.com.

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    Gamakatsu’s Under Spin Helps Bass Pro Mike McClelland elizabeth G 04/06/21 04:59 PM

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    Gamakatsu’s Under Spin Helps Bass Pro Mike McClelland

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    Gamakatsu® turned to Bass Pro Mike McClelland when they were designing the Under Spin Head. The veteran angler drew on his 31 years as a professional bass fisherman to help build the ultimate swimbait head, with enough added flash to force even uncooperative fish to bite.

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    “The great thing about the Under Spin Head is its versatility. It’s perfect for a wide variety of conditions,” explains McClelland, who has collected 35 Top 10 finishes in his three decades as a Bass Pro. “I can fish it fast or slow in open water or snake it through cover. The Gamakatsu Heavy Cover hook gives the Under Spin Head the perfect balance of power and finesse.”

    McClelland wanted a way to cover ground that would turn on even neutral fish and the Under Spin delivers. The head profile is streamlined to glide through cover, with lifelike recessed eyes providing a focal point for predators that ensures they find the hook point with each strike. The bright chrome willow blade spins freely at the slowest speeds, thanks to a quality ball-bearing swivel, creating an irresistible bubble trail even at a snail’s pace.

    “The key to its action is the wire link. We tweaked it until we got just the right length to keep the blade moving freely with the largest soft plastics,” explains the pro. “Fast or slow, the blades deliver a great action that triggers strikes.”

    “I can go up to 18-pound flouro. I don’t have to worry about bending the hook if I have to winch fish up quickly,” says McClelland. The heavy wire and wide gap design of the 60-degree Heavy Cover hook give anglers a better hook-up ratio and retention when using bulky swimbaits. Still, the Under Spin Head will work with swimbaits as small as 3 inches so anglers can effectively match smaller forage. “The strong hook on the Under Spin Head gives you the ability to upsize your line. And with the bend of that hook, you just don’t lose fish.”

    “The Spring Lock head provides easy rigging. And once it’s on there, it’s not going anywhere,” explains the winning angler. Gamakatsu’s Spring Lock holds swimbaits and other plastics gently but firmly, keeping your presentation straight on the hook. McClelland uses various swimbaits and other soft plastics with the Under Spin Head, ranging in size from 3.5 to 6 inches. “You don’t need super glue with the Under Spin Head. Just rig and fish.”

    Gamakatsu’s Under Spin Head is built on a 4/0 Heavy Cover hook and is available in 1/2, 1/4, 3/16, and 3/8 ounce sizes to hit all levels of the water column. The jig head comes unpainted, letting anglers’ fish as is for a subtle presentation or paint it for a more custom look.

    Under Spin Head Features:
    • 60-degree Heavy Cover hook
    • Chrome willow leaf blade
    • Quality ball-bearing swivel
    • Spring Lock for holding swim baits
    • Attention-getting, recessed eyes
    • Streamlined head profile
    • Size: 4/0 hook in sizes 3/16, ¼, 3/8, and ½ ounce
    • Color: Plain Lead
    • Qty/Pack: 1


    For more information, visit www.gamakatsu.com
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    Off Shore Fishing Topshotfishing Happy Day Today topshotfishing 04/03/21 01:26 AM
    Today we had long time repeat customers and friends who booked the Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Team for the morning fishing charter out of Fort Lauderdale on board the Happy Day Today. They have fished with us for over the last two decades and, as always, we were very excited to have them back out with us.

    We left the dock and started heading offshore. Our goal was to have fun, fish hard and catch fish. The seas were 2 to 3 ft. with a southeast wind. Recently, we have been catching some Black Fin Tunas and Mahi Mahi’s, so that is what I was hoping the anglers would catch. The Tuna bite has been pretty good in both the morning and afternoon, catching what we call football sized fish. They move along the coast anywhere from 100 to 500 feet of water; the Mahi’s have been mixed in shallower depths out to the Swordfish grounds. We started with two deep planners and four surface lines trolling the reef.

    The first fish we hooked was a Barracuda on a sea witch. It was a decent sized fish, and after a quick picture, we released him. I trolled to the south in 200 feet of water and started seeing some Tunas jumping. I started working the area, marking the fish below us and shortly thereafter we got our first Tuna on the surface lure. My angler was Gabe, and he did a great job. The first mate gaffed the Tuna and got him in the boat and on ice. We continued fishing Fort Lauderdale, working the area for Tunas, and proceeded to hook and catch another 4 Tunas, all about the same size. Bleeding the fish is best for quality.

    I wanted to get out to deeper water and try for Mahi Mahi. When fishing out of Fort Lauderdale, I will continue heading off in search of some fish looking for a weed line, floating debris, or birds. Once I got out to 750 ft. of water, I started seeing plenty of flying fish and birds in the area. Suddenly, the rigger line came down and we had a Mahi on. Sofia was my angler, and she did a superb job. We ended up catching a total of 5 Mahi Mahi’s, and a few were undersized, which we released. I started heading up to the north fishing a broken weed line. All of a sudden, the long rigger line came crashing down and up came jumping a full grown 7-foot Sailfish. Jackson was my angler; he put on the fighting belt and fought the Sail. The Sailfish put on an awesome show, jumping out of the water at least a dozen times. After an exciting battle, the Sailfish was up and alongside the boat; the first mate reached down and pulled the fish in the boat. We removed the hook, and after a quick photo, the Sailfish was back in the water and swam away very healthy.

    Now it was time to head back to the dock, and after a short run, we entered Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.

    To book a fishing charter or if you have any questions about what is biting, contact Capt. Dave Zsak at 954-439-8106.
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    BRP to Introduce Electric Models by the End of 2026 elizabeth G 04/02/21 04:44 PM

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    BRP to Introduce Electric Models for Each of its Product Lines by the End of 2026

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    the Rotax Sonic E-Kart in 2019. ©BRP 2021



    • BRP to invest $300 million over the next five years to electrify its existing product lines by the end of 2026.
      The first product is expected to be introduced to the market within the next two years, followed by a rapid roll-out across all product lines.
    • BRP is developing its Rotax modular electric powerpack technology in-house which will be leveraged across all product lines.
    • BRP is creating an Electric Vehicle Development Centre in Canada, which will focus on the “energy side”: the charger and the battery pack, as well as the complete integration into the vehicle, and a second pole of development in Austria, which will focus on the “torque side”: the inverter and the high performance electric motor.
    • BRP is actively recruiting to expand its EV team of experts.




    BRP (TSX: DOO; NASDAQ: DOOO) announced its five-year plan where it will offer electric models in each of its product lines by the end of 2026. To achieve this, BRP plans to invest $300M over five years in product development, specialized equipment, infrastructure, production tooling and facilities.

    “We have always said electrification was not a question of ‘if’ but a question of ‘when’. Today, we’re very excited to unveil more details of our plan to deliver market-shaping products that will enhance the consumer experience by offering new electric options,” said José Boisjoli, President and CEO. “We are leveraging our engineering know-how and innovation capabilities to define the best strategy for developing electric-powered products,” he added.

    After developing and evaluating several concepts, BRP has made the bold decision to develop its Rotax modular electric powerpack technology which will be leveraged across all product lines enhancing the consumer experience by offering new electric options. To achieve this, BRP is expanding its Rotax electric power unit development infrastructure in Gunskirchen, Austria, and is also creating the BRP Electric Vehicle Development Centre, located in its hometown of Valcourt, Quebec, Canada. This facility will feature state-of-the-art equipment, including several sophisticated test benches and dynamometers, plus an ultramodern robotized manufacturing cell for electric batteries.

    “We are thrilled to create our EV expertise centre, taking steps into the world of electrification,’’ said Bernard Guy, Senior Vice-President, Global Product Strategy. “Experts on our EV team will feel the agility of a startup environment but will benefit from BRP’s financial resources and state-of-the-art equipment to design our in-house technology,” he added.

    BRP’s electric path
    In early 2019, BRP acquired assets of Alta Motors, an electric motorcycle manufacturer, and commercialized the Rotax Sonic E-Kart, which is currently in operation at the Rotax MAX Dome in Linz, Austria. A few months later, it showcased e-concepts at Club BRP 2019 to give a glimpse of what the future could hold for both its current product lines and for other potential segments. BRP has produced several battery-electric, hybrid-electric and even fuel cell-electric vehicles over the years. Today’s announcement brings BRP’s electric journey further into focus, with a clear vision and firm plans to roll out its electric products.

    Expanding BRP’s electric vehicle development team
    The R&D team is expanding quickly, and BRP is recruiting for several positions as it moves to the next phase of its electric propulsion technology development. With involvement from Quebec, Austria, Finland and the United States, BRP’s top talent worldwide, including hundreds of engineers and specialized technicians, will work together to develop and produce electric vehicles at BRP.

    For more information on employment opportunities with BRP EV R&D centers, please visit: www.brp.com
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    US Harbors Announces Best Harbor in the US Contest elizabeth G 04/02/21 04:29 PM
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    Voting Begins March 31, 2021 in 3rd Annual "Best Harbor in the US" Contest

    US Harbors Uses Crowdsourcing and Passionate Coastal Communities to Find Winners


    US Harbors, a free online resource for boaters and coastal communities, announced today voting begins on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 for the 3rd annual “Best Harbor in the US” contest at www.usharbors.com/best-harbor/. Participation is free and open to everyone, including the over 8 million people who use US Harbors (usharbors.com) for their coastal and marine weather, tides charts and harbor-local boating and fishing information.

    The purpose of the contest is to promote the strength and vitality of coastal communities. Past winning harbors have been those whose residents have strong communication networks and are passionate about where they live and work. These kinds of networks are vital in supporting the resilience of coastal communities as they face the impacts of climate change and other events.

    Voting for this year’s Best Harbor contest is open from March 31 through May 31, 2021. Participation is limited to one vote per user. People can vote on any of the 1,400 harbors that US Harbors provides coastal weather and tides for; from Maine to Hawaii, Florida to Alaska, and the Great Lakes. The winning harbors will be announced on Friday, June 4, 2021, and the top four harbors will receive special plaques commemorating their win. Additionally, US Harbors throws a special event for the overall winner, including gifts for their community.

    In past years, over 100,000 people from around the country have participated in the annual contest: they have voted online, shared photos and stories of their harbors and most importantly they have spread the word in their local communities to get others to join them. Previous Best Harbor winners have included Padanaram, Massachusetts (2019) and Depoe Bay, Oregon (2021).

    For more information on US Harbors, please visit www.usharbors.com.

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    Propspeed Partners with Quick Spa elizabeth G 04/02/21 04:22 PM
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    Propspeed Partners with Quick Spa to Supply Award-Winning Products Worldwide

    Propspeed, leading innovator of underwater foul-release coatings, announced today that, with the help of distribution partner Ocean Call, it has partnered with Quick Spa, international leader in the production of nautical accessories, to recommend Propspeed’s award-winning product line of foul-release coatings to its customers and dealers around the world.

    “Our dedicated team has been working diligently to partner with exceptional companies that share our passion and vision to bring award-winning products that offer a better boating experience to customers around the world,” said Chris Baird, CEO, Propspeed. “Quick is well-known in the industry for its innovative and reliable product lines, particularly its line of thrusters. Propspeed is the perfect product for these thrusters, ensuring they stay free from marine life growth and corrosion, and operate smoothly when needed.”

    Quick Spa offers full ranges of various product lines including well-known gyroscopic stabilizers, marine lighting, windlasses, anchoring systems, accessories, battery chargers, thrusters, docking systems and water heaters. Headquartered in Ravenna, Italy, and with two foreign branches (Quick USA in Baltimore, Maryland, and Quick UK in Southampton, United Kingdom) the Quick branded portfolio operates out of a 538,196 square foot facility that supports sales, marketing, research and development, purchasing, logistics, manufacturing and fulfillment.

    “We have received a great deal of positive feedback from our customers that have used Propspeed to protect their underwater assets,” said Michele Marzucco, President and CEO, Quick Spa. “We have seen the advantages of using Propspeed on our thrusters as part of the installation. If you have invested in a quality thruster you should protect it with an efficient foul-release coating such as Propspeed.”

    Propspeed’s ultra-slick topcoat is specially formulated to prevent marine growth from bonding to metal surfaces below the waterline. It is proven to increase boat efficiency, reduce drag, save on fuel and maintenance costs, and protect from corrosion. It features an exceptionally strong chemical and mechanical bond between the metal substrate, the Etching Primer and the Clear Coat – ensuring that the Propspeed coating actually sticks to running gear, and any other underwater metals, and performs season after season. Propspeed products include Propspeed for running gear and underwater metals, Foulfree for transducers and Lightspeed for underwater lighting.

    For more information on Propspeed or its industry-leading coatings, please visit www.propspeed.com.

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    Lowrance Announces Hook a Great Deal Promotion elizabeth G 04/02/21 04:13 PM
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    Lowrance Announces Hook a Great Deal Promotion

    Lowrance®, a world-leader in fishing electronics since 1957, announced today the HOOK® a Great Deal promotion. Effective April 1 through June 30, 2021, Lowrance is offering up to $100 cash back on HOOK Reveal displays – including the new HOOK Reveal Contour+ chart bundles.

    The new HOOK Reveal Contour+ chart bundles pair the proven, easy-to-use sonar of HOOK Reveal with a Contour+ chart card. Covering inland and near-shore coastal areas of the continental U.S., plus Hawaii, Bermuda and Canada, C-MAP® Contour+ charts include Custom Depth Shading on all lakes, Easy Routing (U.S. coast/Inland only), high-resolution bathymetric 1-foot contours on 15,000+ U.S. lakes and 9,400+ lakes in Canada, fishing Points of Interest (POIs) and standard navigation data – including Tides and Currents for coastal areas.

    HOOK Reveal makes fishing easier, delivering powerful performance with proven fish-finding tools including: Autotuning Sonar, SideScan and DownScan Imaging™ and FishReveal™. FishReveal makes fish easier to see by combining the benefits of Lowrance CHIRP sonar and DownScan Imaging on one screen.

    These mail-in rebate offers are applicable for purchases made in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

    For more information on the HOOK a Great Deal promotion or Lowrance products, visit www.lowrance.com.

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