Tips & Techniques Industry News

Plano, Ill.– Besides being the greatest ice show on earth, the recent St. Paul Ice Fishing Show serves as a general barometer for the ice fishing industry. With a large and diverse swath of ice anglers in attendance, product popularity is easily judged by booth traffic and cash register tape.


College anglers compete to win over $100,000 in Lowrance prizes
Tulsa, Okla. – Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics since 1957 and GPS navigational systems since 1992, announced its new Insight Genesis™ College Cup 2014 competition. Kicking off Jan. 1 and running through Dec. 31, 2014, college anglers registered with FLW College Fishing or the Bassmaster Collegiate Series are eligible to participate in the College Cup and will receive a free subscription to Insight Genesis for 2014 — the revolutionary personal map-generation tool.


Castrol pro angler Darrel Robertson will be on hand to sign autographs and answer consumer questions Saturday, Dec.14 at Rogers Garage Express Lube at 875 South Dogwood Street in Siloam Springs, Ark.


PADUCAH, Ky.—The public is invited to the ribbon cutting celebration for the City of Paducah Ohio River Boat Launch. The ribbon cutting will be Tuesday, December 10 at 1 p.m. at the new boat launch located at 6th and Burnett Streets.


In a tournament, time and accuracy is paramount. T-H Marine's all new G-Force Cull System has everything you need to quickly and accurately cull your catch for the optimum weight. Tested and endorsed by pro Gerald "G-Man" Swindle, this is a winner!


MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. - Denali Rods is excited to add FLW Tour anglers Troy Hollowell of New Concord, Ky., and Clayton Batts, of Macon, Ga., to the pro staff for 2014. Both have been studs on the co-angler side for some time, and are ready to move to the front deck.


Plano, Ill. – So what’s the no-brainer this winter? Try Frabill hitting bait shop shelves with ice fishing specific tackle storage. When Plano, the masters of tackle storage solutions, took on the trusted leader in ice fishing gear, within mere weeks plans were hatched for the Frabill Softbag.


Veteran pro and two-time Walmart FLW Tour champion Dave Lefebre announced recently he’s starting an ice fishing guide service called Erie ice Fishing Adventures. In addition to being an excellent bass fisherman, the Erie, Pa., pro regularly targets crappies, walleyes, perch and bluegills.


MINNETONKA, Minn. - This year, revolutionary hook manufacturer VMC® is turning up the pressure on elusive, over-confident hawgs with the introduction of a new set of ever-so-enticing spoons and jigs that promises to drive fish crazy beneath the ice.


FLIPPIN, Ark. - Ranger Boats, in a joint effort with BRP's Evinrude outboard engines, announces the launch of the completely redesigned, a website built to showcase the very best of the "dream rig" concept.


Day’s Boat Sales has announced a contest via Facebook where the winner will receive an expense-paid trip to Lake Okeechobee to fish with FLW Tour pro Ish Monroe from Feb. 10-12, 2014. To register, simply Like and Share the Day’s Boat Sales & Service Facebook page, which can be found here, and you will be entered into the drawing held on January 15, 2014.


FOND DU LAC, Wis. - With a 16 percent gain in holeshot performance, Mercury Propellers set a new standard in aluminum propellers by expanding its Spitfire line to include a Spitfire propeller designed to fit larger engines rated at 135 horsepower and above.


PIERRE, S.D. - A 7-pound smallmouth bass caught by Derek Valnes of Brandon, S.D., in Horseshoe Lake on Oct. 26 is the new state record for that species of fish.


SENECA, S.C. – Castrol pro angler David Dudley, the all-time leading money winner in FLW history and three-time Angler of the Year, will be on hand to sign autographs and answer consumer questions Saturday, Nov. 16 at the grand opening of the Castrol Premium Lube Express located at 830 By Pass 123 in Seneca, S.C.


New trolling-motor transducer delivers surround-scanning images to help pinpoint key fishing areas
TULSA, Okla. – Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics since 1957 and GPS navigational systems since 1992 — announced today the new SpotlightScanTM Sonar trolling-motor transducer. Introducing a new level of angler-controlled, surround-scanning underwater views, the new sonar solution provides picture-like images of key fishing areas on compatible HDS Gen2* or HDS Gen2 Touch* fishfinder/chartplotter displays. Similar to the way a scanning spotlight reveals objects in the dark, SpotlightScan Sonar clearly pinpoints structure and fish targets ahead and around your boat without disturbing key areas before you fish them.


Typhoon® polarized sunglasses is proud to announce a new discount program designed specifically for professional fishing guides. Typhoon has become a very popular fishing sunglass brand within the fishing community through sponsorship of FLW® and other pro anglers for the past few years. Typhoon has created this program to allow for all pro fishing guides to receive a major discount on Typhoon sunglasses and accessories. All professional fishing guides should apply for a Typhoon Pro Fishing Guide Discount at


TULSA, Okla. - MotorGuide's popular and compact BULLDOG trolling motor now provides a bigger underwater punch with 54 pounds of thrust. Upgraded from its original 40 pounds of thrust, the BULLDOG packs MotorGuide's legendary reliability, along with plenty of power, into a minimal amount of space.


Plano, Ill. – Heartening to know some new product ideas are still born on the water. Sure, modern design programs convert concepts into digital drawings and prototypes are passed around boardroom tables. But it’s finding solutions to real world fishing challenges that plant the seeds of true innovation


MINNETONKA, Minn. - Leveraging insights gleaned in the lab and rigorously tested on both hard and soft water, the angling aces at Trigger X® have cracked the code for hooking trophy fish year-round with seven versatile new soft baits.


TULSA, Okla. - Iron Cross Automotive, makers of state of the art aftermarket truck components accessories, has sponsored pro angler Fred Roumbanis for his 2014 season.


PADUCAH, Ky. – Fishing industry veteran Troy Hollowell recently announced that he will compete on the Walmart FLW Tour as a pro in 2014.


YONKERS, N.Y. -- In a heavy-metal duel between two top pickup trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500's "Excellent" road-test score makes it Consumer Reports' top-rated truck. But testers point out that the second-place Ram 1500 may be a better daily driver.


Bass-fishing fans can correspond directly with Castrol team pro and three-time FLW Tour AOY winner Oct. 17
On Thursday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. Central Time, fans will be able to interact directly with FLW Tour pro David Dudley of Lynchburg, Va., during a live TweetChat.


October 14, 2013 – Plano Molding Company (Plano) and Synergy Outdoors are pleased to announce a newly formed strategic merger called Plano Synergy Holdings. Plano is a leading brand in the fishing accessories market, and is the premier supplier of outdoor sports storage systems. Synergy Outdoors is a market leader in hunting-related products, and is home to a portfolio of market leading brands, including Wildgame Innovations, Barnett Outdoors, Ameristep Hunting Products, Flextone Game Calls, Halo Optics and Evolved Harvest & Habitats. Together, the companies will form one of the leading platforms in the outdoor products industry and will be ideally positioned to accelerate growth both organically and via acquisition.


FLW Tour pro James Watson will be the keynote speaker at the 5th annual Fishing For Freedom banquet at the Warsaw Community Center in Warsaw, Mo. The Fishing For Freedom tournament will be held on Sunday, October 13 on Truman Lake.