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Smoker Craft Inc. hosted representatives from more than 250 different boat dealerships worldwide at its the 2018 dealer meeting, held earlier this month at the plant in New Paris, Indiana. Attending dealers and dealer prospects were treated to an in-depth look at the 2018 lineup for the company’s Smoker Craft, Starcraft, Sylvan and SunChaser brands, with 159 boats on display and a further 18 in the water at nearby Lake Wawasee.

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) recently released of its 2017 Special Report on Fishing. The report notes that in 2016 there were a total of 38.1 million freshwater fishing participants, an increase from 37.7 million the year before. This was a four-year high in freshwater fishing participation. Freshwater fishing participants went on a collective 630 billion outings in 2016. Annual outings increased by 11 billion since the year before.

Eric Scordo, of Watertown, New York, has learned that the massive 35 pound, 3 ounce channel catfish he landed last week in Lake Ontario has been verified as a new state record.

Caught on a nightcrawler, Mr. Scordo’s record catch measured 38.25 inches in length. The fish broke the previous state record, caught from Brant Lake in 2002, by nearly 2.5 pounds.

The Hayward, Wisconsin-based National Fresh  Water  Fishing  Hall  of  Fame has inducted  11  individuals  and  one  organization  this year.

Inductees include:

Dan Basore has shared his knowledge through his “Fishing History” column in Midwest Outdoors and other publications for over 30 years. For many years Basore has been in charge of the National Fishing Lure Collector’s Club.

Rapala says its lures were responsible for setting more International Game Fish Association (IGFA) world records in 2016 than any other lure brand.

“We are pleased and proud that, once again, more world records were caught on Rapala lures in 2016 than any other brand of lures," said Rapala USA president, Tom Mackin. "All over the world, big fish eat little fish that swim like a Rapala. It proves that with Rapala, any angler has a shot at catching a world-record fish."

TeamStarcraft Pro Roger George has a way of making his guiding clients very happy, and here’s further proof. On March 15 Roger welcomed client Jeff DeYoung aboard his Starcraft Viper for a day of striped bass fishing on the San Luis Reservoir. Jeff had come out looking for a new personal best, and Roger delivered big time. The day’s first bite resulted in this beautiful 17 pound striper, which crushed Jeff’s prior best by more than five pounds!

And just like that, there it was. Far and away the largest muskie I had ever seen, all green and black and shiny in the morning sky, towering overhead with four or five people waving from its mouth. It sounds like a fish story, but when you visit the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, fish stories are the order of the day.

Yesterday, on his first day on the job, Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued two secretarial orders which expand access to public lands and increase fishing, hunting and recreation opportunities nationwide. These orders deliver on promises made by both President Trump and Secretary Zinke to expand access to America’s public lands.

The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin has certified a longnose gar caught in September by Don Henson of Southaven, Mississippi as a new all-tackle world record.

Smoker Craft Inc., the parent company of the Smoker Craft, Starcraft, Sylvan, Starweld and SunChaser boat brands, was honored this morning during the Innovation Breakfast at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show with three 2016 Marine Industry Customer Service Index Awards, presented by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).