Lew's Holdings Corporation, manufacturers of the Lew's brand of rods and reels, has acquired Strike King Lure Company, a leading supplier of branded fishing lures, sunglasses, and other fishing accessories.
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.
The Hayward, Wisconsin-based National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame has inducted 11 individuals and one organization this year.
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.