Fishing is huge business, as some new statistics from the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation prove. Consider these numbers from its newly-published 2016 Special Report on Fishing:
• In 2015, 45.7 million Americans, or 15.6 percent of the population ages six and up, participated in fishing.
• These participants fished a total of 887 million times, averaging 19.4 days each.
Do Outdoors Inc., the parent company of rod and reel manufacturer Lews, has been acquired by an affiliate of private equity firm Peak Rock Capital.
“The investment in Lews highlight’s Peak Rocks continued desire to partner with leading branded consumer products businesses where we can help drive strong growth,” said Anthony DiSimone, Peak Rock Capital CEO.
Fishing lure manufacturer Rapala is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2017.
The iconic balsa wood minnow is by far the best-known and most widely copied artificial lure in history. Sold in 140 countries around the world, the Rapala is said to have caught more record fish than any other artificial lure. To this day, each one is hand-tuned and tank-tested before sale.
Jason Letherman isn't the kind of guy to let a bit of winter weather get in the way of hooking prime steelhead. He recently spent some time on the water with Steve Cornetet and Chris Bronner, chasing big chromers in a winter wonderland. Successfully, we might add, in spite of a bit of chilly temps and a boat-load of snow.
Starcraft has been building aluminum boats since 1903. Today, we craft our full line of aluminum, fiberglass and pontoon boats at a one-of-a-kind manufacturing facility in New Paris, Indiana. Here’s a look at the plant by the numbers:
The 8 lb. 4 oz. smallmouth bass that Germantown, New York angler Patrick Hildenbrand caught from the St. Lawrence River on August 28 has been verified by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as tying the current state record for a smallmouth bass, which was caught from Lake Erie in 1995.
B.A.S.S. and Yamaha Marine Group have signed an agreement for Yamaha to continue to sponsor Bassmaster events through 2020.
Yamaha is an official premier engine sponsor of all B.A.S.S.-owned events, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series the B.A.S.S. Nation regional tournaments and the Bassmaster Classic, the annual world championship of bass fishing.