This year’s Bassmaster Classic – staged for the 13th time in Alabama – smashed the venue record attendance set in 2014.
Last weekend’s Bassmaster Classic – staged in Alabama for the 13th time – shattered the previous record attendance at the venue.
B.A.S.S., the organiser of the event, has revealed that the total Classic Week attendance was 122,814, spread across events that included the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo in Birmingham, the daily take-offs on Lake Guntersville and the inaugural B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series.
The attendance was 35% higher than the previous state record set in 2014 and the fourth highest attended event in its 50-year history.
“This record-breaking attendance would not have been possible without the loyalty of our incredible Bassmaster fans and the partnership between B.A.S.S. and its sponsors, exhibitors, the media and our host communities in Birmingham and Marshall County,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Aiken.
“We are thankful for the hard work of the entire B.A.S.S. family and our great volunteers who made this Classic such a success.”
Fans from across the globe also tuned in to watch the action on Bassmaster LIVE – which established a new record 23% increase in minutes watched – and followed the event on Bassmaster.com. The website was visited more than 1.8 million times by fans from 168 countries.
(Angling International – Anthony)
The organisers of the ICAST, EFTTEX and AFTA trade shows have said that the 2020 events are currently going ahead as planned.
Three of the world’s top fishing tackle trade shows have pledged that this year’s events will go ahead as planned, despite the Coronavirus pandemic.
The organisers of the EFTTEX (Europe), ICAST (USA) and AFTA Show (Australia) have all reiterated that it will be business as usual for each show in 2020.
EFTTEX is due to take place from June 11th to 13th in Prague. Janet Doyle, General Manager of EFTTA, said: “We are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the Czech Republic and are in close contact with our partners at the venue. As it stands, the Czech government has temporarily suspended trade fairs and other events at the venue, with a view to resuming them in the spring.”
Glenn Hughes, President of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) – owner of ICAST – said the decision to press ahead with the Orlando show from July 14th to 17th, was taken following a meeting of the Board and Show Committee.
He said: “We are diligently monitoring the COVID-19 situation and staying in close contact with the Orange County Convention Center. It is adhering to guidelines and taking additional precautions from the Florida Department of Health.
“Come July we are confident ICAST will live up to its reputation as the world’s largest and best sportfishing show.”
In its February/March newsletter to members, the Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA) said: “The Board of Directors have been in discussions and the message it wants everyone to hear is that the trade show will go on as planned.
“We are diligently monitoring the COVID-19 situation and staying in close contact with the Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Center. It is adhering to guidelines from the government and is taking additional precautions.
“As this situation evolves, we will continue to rely on guidance from government agencies while considering the needs of our contractors, members, exhibitors and attendees to determine our best course of action. To that end, should the situation change, we will alert you immediately.
“However, come July 9th to 11th, we are confident that the AFTA trade show will live up to its reputation as the ‘must-go’ fishing event in Australia.”
The news that the three trade events will take place as normal comes at a time when shows and fishing-related events across the globe are being cancelled or postponed due to the Coronavirus.
In Europe, Sportfiskemassan, Sweden’s largest fishing and hunting event, and the Austrian Fishing Show, which were both due to take place this weekend, were cancelled last week. In the UK it has been announced that the second instalment of The Big One, also due to take place this weekend, has been postponed to a later date.
Many events in the US have also fallen victim to the global health scare including Major League Fishing and FLW tournaments which have been postponed until April 12th. Another casualty is the Bass Pro Big Bass Bash which will be rescheduled for later in the year.
(Angling International – Anthony)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is conducting an immediate response to the capture of 51 invasive carp on the Mississippi River. The invasive carp were caught by two commercial fishing operators near La Crosse and Trempealeau, Wisconsin, during routine spring netting last weekend.
In response to this discovery, the DNR is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Wisconsin DNR and commercial fishing operators to conduct large-scale netting, studies of the captured carp and increased monitoring.
“This robust response will provide additional information about the population while removing any other invasive carp they happen to catch,” said DNR invasive species unit supervisor Heidi Wolf.
When the commercial fishing operator operating near La Crosse saw what he thought were invasive carp, he contacted the DNR. The DNR invasive carp field crew assisted in removing and identifying the fish. The DNR identified 39 silver carp and 11 grass carp caught in Pool 8 of the Mississippi, just south of La Crosse, and one silver carp caught in Pool 6, about 20 miles farther upstream. All invasive carp recovered have been given to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine their age, size and gender.
“The location where these fish were caught is commonly netted because of concentrations of commercially valuable fish,” said DNR invasive carp field lead Ben Larson. “This is the largest congregation of invasive carp we’ve seen this far upstream.”
Invasive carp have been progressing upstream since escaping into the Mississippi River in Arkansas in the 1970s. These large fish compete with native species and pose a threat to rivers and lakes. No breeding populations have been detected in Minnesota waters to date. Individual invasive carp have been caught as far upstream as Pool 2 of the Mississippi, near the Twin Cities (bighead, grass, and silver), the King Power Plant on the St. Croix River by Oak Park Heights (bighead), and just downstream of Granite Falls in the Minnesota River (bighead).
Previous captures of invasive carp in Minnesota have been individuals or small numbers of fish. This capture indicates an increase in the abundance of invasive carp in the Pool 8 portion of the river between Minnesota and Wisconsin, and is very likely related to the prolonged high water conditions on the Mississippi River during the summer of 2019. During high water, gates at the locks and dams on the river are kept open to pass flood waters. These “open river” conditions allow easier upstream movement of fish from downstream portions of the river, where invasive carp densities are higher.
The DNR has built partnerships with state and federal agencies, conservation groups, university researchers and commercial businesses to prevent the spread of invasive carp. The 2015 closure of the Mississippi River lock at Upper St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis was a major accomplishment of these efforts.
The DNR is actively engaged with several prevention efforts:
The DNR is an active partner in the Upper Mississippi River Invasive Carp Workgroup. The group includes representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and several federal agencies.
In partnership with the DNR, the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) at the University of Minnesota is testing and evaluating carp deterrents in Mississippi River locks and dams. Previously, MAISRC installed and evaluated a speaker system at Lock 8. Development of this technology will continue this year with the installation of an updated speaker system at this location.
The DNR’s Fish and Wildlife Division leads a program to monitor fish population changes and impacts of management actions. This includes maintaining important relationships with commercial fishing operators, as demonstrated in this instance.
State funding sources, including the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund and Outdoor Heritage Fund, have provided key funding for deterrent actions and the DNR invasive carp detection and response program.
Invasive carp captures must be reported to the DNR immediately. Call 651-587-2781 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you fish Lake Erie walleye either in the eastern or western basin or out from the Grand River, I would really encourage you to listen to this very informative 13min video, https://youtu.be/2MAzC-DaSTg?t=5 that details the movement of Lake Erie walleye during spawning and throughout the year.
The Coronavirus has cast a shadow over fishing tackle trade shows across the world, including the recent Osaka event in Japan.
Tackle giant Shimano has pulled out of three fishing events across the US this weekend as the Coronavirus pandemic spreads there.
The news comes as the organiser of the IWA OutdoorClassics in Germany, one of the world’s largest trade shows of its kind, announced a new date after cancelling the March event last week.
Shimano has pulled out of the Fred Hall Long Beach Show, the Houston Fishing Show and the Bassmaster Classic. In a statement it said: “After significant deliberation, Shimano has decided not to attend these shows due to escalating concerns about the Coronavirus and any potential post show quarantine for our team.
“The health and wellness of our employees and continuance of our business are top priorities in this continually developing situation.”
Originally set to take place from March 6th to 9th, the IWA OutdoorClassics will now be held at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre from September 3rd to 6th. The event will also be moved to September in the coming years.
The show is the highest profile outdoor leisure event to fall victim to the pandemic and follows in the footsteps of China Fish and Kofish, which were both postponed earlier this year.
A new date has yet to be announced for China Fish, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, while Kofish, due to take place from March 13th to 15th, will now be held from June 5th to 7th.
There is speculation surrounding Europe’s top fishing trade show, EFTTEX, in Prague, but at the time of going to press the event is believed to be going ahead as planned.
A statement issued on behalf of the organiser of the IWA OutdoorClassics read: “The protection of the health and safety of exhibitors, visitors and employees is a top priority for NürnbergMesse. In awareness o this responsibility and after careful consideration, the Management Board decided to postpone the event due to take place in March.”
Petra Wolf, Member of the Management Board of NürnbergMesse, added: “We expressly thank all customers, partners and media representatives for the understanding they have shown regarding our decision to postpone the IWA OutdoorClassics 2020.
“We are pleased about the high level of commitment in the industry – after intensive deliberations and numerous positive discussions with national and international customers, we have chosen a new date at the beginning of September that will apply in the coming years.”
(Angling International – Anthony)