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Every boater needs durable clothespins

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Drying laundry in the fresh air is great, but it can be frustrating to find clean items strewn on the ground or in the water. Bernard Engraving's Sea Snaps are nautically inspired clothes pins that can securely hang wet towels on rails or lines.  Read Full Story

Merc offers 5-year warranty

Monday, July 27, 2015

FOND DU LAC, WI– Mercury Marine has announced that, for the first time, 2016 model year boats powered by Mercury gas sterndrive and inboard engines will come with a comprehensive Five Year Engine Package Limited Warranty during the “Power of Protection” sale event.   Read Full Story

New Quick Cleat Kayak Cleat Makes Tie-Off a Cinch

Friday, July 24, 2015

The new Quick Cleat Kayak Cleat is the fast, easy way to secure solid, braided ¼- to 3/16-inch lines on a kayak deck or canoe gunnel, without knots. The unique, durable, low-profile, easy to install design quickly secures a line in seconds. Just drop a line into the rope slot. Optional threaded tabs are available to install on track rails without drilling holes.  Read Full Story

Combat vets paddle Mississippi in Old Town NEXTs

Thursday, July 23, 2015

From July 20 to November 22, 2015, four combat veterans will paddle the entire length of the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca, MN to the Gulf of Mexico. Each will be aboard an Old Town NEXT for the 2,320-mile trip. Old Town dedicated the watercraft to WARRIOR HIKE after learning that the organization was expanding to include paddling expeditions as well as hiking excursions for veterans, and was evolving their mission to become “WARRIOR EXPEDITIONS.”  Read Full Story

Start a PFD Loaner Service

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Interested in establishing a life jacket loaner program in your local boating community but don’t know where to start? Does your club or business currently offer a life jacket loaner program but want to promote it more effectively with high quality materials? With a range of new free and low-cost materials available, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water can help you get a Life Jacket Loaner program off the ground or promote an existing loaner site.  Read Full Story

A look at KastKing winning Rack em Up rod rack

Monday, July 20, 2015

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ICAST Best New Products

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL - July 16, 2015 – The world’s largest sportfishing trade show, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, is being held July 14 – 17, at the Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Fla. Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the industry’s trade association, ICAST - in its 58th year as the industry’s trade show – is the annual destination for the global recreational fishing industry. More than 12,000representatives from the global sportfishing industry are in Orlando to see the latest innovations in tackle, gear, accessories and apparel.  Read Full Story

ICAST Marlin a Trash Fish

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ORLANDO, FL – Discarded plastic trash washes ashore on sandy beaches in massive, rolling waves, as if to challenge the ocean in a fight-to-the-death duel. From plastic water bottles to discarded children’s toys, plastic in every shape, size and color floats in gigantic swirling garbage patches across oceans and onto coastlines.
Costa, a company committed to sustainable sport fishing practices and ocean conservation, launched its Kick Plastic campaign earlier this year to educate its customers about the growing ocean trash issue, and encourage them to kick the plastic habit. Now, the brand takes the initiative one step further by offering solutions through products that help change behavior, and commissioning a sculpture of a jumping marlin made entirely out of washed up beach trash.
The nine-foot tall, seven-foot long fish will premiere at the entrance hall of the American Sportfishing Association’s ICAST event in Orlando July 14-17. Artist Angela Pozzi and her team of staff and volunteers from the non-profit organization Washed Ashore designed and the assembled the sculpture using thousands of collected plastic and metal cans found on beaches along the West coast.
A toy truck tire sliced in half makes up the outer ring of the marlin’s eyes, with pieces from a child’s plastic ball, a blue plastic automotive oil bottle, bottle lids and aluminum cans adding to the creation. Silver flip flop pieces, plastic water bottles, a mayonnaise jar lid and a baby bowl from Japan also went into the mix to create the eyes.
The sculpture is meant to serve as a stark reminder of how much trash can be found on coastal beaches, and start conversations about how anglers can become more involved in addressing the plastic problem. Costa produced a short video illustrating the making of the plastic art sculpture, seen here:
As part of the solution, Costa now offers a new stainless steel Klean Kanteen water bottle, a reusable heavy-duty tote bag made entirely out of material from recycled plastic bottles, and a line of t-shirts made from 50 percent polyester comprised of recycled bottles and plastics, and 50 percent organic cotton. The products are now available online at
“Plastic is everywhere, it’s unavoidable,” said Al Perkinson, vice president of marketing for Costa. “But we, as anglers, can work together to make small changes that will create a huge positive impact, such as swapping out our plastic bottles for a permanent one, or collecting plastic we find on the beaches and recycling it.”
“Our goal with the Kick Plastic campaign is to start conversations within the angling community about how we can all work together to address this issue head on,” said Perkinson. “If left unchecked, we can assume our oceans will be taken over with floating, melting plastic in a very short time.”
Anglers and sportfishing professionals attending ICAST are encouraged to see the sculpture and bring their empty plastic water bottles to the entrance of the show to trade out for a new permanent water bottle or other Costa gear. They’re also invited to post a photo of the plastic marlin sculpture on social media with the hashtag #kickplastic and tag @CostaSunglasses for a chance to win daily prizes and sunglasses.
After ICAST, the marlin sculpture will join Washed Ashore’s traveling environmental art exhibit. For more information about Washed Ashore and its other works of marine debris art, visit
For more information on Costa’s Kick Plastic message, or to join in the global movement, visit, or search for conversations through #KickPlastic. Also, watch and share the short animated video explaining the plastic pollution problem here
About Washed Ashore
The Washed Ashore Project is sponsored by Artula Institute for Arts and Environmental Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded by Angela Haseltine Pozzi in 2010. Washed Ashore is an environmental education project that uses art to raise awareness to the tragedy of plastic pollution in our oceans through community involvement. It has taken thousands of volunteers and thousands of pounds of marine debris to create the monumental sculptures that now make up the Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea traveling exhibit. In addition to the exhibit and art workshops, Washed Ashore is currently developing an integrated arts marine debris curriculum for schools, aquariums and zoos.  
In addition to the displays at all three SeaWorld Parks, this summer the traveling exhibit can be seen at The Mystic Aquarium in Mystic CT. Upcoming venues in 2016 include The Houston Zoo, The Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, FL and The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington D.C. 
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Vexilar Mobile Marine Solution at ICAST Today

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ICAST, the largest fishing tackle trade show in the world kicks off in Orlando, Florida today. Vexilar, one of the most trusted names in the marine industry will be there to help retailers see the unstoppable trend in smart phone use by the anglers and boaters.  Read Full Story

Berkley Launch from ICAST is LIVE tomorrow

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

ORLANDO, FL – Each year the fishing industry descends upon the ICAST Show to preview and display the newest gear. It doesn't matter if it is hooks, line, tools or baits, the ICAST Show has it all. This year, Berkley is rolling out some show stopping material. Tune in to at 10 am EDT, tomorrow, July 15th to find out the big news. BASS Elite Series pro Justin Lucas and legendary crankbait angler David Fritz will be delivering some groundbreaking news live from the show floor.  Read Full Story

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