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    This convention is open to ALL MOBASS members

    Our 75th CFM Convention is less than a month away! With the recent weather events, you may not have submitted your registration and/or made your hotel accommodations. We recommend that you do so at your earliest convenience! You are not going to want to miss this year's convention!
    There is still time to get in on the "Early Bird" drawing for a free night's lodging at Lodge of the Four Seasons. Early Bird registration ends February 8th with the winner being selected and notified the next
    day. Why not make the call now! ...
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    April 17 - Stockton
    May 21 - Truman
    June 12 - Mark Twain Lake
    July 16/17 - Lake of the Ozarks night - 7:00 PM till 1:00 AM
    August 13/14 - Pomme Night - 7:00 PM till 1:00 AM
    September 25 - Truman

    Times not specified will be determined at a later date.

    Times will likely be around first light until 12:00 noon or 1:00 pm

    Shawn Veninga (MOBASS Environmental Director) writes...

    Everyone needs to watch this video.

    Texas Parks and Wildlife produced this video after a 2 year study on the effects of barotrauma in bass and the best way to fizz a bass. The video will highlight the study and give excellent instructions on how to fizz a bass.

    Thank you to Texas Parks and Tim Cook (Texas BASS State Conservation Director) for providing this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEeQrsHcwf8

    I would like to congratulate and welcome John Blankenbeker is his newly elected position as Vice President for the Missouri B.A.S.S. Federation Nation.

    John will fill the term for the remainder of the 2011 season.

    Kathy Blankenbeker will assume the role as Secretary for the remainder of the year also.

    Both John and Kathy have been instrumental to the success of this organization for several years and I am glad to have them both officially on board.

    Jim Zieger
    President


    March 26-27, 2011 - Table Rock Lake - Host Location: Big Cedar Lodge Marina

    Entry Fee:One Day Entry: $110
    Two Day Entry: $160
    Prizes & Payouts:
    Grand Prize: $45,000 2011 Nitro Z9 Powered by Mercury 250. Guaranteed.

    Hourly Payouts:
    $500 1st Place - $400 2nd Place - $300 3rd Place - $200 4th Place - $100 5th Place

    *Payouts based on 250 registered entries.

    http://www.oakleybigbass.com/events/...g-bass-classic

    The “no cull” rule as it relates to summer black bass tournaments was put in place to minimize the amount of mortality that occurs when bass undergo stress from being held in a livewell for extended periods of time, followed by stress from the weigh-in procedures. Numerous research tournaments, including two held in Missouri, indicate that even though most fish may swim away from a weigh-in, the delayed mortality rate of tournament bass during the summer months is high.

    A study conducted in 2003 at Pomme de Terre resulted in a 50% mortality rate over a 7 day holding period. In comparison, a group of fish collected as controls with electrofishing gear, and held in the same pens for 7 days, experienced only 3% mortality. ...
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    The Conservation Federation of Missouri is curently running it's 2011 Gun Drawing There will be a maximum of 500 tickets sold Each winning ticket will be re-entered One ticket could win all of the guns The drawing will be held at the Annual Convention on February 26, 2011 The donation will be $50 each or 3 for $100 All proceeds benefit the CFM
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    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs

    WASHINGTON: Your boat may be out of the water and properly winterized, but you don't have to wait until spring to begin planning for the next season of enjoyment on the water. Why not take advantage of the winter lull to refresh your boating skills, or learn new ones in courses conducted by the local flotilla of the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary?

    Coast Guard Auxiliary flotillas throughout the country conduct a variety of courses to help keep you knowledgeable and safe while operating your boat on the national lakes and rivers and offshore as well. ...
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    B.A.S.S. Reporter’s Notebook: B.A.S.S. is back; New digs; Open registration runs wide open; Russ Lane’s new ride is a Phoenix; Women in the Opens; and … Up next

    B.A.S.S. is back: The “dots” are returning to the name and products of the organization that’s been serving bass anglers worldwide for more than 40 years.

    The subtle name change from BASS to B.A.S.S. is an affirmation of the company’s grass roots, said Jerry McKinnis, who with Don Logan and Jim Copeland acquired B.A.S.S. from ESPN on Nov. 1.
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    Release date: 11/04/2010

    Contact Information: Dale Kemery (news media only) [email protected] 202-564-7839 202-564-4355


    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has denied a petition calling for a ban on the manufacture, use and processing of lead in fishing gear.

    In a letter to the petitioners, EPA indicated that the petitioners have not demonstrated that the requested rule is necessary to protect against an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment, as required by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The letter further indicates that the increasing number of limitations on the use of lead fishing gear on some federal and state lands, as well as various education and outreach activities, call into question whether a national ban on lead in fishing gear would be the least burdensome, adequately protective approach to address the concern, as called for under TSCA. EPA's letter also notes that the prevalence of non-lead alternatives in the marketplace continues to increase.
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    by Published on 11-02-2010 08:04 PM

    November 2, 2010

    ESPN Inc., announced Tuesday that it has finalized the sale of BASS, LLC to a group of investors including Don Logan, Jerry McKinnis and Jim Copeland. An agreement in principle was announced in August by ESPN and the transaction was completed Monday.

    BASS is the largest membership organization of bass anglers in the U.S.
    with more than 500,000 members. It was purchased by ESPN in 2001 and includes several media platforms, including three magazines and a popular web site. The investor group is a powerful combination of business acumen and superior knowledge of the outdoors industry.
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