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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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    If you're reading this, Greetings and Welcome to the new MOBASS.com!

    The announcement of a completely revamped website was made at the 2010 State Tournament and aside from a few minor things, the checklist was complete enough to roll out the new design.

    Couple of things to note before you email the webmaster;
    • Old Articles not on new website - I am aware of this and am actively working to convert all ~200 articles but having to do them all by hand, is going to take some time
    • User Accounts - The new site will make full use of individual MOBASS.com web accounts but for the moment, registering accounts have been disabled
    • Using Facebook instead of creating a new account - see User Accounts
    • Photo Gallery - I've been un-sucessfull in locating a photo gallery module for the new website that is user friendly (and free) so I've upgraded our Flickr account to Pro which allows larger images, more of them, and the ability to display all albums (check em out, there's quite a few up there now)
    • Sponsor banners - I'm taking the lists straight from Bassmaster.com for National Sponsors, and will be updating a similar State Sponsors column once I get the approval from the State President


    There are a number of other things still on my ToDo List but I made a promise to roll out the new website before the end of October and since I'll be unavailable til November 2nd, I wanted to make good on my promise - and so here's the new MOBASS.com

    One last item, should you notice something completely out of whack, a link that doesn't lead anywhere, or anything that should be addressed, send me an email

    Enjoy and check back often for updates!
    by Published on 10-24-2010 06:16 AM

    (from Twitter)

    On schedule for late October roll out of new MOBASS.com.

    Still working on a way to convert the database dating from 2006 over to the new format but apparently no such software exists so I'll be doing this by hand...all 209 articles! (yeah, that might have to wait till after the roll-out).

    Additionally, some have asked for a preview and normally I'd be happy to oblige but certain features are not ready for viewing and I'd hate to spoil the surprise since I'm going to roll this out in a couple days. So, thanks for the inquiries, but unfortunately you'll have to wait!

    Look for the change-over to take place either Wednesday or Thursday
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    Sorry for the delay folks - here are the results!

    Your 12-Man team and State Champion are:

    1 CHARLES BONNETT - CAMDENTON CASTAWAYS
    2 JIN NGUYEN - SMITHVILLE BASSMASTERS
    3 SHAWN VENINGA - ELITE ANGLERS
    4 GREG COOPER - MARK TWAIN BASSMASTERS
    5 JUSTIN PACE - SIMPLY BASS
    6 JOHN ZEIMET - CAMDENTON CASTAWAYS
    7 JOSEPH "JODY" HUGHES - ELDON BASSMASTERS
    8 JEFF HAMILTON - SHOW ME BASSMASTERS
    9 MATTHEW NAGLE - RODBENDERS
    10 PAUL WILLETT - TABLE ROCK BASSMASTERS
    11 DANIEL STARK - SIMPLY BASS
    12 KURT PRALLE - MARK TWAIN BASSMASTERS

    Congratulations to all anglers who participated in the tournament.

    FINAL - Individual Results (PDF)

    FINAL - Club Standings (PDF)
    by Published on 09-13-2010 10:14 PM

    "On August 23, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was petitioned by the Center for Biological Diversity and others to ban lead from ammunition and fishing tackle, including sinkers, jigs, weighted fly lines and components containing lead, such as brass and ballast in lures, spinners, stick baits and other fishing products.

    On August 27, the EPA denied the petition regarding ammunition, but let stand the petition to ban lead in fishing tackle and has opened a short period for taking public comment."

    RightToFish.pdf
    by Published on 09-06-2010 04:02 PM
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    A big THANKS to all of you who were able to contribute to the going away gift we presented to Chris Horton last week at the angler-biologist meeting in Texas. Thanks to James Hall at BASS and Chris' wife Kim, we found out that Chris wanted a very specific waterfowl weapon to ...
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