Spring 2012

Photo of a Menhaden bait fish Good News For Stripers

For the first time in history, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) voted to cut the commercial catch of the East coast’s favorite bait fish.

Photo of a TowBoatUS Captain receiving an award for heroism Oh Captain, My Hero

Five Towboat Captains Honored for Heroism

Photo of pro angler Roland Martin TowBoatUS Gets Angling Legend To The Weigh-In On Time

B.A.S.S. legend Roland Martin has had better days on the water. The 19-time B.A.S.S. winner had just started his day on the Harris Chain of Lakes for the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open when his outboard motor "blew up" at about 7:30 a.m

Photo of a fish in a tea cup Coffee, Tea, Or - Fish?

Concerned about the amount of mercury in your fish? A cup of coffee could be the cure according to a University of Montreal study published in the journal Environmental Research.

photo of Ray Murski, Jerry McKinnis, DOn Logan and Bill Dance Ray Murski, King of King Strike, Passes

The outdoor industry lost one of its icons when Ray Murski, who took his fishing passion to great heights as owner of Strike King Lure Co., died in December after an auto accident.

Photo of an angler holding a snook A Look At Snook

After a long cold spell in 2010 that decimated Florida snook populations, the state opened the recreational harvest season on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters, but taking fish from its Gulf of Mexico waters is closed until Aug. 31.

Photo of a billfish jumping Points, Not Pounds

Fishing in the World Billfish Series Grand Championship, Davis Clapp was fortunate not to land any big ones “I got lucky I didn’t find a 400-pounder,” said the Seattle native now living in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Photo of an angler holding an Alabama Rig A As In Alabama Rig

Never has a single lure created so much controversy, probably because it’s not really a lure, and it’s definitely not single.

Photo of a Family at a boat ramp Boat Ramps Online - Your Feedback Needed

BoatUS has added thousands of boat ramps from around the country on the Services Locator (, making it easier than ever to find a place to launch your boat.