Spring 2013

Photo of a BoatUS Member being helped by TowBoatUS Membership Matters

"Stuff Happens"; Zona & Cockburn: On The Razor's Edge; BoatUS ANGLER On Facebook; Save On Your Next Vacation

Photo of Homer Circle Bass Fishing Loses Greatest Scribe in Uncle Homer

The bass fishing community mourned the death of its favorite uncle, Homer Circle, who wrote a monthly column in Bassmaster Magazine, "Ask Uncle Homer".

Photo of Dave Sanchez with his winning marlin catch First Marlin Leads to $2.4M Payday

Before this week, the biggest fish Dave Sanchez had ever caught was a largemouth bass near his home in Kansas City, Mo. And he probably had to shell out a few bucks for that honor. His first marlin, however, earned his team on Frantic Pace a $2.396 million paycheck in the Bisbee’s Black & Blue tournament.

Photo of a sample New York state drivers licenseBorder Boaters: Enhance Your Driver's License

Headed for the Canadian border by boat or with a boat in tow this summer? Well, no matter how you check into our neighboring country, you’ll need very specific identification. If you live in Michigan, New York, Vermont, or the State of Washington, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has made border crossing a bit easier.

Photo of the Deepwater Horizon explosionBP Hit With Record Fine

More than two years after its Deepwater Horizon rig created the largest oil spill in U.S. history, British Petroleum (BP) admitted criminal wrongdoing and settled for $4.5 billion with the U.S. Department of Justice. The amount is the largest corporate fine in U.S. history.

Photo of a lobsterEveryone Loves Lobster Dinner, Even Lobsters!

Lobsters were so prevalent in the Gulf of Maine last year, some boats stopped going out because prices dropped so low it wasn't worth it. On the other hand, fish known to prey on lobster — cod, mainly — are in short supply in those waters. That led University of Maine scientists to see if any other predators might be munching on the state's best-known delicacy.

Photo of a man catching a bassOnline Licensing Grows

In this modern age of digital merchandising and convenient shopping on the web, a growing number of sportsmen are purchasing licenses online. According, in 2012, the number of fishing licenses purchased online grew 13 percent since 2009. Today, 29 percent of all anglers queried by report buying licenses online.

Photo of a sturgeonGreat Lakes' Largest Fish Receiving New Habitat

Partner agencies from around the Great Lakes region, including Michigan Sea Grant, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration teamed up over the summer of 2012 to restore about an acre of habitat in Michigan’s St. Clair River by constructing rocky reefs to enhance fish reproduction and rebuild native fish populations.

Photo of a mn on a Quadski ATVATV's Take The Plunge

One if by land, two if by sea. What about one by land and sea? That’s what’s coming out of Detroit in the Quadski, an ATV that turns into a personal watercraft.

Photo of an E15 stickerTwo E15 Decisions

After a disappointing U.S. Courts of Appeals ruling on its suit against the EPA over E15 fuel last August, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is back in court.

Drawing of a bassLong Live The Freshwater King

Bass is king again as the overwhelming favorite target of American anglers, an AnglerSurvey report from late 2012 shows.