Adrian College Anglers Win Ranger Cup University Team of the Year Challenge

 

Adrian College Anglers Win Ranger Cup University Team of the Year Challenge

 

 

 

Collegiate anglers take home $2,000 and other prizes in winner-take-all challenge

   

FLIPPIN, Ark. (January 14, 2019) – Jack Hippe and Nick Czajka, collegiate anglers from Adrian College, won the Ranger Cup University Team of the Year Challenge in a winner-take-all, made-for-TV event on Texas’ Fayette County Reservoir, a power plant lake located in south central Texas. The tournament, which utilized a rules format where all legal fish are weighed and released from the boat, pitted the Adrian College anglers against a team from Bethel University – two of the biggest schools in the sport today.

 

Adrian College anglers Jack Hippe (left) and Nick Czajka (right) display their winning check from the Ranger Cup University Challenge at Fayette County Lake, Texas.

Hippe and Czajka qualified for the expense-paid competition by being the highest placed Ranger Cup University qualified team in the FLW College Fishing National Championship. The duo topped Bethel University anglers Cole Floyd and Carter McNeil, who qualified for the event by winning the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s.

 

Both teams faced the challenge of landing as many legal fish (over 14 inches) as possible in a single day to take the title. The teams went into the event with only one hour of pre-fishing right before the start of the competition.

 

Coming from Michigan, where Adrian College is currently covered in ice and snow, the anglers had to quickly adjust to the warm weather and warm water conditions of the power plant lake.

 

“I have only fished a power plant lake once, and that was in July,” said Hippe. “It was something that was totally different for us completely. Fishing in Texas and how the body of water played out. Near 80-degree water temperatures in January were something that neither of us were accustomed to by any means.”

 

“We spent a lot of time looking at maps and planned spending a fair amount of time out deep,” said Hippe. “We had one hour to go around and look at the lake and realized the water was a lot warmer than we had expected. We went to the bank and covered as much water as we could. We got lucky and found a few fish.”

 

The team started their day just a few hundred yards from the launch, targeting the fish found during their previous hour on the lake.

 

“I started in the morning throwing a jig to the edges of the cattails while Nick threw a buzzbait,” said Hippe. “There for a minute, I picked up a Chatterbait, which I caught four or five fish.

 

The team started fast by boating a key fish early in the morning – a 5-pound, 4-ounce, largemouth on a black buzzbait. With an early lead, Hippe and Czajka leaned heavily on flipping into the cattails to strengthen their lead.

 

“We were catching them up in cattails,” said Hippe. “We can across a handful of beds but didn’t see any locked on per se. Once it got high sun, they pulled in tight to those cattails.”

 

Going shallow to pitch jigs in the cattails proved critical to taking the title, as the anglers from Bethel opted to fish deep early in the morning, which put them behind from the start. The Bethel anglers matched the Adrian anglers for most of the day, but the early deficit was too much to overcome. In all, Hippe and Czajka boated approximately 87 pounds to take the title of Ranger Cup University Team of the Year.

 

“We are super stoked,” said Hippe. “We were so excited. To be able to win that event was fantastic and so cool for us.”

 

As part of the competition, both teams fished from brand new, fully rigged Ranger Z519’s powered by Yamaha 225 SHO outboards.

 

“Nick and I are both very aggressive anglers,” said Hippe. “We both like to fish up front and we were able to comfortably fish next to each other all day. The storage is great too. It was awesome to have all that space to keep everything organized. We brought 35 rods and packed them all in there.”

 

With this win, the team took home won $2,000 as well as bragging rights for their university. For competing in the challenge, both participating teams received a grand-prize package that included travel, lodging and meals.

 

The made-for-TV fish off will be televised nationally on future episodes of “Americana Outdoors” and the “Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.”

 

Modeled after Ranger Cup, the most lucrative contingency rewards in the industry, Ranger Cup University is the first program designed exclusively for collegiate anglers and is open to those fishing in either FLW- or BoatUS-affiliated competitions. Signup is free, regardless of which brand of boat the anglers own. To remain qualified in the program, anglers need only adhere to clothing and logo requirements. As part of the Ranger Cup University program, participants will be able to receive specially discounted tournament gear through Gemini Custom Apparel, with no artwork or set-up fees. Through this partnership, Ranger Cup University anglers can purchase fully customized tournament jerseys for as low as $48.

 

For complete program guidelines and details on Ranger Cup University, including payout, clothing requirements and informational videos, go online to www.rangercup.com.

 

 

About Ranger Boats

Headquartered in Flippin, Ark., Ranger Boats is the nation’s premier manufacturer of legendary fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, with acclaimed models and series in the bass, multi-species, fish ‘n play, saltwater, waterfowl utility and pontoon boat segments. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest-quality, strongest-performing boats on the water. For more information, go to RangerBoats.com.

Wildlife Forever Raises $715,000 to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species in Minnesota

 

Wildlife Forever Raises $715,000 to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species in Minnesota

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Pat Conzemius:
pconzemius@wildlifeforever.org

White Bear Lake, MN – Through a growing coalition of Minnesota Counties, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Lake Associations, federal partners and private groups, Wildlife Forever raised over $715,000 in support of state-wide, invasive species outreach programs in 2018. The newly released Minnesota Clean Drain Dry Annual Report details the statewide collaboration and consistent Clean Drain Dry outreach efforts reaching 52.5 million contacts. 

“Investing in prevention marketing can have a big impact on the public. When done right, compliance with Clean Drain Dry actions are extremely high resulting in low invasive species spread rates. We’re grateful for the many partners who came together in 2018 to pool resources and make things happen,” said Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President of Wildlife Forever.

Utilizing innovative marketing techniques and developed campaign materials, coalition partners benefit by not having to reinvent materials, saving valuable resources and time. 2018 highlights include 1,000 television commercials, over 2,000 radio spots, 50 print ads, 22 highway billboards, 80 public events, and countless social media posts, likes and shares. All thanks to partners from across the state.

Planning for the coming open water season is underway now. For partners interested working together, pooling resources and unifying towards a state-wide program, please contact Wildlife Forever.

The Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ is the national campaign to educate outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Strategic communications, marketing, outreach and educational services provide access to consistent messaging, and resources for implementing AIS prevention programs. To learn more, contact Dane Huinker at: 763-253-0222 or  DHuinker@Wildlifeforever.org
Visit www.CleanDrainDry.org.

About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. Join Today and get involved.  Learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, at www.WildlifeForever.org

Newly Inaugurated Gov. Ron DeSantis Hosts Press Conference on Water Policy Reforms

Newly Inaugurated Gov. Ron DeSantis Hosts Press Conference on Water Policy Reforms

Gov. Ron DeSantis (podium), with first lady Casey DeSantis to immediate left, Lt. Gov. Jannette Nunez on right, with Kellie Ralston, far right.

Our own Kellie Ralston, Southeast Fisheries Policy Director, American Sportfishing Association, attended Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ press conference this morning in Bonita Springs where he announced major water policy reforms. The entire press release is below, and you may watch the video here.

Ralston shared, “On behalf of Florida’s more than three million anglers and the sportfishing industry, we are encouraged today by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ bold commitment and comprehensive approach to addressing Florida’s water quality issues. It was an honor to participate in today’s announcement of historic funding for our natural resources and policy priorities. We completely agree with Gov. DeSantis’ statement that ‘Our water and natural resources are the foundation of our economy and our way of life in Florida,’ and that ‘The protection of water resources is one of the most pressing issues facing our state.”  We look forward to working together and addressing these issues to ensure that Florida remains the Fishing Capital of the World.”

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Major Water Policy Reforms  

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 19-12 (Achieving More Now For Florida’s Environment), implementing major reforms to ensure the protection of Florida’s environment and water quality.

“Our water and natural resources are the foundation of our economy and our way of life in Florida,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “The protection of water resources is one of the most pressing issues facing our state. That’s why today I’m taking immediate action to combat the threats which have devastated our local economies and threatened the health of our communities.”

The order calls for:

– $2.5 Billion over the next four years for Everglades restoration and protection of water resources (a $1 Billion increase in spending over the previous four years and the highest level of funding for restoration in Florida’s history).

– The Establishment of a Blue-Green Algae Task Force, charged with focusing on expediting progress toward reducing the adverse impacts of blue-green algae blooms now and over the next five years.

– Instruction to the South Florida Water Management District to immediately start the next phase of the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir Project design and ensure the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approves the project according to schedule.

– The Creation of the Office of Environmental Accountability and Transparency charged with organizing and directing integrated scientific research and analysis to ensure that all agency actions are aligned with key environmental priorities.

– The Appointment of a Chief Science Officer to coordinate and prioritize scientific data, research, monitoring and analysis needs to ensure alignment with current and emerging environmental concerns most pressing to Floridians.

Executive Order 19-12: Achieving More Now For Florida’s Environment

Section 1: Focus on Rapid Improvement for Water Quality, Quantity and Supply

I hereby direct the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Department of Health (DOH) as provided in paragraph J below, and Visit Florida and the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) as provided in paragraph L below, to take the following actions to enhance Florida’s water quality and preserve its natural resources:

A. Secure $2.5 billion over the next four years to invest in Everglades restoration and protecting our water resources.

B. Establish a Blue-Green Algae Task Force, charged with focusing on expediting progress toward reducing the adverse impacts of blue-green algae blooms now and over the next five years. This task force should support key funding and restoration initiatives to expedite nutrient reductions in Lake Okeechobee and the downstream estuaries. This task force should identify priority projects for funding that are based on scientific-data and build upon Basin Management Action Plans to provide the largest and most meaningful nutrient reductions in key waterbodies, as well as make recommendations for regulatory changes.

C. Update and secure all restoration plans, within one year, for waterbodies impacting South Florida communities, including Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries. These updates will ensure that the Blue-Green Algae Task Force has the necessary information to provide guidance to DEP on maximizing the investments in water quality improvements.

D. Instruct the South Florida Water Management District to immediately start the next phase of the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir Project design and ensure the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approves the project according to schedule.

E. Expedite key Everglades projects including the C-44 reservoir and stormwater treatment area, C-43 reservoir, Tamiami Trail and additional projects necessary to protect our waterways and natural resources.

F. Work with the South Florida Water Management District to add stormwater treatment to the C-43 Reservoir to provide additional treatment and improve the quality of water leaving this important storage component.

G. Expedite projects with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve management of Lake Okeechobee, including updating the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule and identifying water quality treatment technologies to install near water control structures in Lake Okeechobee.

H. Direct DEP to establish a septic conversion and remediation grant program with a local government match requirement.

I. Instruct all five water management districts to increase transparency and accountability by providing data and information to DEP to support key water quality restoration efforts. Instruct all water management districts to review budgets and prioritize available funding to focus on projects that will help address harmful algae blooms and maximize nutrient reductions.

J. Participate in Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force to provide technical expertise and assistance studying causes and impacts of red tide. The DOH is also directed to participate in FWC’s Task Force to help study air quality and human health impacts of red tide.

K. Continue DEP’s red tide emergency grant program to support local governments to clean up their beaches and coastal areas to minimize the impacts of red tide to residents and visitors.

L. Partner with Visit Florida and DEO to identify opportunities within communities and recommend investments in green infrastructure, such as wetland treatment systems, that benefit our natural resources and local economies by increasing recreational and tourism opportunities, while improving water quality.

M. Engage local governments, industry, universities and water management districts to identify and research all viable alternative water supply sources and provide an assessment of funding needs critical to supporting Florida’s growing economy. DEP should take all necessary steps to establish recurring funding for an alternative water supply grant program to help communities plan for and implement vital conservation, reuse and other alternative water supply projects.

N. Engage local governments, industry, citizens and other stakeholders through a targeted education and outreach campaign that will focus on the importance of conservation and reuse efforts and encourage Floridians to implement essential conservation and reuse efforts in their homes, businesses and communities throughout Florida.

O. Continue to explore every option to stop Georgia’s harmful upstream water use from causing further adverse impacts to the Apalachicola River and Bay.

Section 2: Restructuring to Focus on Accountability, Transparency, and Science to Achieve More Now for Florida’s Environment

I hereby direct DEP to implement the following actions to ensure the agency is making sound decisions based on the best available science and providing for accountability and transparency:

A. Create the Office of Environmental Accountability and Transparency charged with organizing and directing integrated scientific research and analysis to ensure that all agency actions are aligned with key environmental priorities.

B. Appoint a Chief Science Officer to coordinate and prioritize scientific data, research, monitoring and analysis needs to ensure alignment with current and emerging environmental concerns most pressing to Floridians.

C. Take all necessary actions to move the Environmental Crimes Enforcement Unit from FWC to DEP to align resources focused on environmental protection and ensure strong enforcement of Florida’s environmental laws.

Section 3: Ensure Florida’s Valuable and Vulnerable Coastlines and Natural Resources are Protected

I hereby direct DEP to implement the following actions to protect Florida’s coastlines and natural resources:

A. Create the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection to help prepare Florida’s coastal communities and habitats for impacts from sea level rise by providing funding, technical assistance and coordination among state, regional and local entities.

B. Take necessary actions to adamantly oppose all off-shore oil and gas activities off every coast in Florida and hydraulic fracturing in Florida.

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New North Dakota Tournament Director To Bring Knowledge of ‘NoDak Fishing Culture’ To 2019 AWWS

Presented by Yamaha Motor Corp USA and Warrior Boats LLC.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Jan. 10, 2019

Contact: Denny Fox, 920-505-0122

Anglers Insight Marketing LLC (AIM™)

 

New North Dakota Tournament Director To Bring Knowledge of ‘NoDak Fishing Culture’ To 2019 AWWS

 

A 43-year-old media expert and avid walleye angler is the new AIM Weekend Walleye Series (AWWS) North Dakota tournament director, promising to bring his expertise as well as in-depth knowledge of the “NoDak fishing culture” to move AIM’s presence there to the next level and beyond.

Geremy Olson, of Washburn, ND, situated along the Missouri River between Garrison, site of several AIM tournaments, and Bismarck, site of the upcoming National Championship Shootout May 31-June 1, is the second North Dakotan to be tapped for an AIM leadership role since October.

Cody Roswick, of Valley City, a respected marine and fishing industry professional, was named AWWS business manager in October 2018.

“We are extremely excited to have Geremy aboard as the new face of AIM North Dakota,” said AIM National Tournament Director Denny Fox. “He knows what North Dakota anglers want. He’s well-known both in-state and in the media. And, what’s more, we didn’t need to go find him. He came to us. That’s always a bonus. Geremy is a busy guy, but as the saying goes, when you want something done, find a guy who’s busy to get it accomplished.”

Olson’s main job? Help grow the North Dakota Division to match the prominence that walleye fishing holds in that state. He will be in charge of all four 2019 divisional qualifiers, plus the state championship, and also will attend the National Championship Shootout.

“Growing up near Minot, I learned to fish on the Missouri system, and I’ve been fishing as long as I could hold a fishing rod in my hand,” Olson said.

“I was the kid who never got in trouble because I was too busy fishing.” He’s also guided in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters.

Olson comes from a varied work background. He became an inspirational speaker after suffering serious injuries during a range fire while a volunteer fireman, which left him in a wheelchair for three years.

He also is in the ministry, is an author, and works wildfire prevention. He also is involved in live event and video production as owner of 241Ink Productions. His experience includes local projects, the Republican National Convention and other national events, most recently with the National Professional Anglers Association. His company’s expertise also will be seen at AIM events this season. He holds degrees in both broadcasting and bible from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN.

“The biggest thing I bring to AIM is, this is my home state. I bring a level of professionalism that’s going to greatly impact and help AIM. I’m very tuned in to what I call the North Dakota walleye fishing culture, and I’ll be better able to communicate with anglers throughout the state about what AIM is, and its goals,” Olson said.

“AIM has a great format that is the future of fishing. It’s a super simple way to have fun, catch big fish and even win some money without harming the fishery of any lake AIM comes to.”

This season that will include the first NoDak AIM state championship qualifying tournament May 12 on Lake Sakakawea. Stay tuned for more news at AIM’s Facebook site. The season begins April 7 on Wisconsin’s Fox River at Green Bay. For info on all AIM events, including how to register for this year, go to aimfishing.com.

Anglers Insight Marketing LLC (AIM™) is a unique tournament organization created and owned by many of the most accomplished and recognizable professional walleye anglers, along with others who share the mission of advancing competitive walleye fishing and making it sustainable into the future. AIM is committed to marketing excellence on behalf of its tournament competitors, the tournament host communities, and the brands that partner with it. AIM is also committed to maintaining healthy fisheries across the nation by the development of the exclusive AIM Catch-Record-Release™ format which is integral to its dynamic events and unparalleled consumer engagement.

For more information about AIM™, AIM Pro Walleye Series™, AIM Weekend Walleye Series, AIM sponsors and AIM anglers, visit www.aimfishing.com.

AIM Presenting Sponsors: Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. and Warrior Boats, LLC.

AIM Supporting Sponsors: Mercury Marine, Nitro Boats, Garmin, Navionics, Power Pole, Worldwide Marine Insurance, AirWave Pedestals, Off Shore Tackle, Vibrations Tackle, Pro Chattrr, Gemini Sport Marketing, Treeland Resort, Anglers Avenue, Moonshine Lures Shiver Minnow, JT Outdoors Products, Fox River Lures and Rods, Bismarck Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Marinette WI

Evinrude Extends FLW Sponsorship

Evinrude Extends FLW Sponsorship

 

Innovator in Outboard Engine Technology Named
Presenting Sponsor for Five FLW Events in 2019

 

STURTEVANT, Wis., January 10, 2019 – Evinrude announced today a sponsorship renewal with Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), marking the 18th year of the partnership. The agreement ensures that Evinrude and its premier lineup of outboard engines will be showcased across all FLW tournament circuits and through exclusive digital content, as well as remaining the official outboard sponsor of FLW.

“FLW is extremely pleased to announce our continued partnership with Evinrude,” said Trish Blake, president, FLW Marketing Division. “2019 marks eighteen years of our longstanding relationship which reinforces the commitment both companies have towards one another and the sport of professional bass fishing. Our fans and anglers have shown tremendous loyalty to our sponsors’ products and our tournaments offer the perfect showcase to display the efficient, reliable Evinrude outboards.”

“We are very excited to continue our relationship with FLW,” said Tracy Crocker, president of the BRP Marine Group and senior vice president and general manager of Evinrude. “FLW events offer an ideal platform to demonstrate the industry-leading power, performance and value of our Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards. We look forward to the results from this year’s tournament circuit and helping FLW, competing anglers and fans have a successful 2019 season.”

Evinrude will be prominent at all FLW-sanctioned tournaments and outdoor expos with an Evinrude booth with featured products for fans to visit and experience. The Sturtevant, Wisconsin-based company will also be seen across the FLW’s various media platforms including FLWFishing.com, “FLW Live”, the FLW social media channels, FLW Bass Fishing magazine, and the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show. Evinrude is slated to be the presenting sponsor for five events during the 2019 tournament season.

As part of the sponsorship agreement, Evinrude will continue to offer a contingency awards program for boaters competing in the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL). To participate, an angler must be the owner of a 2016 or newer 90- to 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC or E-TEC G2 outboard engine. All contingency payouts will be administered by FLW, allowing for immediate payouts at each tournament.

Prizes are as follows:

  • $300 to the highest participating finisher in each qualifying tournament
  • $1,000 to the highest participating finisher in each of the six Regional events
  • $5,000 to the highest participating finisher at the BFL All-American; $1,500 to the second-highest participating finisher at the BFL All-American; $1,000 to the third-highest participating finisher at the BFL All-American; $500 to the fourth-highest participating finisher at the BFL All-American

Updated details and terms of the program will be posted at
FLWFishing.com.

Evinrude’s engine line up, from 3.5 to 300 HP, offers customers superior value across a full range of applications, and are available at authorized Evinrude dealerships worldwide. Follow Evinrude on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brpevinrude.