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Plano’s Flex System Gives Joe Balog An EDGE™ elizabeth G 04/07/21 05:37 PM

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Plano’s Flex System Gives Joe Balog An EDGE™

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Joe Balog is a versatile angler, at home catching fish on the open water or through the ice, freshwater or salt. He looks to Plano for a tackle management system as adaptable as he is. “We have the ability with the Flex System to make the compartments unique for your personal gear,” the industry veteran explains. “Being flexible on the water allows you to adjust your technique to hook more fish, pivoting with the conditions.”

Taking advantage of rapidly changing patterns means carrying lots of lures. Plano’s EDGE™ Flex tackle storage system lets Balog take everything he needs without eating up all of the storage space on his boat. “Any time you look in your tackle box and see air, that’s wasted space where you’re not storing things.”

Joe arranges his swimbaits right alongside terminal tackle, taking advantage of the Flex Divider System. “It allows me to have part of the box for the real big stuff and part of the box for smaller stuff—instead of having two boxes.” There’s no wasted space, and all of his rigging supplies are right where he needs them—no digging through separate boxes to find the right hook. The recessed dividers ensure small items, like hooks and swivels, can’t wiggle their way into other compartments, so they’ll always be right where you left them.

“The Flex dividers allow me to create a custom box from scratch to fit my lures perfectly,” says Balog. Joe is confident that his baits are protected in the EDGE™ Flex tackle storage system, with a Dri-Loc® O-ring seal that keeps water out when closed. If any water hitches a ride in on a recently used bait, the reusable Water Wick™ packet absorbs any moisture before it can cause rust. The built-in Rustrictor™ technology delivers 360 degrees of rust-preventative protection that stands guard 24/7 to keep tackle performing at its peak.

“All of this fits in this waterproof box with a giant latch,” says the industry insider. That’s Joe Balog’s EDGE™. What’s yours?

The Plano EDGE™ features that Joe Balog counts on to be the most efficient are:
  • Flex Divider System allows anglers to customize the layout
  • Flex System includes (5) 4X dividers, (6) 3X dividers, (9) 2X dividers (18) 1X dividers
  • Water Wick™ divider with reusable moisture-wicking packet
  • Dri-Loc® O-ring seal maintains waterproofing when closed
  • Rustrictor™ technology delivers 360 degrees of rust-preventative protection
  • One-handed latch design

For more information, please visit: www.PLANOMOLDING.COM
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GOST Announces Powerful New Functionality for Satellite Tracking Systems elizabeth G 04/06/21 05:31 PM
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GOST Announces Powerful New Functionality for Satellite Tracking Systems

GOST® (Global Ocean Security Technologies), a world leader in marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems for over 15 years, announced today a powerful new velocity tracking functionality for the award-winning Nav-Tracker IDP Series satellite tracking system.

The new feature incorporates an accelerometer into the antenna, allowing users to set a reporting interval when the boat is moving over a certain speed. This reporting interval begins when the boat is in use, even if the geofence system is disarmed. The feature, when enabled from the GOST Specter website, will automatically adjust the frequency of reports to 2, 5, 15, 30 minutes or 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, 24 hours whenever the boat is going above 2 knots.

“We’re very excited about the new velocity-based report capabilities of our proven Nav-Tracker IDP Series antennas,” said Brian Kane, chief technology officer, GOST. “While our systems’ primary goal has always been to track down stolen boats and alert the customer when an armed boat moves, our clients also use our systems for many other reasons, such as knowing the boat is close to its destination while doing a crossing or if loved ones are on their way back in from a day of fishing offshore. This new feature adds another layer of ingenuity; removing any potential user error by automatically tracking, on defined levels, when the boat is in use. Our tracking systems are designed to ensure that no matter where you are in the world, you will have total awareness of the status of your boat and confidence that your investment is being protected.”

The IDP Series tracking system command and control interface is managed by the GOST Specter website launched last year. Since its launch, Specter is already approaching 1,000 users. The Specter interface offers a streamlined and user-friendly control of geo-fence monitoring and alerts, remote arm/disarm functionality, as well as real-time GPS tracking. The interface retains a 90-day tracking history and text/email alerts. It is also capable of monitoring multiple vessels for fleet management.

For more information on GOST and its full line of security, monitoring and surveillance products, contact or visit

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Gamakatsu’s Under Spin Helps Bass Pro Mike McClelland elizabeth G 04/06/21 04:58 PM

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Gamakatsu’s Under Spin Helps Bass Pro Mike McClelland

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Gamakatsu® turned to Bass Pro Mike McClelland when they were designing the Under Spin Head. The veteran angler drew on his 31 years as a professional bass fisherman to help build the ultimate swimbait head, with enough added flash to force even uncooperative fish to bite.

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“The great thing about the Under Spin Head is its versatility. It’s perfect for a wide variety of conditions,” explains McClelland, who has collected 35 Top 10 finishes in his three decades as a Bass Pro. “I can fish it fast or slow in open water or snake it through cover. The Gamakatsu Heavy Cover hook gives the Under Spin Head the perfect balance of power and finesse.”

McClelland wanted a way to cover ground that would turn on even neutral fish and the Under Spin delivers. The head profile is streamlined to glide through cover, with lifelike recessed eyes providing a focal point for predators that ensures they find the hook point with each strike. The bright chrome willow blade spins freely at the slowest speeds, thanks to a quality ball-bearing swivel, creating an irresistible bubble trail even at a snail’s pace.

“The key to its action is the wire link. We tweaked it until we got just the right length to keep the blade moving freely with the largest soft plastics,” explains the pro. “Fast or slow, the blades deliver a great action that triggers strikes.”

“I can go up to 18-pound flouro. I don’t have to worry about bending the hook if I have to winch fish up quickly,” says McClelland. The heavy wire and wide gap design of the 60-degree Heavy Cover hook give anglers a better hook-up ratio and retention when using bulky swimbaits. Still, the Under Spin Head will work with swimbaits as small as 3 inches so anglers can effectively match smaller forage. “The strong hook on the Under Spin Head gives you the ability to upsize your line. And with the bend of that hook, you just don’t lose fish.”

“The Spring Lock head provides easy rigging. And once it’s on there, it’s not going anywhere,” explains the winning angler. Gamakatsu’s Spring Lock holds swimbaits and other plastics gently but firmly, keeping your presentation straight on the hook. McClelland uses various swimbaits and other soft plastics with the Under Spin Head, ranging in size from 3.5 to 6 inches. “You don’t need super glue with the Under Spin Head. Just rig and fish.”

Gamakatsu’s Under Spin Head is built on a 4/0 Heavy Cover hook and is available in 1/2, 1/4, 3/16, and 3/8 ounce sizes to hit all levels of the water column. The jig head comes unpainted, letting anglers’ fish as is for a subtle presentation or paint it for a more custom look.

Under Spin Head Features:
  • 60-degree Heavy Cover hook
  • Chrome willow leaf blade
  • Quality ball-bearing swivel
  • Spring Lock for holding swim baits
  • Attention-getting, recessed eyes
  • Streamlined head profile
  • Size: 4/0 hook in sizes 3/16, ¼, 3/8, and ½ ounce
  • Color: Plain Lead
  • Qty/Pack: 1

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BRP to Introduce Electric Models by the End of 2026 elizabeth G 04/02/21 04:44 PM

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BRP to Introduce Electric Models for Each of its Product Lines by the End of 2026

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  • BRP to invest $300 million over the next five years to electrify its existing product lines by the end of 2026.
    The first product is expected to be introduced to the market within the next two years, followed by a rapid roll-out across all product lines.
  • BRP is developing its Rotax modular electric powerpack technology in-house which will be leveraged across all product lines.
  • BRP is creating an Electric Vehicle Development Centre in Canada, which will focus on the “energy side”: the charger and the battery pack, as well as the complete integration into the vehicle, and a second pole of development in Austria, which will focus on the “torque side”: the inverter and the high performance electric motor.
  • BRP is actively recruiting to expand its EV team of experts.

BRP (TSX: DOO; NASDAQ: DOOO) announced its five-year plan where it will offer electric models in each of its product lines by the end of 2026. To achieve this, BRP plans to invest $300M over five years in product development, specialized equipment, infrastructure, production tooling and facilities.

“We have always said electrification was not a question of ‘if’ but a question of ‘when’. Today, we’re very excited to unveil more details of our plan to deliver market-shaping products that will enhance the consumer experience by offering new electric options,” said José Boisjoli, President and CEO. “We are leveraging our engineering know-how and innovation capabilities to define the best strategy for developing electric-powered products,” he added.

After developing and evaluating several concepts, BRP has made the bold decision to develop its Rotax modular electric powerpack technology which will be leveraged across all product lines enhancing the consumer experience by offering new electric options. To achieve this, BRP is expanding its Rotax electric power unit development infrastructure in Gunskirchen, Austria, and is also creating the BRP Electric Vehicle Development Centre, located in its hometown of Valcourt, Quebec, Canada. This facility will feature state-of-the-art equipment, including several sophisticated test benches and dynamometers, plus an ultramodern robotized manufacturing cell for electric batteries.

“We are thrilled to create our EV expertise centre, taking steps into the world of electrification,’’ said Bernard Guy, Senior Vice-President, Global Product Strategy. “Experts on our EV team will feel the agility of a startup environment but will benefit from BRP’s financial resources and state-of-the-art equipment to design our in-house technology,” he added.

BRP’s electric path
In early 2019, BRP acquired assets of Alta Motors, an electric motorcycle manufacturer, and commercialized the Rotax Sonic E-Kart, which is currently in operation at the Rotax MAX Dome in Linz, Austria. A few months later, it showcased e-concepts at Club BRP 2019 to give a glimpse of what the future could hold for both its current product lines and for other potential segments. BRP has produced several battery-electric, hybrid-electric and even fuel cell-electric vehicles over the years. Today’s announcement brings BRP’s electric journey further into focus, with a clear vision and firm plans to roll out its electric products.

Expanding BRP’s electric vehicle development team
The R&D team is expanding quickly, and BRP is recruiting for several positions as it moves to the next phase of its electric propulsion technology development. With involvement from Quebec, Austria, Finland and the United States, BRP’s top talent worldwide, including hundreds of engineers and specialized technicians, will work together to develop and produce electric vehicles at BRP.

For more information on employment opportunities with BRP EV R&D centers, please visit:
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US Harbors Announces Best Harbor in the US Contest elizabeth G 04/02/21 04:29 PM
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Voting Begins March 31, 2021 in 3rd Annual "Best Harbor in the US" Contest

US Harbors Uses Crowdsourcing and Passionate Coastal Communities to Find Winners

US Harbors, a free online resource for boaters and coastal communities, announced today voting begins on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 for the 3rd annual “Best Harbor in the US” contest at Participation is free and open to everyone, including the over 8 million people who use US Harbors ( for their coastal and marine weather, tides charts and harbor-local boating and fishing information.

The purpose of the contest is to promote the strength and vitality of coastal communities. Past winning harbors have been those whose residents have strong communication networks and are passionate about where they live and work. These kinds of networks are vital in supporting the resilience of coastal communities as they face the impacts of climate change and other events.

Voting for this year’s Best Harbor contest is open from March 31 through May 31, 2021. Participation is limited to one vote per user. People can vote on any of the 1,400 harbors that US Harbors provides coastal weather and tides for; from Maine to Hawaii, Florida to Alaska, and the Great Lakes. The winning harbors will be announced on Friday, June 4, 2021, and the top four harbors will receive special plaques commemorating their win. Additionally, US Harbors throws a special event for the overall winner, including gifts for their community.

In past years, over 100,000 people from around the country have participated in the annual contest: they have voted online, shared photos and stories of their harbors and most importantly they have spread the word in their local communities to get others to join them. Previous Best Harbor winners have included Padanaram, Massachusetts (2019) and Depoe Bay, Oregon (2021).

For more information on US Harbors, please visit

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Propspeed Partners with Quick Spa elizabeth G 04/02/21 04:22 PM
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Propspeed Partners with Quick Spa to Supply Award-Winning Products Worldwide

Propspeed, leading innovator of underwater foul-release coatings, announced today that, with the help of distribution partner Ocean Call, it has partnered with Quick Spa, international leader in the production of nautical accessories, to recommend Propspeed’s award-winning product line of foul-release coatings to its customers and dealers around the world.

“Our dedicated team has been working diligently to partner with exceptional companies that share our passion and vision to bring award-winning products that offer a better boating experience to customers around the world,” said Chris Baird, CEO, Propspeed. “Quick is well-known in the industry for its innovative and reliable product lines, particularly its line of thrusters. Propspeed is the perfect product for these thrusters, ensuring they stay free from marine life growth and corrosion, and operate smoothly when needed.”

Quick Spa offers full ranges of various product lines including well-known gyroscopic stabilizers, marine lighting, windlasses, anchoring systems, accessories, battery chargers, thrusters, docking systems and water heaters. Headquartered in Ravenna, Italy, and with two foreign branches (Quick USA in Baltimore, Maryland, and Quick UK in Southampton, United Kingdom) the Quick branded portfolio operates out of a 538,196 square foot facility that supports sales, marketing, research and development, purchasing, logistics, manufacturing and fulfillment.

“We have received a great deal of positive feedback from our customers that have used Propspeed to protect their underwater assets,” said Michele Marzucco, President and CEO, Quick Spa. “We have seen the advantages of using Propspeed on our thrusters as part of the installation. If you have invested in a quality thruster you should protect it with an efficient foul-release coating such as Propspeed.”

Propspeed’s ultra-slick topcoat is specially formulated to prevent marine growth from bonding to metal surfaces below the waterline. It is proven to increase boat efficiency, reduce drag, save on fuel and maintenance costs, and protect from corrosion. It features an exceptionally strong chemical and mechanical bond between the metal substrate, the Etching Primer and the Clear Coat – ensuring that the Propspeed coating actually sticks to running gear, and any other underwater metals, and performs season after season. Propspeed products include Propspeed for running gear and underwater metals, Foulfree for transducers and Lightspeed for underwater lighting.

For more information on Propspeed or its industry-leading coatings, please visit

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Lowrance Announces Hook a Great Deal Promotion elizabeth G 04/02/21 04:13 PM
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Lowrance Announces Hook a Great Deal Promotion

Lowrance®, a world-leader in fishing electronics since 1957, announced today the HOOK® a Great Deal promotion. Effective April 1 through June 30, 2021, Lowrance is offering up to $100 cash back on HOOK Reveal displays – including the new HOOK Reveal Contour+ chart bundles.

The new HOOK Reveal Contour+ chart bundles pair the proven, easy-to-use sonar of HOOK Reveal with a Contour+ chart card. Covering inland and near-shore coastal areas of the continental U.S., plus Hawaii, Bermuda and Canada, C-MAP® Contour+ charts include Custom Depth Shading on all lakes, Easy Routing (U.S. coast/Inland only), high-resolution bathymetric 1-foot contours on 15,000+ U.S. lakes and 9,400+ lakes in Canada, fishing Points of Interest (POIs) and standard navigation data – including Tides and Currents for coastal areas.

HOOK Reveal makes fishing easier, delivering powerful performance with proven fish-finding tools including: Autotuning Sonar, SideScan and DownScan Imaging™ and FishReveal™. FishReveal makes fish easier to see by combining the benefits of Lowrance CHIRP sonar and DownScan Imaging on one screen.

These mail-in rebate offers are applicable for purchases made in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

For more information on the HOOK a Great Deal promotion or Lowrance products, visit

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