The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating. The foundation developed the Take Me Fishing campaign to create awareness around boating, fishing and conservation, and to educate people about the benefits of participation.

Study finds groundfishing on the rise

A recent study on illegal groundfishing in New England finds the practice is rampant and on the rise, and the authors of the study are calling for stronger enforcement of the law and stiffer penalties for violators. Published last week in the journal Marine Policy, the study is intended to be the first chapter in…more

Sponsors announced for Xtreme fishing series

Xtreme Fishing Series announced three new sponsors for the 2009 tournament season. Canyon Bay Boats of Lakeland, Fla., will be the official boat of the Xtreme Redfish Series for the 2009 season. Plus, winners of the series championship will receive a new 18-foot flats boat by Canyon Bay, powered by an Evinrude outboard, along with…more

RBFF promotes National Fishing & Boating Week

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation is promoting National Fishing & Boating Week with an online movement designed to help families find one of the tens of thousands of places across the country to boat and fish. RBFF is asking boaters and anglers of all ages and experience levels to visit TakeMeFishing.org, where they can…more

Bass tournament to benefit children’s shelter

Striper Marina is hosting its 18th annual Striper Marina Striped Bass Tournament May 28-31 in Barrington, R.I. This year’s theme is “Catching Fish to Help Children,” with all proceeds going to support the Rhode Island Kiddie Shelters for abused and abandoned children. “The state covers the kids’ basic needs and what we are able to…more

RBFF awards education grants

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation awarded five education grants to youth-focused boating, fishing and conservation organizations. “We believe that the best way to get kids and their families hooked on boating and fishing is to get them out on the water doing just that,” said RBFF Frank Peterson, president and CEO, in a statement.…more

‘Casting Call’ will honor RBFF founder

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation will participate in the Jim Range National Casting Call Monday in Washington at Fletchers’ Cove in C&O Canal National Historical Park. The Jim Range National Casting Call provides an opportunity for the public to fish the canal with instruction by industry experts. RBFF president and CEO Frank Peterson and…more

Lauderdale fishing seminar set for May

“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” will hold a saltwater fishing seminar May 1-3 in Fort Lauderdale. The classes will be held at the Ramada Inn, with Saturday outdoor skill practice at the Marina Bay docks and Sunday fishing departing from the Radisson Bahia Mar. Hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and presented by…more

RBFF adds new Web features

New boating content was recently added to the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing campaign Web site. New features, including an interactive “Boat Explorer” tool, glossary, navigation and trip-planning resources, are now available on the site. “Take Me Fishing is about capturing the excitement and the memories associated with boating and fishing and…more


VIDEO TIMEOUT: helicopter fishing

Matt Watson gives fishing action an entirely new meaning. You’re probably thinking “action” means that moment when lines tighten as a fish grabs the bait and runs. Think again. For Watson, the action is jumping out of a helicopter and landing on top of a marlin for a wrestling match of sorts, or catching one…more

RBFF program reaches milestone

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s Anglers’ Legacy program has reached 100,000 pledges at it approaches its three-year anniversary. The program asks outdoor enthusiasts to preserve the legacies of boating and fishing by introducing at least one newcomer to the sport. An RBFF survey conducted last October indicates that Legacy Ambassadors purchase about $140 in…more

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