Quick Hits: August 26, 2020

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Maverick Boat Group—builder of Cobia, Hewes, Maverick and Pathfinder boats—has seen an unprecedented surge in sales and demand for its models and is embarking on a hiring spree, looking to add 150 to 200 employees at its Fort Pierce facility by early 2021. “We’re reaching out to those who may have been misplaced or lost their jobs over this pandemic and currently looking they may not have thought of boat repair, but they have the same skills we can use,” Maverick Boats personnel manager Angie Brandt told WPTV in West Palm Beach. 

Lowrance pro Ron Nelson won 2020 Fishing League Worldwide Angler of the Year title at the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit tournament at Lake Erie Aug. 11-14—coming right on the heels of his 2019 FLW Polaris Rookie of the Year title. “This is a big win for Ron and the whole Lowrance team congratulates him on his back-to-back titles,” said Navico group CEO Knut Frostad in a statement. “He has demonstrated a remarkable consistency in his two years on the pro circuit and we wish him all the best in his future career.”

The Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops will resume on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina Aug. 27-29. “There are residential fish that live shallow around boat docks year-round,” said Bassmaster Elite Series angler Jason Williamson, who hails from Wagener, S.C., in a statement. “The predominant summer pattern, though, will be fishing deeper around brush or cane piles 18 to 30 feet (deep). It is a spotted bass lake, so you can catch those fish out to 40 to 50 feet.”


Suzuki Powers Forest River’s New Nepallo Pontoon Boats

The new Nepallo line of pontoon boats with Suzuki engines will be sold at select Camping World and Gander RV & Outdoors stores.

West Marine CEO to Keynote Annual MRA Event

With a “Climate for Change” theme, the Marine Recreation Association’s Educational Conference and Trade Show is set for Oct. 11-13.

Skeeter Owner’s Tourney Held on Lake Fork

A field of 2,000 anglers in 1,000 boats saw a nearly 10-pound bass capture first place in the annual Skeeter owner’s tournament.

Email Remains a Vital Marketing Tool for Dealers

A content marketing staple, emails can consistently deliver valuable and relevant information, if done correctly.

ABYC to Publish Largest-Ever Standards Manual

The nonprofit is offering pre-orders until June 18 of its updated standards manual, with a publication date of July 31.

Furuno, Simrad Add SiriusXM Fish Mapping Suite

The subscription-based service offers offshore anglers a suite of technology with which to locate and catch more fish.