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.”


NMMA Confirms Industry Growth

NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer said the boating business grew 12 percent last year during yesterday’s virtual State of the Boating Industry address.

Newport Show Dates Announced

Organizers are planning for an in-person Golden Anniversary edition of the show Sept. 16-19.

Quick Hits: March 5, 2021

The National Association of Manufacturers names Brunswick Corp. CFO Ryan Gwillim to its Board of Directors.

Caught Red-Handed

Two commercial fishermen were jailed for possessing an illegal haul that included 100 undersized lobster tails, which is a felony. Also, fisheries management gets new funding.

Bennington Expands Operations

The pontoon builder plans to add jobs at its new facility in Elkhart County, Ind., and increase manufacturing output.

KVH Industries Names CFO

Longtime telecom financial executive Roger A. Kuebel assumes the position that COO Brent Bruun had held in an interim capacity.