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Quick Hits: August 26, 2020

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.”


Battle on the Great Lakes Rages On

The Icebreaker Wind Turbine Development faces strong headwinds from boating and fishing groups.

Limestone Boat Co. Expands Dealer Network

The company adds four new dealers to its roster, with three to represent Aquasport Boats.

NMEA Announces ‘22 Training Course Schedule

For next year, marine training courses will be offered as virtual and in-person sessions for basic marine electronics installers, and in-person only for advanced installers.

GM Invests $150M in Electric Boat Start-Up

General Motors has acquired a 25-percent stake in Pure Watercraft, a Seattle-based e-propulsion outfit.

Patrick Acquires Marine and RV Seating Maker

The Elkhart, Ind.-based component manufacturer finalized its purchase of Williamsburg Marine and Williamsburg Furniture.

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