> Vexilar is the premier ice fishing marine electronics company in the United States with a 60-yr history of developing and manufacturing advanced sonar and fish-finding equipment for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. Its state-of-the-art sonar technology provides anglers with real-time, precise information about the underwater environment, helping them locate fish and optimize their fishing strategies.
AWC is a leading ice fishing equipment manufacturer that produces the K-drill line of ice augers, patented augers designed to revolutionize the way anglers drill through the ice. These light-weight augers are powered by modern high powered cordless electric drills to make it easier for fisherman to get out on the ice and get fishing.
> After working for Vexilar Inc. as a Mechanical Engineer since 1977, Mr. Baumann, and Skip Christman bought the then struggling company in 1986, made monumental advancements and truly pioneered the use of ice fishing electronics with the Vexilar FL-8 Flasher. In 1995, Baumann assumed the role as company president following Christman’s unexpected passing.
> Mr. Baumann helped mold Vexilar into the ice fishing leader, securing numerous patents, and helping anglers countless increase their ice fishing success. Baumann’s engineering, ingenuity, vision, and contributions to the ice fishing industry are legendary. Steven Baumann was inducted into the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame in 2004, the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2012, and Vexilar Inc. was honored as a Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame inductee in 2015.
> Jablonski is a seasoned manufacturing executive with experience at General Motors, Kohler Company and Pella Corp and is an avid angler and outdoor lover. “I am honored to be leading Vexilar, a true legacy brand in ice fishing in the United States and a company with a strong runway for growth.” Jablonski said in the statement. “I’m excited to be transitioning the business with Steve Baumann, an icon in the ice fishing industry, and I look forward to building on Vexilar’s and AWC’s successful histories, in partnership with the leadership team at Valiant”.
2. IA: Clear Lake walleye die off due to fish-handling error.
> The lake recently received a stocking of 6,800 walleye on Oct 4 and approximately 900 died, washing up on the beach at the Steuben County Park.
> When the fish were shot out of a tanker and into the lake, some of them were injured and died because they were larger than the normal size of the stocked fish….
> The [advanced fingerling walleye] that are of the 6-8” range are able to be shot out of a tube from the hauling tanks and survive the dispersal.
> “…we rarely if ever see any type of mortality. However, this year the fish were running about 2” longer than normal and due to their above average size, roughly 15% sustained injuries while being stocked, which resulted in a delayed mortality event.”
> The next week the fish supplier provided additional fish to make up for the loss.
3. Hey, I’m going to be on TV! Sorta…
Our “Top 5 of the Week” videos presented by Sea Foam and then some will now be on Outdoor America streaming TV in new “shorts” blocks:
> Outdoor America CEO, Nick Rhodes: “TV formats have been inherently restrictive for next-generation outdoor personalities who don’t want to be bound to post-production requirements and specific running time. This also creates the ability for content producers to get their stories on TV platforms with seasonal topicality and immediacy.”
> Sasquatch Media CEO, Jay Kumar: “Shorter, timely content is everywhere except on TV. It’s time that someone made that happen, so it’s great that Outdoor America made the investment in technology to do that. We look forward to kick-starting the next era in outdoor TV on Outdoor America.”
Excited to see what happens!