1. Boat market beginning to normalize?
> The boating market began to normalize last year as buyer interest shifted and the total number of boats sold globally decreased for the first time since the pandemic-driven boom. Boats Group, a global leader in online boating marketplaces, today announced findings from its latest annual market report [14-page PDF], analyzing 2022 while comparing the pandemic-induced surge and trends in consumer interest.
> The change towards more typical market conditions emerged in 2022 as the total number of boats sold dipped by just 4.3% compared to the same period in pre-pandemic 2019.
> The global average boat value is up 29.5% compared to 2019.
> Boats sell 86 days faster than in 2019.
2. OH: Alleged walleye cheater charged with stalking + using counterfeit cash?
It (allegedly) just gets worse and worse. 😳
3. MN: Bill intro’d again to ban lead tackle.
> Lead sinkers or jigs that weigh 1 oz or less or is 2.5″ or less would be prohibited from manufacture, sale or use.
> The ban on its sale or manufacture would begin July 1, 2025, and the ban on its use July 1, 2026.
4. IGFA launches new world record length category for kids.
Love to see it! 🙌
> “Beginning Mar 1, 2023, the new IGFA All-Tackle Length Junior Category will be open to all anglers ages 16 and under, providing them with an opportunity to experience the thrill of setting World Records while promoting conservation through catch-and-release fishing.”
> IGFA prez Jason Schratwieser: “By introducing the All-Tackle Length Junior Category, we hope to inspire the next generation of anglers to get out and fish, while promoting ethical and sustainable fishing practices. Fishing is a fantastic way to connect with the outdoors, and we believe that by engaging young people with this sport, we can inspire the next generation of stewards of our oceans, lakes, and rivers and help ensure the long-term health and vitality of our aquatic resources.”
5. MN’s largest muskie show is happening Mar 10-12.
The Minnesota Muskie Expo is happening Mar 10-12 in the Warner Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Heard those folks will walk around the show all weekend just for a shot at seeing 1 big
fish bait hahaha.
6. Okay, Busch Light…we see you. 🎣