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February News Briefs

Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame Elects OWAA Member

OWAA member Jerry Pabst was elected as a Legendary Communicator into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. The honor recognizes fresh water sportfishing leaders who are instrumental in introducing fishing to the public or maintaining public interest or awareness. Pabst, who joined OWAA in 2002, is a freelance writer and photographer specializing in Great Lakes and general fresh water fishing, upland game and waterfowl hunting, and dog training. Based in Amboy, Ill., he is a regular contributor to Midwest Outdoors, Adventure Sports Outdoors and Illinois Fish and Game.
Pabst received the Legendary Communicator honor alongside fishing seminar leader Larry Bollig, author George Douglas, Albuquerque Journal columnist Bill Dyroff and freelance writer Kenneth Kieser. Honorees were chosen during a meeting of the awards committee in Hayward, Wis. in August 2009.

Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show Slated For February

Are you an expert fly-tyer? Are your friends impressed by your owl hoots? A range of competitions to show off your unique outdoor skill are being held during the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Scheduled for Feb. 6-14, the event will feature seminars by an array of hunting and fishing experts like Outdoor Channel’s Michael Waddell and bass fisherman Mark Menendez. Bowhunter Chuck Adams will give one-on-one bowhunting clinics to contest winners of an online drawing. If you are interested in becoming more stealth with a bow, enter online at www.easternsportshow.com.

Social networking site for anglers registers 1,000th member

GoFISHn, a social network aimed at connecting anglers, announced today that member number 1,000 registered at the site on January 4, 2010, just a day short of the site’s first month in business.
GoSportn Inc. is a start-up social media and technology company. Its first launch, GoFISHn, is a social media and marketing platform that invites everyday angler and businesses, such as guides, charters, lodges and gear makers, to create powerful, Google, Facebook and Twitter-connected profiles that enable self-publishing of fishing reports, photo galleries, video posts, gear reviews, question and answers and more.

Women’s Bassmaster Tour canceled

Declining participation levels since the inception of the Women’s Bassmaster Tour led its demise, BASS general manager Tom Ricks said. The announcement was a surprise to the anglers on the tour as they were preparing for the 2010 fishing schedule that was to kickoff March 18 at Lake Wheeler, Ala. ◊
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