Casting for Recovery Skiff to Debut at Black Fly Lodge

East Cape Skiffs Vantage, "Pinked Out" for Casting for Recovery.

East Cape Skiffs Vantage, “Pinked Out” for Casting for Recovery.

BlackFly Lodge introduces a new pink skiff to raise awareness for CfR’s national fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer.

 Manchester, VT—March 31, 2014Casting for Recovery, a non-profit organization offering support and educational retreats for women with breast cancer is excited to be honored by BlackFly Lodge, a Bahamas based fly fishing operation that commissioned a pink skiff to raise awareness of breast cancer and CfR. This new boat will be used for guided fly fishing trips in the Bahamas and will feature the Casting for Recovery logo. This is the fifth boat that has a theme at BlackFly Lodge and it will be used for general guided trips as well as special trips hosted by fly fishing professionals.

Clint Kemp, managing partner of BlackFly Lodge, called on East Cape Skiffs to build the custom boat as a tribute to his aunt, Rochelle McCabe, who has just completed her breast cancer treatments in Orlando. The boat will serve as a constant reminder of the struggle endured by many and a source of hope that one day a cure for breast cancer will be discovered. BlackFly Lodge also donated a fishing trip that will be auctioned at CfR’s annual Cast One for Hope national fundraiser in Montana in October.

 “There are so many great organizations doing amazing work with breast cancer and it is our privilege to partner with Casting for Recovery,” says Clint Kemp managing partner of BlackFlyLodge. “We hope that the pink skiff will bring greater awareness to the work and mission of CfR and every name that is signed under her hatches will be a testimony to love and hope.”

“We are honored to be part of the creation of this boat and the journey it is about to embark on,” says Casting for Recovery executive director Whitney Milhoan. “This stunning boat will be a great reminder that so many people are touched by breast cancer and we are excited to follow it, chronicle its journeys and see how many lives it touches. Here at CfR we strive to create awareness and spread the love of fly fishing and that is exactly what this boat will do in the Bahamas and beyond.”


South Florida the Top Dream Destination for Anglers

Photo Credit:  State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,

Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,

Whether it’s the fish, climate, scenery, guides or the skiffs, South Florida remains the top dream destination for anglers, according to a recent survey by Southwick Associates.

Fernandina Beach, FL – Hawaii, Florida, Texas, California, Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Alaska-all offer world-class fishing. And with cold weather slamming much of the country for the past two months and spring still more than a month away, where do seasoned anglers dream of traveling to land their next big one? According to a survey conducted by, South Florida remains the top dream destination of would-be traveling anglers with 43 percent of those surveyed choosing it as the location they would most prefer to fish if they had the opportunity.

The popularity of South Florida was followed by Costa Rica with just over 18 percent of respondents selecting the Central American country as the place they would go. Next on the list was Mexico with 12 percent, followed by the Bahamas with just over 12 percent and Panama with more than five percent. Nearly 12 percent of those surveyed said they had no preference, while 11 percent said they wouldn’t choose any of those places.  Additional destinations written in by anglers included both salt- and fresh-water fishing locations such as Texas, California, Alaska, Minnesota, Alabama and a handful of others.

While all of the asked about destinations offer superb fishing-49 percent of responding anglers said that was one of the chief reasons they chose their respective dream fishing location-there are other factors that may have helped South Florida edge its competition. In addition to perceived great fishing, other top reasons for choosing the place respondents selected include less hassle to get there with 22 percent selecting that motivation, 21 percent cited feeling “more secure” at the location as a concern and 20 percent pointed to the cost of travel as a factor.

“By virtue of being tropically located, but still a part of the United States, South Florida certainly offers a certain appeal to a lot of anglers not wishing to deal with the cost or additional concerns of international travel,” says Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates, which designs and conducts the surveys at, and “Efforts by all travel destinations to improve convenience, contain costs and hassles and provide a strong sense of security can boost their sportfishing tourism dollars.”

To help continually improve, protect and advance hunting, shooting and other outdoor recreation, all sportsmen and sportswomen are encouraged to participate in the surveys at, and/or Each month, participants who complete the survey are entered into a drawing for one of five $100 gift certificates to the sporting goods retailer of their choice.

About, and  Launched in 2006,, and help the outdoor equipment industry, government fisheries and wildlife officials and conservation organizations track consumer activities and expenditure trends.  Survey results are scientifically analyzed to reflect the attitudes and habits of anglers and hunters across the United States. Follow them on Facebook at and or on Twitter at!/AnglerSurvey and!/HunterSurvey.


Tarpon Tune-Up Angling Workshop

Tarpon Tune UpLearn the tackle, techniques, and get answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to know about tarpon at the IGFA Tarpon Tune-Up on April 5th, presented by the IGFA School of Sport Fishing and Hells Bay Boatworks.

Scott Deal and Johnny Morris to Speak at the National Press Club on Fisheries Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Congress moving forward quickly to revise the federal act that governs our nation’s marine resources.  Maverick Boats President Scott Deal, and Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris will present their vision for managing America’s saltwater recreational fisheries to the National Press Club later this month.

The sportfishing and boating  industries, along with recreational saltwater anglers, are stepping up efforts to ensure that their economic, social and conservation priorities are well represented.

As the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act reauthorization advances on Capitol Hill, Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris and Maverick Boats President Scott Deal, leaders in the recreational angling industry and co-chairmen of the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management, will present “A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries” at the National Press Club on March 26, 2014, from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

The report, introduced to fishing and boating industry stakeholders on February 13, 2014, at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show, is receiving critical acclaim as an important step toward commonsense saltwater fisheries management. Now, with strong support from the boating and fishing community, the commission is taking the report to the Hill to work with Congress as the Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization proceeds.

The Morris-Deal Commission assembled an expert panel of state and federal agency administrators, researchers, industry representatives and economists to promote a proactive vision for saltwater fisheries management. The current Magnuson-Stevens Act does not sufficiently address this important use of our nation’s public fishery resources. The commission’s report addresses recreational fishing specifically and differentiates the economic, social and conservation needs from those of commercial fishing.

According to NOAA Fisheries, 11 million Americans recreationally fish in saltwater each year.  These sportsmen and -women contribute more than $70 billion to the nation’s economy and $1.5 billion for on-the-ground conservation of aquatic resources and habitats.

Who: Johnny Morris, founder and CEO, Bass Pro Shops
Scott Deal, president, Maverick Boats

When: Wednesday, March 26, 9:30-10:30 a.m. EDT

Where: Fourth Estate Room, The National Press Club
529 14th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20045

RSVP to Lauren Dunn, National Marine
Manufacturers Association, at; or Mary Jane Williamson,
American Sportfishing Association, at


Students Learn Skiff Building

Students Learn Boat Building

Students Learn Skiff Building

Students in Gananoque Ontario on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River are building a St. Lawrence River skiff as a class project.

Minn Kota Program Offers Bonus to Tournament Anglers

Minn Kota has announced that their Anchor Down with Talon Rewards program will offer bonus money to tournament anglers who own and use a Talon shallow water anchor during competition. [Read more…]

ENP Report Shows 2012 Tourism Dollars Exceeded $103 Million

HOMESTEAD, Florida – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,141, 906 visitors to Everglades National Park in 2012 spent approximately $103 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,402 jobs in the local area. [Read more…]

Gulf Coast Snook Season Re-Opens March 1

The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier game fish, snook, reopens on March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30.

Minn Kota Talon Promotion

Minn Kota Talon

Minn Kota Talon

Minn Kota is giving away four of their new 12-foot Talon shallow water anchors.  New to the market in 2014, the new Talon models are 30 percent quieter and stronger.  They are available in red, blue, black or silver.  The Talon is the deepest shallow water anchor on the market and also comes in a 10-foot depth.  [Read more…]

The Lure of Fishing

The Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee recently announced that an exhibit dedicated to Florida’s rich fishing history will open to the public on March 13, 2014 and be on display throughout the month of August.  Artifacts, including artwork, historic images, trophies, fish mounts and tackle tell the tale of sport fishing in the Sunshine State.  Two prestigious trophies, the Mrs. Henry Rea Silver Sailfish Derby trophy from the West Palm Beach Fishing Club and the Metropolitan Miami Fishing Tournament’s Henry H. Hyman Memorial trophy from the International Game Fish Association will be featured in the exhibit.