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Yamaha offers a popular line of four-cylinder four-stroke outboards that are used in a wide range of installations in both fresh and saltwater all over the world. From pontoons to center consoles, bass boats to work skiffs and even water taxis, they are great performers and real workhorses. The most popular are the 90, 115 and 150-horsepower models and many are used in climates where they are taken out of service for the winter months.
While we always recommend having your engine winterized by a certified Yamaha dealer if possible, these engines are designed to make the process easy enough for owners to do the job themselves. We asked Pete Reils, a certified Yamaha technician at Garden State Marina in Pt. Pleasant, New Jersey to provide a step-by-step tutorial on how you can winterize your engine(s).
Yamaha/Skeeter Pro Drew Cook is 2019 Bassmaster® DICK’s Sporting Goods® Rookie of the Year
HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich., Oct. 2, 2019 - Yamaha/Skeeter Pro Scott Canterbury is the 2019 Toyota® Bassmaster® Angler of the Year. With five bass that weighed 19 pounds, 12 ounces during the final round on Tuesday, Oct. 1, Canterbury pushed his three-day total to 59 pounds four ounces, finishing in 14th place for the week at the Toyota® Bassmaster® Angler of the Year Championship on Lake St. Clair. More importantly, he finished at the top of the season points standings with 848 points, earning $100,000 and one of the most coveted titles in professional fishing.
KENNESAW, Ga. – Oct. 2, 2019 – Yamaha Marine’s “Why Wait for Spring” sales event gives customers a great way to add even more value to new, eligible Yamaha four-stroke outboard purchases from Oct. 1, 2019, through Nov. 26, 2019.
Lessons from a Snook Pro Captain will Up Your Linesider Success
Mike Holliday is not your typical sportfishing captain. Sure, he has more than 30 years of experience guiding in Florida waters, but he is also a noted outdoor writer, with two published books on inshore fishing topics and countless magazine articles to his credit. He’s the former editor of two regional sportfishing magazines, and he’s often featured on the Florida Insider Fishing Reports Show, which airs weekly in primetime on the Fox Sports® Network.
Yamaha Marine’s New Sustainability Initiative Hosts Plastic Bottle Cleanup
LAKE WALES, Fla., July 24, 2019 – Yamaha Rightwaters™, Yamaha Marine’s national sustainability initiative, sponsored Yamaha Pro Angler Bobby Lane’s “Kids Fishing and Conservation Clinic” at Camp Mack in Lake Wales, Fla., July 13. During the event, Yamaha Rightwaters representatives led a plastic bottle cleanup campaign and attendees collected more than 1,000 plastic bottles, which a local Boy Scouts of America troop sent off for recycling.
Yamaha Pro Patrick Walters Believes Current Makes Bass Easier to Locate
If it’s summer, don’t look for Patrick Walters to be fishing anywhere on the main body of a lake. Instead, you’ll find the Yamaha Pro far upriver where he can work moving water.
F300s to Power Research Vessel During 2019 Season
KENNESAW, Ga., July 22, 2019 – Yamaha Marine recently donated two F300 outboards to Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, which will power the group’s research vessel Shark Cat during expeditions in the 2019 season. Support for the national marine sanctuary is an activity of Yamaha Rightwaters™, a sustainability program that encompasses all of Yamaha Marine’s conservation and water quality efforts.
KENNESAW, Ga. – July 15, 2019 – Yamaha Marine announced today the “Power the Summer” outboard sales event, available from July 15, 2019, through August 30, 2019.
GREENFIELD, In., July 8, 2019 - Yamaha Marine Precision Propellers (YPPI), Inc. broke ground today on a new 54,000 square foot manufacturing facility on five of 28 acres in Greenfield, Ind. The company’s expansion is slated to add 30 new jobs and increase total manufacturing output by 67 percent.
KENNESAW, Ga., July 2, 2019 — Yamaha Marine announced today the addition of a new V MAX SHO® 200 X-Shaft model and three new, even-pitch XTO OS® propellers for the powerful V8 XTO Offshore®. The new outboard and propellers expand customer options to offer more diverse boating applications in fresh and saltwater.
NEENAH, Wis., July 1, 2019 – Yamaha Pro Cliff Pace took home the eighth and final trophy of the regular-season Bass Pro Tour on Green Lake, Wis., June 30. Sunday’s championship battle required more than 81 pounds to win, and Pace caught 47 bass for a total of 81 pounds, nine ounces to secure the title. Yamaha Pro Bobby Lane placed second, catching 43 bass for a total of 68 pounds, twelve ounces. For his win, Pace takes home $100,000 and the title of Stage Eight Champion.
Kennesaw, Ga. – June 27, 2019 -- Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit and Clearwater Mills, L.L.C. of Pasadena, Md., agreed today to jointly design a device for removing plastics and other floating debris from coastal stormwater systems. Yamaha plans to deploy the device as part of its Yamaha Rightwaters™ sustainability campaign, a national program focused on water, which includes conservation, habitat restoration and projects to reduce marine debris.
Kennesaw, Ga. – June 14, 2019 – Yamaha Marine officially launched Yamaha Rightwaters on World Oceans Day last Saturday with a public service project that targeted the Georgia coast and collected 2.3 tons of debris. The local effort is just the beginning of a far-reaching national sustainability program for the Georgia-based Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit.
The Yamaha Team Spends Some Time in Florida’s Northernmost Keys on the New Regulator® 26 Crossover
The Fla. Keys are famous for many things, from pirates and sunken Spanish treasure galleons to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West home with its pride of polydactyl cats. But for anglers, it’s best known for fishing. While the middle and southernmost Keys garner most of the good press, the upper Keys offer some of the most diverse fishing opportunities in the entire island chain. The winter sailfish season provides the opportunity to catch a billfish a scant few miles off shore, while the ocean reefs are home to tarpon, jacks, blackfin tuna and a variety of grouper and snapper species. On the other side, the backcountry of Florida Bay is a shallow water playground where bonefish and permit hunt the skinny water, and a variety of mackerel, snapper, grouper, jacks and ladyfish are found in the slightly deeper holes.
Yamaha Pro Bill Lowen Made 100-Mile Runs to Find Right Conditions at Winyah Bay Event
Bill Lowen had never made a 100-mile run one-way just to find the right fishing conditions, but he did it three successive days during the recent Bassmaster® Elite tournament at South Carolina’s Winyah Bay, and it nearly paid off with a victory. In three days of competition, the Yamaha Pro put more than 600 miles on his boat, the equivalent of driving a car from Atlanta to Miami.
Kennesaw, Ga. – April 18, 2019 – John O’Keefe has assumed the role of Senior Specialist, Government Relations for Yamaha Marine. In his new position, he will spearhead the company’s growing sustainability and conservation efforts as well as facilitate Yamaha’s relationships with state and federal agencies that regulate access to fisheries resources.
KENNESAW, Ga., April 4, 2019 — Yamaha has extended its “Say Yes to Reliability” sales event through April 30, 2019 to give consumers an additional opportunity to save.
MIAMI, Fla., February 15, 2019 — Yamaha Marine announced today during Miami International Boat Show® that the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) has once again recognized Yamaha with a CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in the Outboard Engine category.
Experience XTO Offshore Power at the 2019 Miami International Boat Show®
MIAMI, Fla., February 14, 2019 — Yamaha Marine’s powerful V8 XTO Offshore® outboard will be available this summer in quintuplet configuration, controlled exclusively by Helm Master®, Yamaha’s integrated boat control system.
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KENNESAW, Ga., February 14, 2019 — The Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit begins 2019 with several important executive team and structural changes that will help the marine manufacturer/distributor realize its 2030 Vision, announced by Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. last December.
KENNESAW, Ga., February 4, 2019 – Yamaha Pro Jordan Lee became the first angler to claim a Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour title during the 2019 season on Feb. 3 in Kissimmee, Fla. The Alabama native is a two-time Bassmaster Classic® Champion (2017 and 2018) and won a national collegiate championship in 2013 at the age of 21. Lee now boasts the most prolific Top 10 success rate in the sport of professional bass fishing; he’s made the Top 10 in over 35 percent of his tour-level tournaments.
19 Yamaha Pros to Compete in 2019 MLF Bass Pro Tour
KENNESAW, Ga., January 29, 2019 – Yamaha announced today that it has joined Major League Fishing® (MLF) as an official outboard sponsor of the 2019 Bass Pro Tour, Bass Pro Tour Championship and MLF NOW!’s live streaming broadcast, which will feature more than 350 hours of coverage. In addition, Yamaha V MAX SHO® outboards will power 19 professional angler boats during 53 episodes aired on Discovery Channel®, Sportsman Channel®, CBS® and CBS Sports®. All episodes are also available on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).
KENNESAW, Ga., January 24, 2019 — Yamaha Marine’s F20, the latest addition to its portable power product line, is big on performance and features. Combining power, efficiency and convenience, the all-new four-stroke outboard is a perfect fit for boaters limited to 20-horsepower.
KENNESAW, Ga., January 24, 2019 — Yamaha Marine’s new high-thrust T25 delivers the power and grip to maneuver heavier small vessels with exceptional efficiency. Based on the award winning F25, Yamaha developed the new T25 in response to requests for lightweight, electronic fuel injected performance in a small, high-thrust configuration.
KENNESAW, Ga., Jan. 2, 2019 — Yamaha Marine’s “Say Yes to Reliability” sales event gives customers two incentives to build in additional value with the purchase of eligible new Yamaha four-stroke outboards during the first quarter of 2019.
Storm Surge Damages Downstairs Portion of Tharp’s Gulf Home
When Randall Tharp returned home at 3 a.m. Saturday, October 6, from an eight-day fishing exhibition in China, the tropical depression that would soon become the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Florida Gulf Coast did not appear to be a threat at all.
Will New Regulations Mean More Costly Problems for Boaters?
Unless you haven’t put fuel in your car in the past ten years, you’re probably familiar with the term E10. It refers to the 10 percent ethanol that is blended into the gasoline you buy at the pump. If you’ve owned an outboard-powered boat during that same time period, you are far more familiar with E10 than your over-the-road counterparts.
Never before, in all his years of professional bass fishing, had Justin Lucas ended a tournament season with tears in his eyes, but it happened last month when the 2018 Bassmaster® Elite season concluded. The Yamaha Pro’s tears were well justified, however, because he had just won one of bass fishing’s most coveted titles, the B.A.S.S.® Angler of the Year.
KENNESAW, Ga., Oct. 2, 2018 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today its “Why Wait for Spring” sales event, a promotion that gives customers a great way to add even more value to new eligible Yamaha four-stroke outboard purchases during the fall.
TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 2, 2018 – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) and Boating Writers International (BWI) honored Yamaha Marine Group with its IBEX® Innovation Award in the outboard motor category for the new Yamaha V8 XTO Offshore® during the annual International Boatbuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX®) at the Tampa Convention Center.
Yamaha Pro Justin Lucas is the 2018 Toyota® Bassmaster® Angler of the Year. Starting the tournament on Lake Chatuge with an eight-point lead in the AOY season standings, Lucas had solid catches on Thursday and Friday, stretching that lead to an almost-insurmountable 47 points. Lucas’ title marks the second consecutive AOY win for Team Yamaha; Brandon Palaniuk was named AOY in 2017.
Yamaha Pro Brandon Palaniuk Not Surprised at Recent Tournament Results
A year ago when Brandon Palaniuk first saw the 2018 Bassmaster® Elite Series tournament schedule, he predicted it would take a 100-pound catch to win the four-day event on New York’s St. Lawrence River, and the Yamaha Pro missed his guess by less than five pounds. What’s amazing is that he was predicting a weight for smallmouth bass, not largemouths.
Baudette, Minn., Sept. 12, 2018 - Yamaha Pro Brett King was named 2018 Lucas Oil® Angler of the Year title on Sept. 9 during the National Walleye Tour Championship on Lake of the Woods, Minn. King brought in a total of 41.80 pounds to finish fifth in the championship tournament, earing him the points needed to become the Angler of the Year recipient. He joins the ranks of Yamaha Pro Robert Blosser as one of only two pros to earn the Angler of the Year title twice, claiming his first title in 2011.
Team FFMD and Their Amazing Mission
The 43-foot Everglades® center console, powered by quad Yamaha F350 outboards, cruised out of Snake Creek, the cut between the Atlantic and Florida Bay at the south end of Islamorada, and headed into a breeze that would continue to pick up throughout the day. Aboard were members of Team FFMD (Fishing for Muscular Dystrophy), with owner and team captain Paul Robertson at the helm. They were competing in the final day of the Jimmy Johnson Quest for the Ring Series dubbed the National Billfish Championship, a major tournament in South Florida’s winter-long sailfish season, and considered by many to be the most prestigious.
KENNESAW, Ga., August 16, 2018 - Yamaha donated five F40 four-stroke outboards to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA®) National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) Protected Resource Division (PRD), which is the most recent initiative in a long-term effort by Yamaha to protect marine life and encourage conservation on the Calif. Coast.
Yamaha Pro Ish Monroe Believes Current and Habitat Both Position Bass
When Yamaha Pro Ish Monroe won the Bassmaster® Elite tournament on the upper Mississippi River this past June by fishing his favorite floating frog lure over shallow vegetation, the victory validated two of his primary beliefs about river fishing. First, bass in rivers nearly always concentrate in specific areas more than they do in lakes; and secondly, water movement and habitat put bass in those specific areas.
Yamaha Marine helps a legendary charity striped bass tournament return to prominence
The morning of Friday, June 8, 2018, dawned crystal clear, with New York City’s skyscrapers just across the Hudson River providing a beautiful and inspiring view. On the docks at Liberty Landing Marina, the Manhattan Cup experienced a rebirth after a three-year hiatus.
Kennesaw, Ga. – July 30, 2018 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced a new marine plastics removal program in support of the Save Our Seas Act (S. 756), which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 25, 2018. The bill aims to strengthen research and international coordination of anti-debris efforts to protect America’s oceans, coastlines, and inland waterways. The Yamaha Marine Plastics Initiative not only endorses the bill, but aims to raise awareness and advocacy for the issue of ocean plastics and for further legislation.
If it’s spring, the first thing Randall Tharp looks for on a lake are spawning areas, just as most bass fishermen do. Tharp, however looks for spawning areas in summer and fall, something most fishermen don’t do.
Promotion builds in additional value to select Yamaha outboard purchases made through August 31
Kennesaw, Ga. – July 16, 2018 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the “Summer Power” outboard sales event, valid from July 16, 2018, until August 31, 2018.
KENNESAW, Ga., June 26, 2018 — Yamaha Marine Group and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) have joined forces to further foster marine dealership growth and success. To encourage dealer participation, Yamaha Marine plans to offer co-op funds to dealers for the first year of MRAA membership and/or co-op funds to become a Marine Industry Certified Dealership. By becoming members of MRAA, Yamaha marine dealerships have the opportunity to benefit from advanced dealer training courses, more than 20 business-enhancing benefits (including an all-new health insurance program), improved workforce development programs, and its annual convention, the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo.
LA CROSSE, Wisc. – June 25, 2018 – Yamaha Pro Ish Monroe brought 16 pounds, 2 ounces to the scales on Sunday, June 24, claiming a victory at the 2018 Bassmaster® Elite tournament at the Mississippi Ri
LA CROSSE, Wisc. – June 25, 2018 – Yamaha Pro Ish Monroe brought 16 pounds, 2 ounces to the scales on Sunday, June 24, claiming a victory at the 2018 Bassmaster® Elite tournament at the Mississippi River. The Hughson, Calif., native took first with a four-day total of 65 pounds, 7 ounces, marking his fifth Elite tournament win.
BAY CITY, Mich. – June 20, 2018 – Yamaha Pros Brett King and Joe Okada took first and second place during the second event of the 2018 Cabela’s® National Walleye Tour last Friday, June 15, on Saginaw Bay in Michigan. During the two-day tournament, King brought in 10 walleyes weighing nearly 50 pounds, to capture the win. Okada brought in a two-day total of 49.71 pounds, officially finishing only .12 pounds behind King.
Industry Firsts Include Direct Injection and Integrated Electric Steering System
KENNESAW, Ga., May 23, 2018 — The new V8 XTO Offshore outboard is designed to take Yamaha’s premium quality brand position to a higher level with extreme power and thrust, toughness and reliability, system integration, control, convenience and customer care. Yamaha has achieved many of these extremes by rethinking the outboard and its related systems, and through the application of technologies new to the industry.
KENNESAW, Ga., May 23, 2018 — Yamaha Marine announced new features for Helm Master® and the CL7™ Display, and added new Performance 3 SDS™ Propellers and a 35-inch-shaft model of the 4.2-liter V6 F300 (with Digital Electronic Control).
Legislation would require more detailed labeling of gas pumps that dispense E15 fuel, which causes corrosion and mechanical problems in equipment with small engines
WASHINGTON D.C., May 17, 2018 – Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) and Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21), members of the Congressional Boating Caucus, introduced the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018 on May 16. The bipartisan legislation would more clearly label harmful and corrosive E15 ethanol blended gasoline at pumps across the country, which would better protect engines in boats, motorcycles, pre-2001 model year vehicles and outdoor power equipment.
Yamaha Marine Group announced today the “Wake Up to Savings” Sales Event, a new promotion that allows customers to build in even more value when they purchase lightweight, compact, powerful, new Yamaha four-stroke outboards in the 2.5 – 150 horsepower range.
Greenville, S.C. – March 19, 2018 – Yamaha Pro Angler Jordan Lee is the 2018 Bassmaster Classic® Champion. Lee, who began Sunday’s championship round in sixth place, caught five bass that weighed 16 pounds, 5 ounces and won the 2018 Bassmaster Classic® with a three-day total of 47 pounds, 1 ounce. Lee also won the 2017 Classic on Lake Conroe, Texas, and joins fishing legends Rick Clunn and Kevin VanDam as the only anglers in history to win the Super Bowl of professional bass fishing two years in a row.
One Lost Fish May Have Cost 2015 Win for Yamaha Pro
Bobby Lane admits he still remembers a bass he lost on the first day of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic® that might have cost him a win in the event, but the Yamaha Pro likes his chances even more as he heads into this year’s Classic,® to be held March 16–18 at Lake Hartwell near Greenville, SC.
Kennesaw, Ga., March 1, 2018 –Yamaha Marine Group announced today the launch of the 2018 “Yamaha Classic Photo Contest” on Facebook®, Twitter®, and Instagram®. The contest invites participants to send in their Yamaha photos and awards the entry that best represents Yamaha and/or the Yamaha Marine lifestyle. The “Yamaha Classic Photo Contest” is in effect from February 26 through March 5, 2018.
MIAMI, Fla., February 16, 2018 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today during Miami International Boat Show® that the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) has once again recognized Yamaha with a CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in the Outboard Engine category. Yamaha has been the recipient of this award consecutively since its inception in 2001, an achievement no other outboard manufacturer can claim.
New Outboards, Rigging and Yamaha White Give Customers More Choices for Better Boating Experiences
KENNESAW, Ga., February 15, 2018 — Yamaha Marine Group kicks off 2018 with a new addition to the V MAX SHO® family, new power and rigging options, and a brand-new color choice for F300 and F350 offshore models; Yamaha White.
Alexander City, Ala. – Feb. 12, 2018 – Yamaha Pro Takahiro Omori took home the first-place trophy after the first Bassmaster® Elite tournament of 2018 on Sunday, Feb. 11. The veteran pro finished the tournament with 14 pounds on the final day of competition to capture the win on Lake Martin with a four-day total of 59 pounds 8 ounces.
Kissimmee, Fla. – Feb. 7, 2018 – Yamaha Pro Bobby Lane took home a wire-to-wire first-place finish at the first Bass Pro Shops® Bassmaster® Eastern Open on Saturday, Feb. 3 with a three-day total of 60 pounds. For the Lakeland, Fla. angler, the victory represents a hometown win long in the making.
Defending Champion Not Feeling Pressure, Looking Forward to Lake Hartwell
Only five anglers have won the Bassmaster Classic® more than once during its 47-year history, and of those, only two have won the event in consecutive years. This March, when the 2018 Classic® is held on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell, Yamaha Pro Jordan Lee hopes to add his name to both lists.
Congratulates Veteran Pro Angler Bill Lowen on New Partnership Xpress Boats
Kennesaw, Ga., Jan. 25, 2018 – Yamaha Marine Group is pleased to welcome anglers Jordan Lee, Matt Lee, Hunter Bland, Zach Axtman, Scott Rhodes, and Troy Creasy to the Pro Team for the 2018 season. The new team members will compete within the bass and walleye professional tournament circuits, and will serve as ambassadors of the Yamaha Marine brand throughout the year. Yamaha Marine also congratulates 11-year Pro Team member Bill Lowen on his new partnership with Xpress Boats for the 2018 season.
Kennesaw, Ga., January 23, 2018 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today a newly-formed Marine Power Sales and Marketing team. Mark Tracy, formerly OEM Sales Division Manager, assumed the title of General Manager effective January 8, and now oversees the OEM and Dealer Sales and Marketing divisions for the Marine group.
The V MAX SHO 90 is the Perfect Fit for Multi-Species and Inshore Boats
KENNESAW, Ga., January 11, 2018 — Yamaha Marine adds another power option to its legendary V MAX SHO® family in 2018, the V MAX SHO 90. The smallest of the SHO family is the strongest of all the 90-horsepower outboards on the market, offering class-leading torque and top speed.
New Programs Aim to Help Dealers Increase Profitability, Customer Satisfaction
Kennesaw, Ga. – Jan. 10, 2018 – Yamaha Marine Group will put more resources behind Yamaha Marine University™ in 2018, supercharging the dealer education entity with more programs focused on dealer profitability and increased customer satisfaction. New YMU initiatives will include a much-anticipated apprenticeship program for developing skilled dealer technicians, as well as classroom training, online modules, trade school collaborations, and online education modules. The reinvigorated YMU further defines Yamaha Marine’s position as a leader in dealer education and marine career development.
The Skinny on a New Tournament Series and Tips on Finding Kingfish
The Outer Banks of North Carolina are a national treasure. The region starts as a peninsula a dozen miles north of the Virginia state line and extends unbroken for 70 miles until you reach Oregon Inlet. From there, it becomes a series of barrier islands extending another 100 miles to Cape Lookout. OBX separates Currituck, Albamarle and Pamlico Sounds from the Atlantic Ocean, and encompasses some of the most beautiful beaches, quaint towns, fishing ports and expansive backwaters in the country - all teaming with fish, waterfowl, sea birds and even wild horses.
KENNESAW, Ga., Jan. 2, 2018 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today the “Key to Reliability” Sales Event, a new promotion that offers consumers two great incentives that build in additional value with the purchase of a new, select eligible Yamaha outboard during the first quarter of 2018.
Yamaha Pro Bill Lowen Uses Three Lures in Shallow, Well-Defined Places
Veteran tournament angler Bill Lowen enjoys these cold, frigid days on the water because he knows bass will be in well-defined areas they use year after year, they’ll hit one of his three favorite lures, and by day’s end he and his companions may have caught and released as many as 100 fish.
KENNESAW, Ga., December 1, 2017 - Yamaha Marine Group announced today the donation of four boats, four trailers and four Yamaha four-stroke outboard motors to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The Georgia DNR will use the boats to assist in search and rescue efforts during the event of an emergency or natural disaster. Yamaha Marine Group President Ben Speciale presented the boats to Colonel Eddie Henderson, Director of Law Enforcement for the Georgia DNR in front of Yamaha employees at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, at Yamaha’s Kennesaw, Ga. headquarters.
Kennesaw, Ga. – November 30, 2017 – The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) honored Yamaha Marine Group with a 2017 MarCom Platinum Award in the digital media category for the newly launched website YamahaOutboards.com. Judges reviewed more than 6,000 entries before selecting the 2017 winners.
BRIDGEPORT, Ala., November 28, 2017- Yamaha Marine Group announced today the donation of two F90 outboards to the Stevenson, Ala. Fire Department, and one F150 outboard to the Bridgeport, Ala. Fire Department. Both fire departments will use the donated outboards to assist in search and rescue on the Tennessee River and surrounding lakes.
Hosts 100 Students for Facility Tour and Hands-on Manufacturing Experience
Indianapolis, In., October 6, 2017- Yamaha Marine Precision Propellers, Inc., hosted 100 students in celebration of National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day®) on Oct. 6. The students, many of whom attend local technical schools in the Indianapolis area, had the opportunity to see how propellers are manufactured, and even poured steel to make a marine part of their own.
KENNESAW, Ga., Oct. 2, 2017 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today the “Why Wait for Spring” sales event, a new promotion that gives customers a great way to add even more value to new Yamaha four-stroke outboard purchases this fall.
Yamaha Pro Already Motivated to Win Another Title in 2018
As Brandon Palaniuk accepted his first B.A.S.S.® Angler of the Year trophy on the weigh-in stand at Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota, two thoughts flashed through his mind. First, the Yamaha Pro felt relief that he had at last won the coveted title after holding the points lead since July; and secondly, that he was already motivated to win the title again.
Bassmaster® Elite Champion Advocates on Behalf of Recreational Anglers
The new propeller is specifically sized to fit lightweight, mid-range outboards used on today’s most-popular flats boats.
TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 19, 2017 – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) and Boating Writers International (BWI) honored Yamaha Marine Group with its IBEX Innovation Award in the outboard motor category for the Yamaha F25 during the annual International Boatbuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX®) at the Tampa Convention Center.
Yamaha Pro Keith Combs is Toyota® Mille Lacs Champion
Onamia, Minn., Sept. 18, 2017 - Skeeter/Yamaha Pro Brandon Palaniuk is the 2017 Toyota® Bassmaster® Angler of the Year. Palaniuk caught 62 pounds, 3 ounces of bass to finish in 20th place, earning the points he needed to surpass Oklahoma Pro Jason Christie by a final margin of 902 to 888 points, and claim his first Angler of the Year title during the Toyota® Mille Lacs Championship tournament.
Department to expand all outboard video communications, improve the reach of education and training materials and grow the presence of the Yamaha Marine brand.
Yamaha Pro Ish Monroe Offers Tips to Simplify The Process
Where do you start fishing? When do you leave for a new area? Which lure might work best? As a fulltime bass tournament competitor, veteran Yamaha Pro Ish Monroe has to answer these questions every day of competition, so he tries to simplify the process as much as possible.
Live video feed of hearing available on Yamaha Outboards YouTube
Soldotna, Alaska, August 18, 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group President Ben Speciale will testify at a U.S. Senate field hearing held by Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna, Alaska from 1:00-4:00 p.m. AKDT, 5:00-8:00 p.m. EDT.
All-New YamahaOutboards.com Delivers Enhanced Online Experience for Customers
Kennesaw, Ga. – August 16, 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the launch of an all-new YamahaOutboards.com website designed to provide consumers and dealers with an even better online experience from Yamaha.
BECOMES EXCLUSIVE POWERED-BY OUTBOARD SPONSOR AND OFFICIAL OUTBOARD SPONSOR
The three-year agreement names Yamaha the Exclusive Powered-by and the Official Outboard Sponsor of the tournament week, which includes the Jimmy Johnson’s National Billfish Championship and the Jimmy Johnson Celebrity Pro-Am tournament. Both take place in Key Largo, Fla., March 7-10, 2018, hosted primarily at Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill at MM104.
LEADING TRIM TAB MANUFACTURER BROADENS YAMAHA MARINE OFFERINGS
Kennesaw, Ga., July 19, 2017 — Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. today announced the acquisition of Bennett Marine, Inc., creator of the adjustable trim tab. The company is known for hydraulic trim tab systems and the recently launched Bolt electric trim tab and AutoTrim Pro systems. With its manufacturing facility and headquarters in Deerfield Beach, Fla., Bennett Marine will become a part of Yamaha’s newly created subsidiary, Yamaha Marine Systems Company, Inc., (hereafter “YMSC”).
PROGRAM BUILDS IN ADDITIONAL VALUE FOR BOATERS AT THE HEIGHT OF SUMMERTIME FUN
Kennesaw, Ga. - July, 17 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the “Power the Summer” outboard sales event. The “Power the Summer” sales event offer is available from July 14, 2017, until August 31, 2017.
YOUNG ROOKIE ANGLER USING XPRESS® X-21 IN BASSMASTER® ELITE SERIES
Yamaha Pro Hamilton Comfortable Competing in Aluminum Boat
Young Rookie Angler Using Xpress® X-21 In Bassmaster® Elite Series
YAMAHA MARINE IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT TO FILL RECREATIONAL FISHING SEAT
Washington, D.C. - June 28, 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that Immediate Past President, Phil Dyskow, has been appointed to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Gulf Council.) Nominated for a Recreational Fishing position by Florida Governor Rick Scott, Dyskow’s appointment underscores his diverse knowledge of marine fisheries and proven business leadership.
FISHING INSIDE WATERS FOR AGGRESSIVE FLOUNDER CAN BENEFIT FROM THE RIGHT BOAT AND THE RIGHT TECHNIQUES NO MATTER WHERE YOU CHASE THEM
Fishing inside waters for aggressive flounder can benefit from the right boat and the right techniques no matter where you chase them
YAMAHA’S POPULAR F300 NOW COMES WITH MECHANICAL CONTROL, OFFERS PERFECT REPOWER SOLUTION FOR LARGER CRAFT
Kennesaw, Ga., June 22, 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today a new mechanical control version of its 300-horsepower 4.2-liter V6 Offshore outboard, available in both left and right-hand rotation.
CREATES YAMAHA MARINE SYSTEMS COMPANY
Kennesaw, Ga. June 20, 2017 — Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. today announced the creation of Yamaha Marine Systems Company (hereafter “YMSC”), a subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. This newly formed subsidiary has acquired the assets of Kracor, Inc., a rotational molding manufacturer based in Milwaukee, Wisc.
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP APPLAUDS EFFORTS TO IMPROVE RECREATIONAL FISHING ACCESS
Kennesaw, Ga., June 15, 2017 - – Yamaha Marine Group applauds the U.S. Department of Commerce for its decision to expand the 2017 private recreational fishing season for Gulf of Mexico red snapper, and the many organizations and individuals who have contributed to increasing access for recreational anglers.
SALTWATER FISHIN' VOL. 10, NO. 4
Yamaha Pro Mark Davis Offers Two Solutions For Catching Bass This Spring
THIRD ELITE VICTORY FOR THE 29-YEAR-OLD IDAHO PRO KNOWN AS “THE PRODIGY”
Lufkin, Texas – May 22, 2017 – Yamaha Pro Brandon Palaniuk finished Sunday’s Toyota®Bassmaster® Elite Texas Fest with a catch of 21 pounds, 12 ounces to capture the win on Sam Rayburn Reservoir with a four-day total of 93 pounds, 12 ounces. It was the third Elite victory for the 29-year-old Idaho pro known as “the prodigy.”
REPOWERS WHALE DISENTANGLEMENT VESSEL USED FOR RESEARCH AND RESCUE PROGRAMS IN CAPE COD BAY
Kennesaw, Ga., May 19, 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group has expanded its conservation efforts to support the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Mass., with the donation of a 300-horsepower outboard. In addition to another F300 donation from Napi Van Dereck, owner of Napi’s restaurant in Provincetown, and rigging and labor donation from Nauset Marine in Orleans, Mass., the outboards will repower the twin-engine Ibis, a whale disentanglement vessel used to assist with several research and rescue programs in the Cape Cod Bay area.
SAVE OUR SEAS ACT IS GOOD FOR BOATERS, ANGLERS, AND COASTAL COMMUNITIES
Kennesaw, Ga. - May 15, 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced its endorsement of S. 756, the bipartisan Save Our Seas Act, which was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ.) The bill aims to strengthen research and international coordination of anti-debris efforts to protect America’s oceans, coastlines, and inland waterways. In addition to reauthorizing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA®) Marine Debris Program, the bill allows for additional funding to assist with debris cleanup, and encourages the executive branch to engage with the nations responsible for the majority of marine debris.
Kennesaw, Ga. - May 15, 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced its endorsement of S. 756, the bipartisan Save Our Seas Act, which was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ.)
THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR FOR RECOGNITION FOR YAMAHA OUTBOARDS
KENNESAW, Ga., May 11, 2017 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today that its new F90 outboard has been named one of Boating Industry’s® 2017 Top Products. The publication’s fourth annual Top Products list was published in the May edition of Boating Industry®magazine. This is the third consecutive year that Yamaha Outboards has made the list.
MOVES CONTINUE EXCEPTIONAL TECHNICAL TRAINING AND SUPPORT FOR YAMAHA DEALER NETWORK
Kennesaw, Ga., May 5, 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today several employee promotions and organizational changes within the Marine Service Division.
BUILDS IN ADDITIONAL VALUE AT BEGINNING OF BUSY BOATING SEASON
Kennesaw, Ga., May 1, 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the “Season of Savings” sales event, a promotion that offers consumers up to $750 in dealer credit toward the purchase of goods and/or services when they purchase an eligible, select, new Yamaha four-stroke outboard.
MARTIN PETERS BECOMES SENIOR MANAGER, MARINE COMMUNICATIONS AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Kennesaw, Ga., April 19, 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today several employee promotions and organizational changes within the Marine Marketing Division, including the promotion of Martin Peters to Senior Manager, Marine Communications and Government Relations.
DONATIONS OVER LAST FIVE YEARS "REFLECT TRUE SPIRIT" OF AWARD
Kennesaw, Ga., March 21, 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that it was named the recipient of the Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellors Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. The award recognizes Yamaha’s contributions to the Motorcycle and Marine Service Program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Chattanooga.
RECOGNIZED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MOTORCYCLE AND MARINE SERVICE PROGRAM AT THE TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY (TCAT) CHATTANOOGA
Kennesaw, Ga., March 20, 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that it was awarded the 2017 Silver Star of Excellence from the American Technical Education Association and the National Technical Honor Society®. Yamaha was recognized for its contribution to the Motorcycle and Marine Service Program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Chattanooga.
QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE DECADES OF INDUSTRY, CONSERVATION, AND FISHERIES REGULATION EXPERIENCE
Kennesaw, Ga., March 16, 2017 - Yamaha Marine Group praised Governor Rick Scott for his recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce for appointments to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC), which included Phil Dyskow, Immediate Past President of Yamaha Marine Group.
FISHIN' VOL. 10, NO. 3
This Season Alton Jones Jr. Joins His Father to Fish the 2017 Bassmaster Classic® and the Elites
FISHIN' VOL. 10, NO. 2
Yamaha Pro Bobby Lane Alternates Jigs and Crankbaits in the Same Water
By most standards, Florida-based pro Bobby Lane would be among the last to say he enjoys fishing cold winter water, but just the opposite is true. The veteran Yamaha Pro has developed a two-lure approach that has nearly taken him to victory in the last two Bassmaster Classics,® both conducted in extremely cold weather.
PRO IS VETERAN ANGLER AND AIM® CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Kennesaw, Ga., February 28, 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that walleye angler Brett King has joined Yamaha’s 2017 Walleye Pro Fishing Team.
AWARD MARKS COMPANY'S SIXTEENTH CONSECUTIVE IN 2017
MIAMI, Fla., February 16, 2017 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today from the Miami International Boat Show® that the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) has again recognized Yamaha with a CSI Award for excellence in cusomer satisfaction in the Outboard Engine category.
AWARD MARKS COMPANY'S FIFTEENTH CONSECUTIVE IN 2017
MIAMI, Fla., February 17, 2017 — Skeeter, a leader in performance fishing boats, announced today from the Miami International Boat Show® that the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) has again recognized Skeeter with a CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in the Freshwater Fiberglass Outboard Boat category.
NEW PRODUCTS GIVE BOATERS EVEN MORE OPTIONS AND WAYS TO ENJOY THEIR TIME ON THE WATER
KENNESAW, Ga., February 16, 2017 — Yamaha Marine Group began the 2017 boat show season with the announcement of eight new outboards, Set Point™ boat positioning function for Helm Master®, and several new propellers and rigging options.
NEW FUNCTIONALITY TAKES HELM MASTER PRECISION AND CONTROL TO THE NEXT LEVEL
KENNESAW, Ga., February 16, 2017 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today a new feature that gives its Helm Master® Integrated Boat Control System even greater levels of control.
PRECISION OF DIGITAL THROTTLE AND SHIFT NOW AVAILABLE TO MORE BOAT PACKAGES
KENNESAW, Ga., February 16, 2017 — Yamaha Marine Group today announced that the F150 and the F175 are now available in models with digital electronic control (DEC).
DISPLAY AND COMMAND LINK PLUS GATEWAY® IMPROVE BOATING EXPERIENCE
KENNESAW, Ga., February 16, 2017 — Yamaha Marine Group today announced a new seven-inch CL7™ touchscreen display and a newly-designed, more robust Command Link Plus® gateway. Both are designed to improve the consumer boating experience.
THE SMALLEST OF YAMAHA’S MIDRANGE OUTBOARDS IS NOW PORTABLE
KENNESAW, Ga., January 19, 2017 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today the addition of an all-new F25 to its lineup of four-stroke outboards. Weighing less than 126 pounds, the smallest of Yamaha’s midrange outboards is now so light and compact, it’s portable.
REMOTE VARIABLE TROLLING RPM SWITCH AND "704" SHIFT CONTROL FOR MECHANICAL OPERATION
KENNESAW, Ga., January 19, 2017 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today new rigging components that offer boaters more convenience and control. Yamaha’s new Remote Variable Trolling RPM Switch (VTS™) and new “704” Shift Control for mechanical operation help improve the overall boating experience.
DELIVERS QUIET PERFORMANCE TO MIDRANGE-POWERED PONTOONS AND LIGHTER BOATS
KENNESAW, Ga., January 19, 2017 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today the addition of two new propellers to its Talon family: the new Talon Pontoon and Talon GP Aluminum SDS propellers. The two new propellers bring Yamaha’s exclusive Shift Dampener System (SDS) technology to the thrust-optimized Talon family and deliver quiet performance to midrange-powered pontoons and lighter boats.
YAMAHA PRO JARED LINTNER CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY A YEAR LATE
Ever since the conclusion of the 2016 Bassmaster® Elite season this past September, Yamaha Pros have been spending the off-season in a variety of ways, but none, perhaps, quite like veteran Jared Lintner. The California-based pro and his wife Keri celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary by taking a week-long cruise in the Bahamas.
APPOINTMENT UNDERSCORES YAMAHA’S CONTINUED EFFORTS TO REPRESENT THE INTERESTS OF U.S. RECREATIONAL ANGLERS AND BOATERS.
Kennesaw, Ga. - Jan. 10, 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that Martin Peters, Government Relations Manager, has been appointed to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Marine Sanctuary Business Advisory Council (BAC).
TWO WAYS TO BUILD IN ADDITIONAL VALUE WITH QUALIFYING PURCHASE
KENNESAW, Ga., Jan. 2, 2017 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today the “Choose Reliability” Sales Event, a new promotion that offers consumers two great ways to build in additional value with the purchase of a new, select eligible Yamaha outboard during the first quarter of 2017.
OFFERS CONSUMERS ADDITIONAL VALUE TO YAMAHA F350 PURCHASE
KENNESAW, Ga., Dec. 15, 2015 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today “The Great V8” Sales Event, a new promotion that offers consumers an excellent way to build in additional value to the purchase of new V8 Yamaha 350-horsepower, four-stroke outboards.
Fall is Striper Time. Are you ready for the action?
If you live in New England, it’s already started. If you live in the MidAtlantic you know that fall is in the air and millions of striped bass are heading your way. The southward migration of these highly-prized gamefish is a months-long fishing extravaganza that gets any fisherman’s adrenalin pumping.
As water temperatures continue to cool now during the late autumn and early winter months, bass fishermen often tie on topwater lures in hopes of having a final flurry of surface action. Yamaha Pro Todd Faircloth, however, does just the opposite, choosing a deep-diving crankbait to target fish that have already moved out of the shallows.
NEW PRODUCTS CONTINUE LEGACY OF UNMATCHED DISPLACEMENT AND RELIABILITY IN OFFSHORE POWER
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., November 2, 2016 – Yamaha Marine will display its latest powerhouse F350C offshore outboard, as well as its brand new 225- and 250-hp mechanical control 4.2-liter V6 offshore outboards at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show®, November 3-7, 2016.
SHOW ATTENDEES WHO ADVOCATE IN THE YAMAHA BOOTH CAN ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A YETI® COOLER
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – November 2, 2016 – Yamaha Marine announced today that advocacy opportunities are available in the Yamaha booth for the first time during 2016 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show®. Attendees who visit Yamaha in booth number 2028 can enter for a chance to win a YETI® cooler* and can also send a pre-written letter to Congress defending their right to fish.
FISHIN' VOL. 9, NO. 7
Over the past decade, Bill Lowen has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the best jig fishermen in professional tournament bass fishing, but in the autumn as water begins to cool, you might actually see the Yamaha Pro throwing a spinnerbait, buzzbait, or a crankbait.
SERIES OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NEXT ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS URGE IMPROVEMENTS TO PUBLIC ACCESS THAT CREATE JOBS AND ENHANCE CONSERVATION
Washington, D.C. – October 19, 2016 – Yamaha Marine announced today its support of a landmark series of recommendations for the incoming Administration and the new Congress that strive to balance improving access to public waters, creating economic growth, and enhancing the conservation of marine fish stocks. Released by the Center for Coastal Conservation, along with the nation’s leading marine conservation and trade associations, the guidance for federal policy makers in A Vision for Marine Fisheries Management in the 21st Century: Priorities for a New Administration calls for an end to antiquated federal policies that have inhibited a vital source of economic growth and a proud American tradition.
EFFECTIVE FOR SELECT, ELIGIBLE, NEW FOUR-STROKE OUTBOARDS PURCHASED AND WARRANTY REGISTERED BETWEEN OCTOBER 1, 2016, AND NOVEMBER 22, 2016
KENNESAW, Ga., Oct. 3, 2016 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today the “Why Wait for Spring” sales event. The new promotion gives customers a great way to add even more value to Yamaha four-stroke outboard purchases this fall.
BOATING INDUSTRY’S GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY SYSTEMS PLAY KEY ROLE IN POLICY SUCCESS
Kennesaw, Ga., September 30, 2016 – Late Wednesday evening, the United States House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA) by a vote of 399-25. The bill now heads to a conference committee to be reconciled with the Senate version, which passed earlier this month.
LETTER FROM YAMAHA MARINE PRESIDENT BEN SPECIALE CALLS FOR SAFETY ON WATER, STEWARDSHIP OF NATURAL RESOURCES TO PRESERVE FUTURE OF THE SPORT
Kennesaw, Ga., September 27, 2016 – Yamaha Marine President Ben Speciale today issued a letter to Yamaha’s freshwater and saltwater Pro Angler teams that endorses a Code of Ethics regarding safety on the water and stewardship of natural resources to help preserve the future of recreational fishing.
OFFICIAL PREMIER ENGINE SPONSORSHIP EXTENDED THROUGH 2020
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —B.A.S.S. and Yamaha Marine Group have signed an agreement for Yamaha to continue to sponsor Bassmaster events through 2020.
FISHIN' VOL 9, NO. 5
The way Justin Lucas won the recent Bassmaster® Elite tournament on the Potomac River surprised everyone in the 107-angler field, possibly most of all the Yamaha Pro himself. The weather was hot and humid and fishing on the famous waterway had been poor, but Lucas led all four days of competition and weighed in 72 pounds, 14 ounces of bass, all from a single long boat parking dock.
DISCUSSION DRAWS MOST INFLUENTIAL VOICES IN RECREATIONAL FISHING COMMUNITY
Soldotna, Alaska, August 25, 2016 – The fourth Annual Kenai Classic Roundtable on National Recreational Fishing brought together leaders from all segments of the recreational fishing community. The panelists gathered on Wednesday, August 17, at Kenai Peninsula College to examine alternative solutions for current fishery management issues. They discussed several innovative strategies for the management of mixed-use fisheries, and ultimately put forward solutions that could be beneficial to all fishery stakeholders.
CAPTURES WIN WITH FOUR-DAY TOTAL OF 72 POUNDS, 14 OUNCES
Charles County, Md. – August 15, 2016 – Yamaha Pro Justin Lucas finished Sunday’s Bassmaster® Elite tournament with a catch of 19 pounds, 13 ounces to capture the win on the Potomac River with a four-day total of 72 pounds, 14 ounces. It was the Guntersville, Ala. angler’s second career Elite victory, after winning in 2015 on the Sacramento River in California.
Yamaha Pro Brandon Palaniuk Fishes Jerkbaits Year-Round for Quality Bass
Bass tournament fishermen are famous for having “secret” lures they don’t tell anyone about, but Brandon Palaniuk’s secret lure is one that’s in virtually every angler’s tacklebox. The Yamaha Pro’s lure is a jerkbait, but his secret is that he fishes it all year, and he especially likes to use it during the hot summer months.
CHARITY EVENT RAISES FUNDS FOR INNER-CITY AND DISADVANTAGED YOUTH
On Saturday, August 6, 2016, the Ike Foundation®, in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Youth Anglers & Outdoors Program, held its first celebrity Pro-Am Bass Tournament, charity dinner and kids fishing fun day on the waterfront in Camden, New Jersey. The goal was to generate funds and awareness for introducing America’s children, especially inner city and disadvantaged youth, to fishing and the outdoors.
FORMERLY KNOWN AS PRECISION PROPELLERS INDUSTRIES, INC.
Kennesaw, Ga., August 4, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the renaming of its wholly owned subsidiary Precision Propellers Industries, Inc., (PPI, Inc.) to Yamaha Marine Precision Propellers, Inc.
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP HOSTED THE FIRST OF FIVE GEORGIA CHAMBER FLY-AROUND EVENTS
Kennesaw, Ga., July 25, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group today hosted the first of five Georgia Chamber Fly-Around events with Senator Johnny Isakson at Yamaha’s southeastern headquarters in Kennesaw, Georgia. This event kicked off a tour of influential Georgia businesses ahead of the November 8th general election, where Senator Isakson will be looking for reelection to the U.S. Senate. Also presenting were Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha Marine Group, Rob Engstrom, Senior Vice President, US Chamber of Commerce, and Chris Clark, President & CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
NEW ROLE EXPANDS RESPONSIBILITY IN PLANNING FOR YAMAHA MARINE GROUP AND YAMAHA COMPANIES
Kennesaw, Ga., July 19, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced the promotion of Ben Mallett to Division Manager of Marine Operations and Business Planning. In his new role, Mallett will be deeply involved in business planning for both the Yamaha Marine Group and Yamaha companies, Precision Propeller Industries, Inc. (PPI), Skeeter Products, Inc., and G3® Boats.
BUILDS IN GREAT VALUE WITH THE PURCHASE OF YAMAHA'S MOST POPULAR FOUR-STROKE OUTBOARD MODELS
Kennesaw, Ga., July 18, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the “Celebrate Summer” sales event, a promotion that gives customers a great way to add value to their Yamaha four-stroke outboard purchases this summer.
FOR A LIMITED TIME ON SELECT OUTBOARDS, SEQUEL TO SUMMER V8 PROMOTION PROVIDES THE PURCHASING CUSTOMER A TOTAL OF SIX YEARS OF WARRANTY COVERAGE
KENNESAW, Ga., July 18, 2016 — With the recent success of Yamaha’s “The Great V8” Sales Event that ended on June 30th, Yamaha Marine is pleased to announce the sequel to this promotion starting July 15, 2016. For a limited time on select outboards, the similar offer provides the purchasing customer a total of six years of warranty coverage – three years of Yamaha Limited Warranty, along with the additional protection of a three-year Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.) plan, an MSRP value of $3,300 for eligible purchases at no additional cost.
Savvy and always fun to fish with, Capt. Mark Finelli knows his home waters and enjoys sharing them with his clients and friends
Long Beach Island, as the name might suggest, is the longest of the barrier islands along the New Jersey coast. At the northernmost tip of the island is the historic hamlet of Barnegat Light, a commercial and recreational fishing haven for over 150 years, and it remains so today. It was there at the High Bar Yacht Club that the Yamaha team met light tackle fishing guide Mark Finelli, Jr. and hopped aboard his Yamaha-powered 23-foot Parker® center console. The plan was to spend the morning plugging the jetty rocks at Barnegat Inlet where he finds striped bass and bluefish throughout the fishing season.
ICE FISHING LURE IN DEEP ROCK PILES HELPS MINNESOTAN TO STEAL WIN FROM DAKOTAN COMPETITORS
DEVILS LAKE, North Dakota – July 15, 2016 – Yamaha Pro Spencer Deutz and his wife, Carley, from Moorhead, Minn. brought in 29.86 pounds to take home the winnings for the final AIM® Weekend Walleye Series at Devils Lake AWWS Warrior Boats Open on Sunday, July 10.
CLOSELY COMPLEMENTS COLOR SCHEME OF V MAX SHO® OUTBOARDS
Kennesaw, Ga., June 22, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today a new “sport cowl” accessory for the F9.9 and the T9.9. Designed to closely complement the color scheme of the V MAX SHO®, the cowl will become a popular addition in those applications where a 9.9 “kicker” is used with a V MAX SHO outboard as primary power.
FISHIN' VOL. 9, NO. 3
Matt Herren’s recent victory in the Toyota® Texas Bass Classic, one of the most prestigious bass tournaments in the country, hinged almost entirely on the Yamaha Pro’s ability to recognize and adjust to rapidly changing water conditions, even though he’d never before seen the lake he was fishing.
NATIONAL AQUARIUM AND INNER HARBOR TAKE CENTER STAGE FOR NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE
Kennesaw, Ga., June 13, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that it will host a summer media event June 14-15 in Baltimore, a portion of which will be held in conjunction with the National Aquarium® on the evening of June 14. Yamaha Marine sponsors the National Aquarium with outboards for the organization’s 35-foot research vessel, which is dedicated specifically to shark research and sampling, as well as the restoration of wetlands in the area.
BLADE DESIGN COMBINED WITH YAMAHA'S SMOOTH AND QUIET SHIFT DAMPENER SYSTEM
Kennesaw, Ga., June 9, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the launch of the Talon Pontoon SDS Propeller, which provides the solution for many of today’s midrange-powered pontoons. The proven blade design is now combined with the smooth, quiet-shifting and low-speed operational benefits of Yamaha’s exclusive Shift Dampener System (SDS), which customers have come to appreciate in many of Yamaha’s Endless Propeller Solutions.
Yamaha Pro Changed Lures to Imitate Shad
Takahiro Omori’s recent Bassmaster® Elite Series victory on Alabama’s Wheeler Lake underscores just how important it is for a fisherman to be observant of both bass and baitfish activity going on around him. After seeing a bass chase a shad to the surface right in front of him, the Yamaha Pro changed lures, caught that bass, and went on to win with a total of 81 pounds, six ounces.
USED TO POWER SCOUTING VESSEL FOR REMOTE COASTAL CLEAN-UPS
Kennesaw, Ga., May 19, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group has stepped up to help WoundedNature.org with the donation of an F115 outboard and propeller. The donations will help power the organization’s 19-foot Monarch scouting vessel, which is used to identify clean-up sites in hard-to-access coastal areas.
SALTWATER FISHIN' VOL. 8, NO. 1
Brunswick is the southernmost coastal county in North Carolina. It extends from the South Carolina border at Little River Inlet in an east-west direction out to Cape Fear and Smith Island, where the county line turns inland toward Wilmington. It varies greatly from the Outer Banks, but is home to a thriving recreational fishing community and offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities, from the coastal rivers and backwaters to bluewater action along the western edge of the Gulf Stream.
SELECTIONS RECOGNIZED FROM HUNDREDS OF PRODUCTS INTRODUCED SINCE BEGINNING OF 2015
KENNESAW, Ga., May 16, 2016 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today that its new F2.5 portable outboard has been named one of Boating Industry’s® 2016 Top Products. The publication’s third annual Top Products list was published this May online and also appeared in the May print edition of Boating Industry® magazine.
EARLIER SUCCESS ON OTHER OZARK LAKES GAVE YAMAHA PRO LURE CHOICE, LOCATION
Whenever you’re fishing a lake you’ve never been on before, look for cover or structure that lets you fish your favorite lure and technique and gives you confidence. That’s the advice of Yamaha Pro Randall Tharp, who followed it without hesitation in winning his first Bassmaster® Elite tournament on not one but two lakes he’d never fished before
BRINGS SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERTISE TO SUPPORT THE YAMAHA MARINE BRAND
Kennesaw, Ga., May 9, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the appointment of Brad Dreyer as Social Media Coordinator for the Marine Marketing Department.
YAMAHA’S LATEST OFFSHORE TECHNOLOGY NOW COMES WITH MECHANICAL CONTROL, OFFERS PERFECT REPOWER SOLUTION FOR LARGER CRAFT
Kennesaw, Ga., May 3, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today new mechanical control versions of its legendary 225- and 250-horsepower 4.2-liter V6 Offshore outboards, available as the F250XB in both left and right-hand rotation, and the F225XB in right-hand rotation only.
LATEST VERSION OF F350 OFFERS NEW LOOK AND YAMAHA’S BEST PROTECTION YET
Kennesaw, Ga., May 3, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the introduction of the new 5.3-liter F350C, which now provides five full years of Limited Warranty coverage, wrapping a refined outboard package with a list of benefits and features that are still unique in the marketplace, nine years after the debut of the original F350.
OFFERS UP TO $500 IN DEALER CREDIT TOWARD THE PURCHASE OF GOODS AND/OR SERVICES WITH ELIGIBLE FOUR-STROKE OUTBOARD
Kennesaw, Ga., May 2, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the “Wake Up the Season” sales event, a promotion that offers consumers up to $500 in dealer credit toward the purchase of goods and/or services when they purchase a select new, eligible Yamaha four-stroke outboard.
COMES FROM BEHIND TO CAPTURE SIXTH B.A.S.S. WIN
DECATUR, Ala., May 2, 2016 – Yamaha Pro Takahiro Omori of Emory, Texas claimed his sixth Bassmaster® Elite Series win on Sunday, May, 1 on Wheeler Lake. Coming from behind to beat Day 2- and Day 3-leader Dave Lefebre, Omori brought in five bass on the fourth day weighing an impressive 25 pounds, three ounces to capture the win. In addition, he won the Phoenix Boats®Big Bass award for the final day with a bass weighing in at five pounds, 15 ounces. He finished with a four-day total of 81 pounds, six ounces.
YAMAHA PROS CLAIM FOUR OF TOP FIVE POSITIONS
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark., April 25, 2016 – Yamaha Pro Randall Tharp of Port St. Joe, Fla. claimed his first Bassmaster® Elite Series win on Sunday, April 24 on Bull Shoals and Norfolk lakes. Keeping a consistent approach across the two lakes during the four-day tournament, Tharp brought in five bass weighing 16 pounds, two ounces on day four of the tournament to claim the win. He finished with a four-day total of 61 pounds, 10 ounces.
THIRD PAIR OF YAMAHA F150S POWERING WATER TAXI CLOCK MORE THAN 7,000 HOURS
Kennesaw, Ga., April 22, 2016 – In 2013, Charleston Water Taxi repowered its 40-foot, 16,000-pound Corinthian Catamaran with a third set of twin Yamaha F150s, which now log over 7,000* hours and counting. (Running an outboard motor for 7,000 hours is equivalent to driving a vehicle for 225,000 miles in urban commuting, according to national averages, based on US Department of Transportation.) To showcase these reliability case studies, Yamaha Marine Group has launched a new video series, which portray real-world testimonials from boat captains about the power, endurance and reliability of various Yamaha outboard models.
F40 OUTBOARD TO REPOWER 16-FOOT ZODIAC RESCUE CRAFT
Kennesaw, Ga., April 14, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group has donated a 40-horsepower engine to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif., to assist rescue efforts of marine mammals along the California coast. The Center will used the outboard to repower its 16-foot Zodiac® rescue vessel.
NEWEST MODULE FOCUSES ON MEASURING SERVICE PROFITABILITY AND PERFORMANCE
Kennesaw, Ga. – April 5, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the launch of the third and final installment in its new Service Management Workshop Online Training Series. The newest module of the series, Service Management Workshop: Measuring Service Profitability & Performance, is available now through Yamaha Marine Universityonline (YMU Online). The first two installments of the series launched earlier this spring and are also available through YMU Online.
NEW MODULE FOCUSES ON CUSTOMER-FOCUSED SERVICE PROCESSES
Kennesaw, Ga. – Mar 22, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the launch of the second installment in the new Service Management Workshop Online Training Series. This second installment of the series, Service Management Workshop: Customer-Focused Service Processes, is available now through Yamaha Marine UniversityÔonline (YMU Online). The final installment in the series is slated for release later this March.
WILL LEAD KEY INITIATIVES AND BUSINESS PLANNING IN NEW ROLE
Kennesaw, Ga., March 17, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced the promotion of Jonathon Burns to General Manager of Precision Propeller Industries, Inc. (PPI), a wholly owned, independently operated subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., and the company that produces all Yamaha-branded stainless steel propellers. He will begin his new position with PPI this March.
RECENT ACTIONS SHOW COMMITMENT TO FLORIDA JOBS
Panama City, Fla. – March 15, 2016 – Today, the Yamaha Marine Group praised Governor Rick Scott for once again demonstrating his commitment to over 865,000 Florida jobs dependent on boating and fishing. The Governor has recently conducted a thorough selection process for nominees to serve on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Gulf Council), during which he made his top priority to listen to the needs and desires of Florida’s citizens. By acting upon the feedback he received from Floridians, the Governor has taken action that will support over 5,500 small business in Florida.
WILL OVERSEE MARINE OPERATIONS AND MANUFACTURING IN NEW ROLE
Kennesaw, Ga., March 15, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced the promotion of Bill Boehman to Vice President of the Yamaha Marine Group, Operations and Manufacturing. In addition to his new role, Boehman will continue to serve as Vice President of Precision Propeller Industries, Inc. (PPI), and will take on the additional title of Vice President, Skeeter Products, Inc. He will begin his new position in Kennesaw this March.
SUPPORT OF H.R. 3094 DEMONSTRATES COMMITMENT TO JOB GROWTH IN TEXAS
Kilgore, Texas - Feb. 25, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group today praised U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) for his support of H.R. 3094, the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act. By co-sponsoring the legislation, the Congressman signals strong support to the 234 employees of Skeeter Boats, a manufacturer of high performance fishing boats in Texas’s First District.
APPOINTMENT SUPPORTS MARINE'S AMBITIOUS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Kennesaw, Ga., Feb. 16, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the appointment of Connor Megan as Regional Marketing Coordinator for the Marine Marketing Department.
AWARD MARKS ACHIEVEMENT OF FIFTEENTH CONSECUTIVE AWARD
MIAMI, Fla., February 11, 2016 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today from the Miami International Boat Show® that the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) has again recognized Yamaha with a CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in the Outboard Engine category. This year’s award is the fifteenth consecutive, an achievement no other outboard manufacturer can claim
ONLINE MODULES BUILD UPON YAMAHA’S HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL LIVE-TRAINING SESSIONS
Kennesaw, Ga. - Feb. 9, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the launch of an all-new online training series focused on increasing efficiency and profitability in marine service departments. This first installment of the series, Service Management Workshop: Building an Effective Service Team, is available now through Yamaha Marine University Online (YMU Online). Two subsequent installments are slated for release in the coming weeks.
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS USE OF HELM MASTER JOYSTICK WHILE FISHING ON STRUCTURE
Miami, Fla., Feb. 8, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today from the Miami International Boat Show® the release of “Fishing on Structure” – the fourth short video in the new “Fishing with Helm Master” series that portrays the many real-world fishing applications and maneuvering capabilities of Helm Master, Yamaha’s fully integrated boat control system.
WINNER TO RECEIVE ALL-EXPENSE PAID TRIP TO 2016 BASSMASTER CLASSIC
Kennesaw, Ga., Feb. 1, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the launch of the 2016 “Yamaha Classic Contest” on Facebook®, Twitter®, and Instagram®. The contest invites participants to send in their Yamaha photos and awards the entry that best represents Yamaha and/or the Yamaha Marine lifestyle.
YAMAHA’S LIGHTEST PORTABLE IS CONSUMER AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
Kennesaw, GA – Jan. 6, 2016 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the introduction of a new 2.5-horsepower four-stroke portable outboard. The new Yamaha F2.5 is now certified with three stars from the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board (C.A.R.B.) for “ultra-low emissions,” due to internal improvements that make combustion cleaner and more efficient.
CUSTOMERS CAN BOOST PURCHASE VALUE OF POPULAR MODELS EARLY IN THE SEASON
KENNESAW, Ga., Jan. 1, 2016 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today the “Legendary Reliability” Sales Event, a new promotion that offers consumers two great ways to build in additional value with the purchase of an eligible, new select Yamaha outboard during the first quarter of 2016.
Yamaha Pro Todd Faircloth Matches Rod Actions to Specific Lures
Among his contemporaries in professional bass fishing, Todd Faircloth rates as one of the most consistent anglers in the sport, regularly finishing well and always a threat to win any tournament he enters. The Yamaha Pro has a simple answer for his consistency: he doesn’t lose very many fish.
Make this great gamefish into great table fare
Striped bass are the most sought after gamefish on the East Coast. So many anglers fish for them, especially during the spring and fall migrations from their breeding grounds in the Mid-Atlantic to New England and back again, that they are highly regulated. Most of the member states that make up the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the interstate compact that manages striped bass, currently have a bag limit of one fish with a minimum size of 28 inches for ocean-caught stripers.
Yamaha Pro Matt Herren Uses a Fast Retrieve to Trigger Bass Into Biting
November ranks as one of Matt Herren’s favorite months of the year, but not because he enjoys deer hunting and most whitetail seasons open this month. Rather, the Yamaha Pro knows November means it’s time to burn his spinnerbaits for autumn bass.
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS USE OF HELM MASTER SPEED CONTROL WHILE TROLLING
Kennesaw, Ga., Nov. 3, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the release of “Trolling with Helm Master,” the third short video in the new “Fishing with Helm Master” series that portrays real-world fishing applications and maneuvering capabilities of Helm Master, Yamaha’s fully integrated boat control system.
Use two anchors to get on the structure and stay there!
Even though the hot days of summer fishing are a memory and fall is starting its march toward winter, mid-Atlantic anglers shouldn’t have to take their boats out of the water just yet. The best fishing of the year for blackfish, aka tautog or tog, is just getting started, and the season is open through January in most states along the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts. Open seasons, size and bag limits vary from one jurisdiction to another, so be sure to check your state’s marine fish regulations so you don’t run afoul of the law.
Yamaha Pro Bobby Lane Believes These Lures Will Catch Bass Anywhere Right Now
Among his peers in professional tournament competition, Bobby Lane is best known for his skill using spinnerbaits and Carolina rigs, but when water begins cooling in the autumn, the Yamaha Pro often changes to a topwater popping plug. Usually considered a summertime lure, Lane actually keeps a popper tied on throughout the fall months
It’s That Time of Year When Albies Are Back in Town
Inshore anglers along the East Coast, from Florida to New England, look forward to fall for a lot of reasons. But those among us who enjoy a really good fight on very light tackle tend to rejoice more than our brethren. That’s because fall is when one of our favorite adversaries moves inshore, often right along the beach fronts, offering us some fast-and-furious, run-and-gun fishing with the lightest of tackle. It’s albie time!
PROVIDES CHOICE OF CREDIT OR ADDITIONAL Y.E.S. COVERAGE, DEPENDING ON MODEL
KENNESAW, Ga., Oct. 1, 2015 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today the return of one of its most valuable incentive programs, “Why Wait? Buy Now.” The new promotion gives customers a great way to add value to their Yamaha four-stroke outboard purchases this fall.
FORMER 8,700-HOUR OUTBOARD OWNERS LOOK FORWARD TO QUIETER OPERATION AND IMPROVED FUEL EFFICIENCY
Charleston, S.C., September 24, 2015 – Owners Scott Connelly and Chip Deaton, who have powered the Charleston Water Taxi with two sets of Yamaha F150 outboards that have run 6,800 hours* and 8,700 hours* respectively, have decided to power their newest vessel with Yamaha F200s based upon their experience with the reliability of Yamaha inline four-cylinder outboards.
2015 MARKS FOURTEENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF ACHIEVEMENT
KENNESAW, Ga., September 15, 2015 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today that the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) has again recognized Yamaha with a CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in the Outboard Engine category. This year’s award is the fourteenth consecutive, an achievement no other outboard manufacturer can claim.
NEW TOOL SIMPLIFIES PROPELLER SELECTION FOR CONSUMERS
Kennesaw, Ga., September 14, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced the introduction of an all-new Propeller Selector to help customers narrow down propeller options, based on their input. The new tool can be found easily at yamahaoutboards.com>propellers>prop selector (www.yamahapropselector.com).
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS USE OF HELM MASTER IN CAST NETTING FOR BAIT
Kennesaw, Ga., Sept. 8, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the release of “Using a Cast Net with Helm Master,” the second short video in the new “ “Fishing with Helm Master” series that portrays real-world fishing applications and maneuvering capabilities of Helm Master, Yamaha’s fully integrated boat control system.
Yamaha Pro Mark Davis Offers Suggestions to Improve Your Technique
Even though it’s September and the next major move bass make will be into shallow creeks and bays, Mark Davis still has a deep diving crankbait tied on and ready to cast. For him, the deep cranking season will continue for at least another month.
FELLOW YAMAHA PROS PALANIUK AND PIPKENS TAKE SECOND AND FOURTH
DETROIT, Mich., August 31, 2015 – Veteran Yamaha Pro Todd Faircloth brought 22 pounds, two ounces of smallmouth to the scales on Sunday, August 30, to win the final Bassmaster®Elite tournament of the 2015 season on Michigan’s Lake St. Clair. The Texas-based angler finished with a four-day total of 84 pounds, seven ounces, outdistancing fellow Yamaha Pro Brandon Palaniuk, who took second with 78 pounds, six ounces.
This past May, while practicing for the Bassmaster® Elite tournament at Lake Havasu, Brandon Palaniuk tied on a big topwater lure to use in the ultra-clear water. The Yamaha Pro finished 10th in the event, and now, three months later, he still has that same surface plug on his rod.
PANEL POISED TO DISCUSS CHALLENGES, STRATEGY FOR NEXT 20 YEARS
Kennesaw, Ga., August 17, 2015 – As a sponsor of the third annual Kenai Classic Roundtable on National Recreational Fishing, which takes place in conjunction with the Kenai River Sportfishing Association’s (KRSA) Kenai River Classic, Yamaha Marine is pleased to announce that this year’s panel will focus on a long-term view of recreational fishing and the strategies necessary to ensure continued growth of the sport. The unprecedented coalition of sportfishing advocacy groups on the panel will focus on a twenty-year look at the future of recreational fishing, the potential challenges anglers will face, and the strategies the industry will use to overcome these challenges.
EVERYDAY, REAL-WORLD SCENARIOS BRING HELM MASTER’S NUMEROUS FISHING APPLICATIONS TO LIFE
Kennesaw, Ga., July 31, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the introduction of a new series of videos –“Fishing with Helm Master” – that portrays the many real-world fishing applications and maneuvering capabilities of Helm Master, Yamaha’s fully integrated boat control system.
Systems Designed to Improve Performance, Efficiency and Ride
The dynamics of driving an outboard-powered boat are very different than driving a car. With a road vehicle, you’re basically rolling its mass over a flat surface on wheels, but with a boat you’re pushing the mass of a vessel through water. The more a boat’s hull planes—or rises up out of the water—the more it reduces the amount of surface actually in contact with the water. Keeping the boat balanced fore and aft and on an even keel affects how efficiently a boat will run. It’s called “trim,” and a properly trimmed hull has two very beneficial results: reduced fuel consumption and increased speed.
Does spinning tackle have a place offshore?
If you like offshore fishing imagine this—three days running around the Gulf of Mexico in a triple Yamaha-powered 42-foot Invincible center console doing nothing but fishing for yellowfin and blackfin tuna with surface plugs. The excitement of watching tuna attack a popper right before your eyes, not once, but again and again and again, is enough to give any saltwater angler heart palpitations. The Yamaha team recently spent some time with Bill Butler, owner of Venice Marina, aboard his tournament-rigged boat. Using his vast knowledge of the Gulf, Bill really put our team on the fish.
NEW RESOURCES COMPLEMENT YAMAHA’S ONGOING MAINTENANCE EDUCATION CAMPAIGN
Kennesaw, Ga., July 20, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced the launch of the all-new Maintenance Matters website (http:maintenance.yamahaoutboards.com) as well as the addition of the Maintenance Matters training module to its world-class training curriculum at Yamaha Marine UniversityTM Online.
DAUPHIN ISLAND, ALA. EVENT IS NOW LARGEST FISHING TOURNAMENT IN THE WORLD
Kennesaw, Ga. - July 16, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today it will continue its support of the 82nd Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, which has burgeoned into the largest fishing tournament in the world.
OFFERS TWO DIFFERENT CONSUMER BENEFITS DEPENDING ON HORSEPOWER OF OUTBOARD PURCHASED
Kennesaw, Ga., July 15, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the “Super Sizzlin Summer Sales Event,” a retail promotion that offers two different consumer benefits depending upon the technology and horsepower of the eligible outboard purchased.
For more than two decades, big eight-, 10-, and 12-inch trout-imitation lures known as ‘swim baits’ have enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for catching huge largemouths, especially in California where they originated. Now, however, a handful of anglers like Yamaha Pro Chris Zaldain have been equally successful using much smaller swim baits with light lines and spinning rods.
No matter where his busy tournament schedule takes him, Randall Tharp nearly always spends at least part of each practice day searching for thick cover where he can use his favorite technique, a heavy tackle presentation known as “punching.” The reason is easy to understand: punching has helped the Yamaha Pro win the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup,® along with half a dozen other FLW® and Bassmaster® national events.
MAGNUSON-STEVENS REAUTHORIZATION CONTAINS MAJOR PROVISIONS BENEFITTING RECREATIONAL FISHING
Washington D.C., June 2, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group, along with a coalition of organizations representing the recreational boating and fishing communities, congratulates the U.S. House of Representatives on its passage of H.R. 1335, a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary statute governing the nation’s marine fisheries. The House-passed measure reflects provisions that are favorable to recreational anglers and conservation efforts.
MINNESOTA ANGLER BRINGS ADDITONAL TALENT TO 2015 ROSTER
Kennesaw, Ga., May 28, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that walleye angler Spencer Deutz has joined Yamaha’s 2015 Walleye Pro Fishing Team.
From the early reports, 2015 is shaping up to be a bonanza year for bluefish along the Eastern Seaboard. Early spring has seen massive schools of these great gamefish moving into shallow bays from Maryland to New York. New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay, with acres of shallow flats and narrow, winding channels, has been chock full of big bluefish since late April, and they don’t seem in any hurry to leave. The same goes for estuaries further north and well to the south. While bluefish are frequent visitors to these bays in the spring, most years they are of the smaller variety, often called cocktail blues, running from two to five pounds. But this year, the full-size choppers are in and average eight to twelve pounds with some pushing the 20-pound mark. They are hungry, eager to hit anything from surface lures to bait, and are a real challenge on light tackle. And when you catch them in shallow water like this, they spend a lot of time airborne.
Yamaha Pro Todd Faircloth Usually Starts on Lower Lake Ridges and Humps
The biggest problem veteran tournament angler Todd Faircloth faces during the month of May is simply trying to decide where to start looking for bass. The Yamaha Pro knows he will find fish in some stage of the spawn practically anywhere on a lake this month and he has to decide which ones he wants to catch.
YAMAHA MARINE IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT CONTINUES ADVOCACY EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF U.S. BOATERS AND ANGLERS
Washington, D.C. - May 12, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that Immediate Past President, Phil Dyskow, was recently named a legacy lifetime member of the newly formed Coastal Conservation Association (CCA®) California. The appointment is a testament to Dyskow’s continued efforts to fight for the rights of U.S. recreational angler and boaters.
INITIATIVE DESIGNATES STRIPED BASS AS THE U.S. “NATIONAL FISH”
Washington, D.C. - May 8, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today its support of Congressman Tom MacArthur’s (R-NJ) Striped Bass American Heritage Act, which would designate this iconic species as the "National Fish" of the United States.
RAFFLE OFFERS OPPORTUNITY TO WIN CONTENDER® 22 SPORT FISHING BOAT POWERED BY YAMAHA F300
Kennesaw, Ga., May 5, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today its support for The Recreational Fishing Alliance. The RFA is conducting a raffle, announced on April 21, that gives members and the general public an opportunity to support the RFA and enter for a chance to win a Contender® 22 Sport center console fishing boat powered by a Yamaha F300 outboard, transported by an AmeraTrail® custom aluminum trailer; a package valued over $85,000.
YAMAHA PROS CLAIM SEVEN OF TOP 12 POSITIONS
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 4, 2015 – Yamaha Pro Justin Lucas grew up fishing the famed California Delta, and that experience proved invaluable Sunday, May 3. Re-visiting several favorite spots he had not fished in more than a decade, Lucas brought 16 pounds to the scales the final afternoon to win the Bassmaster® Elite tournament on the Sacramento River. He finished with a four-day total of 82 pounds, 14 ounces. Fishing his second season in the Elites after three years on the FLW pro circuit, it is his first tour-level victory.
PROMOTION OFFERS CONSUMERS UP TO $500 IN DEALER CREDIT WITH PURCHASE OF SELECT NEW, ELIGIBLE FOUR-STROKE OUTBOARD
Kennesaw, Ga., May 1, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the “Wake Up the Season” sales event, a promotion that offers consumers up to $500 in dealer credit toward the purchase of goods and/or services when they purchase a select new, eligible Yamaha four-stroke outboard.
Satellite Data that Helps You Find Fish
Offshore fishing is as popular as ever and with the advent of larger, more seaworthy outboard-powered boats, the desire to catch tuna, billfish, sharks, kingfish and other pelagic species of gamefish will likely continue to grow. More reasonable fuel prices will no doubt add to the affordability of chasing big fish offshore, and there are certainly plenty of opportunities along the U.S. coastline.
YAMAHA PRO TERRY SCROGGINS FISHES MORE SLOWLY FOR BASS HE CAN’T SEE
The bass fishing world already knows how much Terry Scroggins likes to fish oversized 10-inch plastic worms during the summer months, but few realize the Yamaha Pro considers these his favorite go-to lures for spring spawning bass, too.
It’s been a brutal winter for most of the Mid-Atlantic States, with record low temperatures and an amazing amount of precipitation in the form of snow, sleet and freezing rain. Just what does that mean for spring striper fishing? If past experience is any indicator, fishing might get off to a slightly later start. The water will be a bit colder due to the spring snow melt, resulting in a rush of cold water pouring into the bays where the first bass of the year are usually encountered. All that extra fresh water will probably be carrying more silt, which could hinder water clarity and affect feeding preferences, but that can be accounted for with the right techniques.
LEADERSHIP AND TEAM HAVE TRANSFORMED PPI WITH IMPROVED EFFICIENCIES AND PRODUCTION
Kennesaw, Ga., April 8, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced the promotion of Bill Boehman to Vice President of Precision Propeller Industries, Inc. (PPI), a wholly owned, independently operated subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. and the company that produces all Yamaha-branded stainless steel propellers as well as other brands for marine industry businesses.
SPONSORSHIP ALSO AIDS AWARENESS OF CHALLENGES FACING COASTAL FISHERIES
Kennesaw, Ga., April 6, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today its official sponsorship of the Coastal Conservation Association’s (CCA®) Florida State-wide Tournament and Angler’s Rodeo (STAR), Florida’s largest saltwater fishing tournament. Yamaha is the presenting sponsor of the CCA® Florida STAR.
LATEST ADDITION TO YAMAHA'S 2015 PRODUCT TRAINING NOW AVAILABLE
Kennesaw, Ga., March 31, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced the addition of the Endless Propeller Solutions product module to its world-class training curriculum. The online product training, offered through Yamaha Marine University, will be available to Yamaha Marine dealer principals and service professionals to meet growing demand.
Yamaha Pro’s Mission Is To Get More Kids Fishing
Even though Michael Iaconelli’s recent week at the Bassmaster Classic® on Lake Hartwell kept him tightly focused on a winning fishing strategy – the Yamaha Pro finished 6th – he still found time to spend several hours each evening working on The Ike Foundation, a new non-profit organization devoted to getting more young people involved in the sport of fishing.
Yamaha Pro Kelly Jordon Hops Spoons Slowly Just Above The Bottom
If you caught 15 bass, each weighing between four and six pounds, on the first 15 casts you ever made with a new lure, wouldn’t that lure become one of your all-time favorites? Of course it would, which is exactly what happened to Yamaha Pro Kelly Jordon several years ago when he decided to tie on a big flutter spoon one afternoon at Lake Fork. Ever since that day, Jordon has kept a box full of spoons in his boat and ready to use, regardless of the time of year.
It takes a tough fish to make its living eating critters encased in hard shells, but the pugnacious blackfish fits the bill. Blackfish are also known as tautog or tog, shortened versions of the name given to them hundreds of years ago by the Narragansett Indians who called the fish tautauog. Whatever you call them, they are a popular fish for saltwater anglers in the Mid-Atlantic and New England states in fall, winter and spring, and with very good reason.
DESIGN COMPLEMENTS YAMAHA'S BRAND PROMISE AS CREATOR OF LIFETIME MEMORIES ON THE WATER
Miami, Fla., Feb. 9, 2015 – Yamaha Marine announced today the adoption of an exciting and progressive booth concept to coincide with the company’s expanded boat show presence in the United States.
OFFSHORE DEMO TOUR PROGRAM EXPANDS WITH HELM MASTER® -EQUIPPED BOATS
Miami, Fla., Feb. 9, 2015 – Yamaha Marine Group announced this week the introduction of six new outboards, as well as a host of new rigging, parts, propellers, and updates to Helm Master integrated boat control system, during the Miami International Boat Show®. In addition, Yamaha will further expand its Offshore Demo Tour program at Sea Isle Marina with many Helm Master-equipped boats.
MAINTENANCE MATTERS CAMPAIGN FOCUSES ON EXTENDING LIFE OF YAMAHA OUTBOARDS
Miami, Fla., February 9, 2015 — Yamaha Marine Group declared 2015 the “Year of Outboard Education” this week during the 2015 Miami International Boat Showâ in honor of all current and future Yamaha Marine customers. Highlighting the company’s education initiatives is the Maintenance Matters campaign, which is focused on extending the lives of all Yamaha outboards and maximizing customers’ time on the water. The campaign is in keeping with Yamaha’s commitment to superior product reliability and industry-leading education.
After Missing 2014 Season Due to Injury, Cliff Pace is Ready to Fish Again
With the Bassmaster Classic® world championship now less than eight weeks away, it’s pretty safe to say none of the 56 anglers who will be competing are looking forward to the event as much as 2013 Classic® winner Cliff Pace. That’s because the Yamaha Pro has fully healed from a severe leg injury that forced him to miss the entire 2014 Elite Series season and 2014 Classic,® and also because this year’s event will be on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell, where Pace finished second in the 2008 championship.
GIVES CUSTOMERS GREAT REASONS TO BUY NEW OUTBOARDS DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2015
KENNESAW, Ga., Jan. 1, 2015 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today the “Reliability Starts Here Sales Event,” a new promotion that offers consumers two great ways to build in additional value with the purchase of a new select eligible Yamaha outboard during the first quarter of 2015.
NMMA'S CSI AWARD IS THIRTEENTH CONSECUTIVE FOR YAMAHA MARINE
KENNESAW, Ga., September 30, 2014 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today that the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) has again recognized Yamaha with a CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in the Outboard Engine category. This year’s award is the thirteenth consecutive, an achievement no other outboard manufacturer can claim.
Should Your Skiff Have One?
If you run any kind of skiff or bass boat in shallow water, consider this column a must-read.
Electro-hydraulic jack plates are add-on brackets that provide two more adjustability dimensions to your outboard engine trim: straight up and down.
Yamaha Pro James Niggemeyer Chooses Creek Channels, Points, and Rocky Banks in Cold Weather
James Niggemeyer’s “to do” list for winter bass fishing is a short one. The Yamaha Pro looks for vertical structure that changes the bottom depth; he checks that structure for possible vegetation cover and he slows his lure presentation. It’s a strategy that has served him well during his career as both a professional tournament angler as well as a guide on Lake Fork, Texas.
So your wife, girlfriend or daughter wants to try fishing? How you handle her initial experience can make all the difference.
“Daddy, take me fishing,” are four words any fishing father loves to hear from his son, but it has become a more common refrain from daughters—and it’s just as welcomed. In fact, it’s not just daughters showing a greater interest in the sport, but women across the spectrum. That’s a great thing! While fishing is still a male-dominated sport, there has been a steady increase in the number of women fishing alongside men, and a new breed of distaff anglers who get out there and do it on their own.
Kennesaw, Ga., Dec. 12, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced the appointment of Scott Higgins as Regional Sales Manager for the Midwest Division and Ben Mallett as Manager of Outboard Operations and Business Planning Departments.
TEAM NOW OFFERS BOAT BUILDERS EVEN STRONGER LEVEL OF SUPPORT
Kennesaw, Ga., December 5, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that all eleven members of its OEM Technical Support group have received the United States Coast Guard’s Merchant Mariner credential or “Captain’s license,” as of November 17, 2014.
Autumn’s Cooler Temperatures Can Affect How Certain Fish Feed
Although cold fronts and other weather changes in the autumn months are seldom as severe as those occurring later in the winter, they can still change bass behavior very quickly. That’s why Yamaha Pro Marty Robinson always has several rods with completely different types of lures rigged and ready to cast whenever he goes fishing this time of year.
YAMAHA MARINE UNIVERSITY INSTRUCTOR VALERIE ZIEBRON TO LEAD WORKSHOPS
Kennesaw, Ga., November 7, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that it will sponsor three educational workshops within the service track at this year’s Marine Dealer Conference and Expo, November 16-19 at the Orange County Expo Center in Orlando. MDCE offers marine dealers the opportunity to learn from the industry’s leading experts and explore the latest trends as well as take part in a variety of educational tracks focusing on sales, marketing, service and management topics.
WINNERS TAKE HOME RANGER® 220 BAHIA/YAMAHA F150 PACKAGE VALUED AT $41,000
Kennesaw, Ga. - Oct. 31, 2014 – Yamaha Pro anglers Geoff Page, of Sarasota, Florida, and Rick Murphy, of Homestead, Florida won the championship event of the IFA Redfish Tour presented by Cabela’s® at Houma, Louisiana, on October 25.
Yamaha Pro Dean Rojas has proven how versatile plastic frogs really are.
It’s a pretty safe bet that no professional bass fisherman looks forward to the cooling waters of autumn more than Yamaha Pro Dean Rojas. That’s because he knows October signals the beginning of the fall frog fishing season, and few understand how to fish the soft, hollow body plastic lures better than he does.
November is the time to catch false albacore, and Cape Lookout is the epicenter of the shallow water action
The skiff was slowly moving across the shallow waters along the south side of Cape Lookout, with the 150-horsepower Yamaha engine so quiet we had to look back to be sure it was running. We were at a spot called the “Gun Mounts,” where the remnants of World War II artillery emplacements can still be found on the beach, when the calm surface around us suddenly erupted. Small baitfish were being driven out of the water by ravenous false albacore, the small tuna slashing in all directions in an attempt to corral the school of tightly packed bay anchovies. That group was quickly followed by another, and another until it seemed they were feeding everywhere. With a short back cast and a double haul, the eight-weight propelled the fly into one area of boiling water where it was inhaled on the first strip. Line started melting off the reel as the fish took off, moving rapidly away from the melee. It was a scene that would make any angler’s heart beat faster. Right now you can get in on the action, too, because it’s albie time in North Carolina, and the fishing is anything but lazy.
SUCCEEDS BOB POPIEL IN LEADING FOUR SERVICE TEAMS
Kennesaw, Ga., October 6, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced the promotion of Joe Maniscalco to Division Manager, Marine Service.
INCENTIVE PROGRAM OFFERS VALUE ACROSS ALL HORSEPOWER SEGMENTS
KENNESAW, Ga., Oct. 1, 2014 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today one of its most valuable incentive programs of the year, “Why Wait? Buy Now.” The new promotion offers customers a great way to add value to their Yamaha four-stroke outboard purchases leading up to the busy holiday and boat show seasons.
ADDITION PROPELS YAMAHA'S 'MAINTENANCE MATTERS' INITIATIVE
Kennesaw, Ga., September 24, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced the appointment of David McEwen as Maintenance Product Specialist, reporting to Marine Product Information Manager, David Meeler.
A Comprehensive Approach to Pre-Season Boat Prep
Brian Rice is a charter fishing captain who plies the inshore and offshore waters off northern New Jersey with his 2006 31-foot Contender® center console. The boat is powered by the original 2006 Yamaha F250 outboards, and the hull and motors have over 2,200 hours of use on them without a major repair.
The electrical system on your boat is the power behind the power. Without it, the outboards won’t start, the pumps won’t pump, the lights won’t illuminate and the navigational electronics show only black screen. Many boat owners don’t have a basic knowledge of the electrical system on their vessels and that lack of knowledge can result in lost days on the water or worse. Today’s outboard powered boats have sophisticated power distribution systems that incorporate multiple batteries, isolators, chargers, breakers, switches and fuses - you should understand the function of each.
U.S. SENATORS ACKNOWLEDGE NEED FOR RECREATIONAL FISHING POLICY
Soldotna, Alaska, August 28, 2014 – “The economic value of recreational fishing is significant because along with dockside businesses benefiting, it drives people to spend money on fuel and lodging or camping during their trip to wherever they are fishing,” said U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, during the 2014 Kenai Classic Roundtable on National Recreational Fishing, which took place Aug. 20 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.
Of all the lures in Todd Faircloth’s tackle boxes, the ones he does not talk about very often are his big, deep diving crankbaits. That’s because the Yamaha Pro knows how effective they can be during
“Deep diving crankbaits are not easy to use because they really tire you out,” explains Faircloth, “but I like them because I think they attract larger bass than jigs or Carolina rigs do. If you can convince yourself big crankbaits are worth the effort it takes to fish them, you’ll realize they’re effective from late spring through early autumn on lakes all around the country.”
COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW ENHANCES SYSTEM OPERATION
Kennesaw, Ga., August 15, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced the launch of the Helm Master Captain’s Delivery and System DVD*, which will be available for dealers, boat builders and Helm Master owners next month.
WINS BY MARGIN OF EIGHT POUNDS
Philadelphia, Pa., August 11, 2014 – Yamaha Pro Michael Iaconelli brought in a final day’s catch of 10 pounds, 14 ounces Sunday to win the Bassmaster® Elite tournament on the Delaware River, water he has fished since he was a youngster. His four-day total of 47 pounds, 14 ounces gave him a winning margin of eight pounds, something extremely unusual in the tough Elite competition where only ounces often separate the top finishers.
BASS ANGLERS CHOOSE V MAX SHO 150
Kennesaw, Ga., August 1, 2014 – Game & Fish/Sportsman Magazine awarded Yamaha with its 2014 Readers’ Choice Award for “Favorite Large Outboard” for bass gear. Todd Grondzki, Manager - Sponsorships & Events, accepted the award on behalf of Yamaha Marine at the 2014 ICAST in Orlando, Florida.
RESPONSIVE DESIGN OFFERS OVERALL BETTER VIEWING EXPERIENCE
Kennesaw, Ga., July 30, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today it has reengineered its YamahaOutboards.com website for mobile users to offer a more optimized experience on the go.
INSTRUCTOR-LED TRAINING MEETS GROWING DEMAND
Kennesaw, Ga., July 28, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced the addition of Endless Propeller Solutions to its world-class training curriculum. The instructor-led training, offered through Yamaha Marine University, will be available to Yamaha Marine dealer principals and service professionals to meet growing demand.
Catching fish on light tackle requires skill and understanding. It’s also a lot of fun!
The popularity of thin braided lines has resulted in anglers using line tests that far outstrip the fighting ability of many of the fish they catch. The simple fact that gel-spun braided lines offer all the breaking strength of monofilament, but at a fraction of the diameter, has created a strange trend. Many anglers who used to load a reel with 12-pound test monofilament are now filling it with 30-pound or stronger braid. Why? Because they are about the same diameter so the reel holds about the same amount of either line. For some, being able to use stronger line on smaller outfits is a benefit, but for many species of gamefish it poses a serious question. Does fighting a fish with such strong line require less skill on the part of the angler and, therefore, is it less sporting?
EXPANSION MEETS GROWING DEMAND FOR TRAINING
Kennesaw, Ga., July 25, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced the expansion of its world-class Yamaha Marine Service training. To meet a growing demand for training, courses are now available to Yamaha Global Distributors and select, qualified non-Yamaha organizations.
A Little Well-Spent Time After Each Use is All it Takes
Have you ever pondered the question, “How can some relatively new boats appear so old while so many older boats look like new?” The distinction can be striking and in most cases, a boat’s appearance and operating condition have very little to do with how much the boat is used. The deciding factor is simply how well the owner cares for it after and between uses. Here’s a case that illustrates the point while providing a template for keeping your boat looking and running like new.
SYSTEM NOW AVAILABLE FOR SELECT BOATS THAT EXCEED 40 FEET
Kennesaw, Ga., July 22, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today its Helm Master™ fully integrated boat control system now supports select quad outboard applications. Helm Master can be tailored for specific boat models and with this quad control update, the latest in Yamaha boat control technology is available for boats that exceed 40 feet in length*.
NEW PROMOTION OFFERS CONSUMERS FIVE YEARS OF WARRANTY PROTECTION OR UP TO $750 IN DEALER CREDIT WITH PURCHASE OF ELIGIBLE OUTBOARD
Kennesaw, Ga., July 15, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the “Summer of Choice” sales event, a new promotion that offers consumers the choice of five years of warranty protection or up to $750 in dealer credit toward the purchase of goods and/or services when they purchase a select new, eligible Yamaha four-stroke outboard.
It may sound strange to some bass fishermen, but much of the time Jared Lintner is happy to get seven or eight strikes a day, even when his competitors are getting 20 to 30 strikes. That’s because the Yamaha Pro’s favorite presentation is a technique known as “punching,” and with it, the bass Lintner catches are nearly always heavier fish.
ONLINE TOOL MAKES ADVOCACY EASIER THAN EVER
Kennesaw, Ga., June 24, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group today launched Yamaha Marine Advocacy, a new online tool to help promote marine advocacy efforts. The intuitive online system is designed to give Yamaha Marine dealers and boat builders a quick and easy method to interact with their legislators through phone calls, letters, tweets and other social media outlets. Yamaha Marine Advocacy will be accessible to Yamaha Marine dealers and boat builders through its Yamaha Marine Business System (YMBS).
Pro Mark Davis Likes Carolina Rig Plastics For Big Fish Now
The prime spring spawning season for catching big bass may be over, but that doesn’t mean Mark Davis stops fishing for them. If anything, the Yamaha Pro and former Bassmaster Classic® champion concentrates that much harder on putting a heavyweight into the livewell.
Five Knots Every Boater Should Know
If you spend a little time in docking areas, you’ll be able to identify the novice boaters from the experienced just by watching how they tie up their boat. When you see a shiny new boat pull up to the dock and someone on board throw a few granny knots around a cleat or piling to secure it, there’s a good chance you are observing a new boater in action. Watching someone else struggle to untie their boat because they used an incorrect knot to secure it is another identifier. While most boating courses teach newcomers the basic rules of the road and safe operation of their craft, very few cover ropecraft – and it is an important part of safe boating. Just ask anyone who has watched their boat drift away from the dock and down the river after it was improperly secured, only to watch it hit two other boats before it was rescued by a passing Good Samaritan.
If you want to be a successful fisherman, you have to know how to tie knots. Specifically, you have to know how to tie a variety of knots for different connections. You’ll need one you can count on for tying on swivels, snaps and lures; another for adding a shock leader, and still another for tying fluorocarbon or monofilament leaders to braided line. It’s also a good idea to know how to snell a hook.
Bass May Hit These Lures When They Won’t Touch Anything Else
Terry Scroggins has a storage box on his boat filled with more than a dozen different styles of fishing rods, just like every other tournament angler, but what sets him apart is that several of his rods are always rigged with big, oversized plastic worms. The Yamaha Pro fishes 10-inch plastic worms year-round, something few of the other pros do.
New York City. Just the name conjures up images of the Empire State Building, Lincoln Center, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and great fishing for striped bass. Well, maybe the fishing reference is a little strange to some. The Big Apple might be the city that never sleeps, but it is also surrounded by water that comprises one of the major spawning and nursery areas for the equally iconic Atlantic striped bass. The Hudson River, East River, Harlem River, Western Long Island Sound, Raritan Bay, Jamaica Bay and the New York Bight make up a lot of water, and no one knows it better than Capt. Frank Crescitelli of Finchaser Charters, based out of Mansion Marina on Staten Island. We caught up with Crescitelli for a little early-season striped bass fishing in Raritan Bay aboard his Yamaha-powered 32-foot Regulator® in late April.
NEW PROMOTION OFFERS CONSUMERS UP TO $750 IN DEALER CREDIT WITH PURCHASE OF ELIGIBLE OUTBOARD
Kennesaw, Ga., May 1, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the “Wake Up the Season” sales event, a new promotion that offers consumers up to $750 in dealer credit toward the purchase of goods and/or services when they purchase a select new Yamaha four-stroke outboard.
ADDITION SUPPORTS YAMAHA'S ADVOCACY EFFORTS FOR SALTWATER FISHERIES REFORM
Kennesaw, Ga., April 17, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced the appointment of Austin Roebuck as Marine Government Relations Coordinator, reporting to Marine Government Relations Manager, Martin Peters.
Everyone’s favorite fresh-caught seafood is flounder. Here’s how to clean them like a pro.
Seems no matter where you fish in the coastal waters of the world, there is a flatfish of one species or another available to anglers. In the United States, if we start in New England and work our way around the country to the West Coast, you can encounter Atlantic halibut, yellowtail flounder, black back or winter flounder, four-spot flounder, summer flounder (commonly called fluke), southern flounder, Gulf flounder, California halibut and Pacific halibut. They range from small fish that might average a pound or two, like the winter flounder, to enormous flatties that can reach 9 feet in length and weights to over 500 pounds, like the Pacific halibut.
ANGLER ADDITIONS CONTINUE TO BUILD STRONG TEAM
Kennesaw, Ga., April 09, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that anglers Tommy Kemos and Joshua Blosser have joined the 2014 Walleye Yamaha Pro Team. “We are excited to have Tommy and Joshua on the 2014 Walleye team,” said David Ittner, Tournament and Pro Staff Manager, Yamaha Marine Group.
On Heavily-Pressured Waters, Russ Lane Chooses Worms Instead of Jigs or Crankbaits
When Russ Lane gave up a promising baseball career to become a fulltime professional bass fisherman, he quickly realized he had to change his normal fishing strategies if he wanted to compete successfully against the best bass anglers in the world. The Yamaha Pro’s initial decision—looking for alternative lures—turned out to be one of the most important he’s ever made.
COMMISSION’S VISION CALLS FOR COMMONSENSE SALTWATER FISHERIES MANAGEMENT
Kennesaw, Ga., April 7, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced its formal endorsement of “A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries.” The vision was presented by the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on March 26.
ADDITION TO TEAM SUPPORTS IMPORTANT AND POSITIVE GROWTH TREND IN FISHING
Kennesaw, Ga., March 24, 2014 – Supporting an important and positive growth trend in fishing, Yamaha Marine signed 15-year old bass angler Andy Ortega to its Pro Fishing Team.
Each spring when he’s searching for pre-spawn bass, Matt Herren uses a fish-finding process he occasionally describes as “fishing backwards.” The Yamaha Pro first locates prime spawning flats bass will be moving to, then moves out to slightly deeper water and structure where he believes bass will staging immediately prior to their move into the shallows.
Light Tackle and Small Plugs Catch Early Season Linesiders
While the Mid-Atlantic states are still dealing with a long, cold winter, there are signs of spring showing up every day – like the robins seen pecking away on the front lawn this morning or the tiny buds of new leaves sprouting on bushes and trees. Even though it’s still cold, we are only a few weeks away from some early season striper fishing. Time to get your gear ready for action.
TALENTED PROFESSIONALS WILL BE GREAT ADDITIONS TO THE TEAM
Kennesaw, Ga., March 3, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that bass anglers Terry Scroggins, Grant Goldbeck, Kenyon Hill and Michael Simonton have joined the 2014 Yamaha Pro Team.
Yamaha gives you the tools to reduce fuel consumption
Gasoline—it was once so cheap it was a non-factor in everyday life. You stopped at the gas station and filled up that gas guzzling four-wheeled monster without a second thought. The same went for your boat. Gather up the family, fill the tank and away you’d go for an afternoon of fishing, waterskiing or cruising because fuel expense was just no big deal for the average middle class family.
Yamaha Pro Credits Technique with His Two Elite Wins
Brandon Palaniuk knows the mental part of professional tournament bass fishing can be as important as the physical part, so he relies on a technique known as ‘positive visualization’ to carry him through the tough days of competition. It’s something the Yamaha Pro learned as a high school wrestler, and he simply continued when he began fishing professionally in 2010.
EYES 2015 CLASSIC TO DEFEND TITLE
Like virtually every Bassmaster Classic® winner before him, Cliff Pace has had an extremely busy but thoroughly enjoyable year as the reigning Bassmaster Classic® world champion. The Yamaha Pro has traveled from one corner of the country to the other on a whirlwind schedule, and admits being amazed at the growth and popularity of professional tournament bass fishing.
ARE YOU A YEAR-ROUND BOATER? IF SO, THEN YOU SHOULD READ THIS.
It was January 2, and a snowstorm had just passed through central New Jersey. The temperatures were in the teens, and the wind was blowing so the wind chill was pushing zero. The marina was empty except for four boats still floating in their slips, and all four just happened to be Yamaha-powered center consoles in the 24-to-32-foot range. Without doubt, all of these were hardcore recreational fishing boats. From the footprints in the snow you could see that three of the owners had already been there to shovel the decks, the fourth would likely be along shortly.
PACE, VINSON, JONES AND CROCHET DISCUSS PRE-TOURNAMENT SCOUTING AND STRATEGY
For most people, the Christmas and New Year’s holiday is a time of relaxation with family and friends, but that’s only part of the story for the 18 Yamaha Pros who will be fishing in the Bassmaster Classic® in February. For many of them, at least part of the Christmas season will be spent bass fishing and scouting Alabama’s Lake Guntersville, site of the 2014 world championship. The lake goes off-limits to all competitors Dec. 31.
VERSATILE OUTBOARD BROADENS LINE; OFFERS GREAT REPOWER PONTENTIAL FOR A VARIETY OF BOATS
Kennesaw, Ga., Jan. 13, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today the addition of the F175 outboard to its in-line four-cylinder product family. The brand new F175 joins the V MAX SHO® 150 and F200, which are based on Yamaha’s new 2.8-liter in-line four-cylinder platform. The V MAX SHO 150 and F200 are winners of the IBEX® Innovation award for 2013.
VERSATILE OUTBOARD BROADENS LINE; OFFERS GREAT REPOWER POTENTIAL FOR A VARIETY OF BOATS
NOW LIGHTEST OUTBOARD IN 115 FOUR-STROKE CLASS
Kennesaw, Ga., Jan. 13, 2014 – Yamaha Marine Group introduced today its newly redesigned F115 outboard, which is not only more powerful and compact, but also now the lightest outboard in the 115 horsepower four-stroke class.
PACK UP YOUR TACKLE AND HOOK UP THE TRAILER FOR A WORLD-CLASS FISHING VACATION
While most tourists consider a visit to New Orleans the highlight of any trip to Louisiana, if fishing is your passion aim your sights a little further south to the famed Mississippi Delta and the town of Venice. The quality and variety of the fishing opportunities available from Venice are quite simply unsurpassed by any place in the United States, or many of the heralded fishing destinations around the world.
Yamaha Pro Faircloth Shares Tips for Fishing Jerk and Creature Baits in Winter Month
Although many bass fishermen have already put away their soft plastic lures and replaced them with crankbaits and jigs now as water temperatures get cooler, Todd Faircloth isn’t one of them. Instead, the veteran Yamaha Pro is still using soft plastic jerkbaits, creature baits, and worms because he can fish them slower but still impart a lot of action to them.
NEW PROMOTION OFFERS CONSUMERS TWO GREAT WAYS TO BUILD ADDITIONAL VALUE WITH PURCHASE OF NEW ELIGIBLE OUTBOARD
KENNESAW, Ga., Jan. 1, 2014 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today the “Reliable Choice Sales Event,” a new promotion that offers consumers two great ways to build in additional value with the purchase of a new eligible Yamaha outboard during the first quarter of 2014.
Yamaha Pro Bobby Lane Adds Personal Touch to a Traditional Technique
For more than two decades, Yamaha Pro Bobby Lane has relied on a technique and presentation known as “Carolina rigging” to propel him to the top of tournament leader boards, but, as in almost every professional bass fishing technique, Lane adds his own personal touch. In his case, the difference is concentrating in extremely shallow water.
KENNESAW, Ga., September 16, 2013 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today that the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) has again recognized Yamaha with a CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in the Outboard Engine category. This year’s award is the twelfth consecutive, an achievement no other outboard manufacturer can claim.
From Southern New England to Florida, These Bottom Dwellers Are Easy to Catch for Old and Young Alik
When it comes to bottom species, anglers have closely-held beliefs about which ones are the most challenging, the most fun and the best table fare. But one thing we can all agree on is that black sea bass are abundant, easy to catch and an epicurean delight. The species is widely distributed both in their geographical range and in the depths in which they are found.
Rethink Spoons as a Deadly Bait for Cold-Water Smallies
As dissolved oxygen and water temperatures become more evenly distributed in water bodies in late fall, smallmouth bass can hold just about anywhere. Finding them is the key, which means presentations that cover water fast are best…and nothing covers water better than spoons.
Every new boat requires an owner break-in period. Experiences from this new owner just may help you with yours.
Dan Keating has owned several boats over the years and is an avid fisherman. When he decided to replace his aging center console with a new Yamaha-powered Contender® 32ST, he realized it would take some time to acclimate himself to his new fishing partner. Anyone purchasing a new boat might benefit from his experiences with the dealer and what he did on his own in the weeks after taking delivery.
Each year about this time, as the water cools and bass begin feeding actively on baitfish in the backs of coves and pockets, James Niggemeyer’s lure choice becomes easier and easier. The Yamaha Pro ties on a 1/4-ounce swimming jig and simply heads to shallow water.
Are you equipped for a life-threatening emergency?
“Emergency Beacon and Flotation Devices Save Two off Miami Beach”* read the headline of a recent press release sent in October by the U.S. Coast Guard. It continued, “A personal locator beacon (PLB), life jacket and an inflatable cushion likely saved the lives of two people who were rescued by a Coast Guard aircrew after their boat sank, stranding them in the Atlantic Ocean...”
Two factors greatly impact walleye fishing success, yet most walleye anglers don’t even consider them.
The first is fishing pressure and it is more intense than anglers realize. Last year, anglers invested 3.05 million hours of fishing effort on Minnesota’s 128,000-acre Lake Mille Lacs. The impact of this much pressure can’t be ignored; it pushes walleye off classic structure and secondary spots often become “A list” fish-catching locations.
How to Make Sense of Charts and Markers on the Fly
Even small children know what street signs mean. Stop, one-way and the like come easily. But boating traffic aids are different. First of all, the words “map” and “sign” aren’t even part of the lingo when it comes to nautical navigation. Rather, “charts” and “markers” serve as your guides, and it takes some savvy to know how to interpret them without pause.
It may sound a little strange, but there are times when Clifford Pirch casts lures and knows bass won’t hit them. It doesn’t bother him, because the Yamaha Pro is using the lures simply to fool fish into showing their location, and when they do, he immediately throws back with a different bait to catch them.
Diamond jigs are the hot ticket for fast Mid-Atlantic action from now through year-end
Fishing along the Mid-Atlantic coast isn’t over so keep the boat in the water, break out the cold weather gear and enjoy some of the best inshore fishing of the year.
All bass tournament pros have their favorite lure choices for each season, and rarely do they agree with each other. The exception comes now, during the late autumn and early winter, when crankbaits seem to be everyone’s first choice.
During the final Bassmaster® Elite Series tournament of 2013 in Detroit, Mark Davis finished second with a four-day catch of 76 pounds, 13 ounces, all from a spot on Lake Erie the Yamaha Pro had never fished before. His secret? Fishing slowly and thoroughly
Among his contemporaries, Matt Herren has long been considered one of the best spinnerbait fishermen competing on the Bassmaster® Elite Series, but all are surprised to learn the Yamaha Pro actually keeps very few of the popular blade-type lures in his boat.
The SKA® National Championship and Yamaha Professional Kingfish Championship in Biloxi this November are the offshore equivalent of the Bassmaster Classic® and more
If you want to see hundreds of the most exotic, high-performance center console fishing boats on the water today, fielded by the top competition saltwater fishing teams in the nation going head-to-head for big cash purses and glory, then you better head to the Golden Nugget Casino and Marina in Biloxi, Miss. for the week of November 4th. It promises to be an amazing display of fishing prowess and the newest, hottest boats and gear.
KENNESAW, Ga., October 7, 2013 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today a new promotion as the holiday and boat show seasons approach. The “Why Wait for Spring?” promotion gives consumers the opportunity to receive three years of Yamaha limited warranty coverage along with the additional protection of a three-year Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.) contract on select eligible new 2.5- through 350-hp, four-stroke outboard models at no extra cost to the purchasing consumer.
Yamaha Pro Steve Pennaz makes his living finding fish on new waters. Here’s how he does it.
The challenge for most anglers today is not catching fish, it’s finding them.
“As the old adage goes you can’t catch a fish that isn’t there,” said Steve Pennaz. “Fishing’s greatest challenge has always been locating fish. That’s true even with today’s superb sonar units and mapping software.”
Louisville, Kentucky, Sept. 17, 2013 – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) and Boating Writers International (BWI) honored Yamaha Marine Group with its Innovation Award in the outboard motor category for the Yamaha 2.8-Liter In-Line Four Platform (F200 In-Line Four and VMAX SHO 150) during the 23rd annual International Boatbuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX®) at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
KENNESAW, Ga., Sept. 16, 2013 — Yamaha Marine Group today announced “Get in the Hunt for the Holidays,” a new promotion that offers financing with zero down and zero interest for one year, especially designed for sportsmen who are looking to repower with a new Yamaha outboard this fall.
Learn the More About the MSA Reauthorization
Do you fish in salt water? Have you been frustrated by short seasons for certain species and catch limits for fish that seem to live in great abundance in the ocean? If the answer to these questions is yes, you need to understand the importance of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the primary law governing fisheries management in the U.S. It is coming up for reauthorization in Congress soon, which means the law can be changed
When veteran bass angler Jeff Kriet has a tournament on lakes where smallmouth bass dominate, the Yamaha Pro always gears up for another species, as well. That fish is the northern pike, and Kriet looks forward to catching them, even though he can’t take them to the weigh-in scales.
ANNUAL EFFORT HELPS PRESERVE BELOVED COMMUNITY LAKE
KENNESAW, Ga., Sept. 3, 2013 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today its support and sponsorship of the 2013 Great Lake Allatoona Clean Up (GLAC), an annual community event that helps to maintain the beauty and health of Lake Allatoona, which is located just north of the company’s Kennesaw, Ga. headquarters.
Yamaha Pro Brandon Palaniuk knows that in professional bass tournament fishing, confidence and determination can often be as important as lure choice and technique when the final weights are tabulated. He demonstrated just how important by winning the recent Bassmaster Elite tournament on New York’s St. Lawrence River.
DETROIT, Mich., August 26, 2013 - Yamaha Pro Hank Cherry claimed one of bass fishing’s toughest prizes Saturday, winning the Bassmaster® Rookie of the Year title at Michigan’s Lake St. Clair, the final event of the 2013 Bassmaster® Elite Series. Cherry, a native of Maiden, N.C., surpassed fellow Yamaha Pro Clifford Pirch for the award. The two anglers exchanged the point lead throughout the eight-tournament season.
You don’t need a big sportfisherman to chase summer bluefin
Summertime presents an interesting fishing opportunity for outboard boat owners in the Mid-Atlantic region as schools of small-to-midsize bluefin tuna take up residence on the middle grounds. That means that boats incapable of making the run to the edge of the Continental Shelf, and the many submarine canyons that attract yellowfin and bigeye tuna, have a shot at catching those species’ very substantial inshore cousins.
Is your boat equipped and ready to pass one? It should be.
It was a hot Saturday afternoon in July, and the river was busy with boats returning from the ocean waiting to pass through a narrow railroad bridge a quarter mile from the inlet. There were recreational boats of all sizes—large sportfish and cruiser types, personal watercraft and outboards of very description. While waiting to make the passage, a familiar orange vessel appeared off our starboard side with its blue revolving light shining brightly. It was a Coast Guard RIB, short for rigid inflatable boat, and a guardsman was standing on the bow motioning to our boat.
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP NEWS RELEASE, AUGUST 14, 2013
Kennesaw. Ga. — B.A.S.S. and Yamaha Marine Group have signed an agreement for Yamaha to continue to sponsor Bassmaster events through 2016.
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP NEWS RELEASE, AUGUST 12, 2013
WADDINGTON, N.Y., August 12, 2013 -- Yamaha Pro Brandon Palaniuk led wire-to-wire in the Bassmaster Elite St. Lawrence River Showdown tournament to win with a four-day total of 88 pounds, 12 ounces. The victory carries not only a $100,000 first prize but also a guaranteed berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic® world championship.
Want to Catch More Walleyes? Leave the Live Bait at Home.
Like a lot anglers in the heart of walleye country, Steve Pennaz finds himself using live bait less often when pursuing ol’ marble eyes.
“Ten years ago live bait was my go-to offering when fishing walleyes,” said Pennaz. “Today, I use it only occasionally, maybe 10 percent of the time.”
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP NEWS RELEASE, AUGUST 5, 2013
Kennesaw, Ga., August 5, 2013 – Performance testing conducted by Yamaha Marine Group showed that a Yamaha F150 outboard with thousands of hours of use can still keep up with a nearly new* F150 outboard – further underscoring the reliability of Yamaha’s most popular motor.
They may be flat, but summer flounder and their down home cousins, the southern flounder, are aggressive predators
Among the most popular and readily available saltwater species found along the East and Gulf coasts are those funny-looking flatfish called flounder. Don’t let the name and strange appearance fool you into thinking these fish are lethargic bottom dwellers because nothing could be further from the truth. Flounder just use a slightly different modus operandi than more prized gamefish such as striped bass, red drum, bluefish and sea trout. When you pursue them using light tackle, you’d be surprised at their ability to bend the rod, especially when you tie into a nice one.
Jigs have long been acknowledged as some of the most effective lures for winter bass fishing, but Yamaha Pro Bill Lowen considers them just as effective during the hot summer months, too. The only thing Lowen changes is how he presents the lure.
Everyone knows that close-quarters maneuvering can represent one of the most stressful times for most boaters. Whether pulling into a marina, shore- side restaurant or launch ramp, not wanting to look like a newbie can really turn the knuckles white. Add some adverse conditions to the mix—like foul wind or current—and you can suddenly feel every eye on shore staring at you – just waiting for you to make a mistake.
There’s a good reason tournament angler Kelly Jordon describes the hot months of summer as one of his favorite bass fishing seasons. The Yamaha Pro follows fish from shallow water to deep during the day, a technique he learned during years of guiding at Lake Fork in Texas.
FOR A LIMITED TIME, CUSTOMERS CAN ADD EVEN MORE VALUE TO THE PURCHASE OF A YAMAHA OUTBOARD
KENNESAW, Ga., July 15, 2013 — Yamaha Marine Group today announced the “Wake Up the Summer Sales Event,” a new promotion that gives consumers even more incentive to invest in Yamaha power this summer.
Protection is Key to Preventing Sun Damage
For millions of Americans, there is no place they would rather be than on the water enjoying the boating experience. Whether you are water skiing, fishing or just enjoying time with friends on a beautiful sunny day, being on the water is an extremely popular form of recreation. As with any outdoor activity, there are precautions that should be considered, and not all of them revolve around the safety equipment or the safe operation of your vessel. Everyone who spends a lot of time on the water shares a concern about exposure to the sun and, without taking the proper precautions, there is potential of falling victim to a number of health problems that can arise as a result.
A World-Renowned Angler and Teacher Talks About Getting Started
Only a handful of fishermen have attained the reputation and status of Capt. Jake Jordan in the world of saltwater fly fishing. He attained his incredible bank of knowledge by catching almost every oceanic gamefish that swims on the fly. How many people can you name who have caught salmon sharks in Alaska on a fly rod?
For second-year Bassmaster® Elite tournament angler Chris Zaldain, finding bass on lakes he’s never fished before involves a lot more than casting his favorite lure and hoping it lands in front of a hungry fish. The Yamaha Pro actually starts “fishing” a new tournament lake with hours of Internet research and map study weeks before he ever arrives at the water’s edge.
Freshwater flushing is one of the simplest and most important maintenance procedures a boater should perform to protect an outboard from corrosion. Earlier this spring, Yamaha published a detailed Boater’s Logcovering the three recommended methods for freshwater flushing. As a compliment to that article, Yamaha also recently released an instructional freshwater flush videoon YouTube® that visually walks viewers through each method.
Don’t Leave the Dock Without Them
Many boaters have trim tabs and rarely use them. Others may use some tab if an overweight passenger leans the boat to one side. But so many benefits can be derived from trim tabs that they should be a constant for any operator.
NEW SPONSORSHIP HELPS POWER ADDITIONAL OCEAN RESEARCH AND EDUCATION
KENNESAW, Ga., June 18, 2013 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today it has extended its relationship with OCEARCH, an organization that strives to maintain the health of the world’s oceans through research, specifically focused on sharks. As the exclusive outboard motor sponsor of OCEARCH, Yamaha will provide F300 and F150 power for the team’s Contender® 28T and SAFE® Boat.
On a recent trip to South Dakota’s Lake Oahe, often described as one of the nation’s premier smallmouth bass fisheries, Yamaha Pro Jeff Kriet left most of his fishing tackle in his truck. He didn’t forget it; he knew he wouldn’t need anything except two spinning rods and a box full of small soft plastic lures. By day’s end, he’d caught and released more than 30 smallmouths.
Not everyone has a windlass or needs one. Here’s the easy way to weigh anchor without the work
One of the oldest and most basic pieces of equipment found aboard any boat is the anchor. Some of the earliest anchors discovered by archeologists date back over 2,500 years to the Sea of Galilee, and they were little more than circular, heavy stones with holes drilled through them to attach a rope.
On a recent trip to North Carolina, Yamaha caught up with the charter captain brothers Brant and Barrett McMullan, highly-ranked professional kingfish tournament anglers and Yamaha Pro Team members. The McMullan family owns and operates the Ocean Isle Fishing Center in Ocean Isle Beach, home to the Jolly Mon King Mackerel Tournament. The initial plan was to run offshore to fish for tuna and wahoo, but Mother Nature was not cooperating so the brothers took the heavy tackle off their Yamaha-powered 32’ Yellowfin center console and replaced it with some light gear to fish for Spanish mackerel, bonito and gray trout inshore.
KENNESAW, Ga., June 3, 2013 — Yamaha Marine Group today announced the “Small Power Big Saving Sales Event,” a new promotion that gives consumers great reasons to buy small, portable, four-stroke Yamaha outboards this June and July.
Of all the problems bass tournament pros face, being forced to re-locate fish that have suddenly moved ranks among the hardest to solve, and it happens often this time of year during the transition from spring into summer. It happened recently to Yamaha Pro Greg Vinson, who after leading a Bassmaster® Elite event for two days, lost his fish the next day and fell to 23rd in the standings.
Kennesaw, Ga., March 19, 2013 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced the promotion of Jonathon Burns to Senior Manager of the Marine Business Planning and Supply Chain Operations Division.
Few anglers anywhere face the problem of locating bass on new lakes more often than Yamaha Pro Ish Monroe, who competes on both the Bassmaster® Elite and FLW® tours, as well as in any other events he can fit into his schedule. He doesn’t often have time for pre-tournament practice nor does he research each lake, but rather, he relies on his four ‘confidence lures.’
Conquer Cold Water Spring Striper Fishing with This Easy Technique
It’s been a long winter followed by an unseasonably cold spring that has been keeping water temperatures down. These cooler temperatures have many eager striped bass fishermen suffering from a case of dampened enthusiasm. Instead of lamenting the cool days of spring, try breaking out of the doldrums with some clams.
If you keep your boat in the water, these simple steps can help prevent engine damage and save you money
Do you keep your boat in the water during the season like thousands of other boat owners? Maybe you live in one of the southern states and keep it in a slip year-round. Regardless of your circumstances, if your boat stays in the water for extended periods of time, there is one simple procedure you should perform after each outing. This important task can prevent lost boating time, save money on unnecessary repairs, and keep lubricants out of the marine environment. If you’re like many of your fellow slip-bound boaters, you probably forgot all about it after initially reading the operating instructions in your outboard owner’s manual.
Charleston, S.C., May 13, 2013 - Yamaha Marine Group announced today that the Charleston Water Taxi has repowered for the second time in two years with a pair of Yamaha F150 outboards. This time, the outboards they are replacing are still running strong after 8,700 hours of use.
CENTER FOR COASTAL CONSERVATION RECOGNIZES INDUSTRY VETERAN FOR CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP
Washington D.C., May 9, 2013 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that Immediate Past President, Phil Dyskow, is the 2013 recipient of the Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year award presented by the Center for Coastal Conservation. Established in 2012, the award honors extraordinary commitment to conservation by manufacturers.
He’s made appearances or given a seminar in every state in the Southeast and even been to California, yet Yamaha Pro Cliff Pace has only been the Bassmaster Classic® champion for two months. Literally, since claiming bass fishing’s most prestigious title in late February, Pace has been a fisherman on the go
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP NEWS RELEASE, APRIL 22, 2013
Kennesaw, Ga., April 22, 2013 -- Yamaha Marine Group today announced the 2013 schedule for the Discover V MAX SHO® Demo tour, a national program consisting of high-performance demo rides in 18 markets designed to show the benefits of Yamaha’s V MAX SHO®, an outboard motor that is becoming known as the most capable in the realm of bass fishing.
Kennesaw, Ga., April 22, 2013 --Yamaha Marine Group today announced the 2013 schedule for its V6 Offshore 4.2L Demo tour, a national program consisting of high-performance demo rides designed to show the benefits of Yamaha’s line of 4.2-liter V6 offshore outboards.
For Todd Faircloth, fishing lipless crankbaits is a fact of life in the spring, and a single glance in his boat will always reveal at least one, and usually several, tied on and ready to cast this season of the year no matter where the Yamaha Pro is fishing. After all, Faircloth’s two heaviest fish of his career, both 11½-pounders, came on the vibrating shad-imitation lures.
Most of us take good care of our marine equipment. We wash and wax our boats and outboards, change the oil and oil filter regularly, and replace the fuel filters, but what about your outboard’s cooling system. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked in a maintenance regimen.
How will the “Storm of the Century” affect spring striper fishing?
As named storms go, Hurricane Sandy was unlike anything that has ever hit the New York/New Jersey area. It is the largest Atlantic tropical storm system on record, with a 90-mph counterclockwise rotation that piled a massive storm surge on top of an already abnormally high tide. The result was destruction on a grand scale.
Tackle Toothy Critters with These Top Kingfish Rigs
In the first segment of this two-part series on live bait rigs, Captain George Mitchell of Jupiter, Fla. covered three single-circle hook rigs for fishing small-to-medium live baitfish for sailfish, tuna and other non-toothy gamefish. This issue will address how to work with wire for kingfish.
Few tournament anglers make catching huge bass look as easy as Bobby Lane, who, in a sport not really known for producing truly big bass, has brought three fish topping 11 pounds to the scales, along with numerous others in the eight to 10 pound class. In fact, to his peers on the Bassmaster® Elite Series tournament trail, the Yamaha Pro is known as “Big Fish Bobby Lane.”
ZAPATA, Texas, March 27, 2013 – Yamaha Pro Keith Combs, a six-year B.A.S.S.®tournament competitor, used his expertise in leading wire-to-wire to win the second Bassmaster® Elite tournament on Falcon Lake where he is also a part-time guide. His four-day total was 111 pounds, 5 ounces.
Of all the lures Yamaha Pro Jeremy Starks normally stocks in his boat and truck, his supply of vibrating jigs always gets packed within easy reach. They’re not just his “go-to” lures if fishing gets tough, they’re his “anytime, all the time” choice.
There’s more than one way to rig a live bait…here are a few of the best!
Fishing with live bait is an extremely effective technique for catching a wide range of gamefish, and Florida’s own George Mitchell is an expert on how to rig and fish ‘em. Mitchell, a 40-year veteran charter captain, guide, tournament fishermen and Yamaha Pro Angler, has been sharing his knowledge through Yamaha’s Saltwater School for many years. He also has an impressive number of wins and top ten finishes in the Southern Kingfish Association’s Professional Kingfish Tour. In this two-part series, Mitchell will demonstrate seven of the rigs he uses for kite, trolling and drift fishing for sailfish, kings and tuna. He will also cover deep drifting for bottom species and with downriggers.
ORANGE, Texas, March 18, 2013 – Veteran Yamaha Pro Todd Faircloth won the season-opening Bassmaster® Elite tournament on the Sabine River Sunday, March 17, bringing in 14 pounds, 9 ounces the final day for a four-day total of 49 pounds, 6 ounces. Fellow Yamaha Pro Dean Rojas finished second with 42 pounds 12 ounces.
For Yamaha Pro Cliff Pace, fishing transition zones, those places bass stop to feed and rest while en route to spawning areas, proved to be the key in winning the Bassmaster Classic® on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake in late February. During the three-day world championship tournament, Pace caught 14 bass weighing a total of 54 pounds, 12 ounces.
It has long been recognized that sunken ships and natural hard bottom areas are home to all manner of sea life, including recreationally popular gamefish. Anglers who discover such oases on the ocean bottom keep the “numbers” as secret as they would the combination to their safe deposit box. They also understand the value of creating habitats where no such structures currently exist in order to improve and encourage the growth of marine ecosystems. Welcome to the world of artificial reefs.
Tulsa, Okla., February 25, 2013 – Yamaha Pro Cliff Pace, describing his day on the water as one of “the toughest days I’ve ever had,” boated only four fish weighing 11 pounds, eight ounces Sunday but they were enough for the Petal, Miss. angler to claim bass fishing’s biggest title, the Bassmaster Classic world championship. He finished with a three-day total of 54-12.
Kennesaw, Ga., Jan. 14, 2013 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that effective January 1, 2013, it has become the first Platinum Sponsor of the Center for Coastal Conservation.
Former Bassmaster Classic® champion Alton Jones ranks winter as one of his favorite seasons of the year to catch bass, because he can literally fish top to bottom with two of his favorite lures, surface plugs and deep diving crankbaits. These lures aren’t normally associated with cold weather fishing, but the Yamaha Pro has been catching winter bass with them for years.
Light Tackle Father and Son Guide Team Can Up Your Score
“Florida’s northeastern coast offers great fishing for redfish, sea trout and flounder,” said Mike Vickers Sr., “and between me and my son, Mike Junior we bring our charters to the best of it from Jacksonville south to the Flagler Beach area.”
Colder weather seldom stops Mark Davis from going bass fishing. All the Yamaha Pro does to adjust is tie on a smaller crankbait and use lighter tackle.
Davis, winner of the 1995 Bassmaster Classic® as well as three Angler of the Year titles, is well-known for his expertise using diving lures, so his lure choice comes as no surprise. He fishes water less than 15 feet deep, and often uses spinning rods and eight pound fluorocarbon line.
More than 10 years ago, Marty Robinson began experimenting with different ways to retrieve his jigs around heavy, shallow cover so they wouldn’t continually get snagged. Not only did the Yamaha Pro eventually develop a swimming and hopping presentation over the cover that eliminated snagging, he also discovered it produced more strikes, especially during the cooler months.
When the 2013 Bassmaster® Elite season opens next March on the Sabine River near Orange, Texas, Greg Vinson knows he’s going to enjoy the tournament even if the bass aren’t biting. That’s because the Yamaha Pro knows another species, the redfish, probably will be hitting his bass lures.
Kennesaw, Ga., Dec. 5, 2012 – Yamaha will debut one of the most exciting new product lines the industry has to offer at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show®. These new products represent the cutting edge of marine technology, while offering Yamaha’s signature power and reliability. Below is an overview of the all-new “game changers” from Yamaha Marine Group.
Are You Prepared for the Next Major Storm?
She came in the middle of the night at high tide on a full moon packing high winds and pushing an unprecedented wall of water ahead of her. Hurricane Sandy was the most storm to hit the Northeast coast in recorded history, claiming over 75 lives and destroying thousands of houses and businesses. The massive flooding compounded by wind damage to the power grid left tens of millions of people in the dark, and 20 days after the storm, there were still tens of thousands of homes in New York and New Jersey without power.
Kennesaw, Ga., Nov. 28, 2012– Yamaha Marine Group announced today the appointment of Heidi Weber as Communications Coordinator for the Marine Marketing Department.
If it’s autumn, it’s time to fish spinnerbaits, especially a model with tandem willow leaf white blades. That’s what Yamaha Pro Matt Herren has tied on his rods this time of year, in weights ranging from as light as 1/8 to perhaps as heavy as ½ ounce.
These high-seas wanderers are beautiful, abundant, accommodating and an epicurean delight!
Dorado are a wildly popular game fish, not to mention spectacular table fare. The native Hawaiians liked these fish so much they named them twice—mahi mahi. And if you’ve ever caught one of significant size you probably did a double take, too. They are fast, strong and can compete with any billfish in the jumping department. Set the hook, and they are immediately airborne. Hook up a teen size dorado on almost any tackle and it will make a good showing of itself, but on light trolling, plugging or spinning tackle they are a joy to fight.
Living in Florida as he does, Bobby Lane certainly understands hot weather bass fishing, but what surprises many is how much time he spends fishing shallow during the summer, rather than probing deeper water like other anglers do.
KENNESAW, Ga., September 11, 2012 — Yamaha Marine Group announced the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) has once again recognized Yamaha with a CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in the Outboard Engine category. This year’s award is the eleventh consecutive, an achievement which no other outboard manufacturer can claim.
Earning NMMA® FC-W® Oil Certification
By now, you’re probably aware that automotive lubricants aren’t adequate for use in your four-stroke outboard, and that you should look for marine-grade oils displaying the National Marine Manufacturers Association® (NMMA®) FC-W® (Four-Stroke Cycle, Water-Cooled Gasoline Engine Lubricant) certification label.
During the hot summer months when Cliff Crochet fishes buzz baits, his favorite color is black and the only retrieve speeds he uses are fast and faster. He may be the only angler on the water using this unusual combination with the loud, surface-splashing lures, but the Yamaha Pro has been doing it successfully for years and isn’t going to change now.
Not long after he retired from law enforcement and moved to Toledo Bend Reservoir to continue his bass fishing career, Yamaha Pro Dave Mansue realized the huge lake on the Texas/Louisiana border has another species he enjoys catching just as much, the crappie. Although generally smaller than bass, crappie are considered one of the best-tasting of all freshwater fish, and Mansue goes after them regularly to keep his freezer stocked.
A Top SKA® Pro Shows How It’s Made
Traditional two-hook kingfish rigs for fishing with live baitfish like blue runners, menhaden and mullet are typically crafted from single-strand stainless steel wire that can kink and break, usually at the most inopportune time. These rigs are also responsible for a fair share of missed hook-ups by tail biting kings, yet many pros, and most weekend warriors, continue to use them. At the SKA® Nationals in Biloxi, Miss., we got some advice from an innovative Yamaha Pro captain who doesn’t take problems like this lying down.
Are Your Electronic Navigational Charts Up to Date?
From their inception, electronic navigational devices capable of providing accurate positional information on a real-time basis have proven to be a major benefit to military and commercial vessels. The earliest was Loran (Long-Range navigation system), which relied on a chain of shore-based radio towers that transmitted signals on predetermined frequencies at specific time intervals. The first iteration of Loran, called Loran A, required a huge onboard receiver unit and an engineering degree to operate. The Loran A only had a modest degree of accuracy, so very few ever made their way onto recreational boats. That model was followed by an improved system designated Loran C, which incorporated microprocessors and provided an easier way to determine position. It proved to be amazingly accurate.
By anyone’s standards, Todd Faircloth has compiled an excellent record during this year’s first seven Bassmaster® Elite Series tournaments, including a win, a runnerup, and two other top-15 finishes. He’s won a check in all but one event.
KENNESAW, Ga., August 1, 2012 — Yamaha Marine Group today announced “Say Y.E.S. and Go Boating,” a new promotion designed to give boaters a great reason to buy before the end of the season.
One of the things Brandon Palaniuk likes most about summer bass fishing is how easy it is to decide which lure to use. The Yamaha Pro’s top choice is a big 10-inch plastic worm, and often it will be the only lure he’ll use during a full day on the water.
Kids on Board Add a New Dimension to Going for a Boat Ride
Spending time on the water with the entire family is a great way to embrace the sport of boating. However, seldom do we discuss the details of what it means to pack up the family (and/or friends) for a safe and enjoyable aquatic excursion. There are a few things you must remember before you embark on a boat outing with a group of any size.
James Niggemeyer still likes to talk about a day of fishing he experienced at Lake Guntersville during the 2009 Bassmaster® Elite tournament; the Yamaha Pro didn’t win the event, but he knows he’s never found so many bass crowded into such a small area, nor had as much fun catching them.
Kennesaw, Ga., July 2, 2012 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today it will increase its propeller offerings as part of its ongoing effort to provide endless propeller solutions. Added to Yamaha’s propeller line up are three new products that are now available through Yamaha marine dealers nationwide.
Kennesaw, Ga., June 21, 2012– Yamaha Marine Group announced today the appointment of Todd Grondzki to the position of Department Manager, Sponsorship and Events. In his new role, Grondzki will be responsible for planning, developing and executing all marketing events, including consumer boat shows, industry trade shows and Yamaha marine business meetings. He will also oversee the Team Yamaha freshwater and saltwater tournament and pro staff sponsorships.
Observers wonder why tournament angler Todd Faircloth often has three or four rods lying on his boat deck, each rigged with the same lure, but what they don’t realize is that while the lures are alike, the veteran Yamaha Pro has rigged them with different types and weights of lines. As bass begin moving deeper and tighter to summer cover, Faircloth knows choosing the proper line for the conditions he’s fishing can be critical to his success.
Kennesaw, Ga., June 19, 2012– Yamaha Marine Group announced it has hired Justin Unokur as a Regional Sales Coordinator for the dealer sales division.
Kennesaw, Ga., June 18, 2012 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that Immediate Past President Phil Dyskow will serve on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC). Established in 1971, the NBSAC is responsible for advising the U.S. Coast Guard on developing and promulgating standards and regulations pertaining to the construction of recreational boats.
Few fish generate more interest from small boat anglers than flounder. They are easily accessible and can be found close to shore, in bays and estuarine rivers. They respond as readily to artificial lures like plastic bodied jigs and bucktails as they do to a variety of baits fished from a drifting boat. To top it off, they are great table fare. Flounder fillets fried or sautéed in a coating of breadcrumbs are one fish dinner the whole family can enjoy.
Whenever anyone asks Mark Davis why he spends so much time studying “old fashioned” paper maps instead of relying more on the newer GPS/sonar “map chips” in his boat electronics, the Yamaha Pro tells the story of his 1995 Bassmaster Classic® victory.
It’s been six years since Michael Iaconelli caught the heaviest bass of his life, 14 pounds, one ounce, but the Yamaha Pro has never forgotten the excitement of that catch, or the way he caught it. The big fish hit a wacky rig, a finesse-type presentation with a plastic worm, light spinning tackle, and thin line.
Quick, Easy, and Nearly Fool-Proof – You Can Handle This One
Small outboards – less than about 20 hp – are super simple to install, especially if the outboard is a tiller-steer, pull-start model.
These are general guidelines; please refer to the engine manufacturer’s owner’s manual for instructions specific to your outboard.
Mountain Home, Ark., April 23, 2012– Yamaha pro Brandon Palaniuk brought only 12 pounds, 15 ounces to the scales Sunday afternoon but it was more than enough to win the Bassmaster® Elite Series tournament at Bull Shoals Lake. The 24-year old angler from Rathdrum, Idaho finished with a four-day total of 74 pounds, six ounces.
Capt. Brian Rice uses light tackle to troll for early season striped bass - Here’s how he does it
Captain Brian Rice ran the Jersey Devil, a 29’ Yamaha-powered Contender®, from its slip in the Nevasink River down into Raritan Bay, a large embayment nestled between the tip of Sandy Hook, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York. He was headed toward the mouth of the Raritan River to an area of flats surrounding the main shipping channels. Upon reaching his destination, he slowed the boat, and the depth finder lit up with pods of striped bass hugging the bottom in 20-to-30-feet of water. This area is part of the larger estuary complex that is home to the Hudson River stock of striped bass, which also includes places such as Jamaica Bay and Western Long Island Sound. It is similar to other estuary complexes associated with the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay stocks of stripers, and they are all great places to fish for linesiders in the spring months.
“Getting stuck” isn’t usually a welcome boating term unless you are anchoring your boat. Unfortunately, too many boaters are unfamiliar with anchoring systems, how to select the right components and how to deploy them correctly. The anchor serves a variety of functions when boating and fishing, but your anchor can also be a safety item of last resort should you find yourself without power with the wind blowing your boat ashore, or on a river being swept away into whatever lies around the next bend. Needless to say, it’s important to be prepared with the right ground tackle.
For tournament pro Cliff Crochet, jerkbaits offer the best of both worlds for pre-spawn bass because he can fish them in both shallow and deep water and fish hit them in both areas. In fact, laughs the Yamaha Pro, this is practically the only time of the year he uses the slender, minnow-imitation lures.
Outboard Overheating Frequently Fatal to Engine One thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three … an overheated outboard can go from fine to fried in a matter of seconds … the silence when a hot engine stops running can be a sobering and expensive experience.
Idling through the marina or cruising across the lake, we’ve all seen boats with snazzy paint jobs and condo-like luxuries that tempt us to covet our neighbor’s vessel. Hundreds of boats look cool above the rubrail, but it’s what you can’t see – the hull design – that determines how the craft handles the realities of open water.
With most of the country experiencing a mild winter, it’s likely that saltwater fishing is going to be off to an early start this season, begging the question: Is your gear ready for action? Here’s a checklist that will help assure everything you need is up to the challenge of tackling that first fish of the new season safely and with all your tackle in battle-ready condition.
Okeechobee, Fla., March 26, 2012– Yamaha-sponsored pro Ish Monroe scored his second career Bassmaster® Elite Series win Sunday at Lake Okeechobee, boating 108 pounds, five ounces, and leading all four days of the event. The win was the second in as many weeks for Yamaha Pros fishing the Bassmater® Elite Series, Alton Jones having won last week’s tournament on the St. Johns River in Palatka, Fla.
Kennesaw, Ga., March 26, 2012– Yamaha Marine Group announced the appointment of three new members to its expanding OEM sales team, effective today.
Tournament angler Bill Lowen’s most recent fishing trip, during which he caught and released 25 healthy largemouths while fishing in 39-degree water on a cold, drizzly day, surprised everyone except Lowen himself. Afterall, the Yamaha Pro frequently fishes under such conditions in lakes near his Indiana home.
PALATKA, Fla., March 19, 2012– Yamaha pros Alton Jones, Todd Faircloth, and Keith Combs swept the top three spots Sunday, March 18, in the season opener of the 2012 Bassmaster® Elite Series tournament on the St. Johns River.
Kennesaw, Ga., March 16, 2012 — Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. announced today it has sold a majority of the assets of Century Boats and the Century brand to Florida-based Allcraft Marine. The new owners plan to resume production of Century brand boats at their Dade City, Fla. facility.
We can handle most of our outboard’s routine maintenance – the simple stuff like oil changes, replacing filters and such – but where do we take the boat when it needs professional help?
There are no easy answers to this one, just a few things to consider as we’re seeking someone to heal our ailing vessel.
When fishermen think of Biloxi, what comes to mind? Sure there are the usually calm, blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, which offer a wide range of fishing opportunities from blue marlin to redfish, but there is a whole different fishery found on the other side of town that makes you feel like you’re light years away from the tourists, sandy beaches, big hotels and the lights and excitement of the casinos. It’s called the bayou, seemingly endless back water channels that meander into the marsh for miles, intersecting and opening onto shallow bays and coves filled with strange, and not so strange animals, amazing birdlife and great light tackle sport fishing for sea trout, redfish and even the occasional largemouth bass.
The 2012 edition of bass fishing’s world championship, the Bassmaster Classic,® won’t get started on Louisiana’s Red River near Shreveport until February 24, but all 13 of the Yamaha-sponsored anglers who qualified for the three-day tournament have had their rods, reels, and tackle boxes packed since early December.
Kennesaw, Ga., February 9, 2012 –Yamaha Marine Group announced today the launch of its first mobile application for the iPhone® and iPod Touch®, just in time for the Miami International Boat Show.® The app is now available free of charge through the iTunes® App Store and offers users a host of valuable tools and information about their Yamaha outboards. Additional information about the app is also available through this online video.
Of the 49 anglers preparing for the 2012 Bassmaster Classic® world championship Feb. 24-26 on the Red River in Shreveport, La., few feel as confident as New Jersey Pro Michael Iaconelli. Afterall, the Yamaha angler launched his pro career on the Red River in winning the BASS® Federation championship in 1999, and finished second here by less than a pound in the 2009 Classic.®
Kennesaw, Ga., February 1, 2012 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today it has launched its reengineered YamahaOutboards.com website to provide consumers and dealers with an enhanced online experience.
Have you ever found yourself in a conversation with a veteran boater or a boat salesperson, nodding your head knowingly as they spoke, without having a clue what they’re talking about? Nautical jargon fills the air, and it’s like trying to understand a foreign language – you’re totally lost.
This time of year when falling water temperatures make catching bass difficult, veteran guide and tournament angler James Niggemeyer spends a few minutes with pen and paper in hand before he picks up his rod and reel. The Yamaha Pro likes to prepare a check list of fishing options he can try throughout the day until he locates fish, and boat docks, isolated cover, and rocks nearly always lead the list.
LACROSSE, Wis., June 25, 2012– In what he described as one of the most mentally and physically challenging tournaments he’s ever fished, veteran Yamaha Pro Todd Faircloth held on Sunday to win the Bassmaster® Elite tournament on the upper Mississippi River by just over a pound. Bringing 14 pounds, 9 ounces to the scales the final afternoon, Faircloth finished with a four-day total of 62-4.
Tournament veteran Dave Mansue doesn’t mind fishing jigs for winter bass, but he’d much rather throw a deep diving crankbait, and he often does. The Yamaha pro knows that if he can find baitfish, bass won’t be far behind, and they’ll nearly always hit one of the diving lures.
Helpful hints for preparing and operating your outboard boat
If this is your first outboard boat, or if it’s been a while since you’ve driven an outboard-powered boat, we strongly recommend reading the engine and boat owner’s manuals to familiarize yourself with your particular boat and outboard.
Camden County, Georgia is a beautiful patchwork quilt of islands, sounds, tidal rivers and creeks that offer some of the most productive fishing grounds for spotted sea trout and redfish found in the southern Atlantic states. The jewel of the area is Cumberland Island with its wild horses, tall live oaks draped in Spanish moss and shorelines filled with downed trees, old root systems and great fishing.
KENNESAW, Ga., January 3, 2012 — Yamaha Marine Group today announced “The Proven Choice Sales Event,” a new promotion that gives consumers two great ways to build-in additional value with their purchase of a new Yamaha outboard.
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP NEWS RELEASE, JANUARY 3, 2012
KENNESAW, Ga., January 3, 2012 — Yamaha Marine Group today announced “The Proven Choice Sales Event,” a new promotion that gives consumers two great ways to build-in additional value with their purchase of a new Yamaha outboard.
Selecting dock and anchor lines for your boat can be an intimidating experience, with dozens of colors, sizes, construction and materials from which to choose, not to mention trying to determine price versus value.
If we approach line selection systematically, distilling the information into easily digestible pieces, deciding what lines are the best for your application shouldn’t be too time-consuming.
When winter’s chill slows bass action, many anglers turn their attention to walleye, a widespread and popular gamefish that provides excellent cold weather sport. Walleye also provide a unique opportunity for bass fishermen to sharpen many of their fishing techniques, since the two fish have many similarities.
Two trips to the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA®) Championships in Biloxi has netted the Yamaha-powered Ocean Isle Fishing Center team two Open Class National Championship titles, one in November of 2009 and now in November 2011.
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP NEWS RELEASE - NOVEMBER 30, 2011
KENNESAW, Ga., November 30, 2011 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today the Marine Marketers of America has recognized Yamaha with a Neptune Award for marketing communication excellence in the Best National Magazine/Advertising Series category. This year marks the fourth anniversary of the Neptune Awards. Since the award’s inception, Yamaha Marine Group has entered campaigns twice and won both entries.
If you leave your boat in the water for any appreciable amount of time, Mother Nature is going to take up residence on the bottom of your boat’s hull, the gearcase, and other underwater running gear in a matter of just a week or two.
It’s easy to understand why Kelly Jordon considers topwater buzz baits some of the best lures to use for late-autumn largemouths. After all, the Yamaha Pro has never forgotten how close he came to winning the second professional tournament he ever fished back in 1996, after catching more than 50 pounds of bass on a buzz bait in two days.
If you ask Todd Faircloth to describe his favorite fishing memory, don’t be surprised if he tells you about a big bass he caught one October afternoon along the edge of a grassbed in the back of a tributary creek. The fish weighed 11 ½-pounds, and ranks as one of the largest fish the Yamaha Pro has ever caught.
Want to catch more fish? Spend more time with your depth finder!
A modern LCD depth finder is good for a lot more than just showing water depth. It is one of the most important pieces of fishing tackle on your boat no matter what kind of fishing you do, which is why they are also called “fish finders.” Unfortunately, many new to fishing don’t understand the critical role an LCD depth finder can play, especially given the fact that there are many species of fish classified as structure dependent.
It’s an all too familiar sight – the happy angler cruising down the highway with a boat in tow, and the big outboard on the back is jumping for joy every time the trailer tires cross a crack in the pavement. Our angler is thinking about fishing, while the outboard is considering jumping ship on the way to the lake.
Lily pads are generally included on any angler’s must-fish list, but during the autumn months they’re always at the very top of tournament veteran James Niggemeyer’s list. The Yamaha Pro likes to start his day casting to the familiar green floating plants, and it normally doesn’t take many casts before he finds bass, either.
You Can Catch Stripers, Bluefish, King Mackerel and Even Grouper With This Simple Technique
There are many ways to find and catch popular inshore gamefish, and trolling is definitely one of the most productive. It allows you to go to an area where fish might be and, motor around pulling lures they find enticing. When you troll near enough to your chosen quarry, chances are you are going to get a bite, and chances are even better that you will hook the fish.
The current economic environment has created an excellent boat buyer’s market, and pre-owned could be a great way to go.
When veteran tournament angler Cliff Pace packs his boat for a fishing trip to the shallow, weed-filled Louisiana Delta, at least a dozen of his 20 rods will be spooled with braided line, but when the Yamaha Pro heads to the clear, deep waters of Table Rock Lake in Missouri, he’ll likely leave braid at home and use fluorocarbon instead.
It’s Off to Tow We Go
Shop by the Numbers and You’ll be Trailering to Exotic Destinations in No Time
When Yamaha Pro Todd Faircloth begins a day of fishing, he may strap as many as 15 different rods on his boat deck, each rigged with a different lure or type of line. To many this might seem excessive, but to Faircloth it’s often a shortcut to success.
The Northern Puffer is the clown prince of saltwater fish. Kids and adults love ‘em!
Introducing kids to fishing from a boat can be an interesting exercise, especially small children who might not be able to spend many hours on the water without losing interest or feeling uneasy. The whole key to making a child’s initial experience with saltwater fishing enjoyable is to keep it short, simple, close to shore and, most importantly, make sure to catch some fish. I can’t think of a better way to accomplish this goal in the Mid Atlantic than to go fishing for northern puffers, better known as blowfish.
EPIRBs and DSC/VHFs – Technology to the Rescue
Although boating is a lot of fun—serene sundown cruises, fishing for the next record catch, or doing whatever you like —the reality of being on the water is that if something goes wrong, situations can deteriorate rapidly.
Veteran Yamaha Pro Mark Davis has always liked the phrase “hiding in plain sight,” because that’s how he looks at main lake points when he’s searching for summer bass. Of all the places the fish can hide during the warm weather months, points are among the most reliable places to find them.
For Yamaha Pro Greg Vinson, the best place to be bass fishing during the hot days of summer is up a river where current is flowing. The water movement will produce lower temperatures and increase the oxygen, two important factors that will keep fish more active and willing to bite.
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP NEWS RELEASE, AUGUST 29, 2011
KENNESAW, Ga., August 29, 2011 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) has again recognized Yamaha with a CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in the Outboard Engine category. This year’s award is the tenth consecutive – an achievement no other outboard manufacturer can claim.
Bass fishermen competing on one of the professional tours for the first time often face the daunting task of having to catch fish on lakes they’ve never seen before, but Yamaha Pro Brandon Palaniuk has solved that problem with a method anglers everywhere can use on any new lake they fish.
By Phil Dyskow, Immediate Past President, Yamaha Marine Group
The Yamaha Marine Group has been sponsoring the annual Kenai River Classic for 18 years. It is the largest and most important tournament on the Kenai River in Alaska, and it draws participants from all over the United States.
Choosing the best propeller for your boat isn’t nearly as complicated as it may seem. A boat’s weight, its hull style, how much horsepower is on the transom, and the captain’s performance goals (slow trolling, pulling kids on tubes, being the first to reach a hot fishing spot in a tournament, fuel conservation, etc.) influence the type and size of propeller for a given boat.
False albacore are a light tackle fishermen’s delight!
The birds were wheeling and diving over the massive school of baitfish as unseen predators from the depths attacked and drove the fish to the surface. The frantic bay anchovies were so thickly packed that they made a dark spot in the ocean, and all around splashes appeared on the surface as false albacore, affectionately called Fat Alberts, picked off any that happened to get separated from the pack. The little metal jigs we were casting into the melee with light spinning tackle were hit almost immediately upon being retrieved.
Anyone looking at Bobby Lane’s boat this time of year might be surprised to see eight to 10 rods on his front deck and each rigged with a different lure, but for him such a mixture is standard procedure. The Yamaha Pro believes lure choice is more important than location when it comes to catching bass during the summer months.
After successfully parking your boat alongside a dock or in a slip, now it’s time to make sure the boat stays in place, using dock lines – also called mooring lines – to tie the boat to the dock.
YAMAHA MARINE NEWS RELEASE, JULY 15, 2011
KENNESAW, Ga., July 15, 2011 — Yamaha Marine Group today announced “The Four Stroke Celebration Sales Event,” a new promotion that gives boat buyers a boost while there is still plenty of boating left in the season.
Kingfish Pro Capt. Brant McMullan on Finding and Catching Kingfish
King mackerel, a.k.a. kingfish or just plain kings, are speedy game fish that are fun to catch and tasty to eat when fresh off the boat. With all the emphasis on tournament fishing and the efforts pro anglers put into finding and catching that one big fish to win, a simple fact tends to get lost—anyone can catch kingfish and have a blast doing it!
You Have Questions – We Have Answers
Log on to any online boating forum and ask a couple of simple questions about your boat’s propeller. Chances are you’ll get dozens of answers – and we’ll wager that most of the responses are different.
For Kelly Jordon, the hot months of summer have come to mean only one thing, that it’s time to fish deep-diving crankbaits, not only for numbers of bass but also for big bass, as well. The veteran Yamaha Pro has caught more bass in the nine to 12-pound range with big crankbaits than he can count, and had plenty of days where the lures have produced 50 or more fish in the four to six-pound class.
Patience and Practice Pay Off
Docking your boat isn’t as difficult as you might imagine; take it slow and easy – and you’ll do just fine.
If you’re having trouble deciding which lures to use now that summer is here in full force, consider Yamaha Pro Dave Mansue’s advice: throw a big topwater bait, retrieve it slowly so bass think it’s an easy meal, and stay in water less than 15 feet deep.
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP NEWS RELEASE, JUNE 14, 2011
Kennesaw, Ga., June 14, 2011 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today it will increase its propeller offerings as part of its ongoing effort to provide endless propeller solutions to help any boat, from large to small and offshore to fresh water, achieve peak performance on the water. Added to Yamaha’s propeller line up are four new products that are now available through Yamaha marine dealers nationwide.
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP NEWS RELEASE, JUNE 9, 2011
Kennesaw, Ga., June 9, 2011– Yamaha Marine Group announced it has appointed Todd Grondzki to the post of Assistant Department Manager in advertising. His specific role is to maintain and grow Yamaha’s position as the leadership brand in internet, social and direct marketing programs.
As a result of new EPA regulations, changes to portable marine fuel tanks, fuel hoses and primer bulbs will soon affect many boaters. If you use portable marine fuel tanks during your boating expeditions, you need to understand these changes in the fuel system components, and you need to learn how to operate them properly.
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP NEWS RELEASE, JUNE 1, 2011
Kennesaw, Ga., June 1, 2011 – Precision Propeller Industries, Inc. today launched the new high-performance FXP propeller from Turbo®. Engineered to deliver great overall performance at tournament load, it’s aimed specifically at today’s high-performance, four-stroke bass boat outboards.
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP NEWS RELEASE, MAY 25, 2011
Kennesaw, Ga. , May 25, 2011 — Yamaha Marine Group today launched a newly redesigned F115 outboard that is both lighter and more efficient that its predecessor. Based on the venerable DOHC in-line, four-cylinder 16-valve engine that set the standard for reliability and durability, the redesigned F115 also features new technologies that make this outboard a true category leader.
Kennesaw, Ga., May 25, 2011 — Yamaha Marine Group today announced new “mechanical” F200 and F225 outboard models within its 3.3-liter V6 outboard family. These newly re-designed models now use the same powerhead that drives the legendary 3.3-liter V6 F250.
Pampering Your Prop Isn’t a Sign of Weakness – It’s OK to Show You Care.
Do you think that you work hard? Try being a propeller for a day, swirling in circles for hours on end in nasty, weed-infested water, plowing blindly through mud and muck, grinding away over gravel, then whacking the occasional rock or deadhead – now that’s hard work.
Goal to Reduce Fuel Spills, Spray
KENNESAW, Ga., May 18, 2011 -- As a result of new EPA regulations, changes to portable marine fuel tanks, fuel hoses and primer bulbs will soon affect boat builders, marine dealers and consumers. Consumers should become familiar with the changes in the system components and their operation. They should also become aware of a new Yamaha-exclusive fuel line connector.
For Yamaha Pro James Niggemeyer, late spring and early summer provide some of the best opportunities of the year to catch bass in shallow water with a spinnerbait. The reason is because bream as well as shad, both prime forage for bass, have moved shallow to spawn, and bass are taking advantage of it.
The first lesson Todd Faircloth learned about bass fishing in lakes filled with flooded timber was not to fish the individual trees. It’s a lesson the Yamaha pro admits was hard to accept, especially while growing up near tree-filled Toledo Bend Reservoir, but it has since served him well during more than a dozen years of top-level tournament competition.
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP NEWS RELEASE, MAY 11, 2011
Kennesaw, Ga., May 11, 2011– Yamaha Marine Group announced today it has re-launched its ReliablityStartsHere.com website as a means of providing a more accessible forum for its customers to share their personal stories about their experiences with Yamaha outboards, and for new customers to learn about Yamaha outboards.
Before You Approach Sponsors for Support, There are a Few Things You Should Know
There are many anglers across the country who fish competitively during the weekends in local, regional and sometimes even national tournaments. If you are one of these anglers who have had success during these types of tournaments, and you are looking to get a little more serious about your fishing career, one of the first things you will need to do is approach sponsors for support.
This toothy predator is, pound-for-pound, one of the feistiest game fish in the ocean and always up for a tussle with anglers.
As one of the most popular and readily available game fish along the Atlantic coast, the bluefish is one of the hardest fighting fish you can challenge with light tackle. Many children are introduced to saltwater fishing by catching that first snapper, another word for the young bluefish that migrate into bays and tidal rivers to feed on the abundant grass shrimp and small baitfish that live there each summer. Blues can be caught trolling, casting plugs, jigging, chumming and bait fishing. Each year millions are caught, and a high percentage are released making it one of the most sought-after species encountered by recreational fishermen. But most anglers know surprisingly little about this unique fish.
Spring fishing weather frequently includes wind that can make both lure and boat control difficult, but years of experience on the wind-blown lakes of the Pacific Northwest have taught Yamaha Pro Brandon Palaniuk how to continue putting bass in the livewell during even the most adverse conditions. His secrets? Use moving lures and never run head-on into big waves.
Your Tow Vehicle Can Stop on a Dime – Can Your Boat Trailer Do The Same?
Let’s face it; towing a boat down the road requires that you alter your normal driving habits to compensate for the mass on the trailer behind you. Swinging wide on turns, keeping the trailer in your lane, and hanging back a little farther from the cars ahead of you are all common towing practices.
It’s time to put your boat in the water!
Recommissioning – taking your boat out of mothballs after a long period of inactivity is an exercise involving attention to detail – a lot of details, actually. The time and money you’ll expend relates proportionately to how well you prepared your boat prior to storage.
Bass tournament veteran Ish Monroe normally doesn’t have trouble catching bass in spring; his dilemma is deciding whether he wants to catch more fish or fewer but larger fish. Thus, the Yamaha Pro always has two different lures ready, a plastic floating frog and a buzz bait.
22nd Annual Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico
This March, Yamaha Pro Dave Wolak traded in his rod and reel for a 40 lb. military ruck sack and paired up with some former Marines and one wounded Marine to compete in the 22nd annual Bataan Memorial Death March. The march is 26.2-mile full marathon in the sandy, mountains and desert of New Mexico.
As we discussed in Part 1 of “Battery Tech,” choosing the right battery for the job is very important. However, boaters should pay an equal amount of attention to how batteries are mounted in the boat and maintained once in use. Marine batteries are heavy and can be cumbersome. As a result, they must be properly secured and the terminals protected.
Understanding How Water Temperatures Affect Feeding Will Help You Catch More Striped Bass
The water might be cold and their metabolism is a bit on the sluggish side, but there are plenty of striped bass in Mid-Atlantic estuaries foraging for an easy meal right now. The key to catching them is finding the areas where they will concentrate on various tide stages, and then matching the bait or lures you use to their current level of activity.
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP NEWS RELEASE, APRIL 7, 2011
Kennesaw, Ga., April 7, 2011 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today it has launched mobile versions of its V MAX SHO® (www.discovervmaxsho.com) and V6 Offshore (http://www.discoverv6offshore.com) websites, making Yamaha the first in the outboard industry to offer such a service to consumers.
Although your boat uses a gasoline engine for its primary propulsion, without ample electricity, that outboard is pretty much out of business.
Sight-fishing for spring largemouths can be one of the most difficult ways to catch them, even though the fish are usually in very shallow water and clearly visible to anglers. That’s why fishermen like Yamaha pro James Niggemeyer have developed alternative techniques and that often do tempt these stubborn bass.
Of all the lures anglers can use to catch spring bass, none are more misunderstood than the category of crankbaits known as “square bills,” so named because of their distinctive short, squared-off diving lips. It only took Yamaha Pro Dave Mansue one fish, however, to decide he liked the lures and to study them thoroughly.
When it’s time for a new outboard, bigger isn’t necessarily better; you have to match the outboard to the way you use your boat, your budget, the size and type of boat; and the vessel’s weight and horsepower capacities.
Bob Popiel, Mark Tracy and Kyle Rippe become Division Managers
Kennesaw, Ga., March 22, 2011 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today several employee promotions, including three promotions to Division Manager positions.
Much in the same way boating has been improved through the use of modern, digital technology so too has fishing. Advanced technologies, like Yamaha’s Command Link Plus® digital engine monitoring and operating systems have revolutionized the way operator and engines interface. Improvements in the amount and quality of the data available through the gauge package combined with electronic controls result in improved vessel operation, enhanced fuel efficiency and safety. Similarly, improvements in navigational and fishing electronics can make fishing more productive and enjoyable, and also help reduce fuel expenditures. Just like the GPS in your car, the GPS chart plotter in your boat can be used to plan your fishing day so you can fish more and burn less.
Doing it right the first time is the only way to electrical success
Working on a marine electrical system is a near certainty if you’re a hands-on boat owner. It doesn’t matter if your foray into the jungle of your boat’s wiring is voluntary – adding electronics or accessories, or involuntary – troubleshooting and repairing an electrical malfunction, there is a right way to get the job done.
“Ditch Bags” keep critical rescue equipment organized, readily accessible in case of on-the-water emergencies
Boating safety takes many forms. For example, the U.S. Coast Guard® recommends everyone aboard a recreational boat wear a personal flotation device at all times. The introduction of compact PFDs has been beneficial in increasing this safety practice among America’s boating public. Another example is the kill switch lanyard worn by the boat operator that turns off the engine(s) should something happen that forces him/her away from the helm. These are passive safety devices that can save lives, but is your boat prepared for an emergency that requires you to abandon your craft and enter the water?
It isn’t surprising that one of Cliff Crochet’s favorite spring bass lures is a floating frog. Afterall, the Yamaha Pro lives in south Louisiana where the water is shallow and filled with vegetation, and frogs are part of the regular diet of largemouth bass. What surprises many, however, is that Crochet doesn’t hesitate to throw frogs into open water, too.
Marine canvas protects our boats from the sun’s brutality, rain, bird droppings and sundry other evils, as well as shielding us from the elements while we’re embracing the boating lifestyle.
As with everything else associated with owning a boat, marine canvas requires your attention periodically to allow the canvas to do its job and look good in the process.
There is something about a crankbait in the late winter and early spring that bass just can’t resist. Hands down, these lures, either the diving models or the lipless versions, need to be a major part of your pre-spawn tackle because these bass are definitely catchable.”
Record Largemouth Bass to be on Display at Bassmaster® Classic
Kennesaw, Ga., February 8, 2011 -- Yamaha Marine Group announced today Manabu Kurita, who officially tied the world record for the largest bass ever caught, has joined the Yamaha/Skeeter® professional fishing staff and will display his catch at the Yamaha booth during the Bassmaster® Classic in New Orleans, Feb. 17-20, 2011.
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP NEWS RELEASE, JANUARY 27, 2011
Kennesaw, Ga., January 27, 2011 -- Yamaha Marine Group today announced the 2011 schedule for the Discover VMAX SHO® Demo tour, a national program consisting of high-performance demo rides in 15 markets designed to show the benefits of Yamaha’s VMAX SHO®, an outboard motor that is becoming known as the most capable in the realm of bass fishing.
Kennesaw, Ga., January 27, 2011 – Yamaha Marine Group today announced the appointment of Jonathon Burns as Department Manager of Marine Business Planning and Marine/Outboards Supply Chain Operations, and the appointment of Ben Mallett as Supervisor of Marine/Outboard Supply Chain Operations.
Once you’ve found your slice of heaven on the lake, how do you keep your boat in place? Easy, just lower the anchor over the side, make sure it has a good grip on the bottom of the pond, then open the cooler and break out the refreshments.
The boating lifestyle has its own set of official rules that we’ve covered in previous editions of the Boater’s Log series. In addition to the governmental mandates, a big part of being a safe, responsible boater is becoming familiar with the fundamentals of nautical courtesies.
According to Yamaha Pro Todd Faircloth, anglers still have time to enjoy what he describes as bass fishing’s ‘forgotten season,’ when fish are migrating back out of tributary creeks to main lake structure where they’ll spend the winter.
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP NEWS RELEASE, DECEMBER 7, 2010
KENNESAW, Ga., Dec. 7, 2010 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today it will conduct its Yamaha Outboard “Best in Class” dealer recognition program, which rewards the most outstanding Yamaha dealers with an incentive trip for their year-long performance.
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP NEWS RELEASE, DECEMBER 6, 2010
KENNESAW, Ga., Dec. 6, 2010 — Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. and AB Volvo Penta® today announced that they have signed a technical agreement for the joint development of boat control systems for boats with outboard motors.
Saltwater fishing isn’t as simple as it used to be. Our grandfathers could flip a line off their boats, catch a mess of fish and take them home for dinner, but we have to abide by an ever growing number of regulations. A fish that doesn’t pass regulatory muster must be released, but have you ever stopped to wonder if they survive the encounter?
Living on Kentucky Lake as he does, where crankbaits probably catch more bass than any other lure, it’s easy to understand why Yamaha pro Mark Menendez always has dozens of the diving plugs in his boat, even now as water temperatures are getting colder. In fact, early winter is one of his favorite crankbait seasons.
When we hit the highway, we know that there are certain rules and laws that we must obey. Things like stopping at a stop sign, using your turn signals to let other drivers know your intentions, keep to the right, pass on the left, and so on.
During the autumn months when bass are still moving in tributary creeks feeding on shad, tournament angler Dave Wolak may only have one type of lure in his boat. It will be a 3/8-oz. pearl/white spinnerbait with double willow leaf blades and a white plastic trailer, a lure the Yamaha Pro has been using for years on waters throughout the United States.
Basic Boating Knots Made Easy
Some of the most essential pieces of gear on your boat are the “lines,” nautical-speak for the ropes on the boat. These basic pieces of equipment can fasten loose items above and below deck, connect the anchor to the boat, and secure your vessel to the dock.
For Todd Faircloth, Dean Rojas, and Mark Davis, the Bassmaster® Elite season ended this past June but the three veteran Yamaha Pros certainly haven’t parked their boats and forgotten about fishing. In fact, Davis, a three-time Bass® Angler of the Year, has been fishing nearly every day since the season ended.
Understanding striped bass migration patterns will help you atch more fish!
The striped bass is the premiere game fish along much of the East Coast, and some of the most exciting fishing of the year is just getting underway. By tracking their migratory path, you can put yourself in a position to enjoy some of the fastest, most exciting fishing of the year.
Man-made fish habitat provides great fishing and diving opportunities close to home
There’s nothing “artificial” about the great fishing and diving artificial reefs provide. Most coastal states have developed reef-building programs, but N.J. led the way with an aggressive private/public partnership program over 30 years ago. Today, the state boasts 14 major reef sites where once only featureless sand bottom existed. Altogether they encompass a mere 25-square miles of bottom, yet about a third of all recreationally caught fish statewide are caught on these reefs and the many wrecks sunk on them, which range from small tugs and barges to 400-foot-long decommissioned Navy ships. In fact, these sunken treasures have become some of the most popular recreational dive sites on the coast.
Boating at night can be a fantastic experience – the waterways are less crowded, the fishing is usually pretty good, not to mention the whole moon, stars and skies aspect of a nocturnal cruise.
Terry Bolton doesn't remember the first bass he ever caught on a crankbait, but he can always remember the most recent one. That's because the Yamaha Pro always has several of the diving lures tied on and ready to cast, no matter what season of the year he's fishing, and he uses them regularly.
When most anglers think about fishing for tuna, they usually associated it with large diesel boats, heavy tackle and long runs offshore. But anglers in the mid-Atlantic states have been enjoying a fishery for bluefin tuna that is within reach of smaller outboard-powered boats. Three of four techniques used to catch them, jigging, casting surface plugs and fly fishing, involve battling big fish on very light tackle.
Electrical problems can be extremely frustrating, and can cause many of us a great deal of confusion. Last year, in The Boater's Log - Vol. 1, No. 16, Juicitricity, we talked in detail about marine batteries. Now, we'll do our best to point you in the right direction with professional advice and some easy preventive maintenance tips to keep that electrical juice flowing like it should.
Tournament Pro Bobby Lane has been a fan of swim baits ever since the day four years ago when a friend showed him how to fish the plastic wobbling, fish-like lures in the lake behind Lane's home. When his friend hooked the largest bass Lane had ever seen in the lake, the Yamaha Pro was hooked, too.
"Be prepared®" might be the motto of the Boy Scouts of America,® but it should also be a mantra that all saltwater anglers take seriously. Why? To paraphrase the great philosopher Forrest Gump, "going fishing is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get." So to maximize your fishing success, it's a good idea to be prepared for as many different flavors as you can. Here's an example that explains what a difference preparation can make.
Fuel system troubles are, for the most part, preventable if you pay close attention to the details. Regular fuel system maintenance isn't difficult, doesn't require a lot of time or special skills – it's simply a matter of following the instructions in your engine and boat owner's manuals and applying a little common sense in the process.
Twenty years ago when other bass tournament anglers kept beating him regularly by fishing floating plastic frogs, Ish Monroe decided he'd better learn to use one, too, if he wanted to survive in the sport. Today, the Yamaha Pro is considered one of the best frog fishermen in America, and in the process he's changed many of the established "rules" about how and when to fish the popular hollow-bodied lures.
Most of the time, the deck of Dave Wolak's bass boat looks like a tackle store. The Yamaha pro covers it with a wide assortment of rods, all rigged with different types of lures.
A new generation of smaller, more affordable emergency products can enhance your safety on the water.
Yamaha Pro Russ Lane picked a good time to win his first BASS® event – the Ramada® Trophy Chase tournament on Alabama's Lake Jordan. The two-day tournament, which concluded Sunday, is the first of back-to-back events that will determine one of the most prestigious titles in professional bass fishing, the BASS® Angler of the Year.
Yamaha Pro Greg Vinson qualified for the Bassmaster Classic® during his rookie season on the Elite Tour in 2009, and he qualified for the Classic® again during this Elite season, and in both years he attributes nearly all of his success to one lure, a football jig.
I recently had a chance to fish on Japan's Lake Biwa with the Largemouth Bass World Record Holder Mr. Manabu Kurita. Even though I have been going to Japan for over 35 years, this was my first opportunity to go Bass fishing there. Japan's culture is both ancient and diverse, but I was surprised at how much Bass fishing is similar to what we see in the U.S. However, there are some exceptions, which I will try to explain.
For most of us, our boats will spend most of their lives on the trailer. Unfortunately, boat trailers tend to be one of those out-of-sight, out-of-mind things that don't receive the attention they deserve until something breaks in the middle of nowhere.
When Yamaha Pro Clark Wendlandt fishes shallow water cover, which is just about everywhere he fishes, the veteran tournament angler uses a two-lure approach that fools bass throughout the summer months. It's a technique that has taken him to 13 Forrest Wood Cup® championships and three FLW® Angler of the Year titles during his career, so it works on lakes and rivers throughout the country.
Even though summer weather where Cliff Pace lives in Mississippi is usually hot and humid, the Yamaha Pro still ranks June, July, and August as his favorite fishing months. That's because he knows it's the best time of the year to find schools of bass where he can catch them on every cast with a deep diving crankbait.
In the weeks following the BP®/Transocean's® Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Yamaha has received many calls from concerned consumers who wish to learn more about the operation of Yamaha outboard motors in crude oil contaminated water. The conditions that currently exist in portions of the Gulf of Mexico are unique and unusual. There is very little data to support any assertions for how the products might react when exposed to them.
The beginning of summer is flatfish time for many saltwater fishermen. If you're not one of them, you haven't fished for these odd looking, but very tasty critters. Once you do, you'll find it as addictive as we do. Off the Mid Atlantic States the prime target is the summer flounder. In the Southeast and Gulf states there are southern flounder and on the West Coast you can find the hefty Calif. halibut. All three share some common traits, not the least of which is they are some of the best eating fish you'll ever filet. They all share the same low-to-the-ground appearance, but don't let that fool you. They are very aggressive predators with a mouth full of needle-sharp teeth that they use to grab and hold onto prey before they swallow it. Then there's the simple fact that they are not too hard to tempt with bait or artificial lures, which means they can be fun for the whole family!
Most of us take good care of our marine equipment – we wash and wax our boats and outboards, change the oil and oil filter regularly, and replace the fuel filters religiously.
Beginning in late spring and continuing throughout the summer months, bass often exhibit two well-known characteristics: they gather in huge schools, and they abruptly stop biting at the most unexpected times. Veteran Yamaha Pro and former guide Mark Davis has found his share of bass acting like this, and over the years has learned some tricks to make them start biting again.
There are a lot of benefits to repowering your boat, and the benefits are greater with the arrival of new-generation outboards.
Regular Lubrication Service Key to Marine Engine's Longevity
You have a lot of money tied up in your outboard and it only makes sense to do everything you can to help the engine last as long possible, doesn't it? The "anti-aging secret" isn't difficult, nor is it particularly expensive, and if you're somewhat mechanically inclined, you can work this magic without putting the boat in the shop.
Improved Bottom Fishing Success is Only an Anchor Away!
There are few types of saltwater fishing more relaxing and enjoyable than bottom fishing. With a little experience it can be fast fun with the added reward of tasty fish dinners. It's great for novice or experienced anglers and kids love it!
When Yamaha Pro Kelly Jordon won a national bass tournament on Lake Guntersville several years ago, he caught more than 80 pounds of fish by throwing a spinnerbait over shallow milfoil vegetation, but he couldn't figure out why the bass were there.
YAMAHA MARINE GROUP NEWS RELEASE, MAY 7, 2010
KENNESAW, Ga., May 6, 2010 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today Ben Speciale has assumed the role of President of Yamaha Marine Group, a division of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A Previously, Speciale held the role of Vice President, Operations and Planning.
Competition Center Console Boats Drive Innovations in Design and Power
Thousands of saltwater fishermen have taken up the challenge of competitive fishing. From redfish in the south to striped bass in the Mid Atlantic, you can focus your efforts on your favorite game fish, but no tournament trail has attracted as much participation as the SKA® Kingfish Tournament Trail.
Of all the lures available for successful pre-spawn fishing, tournament veteran Mark Menendez believes swim baits may be the most over-looked. They’re among his first choices. After using the large wobbling, swimming-tail baits in early spring tournaments from California to Florida, the Yamaha Pro has caught enough big bass to realize just how effective they can be.
Here's a situation that happens more often than we would like. A customer invests thousands of dollars in a new outboard, then puts generic oil of questionable origin from some discount store in the engine. Before long, that customer is usually crying the blues when the powerhead fails because of inadequate lubrication.
Yamaha Pro Clark Reehm describes them as the most overlooked bass cover on a lake, even though bass can be found on them continuously between spring and early fall. They're easy to fish, frequently hold quality bass, and you can visit them repeatedly because more bass constantly move in to them.
Even though the 11-pound bass Bobby Lane caught during a recent Bassmaster® Elite tournament in Calif. hit a swimbait, the Yamaha Pro readily admits his favorite spring fishing technique is flipping shallow, weedy cover, and he adds, it's just as likely to yield a trophy-class bass as the swimbaits are.
For most bass fishermen, cold, muddy water represents one of the worst of all fishing conditions, but Yamaha Pro Mike Hawkes looks for that type of water when the temperature drops.
It's been a long, cold winter even in areas of the country that are not used to dealing with snow and temperatures below freezing. Spring commissioning has always been a ritual in more northern latitudes, but if you are not familiar with the process here are some helpful tips and checklists that will make your boating safer and more enjoyable as we spring into the new season.
A good friend who loves fishing, but doesn't have a competitive bone in his body, is fond of telling me "tournaments just aren't for everyone." And while I agree, the reason some anglers love them and others avoid them has little to do with age or gender. Fishing tournaments can be fun for male or female anglers of all ages if they are allowed to participate and one organization goes out of its way to encourage the practice, the Southern Kingfish Association.
Yamaha Pro Todd Faircloth's third place finish in the recent Bassmaster Classic® on Alabama's Lay Lake provides a good example of why lipless crankbaits rank as some of the most productive lures for bass fishermen to use when fish are cold and lethargic.
Tell me if you've heard this one before: A man fires up his outboard for the first outing of the season. He didn't put any fuel stabilizer in the tank before letting the boat sit for many months. But guess what? The outboard fires right up. No problem.
Yamaha pros captured two of the top five and five of the top 10 positions in the 40th Bassmaster Classic® that concluded Sunday on Alabama's Lay Lake. They were led by Todd Faircloth and Russ Lane, who finished third and fourth, respectively.
Cold weather seldom keeps bass tournament champion Alton Jones from spending a day on the water, but when he does go bass fishing this time of year, the Yamaha Pro makes certain he takes a box of football head jigs with him.
During the 2010 season, 2009 Yamaha Pro Jay Yelas plans to fish swimbaits in hope of winning another Angler of the Year title. Fellow Yamaha Pro Clark Wendlandt, who won his third FLW® Angler of the Year title in 2009, simply wants to have another good season, while Yamaha Pro Bobby Lane will settle for a six-pounder in his first tournament of the season.
One of the reasons veteran angler Bobby Lane enjoys winter fishing so much is because it means flipping is the only lure presentation he usually needs to consider. The Yamaha pro keeps a flipping rod with him throughout the year, but when the water turns cold and the skies are bright, it may be the only rod he has in the boat.
Most bass tournament anglers agree soft plastic lures like worms and grubs are so effective because of their life-like swimming, shaking, and shimmering actions, but veteran Yamaha Pro Luke Clausen reminds fishermen that worms also work when they're dead, too.
Most fuel-injected marine engines made in the past decade are controlled by a cutting-edge on-board computer for maximum power and efficiency; however the industry's "standard" instrumentation – the gauges at the helm – are often analog devices that haven't changed (or improved) appreciably for over a half-century.
Of all the lures a bass fishermen can try when he's fishing for cold water bass, floating jerkbaits don't get a lot of attention. That's fine, laughs Yamaha Pro Clark Reehm, who uses them all winter.
The upcoming 2010 bass tournament tour will be Yamaha Pro Dave Wolak's third season to use a four-stroke outboard, and while he admits making the switch from two-stroke power was not easy, he also emphasizes today that it's one of the best fishing decisions he's ever made.
Autumn's shorter days and dropping temperatures signal the massing of striped bass along the Mid Atlantic coast to fatten up for the long winter ahead. Larger mature bass are leaving New England waters, where they spent the summer months, to migrate to winter grounds off Virginia and North Carolina and they feed relentlessly as they go. Smaller fish tend to winter in the vicinity of the nursery areas where they were born with major concentrations located in the ocean waters adjacent to the Hudson River, Delaware Bay and in and around the Chesapeake Bay. These smaller fish will be on a mission to pack on the pounds too and present great light tackle opportunities for anglers.
Yamaha Pros Michael Iaconelli finished fourth and Alton Jones sixth overall in the final Bassmaster® Angler of the Year standings as competition ended Friday after two separate two-day tournaments concluded on Lake Jordan and the Alabama River near Montgomery.
Sometimes it pays not to practice for a bass tournament, even if you've never been on the lake before.
That's how Yamaha Pro Michael Iaconelli fished the two separate two-day tournaments that determined the 2009 Bassmaster® Angler of the Year; he won the first event on Alabama's Lake Jordan and finished fourth in the second contest on the Alabama River to claim fourth overall in the Angler of the Year standings.
Outboard-powered boats can consume an incredible amount of electricity, with all the electronics, lights, trolling motors, windlasses and blow-your-mind sound systems swilling electrons like vampires on spring break – and that doesn't even include the juice to start the engine.
Even though he's a three-time FLW® Angler of the Year and has competed successfully on different types of lakes all over the United States, Yamaha pro Clark Wendlandt admits having a special preference for fishing rocks.
Wherever he's fishing during the summer months, Yamaha pro Dave Wolak always includes bridges on his list of places to make a few casts. The big concrete structures are present on most impoundments, and Wolak has caught plenty of warm-weather bass around them.
During the summer, bass tournament angler Zell Rowland often "chatters" to bass, especially when he first begins looking for them in shallow water. The Yamaha pro's lure of choice for this technique is basically known as a chatterbait, a casting jig with a small, movable blade attached to the jighead that causes the lure to swim from side to side as it's retrieved.
Veteran pros Alton Jones and Kelly Jordon lead a team of six Yamaha-sponsored pros who have qualified among the top 12 ranked anglers in the 2009 Bassmaster® Elite Series and will now compete in two special post-season events in September for the prestigious Angler of the Year title.
During the hot summer months, two things constantly remind Alton Jones to keep a topwater lure tied on and ready to fish. The first is that when he began fishing as a youngster more than 35 years ago, he started with a topwater lure, and the second is the 9 lb., 9-oz. bass the Yamaha pro caught at Lake Amistad.
With summer now in full force, Yamaha pro Mary DiVincenti always knows the first lure she's going to choose to begin her fishing day. It's a ½-oz. white spinnerbait with a chartreuse plastic trailer.
Yamaha pro Clark Wendlandt won his third FLW® Tour Land O'Lakes® Angler of the Year title Sunday by finishing 7th in the season's final event at Lake Champlain in Plattsburg, NY. In the same event, Yamaha-Powered angler, Stetson Blaylock, captured the Pringles® Rookie of the Year honors.
Yamaha pro anglers have performed very well during the 2009 FLW® tour. So well, in fact, that the top three contenders for Angler of the Year are all Yamaha pros. A brief profile of each is included below. The 2009 Angler of the Year will be named on July 12 and Yamaha wishes all three contenders the best of luck.
It's been five years since Luke Clausen first used a shaky head worm rig in bass tournament competition but the Yamaha pro has been dedicated to the technique ever since. That's because he won that tournament, the 2004 Wal-Mart® FLW® Championship, and its $500,000 first prize.
Installing an outboard ("rigging" in marine industry speak) involves not only bolting the outboard to the transom, but can also include connecting the steering system, wiring harnesses, throttle and shift controls, and instrumentation.
Imaging fishing with live bait bigger than most of the fish you catch. Get ready to catch some really big striped bass with this technique.
For Yamaha pro Bobby Lane, the definition of a fishing pattern boils down to whatever he has to do to catch bass. And in many instances, it only takes two bass to tell him he does have a pattern.
When spending money on a new outboard, it's nice to have some assurance that the outboard is going to work as the manufacturer intended. That's why manufacturers include a limited warranty with each new outboard they sell. When purchasing an outboard, it's important to consider not only the manufacturer's reputation for quality products, but quality service, both before and after the sale; it's about their proven willingness to take care of you…the customer.
Post spawn bass have a notorious reputation for being hard to catch during the brief interval between spawning and actually starting their return to deep water, but that reputation has never bothered Yamaha pro Clark Reehm. He simply ties on a 'wake bait' and keeps fishing.
Whether you're considering putting a fresh outboard on your present boat, or you've found a deal on a classic sitting in your neighbor's backyard that just needs an outboard to be as good as new, you owe it to yourself to examine the boat thoroughly before spending your hard-earned money to repower.
Week Three of The Miller High Life® Professional Tarpon Tournament Series® presented by Century® Boats turned into quite a milestone for the Yamaha-powered anglers on Miller's Team Ale House.
Operating an outboard powered boat requires a proactive approach on your – The Captain's – part to ensure a trouble-free boating experience.
During the recent Bassmaster® Elite tournament on Alabama's Lake Guntersville, Yamaha pro Michael Iaconelli spent each day fishing four different crankbaits to post spawn bass moving from spawning flats to summer structure. Each of the lures had slightly different wobbling actions, but Iaconelli retrieved all four the same way: as fast as he could reel them.
If you're a bass fisherman like Greg Vinson, all it takes to convince you to master a fishing technique is catching one big bass. Vinson's first bass caught swimming a jig weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces, and today, more than 10 years later, the Yamaha pro still prefers the unusual presentation whenever he's fishing shallow vegetation.
Stripers are feeding in tidal rivers right now. Light tackle guide Terry Sullivan offers some tips to help you get in on the action.
Today's outboards seem to run forever; just hang 'em on the back and go, right? Not exactly. Technological advances – computerized engine management systems, fuel injection, and such – make current outboards more reliable than ever before.
Whenever you see Yamaha pro Jay Yelas with 10 or 12 rods on his boat deck this time of year, chances are he's planning to fish sea walls. These man-made retaining walls, designed to prevent wave erosion, rank as some of his favorite bass fishing hotspots, and for good reason: largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass all use sea walls, and the fish will hit everything from topwaters to tube jigs.
Throughout his 12-year career as an FLW® tournament competitor, Yamaha pro Randy Blaukat's "to do" list for summer fishing has always included one particular item for any lake he's fishing: check the points.
The water might be cold, but the bass are feeding. Here's how to catch them.
March might come in like a lion, but slowly warming waters are triggering striped bass to awaken from their winter metabolic slow down right now! They're hungry, but they are not aggressive. They're ready to eat, but not chase down prey so the best way to get their attention while enjoying some excellent early spring fishing is to key in on their scavenging instinct and break out the clams!
Buying a new outboard (or boat/motor/trailer package) requires a financial commitment that can range from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands. Whether your investment is in a small boat or a multi-outboard offshore rig, you want to get the most for your money by taking advantage of every promotion, sale, deal, rebate or warranty—anything that can ultimately save you money.
The technique of drop shotting a small plastic worm has been around for well over a decade and Brent Ehrler has used it frequently in FLW bass tournament competition, but the Yamaha pro admits he's still astonished at how productive the technique can be.
Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received a waiver request from an ethanol industry group encouraging the agency to raise the ethanol blend wall in gasoline from 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15). Since 1978, the limit has remained at 10 percent (E10) for conventional (non flex-fuel) vehicles.
Just like your body needs the proper foods for good health, your Yamaha outboard needs clean, high-quality fuel to reach its performance potential. Contaminated fuel can make your outboard spit, sputter, idle rough, or in extreme cases, not run at all. It's very important to know what kind of fuel is best for your outboard so you can avoid major problems down the road.
Wind may be the great equalizer in bass fishing, but for Yamaha pro Mary DiVicenti, a regular competitor on the Women's Bassmaster® Tour, wind can also be an advantage.
Admittedly, Jared Lintner's favorite bass lures are big swimbaits – he once caught 11 and 12-pounders on back-to-back casts with one – but when fishing becomes more difficult, the Yamaha pro doesn't hesitate to change to a wacky rig worm.
Buying a new boat and Yamaha outboard is an exciting experience. It's also accompanied by a dizzying blur of paperwork -- sign this, don't forget that, any questions? – then you hitch up and drive away with your pride and joy. By the time you get home, it could be tough to remember half the things the dealer told you and when you finally hit the water, you probably have even more questions. Not to worry, we're here to help.
Although Yamaha pro Bobby Lane never leaves the boat ramp without a supply of flipping jigs in his tackle boxes, he also saves room for plenty of plastic buzz frogs, especially during the spring and summer months.
Adding years of life to an outboard is easy and doesn't cost a dime. What's the secret? Flush the outboard with fresh water frequently, preferably after every use. It's that simple.
What is the most important thing when choosing a propeller? Pitch. No matter what size engine or what kind of boat, if the propeller isn't the right pitch, the boat isn't going to live up to
Yamaha Pro Dave Wolak, after only four full seasons as a professional angler, advanced to the final round of the Bassmaster® Classic last week ahead of many well-known, long-tenured professionals. Some might attribute his achievement to the element of chance that is a part of any professional sporting endeavor, but Wolak thinks equipment plays a definitive role in his success.
Two-stroke outboards are alive and well at Yamaha, and they are also widely available to customers through Yamaha dealerships across the country. While it's true that Yamaha won't be able to provide these outboards indefinitely, the company will be able to ship them for the remainder of the 2009 calendar year.
The effects E10 fuel, a combination of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline, though positive for conservation measures, can damage marine engine systems. When introduced into the fuel tanks of marine engine systems, E10 fuel can dissolve fuel system components, creating contaminants that cause plaque to form, which may ultimately lead to the destruction of the engine itself.