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Strike King Report

Strike King and Lew’s have extended their support for youth anglers by announcing the Lew’s andStrike King Freshman Scholarship Program.

“Our new Freshman Scholarship Program is yet another way for our brands to give back to the sport we love. We recognize the important role that fishing has played in our lives and we feel an obligation to ensure that it gets passed on to our youth,” explains Ken Eubanks, CEO of Lew’s Holding Company. “We’ve set up a fund that will award five deserving high school anglers a scholarship towards their freshman year of college. We are very excited to see the support and success of our brands translate into tangible support and success of youth fishing.”

BoatUS Report

In an action that many are seeing as anti-environment, anti-consumer and a big nod to the ethanol lobby, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving toward permitting the sale of E15 (15% ethanol) fuels during the summer ozone season (June 1 to September 15). Currently available only in the colder months, E15's summertime ban was implemented years ago to address concerns over its contribution to ground level ozone (smog) on hot days.

The nation's largest boating advocacy, services, and safety group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), wants EPA to immediately halt any expansion of the fuel's availability and is asking recreational boaters to speak up now to stop the summertime sale of E15 and offers an easy way contact the EPA by going to www.bit.ly/2UyyMFV.

Darrell Lowrance, founder of Lowrance Electronics and creator of the first recreational fishfinder electronics, died last week of a stroke.

Lowrance was 80.

Lowrance’s first fishfinder, the Fish-Lo-K-Tor and often referred to as the “Little Green Box,” paved the way to today’s sophisticated electronics. Lowrance also was responsible for numerous other innovations in fish finding and navigational aids for anglers.

Lowrance Electronics is located in Tulsa, Ok. and presently owned by Navico.