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Big catches, bigger grins punctuate the 2013 Lund Angler-Young Angler Championship
Winning anglers weigh trophy walleye toward a trip to Disney World
New York Mills, Minn. – (Sept., 3, 2013) Make no mistake, fishing tournaments these days are no longer reserved for “adults only,” those grown-up anglers who consider competitively chasing fish serious business. Nowadays, even at elementary to high school levels, young anglers are battling big bass and waging walleye wars—to some as important as the big game under Friday night lights.
Angler-Young-Angler (AYA) has for many years been leading the charge to encourage youth to be active in the sport of fishing and competitive angling. The AYA has a series of fun, yet competitive, events at various freshwater venues across the Midwest and Canada. AYA tournaments, such as the recent AYA Championship, were established by the legendary Lund Boat company to foster an atmosphere of traditional fun-fishing, alongside an educational and competitive atmosphere.
And what better playground to hunt the elusive walleye than Canada’s storied Lake of the Woods? On Saturday, Aug. 24, 16 regional winning teams had the opportunity to compete in the 2013 AYA International Championship in the scenic host city of Kenora, Ontario. The AYA tournament format pairs two young anglers and an adult with a professional Lund fishing guide.
At the end of a terrific day of fishing, first place went to the team from Winnipeg Sport & Leisure, guided by Cory Toker. The anglers captured the title after weighing in a total of 42.91 pounds, with six sizeable walleyes. Team members Danny and Eden Toth, and Grace Cudmore provided the winning walleyes, good for a trip for four to Walt Disney World. “I just started crying I was so happy,” said AYA angler Eden Toth. “My dad (Dann Toth) and I have done AYA for a couple years, and it’s our first time making it to the championships. It was amazing.”
Although prior to the event, team member Grace Cudmore had broken her left arm playing soccer, she possessed the magic touch and managed to reel in quite a few big walleyes. Danny Toth shared that pink-and-white knuckleball jigs were the other secret to their success. Guide Cory Toker said, “I’m really happy for the gang. They fished their hearts out and caught some nice big fish. It was a great team effort.”
Putting in another great fishing day was the second place team sponsored by Hoot’s Sports in Perham, Minn. They caught a total of 36.82 pounds of walleyes. Guided by Norm Klopak, young anglers Tristan and Mailia Groff and father, David Groff, won a dream fishing trip to Jackson’s Lodge & Outposts on Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba.
Great to know the next generation of anglers are ready to carry the torch.
For more information about Lund Boats’ commitment to youth fishing programs and AYA tournaments, simply log onto the website: www.angleryoungangler.ca . Here you’ll find info on upcoming events as well contact and sponsor info, plus photos and videos from previous tournaments.
The S.U.V. of Fishing Boats
Lund’s family-friendly 1775 Crossover XS expands on the versatile marine category it created
New York Mills, Minn. (Feb. 7, 2013) - Anglers and boaters looking for a complete, do-it-all boat, thank goodness there’s the Lund Crossover. This ultimate watercraft is the marine industry’s gift to anglers and their families everywhere—dynamic styling, efficient performance and versatility galore—all wrapped up in an optimally designed sport-utility boat that everyone in the family is proud to own.
The ingeniously designed, 1875 Crossover XS captivated the boating world last season. And now, it’s available in a slightly smaller configuration: the Lund 1775 Crossover XS. This refreshing ‘sport utility boat’ represents a whole new level of freshwater fun—100-percent Lund fishing machine combined with speed, agility and amazing family functionality.
Packed with useful features from bow to stern, the economical yet spacious 1775 Crossover XS is full of surprises. It’s all the famed ‘fishability’ of a Lund and then some: lockable upper rod storage, 18-gallon aerated livewell and bait tamer, and a 12/24-volt bow trolling motor plug. It’s built on Lund’s tournament-winning IPS hull, assuring a smooth, safe, and dry ride. And for mounting rod holders, cup holders and other accessories without drilling holes, Lund’s exclusive SportTrack System helps protect your investment.
Transform from the ultimate fishing machine to a versatile ski boat in an instant. Discover a perfectly positioned integrated boarding ladder, a center ski/wakeboard or additional rod storage area and a removable ski pylon. When you add in the hidden rear storage area that neatly holds the ski pylon and sun top, you have one of the most cutting edge designs the fishing boat industry has not seen before.
Invite the whole gang—1775 Crossover XS comfortably carries up to seven. Besides three plush swivel seats—including an adjustable sliding driver’s seat—the 1775 Crossover XS’ rear casting deck converts into bonus seating, thanks to twin aft jump seats. Even the bow goes from casting platform to comfortable cruising when you add the optional bow cushions.
For just plain cruising the lake in style and comfort, the Crossover’s massive storage compartments secure a mountain of gear safely—out of sight, out of mind. Fishing rods and tackle slide into 7-foot center and 8-foot port rod boxes. wakeboards, skis, more rods— you name it— tuck nice and snug into the generous in-floor center storage area. And while you’re exploring the bays, islands and peninsulas, enjoy the Crossover’s premium Clarion AM/FM sound system, complete with iPod jack and Sirius XM radio.
Lund’s new 1775 Crossover XS—it’s the ultimate boat for all seasons, and for every reason you love to be on the water. Built on the rock-solid foundation of Lund’s patented IPS Hull and powered by a standard 115- to 150-hp Mercury engine, the Crossover entertains everyone. Matched with a ShoreLand’R Trailer, this athletic 17-foot, 10-inch model has carved out a category all of its own. Spacious, comfortable and versatile, Crossover XS not only delivers on the Ultimate Fishing Experience, it also encourages the social side of watersport.
To see the extensive list of 1775 Crossover XS features and options, or shop Lund’s full selection of fishing and recreational boats, visit www.lundboats.com.
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New Lund Model Takes the Lake by Storm
The New 1625 Fury XL brings oceans of features and versatility to any angler
New York Mills, Minn. (Jan. 7, 2013) - Anglers looking for a versatile boat with fishing prowess are going to love Lund’s New 1625 Fury XL. From the extensive bow storage to the 8-foot center rod locker to a spacious cock-pit for unrestricted fishability, this boat has something for every angler. It’s small enough to fit in most garages and easily towed to hard-to-reach waters. The 1625 Fury XL is the go-anywhere boat that does it all in a slightly smaller footprint. This feature-rich wallet-friendly boat is truly built to take any lake by storm.
The 1625 Fury XL has an overall length of 16 feet,3 inches with an 80-inch beam. It comes with a center rod storage compartment with tubes and rod butt holders for six, 8-foot rods. That means no worries about snapping long trolling rods, muskie sticks or panfish whips. Plus, you get huge deep bow storage compartments with oversized doors to house all your tackle and accessories. And don’t forget the 36-inch long, 15.5-gallon aerated bow livewell with timer and built-in bait management system, perfect for keeping fish fresh for the frying pan or photos.
From the premium finished interior to a spacious cockpit layout, there’s plenty of room for four of your buddies or family. It comes standard with two deluxe pedestal seats and is rated for up to a 5-person capacity. Add the optional rear casting platform that flips over for additional seating, and you’ve got an even larger back deck for plenty of casting space. Combine this with the large bow platform and you’re enjoying yet another ultimate fishing experience.
The 1625 Fury XL also contains Lund’s SportTrak and ProTrak accessory mounting system for ideal placement of rod holders, fishing accessories, or snapping on the cover. So, there’s never a need to drill holes in your boat. Included, is a 12-gallon portable fuel tank with a concealed easy-access storage compartment as well as a 12-volt trolling motor plug. You even have the option of adding a factory-installed two- or three-bank charger and 24-volt plug to add a high-thrust trolling motor. Other options include a 2-step boarding ladder and stereo.
It also comes in three different models—tiller, side console (SS), and walk-thru windshield (Sport)—the tiller version starts at $11,195* with a Mercury 25 HP ELHPT engine, and is rated for up to 50 hp. The SS starts at $12,995* with a Mercury 40 HP ELPT, and both the SS and Sport are rated for up to 60 hp.
Lund’s new 1625 Fury XL—the go-anywhere boat loaded with fishing features in just a slightly smaller footprint is exactly what anglers have been searching for.
For more information on the 1625 Fury XL or to shop Lund’s full selection of fishing boats, visit lundboats.com.
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* Prices are suggested retail prices and include boat, motor, and trailer and are applicable in the U.S. and Canada. Prices are in U.S. Dollars and do not include dealer prep, destination charges, taxes and registration. Dealer sets actual price and prices may vary as determined by the dealer.
One Giant Step for Female Anglers
Marianne Huskey wins first-ever Angler of the Year title in professional fishing
New York Mills, Minn. - Aug. 23, 2012. Like a lot of us, Shawano, Wisconsin’s Marianne Huskey was bitten by the fishing bug at an early age. Her passion for fishing, she says, “Started young, while fishing for perch on Lake Michigan with my grandfather.” Her desire to catch another and another became overwhelming, and so began her lifelong quest to become a professional angler.
Huskey reached her first goal by entering the professional ranks; and just this year, slid further up that flagpole of destiny by clinching a second place finish in an AIM Pro Walleye Series Pro Qualifier on Lake Superior off Brimley, Mich. That accomplishment alone was a milestone. At that moment, she then became the highest placing female finisher ever in a professional walleye tournament.
So when Huskey recently spooled her reels up for the final AIM Pro Qualifier on Lake of the Woods in Baudette, Minn., she was cognizant that the crown jewel of all titles, Angler of the Year, was within reach. And in perfect synchronicity with her hard-fought fairy tale season, Huskey ended the term with style and grace, and the Angler of the Year Title.
“It means so much to be the first woman to ever accomplish this,” said the Lund Boats pro about being the very first woman to win angler of the year in either a professional walleye or bass circuit. (Think about how many years, tournaments and tours that covers.)
“I hope this helps change the mindset for some women, giving them the confidence to take the boat out and fish on their own,” continued Huskey. “A lot of women just feel like ‘it’s not their place.’” Huskey’s historic feat proves nothing could be further from the truth, as she went up against the best walleye anglers in North America.
AIM Pro Walleye Series Sponsor Lund Boats provided a $10,000 prize for Angler of the Year, too. “We want to reward the anglers that choose to run a Lund Boat,” said Lund Boats’ Marketing Manager Tony Kolker. “But it’s especially rewarding when it’s for an AOY title, and even better when history is made at the same time. Congratulations, Marianne!”
And in fitting fashion, paying respect to her past, Huskey dedicated the Angler of the Year trophy to her Grandfather.
More family-friendly features. Lund quality and craftsmanship. More fish in the livewell. All for a lot less money than you’d expect. Lund boats, built by fisherman for fisherman.
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Schilling Collects 'Shillings' and Much More
LUND Angler Chad Schilling earns coveted FLW Walleye Angler of the Year title
New York Mills, Minn. (Aug. 10, 2012) - In NASCAR, it’s called the Sprint Cup Series, the overall points earner given the title of Champion. More often than not, too, the crown is captured during the season’s final race. Equally as often, the Champion is determined while another foe takes the day’s checkered flag. The race winner gets a share of the attention, but the intense limelight shines on the season Champion.
Similar circumstances surrounded the final National Guard FLW Walleye Tour event at Escanaba, Mich. on Lake Michigan. Before the field was culled to the top 10 on the final day, the LUND Boats and Mercury Marine pro Chad Schilling – who made the cut – realized, mathematically, he had already earned Angler of the Year.
Making the top 10 was exciting enough for Schilling, but when it was announced that he had officially won the Angler of the Year title he became speechless. “I’m numb. My body is numb. It’s like I am in one of those dreams you can’t wake up from,” said Schilling to an FLW Walleye Tour reporter. “I am the luckiest guy on the planet; I have a fantastic wife, wonderful kids and great support from family and friends.”
“Last year seemed incredible to me but this year just keeps on getting better.” Chad won the 2011 AIM Championship and a 2012 LUND 2075 Pro V. “I still don’t know how to swallow this. But now I guess this means I have to get the next one because the best one is the next one,” Schilling said with a smile.
Lund Marketing Manager Tony Kolker talks about the Schilling victory, as well as the character of the man. “Chad is one of those guys who just loves to fish period. His attitude on and off the water exemplifies professionalism and is a true asset to the industry. On and off the water, we’re proud to have Chad bearing the LUND logo and represent the company.”
“Along with the Angler of the Year trophy, the Akaska, South Dakota resident received $10,000 from FLW and another $10,000 from LUND Boat contingency dollars. He also receives an automatic berth in the 2013 National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship.
With Schilling at the helm, LUND Boats is proud to be part of another major tournament success.
Future Lund Boat Captains ‘Keep Score’
Frazee, Minn., boys capture International Angler Young Angler Championship title
New York Mills, Minn. (Aug. 28, 2012) – Aspiring lads begin their baseball careers with t-ball. Lots of hits; errors galore; and nobody officially keeping score. (Although you can bet your last minnow that the naturally competitive kids always know the tally, as do their parents.) Angling follows a similar path. At first, kids learn how to minimize tangled lines and keep flying treble hooks away from flesh. Naturally, the next step is keeping a mental fish count, waiting for the day you beat “the Old Man.” And finally, if competitiveness is in your DNA and the passion of fishing is in your blood, you begin testing the tournament world.
Fast forward to today, and you have the winners of the 2012 International AYA Tournament in Kenora, Ontario. Young anglers Jacob and Ryan Roble, along with adult angler Craig Jindra, were guided by Lund Boats Pro Staff Cary Pettinger and spotted up a cumulative walleye weight that’d make the toughest tournament veteran cry – six fish for an all-time tournament high of 53.25 pounds. (Yes, that’s an average of just under 9 pounds apiece.) And as you’d expect from young conservationists, all of the fish swam peacefully back toward the bottom. The grand prize was befitting for red blooded North American kids, too. The Roble boys are “Going to Disney World!” – quite literally, for four days and three nights. The Roble brothers, who were sponsored by Hoot’s Sport in Perham, Minn., qualified for the international event by winning the AYA Regional Championship in June.
Second place finishers, Brian and Brady Paul with adult angler Ross McVey, were guided by Lund Boats Pro Staff Blair Dingwall and weighed 42.58 pounds of walleye, won a guided fly-in fishing adventure trip for four at the Wilderness North Lodge in Canada. The Pauls, who were sponsored by Power Sports in Abrams, Wis., qualified for the event at the AYA Regional Championship in Green Bay in June.
Pardon the pun, but these kids are clearly “hooked”… and will continue keeping score in a competitive world.
2012 AYA Championship Results
‘Lund Legend’ Wins Another Walleye War
Takasaki and partner Koepp take prestigious South Dakota Governor’s Cup
New York Mills, Minn. (Aug. 1, 2012) - It’s perhaps the longest-running major walleye tournament held on one of the hottest fisheries in America. Who else, then, could have won the event but one of the nation’s most enduring and successful walleye stars.
Along with partner, Jammie Koepp, Lund Boats’ pro Ted Takasaki took top honors at the recent 38th Annual South Dakota Governor’s Cup walleye tournament. Weighing respectable six fish limits on both days of the event, held July 21 and 22 out of Spring Creek Resort near Pierre, Takasaki and Koepp weighed 12 fish for 29.38-pounds, edging the competition by a mere .78 pounds. Considering the challenging Lake Oahe venue and a field of 137 other talented teams, the victory was extra sweet for the dynamic walleye duo, who walked away with $21,400 cash and twin $3,000 rings.
Key to the win, said Takasaki, was the precision boat control afforded by his commanding tournament rig.
“My Lund 208 Pro V GL is incredibly responsive, and set up perfectly for trolling. Together with a 9.9 HP Mercury kicker, I used the bow trolling motor to control our speed and make slight adjustments along the critical 17-foot contour—any shallower and you hit trees; any deeper and you were out of the zone.” Takasaki also noted that speed was a critical component, and tried to stay between 1.8 and 2 mph.
“We trolled one-ounce white/chartreuse spinnerbaits over and through the trees in the Peoria Flats area,” Takasaki reported. “Leadcore line allowed us to dial in to the depth of the fish, which even in the trees, marked clearly on side imaging.”
“I absolutely love this boat,” Takasaki inserted. “It just has a ton of room in the back end. That was a key. We were able to stand right next to the gunnels, monitor our spread and always be in a comfortable position to immediately grab a rod or net a fish.”
For full tournament results, visit www.thefishingcrew.com or click here.
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LUND Takes 4 of Top 5
LUND Pros seize top three spots, and 4 out of the top 5 spots, at the AIM Bay Mills Casino Can Am Challenge
New York Mills, Minn. (June 5, 2012) - A gentlemanly wager in a boat might be paying for dinner or the first round of drinks, but at the AIM (Angler’s Insight Marketing) Bay Mills Casino Can Am Challenge, the stakes amongst these friendly foes was Vegas-like by comparison – $40,000 to the big winner, in fact.
The overlying story was having the premier walleye pros from Canada and the U.S. duke it out on the water. As it played out, Team USA won in a unanimous decision. LUND pros and Team USA members Scott Duncan, Marianne Huskey and Mark Brumbaugh occupied all three steps of the podium – first, second and third, respectively.
The underlying story, however, is that all three champions run the same brand – a LUND. Is it coincidence, perhaps? But when you look historically at how many crowns have been captured by LUND captains, happenstance goes out the window. And, when you realize that the most noted walleye experts, both past and present tournament legends, run a LUND – Gary Roach, Tony Roach, Al & James Lindner, Tom Neustrom, Ron Seelhoff, Mike Gofron, Scott & Marty Glorvigen – you know luck is a secondary factor to success.
At the AIM Bay Mills Casino Can Am Challenge, tournament champion Scott Duncan first put his paws on $40,000 cash. But before running to the bank, he was also entitled to a $6,000 kicker check, a contingency bonus offered exclusively by LUND to AIM competitors who fish from the best walleye boats on the planet.
Lund Pro Marianne Huskey’s second place finish was a historical marker, too. She becomes the highest placing female ever in professional walleye tournament fishing. Third position holder, Lund Pro Mark Brumbaugh, like many in the field – including Scott and Huskey – pulled crank baits atop the weeds to get whacked.
LUND is a proud sponsor of the AIM Pro Walleye Series, and doubly excited about their team’s performance.
Lund announces all new “Sport Utility Boat”
Multi-tasking 1875 Crossover XS hauls in fish, shreds wakes . . . and delights the family
New York Mills, Minn. (Jan. 16, 2012) - Friday finally arrives. Clock shows 4:30, but your brain sees “Fish:30.” Elvis, and your focus on work, have left the building. At home, blissfully loading the boat and truck, you hit a snag. Teenage son is set on wakeboarding; daughter demands solar rays. Wife craves a ‘cruise around the lake.’ Everyone wants a piece of what was supposed to be the family “fishing boat.” Oh, the horror.
Leave it to Lund—builders of the most solid and, comfortable boats on the water—to devise a solution that turns everyone’s frowns upside-down. No doubt, the new 1875 Crossover XS is a pure Lund fishing-machine through-and-through. But to appease the masses, it’s also a wakeboard, water-ski, and buzz-the-bay multitask rig that can cruise the lake in style. And when it’s finally, mercifully, time to cast or troll, this rig does it up right—with killer fishing features like spacious casting decks, an aerated livewell and bait tamer, bow 12/24-volt trolling motor plug, plus rod storage galore—even while the wakeboards and skis are stored separately, secure and snug from tip to tail.
But you’ve got to check out the sleek lines on this craft: a hot new cosmetics and sizzling graphics that even the trendiest teenagers can dig. This rugged sport utility boat maximizes your time on the water, offering dual massive in-floor storage lockers for wakeboards, skis, or fishing rods up to 8-feet long. Intuitive little design details are also signature to Lund, and the Crossover XS is replete with the goods: an integrated removable ski pylon pedestal and boarding ladder, and all new roomy bow and aft platforms. The craft’s even tricked out with a complete Clarion® AM/FM sound system that’s iPod/Sirius XM ready. Lots of extra seating, too, so family and friends can cruise in comfort. Padded Bow Back Rests up front act like sprawled out sun-loungers, while three Pro-Ride swivel seats and two extra aft jump seats offer ultra-relaxation with storage trays, cup holders, and underseat storage.
“The new 1875 Crossover XS is designed for those who need the fishability of a Lund while maximizing the recreational needs of the family,” says Lund Boats Product Manager Rory Wiebe. “Revolutionary from the ground up, including an interior layout that features a new center rod locker, and a ski and wakeboard storage locker, plus new paint lines and graphics. Crossover XS is designed to keep everyone happy and entertained.”
To accommodate the varying needs of the angler, plus the skier/boarder crew, the Crossover XS does sport not just a whole new look and feel, but an entirely re-engineered console. A driver’s seat slider, plus new deluxe tilt steering with a soft-grip wheel lets you carve wakes with precise response and comfort. Vast glove-box storage and additional spacious side storage allows room for all of your crew’s necessary gear. The exclusive Lund Sport Trak™ system provides handy accessory mounting platforms, while Pro-Trak™ remains the best boat cover system in the industry.
Built on the rock-solid foundation of Lund’s famed IPS Hull and powered by a standard 115 to 175 hp engine, the Lund Crossover eats waves and chews up spray. Capable of transporting up to eight enthusiastic passengers, the Crossover XS encourages the social side of water-sport. Matched with a ShoreLand’R Trailer, this athletic 18-foot, 10-inch model has carved out a category all of its own. Lund calls it the SUV of boats, or better yet, “Sport Utility Boat,” which is just a fancy way of saying that every boater on the lake will throttle down to scope out your new ride.
For more information on the 1875 Crossover XS features and options or to shop Lund’s full selection of fishing boats, visit lundboats.com. More family-friendly features. Lund quality and craftsmanship. More fish in the livewell. All for a lot less money than you’d expect. Lund boats, built by fisherman for fisherman…and their families too.
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The Tricked-Out Ice Shelter
Guide Tony Roach talks about his winter housing, organization and lighting solutions
Somewhere Along The Ice Belt, North America (10/25/11) - One of the sweetest things about my boat is what’s called “fishability.” My Lund is simply the most supremely comfortable and convenient craft from which I’ve ever battled a hawg walleye. Every last piece of my gear—rods, livebait, electronics, tackle, tools, even snacks and beverages—all reside within handy reach or at least direct line of sight. It’s like fishing from the big recliner in my living room, clicker and cold drink always at my fingertips. Organization is a huge deal anytime I’m on the water, even if that water happens to be of the hard, frozen variety.
For years, I’ve been waiting for someone to come along and engineer a truly fishable, functional “boat on ice.” I’m talking about an ingenious portable ice shelter that begets mobility and comfort; one that fishes, tows and functions as slick as it looks. Be nice too, if this new boat-on-ice offered an intelligently designed gear storage system. And of course, none of this matters unless the shelter keeps you warm, while also offering a layout that simply “feels right” when you’re seated and jigging.
I’m happy to tell you that Frabill got it right when they recently launched their revolutionary ‘Shuttle Program.’ Only these aren’t spaceships. Rather, they’re “iceships” truly worthy of the name.
The fundamental “bass boat / walleye boat” design is built upon a benchmark hull. So too is Frabill’s new hard top MAX series, which feature Shuttle bases. Just like your summer boat, the Shuttle base gives you an integrated rod locker that houses numbers of rod and reel combos. It has a center console that keeps essential gear, such as lures, clippers and bait ready for a quick grab. A bulk storage hatch provides fast access to my MarCum flasher and underwater camera. And a roomy base allows for even more bulk storage of large items, such as tackle bags.
It’s why my new shelters for winter guiding are the Frabill Trekker MAX and Commando MAX. For hot evening bites or night crappie runs, I’ve even tricked out my shelters by clipping on several of Frabill’s Super Bright Shelter Light and 4-way Light Bar. These things discharge a blazing volume of light on a mere few AA batteries. Plus, each light is fully directional, so I can focus right on my lure, while tying knots, another light stays pointed at my hole and one at my bait container.
My clients and I fish warm, comfortably and organized all winter—it’s a big reason why we’re always leaps ahead of the crowd. And if I do say so, we look rather sporty out there while whacking the fish.
Victory Sign for Lund’s New ‘Vs
Redesigned, re-tricked Pro-V 1875 and 1775 personify victory, value and vision
New York Mills, Minn. – “V”isionary • a person or entity of unusually keen ideas and insights; one who can envision the future. It is almost as if Noah Webster had a premonition about Lund Boats’ conception in 1948.
Back when visionary boat maker Lund engineered its first Pro-Vs, the idea for a true hardcore fishing boat scarcely existed. Models such as the classic and revolutionary Gary Roach Edition Pro-V immediately became the boat that fueled the dreams of competitive, ardent and casual anglers. Every in-the-know angler wanted one. And every other manufacturer endeavored to copy one. Decades and thousands of happy Pro-V owners later, the Pro-V’s aspiration status endures.
Now, answering overwhelming angler demand, Lund takes the covers off two prestigious new editions. The 1875 SE / IFS and 1775 SE / IFS are going to be one of the most sought after boats in Lund history. “Serious anglers will love everything these boats have to offer,” says Lund Design Engineer Rory Wiebe. “These are true fishing machines in smaller 17- and 18-foot packages. Big water to small lakes, these boats can handle it all.”
Adds Engineering Manager Paul Zarn, a Veteran, Visionary boat designer: “These new Pro-Vs are built using our time-tested ‘longitudinal stringer system’ for incredible strength and durability. When bolting these stringers to the transom, we control our running surface down to thousands of an inch. This, along with our IPS hull design, provides unparalleled on-the-water performance.”
Pro-V equals Value. So much boat for the money; so many fishable features—that’s what the new Pro-V 1875 SE / IFS and 1775 SE / IFS are all about. These walleye vessels offer fishing-friendly layouts, optional rear flip seat/casting platform, enormous storage, generous tackle and rod space and the newly designed driver and passenger consoles.
Pro-V equals Verve and Vigor. Thanks to swimming pool-sized livewells refreshed by the Max-Air system, as well as optional aerated baitwells, both your catch and your livebait retain maximum health and, yes, verve and vigor. Of course, the same could be said for the boats themselves. “Just like their bigger brothers,” says Wiebe, “the new Pro-Vs are built on heavy-duty, high performance IPS2 hulls. They power across the surface with minimal motor strain, providing a supremely smooth, dry ride.” While Lund’s ‘no-feedback’ cable steering feature assures effortless control. Both the ProLong livewell and IPS2 hull systems remain the envy of the marine industry.
Pro-V equals Victory. Since the very inception of walleye tournaments, Lund boats and the anglers who fish from them have dominated the competitive scene. Lund is one of the all-time, top money-winning boats in walleye tournament history.
“I still remember when my uncle first pulled into our driveway towing his namesake Pro-V,” says professional guide and lifelong “Lund Gun” Tony Roach. “It took all of about 2 seconds before I knew that this was the boat I wanted to own one day. The new 1875 and 1775 offer the best of all possible worlds—perfect for small and big waters, and for the everyday angler as well as the weekend tournament guy.”
Pro-V equals Versatility. Although Pro-V has forever dominated the walleye scene, the boats cater to any species you chase. From casting for bass and muskies to anchoring for crappies and trolling for trout and salmon, the new Pro-Vs provide the ultimate fishing experience. Lund’s SportTrak™ System allows for ultra-customization, securing rod holders, cup holders, electronics and other accessories without drilling holes in your boat. The patented ProTrak™ Boat Covering System features a custom cover and special adjustable snaps that provide the ultimate weather-tight fit. And with optional aft flip-up seating, you can even extend your rear casting deck by precious square feet.
“Lund Legend” Tom Neustrom summarizes the Pro-V advantage: “For as long as I can remember, Lund has been the brand trusted by the best anglers. And Pro-V is the elite of the elite. You pretty much either own one, or wish you did. Fishing from and running one of these boats is just an awesome experience.”
New tricked-out Lund Fury is 100% Lund, at one seriously sweet price
The new Lund Fury glides across the surface, providing a soft and dry ride, even when there’s a “walleye chop” to on the water.
New York Mills, Minn. – Even while other boat builders have opted for the bailing bucket, the true leaders continue to push the envelope in technology and performance, while offering indisputable value. It’s the hallmark of an authentic industry trendsetter—aggressively forging ahead while others bide their time.
Today’s boat buyer can easily spot the champion amidst the masses. They have learned to sleuth out the best bang-for-their-buck with the skill of Sherlock Holmes; which perfectly explains why a great majority of first-time boat buyers inevitably find themselves fishing from a new Lund.
A side-console lends the Lund Fury premium performance and the looks of fishing rigs well beyond its affordable price.
It seems unlikely that a boat maker today could conceivably add features and performance while simultaneously cutting prices. But that’s exactly what the legendary boat craftsmen at Lund have done. It’s the only way the 60-year-old-plus company knows how to do business. Utilizing elite technology, the finest engineering minds in the boat business have outdone themselves again. Meet the new ultra-fishable, amazingly affordable Lund Fury.
Never before—and we mean never—has a base-model fishing boat offered so many premium features. Fury is a seriously affordable ride, but you’d never know it from behind the wheel or at the tiller, let alone casting a jig and minnow from its spacious front deck. Just like Lund’s “hero” boats—the Pro-V, Tyee and Impact series—Fury is equipped with a high-tech IPS™ hull that bolsters fuel efficiency while providing a soft and dry ride.
When’s the last time you fished from a boat with an oversized aerated livewell, dual 7-foot rod boxes, cavernous storage compartments, pedestal seats, cup holders and built-in fuel and battery storage—all for well under $10,000? Don’t feel bad—neither has anyone else … until Lund recently unveiled the Fury.
Lund Legend Tom Neustrom earns his keep putting clients on fish daily, and has been doing so from a Lund boat for decades. He says this about the Lund Fury: “If I were just getting into fishing today, this is the only boat I’d even consider.”
“The new Fury really lives up to Lund’s motto,” says Hall of Fame angler and Lund Legend Tom Neustrom. “For an affordable rig, the Fury really does offer the ultimate fishing experience. If I were just getting into fishing today, this is the only boat I’d even consider. Used to be that all an entry level fishing boat offered were bench seats and a couple of oarlocks. Not with the Lund Fury. It has everything today’s angler wants—livewell, big league rod and tackle storage, plush carpet and vinyl interior, even Lund’s signature IPS hull.”
Available in 1400 (14 feet, 9 inches) and 1600 (16 feet, 2 inches) models, Fury comes bundled in a variety of economical packages. The 1400 Tiller features a 25 or 30hp outboard, while the 1600 series includes Tiller and Side Console (SS) models, each one feature-packed and rigged with Mercury outboard engines.
Undecided? Here are some more features: Lund quality and craftsmanship, better resale value, and a lifetime of memories waiting to happen. All for a lot less money than you’d expect. Shop Lund’s full fishing fleet, and immerse yourself in the Lund experience at lundboats.com.
Lund Boats Heralded for ‘Customer Satisfaction’
The National Marine Manufacturers Association bestows its CSI Award
New York Mills, Minn. – At the end of the day, it’s all about customer satisfaction. Without it, good luck making it in today’s competitive business climate. Customer satisfaction is both an art and a science. The artistry comes in the form of customer service, and that goes from the individual dealers all the way to the phone lines at the factory. The science part is about engineering quality boats for over 40 years that meet and exceed angler expectations.
In the marine industry, customer satisfaction is tracked by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). Recognition for excellence takes the form of a Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award, which Lund recently received. Specifically, the CSI Award, actually awards, were given in the ‘Aluminium Outboard Boats’ and ‘Fiberglass Outboard Boats’ categories.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the NMMA for customer satisfaction,” said Lund’s Director of Marketing Jason Oakes. “But two categories? That really showcases our efforts in both aluminium and fiberglass boat building. I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of this team...”
Terry Leitz, NMMA’s director of CSI programs says this about Lund and award recipients in other categories. “As the industry has reacted to recent market realities these manufacturers have kept a keen eye on consumer satisfaction and quality. This focus will provide great dividends as value conscious consumers consider all aspects of ownership in their purchase process.”
Award recipients will be acknowledged during the annual Industry Breakfast at the 2011 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) in Louisville, Kentucky. The Marine Industry CSI Awards program honors participating manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve the customer. Award recipients achieved and maintained an independently-measured standard of excellence of 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction over the past year, based on information provided by customers purchasing a new boat or engine during the period between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011. The program surveyed more than 30,000 customers.
About NMMA: National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit http://www.nmma.org.
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A Tournament Winning Combination
Lund Boats extends their legacy of supporting competitive fishing events with special bonuses
New York Mills, Minn. (April 25, 2011) – When significant, organized competitive fishing events launched three decades ago, Mr. Walleye, Gary Roach, and other soon-to-be heroes instantly began dominating the game in Lund Boats. Recognizing the value of the feedback and intel from hard-fishing tournament competitors, Lund factory personnel were on the scene, too, gathering the data. Lund Legends such as Gary Roach, Al Lindner and Bob Propst Sr. offered keen ideas and design enhancements during said tournaments that have since spelled millions of walleyes for thousands of happy Lund owners.
Even in those early barnstorming years, it quickly became evident that the top anglers in the game were running Lund Boats. That hasn’t changed. Nor has Lund’s commitment to supporting topflight tourney circuits such as the AIM Pro Walleye trail. Demonstrating further foresight, Lund has also long been associated with elite regional circuits and events, such as the Kenora Bass International, Nipawin Vanity Cup and Michigan Walleye Tour and Illinois Walleye Trails.
Recently, Lund announced that in addition to their healthy contingency rewards on the AIM Circuit, they will also put up bonuses for select circuits across North America. At each event or circuit, Lund has infused the pot with $2,500 contingency awards. Simply fish the entire event or circuit in a Lund Boat—a reward in itself—and win the event or the circuit’s “Angler of the Year” title and you cash another check. Each win rings up an additional $2,500 payday. Lund supported events for 2011 include:
“We’ve long been dedicated to supporting not only our network of local Lund dealers, but also top local grassroots fishing events,” says Ryan Sproule, Lund Special Events and Pro-Staff Coordinator. “These key tournaments are really representative of Lund’s appreciation for local and regional competitions, as well as the local dealers who also do a lot of the one-on-one education about the authentic advantages of running a Lund.”
Sproule reaffirms Lund’s commitment to building genuine fishing boats, rather than boats with a generic “fishing” label: “We work closely with tournament directors and competitive anglers to make sure we’re absorbing every piece of their valuable feedback. It’s the only way we know how to build fishing boats; in a sense, we’re giving these professional anglers the opportunity to build their own ideal Lund Boat. And we’re proud, as well as grateful, for these longstanding relationships. It’s why we’re happy to offer continued tournament support via sponsorships and bonuses.
“In the end, the real winners are the weekend anglers and families who purchase a new Lund.”
To view full list of Lund sponsored fishing events, download 2011-Lund-Tournaments.pdf.
Increase the Fiber in Your Fishing Diet
Lund Fiberglass Series proves to be the driest, most stable, and fisherman-focused boats built
New York Mills, Minn. - The initial reaction of that lucky angler who first stepped foot in a Lund boat back in 1948 was “finally, a boat built for me, a red-blooded fisherman.” Over 60 years later, every angler who captains a Lund quickly comes to realize these legendary watercrafts are still engineered to run like stallions and fish like grizzlies.
So when the trusted boat manufacturer launched high-performance fiberglass models, the first mandate was that all of Lund’s signature fishability-features form the baseline of design. Once Lund’s promise to provide the ‘ultimate fishing experience’ was achieved, the master craftsman cross-pollinated with fiberglass DNA, subsequently acquiring the traits that make fiberglass boats preferred by select anglers.
The full armada of Lund fiberglass boats has been heralded by some of the biggest names in professional tournament fishing, too. Why? Because the Lund Fiberglass Series is masterminded to truly tender those traits: bone-dry and comfortable ride, unsurpassed stability on the fish and on the fly, and all while boasting the most angler-ergonomic interior of any fiberglass boat on the market – Lund’s solutions for saving space and their intelligent design blueprints are unrivaled in aluminum and fiberglass.
“I’ve fished in steep waves on Lake Erie, the ominous seas of Lake Oahe, and all waters in-between from most brands and designs of fiberglass boats. None compare to my Lund,” says 21-year tournament veteran Captain Mark Brumbaugh. “So dry, so smooth running, and I can honestly say the interiors of all Lund fiberglass boats are engineered with the angler in mind, in every aspect, from the stableness of the bow casting platform, spacious stern and rear decks you won’t smack your shins on, to cavernous cargo space to get my gear out from underfoot.”
The 20-foot 8-inch 208 Pro-V GL, 19-foot 7-inch 197 Pro-V GL, 18-foot 6-inch 186 Tyee GL, and 18-foot 6-inch 186 Fisherman GL all sport the unmistakably smooth ride of Lund’s famous IPS (Integrated Power Strake) 2 hull design to bolster maneuverability and performance at high speeds, while brandishing the slicing skills to part rough water like a Ginsu® knife through a ripe tomato. And the 96-inch beam on the fiberglass Pro-Vs and aircraft carrier-like 98-inch beam on the Tyee mean you’ll be fishing from a stable platform, concentrating on the bite, not balance.
Both fiberglass Pro-V models come equipped with a 60-gallon gas ‘reservoir’ to power up to a 300-hp outboard motor on the 208 and 225-hp on the 197, so you can fish all day without as much as a worry about stopping for a fill – the fiberglass Tyee has a 40-gallon tank to fuel up to a 175-hp outboard for all-day fun on the water. All four models come standard with rod storage for 11 combos, and so much dry storage space you could virtually open a sporting goods store.
What’s this all mean to the ardent angler? No matter which model in the Lund Fiberglass Series you’re casting from, you’ll be fishing from the driest, most stable and angler-friendly vessel on the water.
Contact your nearest Lund Dealer for details.
A Fishing Boat with Legendary Provenance
Lund hints at new generation Pro-Vs, satisfying chant of "We want more!"
New York Mills, Minn. – Gary Roach remembers his first Lund fondly. “I’ve still got that old original Lund 315 from over 40 years ago. At the time, it was the strangest looking boat you’d ever seen. But it was the first real fishing boat. It’s why I’ve remained a Lund guy for all these years—these boats are built tough, smooth-running and incredibly fishable. And they’re made by fishing people. Heck, even their engineers fish—geniuses like Paul Zarn, who’ is one heck of talented designer.”
Roach discusses the evolution from his first Lund to his current favorite—the Pro-V 2075, which is itself a legend. “We decked out that old 315 with all sorts of customized contraptions. Built the first splash guards using the mud-flaps off a pickup truck. Had it rigged out with one of the first Lowrance ‘Red Boxes’ – the Red Box actually came before the famed old Green Box. This boat also had one of the first livewells—maybe the first ever built into a boat.”
During the convening years, Roach, along with pioneers Al and Ron Lindner, traced out the design for what eventually became “Prolong Plus Livewells”—a fish and livebait care system that has been the envy of the industry for decades.
“In tournaments, anglers running other boats could never figure out how Lund owners were able to always weigh these super healthy, feisty fish,” Mr. Walleye recalls. “These fish were our livelihood. We worked hard to design a system capable of adding fresh water all the time, even while making long runs across the lake. The other boat brands could never do this.”
The secret, Roach says, lies in a specially-built water intake on the bottom of the hull. Even when a Pro-V flies across the surface, a steady flow is forced into the intake, constantly refreshing livewell water. Meanwhile, the Max-Air system infuses well water with fresh air for maximum oxygenation. The system even incorporates a livewell monitoring system for checking water temperature and water level.
Of course, the legend and provenance of Pro V runs much deeper than a limit in the ‘well. “The Lund Difference,” says Al Lindner, “lies in the fact that the company has always listened and responded to our needs. No other boat company can boast a 40-year history of merging hardcore fishing with gifted boat design.”
The difference in Lund’s “hero” Pro-V is dramatic. From comfortable, super-fun
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