Sad Day: Evinrude is Gone

Full Disclosure: My family was an Evinrude dealer for years. Although my allegiance has switched to Yamaha, I had many great days on the water powered by Evinrude and hate to see this latest development. Evinrude experienced bankruptcy with OMC only to rise from the ashes. Hopefully, they will return.

Evinrude built the world’s first outboard motor.

VALCOURT, Quebec, May 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BRP (TSX: DOO; NASDAQ: DOOO) announced today it has re-oriented its marine business by focusing on the growth of its boat brands with new technology and innovative marine products. We will discontinue production of Evinrude E-TEC and E-TEC G2 outboard engines. Our Sturtevant, WI, facility, will be repurposed for new projects to pursue our plan to provide consumers with an unparalleled experience on the water.

We remain committed to our Buy, Build, Transform Marine strategy which has been underway since 2018 with the acquisition of Alumacraft and Manitou boat companies in the U.S., followed by the acquisition of Australian boat manufacturer Telwater in 2019.

“Our outboard engines business has been greatly impacted by COVID-19, obliging us to discontinue production of our outboard motors immediately. This business segment had already been facing some challenges and the impact from the current context has forced our hand,” said José Boisjoli, President and CEO of BRP. “We will concentrate our efforts on new and innovative technologies and on the development of our boat companies, where we continue to see a lot of potential to transform the on-water experience for consumers,” he added.

Discontinuing outboard engine business and signing an agreement with Mercury Marine
Following our decision to discontinue E-TEC and E-TEC G2 outboard engines, we have signed an agreement with market leader Mercury Marine to support boat packages and continue to supply outboard engines to our boat brands.

We will continue to supply customers and our dealer network service parts and will honour our manufacturer limited warranties, plus offer select programs to manage inventory. These decisions will impact 650 employees globally.

Pursuing new opportunities within Build and Transform phases of strategy
With this announcement, BRP will be positioned to expand its presence in the pontoon and aluminum fishing markets through technologically advanced solutions. We will leverage our track record of ingenuity through our R&D resources to enhance the boating experience with unique new marine products, such as the next generation of engine technology with Project Ghost and the next generation of pontoons with Project M, code names for new products we expect to transform the industry.

Maximizing operational and functional efficiencies
Lastly, we will consolidate Alumacraft operations from two sites to one. All Alumacraft operations will be transferred to St Peter, MN and our site in Arkadelphia, AR will be permanently closed. In addition, we want to upgrade the boat production facilities to reorganize manufacturing sites and apply the modularity model used elsewhere. This move is designed to enhance productivity and efficiency and to allow us to respond with even more agility to demand.

DSL did it again

The last couple of days have started off strong with good bites from 6-9:30am. Then after that it fizzles to a one per wade kind of day.

The moon showed good feeds early then again late afternoon, just hard to believe it falls off that hard mid day. But, we’ll take what we can get and enjoy the rest.

Our best bites have come on DSL’s candy apple, watermelon, and natural. Did manage to catch one good trout on a plum nasty Double D that slipped out of my hands as I was trying to snap a pic.

Like the bait, fish have been holding up in knee to thigh deep water over shell, and also sand/grass.

Give us a shout for availability in June-August. Whether it’s wading or sight casting, we got you fishing adventure covered!

Capt. Nathan Beabout
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Fishing in Seadrift, Texas

We had to call an audible today with the lack of sun. We are tolling the marsh with black spoons. Being blessed with 3-4 schools of redfish that just keep coming back around!

The POC custom spinning rods, and Fins 20# windtamer braid are getting their work out.

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Big Spring Trout in Seadrift

Blessed to have customers that can still come down. These boys had a ball today catching solid trout and talking trash.

Our two go to baits today where DSL’s chicken of the c, kickin’ chicken, and bone/silver one knocker topwaters. The bite did tapper off once the wind started cranking.

I was fortunate enough to end the day releasing 5 trout from 4-6#. My POC custom rod, and 40# FINS windtamer braid got a work out. It never grts old, just wished one of my guys could have been the lucky one!

Give us a shout for May/June availability.

Capt. Nsthan Beabout

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Capt. Nathan Beabout Seadrift Fishing Report

Good day on the water with great repeat customers in Seadrift, TX.

We found a solid trout bite over knee to thigh deep oyster shell. Throwing a variety of baits from DSL’s plum/chart, chicken of the c, as well as Softdine XL’s black/green and chartreuse/silver.

All our trout 21” and better were released to fight another day.

Capt. Nathan Beabout

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Seadrift sight casting report

Sunny skies with a 10-15mph east wind put us trolling in small protected marsh ponds adjacent to deep guts.

The DSL natural burner shad on a POC custom rod tied to 20# Fins windtamer braid on a 1/4oz. jig head was the meal ticket!

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Seadrift Report 4/7-4/8/20

It’s always a fun two day with this group. We caught some solid trout and even managed to let a few get away from us, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

Wading knee to waist deep shell/mud was the ticket to finding our fish. Three baits have been producing consistently for us. They are the Softdine XL opening night and Down South Lures chicken of the c and blue moon. We are rigging these baits with 1/8oz jig heads. Throwing the Softdine when fish are up shallow on the reefs, and the DSL’s when we find them near the drops.

Unfortunately day two was cut short after a couple wades due to motor trouble. I’d like to thank Cooper Hartmann for taking time out of his day to lend a hand.

Folks, fishing remains to be good with solid fish being caught. If y’all wanna go, give us a call. A lot of our groups are simply driving in the morning of.

And yes, Down South Lures catches them all! Lol

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Seadrift Trout and Redfish Report

Kicking off trips back in the home waters of Seadrift, TX. today. Had a good trout bite going early with the major feed, of trout 16-18”. Even hooked into a couple reds tight to the bank. With the ENE winds bait was pushed tight to the bank.

Walking knee to thigh deep we caught fish on a variety of lures. Dark topwaters, toxic tide Double D, DSL’s chicken of the c, and clients were throwing some of the chicken boy lures.

All our fish were released to fight another day!

Give us a call or shoot us a text to get in on the action before it gets hot. April and May dates available.

Capt. Nathan Beabout
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Can you hunt big pigs with a 45?

I have seen this come up often on forums and had people ask me.. well, let me tell you that with good shot placement and a good bullet it works VERY well. I have shot numerous pigs and deer within what I would call “bow range” of 30 yards.. All went down fast and hard. My pistol is a Dan Wesson Valor shooting primarily Hornady Crticial Duty 220g +P. I had it fitted with a threaded factory barrel by my friends over at STI Guns in Georgetown. I installed a set of aftermarket suppressor sights from Novak. I run a Rugged Obsidian can.