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  • #21
    Ninth annual IGFA Offshore World Championship attracts

    For Immediate Release:

    Ninth annual IGFA Offshore World Championship attracts 63 teams
    27 countries from six continents in Cabo for prestigious catch-and-release tournament

    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico --- Sixty-three boats with teams of anglers are set to blast away from the mouth of the Cabo San Lucas harbor early Monday morning signifying the start of the four-day IGFA Offshore World Championship, throughout the week of May 11 – 16.
    “We have representation of teams from 27 countries on six continents,” said tournament director Mike Myatt as he and Alberto Trevino the Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur, welcomed the international anglers to the premier fishing location. Considered the most prestigious catch-and-release billfishing tournament in the world, the event also draws the single largest contingent of international teams ever to compete in a fishing competition.
    Countries and territories represented include teams from Angola, Australia, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Grenada, Guatemala, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Spain, Sultanate of Oman, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, the United States, Vanuatu and Venezuela. Many of the teams in the ninth annual tournament will be represented by anglers from a number of additional countries.
    The U.S. has 14 teams signed on. Both Mexico and Brazil are represented by five teams each; Italy and Angola each have four.
    The teams previously qualified by winning one of 130 IGFA sanctioned tournaments held in 38 countries worldwide during 2007. It’s the seventh straight year Cabo San Lucas has been chosen as the championship location.
    They’ll fish for marlin, sailfish and other billfish species with the top team winning engraved watches along with trophies and merchandise. Awards are presented through to the third place finishing team. The final results will be made on Friday at noon PDT.
    At the IGFA OWC last year, a team representing its win in Spain’s Marina Rubicon Marlin Cup 2006 tournament leaped from the middle of the 62 boat field to a dramatic win by one release fish over a team from Cabo San Lucas. It was the second straight year that a team, on the final day of the four day competition, had an amazing 10 releases of striped marlin to win the championship. Using circle hooks, a total of 335 marlin were caught and safely released alongside the teams’ boats.
    At a kickoff party Sunday at the Hotel Finisterra, each team participated in a drawing for their four different boats --- ones they hope will guide them daily to multiple bill fish releases. All of the boats are captained by local Cabo guides.
    Partners and sponsors for the IGFA Offshore World Championship are Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur, Costa Del Mar, Hotel Finisterra, Guy Harvey Inc., Shimano, Picante Sport Fishing and Yacht Sales, Cabo Yachts, K D & G Sea Life Masterpieces, Hook & Tackle, Momoi Hi-Catch, Murray Products, AFTCO BlueWater, Bodo Muche, Minerva’s Baja Tackle, Señor Greenberg’s, IWS Scales, King Sailfish Mounts, Pompanette, Pisces Sportfishing, Corona and Modelo S.A DE C.V. Mexico, Don Tyson, Trans Cabo, Eagle Claw, MoldCraft Products, Inc. and API Dock.
    Each morning the daily results along with photos of the previous day’s round will be posted on the IGFA’s home page at www.igfa.org . A list of registered teams can also be found on the web site under the fishing tab on the home page by clicking “tournaments.”
    Next year, to begin the event’s 10th anniversary, the tournament welcomes the Bonnier Marine Group which will join the IGFA to manage the world championship which began in 2000.
    Founded in 1939 the IGFA is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. IGFA members are located in over 125 countries and territories. The IGFA welcomes visitors to its 60,000-square-foot interactive Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida.
    ###

    Advance sent May 10, 2008
    Contact: Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications, Inc.
    Scottsdale, Ariz. 85267
    480-951-3654 (ph) 480-951-0040 (fax)
    JohnsonCom@aol.com (e-mail)
    Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella
    http://www.jerrylabella.com/forums
    http://jerrylabella.com

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    • #22
      DAY 1 – IGFA OWC ---
      For Immediate Release; high res photos may be available on request

      Fishing action proves hot for Italians in Day One of
      ninth annual IGFA Offshore World Championship
      Six continents represented by 27 teams in prestigious all release billfishing tournament

      By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications, IGFA-PR counsel

      CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico --- The bite was hot for two teams from Italy as was the weather for all 63 teams on Day One of the four-day IGFA Offshore World Championship, a prestigious billfishing tournament sponsored in part by the Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur.
      Leading the field and going seven for seven in attempts to catches was an Italian team from San Benedetto del Tronto. Team members include Sergio de Tommasis, Fabio Gieri, Daniele Tarroni and Carlo Pezzini representing their win in the La Sfida TroFeo M. De Nardis and are one of the four teams from Italy. They have 2100 points.
      Each catch-and-release of a marlin (blue, black and striped) or a swordfish equals 300 points. The catches, all caught on circle hooks, are scored and released alive at the boat in accordance with IGFA tournament rules.
      With 1800 points in second place catching and releasing six marlin was the Sultanate of Oman in Muscat, a team representing its win at the Sinbad Classic. Team spokesman Mohammed Al Jahwari said, “We've fished Cabo many times and this was the best day ever. We caught our last fish in the last twenty minutes.” His teammates include Pascal Richard, Kamal Al Busaidi, Saeed Al Hajri and Faisal Riyami.
      At 1200 points in third place on four releases was another Italian team from Castel Volturno representing their win in the Trofeo Drifting Castel Volturno. Team members are Antonio Russomando, Giuseppe Gravante, Giuseppe Damiano, Maurizio Primavera and Mario Cosentino.
      The teams, many of them fishing the Sea of Cortez faced 96 degree temps, light winds and calm seas. A total of 64 marlin and one sailfish were caught and released.
      Four teams were tied at 900 points on three marlin releases each and 10 more with two marlin releases.
      Making up the rest of the Top 17 among the 63 teams in the Day 1 standings are:
      • #4 – Los Suenos Signature Billfish Series II, Playa Herradura, Costa Rica; 900 points
      • #5-- Miami Swordfish Tournament, Miami, Fla., USA, 900 points
      • #6-- Outdoor Channel Offshore Classic, Islamorada, Fla., USA, 900 points
      • #7-- Stu Apte Fly Fishing for Sailfish Tournament, Golfito, Costa Rica, 900 points
      • #8-- 9th Int'l Big-Game Sportfishing Tournament, Jezera, Croatia, 600 points
      • #9-- 28th Annual Bluewater Classic, Venice, La., USA, 600 points
      • #10-- Desafio Mediterranea Faeton, Spain, 600 points
      • #11-- GFA of PNG National Game Fishing, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 600 points
      • #12-- IWFA Annual Billfish Tournament, Isla Mujeres, Mexico, 600 points
      • #13-- IX Trofeu de Big Game Fishing Clube Nautico de Tavira, Algarve, Portugal, 600 points
      • #14-- Jeff Alexander Memorial, Biloxi, Miss., USA,600 points,
      • #15-- Presidential Caribbean Cup, La Guaira, Venezuela, 600 points
      • #16 -- XI Torneio de Marlim Azul de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 600 points
      • #17 -- YCSS-IMD Fishing Tournament, Porto Santo, Italy, 600 points
      The final results of the four-day event will be made on Friday at noon PDT.
      The tournament is considered the most prestigious catch-and-release billfishing tournament in the world, drawing the single largest contingent of international teams ever to compete in a fishing competition. A total of 27 countries on six continents are competing.
      Countries and territories represented include teams from Angola, Australia, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Grenada, Guatemala, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Spain, Sultanate of Oman, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, the United States, Vanuatu and Venezuela. Many of the teams in the ninth annual tournament will be represented by anglers from a number of additional countries.
      The U.S. has 14 teams competing. Mexico and Brazil are represented by five teams each and Italy and Angola each have four.
      The teams previously qualified by winning one of 130 IGFA sanctioned tournaments held in 38 countries worldwide during 2007. It’s the seventh straight year Cabo San Lucas has been chosen as the championship location. Each team fishes from four different boats captained by local Cabo guides. The teams also receive “weight” points (per pound) over 25 lbs. for tuna, wahoo and dorado. Local charities receive the donations of all fish weighed at the Cabo docks.
      The top team wins engraved watches along with trophies and merchandise. Awards are presented through to the third place finishing team.
      Partners and sponsors for the IGFA Offshore World Championship are Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur, Costa Del Mar, Hotel Finisterra, Guy Harvey Inc., Shimano, Picante Sport Fishing and Yacht Sales, Cabo Yachts, K D & G Sea Life Masterpieces, Hook & Tackle, Momoi Hi-Catch, Murray Products, AFTCO BlueWater, Bodo Muche, Minerva’s Baja Tackle, Señor Greenberg’s, IWS Scales, King Sailfish Mounts, Pompanette, Pisces Sportfishing, Corona and Modelo S.A DE C.V. Mexico, Don Tyson, Trans Cabo, Eagle Claw, MoldCraft Products, Inc. and API Dock.
      Each morning the daily results along with photos of the previous day’s round will be posted on the IGFA’s home page at www.igfa.org . A list of registered teams can also be found on the web site under the fishing tab on the home page by clicking “tournaments.”
      Founded in 1939 the IGFA is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. IGFA members are located in over 125 countries and territories. The IGFA welcomes visitors to its 60,000-square-foot interactive Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida.
      ###

      Day 1 results sent May 12, 2008
      Contact: Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications, Inc.
      Scottsdale, Ariz. 85267
      480-951-3654 (ph) 480-951-0040 (fax)
      JohnsonCom@aol.com (e-mail


      IGFA Offshore World Championship 2008 -- Teams



      Rolex/IGFA Championship 2003
      USA Buddy Sowers
      John Domanic
      Danny Fox
      Bobby Rego


      2007 Bluewater Billfish Tournament
      USA, MA, Hyannis Joseph Norberg
      Ted Norberg
      Chris Brunner
      Chris Bullock
      Pete Marney


      5th Annual Salmon Masters Tournament
      CANADA, British Columbia Aaron Anderson
      Jade Stevenson
      Dean Nielsen
      Rudy Nielsen


      9th Int'l Big-Game Sportfishing Competition - Croatia
      CROATIA, Jezera Dario Marijan
      Davor Pliso
      Jakov Begovic
      Vinko Radetic


      12th Annual Tobago Game
      Fishing Tournament
      WEST INDIES, Tobago Christian Owens
      Nils Naper



      13th Annual Top Gun Marlin & Tuna Shootout
      USA, MA, Oak Bluffs Bill Manthorne
      David Keith
      Jim Vaughn
      A. William Manthorne
      Joseph O'Brien



      28th Annual Bluewater Classic

      USA, LA, Venice Richard Creed Jr.
      Richard Creed III
      Jeremy Powers
      Michael Reitz


      28th FSI Blue Marlin Classic
      WESTERN AUSTRALIA, Fremantle Brian Arnett
      Philip Volich
      Colin Parks
      Chris Norman


      35th Annual Bluewater Tournament
      USA, FL, St. Augustine Tim Martin
      Adrian Heilman
      Corey Maire
      Ryan Scott


      38th Annual Spice Island Billfish Tournament
      WEST INDIES, Grenada Alan Fitzwilliam
      Richard De Verteuil
      Steven Valdez
      Mark Gransaull


      51st Torneo de Pesca Interclub del Caribe
      PUERTO RICO, San Juan Victor Braegger
      Isaias Mora
      Jose Guzman


      Angolan Billfish Tournament
      ANGOLA, Lobito Joao Ribeiro
      Jorge Barros
      Carlos Louro
      Rui Carlos Cruz


      Bahamas Rotary Tuna Classic
      BAHAMAS, Nassau Jeff Waugh
      Scott Kelly
      Candy Kelly
      Colin Calender


      Banana Bay Marina Invitational
      COSTA RICA, Golfito Paul Snow
      Pepe Filippone
      Colin Bailey
      Mike Benedum


      Bayleys Gamefish Tournament
      NEW ZEALAND, Russell Bay of Islands Neil Plummer
      Steve Wright
      Bill Lemon
      Murray Norton


      Bermuda Anglers Club Int'l Light Tackle Tournament
      BERMUDA Francis Patterson
      Peter Mitchell
      David Skinner


      Billfish Challenge
      ANGOLA, Luanda Jose Saraiva
      Iolanda de Sousa
      Marco Queiroz
      Julio Magalhaes


      Blake Bunk Memorial
      USA, TX, South Padre Island Brett Tice
      Austin Connell
      Wolfgang Hellnick
      Chip Waggner


      Brits vs. Yanks Shark Tournament
      USA, NY, Montauk Mike O'Reilly
      David Philipp
      Eric O'Reilly
      Jeff Koppelman


      Cabo Frio Marlin Invitational 2007
      BRAZIL, Cabo Frio Paulo Ferreira
      Fernando Pedrosa
      Ricardo Pedrosa
      Felipe Almeida


      Caicos Classic Release Tournament
      TURKS AND CAICOS Eric Soderholm
      Nelson Fonseca
      Frank Mallorca
      Michael Walsh


      Cantina Cup Int'l Gamefish Tournament
      MEXICO, San Carlos Matt Blair
      Brandon Blair
      Matt Wallace
      Ramon Cervantes


      Costa Rica Classic Billfish Tournament
      COSTA RICA, Playa Herradura Jeff Roberts
      Rob Marchetti
      Michael Rempe
      Mike Sinclair



      Desafio Mediterranea Faeton

      SPAIN Juan Andres Amer
      Biel Pons-Estel
      Jose Juan Amengual
      Antonio Femenias



      Falmouth Offshore Grand Prix
      USA, MA, Falmouth Carl Cavossa Jr.
      John Walker
      George Driscoll
      Kevin Glynn
      Steven Gaziano


      GFA of PNG Nationals
      PAPUA NEW GUINEA, Port Moresby Maui Alaluku
      Robert O'Dea
      Oliver Bluett
      Paul Bluett


      II Torneio de Peixes de Bico "Circle Hook and Release"

      BRAZIL, Rio de Janeiro Mauro Ortiz Lima
      Luiz Americo Costa
      Rodrigo Ramos
      Elton Vasconcelos


      IWFA Annual Billfish Tournament
      MEXICO, Isla Mujeres Cindy Mitchell
      Joan Vandergriff
      Fran McKelvey
      Lorraine Francis


      IX Trofeu de Big Game Fishing Clube Nautico de Tavira
      PORTUGAL, Algarve Artur Venancio
      Manuel Rodrigues
      Luis Bento
      Skander Memmi


      Jeff Alexander Memorial
      USA, MS, Biloxi David Fayard
      Kim Fulton
      Randy Kirkpatrick
      Dennis D'Aquin
      Bobby Bates


      La Sfida Trofeo M. De Nardis
      ITALY, San Benedetto del Tronto Sergio de Tommasis
      Fabio Gieri
      Daniele Tarroni
      Carlo Pezzini


      Los Cabos Billfish Tournament
      MEXICO, Los Cabos Bill Campbell
      Julia Campbell
      Bill Martini
      John Truschke
      Dan Jacobs


      Los Suenos Signature Billfish Series II
      COSTA RICA, Playa Herradura John Chandler
      Marvin Jiminez
      Juan Carlos


      Luanda Sailfish Classic
      ANGOLA, Luanda Jose Da Silva Couto
      Marco Da Silva Couto
      Rafael Brigham
      Claudio Alves


      Marina Rubicon Marlin Cup 2007
      SPAIN, Lanzarote Miguel Suarez
      Miguel Perez
      Antonio Morales
      Juan Perdomo
      Juan Mateo


      Miami Swordfish Tournament
      USA, FL, Miami Randy Towe
      Stephen Orton
      Garry Newgent
      Ken Stevens


      Mid-Atlantic $500,000
      USA, NJ, Cape May Tim Hake
      John Green
      Bob Brimmer
      Steve Dougherty
      Tony Cherot


      Montego Bay Yacht Club
      Annual Fishing Tournament
      JAMAICA, Montego Bay Ron DuQuesnay
      David Muschett
      Peter Cowan
      Andrea Cowan


      Nantucket Anglers Club 39th Annual Billfish Tournament
      USA, MA, Nantucket Denis A. Rondeau
      Chris Rondeau
      Doug Letendre
      Chris Webber
      Rob Kaeneman


      Nova Scotia Int'l Tuna Tournament
      CANADA, Nova Scotia, Halifax Kurt Jacobs
      Paul Barkhouse
      David Ernst
      James Smith
      Ross Jacobs
      Brian Dubblestyne

      Ocean City Light Tackle Club 60th Annual Light Tackle Derby
      GUATEMALA, Puerto de San Jose Matthew Barrazotto
      John Carbone
      Walt Hurley



      Outdoor Channel Offshore Classic

      USA, FL, Islamorada Taylor Walsh
      Robert Collins
      John Timura
      Scott Salley
      Ken Longaker


      Perth Game Fishing Club
      Vodafone WA Open
      WESTERN AUSTRALIA, Rottnest Grant Mills
      Basil Downs
      Damien Wham



      Presidential Caribbean Cup
      VENEZUELA, La Guaira Mike Viveiros
      Gary Tarpley
      Craig Johnson
      Craig Sudbrink



      Presidential Challenge - Costa Rica
      COSTA RICA, Carillo Henry Riggs-Miller
      Joan Vernon
      Jimmy Taylor
      Charles Myers
      Lynda Wilson



      Sinbad Classic
      SULTANATE OF OMAN, Muscat Pascal Richard
      Kamal Al Busaidi
      Saeed Al Hajri
      Mohammed Jahwari
      Faisal Riyami



      Sonny Johnson Memorial
      USA, MS, Biloxi Doug Newman
      Ronnie Williams
      Carl LaRosa
      Chris Crighton
      Richard Harris



      Springwood Marine Sailfish Shootout
      AUSTRALIA, Mooloolaba Scott MacDonald
      Darren Malaquin
      Darren Spackman
      Paul Leaman



      St. Lucia 17th Int'l Billfish Tournament
      WEST INDIES, St. Lucia Franck Chevrier
      Bernard Johnson
      Stephen Rolland
      Daniel Chevrier



      Stu Apte Fly Fishing for Sailfish Tournament
      COSTA RICA, Golfito Abraham Concepcion
      Betsy Bullard
      Mark Boname
      Ronny Blanco
      Geovanny Blanco



      Sunset Billfish Classic
      KENYA, Watamu Bay Talbot Brogden
      Charlie Brogden
      Peter Petzer
      David Campbell



      TAA Eastcape Billfish Tournament
      MEXICO, Los Barilles Richard Schwager
      Dale Miles
      Neal McNamara
      Chris Molle



      TAA Ixtapa Sailfish Tournament
      MEXICO, Ixtapa Alan Molle
      Smokey Molle
      Fred Schulzke
      Kelly Schulzke



      Torneo Tropic Star 2007
      PANAMA, Pinas Bay John Chisholm
      Patrick Sheridan
      Donny McKinnon
      Brian Lines



      Trofeo C.N. Sambenedettese
      ITALY, San Benedetto del Tronto Vittorio Catenacci
      Claudio Catenacci
      Luigi Valiante
      Franco Acciarri
      Giuseppe Romano



      Trofeo Drifting Castel Volturno
      ITALY, Castel Volturno Antonio Russomando
      Giuseppe Gravante
      Giuseppe Damiano
      Maurizio Primavera
      Mario Cosentino



      TTGFA Tobago Int'l Game Fish Tournament
      WEST INDIES, Tobago Charissa Fuller
      Sheldon Wong Chong
      Stuart Hutton
      Roger Aleong



      Unitel Grand Slam
      ANGOLA, Luanda Iain Nicolson
      Cam Nicolson
      Bret Tarpley
      Steve Halford



      Vanuatu Marlin Classic
      VANUATU, Port Vila Michelle Temminck
      Fred Temminck
      Grant Hall
      Chris Lyons
      John Warmington



      XI Torneio de Marlim Azul do Rio de Janeiro
      BRAZIL, Rio de Janeiro Luciano Carvalho
      Marcelo de Agostini
      Rodrigo Duarte
      Rodrigo Balbi



      XIV Campeonato Aberto de Pesca Open 25
      BRAZIL, Rio de Janeiro Fernando Garcia
      Enzo di Gennaro
      Dioclecio Araiyo
      Jayme Garcia



      XL Campeonato de Pesca Costeira
      BRAZIL, Rio de Janeiro Flavio Reis
      Luiz Ortigoza
      Evandro Soares
      Paulo Piccoreli



      YCSS-IMD Fishing Tournament
      ITALY, Porto Santo Stefano Stefano Desideri
      Paolo Viscogliosi
      Domenico Scopelliti
      Sandro Onofaro
      Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella
      http://www.jerrylabella.com/forums
      http://jerrylabella.com

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      • #23
        Day 2 – Igfa Owc ---

        DAY 2 – IGFA OWC ---
        For Immediate Release

        Italy and Oman teams tied for lead after Day Two of
        ninth annual IGFA Offshore World Championship
        27 countries on six continents represented in prestigious
        all release billfishing tournament

        By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications, IGFA-PR counsel

        CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico --- Two leading teams continued to find “the bite” in their pursuit of striped marlin as both, a team from Italy and one from the Sultanate of Oman, are tied for first place at the halfway point of the four-day IGFA Offshore World Championship
        The ninth annual event, sponsored in part by the Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur, has brought together 63 teams from 27 nations on six continents, the single largest contingent of international teams to compete in a fishing competition.
        Though catching and releasing only two marlin to add to its seven billfish from Monday the Italian team from San Benedetto del Tronto held onto its position at the top of the leaderboard. Team members include Sergio de Tommasis, Fabio Gieri, Daniele Tarroni and Carlo Pezzini representing their win in the La Sfida TroFeo M. De Nardis and are one of the four teams from Italy, all who are in the top 10 after Day Two.
        Also with 2700 points releasing three marlin was the Sinbad Classic team from the Sultanate of Oman in Muscat. The anglers include Mohammed Al Jahwari, Pascal Richard, Kamal Al Busaidi, Saeed Al Hajri and Faisal Riyami.
        Just one billfish release back in points are two teams tied for third place at 2400 points. They are the YCSS-IMD Fishing Tournament team from Porto Santo, Italy and a team representing the Miami (USA) Swordfish Tournament. The Italian team caught six marlin, the Americans five, to make one of the biggest jumps on Day Two.
        In fifth place with 2200 points is a team representing the Outdoor Channel Offshore Classic held in Islamorada, Fla.USA. They scored with three marlin on Day One and increased the count with four marlin and a sailfish on Day Two.
        Two other teams also made a huge jump with marlin to add to catches of weight fish on Monday. The sixth position is held by the Marina Rubicon Marlin Cup 2007 team from Lanzarote, Spain, catching six marlin for 1826.2 points. In seventh place is the Trofeo C.N. Sambenedettese team from San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy with 1527.6 points on five releases.
        Making up the rest of the Top 16 among the 63 teams in the Day 2 standings are two teams tied in the eighth position with 1500 points and seven teams tied for the 10th spot at 1200 points. They include:
        8T TTGFA Tobago Int'l Game Fish Tournament, Tobago, West Indies, 1500 points
        8T Los Suenos Signature Billfish Series II, Playa Herradura, Costa Rica, 1500 points
        10T Falmouth Offshore Grand Prix, Falmouth, Mass., USA, 1200 points
        10T Trofeo Drifting Castel Volturno, Castel Volturno, Italy, 1200 points
        10T Caicos Classic Release Tournament, Turks and Caicos, 1200 points
        10T Cantina Cup Int'l Gamefish Tournament, San Carlos, Mexico, 1200 points
        10T TAA Eastcape Billfish Tournament, Ixtapa, Mexico, 1200 points
        10T Desafio Mediterranea Faeton, Spain, 1200 points
        10T XI Torneio de Marlim Azul de Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1200 points

        “The first boat in had five releases and so did the last so we knew the bait is starting to move in,” said IGFA tournament director Mike Myatt. “As usual the anglers are getting use to pitching bait. We're looking forward to a high count on Wednesday.”
        A total of 94 striped marlin and one sailfish were released, most caught from the Sea of Cortez. Eight teams have yet to score any points at the midway point. The same conditions of 96 degree weather, light winds and calm seas continued into Day Two.
        Each catch-and-release of a marlin (blue, black and striped) or a swordfish equals 300 points. Sailfish count for 100 points. The billfish, all caught on circle hooks, are scored and released alive at the boat in accordance with IGFA tournament rules.
        The final results of the four-day event will be made on Friday at noon PDT.
        Countries and territories represented include teams from Angola, Australia, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Grenada, Guatemala, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Spain, Sultanate of Oman, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, the United States, Vanuatu and Venezuela. Many of the teams in the ninth annual tournament will be represented by anglers from a number of additional countries.
        The teams previously qualified by winning one of 130 IGFA sanctioned tournaments held in 38 countries worldwide during 2007. Each team fishes from four different boats captained by local Cabo guides. The teams also receive “weight” points (per pound) over 25 lbs. for tuna, wahoo and dorado. Local charities receive the donations of all fish weighed at the Cabo docks.
        The top team wins engraved watches along with trophies and merchandise. Awards are presented through to the third place finishing team.
        Partners and sponsors for the IGFA Offshore World Championship are Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur, Costa Del Mar, Hotel Finisterra, Guy Harvey Inc., Shimano, Picante Sport Fishing and Yacht Sales, Cabo Yachts, K D & G Sea Life Masterpieces, Hook & Tackle, Momoi Hi-Catch, Murray Products, AFTCO BlueWater, Bodo Muche, Minerva’s Baja Tackle, Señor Greenberg’s, IWS Scales, King Sailfish Mounts, Pompanette, Pisces Sportfishing, Corona and Modelo S.A DE C.V. Mexico, Don Tyson, Trans Cabo, Eagle Claw, MoldCraft Products, Inc. and API Dock.
        Daily results of the previous day’s round are posted each morning on the IGFA’s home page at www.igfa.org . A list of registered teams can also be found on the web site under the fishing tab on the home page by clicking “tournaments.”
        Founded in 1939 the IGFA is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. IGFA members are located in over 125 countries and territories. The IGFA welcomes visitors to its 60,000-square-foot interactive Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida.
        ###

        Day 2 results sent May 13, 2008
        Contact: Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications, Inc.
        Scottsdale, Ariz. 85267
        480-951-3654 (ph) 480-951-0040 (fax)
        JohnsonCom@aol.com (e-mail)
        Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella
        http://www.jerrylabella.com/forums
        http://jerrylabella.com

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        • #24
          Croatia jumps to Day 3 lead in ninth annual

          DAY 3 – IGFA OWC ---
          For Immediate Release

          Croatia jumps to Day 3 lead in ninth annual
          IGFA Offshore World Championship
          Australians also make huge leap with 12 billfish releases to tie Italians for
          second place in the prestigious all-release billfishing tournament

          By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications, IGFA-PR counsel

          CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico --- Before the start of the day officials predicted there would be more billfish on Day Three of the IGFA Offshore World Championship. It was just that as teams from Croatia and Australia emerged from the back of the pack with double digit release figures to top the leaderboard.
          The ninth annual event, sponsored in part by the Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur, has drawn 63 teams from 27 nations on six continents, the single largest contingent of international teams to compete in a fishing competition.
          Taking the lead with 10 striped marlin releases for 3000 points on Wednesday were the 9th Int'l Big-Game Sportfishing Tournament, from Jezera, Croatia. Team members Dario Marijan, Davor Pliso, Jakov Begovic, and Vinko Radetic collectively have a three-day total of 3900 points.
          In second place with possibly a new one day tournament record was the Mooloolaba, Australia team with 11 releases of striped marlin and a sailfish.
          Like the Croatians, the Australians had one of those rare moments every angler hopes for in their lifetime and they took full advantage of it to score 3400 points. That brought their three day total to 3700 points after a lackluster two previous days. Anglers Scott MacDonald, Darren Malaquin, Darren Spackman and Paul Leaman representing their win at the Springwood Marine Sailfish Shootout had 18 attempts at the fish. They were fishing on the Bill Collector skippered by Julio Gonzalez.
          “We were on a huge bait ball and there were bills every where,” said Malaquin describing the unique sight. “It was an unbelievable scene. Once we lost the bait we lost the marlin.”
          They are tied with an Italian team from San Benedetto del Tronto who dropped one position from the top of the leaderboard releasing three marlin and a sailfish for 1000 Day Three points. Team members include Sergio de Tommasis, Fabio Gieri, Daniele Tarroni and Carlo Pezzini representing their win in the La Sfida TroFeo M. De Nardis, and are one of the four teams from Italy.
          In fourth place with 3400 points is the Islamorada, Fla., USA, Outdoor Channel Offshore Classic team. The Miami (Fla.,USA) Swordfish Tournament team has 3334.6 for fifth place.
          With only one billfish release on Wednesday, the Sinbad Classic team from the Sultanate of Oman in Muscat dropped from a tie for first to a tie for sixth place with a team from the Los Suenos Signature Billfish Series II in Costa Rica. They both have 3000 points. .
          Making up the rest of the Top 17 among the 63 teams in the Day 3 standings are:
          8th Trofeo C.N. Sambenedettese, San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy - 2727.6 pts.
          9th Marina Rubicon Marlin Cup 2007, Lazarote, Spain - 2726.2 pts.
          10th YCSS-IMD Fishing Tournament, Porto Santo Stefano, Italy - 2700 pts.
          11th TTGFA Tobago Int'l Game Fish Tournament, Tobago, West Indies - 2400 pts.
          12th 13th Annual Top Gun Marlin & Tuna Shootout, Oak Bluff, Mass., USA - 1837.9 pts.
          t-13th Falmouth Offshore Grand Prix, Falmouth, Mass., USA - 1800 pts.
          t-13th 35th Annual Bluewater Tournament, St. Augustine, Fla., USA -1800 pts.
          t-13th XL Campeonato de Pesca Costeira, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 1800 pts.
          t-13th Brits vs. Yanks Shark Tournament, Montauk, N.Y., USA - 1800 pts.
          t-13th Desafio Mediterranea Faeton, Spain -1800 pts.
          Tournament officials said most boats fished right outside the harbor. The bite was reported strong all day with many of the teams having double and triple hookups.
          “The marlin were thick right outside the harbor,” reported local dockmaster Mario Banaga. “There were more than 40 boats fishing Gray Rock.”
          “Amazing fishing in an amazing fishery,” smiled IGFA OWC tournament director Mike Myatt. “If the fish remain out there it could be any team’s tournament to win.”
          Each catch-and-release of a marlin (blue, black and striped) or a swordfish equals 300 points. Sailfish count for 100 points. The billfish, all caught on circle hooks, are scored and released alive at the boat in accordance with IGFA tournament rules.
          IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser said, “The IGFA Offshore Championship proves that you can have a prestigious and competitive tournament without killing billfish. Our mandatory use of circle hooks, with natural baits, demonstrates that they are beneficial to fish and angler alike. As evidenced by the number of fish caught in our tournament.”
          A total of 118 striped marlin and two sailfish were released on Wednesday.
          Most of the anglers experienced rough seas, mild temps of 90 degrees and light winds.
          The top male angler after three days with 3000 points is Dario Marijan with the Croatia team. Randy Towe of the Miami Swordfish team has 2700 points. Leading the women is Joan Vandergriff of the IWFA Billfish Tournament team with 1200 points.
          The top boat captains after three days are Julio Gonzales on the Bill Collector of the Pisces Fleet at 4300 points, and Victor Sandes on the Dream of the Picante Fleet with 3900 points. Seven boats are tied for third at 2700 points.
          The final results of the four-day event will be made on Friday at noon PDT.
          Countries and territories represented include teams from Angola, Australia, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Grenada, Guatemala, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Spain, Sultanate of Oman, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, the United States, Vanuatu and Venezuela. Many of the teams in the ninth annual tournament will be represented by anglers from a number of additional countries.
          The teams previously qualified by winning one of 130 IGFA sanctioned tournaments held in 38 countries worldwide during 2007. Each team fishes from four different boats captained by local Cabo guides. The teams also receive “weight” points (per pound) over 25 lbs. for tuna, wahoo and dorado. Local charities receive the donations of all fish weighed at the Cabo docks.
          The top team wins engraved watches along with trophies and merchandise. Awards are presented through to the third place finishing team.
          Partners and sponsors for the IGFA Offshore World Championship are Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur, Costa Del Mar, Hotel Finisterra, Guy Harvey Inc., Shimano, Picante Sport Fishing and Yacht Sales, Cabo Yachts, K D & G Sea Life Masterpieces, Hook & Tackle, Momoi Hi-Catch, Murray Products, AFTCO BlueWater, Bodo Muche, Minerva’s Baja Tackle, Señor Greenberg’s, IWS Scales, King Sailfish Mounts, Pompanette, Pisces Sportfishing, Corona and Modelo S.A DE C.V. Mexico, Don Tyson, Trans Cabo, Eagle Claw, MoldCraft Products, Inc. and API Dock.
          Daily results of the previous day’s round are posted each morning on the IGFA’s home page at www.igfa.org . A list of registered teams can also be found on the web site under the fishing tab on the home page by clicking “tournaments.”
          Founded in 1939 the IGFA is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. IGFA members are located in over 125 countries and territories. The IGFA welcomes visitors to its 60,000-square-foot interactive Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida.
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          Day 3 results sent May 14, 2008
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          Scottsdale, Ariz. 85267
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          • #25
            DAY 4 – FINAL – IGFA OWC --- w/photo of team

            DAY 4 – FINAL – IGFA OWC --- w/photo of team
            For Immediate Release

            Steady fishing and karma helps USA team to win in
            IGFA Offshore World Championship
            Previous leaders go scoreless on final day of prestigious all-release billfishing tournament

            By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications, IGFA-PR counsel

            CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico --- They held the same position -- fourth place -- the previous three days but the steady paced fishing of team members from Islamorada, Fla. USA, paid off in the end as they captured the title in the IGFA Offshore World Championship.
            Despite a “slow bite” for most of the 63 teams of anglers in the fourth and final day, the five men representing their win in the Outdoor Channel Offshore Classic in the Florida Keys released two marlin and a dorado as a weight fish totaling enough points to win. The ninth annual event sponsored in part by the Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur, hosts competitors from 27 nations on six continents, the single largest contingent of international teams to compete in a fishing competition
            Four teams that had been in close contention atop the leader board the previous three days – from Italy, Australia, Croatia and the Sultanate of Oman -- found the final day less forgiving as each went scoreless.
            The Florida Keys’ team was made up of John Timura, Robert Collins and Taylor Walsh, all of Islamorada, along with Scott Salley, Naples, Fla., and Ken Longaker of Seattle, Wash.
            Collins said the group which has fished numerous occasions together, had two practice days in Cabo, enough time to put the mistakes behind them.
            “We fished near perfect for the conditions presented to us,” said Collins. “On day two the boat had engine troubles and we weren’t able to back down on the fish or maneuver properly, but we still overcame those problems and did well.
            The Outdoor Channel Offshore Classic team had an unbroken chain of days in scoring: Day 1 with three marlin – 900 points; Day 2 four marlin and a sailfish—1300 points; Day 3 with four marlin -1200 points and the final day two marlin and a 25 lb 6 oz dorado for a weight fish as insurance of 625.6 points for a four day total of 4025.6 points.
            “We just fished steady,” said Collins. “Every one of the team members gets along great and that’s part of the success; our personalities are pretty much easy going. In general we all have great karma,” he laughed.
            Collins, who has Florida homes in both Islamorada and Naples, is also a two time winner of the IGFA Inshore World Championship, an annual event held over three days in July to test the best in fly and light tackle fishing for five species in the Florida Keys.

            Previous leaders Croatia, Italy and Australia in the top four
            Coming in second with 3900 points were Day 3 leaders the 9th Int'l Big-Game Sportfishing Tournament team from Jezera, Croatia. Members included Dario Marijan, Davor Pliso, Jakov Begovic, and Vinko Radetic who the previous day had 10 marlin releases, but went zero in the final round.
            Finishing third, also with 3900 points based on last fish caught first was the team from Porto Santo Stefano, Italy. The team representing the YCSS-IMD Fishing Tournament fished steady gathering 1200 points in the final round. Anglers included Stefano Desideri, Paolo Viscogliosi, Domenico Scopelliti and Sandro Onofaro.



            The fourth and fifth place finishers who had been among the top teams on the leader board also blanked on the final day. Both the team from Mooloolaba, Australia representing the Springwood Marine Sailfish Shootout, and Italy’s San Benedetto del Tronto representing their win in the La Sfida TroFeo M. De Nardis scored 3700 points, with the Australian’s winning on time.
            Finishing the rest of the Top 15 places among the 63 teams were:
            6th Los Suenos Signature Billfish Series II, Costa Rica - 3644.7 points
            7th Miami Swordfish Tournament, Miami, Fla., USA -- 3634.6 points
            8th Marina Rubicon Marlin Cup 2007, Lazarote, Spain - 3358.3 points
            9th Sinbad Classic, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman – 3000 points
            10th Trofeo C.N. Sambenedettese, San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy - 2727.6 points
            11th 5th Annual Salmon Masters Tournament, British Columbia, Canada - 2466.2 points
            12th TTGFA Tobago Int'l Game Fish Tournament, Tobago, West Indies – 2400 points
            13th Desafio Mediterranea Faeton, Spain – 2400 points
            14th Torneo Tropic Star 2006, Pinas Bay Panama – 2254 points
            15th 13th Annual Top Gun Marlin & Tuna Shootout, Oak Bluffs, Mass., USA - 2137.9 points
            (Complete scores are posted on the IGFA.org web site).
            IGFA OWC tournament director Mike Myatt said, “Cabo san Lucas has the greatest striped marlin fishery in the world. We're thrilled with the numbers and we had a great dorado bite. These fish put our champion anglers to the test and the winners are truly world champions.”
            IGFA President Rob Kramer, added “Day four was an exciting day with several teams in the hunt for the top spot. Once again we had a spectacular year here in Cabo San Lucas.”.
            Each catch-and-release of a marlin (blue, black and striped) or a swordfish equals 300 points. Sailfish count for 100 points. The billfish, all caught on circle hooks, are scored and released alive at the boat in accordance with IGFA tournament rules.
            On Thursday 69 marlin and one sailfish were released, with one tuna and six dorado brought to the weight scale. Seas were calm with mild temps of 90 degrees and light winds.
            Wednesday was the biggest day for most of the teams with118 striped marlin and two sailfish released in the only day of rough seas.

            Other top winners
            The top male angler of the tournament with 3000 points was Dario Marijan on the Croatia team based on time of his last catch caught first. Also with 3000 points was Italy’s Paulo Viscogliosi on the YCSS-IMD Fishing Tournament. He added 900 points to his total in the final round. Randy Towe of the Miami Swordfish team finished third with 2700 points.
            Leading the women is Joan Vandergriff of the IWFA Billfish Tournament team with 1200 points. In second place and with the largest weight fish in the tournament a 54.3 lb tuna was Julia Campbell of the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament with 654.3 points. Third went to Betsy Bullard on the Costa Rica, Stu Apte Fly Fishing for Sailfish Tournament who had 600 points.
            Day 3 leading boat captain Julio Gonzales on the Bill Collector of the Pisces Fleet held onto win with a total of 4900 combined points of the four teams he guided. He had skippered the Mooloolaba, Australia team to 3400 points in Day 3 and added another 600 points on Thursday to his tally. Victor Sandes on the Dream finished second with 4500 points catching his last fish first by just three minutes over fellow Picante fleet captain David Lieras who ended in third place.
            The final results of the four-days were announced on Friday at noon PDT.
            Countries and territories represented include teams from Angola, Australia, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Grenada, Guatemala, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Spain, Sultanate of Oman, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, the United States, Vanuatu and Venezuela. Many of the teams in the ninth annual tournament will be represented by anglers from a number of additional countries.
            The teams previously qualified by winning one of 130 IGFA sanctioned tournaments held in 38 countries worldwide during 2007. Each team fishes from four different boats captained by local Cabo guides. The teams also receive “weight” points (per pound) over 25 lbs. for tuna, wahoo and dorado. Local charities receive the donations of all fish weighed at the Cabo docks.
            The top team won engraved watches along with trophies and merchandise. Awards are presented through to the third place finishing team.
            Partners and sponsors for the IGFA Offshore World Championship are Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur, Costa Del Mar, Hotel Finisterra, Guy Harvey Inc., Shimano, Picante Sport Fishing and Yacht Sales, Cabo Yachts, K D & G Sea Life Masterpieces, Hook & Tackle, Momoi Hi-Catch, Murray Products, AFTCO BlueWater, Bodo Muche, Minerva’s Baja Tackle, Señor Greenberg’s, IWS Scales, King Sailfish Mounts, Pompanette, Pisces Sportfishing, Corona and Modelo S.A DE C.V. Mexico, Don Tyson, Trans Cabo, Eagle Claw, MoldCraft Products, Inc. and API Dock.
            The daily results and complete scoring are posted on the IGFA’s home page at www.igfa.org . A list of the 2008 teams can also be found there as well.
            Next year, to begin the event’s 10th anniversary, the tournament welcomes the Bonnier Marine Group which will join the IGFA to manage the world championship which began in 2000.
            Founded in 1939 the International Game Fish Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. IGFA members are located in over 125 countries and territories. The IGFA welcomes visitors to its 60,000-square-foot interactive International Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Florida.
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            Final round news release sent May 16, 2008
            Contact: Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications, Inc.
            Scottsdale, Ariz. 85267
            480-951-3654 (ph) 480-951-0040 (fax)
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            (caption of winning team in IGFA OWC)
            With four days of steady paced fishing a team of five men from the Florida, USA, won against 62 other teams from 27 countries on six continents, in the ninth annual IGFA Offshore World Championship held in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. They had previously qualified to compete after winning the Outdoor Channel Offshore Classic, held last year in the Florida Keys. The members include John Timura, Robert Collins and Taylor Walsh, all of Islamorada, along with Scott Salley, Naples, Fla., and Ken Longaker of Seattle, Wash. (Photo by Daniel Mathews, IGFA, Cabo Mexico)
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            • #26
              HOT News from the IGFA

              HOT News from the IGFA
              June 2008

              By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

              England’s Zyg Gregorek scores hat-trick with third IGFA Royal Slam

              First it was the completion of catching nine billfish species which earned him an International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) Billfish Royal Slam in 2004.
              Next Zyg Gregorek tallied the eight species needed for an IGFA Tuna Royal Slam in May of 2007.
              Finally the 65-year old world traveler from Halwill, Devon in England, scored the hat-trick of blue water fishing slams by flying to San Diego, California, USA, and catching the final species of nine sharks he needed -- a 200 lb thresher -- for the IGFA’s Shark Royal Slam.
              Gregorek’s 18-year global quest for the 26 specific fish took him to countries on six continents like Queensland, Australia; Tasmania, Pakistan, Mauritius, Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique, Spain, Mexico, the Azores, the Galapagos Islands, Ascension Island, both coasts of the U.S., along with his own coastal waters of the United Kingdom.
              It’s estimated he traveled over 150,000 miles in his extraordinary adventure in the pursuit of the three slams.
              Rob Kramer, president of the IGFA, based in Dania Beach, Fla., described Gregorek’s acheivement as “totally unique.” He added “to achieve one royal slam is impressive but to get all three is unheard of. To our knowledge he is the first.”.
              Kramer also stressed, “This is a very popular service the IGFA offers that recognizes individual angler achievement where the fish can all be released alive.”
              “It‘s not about luck. You have to research, to know exactly where to go and when.”
              For example Gregorek told members of the British media he had been chasing the thresher shark since 2004 in trips to California waters, finally catching one this past May to complete the slam. Besides the thresher, the IGFA’s Shark Royal Slam consists of eight other shark species including hammerhead, blue, mako, tiger, white, tope, whaler, and porbeagle.
              He started his pursuit of sharks in 1996 in British waters catching a blue off Cornwall and later a tope and porbeagle off Devon. Two of his sharks were over 1000 lbs.; a 1300 lb great white in Struis Bay off S. Africa, and an 1100 lb tiger shark off Cairns, Australia. .
              The 69-year old IGFA has six royal slam "conservation" clubs. The slams consist of the angler catching all IGFA recognized species in certain categories.
              The Billfish Royal Slam recognizes anglers catching, or catching and releasing nine species within the angler’s lifetime including Atlantic and Pacific sailfish, Atlantic and Pacific blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin, white marlin, swordfish, and spearfish.
              Gregorek said some of the fish, like species of tuna, were caught while he was on the hunt for marlin.
              The IGFA’s Tuna Royal Slam consists of an Atlantic or Pacific bigeye, blackfin, bluefin, dogtooth, longtail, skipjack, southern bluefin, and yellowfin.
              While Gregorek’s obsession is fishing his profession is also the same. He and his wife Rose, own an estate on 170 acres called Anglers Paradise, with a series of villas which also encompasses more than a dozen lakes for fly and light tackle sportsmen to catch and release a variety of freshwater species including trout, carp, Wels catfish and golden orfe.
              “To complete all three slams is the culmination of many years' work and the end of a personal journey. I've certainly been around and I've had a fair few scrapes to get there,” he told the U.K. media.
              "I owe a hearty thanks to my family and all the other skippers and crew who helped me. It's cost a bomb but was worth it in the end. It has also been very humbling. Some of the crews who have helped me have been very poor. In Mozambique the crew asked if they could keep my catches because they were big enough to feed their entire village."
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              Steady fishing and karma helps USA team win IGFA OWC

              The Islamorada, Florida Keys’ (USA) team held the same position -- fourth place – for three days. But the steady paced fishing of team members John Timura, Robert Collins and Taylor Walsh, all of Islamorada, along with Scott Salley, Naples, Fla., and Ken Longaker of Seattle, Wash., plus a little karma in the final day of fishing, paid off as they captured the IGFA Offshore World Championship title in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
              Four teams which had been in close contention atop the leader board the previous three days – from Italy, Australia, Croatia and the Sultanate of Oman -- found the final day less forgiving as each went scoreless.
              Despite a “slow bite” for most of the 63 teams of anglers in the fourth and final day, the five men representing their win in the Outdoor Channel Offshore Classic in the Florida Keys released two marlin and a dorado as a weight fish to total enough points to win.
              The ninth annual event sponsored in part by the Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur, hosted competitors from 27 nations on six continents, the single largest contingent of international teams to compete in a fishing competition.
              Collins said the team which has fished numerous occasions together, also took advantage of two practice days in Cabo, enough time to put mistakes behind them.
              “We fished near perfect for the conditions presented to us,” said Collins. “On day two the boat we drew for that round had engine troubles and we weren’t able to back down on the fish or maneuver properly, but we still overcame those problems and did well.”
              Collins, Timura, Walsh, Salley and Longaker had an unbroken chain of days in scoring: Day 1 with three marlin – 900 points; Day 2 four marlin and a sailfish—1300 points; Day 3 with four marlin -1200 points and the final day two marlin and a 25 lb 6 oz dorado for a weight fish as insurance equaling 625.6 points for a four day total of 4025.6 points.
              “We just fished steady,” said Collins. “Every one of the team members gets along great and that’s part of the success; our personalities are pretty much easy going. In general we all have great karma,” he laughed.
              Collins, who has Florida homes in both Islamorada and Naples, is also a two-time winner and current defending champion of the IGFA Inshore World Championship, an annual event held this year from June 29 – July 2, testing many of the best in fly and light tackle fishing for five species in the Florida Keys.
              Coming in second in Cabo with 3900 points were Day 3 leaders the 9th Int'l Big-Game Sportfishing Tournament team from Jezera, Croatia. Members included Dario Marijan, Davor Pliso, Jakov Begovic, and Vinko Radetic who the previous day surged into contention with 10 marlin releases, but went zero in the final round.
              Finishing third, also with 3900 points based on last fish caught first was the team from Porto Santo Stefano, Italy. The team representing the YCSS-IMD Fishing Tournament fished steady gathering 1200 points in the final round. Anglers included Stefano Desideri, Paolo Viscogliosi, Domenico Scopelliti and Sandro Onofaro. (For the complete story see the IGFA web site http://igfa.org/2008_Offshore/Day_4/Day_4.asp

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              IGFA Inshore World Championship attracting 30 champions

              It’s been dubbed the “super bowl” of fly and light-tackle events. From as far away as Ornskoldsvik, Sweden; Murchison Falls in Uganda, Africa and the Daly River of Northern Territory, Australia, 30 champion anglers are headed to the Florida Keys in the U.S. for the eighth annual IGFA Inshore World Championship (IWC), June 29 - July 2 in Islamorada.
              The 26 men and six women gained entry as winners in one of over 55 fly and light tackle IGFA sanctioned tournaments during 2007 held in eight countries around the world and in 12 U.S. states. They represent nearly 3,000 anglers on four continents and were invited to compete in the “tournament of champions” event.
              “The contest attracts some of the finest men and women fly and light tackle anglers to gather and compete in one of the highest rated fishing regions with top rated guides,” said Ms. Denise Hartman, IGFA tournament coordinator.
              “Fifteen of these champions will be first-time invitees to the tournament. The field also includes two brothers (Jim and Art Bokor, from Tavernier, Fla. and Robbinsville, N.J.) and a father and son (Calvin and Cal Collier Jr. of Lake Forest, Ill., and Atlanta, Ga.), all who have won separate events to get here. We also have two-time NASA space shuttle astronaut and avid fisherman Bruce Melnick (Inglis, Fla.) and former NFL lineman Mark Cooper, (Aurora, Colo.), entered.”
              Local Keys’ competitors John Timura and Robert Collins are both fresh from another win as members of a five-man team to take a victory in the IGFA Offshore World Championship in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in mid-May.
              “Collins is also a two-time and current defending champion of the IWC,” said Ms. Hartman.
              The celebrated world-class inshore catch-and-release format features anglers stalking the Florida Bay waters for bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook and redfish.
              On the opening night the anglers will participate in a captain’s draw matching a different guide and angler each day. The IWC features three days of fishing with the contestants vying for timepieces. The four major award categories include: Grand Champion (the angler who accumulates the most points for all five targeted species); and first places in the fly, artificial lure and bait casting divisions. There are also trophies and merchandise for second and third place divisional winners in the three categories as well as to the top three guides.
              The point value of the fish is determined by species and the angler’s preference choice of fly fishing, artificial lure or bait.
              “Within moments of the captain’s draw and right up to the end the anglers are strategizing and playing mind games,” said tournament director Mike Myatt. “Some anglers will use one fishing approach or all three over the three days. With so many different fishing disciplines represented by the qualifying champions, this format levels the on-the-water playing field.”
              Fishing and daily scorekeeping take place from the World Wide Sportsman marina and the Islander Resort serves as the tournament headquarters, both located near mile marker 82.
              Next year Florida Keys Outfitters located in Islamorada will form a partnership with the IGFA for sport fishing's premier international fly and light tackle tournament. Florida Keys Outfitters’ Sandy Moret will take over the management of the IWC to begin its ninth year.
              Sponsors this year include Mercury Outboards, Bacardi, Costa Del Mar, G. Loomis, Hook and Tackle, Islamorada Fish Co., Islander Resort, King Sailfish Mounts, Rapala, Shimano, Stiffy Push Poles, 3M Scientific Anglers, Reel Life Art by Pasta, World Wide Sportsman, Zane Grey Lounge, KD & G Sea Life Masterpieces, Redbone Gallery, Image Graphics 2000, Momoi, Diamond Illusion and Daiichi.
              Results of the IGFA IWC along with photos of the previous day’s round will be posted each morning on the IGFA’s home page at igfa.org.
              For further information, contact Ms. Hartman at the IGFA, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004; (954) 927-2628; Fax (954) 924-4299; Email: DHartman@igfa.org.
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              June Hot Catches from the IGFA World Records Department

              Each month the International Game Fish Association’s world records department receives nearly a hundred submissions. From IGFA world records coordinator Rebecca Wright here are highlights of nine selected documented fish catches now before the world records review committee:

              Fishing the Norfolk Canyon off his coastal Virginia USA hometown, Heath Cataulin, guided by Skip Feller, landed a yellowedge grouper (Epinephelus favolimbatus) on March 12. Caught on squid the grouper weighed 20.92 kg (46 lb 2 oz). Cataulin has applied for an IGFA all-tackle class record. The current record caught in the Gulf of Mexico off Destin, Fla., USA, May 1998, is 41 lb 1 oz. (Photo: yellowedge grouper - 08040052)

              Fly-fishing 2 kg (4 lb) class tippet, on an Auburn, Ala., USA lake, George P. Mann, of nearby Opelika, landed a bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) on April 15 after an eight minute fight. Caught on a Grab-a-Holt fly the slab weighed 1.08 kg (2 lb 6 oz). He’s hoping to beat the current IGFA record of 2 lb caught June 2001, in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, USA. (Photo: bluegill - 08040054)

              On April 22, Cleveland, Tenn., USA angler Eric Maurer, landed a freshwater drum (Aplodinotus grunniens) weighing 8.16 kg (18 lb 0 oz). He used 3 kg (6 lb) class line with threadfin shad for bait while fishing Guntersville Lake, Tenn. The current IGFA line class record for the species is 16 lb 6 oz caught on Kentucky Lake, Oct. 2003. (Photo: freshwater drum - 08040054A)

              Using a sardine for bait while fishing the Rio Amazonas, Brazilian.angler Gilberto Fernandes, of Mao, AM, landed an Amazon pellona (Pellona castelneana) on April 12. He used 1 kg (2 lb) class line and took 12 minutes to land the fish which weighed 4.01 kg (8 lb 13 oz). The current line class record is 2 lb 12 oz pulled from Brazil’s Guapore River, in Feb. 2003. (Photo: Amazon Pellona – 08040060)

              Fly fishing the Benguerra Island, of Mozambique Stan Nabozny, of The Woodlands, Texas, USA, landed a doublespotted queenfish (Scomberoides lysan) on March 27 weighing 2.27 kg (5 lb 0 oz). He was guided by Andrew Parsons, using 6 kg (12 lb) class tippet with a Clouser minnow fly. The current IGFA men’s tippet record is 3 lb 6 oz caught off the Christmas Island in Kiribati, Feb. 2003. (Photo: doublespotted queenfish – 08040064)

              Without knowing it at the time Jason "Master B" Land, Florence, Ky., USA, more than doubled the current record for a grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) on April 27, 2008 weighing 19.79 kg (43 lb 10 oz) using 1 kg (2 lb) class line. Fishing his hometown waters he used bread for bait and with poise controlling the very thin line landed the fish in 42 minutes. If his documentation is in order he’ll beat the current IGFA mark of 20 lb 8 oz caught in August of 2005 along the Tamiami Trail in Fla. (Photo: grass carp – 08050001)

              Seaford, NY, USA angler Robert Solberg, guided by Stevon Forsberg, landed a goosefish (Lophius Americanus) on April 14 fishing Stellwagen Bank, Massachusetts, USA. He used a diamond jig for bait and after a 15 minute fight weighed the fish at 23.25 kg (51 lb 4 oz). The current All-Tackle record for the species is 49 lb 12 oz also caught in the northeast region on July 1991 at Ogunquit, Maine. (Photo: goosefish – 08050004)

              Finessing his 1 kg (2 lb) class line John Millar, Vauxhall Dunedin, New Zealand, landed an albacore (Thunnus alalunga) weighing 9.75 kg (21 lb 7 oz). It took him 45 minutes to land the fish using a Cabelas Rip-n-Shad for bait, fishing Jackson Bay, New Zealand on Feb. 21. The current IGFA men’s line class record is 16 lb 6 oz caught in the same bay Feb. 2007. (Photo: albacore – 08050013)

              With an hour gripping her rod and reel to bring in her quarry Faye McDougall, Greerton Tauranga, New Zealand, landed a southern yellowtail (Seriola lalandi lalandi) on Feb. 7, 2008. She was guided by Ian McDougall using a bonito for bait on 8 kg (16 lb) class line for the fish that weighed 28.9 kg (63 lb 11oz). Ms. McDougall was fishing Karewa, New Zealand. The current IGFA record from June 1998 is 54 lb 10 oz caught off the Cavalli Island, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. (Photo: southern yellowtail – 08050014)
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              IGFA’s popular School of Sportfishing back this fall

              After a summer break the IGFA’s popular School of Sportfishing will resume at the end of August with a selection of Tuesday night classes.
              An IGFA education spokesman said the topic list for the eighth session will be posted in early August on the IGFA web site and includes new titles and instructors. The web site can be found at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp . It will include each instructor’s biography and professional accomplishments as well.
              “This past session we introduced two new classes which included ‘Understanding Your Onboard Electronics’ and ‘Tarpon, Redfish and Trout Tactics,’” said IGFA Education Director Dave Matagiese. “Both were well-received by all the participants.
              He added that anglers from other classes have reported fantastic fishing with greatly improved catch ratios after putting their newly gained knowledge to practice on the water.
              “With the price of gas climbing higher each week, customers have been giving the program great feedback saying they’ve become much more efficient in finding fish and making each strike count.”
              Matagiese said all classes are limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up. The Tuesday night classes are held from 7 – 10 p.m. at the IGFA Headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla. The cost is $100 for IGFA members and $150 for non-members per class. To sign up or for more information, contact Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or via email at dmatagiese@igfa.org. Registration is also available online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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              IGFA Junior Angler Summer Camps underway through mid-August

              Nothing beats the IGFA’s weekly Junior Angler Summer Camps for hands-on activities for youngsters.
              Now in its ninth year and held at the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla., the association is offering nine weeklong summer camp adventures for children ages 8 – 13 from June 9 - August 15th.
              The campers spend time in the museum where they learn about fishing techniques, conservation, marine biology, tying flies & jigs, and participate in simulated fishing tournaments. Field trips take the campers on a variety of fresh and salt water adventures: drift boat, pier and shore fishing, wetlands exploration and much more. These camps give children the opportunity to have fun while being educated on local habitats and ethical practices. During each week-long experience, campers will discover the importance of the different fresh and salt water habitats for sport fishing.
              For much more information, please call 954-924-4309, email reservations@igfa.org, or visit www.igfa.org/camps.asp.
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              Sharkwater film and exhibition continues for three months

              Sharkwater, the award-winning feature length film and exhibition which premiered last fall at the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, will end its run at the end of September.
              A winner of 19 international awards the much acclaimed 90-minute documentary film, is being shown four times daily on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and Sundays at noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays the film is shown at 3:30 p.m.
              Also featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery is an interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation.
              The IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16.
              For more information phone the IGFA at 954-924-4370.
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              IGFA members can get more “bang” with BAMM

              If you have a membership to the IGFA, you’ve also got a membership to 20 other participating museums and attractions throughout Broward County during the month of June.
              IGFA members can use their cards for reciprocal benefits in all of the BAMM (Broward Attractions and Museum Month) member sites. The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.” Each institution will define exactly what benefits will be eligible but at the very least it will be free admission at same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop.
              For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org. Additional information can be found on the BAMM web site at www.bamminfo.com
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              Calendar of future IGFA events

              Now through September 2008 – Sharkwater, award-winning feature length film and exhibition, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – Extended through September due to popular demand, the much-acclaimed 90-minute documentary film, winner of 19 international awards, is being shown four times daily on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and Sunday’s at noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays it’s shown at 3:30 p.m. An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation is also featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery. Monthly lectures featuring local and national shark experts are also scheduled. The IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16. For more information phone the IGFA at 954-924-4370.
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              June 1 – 30, 2008 -- BAMM (Broward Attractions and Museum Month). During the month of June anyone with a membership in the IGFA or one the 20 other participating museums and attractions in Broward County will be able to use that for reciprocal benefits in all. The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.” Each institution will define exactly what benefits will be eligible but at the very least it will be free admission at same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org. Additional information can be found on the BAMM web site at www.bamminfo.com
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              June 9 -- Aug 15, 2008 -- IGFA’s nine weekly Summer Camps begin, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – This is the ninth year of the IGFA’s popular nine weekly camps held during the summer break for children ages 8 to 13. Campers will explore the aquatic environment and participate in many fishing adventures and exciting marine life activities. Each week-long camp session is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before and after-care is available from 8 - 9 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more information, go to the IGFA summer camp website at www.igfa.org/summercamp.asp. There’s a maximum of 45 children per week, so parents are encouraged to reserve early. Registration is available by calling the IGFA education department at 954-924-4309 or via email at reservations@igfa.org.
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              June 29 – July 2, 2008 -- Eighth annual IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Called by anglers and the media the “super bowl” of light tackle and fly fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of over 50 IGFA qualifying tournaments held on four continents in 2007 to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the qualifiers are paired with a different premier Keys guide each day fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish using fly or light tackle equipment. The five major award categories will include: Grand Champion (the angler who accumulates the most points for all five targeted species); runner-up grand champion and first places in the fly, artificial lure and bait casting divisions. There are also trophies and merchandise for second and third place divisional winners in the three categories as well as the top three guides. Contact: IGFA IWC tournament coordinator Denise Hartman 954-924-4243 or DHartman@igfa.org or for media information Pete Johnson, IGFA PR counsel at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com
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              July 19, 2008 -- IGFA Observer Training Class – IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. -- 9 a.m. – The class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org, and at the IGFA headquarters. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or via email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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              August 2, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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              October 25, 2008 -- The 10th Annual IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will be the highlight of a weekend-long (Friday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 26) celebration in honor of all 70 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include Henry Chee, Dr. Roy Dean, Jimmy Houston, Kay Rybovich and Karl Wickstrom. They were selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony for the 2008 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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              November 8, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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              November 10 – 13, 2008 – The Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA --Representatives from around the globe will be hosted by the IGFA at an international forum for the recreational fishing community. The conference will target the tackle industry, angling tourism and include representatives from non governmental organizations and fisheries science and management. Topics will include historical and recent trends in participation, emerging fisheries, recreational fisheries science and management, socioeconomics, and catch and release. For information on the conference or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.worldrecfish.org or contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or jschratwieser@igfa.org
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              • #27
                Keys angler sets the pace for the field in

                Day one: Monday 6/30/2008 results of three-day championship

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                Keys angler sets the pace for the field in
                Day 1 of the IGFA Inshore World Championship
                Scores 600 points in prestigious tournament of champions

                ISLAMORADA, In-the-Florida-Keys, U.S.A. – Local Keys angler John Timura is atop the leaderboard among 32 world class fly and light tackle champions, after releasing three snook and three redfish for 600 points after the first day of the IGFA Inshore World Championship.
                Dubbed the “super bowl of inshore fishing,” the International Game Fish Association’s celebrated catch-and-release format features the anglers stalking the surrounding Florida Bay waters for bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook and redfish.
                The three-day eighth annual IGFA IWC runs through Wednesday, July 2.
                Timura, Islamorada, caught all six of his fish on either artificial shrimp or jerk baits. He was guided by Capt. Mike Hutchinson, Miami Springs, Fla. who he credited with spotting the redfish during the hot, humid and sometimes overcast day.
                Qualifying for the championship by winning the Mercury Baybone Celebrity Tournament last year in Key Largo, Timura has his sights set high.
                “My goal is to score three slams (three fish of all five species) and I’m two-fifth of the way there,” he chuckled. “I have 18 hours to score three permit, three tarpon and three bonefish.”
                In second place with 500 points is Art Bokor, Robbinsville, N.J. who like Timura fished the Flamingo area below the Everglades, releasing three snook and two redfish. He was guided by Capt. David Denkert, Tavernier, Fla.
                In third is Mark Cooper, Aurora, Colo., with 450 points with three snook on fly. The former NFL lineman for the Denver Broncos and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers said he plans to fish the fly division throughout the event. He was guided by Capt. Larry Syndor, Key Largo, Fla.
                In fourth place is Troy Pruitt, Naples, Fla., with 350 points releasing two permit on bait using circle hooks. He was guided by Capt. Eric Herstedt, Homestead, Fla.
                The anglers gained entry winning one of over 55 fly and light tackle IGFA tournaments during 2007 held in eight countries around the world representing nearly 3,000 anglers on four continents, vying to be in the “tournament of champions.” Of the champions, 15 are first time invitees including anglers from Sweden, Uganda, Africa and Darwin, Australia.
                Defending champion Robert Collins, of Naples, and Islamorada, Fla., is tied with several anglers at 300 points after catching two redfish and a 39” snook each on artificial baits. Collins, who was guided by Capt.Ken Knudsen, Islamorada, also won the tournament in 2005. In May Collins and Timura were members of a five-man team winning the IGFA Offshore World Championship in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, out fishing 63 teams from 27 countries.
                Also with 300 points is Phil Clark of Darwin Australia scoring his points on three redfish, guided by Capt. Dale Perez, Tavernier. He qualified after winning the Northern Territory Barramundi Classic.
                The anglers participated in a captain’s draw matching a different guide and angler for each of the three days. Mike Myatt, the event’s tournament director said, “To a degree the rotating guide and angler format relieves the ‘home field’ advantage and lends itself to maximizing not only the angler’s strengths, but also the guide’s.”
                The contestants are vying for timepieces in the prestige tournament. The four major award categories include: Grand Champion (the angler who accumulates the most points for all five targeted species); and first places in the fly, artificial lure and bait casting divisions. Trophies and merchandise for second and third place divisional winners as well as to the top three guides. The point value of the fish is determined by species and the angler’s fishing preference.
                The Islander Resort is the tournament headquarters, while fishing and daily scorekeeping takes place from the World Wide Sportsman marina. Both are located near mile marker 82.
                The daily results of the IGFA IWC along with photos of the previous day’s round is being posted each morning on the IGFA’s home page at igfa.org.
                Sponsors this year include Mercury Outboards, Bacardi, Costa Del Mar, G. Loomis, Hook and Tackle, Islamorada Fish Co., Islander Resort, King Sailfish Mounts, Rapala, Shimano, Stiffy Push Poles, 3M Scientific Anglers, Reel Life Art by Pasta, World Wide Sportsman, Zane Grey Lounge, KD & G Sea Life Masterpieces, Redbone Gallery, Image Graphics 2000, Momoi, Diamond Illusion and Daiichi.
                The International Game Fish Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. It was founded in 1939 and has members in over 125 countries. The association welcomes visitors to their 60,000 square foot IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. The IGFA web site is igfa.org.
                For further information, contact Ms. Hartman at the IGFA, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004; (954) 927-2628; Fax (954) 924-4299; Email: DHartman@igfa.org.
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                • #28
                  Former champ leads field with 5-fish slam after

                  Day two: Tuesday 7 - 1- 2008 results of three-day championship

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                  Former champ leads field with 5-fish slam after
                  Day 2 of the IGFA Inshore World Championship

                  Needs two fish for second slam in prestigious tournament of champions

                  ISLAMORADA, In-the-Florida-Keys, U.S.A. – Joe “Pepe” Lopez, Coral Gables, Fla. the 2006 winner of the IGFA Inshore World Championship, became the leading angler after two days by catching and releasing all five tournament species to complete his first slam towards again reigning in the grand champion title.
                  The International Game Fish Association’s celebrated catch-and-release tournament, nicknamed the “super bowl of inshore fishing,” features 32 anglers from around the world stalking Florida Bay waters for bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook and redfish.
                  The three-day eighth annual IGFA IWC concludes on Wednesday, July 2.
                  Adding to his Day 1 total of two redfish and a snook both on bait, Lopez on Tuesday, guided by Capt. Bruce Stagg, Islamorda, caught and released one permit, two tarpon and three bonefish, all on bait to round out his scoreboard leading slam. “He needs a permit and a snook to complete his second slam,” said IGFA IWC tournament director Mike Myatt..
                  ` That’s what defending champion Robert Collins, of Naples, and Islamorada, Fla., is hoping for as well. Collins, who Monday had a 300 point day on two species (two redfish and a snook) had a better day Tuesday catching-and-releasing two tarpon on artificial, one permit on crab and three redfish all on bait. He’s the only other angler with four species for a 925 point total.
                  “I’m hoping to get doubles on Wednesday of the remaining species we need to pull together two slams,” said Collins, who was guided by Capt. Steve Friedman, Islamorada. Collins also won the this tournament in 2005 added, “I think with this deep field of competitors it will take at least two slams, maybe three to win the grand champion title.”
                  Also in contention is Greg Zaepfel, Williamsville, New York, who was “on fire” with Tavernier guide Capt..Steve Thomas, releasing three permit, three snook and three redfish on a variety of baits and artificial lures. Zaepfel, who won the Redbone @ Large Greater Niagara Bass-eye Celebrity Challenge in Buffalo last year to qualify said ”they were in the right places at the right times.”
                  “Yesterday I was looking for permit but never found them, but today we were looking for redfish and snook, but also found the permit.” Zaepfel who didn’t catch a fish Monday now has 975 points on the triple catches of the three species.
                  Mark Cooper, Aurora, Colo., widened his lead to three species in the fly division catching a redfish and a tarpon to add to his three snook on fly Monday. The former NFL lineman for the Denver Broncos and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was guided Tuesday by Capt. Eric Herstedt, Homestead, Fla.
                  After releasing three snook and three redfish for 600 points Monday, first day leader John Timura, Islamorda stumbled in his goal of two slams, catching a single permit Tuesday.
                  The 32 anglers gained entry winning one of over 55 fly and light tackle IGFA tournaments during 2007 held in eight countries around the world representing nearly 3,000 anglers on four continents, vying to be in the “tournament of champions.” Of the champions, 15 are first time invitees including anglers from Sweden, Uganda, Africa and Darwin, Australia.
                  The anglers fish with a different guide each of the three days based on a drawing the opening night. Myatt, said, “The rotating guide and angler format relieves the ‘home field’ advantage to a degree and lends itself to maximizing not only the angler’s strengths, but also the guide’s.”
                  The anglers are vying for timepieces in the prestige tournament. The four major award categories include: Grand Champion (the angler who accumulates the most points for all five targeted species); and first places in the fly, artificial lure and bait casting divisions. Trophies and merchandise for second and third place divisional winners as well as to the top three guides. The point value of the fish is determined by species and the angler’s fishing preference.
                  The daily results of the IGFA IWC along with photos of the previous day’s round is being posted each morning on the IGFA’s home page at igfa.org.
                  Sponsors this year include Mercury Outboards, Bacardi, Costa Del Mar, G. Loomis, Hook and Tackle, Islamorada Fish Co., Islander Resort, King Sailfish Mounts, Rapala, Shimano, Stiffy Push Poles, 3M Scientific Anglers, Reel Life Art by Pasta, World Wide Sportsman, Zane Grey Lounge, KD & G Sea Life Masterpieces, Redbone Gallery, Image Graphics 2000, Momoi, Diamond Illusion and Daiichi.
                  The Islander Resort is the tournament headquarters, while fishing and daily scorekeeping takes place from the World Wide Sportsman marina. Both are located near mile marker 82.
                  The International Game Fish Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. It was founded in 1939 and has members in over 125 countries. The association welcomes visitors to their 60,000 square foot IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. The IGFA web site is igfa.org.
                  For further information, contact Ms. Hartman at the IGFA, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004; (954) 927-2628; Fax (954) 924-4299; Email: DHartman@igfa.org.
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                  • #29
                    Collins wins third IGFA Inshore World Championship

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                    Collins wins third IGFA Inshore World Championship

                    Catches 13 fish among 5 species in prestigious tournament of champions



                    ISLAMORADA, In-the-Florida-Keys, U.S.A. – Fresh from a team win in the IGFA Offshore World Championship in Mexico, Robert Collins won the IGFA Inshore World Championship while defending his Grand Champion title accumulating the most points for five targeted species.

                    It was his third championship title in the eight years of the inshore tournament.

                    “Two world championships within two months, I’m speechless,” smiled Collins. “Today was a real nail biter right up to the end, just like in Cabo San Lucas.”

                    The International Game Fish Association’s celebrated catch-and-release tournament is dubbed the “super bowl of inshore fishing,” as 32 anglers from around the world stalked the Florida Bay waters for bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook and redfish.

                    Collins who has homes in Islamorada and Naples, was chasing Day 2 leader Joe “Pepe” Lopez, Coral Gables, Fla. in the final round hoping to catch two bonefish, a snook and a permit to complete two slams of fish to go with earlier catches of nine fish.

                    Lopez, who won the title in 2006, had completed one slam on Tuesday and needed just two fish -- a snook and a permit -- to collect his second slam in the three-day event. He fell short by catching only a snook early, but like all the anglers suffered with overcast skies searching for the permit.

                    “I was hoping to get the remaining species we need to pull together two slams,” said Collins, who was guided by Capt. Mark Gilman, Islamorada. Collins who first won the tournament in 2005 caught a snook early and then two bonefish and a redfish but was also a permit shy of his second slam. He scored 1250 points on his 13 fish using both bait and artificial along with circle hooks for added points

                    Lopez won both runner-up grand champion and the bait division title with his slam and four fish for 950 total points.

                    In the fly division Mark Cooper, Aurora, Colo., won on releases of a redfish, a tarpon and three snook. The former NFL lineman for the Denver Broncos and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers totaled 775 points while going scoreless the final day.

                    First day leader John Timura, Islamorada, bounced back in the final round to win the artificial division on catches of redfish, snook and permit over the three days. In May Collins and Timura were members of a five-man team winning the IGFA Offshore World Championship in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, out fishing 63 teams from 27 countries.

                    Capt. Mike Hutchinson, Miami Springs, Fla. was named the top captain by scoring the most points in guiding Timura, Rich Gorden, Brooksville, Fla. and Johann Pettersson of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden in their rounds over the three days.



                    IN OTHER TOURNAMENT NOTES

                    Three anglers from the continents of Europe, Africa and Australia made good showing as first time invitees to the world-class tournament, and all said they hope to compete again next year subject to qualifying wins in their regions. Johann Pettersson of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, who went scoreless the first two days rallied big with 625 total points on releases of redfish and snook using artificial and fly. He had won the Pike Challenge in his home country to advance to IWC. Close behind was Phillip Clark of Darwin, NT, Australia with 600 points on catches of redfish. Clark advanced after winning the NT Barramundi Classic “down under.” Gustaf Brew, Ekvik, Sweden the winner of the Murchison Falls tournament in Uganda, Africa had 100 points despite having just going through knee surgery. Linda Denkert, Tavernier, Fla., gave anglers in the fly division a run on Wednesday by releasing three bonefish for 600 points to add to her earlier round redfish to finish second in the division with 725 points, 50 points behind Cooper. “We went zero for eight in chances to catch a tarpon,” she said. Her Day 3 guide was Capt Kenny Knudsen, Islamorada. Cal Collier, Jr., Atlanta, Ga., was third in fly. Making a late charge was Troy Pruitt, Naples, Fla., who ended the tournament with 1025 points scoring a slam while taking second in the bait division. Pruitt, guided Wednesday by Capt. Rusty Albury, Islamorada, released a bonefish, a snook and two redfish adding to his previous duo releases of tarpon and permit. Greg Zaepfel, Williamsville, New York, a suburb of Buffalo, who was “on fire” and in contention with 975 points on Tuesday with triples of snook, redfish and permit, failed to score anything on the final day as well as the opening round. He took third in the bait division. Finishing behind Timura in the artificial division were Stephanie Parsons, Naples, Fla., with 900 points for second and Rich Gorden, Brooksville, Fla. in third with 750 points. Fishing and daily scorekeeping took place from the World Wide Sportsman marina.



                    The 32 anglers gained entry winning one of over 55 fly and light tackle IGFA tournaments in 2007 held in eight countries around the world representing nearly 3,000 anglers on four continents, vying to be in the “tournament of champions.” Of the champions 15 were first time invitees including the anglers from Sweden, Uganda, Africa and Darwin, Australia.

                    The anglers fished with a different guide each of the three days based on a drawing.

                    The top anglers received Rolex timepieces in the prestige tournament. The four major award categories included: Grand Champion and first places in the fly, artificial lure and bait casting divisions. Trophies and merchandise went to the second and third place divisional winners as well as to the top three guides. The point value of the fish was determined by species and angler’s fishing preference.

                    Sponsors this year include Mercury Outboards, Bacardi, Costa Del Mar, G. Loomis, Hook and Tackle, Islamorada Fish Co., Islander Resort, King Sailfish Mounts, Rapala, Shimano, Stiffy Push Poles, 3M Scientific Anglers, Reel Life Art by Pasta, World Wide Sportsman, Zane Grey Lounge, KD & G Sea Life Masterpieces, Redbone Gallery, Image Graphics 2000, Momoi, Diamond Illusion and Daiichi.

                    Next year Sandy Moret of Florida Keys Outfitters located in Islamorada will form a partnership with the IGFA to take over the management of the celebrated tournament to begin its ninth year.

                    “I witnessed a pretty spectacular finish with eight or nine anglers very much in contention entering the final day,” said Moret. “With the foundation that the IGFA has put together over these eight years we can grow it even more with top fly and light tackle anglers worldwide.”

                    The Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship is scheduled for July 7-9, 2009. For tournament qualifying or sponsorship information contact Moret at 305-664-5423 or via e-mail at flkeyout@bellsouth.net .

                    The International Game Fish Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. It was founded in 1939 and has members in over 125 countries. The association welcomes visitors to their 60,000 square foot IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. The IGFA web site is igfa.org.

                    For further information, contact Ms. Hartman at the IGFA, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004; (954) 927-2628; Fax (954) 924-4299; Email: DHartman@igfa.org.

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                    Media: for further information, contact IGFA IWC tournament press relations at johnsoncom@aol.com or 480-951-3654.



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                    2008 IGFA INSHORE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

                    June 30 – July 2, 2008 – Islamorada, Fla., U.S.A.





                    GRAND CHAMPION - MOST SLAMS

                    Robert Collins, Islamorada, Fla., 1250 pts



                    RUNNER-UP GRAND CHAMPION - MOST SLAMS

                    Joe “Pepe” Lopez, Coral Gables, Fla., 950 pts



                    FLY ROD DIVISION

                    1st Mark Cooper, Aurora, Colo., 775 pts

                    2nd Linda Denkert, Tavernier, Fla., 725 pts

                    3rd Cal Collier, Jr., Atlanta, Ga., 650 pts



                    BAIT DIVISION

                    1st Joe “Pepe” Lopez, Coral Gables, Fla., 950 pts

                    2nd Troy Pruitt, Naples, Fla., 725 pts

                    3rd Greg Zaepfel, Buffalo, N.Y. 675 pts



                    ARTIFICIAL LURE DIVISION

                    1st John Timura, Islamorada, Fla., 1,100 pts

                    2nd Stephanie Parsons, Naples, Fla., 900 pts

                    3rd Rich Gorden, Brooksville, Fla. 750 pts



                    OVERALL GUIDES DIVISION

                    1st Capt. Mike Hutchisson, Miami Springs, Fla., 1,825 pts

                    2nd Capt. Dave Denkert, Tavernier, Fla. 1,500 pts

                    3rd Steve Thomas, Islamorada, Fla., 1,500 pts
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                      Collins wins third IGFA Inshore World Championship

                      HOT News from the IGFA
                      July 2008

                      By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                      Collins wins third IGFA Inshore World Championship
                      Catches 13 fish among 5 species in prestigious tournament of champions

                      Just two months ago he was a member of a five-man team of anglers making a dynamic charge from fourth place to the lead on the final day of IGFA Offshore World Championship in Mexico. Then in early July, in Islamorada, Fla., USA, Robert Collins won the IGFA Inshore World Championship while defending his Grand Champion title accumulating the most points for five targeted species.
                      It was his third championship title in the eight years of the celebrated inshore competition.
                      “Two world championships within two months, I’m speechless,” smiled Collins. “It was a real nail biter right up to the end, just like in Cabo San Lucas.”
                      The International Game Fish Association’s celebrated catch-and-release tournament is dubbed the “super bowl of inshore fishing,” as 32 anglers from around the world stalked the Florida Bay waters for bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook and redfish.
                      “Robert Collins is on fishing steroids,” remarked Florida Keys broadcaster Bill Kelly to his WKEZ-FM radio audience. “He’s amazing with any type of rod and reel in his hands.”
                      Sandy Moret of Florida Keys Outfitters, who will be taking over the management of the inshore tournament next year agreed adding “when you’re hot, it can carry over into the next tournament. He’s amazing.”
                      Collins, of Islamorada and Naples, was chasing Day 2 leader and former champ Joe “Pepe” Lopez, Coral Gables, Fla. in the final round. On Day 3 Collins was hoping to catch two bonefish, a snook and a permit to complete two slams of fish to go with earlier catches of nine fish.
                      In turn Lopez, who won the title in 2006, had completed one slam and needed just two fish -- a snook and a permit -- to collect his second slam in the three-day event. He fell short by catching a snook early, but like all the anglers suffered with overcast skies searching for the permit.
                      “I was hoping to get the remaining species we need to pull together two slams,” said Collins, who was guided by Capt. Mark Gilman, Islamorada. Collins who first won the tournament in 2005 caught a snook early and then two bonefish and a redfish but was also a permit shy of his second slam. He scored 1250 points on his 13 fish using both bait and artificial along with circle hooks for added points
                      Lopez won both runner-up grand champion and the bait division title with his slam and four fish for 950 total points.
                      Mark Cooper, Aurora, Colo., won the fly division on releases of a redfish, a tarpon and three snook. The former NFL lineman for the Denver Broncos and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers totaled 775 points while going scoreless the final day.
                      First day leader John Timura, Islamorada, bounced back in the final round to win the artificial division on catches of redfish, snook and permit over the three days. Timura was Collins’ teammate in Mexico the IGFA Offshore World Championship out fishing 63 teams from 27 countries.
                      Capt. Mike Hutchinsson, Miami Springs, Fla. was named the top captain by scoring the most points in guiding Timura, Rich Gorden, Brooksville, Fla. and Johann Pettersson of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden in their rounds over the three days.
                      IGFA Tournament director Mike Myatt said the 32 anglers gained entry winning one of over 55 fly and light tackle IGFA qualifying tournaments in 2007 held in eight countries around the world representing nearly 3,000 anglers on four continents. The “tournament of champions” had 15 first time invitees including the anglers from Sweden, Uganda, Africa and Darwin, Australia.
                      The anglers fished with a different guide each of the three days based on a drawing. The point value of the fish was determined by species and angler’s fishing preference.
                      The top anglers received timepieces in the prestige tournament with trophies and merchandise going to the second and third place divisional winners and to the top three guides.
                      Sponsors this year include Mercury Outboards, *Bacardi, Costa Del Mar, G. Loomis, Hook and Tackle, Islamorada Fish Co., Islander Resort, King Sailfish Mounts, Rapala, Shimano, Stiffy Push Poles, 3M Scientific Anglers, Reel Life Art by Pasta, World Wide Sportsman, Zane Grey Lounge, KD & G Sea Life Masterpieces,*Redbone Gallery, Image Graphics 2000, Momoi, Diamond Illusion and Daiichi.
                      Moret has formed a partnership with the IGFA to take over the management of the celebrated tournament to begin*its ninth year.
                      “I witnessed a pretty spectacular finish with eight or nine anglers very much in contention entering the final day,” said Moret. “With the foundation that the IGFA has put together over these eight years we can grow it even more with top fly and light tackle anglers worldwide.”
                      The Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship is scheduled for July 7-9, 2009. For tournament qualifying or sponsorship information contact Moret at 305-664-5423 or via e-mail at flkeyout@bellsouth.net .
                      For the complete news release please go to the IGFA web site’s home page at http://igfa.org or to
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                      2008 IGFA INSHORE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
                      June 30 – July 2, 2008 – Islamorada, Fla., U.S.A.

                      GRAND CHAMPION - MOST SLAMS
                      Robert Collins, Islamorada, Fla., 1250 pts
                      RUNNER-UP GRAND CHAMPION - MOST SLAMS
                      Joe “Pepe” Lopez, Coral Gables, Fla., 950 pts
                      FLY ROD DIVISION
                      1st Mark Cooper, Aurora, Colo., 775 pts
                      2nd Linda Denkert, Tavernier, Fla., 725 pts
                      3rd Cal Collier, Jr., Atlanta, Ga., 650 pts
                      BAIT DIVISION
                      1st Joe “Pepe” Lopez, Coral Gables, Fla., 950 pts
                      2nd Troy Pruitt, Naples, Fla., 725 pts
                      3rd Greg Zaepfel, Buffalo, N.Y. 675 pts
                      ARTIFICIAL LURE DIVISION
                      1st John Timura, Islamorada, Fla., 1,100 pts
                      2nd Stephanie Parsons, Naples, Fla., 900 pts
                      3rd Rich Gorden, Brooksville, Fla. 750 pts
                      OVERALL GUIDES DIVISION
                      1st Capt. Mike Hutchisson, Miami Springs, Fla., 1,825 pts
                      2nd Capt. Dave Denkert, Tavernier, Fla. 1,500 pts
                      3rd Steve Thomas, Islamorada, Fla., 1,500 pts
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                      IGFA World Championships change to new managements

                      After nearly a decade of creating two of sport fishing’s best known world class tournaments, the IGFA has officially passed the management batons of its inshore and offshore competitions to new hands.
                      Under the direction of Sandy Moret, Florida Keys Outfitters in Islamorada, Fla., USA will now run the 2009 Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship.
                      “Fly fishing and light tackle fishing are uniquely different forms of sport fishing,” said Moret. “IGFA regulations and many historically cherished angling traditions maintain a clear cut difference between the two.
                      The basic premise in all conventional light tackle angling is that the weight of the bait or lure takes the line from the reel. In fly fishing it’s that the weight of the fly line pulls the fly through the air. Their angling similarity primarily ends there with the exception they share the same playing field.
                      In order to recognize the difference of skills, technique and expertise required to be a master of either sport, we will recognize and award equally coveted awards to the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Champion Light Tackle Angler and the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Champion Fly Fishing Angler.
                      “Winning a fly fishing qualifying event, you’ll be invited into the fly division and the same if you won in a light tackle event. Each division will have a champion.”
                      The IGFA will continue to hold its auction as a continuing fund raising effort.
                      “We’ll have more to announce in the coming months as we add more qualifying events to the 55 presently around the world,” said Moret. “I believe this new format will create a fair, fun, and exciting high level of competition. We’ll have the ‘best of the best’ as anglers and guides come together utilizing these unique angling styles plus their natural skills and abilities.”
                      The 2009 tournament is scheduled for July 7 – 9.
                      In turn the IGFA’s Offshore World Championship stands to grow even larger, thanks to a recently announced partnership with the Bonnier Marine Group.
                      The championship, which began in 2000, has grown into the sport’s premiere offshore fishing series with presently 130 qualifying tournaments in over 38 countries. To be invited to this prestigious event, teams must win one of those tournaments located around the world.
                      “The Offshore World Championship has representatives from more countries than any other fishing tournament in the world,” said IGFA President Rob Kramer.
                      Bonnier will take on the management side of the championship starting with the 2009 event and is already adding more qualifying events. The IGFA will remain the championship’s sole nonprofit benefactor. A fundraiser and auction for the IGFA will be held at the championship and Bonnier will make a charitable donation to the IGFA following each year’s event.
                      The championship will continue to use the first-class amenities and boats of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, as its host location.
                      Bonnier, publisher of recreational boating and fishing’s most respected and well-known titles such as Marlin, Sport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman, currently produces fishing tournaments in Bermuda, Mexico and the U.S. Bonnier will support the championship by providing advertising space in its magazines, creating a dedicated World Offshore Championship website and televising the championship on its Sport Fishing Magazine TV show aired on Versus.
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                      Hot Catches for July from the IGFA World Records Department

                      The International Game Fish Association provides monthly highlights of selected documented fish catches made from across the globe submitted for world records. Rebecca Wright the IGFA’s world records coordinator provided the following information on these 11 recent submissions now before the world records review committee.

                      Japanese angler Noboru Shinagawa, of Oki-Gun, Shmane, landed an olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) on March 16, weighing 14.5 kg (31 lb 15 oz) for a potential IGFA All-Tackle record. Shinagawa was fishing Okinoshima, Japan using a Japanese jack mackerel for bait. The current record is 25 lb 2 oz caught two years ago in Jogashima Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo - olive flounder - 08050060)

                      Using smelt as bait while fishing Canada’s Lake Deifenbaker, Sean Konrad, Saskatoon, SK, landed a burbot (Lota lota) on March 22, weighing 8.65 kg (19 lb 1 oz) for a pending record in the IGFA All-Tackle class. The current record is 18 lb 11 oz caught in Oct. 1996 in Angenmanalren, Sweden. (Photo – burbot - 08050080A)

                      The same Lake Deifenbaker may produce another record for a catch made May 20 by Aaron Wiebe, Howden, MB, Canada, who landed a rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). It took Wiebe nine minutes to land using a night crawler for bait on 6 kg (12 lb) class line. The fish weighed 16.27 kg (35 lb 14 oz). The current record is 33 lb 6 oz pulled from the same lake July 2006. (Photo – rainbow trout - 08060013)

                      Another body of water holding records is Nevada’s (USA) Pyramid Lake where Marvin Green, Porterville, Calif., USA, was fly fishing and landed a cutthroat trout, (Oncorhynchus clarki) on April 21. Caught with a whooly bugger using 6 kg (12 lb) tippet the fish weighed 5.02kg (11 lb 1 oz). It took green 12 minutes to land. The current IGFA fly record is 10 lb 0 oz from the same lake in Feb. 1990. Pyramid holds six of the seven tippet records for the species. (Photo – cutthroat trout - 08060010)

                      Botswana angler Bill Staveley, of Gaborone, fishing local waters landed a sharptooth catfish, (Clarias gariepinus) on May 2, weighing 4.31 kg (9 lb 8 oz). He was using 10 kg (20 lb) class line and a worm for bait. Staveley holds four current records and may have a fifth for the species. The current line class mark is 3 lb 2 oz taken from Botswana’s Notwane Dam, in April of 2003. (Photo - sharptooth catfish - 08050084)

                      An experience he’ll treasure for a lifetime and a possible world record to prove it was Sean Mendonoca’s catch of a 403.7 kg (890 lb 0 oz) Atlantic blue marlin (Makaira nigricans). Fishing his home West Indies waters off Trinidad and Tobago, the junior angler from Westmoorings, Trinidad, guided by Moe Lloyd, landed the billfish on April 5 after a one hour 25 minute fight using a plug with flying fish for bait. The current men’s junior class record is 815 lb 11 oz, caught off Funchal, Maderia, Portugal in August 1997. (Photo – Atlantic blue marlin - 08050086)

                      While fishing Zancudo, Costa Rica, and guided by John Olson, Cedar Park, Texas USA angler Karrie A. Ables, landed a star studded grouper (Epinephilus nipholbles) on March 8, weighing 11.34 kg (25 lb 0 oz). She was using cut squid for bait and fought the fish for 20 minutes for what could be a potential IGFA All-Tackle class record. The current record of 21 lb 0 oz was caught last year in the same Costa Rican waters. (Photo - star studded grouper -- 08050095)

                      A potential IGFA All-Tackle class record is being considered for a queen snapper (Etelis oculatus) that Christopher B. Cortez, Wellington, Fla., USA, landed on May 11, weighing 6.97 kg (15 lb 6 oz). Cortez was guided by J. D. Ferrin, using a Williamson Benthos Speed jig for bait while fishing off Long Key, Florida. The current IGFA record for the species was set in March 2006, weighing 14 lb, 0 oz, off Key Largo, Fla. (Photo – queen snapper -- 08060006)

                      They’re also known as a common sea trout, a grey trout or a summer trout but for one young angler the weakfish (Cynoscion regalis) he caught could be a new record. Fishing Great Kills, New York, USA, Michael Byrne, of Staten Island, N.Y., guided by Steve M. Byrne, landed one weighing 6.58 kg (14 lb 8 oz) on May 26, using a Bucktail with a pork rind for bait. The current IGFA record in the boy’s smallfry division is 11 lb 15 oz, caught in Barnegat Bay, N.J. May, 2005. (Photo – weakfish -- 08060009)

                      In his quest for another yellow bullhead (Ameiurus natalis) record Roger Aziz Jr., Methuen, Mass., USA, landed the species on May 25, weighing 2.83 kg (6 lb 4 oz) on 3 kg (6 lb) class line. He used a sunfish for bait, fishing nearby Forrest Lake. The current record, over 30 years old is 3 lb 0 oz caught on Wisconsin’s Nelson Lake, May 1977. Aziz already holds records for the species in the 8 and 12 lb line classes. (Photo – yellow bullhead – 08060014)

                      If approved a recent catch of a silver eye (Polymixia Japonica) will be a new addition to the All-Tackle Species section of the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book. While fishing Oshima, Japan, and using cut squid for bait, Kenji Kaneshin, of Koto-Ku Tokyo, guided by Hiroyuki Maruyama, landed the fish on May 18 weighing 1.3 kg (2 lb 13 oz) cut squid for bait,. (Photo – silver eye – 08060015)
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                      Hall of Fames’ Kreh is back at it
                      In the May issue of IGFA Hot News we reported about the freak accident Lefty Kreh had in February while giving a fly-casting demo in Tampa, Fla., falling from a platform and contacting all his weight on his knee, tearing the kneecap*completely*free. Doctors surgically reattached the cap and*sutured*the tendons and muscles.
                      Despite the accident the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Famer is back conducting the masses with his fly rod.
                      “I’m down to using one crutch,” Lefty responded to Hot News, “and if I get the thigh muscle*stronger*that they cut*deeply*to do repairs, I should be able to discard it in late July or August. That's five to six months*after*the accident!”
                      Fly Fishing in Saltwaters editor Mike Mazur highlighted Kreh’s comeback in the July/August issue of the magazine as Capt. Jim Freda captured photos of the always affable and popular fly-fishing educator and writer conducting a seminar.
                      Though he sat wearing a Velcro splint it didn’t impede his lively seminar in New Jersey.
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                      From the IGFA -- Did You Know?
                      The closest relatives of tarpon are bonefish, ladyfish and eels
                      Common snook begin their lives as males and then switch sexes to females at a larger size
                      Gag grouper begin their lives as females and then switch sexes to males at a larger size
                      Bluefin tuna can maintain core body temperatures as high 17-33 º C
                      473 marlin were caught and released during the 2006 Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship over four days in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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                      IGFA Education News:
                      Junior Angler Summer Camps in full swing through mid-August

                      The excitement of the campers’ youthful voices as they discovered new things in the marine world echoed through the IGFA’s museum bringing smiles to the faces of adult visitors.
                      Nothing beats the IGFA’s weekly Junior Angler Summer Camps for hands-on activities and fun for youngsters.
                      Now in its ninth year and held at the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla., the association is midway through its nine weeklong summer camp adventures for children ages 8 – 13. Some openings are still available as the camps continue through August 15th.
                      “These camps give children the opportunity to have fun while being educated on local habitats and ethical practices, said Education Director Dave Matagiese. “During each week-long experience, campers discover the importance of the different fresh and salt water habitats for sport fishing. “
                      Each week the campers also spend time in the museum learning about fishing techniques, conservation, the Everglades, marine biology, tying flies & jigs, and participating in simulated fishing tournaments.
                      The field trips take the campers on a variety of fresh and salt water adventures: drift boat, pier and shore fishing, wetlands exploration and much more. Matagiese says every Friday the campers have been fishing out of Miami, and finding their fair share of grunts, snappers and grouper.
                      The IGFA museum also hosts children from other camps for their field trips along with school groups for hands-on lab programs as well as Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups earning merit badges.
                      For much more information, please call 954-924-4309, email reservations@igfa.org, or visit www.igfa.org/camps.asp.
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                      Family Fishing Clinic a success

                      Mercury Marine and the IGFA recently hosted a Family Fishing Clinic at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum.
                      IGFA Education Director Dave Matagiese said the Mercury Marine Pro Team was on site to teach kids young and old about the great sport of fishing and what it takes to land monster fish.
                      “We had over 300 kids and their families come to the event where they learned about outboard maintenance, proper casting techniques and how to throw a cast net,” said Matagiese.
                      He said the IGFA plans to hold other Family Fishing Clinics with Mercury Marine in the future so check the www.igfa.org website for updates.
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                      IGFA and FFWCC hosting free Boaters Safety Course in August

                      If you’re new to boating or would like for you and members of your family to be safer boaters, a free class is being offered at the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame.
                      The IGFA and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission are teaming together to host the next free Boaters Safety Course beginning on Saturday, August 2 at the IGFA in Dania Beach, Fla.
                      One other additional class will be offered in the fall on November 8.
                      The day class begins at 8 a.m. and lasts till 4 p.m.
                      Taught by the law enforcement division of the FFWCC, this course meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida.
                      The class is comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam and is limited to 16 people with advance registration.
                      For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                      Artist Tinomana Vachot to Exhibit in IGFA’s Art Gallery
                      A new style of art will decorate the walls the IGFA Art Gallery beginning in September as Tahitian artist Tinomana Vachot combines the traditional art of the Marquesas, Tuamotu and Hawaiian Islands societies, with his intricate designs capturing the beauty, spirit and culture of the Polynesian Triangle Paradise.
                      Pictured is “Haura Tatau,” a one-of-a-kind piece done on tapa bark cloth which is created through a labor-intensive process that has been passed from generation to generation. The Yakka wood frame and woven Lauhala mat complete – and compliment -- Vachot’s unique work of art. The show opens September 2008.
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                      Calendar of future IGFA events

                      Now through September 2008 – Sharkwater, award-winning feature length film and exhibition, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – Extended through September due to popular demand, the much-acclaimed 90-minute documentary film, winner of 19 international awards, is being shown four times daily on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and Sunday’s at noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays it’s shown at 3:30 p.m. An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation is also featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery. Monthly lectures featuring local and national shark experts are also scheduled. The IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16. For more information phone the IGFA at 954-924-4370.
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                      Now through Aug 15, 2008 -- IGFA’s nine weekly Summer Camps begin, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – This is the ninth year of the IGFA’s popular nine weekly camps held during the summer break for children ages 8 to 13. Campers will explore the aquatic environment and participate in many fishing adventures and exciting marine life activities. Each week-long camp session is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before and after-care is available from 8 - 9 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more information, go to the IGFA summer camp website at www.igfa.org/summercamp.asp. There’s a maximum of 45 children per week, so parents are encouraged to reserve early. Registration is available by calling the IGFA education department at 954-924-4309 or via email at reservations@igfa.org.
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                      July 19, 2008 -- IGFA Observer Training Class – IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. -- 9 a.m. – The class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org, and at the IGFA headquarters. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or via email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                      August 2, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                      October 25, 2008 -- The 10th Annual IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will be the highlight of a weekend-long (Friday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 26) celebration in honor of all 70 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include Henry Chee, Dr. Roy Dean, Jimmy Houston, Kay Rybovich and Karl Wickstrom. They were selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony for the 2008 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                      November 8, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                      November 10 – 13, 2008 – The Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA --Representatives from around the globe will be hosted by the IGFA at an international forum for the recreational fishing community. The conference will target the tackle industry, angling tourism and include representatives from non governmental organizations and fisheries science and management. Topics will include historical and recent trends in participation, emerging fisheries, recreational fisheries science and management, socioeconomics, and catch and release. For information on the conference or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.worldrecfish.org or contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or jschratwieser@igfa.org
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                      • #31
                        IGFA School of Sportfishing announces fall classes

                        HOT News from the IGFA
                        August 2008

                        By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                        IGFA School of Sportfishing announces fall classes
                        The IGFA has announced its newest School of Sportfishing fall series of classes to begin in late August and will run through mid-October.
                        This is the eighth session for the popular School.
                        Launched in 2006 by the IGFA in association with Saltwater Professional Consulting and Captain Tony DiGiulian, the Tuesday night classes run from 7 – 10 p.m., and are taught at the IGFA Intl. Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum.
                        Limited to a class size of 24 anglers the IGFA School of Sportfishing offers a unique experience for anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water. Each course includes printed materials along with the equipment and hands-on instruction where anglers have a chance to interact and learn from professional fishermen who they would usually only read about in fishing magazines or see on television.
                        “Not only are these anglers and captains some of the best fishermen in each respective discipline, they are also willing and able to share their knowledge with you,” said IGFA Education Director David Matagiese.
                        Matagiese outlined the subjects and dates of the next eight classes:
                        “Understanding Your Onboard Electronics” taught by Capt. Karl Anderson, August 26
                        “Fishing For Trophy Snook” with Capt. Mark Zaskey, Sept. 2
                        “Four Fundamentals Every Sportfisherman Should Know” taught by Capt. Tony DiGiulian, Sept. 9
                        “The Basics of Rigging and Trolling Artificial Lures” with instructor Capt. Josh Brown, Sept. 16.
                        “All About Live Bait” taught by Capt. Shawn Fairbanks, Sept. 23.
                        “Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs” instructed by Capt. Bouncer Smith, Sept. 30
                        “Conquering Sailfish” with teacher Capt. Bouncer Smith, Oct. 7
                        “Targeting Largemouth and Peacock Bass” with Capt Alan Zaremba, Oct. 14
                        “We introduced our first “onboard electronics class” last May and the attendees got loads of information so we’re including this very informative class with electronics guru, Capt. Karl Anderson of Marlin Magazine as the instructor,” said Matagiese. “With the technological advances today’s onboard electronics go through, anglers are looking to stay on the cutting edge and make their electronics work for them. This class gives participants that ability to get hands-on instruction from an industry leader.”
                        For the first time the IGFA is offering a class specifically for the freshwater angler entitled “targeting largemouth and peacock bass.”
                        “There’s been an overwhelming response to hold a bass class and South Florida bass fishing legend Capt Alan Zaremba, who’s led anglers to many impressive catches as a professional guide over 20 years, is the ideal instructor for it. His insatiable desire to target these fish has taken him all over the world and he has been featured on numerous fishing shows.”
                        The six other classes offered are among the most requested by participants.
                        The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 each for non-members.
                        For more details visit the website at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp to assess which courses are appropriate for specific skill levels. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp. Or contact Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or via e-mail at dmatagiese@igfa.org, or Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org .
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                        IGFA, other associations form conservation coalition
                        The IGFA is among a coalition of five associations along with individual conservationists and businesses to form the Center for Coastal Conservation (CCC), a non-partisan national organization dedicated to enacting sensible marine conservation laws through education and political action.
                        Along with the IGFA, the other groups include the American Sportfishing Assoc. (ASA), The Billfish Foundation (TBF) the National Marine Manufacturers Assoc. (NMMA) and the Coastal Conservation Assoc. (CCA). Though the groups hold a wide range of interests the new coalition will focus on federal policy and elections starting in 2008.
                        The announcement was made at a news conference during the ICAST fishing tackle trade show in Las Vegas in July.
                        IGFA President Rob Kramer and IGFA International Hall of Famer Walter Fondren III; will serve on the CCC’s 12 member board of directors. IGFA Trustee Bill Shedd represented Kramer who was in Japan during the news conference.
                        “The Center fills a vacuum that existed on the national scene for a business-oriented organization dedicated to protecting America’s coastal resources through involvement in the political process,” said Jack Lawton, Jr., the group’s founding chairman. “The Center is already involved in the 2008 election process through support of candidates for the House and Senate who we believe can support our goals.”
                        Lawton emphasized that The Center brings under a single umbrella the leading advocates for marine recreational fishing and boating. The new organization promotes sound conservation and use of ocean resources by backing federal legislators who support its goals. The Center will focus on promoting a quality recreational fishery; ending over fishing; rebuilding plans for fisheries; improving angling and boating access, and working waterfronts and marinas.
                        “The Center focuses on helping elect conservation-minded men and women to the U.S. House and Senate and educating all Members of Congress regarding issues that are important to recreational fishing and boating,” said Lawton. “We have an active PAC, and we are engaging in more than 30 races.”
                        The Center’s mission is to promote good stewardship of America’s marine resources with its members participating in federal elections through gifts to its political action committee, Center PAC (similar to what large groups like the NRA exert for hunting, shooting sports and wildlife conservation).
                        “Every year, more than 12 million Americans enjoy wetting a line in our oceans and along our coasts,” said Kramer. “More than just a traditional American pastime and contributor to conservation, saltwater recreational fishing is a major economic driver generating more than $30 billion in economic impact and supporting nearly 350,000 jobs nationwide.* As such, there needs to be a clear and coordinated message to the decision makers within our federal government to ensure that this constituency is heard and given appropriate consideration.*
                        “Current tax laws severely limit the ability of not-for-profit organizations like the IGFA to become involved in the political process.* The Center for Coastal Conservation provides a much-needed mechanism for angling organizations and individuals to communicate a unified message to political leaders and other government officials.”
                        “As an international organization with members in more than 120 countries and territories,” Kramer continued, “the IGFA would like to see the United States become a more proactive leader in international fisheries issues affecting fishermen around the world.* The first step to doing this is by becoming a higher priority for our government right here in the United States. We feel that our nearly 70-year reputation as a leader in game fish conservation and our international knowledge of recreational fishing will be a great benefit to the newly created Center.”
                        Jefferson Angers of Louisiana is the Center’s first president. He previously served as executive director and CEO of the CCA of Louisiana for 15 years.
                        “We’re committed to conservation policies that conserve natural resources while keeping them accessible for recreational fishing, boating and other uses that don’t cause harm,” Angers said. “Some seem to believe that good conservation can only be best achieved by restricting access to our resources, and others favor exploiting resources with few restrictions. Our philosophy is that we can balance effective conservation with sensible access.”
                        “We have high hopes for a more proactive approach to fisheries management and look forward to working with our colleagues on this joint effort,” Kramer added.
                        For more information, visit www.CoastalConservation.US.
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                        IGFA expedition fishing trip filling up
                        Three openings of the dozen limited slots are still available for the IGFA Expedition Series trip to Piñas Bay, Panama, an event described as the ultimate once-in-a lifetime sport fishing experience.
                        “This adventure follows in the footsteps of the early game fish pioneers exploring the abundant waters of Piñas Bay, Panama, for the world’s greatest game fish,” said IGFA Development Director Eric Combast. “The targeted fish include blue marlin, black marlin, tuna and other top game species found in the waters surrounding the world famous Tropic Star Lodge.”
                        The expedition team leaders includes veteran journalist Capt. Karl Anderson, IGFA President Rob Kramer, former IGFA President Mike Leech, TV host and IGFA Intl. Fishing Hall of Famer Mark Sosin and IGFA World Record Holder Raleigh Werking. This group of five experienced and exceptional anglers will provide an action-packed excursion with valuable fishing tips and guidance.
                        The journey begins September 15 upon arrival in Panama City, Panama.
                        “The following day the anglers will take a 50-minute plane ride to Tropic Star Lodge,” said Combast, “and then it’s three days of fishing on beautiful Piñas Bay with our Expedition Series leaders.”
                        The cost of this all-inclusive expedition is $10,000 USD. A portion of the cost will be tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.
                        For more information on this exciting opportunity, please call Combast at 954-924-4325 or email ecombast@igfa.org.
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                        Tickets on sale for 10th IGFA Intl. Fishing Hall of Fame induction

                        Tickets are on sale for the one of the IGFA’s most celebrated events of the year with the induction ceremony for the tenth class into the International Fishing Hall of Fame, October 25.
                        The evening focuses on the five member class of 2008 recognizing the honorees for the important contributions they made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, the arts, literature, science, education, communication, invention or administration of fishery resources.
                        The five inductees and their contributions include: the late Henry Chee a renowned Hawaii guide and innovator offshore lures; the late Dr. Roy Dean, founder of the Intl. Light Tackle Tournament Assoc., early promoter of catch-and-release and researcher of billfish migration, Jimmy Houston, professional bass fisherman and TV show host; Kay Rybovich co-founder of the Intl. Women’s Fishing Assoc., conservationist and one of the grand ladies of sport fishing, and Karl Wickstrom founder and Editor-in-Chief of Florida Sportsman magazine, who initiated and chaired the Save Our Sealife campaign that banned gill nets and revitalized Florida's inshore waters
                        The evening’s activities which begin at 6 p.m., include a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and induction ceremony takes place at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla., USA.
                        Tickets for the evening are $200 per person and the public is invited.
                        Seventy Hall of Fame members are currently enshrined and include Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie and John Rybovich.
                        Special sponsorships and sponsor tables are available. For reservation, sponsorship or further information, contact Lesley Arico at the International Game Fish Association, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida, 33004. Email: larico@igfa.org, by phone 954-924-4222, or fax 954-924-4299.
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                        Great donation items arriving for 25th IGFA Intl. Auction and Banquet
                        Big things are already happening in preparation for the “Silver Anniversary” of the IGFA’s premier fundraising event, the 25th Annual International Auction & Banquet next year.
                        The event will take place Friday, January 23, 2009, at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla.
                        The IGFA is already receiving a wide range of donations with more coming in daily.
                        Featured this year will be renowned marine artist, conservationist and marine biologist, Dr. Guy Harvey. Harvey, an IGFA Trustee and long time auction supporter, has promised a special piece to commemorate the milestone.
                        “Each guest will receive a signed and numbered print of his original artwork,” said IGFA Corporate Relations Manager Ms. Lesley Arico.
                        She said other donations include an original sculpture by past featured artist, David Wirth, a week for two at the fantastic Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, a safari for two to Zulu Nyala in South Africa, an original bronze sculpture by Bodo Muche, a seven-day wels catfishing trip for two to Europe, fishing charters, rods and reels, tackle, jewelry, resorts, and much more.
                        Tickets are $175 per person or a corporate table for 10 people can be purchased for $3000 that includes preferred table placement, a full-page ad in the auction program, table signage and table favors. To make reservations, an auction donation or if you need further information please contact Ms. Arico at 954-924-4222 or email larico@igfa.org.
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                        IGFA mourns passing of trustee John “Jack” Anderson II

                        John Wendell “Jack” Anderson II, a gentleman who was a significant contributor to the evolution of the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame and its museum and who served three decades as a trustee, has died.
                        A resident of Palm Beach, Fla. USA, since 1981, Anderson passed away on July 17 in Hamilton, Bermuda at the age of 84.
                        The former industrialist, world traveler, avid sports fisherman and golf enthusiast, was born September 16, 1923 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
                        With his passion for ethical sport fishing and scientific marine inquiry, Anderson served for 30 years on the IGFA Board of Trustees, and as its Vice Chairman for 20 years. He played a pivotal role in the fundraising and design decisions to make the 60-year dream of a permanent home for the IGFA Intl. Fishing Hall of Fame and museum a reality.
                        As he ran the Bundy Corporation, his family’s steel tubing company for 45 years building it into a multinational force, Anderson traveled to -- and fished -- all parts of the globe. He was on the forefront as angling flourished after World War II. Jack became a regular in the Bahamas in 1947, where he often went bonefishing in the morning for the bait he would use to entice blue marlin in the afternoon.
                        In 1978 and 1983, off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Anderson made two remarkable catches: a 1,318 lb black marlin landed in 57 minutes and a 1,307 lb fish taken in 47 minutes.* Anderson is one of only two anglers to accomplish such a feat.
                        Anderson has caught Atlantic blue marlin and bluefin tuna over 800 lb, Pacific blue marlin over 900lb, and has made 10-to-1 catches of black marlin, blue marlin, striped marlin and Pacific sailfish, something that few anglers achieve with even a single species.
                        With his knowledgeable, scientific approach to big-game angling and fascination with marine life and the world’s oceans, Anderson worked with ichthyologists, oceanographers, technicians and other qualified personnel, including his fishing captain Bill Fagen, over a several month fishing expedition collecting specimens in exotic locales.
                        Anderson’s family requests that memorial tributes be made to the International Game Fish Association, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004. (For more on Jack Anderson’s life please see the IGFA web site www.igfa.org - home page: “Latest News”)
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                        August Hot Catches

                        Each month the world records department of the International Game Fish Association provides highlights of selected documented fish catches made across the globe submitted for world records. A couple of young anglers lead off the nine recent submissions that IGFA world records coordinator Rebecca Wright provided which are now before the world records committee.
                        As a young angler Amber M. Rooney, Wall Township, N.H., USA has jump-started her early love for fishing by landing a striper and possibly her first IGFA record. Using menhaden for bait while fishing New Jersey’s Shark River and guided by Rory T. Rooney Jr. she landed the striped bass (Morone saxatilis) on June 10th weighing 22.23 kg (49 lb, 0 oz) for a possible female smallfry class record. She’s hoping it beats the current IGFA record of 42 lb 9 oz caught off Long Beach, N.Y. last year. (Photo: striped bass - 08060035)
                        Another youngster Noah Amiel, of Richmond Hill, ON, Canada, landed a common carp (Cyprinus carpio) on May 17, weighing 13.15 kg (29 lb 0 oz) for possibly a new IGFA male smallfry record. He used corn for bait while fishing a lake in Toronto, Canada. The current record is 26 lb caught in the George’s River N.S.W. Australia in June 2004. (Photo: common carp – 08070001)

                        Guided by Jason Pipe, it took just two minutes for Plantation, Fla. USA angler Gary Carter, to land an Atlantic blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) on June 4 weighing 161.93 kg (357 lb 0 oz) on men’s 3 kg (6 lb) line class record. He was using mackerel for bait while fishing off La Gomera in the Canary Islands. The current IGFA record for the species was set in 2001 for a 336 lb caught off the Cape Verde Islands. (Photo: Atlantic blue marlin – 08060042)
                        Dave Speer, of Lewisville, Texas, USA hopes to be the first to have his name in the record books for catching a smallmouth buffalo (Ictiobus bubalus) on fly using 1 kg (2 lb) tippet. The fish which weighed 2.95 kg (6 lb 8 oz) on June 13 was caught on a sucker punch fly from the Elm Fork of Texas’ Trinity River.(Photo: smallmouth buffalo – 08060043)

                        Fly fishing in Africa, Texas angler, Stan Nabozny of The Woodlands, USA, guided by Andrew Parsons, landed a ladyfish (Elops spp.) on June 3 weighing 4.42 kg (9 lb 12 oz). He used a clouser minnow on 8 kg (16 lb) tippet class fishing the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique. The current men’s IGFA tippet record of 5 lb 12 oz was caught last year near home Texas east coast at Port Isabel. (Photo: ladyfish – 08060046)

                        On June 11, Christine Perez, Mims, Fla., USA, guided by Capt Troy Perez, landed a 9.07 kg (20 lb 0 oz) red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) on 3 kg (6 lb) class tippet. It struck on a clouser and took Perez 30 minutes to land while fishing Buras, Louisiana, USA. Ms. Perez is hoping to beat her current IGFA women’s 6 lb tippet fly record of an 18 lb red drum caught on Mosquito Lagoon, Fla., 10 years ago. (Photo: red drum – 08060052)

                        Auckland, New Zealander Guy Jacobsen, is hoping to beat a 25-year old light line record after catching a blue shark (Prionace glauca). Guided by John Batterton and using live mackerel for bait, it took Jacobsen 10 minutes to land the fish on May 31, which weighed 57.4 kg (126 lb 8 oz) on 1 kg (2 lb) class line. The current IGFA line record is 119 lb caught off Shinnecock, Long Island, NY in 1983. (Photo: blue shark – 08070002)

                        Lake Deifenbaker in Canada has been the site of many IGFA freshwater records and Cory James McLachlan, Outlook, Saskatchewan, may have landed another one with a 15.93 kg (35 lb 2 oz) rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) on May 3. McLauhlan used 15 kg (30 lb) class line with herring for bait and took 10 minutes to land the fish. The current record is 31 lb 6 oz caught in Lake Michigan off Wheaton, Illinois 15 years ago. (Photo: rainbow trout – 28369)

                        While fishing the Amazon River, Brazilian angler Gilberto Fernandes, of Mao, AM, landed a barred sorubim (Pseudoplatystoma faciatum) on April 26 weighing 16.17 kg (35 lb 10 oz). He used a small catfish for bait and fought the sorubim for 30 minutes. Fernandes has applied for an IGFA All-Tackle class record that could replace the Sept. 2000 record for a catch of a 29 lb 12 oz specimen from the Kuluene River in Brazil. (Photo: barred sorubim – 08070023)
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                        --At the Museum—
                        IGFA welcomes new museum director

                        The IGFA recently named Ryan Dick as the new Museum Director of the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla., USA.
                        A native Floridian and a South Florida resident for most of his life, Ryan grew up fishing the freshwater, inshore and offshore waters around his home. An avid diver as well, he worked many summers as a divemaster out of the Palm Beach Inlet while completing his education at Florida State University, graduating with a Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communication.
                        Ryan comes from The Zimmerman Agency in Tallahassee, Fla., where he was an account supervisor working with clients such as Costa Del Mar and Bertram Yachts, Inc. His love of education, conservation and the general public coupled with his background in marketing make him a great addition to the IGFA team.
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                        From the IGFA -- Did You Know?

                        Fishing rods must have minimum tip length of 40 inches to be IGFA legal
                        The eel catfish, (Channallabes apus), can capture insect prey on dry land
                        The transition between fishes and terrestrial vertebrates occurred over 370 million years ago
                        Fish school not only to evade predators, but also because it allows individuals to swim with less effort
                        In 2004, 761 billfish anglers reported catching 3,409 Pacific billfish during 4,988 fishing days.
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                        Calendar of future IGFA events

                        Now through September 2008 – Sharkwater, award-winning feature length film and exhibition, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – Extended through September due to popular demand, the much-acclaimed 90-minute documentary film, and winner of 19 international awards, is being shown four times daily on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and Sunday’s at noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays it’s shown at 3:30 p.m. An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation is also featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery. Monthly lectures featuring local and national shark experts are also scheduled. The IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16. For more information phone the IGFA at 954-924-4370.
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                        Now through Aug 15, 2008 -- IGFA’s final weeks of Summer Camps, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – Now in its ninth year the IGFA’s popular nine weekly camps are held during the summer break for children ages 8 to 13. Campers explore the aquatic environment and participate in many fishing adventures and exciting marine life activities. Each week-long camp session is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before and after-care is available from 8 - 9 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more information, go to the IGFA summer camp website at www.igfa.org/summercamp.asp. There’s a maximum of 45 children per week, so parents are encouraged to reserve early. Registration is available by calling the IGFA education department at 954-924-4309 or via email at reservations@igfa.org.
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                        August 26, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Understanding Your Onboard Electronics” IGFA Intl. Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Today's marine electronics are capable of some amazing things if you know how to properly utilize them.* Learn some new tricks for making yourself a more efficient angler as we show you how to make your electronics work for you. Conducted by Capt. Karl Anderson, this is not your regular fishing seminar series. Each class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                        Sept. 2, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Fishing for Trophy Snook” IGFA Intl. Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Learn how to successfully target and find monster snook.*This class will show you how to work underwater structure using proven techniques including how to consistently provoke huge strikes. Learn from one of the innovators what it takes to land that lunker snook. Conducted by Capt. Mark Zaskey, this is not your regular fishing seminar series. Each class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                        Sept. 9, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Four Fundamentals Every Sportfisherman Should Know” IGFA Intl. Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. If you're new to the game or a seasoned vet to the sport, these are must have skills every sportfisherman should know.* This intensive hands-on class will cover different types of bait rigging, how to fill your live well by properly throwing a cast net, how to tie critical knots for double line, line-to-line, terminal connections, and wire twists, and also proper terminal tackle prep like crimping, making leaders and hook sharpening. Conducted by Capt. Tony DiGiulian, this is not your regular fishing seminar series. Each class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                        Sept. 16, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “The Basics of Rigging and Trolling Artificial Lures” IGFA Intl. Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Find out why lure making is considered an art form. All about how and why lures work; be proficient in re-skirting your own lures and building hook sets. Conducted by Capt. Josh Brown, this is not your regular fishing seminar series. Each class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                        Sept. 20, 2008 -- Grand Opening of Tinomana Vachot Exhibit, IGFA Intl. Fishing Hall of Fame Art Gallery, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. Tahitian artist Tinomana Vachot combines the traditional art of the Marquesas, Society, Tuamotu, and Hawaiian Islands creating intricate designs that capture the beauty, spirit, and culture of the Polynesian Triangle Paradise.* For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                        Sept. 23, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “All About Live Bait” IGFA Intl. Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Having good live bait can be the difference between catching fish or not. We show you where and how to catch several different species of live bait and how to keep them healthy. When you leave this class you will be able to throw a cast net. Conducted by Capt. Shawn Fairbanks, this is not your regular fishing seminar series. Each class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                        Sept. 30, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs” IGFA Intl. Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m If you have ever had a slow day trolling and wished for some serious rod bending action, then this is the class for you. Techniques for snapper and grouper are just some of what you will learn from one of the greatest fishermen of our generation. Conducted by Capt. Bouncer Smith, this is not your regular fishing seminar series. Each class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                        October 7, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Conquering Sailfish” IGFA Intl. Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Find out how to successfully pursue and catch one of South Florida’s premiere game fish. Topics will include bait rigging, following fish, success with circle hooks, bridling baits and catching multiples. Learn the tricks of the trade that allow professionals to remain at the top of their game. Conducted by Capt. Bouncer Smith, this is not your regular fishing seminar series. Each class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                        October 14, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Targeting Largemouth and Peacock Bass” IGFA Intl. Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Find out what it takes to successfully target these freshwater species.* From finding the fish to knowing what to throw at them, this class will teach you all you need to know in order to consistently land these highly sought after species. Capt. Alan Zaremba is the instructor of the class. Not your regular fishing seminar series each class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org.
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                        October 25, 2008 -- The 10th Annual IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Intl. Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s celebration honors all 70 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include Henry Chee, Dr. Roy Dean, Jimmy Houston, Kay Rybovich and Karl Wickstrom. They were selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony for the 2008 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                        November 8, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Intl. Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                        November 10 – 13, 2008 – The Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA --Representatives from around the globe will be hosted by the IGFA at an international forum for the recreational fishing community. The conference will target the tackle industry, angling tourism and include representatives from non governmental organizations and fisheries science and management. Topics will include historical and recent trends in participation, emerging fisheries, recreational fisheries science and management, socioeconomics, and catch and release. For information on the conference or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.worldrecfish.org or contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or jschratwieser@igfa.org
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                          HOT News from the IGFA September 2008

                          HOT News from the IGFA
                          September 2008


                          By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                          Register now for World Recreational Fishing Conference

                          If you’re planning to attend the Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference (WRFC) Nov. 10 – 13, now is the time to signup. Early registration for the conference, devoted to international recreational fisheries, ends on September 30, and increases from $400 to $600 per person after that date.
                          Hosted by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) the conference will be held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
                          This is the first time it’s been held in the United States.
                          According to IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser, the purpose of the WRFC is to provide an international forum for the recreational fishing community. An increasing number of representatives from around the globe are registering to attend.
                          “The list of attendees, participants and presenters, which is limited to 280, is very diverse and includes fisheries scientists and managers, non-governmental organizations, representatives from the tackle industry and recreational anglers interested in the current state and future of recreational fisheries worldwide,” said Schratwieser.
                          The WRFC series was spawned by the First World Angling Conference held in Cap d’Agde, France in 1984. That conference, sponsored by the IGFA attracted 251 registrants from 48 countries. The first WRFC was held in Ireland in 1996, with successive conferences in Canada, Australia and Norway.
                          Schratwieser, who is also chairing the conference, said the schedule of presentations for the conference is fairly complete.
                          “We have assembled a program that includes something for almost anyone interested in the management and policy of recreational fisheries. After last month’s submission deadline we now have 111 oral presentations to be given by authors hailing from 17 different countries.”
                          He outlined a number of the discussion topics:
                          • Climate change: direct implications for anglers, sport fishing industry, and fisheries managers
                          • Inland and marine protected areas: successes, failures, processes and impacts on recreational fisheries
                          • Sustainable development of recreational fisheries
                          • Community expectations and perceptions: recreational fishing’s role in society
                          • Global partnerships in recreational fisheries
                          • Ecosystem based approach to recreational fisheries management
                          • Economic contribution of recreational fisheries to society
                          “This is truly the only conference of its kind dedicated to international recreational fisheries.”
                          For more information on the conference, the schedule of programs, registration deadlines for hotel rooms, visit the conference website at www.worldrecfish.org or contact Schratwieser directly at 954-924-4320 or jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                          10th IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame induction coming up next month

                          Tickets continue to sell steadily for next month’s gala induction ceremony for the tenth class into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame.
                          The October 25 event which takes place at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla., USA, is one of the association’s most celebrated evenings of the year focusing on the five member class of 2008. The annual event recognizes the honorees for the important contributions they made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, the arts, literature, science, education, communication, invention or administration of fishery resources.
                          They include: the late Henry Chee a renowned Hawaii guide and innovator of offshore lures; the late Dr. Roy Dean, founder of the Intl. Light Tackle Tournament Assoc., early promoter of catch-and-release and researcher of billfish migration; Jimmy Houston, professional bass fisherman and TV show host; Kay Rybovich co-founder of the Intl. Women’s Fishing Assoc., conservationist and one of the grand ladies of sport fishing, and Karl Wickstrom founder and Editor-in-Chief of Florida Sportsman magazine, who initiated and chaired the Save Our Sealife campaign that banned gill nets and revitalized Florida's inshore waters
                          The evening’s activities which begin at 6 p.m. include a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and the induction ceremony.
                          Tickets for the evening are $200 per person and the public is invited.
                          There are 70 Hall of Fame members currently enshrined and include Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie and John Rybovich.
                          Special sponsorships and sponsor tables are available. For reservation, sponsorship or further information, contact Lesley Arico at the International Game Fish Association, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida, 33004. Email: larico@igfa.org, by phone 954-924-4222, or fax 954-924-4299.
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                          More great donations arrive for 25th IGFA Intl. Auction and Banquet
                          Many unique and interesting donation items continue to arrive each week for the “Silver Anniversary” of the IGFA’s premier fundraising event, the 25th Annual International Auction & Banquet set for January.
                          The event will take place at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, January 23, 2009.
                          “We just received a three day three night bass fishing trip in Mexico sent to us by Ron Speed’s Adventures,” said IGFA Corporate Relations Manager Ms. Lesley Arico. “In fact the angler can choose between two great bass fishing locations on either Lake Comendeo or Lake El Salto. Interested bidders will want to read more about this great adventure being offered.
                          “Add to that donation are other great once-in-a-lifetime trips including a week for two at the fantastic Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, a safari for two to Zulu Nyala in South Africa and a seven-day wels catfishing trip for two to Europe.
                          The IGFA will feature renowned marine artist, conservationist and marine biologist, Dr. Guy Harvey. Harvey, an IGFA Trustee and long time auction supporter, has promised a special auction piece to commemorate the milestone.
                          “A signed and numbered print of his original artwork will be given to each guest.”
                          Arico said other impressive art donations include an original sculpture by past featured artist, David Wirth, and an original bronze sculpture by Bodo Muche of Australia.
                          “We’re expecting more beautiful works of art along with fishing charters, rods and reels, tackle, jewelry, resorts, and much more. We’ll have more to announce in the coming months plus news on the much anticipated and very popular online portion of the auction which begins in December on the IGFA website at www.igfa.org.”
                          Tickets are $175 per person or a corporate table for 10 people can be purchased for $3000 that includes preferred table placement, a full-page ad in the auction program, table signage and table favors. To make reservations, an auction donation or if you need further information please contact Ms. Arico at 954-924-4222 or email larico@igfa.org.
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                          It’s coming in January: Fishing’s most valued global reference book
                          There are over 30 great reasons to be a member of the IGFA and one of them is the World Record Game Fishes book which is published each January.
                          The editorial and advertising staffs at the IGFA are working on the 2009 edition, a reference book that has been described by recreational fishermen and outdoors/fishing writers alike as “the most comprehensive piece of fishing information available anywhere.”
                          “It continues its legacy as one of the most reliable and complete source books of worldwide fishing records and fishing-related reference materials,” said the IGFA’s Denise Hartman. “It’s a mainstay of recreational fishing.”
                          She said the 2009 edition to be released in mid-January is expected to be over 400 pages. The popular annual is the official guide to saltwater and freshwater catches – for nearly 400 species around the world -- in all-tackle, line class, fly, junior angler and U.S. state records.
                          “It’s sent to IGFA members in over 120 countries. Besides the huge compilation of saltwater and freshwater world records, it also lists angling rules, detailed fish descriptions, a multitude of special programs, informative and entertaining articles by leading outdoor editors, plus much more.”
                          She said the complete IGFA member benefits also include a subscription to the bi-monthly magazine the International Angler, decals, a tape measure, a membership card with yearlong entry to the 60,000 sq. ft. IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, access to world records on the IGFA web site, and special promotions and discount at the IGFA store.
                          To learn more about the IGFA and its many programs dedicated to conservation and education, visit the IGFA website at www.igfa.org or call 800-442-4665.
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                          Six classes left in IGFA School of Sportfishing fall season

                          The IGFA School of Sportfishing classes are underway with six more classes left in the fall season.
                          “We’ve had two classes to begin the eighth session and both were well received,” said Jeff Mackin of the IGFA. “In his ‘Understanding Your Onboard Electronics’ class Capt. Karl Anderson taught participants how to effectively use their electronics so that they can make the most out of their time on the water. He discussed using VHF radio to determine where other anglers were finding the most bites and how to use GPS systems to locate and mark large schools of bait and the predatory fish that follow them. He explained that by properly logging this type of information, participants could easily find these fish again on their next fishing trip. Other topics covered included echo sounders and depth finders, transducers and radar systems.
                          “The students in the ‘Fishing for Trophy Snook’ class benefited greatly from some amazing tips from Capt. Mark Zaskey to land lunker snook, techniques they wouldn’t hear in seminars.”
                          The Tuesday night classes run from 7 – 10 p.m., and are taught at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. Limited to a class size of 24 anglers the IGFA School of Sportfishing offers a unique experience for anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water.
                          Each course includes printed materials along with the equipment and hands-on instruction where anglers have a chance to interact and learn from professional fishermen who they would usually only read about in fishing magazines or see on television.
                          Mackin gave the course topics, teachers and dates for the remaining six classes:
                          • “Four Fundamentals Every Sportfisherman Should Know” taught by Capt. Tony DiGiulian, Sept. 9
                          • “The Basics of Rigging and Trolling Artificial Lures” with instructor Capt. Josh Brown, Sept. 16.
                          • “All About Live Bait” taught by Capt. Shawn Fairbanks, Sept. 23.
                          • “Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs” instructed by Capt. Bouncer Smith, Sept. 30
                          • “Conquering Sailfish” with teacher Capt. Bouncer Smith, Oct. 7
                          • “Targeting Largemouth and Peacock Bass” with Capt Alan Zaremba, Oct. 14
                          The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 each for non-members.
                          For more details visit the IGFA website at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp to assess which courses are appropriate for specific skill levels. Sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp or contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 with any questions you might have.

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                          September Hot Catches
                          Each month the International Game Fish Association’s world records department provides highlights of selected documented fish catches made across the globe submitted for world records. Several young anglers lead off the nine recent submissions that IGFA world records coordinator Rebecca Wright provided which are now before the world records committee.

                          Armed with a Rapala Magnum lure while fishing Canada’s East Bay, Christian LeVatte, of Sydney Forks, Nova Scotia, landed a striped bass (Morone saxatilis) on May 25, weighing 26.25 kg (57 lb 14 oz). It took the young man 30 minutes to land the fish for a possible boy’s junior class record. The current boy’s junior record is 57 lb 0 oz caught off Isabella Beach, NY 10 years ago. (Photo: striped bass - 28391)

                          Junior angler Weston Cordell Hardin, of Farmers Branch, Texas, USA, landed a smallmouth buffalo (Ictiobus bubalus) on June19. The youngster used chicken liver as bait to entice the fish that weighed 2.38 kg (5 lb 4 oz) while he was fishing Catfish Creek, in the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area at Tennessee Colony, Texas. If his record is approved Weston will be the first IGFA boy’s junior class record holder for the species. (Photo: smallmouth buffalo – 08070004)

                          Another junior angler may be the first to capture a newly added species record. Ainsley Mignon Huizenga, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA, landed a gray snapper, (Lutjanus griseus) on June 17 weighing .91 kg (2 lb 0 oz) using cut tuna for bait while fishing Elbow Cay, Bahamas. She’ll be the first species record holder in the female smallfry division if her record is approved. (Photo: gray snapper – 08070022)

                          From South America multi-record holder Gilberto Fernandes of Mao, AM, Brazil may have two more records. He first landed a barred sorubim (Pseudoplatystoma faciatum) on April 26 weighing 16.17 kg (35 lb 10 oz) while fishing the Amazon River using a small catfish for bait fighting the fish for 30 minutes. He has applied for an IGFA All-Tackle class record that could replace the Sept. 2000 record for a catch of a 29 lb 12 oz specimen from the Kuluene River in Brazil. (Photo: barred sorubim – 08050073)

                          Almost two months later Fernandes landed a sorubim (Pseudoplatystoma spp.) on June 23 that may almost double the current line class record. The fish caught on 3 kg (6 lb) class line off Parana do Cambixe, Brazil weighed 13 kg (28 lb 10 oz). The current IGFA record is 15 lb 11 oz caught in Ratchaburi, Thailand last year. (Photo: sorubim – 28343)

                          Guided by Ricky Turner while fly fishing Bayou DuLarge, Louisiana, USA, on July 14, Stephan Robert of Houma, La., landed a sizable black drum (Pogonias cromis). Using a custom crab for a fly tied to 1 kg (2 lb) tippet, he landed the 8.33 kg (18 lb 6 oz) fish. The current men’s 2 lb tippet record is 12 lb 4 oz caught in 1994 from the Banana River off Cocoa Beach, Fla. USA. (Photo: black drum – 28341)

                          On July 10, Maureen Klause, of Ocean City, N.J., USA, brought in a bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) weighing 36.57 kg (80 lb 10 oz) on 8 kg (16 lb) class line. She was guided by Robert J. Ogden using a butterfish for bait in the 32 minute fight while fishing 19 Fathom Lump off the Delaware coast. Ocean City’s Twin Wrecks off Maryland’s coast is the location for the current women’s 16 lb line class record of 65 lb caught in 2000. (Photo: bluefin tuna - 28385)

                          Fishing Papua New Guinea’s Pandy River, Kazuhiro Uyama, of Toyko, Japan, guided by Jacob Kankia, landed a Papuan black snapper, (Lutjanus goldiei) on June 4. Caught on a Rapala Skeeter Popper the fish weighed 10.05 kg (22 lb 2 oz) on 24 kg (50 lb) class line. The current IGFA record for the species is 12 lb 8 oz caught on the Fly River of West Province Papua New Guinea two years ago. (Photo - Papuan black snapper – 08060041)

                          Fishing Heguyajima Island, Japan, Ryushiro Omote, of Ishikawa-Ken, Japan, took 15 minutes to land a madai (Pagrus major) on June 7, weighing 7.54 kg (16 lb 9 oz) on 8 kg (16 lb) class line. He was using a shrimp for bait. The current IGFA men’s line class record is 13 lb 13 oz recorded in Nakadomari, Aomori, Japan in 2005. (Photo: madai – 28344)
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                          --At the IGFA Museum—

                          Sharkwater ending
                          September is the last month for showings of Sharkwater, an award-winning feature length film and exhibition at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
                          Due to popular demand the much acclaimed 90-minute documentary film, winner of 19 international awards, has been extended several times over the year since its debut last fall. Winner of 19 international awards, the film is being shown four times daily on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and Sunday’s at noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays it’s shown at 3:30 p.m.
                          An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation is also featured in the museum's Changing Gallery.

                          Catch & Release Special Exhibit coming in October

                          Coming to the museum’s Changing Gallery in October the IGFA will present a special exhibit on the background of “Catch and Release” fishing.
                          In the 1950’ and 60’s, Fort Lauderdale gained the reputation as the ‘sportfishing capital of the world’ and tourists mounted thousands of fish each year. Thousands of other fish, particularly sailfish, were also taken and not mounted as captains could earn big commissions only after killing the catch.
                          This trend was unsustainable and led to the concept we all know now as ‘Catch and Release.’ The majority of all sailfish caught today are released alive and mounts are produced without the need for the actual fish. Sailfish populations have rebounded and the fishing has improved dramatically. ‘Catch and Release’ is here to stay.
                          This new special exhibit will feature start-to-finish mounts, taxidermy facts, an exclusive video from IGFA Hall of Famer Mark Sosin and spectacular release photos.
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                          From the IGFA -- Did You Know?

                          • Scientists fear that increasing levels of dissolved carbon dioxide in the world’s oceans may make the water too acidic for corals to survive and grow
                          • One terawatt of energy equals 1 trillion watts
                          • The annual amount of chemical energy stored by phytoplankton is roughly 63 terawatts
                          • By 2050, 91% of the world’s coastlines will have been impacted by development
                          • Nearly 80% of ocean pollution originates from land-based activities
                          • Outside of Europe and North America, over 80% of sewage enters the coastal ocean untreated
                          • 40% of people live within 50 km of a coastline

                          References
                          Sale, P.F., M.J. Butler IV, A.J. Hooten, J.P. Kritzer, K.C. Lindeman, Y.J. Sadovy de Mircheson, R.S. Steneck, and H. van Lavieren, 2008. Stemming Decline of the Coastal Ocean: Rethinking Environmental Management, UNU-INWEH, Hamilton, Canada
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                          Calendar of upcoming IGFA events

                          Now through September, 30 2008 – Sharkwater, award-winning feature length film and exhibition, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – Due to popular demand the much-acclaimed 90-minute documentary film, winner of 19 international awards, is at the IGFA until the end of September. It’s being shown four times daily on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and three times on Sunday at noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays it’s shown at 3:30 p.m. An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation is also featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery. The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16. For more information phone the IGFA at 954-924-4370.
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                          September 9, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Four Fundamentals Every Sportfisherman Should Know” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. If you're new to the game or a seasoned vet to the sport, these are must have skills every sportfisherman should know. This intensive hands-on class will cover different types of bait rigging, how to fill your live well by properly throwing a cast net, how to tie critical knots for double line, line-to-line, terminal connections, and wire twists, and also proper terminal tackle prep like crimping, making leaders and hook sharpening. Conducted by Capt. Tony DiGiulian, this is not your regular fishing seminar series. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                          September 16, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “The Basics of Rigging and Trolling Artificial Lures” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Find out why lure making is considered an art form. All about how and why lures work; be proficient in re-skirting your own lures and building hook sets. Conducted by Capt. Josh Brown, this is not your regular fishing seminar series. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                          September 20, 2008 -- Grand Opening of Tinomana Vachot Exhibit, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum Art Gallery, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. Tahitian artist Tinomana Vachot combines the traditional art of the Marquesas, Society, Tuamotu, and Hawaiian Islands creating intricate designs that capture the beauty, spirit, and culture of the Polynesian triangle paradise. grand opening festivities include face painting from noon to 3 p.m. in the museum lobby. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                          September 23, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “All About Live Bait” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Having good live bait can be the difference between catching fish or not. We show you where and how to catch several different species of live bait and how to keep them healthy. When you leave this class you will be able to throw a cast net. Conducted by Capt. Shawn Fairbanks, this is not your regular fishing seminar series. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. Go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp for more details or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. Anglers may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                          September 30, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m If you have ever had a slow day trolling and wished for some serious rod bending action, then this is the class for you. Techniques for snapper and grouper are just some of what you will learn from one of the greatest fishermen of our generation. Conducted by Capt. Bouncer Smith, this is not your regular fishing seminar series. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. Anglers may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                          October 7, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Conquering Sailfish” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Find out how to successfully pursue and catch one of South Florida’s premiere game fish. Topics will include bait rigging, following fish, success with circle hooks, bridling baits and catching multiples. Learn the tricks of the trade that allow professionals to remain at the top of their game. Conducted by Capt. Bouncer Smith, this is not your regular fishing seminar series. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. Anglers can also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                          October 14, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Targeting Largemouth and Peacock Bass” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Find out what it takes to successfully target these freshwater species. From finding the fish to knowing what to throw at them, this class will teach you all you need to know in order to consistently land these highly sought after species. Capt. Alan Zaremba is the instructor of the class. Not your regular fishing seminar series the class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. Anglers may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                          October 25, 2008 -- The 10th Annual IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s celebration honors all 70 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include Henry Chee, Dr. Roy Dean, Jimmy Houston, Kay Rybovich and Karl Wickstrom. They were selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony for the 2008 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                          November 2, 2008 -- IGFA Observer Training Class – IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. -- 9 a.m. – The class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org, and at the IGFA headquarters. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or via email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                          November 8, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                          November 10 – 13, 2008 – The Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA --Representatives from around the globe will be hosted by the IGFA at an international forum for the recreational fishing community. The conference will target the tackle industry, angling tourism and include representatives from non governmental organizations and fisheries science and management. Topics will include historical and recent trends in participation, emerging fisheries, recreational fisheries science and management, socioeconomics, and catch and release. For information on the conference or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.worldrecfish.org or contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or jschratwieser@igfa.org. (Please note: The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum will be closed to the public Monday November 10 – Thursday November 13 in order to host the conference)
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                          January 23, 2009 -- 25th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA. It’s the Silver Anniversary of the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with hundreds of silent and live auction items up for bid. Featured this year will be renowned marine artist, conservationist and marine biologist, Dr. Guy Harvey who is also an IGFA Trustee and long time auction supporter. Harvey has promised a special piece to commemorate the milestone. Tickets are $175 per person. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $3000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. For reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                          February 6 - 8, 2009 -- Third Blue Wild Spearfishing Seminar and Expo IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA – The IGFA hosts Sheri Daye for a weekend-long event featuring spearfishing, lobstering, freediving, scuba, videography, safety, bluewater, equipment, fitness, conservation, world records and more. The expo is included with regular IGFA museum admission, with separate admission charge for seminars. For more info go to www.thebluewild.com or call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                            President Signs Historic Order to Ensure Recreational F

                            news release

                            International Game Fish Association
                            Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum

                            300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004 USA • Phone (954) 927-2628 • Fax (954) 924-4299
                            Email: HQ@igfa.org  Website: www.igfa.org

                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 29, 2008
                            Contact: Rob Kramer, President IGFA
                            954-927-2628

                            President Signs Historic Order to Ensure Recreational Fishing on Federal Lands and Waters
                            Washington, DC – September 29, 2008 – President George W. Bush signed an amendment to Executive Order 12962 which allows for the most significant extension of recreational fishing on federal lands and waters in the last 30 years. This revised order originally signed by Bill Clinton in 1995, ensures that recreational fisherman will have a place to pursue their pastime now and into the future.

                            President Bush’s order states that “…recreational fishing shall be managed as a sustainable activity in National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks, National Monuments, Marine Sanctuaries, Marine Protected Areas or any other relevant conservation or management area…..”

                            “We commend President Bush on his commitment to recreational fishing and the significant role it plays in the successful management of our country’s resources,” said IGFA president Rob Kramer. “Each year millions of dollars are generated from recreational fishing activities that go directly to support our nation’s fisheries and conservation efforts.”

                            The International Game Fish Association, along with its partners in the Center for Coastal Conservation which includes the American Sportfishing Association, the Coastal Conservation Association, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and The Billfish Foundation, have been working together on a unified front to strengthen access to recreational boating and fishing in federal waters. President Bush’s recent amendment is a direct result of those. The members of the CCC applaud this action by President Bush and hope that it is the start of a trend that will continue with the next administration.

                            Founded in 1939, the IGFA is a non-profit organized under Section 501(c)(3) under the Internal Revenue Code and is best known for conservation efforts of fisheries, educational programs, rule-making and for maintaining worldwide game fish records in freshwater, saltwater, fly fishing and junior angler categories. IGFA members are located in over 125 countries. The IGFA welcomes visitors to its 60,000-square-foot interactive Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida.

                            For further information, contact the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004; phone 954-927-2628, fax: 954-924-4299, website: www.igfa.org.
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                              HOT News from the IGFA October 2008

                              HOT News from the IGFA
                              October 2008
                              By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                              Five to be inducted Oct. 25 into 10th IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame

                              One of fishing’s most celebrated evenings of the year will take place on Saturday, October 25, as five legends of the sport are inducted into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame.
                              The annual event recognizes honorees from around the world for the important contributions they have made to fishing through angling achievements, the arts, literature, science, education, communication, an invention or administration of fishery resources.
                              This year they include: the late Henry Chee, a renowned Hawaii guide and innovator of offshore lures; the late Dr. Roy Dean, founder of the Intl. Light Tackle Tournament Assoc., and early promoter of catch-and-release and researcher of billfish migration; Jimmy Houston, professional bass fisherman and TV show host; Kay Rybovich, co-founder of the Intl. Women’s Fishing Assoc., conservationist and one of the grand ladies of sport fishing, and Karl Wickstrom, founder and editor-in-chief of Florida Sportsman magazine, who initiated and chaired the Save Our Sealife campaign that banned gill nets and revitalized Florida's inshore waters.
                              The class of 2008 represents the 10th year of inductions and takes place at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., USA.
                              The evening’s activities begin at 6 p.m. and include a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and the induction ceremony.
                              Tickets for the evening are still available at $200 per person. The public is invited.
                              Seventy IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame members are currently enshrined and include Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie and John Rybovich.
                              For reservations, sponsorships or further information, contact Lesley Arico at the International Game Fish Association, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida, 33004. Email: larico@igfa.org, by phone 954-924-4222, or fax 954-924-4299.
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                              IGFA conservation efforts increase with coalition partnerships

                              Two recent partnerships the IGFA has made with other national marine conservation organizations is helping to build awareness for recreational fishing and access to more fishing waters for anglers.
                              Most recently through the efforts of the Center for Coastal Conservation (CCC), a coalition that the IGFA became a part of this past summer, President George W. Bush signed a historic Executive Order to ensure recreational fishing on federal lands and waters.
                              The CCC is a non-partisan national organization dedicated to enacting sensible marine conservation laws through education and political action.
                              The amendment to Executive Order 12962 which President Bush signed allows for the most significant extension of recreational fishing on federal lands and waters in the last 30 years. This revised order originally signed by Bill Clinton in 1995, ensures that recreational fisherman will have a place to pursue their pastime now and into the future.
                              The Executive Order declares “that recreational fishing shall be managed as a sustainable activity in national wildlife refuges, national parks, national monuments, national marine sanctuaries, marine protected areas, or any other relevant conservation or management areas or activities under any Federal authority, consistent with applicable law.”
                              “We commend President Bush on his commitment to recreational fishing and the significant role it plays in the successful management of our country’s resources,” said IGFA president Rob Kramer. “Each year millions of dollars are generated from recreational fishing activities that go directly to support our nation’s fisheries and conservation efforts.”
                              Along with the IGFA, the other sustaining members of the CCC include the American Sportfishing Assoc. (ASA), the Coastal Conservation Assoc. (CCA), the National Marine Manufacturers Assoc. (NMMA) and The Billfish Foundation (TBF).
                              Since its formation the IGFA and the partners in the CCC have been working together on a unified front to strengthen access to recreational boating and fishing in federal waters. Its work with the White House and President Bush’s recent amendment is a direct result of those actions of the coalition. Though the groups hold a wide range of interests the new coalition is focusing on federal policy and the November elections of responsible representatives and senators.

                              In second alliance IGFA joins PSO on California fishing issues
                              Earlier in mid-September the IGFA joined with the Partnership for Sustainable Oceans (PSO), in its commitment to protecting the health of California’s ocean environment without unnecessary closures of California coastal waters to recreational fishing. The groups are working closely with state officials to help maintain access to California’s marine waters and prevent permanent closures to recreational fishing.
                              * “The issues that anglers are currently facing in California are important and relevant to all our members around the world,” said Kramer.*
                              He pointed out that the establishment of Marine Protected Areas is increasingly leading to the creation of no-fishing zones which result in significant permanent closures for recreational fishing. For example, through its Marine Life Protection Act, California has recently closed 85 square miles of its central coast to sportfishing. The National Park Service was also proposing fishing closures in North Carolina and Florida parks.
                              “We look forward to working with the PSO to ensure that sound science and proper management processes are used to protect our resources,” added Kramer.
                              * Besides the IGFA, members of the PSO also include the ASA, NMMA, Coastside Fishing Club, Kayak Fishing Association of California, Northern California Kayak Anglers, Southern California Marine Association and the Sportfishing Association of California.
                              * For updates about the Partnership's advocacy on behalf of recreational fishermen within the MLPA process please visit www.keepamericafishing.org.
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                              World Recreational Fishing Conference just a month away

                              Twenty-one countries will be represented in the Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference (WRFC) Nov. 10 – 13, an event devoted to better understanding of international recreational fisheries.
                              “With 153 oral papers and posters being presented by representatives from across the globe,” said IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser, “this WRFC promises to be the premier event discussing international fisheries issues.”
                              Hosted by the IGFA the conference will be held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
                              Registration for the entire conference is $600 per person.
                              The purpose of the WRFC is to provide an international forum for the recreational fishing community. The WRFC series was spawned by the First World Angling Conference held in Cap d’Agde, France in 1984. The first WRFC was held in Ireland in 1996, with successive conferences in Canada, Australia and Norway.
                              This is the first time it’s been held in the United States.
                              Schratwieser said the list of attendees, limited to 280, is a very diverse gathering which will include fisheries scientists and managers, non-governmental organizations, representatives from the tackle industry and recreational anglers interested in the current state and future of recreational fisheries worldwide.
                              “The seminar program includes something for almost anyone interested in the management and policy of recreational fisheries,” added Schratwieser.
                              Among the many discussion topics are: direct implications of climate change for anglers, sport fishing industry and fisheries managers; inland and marine protected areas: successes, failures, processes and impacts on recreational fisheries; global partnerships in recreational fisheries; sustainable development of recreational fisheries and recreational fishing’s role in society
                              For more information on the conference, the schedule of programs and registration deadlines visit the conference website at www.worldrecfish.org or contact Schratwieser directly at 954-924-4320 or jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                              Donations continue to grow for 25th IGFA Intl. Auction & Banquet
                              Many unique and interesting donation items continue to arrive each week for the “Silver Anniversary” of the IGFA’s premier fundraising event, the 25th Annual International Auction & Banquet. The gala event is set for Friday, January 23 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla. USA. “We just received one of the most exclusive trips I can ever recall,” said IGFA Corporate Relations Manager Ms. Lesley Arico. “It’s seven days for two donated by Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises on the Kimberley Quest II, cruising the 1800 million year old Kimberley coastline of northwest Australia. This is one of the world's last unique wilderness areas featuring rugged escarpments, dramatic ranges, spectacular gorges and majestic waterfalls.*It includes guided fishing trips for barramundi, trevally and queenfish along with buffet style gourmet meals, a light aircraft and helicopter flight to or from the vessel as well as daily excursions.
                              “That donation is among many other great once-in-a-lifetime trips including a week for two at the fantastic Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, a safari for two to Zulu Nyala in South Africa, a seven-day wels catfishing trip for two to Europe and a great three-day/three-night bass fishing trip in Mexico on either Lake Comendeo or Lake El Salto sent to us by Ron Speed’s Adventures.”
                              To commemorate the milestone evening, renowned marine artist, conservationist and marine biologist, Dr. Guy Harvey is preparing a special auction piece. Each guest will receive a signed and numbered print of Harvey’s original artwork.”
                              Other impressive works of art include an original bronze sculpture by Bodo Muche of Australia and an original sculpture by past featured artist, David Wirth of Hawaii.
                              “Every fishing yacht owner needs a top-of-the-line teak fighting chair and we have the ultimate one donated by Murray Products with five position fighting gimbal, cast solid stainless steel parts, thru-bolt seat construction and polished stainless steel hardware.”
                              Arico said more beautiful works of art along with fishing charters, guided back country trips, rods and reels, tackle, jewelry, resorts, and much more will be apart of the auction.
                              “We’ll have additional news to announce in November plus more on the much anticipated and very popular online portion of the auction which begins in December on the IGFA website at www.igfa.org.”*
                              Tickets are $175 per person or a corporate table for 10 people can be purchased for $3000 that includes preferred table placement, a full-page ad in the auction program, table signage and table favors. For reservations, to make an auction donation or for further information contact Ms. Arico at 954-924-4222 or email larico@igfa.org.
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                              Lefty Kreh to give all-day fishing seminar

                              IGFA Fishing Hall of Famer Lefty Kreh, one of the nation’s best angling teachers who is also noted for the humor in his presentations, will give a special all-day seminar on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
                              The event will be hosted by fishing editor and columnist Steve Kantner. Seminar hours are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the IGFA events hall
                              Kantner said unlike previous gatherings where the emphasis was primarily on fly casting, Lefty will address a multiplicity of topics that run the gamut from tackle selection to accessing various fisheries.
                              *********** “We want to make this more of a discussion, where everyone interacts with Lefty,” said Kantner. “We’ve tried to make the surroundings as conducive as possible, while limiting the size of the audience. Lefty draws from a lifetime of personal experience and he also plans to do some casting, although on a limited basis due to his recent knee injury and surgery.”
                              *********** The cost of the seminar is $350 per person and includes a catered lunch, refreshments, and study materials. Attendees can also expect to find plenty of raffle prizes and give-a-ways.
                              *********** “It promises to be the ultimate experience for anyone who wants to learn the whys and wherefores of fly fishing… and more,” said Kantner
                              Advance registration is required. For more information or to sign-up contact Kantner at steve@landcaptain.com.
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                              IGFA School of Sportfishing adding six more classes for 2008

                              There’s just one class left in October in the eighth session of the IGFA’s popular School of Sportfishing program but six more classes are being added, beginning in November for the remainder of 2008.
                              “The current session of classes has been well received,” said Jeff Mackin of the IGFA.
                              “The last class of the current session on Oct. 14 is a new offering that should attract many freshwater anglers.”
                              “The class is called ‘Targeting Largemouth and Peacock Bass,’ and it’s being taught by Capt. Alan Zaremba the preeminent South Florida guide who is noted for some spectacular catches. Zaremba will teach participants where and how to consistently find these extraordinary fish.
                              “And beginning Nov. 11, and for the following five Tuesdays through December 16, we’ll be offering six more popular topics for sportsmen.”
                              Mackin outlined four of the six subjects anglers can look forward to this fall:
                              Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs
                              Learning to Kite Fish
                              Fishing for Wintertime Wahoo
                              Fishing Biscayne Bay
                              Limited to a class size of 24 anglers the IGFA School of Sportfishing offers a unique experience for anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water. The Tuesday night classes run from 7 – 10 p.m., and are taught at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
                              Mackin said each course includes printed materials along with the equipment and hands-on instruction where anglers have a chance to interact and learn from professional fishermen they’d normally only see on television or read about in fishing magazines.
                              The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 each for non-members.
                              For more details and updates on classes and instructors please visit the IGFA website at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp to assess which courses are appropriate for specific skill levels. Sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp or contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 with any questions you might have.
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                              October Hot Catches
                              Each month world records coordinator Rebecca Wright of the International Game Fish Association provides highlights of selected documented fish catches made across the globe submitted for world records. Here are nine recent submissions which are now before the world records committee.

                              A nearly 32-year old IGFA world record for a tiger trout (Salmo trutta x Salvelinus fontinalis) may be broken on a catch made by Evan Roda, of Spokane Valley, Wash., USA. On May 27 Roda was on Washington’s appropriately named Fish Lake using a Lucky Craft Pointer lure tied on 4 kg (8 lb) class line when the 6.24 kg (13 lb 12 oz) fish hit for a 15 minute fight. The current IGFA record for the species is 11 lb 9 oz ( 5.25 kg.) caught July 16, 1976. (Photo: tiger trout – 28496)

                              On August 3, smallfry angler Hailey Rowan Meinhardt, guided by Rob Meinhardt, landed a California corbina (Minticirrhus undulatus) weighing 1.36 kg (3 lb 0 oz) while fishing off her hometown of Newport Beach, California, USA. She may be the first young angler to fill-in the IGFA’s currently vacant junior division’s female smallfry record for the species. (Photo: California corbina – 28490)

                              Another young angler Anthony "Paul" Mendoza, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif, USA, may make a significant jump in the junior male division of the IGFA world record book after landing a California halibut (Paralichthys californicus) on June 22. Guided by Ernest Prieto while fishing Coronado Islands, Mexico, Mendoza used a live anchovy and outlasted the fish which weighed 22.62 kg (49 lb 14 oz) in the 15 minute fight. The current junior boy’s IGFA record is 36 lb. 0 oz (16.32 kg) caught on April 2, 2005. (Photo: California halibut – 28499)

                              Escaping the summer heat and humidity of Tampa, Fla., for the cool climes of Icy Bay, Alaska, USA, junior angler James C. Seegraves, guided by George Davis, landed a Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) on July 10. It took Seegraves 20 minutes to subdue the fish, weighing in at 56.25 kg (124 lb 0 oz). He’s hoping to beat the current junior male IGFA record which is 104 lb 0 oz (47.17 kg.), caught September 3, 2006. (Photo: Pacific halibut – 28500)

                              Using an eel fly tied to thin 2 kg (4 lb) tippet while fly-fishing the nearby James River, William L. Nicar, of Richmond, Va., USA, landed a flathead catfish (Pylodictis olivaris) on July 27, weighing in at 13.38 kg (29 lb 8 oz). It took Nicar 24 minutes to pull the fish to shore and he now has hopes of beating the current IGFA record of 21 lb. 8 oz ( 9.75 kg.) caught on January 13, 2004. (Photo: flathead catfish – 28507)

                              Fishing the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida, USA coast, Burtchville, Michigan angler Bill McClarty III, guided by Chris Galati, landed a black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci) on July 22, weighing 23.84 kg (52 lb 9 oz). It took him 10 minutes to land the fish on 37 kg (80 lb) class line and may also land his name as the first in the men’s line class of the soon to be printed 2009 IGFA World Record Game Fishes book for the newly added species. (Photo: black grouper – 28512)

                              Guided by Patrick Waringway while fishing Whittier, Alaska, USA, young angler Bill Francois, of Paris, France, landed a Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus) on July 20. The junior angler’s catch, caught in 10 minutes on a jig, weighed 4.03 kg (8 lb 14 oz). Francois has applied for a vacant male junior class division record in the IGFA book. (Photo: Pacific cod – 28529)

                              Fishing the Norfolk Canyon area, some 70 miles off the Virginia Beach, Va., USA coast, Ron Van Kirk, of nearby Williamsburg, Va., guided by Sean Doran, South Miles, N.C., landed a Darwin’s slimehead (Gephyroberyx Darwinii) on August 19. Van Kirk, who used cut squid for bait to lure the fish that weighed 3.4 kg (7 lb 8 oz), has applied for the vacant IGFA All-Tackle record for the species. (Photo: Darwin’s slimehead – 28532)

                              Italian angler Massimo Brogna, from Catania Sicily, guided by Henry Magri while fishing the waters off Dakar, Senegal, may find his name filled in the previously vacant space of the men’s line class in the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book after landing a Guinean barracuda (Sphyraena afra) on July 27. The fish weighing in at 8.85 kg (19 lb 8 oz) was easily caught on 60 kg (130 lb) class line and landed in three minutes using a live yaboy for bait. (Photo: Guinean barracuda – 28545)


                              --At the IGFA Museum—
                              Catch & Release Fishing showcased in late October

                              In late October the Changing Gallery at the IGFA Hall of Fame & Museum will feature a special exhibit on the background and progression of “catch and release” fishing.
                              Fort Lauderdale in the 1950’ and 60’s, gained the reputation as the “sportfishing capital of the world” with tourists mounting thousands of fish as trophies to adorn their walls each year. Thousands of other fish, particularly sailfish, were also taken and not mounted as captains earned big commissions only after killing the catch.
                              This trend was unsustainable to the South Florida fishery and led to the concept we know today as catch and release. The majority of all sailfish caught today are released alive and mounts are produced without the need for the actual fish. Sailfish populations have rebounded and the fishing has improved dramatically as catch and release is a trend here to stay.
                              An exclusive video from IGFA Hall of Famer Mark Sosin is part of the special new exhibit which also features start-to-finish mounts, taxidermy facts, and spectacular release photos.
                              Also presently at the museum’s Art Gallery through February, Polynesian Soul: The Art of Tinomana Vachot is being featured. The Tahitian artist combines the traditional art of the Marquesas, Society, Tuamotu, and Hawaiian Islands creating intricate designs that capture the beauty, spirit, and culture of the Polynesian Triangle Paradise.*
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                              From the IGFA -- Did You Know?

                              47 species of sharks live in the Mediterranean Sea
                              There are currently no catch limits for commercially-fished shark species in the Mediterranean
                              Sharks are vulnerable to over fishing because they are slow to mature, produce very small numbers of young, have long reproductive cycles and have long life spans
                              Hammerhead, blue, mako, porbeagle and thresher sharks have declined by more than 97% in abundance and catch weight over the last 150-200 years in the Mediterranean
                              The size of sharks caught in the Mediterranean is among the lowest in the world
                              In the North Atlantic, shark declines have corresponded with an increase of the sharks’ prey species, cownose rays and a decrease of bay scallops, which is the prey of cownose rays

                              References
                              Ferretti, F., Myers, R.A., Serena, F., and Lotze, H.K. 2008. Loss of large predatory sharks from the Mediterranean Sea. Conservation Biology.
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                              Calendar of upcoming IGFA events

                              October 14, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Targeting Largemouth and Peacock Bass” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Find out what it takes to successfully target these freshwater species.* From finding the fish to knowing what to throw at them, this class will teach you all you need to know in order to consistently land these highly sought after species. Capt. Alan Zaremba is the instructor of the class. Not your regular fishing seminar series the class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. Anglers may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                              October 25, 2008 -- The 10th Annual IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s celebration honors all 70 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include Henry Chee, Dr. Roy Dean, Jimmy Houston, Kay Rybovich and Karl Wickstrom. They were selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony for the 2008 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                              November 1, 2008 -- IGFA Observer Training Class – Balboa Angling Club, Newport Beach, Calif. USA -- 9 a.m. – The class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org, and at the IGFA headquarters. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or via email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                              November 8, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                              November 10 – 13, 2008 – The Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA --Representatives from around the globe will be hosted by the IGFA at an international forum for the recreational fishing community. The conference will target the tackle industry, angling tourism and include representatives from non governmental organizations and fisheries science and management. Topics will include historical and recent trends in participation, emerging fisheries, recreational fisheries science and management, socioeconomics, and catch and release. For information on the conference or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.worldrecfish.org or contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or jschratwieser@igfa.org. (Please note: The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum will be closed to the public Monday November 10 – Thursday November 13 in order to host the conference)
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                              January 23, 2009 -- 25th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA. It’s the Silver Anniversary of the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with hundreds of silent and live auction items up for bid. Featured this year will be renowned marine artist, conservationist and marine biologist, Dr. Guy Harvey who is also an IGFA Trustee and long time auction supporter. Harvey has promised a special piece to commemorate the milestone. Tickets are $175 per person. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $3000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. For reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                              February 6 - 8, 2009 -- Third Blue Wild Spearfishing Seminar and Expo IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA – The IGFA hosts Sheri Daye for a weekend-long event featuring spearfishing, lobstering, freediving, scuba, survival at sea, videography, diver safety, bluewater, wreck exploration, underwater photography and videography, marine artwork, cooking fish, cleaning catch, equipment, fitness, conservation, world records and more. The expo is included with regular IGFA museum admission, with separate admission charge for seminars. For more info go to www.thebluewild.com or call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                              March 14, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                              May 16, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                              July 18, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                              September 19, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                HOT News from the IGFA November 2008

                                HOT News from the IGFA
                                November 2008

                                By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                                IGFA celebrates milestone with burning of the mortgage (with photos)

                                With the lighting of a flame to a piece of paper, a huge milestone in the 69-year history of the International Game Fish Association was met as the mortgage for the worldwide headquarters of the IGFA was officially burned in a ceremony in Dania Beach, Fla., USA
                                The October 24 “burning of the mortgage” ceremony was held as a kickoff for the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame induction weekend.
                                “The IGFA would like to thank all of our board of trustees, close friends and corporate sponsors that contributed to the Fishing Hall of Fame building fund, “ said IGFA President Rob Kramer before he burned the mortgage. “Their tremendous support has helped us reach this milestone in this Campaign for Game Fish Conservation. Special thanks go to Floyd Gottwald, Mike Levitt, George Matthews, Johnny Morris, Bob Rich, Jr and Don Tyson.”
                                "The remaining $5 million dollar building debt has officially been paid in full,” said an excited IGFA Development Director Eric Combast who was looking-on along with trustees and other IGFA executives, staff members, volunteers and sponsors.
                                The IGFA’s three-story, 60,000 sq. foot building was completed in 1999. Besides being the permanent home of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, and the administration of the IGFA’s world-wide programs, it also houses the extensive E.K. Harry Library, a movie theatre and holds the world’s largest collection of angling artifacts. It also features permanent and changing exhibits including historical memorabilia and interactive displays providing the hall’s visitors an excellent learning experience.
                                “The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame is an international treasure,” added Kramer. “One that embodies the grandeur of our great sport, housing the most complete history of angling and one that belongs to all fishermen from all walks of life around the globe.”*
                                Almost two years ago Combast and a key group helped initiate the IGFA’s five-year campaign.* “With the building paid for it now launches us into a transition phase of our multi-faceted campaign which enables hard work and focused planning to translate into solid global conservation outcomes for all recreational anglers.”*
                                “Paying off the building loan was a major step in the $15 million campaign,” added Campaign Chairman Jeff Storm Harkavy. “We have positive momentum which is now allowing us continued progress in four key areas of the campaign including education and outreach, conservation, the Fishing Hall of Fame and a permanent endowment.”
                                *********** “We’re focusing resources and attention on youth education and game fish conservation,” said Harkavy. “This includes a public awareness campaign to ban the importation of billfish into the United States and youth education programs that teach children ethical angling practices using fishing as a tool to get them excited about the environment.”
                                *********** “Of the remaining $10 million to be raised over the next three years $6 million will go to education and conservation and $4 million to endowment development,” said Combast.
                                ***********For more information about the campaign, and the many ways you can support the IGFA’s efforts, contact Eric Combast, at 954-924-4325 or ECombast@igfa.org or Jeff Storm Harkavy at Jeff.Harkavy@raymondjames.com or 954-449-4350* *Visit www.fishinghalloffame.or for more information about the International Fishing Hall of Fame.
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                                (photo caption: As members of the IGFA Board of Trustees look on Rob Kramer president of the IGFA with Floyd Gottwald, chairman of the finance committee to his left .


                                Five enter IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame (with photos)

                                With hundreds of colorful fish mounts overhead it was the perfect setting for the multitude of fish stories being shared as five legends of the fishing world were inducted into the 10th annual IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla., USA.
                                The banquet in the IGFA’s Great’s Hall, brought smiles and laughs to hundreds in attendance as presenters, inductees and their family members shared countless memories.
                                The annual event recognizes inductees for the important contributions they have made to fishing through angling achievements, the arts, literature, science, education, communication, an invention or administration of fishery resources.
                                The five inductees included the late Henry Chee, a renowned Kona, Hawaii guide and innovator of offshore lures; the late Dr. Roy Dean, Mexico City, Mexico, founder of the Intl. Light Tackle Tournament Assoc., and early promoter of catch-and-release and researcher of billfish migration; Jimmy Houston, a professional bass fisherman and TV show host from Cookson, Okla.; Kay Rybovich, Palm Beach, Fla., co-founder of the Intl. Women’s Fishing Assoc., conservationist and one of the grand ladies of sport fishing, and Karl Wickstrom, of Stuart, Fla., founder and editor-in-chief of Florida Sportsman magazine, who initiated and chaired the Save Our Sealife campaign that banned gill nets and revitalized Florida's inshore waters.
                                There are now 75 IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame members enshrined including Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie and John Rybovich.
                                Houston was also presented with an award from Cody Herman, marketing manager for Shimano who said,*"We were pleased to present Jimmy Houston with a Crystal Cup and limited edition Reactor timepiece for decades of support for not only Shimano, but the entire fishing community.* We could not be prouder of Jimmy's induction into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame."

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                                Karl Wickstrom, Stuart, Fla., founder and editor-in-chief of Florida Sportsman magazine, makes his acceptance speech into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame.* Wickstrom initiated and chaired the Save Our Sealife campaign that banned gill nets and revitalized Florida's inshore waters.
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                                Kay Rybovich, Palm Beach, Fla., co-founder of the Intl. Women’s Fishing Assoc., conservationist and one of the grand ladies of sport fishing, is surrounded by IWFA members during her induction into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame.

                                Marcella and Julia Dean sisters of Dr. Roy Dean, of Mexico City, Mexico, speak at the induction ceremony of their late brother who founded the International Light Tackle Tournament Association.

                                Professional bass fisherman and TV show host; Jimmy Houston (right), is congratulated (from left) by fellow IGFA Fishing Hall of Famer Stu Apte, TV fishing host Rick Murphy and IGFA COO Mike Myatt.

                                Many family members of the late Henry Chee, arrived from Hawaii to be present for the induction of the renowned Kona guide who was also the innovator of many designs of offshore lures.

                                Jimmy Houston (left) was also presented a Crystal Cup by Cody Herman, marketing manager for Shimano.


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                                Two new boats donated to 25th IGFA Intl. Auction & Banquet (w/photos)

                                Two new fully rigged boats from Hell’s Bay Boatworks and Mako Marine are the latest donations to arrive for January’s “Silver Anniversary” of the IGFA’s premier fundraising event, the 25th Annual International Auction & Banquet.
                                The gala black tie optional evening is set for Friday, January 23 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla. USA.
                                “We just received these two great fishing boats from two of the leaders in the marine industry along with another exclusive sportfishing trip complete with a corporate jet to get you there,” said IGFA Corporate Relations Manager Ms. Lesley Arico.
                                “The Hell’s Bay Marquesa 18’ flats skiff was donated by Chris Peterson. “This shallow-water boat with a draft of just over 8” (with motor and full fuel) is a favorite of guides, tournament and bay anglers who demand greater speeds and a boat that can handle rougher water conditions without getting anglers wet.”
                                She said the Hell’s Bay boat package, which has an all Kevlar seafoam green colored hull and cream colored decking, comes equipped with a 90 hp electric-start Mercury Outboard, solid aluminum custom trailer, Odyssey battery, fully carpeted sides and rod racks with fly rod tubes for eight rods, anodized poling platform, Lenco electric trim tabs and many more attributes.
                                “The Mako 204 center console offshore fishing package was donated by Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shops and Mako Boats, a brand that performs beyond expectations and is known to be built tougher than it has to be,” said Arico.*“Its uncompromising fishing ability is everywhere you look with a long list of features that includes a Mercury 200 OptiMax and an aluminum trailer with tandem axle and tandem axle brakes.”*
                                Also included is an acrylic windscreen, heavy-duty electrical switching system, analog gauges, 37-gallon front seat baitwell, plenty of rod racks including a four-rod rocket launcher on the T-top, forward V-shaped bow seating providing easy anchor access, two above deck fishboxes with overboard drain, a flip-flop helm seat with 72 quart cooler and a swim platform.
                                “We’ll have full descriptions of both boats on our web site next month as well as in the handout book of auction items.
                                “We have another great sportfishing trip to the Bahamas on Hadenuff Charters, courtesy of Robbie Robertson plus executive air travel donated by Sky Limos, courtesy of Tom Conlan. The package includes the Sky Limos flight from Fort Lauderdale to San Salvador to fish aboard the Hadenuff a custom 71 ft.*first-class boat with a first-class crew.* Four anglers will fish three days for wahoo, tuna, blue marlin and more and stay at the Riding Rock Inn on the beach.
                                Arico said more beautiful works of art along with fishing charters, guided back country trips, rods and reels, tackle, jewelry, resorts, sportfishing fighting chairs and much more will be a part of the auction.
                                “The very popular and much anticipated online portion of the auction will begin in early December on the IGFA website at www.igfa.org.”*
                                Tickets are $175 per person or a corporate table for 10 people can be purchased for $5000 that includes preferred table placement, a full-page ad in the auction program, table signage and table favors. For reservations, to make an auction donation or for further information contact Ms. Arico at 954-924-4222 or email larico@igfa.org.
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                                The Hell’s Bay Marquesa 18’ flats skiff was donated by Chris Peterson

                                Mako 204 center console offshore fishing package complete with a Mercury 200 hp Optimax

                                Fall session of IGFA School of Sportfishing now underway (w/banner art)

                                The IGFA’s newest School of Sportfishing classes are underway for the fall season with five classes left through 2008.
                                Jeff Mackin of the IGFA’s education department said three of the classes are newly added topics to the curriculum.
                                “The first is ‘Daytime Swordfishing,’ taught by Capt. Josh Brown,” said Mackin. “Fishing for swordfish during the day, while technically and physically challenging, is becoming more popular. This class will make targeting these fish by day, while still complying with IGFA regulations, much more accessible to the average angler.
                                “‘Wintertime Wahoo,’ is a class designed to teach anglers where and how to consistently catch wahoo, especially during the winter. Lastly, Capt. Tony DiGiulian will be teaching ‘South Florida Blue Marlin Tactics.’ To most Florida anglers, catching a blue marlin is an incidental and highly memorable occurrence. Blue marlins are much more abundant than commonly thought and anglers will learn in this class what they need to do to maximize their chances of finding and raising these billfish.”
                                Mackin outlined the five remaining dates:
                                Nov. 18, Daytime Swordfishing with Capt. Josh Brown
                                Nov. 25, Fishing for Trophy Snook with Capt. Mark Zaskey
                                Dec. 9, Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs, with Capt. Bouncer Smith.
                                Dec. 2, Wintertime Wahoo, instructor TBA
                                Dec. 16, South Florida Blue Marlin Tactics Capt. Tony DiGiulian
                                Limited to a class size of 24 anglers the IGFA School of Sportfishing offers a unique experience for anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water. The Tuesday night classes run from 7 – 10 p.m., and are taught at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
                                Mackin said each course includes printed materials along with the equipment and hands-on instruction where anglers have a chance to interact and learn from professional fishermen they’d normally only see on television or read about in fishing magazines. Each participant will receive up to $220 in free tackle and will be automatically entered to win one of several door prizes given away including rod and reel combos, tackle bags and much more.
                                The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 each for non-members.
                                For more details and updates on classes and instructors please visit the IGFA website at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp to assess which courses are appropriate for specific skill levels. Sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp or contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 with any questions you might have.
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                                November Hot Catches
                                World records coordinator Rebecca Wright of the International Game Fish Association provides highlights of selected documented fish catches made across the globe recently submitted for IGFA world records. Here are 13 recent submissions which are now before the world records committee:

                                Young Toronto, Ontario, Canada angler Landon Watchorn, got a thrill and possibly her first world record when she landed a lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) while fishing Wellesley Lake, Canada on July 29. It took her five minutes to reel up as the sizable fish weighed in at 10.43 kg (23 lb 0 oz). She’s submitted documentation in the female smallfry division hoping to beat the current IGFA record of 20 lb 10 oz (9.35 kg), recorded three years ago in Lake Superior, Michigan. (Photo: lake trout – 28578)

                                Fishing a flashtail whistler fly tied to 4 kg (8 lb) tippet while fishing New Mexico’s Bluewater Lake, Doug Cavin, of Wildorado, Texas, USA, landed a tiger muskellunge (Esox masquinongy x Esox lucius) on August 21, weighing 5.02 kg (11 lb 1 oz). The current IGFA 8 lb tippet record for the tiger musky is 10 lb 10 oz (4.81 kg), caught in 1997 from Horseshoe Lake near Walsenburg, Colorado USA. (Photo: tiger muskellunge – 28580)

                                Fishing her hometown’s Kenai River, in Alaska, USA, Ms. Jackie L. Johnson, of Kenai wrestled to shore a Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) on July 31, weighing in at 32.74 kg (72 lb 3 oz). She used a Spin-N-Glow lure on 60 kg (130 lb) class line taking 25 minutes to land the fish. The current IGFA record is 71 lb 1 oz (32.66 kg), caught on July 2, 2004, also from the Kenai River near Soldotna. (Photo: Chinook salmon – 28586)

                                Fly-fishing the Seward Peninsula, of Alaska, USA, using 3 kg (6 lb) tippet tied with a Hans van Klinken’s leadhead caddis, Peter Cockwill, of Bramley, Surrey, United Kingdom, landed an Artic grayling (Thymallus arcticus) on August 22, weighing 2.3 kg (5 lb 1 oz). The current IGFA record is 4 lb 8 oz (2.04 kg), caught on September 3, 2002, from the Alaska’s Goodnews River. (Photo: Arctic grayling – 28674)

                                When fishing in Kummiut, East Greenland go for Greenland halibut and that’s just what Kai Witt, of Hamburg, Germany did while possibly scoring an IGFA World All-Tackle Record in the process on his August 28 trip. Guided by Lars Anker-Moller, and after a 10 minute tug of war, Witt landed the cold water specie (Reinhardtius hippoglossoides). The fish weighed 4.5 kg (9 lb 14 oz) almost double the current mark. That IGFA record is 5 lb 7oz (2.48 kg), caught near Gamlembanken, Norway two summers ago. (Photo: Greenland halibut – 28683)

                                Working a Mepp’s black furry on 3 kg (6 lb) class line while fishing Finland’s Lätäsenojoki River, Ingmars Birkovs, of Riga, Latvia, landed a grayling (Thymallus thymallus) on June 29, weighing 1.8 kg (3 lb 15 oz). This is the first record application for the species to the IGFA world records, and if approved, this will be the first world record for a Latvia angler. Birkovs is applying for both all tackle as well as line class records. (Photo: Grayling – 28693)

                                United Kingdom junior angler Andrew Paul, of Kings Lynn, Norfolk, landed a Nile perch, (Lates niloticus) on August 4 while fishing Lake Turkana, Kenya, a catch that may more than double the current IGFA junior mark. Using a double jointed Shadrap the youngster fought the fish for two hours and 15 minutes before landing it and weighing it in at 48.53 kg (107 lb 0 oz). The current IGFA male junior record is 50 lb 0 oz (22.68 kg), caught just a month earlier on July 5, from Egypt’s Lake Nasser the same location where several other records are held including the IGFA All-Tackle record of 230 lbs. (Photo: Nile perch – 28700)

                                Another young United Kingdom angler Peter Brumbly, also from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, landed a European bass, (Dicentrarchus labrax) on August 23, near his Norfolk home. Using a lugworm for bait the junior fisherman took seven minutes to bring in the fish which weighed in at 2.27 kg (5 lb 0 oz). The current IGFA male junior record is vacant. (Photo: European bass 28702)

                                While fly fishing Værøy, Norway with a no-name fly on 10 kg (20 lb) tippet, Sweden’s Jan Nyberg, of Hagersten, guided by Jonas Lundblom, landed an Atlantic halibut, (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) on August 27. After taking 40 minutes to land, Nyberg weighed the fish in at 29.56 kg (65 lb 2 oz). He’s hoping to see his name filled in on the currently vacant IGFA fly fishing record. (Photo: Atlantic halibut 28866)

                                As she was fishing Barra do Kwanza, Angola on September 14, Theresa Sakko of Cape Town, South Africa, guided by C.E. Sakko, landed a giant African threadfin (Polydactylus quadrifilis). She was using 4 kg (8 lb) class line while casting a Rapala Xrap Magnum for the fish that weighed in at 17.6 kg (38lb 12oz). She’s hoping her 45 minute fight to land the fish will get her in the currently vacant women’e line class record in the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book. (Photo: giant threadfin – 28879)

                                While in the Gulf of Mexico off Clearwater, Florida, USA, Capt. Craig Lahr, of nearby Largo, Florida, took an opportunity to do some fly fishing using a hand tied fly on 3 kg (6 lb) tippet, to land a king mackerel, (Scomberomorus cavalla). After fighting the fish for 25 minutes Lahr weighed it in at 11.34 kg (25 lb 0 oz). If approved by the IGFA committee, the king caught on October 22, may beat the current IGFA record of 24 lb 0 oz (10.88 kg), recorded on February 5, 1997. (Photo: king mackerel – 28886)

                                Pruhorice, Czech Republic angler Jakub Vagner may have made a catch of a lifetime when he landed an arapaima (Arapaima gigas) on August 17, weighing 130 kg (286 lb 9 oz) for a possible IGFA All-Tackle record. It took him 30 minutes to capture the huge specie while fishing Amazonia, Brazil. The current IGFA record is vacant for the arapaima but if approved Vagner’s fish will be the seventh heaviest freshwater fish accepted for a world record. (Photo: arapaima 28893)

                                Angler Nigel Lofthouse, Koh Samui Suratthani, Thailand may score a new IGFA All-Tackle record after landing a ripsaw catfish (Oxydoras niger) on Sept. 17. It took Lofthouse eight minutes to land to fish which weighed in at 18.14 kg (40 lb 0 oz) using a method ball for bait while fishing near Topscats Resort in Thailand. The current IGFA record is 24 lb. 4 oz. (11 kg.), caught on October 19, 1999 on the Xingu River in Mato Grosso, Brazil. (Photo: ripsaw catfish 28894)
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                                ---At the IGFA Museum---

                                Special Catch & Release Fishing exhibit and video now open
                                The Changing Gallery at the IGFA Hall of Fame & Museum is now featuring a special exhibit highlighting the background and progression of “catch and release” fishing.
                                Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in the 1950’s and ‘60’s, gained the reputation as the “sportfishing capital of the world” with tourists mounting thousands of fish as trophies to adorn their walls each year. Thousands of other fish, particularly sailfish and marlin were also taken and not mounted as captains earned big commissions only after killing the catch.
                                This trend was unsustainable to the South Florida fishery and led to the concept we know today as catch and release. The majority of all sailfish caught today are released alive and mounts are produced without the need for the actual fish. Sailfish populations have rebounded and the fishing has improved dramatically as catch and release is a trend here to stay.
                                An exclusive video with archival footage of the mass over-harvesting of fish during the early days of sport fishing as well as many striking, vintage photos are on display in the exhibit. In addition, IGFA Hall of Famer Mark Sosin narrates a short film which shows how release mounts are produced without killing the fish. Finally, the special new exhibit also features start-to-finish mounts, taxidermy facts and spectacular release photos.
                                "Finding Wild Florida" now showing in IGFA’s Journey’s Theater
                                * For over 30 days, filmmaker Stephen Mick, photographer Chris Ross and a cast of guides, surfers and conservation experts explored Florida's waters and highways, trying to discover whether any part of Florida is still truly "wild."
                                Part road movie, part fishing trip, "Finding Wild Florida" is a love letter to the Sunshine State. They followed adventure from the Everglades to the remote Dry Tortugas, finding new definitions of "wild" every step of the way.
                                This exciting film is shown daily at 3:30 p.m. in the IGFA’s Journey’s Theater.

                                Museum’s Art Gallery features Polynesian Soul
                                Now featured through February in the museum’s Art Gallery is Polynesian Soul: The Art of Tinomana Vachot. The Tahitian artist combines the traditional art of the Marquesas, Tuamotu, and the Hawaiian Islands creating intricate designs that capture the beauty, spirit, and culture of the Polynesian Triangle Paradise.*

                                Two free Go FISH classes offered in November and December
                                New for youngsters from the IGFA’s education staff is two “Go FISH” classes on the Thursdays of Nov. 20 and Dec.18, from 1 – 2 p.m.
                                Go FISH (Fun Interactive Scientific and Hands-on) is a free event with paid admission to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum.
                                Parents are encouraged to bring their children into the museum for this hour-long event.
                                which involves a book reading followed by a marine themed arts and crafts activity.
                                And the education staff reminds parents there’s plenty to see and do inside the museum before and/or after the Go FISH classes including the fun of fighting fish on the simulators in the Catch Gallery, a walk in the wetlands, or stopping in to watch the latest movie “Finding Wild Florida” in the Journey’s Theater.
                                For more information contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or email to vwoods@igfa.org.
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                                Mercury Marine’s Annual Family Fishing Clinic set for Dec. 6
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                                The success and growth of two past Mercury Marine Family Fishing Clinics has set up the third annual event at the IGFA on Saturday, Dec. 6th for three hours of fun fishing techniques, prize giveaways and one-on-one time with several top pro guides and fishermen.
                                “This free event will be bigger and better,” said Pam Behnke, manager of Mercury’s saltwater competitive angling and guide program. “Mercury knows the importance of getting the younger generation involved with the sport of fishing and this event allows moms, dads and their children a great chance to learn from the best and interact with Mercury pro anglers and guides and much more.
                                Mercury’s Scott Beattie outlined some of the many activities at the IGFA from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
                                Talks on catching and properly handling and releasing redfish, permit, bonefish and other fish, plus question and answer time with Mercury Marine pros including top South Florida and Florida Keys captains Sean O’Keefe, Larry Sydnor, Mark Johnson and Art Sapp along with local tournament director Jamie Bunn and Preferred Marine’s Kirk and Cody Beattie.
                                A cast net station, where participants will learn the proper way to throw a cast net so that catching bait becomes a snap.* Tips on what types of nets best suit your needs, proper cast net care and how to catch bait will be presented to make your next fishing trip successful and productive.
                                Knot tying locations where novice anglers will become better skilled at common knots like the Palomar to help them get started in fishing.* Advance anglers can try complicated knots like the Bimini twist. Other knots anglers and parents can learn are: improved clinch, hangman’s, uni, blood, Albright, surgeon, double surgeon’s loop and the nail knot.
                                A casting station will feature the importance of proper techniques while casting a lure or bait.* Beginners will gain knowledge of the overhand cast while advance anglers will learn sidearm and flip casting.* This station will also stress the importance of safety while casting.
                                Face painting station where kids get a chance to pick their favorite marine animal and have it painted on them.*The IGFA’s resident artist will have a wide range of colorful fish and animals to choose from.
                                Remote radio broadcasts by air personalities from KISS Country
                                Plenty of prizes including guided trips plus product giveaways from the IGFA, KISS Country, Pepsi, Mercury, Budweiser, Australian Gold, Johnsonville Sausage and Bass Pro Shops.
                                Children and adults of all ages are encouraged to come and learn something new at this free event.
                                Registration is not required but all children must be accompanied by an adult.* Bring the whole family along and enjoy a day of education and fun outdoors! For more information go online and visit http://www.igfa.org/kidshome.asp or call the IGFA at 954-927-2628. ###
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                                Calendar of upcoming IGFA events

                                November 18, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Daytime Swordfishing” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – If you’d like to catch a swordfish AND get a good night’s sleep, this new IGFA class taught by Capt. Josh Brown gives anglers the techniques and skills to catch swordfish during the day and actually see these magnificent fish when they take to the air. All techniques covered will comply with IGFA rules so that potential records can be certified. Not your regular fishing seminar series this class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. Each participant will receive up to $220 in free tackle and will be automatically entered to win one of several door prizes given away including rod and reel combos, tackle bags and much more. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. Anglers may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                November 25, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Fishing for Trophy Snook” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. This class will show you how to work underwater structure using proven techniques including how to consistently provoke huge strikes. Learn from one of the innovators what it takes to target and land monster snook. Taught by Capt. Mark Zaskey this is not your regular fishing seminar series class. Limited to 24 anglers it featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. Each participant will receive up to $220 in free tackle and will be automatically entered to win one of several door prizes given away including rod and reel combos, tackle bags and much more. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. Anglers may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                December 2, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Wintertime Wahoo” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Due to their somewhat nomadic and loner nature, wahoo are most often considered incidental catches. One of the new classes in the popular fall series the instructors will teach anglers how to target and consistently catch more wahoo in the cooler months of the year. Limited to 24 anglers this is not your regular fishing seminar series class. It features hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. Each participant will receive up to $220 in free tackle and will be automatically entered to win one of several door prizes given away including rod and reel combos, tackle bags and much more. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. Anglers may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.

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                                December 6, 2008 --- Mercury Family Fishing Clinic; IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. This free, third annual event sponsored by Mercury Marine features clinics on: how to throw a cast net, knot tying, casting stations,
                                fishing talks and question and answer sessions with Mercury Marine Pros including Captains Sean O’Keefe, Larry Sydnor and Art Sapp; face painting, a number of prize giveaways and remote broadcasts from KISS Country. Registration is not required but all children must be accompanied by an adult.* Bring the whole family along and enjoy a day of education and fun outdoors! For more information go online and visit http://www.igfa.org/kidshome.asp or call the IGFA at 954-927-2628.
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                                December 9, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. If you have ever had a slow day trolling and wished for some serious rod-bending action, then this is the class for you.* Taught by Capt. Bouncer Smith, one of the greatest fishermen of our generation, anglers will leave this class with an array of skills and techniques for snapper, grouper and more. Limited to 24 anglers this is not your regular fishing seminar series class but features hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. Each participant will receive up to $220 in free tackle and will be automatically entered to win one of several door prizes given away including rod and reel combos, tackle bags and much more. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. Anglers may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                December 16, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “South Florida Blue Marlin Tactics” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Anglers don’t need to travel to Panama, Cabo San Lucas, or even the Bahamas to catch a blue marlin.* This new fall series class, taught by Capt. Tony DiGiulian one of the nation’s top marlin pros, gives anglers the techniques needed to maximize their chances of finding and catching these billfish from West Palm to Key West. Not your regular fishing seminar series the class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Each participant will receive up to $220 in free tackle and will be automatically entered to win one of several door prizes given away including rod and reel combos, tackle bags and much more. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. Anglers may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                January 23, 2009 -- 25th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA. It’s the Silver Anniversary of the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with hundreds of silent and live auction items up for bid. Featured this year will be renowned marine artist, conservationist and marine biologist, Dr. Guy Harvey who is also an IGFA Trustee and long time auction supporter. Harvey has promised a special piece to commemorate the milestone. Tickets are $175 per person. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. For reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                                February 6 - 8, 2009 -- Third Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Seminar and Expo at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA – The IGFA hosts Sheri Daye for a weekend-long event featuring fishing, spearfishing, lobstering, freediving, scuba, survival at sea, sailing, diver safety, bluewater, wreck exploration, underwater photography and videography, marine artwork, cooking fish, cleaning catch, equipment, fitness, conservation, world records, product demonstrations and more. The expo is included with regular IGFA museum admission, with separate admission charge for seminars. For more info go to www.thebluewild.com or call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                March 14, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                April 18, 2009 -- Sixth Annual World Record Achievements Awards and Banquet, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. -- This celebration dinner and awards ceremony highlights the 2008 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains and tackle manufacturers.* For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or larico@igfa.org.
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                                May 16, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                July 18, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                September 19, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                  HOT News from the IGFA December 2008

                                  HOT News from the IGFA
                                  December 2008

                                  By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                                  2664 lb shark still largest fish ever recorded; WRGF out in January

                                  Did you know the biggest saltwater fish ever documented for an IGFA world fishing record was in 1959 by Alfred Dean of Irymple, Victoria, Australia, who captured a white shark weighing 2664 lbs on 130 lb line for an IGFA All-Tackle record and a line class record? Just a year later Dean caught a 2344 lb white shark on 80 lb line, the second largest record fish ever. To this day the nearly half century old records haven’t been beaten and are the only recordings of fish over a ton apiece. More top 10 figures of saltwater fish over 1,500 lbs have been logged in Norway, Peru, the USA and Australia.
                                  Or did you know the largest freshwater catch in the world was a 468 lb white sturgeon caught in 1983 near Benica, Calif., USA, on 80 lb line by Joey Pallotta III of nearby Crockett? Other areas of the world where the top 10 heaviest freshwater fish have been documented are Italy, Egypt, Brazil and Kazakhstan.
                                  You can find these and thousands more up-to-date-records among nearly 400 species across the globe in the IGFA’s 400-plus page 2009 World Record Game Fishes annual. It’s the recognized official guide to salt and freshwater catches divided into all-tackle, line class, fly, junior and state records. It’s the reference books that’s a mainstay in the recreational fishing community, and continues its legacy as one of the most reliable and complete source books of worldwide fishing records and fishing-related reference materials.
                                  Serious fishermen and fishing writers alike have described it as “the most comprehensive piece of fishing information available anywhere.”
                                  How do you get this book?
                                  One which will give you hours of reading enjoyment, and maybe your own aspiration for a world record?
                                  You can by becoming a member of the International Game Fish Association.
                                  IGFA members will begin receiving their copies of the 2009 World Record Game Fishes book in mid-January. It’s just one of more than 30 benefits of joining the IGFA. To learn more go to www.igfa.org and sign up today to become a member.
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                                  It’s Huge!! Online bidding open for 25TH IGFA Auction & Banquet

                                  Let the auction begin and it has as the online bidding, one of the most popular and anticipated events surrounding the 25th annual IGFA International Auction and Banquet, is now underway on the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org.
                                  The active global-wide online bidding, now in its sixth year, builds advance awareness for the IGFA’s “silver anniversary” event at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida on January 23, 2009. The gala evening is black tie optional
                                  Up for bid are over 250 live and silent auction items in all price ranges.
                                  An IGFA spokeswoman says 20 to 25% of the on-line submissions in the past four years have been winning bids.
                                  “It’s worth checking the IGFA web site on a weekly basis,” said Lesley Arico, IGFA corporate relations manager. “Even after the auction booklets have been mailed to IGFA members, more donations are being added. You can literally spend hours on the web site.”
                                  The online portion of the auction ends at 9 a.m. ET on January 19, 2009. The highest bid on each item will be the starting bid at the auction on the 23rd. All online winners will be notified by 5 p.m. on January 26.
                                  Beginning with the evening’s silent auction, which starts at 6 p.m., is a cocktail party, followed by an exquisite dinner and the highly anticipated “live” auction.
                                  Featured are two new fully rigged boats from Hell’s Bay Boatworks and Mako Marine.
                                  “The Hell’s Bay 18’ Marquesa flats skiff package was donated by Capt. Chris and Wendi Peterson,” said Arico. “This shallow-water performance boat comes equipped with a 90 hp electric-start Mercury Outboard, solid aluminum custom trailer, Odyssey battery, fully carpeted sides and rod racks, anodized poling platform, Lenco electric trim tabs and many more features and attributes.
                                  “The Mako 204 center console offshore fishing package was donated by Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shops and Mako Boats. Its long list of features includes a Mercury 200 OptiMax engine and an aluminum trailer with tandem axle and tandem axle brakes, T-top, 37-gal. front seat baitwell, two above deck with overboard drain and much more,” said Arico.
                                  Among the other 39 items featured in the live auction are:
                                  salmon and rafting in the Alaskan wilderness for two donated by Terry Jertberg
                                  a teak Murray Fighting Chair, donated by Mike, Frank and Paulette Murray
                                  fishing trip package with legendary Hall of Famer Stu Apte
                                  one week at Tomato Paste in Abaco, Bahamas donated by Phil “Boot”LeBoutillier
                                  South African photo safari for two donated by Zulu Nyala Game Lodge
                                  the ultimate fishing vacation for four at the home of Don Tyson in Cabo San Lucas,
                                  original and remarqued limited edition works by Guy Harvey
                                  an original swordfish mount from Ray Douglas of King Sailfish Mounts
                                  deluxe fishing package for two at the Silver King Lodge in Canada by Ray Krentz
                                  an 18” high marlin sculpture by Bodo Muche of Australia
                                  fishing the Canary Islands with Team Bocinegro donated by Capt. Jason Pipe
                                  ultimate weeklong trip on the Kimberly Quest II in NW Australia
                                  South African Plains Game Safari donated by Frank Troskie
                                  The live and silent auctions also include a long list of rods and reels, tackle, jewelry, international resorts, fishing charters galore and much more.*
                                  * * “Full descriptions of both boats along with details of the many other items on the IGFA are on the IGFA website at www.igfa.org. Again the list of items is simply amazing,” said Arico. “We have something for everyone, angler and non-angler.”
                                  The night will also feature the presentation of the IGFA Conservation Awards.
                                  Tickets are $175 per person or a corporate table for 10 people can be purchased for $5000 which includes preferred table placement, a full-page ad in the auction program, table signage and table favors.
                                  For reservations, for further information or if you would like to donate to the 25th Annual International Auction & Banquet, please contact Ms. Arico at 954-924-4222 or email LArico@igfa.org. (For more details on the upcoming IGFA auction please see the IGFA web site www.igfa.org - home page: “Latest News” or directly link to it and the auction items at http://edit.quilldesign.com/igfa/auction/preface.cfm )
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                                  IGFA IGFA mourns the losses of Trustee and Record Holder
                                  Alfred C. Glassell Jr. and N.Y. Representative Mike O’Reilly

                                  Alfred C. Glassell Jr., a petroleum industry pioneer, philanthropist, world-class fisherman and member of the IGFA Board of Trustees, died October 29, 2008 after an extended illness.*He was 95.
                                  As an avid angler Glassell is possibly most famous for catching a 1,560 lb black marlin in 1953 off Cabo Blanco, Peru for both IGFA All-Tackle and 130 lb line class records. Over a half century later despite the improvements to both boats and tackle, both records still remain as the ultimate measure of the sport for every serious marlin fisherman.*
                                  His contributions to sport fishing go well beyond those world records.* Although Glassell appeared on the cover of a 1956 Sports Illustrated, few of today’s billfishermen know much about him, and even fewer are familiar with his other accomplishments.* He was the first to boat a black marlin over 1,000 pounds according to IGFA rules and, when he lost the record within a few days, regained it for the second time in a month with a 1,090 pound catch.*Film footage of Glassell’s jumping, tail-walking and greyhounding granders was used in the movie version of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, and a replica of his All-Tackle record fish hangs in the Smithsonian Institution. *
                                  A member for seven years of the U.S. Team at the International Tuna Cup Matches in Nova Scotia, Canada, Glassell served as captain of the 1952 team.
                                  A generous supporter of marine science, Alfred organized successful scientific expeditions around the world, aboard his vessel Argosy, for Yale University in 1957 and the University of Miami in 1961, where a research laboratory bears his name.*
                                  Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., industrialist, sportsman, adventurer, amateur oceanographer, marine biologist, philanthropist, civic leader and patron of the arts, was truly a legend in his own time.* For more background information, a tribute to Glassell is on the home page of the IGFA web site at IGFA.org.
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                                  IGFA Representative Michael O’Reilly from Long Island N.Y., died in mid-November at the age of 58. The chairman and CEO of TradeWinds Environmental Restoration Inc, Mike was also an avid angler who owned a charter fishing business in Montauk, LI.
                                  O’Reilly fished in numerous tournaments throughout the Caribbean, Central America, South America and Montauk. He also caught and released over 600 marlin. He sat on the board of the Fisheries Conservation Foundation (FCF) an outreach arm of the American Fisheries Society and was involved in federal and state endangered species rehabilitation programs. As a member of the IGFA International Committee, O’Reilly’s helped to enhance recreational fishing through education, signing-up new IGFA members and creating the largest tag-and-release shark tournament in the world.
                                  Before his death, O’Reilly had already arranged for the FCF to be a major coordinator for the Sixth annual TradeWinds Stephen Sloan Memorial Tag & Release Shark Tournament, a catch and release event held each year in Montauk that encourages all anglers to participate in shark tagging for research. Held just a month before O’Reilly’s passing the tournament was a tribute to his friend former IGFA Trustee and conservationist Steve Sloan.
                                  This past summer O’Reilly also produced and hosted an IGFA Observer Training Course with nearly 50 people in attendance making it one of the largest off-site classes ever given. A second class was put together in August by O’Reilly, for nearly two dozen more Long Island anglers and captains who missed out on the first one.
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                                  One final IGFA School of Sportfishing class left in year
                                  Just one more class is left in the current session of the IGFA’s School of Sportfishing held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum’s Learning Center in Dania Beach, Fla. Jeff Mackin of the IGFA’s education department said the remaining class will be Dec. 16, on the new topic of “South Florida Blue Marlin Tactics,” taught by Capt. Tony DiGiulian.
                                  Mackin said, “Many Florida anglers think that catching a blue marlin is an incidental occurrence but actually they’re much more abundant. In this class we’ll teach what’s needed to maximize angler’s chances of finding and raising these billfish for a highly memorable experience. As an added bonus, legendary lure maker and big game pioneer, Captain Bart Miller, of Black Bart International, will be sitting in as a guest lecturer and taking questions from attendees.”
                                  The popular three-hour evening sessions are offered from 7 - 10 p.m. on Tuesday nights. More classes launching the ninth session will be announced in the New Year.
                                  “Past classes liked our newest topics ‘Wintertime Wahoo’ and ‘Daytime Swordfishing’ were so well received that we hope to bring them back in future sessions,” said Mackin.
                                  He said all the courses taught includes printed materials along with the equipment and hands-on instruction where anglers have a chance to interact and learn from professional fishermen they’d normally see only on television or read about in fishing magazines.
                                  The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 each for non-members and is limited to the first 24 anglers.
                                  As a bonus each participant in the Dec. 16th class will receive $220 in free tackle and will be automatically entered to win one of several door prizes including rod and reel combos, tackle bags and free entry to upcoming classes in 2009.
                                  For more details and updates on future classes and instructors please visit the IGFA website at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp to assess which courses are appropriate for specific skill levels. Sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp or contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or JMackin@igfa.org with any questions you might have.
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                                  December Hot Catches

                                  World records coordinator Rebecca Wright of the International Game Fish Association provides highlights of nine selected documented fish catches made across the globe recently submitted for IGFA world records. All are now before the world records committee:

                                  As he was extreme light-tackle fishing Bolivia’s Rio Tarija, Alejandro Linares, of Medellin, Columbia, landed a dorado (Salminus brasiliensis) on September 25, weighing 6.58 kg (14 lb 8 oz) on 2 kg (4 lb) class line using a Johnson spoon. Linares saw plenty of action in his 30 minute fight to bring the sizable dorado to the hand scale. The current IGFA record he hopes to beat is 13 lb 7 oz ( 6.09 kg), caught on April 20, 1984 on the Parana River in Coratei, Paraguay. (Photo: dorado – 28926)

                                  Fishing near Monbetsu, Japan, lady angler Kumi Tanimotot, of Adachi-Ku, Tokyo, guided by Fimihiro Tanaka, landed a Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus) on October 19, weighing 14 kg (30 lb 13 oz) for a possible women’s record on 24 kg (50 lb) class line. Using a metal jig as her bait she fought the fish for about eight minutes. The current women’s IGFA record for the species is 21 lb 0 oz (9.52 kg), caught on May 15, 1994 in Marmor Bay, Kodiak Island, Alaska. (Photo: Pacific cod – 28936)

                                  Light-line fishing near Ocracoke, N.C. USA, angler Maureen Klause, of Ocean City, N.J., USA, guided by Ernest Doshier, landed a red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) on Nov. 11. After hooking up using 3 kg (6 lb) line and a spot head for bait, she battled the fish for 42 minutes before wrestling it to the scale to weigh it in at 19.96 kg (44 lb 0 oz). The current IGFA women’s 6 lb line class record is 43 lb 8 oz (19.73 kg.), caught on Sept. 5,1995 from the Indian River Lagoon, in Florida. (Photo: red drum – 28940)

                                  Using a live sardine, while fishing Golfito, Costa Rica, young Kamila Hampl, of Cartago, CR, guided by Capt. Bobby Mc Guinness, landed a Pacific jack crevalle (Caranx caninus) on October 13. It took her nine minutes to capture the fish which weighed in at 9.85 kg (21 lb 11 oz). The current IGFA girl’s junior record is 17 lb 0 oz ( 7.71 kg), caught on January 28, 2004 in Punta Pina, Panama (Photo: Pacific jack crevalle – 28963)

                                  Bo Nelson, of San Francisco, Calif., USA, may have another record to add to his long slate of IGFA world marks. While fly-fishing Canada’s Flathead River, guided by Kim Sedrovic on August 24, Nelson landed a bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) weighing 6.12 kg (13 lb 8 oz). He was using 8 kg (16 lb) tippet tied with a Burk cutthroat fly. The current IGFA record is 10 lb 0 oz (4.53 kg), caught on July 15, 2004. (Photo: bull trout – 28970)

                                  Prince Frederick, Md., USA angler Robert LaVey M.D., guided by Richard Young, landed a cubera snapper (Lutjanus cyanopterus) on Nov. 19, weighing12.47 kg (27 lb 8 oz) while fishing on the major river systems in Belize the Sibun. He was using 3 kg (6 lb) class line with mullet as bait. For four hours and 40 minutes with the thin line LaVey carefully fought the fish to the scales. The current men’s IGFA line class record is 24 lb 12 oz (11.24 kg), caught on January 20, 2002 from the Manatee River in Belize City, Belize. (Photo: cubera snapper – 28976)

                                  A new IGFA All-Tackle record for a salmon shark (Lamna ditropis) might be close for Michael Poling, of Anchorage, Alaska, USA. Guided by Tom Konop, while fishing Prince Alaska’s William Sound, Poling used a salmon carcass as bait to entice the shark on August 4. He battled it for an hour and 15 minutes to finally weigh it in at 183.7 kg (405 lb 0 oz). The current IGFA record is 365 lb 0 oz (165.56 kg), caught on August 9, 2005 off Valdez, Alaska. (Photo: salmon shark 28977)

                                  Michael Swerdlow, of Islamorada, Fla. USA stayed close to his Florida Keys home to land a 6.97 kg (15 lb 6 oz) bonefish (Albula spp.) on fly Nov. 27. Swerdlow tied an Epoxy Marlin fly to 8 kg (16 lb) tippet. It took him 20 minutes to fight the fish to the shallow-water skiff. The current men’s IGFA fly record is 14 lb12 oz (6.69 kg), caught on Nov. 22, 2001 also in the Florida Bay waters off Islamorada. (Photo: bonefish – 28987)

                                  Kisslegg, Germany’s Robin Kaufmann, may see his name on the previously vacant line class section of the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book after landing a wels, (Silurus glanis) on August 2. Guided by Bestle Christian fishing Italy’s River Po, and using a live eel on 37 kg (80 lb) class line, he spent 20 minutes wrestling with the member of the catfish family before weighing it in at 106 kg (233 lb 11 oz). (Photo: wels – 28973)
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                                  ---At the IGFA Museum---

                                  Special Catch & Release Fishing exhibit and video now open
                                  Featured at The Changing Gallery in the IGFA Hall of Fame & Museum is a special exhibit which highlights the background and progression of “catch and release” fishing.
                                  In the 1950’s and ‘60’s, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida gained the reputation as the “sportfishing capital of the world” with tourists mounting thousands of fish as trophies to adorn their walls each year. Thousands of other fish, particularly sailfish and marlin, were also taken but not mounted as captains earned big commissions only after killing the catches.
                                  This trend was unsustainable to the South Florida fishery and led to the concept we know today as catch and release. The majority of all sailfish caught today are released alive and mounts are produced without the need for the actual fish. Sailfish populations have rebounded and the fishing has improved dramatically as catch and release is a trend here to stay.
                                  An exclusive video with archival footage of the mass over-harvesting of fish during the early days of sport fishing as well as many striking, vintage photos are on display in the exhibit. In addition, IGFA Hall of Famer Mark Sosin narrates a short film which shows how release mounts are produced without killing the fish. Finally, the special new exhibit also features start-to-finish mounts, taxidermy facts and spectacular release photos.
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                                  "Finding Wild Florida" now showing in IGFA’s Journey’s Theater
                                  * Over 30 days, filmmaker Stephen Mick, photographer Chris Ross and a cast of guides, surfers and conservation experts explored Florida's waters and highways, trying to discover whether any part of Florida is still truly "wild."
                                  Part road movie, part fishing trip, "Finding Wild Florida" is a love letter to the Sunshine State. They followed adventure from the Everglades to the remote Dry Tortugas, finding new definitions of "wild" every step of the way.
                                  This exciting film is shown daily at 3:30 p.m. in the IGFA’s Journey’s Theater.
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                                  Free Go FISH class offered December 18th
                                  The IGFA’s education staff will be offering its next monthly “Go FISH” class for youngsters on Thursday Dec.18, from 1 – 2 p.m.
                                  Go FISH (Fun Interactive Scientific and Hands-on) is a free event with paid admission to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum.
                                  Parents of 3 – 11 year olds are encouraged to bring their children into the museum for this hour-long event which includes a book reading followed by a marine themed arts and crafts activity.
                                  This month's featured book is: About Fish: A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill, illustrated by John Sill. The themed activity is a making a “hanging fish” that each child will make and be able to take to display proudly at home!
                                  The education staff reminds parents there’s plenty to see and do inside the museum before and/or after the Go FISH classes. Activities include the fun of fighting fish on the simulators in the Catch Gallery, a walk in the wetlands, or stopping in to watch the latest movie “Finding Wild Florida” in the Journey’s Theater.
                                  For more information contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or email her at vwoods@igfa.org.
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                                  Polynesian Soul featured in Museum’s Art Gallery
                                  Through February, Polynesian Soul: The Art of Tinomana Vachot is being featured in the museum’s Art Gallery.
                                  The Tahitian artist has created intricate designs that capture the beauty, spirit, and culture of the Polynesian Triangle Paradise; the traditional art of the Marquesas, Tuamotu, and the Hawaiian Islands.*
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                                  Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference a Success

                                  Twenty-two countries were represented at the Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference (WRFC) held Nov. 10 – 13, an event devoted as an international forum to better understand recreational fisheries.
                                  Deemed a highly successful event with over 150 oral papers and posters being presented by representatives from across the globe the conference was hosted by the IGFA and held at its Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
                                  This was the first time it has been held in the United States, said IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser. “The WRFC series was spawned by the First World Angling Conference held in Cap d’Agde, France in 1984. The first WRFC was held in Ireland in 1996, with successive conferences held every three years in Canada, Australia and Norway.”
                                  The very diverse gathering included fisheries scientists and managers, non-governmental organizations, representatives from the tackle industry and recreational anglers all interested in the current state and future of recreational fisheries worldwide.
                                  “The seminar program included something for almost anyone interested in the management and policy of recreational fisheries,” added Schratwieser.
                                  Among the highlights were:
                                  a dynamic keynote address by Dr. James Balsiger from NOAA Fisheries, the presenting conference sponsor who discussed new policies and challenges in managing federal recreational fisheries.
                                  Jim Martin, from the Berkley Conservation Institute, described what he considered to be the four mammoth hurtles that recreational fishing faces. According to Martin, one of these hurtles is the capricious implementation of No Fishing Zones as “the answer” to everything.
                                  Dr. Carl Walters from the University of British Columbia, an avid angler who has previously criticized the use of No Fishing Zones, followed up Martin’s address telling the audience that he’s rethinking the concept and believes that they may have potential benefit to recreational fisheries.
                                  Noted marine artist, conservationist and IGFA Trustee, Guy Harvey with a captivating talk that was backed by footage from his Portraits from the Deep television series.
                                  “Several presentations,” said Schratwieser, “focused on animal welfare laws in Europe that have made catch and release fishing illegal in several countries even though it has both economic and conservation contributions.”
                                  Other topics such as Sustainable Fisheries Development, Recreational Fishing’s Impact on the Environment, Economics and Marine and Inland Protected areas were discussed in detail with the diverse participant base giving many perspectives on a variety of issues affecting recreational fisheries globally.
                                  Germany was chosen as the site for the next conference in 2011. The WRFC now has a permanent website at www.worldrecfish.org for timely updates
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                                  IGFA launches new North Pacific Coast Grand Slam Club
                                  The International Game Fish Association has created a new Grand Slam Club that will be available for anglers along the U.S. North Pacific Coast. This new inshore Grand Slam Club will give anglers along the Pacific Coast an opportunity to earn recognition for outstanding angling achievements.
                                  The new grand slam consists of Chinook salmon, rainbow/steelhead trout and Dolly Varden. Anglers must catch all three of these species in the same 24-hour period in order to qualify as a North Pacific Coast Grand Slam.
                                  The application fee for each of the now 31 IGFA Special Clubs range from is $25 (U.S.) to $50 and includes an embossed certificate, a listing in the World Record Game Fishes book and also on the website at www.igfa.org.
                                  For more information on the newest grand slam club or any of the IGFA special clubs, please contact Rebecca Wright at 954-927-2628 or email: bwright@igfa.org
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                                  Newport Beach, Calif., site of next IGFA Observer Training Class

                                  The Balboa Bay Club, Newport Beach, Calif. will be the site of the next IGFA Observer Training class to be presented on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 9 a.m.
                                  The class instructs experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held across the globe.
                                  The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org.
                                  Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. Please contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org for additional information.
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                                  Date set for sixth World Record Achievements Awards and Banquet

                                  World-class anglers, guides and manufacturers from around the world will be honored at the IGFA’s sixth annual World Record Achievement Awards celebration, April 18.
                                  The ceremony will be held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Florida. This special event recognizes the 2008 records by men, women, juniors, and professional captains for the most world records compiled from the Top 10 list in the upcoming publication of the IGFA’s 2009 World Record Game Fishes book.
                                  Also honored will be tackle, lure and line manufacturers based on the number of computer printouts of the hundreds of anglers using their products in setting the new records in 2008.
                                  For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or larico@igfa.org.
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                                  Calendar of upcoming IGFA events

                                  December 16, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “South Florida Blue Marlin Tactics” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Anglers don’t need to travel to Panama, Cabo San Lucas, or even the Bahamas to catch a blue marlin.* This new fall series class, taught by Capt. Tony DiGiulian one of the nation’s top marlin pros, gives anglers the techniques needed to maximize their chances of finding and catching these billfish from West Palm to Key West. As an added bonus, legendary lure maker and big game pioneer, Captain Bart Miller, of Black Bart International, will be sitting in as a guest lecturer and taking questions from attendees. Not your regular fishing seminar series the class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Each participant will receive up to $220 in free tackle and will be automatically entered to win one of several door prizes given away including rod and reel combos, tackle bags and much more. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. Anglers may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                  January 23, 2009 -- 25th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA. It’s the Silver Anniversary of the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with hundreds of silent and live auction items up for bid. Featured this year will be renowned marine artist, conservationist and marine biologist, Dr. Guy Harvey who is also an IGFA Trustee and long time auction supporter. Harvey has promised a special piece to commemorate the milestone. Tickets are $175 per person. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. For reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                                  February 6 - 8, 2009 -- Third Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Seminar and Expo, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA – The IGFA hosts Sheri Daye for a weekend-long event featuring fishing, spearfishing, lobstering, freediving, scuba, survival at sea, sailing, diver safety, bluewater, wreck exploration, underwater photography and videography, marine artwork, cooking fish, cleaning catch, equipment, fitness, conservation, world records, product demonstrations and more. Sharkwater, Rob Stewart’s 90-minute international award-winning shark conservation documentary is back for one weekend only as part of the event. The expo is included with regular IGFA museum admission, with separate admission charge for seminars. For more info and the Sharkwater showtimes go to www.thebluewild.com or call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                  February 21, 2009 -- IGFA Observer Training Class, Balboa Bay Club, Newport Beach, Calif. USA -- 9 a.m. – The class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                                  March 14, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                  April 18, 2009 -- Sixth Annual World Record Achievements Awards and Banquet, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. -- This celebration dinner and awards ceremony highlights the 2008 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains and tackle manufacturers.* For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or larico@igfa.org.
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                                  May 16, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                  July 18, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                  September 19, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                    HOT News from the IGFA January 2009

                                    HOT News from the IGFA
                                    January 2009

                                    By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                                    Online bidding ends soon for huge 25TH IGFA Auction & Banquet

                                    If you can be there you’re in for a treat. But if you can’t you still have a chance to win one of the great items up for bid in the International Game Fish Association’s huge annual auction. The online bidding for the 25th Anniversary IGFA Auction & Banquet has been underway since early December on the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org.
                                    But Monday, January 19th at 9 a.m. ET, the online bidding portion closes.
                                    Now in its sixth year the active global-wide online bidding builds advance awareness for the IGFA’s “Silver Anniversary” event at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida on January 23, 2009. The gala evening is black tie optional. The funds raised are used for numerous conservation and related efforts by the IGFA across the globe.
                                    The final bids from the online auction will be the starting bids at both the live and silent auctions on the 23rd. The night begins at 6 pm with cocktails and the silent auction. At 7:30 the silent auction closes and the IGFA Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction will begin.
                                    “It’s worth checking the IGFA web site before it closes because there are always some great bargains,” said Lesley Arico, IGFA corporate relations manager. “Historically 20 – 25% of the online bids are the final winners.
                                    All online winners will be notified on Monday, January 26th

                                    Long list of items up for bid
                                    Two new fully-rigged boats from Hell’s Bay Boatworks and Mako Marine are the featured items this year.
                                    The Hell’s Bay 18’ Marquesa flats skiff package was donated by Capt. Chris and Wendi Peterson. This shallow-water performance boat comes equipped with a 90 hp electric-start Mercury Outboard, solid aluminum custom trailer, Odyssey battery, fully carpeted sides and rod racks, anodized poling platform, Lenco electric trim tabs and many more features and attributes. The Mako 204 center console offshore fishing package was donated by Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shops and Mako Boats. Its long list of features includes a Mercury 200 OptiMax engine, an aluminum trailer with tandem axle and tandem axle brakes, T-top, 37-gal. frontseat baitwell, two above deck fishboxes with overboard drain and much more.
                                    Among the other items featured in the live auction are:
                                    • An original by Guy Harvey, this year’s featured artist and his titled work “Blue Sky”
                                    • A sportfishing trip for four in San Salvador, Bahamas with Hadenuff Charters
                                    • one week at Tomato Paste in Abaco, Bahamas donated by Phil “Boot”LeBoutillier
                                    • the ultimate fishing vacation for four at the home of Don Tyson in Cabo San Lucas,
                                    • “Fishing Legends” package with legendary Hall of Famer Stu Apte
                                    • South African safari for two with Sitatunga Safaris
                                    • Guatemala fishing with Pacific Fins Resort
                                    • An original swordfish mount from Ray Douglas of King Sailfish Mounts
                                    • A bass fishing/quail hunting trip for two on Lake Guerrero, Mexico with Hacienda Las Palmas
                                    • A team entry to the 50th Anniversary of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament
                                    • Ultimate week-long cruise for two in NW Australia aboard the Kimberly Quest II

                                    The long list of over 200 live and silent auction items also includes fine paintings and prints by Adrian Gray, David Weaver, Steve Whitlock, Pasta Pantaleo, David Baroncelli, John Carroll Doyle, Pat Cathell and many more artists; there’s exquisite sculptures by Kerry Strongman, Bodo Muche, Kent Ullberg, Chris Bladen, David Wirth and many others; quality rods and reels, tackle, jewelry, international resorts and lodges spanning the globe, fishing charters and much more.
                                    “All guests will receive a signed and numbered limited edition print of Guy Harvey’s original piece, ‘Blue Sky,’” said Arico.
                                    Tickets are $175 per person or a corporate table for 10 people can be purchased for $5000 which includes preferred table placement, a full-page ad in the auction program, table signage and table favors.
                                    For reservations, for further information or if you would like to purchase Go for the Gold tickets where the winner receives $10,000 and the Junior Angler program receives the other $10,000, please contact Ms. Arico at 954-924-4222 or email larico@igfa.org
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                                    IGFA conservation campaign: Take Marlin off the Menu

                                    The International Game Fish Association has recently partnered with The Billfish Foundation and the National Coalition for Marine Conservation on a proactive campaign to ban the importation and sale of billfish (marlin, sailfish and spearfish) in the United States.
                                    Titled “Take Marlin off the Menu,” the campaign is educating people about what billfish are, their role in the ecosystem, and their imperiled state from commercial over-fishing.
                                    “Through education and political advocacy our ultimate goal is to end the commercial harvest, sale and importation of marlin, sailfish and spearfish in the United States,” said IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser.
                                    Why is this a problem?
                                    “Billfish stocks are in poor shape globally. As top predators, these fish are naturally less abundant than the species they prey on, yet commercial over-fishing has caused precipitous declines in their abundance,” reported Schratwieser. “In 2007, the IGFA commissioned a report to find out which countries were harvesting, exporting and importing the most billfish.
                                    “What we found shocked us,” he stated. “The United States has the dubious distinction of being the world’s largest importer of billfish. What’s worse is that this entire industry results in few jobs and little revenue. In fact the total US billfish harvest and trade is only 0.07% of the total income of all commercial fishing in the US.”
                                    Need another reason to stop eating billfish?
                                    “They can contain harmful levels of mercury,” Schratwieser said.
                                    “The United States Environmental Protection Agency health guidelines for fish consumption indicate that any fish with a mercury level greater than 1.5 parts per million (ppm) should not be consumed in any amount. Marlin, especially large specimens, have been found to have mercury levels as high as 15 ppm, and a recent study reported an average mercury level of 4.08 ppm for blue marlin sampled in Australian waters. Some fish are just more prone to accumulating mercury. King mackerel and sharks are also culprits,” added Schratwieser.
                                    “The US billfish trade just doesn’t make sense.”
                                    To join the three organizations in the fight to ban billfish importation and sale, visit the “Take Marlin off the Menu” web site at http://www.takemarlinoffthemenu.org/home to get more information on the campaign and to find out how you can help.
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                                    School of Sportfishing classes begin again in February
                                    The IGFA School of Sportfishing will open its 10th session of classes on Tuesday, Feb. 17th at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum’s Learning Center in Dania Beach, Fla. Jeff Mackin of the IGFA’s education department said the popular three-hour evening sessions will again be offered from 7 - 10 p.m. on Tuesday nights.
                                    “With each class limited to just 24 anglers the School of Sportfishing offers a unique hands-on experience for anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water,” he said. “A few classes previously offered will be back and revamped, plus we’re introducing some brand new ones as well.”
                                    The 10th session of dates, course topics and instructors includes:
                                    • Feb 17, “Fundamentals of Sportfishing,” Capt. Tony DiGiulian
                                    • Feb 24, “Trophy Shark Fishing,” Capt. Mark Zaskey
                                    • March 3, “Learning to Kite Fish,” Capt. Bouncer Smith
                                    • March 10, “Inshore Grand Slam: Bonefish, Permit, & Tarpon,” Capt. Shawn Fairbanks
                                    • March 17, “Conquering Dolphin,” Capt. Josh Brown
                                    • March 24, “Fishing Bimini and Cat Cay,” Capt. Bouncer Smith
                                    • March 31, “All about Live Bait,” Capt. Shawn Fairbanks
                                    Mackin said all the courses taught includes printed materials along with the equipment and hands-on instruction where anglers have a chance to interact and learn from professional fishermen they’d normally see only on television or read about in fishing magazines.
                                    The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 each for non-members.
                                    “We are also running a special New Year’s promotion: sign up by February 17th and mention promo code HOLSOS1 to receive $20 off of any classes you would like to take in this session. Payment is required at the time of registration to take advantage of this offer.
                                    “Next month we’ll have more news about more attractive offers for the anglers signed on,” said Mackin.
                                    For additional details and updates on future classes and instructors please visit the IGFA website at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp to assess which courses are appropriate for specific skill levels. Sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp or contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or JMackin@igfa.org with any questions you might have.
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                                    January Hot Catches

                                    World records coordinator Rebecca Wright of the International Game Fish Association provides highlights of 11 selected documented fish catches made across the globe recently submitted for IGFA world records. All are now before the world records committee:

                                    Fly fishing with 2 kg (4 lb) tippet on Richmond, Virginia, USA’s James River, J. Parks Rountrey, Mechanicsville, Va, landed a flathead catfish (Pylodictis olivaris) on August 27, weighing13.38 kg (29 lb 8 oz). Rountrey used a streamer fly and took 15 minutes to finesse it to the bank. He may tie the current IGFA record which was established just a month earlier on July 27, also on the James River. (Photo: flathead catfish – 28889)

                                    A 15 year-old IGFA all-tackle record may be broken by Medellin, Columbia angler Alejandro Linares, who landed a caranha pacu (Piaractus mesopotamicus) this past September 28. He used a spinner and spent 40 minutes to land the fish weighing in at 10.21 kg (22 lb 8 oz) while fishing the boulder banks of the Rio Tarija in Bolivia. The current IGFA record is 21 lb 2 oz (9.58 kg), caught in1993 on the Parana River in Paso de la Patria, Argentina. (Photo: caranha pacu – 28927)

                                    A day after she caught what may become an IGFA record for a Pacific jack crevalle, Kamila Hampl, Cartago, Costa Rica, guided by Capt. Bobby McGuinness, landed a mullet snapper (Lutjanus aratus) on October 14, weighing 1.75 kg (3 lb 13 oz) on women’s 2 kg (4 lb) class line. The angler and guide were fishing the waters off Golfito, CR. Like she did previously with the jack, she enticed the snapper with a live sardine and took an hour and 15 minutes to reel it in. The current IGFA women’s line class record for the mullet snapper is 2lb 12oz ( 1.27kg), caught on October 24, 2003, also off Golfito. (Photo: mullet snapper – 28982)

                                    Dave Chermanski, Merritt Island, Fla., USA, may beat a decade old IGFA record after catching a redbreast sunfish (Lepomis auritus) fly-fishing Florida, USA’s Econlockhatchee River using 4 kg (8 lb) tippet. He landed the fish weighing .71kg (1 lb 9 oz) on a DC Gilinator fly Nov. 27. The current IGFA fly record is 1 lb 0 oz (.45 kg), caught on Sept. 30, 1998 in Leechburg, Penn., USA. (Photo: redbreast sunfish – 28997)

                                    One multi-record holder on the continent of South America may beat the record of another prolific angler in Asia after catching an arawana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum) which inhabits the fresh waters of both regions. With 4 kg (8 lb) class line, Gilberto Fernandes, Mao, AM, Brazil, guided by Edson Alexandre, landed the surface swimming fish on Nov. 1, weighing 4.52 kg (9 lb 15 oz). The hard-fighting fish took Fernandes six minutes to land using a Borboleta plug, while fishing Lago dos Reis, Brazil. The current IGFA record is 9 lb 11oz (4.4 kg) caught on 12/25/2007 Ratchaburi, Thailand. A member of an ancient family of fish the arawana is found within the continents of Africa and Australia as well. (Photo: arawana – 29017)

                                    Brazil may also be the setting for another arawana record; the IGFA All-Tackle. Brazilian angler Johnny Hoffmann, of Sorriso, MT, landed a huge one this past Sept. 6, weighing 11.5 kg (25 lb 5 oz) while fishing the Rio Camaiu, in Brazil. The current record is 11 lb 2 oz ( 5.04 kg), caught on Nov. 3, 2007, from the Araca River in Brazil. (Photo: arawana – 28998)

                                    Just two ounces may be what young Japanese angler Yuuma Nishino, needs to beat an IGFA All-Tackle record for landing a utsubo (Gymnothorax kidako) weighing 3.05 kg (6 lb 11 oz). Nishino of Kanagawa, caught the eel like fish on November 23, using cut bait, while fishing waters of Akazawa, Ito., Japan. The current IGFA record is 6 lb 9 oz ( 3 kg), caught on April 29 of last year. (Photo: utsubo – 28999)

                                    Another IGFA All-Tackle record also taken from Japanese waters may be in store for Takashi Odagiri, of Chiba, after landing a scarlet snapper (Etelis radiosus) on Nov. 3. Guided by Kazushi Kinjo, while fishing Yonaguni Iz., Odagiri caught the fish weighing 11.8 kg (26 lb 0 oz) using amberstripe scad and landing it in 10 minutes. The current IGFA record is 23 lb 12 oz (10.8 kg), caught on March 30, 2003, in Amami-oshima Kagoshima, Japan. (Photo: scarlet snapper – 29004)

                                    Guided by Capt. Kirby LaCour while fly-fishing Bay Long, La., USA, angler Fred Baruth, Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, landed a red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) on December 2. Baruth was using a B 3 fly tied to 2 kg (4 lb) tippet to catch the fish which weighed in at 13.15 kg (29 lb 0 oz). The current IGFA men’s tippet record is 28 lb 0 oz (12.7 kg), caught on Dec. 11, 2006, from the waters off Hopedale, La. (Photo: red drum – 29015)

                                    Using thin fishing line James H. Sheffield, of Midlothian, Va., USA, guided by Bruce Henderson, landed a striped bass (Morone saxatilis) weighing 20.01 kg (44 lb 2 oz).on Nov. 29, With 2 kg (4 lb) line and a live eel, fishing an area near Kepetopike, Virginia, Sheffield was able to delicately wrestle the fish to the scales. The current IGFA men’s 4 lb line class record is 40 lb 8 oz (18.37 kg), caught on May 25, 1985 from Cape Cod Bay, Mass., USA. (Photo: striped bass – 29016)

                                    With a chartreuse jig tied to 3 kg (6 lb) class line while fishing the Salt River near Bridger, Wyoming, USA, Florida angler Dennis Triana, of Homestead, landed a tiger trout (Salmo trutta x Salvelinus fontinalis) weighing1.81 kg (4 lb 0 oz) on October 18. The current IGFA record is 2 lb 0 oz (.91 kg), caught on August 12, 2007 from Utah’s Forsyth Reservoir. (Photo: tiger trout – 29010)
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                                    ---At the IGFA Museum---
                                    "Finding Wild Florida" now showing daily in IGFA’s Journey’s Theater
                                    Filmmaker Stephen Mick, photographer Chris Ross and a cast of guides, surfers and conservation experts spent 30 days, exploring Florida's waters and highways, trying to discover whether any part of state is still truly "wild."
                                    Part road movie, part fishing trip, "Finding Wild Florida" is a love letter to the Sunshine State. They followed adventure from the Everglades to the remote Dry Tortugas, finding new definitions of "wild" every step of the way.
                                    This exciting film is shown daily at 3:30 p.m. in the IGFA’s Journey’s Theater.
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                                    Special Catch & Release Fishing exhibit and video now open
                                    The Changing Gallery in the IGFA Hall of Fame & Museum is featuring a special exhibit which highlights the background and progression of “catch and release” fishing.
                                    Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in the 1950’s and ‘60’s, gained the reputation as the “sportfishing capital of the world” with tourists mounting thousands of fish as trophies to adorn their walls each year. Thousands of other fish, particularly sailfish and marlin, were also taken but not mounted as captains earned big commissions only after killing the catches.
                                    This trend was unsustainable to the South Florida fishery and led to the concept we know today as catch and release. The majority of all sailfish caught today are released alive and mounts are produced without the need for the actual fish. Sailfish populations have rebounded and the fishing has improved dramatically as catch and release is a trend here to stay.
                                    Also on display in the exhibit is an exclusive video with archival footage of the mass over-harvesting of fish during the early days of sport fishing as well as many striking, vintage photos. In addition, IGFA Hall of Famer Mark Sosin narrates a short film which shows how release mounts are produced without killing the fish. Finally, the special new exhibit also features start-to-finish mounts, taxidermy facts and spectacular release photos.
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                                    Free Go FISH classes held each Thursday for youngsters
                                    Each Thursday from 1 – 2 p.m. the IGFA’s education staff is offering its free “Go FISH” classes for youngsters ages three to 11 years old.
                                    Go FISH (Fun Interactive Scientific and Hands-on) is a free event with paid admission to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. Parents are encouraged to bring their children into the museum which includes a book reading followed by a marine themed arts and crafts activity.
                                    The education staff reminds parents there’s plenty to see and do inside the museum before and/or after the Go FISH classes. Activities include the fun of fighting fish on the simulators in the Catch Gallery, a walk in the wetlands, or stopping in to watch the latest movie “Finding Wild Florida” in the Journey’s Theater.
                                    For more information contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or email her at vwoods@igfa.org.
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                                    Polynesian Soul featured in Museum’s Art Gallery
                                    Through February, Polynesian Soul: The Art of Tinomana Vachot is being featured in the museum’s Art Gallery.
                                    The Tahitian artist has created intricate designs that capture the beauty, spirit, and culture of the Polynesian Triangle Paradise; the traditional art of the Marquesas, Tuamotu, and the Hawaiian Islands.
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                                    Florida and California sites of next month’s IGFA OTC
                                    Two IGFA Observer Training Class (OTC) sessions will be presented in February in Florida and California. The OTC instructs experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members the proper techniques as observers for fishing tournaments held across the globe.
                                    The IGFA headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla., will be the site of a class on Saturday, February 14, at 9 a.m.
                                    The following weekend in Newport Beach, Calif., the IGFA OTC will be presented on Saturday, February 21, at 9 a.m. at the Balboa Bay Club.
                                    The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org.
                                    Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. Please contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org for additional information.
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                                    Tickets offered for World Record Achievements Awards and Banquet

                                    Reservations and tickets are now available for the IGFA’s sixth annual World Record Achievement Awards celebration, April 18.
                                    Among those honored will be world-class anglers, guides and manufacturers from around the world. This special event recognizes the 2008 records by men, women, juniors, and professional captains for the most world records compiled from the Top 10 list in the IGFA’s annual publication the 2009 World Record Game Fishes book.
                                    Also honored will be tackle, lure and line manufacturers based on the number of computer printouts of the hundreds of anglers using their products in setting the new records in 2008.
                                    For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or larico@igfa.org.
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                                    From the IGFA -- Did You Know?

                                    • Recreational anglers in Australia harvest approximately 27,000 tons of fish annually.
                                    • 3.4 million Australian recreational anglers fish at least once a year.
                                    • Roughly 20% of the Australian populace over the age of four fishes.
                                    • There are an estimated 90 million anglers in China, which is roughly 7% of the overall population.
                                    • In the north and south Indian Ocean Basins, both the seasonal totals and intensity of tropical cyclones (TC) were significantly above average, and included two Saffir-Simpson category 5 TCs in the north Indian Ocean and a world record rainfall amount of 5510 mm over a 3-8-day period on the island of Reunion in the south Indian Ocean.
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                                    Calendar of upcoming IGFA events
                                    January 23, 2009 -- 25th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, beginning at 6 p.m. -- It’s the Silver Anniversary of the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with over 200 silent and live auction items up for bid. Featured this year will be renowned marine artist, conservationist and marine biologist, Dr. Guy Harvey who is also an IGFA Trustee and long time auction supporter. Harvey has promised a special piece to commemorate the milestone. Tickets are $175 per person. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. For reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                                    February 6 - 8, 2009 -- Third Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Seminar and Expo, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA – The IGFA hosts Sheri Daye for a weekend-long event featuring fishing, spearfishing, lobstering, freediving, scuba, survival at sea, sailing, diver safety, bluewater, wreck exploration, underwater photography and videography, marine artwork, cooking fish, cleaning catch, equipment, fitness, conservation, world records, product demonstrations and more. Sharkwater, Rob Stewart’s 90-minute international award-winning shark conservation documentary is back for one weekend only as part of the event. The expo is included with regular IGFA museum admission, with separate admission charge for seminars. For more info and the Sharkwater showtimes go to www.thebluewild.com or call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                    February 14, 2009 -- IGFA Observer Training Class, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA 9 a.m. – The class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                                    February 17, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Fundamentals of Sportfishing,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. If you’re new to the game or a seasoned vet to the sport, these are must have skills every sportfisherman should know. This hands-on intensive class Capt. Tony DiGiulian will cover different types of bait rigging, how to tie critical knots for double line, line to line, terminal connections, and wire twists, and also proper terminal tackle prep like crimping, making leaders and hook sharpening. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                    February 21, 2009 -- IGFA Observer Training Class, Balboa Bay Club, Newport Beach, Calif. USA -- 9 a.m. – The class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                                    February 24, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Trophy Shark Fishing,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Shark fishing can mean different things to different people. Though a nuisance to some catching these dangerous predators can make for a lasting memory. In this class, Capt. Mark Zaskey will show you how to rig for and find the exciting blacktips, threshers, and makos as well as the bruising bulls, lemons and hammerheads. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                    March 3, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Learning to Kite Fish,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. One of the easiest ways to catch more fish is with a kite. Capt. Bouncer Smith will show anglers all the basics on how to use the kite fishing system. Learn to target several different species with this ancient method of enticing fish to bite. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                    March 10, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Inshore Grand Slam: Bonefish, Permit, & Tarpon,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. To catch all three species in a day is a dream for many. South Florida waters offer anglers a great chance at accomplishing this legendary feat. Capt. Shawn Fairbanks will show you where and how to do it. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                    March 14, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                    March 17, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; Conquering Dolphin, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Conquering Dolphin: The definitive class on catching this exciting game fish. Anglers can learn from Capt. Josh Brown how to increase the size and quantity of the dolphin you catch. Gain inside knowledge on the best strategies and techniques and learn to make the best rigs to catch more fish. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                    March 24, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; Fishing Bimini and Cat Cay, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. These two Bahamian islands are close to home but require special knowledge on how to make your trip across the Gulf Stream safe, legal and as enjoyable as possible. Discover from Capt. Bouncer Smith a different world just fifty miles away. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                    March 31, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; All about Live Bait, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Having good live bait can be the difference between catching fish or not. Capt. Shawn Fairbanks shows you where and how to catch several different species of live bait and how to keep them healthy. When you leave this class you will be able to throw a cast net. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                    April 18, 2009 -- Sixth Annual World Record Achievements Awards and Banquet, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. -- This celebration dinner and awards ceremony highlights the 2008 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains and tackle manufacturers. For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or larico@igfa.org.
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                                    May 16, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                    July 18, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                    September 19, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                      HOT News from the IGFA

                                      HOT News from the IGFA February 2009

                                      By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                                      Specials at “School of Sportfishing” -- classes begin February 17

                                      There are lots of specials and great topics coming up for anglers who take part in the 10th session of the popular IGFA School of Sportfishing Classes this spring.
                                      “We’re running a special New Year’s promotion,” said Jeff Mackin of the IGFA’s education department. “Sign up by February 17 and mention promo code HOLSOS1 to receive $20 off of the classes you would like to take in this session. Payment is required at the time of registration to take advantage of this offer.
                                      “And In each class, participants will receive giveaways including circle hooks from VMC, lipper scales from Evolution Products, Biobait soft plastic lures, and entry into raffles for lures, rods, and rod & reel combos from Evolution products.”
                                      The next series of classes begins on Tuesday, Feb. 17 and on each of the following seven Tuesdays from 7 - 10 p.m. at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum’s Learning Center in Dania Beach, Fla.
                                      “Each class is limited to just 24 anglers and offers a unique hands-on experience for anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water,” he said. “A few classes previously offered will be back and revamped, plus we’re introducing some brand new ones as well.”
                                      The upcoming session of dates, course topics and instructors includes:
                                      • Feb 17, “Fundamentals of Sportfishing,” Capt. Tony DiGiulian
                                      • Feb 24, “Trophy Shark Fishing,” Capt. Mark Zaskey
                                      • March 3, “Learning to Kite Fish,” Capt. Bouncer Smith
                                      • March 10, “Inshore Grand Slam: Bonefish, Permit, & Tarpon,” Capt. Shawn Fairbanks
                                      • March 17, “Conquering Dolphin,” Capt. Josh Brown
                                      • March 24, “Fishing Bimini and Cat Cay,” Capt. Bouncer Smith
                                      • March 31, “All about Live Bait,” Capt. Shawn Fairbanks
                                      Mackin added that all the courses taught includes printed materials along with the equipment and hands-on instruction where anglers have a chance to interact and learn from professional fishermen they’d normally see only on TV or read about in fishing magazines.
                                      The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 each for non-members.
                                      For additional details and updates on future classes and instructors please visit the IGFA website at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp to assess which courses are appropriate for specific skill levels. Sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp or contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or JMackin@igfa.org with any questions you might have.
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                                      Changes highlight 2009 FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship

                                      Change is everywhere and change will be among the highlights for the 2009 Florida Keys Outfitters/International Game Fish Association Inshore World Championship, one of fishing’s premier events, July 7 – 9, in Islamorada, Fla. USA.
                                      “Since we began contacting some of the past winners seeking feedback to our proposed changes and ideas we’ve gotten some great response,” said Sandy Moret the tournament’s new director. “We already have half the two fields filled from just our first wave of invitations sent several weeks ago to the 2008 qualifying tournament winners and past champions.”
                                      To be invited anglers must have won one of 36 inshore qualifying tournaments during 2008 throughout the US, the Bahamas and Australia.
                                      “We’re adding more all-release tournaments across the globe as qualifiers for the 2010 championships,” said Moret who outlined some of the new changes for the 2009 FKO/IGFA IWC:
                                      Change 1: A new management team and title sponsor.
                                      To allow the IGFA, which originated and managed the championship since 2001, to focus on its core mission of conservation and angler education, it partnered with Moret’s Florida Keys Outfitters (FKO), to operate future events beginning this summer. FKO is a prominent saltwater fly fishing shop, school and organizer of numerous Keys tournaments. The IGFA will remain the championship's nonprofit benefactor with a fundraising auction.
                                      Change 2: Separate championships for flyrod and light tackle divisions.
                                      Recognizing the unique differences of skills, technique and expertise required to be a master of either sport, the ninth annual event will feature two distinct competitive styles -- fly and light tackle. Awards will be presented to the Inshore Light Tackle World Champion and the Inshore Fly Fishing World Champion.
                                      Change 3: Fields limited to 15 top fly and 15 top light-tackle anglers.
                                      “More than a year ago when we won the bid to manage the world championship we booked the top winning fly and light tackle tournament guides here in the Florida Keys. We believe we have the 30 finest guides chosen for their expertise in the two divisions. Anglers who qualified in fly events will go for the flyrod title and likewise for those for the light tackle title.
                                      Change 4: Same guide and angler combination all three days.
                                      “At the kick off, anglers will draw his or her guide/team mate for the following three days. Teams should be able to develop a rhythm and work more effectively together without having to start from square one each day,” said Moret. “This new format should create a fair, fun and exciting competition with so many anglers and guides coming together utilizing unique angling styles and their ‘best-of-the-best’ natural skills and abilities.”
                                      Change 5: TV coverage on ESPN’s Saltwater Series.
                                      For the first time the championship will be partnering with ESPN Outdoors and its televised Saltwater Series and be presented on other ESPN Outdoors multimedia platforms. Daily tournament coverage will appear on ESPNOutdoors.com and on IGFA.org among others. (see story below)
                                      Sponsors of this year’s FKO/IGFA IWC include Bacardi, Hook and Tackle, Islamorada Fish Co., The Islander Resort, King Sailfish Mounts, Rapala, Shimano, Stiffy Push Poles, Reel Life Art by Pasta, World Wide Sportsman, KD & G Jewelry, Zane Grey Lounge, Bayside Marina, Tibor, Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, Diamond Fishing Products, Daiichi, Kaenon Sunglasses, Sage, Patagonia, Green Turtle Inn, Rich Products Corp and "High Roller" author Bill Bishop.
                                      For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments contact Sandy Moret 305-664-5423 or flkeyout@bellsouth.net or visit www.inshoreworldchampionships.com. (For the complete release please see the IGFA web site www.igfa.org - home page of the latest news)

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                                      ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series to broadcast FKO/IGFA IWC

                                      The 2009 Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship will be broadcast as part of the second year of the ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series on ESPN2 and will be presented on other ESPN Outdoors multimedia platforms including and continuing daily tournament coverage at www.ESPNOutdoors.com.
                                      “The FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship continues to set the standard in the industry as a top-tier event and the addition of this fly and light tackle world championship to the ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series schedule solidifies our position as a leader in outdoors events,” said Jamie Wilkinson, senior director of event operations and business development, ESPN Outdoors. “We feel it will provide us with some compelling content across all of our multimedia platforms.”
                                      “It makes sense to take the world’s greatest inshore fishing tournament to the largest outdoors network,” said Michael Myatt, IGFA chief operating officer. “People will want to watch the ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series to see the anglers compete for the FKO/IGFA World Championship title. ESPN Outdoors is growing the sport and making heroes.”
                                      “Our goal is to take this tournament to new heights,” said Sandy Moret, an IGFA rules committee member. “ESPN Outdoors will be able to help expand the importance of the IGFA in continuing its role in preserving the traditions and heritage of sport fishing.”
                                      For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments, fishing fans can visit www.inshoreworldchampionships.com.
                                      The IGFA World Championship will be on the ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series schedule in 2009 along with five other events. ESPN Outdoors will release the entire schedule this month.
                                      For more information, contact ESPN Outdoors Communications at (407) 566-2208 or visit www.ESPNOutdoors.com. Visit www.ESPNOutdoorsMedia.com for ESPN Outdoors’ latest releases, schedules and other news, plus photos, video and audio clips and more.
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                                      IGFA World Record Certificates now available for captains

                                      Any angler who has captured an IGFA world record fish with a guide or a captain knows the major role they play in that magnificent moment.
                                      Now, says IGFA World Records Coordinator Rebecca Wright, the guides and captains can receive their own stunning silver embossed certificate for a very reasonable fee.
                                      “In the past, we have had many anglers and captains requesting copies of the record certificates to include the name of the guide, but were unable to fulfill this request until now,” she said. “For just $10, you can display your prowess at the helm, on the platform, or in the river by ordering a certificate to hang in your place of business or home.”
                                      To order your certificate, contact Mrs. Wright at 954-924-4246 or email your request to bwright@igfa.org and include the following information:
                                      • Angler’s name
                                      • Date of catch
                                      • Species caught
                                      • Daytime phone number where you can be reached
                                      • Name as you wish it to appear on the certificate. (You must be listed on the original application form)
                                      • Shipping address
                                      • If using a credit card for payment, please also include the expiration date.
                                      You may also mail your request and payment to: IGFA, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida, USA 33004
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                                      IGFA Launches new North Pacific Coast Grand Slam Club

                                      The IGFA recently announced the creation of a new North Pacific Coast Grand Slam Club giving inshore anglers there an opportunity to earn recognition for outstanding angling achievements.
                                      The new grand slam consists of Chinook salmon, rainbow/steelhead trout and Dolly Varden. Anglers must catch all three of these species in the same 24-hour period in order to qualify as a North Pacific Coast Grand Slam recipient.
                                      A newly embossed certificate has been created featuring eye-catching art of the three species by renowned watercolorist Flick Ford who created the remarkable illustrations in BIG: The 50 Greatest World Record Catches.
                                      The application fee for each of the now 31 IGFA Special Clubs range from $25 (U.S.) to $50 and includes an embossed certificate, a listing in the World Record Game Fishes book and also on the website at www.igfa.org.
                                      For more information on the newest grand slam club or any of the IGFA special clubs, please contact Rebecca Wright at 954-927-2628 or email: bwright@igfa.org
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                                      February Hot Catches

                                      International Game Fish Association World Records Coordinator Rebecca Wright provides highlights of 10 recently selected fish catches made from across the globe, submitted for IGFA world records and now before the records committee:

                                      Guided by Otto Pervik, Kattem, Norway angler Knut Nilsen landed an Atlantic halibut, (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) on December 6, weighing 13.8 kg (30 lb 6 oz) on 4 kg (8 lb) class line. It took Nilsen 30 minutes to land while fishing off Trondheimsfjorden along the coast of Norway. He may beat the long-standing current IGFA men’s line class record of 8 lb 0 oz (3.64 kg), caught on August 19, 1982 near Holsteinsborg, Greenland. (Photo: Atlantic halibut – 29053)
                                      Chris Newport, of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., USA may be the first to enter his name in the currently vacant men’s 24 kg (50 lb) line class slot of the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book after catching a 25.74 kg (56 lb 12 oz) black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci). The species, added in late 2007 for men’s and women’s line class, fly and juniors records is beginning to fill up with record holders. Newport was guided by Joe Verdino, Dec. 19 using pinfish for bait while fishing the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: black grouper – 29058)
                                      Just days later on Dec. 30, Ronald P. Glinski, MD, of Whiteville, NC, USA, guided by Capt. Ralph Delph, also landed a black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci) weighing 9.53 kg (21 lb 0 oz) on men’s 10 kg (20 lb) line class, while fishing Key West, Florida, USA. The current IGFA record is 2 lb. 8 oz. (1.13 kg.), caught Feb 10, 2008 off Marathon in the Fla., Keys. (Photo: black grouper – 29066)
                                      Junior angler Kyle Vincent, of Hobe Sound, Fla., USA, started the New Year right while fishing the Tropic Star in Panama, by landing a 102.23 kg (225 lb 6 oz) yellowfin tuna, (Thunnus albacares) on January 1. Using bonito for bait, he wrestled with the sizable fish for two hours before bringing it to the scales. The current boy’s IGFA junior record is 190 lb 2 oz ( 86.27 kg), caught on April 30, 2006, off Barbados. (Photo: yellowfin tuna – 29059)
                                      In recent months Kamil Hampl, of Cartago, Costa Rica, has put together a string of possible world records fishing along the Pacific coast of her home country. Her latest pending achievement came on Dec. 28, guided by Edgar Montero off Golfito, Costa Rica, after landing a Pacific jack crevalle (Caranx caninus) weighing 10.35 kg (22 lb 13 oz). She was using live sardines on 6 kg (12 lb) class line and took 40 minutes to land the jack. The current IGFA women’s line class record is 20 lb 12 oz (9.42 kg), caught on Sept. 15, 1987 off Zihuatanejo, Mexico. (Photo: Pacific jack crevalle – 29064)
                                      While fishing in Ratchaburi, Thailand on Dec. 29, United Kingdom angler Martin Hodgkinson, of Penn, Wolverhampton, guided by Jean-Francois Helias, landed a sharptooth catfish (Clarias gariepinus) weighing 8.32 kg (18 lb 5 oz) on 37 kg (80 lb) class line using live baitfish. The current IGFA record for the hardy fish is 12 lb 7 oz (5.65 kg) caught Feb. 17, 2008 in Garborone, Botswana. (Photo: sharptooth catfish – 29068)
                                      Jean-Francois Helias also lead another UK angler Syringa Eade of Boston, Lincolnshire, to an unusual catch landing an Indochina giant leatherback (Chirala blanci) on Dec. 29 weighing 2.74 kg (6 lb 0 oz) using an earthworm. The catch was made while fishing near Rathcaburi, Thailand, and is being considered as a new entry for the IGFA All-Tackle category. (Photo: Indochina giant featherback – 29074)
                                      Another all new IGFA All-Tackle category addition might come off the unusual catch of angler Steve Kwiat, Honolulu, HI, USA, after he landed a Schnieders big eye (Priacanthus alalaua) on Dec. 31. Guided by Russell Nata he used frozen anchovy for the bright orange catch which weighed 2.95 kg (6 lb 8 oz) while fishing off Kona, Hawaii, USA. (Photo: Schnieders big eye – 29075)
                                      While fly-fishing the Florida Keys on Dec. 20, young IGFA multi-record holder Heather Michelle Harkavy, Coral Springs, Fla., USA, guided by Capt. Chris Morrison, landed a Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus) weighing 1.87 kg (4 lb 2 oz). It took her five minutes to land the fish on 4 kg (8 lb) tippet while fishing Marathon, Fla. The current IGFA women’s fly record is 3 lb 12 oz (1.7 kg), caught on Feb. 26, 2007 off nearby Islamorada, Fla. (Photo: Spanish mackerel – 29098)
                                      From Dakar, Senegal local angler Sabine Calendini guided by Eric Nevew, landed a meagre (Argrosomus spp.) on Dec. 8 weighing 17.6 kg (38 lb 12 oz). She was using 15 kg (30 lb) class line and attracted the popular sport fish, a member of the drum family, with a live sardine. Ms. Calendini may be the first to claim the presently vacant IGFA women’s line class record for her catch if her documentation is approved. (Photo: meager – 29055)
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                                      ---At the IGFA Museum---
                                      "Finding Wild Florida" now showing daily in IGFA’s Journey’s Theater
                                      Filmmaker Stephen Mick, photographer Chris Ross and a cast of guides, surfers and conservation experts spent 30 days, exploring Florida's waters and highways, trying to discover whether any part of state is still truly "wild."
                                      Part road movie, part fishing trip, "Finding Wild Florida" is a love letter to the Sunshine State. They followed adventure from the Everglades to the remote Dry Tortugas, finding new definitions of "wild" every step of the way.
                                      This exciting film is shown daily at 3:30 p.m. in the IGFA’s Journey’s Theater.
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                                      Special Catch & Release Fishing exhibit and video in IGFA Changing Gallery
                                      The Changing Gallery in the IGFA Hall of Fame & Museum is featuring a special exhibit which highlights the background and progression of “catch and release” fishing.
                                      Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in the 1950’s and ‘60’s, gained the reputation as the “sportfishing capital of the world” with tourists mounting thousands of fish as trophies to adorn their walls each year. Thousands of other fish, particularly sailfish and marlin, were also taken but not mounted as captains earned big commissions only after killing the catches.
                                      This trend was unsustainable to the South Florida fishery and led to the concept we know today as catch and release. The majority of all sailfish caught today are released alive and mounts are produced without the need for the actual fish. Sailfish populations have rebounded and the fishing has improved dramatically as catch and release is a trend here to stay.
                                      In addition on display in the exhibit is an exclusive video with archival footage of the mass over-harvesting of fish during the early days of sport fishing as well as many striking, vintage photos. Also IGFA Hall of Famer Mark Sosin narrates a short film which shows how release mounts are produced without killing the fish. Finally, the special new exhibit also features start-to-finish mounts, taxidermy facts and spectacular release photos.
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                                      Free Go FISH classes held each Thursday for youngsters
                                      Each Thursday from 1 – 2 p.m. the IGFA’s education staff is offering its free “Go FISH” classes for youngsters ages three to 11 years old.
                                      Go FISH (Fun Interactive Scientific and Hands-on) is a free event with paid admission to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. Parents are encouraged to bring their children into the museum which includes a book reading followed by a marine themed arts and crafts activity.
                                      There’s plenty to see and do inside the museum before and/or after the Go FISH classes, the IGFA education staff reminds parents. Activities include the fun of fighting fish on the simulators in the Catch Gallery, a walk in the wetlands, or stopping in to watch the latest movie “Finding Wild Florida” in the Journey’s Theater.
                                      For more information contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or email her at vwoods@igfa.org.
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                                      Through February, Polynesian Soul featured in Museum’s Art Gallery
                                      Through the end of February, Polynesian Soul: The Art of Tinomana Vachot is being featured in the museum’s Art Gallery.
                                      A Tahitian artist, Vachot has created intricate designs that capture the beauty, spirit, and culture of the Polynesian Triangle Paradise; the traditional art of the Marquesas, Tuamotu, and the Hawaiian Islands.
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                                      This month IGFA Observer Training Classes in Florida and California

                                      The IGFA is offering two Observer Training Class (OTC) sessions this month in Florida and California. The OTC instructs experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members the proper techniques as observers for fishing tournaments held across the globe.
                                      The IGFA headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla., will be the site of a class on Saturday, February 14, at 9 a.m.
                                      The following weekend in Newport Beach, Calif., the IGFA OTC will be presented on Saturday, February 21, at 9 a.m. at the Balboa Bay Club.
                                      The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org.
                                      Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. Please contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org for additional information.
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                                      From the IGFA -- Did You Know?

                                      • 1.9 million people or roughly 35-40% of the population of Finland fish at least once a year.
                                      • Roughly 40% of anglers in Finland are female and more than 25% are children.
                                      • An estimated 1.5 million people or 1.8% of the German population recreationally fish.
                                      • There are approximately 1.7 million recreational anglers in the Netherlands.
                                      • Sweden has an angling participation rate of 3 million and is responsible for SEK (Swedish Krona) 2,600 million in total angler expenditures.
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                                      In June IGFA members can get more “bang” with BAMM

                                      If you have a membership to the IGFA, you’ve also got during the month of June a membership to 20 participating museums and attractions throughout Broward County.
                                      IGFA members can use their cards for reciprocal benefits in all of the BAMM (Broward Attractions and Museum Month) member sites.
                                      The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.” Each institution will define exactly what benefits will be eligible but at the very least it will be free admission at the same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop.
                                      For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org. Additional information can be found on the BAMM web site at www.bamminfo.com
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                                      Calendar of upcoming IGFA events

                                      February 14, 2009 -- IGFA Observer Training Class, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA 9 a.m. – The class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                                      February 17, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Fundamentals of Sportfishing,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. If you’re new to the game or a seasoned vet to the sport, these are must have skills every sportfisherman should know. This hands-on intensive class Capt. Tony DiGiulian will cover different types of bait rigging, how to tie critical knots for double line, line to line, terminal connections, and wire twists, and also proper terminal tackle prep like crimping, making leaders and hook sharpening. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                      February 21, 2009 -- IGFA Observer Training Class, Balboa Bay Club, Newport Beach, Calif. USA -- 9 a.m. – The class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                                      February 24, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Trophy Shark Fishing,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Shark fishing can mean different things to different people. Though a nuisance to some, catching these dangerous predators can make for a lasting memory. In this class, Capt. Mark Zaskey will show you how to rig for and find the exciting blacktips, threshers, and makos as well as the bruising bulls, lemons and hammerheads. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                      March 3, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Learning to Kite Fish,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. One of the easiest ways to catch more fish is with a kite. Capt. Bouncer Smith will show anglers all the basics on how to use the kite fishing system. Learn to target several different species with this ancient method of enticing fish to bite. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                      March 10, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Inshore Grand Slam: Bonefish, Permit, & Tarpon,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. To catch all three species in a day is a dream for many. South Florida waters offer anglers a great chance at accomplishing this legendary feat. Capt. Shawn Fairbanks will show you where and how to do it. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                      March 14, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                      March 17, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; Conquering Dolphin, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Conquering Dolphin: The definitive class on catching this exciting game fish. Anglers can learn from Capt. Josh Brown how to increase the size and quantity of the dolphin you catch. Gain inside knowledge on the best strategies and techniques and learn to make the best rigs to catch more fish. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                      March 21 – July 31, 2009 -- Best of fishing action photography exhibit, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. Experience the excitement, intensity, emotion and energy that define sport fishing at its best. Some of today’s top fishing photographers will feature their best fishing action photography in a collaboration exhibition showcasing images that capture those heart-stopping moments on the water. The exhibit is scheduled to run through July 31 in the IGFA’s Art Gallery. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                      March 24, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; Fishing Bimini and Cat Cay, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. These two Bahamian islands are close to home but require special knowledge on how to make your trip across the Gulf Stream safe, legal and as enjoyable as possible. Discover from Capt. Bouncer Smith a different world just fifty miles away. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                      March 31, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; All about Live Bait, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Having good live bait can be the difference between catching fish or not. Capt. Shawn Fairbanks shows you where and how to catch several different species of live bait and how to keep them healthy. When you leave this class you will be able to throw a cast net. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                      April 18, 2009 -- Sixth Annual World Record Achievements Awards and Banquet, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. -- 6 p.m. Compiled from the 2009 World Record Game Fishes book’s Top 10 list, this celebration dinner and awards ceremony highlights the 2008 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains as well as line, scale, lure, rod and reel manufacturers in freshwater, saltwater, fly rod and junior categories. Also to be presented are Lifetime Achievement Awards. Cocktails begin at 6:00 pm with dinner and awards program at 7:30 pm. For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or larico@igfa.org.
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                                      May 16, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                      June 1 – 30, 2009 -- BAMM (Broward Attractions and Museum Month) is Back -- During the month of June anyone with a membership in the IGFA or one of 20 participating museums and attractions in Broward County will be able to use that for reciprocal benefits in all. The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.” Each institution defines what benefits will be eligible but at the very least it will be free admission at same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org or visit www.igfa.org for the variety of participating institutions.
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                                      July 18, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                      September 19, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                        HOT News from the IGFA March 2009

                                        HOT News from the IGFA
                                        March 2009

                                        By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel
                                        Trio to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at IGFA WRAA
                                        A trio of dedicated anglers, each with over 100 IGFA world records, will be receiving IGFA Lifetime Achievement Awards at the IGFA’s Sixth Annual World Record Achievement Awards (WRAA) celebration, April 18, presented by Mercury Marine.
                                        Martini Arostegui, Jodie L. Johnson and Rebecca Wright will be honored along with many other anglers, guides and manufacturers from around the world in the ceremony at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida, USA.
                                        The evening recognizes the 2008 records by men, women, juniors, and professional captains for the most world records compiled from the Top Ten list published recently in the IGFA’s 2009 World Record Game Fishes book.
                                        Tackle, scale, lure and line manufacturers will also be honored based on the number of computer printouts of the anglers using their products in setting the new records in 2008.
                                        At 16 years of age, Arostegui is the youngest person ever to win an IGFA Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been fishing the waters in and around Miami, Florida, since he was four years old and in the 12 years since has amassed over 120-world records in male smallfry, male junior, line class and fly rod categories, as well as five all-tackle records. A Coral Gables, Fla., high school student, Arostegui has traveled to four continents and numerous exotic destinations such as Kenya, Suriname, Thailand, Costa Rica and Panama to obtain such obscure species as the sorubim, trahira, bluefin trevally and the snakehead.
                                        Ms. Johnson, Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA, can lay claim to having 102 records on fly rod, three of which qualified for all-tackle records. She landed her first record catch in October 2004 and her 100th in July 2008. Johnson is also the only angler to achieve 100 records on saltwater fish while using a fly rod. In less than four years, Johnson has also achieved the century mark in record time. As a seasoned traveler, she has presented flies to such species as the narrow barred mackerel in Mozambique, dogtooth tuna in Seychelles, and the longtail tuna in Australia.
                                        With the exception of seven world records, Mrs. Wright, Hollywood Fla., has set most of her 101 light tackle world records in Florida catching her first off Marco Island in 2002. The winner of several top angling awards Wright continued to make record catches until February 2008 when she retired. Wright obtained records in line and fly rod categories as well as three all-tackle records.
                                        Numerous fishing celebrities and IGFA Hall of Fame members are expected to make special appearances at the event which begins with cocktails and a silent auction at 6 p.m. Tickets for WRAA are $50 and include a barbeque dinner, courtesy of Hugh’s Culinary.
                                        Reservations are now available for the ceremony by calling Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or larico@igfa.org.
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                                        IGFA Conservation Awards presented

                                        One of the highlights of the 25th IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, USA, was the presentation of numerous achievement and conservation awards presented annually by the IGFA.
                                        The Gil Keech Heavy Tackle Angling Award
                                        Allen Merritt of Merritt Boat Works, Pompano Beach, Fla., was the recipient of the Gil Keech Award for lifetime achievements in Heavy Tackle Angling. The special honor began in 1998 by the Ocean City (Md.) Light Tackle Club; at 62 years it is one of the oldest clubs of its type in the world. Merritt along with his brother Buddy dominated the Bahamian bluefin tuna fishery where innovations like flying gaffs, towers, topside controls, Bimini twists, spliced line and haywire twists originated. They were both famous captains of their day who influenced the development of other great captains like George Staros, Gary Stube and Ed and Cookie Murray. Owner/operators of Merritt Boat and Engine Works, Allen and his family designed and built the Merritt 37, considered to be the best tuna boat of all time. The Merritt’s continue to be a major influence on other boat builders worldwide.
                                        The Bob Herder Light Tackle Award
                                        Established in 2005 also by the OCLTC and the IGFA, the Bob Herder Light Tackle Award, was presented to Gary Carter of Duluth, Ga, USA. Besides being an IGFA representative for Costa Rica, Carter is also a legendary IGFA World Record holder. Though he has held two IGFA All-Tackle records for oceanic white tip sharks caught on heavy tackle, Gary is synonymous with extreme light tackle angling. He specializes in hunting billfish and tuna with light line and the majority of his 10 IGFA records are for line classes 8 lb and under. Among his most impressive angling accomplishments are a 252 lb Pacific blue marlin and a 357 lb Atlantic blue marlin on 6 lb line. Permanently endowed by contributions from the OCLTC and Herder’s family and friends the award is in honor of a man who maintained an abiding commitment to the principles and objectives of the IGFA.
                                        IGFA Conservation Awards; groups and individuals
                                        Along with IGFA President Rob Kramer, IGFA Trustee Dr. Guy Harvey presented honors to two individuals and two clubs who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the cause of conservation in the freshwater, saltwater and fly fishing communities.
                                        For their multi-faceted work in helping to pass laws for their countries fisheries, two fishing clubs from Guatemala were the joint recipients of the IGFA Conservation Award to a Fishing Organization. Combined, Club Nautico Guatemala and the Asociacion de Pesca Deportiva Guatemala have done extensive effort to protect billfish stocks and provide education to children and adults. They developed an annual kids fishing program that each year hold two children’s tournaments teaching hundreds of children resource conservation and how to use circle hooks. Both organizations were also instrumental in passing laws that converted their local billfish fishery to all circle hook and catch and release. Additionally, both organizations developed an extensive artificial reef program in Guatemala. From 2006 to 2008, 500 artificial reefs have been manufactured, transported, set up and monitored in front of the coast of Puerto San Jose in the Guatemalan Pacific Coast. This not only provides great recreational fishing opportunities, but it was developed for commercial fishermen too in an effort to relieve pressure on the billfish stocks.
                                        The recipient of this year’s IGFA Representative Conservation Award is William Sawynok of North Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, where he’s been an IGFA representative for 15 years. Since 1995, Bill has been the manager of InfoFish Services, a small family business aimed at providing a high-quality targeted information service to the recreational fishing industry. Working closely with the Australian National Sportfishing Association, Bill works diligently to support and promote best handling practices and tagging programs throughout Australia. IGFA Trustee Neil Patrick accepted the award for Sawynok.
                                        Dick Pool, Concord, Calif. USA, who over the past 25 years has done more for the fisheries resources in Northern California than any other person was honored with the IGFA Conservation Award to an Individual. Spending hundreds of hours annually for the benefit of Northern California fishery resources, Pool’s current focus is on water issues restoring the salmon population and recreational fishing opportunities. He has served on the Board of Directors for United Anglers of Southern California and the American Sportfishing Association as well as ASA’s government affairs. IGFA Trustee Bill Shedd accepted the award for Pool.
                                        Receiving the IGFA International Committee Membership Incentive Program award was Italy Representative Massimo Brogna who with his son Cristiano received an all expenses paid fishing trip with Miami Captain David Trafton, hotel accommodations and airfare to the US.
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                                        IGFA mourns the loss of Trustee Ralph G. Christiansen Jr.

                                        Ralph G. Christiansen, Jr., an IGFA International Representative since 1978 and member of the IGFA’s Board of Trustees since 1996, has been lost at sea following a plane crash Sunday evening, February 8, 2009 off the northern edge of Puerto Rico.
                                        Christiansen, along with five other U.S. citizens on the plane, was returning to Puerto Rico from a fishing trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic, when his plane went down approximately a half mile from Quebradillas P.R. According to news reports rescue efforts were hampered by bad weather and high seas.
                                        The son of Ralph G. Christiansen, Sr., a pioneer blue marlin fisherman who helped encourage government officials to develop the sport in Puerto Rico and a founder of the Club Naútico de San Juan, young Ralph started fishing at age four. It was his father’s close friend and fishing companion, Esteban “Chilo” Bird, who became the young man’s mentor (his father remained a light-tackle angler). While fishing with Don Chilo, Ralph increased his knowledge and perfected his technique, catching his first five blue marlin. At a young age he learned the importance of keeping meticulous records on every fish and began his stewardship of the sport.
                                        Ralph was also a founder of the Puerto Rico Game Fishing Association and, at age 30, was the youngest Commodore of Club Naútico de San Juan. During his fishing career he caught more than 600 Atlantic blue marlin, releasing and tagging most of them.
                                        Dedicated to conservation and the sporting ideals of the IGFA, he implemented a catch-and-release policy on his boat in the mid-1970s that continued throughout the remainder of his life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial tributes be made to the International Game Fish Association and The Billfish Foundation.

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                                        Interactive “Ocean Today” kiosk coming to IGFA

                                        The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum has a number of great interactive exhibits and displays throughout its halls and in the next month they’ll be receiving another one.
                                        The IGFA’s Education Department was recently approved to host an Ocean Today kiosk and it should be arriving and in operation by mid April.
                                        “The kiosk was originally developed as a major installation on the floor of the Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History,” said IGFA Education Director David Matagiese. “It receives real time data directly from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and will educate museum guests on topics such as the current state of the world’s fisheries stocks, endangered species, marine debris and much more.
                                        The kiosk will enhance ocean literacy among museum goers through an enticing multi-media experience. A dynamic interface comprised of ocean imagery and video clips, will invite visitors to explore several content areas. When a visitor touches the screen, the content areas will be revealed to show the most recent information. The main content themes are Ocean Science & Technology, Ocean News, Recent Discoveries, and Ocean Life.
                                        Matagiese said multiple groups can simultaneously interact with content on the kiosk which includes a 42-inch, independently-operated, touch-screen display, and a 50-inch plasma echo monitor above. It accommodates two specially designed sound areas that will envelop visitors. One sound area will immerse the visitors interacting with the 42-inch displays while the other sound area, at a comfortable distance behind the first, allows a group experience and easy viewing of the content mirrored on the 50-inch overhead display.
                                        For more information on the kiosk, please contact Matagiese at dmatagiese@igfa.org.
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                                        Great incentives in March at IGFA School of Sportfishing classes
                                        The IGFA School of Sportfishing is now into its 10th session through the end of March offering appealing curriculums, limited class sizes, expert instructors answering the needs of the attending anglers and special new incentives all in the conducive setting of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum Learning Center.
                                        The popular three-hour evening sessions from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday nights, feature many of the most popular classes previously offered along with new classes that participants have expressed strong interest in adding.
                                        “One of the keys to the School of Sportfishing’s success over the past three years is that we’ve taken into account what our attendees have to say,” said IGFA Education Director David Matagiese. “They’ve provided great suggestions for new topics they’d like to have offered. Before each session we go to the drawing board to provide the best classes and programs possible.”
                                        “And in each of the March classes,” said Jeff Mackin of the IGFA’s education department, “participants will receive giveaways including circle hooks from VMC, Lipper scales from Evolution Products, Biobait soft plastic lures, and entry into raffles for lures, rods, and rod & reel combos from Evolution products.”
                                        “Each class is limited to just 24 anglers and lately we’ve had several filled to capacity,” he said. “Each offers a unique hands-on experience for anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water.”
                                        The remaining session of dates, course topics and instructors includes:
                                        • March 10, “Inshore Grand Slam: Bonefish, Permit, & Tarpon,” Capt. Shawn Fairbanks
                                        • March 17, “Conquering Dolphin,” Capt. Josh Brown
                                        • March 24, “Fishing Bimini and Cat Cay,” Capt. Bouncer Smith
                                        • March 31, “All about Live Bait,” Capt. Shawn Fairbanks
                                        Mackin added that all the courses include printed materials along with the equipment and hands-on instruction where anglers have a chance to interact and learn from professional fishermen they’d normally see only on TV or read about in fishing magazines.
                                        The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 each for non-members.
                                        For additional details and updates on future classes and instructors please visit the IGFA website at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp to assess which courses are appropriate for specific skill levels. Sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp or contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or JMackin@igfa.org with any questions you might have.
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                                        March Hot Catches

                                        The world records department of the International Game Fish Association provides monthly highlights of selected documented fish catches made from across the globe and submitted for world records. IGFA world records coordinator Rebecca Wright provided the following information on these seven recent submissions now before the world records committee.

                                        Fishing Los Roques in Venezuela, avid fly angler Dotty Ballantyne, of Bozeman, Mont., USA, guided by Oswald Valerio, landed a horse-eye jack (Caranx latus) on January 8, weighing 2.27 kg (5 lb 0 oz). She was using a Pugliesi fly on 1 kg (2 lb) tippet and took an hour and 15 minutes to skillfully land the fish for another potential slot in the IGFA record books that was previously vacant. Ballantyne also holds the female 4 lb tippet class for the same species caught in Mexico a year ago. She’s shown here releasing the fish after documenting. (Photo: horse-eye jack – 29082)

                                        A new species of fish may be added to the IGFA’s All-Tackle category off a catch of a crimson jobfish (Pristipomoides filamentosus) made by Los Angeles, Calif. USA, angler George Bogen, while fishing Kona, Hawaii, USA. Guided by Russell Niita, Bogen caught the fish on Dec. 30 which weighed 3.4 kg (7 lb 8 oz) using a frozen anchovy as bait. (Photo – crimson jobfish – 29088)

                                        Using a minnow plug, Japanese angler Kentaro Iwakiri, of Oita-Shi, Oita, landed a Japanese seabass (Suzuki) (Lateolabrax japonicus) on Nov. 27, weighing 9.4 kg (20 lb 11 oz) with 6 kg (12 lb), line while fishing the Ono River in Japan. The current IGFA men’s line class record is 20 lb 0 oz (9.1 kg.), caught on Nov. 2, 2002 from the same river. (Photo: Japanese seabass – 29094).

                                        Also from Oita-Shi, Oita, Japan, Natsuki Kagehira may beat her own junior angler record set only months before after landing a blackfin seabass (Lateolabrax latus) on January 17 weighing 7.34 kg (16 lb 2 oz). Using a minnow plug he was guided by Kenji Mizumoto, while fishing Senzaki, Saeki, Japan. Her current junior female IGFA record is 5 lb 15 oz (2.7 kg), caught on Oct. 25, 2008, from the waters near Kamae, Japan. (Photo: blackfin seabass – 29185)

                                        United Kingdom angler Nick Green, of Kenilworth, Warwickshire, may be the first to have his name filled into the presently vacant 1 kg (2 lb) line class of the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book after landing a zander (Sander lucioperca) weighing .51 kg (1 lb 2 oz). Green was using cut bait while fishing Grand Union Canal, UK on Oct. 28, 2008, when he caught the fish. Also known as a pike perch in its native European region a zander is similar in body form and coloration to its close relative, the walleye of North America. (Photo: zander - 29102)

                                        Fly fishing with a streamer off Fraser Island, Australia, Haruyuki Shimada of Arakawa-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, landed a golden trevally (Gnathanodon speciosus) on Dec. 30, weighing 7.2 kg (15 lb 13 oz). Shimada was guided by Mark Bargenquast and was using 8 kg (16 lb) tippet for the presently vacant men’s fly record. (Photo: golden trevally – 29188)

                                        Ms. Nailya Yangildina, of Mantova, Italy, may see her name filled in for a currently vacant IGFA women’s record after catching a 3.17 kg (6 lb 15 oz) dentex (Dentex dentex) on 4 kg (8 lb) class line Dec. 7. She used squid, a popular bait for the species found in the Mediterranean Sea. Guided by Paolo Solci, while fishing Mali Losinj, Croatia, it took her 18 minutes to land her catch. (Photo: dentex – 29203)
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                                        ---At the IGFA Museum---
                                        Special Catch & Release Fishing exhibit and video now in IGFA Changing Gallery The Changing Gallery in the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum is featuring a special exhibit which highlights the background and progression of “catch and release” fishing. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in the 1950’s and ‘60’s, gained the reputation as the “sportfishing capital of the world” with tourists mounting thousands of fish as trophies to adorn their walls each year. Thousands of other fish, particularly sailfish and marlin, were also taken but not mounted as captains earned big commissions only after killing the catches.
                                        This trend was unsustainable to the South Florida fishery and led to the concept we know today as catch and release. The majority of all sailfish caught today are released alive and mounts are produced without the need for the actual fish. Sailfish populations have rebounded and the fishing has improved dramatically as catch and release is a trend here to stay.
                                        The exhibit also has an exclusive video with archival footage of the mass over-harvesting of fish during the early days of sport fishing as well as many striking, vintage photos. And IGFA Hall of Famer Mark Sosin narrates a short film which shows how release mounts are produced without killing the fish. Finally, the special new exhibit features start-to-finish mounts, taxidermy facts and spectacular release photos.
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                                        "Finding Wild Florida" now showing daily in IGFA’s Journey’s Theater
                                        Filmmaker Stephen Mick, photographer Chris Ross and a cast of guides, surfers and conservation experts spent 30 days, exploring Florida's waters and highways, trying to discover whether any part of the state is still truly "wild."
                                        Part road movie, part fishing trip, "Finding Wild Florida" is a love letter to the Sunshine State. They followed adventure from the Everglades to the remote Dry Tortugas, finding new definitions of "wild" every step of the way.
                                        This exciting film is shown daily at 3:30 p.m. in the IGFA’s Journey’s Theater.
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                                        Mercury Family Fishing Clinic coming soon
                                        The success, popularity and growth of the past four Mercury Marine Family Fishing Clinics has launched a fifth event to be scheduled this spring at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
                                        Children and adults of all ages are encouraged to come and learn something new at this free event. Registration is not required but all children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring the whole family along and enjoy a day of education and fun outdoors.
                                        A number of professional fishermen and guides will be on hand along with staff members from the IGFA’s education department.
                                        • There will great hands-on activities like the cast net station where participants will learn the proper way to throw a net so that catching bait becomes a snap. Tips on what types of nets best suit your needs, proper cast net care and how to catch bait will be presented to make your next fishing trip successful and productive.
                                        • There will be pros to show you neat techniques at the knot tying locations where novice anglers will become better skilled at common knots like the Palomar to help them get started in fishing. Advance anglers can try complicated knots like the Bimini twist. Other knots anglers and parents can learn are the improved clinch, hangman’s, uni, blood, Albright, surgeon, double surgeon’s loop and the nail knot.
                                        A casting station will feature the importance of proper techniques while casting a lure or bait. Beginners will gain knowledge of the overhand cast while advance anglers will learn sidearm and flip casting. This station will also stress the importance of safety while casting.
                                        An exact date hasn’t been set just yet but we expect it soon so check the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/kidshome.asp for updates or call the IGFA at 954-927-2628.
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                                        Sign up now for IGFA Junior Angler Spring Break Camp in April
                                        Once again, the IGFA is offering up to 45 youngsters from ages eight to 13, an exciting camp during spring break week at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., USA. The day camps take place April 6 – 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before and after hours care is available from 8 - 9 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m.
                                        Several of the days will include field trips along with many different and fun aquatic activities such as daily fishing tournaments, fishing techniques, boat rides, dissections, wetlands exploration, shark ecology and more. Daily and weekly rates are available.
                                        Pre-registration is required. For more info go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/springcamp.asp.
                                        Online registration is available at www.igfa.org/campform.asp, or by calling 954-924-4309 or email reservations@igfa.org.
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                                        From the IGFA -- Did You Know?
                                        This month we have several highlights from the thousands of fresh and salt water records across the globe in the IGFA’s 2009 World Record Game Fishes book.
                                        • The longest standing IGFA world record was caught May 1, 1865, by angler C. Abbott with a yellow perch weighing 4 lb 3 oz. This makes the record 144 years old. In addition, Dr. W. Cook’s catch of a brook trout back in July 1, 1916 is second, holding the record for 93 years.

                                        • George Perry’s 22 lb 8 oz largemouth bass is the fifth oldest record. Caught back in June 1932, 77 years in the book, Perry’s bass record is the most sought after of all record game fish.

                                        • The heaviest catch on record is Alfred Dean’s white shark weighing 2664 lb oz. Dean caught the great white in one hour on 60 kg (130 lb) line class.

                                        • The heaviest catch on line class is also held by Alfred Dean with another white shark weighing 2,344 lb 0 oz. landed on 37 kg (80 lb) line class. This catch is also the second heaviest catch on record.
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                                        Calendar of upcoming IGFA events
                                        March 10, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Inshore Grand Slam: Bonefish, Permit, & Tarpon,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. To catch all three species in a day is a dream for many. South Florida waters offer anglers a great chance at accomplishing this legendary feat. Capt. Shawn Fairbanks will show you where and how to do it. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                        March 14, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                        March 17, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; Conquering Dolphin, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Conquering Dolphin: The definitive class on catching this exciting game fish. Anglers can learn from Capt. Josh Brown how to increase the size and quantity of the dolphin you catch. Gain inside knowledge on the best strategies and techniques and learn to make the best rigs to catch more fish. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                        March 21 – July 31, 2009 -- Best of fishing action photography exhibit, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. Experience the excitement, intensity, emotion and energy that define sport fishing at its best. Some of today’s top fishing photographers will feature their best fishing action photography in a collaboration exhibition showcasing images that capture those heart-stopping moments on the water. The exhibit is scheduled to run through July 31 in the IGFA’s Art Gallery. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                        March 24, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; Fishing Bimini and Cat Cay, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. These two Bahamian islands are close to home but require special knowledge on how to make your trip across the Gulf Stream safe, legal and as enjoyable as possible. Discover from Capt. Bouncer Smith a different world just fifty miles away. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                        March 31, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; All about Live Bait, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Having good live bait can be the difference between catching fish or not. Capt. Shawn Fairbanks shows you where and how to catch several different species of live bait and how to keep them healthy. When you leave this class you will be able to throw a cast net. The class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                        April 18, 2009 -- Sixth Annual World Record Achievements Awards and Banquet, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. -- 6 p.m. Compiled from the 2009 World Record Game Fishes book’s Top Ten list, this celebration dinner and awards ceremony highlights the 2008 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains as well as line, lure, rod and reel manufacturers in freshwater, saltwater, fly rod and junior categories. Also to be honored are this year’s lifetime achievement recipients Martini Arostegui, Jodie L. Johnson and Rebecca Wright. Cocktails and silent auction begin at 6:00 pm with dinner and awards program at 7:30 pm. For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or larico@igfa.org.
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                                        May 16, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                        June 1 – 30, 2009 -- BAMM (Broward Attractions and Museum Month) is Back -- During the month of June anyone with a membership in the IGFA or one of 20 participating museums and attractions in Broward County will be able to use that for reciprocal benefits in all. The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.” Each institution defines what benefits will be eligible but at the very least it will be free admission at same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org or visit www.igfa.org for the variety of participating institutions.
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                                        July 18, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                        September 19, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                          Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship

                                          Immediate Release



                                          Changes highlight the 2009

                                          Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship
                                          New management, new format and ESPN coverage of summer competition



                                          ISLAMORADA, In The Florida Keys, USA --- Change is everywhere! It was the buzz word of the presidential election. Changes are affecting everyone based on today’s economy. And change will be among the highlights for the 2009 Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship, one of fishing’s premier events, July 7 – 9, in Islamorada.

                                          “Since we began contacting some of the past winners seeking feedback to our ideas and proposed changes we’ve gotten some great response,” said Sandy Moret the tournament’s new director. “We already have half the two fields filled from just our first wave of invitations sent several weeks ago to the 2008 qualifying tournament winners.”

                                          To be invited anglers must have won one of 36 inshore qualifying tournaments during 2008 throughout the US, Bahamas and Australia.

                                          “We’re adding more all-release tournaments across the globe as qualifiers for the 2010 championships,” said Moret who outlined some of the new changes for the 2009 FKO/IGFA IWC:

                                          Change 1: A new management team and title sponsor.

                                          To allow the International Game Fish Association, which originated and has managed the championship since 2001, to focus on its core mission of conservation and angler education, it partnered with Moret’s Florida Keys Outfitters (FKO), to operate future events beginning this summer. FKO is a prominent saltwater fly fishing shop, school and organizer of numerous Keys tournaments. The IGFA will remain the championship's nonprofit benefactor with a fundraising auction.

                                          Change 2: Separate championships for flyrod and light tackle divisions.

                                          Recognizing the unique differences of skills, technique and expertise required to be a master of either sport, the ninth annual event will feature two distinct competitive styles -- fly and light tackle. Awards will be presented to the Inshore Light Tackle World Champion and the Inshore Fly Fishing World Champion.

                                          “IGFA regulations and many historically cherished angling traditions maintain a clear cut difference between these two forms of sport fishing,” said Moret. “The basic premise in all conventional light tackle angling is the weight of the bait or lure takes the line from the reel, while in fly fishing the weight of the fly line pulls the fly through the air. The three day all-release tournament shares the same playing field of scoring points on the five targeted species: bonefish, tarpon, permit, redfish and snook.”

                                          Change 3: Fields limited to 15 top fly and 15 top light-tackle anglers.

                                          “More than a year ago when we won the bid to manage the world championship we booked the top winning fly and light tackle tournament guides here in the Florida Keys. We believe we have the 30 finest guides chosen for their expertise in the two divisions. Anglers who qualified in fly events will go for the flyrod title and likewise for those for the light tackle title.

                                          Change 4: Same guide and angler combination all three days.

                                          “At the kick off, anglers will draw his or her guide/team mate for the following three days. If they draw a guide they have fished with within one year, they’ll be required to draw again. Anglers and guides need not rotate, because variance in range of guide ability in each division will be very narrow. The results will weigh more heavily on the individual anglers’ skills than in the past. Additionally, teams should be able to develop a rhythm and work more effectively together without having to start from square one each day,” said Moret. “This new format should create a fair, fun and exciting competition with so many anglers and guides coming together utilizing unique angling styles and their ‘best-of-the-best’ natural skills and abilities.”

                                          Change 5: TV coverage on ESPN’s Saltwater Series.

                                          For the first time the championship will be partnering with ESPN Outdoors and its televised Saltwater Series and be presented on other ESPN Outdoors multimedia platforms. Daily tournament coverage will appear on ESPNOutdoors.com and on IGFA.org among others.

                                          Sponsors of this year’s FKO/IGFA IWC include Bacardi, Hook and Tackle, Islamorada Fish Co., The Islander Resort, King Sailfish Mounts, Rapala, Shimano, Stiffy Push Poles, Reel Life Art by Pasta, World Wide Sportsman, KD & G Jewelry, Zane Grey Lounge, Bayside Marina, Tibor, Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, Diamond Fishing Products, Daiichi, Kaenon Sunglasses, Sage, Patagonia, Green Turtle Inn, Rich Products Corp and "High Roller" author Bill Bishop.

                                          For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments contact Sandy Moret 305-664-5423 or flkeyout@bellsouth.net or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com .

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                                          3/12/2009 FKO/IGFA IWC PR counsel - Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications,

                                          Scottsdale, Ariz., USA

                                          480-951-3654 (ph) -- JohnsonCom@aol.com
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