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    HOT News from the IGFA July 2009

    HOT News from the IGFA July 2009
    By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA
    PR Counsel
    Gallops and Raskob capture titles at FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championships
    Mike Gallops and Jared Raskob had different strategies in accomplishing their goals in winning the light tackle and fly divisions respectively at the Florida Keys Outfitters/ International Game Fish Association Inshore World Championship in Islamorada, Fla., USA, July 7- 9.
    In the fly division, Raskob of Key Largo, Fla., held the lead from start to finish focusing his scoring of points of the five targeted species – bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook and redfish. Despite not catching a permit, deemed the hardest fish to entice on a fly, Raskob accumulated a total of 1950 points. With the help of his guide Capt. Dave Borras he had three bountiful days breaking further away from his fly competitors with rounds of scores of 575, 650 and 725 points.
    They had correctly predicted that his 15 competitors in the division would have the same trouble he had of getting the slam of five fish, especially the tight-jawed permit. The only contestant to release a permit on fly was Alex Cruz of Miami and it was his only fish of the contest caught on the final day.
    For Gallops in the light tackle divsion, who won the championship in 2003, his goal was completing slams by catching all five species, considered just a bit easier using bait. His biggest day came on Day 2 when Capt. Larry Sydnor put him onto catches and releases of seven fish among four species. Now with one slam completed on a permit caught the first day, Gallops needed one more to complete a second slam. He did by catching a permit on Day 3, and added a third permit for added points or a chance at a third slam.
    Finishing second by completing one slam in the light tackle division was Tony Pruitt, Naples, Fla., teamed with guide Capt. Rob Fordyce. In third was Nick Cardella, Delray Beach, Fla., guided by Capt. Frank Ortiz.
    Two Houston, Texas competitors, Charles Duncan, III and Rand Holstead,
    took second and third in the fly division. Duncan was guided by Capt. John Donnell and Holstead by Capt. Andy Thompson.
    The field of 32 top anglers-- 16 in fly and 16 in light tackle -- were invited to compete in the all-release championship after winning in a variety of 36 qualifying tournaments held across the U.S., the Bahamas and Australia in 2008.
    From a drawing the champion qualifiers were paired with a premier Keys guide, fishing as a team for the three days.
    In an interview with Bill Kelly, host of The Friday Night Radio Show on WKEZ-FM in the Florida Keys, Duncan and Rand emphasized the quality of the guides and how much everyone enjoyed the single guide format as compared to a different one each day.
    “It helped in the strategy of the event and the development of the relationship between angler and guide,” said Duncan.
    On the same show tournament director Sandy Moret, owner of Florida Keys Outfitters smiled and said, “This ninth annual tournament promised to be one of the most outstanding competitions of the year, and it was. The on-site logistics and hospitality of the staff at the Bayside Marina and Islamorada Fish Co. which is part of World Wide Sportsman was fantastic. We’re looking ahead to next year when we’ll have more international competitors.”
    The championship events will be featured on a future ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series cablecast on ESPN2. Highlights of each day are also featured on ESPNOutdoors.com.
    For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and the event’s qualifying tournaments contact Moret at 305-664-5423 or via e-mail at [email protected] or visit the web site at inshoreworldchampionships.com .


    Fly Winners
    Place Angler Guide
    1st Jared Raskob Key Largo, Fla., Dave Borras
    2nd Charles Duncan III, Houston, Texas John Donnell
    3rd Rand Holdstead, Houston Texas Andy Thompson

    Light Tackle Winners
    Place Angler Guide
    1st Mike Gallops, Naples, Fla. Larry Sydnor
    2nd Troy Pruitt, Naples, Fla., Rob Fordyce
    3rd Nick Cardella, Delray Beach, Fla., Frank Ortiz

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    Tickets on sale for 11th IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame induction ceremony

    Tickets are now on sale for the annual star-studded enshrinement ceremony and dinner which will be held Tuesday, October 27 at 6 p.m. at the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla. The public is invited.
    Five talented men, all who have made significant contributions to the sport of recreational fishing, will be inducted as the 11th class into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. The class of 2009 includes Carlos Barrantes, Sr, Jack Erskine, Dr. Guy Harvey, Harlan Major and Stephen Sloan.
    Each year the honorees are selected for the significant contributions through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources.
    For ticket and reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or [email protected]

    Here’s how to nominate a candidate for the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame
    If you have a deserving candidate to nominate for the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, please send a detailed submission letter to IGFA President Rob Kramer. The letter should describe the nominee’s significant and lasting contributions to the sport of recreational angling.
    Nominated individuals can be anglers, captains, scientists, conservationists, writers, or fishing industry leaders. Supporting documentation included with the letter -- newspaper articles, biographical information, photographs, etc. – is extremely helpful, and all materials sent will be retained in the E. K. Harry Library archives.
    Once a person has been nominated, he or she will remain in consideration. Each year the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Nominating Committee reviews the information submitted for all potential honorees. Their selections are then submitted to the IGFA Board of Trustees for final approval.
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    IGFA Observer Training Course set for August

    The next Observer Training Course held by the IGFA is set for Saturday, August 1, at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla.
    The OTC trains captains, anglers, and mates to participate as observers in national and international billfish tournaments. The half day training class trains potential attendees to identify billfish species and IGFA angling rules. Additional topics covered in the class include observer etiquette and boating safety.
    “Over 1000 people have been through the class since we began holding them in 2002,” said IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser. “The IGFA’s OTC benefits tournaments and our fisheries by promoting billfish conservation through an all-release tournament format.”
    The cost of the class is $150.00, which covers the OTC manual, two DVD’s, and a one-year IGFA membership. The class will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or by email at [email protected].
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    July 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 including
    Brazil, Ecuador, Japan, Thailand, Mexico, Queensland and the United States, recently submitted for IGFA world records. All are now before the world records committee:

    Fishing Lake Martin, Alabama, USA, junior angler Ashley Cooper, of Elberta, Ala., guided by Ricky Walman, landed a striped bass (landlocked) (Morone saxatilis) on April 11. She used a gizzard shad for bait and after a 10 minute struggle brought it to the scales to weigh in at 15.54 kg (34 lb 4 oz). The current IGFA record for a female smallfry catching a striped bass is 30 lb 0 oz (13.6 kg) caught in 2004 from the Holson River in Tennessee. (Photo - striped bass – 31954)

    Angler Federico Hampl, Cartago, Costa Rica, landed a matrincha (Brycon falcatus) on April 12 that weighed 3 kg (6 lb 9 oz) for a potential All-Tackle record. He was using truvira for bait while fishing Brazil’s Rio Sao Benedito. The current IGFA record is 1 lb 0 oz (.45 kg) caught in 2003 from the Rio Tapera in Brazil’s Amazon region. (Photo - matrincha – 31652)

    Here’s a record fish species with migratory locations spanning the Pacific Ocean. While fishing Jogashima, Japan, Yoshiki Shirahata, of Kawasaki-Shi, Kanagawa, guided by Kazutoshi Ozaki, landed a Pacific pomfret (Brama japonica) on April 21, weighing 1.6 kg (3 lb 8 oz). For the possible IGFA All-Tackle Shirahata used cut mackerel for bait. The current record is 3 lb 7 oz (1.56 kg) documented in 2001 from San Diego, Calif. USA. (Photo - Pacific pomfret – 31925)

    Japan was the site of another potential IGFA All-Tackle record when on April 30 Yukiyo Okuyama, Hamura-Shi, Tokyo, landed an ugui (Tribolodon hakonensis) weighing 1.15 kg (2 lb 8 oz). Her choice of bait was a wooly marabu jig, while fishing Japan’s Tama River. The current IGFA record is 2 lb 3 oz (1 kg).recorded in 2004 from Oya, Motoyoshi Miyagi, Japan. (Photo - ugui - 31926)

    Angler Eric Maurer, Cleveland, Tenn., USA, used a threadfin shad to entice a freshwater drum (Aplodinotus grunniens) while fishing Guntersville Lake, Tennessee, USA on April 23. The fish weighed 9.98 kg (22 lb 0 oz) and was caught on 24 kg (50 lb) class line. The current IGFA record is 21 lb 10 oz (9.83 kg) recorded in 1987 at Tennessee’s Nickajack Dam. (Photo - freshwater drum – 31593)

    While she was guided by IGFA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jean-Francois Helias, junior angler Natalie Carter, had a thrill by catching a snakehead (Channa spp.) on April 23 weighing in at 3.31 kg (7 lb 4 oz). The Beabroke, Oxfordshire, UK youngster used live baitfish and took five minutes to land it while fishing Ratchaburi, Thailand. The current IGFA female smallfry record is 3 lb 12 oz (1.7 kg) taken from a Broward County Fla. (USA) canal in 2006. (Photo - snakehead – 31368)

    Targeting his catch for one of the newest species recently added to the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book, Guayaquil, Ecuador angler Carlos "Charly" Casal, guided by Angel De Rosa, landed a broomtail grouper, (Mycteroperca xenarcha) on April 25. The fish was caught near Ancon, Ecuador, and weighed 5.44 kg (12 lb 0 oz). He was using 15 kg (30 lb), class line with a MirrOlure 111M and took six minutes to land the fish. He’s hoping the catch will make the men’s line class division. (Photo - broomtail grouper – 31472)

    Flyfishing Georgia’s (USA) Okefenokee Swamp on May 2, Jim Spencer, of St. Petersburg, Fla., USA, landed a bowfin (Amia calva) weighing 3.63 kg (8 lb 0 oz). He used a clouser minnow to attract the fish on 4 kg (8 lb) tippet and took 10 minutes to wrestle it to the scale. The current IGFA record is 7 lb 8 oz (3.4 kg) caught in Mt. Vernon, Ala., in 1998. (Photo – bowfin – 31486)

    Todos Santos, Mexico is a noted surfing hot bed, but Irvine, Calif. USA angler Peter F. Binaski, found it to be a great fishing locale as well. Guided by Guillermo Gomez, Binaski, using ultra thin 1 kg (2 lb) class line baited with an anchovy dart, took 14 minutes to land a Pacific barracuda (Sphyraena argentea) on April 22 weighing 3.29 kg (7 lb 4 oz). If his documentation is approved by the IGFA world records committee he would be the first to hold the 2 lb line class record for the new species that was added April 1 and offers opportunities for fly and junior records as well. (Photo - Pacific barracuda – 31919)

    An American may lay claim to a new species entry to the IGFA All-Tackle division. Using a peeled prawn for bait while fishing Australia’s Nomenade River in Queensland, on April 22, Steven M. Wozniak San Ramon, Calif., USA caught a javelin grunter (Pomadasys kaakan). He was guided by Scotty Lyons in his potential IGFA All-Tackle catch that weighed 1.93 kg (4 lb 4 oz). (Photo: - javelin grunter – 31478)


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    IGFA Education News
    Outreach Program at Palm Beach, Fla., Kid’s Fitness Festival
    On July 16-17 the IGFA’s Outreach Program will be among 40 different sports clinics at the Palm Beach County Kid’s Fitness Festival at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach.
    “Each July, over 6,000 South Florida youth gather at the South Florida Fairgrounds for two days of fitness and fun,” said IGFA Education Director David Matagiese.
    “The two days are filled with excitement and energy, festival participants have the opportunity to get hands-on experience and develop skills in over 40 different sports clinics.
    “The IGFA will have knot tying and spin casting target practice as its activities.
    Each clinic is conducted by a professional from that sports area sharing techniques, enhancing skills and providing an introduction to the sport. The weekend event also features mascots, autograph sessions, special guests, demonstrations and a midway with a bounce house, rock-wall and mist tent, and much more,” said Matagiese.
    Open to groups and individuals, space at the Kids Fitness Festival is limited so early sign-up reservations are recommended.
    For more information please contact George Linley at 561-233-3178 or via email at [email protected]. And for more information on the IGFA Outreach Program call Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or via email at [email protected].

    Weekly IGFA Junior Angler Summer Camps in full fun mode
    For hands-on activities and lots of fishing for youngsters, nothing beats the IGFA’s annual Junior Angler Summer Camps and there’s still a chance to sign-up.
    Presented in 10 weekly sessions they are now underway till August 14th.
    In its 10th year and held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., the association offers the weeklong camp adventures for children ages 8 – 13.
    IGFA Education Director Dave Matagiese said. “We’ve revamped some of the activities so that each camper will spend more time each day fishing both here on-site at the museum and on field trips. In addition the camp instructors are also teaching them about the in-and-outs of fish anatomy through dissections, fish biology, plus conservation techniques and environmentally themed topics.
    He said they also learn about tying flies and jigs, how to tie fishing knots and participate in simulated fishing tournaments. And the campers take field trips 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,” Matagiese said. “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 Veronica Woods 954-924-4309, email [email protected], or visit www.igfa.org/summercamp.asp .
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    IGFA’s popular School of Sportfishing resumes in the fall

    Hey Adults. Your School of Sportfishing classes returns this fall. After a summer break the IGFA’s School of Sportfishing will resume with its 12th session in September.
    The topic list for the popular series of Tuesday night classes is expected be posted in early August on the IGFA ‘s web site with a list of course titles and instructors.
    The web site can be found at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp .
    IGFA Education Director Dave Matagiese said all classes will continue to be limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up. The Tuesday night classes are held from 7 – 10 p.m. at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum 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 at954-924-4247 or via email at [email protected]. Registration will also be available online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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    Interesting facts from the IGFA -- Did You Know?
    This month the IGFA features recently released figures from The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Fisheries and Aquaculture Department has just released The State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2008. Some interesting facts from the recent report (all values annual totals for the year 2006):

    Catch
    Global capture fisheries production was about 92 million tonnes.

    Value
    Our calculations indicate that is equivalent to the weight of 18.4 million elephants or 46 million SUVs (all these SUVs lined up would stretch five times around the earth at the equator).
    Global fish capture production first sale value is estimated at US $91.2 billion.

    Countries
    Top five countries in world capture production:
    • China
    • Peru
    • United States of America
    • Indonesia
    • Japan

    • Asian countries accounted for 52% of global
    capture production.

    People
    • 43.5 million people are directly engaged, part time or full time, in primary production of fish (including fish capture from the wild and aquaculture) with an additional four million people engaged on an occasional basis.
    • For each person employed in the primary sector, it is estimated there are four employed in the secondary sector (fish processing, marketing and service industries), indicating employment of about 170 million people in the industry as a whole.
    • If you consider the number of dependants, about 520 million people could be dependent on the sector, that’s about 8% of the world population.

    Species/Stocks
    The top five marine species for capture production:
    • Anchoveta
    • Alaska pollock
    • Skipjack tuna
    • Atlantic herring
    • Blue herring

    • Overall, 80% of the world fish stocks for which assessment information is available are reported as fully exploited or overexploited.
    • Quote from text: “As stated before in The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture, the maximum wild capture fisheries potential from the world’s ocean has probably been reached, and a more closely controlled approach to fisheries management is required, particularly for some highly migratory, straddling and other fishery resources that are exploited solely or partially in the high seas.”
    These values do not include data from recreational fisheries, bycatch or illegal, unreported, unregulated catches.
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    Free Boaters Safety Course Sept. 19; final class for 2009

    Are you new to the great recreational activity of boating? Or would you like for you and members of your family to be safer boaters?
    Well, we’ve got a class for you…. and it’s free.
    The IGFA and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission are teaming together to host the next free Boaters Safety Courses beginning on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla.
    The all day class begins at 8 a.m. and lasts till 4 p.m. It’s the final class offered for 2009.
    This course, taught by the law enforcement division of the FFWCC 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 [email protected].
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    Exhilarating sport fishing photography featured in IGFA Art Gallery

    The exciting works of seven of today’s hottest marine photographers is now featured in an exhibit in the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum’s Art Gallery.
    Through the end of August more than 70 images will be on display shot through the lenses of Pat Ford , Adrian Gray, Scott Kerrigan, Dave McCleaf, Alistair McGlashan, Ron Modra and Sam Root.
    “Visitors to the museum have the opportunity to experience the excitement, emotion, energy and beauty of sport fishing captured by these photographic pros,” said Gray, the IGFA’s resident artist and noted photographer.
    Among the noted works are:
    • Ford’s tarpon release photos and the incredible colors of a live squid;
    • Kerrigan’s collage of hundreds of photos to make a single 30 x 40 sailfish image;
    • McCleaf’s heart-stopping tarpon shots and gorgeous photography of a seatrout;
    • Alistair McGlashan’s exciting 1,000 lb black marlin jump photo taken in Australia;
    • Modra’s sepia toned images and a daytime image of a jumping swordfish.
    • Root’s underwater and above water photographs, many from the pages of Salt Water Sportsman and Sport Fishing
    • Gray’s tarpon jumping, a mutton snapper’s eye plus underwater shots of seatrout, gag grouper and tarpon;
    For more information on the exhibit please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at [email protected].
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    Also featured this month at the IGFA Museum
    New Interactive “Ocean Today” kiosk popular at IGFA
    When visiting the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum look for the new Ocean Today interactive exhibit.
    It receives real time data directly from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), helping to educate museum guests on topics such as the current state of the world’s fisheries stocks, endangered species, marine debris and much more. It was originally developed as a major installation in the Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.
    The kiosk enhances ocean literacy among museum goers through an enticing multi-media experience with a dynamic interface comprised of ocean imagery and video clips, which invites visitors to explore several content areas.
    “When a visitor touches the screen, the content areas will be revealed to show the most recent information,” said David Matagiese. “The main content themes are Ocean Science & Technology, Ocean News, Recent Discoveries, and Ocean Life.”
    Multiple groups can simultaneously interact with the 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 envelop museum visitors.
    For more information, please contact Matagiese at [email protected].

    Special Catch & Release Fishing exhibit and video 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.
    In the 1950’s and ‘60’s, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 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.
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    Calendar of upcoming IGFA events

    Now -- Aug 14, 2009 – Continuation of IGFA’s ten weekly Summer Camps, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – Now in its 10th year the IGFA’s popular 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 [email protected].
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    August 1, 2009 -- IGFA Observer Training Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. IGFA hosts the Observer Training Course (OTC) which trains participants in species identification, tackle rules, tackle regulations, boating etiquette and boating safety. Observers are used in national and international billfish tournament. For more information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or by email at [email protected]
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    September 19, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8 a.m. – 4 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 [email protected].
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    October 27, 2009 -- The 11th Annual IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will celebrate all 75 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees will be Carlos Barrantes, Sr, Jack Erskine, Dr. Guy Harvey, Harlan Major and Stephen Sloan. The inductees are 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 2009 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or [email protected]
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    November 8 - 13, 2009 -- IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – This 10th annual event is considered international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting nearly 50 winning teams from 19 countries on six continents who have been invited after winning one of over 130 qualifying events held in 2008. It’s also the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. For more information on the tournament or to find out more about registering a tournament as a qualifier, contact Lynda Wilson at [email protected] or call 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at [email protected] or call 407-571-4680.
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    32 elite anglers prepare for FKO/IGFA Inshore World Cha

    HOT News from the IGFA
    June 2009
    By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

    32 elite anglers prepare for FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship


    They are among the top fly and light tackle “sight-casting” champion anglers from as far away as Australia who will converge on the Florida Keys island chain from July 7 – 9, competing in the ninth annual Florida Keys Outfitters / IGFA Inshore World Championship in Islamorada.
    It’s an event described by anglers and the media as the “super bowl” of inshore fishing.
    Selected from a variety of 36 qualifying tournaments held in 2008 across the U.S., the Bahamas and Australia, a field of 32 top anglers -- 16 in fly and 16 in light tackle -- quickly responded to the invitations of managing partner Florida Keys Outfitters to compete in this*three day all-release championship.*
    From a drawing the champion qualifiers will be paired*with a*premier Keys guide fishing as a team for*tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and*redfish in the fly and light tackle divisions.
    A grand champion will be crowned in each division.
    Three-time winner and current defending champion Robert Collins of Naples and Islamorada, will be focusing his skills for the first time solely casting fly.
    The field of competitors includes 26 men and five women from nine U.S. states. Also among them will be Australian Peter Politis winner of last year’s Northern Territory’s Barramundi Classic.
    “I believe anglers and guides have wholeheartedly embraced our new light tackle/fly tackle concept and look forward to a really fun and competitive event,” said tournament director Sandy Moret, owner of Florida Keys Outfitters. ” In our first year, all of the IGFA Staff, tournament directors, sponsors, anglers and guides have been a great help putting things together.
    “This tournament promises to be one of the most outstanding competitions of the year,” he added. “And looking ahead to next year we’ll have more international competitors.”
    Fishing and daily scorekeeping takes place from the World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina with The Islander Resort serving as the event’s headquarters. Both are located near mile marker 82.
    The IGFA remains the inshore championships’ sole nonprofit benefactor. A fundraiser and auction for the IGFA will be held at the event.
    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.
    For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and the event’s qualifying tournaments contact Sandy Moret 305-664-5423, or via e-mail at [email protected] or visit the web site at inshoreworldchampionships.com .
    A preview with a complete list of the champions, hometowns and tournaments they qualified at will also be posted soon on the IGFA web site igfa.org.
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    Exciting sport fishing photography featured in IGFA Art Gallery

    The exhilarating works of some of today’s hottest marine photographers are featured in an exhibit in the Art Gallery of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
    Through the end of August more than 70 images will be on display shot through the lenses of Pat Ford, Adrian Gray, Scott Kerrigan, Dave McCleaf, Al McGlashan, Ron Modra and Sam Root.
    “All visitors to the museum this summer will have the opportunity to experience the excitement, emotion, energy and beauty of sport fishing captured by these photographic pros,” said Gray who is the IGFA’s resident artist and noted photographer.
    Gray, who has numerous eye-catching color photographs on display including a tarpon jumping, a mutton snapper’s eye plus underwater shots of seatrout, gag grouper and tarpon, gave a brief preview of his fellow colleagues’ works:
    Sam Root has an excellent mixture of underwater and above water photographs. Many of his images can be found featured in the pages of Salt Water Sportsman and Sport Fishing. This is*Sam's first exhibition.
    Still in college, Dave McCleaf is a young up-and-comer taking some of the best action shots out there. He has heart-stopping tarpon shots that almost seem suspended in time. One gorgeous photo in the exhibit is a seatrout with droplets of water falling off of it. This is also Dave's first exhibit.
    Artistic sepia toned images give Ron Modra’s works a mystical look. He has an impressive daytime image of a jumping swordfish that really makes you stop and look.
    This is Scott Kerrigan’s first exhibit but he’s already recognized as a master of billfish action photography. One unique piece is a collage of hundreds of photos to make a single sailfish image. This large 30 x 40 collage stops people instantly for a long and lingering look.
    Pat Ford has quickly become one of the leading world renowned sport fish photographers. One image that stands out is a live squid on the flats that has incredible colors. Pat also submitted an amazing tarpon release-action photo that’s featured.
    And with exciting*images of jumping black marlin in the 1000 lb weight class, Australia’s premier billfish photographer Alistair McGlashan has included a number of his best action shots.
    For more information on the exhibit please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at [email protected].
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    Wegmans Endorses “Take Marlin Off the Menu” Campaign
    Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. based in Rochester, N.Y., reaffirmed its commitment to selling sustainable seafood by becoming the first supermarket chain to endorse the “Take Marlin Off the Menu” Campaign (www.takemarlinoffthemenu.org) by refusing to sell marlin, sailfish and spearfish at its 72 stores located throughout New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland.
    In recognition of Wegmans’ (www.wegmans.com), commitment to not selling marlin, the Take Marlin Off the Menu Campaign, launched eight months ago by three leading marine conservation non-profits, wants consumers to know they can purchase seafood at their nearest Wegmans supermarket with the full knowledge that Wegmans is officially “Marlin Free.” The drive was launched by the International Game Fish Association (www.igfa.org), the National Coalition for Marine Conservation (www.savethefish.org), and The Billfish Foundation (www.billfish.org).
    * As a leader in the supermarket industry, Wegmans urges other supermarket chains throughout the United States to follow its lead in not selling marlin, and helping to raise awareness among consumers that marlin populations are in serious danger due to overharvesting by commercial fishing fleets.
    * Supporting the Take Marlin Off the Menu Campaign is in keeping with Wegmans’ reputation for innovation. Founded in 1916, Wegmans is recognized as a leader throughout its industry, distinguished for its innovative approaches to customer service. In 2008, Wegmans published its Sustainable Seafood Sourcing Philosophy, a policy that has been followed for many years and is promoted at all Wegmans stores, as well as on its website. *Wegmans also posts a chart of items sold in its stores that are certified sustainable and those which are not sold due to sustainability concerns.
    * “As an industry, we have a great deal of influence in what Americans eat,” says Carl Salamone, vice president of seafood. “Every day, in supermarkets across the country, consumers ask seafood professionals what’s great to eat. That’s when we can point consumers to fish and seafood that is flavorful and good for our environment. Because when the marlin are gone, we all lose.”
    * “The ultimate goal of the Take Marlin Off the Menu Campaign is, through education and political advocacy, to end the commercial harvest, sale and importation of marlin, sailfish and spearfish in the United States,” said IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser..
    * “This is a huge step for our campaign because Wegmans is respected by consumers for its commitment to customer service,” adds Ken Hinman, president of the National Coalition for Marine Conservation, located in the Washington D.C. area, “as well as throughout the supermarket industry for its innovation. *We applaud Wegmans for stepping forward among its peers in the supermarket industry and coming out on the side of marlin and other billfish.”
    * In addition to Wegmans, a growing number of restaurants support Take Marlin Off the Menu, including Wolfgang Puck Companies, which operate some of the most well known restaurants in the world.
    * “The challenge facing the campaign is drawing awareness to the plight of marlin and other billfish,” said Ellen Peel, president of The Billfish Foundation. “Unfortunately, many Americans are not aware that marlin have suffered a dramatic population decline.“
    According to a national Harris Interactive consumer survey of 2,078 consumers conducted on February 25, 2009, and sponsored by the Take Marlin Off the Menu Campaign, 93 percent of American consumers were unaware that the populations of marlin have declined 80 percent from their peak several decades ago, before the advent of large-scale commercial fishing worldwide. *
    * “However, according to our national consumer survey,” Peel added, “when consumers become aware of the plight of billfish such as marlin, 78 percent of American consumers say they won’t order or buy marlin. *With this insight, we know that our job is to increase awareness of this issue and to persuade restaurants and seafood retailers to embrace our cause.”
    * Marlin, sailfish, and spearfish are collectively called “billfish” because the long extension of their upper jawbone looks like a spear or bill. *Marlin, the largest of the billfish species, have powerful muscular bodies, can weigh as much as a ton, and roam throughout the oceans feeding on smaller fish and keeping marine ecosystems in balance. As apex predators in the ocean, they serve the same role as lions, tigers and wolves on land.
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    IGFA Observer Training Course set for August

    The IGFA will hold its next Observer Training Course, Saturday, August 1, at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla.
    The IGFA OTC trains captains, anglers, and mates to participate as observers in national and international billfish tournaments. The half day training class trains potential attendees to identify billfish species and IGFA angling rules. Additional topics covered in the class include observer etiquette and boating safety.
    “The IGFA has been holding Observer Training Courses since 2002 and over 1000 people have been through the class,” said IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser. “IGFA’s OTC benefits tournaments and our fisheries by promoting billfish conservation through an all-release tournament format.”
    The cost of the class is $150.00, which covers the OTC manual, two DVD’s, and a one-year IGFA membership. The class will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or by email at [email protected].
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    June 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 including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the French island of Reunion and the United States, recently submitted for IGFA world records. All are now before the world records committee:

    From the remote French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, local angler Audrey Ferrand, of Savanna, St Paul, guided by Hugues Ferrand, landed a giant trevally (Caranx ignobilis) on March 5, weighing in at 48 kg (105 lb 13 oz) on women’s 60 kg (130 lb) class line. Using bait it took her over an hour to land the fish while fishing near the island’s commune of St Gilles. Reunion, which is about the size of the state of Rhode Island in the USA, is located off Southern Africa, east of Madagascar. The current IGFA women’s line class record for the fish is 91 lb 0 oz (41.3 kg) caught in 2004 from the waters of Tanzania, Africa’s Latham Island northwest of Reunion. (Photo - giant trevally – 31953)

    While fishing the waters off Ft. Myers, Florida, USA, on March 6, Windsor, Ontario, Canada angler Cheryl Legault, guided by Capt. Joe Verdino, landed a gray snapper, (Lutjanus griseus) weighing 2.52 kg (5 lb 9 oz). She was using a sardine on 10 kg (20 lb) class line and quickly landed the fish in three minutes. The current women’s IGFA line class record is 4 lb. 11 oz (2.13 kg) caught off Hobe Sound, Fla. last year. (Photo - gray snapper- 31367)

    Japanese angler Satoshi Touchi, of Amami-Shi, Kangoshima, guided by Tominori Take****a, landed a longface emperor (Lethrinus olivaceus) on March 8 while fishing Amami-Oshima, Japan. The pending IGFA All-Tackle record fish weighed 10.35 kg (22 lb 13 oz) and took Touchi six minutes to fight using a metal Haori King jig. The current IGFA record is 20 lb 10 oz ( 9.35 kg) caught in the same waters two years ago. (Photo - longface emperor – 31477)

    Junior angler Heather Michelle Harkavy, Coral Springs, FL, USA, guided by Capt. Joe Porcelli, landed a 29.94 kg (66 lb 0 oz) black drum (Pogonias cromis) on March 14, while fishing the Indian River, Florida, USA. Ms. Harkavy who has a long string of IGFA records is hoping to beat the current female junior mark of 63 lb 6 oz ( 28.74 kg) caught four years ago off Virginia’s Eastern Shores. (Photo - black drum – 31481)

    Fly fishing the South Bay in Texas USA on March 14, Bud Rowland of McAllen Texas tempted a black drum (Pogonias cromis) and fought him for 18 minutes. Rowland was using 6 kg (12 lb) tippet for the drum when landed weighed 26.99 kg (59 lb 8 oz). The current men’s IGFA tippet record for the species is 57 lb 8 oz (26.08 kg) recorded from Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay in 1995. (Photo – black drum – 31921)

    Proactive IGFA Virginia, USA Representative Dr. Julie Ball took time on March 22, to wet a line off her hometown of Virginia Beach landing a tautog (Tautoga onitis). Dr. Ball, guided by Skip Feller, used a crab on 8 kg (16 lb) line to attract the fish that weighed in at 6.72 kg (14 lb 13 oz). She may replace the IGFA women’s line class record for the species which is currently 13 lb 11 oz (6.2 kg) caught off Port Jefferson, Long Island, NY, USA in 1993. (Photo – tautog 31955)

    Australian junior angler Jeremy Athan Siarakas, of Maroubra, guided by Jim Siarakas, landed a meagre (Argyrosomus spp.) on March 28. He was fishing Sydney Harbour, Australia when he caught the fish after a 15 minute fight that weighed in at 1.34 kg (2 lb 15 oz). The current IGFA male small fry record is vacant so Jeremy is hoping to be the first to see his name listed for the catch. (Photo - meagre - 31484)

    With very thin 2 kg (4 lb) class line New Zealand lady angler Eryn Jacobsen, of Pukence, Kaitana, guided by John Batterton, landed a 95 kg (209 lb 6 oz) striped marlin (Kajikia audax) on March 28. For some 40 minutes she delicately finessed the billfish from the waters of the Three Kings Islands, the northernmost point of the North Island of New Zealand, where the South Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea meet. The current women’s IGFA line class record is 142 lb 8 oz (64.63 kg) caught Panama’s Pinas Bay in 1991. (Photo - striped marlin 31832)

    Using a homemade lure while fishing Donner Lake, California USA, young Nevada (USA) angler Kaitlyn Stout, of Spanish Springs, landed a lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) on April 3, weighing in at 13.61 kg (30 lb 0 oz). She fought the fish for 15 minutes before landing it. The current IGFA female smallfry record is 20 lb 10 oz ( 9.35 kg) set in July 2005 from Michigan’s Lake Superior. (Photo - lake trout – 31635)
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    IGFA Junior Angler weekly Summer Camps in full fun mode

    For hands-on activities for youngsters, nothing beats the IGFA’s annual Junior Angler Summer Camps presented in 10 weekly sessions which are now underway till August 14th.
    In its 10th year and held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., the association offers the weeklong camp adventures for children ages 8 – 13, and with more angling opportunities.
    “When we asked the parents what their children were saying about the IGFA Summer Camp, almost everyone said they’d like to see more fishing,” said IGFA Education Director Dave Matagiese. “This year we’ve revamped some of the activities so that each camper will spend more time each day fishing while the camp instructors teach them about fish biology, fishing techniques and tackle.”
    He said they’ll also learn about conservation, tying flies & jigs, and participate in simulated fishing tournaments. And the campers will take field trips 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,” Matagiese said. “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 [email protected], or visit www.igfa.org/summercamp.asp .
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    IGFA’s popular School of Sportfishing resumes in the fall

    After a summer break the IGFA’s School of Sportfishing will resume with its 12th session in the fall of its popular series of Tuesday night classes.
    The topic list is expected be posted in early August on the IGFA web site and include course titles and instructors.
    The web site can be found at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp .
    “This past spring session, our 11th, was one of the best received with a number of sold out classes,” said IGFA Education Director Dave Matagiese. “Along with the more popular classes one of the new topics we introduced, ‘Secret’s to deep dropping’ for fish like grouper and snapper, was 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 again this summer, we’ve heard from anglers who attended the program giving great feedback saying they’ve become much more efficient in finding fish faster and making each strike count.”
    Matagiese said all classes will continue to be 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 [email protected]. Registration will also available online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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    IGFA’s Outreach Program Visits New Smyrna Beach, Florida

    Over 350 Central Florida youngsters had the opportunity to learn more about fish and fishing when the IGFA’s Outreach Program held clinics during the annual FishStock celebration over the Memorial Day weekend in New Smyrna Beach.
    “The event started out with a rainy morning Saturday but the rains did little to keep families from attending this great event,” said IGFA Education Director Dave Matagiese. “Even though the weather didn’t cooperate for most of the weekend, the clinics attracted over 700 people including over 350 children who learned about the fishing basics including how to cast and how to tie a clinch knot.”
    He said after each child successfully completed the clinic, they were each given a free rod and reel combo compliments of Fish Florida to take home and continue practicing their newly acquired skills. Immediately after the clinics, many of the anglers put their new rods to use and were able to find some quality fishing spots along the pier at Riverside Park.
    For more information about the IGFA Outreach Program, contact Matagiese at [email protected].
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    Interesting facts from the IGFA -- Did You Know?

    “Did You Know?” a popular monthly feature presented by the International Game Fish Association presents these fascinating marine facts.
    Some species of fish change sex during their lifetimes. Fish that start their lives as females and change sex to males are call protogynous hermaphrodites, while fish that start as males and change to females are called protandric hermaphrodites.
    Tropical fishes tend to be faster growing than fishes that live in colder water in higher latitudes. Fish inhabit more diverse habitats than any other vertebrates. Fish can be found in mountains as high as 4,000 meters and depths as deep as 10 kilometers. Fish can endure temperatures as cold as -2° C and as warm as 40° C. At least 50 species of bony fishes lack eyes.
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    Free Boaters Safety Course July 18

    Are you new to the great recreational activity of boating?
    Or would like for you and members of your family to be safer boaters? Well, we’ve got a class for you.
    The IGFA and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission are teaming together to host the next free Boaters Safety Courses beginning on Saturday, July 18, at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla.
    One more additional free class for 2009 will be offered September 19. The all day class begins at 8 a.m. and lasts till 4 p.m.
    This course, taught by the law enforcement division of the FFWCC 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 [email protected].
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    New Interactive “Ocean Today” kiosk now featured at IGFA

    If you’re visiting the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum this summer look for the new Ocean Today interactive exhibit.
    “It was originally developed as a major installation in 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), helping to 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 enhances ocean literacy among museum goers through an enticing multi-media experience. Matagiese said it’s a dynamic interface comprised of ocean imagery and video clips, which invites visitors to explore several content areas.
    “When a visitor touches the screen, the content areas will be revealed to show the most recent information,” said Matagiese. “The main content themes are Ocean Science & Technology, Ocean News, Recent Discoveries, and Ocean Life.”
    Multiple groups can simultaneously interact with the content on the kiosk which includes a 42-inch, independently-operated, touch-screen display, and a 50-inch plasma echo monitor above, Matagiese added. It accommodates two specially designed sound areas that envelop museum visitors.
    For more information, please contact Matagiese at [email protected].
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    ---Also featured this month at the IGFA Museum---

    Special Catch & Release Fishing exhibit and video 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.
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    You can still get more “bang” with BAMM this month

    It’s not too late.
    During the entire month of June if you hold a membership to the IGFA, you’ve also got 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 same member level.
    Participating institutions include:

    African-American Research Library
    Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
    Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
    Cinema Paradiso
    Coral Springs Museum of Art
    Flamingo Gardens
    Fort Lauderdale History Center
    IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
    International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum
    Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale
    My Jewish Discovery Place Children’s Museum
    Old Davie School Historical Museum
    Old Dillard Museum
    Plantation Historical Museum
    Seminole Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
    Stranahan House Museum
    The Children’s Museum Boca Raton
    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 [email protected]. Additional information can be found on the BAMM web site at www.bamminfo.org.
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    Calendar of upcoming IGFA events

    June 8 -- Aug 14, 2009 -- IGFA’s ten weekly Summer Camps, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – Now in its 10th year the IGFA’s popular weekly camps are 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 [email protected].
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    July 7 – July 9, 2009 -- Ninth annual Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Described by anglers and the media as the “super bowl” of fly and light tackle fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of over 35 qualifying tournaments held in 2008 to compete in this*three day all-release championship.*From a drawing the qualifiers are paired*with a*premier Keys guide to team for three days of*fishing for*tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and*redfish in fly and light tackle divisions with the grand champion crowned in each. For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments contact Sandy Moret 305-664-5423 or [email protected] or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com .
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    July 18, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8 a.m. – 4 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 [email protected].
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    August 1, 2009 -- IGFA Observer Training Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. IGFA hosts the Observer Training Course (OTC) which trains participants in species identification, tackle rules, tackle regulations, boating etiquette and boating safety. Observers are used in national and international billfish tournament. For more information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or by email at [email protected]
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    September 19, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8 a.m. – 4 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 [email protected].
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    October 27, 2009 -- The 11th Annual IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will celebrate all 75 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees will be Carlos Barrantes, Sr, Jack Erskine, Dr. Guy Harvey, Harlan Major and Stephen Sloan. The inductees are 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 2009 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or [email protected]
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    November 8 - 13, 2009 -- IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – This 10th annual event is considered international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting nearly 50 winning teams from 19 countries on six continents who have been invited after winning one of over 130 qualifying events held in 2008. It’s also the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. For more information on the tournament or to find out more about registering a tournament as a qualifier, contact Lynda Wilson at [email protected] or call 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at [email protected] or call 407-571-4680.
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    HOT News from the IGFA
    May 2009

    By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel
    IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame announces 11th induction class
    Five talented men, all who have made significant contributions to the sport of recreational fishing, will be inducted as the 11th class into the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame this fall. The announcement of the class of 2009 includes Carlos Barrantes, Sr, Jack Erskine, Dr. Guy Harvey, Harlan Major and Stephen Sloan.
    The annual star-studded enshrinement ceremony and dinner will be held Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 6 p.m. at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla. The public is invited.
    Each year the honorees are selected for the significant contributions through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources.
    The five inductees and their contributions are:
    • Carlos Barrantes, Sr. – A proactive angler and conservationist Barrantes opened up Costa Rica and Central America to sportfishing and served as the IGFA’s Costa Rican Representative. He founded and was also president of Costa Rica’s National Fishing Federation. In 1982, Barrantes was presented the Sportsman’s Honor Medal by the president of Costa Rica. Carlos was also a writer and in 1987 he was elected Lifetime Honorary Member of the Costa Rica Journalist’s Society. From 1987 – 1990 he was president of the Conservation Association of Sportfishing in Costa Rica. Barrantes also developed hatchery programs for freshwater game fish in Costa Rica and established the first fishing store in the country, Gilca Ltd.; established the first fishing lodge on the Atlantic side – the Parismina Tarpon Rancho, and was the first angler to be inducted into the Costa Rica Hall of Fame in 2003. Barrantes died in 2004. His son, Carlos Jr. is now the IGFA’s Representative in Costa Rica.
    • Jack Erskine – For more than 30 years, Jack’s name has been synonymous with cutting edge tackle innovations, light-tackle fishing records and many important contributions not only in his home fishing waters of Cairns, Australia, but globally as well. Widely known by his clients and anglers as “Erko,” Erskine has been a longtime technical consultant for AFTCO, Penn Tackle, Fin-Nor and Bass Pro Shops. He is particularly noted for his expertise in drag systems, especially for the giant black marlin that roamed the northeastern waters of the continent. Erko’s skills as a consummate light tackle angler and his Cairns captures of marlin on super light lines -- i.e. eight black marlin on 2 kg line in a single day setting four consecutive world records -- is legendary. He’s been a long time advocate of saltwater spinning tackle for billfish and other gamefish. He and his wife run a small, personal but highly technical reel-tuning business plus assorted, specialty equipment in Cairns, far north Queensland. He was inducted into the Cairns Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008.
    • Dr. Guy Harvey – Renowned marine wildlife artist, Guy became entranced by Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea while at boarding school. With no formal art training but with a scientist’s eye for detail, he began sketching fish. Praise for the 119 illustrations in Guy’s 1983 doctoral thesis convinced him to put on a one-man show of his work, and within three years Harvey had become a full-time artist. Guy is a vocal proponent of catch-and-release and generously donates artwork, time and funds for numerous institutions and conservation groups, including the Guy Harvey Research Institute established at Nova Southeastern University in 1999. He shares his knowledge and art in books, TV shows, and DVDs. Harvey became an IGFA Representative in 1986 and has been a member of the IGFA Board of Trustees since 1993. In 2008 Dr. Harvey created the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. He and his family live in Grand Cayman.
    • Harlan Major - One of saltwater angling’s first historians, Major was an early outdoor writer and a superb tackle technician. Always experimenting with new ideas and techniques, Major, who was from Detroit, Mich., was known for bringing West Coast angling ideas to the East. His Salt Water Fishing Tackle (1939) remains a classic reference. Major was the first American outdoor writer to go to Chile to investigate reports of giant swordfish being caught (1935), pioneering the way for the Lerners, Farringtons and Marrons. He saw saltwater angling as the sport of everyman, and in 1933 persuaded railway execs to run special fishermen’s trains from Penn Station to Montauk Point in New York City. Major convinced Pan Am that a big-game sport fishery could be developed in the Pacific islands, which would attract affluent anglers/travelers to their new “clipper ship” service. During World War II, Major set up a tackle clearing house in New York City and enlisted scores of volunteers who sifted through discarded line, lures and hooks to make up 200,000 usable angling kits to send to servicemen. Major died in 1968.
    • Stephen Sloan - Sloan has a history to be envied in several phases of recreational angling, fresh and saltwater. He held 44 IGFA world records; authored three books, Fly Fishing is Spoken Here, Thanatopfish and Ocean Bankruptcy; produced and hosted syndicated radio show, “The Fishing Zone” which discussed the problems and challenges that our ocean and fishing resources face; was a former adjunct professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science; Chairman of the Fisheries Defense Fund, Trustee of the IGFA; former director of the National Coalition for Marine Conservation and Trustee Emeritus of the American Museum of Fly Fishing. Sloan died in April of 2005 after battling cancer.
    There are currently 75 men and women enshrined in the Hall of Fame including Zane Grey, Ernest Hemingway, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Lee Wulff, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie, Bill Dance, Roland Martin, Johnny Morris, Don Tyson and Stu Apte.
    Tickets are $200 and include the cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m., silent auction, dinner and the induction ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m. Special sponsorships and sponsor tables are available. For reservation information please call Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or email: [email protected].
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    Charles Duncan named to IGFA Board of Trustees

    The International Game Fish Association’s Board of Trustees executive committee has selected Charles W. Duncan, III of Houston, Texas as the newest trustee of the IGFA.
    The announcement was made by Rob Kramer, President of the IGFA.
    President of Duncan Interests, a private investment firm located in Houston, Duncan, (who is known as “Carlos” by his fishing friends), is an avid fly fisherman and conservationist and will be a great asset to the IGFA Board.
    Carlos has fished all his life. As a youngster in the 1960s, he fished off the dock at the family’s bay house in Galveston, Texas. At age 12 the family acquired a ranch property in Wyoming fly fishing for the first time.
    “My dad was never an avid fly fisherman, so my casting and knots were self-taught out of books,” said Duncan. “I probably read Joe Brooks’ book 50 times.”
    When the family vacationed in Islamorada, Florida, Carlos learned the tricks of saltwater angling from Carl Navarre Sr., a close friend of the family. Billy Knowles, Cecil Keith, Bill Curtis and Hal Chittum were some of the greats that Carlos fished with in his youth.
    Duncan put his passion for fishing aside in the 1980s while he finished graduate school and earned his MBA from Harvard University. He married his wife, Leslie, and started a family. They have two daughters, Sarah, 16, and Annie, 14.
    In 1995, Carlos was introduced to well-known South Fla., guides Rob Fordyce and Flip Pallot. Rob has become his modern teacher of fly fishing – particularly tarpon fishing. They fish in many inshore tournaments and have won several, including the Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament. His wife, Leslie, is a two-time winner of the Women’s Tarpon Fly Tournament.
    Carlos is active with various non-profits in Houston and is Chairman of the CCA-Texas Foundation, the financial arm of the Coastal Conservation Association in Texas.
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    Anglers and Manufacturers honored at IGFA’s sixth World Record Achievement Awards
    In April’s IGFA Hot News, we highlighted Jodie L. Johnson, Rebecca Wright and Martini Arostegui, three outstanding anglers who were honored April 18 – each for logging over 100 world records -- with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the IGFA’s sixth annual World Record Achievement Awards (WRAA) celebration, presented by Mercury Marine.
    The awards ceremony also recognized the men, women, juniors, and professional captains for the most world records in 2008 compiled from the Top 10 list recently published in the IGFA’s 2009 World Record Game Fishes book. During 2008 the IGFA received 930 record applications and of those 743 were granted record status. The ceremony was held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Florida.
    Besides her Lifetime Achievement Award, Ms. Johnson, Peterborough, N.H., also won this year’s top honors in the women’s fly division with 30 new records. Fellow award winner Ms. Wright, Hollywood, Fla., was the top female with 28 saltwater world records plus tied for first with Maureen Klause, Ocean City, N. J., for freshwater records.
    On the men’s side Dr. Martin Arostegui, Coral Springs, Fla. won firsts in two categories; fly with 40 new records and 20 new ones in saltwater in 2008. Gilberto Fernandes of Brazil won the freshwater category with 19 records.
    Among top junior anglers Martini Arostegui was the top male with 12 new male junior records; Heather Harkavy, Coral Springs, Fla., the top female with six junior records ; United Kingdom’s Lydia Nicolson with three female small fry and Justin Banks, Henderson, Nev. and Norman B. Wood, Key West, Fla., both tied for male small fry with two new records.
    Capt. Chris Morrison, Marathon Fla., was the top guide leading his client anglers to 61 new records last year.
    Along with the anglers and guides, tackle, scale, lure and line manufacturers were also honored based on the number of computer printouts of the anglers using their products in setting the new records in 2008.
    Ande, Shimano and Rapala were among the top line, tackle, and lure manufacturers to be honored. Ande scored triple firsts in fly tippet, saltwater and freshwater lines totaling 347 records. Shimano picked up firsts in saltwater rods and reels along with freshwater reels for a combined 330 records. Rapala scored with their freshwater and saltwater lures for 22 records.
    Scale maker Boga Grip were used for 276 records.
    Other manufacturers scoring firsts were G. Loomis for fly rods, Tibor/Billy Pate for fly reels and Fenwick for most records on its freshwater rods.
    All first place winners received King Sailfish Mounts.

    Top Three winners of IGFA’s 2008 Top 10
    Top Female SW
    1. Rebecca Wright: 28 – Hollywood, Fla
    2. Roberta Arostegui: 11 – Coral Gables, FLa
    3. Theda Little: 7 – Baton Rouge, LA

    Top Male SW
    1. Martin Arostegui: 20 – Coral Springs, FL
    2. Stan Nabozny: 18 – The Woodlands, TX
    3. Martini Arostegui: 14 – Coral Springs, FL

    Top Female FW
    1. Maureen Klause: 2– Ocean City, N. J.
    1t. Rebecca Wright: 2– Hollywood, Fla
    3t. Jackie Johnson: 1 – Kenai, Alaska
    3t. Pamela Ramsden: 1 – Deer Park, Wash.

    Top Male FW
    1. Gilberto Fernandes: 19 - Mao, AM Brazil
    2. Jean-Francois Helias: 9 – Bangkok, Thailand
    3. Jorge Aguiar: 6 – Manaus, Brazil
    3t. Martin Arostegui: 6
    3t. Russell Jensen: 6 – Bronx, NY

    Top Female Fly
    1. Jodie Johnson: 30 – Peterborough, NH
    2. Dotty Ballantyne: 8 – Bozeman, MT
    3. Joan Sharrott: 4 – Staten Island, NY
    3t. Pamela Marmin: 4 – Miami Shores, FL
    3t. Stacey Parkerson: 4

    Top Male Fly
    1. Martin Arostegui: 40
    2. Dave Chermanski: 18 – Merritt Island, Fla.
    3. Stan Nabozny: 17 – The Woodlands, Texas

    Top Junior Anglers
    Female Small Fry: Lydia Nicolson: 3 – United Kingdom
    Male Small Fry: Justin Banks – Henderson, NV & Norman B. Wood: 2 – Key West, FL
    Female Junior: Heather Harkavy, Coral Springs, Fla.: 6
    Male Junior: Martini Arostegui: 12

    Top Guides
    1. Capt. Chris Morrison: 61 – Marathon, Fla.
    2. Andrew Parsons: 46 – Peterborough, N.H.
    3. Capt. Jay Wright Jr. :33 – Hollywood, Fla

    Top Fly Rods
    1. G Loomis: 101
    2. Sage: 47
    3. Orvis: 23

    Top Fly Reels
    1. Tibor/Billy Pate: 104
    2. Abel: 23
    3. Orvis: 18
    3t. Ross: 18

    Top FW Rod
    1. Fenwick: 18
    2. Daiwa: 13
    3. Shimano: 12

    Top FW Reel
    1. Shimano: 79
    2. Daiwa: 21
    3. Pfleuger: 13

    Top SW Rod
    1. Shimano: 57
    2. Penn: 25
    3. St. Croix: 20

    Top SW Reel
    1. Shimano: 182
    2. Penn: 87
    3. Daiwa: 54

    Top FW Line
    1. Ande: 57
    2. Berkley: 21
    3t. PowerPro: 7
    3t. Stren: 7

    Top SW Line
    1. Ande: 181
    2. Momoi: 34
    3. Berkley: 22

    Top Fly Tippet
    1. Ande: 109
    2. Rio: 73
    3. Orvis: 22

    Top Scales
    1. Boga Grip: 276
    2. Chatillion: 113
    3. Salter: 38

    Top Lures
    1. Rapala: 22
    2. Berkley: 5
    3. Mepps, Storm, Yo-Zuri and Zoom tied with 4

    (caption) Jodie L. Johnson, Martini Arostegui and Rebecca Wright were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the IGFA’s Sixth Annual World Record Achievement Awards (WRAA) celebration. Each received a David Wirth limited edition bronze “Lava” Hawaiian circle hook sculpture.
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    IGFA Offshore World Championship rescheduled due to flu outbreak
    With the rising reports of swine flu in Mexico, and the potential of it turning epidemic in late April, officials of the IGFA Offshore World Championship elected to postpone the annual early May event in Cabo San Lucas to November.
    The decision was announced on April 30 by tournament director Dan Jacobs of the Bonnier Marine Group to give the 50 teams from 19 countries on six continents a chance to alter their travel plans. Bonnier is the publisher of recreational boating and fishing’s most respected and well-known titles such as Marlin, Sport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman, and is in partnership with the IGFA to manage the prestigious international offshore billfish event.
    “The safety of our participants and staff came first,” said tournament director Dan Jacobs in announcing the decision. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the citizens of Mexico who will be most affected by this virus. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy and that the epidemic passes quickly.”
    The new dates for the catch-and-release tournament are Nov. 8-13, 2009 with four days of on-the-water action. It had been scheduled for May 10 – 15.
    “These new dates put the championship in the heart of Cabo's fall run of striped, blue and black marlin as well as giant dorado, tuna and wahoo,” added the IGFA’s chief operating officer Mike Myatt of one of fishing’s most heralded and competitive global events.
    Jacobs reported the Finisterra the tournament’s host hotel was helping to make reservation changes, and he added that most of the airlines were not charging change fees.
    “We have a fantastic lineup of fun events and an incredible amount of gifts and awards for the participants,” he added.
    Teams winning one of over 130 qualifying events held worldwide in 2008 were sent invitations to compete. The prestigious event also hosts the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament.
    For more information on the tournament or to find out more about registering a tournament as a 2009 qualifier, contact Lynda Wilson at [email protected] or call 407-571-4517, or Jacobs, at [email protected] or call 407-571-4680.
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    Hundreds participate at Mercury/IGFA Free Family Fishing Clinic

    More than 600 adults and youngsters from South Fla., joined in as Mercury Marine along with the IGFA, 99.9 KISS Country, SeaVee Boats, Bass Pro Shops and Fish Florida hosted a day of fishing and fun activities for the whole family at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach.
    IGFA Education Director David Matagiese said the quarterly event was a huge success and included fishing instruction, tips on throwing a cast net, face painting, seminars from the Mercury Marine Pro Team, knot tying stations, free hot dogs and thousands of dollars of free giveaways. A raffle at the end of the day included a half day charter trip with the KISS Country fishing team aboard their 34’ SeaVee boat, Country Cookin’. Rod and reel combos, IGFA memberships, artwork, CDs and T-shirts were also included as prizes.
    For more information on the next Mercury family day, please contact Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or via email at [email protected]. Registration is not required but all children must be accompanied by an adult for the day of education and fun outdoors.
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    IGFA Outreach Program Awarded Grant from RBFF
    The IGFA Outreach and Education program was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $88,732 as part of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s 2009 National Youth Fishing and Boating Initiative.
    “This grant will fund many of the IGFA’s Outreach Programs,” said David Matagiese the IGFA’s Education Director. “They include hands-on lab programs which are brought to classrooms across South Florida, on-the-water fishing clinics that will teach young anglers boat handling and fishing techniques, as well as a mobile touch tank and outreach fishing clinics that the IGFA is hoping to expand across the state.”
    With this funding, the RBFF has provided the IGFA the opportunity to reach thousands of new children who would not typically have the chance to participate in these marine education programs.
    “The grant will also allow us to start new initiatives that will help the IGFA fulfill its mission of educating the public, especially our youth who are the future of our industry, on how to become better anglers and stewards of our environment at the same time,” he added.
    For more information regarding the IGFA Outreach Program, please contact Veronica Woods at [email protected].
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    New species added to IGFA record categories
    There’s good news for anglers around the world for opportunities to achieve an IGFA World Record. Four new species are now available for IGFA Line Class, Fly Rod and Junior Angler record categories which became effective on April 1.
    IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser gave details of the four new species that have been added:

    Pacific Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus orientalis)
    Worldwide there are three species of bluefin tuna. Two of which, the Pacific and southern bluefin (Until the late 1990s scientists thought that Pacific bluefin were a subspecies of Atlantic bluefin (Thunnus thynnus) because of their similar appearance. Scientists also thought that Pacific bluefin were restricted to the northern hemisphere, but the old adage that the ocean has no fences appears to be true as there are more and more substantiated reports of Pacific bluefin making deep forays down under. In fact the last several years has seen impressive runs of Pacific bluefin off of New Zealand, and several All-Tackle records have been caught there recently including the current record of 716 lb 8 oz. Oftentimes Pacific bluefin tuna may be distinguished from southern bluefin by the dark color of their caudal keels at the base of the tail. Southern bluefin tuna generally have a yellow or yellowish coloration on the caudal keel, but this may not be a 100% accurate means of differentiating between species. Schratwieser noted, because Pacific bluefin may be difficult to distinguish from southern bluefin, the IGFA will require a genetic analysis accompany the application for any Pacific bluefin caught in the southern hemisphere that weighs less than the current southern bluefin All-Tackle record of 348 lb. The maximum line class for this species will be 60 kg (130 lb).
    Samson Fish (Seriola hippos)
    This member of the jack family is a deeper bodied cousin of the amberjack and yellowtail, and just like the rest of the family it has reputation of a brutal fighter. Endemic to the southern half of Australia, Norfolk Island and New Zealand, the samson fish has a cult following with anglers that like a good workout when fishing. Though superficially similar in appearance to the amberjack and yellowtail, samson fish can be differentiated by their slightly deeper bodies, steeper head profile and by the extremely broad rear corner of the upper jaw. In addition, unlike amberjack and yellow tail, samson fish have a band of teeth in the upper and lower jaws, which can give the teeth a red appearance. The maximum line class for this species will be 60 kg (130 lb).
    Pacific Barracuda (Sphyraena argentea)
    Pacific barracuda are easily recognized by their long silvery bodies, widely spaced dorsal fins and a mouth full of sharp, pointed teeth. They are found from Central America to as far north as Alaska during extreme warm water episodes however, they are generally rare north of Point Conception, California. Like other barracudas, they are highly active piscivores that consume a variety of smaller fish species. They are typically found near shore in small groups and often around reefs, kelp and other structure. The current All-Tackle record is 26 lb 8 oz and was caught in Costa Rica. The maximum line class for this species will be 15 kg (30 lb).
    Broomtail Grouper (Mycteroperca xenarcha)
    The Broomtail grouper can be distinguished from other eastern Pacific grouper by the exerted ray on the tail, giving the fish its namesake broomtail appearance. Broomtail have broad distribution stretching from southern California south to Peru. They are savage ambush predators that must be quickly turned once hooked before they can retreat into structure. This is a large grouper with an All-Tackle record of 114 lb 6 oz and was caught in Cedros Island, Baja California. The maximum line class for this species will be 60 kg (130 lb).
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    May Hot Catches
    International Game Fish Association world records coordinator Rebecca Wright provides monthly highlights of selected documented fish catches made from across the globe and submitted for world records. The IGFA provided the following information on these 13 recent submissions from Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, Maldives, Japan, Gambia and the United States, now before the world records committee.

    Fishing the Norfolk Canyon off the coast of Virginia, USA, angler David H. Akridge Jr. of Virginia Beach, guided by Max King, landed a blueline tilefish, (Caulolatilus microps) on March 19, weighing 9.19 kg (20 lb 4 oz). He used a Williamson Butterfly jig and hopes his catch and documentation beats the current IGFA All-Tackle record of 19 lb 14 oz (9.02 kg) caught off Virginia Beach two years ago. (Photo: blueline tilefish – 30490)
    Margot Vincent, Tequesta, Fla., USA, may have a new tippet record while fly fishing Pinas Bay, Panama. Guided by Epipano Candelo, she landed a skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) on April 1 that weighed 4.25 kg (9 lb 6 oz) using 6 kg (12 lb) tippet. The current IGFA women’s 12 lb tippet record is 4 lb 0 oz (1.81 kg) caught off Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Sept. 21, 2002. (Photo: skipjack tuna – 31038)
    A proponent of catch-and-release fishing George P. Mann, Opelika, Ala., USA, landed a bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) weighing 1.13 kg (2 lb 8 oz) on 1 kg (2 lb) tippet while fly fishing on March 26. Mann was using a Grab-a-Holt fly, fishing near Auburn, Ala. The current IGFA record is 2 lb 4oz ( 1.02 kg) caught in Miami, Fla., 10 years ago. Mann safely released the fish following photography and documentation. (Photo: bluegill – 31039)
    A new species of fish may be added to the nearly 1100 listed in the All-Tackle section of the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book after the documentation of a blackbarred morwong (Goniistius quadricornis) was received at the association’s headquarters. While fishing Suou-Oshima, Japan, Yukio Takata of Totori, Japan, landed the .5kg (1 lb 1 oz) fish on March 10 using a jighead with soft bait. (Photo: blackbarred morwong – 31057)
    While fishing Boduhithi, Maldives, junior angler Bill Francois, Paris, France, landed a kawakawa (Euthynnus affinis) on Dec. 26 weighing 2.32 kg (5 lb 2 oz). Caught on Rapala’s X- Rap Magnum, Francois is hoping to be the first to see his name filled-in the currently vacant junior boy’s category for the species. (Photo: kawakawa 31071)
    The Rapala X-Rap was also the lure of choice for multi-record holder Stan Nabozny, of The Woodlands, Texas, USA, in his landing of a Guinean barracuda (Sphyraena afra) fishing Banjul, Gambia. The species was officially added on April 1 by the IGFA for line, fly and junior class records and that’s the day Nabozny caught his. Guided by Bala Moses, he took 20 minutes to land the 7 kg (15 lb 7 oz) fish on 3 kg (6 lb) class line. He’s the first to enter documentation for the men’s line class record. (Photo: Guinean barracuda – 31278)
    One of the most exciting billfish to catch is an Atlantic blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) and to do it on fly is more thrilling. Culebra, Puerto Rican angler Bonnie M. Anderson, was fishing off Casa del Carpo, in the Dominican Republic, April 4, when she caught the 68.49kg (151 lb 0 oz) blue on 8 kg (16 lb) tippet. Guided by Bruno Larcia, Ms. Anderson used a popper fly and took 25 minutes to fight the fish. The women’s tippet class record is currently vacant. (Photo: blue marlin – 31072)
    Using a sardine for bait while fishing Cancun, Mexico, Martin T. Gnad, Selden, NY, USA, guided by Carl Mizuel, landed a queen triggerfish (Balistes vetula) on January 26. Gnad has applied for an IGFA All-Tackle record for the fish which weighed 6.44 kg (14 lb 3 oz). The current IGFA record is 9 lb 4 oz (4.2 kg) caught in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina in 2006. (Photo: queen triggerfish - 31102
    While fishing near Ancon, in his home country of Ecuador, Carlos "Charly" Casal of Guayaquil, guided by Angel De Rosa, landed a broomtail grouper (Mycteroperca xenarcha) one of the newest species added April 1 to the IGFA World Record Game Fishes list. Casal made his catch on April 25, using a MirrOlure 111. He’s hoping to be the first to capture the currently vacant IGFA men’s 15 kg (30 lb) line class record for the fish that weighed 5.44 kg (12 lb 0 oz). (Photo: broomtail grouper – 31472)
    On a trip to Papua New Guinea, Shane Gellard, of Hamilton Central QLD, Australia, used a Predatek Viper150 lure tied to 24 kg (50 lb) class line to attract a Papuan black snapper (Lutjanus goldiei) on March 15. Guided by Paul Harris and fishing Kwima Creek it took Gellard 10 minutes to fight the fish which weighed 14kg (30 lb 13 oz). The current IGFA line class record for the freshwater species is 26 lb 8 oz (12.02 kg) caught last November from Papau New Guinea’s Herbert River. (Photo: Papuan black snapper – 31280)
    Junior angler Christopher Hampl, of Cartago, Costa Rica, landed a payara (Hydrolicus scomberoides) on April 12 weighing 4.2 kg (9 lb 4 oz) while fishing Brazil’s Rio Sao Benedito. He used live truvira and hopes to beat the current IGFA junior boys record of 9 lb 0 oz (4.08 kg) caught in 1995 from the Rio Orinoco in Columbia. (Photo: payara 31424)
    While fishing Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on April 1, Peter F. Binaski, Irvine, Calif., USA, landed a Pacific barracuda (Sphyraena argentea) in 10 minutes weighing 2.95 kg (6 lb 8 oz) on 2 kg (4 lb) class line. He was guided by Lee Moreno in hopes of capturing the currently vacant IGFA men’s line class record. (Photo: Pacific barracuda – 31035)
    Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, angler Scott Lindner is waiting to hear if he has a new IGFA All-Tackle record after landing a striped mullet (Mugil cephalus) on March 13, weighing in at 4.71kg (10 lb 6 oz). Using a Bass Assassin it took him six minutes to land while fishing Upper Laguna Madre, Texas. The current IGFA record is 7 lb 10 oz (3.45 kg) caught in 2004 from California’s Buena Vista Lagoon. (Photo: striped mullet – 31040)
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    Three classes left in IGFA School of Sportfishing spring session
    There are three classes remaining in the spring session of the IGFA’s School of Sportfishing..
    Jeff Mackin of the IGFA Education Department said because of the continued quality of the information and skills presented many of the classes have been sold out this year.
    Limited to 24 anglers the IGFA School of Sportfishing classes are held on Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida.
    The remaining three dates, classes and captains include:
    • May 19 -- Conquering Dolphin, Capt. Josh Brown
    • May 26 -- Successful Swordfishing, Capt. Bouncer Smith
    • June 2 -- Advanced Big Game Trolling, Capt. Josh Brown
    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 information, please contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or visit www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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    Open House May 16 for IGFA Junior Angler Summer Camps
    For hands-on activities for youngsters, nothing beats the IGFA annual Junior Angler Summer Camps presented in 10 weekly sessions beginning in June.
    The IGFA is giving parents and their youngsters a chance to experience the exciting activities in store for them at a Summer Camp Open House, Saturday, May 16th from 10 a.m. to noon. Children who are signed up on site will also receive the early registration discount of $25.
    Now in its 10th year and held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., the association will be offering the weeklong summer camp adventures for children ages 8 – 13 running from June 8 - August 14th.
    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 [email protected], or visit www.igfa.org/camps.asp.
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    From the IGFA -- Did You Know?
    • There are over 31,000 species of fish.• There are less than 6,000 species of mammals.• The world’s biggest fish is the whale shark (Rhincodon typicus) which can grow to over 20 meters in length, weigh over 34,000 kg and live as old as 70 years.
    • Paedocypris progenetica is the world’s smallest fish and only grows to roughly 8 millimeters in length.
    • Bigger specimens of a given species have a smaller gill area to body weight than smaller specimens. This means that big fish will tend to run out of oxygen faster than smaller fish of a given species.
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    Free Boaters Safety Course May 16
    If you’re new to boating or would like for you and members of your family to be safer boaters, we’ve got a class for you.
    The IGFA and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission are teaming together to host the next free Boaters Safety Courses beginning on Saturday, May 16, at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla.
    Two other additional classes for 2009 will be offered July 18 and September 19. The all day class begins at 8 a.m. and lasts till 4 p.m. This course, taught by the law enforcement division of the FFWCC 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 [email protected].
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    San Diego Native Honored by IGFA

    IGFA Representative Catherine Miller not only celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Port of San Diego’s “Day at the Docks” which she annually produces each April to honor the local sportfishing fleet, but she in turn was honored.
    IGFA Trustee Michael Farrior presented the San Diego native and event organizer with a Special Achievement Award for her efforts in promoting sportfishing in what has become California’s largest and most significant one-day sport-fishing event.
    Captains were on board many of the 70 renowned, modernized sportfishers docked at the landing, eager to share their vast fishing knowledge as were leading manufacturers displaying the latest in fishing tackle. Marine artists, local fishing clubs and food vendors also lined the docks with their exhibits.
    Many of West Coast’s well-known experts and manufacturers’ reps presented seminars throughout the day including boating safety, fishing techniques, rod selection, rigging, knot tying, kayaking, cooking and sushi preparation. Local clubs, including the San Diego Rod and Reel Club and San Diego Anglers, provided expert assistance at the Kid's Fishing Adventure, helping youngsters enjoy an opportunity to fish for free from the docks.
    The Kid’s Fishing Adventure was sponsored by West Marine, Okuma Fishing Tackle and Bioline Fishing Line. Live entertainment on three stages, tackle and trip giveaways, casting and knot tying contests entertained visitors throughout the day. Proceeds from the event’s numerous activities benefited the San Diego Burn Institute, Monarch School, and Friends of Rollo.
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    ---At the IGFA Museum---
    Exciting sport fishing photography featured in IGFA Art Gallery
    The works of eight of today’s hottest marine photographers are featured in an exhibit in the Art Gallery of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. Through this August more than 70 images will be on display from Pat Ford, Adrian Gray, Scott Kerrigan, Charlie Levine, Dave McCleaf, Al McGlashan, Ron Modra and Sam Root.
    All visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to experience the excitement, emotion, energy and beauty of sport fishing as seen through the lenses of these masters. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at [email protected].
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    Interactive “Ocean Today” kiosk now featured at IGFA
    If you’re visiting the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum later this month look for the newest interactive exhibit of the Ocean Today kiosk.
    “It was originally developed as a major installation in 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) helping to 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 enhances ocean literacy among museum goers through an enticing multi-media experience. A dynamic interface comprised of ocean imagery and video clips, invites 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.
    For more information on the kiosk, please contact Matagiese at [email protected].
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    "Finding Wild Florida" showing daily in IGFA’s Journey’s Theater
    Part road movie, part fishing trip, "Finding Wild Florida" is a love letter to the Sunshine State. 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."
    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 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.
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    In June IGFA members can get more “bang” with BAMM
    If you hold a membership to the IGFA, you’ve also got a membership to 20 participating museums and attractions throughout Broward County during the entire 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.
    Participating institutions include:

    • African-American Research Library
    • Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
    • Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
    • Cinema Paradiso
    • Coral Springs Museum of Art
    • Flamingo Gardens
    • Fort Lauderdale History Center
    • IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
    • International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum
    • Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale
    • My Jewish Discovery Place Children’s Museum
    • Old Davie School Historical Museum
    • Old Dillard Museum
    • Plantation Historical Museum
    • Seminole Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
    • Stranahan House Museum
    • The Children’s Museum Boca Raton

    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 [email protected]. Additional information can be found on the BAMM web site at www.bamminfo.org.
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    Calendar of upcoming IGFA events
    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 [email protected].
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    May 16, 2009 – IGFA Summer Camp Open House, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. 10 a.m.- noon. This event gives parents and their youngsters ages 8 to 13 a chance to experience some of the exciting activities in store for them during the IGFA’s ten weekly Summer Camps which begin June 8 to Aug 14, 2009. For more information, please call 954-924-4309, email [email protected], or visit www.igfa.org/camps.asp.
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    May 19, 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 can also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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    May 26, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Successful Swordfishing,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. From tackle to location, find out everything you need to know to make your next swordfish trip a huge success with hands-on squid rigging and inside information from Capt. Bouncer Smith one of Fort Lauderdale's best guide and swordfishermen. This class is limited to only 24 anglers, 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 additional 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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    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 [email protected], visit www.igfa.org or www.bamminfo.org for the variety of participating institutions.
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    June 2, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Advanced Big Game Trolling Techniques” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Ever wonder why some boats catch more big game fish like blue marlin than others? This is for the serious big game fisherman to get inside knowledge on how to get the most out of your trolling time. Learn many secrets from Capt. Josh Brown that took years of trial and error to perfect. This is not your regular fishing seminar series. Each class is limited to only 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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    June 6, 2009 -- The Old Reel Collectors Association (ORCA) annual national convention, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA -- ORCA is a voluntary non-profit organization whose membership is dedicated to preserving the history and technology of antique fishing reels and all vintage fishing tackle. ORCA members from across the country will be in attendance bringing with them their displays of historic antique fishing reels, rods and all types of fishing memorabilia. The event is open to the public with lots of antique fishing tackle for sale. ORCA members will be on hand to give free appraisals plus history and value of old reels, rods and lures brought to the event. ORCA will also provide an on the spot auction service for those who wish to sell their antique tackle for the highest prices. For more information about this upcoming event please contact Ed Pritchard at 561-748-7508.
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    June 8 -- Aug 14, 2009 -- IGFA’s ten weekly Summer Camps, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – Now in its 10th year the IGFA’s popular weekly camps are 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 [email protected].
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    July 7 – July 9, 2009 -- Ninth annual Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Described by anglers and the media as the “super bowl” of fly and light tackle fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of over 35 qualifying tournaments held in 2008 to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the qualifiers are paired with a premier Keys guide to team for three days of fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish in fly and light tackle divisions with the grand champion crowned in each. For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments contact Sandy Moret 305-664-5423 or [email protected] or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com .
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].

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    October 27, 2009 -- The 11th Annual IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will be the highlight of a celebration in honor of all 75 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees will be Carlos Barrantes, Sr, Jack Erskine, Dr. Guy Harvey, Harlan Major and Stephen Sloan. The inductees are 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 2009 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or [email protected]
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    November 8 - 13, 2009 -- IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – This 10th annual event is considered international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting nearly 50 winning teams from 19 countries on six continents who have been invited after winning one of over 130 qualifying events held in 2008. It’s also the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. For more information on the tournament or to find out more about registering a tournament as a qualifier, contact Lynda Wilson at [email protected] or call 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at [email protected] or call 407-571-4680.
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    HOT News from the IGFA

    April 2009
    By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel
    Trio set to receive IGFA Lifetime Achievement Awards April 18
    With each having 100 IGFA world records or more a trio of devoted and principled anglers will be receiving IGFA Lifetime Achievement Awards for 2008 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 awards ceremony will also recognize 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.
    Previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Mrs. William B. DuVal and Herbert G. Ratner Jr. in 2003; Capt. Jim Anson, Dr. Martin Arostegui, Capt. Ralph Delph, and Capt. R T. Trosset in 2004, Jerry and Deborah Dunaway in 2005, the Shimano American Corporation in 2006, and Capt. Jay Wright Jr. and Jean-Francois Helias for 2007.
    Joining his father Martin Arostegui in the prestigious fold will be Martini who at 16 years of age is the youngest person ever to win an IGFA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 12 years since the age of four he has amassed over 120-world records in male smallfry, male junior, line class and fly rod categories, as well as five all-tackle records. The Coral Gables, Fla., USA, high school student has traveled to four continents and numerous exotic destinations 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. Johnson landed her first record catch in October 2004 and her 100th in July 2008. She’s 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. A seasoned traveler, she’s presented flies to such species as the narrow barred mackerel in Mozambique, dogtooth tuna in the 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 the dedicated pursuit. Wright obtained records in line and fly rod categories as well as three all-tackle records. She’ll be joining her husband Jay who was honored last year.
    Tickets for the WRAA banquet are available at $50 and include a barbeque dinner, courtesy of Hugh’s Culinary. 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.
    For reservations call Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or [email protected].
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    IGFA mourns the loss of Trustee Kaye Pearson
    Kaye Pearson, IGFA Trustee and founder of Show Management, passed away on March 21, 2009 after a long, valiant battle with cancer. Kaye was 68 years old.
    Born July 22, 1940 in Terre Haute, Indiana, Pearson’s family moved to Miami, Florida when Kaye was a toddler. An avid angler and football player in high school, Kaye attended the University of Florida and the University of Miami, where he graduated with a business degree.
    Kaye moved to Fort Lauderdale and became one of the areas most recognized entrepreneurs beginning with Pearson Potter Yacht Basin in 1971. He helped to develop marinas internationally, partnered in local real estate and building investments and sat on several company boards including the IGFA, Facing It Together and the Bank of Florida. His most important legacy and commitment was as founder and CEO of Show Management in 1976, his promotion company that owned and operated the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show, Palm Beach Boat Show and St. Petersburg Boat Show, in addition to a host of other special events.
    Pearson sold Show Management in 2006, but remained closely tied to his successors.
    Kaye received numerous awards in recognition of his vast accomplishments, including the International Superyacht Society Leadership Award, the Ft. Lauderdale Distinguished Citizen of the Year and was recently inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame. A true conservationist and avid fisherman and hunter, he won several fishing tournament championships aboard his vessel Showpiece. He owned the Bertram Hatteras Shootout, one of the world’s most prestigious blue marlin fishing tournaments where he implemented a strict catch and release format. Besides the IGFA, Kaye was also active in several charities and associations including the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, Fish Florida, Florida Ocean Science Institute and the Humane Society of Broward County.
    Pearson is survived by his wife Cheri, daughter Jennifer Moore, granddaughter Alexandria Moore, brother Jerry and sister Janet Powell.
    Rob Kramer, President of the IGFA said, “Kaye was a titan in the world boating and fishing communities who was always generous with his time and talents. He will be dearly missed by all his friends at IGFA and those who knew him.”
    A memorial service to celebrate and honor Pearson’s life was held April 4, at the Bahia Mar Hotel & Yachting Center in Fort Lauderdale. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County, the IGFA or the Humane Society of Broward County.
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    Mercury Marine Free Family Fishing Clinic at IGFA April 25
    Based on its popularity in the past, Mercury Marine, along with the IGFA, 99.9 KISS Country, Bass Pro Shops and SeaVee Boats, will again be hosting a free family fishing clinic at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum on Saturday, April 25. The clinic will run from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and will include educational activities such as knot tying, casting, face painting, a question and answer session with professional fisherman, and free giveaways.
    IGFA’s Education Director David Matagiese said this educational and fun clinic is designed for the entire family with the KISS Country boat, Country Cookin’ on site as well as an informative “How To” session with Mercury teaching engine basics like how to change a propeller and proper maintenance of an outboard motor.
    “This clinic will be a great outlet for families to bond and spend time together in the enjoyment of the outdoors,” stated Matagiese. “So many parents we talk to are trying to pull their kids away from the seclusions of their computers, video games and cell phones. The state of Florida is packed with so many ponds, lakes and shorelines to take a child fishing and teach them about the importance of their natural surroundings.
    “We’re thrilled to be working again with Mercury Marine. In these tough times, they’ve really stepped up to help out families looking for an easy way to have the whole family spend some time together during this free event. We’ll have hot dogs, drinks, face painting and tons of prize giveaways all day.”

    Mercury Fishing Clinic loaded with free giveaways and great learning tools
    Each person who stops by the fishing clinic will have a chance to win free prizes, interact with the pros and also take part in the different learning stations that will be set up.
    The stations that will be on site are: learning to throw a cast net, knot tying, casting techniques and face painting.
    • In the cast net station, 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.
    • At the knot tying location novice anglers will become better skilled at a few 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.
    • The casting station will feature instruction on the importance proper techniques while casting your lure or bait. Beginners will gain knowledge of the overhand cast while advance participants will learn sidearm and flip casting. This station will also stress the importance of safety while casting.
    • Finally, the face painting station will give kids a chance to pick their favorite marine animal and have it painted on them. Our resident artist will provide kids a wide range of colorful fish and animals from our selection board for them to choose from.
    Matagiese said there will also be a “question and answer” session with Mercury’s professional fisherman where participants can ask any questions they might have about fishing or what it takes to catch big fish. To finish out the clinic, we’ll have several fishing guides from the area giving special seminars on offshore fishing techniques including finding fish, using structure to your advantage and catching multiples.
    The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, next to the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, off I-95 in Dania Beach.
    For more information, please contact Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or via email at [email protected]. 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.
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    Fields set for IGFA Offshore and Inshore World Championships
    The fields are set for two of fishing’s most heralded and competitive global events; the IGFA Offshore World Championship, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and the Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship, in Islamorada, Fla.
    Considered international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament, the 10th annual IGFA Offshore World Championship takes place with four days of on-the-water action for striped marlin, sailfish and other billfish species from May 10 – 15. Nearly 50 winning teams from 19 countries on six continents have accepted invitations after winning one of over 130 qualifying events held in 2008. The prestigious event also hosts the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide.
    Bonnier Marine Group, publisher of recreational boating and fishing’s most respected and well-known titles such as Marlin, Sport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman, is in partnership with the IGFA to manage the offshore fishing event.
    For more information on the IGFA Offshore World Championship contact Lynda Wilson at [email protected] or call 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at [email protected] or call 407-571-4680.

    Fly and light tackle champions signed for Florida Keys
    Likewise in the Florida Keys over 30 top “sight-casting” champion anglers from as far away as Australia will converge on the island chain from July 7 – 9, for the ninth annual FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship.
    It’s an event described by anglers and the media as the “super bowl” of fly and light tackle fishing.
    Selected from a variety of 35 qualifying tournaments held in 2008, a field of 31 top anglers quickly responded to the invitations of managing partner Florida Keys Outfitters to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the champion qualifiers will be paired with a premier Keys guide fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish in fly and light tackle divisions. A grand champion will be crowned in each division.
    For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and the event’s qualifying tournaments contact Sandy Moret 305-664-5423, via e-mail at [email protected] or visit the web site at inshoreworldchampionships.com .
    The IGFA will remain the offshore and inshore championships’ sole nonprofit benefactor. A fundraiser and auction for the IGFA will be held at both events.
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    April Hot Catches
    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 eight recent submissions from Norway, Siberia, Australia, the Bahamas, Columbia and the United States, which are now before the world records committee.

    While fishing off the coast of Kvalsunclet, Norway, Swedish angler Ulf Hugsen, of Malmo, landed an Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) on Nov. 8, 2008, weighing 196 kg (432 lb 1 oz) for a potential IGFA All-Tackle record. Using a Storm jig he wrestled with the huge fish for one-and-a-half hours. The current IGFA record for the species, caught in Norway’s Vannaya Troms waters, is 418 lb 13oz (190 kg) recorded on July 28, 2004. (Photo: Atlantic halibut - 30110)
    From Australia, Mark Hope of Yungaburra, Queensland, landed one of the countries treasured sportfish, a barramundi (Lates calcarifer) on Feb. 8, weighing in at 23.13 kg (51 lb 0 oz) on 37 kg (80 lb) class line. It took him 10 minutes to reel in using a fish species known as a mouth almighty (Glossamia aprion) as live bait, while fishing Australia’s Lake Tinaroo. Hope is hoping to break the current IGFA line class record of 44 lb 15 oz ( 20.4 kg), one that he had previously set on Dec. 6, 2008 on the same lake. (Photo: barramundi - 30283)
    In Western Australia, angler Sangeeta Menon of Spearwood, landed a southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyi) on Feb. 7, weighing 3.81 kg (8 lb 6 oz). She was using 2 kg (4 lb) class line tied to a proven and popular deep running lure called a Christmas Tree. It took her 42 minutes to land while fishing off Australia’s Rottnest Island. She’s hoping to be the first record holder in the currently vacant women’s 2 kg line class for the species. (Photo: southern bluefin tuna – 30486)
    Ronnie Eidson of Watauga, Texas, USA, landed a smallmouth buffalo (Ictiobus bubalus) on February 26, weighing in at 9.41 kg (20 lb 12 oz) on 2 kg (4 lb) class line. He was fishing a Berkley Honey Worm while fishing Grapevine Lake, Texas, USA. The current IGFA record is 17 lb 4 oz ( 7.82 kg), caught on July 13, 1993 from Texas’ Lake Texoma. Eidson released the fish after measuring, weighing and photographing. (Photo: smallmouth buffalo – 30285)
    Another Texas angler, Stan Nabozny of The Woodlands, also landed a smallmouth buffalo while fly fishing Lake Livingston, on March 5. Guided by Kirk Kirland, Nabozny was using a shrimp fly attached to 6 kg (12 lb) tippet, to catch the fish which weighed 4.76 kg (10 lb 8 oz). He released the fish after documenting. If approved he’ll be the first angler for that IGFA tippet record. (Photo: smallmouth buffalo - 30451)
    Fishing Russia’s River Uda near Khabarovsk Krai in the center of the far east section of Siberia, Mikhail Mogutov of Moscow, guided by Yuri Orlov, landed a taimen (Hucho taimen) on Oct. 17 weighing 31.75 kg (70 lb 0 oz). He made the catch on 37 kg (80 lb) class line and took 20 minutes to land. Mogutov is hoping to beat the current IGFA record of 40 lb 14 oz (18.55 kg), caught June 21, 2006 from the Chuluut River in Arkhangai, Mongolia. (Photo: taimen -30286)
    Angler Alejandro Linares, Medellin, Colombia, guided by Antonio Perez, landed an orinoco peacock (Cichla orinocensis) on February 24, weighing 1.13 kg (2 lb 8 oz) on 1 kg (2 lb) class line. He made the catch from Columbia’s Rio Mataven, using a Cotton Cordell Big O lure. The current IGFA record is 1 lb 8 oz (.68 kg), caught on Jan. 22, 2008, near Santa Ana, Venezuela. (Photo: orinoco peacock – 30343)
    Using one of the thinnest of tippets, world traveling fly angler Dotty Ballantyne, Bozeman, Mont., USA, guided by Clinton Scavella, landed a 34.25 kg (75 lb 8 oz) whaler shark (Carcharhinidae family) on March 9 off the flats of Crooked Island, Bahamas. With an orange fly tied to 2 kg (4 lb) tippet, it took her 57 minutes to play the fish to the scale. She could make a huge leap over the current IGFA women’s tippet record which is 18 lb 8 oz (8.39 kg), caught on Oct. 15, 2004 off Big Torch Key, Fla., USA. As she does with so many of her catches, she released it after weighing, measuring and photographing. (Photo: whaler shark – 30459)
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    IGFA School of Sportfishing returns with six spring classes
    The very serious sport fishing school for very serious sport fishermen—better known as IGFA School of Sportfishing -- is back with an 11th session this spring.
    “We just completed our most successful session yet, “said Jeff Mackin of the IGFA Education Department. “Class attendance was way up leading to sold out classes. Word of the program is quickly spreading and because of the quality of the information and skills, attendees are recommending the program to fellow anglers.”
    Session 11 is set to begin on Tuesday, April 28 with a hands-on class entitled ‘Fundamentals of Sportfishing’ taught by Capt. Tony DiGiulian, in which participants learn knots, rigs, and skills crucial for successful offshore fishing.
    The IGFA School of Sportfishing classes are limited to 24 anglers and are held on Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida.
    Mackin outlined the six dates, classes and captains:
    • April 28 -- Fundamentals of Sportfishing, Capt. Tony DiGiulian
    • May 5 -- Secrets to Deep Dropping, Capt. Bouncer Smith
    • May 12 -- Understanding Your Onboard Electronics, TBA
    • May 19 -- Conquering Dolphin, Capt. Josh Brown
    • May 26 -- Successful Swordfishing, Capt. Bouncer Smith
    • June 2 -- Advanced Big Game Trolling, Capt. Josh Brown
    For more information, please contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or visit www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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    Open House in May for IGFA Junior Angler Summer Camps
    For hands-on activities for youngsters, nothing beats the IGFA annual Junior Angler Summer Camps presented in 10 weekly sessions beginning in June.
    The IGFA is giving parents and their youngsters a chance to experience the exciting activities in store for them at a Summer Camp Open House, Saturday, May 16th from 10 a.m. to noon. Children who are signed up on site will also receive the early registration discount of $25
    Now in its 10th year and held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., the association will be offering the weeklong summer camp adventures for children ages 8 – 13 running from June 8 - August 14th.
    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 [email protected], or visit www.igfa.org/camps.asp.
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    IGFA and FFWCC hosting free Boaters Safety Course in May
    Are you new to boating or would like for you and members of your family to be safer boaters? The IGFA and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission are teaming together to host the next free Boaters Safety Courses beginning on Saturday, May 16, at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla.
    Two other additional classes for 2009 will be offered July 18 and September 19. The all day class begins at 8 a.m. and lasts till 4 p.m. This course, taught by the law enforcement division of the FFWCC 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 [email protected].
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    ---At the IGFA Museum---
    Exciting sport fishing photography featured in IGFA Art Gallery
    The works of eight of today’s hottest marine photographers will open in April featured in an exhibit in the Art Gallery of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. More than 70 images -- from Pat Ford, Adrian Gray, Scott Kerrigan, Charlie Levine, Dave McCleaf, Al McGlashan, Ron Modra and Sam Root -- will be on display through August 2009.
    All visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to experience the excitement, emotion, energy and beauty of sport fishing as seen through the lenses of these masters. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at [email protected].
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    Interactive “Ocean Today” kiosk kicks off this month
    If you’re visiting the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum later this month look for the newest interactive exhibit of the Ocean Today kiosk.
    The IGFA’s Education Department was recently approved to host an Ocean Today kiosk slated to be in operation by mid April.
    “The kiosk was originally developed as a major installation in 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 help to 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 [email protected].
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    Special Catch & Release Fishing exhibit and video 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.
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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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    IGFA/Make a Difference host Special Anglers Tournament May 9
    The IGFA and the Make a Difference Foundation are hosting a free fun-filled day of fishing, face painting, simulated fishing and much more at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum Saturday, May 9th from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    This event is open to physically and mentally handicapped children 18 years of age and under. The Special Anglers Tournament is an opportunity to afford physically and neurological challenged children the opportunity to enjoy the experience of sport fishing and the chance to make lasting memories.
    Each child may bring one chaperone and one guest. All children go home with lots of goodies. Each participant will take home their very own rod and reel, a tackle box, goodie bag and much more. A light breakfast and lunch are also provided.
    Pre-registration is required and must be received by May 1st. Please visit http://www.igfa.org/sa.asp for more information and for a printable version of the registration form. If you have questions regarding this event, please contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4309 or email [email protected].
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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 during the entire month of June, 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 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 [email protected]. Additional information can be found on the BAMM web site at www.bamminfo.com
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    From the IGFA -- Did You Know?
    From the thousands of fresh and salt water records across the globe, this month we’ve taken several highlights from the IGFA’s 2009 World Record Game Fishes book.
    • The two youngest angler(s) to hold a world record were three years of age when they made their catches, Ms. Alyssa Cleveland and Kenshi Mayazaki.
    • The heaviest catch made by a junior angler was caught by Alexander Johnston of Australia. Johnston landed a 1,093 lb 7 oz black marlin in one hour fifteen minutes at 14 years of age.
    • A lemon shark weighing 490 lb 0 oz was landed on 08 kg (16 lb) tippet by angler Rick Gunion, making his catch the heaviest on a fly rod. Angler Dr. Martin Arostegui held the record with a 385 lb 0 oz lemon shark before Gunion’s record catch.
    • The longest fish measured was a Pacific blue marlin with a length measurement of 1456.69 inches or 3700.00 cm caught by junior angler Robbie Angus, age 12. The second longest was also caught by a 12 year old junior angler, Beau Taylor, who landed a mako shark, measuring in at 1051.18 in or 2670.00 cm.
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    Calendar of upcoming IGFA events
    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 7:00 pm. For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or [email protected].
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    April 28, 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 popular 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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    April 30 – May 3, 2009 --National Week of the Ocean School Marine Art Fair. IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA -- National Week of the Ocean members encourage year-round ocean study from the arts to commerce, from history to foods, from endangered sea creatures to issues such as offshore drilling or ocean dumping. For more information visit the website at www.national-week-of-the-ocean.org. The Marine Art Fair is open during normal museum hours in the Events Hall and is free to the public
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    May 5, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Secrets of Deep Dropping,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Deepwater grouper and snapper fishing is consistently available to anglers in South Florida any time of the year. In this extreme bottom fishing class lead by Capt. Bouncer Smith, we share the techniques to get you started and the insider information to improve your success. Limited to 24 anglers, this class 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. 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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    May 9, 2009 -- Special Anglers Tournament, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The IGFA and the Make A Difference Foundation host a free fishing tournament dedicated to physically and/or mentally disabled children only. Activities include fishing, virtual fishing tournaments, fish printing and face painting. Each participant receives many gifts including their own rod and reel, a tackle box and much more. A light breakfast and lunch is also provided. Reservations are required. For more information contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4309 or email to [email protected].
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    May 10 - 15, 2009 -- IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – This 10th annual event is considered international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting nearly 50 winning teams from 19 countries on six continents who have been invited after winning one of over 130 qualifying events held in 2008. It’s also the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. For more information on the tournament or to find out more about registering a tournament as a qualifier, contact Lynda Wilson at [email protected] or call 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at [email protected] or call 407-571-4680.
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    May 12, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Understanding your Onboard Electronics” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. With the advent of today’s technology, marine electronics are capable of giving anglers a huge advantage while on the water but many people can’t access the full potential of what they paid for. Limited to 24 anglers, this new class features hands-on instruction letting students learn how to easily manage their electronics and let their tools do the work for them. 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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    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 [email protected].
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    May 16, 2009 – IGFA Summer Camp Open House, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. 10 a.m.- noon. This event gives parents and their youngsters ages 8 to 13 a chance to experience some of the exciting activities in store for them during the IGFA’s ten weekly Summer Camps which begin June 8 to Aug 14, 2009. For more information, please call 954-924-4309, email [email protected], or visit www.igfa.org/camps.asp.
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    May 19, 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 can also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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    May 26, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Successful Swordfishing,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. From tackle to location, find out everything you need to know to make your next swordfish trip a huge success with hands-on squid rigging and inside information from Capt. Bouncer Smith one of Fort Lauderdale's best guide and swordfishermen. This class is limited to only 24 anglers, 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 additional 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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    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 [email protected] or visit www.igfa.org for the variety of participating institutions.
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    June 2, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Advanced Big Game Trolling Techniques” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Ever wonder why some boats catch more big game fish like blue marlin than others? This is for the serious big game fisherman to get inside knowledge on how to get the most out of your trolling time. Learn many secrets from Capt. Josh Brown that took years of trial and error to perfect. This is not your regular fishing seminar series. Each class is limited to only 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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    June 6, 2009 -- The Old Reel Collectors Association (ORCA) annual national convention, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA -- ORCA is a voluntary non-profit organization whose membership is dedicated to preserving the history and technology of antique fishing reels and all vintage fishing tackle. ORCA members from across the country will be in attendance bringing with them their displays of historic antique fishing reels, rods and all types of fishing memorabilia. The event is open to the public with lots of antique fishing tackle for sale. ORCA members will be on hand to give free appraisals plus history and value of old reels, rods and lures brought to the event. ORCA will also provide an on the spot auction service for those who wish to sell their antique tackle for the highest prices. For more information about this upcoming event please contact Ed Pritchard at 561-748-7508.
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    June 8 -- Aug 14, 2009 -- IGFA’s ten weekly Summer Camps, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – Now in its 10th year the IGFA’s popular weekly camps are 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 [email protected].
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    July 7 – July 9, 2009 -- Ninth annual Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Described by anglers and the media as the “super bowl” of fly and light tackle fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of over 35 qualifying tournaments held in 2008 to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the qualifiers are paired with a premier Keys guide to team for three days of fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish in fly and light tackle divisions with the grand champion crowned in each. For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments contact Sandy Moret 305-664-5423 or [email protected] or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com .
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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    October 27, 2009 -- The 11th Annual IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will be the highlight of a celebration in honor of all 75 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees will be Carlos Barrantes, Sr, Jack Erskine, Guy Harvey, Harlan Major and Stephen Sloan. The inductees are 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 2009 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or [email protected]
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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 [email protected] 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) -- [email protected]

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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected]a.org.
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    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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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: [email protected]
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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 [email protected].
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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: [email protected] 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 [email protected]. 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: [email protected].
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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: [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected]
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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].
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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: [email protected] 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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected]
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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 [email protected].
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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: [email protected].
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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: [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected]. (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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].
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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: [email protected]
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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: [email protected] 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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected]
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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 [email protected].
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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: [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected] or Jeff Storm Harkavy at [email protected] 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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    (photo captions)
    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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected]
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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: [email protected], 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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected]
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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: [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected]. (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 [email protected]
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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    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: [email protected]  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 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 [email protected].
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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: [email protected], 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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected]
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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: [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected]. (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 [email protected]
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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 [email protected].
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    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 [email protected], or Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at [email protected] .
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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 [email protected].
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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: [email protected], 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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected], or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or [email protected]
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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 [email protected], or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or [email protected]
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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 [email protected], or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or [email protected]
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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 [email protected], or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or [email protected]
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected], or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or [email protected]
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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 [email protected], or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or [email protected]
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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 [email protected], or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or [email protected]
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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 [email protected], or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or [email protected].
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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 [email protected]
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected]
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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 [email protected] .
    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 [email protected], 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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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: [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected]
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected]
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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 [email protected] .

    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: [email protected].

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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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    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: [email protected].
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    Day one: Monday 6/30/2008 results of three-day championship

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    Contact: Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications, Inc.
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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: [email protected].
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    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: [email protected].
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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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected], 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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected] or for media information Pete Johnson, IGFA PR counsel at 480-951-3654 or [email protected]
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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: [email protected].
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected]
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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 [email protected].
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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 [email protected]
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    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)
    [email protected] (e-mail)

    (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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