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    HOT News from the IGFA

    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 larico@igfa.org.
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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 dmatagiese@igfa.org. 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 Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com 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 flkeyout@bellsouth.net 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 reservations@igfa.org, 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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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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 dmatagiese@igfa.org.
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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 reservations@igfa.org.
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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 JTomlin@igfa.org. 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 larico@igfa.org.
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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 reservations@igfa.org.
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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 Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com 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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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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 reservations@igfa.org, 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 JTomlin@igfa.org 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 reservations@igfa.org.
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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 flkeyout@bellsouth.net 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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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    September 19, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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    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 LArico@igfa.org
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      HOT News from the IGFA

      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: larico@igfa.org.
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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 Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4517, or Jacobs, at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com 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 dmatagiese@igfa.org. 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 vwoods@igfa.org.
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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 reservations@igfa.org, 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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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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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      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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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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 dmatagiese@igfa.org.
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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 JTomlin@igfa.org. 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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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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 reservations@igfa.org, 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 JTomlin@igfa.org, 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 reservations@igfa.org.
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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 flkeyout@bellsouth.net 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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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      September 19, 2009 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.

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      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 LArico@igfa.org
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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 Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com 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 flkeyout@bellsouth.net 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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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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 jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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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 reservations@igfa.org, 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 dmatagiese@igfa.org. 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 dmatagiese@igfa.org.
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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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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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 dmatagiese@igfa.org.
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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 JTomlin@igfa.org. 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 reservations@igfa.org.
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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 flkeyout@bellsouth.net 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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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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 jschratwieser@igfa.org
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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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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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 LArico@igfa.org
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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 Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4680.
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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 flkeyout@bellsouth.net 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 LArico@igfa.org

          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 jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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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 glinley@palmbeachsports.com. And for more information on the IGFA Outreach Program call Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or via email at dmatagiese@igfa.org.

          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 reservations@igfa.org, 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 dmatagiese@igfa.org. 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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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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 dmatagiese@igfa.org.

          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 reservations@igfa.org.
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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 jschratwieser@igfa.org
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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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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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 LArico@igfa.org
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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 Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4680.
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            HOT News from the IGFA - August 2009

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

            Arostegui father and son continue assault on IGFA record books
            It’s now over 300 world records for Marty – 304 to be exact -- and another 123 for his 17-year old son Martini as the Arostegui angling duo continue to research and methodically rack up unbelievable sportfishing accomplishments around the globe.
            And though it’s a family affair – his wife Roberta has over 30 records and daughters Danielle and Ali each have them as well – it’s the men in the Arostegui household that spend countless hours studying and learning as much as they can about their quarry. From books, magazines the internet, the current record to beat in the IGFA’s World Record Game Fishes book, the pair also delve through notes from past fishing adventures – baits, lures, colors, the best times and where to find the biggest fish in the species -- as they prepare for their next trip.
            “Typically we’ll spend some 30 hours of research finding out as much about the fish and what they eat and what flies to take.“
            It’s a routine that continues to lead to success as the pair has achieved records on four continents including North America, South America, Asia and last year Africa.
            Europe is next.
            “In 2010 I want our family to go to our ancestral country of Spain,” said the Cuban born Marty and follows up with a laugh saying, “But I know Martini and I will be spending a number of those days there chasing after a Wels catfish record.
            Marty has been tackling records for over 15 years, only a few years after he had his first real fishing trip, a gift by Roberta with acclaimed Key Biscayne, Florida USA flats guide Capt. Bill Curtis. His first fish was a bonefish and Curtis thought then he was good enough to try a fly rod as well.
            His first world record fish was caught in the summer of 1994, a 10 lb triple tail on 4 lb tippet near Flamingo in the Everglades National Park with another noted Captain Rick Murphy.
            “I never really set any major goals. After the first record I said ‘let me try for two,’ and then it soon became 10, then 20 and then 100,” he laughed. Before long Arostegui surpassed Herb Ratner, Greensburg, Pa., who retired from his own intense pursuit at 180 world records.
            After Marty achieved his 200th record the IGFA presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Just this past spring Martini joined his father on stage as he was also presented the same honor becoming the first junior to capture 100 records before turning 17.

            Noted for catching and releasing a 385 lb shark on fly
            Up until last year Marty held the world record for catching the largest fish on fly. It was the spring of 2006 when he received international media attention for his largest fish, a 385 lb (174.63 kg). lemon shark caught on fly off Key West, Fla., USA.
            Into the hour long fight, as he muscled the fish next to the boat, Arostegui realized how dangerous the toothy shark was as it attacked the hull of Capt. Ralph Delph’s 29’ craft.
            “When it opened its huge mouth, I said to myself this shark could eat half of me in one bite,” joked the retired emergency room doctor who stands 5 ft. tall and weighs 125 lbs.
            What followed was typical of the extensive planning and preparation for which Arostegui is noted. With the help of two other nearby fishermen the huge fish was lassoed and wrestled into a specially designed eight foot long, three foot deep aerated, hydraulic live well. After an hour-long ride back to Key West the pair, with the help of Delph’s son Mike who is also a prominent guide, finished documenting the catch using a portable electronic scale along with a special canvas sling to cradle the fish. Then they carefully slid the shark back into the water resuscitating it – with Arostegui in the water -- measuring the shark for its girth (49”) and length (90”) plus took photos.
            Looking at the photos of himself and Capt. Mike Delph standing in the water before releasing the giant fish which an hour before had been biting the boat, Arostegui laughed and said, “I don’t recommend getting this close to a lemon shark, especially in his environment.” Caught on 12 lb tippet which over-tested at the IGFA world records lab by one pound the record was moved up to 16 lb tippet, but it was still the largest fish ever caught on fly.
            The year before Arostegui caught a 247 lb lemon shark on 8 lb tippet, another record that he believes will probably be in the record books for a long time.

            Prepared purveyor of unusual and “ugly” fish
            Over this decade Arostegui began traveling the world catching some obscure, unusual and frankly “ugly” fish such as the giant snakehead in Malaysia; the prehistoric giant trahira in Suriname with sharp canine-like teeth, and fly-fished the deep-waters of Alaska for yellow eyed rockfish.
            Sometimes he doesn’t need to travel any further than the canals of Broward County outside of Ft. Lauderdale for a snakehead, a gar along the Tamiami Trail beyond Miami’s city limits, or for a barracuda in the Keys.
            “Some of my friends make fun of me for catching all these weird fish,” smiled Arostegui. “Their primary focus is the snook and tarpon. I’ve caught a lot of those and like catching them. But after catching so many I said I need to find new challenges and weird things to learn about. I kind of have a challenge of catching them on a fly rod.”
            A recent phone call to Marty found him on his annual summer trip to Lake Livingston, Texas near Trinity as he and Martini focused their sights on more records for gar, one of the “ugly” fish Marty is so fond of catching and learning about.
            “I just caught a 25 lb longnose gar on 8 lb. tippet and Martini caught a 21 lb alligator gar on 6 lb class line,” his voice reflecting his typical enthusiasm he has for sportfishing wherever he goes. “We had a great time in Texas.”
            Those could be records 305 and 124 respectively once approved by the IGFA’s world record department.
            But who’s counting.
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            IGFA Representatives gather for Pacific meeting

            Gary Graham of Southern California said it was the largest gathering of IGFA Representatives from the Pacific region that he could remember. The 25 members included representation from California, Papua New Guinea, Australia’s East and Western territories, Tahiti, Bay of Islands New Zealand, Hawaii, Korea and Japan.
            The meeting coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT) the grandfather of all big game fishing tournaments and one built upon honor, prestige and strict adherence to IGFA rules for world records.
            Held on the eve of his celebrated HIBT, tournament founder Peter Fithian was joined at the head table by his fellow IGFA Trustees Michael Farrior and Paxson Offield, and IGFA President Rob Kramer. They were also joined by a special guest Junzo Okada, current Chairman of the six-thousand members of the Japan Game Fish Association. In order to attend the HIBT, Okada had graciously relinquished his office as Chairman temporarily as the meeting conflicted with the 31st Annual Japan Billfish Tournament he normally would have presided over.
            Long-time IGFA Representative and a resident Kona, Hawaii Rick Gaffney, hosted a luncheon for the representatives at Quinn’s restaurant, Almost by the Sea, which provided an ideal backdrop for the gathering.
            Graham reported that each representative presented an overview on their respective region’s current fishery, followed by a fascinating and informative round table discussion.
            Farrior, Chairman of the IGFA Representatives Committee, praised the efforts of the attendees and their invaluable efforts. He commented ,“Acting as a sportfishing advocate, each and every one of you have made an important contribution on behalf of the angling community in your respective regions,”.
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            (photo caption) At the recent IGFA Representative’s meeting In the top row from left to right were Trustee Paxson Offield, IGFA Japan Junzo Okada, IGFA Trustee Michael Farrior, IGFA President Rob Kramer, IGFA Trustee Peter Fithian, IGFA Rep Western Australia Mark Maher, IGFA Rep Maui, Hawaii Donnell Tate, IGFA Rep Northern California Rocky Franich, IGFA Rep Hawaii Jim Rizutto, IGFA Rep Alaska Mal Linthwaite, IGFA Rep Queensland, Australia Albert Threadingham, IGFA Rep New Zealand John Chibnall, IGFA Rep Oahu, Hawaii, Al Bento. Bottom row l-r IGFA Rep Papua New Guinea John Lau, IGFA Rep Japan Tomonori Higashi, IGFA Rep at Large Central Pacific Rick Gaffney, IGFA Rep New South Wales Australia Robert Lowe, IGFA Rep at Large for Hawaii Roy Morioka, IGFA Rep Papua New Guinea Bob O'Dea. Though not in the photo Tahiti Representative, Alban Ellacott, while present, was unable to attend the luncheon. Representatives Gary and Yvonne Graham of California joined the group soon after.
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            San Diegan Honored as a National Treasure by IGFA

            Well respected IGFA Trustee and long time San Diego businessman Michael L. Farrior of Rancho Santa Fe, was recently presented a special award from International Game Fish Association (IGFA) President Rob Kramer for his decades of work on behalf of sportfishing.
            The commendation to Farrior read in part, “For your extraordinary leadership as an IGFA Trustee and for your passion in promoting fishing and conservation, we hereby declare that you are a “National Treasure.”
            Farrior, whose interest in sportfishing stretches back nearly four decades, has become the recognized authority and historian of saltwater sportfishing on the United States’ West Coast.
            A mentor to many, Farrior over the years has shared his interest in antique tackle and encouraged others to begin collecting and preserving the old fishing equipment. A long-time member of the Tuna Club of Avalon, Farrior was appointed Historian and was subsequently invited to write The History of the Tuna Club 1898-1998. When his book was published, Farrior donated all of the profits to the Tuna Club Hospital Foundation.
            Gary Graham, an IGFA Representative noted that “Farrior approached that project with the same enthusiasm he has demonstrated throughout his life and his research has literally changed the way the IGFA viewed West Coast sportfishing.
            “He’s also assisted the U.S. government by providing the historical data for use in developing the Highly Migratory Species Act,” Graham added. “He’s been the catalyst in arranging pier fishing tournaments for the youth of San Diego, as well as fishing trips for military patients recuperating at the San Diego Naval Hospital from wounds suffered in Iraq.”
            Farrior has immersed himself in the sportfishing scene for many years. In addition to fishing for the many species in the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific, Michael has fished around the world and has caught and released marlin up to an estimated 750 pounds off the Great Barrier Reef.
            The antique tackle collection he has assembled and the research he has shared is another way Michael gives back to a sport that he loves. Graham said Farrior was able to establish that the birth of big-game fishing occurred on the West Coast and the early fishing gear used to battle large bluefin tuna, marlin and swordfish, evolved here. The sportfishing ethics and rules used today by IGFA and other fishing clubs were originally drafted at the Tuna Club at Avalon on Catalina Island at the turn of the century.
            "Making Californians aware of the fact that big-game fishing was born here and getting California indelibly recognized as the birthplace of big-game fishing is one of my proudest achievements," Farrior said. "Previously, it had literally just been lost to time."
            Farrior’s impact on West Coast sportfishing is also indelibly written in the history which he has preserved and which has consumed him throughout the years. His contributions to sportfishing over the years truly qualify him as Sportfishing’s own “National Treasure.”
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            IGFA Reps host San Diego’s 7th Young Anglers Tournament
            The youngsters loved it and thanks to the dedication of IGFA Representatives Catherine Miller, John Campbell and Jack Innis all of Southern California, the Seventh Annual Young Anglers Tournament held July 25 was a huge success.
            When a count of the eager faces was made, 158 young anglers competed in the highly anticipated event held at the Shelter Island Pier on San Diego Bay. IGFA rep Gary Graham reported Mother Nature also helped with an incoming tide which crested at 12:45 along with an offshore swell helping to produce a quantity of qualifying catches including halibut, calico bass and mackerel.
            Okuma Fishing Tackle was on board providing rod and reel combinations for any of the young anglers that didn’t have their own. Winners were awarded in each of ten age categories based on a point system valuing the number of fish and species caught. Two anglers tied in the 7 Year Old category. Catch and release was encouraged.
            Darius Ngo, 14, San Diego, was the overall winner scoring 83 points. His name will be engraved on the Young Anglers Perpetual Trophy, a beautiful David Wirth carving which remains on display at the pier.
            The winners in each age category were:
            • 6 year olds: Anthony Salorio, San Diego
            • 7 year olds: Chaz Hallmark, San Diego & Ryan Rosati, Chula Vista
            • 8 year olds: Makenna Hruska, San Diego
            • 9 year olds: Thomas Orozco, Union City, CA
            • 10 year olds: Justin Magno, San Diego
            • 11 year olds: Tyler Luz, San Diego
            • 12 year olds: Adam Doyle, San Diego
            • 13 year olds: Joey Luquin, Chula Vista
            • 14 year olds: Darius Ngo, San Diego
            • 15 year olds: David Evans, El Cajon
            Each top angler received an embossed IGFA certificate, an IGFA Junior Angler Membership, a rod and reel combo by Okuma Fishing Tackle and an assortment of other prizes which included fishing trips from Pt. Loma Sportfishing’s ½ day boat Daily Double and 3/4 day boat Point Loma, H & M Landing’s ½ day boat Premier and 3/4 day boat Malihini, certificates for miniature fish mounts by World Wide Fish Mounts, admission to Legoland, retail gift cards provided by Hawthorne Caterpillar, and kayak and rod rentals from Sharkey’s Shelter Island Pier concession.
            IGFA trustee Mike Farrior provided hot dogs and coordinated with Tommy Gomes' famous fish tacos, Stumps Village Market of Rancho Santa Fe, Specialty Produce and Catalina Offshore Products for lunches to participating anglers and their families. A free drawing delivered prizes to all participating anglers making every youngster a winner.

            Captions:

            A great turnout of 158 young anglers competed in the tournament at the Shelter Island Pier on San Diego Bay.

            The overall winner of the day’s tournament was 14-year old Darius Ngo of San Diego is congratulated by IGFA representatives Jack Innis on the left and John Campbell, right.

            Campbell presents awards to Chaz Hallmark, San Diego and Ryan Rosati, Chula Vista, who tied in the 7-year old age category.
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            Gary Graham interviews IGFA President Rob Kramer

            While in Hawaii, IGFA Representative Gary Graham who is also an award-winning fishing/outdoor writer for Western Outdoor News had a chance to sit down with IGFA President Rob Kramer for an in-depth interview on Kramer’s role and the work of the representatives, in particular Mexico and its Baja region.
            Graham wrote, “Kramer’s appearance immediately dispels the notion that the IGFA is some kind of ‘old boys club’ where members sit around sipping something brown and reminiscing about the good old days. He is young, personable and possesses a remarkable knowledge of the fisheries and the issues that confront them throughout the world.”
            In the interview they discussed numerous subjects including initiatives towards more youth education in marine sciences and the current internet technology that now and into the future is expected to be useful in fisheries conservation.
            For a look at Graham’s interview with Kramer and more on what IGFA Representatives do please go to Gary’s blog which appears on Western Outdoor News’ Online site at:
            http://www.wonews.com/Blog.aspx?ID=6...D=59047&t=IGFA Reps… Sportfishing advocates .
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            IGFA’s rep Dr. Julie Ball featured in Virginia newspaper

            Besides being ambassadors for the IGFA, many of the IGFA’s International Committee of Representatives across the globe are also leading spokespersons on fishing and conservation in their communities, states and countries.
            One of them is Dr. Julie Ball of Virginia Beach, a popular IGFA Representative who also holds over a dozen IGFA world fishing records. Recently in her local daily newspaper she was asked to give readers in the Hampton Roads region a general overview of the process and steps it takes to apply for a world record.
            For a fun and informative read pull up the following link on your computer on the Norfolk’s Virginia Pilot Online to view Julie Ball’s tips on going after your own world fishing record: http://hamptonroads.com/2009/08/how-...ld-record-fish
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            IGFA begins School of Sportfishing classes in late August
            The IGFA School of Sportfishing will kick off its 12th session at the end of August and according to Jeff Mackin in the IGFA education department, the class line up will cover different aspects of both inshore and offshore fishing.
            The next session begins on Tuesday August 25. 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 classes this fall will include such topics as the ‘Fundamentals of Sportfishing,’ ‘Successful Swordfishing,’ ‘Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs,’ ‘All About Live Bait,’ a brand new inshore class called, ‘Secrets to Surf Fishing’, and more,” said Mackin.
            “Once again we’ve been able to attract some of the finest captains from around the area to lead each class. Not only do these instructors guide clients to trophy fish day in and day out through their charter businesses, but they also have a knack for being able to teach our participants their secrets through hands-on interaction.
            • August 25, Fundamentals of Sportfishing with Capt Tony DiGiulian
            • September 1, Successful Swordfishing with Capt Drew Kettelhut
            • September 15, All About Live Bait with Capt Shawn Fairbanks
            • September 22, Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs with Capt Bouncer Smith
            • September 29, Secrets to Surf Fishing with Capt Steve Kantner
            • October 6, Kite Fishing Techniques with Capt Bouncer Smith
            For more information, interested anglers can contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or visit www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp. You may also register online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp. Classes are limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up.
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            IGFA School of Sportfishing now international

            After its success over the past four years in South Florida, the IGFA has just completed its first international School of Sportfishing in the coastal city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, an area only recently opened to sport fishing on the Red Sea.
            Jeff Mackin in the IGFA education department said the outreach was spearheaded by the school’s co-creator Capt. Tony DiGiulian partnering with Marine Supplies Center in Jeddah. Several classes were held teaching participants basic and advanced trolling, live baiting, and kite fishing techniques.
            “We hope to continue holding classes in this burgeoning sport fishing location,” said DiGiulian.
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            August Hot Catches

            World records coordinator Rebecca Wright of the International Game Fish Association has selected a dozen recreational fish catches and photographs made from across the globe now before the world records committee. This month fish caught in the countries of Mongolia, Tasmania, Fiji, Thailand, Gambia and the far reaches of the United States are featured.

            Fishing the waters of Fiji, Tim Simpson, Coomera Waters QLD, Australia, guided by Capt. Adrian Watt, landed a wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) on June 17, weighing 31.6 kg (69 lb 10 oz) on 4 kg (8 lb) Platypus Lo-Stretch test line. Simpson, the editor of the South Pacific specialist offshore gamefishing magazine Bluewater said he was fishing the coral reefs at 200 fathoms, 30 miles off Kadavu Island, Fiji aboard Watt’s boat Bite Me, using Halco Laser Pro 190 trolling minnow lures which he reported are phenomenally successful for wahoo. He and top American marine photographer Bill Boyce were on a mission to attempt world records on light-tackle for wahoo and sailfish. Over the past four years Simpson has been pursuing the current IGFA record of 56 lb 11oz (25.71 kg) caught off Bermuda a decade ago. Both he and Boyce were locked into a double hookup, battling their tooth laddened fish which each sizzled off 500 meters of line, sometimes straight down and in opposite directions several times. Full details, plus all the secrets of how Simpson achieved the pending record, will be published in a spectacular feature article in BlueWater Issue 75 – on sale in early September. See www.bluewatermag.com.au for more. (Photo – wahoo 32461)

            Using a ghost shrimp for bait while fishing Newport Bay, California, USA, Richard Pomo guided Kathy Pomo, Anaheim, Calif., to a catch of a California corbina (Minticirrhus undulatus) on April 25, weighing 1.87 kg (4 lb 2 oz) on 2 kg (4 lb) class line. The current IGFA women’s line class record is 3 lb 4 oz (1.47 kg) recorded from the waters of nearby Long Beach, August 2003. (Photo - California corbina – 31933)

            While fly-fishing Long Beach, Calif., Dr. Wade Y. Yoshii, M.D., of Manhattan Beach, Calif., USA, landed a California corbina (Minticirrhus undulatus) on May 15, weighing 1.59 kg (3 lb 8 oz) on 6 kg (12 lb) tippet. The current IGFA men’s tippet record is 3 lb 6 oz (1.54 kg) catch recorded April 2000 from the same Long Beach vicinity. (Photo - California corbina - 32035)

            While fishing Virginia’s (USA) James River, Robert L. Jimerson Jr., Glen Allen, Va., used a dart shad as bait to land a hickory shad (Alosa mediocris) on April 21. The fish weighed .79 kg (1 lb 12 oz) and was caught on 4 kg (8 lb) class line. The current line class record was caught last year from the Roanoke River in North Carolina and weighed 1 lb 6 oz (.62 kg). (Photo - hickory shad – 32037)

            Fishing the Gambia River in Gambia, Western Africa’s smallest mainland country, Texas, USA angler Stan Nabozny, guided by Bala Moses, landed a North African tigerfish (Hydrocynus brevis) on May 7 weighing 5.67 kg (12 lb 8 oz) on All-Tackle. Nabozny, an IGFA multi-record holder from The Woodlands, was using a Bunny Magnum lure and landed the toothy predator in 15 minutes. The species will be added to the list of four other families of tigerfish currently in the IGFA’s World Record Game Fishes book. (Photo - North African tigerfish – 32043)

            Jonathan McNamara, Owego, New York, USA, landed a fallfish (Semotilus corporalis) on April 15, weighing 1.62 kg (3 lb 9 oz) for a potential IGFA All-Tackle record. He was using a Mizmo tube jog, while fishing New York’s Susquehanna River. The current IGFA All-Tackle record is 3 lb 8 oz (1.61 kg) caught in the summer of 1991 from Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. (Photo – fallfish – 32478)

            Traveling from his home in the 50th U.S. state to visit and fish in the 49th state, Steve Kwiat of Honolulu, Hawaii USA, landed a yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) weighing 12.7 kg (28 lb 0 oz) from Alaska’s Gulf of Alaska USA. Guided by Capt. Scott Hines, Kwiat, used a rubber jig on 4 kg (8 lb) class line for the July 4 catch. The current IGFA men’s line class record is 16 lb 1 oz (7.3 kg) caught in August 2004 from East Chugach, Alaska. (Photo – yelloweye rockfish – 32558)

            While fishing with his wife and renowned taxedermist Curt Moses, angler Capt. Jay Wright Jr. Hollywood, Fla. USA was guided by Kevin Pennison on July 3, to a 28.8 kg (63 lb 8 oz) lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus). Wright was using 6 kg (12 lb), class line and a leadhead fitted with a grubtail, while fishing the Gulf of Alaska, Alaska, USA. The current IGFA men’s line class record is 61 lb 0 oz ( 27.66 kg) off Alaska’s Pearl Island, set by Wright’s friend Kwiat in Aug. 2001. (Photo – lingcod – 32592)

            On June 22 Walsall, West Midlands, United Kingdom angler Alan Boon, landed a giant pangasius (Pangasianodon sanitwongsei) weighing 41 kg (90 lb 6 oz) using bait, while fishing Gillhams Fishing Resort, in Krabi Southern Thailand. The current IGFA All-Tackle record is 65 lb 1oz (29.5 kg) caught last year from Thailand’s Bung Sam Lan Lake. Photo – giant pangasius – 32509)

            In Tasmania, junior angler Kieran Gilbert, of New Norfolk, Australia, guided by Stephen Gilbert, landed a Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyi) May 16, weighing 90.2 kg (198 lb 13 oz). He was fishing The Lanterns, off the coast of Tasmania using squid and took an hour and 15 minutes to boat the fish. The current IGFA boy’s junior record is 174 lb 2 oz (79 kg), caught June 2008 from the waters of Pedra Branca in Tasmania, Australia. (Photo – Southern bluefin tuna – 32510)

            Fly fishing Italy’s Lake of Annone on June 11 using 10 kg (20 lb) tippet, Paolo Pacchiarini, of Milan, landed a Northern pike (Esox lucius) weighing 14 kg (30 lb 13 oz) in 10 minutes using a wiggle tail. The current IGFA tippet record for the fish is 30 lb 8 oz (13.83 kg) caught August of 1996 from the Innoko River in Alaska. (Photo – Northern pike – 32533)

            A new species may be added to the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book on the catch that Kyiv, Ukraine angler Iurii Diachenko made by landing an alti osman (Oreoleuciscus potanini) on June 14. It was caught from Hoton Lake in Mongolia, and weighed 5.82 kg (12 lb 13 oz). Diachenko used a Vibrotail and landed the fish in 15 minutes. He released it after photographing and documenting its weight and measurements. (Photo – alti osman -- 32603).
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            Mercury Marine Free Family Fishing Clinic at IGFA Sept. 19

            Based on its popularity in the past, Mercury Marine, along with the IGFA, and radio station 99.9 KISS Country, will again be hosting a free family fishing clinic at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum on Saturday, Sept. 19. 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.
            “We’ll also have plenty of free hot dogs to feed the hungry crowd throughout the event,” said a smiling David Matagiese, the IGFA’s Education Director. “At our April event more than 600 adults and youngsters from South Fla., joined in for the fun.”
            These educational and fun clinics are designed for the entire family with the KISS Country Fishing Team on site as well as an informative “How To” session with Mercury’s pros teaching engine basics like how to change a propeller and proper maintenance of an outboard motor.
            “This clinic is a great outlet for families to bond and spend time together in the enjoyment of the outdoors,” stated Matagiese. “Many parents we talk to are trying to pull their kids away from the seclusions of their computers, video games and cell phones. By doing so, we’re hoping to educate both kids and adults not only about the importance of game fish and the need to conserve their habitat, but also to show them how easy and fun fishing can be.”

            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 an array of free prizes, interact with the pros and also take part in the different learning stations that will be set up.
            The fun and educational centers include:
            • The cast net station, where participants learn the proper way to throw a cast net so catching bait becomes a snap .It includes tips on what types of nets best suit your needs, proper cast net care and how to catch bait to make your next fishing trip successful and productive.
            • The knot tying station is where novice anglers can 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 features instruction on the importance of proper techniques while casting a lure or bait. Beginners can gain knowledge of the overhand cast while advance participants learn sidearm and flip casting. Here the importance of safety while casting is also stressed.
            • And the face painting station which gives kids a chance to pick their favorite marine animal and have it painted on them. The IGFA’s resident artist will provide youngsters a wide range of colorful fish and animals to choose from.
            There’s also a “Q-and-A” session with Mercury Marine Fishing Team pros answering questions about fishing or what it takes to catch big fish.
            Registration is not required but all children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please contact Matagiese at dmatagiese@igfa.org.
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            IGFA accepting grant requests from schools for lab programs

            Here’s some great news for schools interested in marine sciences. The IGFA Education and Outreach Program is currently accepting grant requests for school groups in grades K-12 to participate in their hands-on lab programs.
            Funds are available for groups to participate in the lab programs in two ways. Either on-site at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida or the IGFA Education Team can come to your classroom to host many of the educational lab programs at your school. Priority for funding is given to Title-I schools. Programs are available from Monday - Friday during school hours and require a minimum of 20 participants.
            For more information on how your school group can participate in these marine science programs for free, please contact Veronica Woods at 954.924.4309 or visit our grant request page at www.igfa.org/grants.asp.
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            Tickets now on sale for IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame 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.
            The honorees are selected each year for the significant contributions made 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 LArico@igfa.org
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            Date set for 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet in 2010
            The date for the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year, the 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet, has been set for Friday, January 29, 2010.
            A vast array of more than 200 silent and live auction items are expected to be up for bid when the evening unfolds at 6 p.m. at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA.
            Donations are already arriving, including the special bronze sculpture from this year’s featured artist, world-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche. There are also trips to Los Suenos, Tropic Star Lodge, the Bahamas, cruises, artwork and more. The highly anticipated online portion of the auction will be featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org beginning the first week of November.
            Tickets are $200 per person and included the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking.
            Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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            Interesting facts from the IGFA -- Did You Know?

            16,928 species are threatened with extinction
            • 3,246 are Critically Endangered
            • 4,770 are Endangered
            • 8,912 are Vulnerable
            Roughly 30,700 species of fish have been described
            • 3,841 have been evaluated
            • 1,275 or 37% of those evaluated are threatened
            250,000 tons of grouper are harvested each year
            • 161 species of grouper have been assessed
            • 12% are considered threatened

            Of the 1,045 species of sharks and rays 17% are listed as threatened. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reported an annual commercial landings of rays and sharks totaling 781,326 tonnes in 2007.
            • 38% originate from the Atlantic
            • 34% originate from the Pacific
            • 28% originate from the Indian Ocean
            • Blue sharks are the most commonly harvested shark species and represent 56% of the pelagic shark catch (45,087t)
            • Threshers are the second most harvested pelagic shark and represent 24% of the pelagic shark catch (19,197t)
            References:
            Camhi, M.D., Valenti, S.V., Fowler, S.L. and Gibson, C. 2009. The Conservation Status of Pelagic Sharks and Rays: Report of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group Pelagic Shark Red List Workshop. IUCN Species Survival Commission Shark Specialist Group. Newbury, UK. x + 78 p.

            Vié, J.-C., Hilton-Taylor, C. and Stuart, S.N. (eds.) (2009). Wildlife in a Changing World – An Analysis of the 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. 180 pp.
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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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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            ---At the IGFA Museum---
            Exciting sport fishing photo exhibit extended through March
            The works of some of today’s hottest marine photographers, featured in an exhibit in the Art Gallery of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, has been extended into next year.
            More than 70 images -- from Pat Ford, Adrian Gray, Scott Kerrigan, Charlie Levine, Dave McCleaf, Al McGlashan, Ron Modra and Sam Root – are now on display through March 2010.
            All visitors to the museum can 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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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            Interactive “Ocean Today” kiosk
            If you’re visiting the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum check out the newest interactive exhibit of the Ocean Today kiosk which is gaining in popularity.
            Located in the Fish Gallery, 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 helps to educate museum guests on topics such as the current state of the world’s fisheries stocks, endangered species, marine debris and much more,” he said
            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 themes. They include Ocean Science & Technology, Ocean News, Recent Discoveries, and Ocean Life.
            When a visitor touches the 42-inch screen, the content areas are revealed to show the most recent information. Matagiese said multiple groups can simultaneously interact with content on the kiosk. It accommodates two specially designed sound areas that envelop visitors. One sound area will immerse the visitors interacting with the 42-inch displays while the other sound area, at a comfortable distance behind the first, allows a group experience and easy viewing of the content mirrored on the 50-inch overhead display.
            For more information on the kiosk, please contact Matagiese at dmatagiese@igfa.org.
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            Calendar of upcoming IGFA events

            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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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            September 19, 2009 --- Mercury Family Fishing Clinic; IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. This free event sponsored by Mercury Marine features clinics on: how to throw a cast net, knot tying, casting stations, fishing talks, question and answer sessions with Mercury Marine Fishing Team Pros, face painting, a number of prize giveaways, free hot dogs 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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            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 LArico@igfa.org
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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 Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4680.
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            January 29, 2010 -- 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, beginning at 6 p.m. -- It’s the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid. Donations are already arriving, including the special bronze sculpture from this year’s featured artist, world-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche. There are also trips to Los Suenos, Tropic Star Lodge, the Bahamas, cruises, artwork and more. The auction will be featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org beginning the first week of November. Tickets are $200 per person and included the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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            April 24, 2010 -- Seventh 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 2009 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains and tackle manufacturers. For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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              HOT News from the IGFA – September 2009

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

              Four classes remain for IGFA’s School of Sportfishing

              Over this month and into October, the IGFA’s School of Sportfishing will be hosting four more sessions on a variety of inshore and offshore fishing topics, according to Jeff Mackin in the IGFA’s education department.
              The popular classes are held each Tuesday night from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida.
              “Once again we’ve been able to attract some of the finest captains from around the area to lead each class,” said Mackin. “Not only do these instructors guide clients to trophy fish day in and day out through their charter businesses, but they also have a knack for being able to teach our participants their secrets through hands-on interaction.”
              The dates, topics and instructors include:
              • September 15, All About Live Bait with Capt Shawn Fairbanks
              • September 22, Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs with Capt Bouncer Smith
              • September 29, Secrets to Surf Fishing with Capt Steve Kantner
              • October 6, Kite Fishing Techniques with Capt Bouncer Smith
              Along with the printed course materials, each participant will receive tackle and products valued at over $70. Included in these giveaways is an Econoscale from Evolution Products, hook packs from VMC, and much more. As an added bonus, each person in the class will be entered to win various door prizes, such as lures, rods, and rod & reel combos, given out during each class.
              For more information, interested anglers can contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or jmackin@igfa.org, or visit www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp. You may also register online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp. Classes are limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up.
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              Tickets available for IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in October

              Tickets are still available for the annual star-studded enshrinement ceremony and dinner to 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.
              The honorees are selected each year for the significant contributions made 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 LArico@igfa.org
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              Bodo Muche featured artist at 26th IGFA Auction & Banquet
              World-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche will be the featured artist at the 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet, Friday, January 29, 2010.
              The event is the non-profit IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year and Muche is creating a special sculpture for the auction.
              “We expect to have a vast array of more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid when the evening unfolds at 6 p.m. at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla.,” said the IGFA’s Lesley Arico. “Among them is a Tahitian cruise, a photo safari at Zulu Nyala Game Lodge in South Africa, trips to the Bahamas, to Los Suenos in Costa Rica, to the Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, along with cruises, artwork and more.”
              Arico added that the highly anticipated online portion of the auction will kick off the first week of November and will be featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org.
              Tickets are $200 per person and included the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking.
              Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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              September Hot Catches

              For September world records coordinator Rebecca Wright of the International Game Fish Association has selected 15 recreational fish catches and photographs made from across the globe that are now before the world records committee. This month fish caught in the countries of Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Costa Rica, Brazil, Canada and across the United States are featured.

              Australian angler Gary Richardson, fishing the waters off his hometown coastal city of Port Lincoln in the state of South Australia, landed a samsonfish (Seriola hippos) on June 3, weighing 24.88 kg (54 lb 13 oz) using 8 kg (16 lb) class line. His is the first application for the new men’s line class for the species which was added to the IGFA World Records, April 1. (Photo – samsonfish - 32608)

              It took a 20 minute fight but fly angler Rick Gunion, Village of Palmetto Bay, FL, USA, managed to land a dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) weighing 14.71 kg (32 lb 7 oz) on 2 kg (4 lb) tippet. He was guided by Brett Dudas in the June 18th catch while fishing Andros, Bahamas. The current IGFA men’s tippet record is 23 lb 0 oz ( 10.43 kg) caught 11 years ago off Alabama in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo – dolphinfish – 32490)

              Junior angler Christopher Hampl, of Cartago, Costa Rica, guided by Edgar Montero, landed a roosterfish (Nematistius pectoralis) on June 27, weighing 30.25 kg (66 lb 11 oz). Using live moonfish for bait he battled with the strong contender for 25 minutes while fishing near Playa Blanca, Costa Rica. The current IGFA boy’s junior record is 64 lb 3 oz (29.12kg). (Photo – roosterfish – 32512)

              Daron S. Muratyan, Irvine, Calif., USA, guided by Tony Rackanckas, landed a Pacific barracuda (Sphyraena argentea) on July 19, weighing 3.46 kg (7 lb 10 oz) on 3 kg (6 lb) class line. Muratyan was using an anchovie for bait, while fishing the waters of Huntington Flats, California. The current IGFA men’s line class record is presently vacant for the species added on April 1 for line, fly and junior class records. (Photo Pacific barracuda – 32590)
              With a fish fight lasting just shy of three hours, Jorge Masullo de Aguiar of Manaus Amazonas, Brazil, successfully landed a huge lau-lau (piraiba) (Brachyplatystoma filamentosum). He was fishing the waters of Brazil’s Rio Solimoes on May 29 where he made the IGFA All-tackle category catch weighing 155 kg (341 lb 11 oz). The current IGFA record is 295 lb 8 oz (134.04 kg) from Brazil’s Jatapo, Amazonas. (Photo - lau-lau (piraiba) - 33215)
              Using 4kg (8 lb) class line, Joachim Ochmann of Tauberbischofscheim, Germany, landed a tench (Tinca tinca) on May 8, weighing 3.3 kg (7 lb 4 oz). He used boilis for bait, while fishing Dachswaldsee Lahr, Germany. The current IGFA record is 5 lb 9 oz ( 2.52 kg) caught from the Stanwick Lakes in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. Ochmann who holds several other records released the fish after photographing and documenting. (Photo – tench – 32485)

              Angler Tom Pfleger of Newport Beach, Calif., USA, landed a white seabass (Atractoscion nobilis) on July 6, weighing 19.42 kg (42 lb 13 oz) on 2 kg (4 lb) class line while fishing La Salina, Mexico. He used squid for bait and battled the fish for 90 minutes. The current IGFA men’s record for the species is 25 lb 14 oz (11.74 kg) caught from Huntington Beach, Calif., in the summer of 2003. (Photo – white seabass – 32569)

              While fly fishing nearby Catalina, California, Al Quattrocchi, of Los Angeles, Calif. USA guided by Capt. Bill Matthews, landed a kelp bass (calico) (Paralabrax clathratus) on July 25, weighing 2.49 kg (5 lb 8 oz) using 10 kg (20 lb) tippet with a Q's Minty Mack fly. The current IGFA record is 5 lb 4 oz ( 2.38 kg) caught last year from Asunsion Bay, Calif. (Photo – kelp bass - 32618)

              Using a Spro ahi swimbait to attract her quarry, Ms. Sharon Friedrich, of Babenhausen, Germany, guided by Adrian Vega Fuentes, landed an Atlantic Spearfish, (Tetrapturus spp.) on July 12, weighing 38 kg (83 lb 12 oz) on 10 kg (20 lb) class line. She was fishing the waters of Gran Canaria, Puerto Rico and took 17 minutes to fight the fish. The current IGFA women’s line class record is 54 lb 0 oz ( 24.49 kg) caught in the summer of 2001 off La Gomera in Spain’s Canary Islands. (Photo – Atlantic spearfish – 32639)

              Fishing Mexico’s northern Baja coast off La Fonda on July 6, Susan Mercer of El Cajon, Calif., USA, guided by Kimber A. Reed, landed a white seabass, (Atractoscion nobilis). She used live squid on 24 kg (50 lb) class line and took 15 minutes to land the fish that weighed in at 29.03 kg (64 lb 0 oz). The current IGFA women’s line class record for the species is 59 lb 0 oz ( 26.76 kg) recorded three years ago at Puertecitos, Baja. (Photo – white seabass - 32644)

              It was the scent of a dead sardine with a chunk of mackerel on 37 kg (80 lb) class line that helped Amy Sharma, Ocala, Fla., USA, attract a black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci) while fishing the Gulf of Mexico along the central Florida coastline July 25. Sharma of Ocala, Fla., guided by Capt. Anthony Manali, took 25 minutes to land the fish that weighed 42.41 kg (93 lb 8 oz). The current IGFA women’s line class record is 15 lb 4 oz (6.92 kg) caught off Miami, Fla. in 2007. (Photo – black grouper – 32679)

              Junior angler Geoffrey W. Boynton of Long Beach, California, USA may be the first junior angler to record a Pacific barracuda (Sphyraena argentea) since the species was added to the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book this past Spring. Guided by Bryan M. Webb, Boynton landed the species which weighed 1.59 kg (3 lb 8 oz) using anchovy, while fishing Huntington Flats, Calif., on August 4. (Photo – Pacific barracuda – 32683)

              While fishing British Columbia’s Frazer River, junior angler Cameron Elder, of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, guided by CEJ Mussell, landed a sturgeon (Acipensieridae family) on July 30 weighing in at 49.89 kg (110 lb 0 oz).The current IGFA boy’s junior record is 37 lb 12 oz (17.12 kg) caught from the Rainy River in Minnesota, USA. (Photo – sturgeon – 32769).

              Fishing the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, in Wyoming, USA, Fred Hamasaki, of Sacramento, Calif., USA, landed a kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka) on July 15, weighing 2.24 kg (4 lb 15 oz) on 3 kg (6 lb) test line. It took him 12 minutes to land. The current IGFA record for this landlocked member of the salmon family is 4 lb 10 oz ( 2.1 kg) caught from the same reservoir in 2007. (Photo – kokanee – 32845)

              New Zealand angler Eryn Jacobsen of Kaitana, guided by John Batterson, landed a blue Atlantic marlin (Makaira nigricans) on June 20, weighing 79.38 kg (175 lb 0 oz) using ballyhoo for bait on 3 kg (6 lb) class line. It took her 45 minutes to land, while fishing off Sao Vicente, Cape Verde. The current IGFA women’s line class record is 112 lb 0 oz ( 50.8 kg) recorded 11 years ago in LaGuaira, Venezuela. (Photo – blue Atlantic marlin – 32848)
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              Mercury Marine Free Family Fishing Clinic at IGFA Sept. 19

              The Family Fishing Clinic is back.
              Based on its popularity in the past, Mercury Marine, along with the IGFA, and radio station 99.9 KISS Country, will again be hosting a free family fishing clinic at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum on Saturday, Sept. 19. 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.
              “There will be plenty of free hot dogs to feed the hungry crowd throughout the event,” said David Matagiese, the IGFA’s Education Director. “At our April event more than 600 adults and youngsters from South Fla., joined in for the fun.”
              These educational and fun clinics are designed for the entire family with the KISS Country Fishing Team on site as well as an informative “How To” session with Mercury’s pros teaching engine basics like how to change a propeller and proper maintenance of an outboard motor.
              “This clinic is a great outlet for families to bond and spend time together in the enjoyment of the outdoors,” stated Matagiese. “Many parents we talk to are trying to pull their kids away from the seclusions of their computers, video games and cell phones. By doing so, we’re hoping to educate both kids and adults not only about the importance of game fish and the need to conserve their habitat, but also to show them how easy and fun fishing can be.”

              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 an array of free prizes, interact with the pros and also take part in the different learning stations that will be set up. The fun and educational centers include lessons in throwing a cast net, a knot tying station, a casting station and a face painting station popular with the younger anglers.
              There’s also a “Q-and-A” session with Mercury Marine Fishing Team pros answering questions about fishing or what it takes to catch big fish.
              Registration is not required but all children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please contact Matagiese at dmatagiese@igfa.org.
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              Guy Harvey art exhibit coming to IGFA in October

              Next month the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum will feature the highly acclaimed marine artworks of Dr. Guy Harvey.
              The celebration of his works will be presented in the IGFA’s Changing Gallery.
              In over three decades of professional painting and marine photography Guy Harvey has made a name for himself as not only an internationally renowned marine and sports fishing artist but also as a marine biologist, conservationist, explorer, diver, scientist, videographer, author, philanthropist, TV host, merchandiser, restaurateur and angler.
              With no formal art training but with a scientist’s eye for detail, he began sketching fish during his youth. 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 has long been 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.
              Harvey will be inducted into the 11th class of the IGFA’s Fishing Hall of Fame October 27. He and his family live in Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.
              Look for more information on Harvey’s exhibit coming up in October’s IGFA Hot News.
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              IGFA Education and Outreach Program activities coming up

              The IGFA’s Outreach Program will be assisting in a couple of upcoming September events in South Florida.
              On Saturday, September 19, personnel from IGFA Outreach Program will be assisting the Treasure Coast District Boy Scouts in their Annual Fish-O-Ree in Port St. Lucie.
              Open to all Boy Scouts in the area, the Fish-O-Ree is expected to draw over 200 Boy Scouts, along with their families, to O.L. Peacock Sr. Park from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. This event will include educational stations such as knot tying, casting, fish handling and habitat and conservation techniques. Once a scout successfully completes all the stations, he will receive fishing tackle and can begin fishing for a variety of freshwater fish including bass, cichlids, gar and catfish. For more information about this event, please contact Gregg Beutel, Fish-O-Ree Chair, at gbeutel@bellsouth.net.
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              In the Florida Keys on Sunday, September 27 the IGFA Education team will be hosting a Touch Tank demonstration at World Wide Sportman’s 12th Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby in Islamorada located near mile marker 82.
              This event is set to attract over 300 anglers to take part in a great day of fishing, sportsmanship and learning. This event is completely free and in addition to the IGFA Touch Tank demonstration, will feature a casting contest, kid’s fishing seminars with Capt. Rich Tudor, free hot dogs and much more.
              For more information on this great event, please contact Doug Berry, General Manager, at Manager_Islamorada_FL@basspro.com.
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              IGFA accepting grant requests from schools for lab programs

              Here’s some great news for schools interested in marine sciences. The IGFA Education and Outreach Program is currently accepting grant requests for school groups in grades K-12 to participate in their hands-on lab programs.
              Funds are available for groups to participate in the lab programs in two ways. Either on-site at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida or the IGFA Education Team can come to your classroom to host many of the educational lab programs at your school. Priority for funding is given to Title-I schools. Programs are available from Monday - Friday during school hours and require a minimum of 20 participants.
              For more information on how your school group can participate in these marine science programs for free, please contact Veronica Woods at 954.924.4309 or visit our grant request page at www.igfa.org/grants.asp.
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              IGFA Observer Training Classes Oct. 31

              The IGFA will be offering an Observer Training Class (OTC) session at the IGFA headquarters in South Florida, October 31. The OTC instructs experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members the proper techniques as observers for fishing tournaments held across the globe.
              The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., will be the site of the class Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.
              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 or via email at jschratwieser@igfa.org for additional information.
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              ---At the IGFA Museum---

              Exciting sport fishing photo exhibit
              The 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,
              The popular exhibit features more than 70 images -- from Pat Ford, Adrian Gray, Scott Kerrigan, Charlie Levine, Dave McCleaf, Al McGlashan, Ron Modra and Sam Root – and is now on display through March 2010.
              Museum visitors can 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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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              “Ocean Today” an interactive kiosk
              Check out the newest interactive exhibit of the Ocean Today kiosk which is gaining in popularity at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
              Located in the Fish Gallery, 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.
              “The exhibit receives real time data directly from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) helping to educate museum guests on topics such as the current state of the world’s fisheries stocks, endangered species, marine debris and more,” he said.
              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 themes. They include Ocean Science & Technology, Ocean News, Recent Discoveries, and Ocean Life.
              For more information on the kiosk, please contact Matagiese at dmatagiese@igfa.org.
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              Calendar of upcoming IGFA events

              September 15, 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. 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. Taught by Capt. Shawn Fairbanks 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. Or sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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              September 19, 2009 --- Mercury Family Fishing Clinic; IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. This free event sponsored by Mercury Marine features clinics on: how to throw a cast net, knot tying, casting stations, fishing talks, question and answer sessions with Mercury Marine Fishing Team Pros, face painting, a number of prize giveaways, free hot dogs 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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              September 19, 2009 -- Treasure Coast District Boy Scouts Annual Fish-O-Ree in Port St. Lucie, Fla. USA -- 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The IGFA Outreach Program will be assisting the Open to all Boy Scouts in the area, the Fish-O-Ree is expected to draw over 200 Boy Scouts, along with their families, to O.L. Peacock Sr. Park. This event will include educational stations such as knot tying, casting, fish handling and habitat and conservation techniques. Once a scout successfully completes all the stations, he will receive fishing tackle and can begin fishing for a variety of freshwater fish including bass, cichlids, gar and catfish. For more information about this event, please contact Gregg Beutel, Fish-O-Ree Chair, at gbeutel@bellsouth.net.
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              September 22, 2009 -- 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 Capt. Bouncer Smith, one of the greatest fishermen of our generation. 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. Or sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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              September 27, 2009— World Wide Sportsman’s 12th Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby in Islamorada, Fla, USA -- The IGFA Education team is hosting a Touch Tank demonstration at this Sunday event expected to attract over 300 young anglers taking part in a great day of fishing, sportsmanship and learning. In addition to the IGFA’s Touch Tank the day will feature a casting contest, kid’s fishing seminars with Capt. Rich Tudor, free hot dogs and much more. For more information on this fun event, contact Doug Berry, World Wide’s general manager, at Manager_Islamorada_FL@basspro.com.
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              September 29, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Secrets of Surf Fishing” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Even anglers without boats have access to a fantastic fishery in South Florida. However, the best surf anglers understand that very particular times, microclimates, and conditions produce the greatest results. In this new comprehensive class, you’ll learn the inside tips and techniques to really take advantage of the beaches. Taught by Steve Kantner 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. Or sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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              October 6, 2009 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Kite Fishing Techniques” -- 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. This class will touch on the basics but also introduce more advanced techniques with the kite fishing system. Learn to target several different species with this ancient method of enticing fish to bite. Taught by Capt. Bouncer Smith 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. Or sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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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 LArico@igfa.org
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              October 31, 2009 -- IGFA Observer Training Class, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA 9 a.m. – This class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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              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 on the tournament or about registering a tournament as a qualifier, contact Lynda Wilson at Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or via phone at 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4680.
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              January 29, 2010 -- 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, beginning at 6 p.m. -- It’s the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid. Donations are already arriving, including the special bronze sculpture from this year’s featured artist, world-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche. There are also trips to Los Suenos, Tropic Star Lodge, the Bahamas, cruises, artwork and more. The auction will be featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org beginning the first week of November. Tickets are $200 per person and included the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                IGFA receives documentation, photos on pending world record largemouth bass caught in JapanWeight matches current IGFA record held for 77 years by Georgia’s George Perry

                DANIA BEACH, Fla. USA, (September 15, 2009) --- Documentation for a much talked about 22 lb 4 oz largemouth bass, caught from Japan’s largest lake in July, has arrived into the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) headquarters for world record recognition.
                Late Monday, the IGFA, the 70-year old non-profit fisheries conservation, education and record-keeping body, received the application for the largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides), caught July 2, by Manabu Kurita, 32, of Aichi, Japan. IGFA rules for fish caught outside the U.S. allows anglers 90 days to submit their applications from the date of their catch.
                IGFA conservation director Jason Schratwieser said the World All-Tackle application is currently under review after it was received through the Japan Game Fish Association (JGFA).
                Schratwieser said the application stated the bass weighed 10.12 kg (22 lbs 4 ozs) and was pulled from Lake Biwa an ancient reservoir northeast of Kyoto. Photos and video were also submitted with the written documentation.
                Kurita’s fish would tie the current record held for over 77 years by George Perry caught on Georgia’s Montgomery Lake, June 2, 1932, near Jacksonville, Georgia.
                In North America the largemouth bass, and especially the All-Tackle record, is considered by millions of anglers as the “holy grail” of freshwater fish because of its popularity and the longevity of Perry’s record.
                Largemouth bass have also been introduced in many countries and in Japan fisheries officials consider it an invasive species. In addition, because bass are not native and are stocked in Japan, many speculated that the big bass was a sterile triploid. However when biologists in Japan examined the ova of the big female they concluded that the fish was not triploid.
                IGFA World Records Coordinator Becky Wright reported Kurita’s fish measured 27.20 inches in length and an almost equal girth of 26.77 inches. She said Kurita was using a blue gill as live bait trolling through a canal.
                A decision by the IGFA of whether Kurita’s fish will tie Perry’s record may take up to a month.
                “We have a formal relationship with our sister organization, the Japan Game Fish Association where they first collect and review record applications for fish caught in Japan,” said Schratwieser. “It works out well because they not only translate applications but can also contact the angler if more documentation is needed.
                “We still have a number of questions to ask them and Kurita regarding local laws and the area he caught it in while he was trolling through a canal on the lake,” said Schratwieser.
                “We hope to make an announcement in three to four weeks.”
                Annually the IGFA publishes a comprehensive list of current records on nearly 1100 species of fresh and saltwater fish across the globe in its highly acclaimed World Record Game Fishes (WRGF) book which is divided into all-tackle, line classes, fly, and junior record categories.
                The IGFA has been recognized as the official keeper of world saltwater fishing records since its founding in 1939. In 1978 it added the field of freshwater record-keeping when Field & Stream magazine transferred its 68 years of records to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, the association’s world headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla.
                The next edition of the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book will be released in early 2010 and is only available from the IGFA with a $40 annual IGFA membership. The membership also includes on-line access to the most current updated world records on the IGFA web site, six issues of the International Angler bi-monthly news magazine, unlimited admission to the IGFA’s interactive Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., plus much more.
                To join, or to renew your IGFA membership, go on-line to www.igfa.org or call the IGFA headquarters at 954-927-2628.
                The IGFA is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. IGFA members are located in over 125 countries and territories. The IGFA welcomes visitors to its interactive Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. Its web site is www.igfa.org .
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                  IGFA Launches National Anglers’ Legacy Pledge Drive

                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                  Contact: Helena Basche, 703-519-6917, hbasche@rbff.org


                  IGFA Launches National Anglers’ Legacy Pledge Drive
                  Program support includes outreach to staff, members and Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum visitors

                  ALEXANDRIA, VA (October 1, 2009) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced that the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) joins a growing list of partners who support and promote the Anglers’ Legacy program. Anglers’ Legacy, a national mission from the Take Me Fishing™ campaign, encourages outdoor enthusiasts to introduce newcomers to boating and fishing. IGFA will encourage staff, members, online visitors and guests to their Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum to “Take the Pledge” and introduce at least one new person to the sport.
                  “IGFA is a natural partner to spread the Anglers’ Legacy message to their network of professionals and avid boaters and anglers,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “Ambassadors generate critical funds for conservation when they buy fishing licenses, tackle and equipment. By working together, we can motivate a new generation to get outside, be active and pass on the legacy of our beloved sport.”
                  IGFA’s Pledge drive will be promoted through editorial coverage, Web banners on IGFA.org, and public service announcements in the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. Visitors to the museum will also be encouraged to take the Anglers’ Legacy Pledge on-site. By engaging more than 100,000 members and visitors in this national Pledge drive, IGFA expects to generate 20,000 Pledges over the coming year.
                  “Our vast network of IGFA Trustees, representatives and members have an incredibly broad reach and impact within the recreational fishing community,” said IGFA President Rob Kramer. “Accordingly, we are very excited about partnering with RBFF to perpetuate the sport, while encouraging the conservation of game fish and their habitat.”
                  Anglers’ Legacy has signed on more than 180,000 Ambassadors nationwide since its inception in May 2006. Based on a recent RBFF survey, Ambassadors purchase approximately $140 in fishing tackle and equipment, $153 in boating supplies and accessories, and more than three fishing licenses which support critical fish and wildlife management efforts through the Sport Fish Restoration Program.

                  About IGFA
                  IGFA is a nonprofit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping.

                  About RBFF
                  RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing™ campaign and Anglers’ Legacy™.

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                    Tickets on hand for IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame induction

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

                    Tickets on hand for IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame induction Oct. 27

                    Tickets for the annual star-studded enshrinement ceremony and dinner honoring the 11th class into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame are still available. The event 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 -- Carlos Barrantes, Sr., Jack Erskine, Dr. Guy Harvey, Harlan Major and Stephen Sloan -- all who have made significant contributions to the sport of recreational fishing, will be inducted as the class of 2009. The honorees are selected each year for the significant contributions made 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 LArico@igfa.org
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                    IGFA School of Sportfishing kicks off again Nov. 3

                    The IGFA School of Sportfishing is getting ready to kick off Session 13 on November 3. The lineup of classes will be focusing on offshore species such as wahoo, marlin and sailfish with instructors to include Ronnie Hamlin, Bouncer Smith, and Karl Anderson.
                    The IGFA’s Jeff Mackin said updated information can be found at the school’s website at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp.
                    “Session 12 wrapped up in early October and was highly successful,” said Mackin. “Participants enjoyed a class lineup that covered different aspects of both inshore and offshore fishing including bottom, kite, and surf fishing. Participants also benefited from the School of Sportfishing’s partnership with Yo-Zuri, receiving free Crystal Minnow lures and spools of fluorocarbon in addition to the customary rod, lure, and tackle giveaways.
                    “Attendees can expect us to provide and continue improving on the finest series of fishing courses available,” he added.
                    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 and are limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up. .
                    For more information, please contact Mackin at 954.924.4340 or visit www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp. Anglers can also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                    2010 date set to honor 2009’s top anglers and manufacturers
                    The IGFA’s seventh annual World Record Achievement Awards (WRAA) celebration, presented by Mercury Marine has been set for April 10, 2010. The awards ceremony recognizes the men, women, juniors, and professional captains for the most world records in 2009 compiled from the Top 10 list to be published next January in the IGFA’s 2010 World Record Game Fishes book.
                    Along with the anglers and guides, 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 2009.
                    The ceremony will be held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Florida.
                    For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Ms. Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                    Exciting items continue to arrive for 26th IGFA Auction & Banquet
                    More exciting auction items continue to arrive each week for the 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet, slated for Friday, January 29, 2010.
                    The event is the non-profit IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year and will feature
                    world-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche as the featured artist. Muche is creating a special sculpture for the auction.
                    “We expect to have a vast array of more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid when the evening unfolds at 6 p.m. at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla.,” said the IGFA’s Lesley Arico.
                    She highlighted a few of the most recent items that will be up for bid:
                    • SEVEN NIGHT FLY FISHING TRIP FOR TWO TO KAU TAPEN IN LODGE IN ARGENTINA! -- In the heart of the Rio Grande - the best river for sea trout fly-fishing in the world includes lodging, all meals and drinks, the fishing program, license and guide. Donated by Nervous Waters, courtesy of Victoria Martorell. www.nervouswaters.com
                    • FOUR DAY CRUISE FOR TWO IN FRENCH POLYNESIA! – Aboard the 110’ Haumana to Rangiroa, the largest atoll in French Polynesia, a ring of emerald islet, crystal-clear lagoons, secluded beaches and an unspoiled environment. Donated by Haumana Cruises, courtesy of Rani Chaves. www.tahiti-haumana-cruises.com
                    • “MARLINS” BY WORLD-FAMOUS URUGUAYAN ARTIST, CARLOS PÁEZ VILARÓ! -- This original is one of the first pieces created with billfish and is considered priceless. His colors are exquisite and the old master’s influence can be seen in his style. Also included is a coffee table book of his works from 1950 – 2007. Donated by Carlos Páez Vilaró. www.carlospaezvilaro.com
                    • FISH ABOARD REEL BLUE IN THE SIMILAN ISLANDS! -- This package is a three day/two-night full board charter on the Reel Blue, Wahoo’s Fishing Flagship and the most luxurious fishing charter vessel in Asia for up to four passengers, with three meals per day prepared by the on-board cook. Donated by Wahoo Big Game Fishing (Thailand) Co., Ltd., courtesy of James Neilson. www.wahoo.ws
                    • LA SFIDA TROFEO M. DE NARDIS TOURNAMENT! -- Two team entries to fish in the La Sfida Trofeo M. de Nardis tournament September 10 - 12 in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy. It’s one of the most prestigious bluefin tuna tournament held in Italy and is a qualifying event for the IGFA Offshore World Championship. This package includes registration fee for two teams (four anglers per team), two boats for the two days of tournament fishing and social events. Donated by Tournament Director Giacomo Forti and IGFA Representative Massimo Brogna.
                    • GOLDEN MAHSEER FISHING IN THE HIMALAYAS! -- One of The Himalayan Outback's classic sporting tours includes an incredible fly-fishing guided journey for two anglers for six days with four fishing days on the Western Ramganga River. Meals and single occupancy accommodations are included. Donated by The Himalayan Outback, courtesy of IGFA Representative Misty Dhillon and Mickey Sidhu. www.himalayanoutback.com
                    • COSTA RICA FISHING AT THE ZANCUDO LODGE - This four-night/three-day trip for two persons includes three days of inshore and offshore fishing where over 60 IGFA World Records have been set. Located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica's "Southern Zone", Also included are fishing licenses, tackle, fly gear, meals at the lodge, open bar, internet access and more. Donated by The Zancudo Lodge, courtesy of Gregg Mufson. www.thezancudolodge.com

                    “Among other items is a Tahitian cruise, a photo safari at Zulu Nyala Game Lodge in South Africa, fishing trips to the Bahamas, to Los Suenos in Costa Rica, to the Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, along with cruises, artwork and more.”
                    Arico added that the highly anticipated online portion of the auction will kick off the first week of November and will be featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org.
                    Tickets are $200 per person and included the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking.
                    Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                    October Hot Catches

                    A brown trout caught in the United States and a largemouth bass caught in Japan top the list of pending world records for October as International Game Fish Association World Records Coordinator Rebecca Wright updates us with 10 recreational fish catches and photographs made from across the globe now before the world records committee. Fish caught in the countries of Italy, Norway, Columbia and the Bahamas are also featured this month.

                    Rockford, Michigan, USA angler, Tom Healy, guided by Tim Roller, landed a brown trout (Salmo Trutta) on Sept. 9 weighing 18.8 kg (41 lb 7 oz) for a pending IGFA All-tackle record. It took him 15 minutes to bring in using a Rapala Shad Rap while fishing the Manistee River in Michigan. The current IGFA record is 40 lb 4 oz (18.25 kg) pulled from Arkansas’ (USA) Little Red River. (Photo – brown trout – 33905)

                    Manabu Kurita, of Aichi, Japan, is awaiting official word regarding his possibly tying the current long-standing IGFA All-tackle record for catching a largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) on July 2, weighing 10.12 kg (22 lb 4 oz). It took Kurati three minutes to land using a bluegill for bait, while fishing Japan’s Lake Biwa. The current IGFA record established 77-years ago by Georgia’s George Perry is the same weight. (Photo – largemouth bass – 33805)

                    Miami, Fla., USA small fry angler Ashton Panter, Miami, Fla., USA, may be besting her previous record after landing a horse-eye jack (Caranx latus) on August 30. The fish weighed 6.35 kg (14 lb 0 oz) and was caught while fishing Bimini, Bahamas guided by Capt. Bouncer Smith. Her current IGFA female small fry record is 9 lb 8 oz (4.31 kg) The fish was released after documentation. (Photo – horse-eye jack – 33460)

                    Angler Maths Egonsson, of Mormm Blekinge, Sweden, guided by Der Karlson, may have walloped the current on men’s 10 kg (20 lb) tippet fly record after landing an Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) on July 22 while fishing Rost, Norway. Brought in after a 25 minute fight, the fish caught on a pike fly, weighed in at 20.45 kg (45 lb 1 oz). The current men’s IGFA tippet record is 2 lb 6 oz (1.1 kg) caught in Saltstraumen, Norway in 2003. (Photo – Atlantic cod – 33626)

                    Using live fish for bait, Czech Republic angler Jakub Vagner, of Pruhorice, landed a wels (Silurus glanis) on February 5, weighing 110kg (242 lb 8 oz) on All-tackle, in 40 minutes while fishing River Po, Italy. The current IGFA record is 233 lb 11 oz (106 kg) recorded from the River Mincio, Mantua Italy in 2006. Vagner released the fish after photographing and making written documentation. (Photo – wels – 33653)

                    On August 26 fly fisherman Bob Gaines, Irvine, Calif., USA, landed a sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) in 10 minutes weighing in at 5.56 kg (12 lb 4 oz) while fishing the Kenai River, Alaska, USA. He caught it on 10 kg (20 lb) tippet, using a #6 sockeye orange fly. The current IGFA record is 12 lb 0 oz (5.44 kg). (Photo – sockeye salmon – 33806)

                    Angler Emiko Ihara, Chiba, Japan, landed a spotted parrotperch (Oplegnathus punctatus) August 2, weighing 2.9 kg (6 lb 6 oz) on 24 kg (50 lb) class line. She was using a sea urchin for bait while fishing Chichijima, Japan. If approved she’ll be the first to obtain the record for the recently added species to the women’s fly and line class records. Emiko released the fish after photos and written documentation. (Photo – spotted parrotperch – 33814)

                    Andrew Cieslik, of Homestead, Fla., USA fishing nearby North Biscayne Bay and using a pinfish for bait, landed a gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus) on Sept. 5, weighing 8.16 kg (18 lb 0 oz) with 10 kg (20 lb) class line. The current men’s IGFA line class record is 8 lb 1 oz (3.66 kg) recorded last summer in Panama City, Fla. (Photo – gray snapper – 33821).

                    Angler Capt. Jay Wright Jr., Hollywood, Fla., USA, landed a bonnethead shark (Sphyrna tiburo) on September 5, weighing 10.21 kg (22 lb 8 oz) on 6 kg (12 lb) class line. Wright, an IGFA Lifetime Achievement award winner made the catch using crab for bait while fishing Sebastian, Florida, USA. It took him 10 minutes to land. The current men’s IGFA 12 lb line class record is 22 lb 0 oz (9.98 kg) caught two years ago off McClellanville,SC, USA. Jay released the shark after documenting. (Photo – bonnethead shark – 33895)

                    Fishing Columbia’s Rio Corcorna, Juan Marcos Tamayo, of Medellin, landed a potential IGFA All-Tackle dorada (Brycon moorei) on July 4, weighing 3.63 kg (8 lb 0 oz). Guided by Luis Eduardo Herrera he used a Booyah Spinner Bait and took 15 minutes to reel in the fish. The current IGFA All-tackle record is 6 lb 8 oz (2.94 kg) from the Rio La Miel in Columbia in 2003. (Photo – dorada – 33913)
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                    Guy Harvey art exhibit opens this month at IGFA

                    The highly acclaimed marine artworks of Dr. Guy Harvey will be featured this month at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
                    The celebration of his works will be presented in the IGFA’s Changing Gallery.
                    In over three decades of professional painting and marine photography Guy Harvey has made a name for himself as not only an internationally renowned marine and sports fishing artist but also as a marine biologist, conservationist, explorer, diver, scientist, videographer, author, philanthropist, TV host, merchandiser, restaurateur and angler.
                    With no formal art training but with a scientist’s eye for detail, he began sketching fish during his youth. 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 has long been 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.
                    Harvey will be inducted into the 11th class of the IGFA’s Fishing Hall of Fame October 27. He and his family live in Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.
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                    . ---Also at the IGFA Museum---
                    Exciting sport fishing photo exhibit extended through March
                    The 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,
                    The popular exhibit features more than 70 images -- from Pat Ford, Adrian Gray, Scott Kerrigan, Charlie Levine, Dave McCleaf, Al McGlashan, Ron Modra and Sam Root – and is now on display through March 2010.
                    Museum visitors can 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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                    “Ocean Today” an interactive kiosk now open in the Fish Gallery
                    The IGFA’s newest interactive exhibit the Ocean Today kiosk is gaining in popularity since its arrival at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
                    Located in the Fish Gallery, 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.
                    “The exhibit receives real time data directly from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) helping to educate museum guests on topics such as the current state of the world’s fisheries stocks, endangered species, marine debris and more,” he said.
                    “As part of the development of the kiosk, the Smithsonian and NOAA have instituted an editorial review process to ensure content accuracy and timeliness.”
                    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 themes. They include Ocean Science & Technology, Ocean News, Recent Discoveries, and Ocean Life.
                    For more information on the kiosk, please contact Matagiese at dmatagiese@igfa.org.
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                    “Oceans Five” Naples Gala set for December 10th
                    Looking for a break this holiday season? Then join the IGFA on Thursday, Dec. 10th in Naples, Florida, for the first of an annual “Oceans Five – Let’s Keep Them Alive” gala, an event supporting the IGFA’s Conservation and Education programs.
                    This new IGFA event will be hosted by International Committee Representative Roy Cronacher, along with his wife Jackie, and Kermit and Jenny Sutton. It will be held at the Port Royal Club in Naples with the cocktail hour beginning at 6:30 p.m.
                    Respected marine scientist, author and former IGFA Trustee Dr. Ellen Prager will be the special guest speaker presenting “Our Oceans – Our Future.” In addition, there will be dinner, dancing and a lively auction.
                    For more on the evening please visit www.igfa.org for a listing of nearby hotels and local IGFA Captains if your plans include plans world-class fishing.
                    Tickets start at $250 per person and sponsorships are available. Cocktail attire please. For more information or to RSVP (by November 30th), contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222, or email larico@igfa.org.
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                    IGFA Launches National Anglers’ Legacy Pledge Drive

                    The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) in Alexandria, Va., announced that the IGFA has joined a growing list of partners who support and promote the Anglers’ Legacy program. Anglers’ Legacy, a national mission from the Take Me Fishing campaign, encourages outdoor enthusiasts to introduce newcomers to boating and fishing. The IGFA is encouraging staff, members, online visitors and guests to the Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum to “Take the Pledge” and introduce at least one new person to the sport.
                    “The IGFA is a natural partner to spread the Anglers’ Legacy message to their network of professionals and avid boaters and anglers,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “Ambassadors generate critical funds for conservation when they buy fishing licenses, tackle and equipment. By working together, we can motivate a new generation to get outside, be active and pass on the legacy of our beloved sport.”
                    IGFA’s Pledge drive will be promoted through editorial coverage, Web banners on IGFA.org, and public service announcements in the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. Visitors to the museum will also be encouraged to take the Anglers’ Legacy Pledge on-site. By engaging more than 100,000 members and visitors in this national Pledge drive, the IGFA expects to generate 20,000 Pledges over the coming year.
                    “Our vast network of IGFA Trustees, representatives and members have an incredibly broad reach and impact within the recreational fishing community,” said IGFA President Rob Kramer. “Accordingly, we are very excited about partnering with RBFF to perpetuate the sport, while encouraging the conservation of game fish and their habitat.”
                    Anglers’ Legacy has signed on more than 180,000 Ambassadors nationwide since its inception in May 2006. Based on a recent RBFF survey, Ambassadors purchase approximately $140 in fishing tackle and equipment, $153 in boating supplies and accessories, and more than three fishing licenses which support critical fish and wildlife management efforts through the Sport Fish Restoration Program.
                    The RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing campaign and Anglers’ Legacy.
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                    “Did You Know?” – Interesting facts from the IGFA
                    This month the IGFA features some facts from affiliated partners in the marine and fishing communities including the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

                    The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
                    • Boaters and anglers are significantly more satisfied with their marriages, relationships and friendships — and are more likely to have a close relationship with their children – than those who don’t boat or fish.
                    • Boaters and anglers are more likely to recycle, carpool and donate money to environmental organizations than people who aren’t boaters and anglers.
                    • Connecting with family is a primary reason for going fishing.
                    Source: RBFF online survey (2007)
                    The National Marine Manufacturers Association
                    • Nearly one-third of U.S. adults went boating in 2006, up nearly two percent from the previous year.
                    • Americans own approximately 18 million recreational boats.
                    • Sales of new boats nationwide reached $15 billion in 2006, up from $14.7 billion in 2005 and $10.7 billion in 2004. A total of 912,300 boats were sold in 2006, a five percent increase from the number sold in 2005.
                    Source: 2006 Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract (2007)
                    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
                    • One in eight American adults – more than 30 million – fish, as do some eight million children ages six to 15. In 2006, they fished 517 million days and took 403 million trips.
                    • Anglers pumped more than $42 billion dollars into the national economy in 2006. Of that total, nearly $18 billion was spent on travel-related expenses, with $6.3 billion going to food and lodging, and $5 billion to transportation costs.
                    Source: 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife-Associated Recreation (2007)
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                    IGFA accepting grant requests from schools for lab programs

                    Here’s some great news for schools interested in marine sciences. The IGFA Education and Outreach Program is currently accepting grant requests for school groups in grades K-12 to participate in their hands-on lab programs.
                    Funds are available for groups to participate in the lab programs in two ways. Either on-site at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida or the IGFA Education Team can come to your classroom to host many of the educational lab programs at your school. Priority for funding is given to Title-I schools. Programs are available from Monday - Friday during school hours and require a minimum of 20 participants.
                    For more information on how your school group can participate in these marine science programs for free, please contact Veronica Woods at 954.924.4309 or visit our grant request page at www.igfa.org/grants.asp.
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                    Calendar of upcoming IGFA events

                    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 LArico@igfa.org
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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 on the tournament or about registering a tournament as a qualifier, contact Lynda Wilson at Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or via phone at 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4680.
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                    December 10, 2009 -- “Oceans Five” Naples Gala, Port Royal Club, Naples, Fla., USA, beginning at 6:30 p.m. -- The first of an annual “Oceans Five – Let’s Keep Them Alive” gala, supporting the IGFA’s conservation and education programs. Special guest speaker is respected marine scientist, author and former IGFA Trustee Dr. Ellen Prager, presenting “Our Oceans – Our Future.” In addition, there will be dinner, dancing and auction. Tickets start at $250 per person and sponsorships are available. For more information or to RSVP (by November 30th), contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222, or email larico@igfa.org.
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                    January 29, 2010 -- 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, beginning at 6 p.m. -- It’s the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid. Donations are already arriving, including the special bronze sculpture from this year’s featured artist, world-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche. There are also trips to Los Suenos, Tropic Star Lodge, the Bahamas, cruises, artwork and more. The auction will be featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org beginning the first week of November. Tickets are $200 per person and included the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                    April 10, 2010 -- Seventh Annual IGFA World Record Achievements Awards and Banquet, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. -- This celebration dinner and awards ceremony highlights the 2009 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains and tackle manufacturers. For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                      Dates set for 2010 FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship

                      For Immediate Release

                      Dates set for 2010 FKO/IGFA Inshore World ChampionshipElite fly and light tackle angling champions to compete in 10th annual event July 13 - 15

                      ISLAMORADA, In The Florida Keys, USA ---They are among the “best of the best,” as nearly 40 top men and women fly and light tackle “sight-casting” fishing champions from across the world will be invited to compete in the 10th annual Florida Keys Outfitters / IGFA Inshore World Championship set for July 13 - 15.
                      Invitations are being sent to the winners of 42 qualifying fishing tournaments held in 2009 in the U.S., Trinidad & Tobago, Sweden, Belize, the Bahamas and Australia.
                      Anglers and the media have described the three day all-release championship event as the “super bowl of inshore fishing.” All five of the targeted species -- bonefish, tarpon, permit, redfish and snook -- can be readily found in the unique Florida Bay fishery centrally located in Islamorada near mile marker 82 in the Florida Keys. Fishing and scoring takes place from the World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina. The Islander Resort is the event’s headquarters.
                      In 2009 Sandy Moret owner of Florida Keys Outfitters began managing the event which was founded in 2001 by the International Game Fish Association. The partnership has allowed the IGFA to focus on its core mission of conservation, angler education, rules and record keeping.
                      Recognizing the different skills, techniques and expertise required to being a master of either light tackle angling or fly fishing, the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship awards equally coveted titles to the Inshore Light Tackle World Champion and the Inshore Fly Fishing World Champion. Anglers are invited to fish light tackle or fly based on the type of tournament which they have qualified.
                      At the 2009 tournament this past summer Jared Raskob, of Key Largo, Fla., guided by Capt. Dave Borras won the inshore fly title while Mike Gallops, Naples, Fla. guided by Capt. Larry Sydnor won the light tackle crown.
                      Reviewing the 2009 championship, tournament director Sandy Moret said, “The anglers and guides wholeheartedly embraced our new light tackle/fly tackle concept and the new format of competitors drawing to pair with a premier Keys guide all three days. This allowed the anglers and guides to develop a rhythm and work together more effectively as a team. We’ve already heard from many of the invitees who are looking ahead to next summer and being involved in one of the major competitions of the year.”
                      The IGFA remains the inshore championships’ sole nonprofit benefactor. A fundraiser and auction for the IGFA will be held at the event.
                      In 2009 the championship partnered with ESPN Outdoors and its televised Saltwater Series and is being made into a show. The fishing exploits of Raskob, Gallops and the other tournament contenders will air on ESPN’s Outdoors’ Saltwater Series kicking off the second quarter of televised programming in April 2010. Moret said discussions are in progress to continue with ESPN in 2010 and future tournaments as well.
                      Tournament sponsors, supporters and products for 2010 include Bacardi, The Islander Resort, King Sailfish Mounts, Stiffy Push Poles, World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada Fish Co., Bayside Marina, Rich Products Corp, Vineyard Vines, Mercury, Tibor Reels, Kaenon Sunglasses, Sage Rods, Patagonia, Green Turtle Inn, Cortland Line Company, Nautilus Reels.
                      For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments for the years 2010 and 2011 please contact Moret at 305-664-5423 or via e-mail at info@floridakeysoutfitters.com or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com.
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                      11/03/2009 FKO/IGFA IWC PR counsel - Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications,
                      Scottsdale, Ariz., USA
                      480-951-3654 (ph) -- JohnsonCom@aol.com
                      Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella
                      http://www.jerrylabella.com/forums
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                        HOT News from the IGFA – November 2009

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

                        Check it out, the IGFA launches new features to its web site

                        The IGFA has a new look to its web site www.igfa.org . It now sports a clean, updated appearance and much-improved navigation interface and an interactive search feature. We hope you find our latest website both informational and easy to use
                        Among the many other enhancements the new IGFA web site includes:
                        • All-tackle records are now available to view by all visitors to the website
                        • A new photo gallery to showcase the IGFA's outstanding collection of fishing photographs
                        • A new online video gallery
                        • A new fish species database with information and links to additional photo and video content
                        • An expanded online store with easier product navigation, wish list, order support and more
                        • An improved world record search system with more search and filtering options
                        • A dynamic news section with RSS feeds to get the latest on IGFA news and updates
                        • A new calendar of events section to keep track of up and coming training sessions, events and important dates
                        • An expanded membership database with member profiles, photos, records, etc.
                        As a membership based organization, the IGFA relies on your feedback to constantly improve its services. Please take time to visit to visit the web site. And let us know your ideas on how we can better live up to our reputation as the world’s leading authority on game fish andangling related matters.
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                        Central and South American teams dominate 10th IGFA OWC

                        A trio of teams representing Central and South America beat out 40 other teams from 20 countries on six continents at the 10th annual IGFA Offshore World Championship in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
                        On their combined 14 marlin releases, eight of them coming in the final round, a local Mexico team from Los Cabos won the four day championship held November 8 - 13. The team which advanced to the IGFA OWC after their win in the World Championship Billfish Release Tournament last year was made up of Hernando Gonzalez, Jobe Villavicencio, Cubi Villavicencio and Oscar Daccarrett, all of Cabo along with Drew Andrews from the U.S. state of Georgia. In the final hours of the tournament they vaulted from 11th place past a major contingent of teams on six marlin caught with live bait and two more on ballyhoo.
                        All billfish were safely released at the boat in the catch-and-release tournament.
                        Second place went to the team representing the Presidential Challenge of Guatemala on 3000 points from nine marlin releases and three sailfish releases.
                        With steady fishing throughout the tournament and nine marlin released, third place went to a team representing Brazil’s XLVI Torneio Annual de Peixes de Bico ICRJ, with 2700 points.
                        The defending world champions, with most of its members from the U.S. Florida Keys, held the lead the first day but slipped over the course of the tournament finishing in sixth place. They combined with seven striped marlin releases and a 29 lb dorado as its sole weight fish for a total of 2129 points.
                        The tournament was hosted and managed by Bonnier Corporation, the publishers of three of the world’s leading saltwater fishing magazines which include Marlin, Sport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman.
                        The championship is considered international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament entertaining winning teams from locations spanning the globe 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 a complete wrap-up of the tournament visit Marlin Magazine online and Charlie Levine’s coverage at http://www.marlinmag.com/news/news/c...000078351.html
                        And for complete scoring of all of the teams please go to the official IGFA Offshore World Championship web site at www.igfaowc.com
                        For more on the tournament or about registering a tournament as a qualifier, contact Lynda Wilson at Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or via phone at 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4680.
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                        10 year old Californian youngest to achieve IGFA Royal Slam (w/photos)
                        Most anglers would love to achieve it in their lifetime. For Wes Davis, a Malibu, California 10-year old, and with the help of a number of captains, family and friends he achieved it in the span of under five years becoming the youngest angler in history to complete an IGFA Billfish Royal Slam for nine species.
                        He tacked his first at the age of six in the summer of 2005 landing a short billed spearfish. Three months later it was a white marlin. A year and half later he landed two Atlantic sailfish in February 2007 and a Pacific blue marlin that summer.
                        In 2008 off Mexico he caught three Pacific sailfish and later that year a swordfish off Ft. Lauderdale.
                        This past January in Panama he landed the black marlin, followed by three striped marlin in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in August.
                        The finale and his toughest contender came in September, with a 300 lb Atlantic blue marlin. After a two hour fight in high winds on very rough seas, the fish was finally tagged and released.
                        With the exception of the swordfish all of the fish Wes caught to make up the IGFA Billfish Royal Slam were tagged and safely released.
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                        Sold out crowd witnesses IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame induction (w/photos)

                        A sold out crowd witnessed the star-studded enshrinement ceremony and dinner honoring the 11th class into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. The event was held October 27 at the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla.
                        Jack Erskine of Australia who has made major advancements to fishing tackle primarily offshore reels joined researcher and world famous artist Dr. Guy Harvey on center stage with speeches to accept their places in the Hall.
                        Three other talented men -- Carlos Barrantes, Sr., Harlan Major and Stephen Sloan – were also inducted posthumously.
                        The five in the class of 2009 had made significant contributions to the sport of recreational fishing.
                        Each year the honorees are selected for significant contributions made through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources.
                        For more on these five men and 75 other men and women IGFA Fishing Hall of Famers please go the IGFA web site at http://igfa.org/about/fishing-hall-of-fame.aspx and click on their bios for more details on their lives.
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                        Live in So. Fla? “Oceans Five” Gala set for Dec. 10th in Naples

                        Looking for a break this holiday season? Then join the IGFA on Thursday, Dec. 10th in Naples, Florida, for the first of an annual “Oceans Five – Let’s Keep Them Alive” gala, an event supporting the IGFA’s Conservation and Education programs.
                        This new IGFA event will be hosted by International Committee Representative Roy Cronacher, along with his wife Jackie, and Kermit and Jenny Sutton. It will be held at the Port Royal Club in Naples with the cocktail hour beginning at 6:30 p.m.
                        Respected marine scientist, author and former IGFA Trustee Dr. Ellen Prager will be the special guest speaker presenting “Our Oceans – Our Future.” In addition, there will be dinner, dancing and a lively auction.
                        For more on the evening please visit www.igfa.org for a listing of nearby hotels and local IGFA Captains if your plans include plans world-class fishing.
                        Tickets start at $250 per person and sponsorships are available. Cocktail attire please. For more information or to RSVP (by November 30th), contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222, or email larico@igfa.org.
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                        Three more classes left in 2009 for IGFA School of Sportfishing

                        The popular IGFA School of Sportfishing has just three more classes left for 2009. The lineup of classes will be focusing on offshore species.
                        Classes, dates and subject briefs include:
                        • Wintertime Wahoo - December 1, 2009: Due to their somewhat nomadic and loner nature, wahoo are most often considered incidental catches. Capt. Josh Brown will teach this class of anglers how to target and more consistently catch wahoo in the cooler months of the year.
                        • Conquering Sailfish - December 8, 2009: Find out how to successful pursue and catch one of South Florida’s premiere gamefish. Topics will include bait rigging, following fish, success with circle hooks, bridling baits and catching multiples. Learn from heralded So. Fla. Capt. Bouncer Smith the tricks of the trade that allow professionals to remain at the top of their game.
                        • Secrets to Deep Dropping - December 15, 2009: Deepwater grouper and snapper fishing is consistently available to anglers in South Florida any time of the year. With every drop, you never know what you’ll bring up. In this extreme bottom fishing class, Capt. Bouncer Smith shares the techniques to get you started and the insider information to improve your success
                        The IGFA’s Jeff Mackin said updated information can be found at the school’s website at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp.
                        Participants will benefit from the School of Sportfishing’s partnership with Yo-Zuri, receiving free Crystal Minnow lures and spools of fluorocarbon in addition to the customary rod, lure, and tackle giveaways.
                        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 and are limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up.
                        For more information, please contact Mackin at 954.924.4340 or e-mail him at jmackin@igfa.org Anglers can also visit http://www.igfa.org/education/school...rtfishing.aspx and also sign up online at http://www.igfa.org/education/school...istration.aspx.

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                        IGFA’s online auction now underway; part of annual fundraiser
                        The IGFA’s popular online auction which runs in conjunction with the 26th Annual IGFA International Auction & Banquet is now underway on the IGFA’s web site www.igfa.org.
                        Lesley Arico of the IGFA said typically 20 - 25% of the online bidding have been the winning bids for the past five years.
                        The online portion of the auction began on Nov. 5th and ends at 9 a.m. EST on January 25, 2010. All bids are in U.S. dollars. Bid raises must be raised by at least $5 increments.
                        “The highest bid on each item will be the starting bid at our silent auction the night of the event at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida on January 29, 2010.
                        She added that bids will not be accepted without a valid credit card number and expiration date, name, address, email and contact number. All online winners will be notified by 5 p.m. on February 1, 2010 and are responsible for shipping charges. The IGFA reserves the right to amend the description of an item or withdraw any item from the online auction prior to the end of the auction. Bids may be withdrawn on any item where the description or offering has been changed by IGFA.
                        For additional details on a particular item please contact Arico at 954-924-4222 or email: larico@igfa.org
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                        More great items arriving for 26th IGFA Auction & Banquet
                        The IGFA reports more exciting auction items continue to arrive each week for the 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet, slated for Friday, January 29, 2010.
                        The event is the non-profit IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
                        “We expect to have a vast array of more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid as the evening unfolds at 6 p.m. at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla.,” said the IGFA’s Lesley Arico.
                        She highlighted a few of the most recent items that will be up for bid:
                        • “MARLINS” BY WORLD-FAMOUS URUGUAYAN ARTIST, CARLOS PÁEZ VILARÓ! -- This original is one of the first pieces created with billfish and is considered priceless. His colors are exquisite and the old master’s influence can be seen in his style. Also included is a coffee table book of his works from 1950 – 2007. Donated by Carlos Páez Vilaró. www.carlospaezvilaro.com
                        • FISH HAWAII ON THE SEA GENIE II! Up to four anglers will fish the famed blue marlin grounds off the Kona Coast aboard the Sea Genie II a 39’ Rybovich with IGFA Certified Captain Gene Vanderhoek for two (2) full days of marlin fishing. Gene has tagged more blue marlin and spearfish than any other boat in the Pacific Ocean over the past ten years with many tournament wins, multiple granders and 31 world records to his credit. Includes a two-night stay at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Donated by Captain Gene Vanderhoek and Sea Genie, Inc. www.seageniesportfishing.com
                        • FISH ABOARD REEL BLUE IN THE SIMILAN ISLANDS! -- This package is a three day/two-night full board charter on the Reel Blue, Wahoo’s Fishing Flagship and the most luxurious fishing charter vessel in Asia for up to four passengers, with three meals per day prepared by the on-board cook. Donated by Wahoo Big Game Fishing (Thailand) Co., Ltd., courtesy of James Neilson. www.wahoo.ws
                        • TEAM ENTRIES TO THE LA SFIDA TROFEO M. DE NARDIS TOURNAMENT IN ITALY! -- Two team entries to fish in the La Sfida Trofeo M. de Nardis tournament September 10 - 12 in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy. It’s one of the most prestigious bluefin tuna tournament held in Italy and is a qualifying event for the IGFA Offshore World Championship. This package includes registration fee for two teams (four anglers per team), two boats for the two days of tournament fishing and social events. Donated by Tournament Director Giacomo Forti and IGFA Representative Massimo Brogna.
                        • GOLDEN MAHSEER FISHING IN THE HIMALAYAS! -- One of The Himalayan Outback's classic sporting tours includes an incredible fly-fishing guided journey for two anglers for six days with four fishing days on the Western Ramganga River. Meals and single occupancy accommodations are included. Donated by The Himalayan Outback, courtesy of IGFA Representative Misty Dhillon and Mickey Sidhu. www.himalayanoutback.com

                        Arico said, “Other global adventures include fly fishing for seven days in Argentina, a Tahitian cruise, a French Polynesia cruise, a photo safari at Zulu Nyala Game Lodge in South Africa, fishing trips to the Bahamas, to Los Suenos and the Zancudo Lodge both in Costa Rica, to the Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, along with more cruises, artwork and sculptures and more.
                        “We have world-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche as the featured artist who is creating a special sculpture for the auction.
                        Tickets are $200 per person and included the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking.
                        Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                        World Fishing Network (WFN) Partners with IGFA (w/WFN logo)

                        WFN: World Fishing Network, North America's only 24-hour fishing lifestyle network, and the IGFA have announced an extensive three-year marketing partnership. Through the agreement, the IGFA will leverage WFN's multi-media platform and regional production bureaus to promote its conservation and fundraising efforts and in turn, promote WFN, its programs and promotions to members across North America.
                        "It is an honor to join forces with a respected and powerful organization such as the IGFA to bring more attention to the issues affecting America's 60 million passionate anglers," says Mark Rubinstein, President of WFN. "Not only will our partnership help each of us grow, but together we can expose and educate anglers on important conservation issues to benefit our world."
                        Through the partnership, the Denver Colo., based WFN will promote IGFA's conservation efforts in a variety of ways including: an extensive on-air and online advertising campaign; sweepstakes and promotions; the production of monthly regional video features for the IGFA website of important conservation stories; monthly regional features on WFN's Reel Road Trip with Mark Melnyk, and more.
                        Each week on WFN News, Melnyk hosts "IGFA Hot Catches," a look at record-breaking - or near record-breaking - catches from around the world as submitted to IGFA. WFN has also launched a promotional campaign on-air called "Fishing is Big," comparing some of the phenomenal record-breaking catches from around the world to other great sports records.
                        In turn, the IGFA will promote WFN to its members, host WFN events at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, and provide WFN the right to use the IGFA Corporate Partner logo on-air, online and on advertising and promotional material.
                        "This partnership with WFN provides us a powerful media platform to promote our initiatives and important conservation issues to anglers across North America," said Mike Myatt, Chief Operating Officer of the IGFA. "We look forward to a long-lasting and mutually beneficial partnership."
                        Like millions of anglers across North America, WFN is committed to supporting important conservation issues and groups that are fighting to preserve North America's waterways and fisheries. WFN is also dedicated to using its resources and powerful media platform to help grow the sport by promoting and championing groups and organizations that are helping to inspire a new generation of anglers to appreciate and respect the world's natural wonders.
                        WFN: World Fishing Network is the only 24/7 television network dedicated to all segments of fishing with programming that covers instruction, tips, tournaments, travel, food, boating, outdoor lifestyle and more. WFN's wide-ranging programming lineup includes a selection of the best international series and the most diverse species coverage of any outdoor network. Featuring popular programs hosted by the world's top anglers, the network also includes a variety of exclusive lifestyle shows including Hookin' Up with Mariko Izumi and WFN's Reel Road Trip With Mark Melnyk. WFN also delivers the beauty of fishing in stunning High Definition with WFN HD, a separate network that delivers 100 percent High Definition programming 24/7.
                        Originally launched in December 2005, today WFN and WFN HD are available in more than 20 million households through North American cable, satellite and telecommunications distributors. In the U.S., distributors include Verizon FiOS, DISH Network and Charter Communications. For more information visit www.WFN.TV .
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                        November Hot Catches

                        International Game Fish Association World Records Coordinator Rebecca Wright updates us with 14 recreational fish catches and photographs made from across the globe from the continents of North and South America, Africa, and Europe. Several new IGFA All-Tackle records lead off the November Hot Catches now before the world records committee.

                        Tomas Felipe Restano, Buenos Aires, Argentina, guided by Daniel Favrot, landed a pejerrey (Odontesthes bonariensis) on August 25 weighing 1.13 kg (2 lb 8 oz) in five minutes using a dead minnow. He was fishing the Argentina's Rio de la Plata, and could be the first angler to lay claim to an IGFA All-Tackle record for the species. (Photo: pejerrey – 33660)

                        Another all new IGFA All-Tackle record might be in store for a catch made in Spain by Juan Carlos Puerto Ortega, of Barrakaldo Bizcaya, when he landed a canary dentex (Dentex canariensis) June 20. The fish which ranges in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coast line along Europe and West Africa weighed 9.1 kg (20 lb 0 oz) and was caught on a Sishus jig. Guided by Jose Francisco Reyes, it took Juan 20 minutes to land the fish while fishing off Lanzarote, Spain. (Photo: canary dentex – 33701)

                        Medellin, Colombian fisherman Juan Marcos Tamayo, guided by Luis Eduardo Herrera, landed a dorada (Brycon moorei) July 4 weighing 3.63 kg (8 lb 0 oz) for a potential All-Tackle record. He was fishing Columbia’s Rio Corcorna taking 15 minutes to fight the fish using a Booyah spinner bait. The current IGFA record is 6 lb 8 oz ( 2.94 kg). (Photo: dorada – 33913)

                        In New Zealand, a southern yellowtail (Seriola lalandi lalandi) was the quarry of Ms. Hillary Sheard, of Kaeo. Guided by Stewart Sheard while fishing New Zealand’s Cavalli Islands on August 29, it took her 1 ½ hours to land the fish which weighed 20.1 kg (44 lb 4 oz) on 3 kg (6 lb) class line. The current women’s IGFA line class record is 36 lb 5 oz (16.48 kg). (Photo: southern yellowtail – 33915)

                        Fishing the Hokitika Trench on August 20 in her home country of New Zealand, Sue Tindale of Silverdale, guided by Mike Roswell, landed a Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) weighing 213 kg (469 lb 9 oz) on 60 kg (130 lb) class line. She could be the first woman to achieve the IGFA women’s line class record for the newly added species. (Photo: Pacific bluefin tuna – 34124)

                        Using 2 kg (4 lb) tippet tied with a Foxy Midge Crawly fly proved successful for fly angler Robert Warne, Albion, NY, USA, who landed a yellow perch, (Perca flavescens) on Sept. 12, weighing in at .57 kg (1 lb 4 oz). Warne, who was fishing New York’s Lake Jose, could tie the current IGFA tippet record. After he documented and photographed it Robert released the fish. (Photo: yellow perch – 33918)

                        A 21.21 kg (46 lb 12 oz) dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus ) struck Sherrell Carter’s ballyhoo while the Duluth, Ga., USA, angler was fishing Pinas Bay Panama on September 17. She was guided by Youn Afcala, who coached her in the 10 minute fight as she skillfully maneuvered the fish on the 2 kg (4 lb) class line she was using. The women’s current IGFA line class record is 42 lb 0 oz ( 19.05 kg). (Photo: dolphinfish – 34003)

                        While fishing the Barotse Tiger Camp in Zambia on Sept. 5, Bradley Mark Kidd of Nelspruit Mpumalanga, South Africa, landed a nembwe (Serranochromis robustus) weighing 2.9 kg (6 lb 6 oz) using 3 kg (6 lb) class line. Kidd enticed the fish with a Rapala Fat Rap then got a seven minute fight. The current IGFA record is 5 lb 2 oz (2.32 kg) caught in 2002 from the Upper Zambezi River in Mongu Zambia. (Photo: nembwe– 34005)

                        Fishing near his home of Luanda, Angola, junior angler Pedro Couto, guided by Marco Couto, landed a Guinean snapper (Lutjanus agennes) July 15, weighing 19 kg (41 lb 14 oz). It took the youngster 10 minutes to pull the fish in using a Storm Deep Thunder lure for the currently vacant IGFA boy’s smallfry record. (Photo: Guinean snapper – 34132)

                        With Chris Galati guiding him while fishing in the Gulf of Mexico off west central Florida, Dan Munyan, of Largo, Fla., USA, landed a black grouper, (Mycteroperca bonaci) which weighed 28.89 kg (63 lb 11 oz) on 37 kg (80 lb) class line. It took Dan nine minutes to haul in. The current men’s IGFA 80 lb line class record for the species is 57 lb 0 oz (25.85 kg). (Photo: black grouper – 34058)

                        Multiple IGFA world record holder Stan Nabozny, from The Woodlands, Texas, USA, guided by Kirk Kirkland, landed an alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) on August 24 weighing in at 63.56 kg (140 lb 2 oz) on 37 kg (80 lb) class line. Caught on dead carp, it took the Stan 20 minutes to fight the fish from the Trinity River in Texas. The current IGFA record taken in 1988 from Fish River, Alabama is 117 lb. 0 oz ( 53.07 kg). After documenting and taking this photograph of the fish that appears longer than his captor, Nabozny released the toothy gar back into the river. (Photo: alligator gar – 34103)

                        Using menhaden for bait while fishing Cape Lookout, North Carolina, USA, Sara Cozart Moss of Emerald Isle, N.C., landed a Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus) on Octbober 13. She was guided by Clifton J. Moss, for the fish caught on 2 kg (4 lb) class line which after a 43 minute fight weighed in at 3.29 kg (7 lb 4 oz). The current IGFA women’s line class record is 6 lb 12 oz (3.06 kg). (Photo: Spanish mackerel – 34105)

                        Traveling from Australia to fish western Canada in the summer, fly fisherman Frank Blunch, of Corio in the Victoria region, landed a bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) weighing 6.46 kg (14 lb 4 oz) on 3 kg (6 lb) tippet. He made the catch on August 23 after a 10 minute fight using a pink strptease fly while fishing the Wigwam River, in British Columbia, Canada. The current record is vacant. (Photo: bull trout – 34119)

                        Earlier on the same Canadian trip Blunch, also landed an Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus) weighing 7.71 kg (17 lb 0 oz) on 6 kg (12 lb) tippet, using an olive conehead Zuddler, while fishing Tree River, Canada. The current IGFA record is 15 lb 0 oz (6.8 kg) taken from the same river three years ago in the Northwest Territories. He released the fish after documenting and taking this photograph. (Photo: Artic char – 34125)
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                        Now open in the IGFA Changing Gallery:
                        A tribute to Guy Harvey and the art that started it all (w/photos)

                        The highly acclaimed early marine artworks of Dr. Guy Harvey are now being shown at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum presented in the IGFA’s Changing Gallery.
                        In over three decades of professional painting and marine photography Guy Harvey has made a name for himself as not only an internationally renowned marine and sports fishing artist but also as a marine biologist, conservationist, explorer, diver, scientist, videographer, author, philanthropist, TV host, merchandiser, restaurateur and angler.
                        As a young boy, Guy Harvey was entranced by Ernest Hemingway’s story The Old Man and the Sea. In the early 1970’s, with no formal art training but with a scientist’s eye for detail, Guy began sketching his favorite parts. These sketches comprised Guy’s first art show in 1985. This rarely-viewed complete series of 59 pen-and-ink drawings, from the private collection of Cheryl and Dave Copham, is on display through March, 2010. Also featured are sculptures by Kent Ullberg and the photos of Bill Boyce.
                        Guy has long been 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.
                        Harvey was inducted into the 11th class of the IGFA’s Fishing Hall of Fame October 27. He and his family live in Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.
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                        . ---Also at the IGFA Museum---
                        Exciting sport fishing photo exhibit extended through March
                        The 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,
                        The popular exhibit features more than 70 images -- from Pat Ford, Adrian Gray, Scott Kerrigan, Charlie Levine, Dave McCleaf, Al McGlashan, Ron Modra and Sam Root – and is now on display through March 2010.
                        Museum visitors can 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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                        “Ocean Today” an interactive kiosk now open in the Fish Gallery
                        The IGFA’s newest interactive exhibit the Ocean Today kiosk is gaining in popularity since its arrival at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
                        Located in the Fish Gallery, 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.
                        “The exhibit receives real time data directly from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) helping to educate museum guests on topics such as the current state of the world’s fisheries stocks, endangered species, marine debris and more,” he said.
                        “As part of the development of the kiosk, the Smithsonian and NOAA have instituted an editorial review process to ensure content accuracy and timeliness.”
                        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 themes. They include Ocean Science & Technology, Ocean News, Recent Discoveries, and Ocean Life.
                        For more information on the kiosk, please contact Matagiese at dmatagiese@igfa.org.
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                        The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day November 26, 2009 and Christmas day December 25, 2009. Please check museum website for additional information.
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                        “Did You Know?” – Interesting facts from the IGFA
                        This month the IGFA features some facts from affiliated partners in the marine and fishing communities including the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the American Sportfishing Association, and the National Sporting Goods Association.

                        THE CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMEN’S FOUNDATION
                        • The average number of days anglers spend on the water each year – 17 – outpaces the 13 days they average for vacation.
                        • The fishing industry supports some one million jobs in the U.S., more than three times the number of jobs supplied by Home Depot.
                        • The number of people who fish each year is nearly double the 16 million who visit Orlando’s Disney World, the world’s number one resort.
                        • Approximately 17 million anglers fish from boats and spend roughly $10 billion on boating activities.
                        • Boaters generate some $570 million a year in fuel taxes for the Federal Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which supports conservation of coastal wetlands and fisheries.
                        • In 2006, fishing activities generated $16.4 billion in federal, state and local taxes.
                        Source: Hunting & Fishing: Bright Stars of the American Economy (2007)

                        THE AMERICAN SPORTFISHING ASSOCIATION
                        • The number of Americans who boat and fish each year is more than 50 million, surpassing the combined number of those who golf and play tennis.
                        • Anglers produce more than $600 million a year in fishing license sales and $200 million in private donations for conservation efforts.
                        Source: Sportfishing in America (2007)

                        THE NATIONAL SPORTING GOODS ASSOCIATION
                        • The number of Americans who fish outnumbers those who golf; run; hike; ski; work out in a gym; or play tennis, basketball and softball.
                        • As many women went fishing in 2006 as went running or jogging, and more children went fishing than played football or volleyball.
                        Source: 2006 Participation Reports
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                        IGFA to honor 2009’s top anglers and manufacturers
                        The IGFA’s seventh annual World Record Achievement Awards (WRAA) celebration, presented by Mercury Marine has been set for April 10, 2010. The awards ceremony recognizes the men, women, juniors, and professional captains for the most world records in 2009 compiled from the Top 10 list to be published next January in the IGFA’s 2010 World Record Game Fishes book.
                        Along with the anglers and guides, 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 2009.
                        The ceremony will be held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Florida.
                        For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Ms. Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or email: larico@igfa.org
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                        IGFA accepting grant requests from schools for lab programs

                        If you know of a school that is interested in marine science the IGFA has some great news. The IGFA Education and Outreach Program is currently accepting grant requests for school groups in grades K-12 to participate in their hands-on lab programs.
                        Funds are available for groups to participate in the lab programs in two ways. Either on-site at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida or the IGFA Education Team can come to your classroom to host many of the educational lab programs at your school. Priority for funding is given to Title-I schools. Programs are available from Monday - Friday during school hours and require a minimum of 20 participants.
                        For more information on how your school group can participate in these marine science programs for free, please contact Veronica Woods at 954.924.4309 or visit our grant request page at www.igfa.org/grants.asp.
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                        Calendar of upcoming IGFA events

                        Now through January 25, 2010 – On line auction leading up to 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers, Jan. 29, in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, This always popular feature of the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event is now active on the IGFA website www.igfa.org. Bidding began on November 5th and ends at 9 a.m. EST on January 25, 2010 for more than 200 silent and live auction items. The highest bid on each item will be the starting bid at the silent auction January 29th the night of the event. Typically 20 - 25% of the online bidding have been the winning bids for the past five years. Auction donations include a special bronze sculpture from this year’s featured artist, world-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche. There are also fishing trips to Los Suenos Costa Rica, Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, the Bahamas, cruises, artwork and more. Tickets for the Jan. 29th gala are $200 per person and included the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                        December 1, 2009 -- 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. Capt. Josh Brown will teach this class of anglers how to target and more consistently catch wahoo in the cooler months of the year. 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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                        December 8, 2009 -- 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 successful pursue and catch one of South Florida’s premiere gamefish. Topics will include bait rigging, following fish, success with circle hooks, bridling baits and catching multiples. Learn from heralded So. Fla. Capt. Bouncer Smith the tricks of the trade that allow professionals to remain at the top of their game.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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                        December 10, 2009 -- “Oceans Five” Naples Gala, Port Royal Club, Naples, Fla., USA, beginning at 6:30 p.m. -- The first of an annual “Oceans Five – Let’s Keep Them Alive” gala, supporting the IGFA’s conservation and education programs. Special guest speaker is respected marine scientist, author and former IGFA Trustee Dr. Ellen Prager, presenting “Our Oceans – Our Future.” In addition, there will be dinner, dancing and auction. Tickets start at $250 per person and sponsorships are available. For more information or to RSVP (by November 30th), contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222, or email larico@igfa.org.
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                        December 15, 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. With every drop, you never know what you’ll bring up. In this extreme bottom fishing class, Capt. Bouncer Smith shares the techniques to get you started and the insider information to improve your success. 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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                        January 29, 2010 -- 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, beginning at 6 p.m. -- It’s the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid. Donations are already arriving, including the special bronze sculpture from this year’s featured artist, world-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche. There are also trips to Los Suenos, Tropic Star Lodge, the Bahamas, cruises, artwork and more. The auction will be featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org beginning the first week of November. Tickets are $200 per person and included the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                        April 10, 2010 -- Seventh Annual IGFA World Record Achievements Awards and Banquet, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. -- This celebration dinner and awards ceremony highlights the 2009 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains and tackle manufacturers. For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                          HOT News from the IGFA – December 2009

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

                          Coming in January: Fishing’s most valued reference book

                          It’s been described as “the most comprehensive piece of fishing information available anywhere,” a statement made often by serious fishermen and fishing writers alike.
                          The IGFA’s 2010 World Record Game Fishes annual -- the reference book that’s a mainstay in recreational fishing -- continues its legacy as the most reliable and complete resource book of worldwide fishing records and a wide range of fishing-related reference materials. Plus it includes in-depth and entertaining features by top writers.
                          IGFA members will begin receiving their 408 page edition in mid-January as one of the many benefits of joining the IGFA.
                          The popular annual is the official guide to saltwater and freshwater catches for over 1100 species around the world in the all-tackle category and nearly 400 species in line class, fly, and junior angler record categories.
                          To receive your copy of 2010 World Record Game Fishes, go to www.igfa.org and sign up to become a member of the IGFA today.
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                          No decision yet on possible record bass caught in Japan

                          The IGFA is still waiting additional information before making a decision for world record recognition on a 22 lb 4 oz largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides), caught by Manabu Kurita, 32, of Aichi, Japan, from that country’s largest lake July 2.
                          IGFA conservation director Jason Schratwieser said the World All-Tackle application is still under review after it was received in mid-September through the Japan Game Fish Association (JGFA).
                          “We’ve been corresponding with the angler via our sister organization, the JGFA,” said Schratwieser.
                          Besides being a non-profit fisheries, education and conservation organization, the 70- year old IGFA has long been the world’s recognized record-keeping body for over 1100 salt and fresh water recreational fish species.
                          Schratwieser said the bass weighing 10.12 kg (22 lb 4 oz) was pulled from Lake Biwa an ancient reservoir northeast of Kyoto. Photos and video were also submitted with Kurita’s written documentation.
                          If approved Kurita’s fish would tie the current record held for over 77 years by George Perry caught on Georgia’s Montgomery Lake, June 2, 1932, near Jacksonville, Georgia.
                          In North America the largemouth bass, and especially the All-Tackle record, is considered by millions of anglers as the “holy grail” of freshwater fish because of its popularity and the longevity of Perry’s record.
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                          Brisk online bidding continues as part of IGFA annual fundraiser

                          The bidding has been vigorous for nearly 200 items in the IGFA’s popular online auction at www.igfa.org running in conjunction with the 26th Annual IGFA International Auction & Banquet Friday, January 29, 2010.
                          The online portion of the auction began Nov. 5th and ends at 9 a.m. EST on January 25. Lesley Arico of the IGFA said all bids are in U.S. dollars. Bid raises must be at least $5 increments.
                          “The highest bid on each item will be the starting bid at our silent auction the night of the event at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida on January 29,” said Arico. “Typically 20 to 25% of the online bids have been the winning bids for the past five years.”
                          She said bids will not be accepted without a valid credit card number, expiration date, name, address, email and contact number. All online winners will be notified by 5 p.m. on February 1, 2010 and are responsible for shipping charges. The IGFA reserves the right to amend the description of an item or withdraw any item from the online auction prior to the end of the auction. Bids may be withdrawn on any item where the description or offering has been changed by IGFA.
                          For additional details on a particular item please contact Arico at 954-924-4222 or email: larico@igfa.org
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                          More great items highlighted for 26th IGFA Auction & Banquet (w/photos)
                          More exciting auction items are up for bid in the 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet, slated for Friday, January 29, 2010.
                          The event is the non-profit IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
                          “We’ll have an array of nearly 200 silent and live auction items in all price ranges up for bid as the evening unfolds at 6 p.m. at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla.,” said the IGFA’s Lesley Arico.
                          She highlighted a few of the most recent items added:
                          • ONE VERSATILE FISHING MACHINE, THE MAKO 18 LTS is designed for fishing freshwater lakes or saltwater flats, providing a smooth, dry ride, rugged versatility and an extremely stable fishing platform usually unavailable on boats of this size. With this one-of-a-kind skiff, anglers have plenty of options while fishing. For sight casting, generous bow and stern platforms make great vantage points. And for those who prefer to stalk their fish through extremely shallow water, you can get the optional poling platform, push pole and holders. This light tackle, multi-species 18’ 6” skiff offers plenty of versatility and room for all the gear needed. There are four storage compartments, stainless steel rod holders for as many as 10 rods and an 18-gallon console live well which can also be used as a bait well. It was the 2009 Winner of the Outstanding Fishing Craft up to 24’ at the Miami International Boat Show and the 2009 Outstanding Design in Saltwater Fishboats Design Award from Trailer Boats Magazine. This package has an Ice Blue hull and is complete with a Mercury ELPTO two-stroke motor, hydraulic steering, hydraulic jack plate and Pro Air recirculation. Donated by Bass Pro Shops and Mako Boats, courtesy of Johnny Morris. www.mako-boats.com
                          • FISHING VACATION ON ISLA PARIDA IN PANAMA! A four-night/three-day fishing vacation for two at Propiedad de Paradise in Panama with Pacific Ocean view, a private beach, AC, washer/dryer, flat screen TV, gourmet meals, and pickup at the David Airport, transfer to the boat and 1-2 hour trip to the island of Isla Parida. Also includes one day of world-class offshore fishing for your choice of marlin, tuna or wahoo with Coast Guard-certified captains at the famous Hannibal Bank and Isla Montuosa and then one day of inshore fishing for roosterfish, cubera and snapper. Donated by Propiedad de Paradise, courtesy of Nancy Reagan. www.fishpanamatoday.com
                          • A HANDCRAFTED AND WELDED ALUMINUM BROADBILL AND WELDED ALUMINUM BROADBILL SWORDFISH SCULPTURE created by Australian metal sculptor, Nic Jooste. This piece is approximately 44” long by 26” tall and is a head and shoulder mount. Nic uses basic metal forming techniques and this piece is an absolute unique one-of-a-kind item. Donated by Nic Jooste. www.metalfish.com.au
                          • TEAM ENTRIES TO THE LA SFIDA TROFEO M. DE NARDIS TOURNAMENT IN ITALY! -- Two team entries to fish in the La Sfida Trofeo M. de Nardis tournament September 10 - 12 in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy. It’s one of the most prestigious bluefin tuna tournament held in Italy and is a qualifying event for the IGFA Offshore World Championship. This package includes registration fee for two teams (four anglers per team), two boats for the two days of tournament fishing and social events. Donated by Tournament Director Giacomo Forti and IGFA Representative Massimo Brogna.

                          Arico said, “Other global adventures include fly fishing trips such as seven days in Argentina and another for six days in the Himalayas. There’s a Tahitian cruise, a French Polynesia cruise, a photo safari at Zulu Nyala Game Lodge in South Africa, fishing trips to the Bahamas, to Los Suenos and the Zancudo Lodge both in Costa Rica, to the Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, along with more cruises, guided fishing trips, artwork and sculptures and more.
                          “And we have world-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche as the featured artist who will be creating a special sculpture for the auction.
                          For more details on all of the items please go to the IGFA home page at www.igfa.org. Tickets are $200 per person and include the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. 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, additional information or to make a donation to the auction please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                          December Hot Catches

                          International Game Fish Association World Records Coordinator Rebecca Wright updates us with several recreational fish catches and photographs made from across the globe in Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the United States now before the world records committee:

                          Tauranga, New Zealand angler Katherine Randup, guided by Trent Boult, landed a Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) on August 21, weighing 281kg (619 lb 7 oz) on 60 kg (130 lb) class line. It took her 33 minutes to wrestle it to the boat while fishing in New Zealand’s legendary Hokitika Trench, located west of the South Island. Randup was using hoki for bait a popular and abundant deep water fish for which the Hokitaka Trench is named. She could be the first woman to achieve the IGFA women’s line class record species which was added to the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book this past spring. (Photo: Pacific bluefin tuna - 34120)

                          Fly fishing Canada’s Coppermine River, on August 11, Australian angler Frank Bluch, of Corio Victoria, landed an Arctic char, (Salvelinus alpinus) weighing 3.52 kg (7 lb 12 oz) on 1 kg (2 lb) tippet. He used an orange sparkle bugger as his fly and took 18 minutes to gently land the fish. The current IGFA record is 6 lb 12 oz caught in Basset Brook, Labrador Canada in 1983. Bluch released the fish after documenting and photographing. (Photo: Arctic char - 34127)

                          Angler James B. Wise M.D., of Oklahoma City, Okla., USA, guided by Javier Santoro, landed a sorubim (Pseudoplatystoma spp.) on October 10, weighing 44.03 kg (97 lb 1 oz) on 37 kg (80 lb) class line after a 32 minute fight. He was fishing the Rio Parana in Itati, Argentina using a Cucu trolling lure. The current IGFA line class record is an 18 lb specie caught in 2007 on the Kabalebo River in Suriname. Wise released the fish after photographing and documenting. (Photo: sorubim - 34419)

                          Angler Masakazu Taniwaki, Sanbu-Gun, Chiba, Japan, may wallop the current IGFA All-Tackle record for an Asian yellowtail (Seriola lalandi aureovitta) he caught while fishing near Ohara, Japan. Guided by Toru Yamaguchi, Taniwaki landed the fish on October 24, weighing 49.5 kg (109 lb 2 oz) in 12 minutes using original pencil bait. The current IGFA record is 61 lb 8 oz caught in 2000 along the Japan’s Gun-kan Bank. (Photo: Asian yellowtail - 34436)

                          Maureen Klause, of Ocean City, NJ, USA, guided by Richard D. Wheeler, landed a striped bass (Morone saxatilis) on November 17 weighing 10.66 kg (23 lb 8 oz) on 1 kg (2 lb) class line, while fishing New Jersey’s Delaware Bay, USA. Using bunker chunk for bait she finessed the fish for 45 minutes with the ultra thin line before landing it. The current IGFA women’s 2 lb line class record is 17 lb 8 oz caught this summer in Shinnecock, New York. (Photo: striped bass - 34445)

                          Junior Australian angler Nicole Lund, of Springfield, Queensland, guided by Darryl Lund, landed a king threadfin (Polydactylus macrochir) on November 7, weighing 8.76 kg (19 lb 4 oz). She was fishing Australia’s Brisbane River, using a live gar fish for bait and took eight minutes to land the fish. The IGFA female junior record is currently vacant. (Photo: king threadin - 34447)
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                          IGFA is site of next Observer Training Class in February

                          The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum will be the site of the next IGFA Observer Training class to be presented on Saturday, February 13, 2010 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 and tackle regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website http://www.igfa.org/PDF/COP_Application2008.pdf.
                          Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. Please contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org for additional information.
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                          Guy Harvey’s early works now showing at the IGFA (w/photos)
                          The highly acclaimed early marine artworks of Dr. Guy Harvey are now being shown at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum presented in its Changing Gallery exhibition room.
                          In over three decades of professional painting and marine photography Guy Harvey has made a name for himself as not only an internationally renowned marine and sports fishing artist but also as a marine biologist, conservationist, explorer, diver, scientist, videographer, author, philanthropist, TV host, merchandiser, restaurateur and angler.
                          As a young boy, Guy Harvey was entranced by Ernest Hemingway’s story The Old Man and the Sea. In the early 1970’s, with no formal art training but with a scientist’s eye for detail, Guy began sketching his favorite parts. These sketches comprised Guy’s first art show in 1985. This rarely-viewed complete series of 59 pen-and-ink drawings, from the private collection of Cheryl and Dave Copham, is on display through March, 2010. Also featured are the photos of Bill Boyce and sculptures of Kent Ullberg.
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                          ---Also now at the IGFA Museum---
                          Exciting sport fishing photo exhibit extended through March
                          The 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,
                          The popular exhibit features more than 70 images -- from Pat Ford, Adrian Gray, Scott Kerrigan, Charlie Levine, Dave McCleaf, Al McGlashan, Ron Modra and Sam Root – and is now on display through March 2010.
                          Museum visitors can 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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                          Holiday Sale at the IGFA; Closed on Christmas
                          The IGFA is hosting a Holiday Sale for members from now through Thursday, Dec. 31. Members receive 20% off at the Museum Store or online at http://store.igfa.org/.
                          The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum will be closed on Christmas Day Dec. 25, Please check museum website for additional information or please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                          Dates set for 2010 FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship

                          They’re among the “best of the best,” as nearly 40 top men and women fly and light tackle “sight-casting” fishing champions from across the world are being invited to compete in the 10th annual Florida Keys Outfitters / IGFA Inshore World Championship set for July 13 – 15 at Islamorada in the Florida Keys.
                          Invitations for 2010 have been sent to the winners of 42 qualifying fishing tournaments held in 2009 in the U.S., Trinidad & Tobago, Sweden, Belize, the Bahamas and Australia.
                          Anglers and the media have described the three day all-release championship event as the “super bowl of inshore fishing.” All five of the targeted species -- bonefish, tarpon, permit, redfish and snook -- can be readily found in the unique Florida Bay fishery centrally located in Islamorada near mile marker 82 in the Florida Keys. Fishing and scoring takes place from the World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina. The Islander Resort is the event’s headquarters.
                          In 2009 Sandy Moret, owner of Florida Keys Outfitters, began managing the event which was founded in 2001 by the International Game Fish Association. The partnership has allowed the IGFA to focus on its core mission of conservation, angler education, rules and record keeping.
                          Recognizing the different skills, techniques and expertise required to being a master of either light tackle angling or fly fishing, the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship awards equally coveted titles to the Inshore Light Tackle World Champion and the Inshore Fly Fishing World Champion. Anglers are invited to fish light tackle or fly based on the type of tournament which they have qualified.
                          At the 2009 tournament this past summer Jared Raskob, of Key Largo, Fla., guided by Capt. Dave Borras won the inshore fly title while Mike Gallops, Naples, Fla. guided by Capt. Larry Sydnor won the light tackle crown.
                          Reviewing the 2009 championship, tournament director Sandy Moret said, “The anglers and guides wholeheartedly embraced our new light tackle/fly tackle concept and the new format of competitors drawing to pair with a premier Keys guide all three days. This allowed the anglers and guides to develop a rhythm and work together more effectively as a team. We’ve already heard from many of the invitees who are looking ahead to next summer and being involved in one of the major competitions of the year.”
                          The IGFA remains the inshore championships’ sole nonprofit benefactor. A fundraiser and auction for the IGFA will be held at the event.
                          In 2009 the championship partnered with ESPN Outdoors and its televised Saltwater Series and is being made into a show. The fishing exploits of Raskob, Gallops and the other tournament contenders will air on ESPN’s Outdoors’ Saltwater Series kicking off the second quarter of televised programming in April. Moret said discussions are in progress to continue with ESPN in 2010 and future tournaments as well.
                          Tournament sponsors, supporters and products for 2010 include Bacardi, The Islander Resort, King Sailfish Mounts, Stiffy Push Poles, World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada Fish Co., Bayside Marina, Rich Products Corp, Vineyard Vines, Mercury, Tibor Reels, Kaenon Sunglasses, Sage Rods, Patagonia, Green Turtle Inn, Cortland Line Company, and Nautilus Reels.
                          For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments for the years 2010 and 2011 please contact Moret at 305-664-5423 or via e-mail at info@floridakeysoutfitters.com or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com.
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                          IGFA to honor 2009’s top anglers and manufacturers in April

                          The IGFA’s seventh annual World Record Achievement Awards (WRAA) celebration, presented by Mercury Marine is set for April 10, 2010, recognizing men, women and junior anglers and professional captains for the most world records in 2009.
                          The records were compiled from the Top 10 list in the IGFA’s 2010 World Record Game Fishes book coming out in January.
                          Along with the anglers and guides, 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 2009.
                          The ceremony will be held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Ms. Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or email: larico@igfa.org .
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                          IGFA accepting grant requests from schools for lab programs

                          Do you know of a school that’s interested in the marine sciences?
                          If so the IGFA has some great news. The IGFA’s Education and Outreach Program is currently accepting grant requests for school groups in grades K-12 to participate in their hands-on lab programs.
                          Funds are available for groups to participate in the lab programs in two ways. Either on-site at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida or the IGFA Education Team can come to your classroom to host many of the educational lab programs at your school. Priority for funding is given to Title-I schools. Programs are available from Monday - Friday during school hours and require a minimum of 20 participants.
                          For more information on how your school group can participate in these IGFA marine science programs for free, please contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4309 or email her at vwoods@igfa.org .

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                          Calendar of upcoming IGFA events

                          Now through January 25, 2010 – On line auction leading up to 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers, Jan. 29, in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, This always popular feature of the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event is now active on the IGFA website www.igfa.org. Bidding began on November 5th and ends at 9 a.m. EST on January 25, 2010 for nearly 200 silent and live auction items. The highest bid on each online item will be the starting bid at the silent auction January 29th the night of the event. Typically 20 - 25% of the online bidding have been the winning bids for the past five years. Auction donations include a special bronze sculpture from this year’s featured artist, world-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche. There are also fishing trips to Los Suenos Costa Rica, Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, the Bahamas, cruises, artwork and more. Tickets for the Jan. 29th gala are $200 per person and include the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                          January 29, 2010 -- 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, beginning at 6 p.m. -- It’s the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid. Donations are already arriving, including the special bronze sculpture from this year’s featured artist, world-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche. There are also trips to Los Suenos, Tropic Star Lodge, the Bahamas, cruises, artwork and more. The auction will be featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org beginning the first week of November. Tickets are $200 per person and included the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                          February 13, 2010 -- 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. Pre-registration is required. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website http://www.igfa.org/PDF/COP_Application2008.pdf . The $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                          April 10, 2010 -- Seventh Annual IGFA World Record Achievements Awards and Banquet, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. -- This celebration dinner and awards ceremony highlights the 2009 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains and tackle manufacturers. For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                          May 9 - 14, 2010 -- IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – This 11th annual event is considered international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting winning teams from countries on six continents who have been invited after winning one of over 120 qualifying events held in 2009. It’s also the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. For more on the tournament or about registering a tournament as a qualifier, contact Lynda Wilson at Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or via phone at 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4680.
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                          July 13 - 15, 2010 – 10th 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 nearly 40 qualifying tournaments around the world held in 2009 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 flkeyout@bellsouth.net or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com .
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                            Record Bass Decision

                            Editor: the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) will be holding a news conference on Friday, January 8th at 1:30 p.m. ET to announce its decision on a potential All-Tackle world record of a 22 lb 4 oz largemouth bass caught this past summer in Japan.

                            The announcement comes six months after it was caught July 2, 2009, by Manabu Kurita of Aichi, Japan, and nearly four months since the documentation was received at the IGFA’s world headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla. USA. What followed was extensive research and information gathering by the IGFA and its sister organization the Japan Game Fish Association (JGFA).



                            The announcement will be televised live on Bassmaster.com



                            For more on this significant announcement please go to the IGFA web site at:



                            http://www.igfa.org/Records/World-Re...outh-Bass.aspx



                            My best, pete j.



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                              Record bass

                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE w/photo
                              It’s official; largemouth bass caught in Japan
                              ties IGFA All-Tackle World Record

                              Freshwater fishing’s “Holy Grail” now has dual holders; 22 lb 4 oz bass caught by
                              Japan’s Manabu Kurita
                              matches IGFA record held for 77 years by Georgia’s George Perry

                              DANIA BEACH, Fla. USA, (January 8, 2010) --- After nearly six months of waiting, Japan’s Manabu Kurita is taking his place along side Georgia, USA angler George Perry in the International Game Fish Association’s (IGFA) World Record Games Fishes book as dual holders of the All-Tackle record for largemouth bass each weighing 22 lb 4 oz and caught 77 years apart.
                              Today the IGFA approved Kurita’s application for the fish caught from Japan’s largest lake on July 2, 2009. The 70-year old non-profit fisheries conservation, education and record-keeping body, received Kurita’s application and documentation on Sept. 19, 2009. The largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides), was caught from Lake Biwa which is an ancient reservoir northeast of Kyoto.
                              Kurita, 32, of Aichi, Japan, was fishing Biwa that July day using a Deps Sidewinder rod and a Shimano Antares DC7LV reel loaded with 25 lb Toray line when he pitched his bait, a live bluegill, next to a bridge piling. It was Kurita’s first cast to the piling where he had seen a big bass swimming. He only twitched the bait a couple of times before he got bit. After a short, three minute fight he had the fish in the boat.
                              Kurita was quoted as saying “I knew it was big, but I didn’t know it was that big.”
                              But big it was. Using certified scales, his fish weighed in at 10.12 kg or 22 lb 4 oz. When measured, the fish had a fork length of 27.2 inches and a girth of 26.7 inches. The IGFA only has line classes up to 20 lb for largemouth bass, so Kurita had no chance at a line class record as well.
                              IGFA rules for fish caught outside the U.S. allows anglers 90 days to submit their applications from the date of their catch. The documentation was received through the IGFA’s sister association the Japan Game Fish Association (JGFA). IGFA conservation director Jason Schratwieser said Kurita’s application was meticulously documented with the necessary photos and video.
                              Kurita’s fish ties the current record held for over 77 years by Perry who caught his bass on Georgia’s Montgomery Lake, June 2, 1932, near Jacksonville, Georgia. That 22 lb 4 oz behemoth won Field and Stream Magazine’s big fish contest and 46 years later, when the IGFA took over freshwater records from Field and Stream, it became the All-Tackle record now one of over 1,100 fresh and saltwater species the IGFA monitors.
                              IGFA All-Tackle records are now free for viewing by the public at igfa.org. Kurita’s name is now on the IGFA Web site with that of Perry’s and will appear in the 2011 edition of the World Record Games Fishes book…. unless that record is broken this year.
                              The IGFA announced the decision at its headquarters with a live video feed carried on Bassmaster.com, one of the most popular fishing Web sites in the world and the official site of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS).
                              In North America the largemouth bass, and especially the All-Tackle record, is considered by millions of anglers as the “holy grail” of freshwater fish because of its popularity and the longevity of Perry’s record. That fish undoubtedly helped to spawn a billion dollar industry that today makes up a significant part of the sport of recreational fishing.
                              Schratwieser said, “The moment Kurita weighed his fish, word spread like wildfire. We knew this would be significant so we immediately contacted the JGFA for more information. Established in 1979, and JGFA compiles and translates all record applications of fish caught in Japan before forwarding to the IGFA.
                              “It works out well because they not only translate applications but can also contact the angler if more documentation is needed.”

                              It turned into a lengthy process
                              “Since the IGFA requires three months from the time of capture before a record can be approved, the official word would have to wait until October 2,” said Schratwieser.
                              “However, almost right away rumors began to circulate that Kurita may have caught his fish in a ‘no-fishing zone’. In response, the IGFA immediately corresponded with the JGFA to speak with the angler about this issue and to gather information regarding the legality of fishing where Kurita caught his bass. Official word came back that the location of the catch was not a no-fishing zone, but was an area where anchoring or stopping was prohibited. This spurred more correspondence with the JGFA and the angler, including affidavits asking the angler if he stopped his boat at anytime. Again, the testimony and affidavits that came back indicated that the Kurita did not violate any laws and that his catch was indeed legitimate.”
                              It didn’t end there.
                              A considerable amount of time and correspondence was to continue between the IGFA, JGFA and Kurita, a primary reason it took so long to come to a decision.
                              During this time, the IGFA was also besieged with letters and emails from the bass fishing community, said Schratwieser.
                              “Many were incredulous that the All-Tackle record could be tied from a fish in Japan. Others beseeched the IGFA to approve the record and give Kurita the credit he deserves. Still others wanted to know why the entire process was taking so long. It soon became clear to the IGFA staff that this would be a contentious issue no matter if the record were approved or rejected.
                              “The IGFA was also sensitive to this particular record because in past years there have been several attempts to sue us over largemouth bass record claims. Although none of these claims have been successful, they have resulted in considerable legal fees for the IGFA,” he said.
                              In the end, the IGFA staff concluded it would be both in the best interest of the IGFA and that of Kurita if he submitted to a polygraph analysis. The IGFA reserves the right to employ polygraph analyses to any record application, and this is explicitly stated in the affidavit section of the world record application form.
                              Again, more correspondence was issued to the JGFA to request that Kurita take a polygraph test.
                              He immediately agreed.
                              On December 15, Kurita was examined by a professional polygraph analyst in Japan. The many questions he was given included if he was truthful about the information reported on the application form and if his boat ever came to a complete stop while fighting his fish.
                              The results from the polygraph concluded that Manabu Kurita answered the questions honestly and that the catch was legitimate.
                              George Perry’s 77 year old record was officially tied.

                              Due diligence pays off
                              “Six months may seem like a lot of time to determine if a fish ties a record,” said Schratwieser. “Hopefully, people now understand the amount of due diligence the IGFA conducted on this record. Although we treat all records with equal rigor, the All-Tackle largemouth bass record is nothing less than iconic and the bass angling community deserved nothing less.”
                              Schratwieser added, “The IGFA wishes to applaud Kurita on his outstanding catch and would also like to commend him on his patience and candor during the entire review process. We would also like to thank the JGFA for their diligence and tireless assistance in corresponding with Kurita and fisheries officials.”

                              Biology and bass across the globe; where will the next record come from?
                              Largemouth bass have also been introduced in many countries but in Japan fisheries officials consider it an invasive species. In addition, because bass are not native and are stocked in Japan, many speculated that the big bass was a sterile triploid. However when biologists in Japan examined the ova of the big female, Schratwieser said they concluded that the fish was not triploid.
                              For over 77 years the record stood as bass fanatics theorized when and where the record would be broken. Over the years there have been rumors and unsubstantiated reports of bass that could have tied or eclipsed Perry’s record, but nothing ever passed IGFA criteria. Some anglers did come close, however.
                              Schratwieser said the closest came in 1991, when Robert Crupi caught a 22 lb bass in Lake Dixon, California USA, that still reigns as the 16 lb line class record and the third heaviest approved bass record in IGFA history.
                              “Most people thought that the next All-Tackle record would come from California. Until Kurita’s tie the seven heaviest bass records behind Perry’s came from California lakes. Although not native to California, it appears transplanted bass have adapted quite well to the deep, clear lakes and reservoirs and the abundant trout forage found in some of them.
                              “Little did people know that introduced bass grew big in places besides California, and that there are true monsters swimming on the other side of the world in Japan.”

                              More on the IGFA and the World Record Game Fishes book
                              The IGFA has been recognized as the official keeper of world saltwater fishing records since its founding in 1939. Annually it publishes a comprehensive list of current records of fresh and saltwater fish across the globe in its highly acclaimed World Record Game Fishes book which is divided into all-tackle, line classes, fly, and junior record categories.
                              The current 2010 edition of the book was released early this week and is only available from the IGFA with a $40 annual membership. The membership also includes on-line access to the most current updated world records on the IGFA web site, six issues of the International Angler bi-monthly news magazine, unlimited admission to the IGFA’s interactive Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., plus much more.
                              To join, or to renew your IGFA membership, go on-line to igfa.org or call the IGFA headquarters at 954-927-2628.
                              The IGFA is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. IGFA members are located in over 125 countries and territories. The IGFA welcomes visitors daily to its expansive and interactive Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
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                                HOT News from the IGFA – January 2010By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                                Fishing’s most valued reference book now available

                                The IGFA’s 2010 World Record Game Fishes annual -- the reference book that’s a mainstay in recreational fishing – is now available and continues its legacy as the most reliable and complete resource book of worldwide fishing records.
                                The popular annual is the official guide to saltwater and freshwater catches for over 1100 species around the world in the all-tackle category and nearly 400 species in line class, fly, and junior angler record categories. It’s been described as “the most comprehensive piece of fishing information available anywhere,” a statement made often by serious fishermen and fishing writers alike.
                                The book also contains a wide range of fishing-related reference materials including in-depth and entertaining features by top writers worldwide.
                                Featured this year are:
                                • Cover artwork by world-renowned marine artist Don Ray, of his painting Whoo’s on First depicting a wahoo in a rare “going-away” perspective. It’s Don’s ninth cover, the most of any artist, over the 34 year history of the IGFA annual.
                                • Wahoo as the featured subject of Tim Simpson’s Wahoo on Light Line. Simpson, the editor of Australia’s popular BlueWater magazine, technically details his quest for chasing one of the fastest fish alive on the lightest of lines in pursuit of an IGFA world record.
                                • In Goliath Tigerfish, Fishing the Congo, global angler Jakub Vágner takes us into the deepest depths of the African continent, fishing for one of the most formidable-looking freshwater fish on the planet.
                                • Fly fisherman and fly tyer, Ted Rogowski and David Klausmeyer, editors of Fly Tyer magazine, highlight the history of a few flies that have seduced world record class fish.
                                • Siberian angler and world record holder Mikhail Mogutov, takes us to his homeland in search of catching the largest of the salmonid species, the taimen in Hucho Taimen.
                                • In Swordfish, Deep-drop in the Daytime, “the scientist” Vic Gaspeny gives a breakdown of the technique for targeting deep-water swordfish in the daytime using IGFA compliant methods and which may help when it comes to targeting additional deep water species too.
                                • In IGFA Expeditions, World Class Fishing Adventures, IGFA Development Director Eric Combast takes a look back to the time of IGFA President Michael Lerner, who set out on a series of expeditions to chart the fishing potential around the world. Fast forward 50 years and expeditions have returned with the exclusive opportunity to fish Casa Vieja Lodge, Guatemala and Tropic Star Lodge, Panama with famed Dr. Guy Harvey, Karl Anderson, Bark Garnsey, IGFA President Rob Kramer, IGFA record holders, and light-line specialists Enrico Capozzi and Gary Carter.
                                • IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser’s, IGFA Observer Training: Sign Up, Get Trained and Go Observe, shows how getting involved with the IGFA’s Observer Program greatly assists in all-release billfish tournaments.
                                Also included are pages on the IGFA Official Weigh Stations and IGFA Captains which are useful when planning your fishing travels or when looking to break a world record. And there are over 150 pages of the updated list of world record holders.
                                IGFA members are now receiving their 408 page edition as just one of the many benefits of joining the IGFA. To receive your copy of 2010 World Record Game Fishes, go to www.igfa.org and sign up to become a member of the IGFA today or call 954-927-2628.
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                                Online bidding for annual IGFA fundraiser ends January 25

                                The bidding for nearly 200 items in the IGFA’s popular online auction at www.igfa.org running in conjunction with the 26th Annual IGFA International Auction & Banquet will be ending at 9 a.m. EST on January 25.
                                “Each item and its highest bid will be the starting bid at our silent auction the night of the event at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida on January 29,” said Arico. “Online bids have been typically 20 to 25% of the winning bids for the past five years.”
                                She said bids will not be accepted without a valid credit card number, expiration date, name, address, e-mail and contact number. All online winners will be notified by 5 p.m. on February 1, 2010, and are responsible for shipping charges.
                                For additional details on a particular item please contact Arico at 954-924-4222 or email: larico@igfa.org
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                                Hell’s Bay boat among highlights of IGFA Auction & Banquet (w/photos)

                                More exciting auction items are up for bid in the 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet, slated for Friday, January 29, 2010.
                                The event is the non-profit IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
                                “We’ll have an array of nearly 200 silent and live auction items in all price ranges on the bidding block as the evening unfolds at 6 p.m. at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla.,” said the IGFA’s Lesley Arico.
                                “One of our big ticket items that shallow water anglers will especially love is the Hell’s Bay Skate, the newest model in Hell’s Bay collection of shallow water performance boats.
                                “It’s 12' 9" in length and weighs only 250 pounds and has a skinny water 3 1/2" draft with the 15 hp 4-stroke Mercury tiller engine and fuel.
                                “It was donated by Hell's Bay Boatworks owners Chris and Wendi Peterson,” she said.
                                “Among its many features and benefits, the Skate has an easy clean non-skid deck, carpeted rod racks for four rods under the gunnels, Stiffy push pole holders, anodized poling platform with SeaDeck top, custom aluminum trailer with spare tire, heavy duty rub rail, quiet and dry hatches with rubber gaskets and Moonlite hatch springs and dry gutters on all hatches.
                                “It’s a very versatile boat. Check it out on the IFGA auction web site or at hellsbayboatworks.com.”
                                She highlighted a few of the other items up for bid:
                                • Two team entries into the La Sfida Trofeo M. de Nardis Tournament in Italy – for four anglers each, donated by Tournament Director Giacomo Forti and IGFA Representative Massimo Brogna.
                                • An original painting entitled “Marlins” by world-famous Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaró – also includes a coffee table book of his works from 1950 – 2007. Donated by Carlos Páez Vilaró. www.carlospaezvilaro.com
                                • Fishing Hawaii’s Kona Coast – on the Sea Genie II for up to four anglers for blue marlin with IGFA Certified Capt. Gene Vanderhoek for two full days of marlin fishing. The package is donated by Sea Genie, Inc. www.seageniesportfishing.com.
                                • Golden Mahseer fishing in the Himalayas -- an incredible fly-fishing guided journey for two anglers for six days with four fishing days on the Western Ramganga River. Donated by The Himalayan Outback, courtesy of IGFA Representative Misty Dhillon and Mickey Sidhu. www.himalayanoutback.com
                                • One Versatile Fishing Machine, the Mako 18 LTS (18’ 6” skiff) -- for fishing freshwater lakes or saltwater flats, it provides a smooth, dry ride, complete with a Mercury two-stroke motor. Donated by Bass Pro Shops and Mako Boats, courtesy of Johnny Morris. www.mako-boats.com
                                • Fishing vacation on Isla Parida in Panama - A four-night/three-day fishing vacation for two at Propiedad de Paradise in Panama, includes one day of world-class offshore fishing and one day of inshore fishing Donated by Propiedad de Paradise, courtesy of Nancy Reagan. www.fishpanamatoday.com
                                • A handcrafted and welded aluminum broadbill swordfish sculpture - this head and shoulder mount is approximately 44” long by 26” tall using metal forming techniques that is an absolute unique one-of-a-kind item. Donated by Australian sculptor Nic Jooste. www.metalfish.com.au
                                Arico said, “Other global adventures include fly fishing trips such as seven days in Argentina. There’s a Tahitian cruise, a photo safari at Zulu Nyala Game Lodge in South Africa, fishing the Similan Island in Thailand, trips to the Bahamas, to Los Suenos and the Zancudo Lodge both in Costa Rica, to the Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, along with more cruises, guided fishing trips, artwork and sculptures and more.
                                “And we have world-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche as the featured artist who will be creating a special sculpture for the auction.
                                For more details on all of the items please go to the IGFA home page at www.igfa.org. Tickets are $200 per person and include the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. 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, additional information or to make a donation to the auction please contact Ms. Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                                Luck played a role in Kurita’s record bass catch in Japan

                                There was a “back story” to Manabu Kurita’s catch of the 22 lb 4 oz largemouth bass from Japan’s Lake Biwa, which led to his recognition of an IGFA All-Tackle World Record (see: the main news story at http://igfa.org/Records/World-Record...outh-Bass.aspx )
                                He considered it luck.
                                On July 2nd, Kurita, 32, of Aichi, Japan, fishing on his country’s largest lake caught what is considered by millions of anglers, especially in North America, as the “holy grail” of freshwater fish because of the popularity and the longevity of George Perry’s 77 year old record. Perry’s same sized catch was made June 2, 1932, on Georgia’s Montgomery Lake, near Jacksonville, Georgia.
                                IGFA conservation director Jason Schratwieser said during the record review process undertaken by the IGFA, and its sister association the Japan Game Fish Association, “We corresponded with Kurita via the JGFA. One of the interesting sidelights of his pursuit was his unusual recovery of a favored rod and reel from the lake where he would soon catch his record fish.”
                                In May just two months earlier Kurita was on Lake Biwa using his favorite combo, fishing a live Ayu baitfish. After casting his bait, he laid down the rod on the deck of the boat to organize some tackle. As luck (the bad kind) would have it, a bass inhaled his bait and, before he knew it, dragged his rod and reel overboard. Since Lake Biwa happens to be Japan’s largest lake and can reach depths of over 300 feet, Kurita thought that he had seen the last of his favorite rod and reel.
                                Fortunately for Kurita, luck (this time the good kind) would visit him again. Several weeks later, back on Biwa, Kurita saw a large, dead bass floating on the surface. When he motored up to the fish, he saw that it had line coming out of its mouth. Kurita began pulling in the monofilament and, after several minutes, he was amazed to see that his lucky rod and reel was attached to it!
                                “It was that same rod and reel he used in early July for the world record tying catch,” said Schratwieser. “A Deps Sidewinder rod and a Shimano Antares DC7LV reel loaded with 25 lb Toray line.”

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                                Bill Baab’s book on Perry’s long held bass record now out (w/cover photo)

                                The timing for the release of a new book; “Remembering George W. Perry” couldn’t have come at a better time with the recent attention to the IGFA world record tying catch of a largemouth bass by Japan’s Manabu Kurita.
                                Written by renowned former Augusta, (Ga.) Chronicle outdoor editor Bill Baab the book is a human interest perspective devoted to the multi-talented Perry and the record fish he caught 77 years ago.
                                As a youngster Baab became an avid fan of what became known as “the catch” and spent years of his life chasing fish in his and Perry's home state while gathering a wealth of information on Perry.
                                As a somewhat unofficial authority and historian of Perry and the 22 lb 4 oz bass, the book summarizes Baab's many years of researching the legend of that world-record largemouth, one that launched a billion dollar industry of fishing tackle, boats, outboard engines, million dollar tournaments and more.
                                Meticulously researched the book is well written in the style Chronicle readers of Baab’s columns and features have loved for over 40 years. Baab also included a generous variety of anecdotes and historical photos throughout.
                                “Remembering George W. Perry” is available from www.whitefishpress.com or www.amazon.com .
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                                January Hot Catches

                                International Game Fish Association World Records Coordinator Rebecca Wright updates us with several recreational fish catches and photographs made from across the globe in Japan, Spain, Austria, Mauritius and the United States, now before the world records committee:

                                An all new potential IGFA record may be added to the list of some 1,100 species kept by the record keeping conservation association as angler Tuband Eric Bruno, Libreville, Gabon, guided by Yann Colas, landed a twospot red snapper (Lutjanus bohar) on November 12, 2009. It was pulled from the Indian Ocean while they were fishing off Mauritius’ Rodrigues Island. Bruno submitted an application affirming the fish weighed 14 kg (30 lb 13 oz) caught with a slice of bonito. (Photo – twosport red snapper – 34455)
                                Fishing California’s Newport Harbor on October 30, Donna Narcizo, of nearby Newport Beach, USA, guided by Jon Doughty, landed a California corbina (Minticirrhus undulatus) weighing 1.3 kg (2 lb 14 oz) with 10 kg (20 lb) class line. She was using an innkeeper worm for bait. She’s hoping to claim the IGFA women’s line class record which is currently vacant. (Photo – California corbina – 34464)

                                In the IGFA’s All-Tackle category Adriano Garhantini, of Rosegg, Austria, landed a grayling (Thymallus thymallus) on November 25, weighing 2.18 kg (4 lb 12 oz) using a nimph while fishing the Steinfeld River near Ddrava, Austria. The current IGFA record recorded in June 2008 from Finland’s Latasenojoki River is 3 lb 15 oz (1.79 kg). (Photo - grayling – 34466)

                                Chiba, Japan, angler Emiko Ihara, landed a Japanese parrotperch (Oplegnathus fasciatus) on November 14, weighing 3.6 kg (7 lb 14 oz) on 24 kg (50 lb) class line, using a sea urchin for bait while fishing off Mikurajima, Japan. Emiko released the fish after documenting. She could be the first to claim the IGFA women’s line class record which is currently vacant. (Photo – Japanese parrotperch – 34473)

                                On October 9th, Reinhold Schwarzwaelder, of Biblis, Germany, landed a leerfish (Garrick) (Lichia amia) weighing 22 kg (48 lb 8 oz) on 24 kg (50 lb), while fishing Spain’s Delta de Ebro. He took 30 minutes using mullet for bait. The current IGFA men’s line class record is 37 lb 7oz (17kg) caught off the Archipelago des Bijagos, Guienea-Basau in May of 2002. (Photo – leerfish – 34519)

                                Fly-fishing the Atlantic coastline of Central Florida, USA off the city of Stuart on December 22, Kate Burke, from the Florida Keys city of Tavernier, and guided by Capt. Tad Burke, landed a Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus). She used a baitfish imitation fly to catch the 2.49 kg (5 lb 8 oz) fish on 3 kg (6 lb) tippet taking five minutes to land the fish. The current IGFA women’s tippet record is 4 lb 0 oz (1.81kg) off the Florida Keys city of Marathon, Fla. 12 years ago. (Photo - Spanish mackerel – 34577)

                                Jennifer Mugrauer, of Jesup, Georgia, USA, guided by Chris Swenson, landed a black drum, (Pogonias cromis) on December 22 weighing 36.32 kg (80 lb 1 oz). Fishing the Georgia C Reef off the Georgia coast, she used 15 kg (30 lb) class line with squid as bait and took 15 minutes to wrestle her catch to the boat. She could tie the current IGFA women’s line class record of 80 lb 0 oz (36.28 kg) caught in 1975 off Cape Charles, Virginia. Photo – black drum – 34581)
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                                Observer Training Class February 13 at IGFA

                                The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum will be the site of the next IGFA Observer Training class to be presented on Saturday, February 13, 2010 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 and tackle regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website http://www.igfa.org/PDF/COP_Application2008.pdf.
                                Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. Please contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org for additional information.
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                                Guy Harvey’s early works in IGFA’s Changing Gallery (w/photos)
                                As a young boy, Guy Harvey was entranced by Ernest Hemingway’s story The Old Man and the Sea. In the early 1970’s, with no formal art training but with a scientist’s eye for detail, Guy began sketching his favorite parts. These sketches comprised Guy’s first art show in 1985. The highly acclaimed early marine artworks of Dr. Guy Harvey are now being shown at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum presented in its Changing Gallery exhibition room. In over three decades of professional painting and marine photography Harvey has made a name for himself as not only an internationally renowned marine and sports fishing artist but also as a marine biologist, conservationist, explorer, diver, scientist, videographer, author, philanthropist, TV host, merchandiser, restaurateur and angler.
                                This complete rarely-viewed series, of 59 pen-and-ink drawings from the private collection of Cheryl and Dave Copham, is on display through March, 2010. Also featured are the photos of Bill Boyce and sculptures of Kent Ullberg.
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                                ---Also at the IGFA Museum---
                                Exciting sport fishing photo exhibit extended through March

                                The 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,
                                The popular exhibit features more than 70 images -- from Pat Ford, Adrian Gray, Scott Kerrigan, Charlie Levine, Dave McCleaf, Al McGlashan, Ron Modra and Sam Root – and is now on display through March 2010.
                                Museum visitors can 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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                Coming to the Art Gallery April 2010: The funky fish art of Fort Lauderdale artist Dave Roehm
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                                Inaugural IGFA Fishing Expo coming April 10th weekend
                                If you’re anywhere near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida area on the weekend of April 10th and 11th, mark your calendar for the IGFA’s inaugural Fishing Expo presented by the World Fishing Network (WFN).
                                The special event will be held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in nearby Dania Beach, from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. each day and is expected to showcase fishing lodges, artwork, tournaments, electronics, unique tackle and more.
                                The Fishing Expo is a prelude to the seventh annual World Record Achievement Award celebration, on Saturday April 10, at 6 p.m. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at 954-924-4312 or e-mail at jtomlin@igfa.org.
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                                IGFA World Record Achievement Awards set for April

                                The IGFA’s seventh annual World Record Achievement Awards (WRAA) celebration, presented by Mercury Marine is set for April 10, 2010, recognizing men, women and junior anglers and professional captains for the most world records in 2009.
                                The records were compiled from the Top 10 list in the IGFA’s 2010 World Record Game Fishes book coming out in January.
                                Along with the anglers and guides, 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 2009.
                                The ceremony will be held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Ms. Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or email: larico@igfa.org .
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                                Billfish Expo 2010: One Day Fishing Extravaganza, Feb. 13

                                A rare gathering of two dozen of the world’s finest billfishing captains, anglers and marine scientists will be featured for Billfish Expo 2010, a one day fishing extravaganza, Saturday, February 13, to share some of their most highly guarded billfish secrets.
                                The event will be held on the third floor ballroom of the Waterfront Miami Marriot Biscayne Bay, 1633 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, Florida, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
                                The Billfish Expo benefits two of marine conservation’s leading non-profits; the International Game Fish Association and The Billfish Foundation, to help preserve the future of billfishing.
                                Hosted by Capt. Skip Smith, the one day “How-To” educational fishing extravaganza features captains and anglers “who have combined in catching and releasing over 100,000 billfish, achieved over 250 world records and,” he added with a grin, “have won way too much prize money.”
                                He said, “These speakers belong to a special club of anglers where the members don’t talk too much, too loud or too often about themselves but when they do, anglers stop to listen.
                                “We’re limiting the audience to just 1,000 so we can keep an informal setting for one-on-one opportunities and the speakers can share more insights on fishing topics.”
                                Smith noted that following the day long event The Billfish Foundation will present its 20th annual Tag and Release Awards beginning at 7 p.m. in the same room.
                                Along with television fishing show host and IGFA Hall of Famer Mark Sosin the event’s emcee, Smith gave a run down of the scheduled topics and speakers. They include:
                                • Sailfish: Trolling: Ron Hamlin & Dave Fields
                                • Sailfish: Live Bait: Ray Rosher & Bouncer Smith
                                • Circle Hooks: How They Work and How to Rig: Bouncer Smith & Skip Smith
                                • White Marlin: Bubba Carter & Dave Fields
                                • Black Marlin & Wiring Techniques: Peter Wright, Bo Jenyns & Scott Levin
                                • Daytime Swordfishing: Matt Tambor, Richard Stanczyk & Josh Brown
                                • Angling: Rob Ruwitch & Raleigh Werking
                                • Satellite Tagging and Other Science: Professor Arthur Mariano
                                • Striped Marlin: Steve Lassley & Peter Groesbeck
                                • Using Your Electronics: Karl Anderson, Steve Lassley, Pete Groesbeck,
                                • Blue Marlin: Bubba Carter, Gene Vanderhoek, Kevin Nakamura, Steve Lassley, Peter Groesbeck, Mike Lemon
                                • Special guest speaker Chris Fischer on his new National Geographic Television Show “Expedition Great White”
                                Smith said many more special guests, TV fishing personalities and speakers will be in attendance along with sponsor exhibits, merchandise marts, raffles, drawings for trips and more.
                                Tickets are $125 per person, if registered before Feb. 1, at billfishexpo.com.
                                For additional information on Billfish Expo please call Smith or Tom Fitzpatrick at the One More Bit Production’s office at 954-531-7985
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                                IGFA accepting grant requests from schools for lab programs

                                Do you know of a school that’s interested in the marine sciences?
                                If so the IGFA has some great news. The IGFA’s Education and Outreach Program is currently accepting grant requests for school groups in grades K-12 to participate in their hands-on lab programs.
                                IGFA Education Director David Matagiese said, “The funding we’ve received from granting entities like Fish Florida, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and the A.D. Henderson Foundation have been incredibly helpful in allowing the IGFA to accomplish its mission of educating youth on the importance of conservation and how to be better stewards of the environment.
                                “Last year alone, through funding provided by grants and donations, we were able to reach over 30,000 children through our Outreach and Educational Programs. Many of these 30,000 children came from low-income families and would not typically have the chance to participate in these hands-on programs.”
                                He said funds are available for groups to participate in the lab programs in two ways. Either on-site at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida or the IGFA Education Team can come to your classroom to host many of the educational lab programs at your school.
                                Priority for funding is given to Title-I schools. Programs are available from Monday - Friday during school hours and require a minimum of 20 participants. The IGFA may also be able to cover the cost of your group’s transportation to and from the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum! Please call Veronica Woods at 954-924-4309 for more details.
                                For more information on how your school group can participate in these marine science programs for free, please contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4309 or visit our grant request page at www.igfa.org/grants.asp.
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                                Popular IGFA School of Sportfishing returns March 2

                                The IGFA School of Sportfishing is getting ready to kick off Session 14 on March 2.
                                Jeff Mackin of the IGFA’s education department said in addition to some very popular favorites, the school is planning to introduce some new classes anglers have been asking for.
                                “Session 13 which wrapped up in December was highly successful,” Mackin said. “Participants enjoyed a variety of classes focusing on offshore angling taught by some of the biggest names in sport fishing.
                                “They also benefited from the School of Sportfishing’s partnership with Yo-Zuri, receiving free Crystal Minnow lures and spools of fluorocarbon in addition to the customary rod, lure, and tackle giveaways. Attendees can expect us to provide and continue improving on the finest series of fishing courses available.”
                                The IGFA School of Sportfishing classes are held on Tuesday nights from 7 – 10 p.m. at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida.
                                For more information on the class subjects please contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or visit http://www.igfa.org/education/school...rtfishing.aspx. You may also sign up online at http://www.igfa.org/education/school...istration.aspx. Classes are limited to the first 24 anglers so sign up today!
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                                Calendar of upcoming IGFA events for 2010

                                Now through January 25, 2010 – On line auction leading up to 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers, Jan. 29, in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, This always popular feature of the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event is now active on the IGFA website www.igfa.org. Bidding began on November 5th and ends at 9 a.m. EST on January 25, 2010 for nearly 200 silent and live auction items. The highest bid on each online item will be the starting bid at the silent auction January 29th the night of the event. Typically 20 - 25% of the online bidding have been the winning bids for the past five years. Auction donations include a special bronze sculpture from this year’s featured artist, world-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche. There are items in all price ranges including fishing trips to Los Suenos Costa Rica, Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, the Bahamas, cruises, artwork and more. Tickets for the Jan. 29th gala are $200 per person and include the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                                January 29, 2010 -- 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, beginning at 6 p.m. -- It’s the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid. Donations are already arriving, including the special bronze sculpture from this year’s featured artist, world-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche. There are fully rigged boats from Hell’s Bay and Mako, plus trips to Los Suenos, Tropic Star Lodge, the Bahamas, cruises, artwork and more. The auction is featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org beginning the first week of November. Tickets are $200 per person and included the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                                February 13, 2010 -- 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. Pre-registration is required. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website http://www.igfa.org/PDF/COP_Application2008.pdf . The $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                                April 10 - 11, 2010 -- IGFA Fishing Expo Presented by World Fishing Network, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This inaugural IGFA Fishing Expo, is presented by the World Fishing Network (WFN), and showcases fishing lodges, artwork, electronics, tournaments, unique fishing tackle and more. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at 954-924-4312 or e-mail at jtomlin@igfa.org.
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                                April 10, 2010 -- Seventh Annual IGFA World Record Achievements Awards and Banquet, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. 6 p.m. -- This celebration dinner and awards ceremony highlights the 2009 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains and tackle manufacturers. For reservations and tickets for this ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                                May 9 - 14, 2010 -- IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – This 11th annual event is considered international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting winning teams from countries on six continents who have been invited after winning one of over 120 qualifying events held in 2009. It’s also the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. For more on the tournament or to register a tournament as a qualifier, contact Lynda Wilson at Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or via phone at 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4680.
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                                July 13 - 15, 2010 – 10th 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 nearly 40 qualifying tournaments around the world held in 2009 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 flkeyout@bellsouth.net or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com .
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                                  IGFA HOT News HOT Catches – February 2010

                                  IGFA HOT News HOT Catches – February 2010By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel
                                  Story behind new world record 41 lb 7 oz brown trout caught in Mich.
                                  Not to be overshadowed by the 22 lb, 4 oz largemouth bass record caught by Japan’s Manabu Kurita, which tied a 77 year-old record and received overwhelming tribute in January; the IGFA would like to spotlight an equally impressive “holy grail” of freshwater fish species which also recently received an IGFA All-Tackle world record. Here’s more on that story:
                                  By a pound and three ounces, Tom Healy of Rockford, Michigan, USA, eclipsed the 17-year-old brown trout (Salmo trutta) world record with a 41 lb 7 oz (18.8 kg) fish pulled out of Michigan's Manistee River, on September 9, 2009. The IGFA record he beat was a 40 lb 4 oz (18.25 kg) brown pulled from Arkansas’ (USA) Little Red River in May 9, 1992 by Howard Collins.
                                  On that September morning, Healy was fishing with friend Bob Woodhouse of Grand Rapids, Michigan and guide Tim Roller of Ultimate Outfitters. For well over 20 years Healy, a retired construction manager, traveled the two hours to fish for chinook salmon and steelhead on the Manistee.
                                  The three men were targeting salmon by drifting the river and casting Rapala crank-baits (plugs). Healy was using a #8 silver Shad Rap with a 9’ Cabela’s XML rod and a Cabela’s Prodigy reel filled with 30 lb Power-Pro. They had already hooked two salmon, when about eight o’clock Healy had a strike he immediately recognized as a sizable fish. Healy said it made a violent first run up-river where it came to the surface and tried to jump but couldn’t because of its immense size.
                                  Only when the fish came to the net 15 minutes later did they simultaneously realize two things: first, the fish was a whole lot bigger than they had originally thought, and second, it was not a salmon at all, but a brown trout.
                                  Its weight bottomed out Healy’s Boga Grip at the maximum 30 lb mark. They then estimated it weighed maybe 35 pounds. It measured at 43.75 inches with a girth of 27 inches.
                                  Since steelhead are Healy’s passion, he thought it necessary to call brown trout guru and local charter captain Mark Chimura, to help verify the fish. When Chimura learned what they had, he pulled his fishing trip off the river and came with a certified scale to their location. The fish weighed over 41 pounds. Chimura then called and asked the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to meet them and the fish at his charter business shop in downtown Manistee. When the Michigan conservation officer arrived he in turn called two DNR fish biologists to come and confirm the species and verify its weight, length and girth. Fish scales that were clipped for age determination, later confirmed the fish was six years of age.
                                  The local TV station came and recorded the weighing of the fish for TV.
                                  Healy said above and beyond achieving the IGFA All-Tackle record for the biggest brown trout ever landed on rod and reel, he was touched most by the respect the people of Manistee, Michigan gave the fish. Tom recalls standing on the downtown sidewalk, lifting the brown trout up for a period of almost six hours so everyone could pay respects and enjoy the beauty and amazing size of the fish.
                                  Healy believes the catch was more special because the people of Manistee know fish and fishing; many of the residents and families in that area are lifelong anglers, charter boat captains, fishing guides, or are somehow involved in the fishing tourism industry of Manistee. Tom said they know the tremendous historic importance behind such a catch and realize the all-time biggest brown trout on rod and reel can arguably be one of those “holy-grails” of fish species to catch.
                                  The IGFA congratulates Tom Healy on his fine achievement of his new world record.
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                                  IGFA World Record Achievement Awards set for April 10

                                  Tickets are now available for the IGFA’s seventh annual World Record Achievement Awards (WRAA) celebration, presented by Mercury Marine. The event is set for April 10, recognizing men, women and junior anglers and professional captains for the most world records in 2009.
                                  The records were compiled from the Top 10 list in the IGFA’s 2010 World Record Game Fishes book coming out in January
                                  Along with the anglers and guides, also to honored will be tackle, scale, lure and line manufacturers based on the number of computer printouts of the anglers using their products in setting the new records in 2009.
                                  Also that evening two IGFA Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Rapala and Captain Andrew Parsons.
                                  Rapala Lures:
                                  Rapala lures are responsible for more IGFA World Records than any other lure manufacturer in history.
                                  "Created by a fisherman, Rapala lures have been a mainstay of our sport for more than 70 years," said Mike Myatt, Chief Operating Officer of IGFA. "We are excited to showcase this historic company and its products."
                                  The company was officially founded in 1936 when Lauri Rapala invented the Rapala fishing lure. Rapala has grown from humble beginnings to a market leader in the fishing tackle industry. The Rapala brand’s functionality and high quality are known by fishermen around the world. Rapala maintains its strict standards of craftsmanship while delivering its fishing products to anglers in more than 130 countries.
                                  "We are extremely honored by this recognition from the IGFA," said Tom Mackin, President of Rapala USA. "We are always excited when our lures land a record and it's a privilege to be a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award."
                                  Captain Andrew Parsons:
                                  Andrew Parsons has 100 records as a guide and nine as an angler. A native of South Africa, Andrew has fished all over the world. Although fly fishing is his specialty, he’s equally adept at inshore and offshore fishing with both heavy and light tackle.
                                  Andrew has fished all his life and was chosen to represent Natal in surf fishing competitions at the age of 23 and began guiding full time in 1995 in Benguerra, Mozambique. Most recently Andrew has been traveling the world with, and guiding fellow Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Jodie Johnson. Andrew enjoys fishing for virtually all species of fish, but claims that sharks are his favorite. His most notable shark catch was a 550 lb bull shark that he caught surf fishing on the beach. His favorite record experience is Johnson’s 60 lb barracuda on 16 lb tippet because, not only is it the heaviest barracuda ever caught on fly, but because they had to tease the fish for close to an hour before it would bite the fly.
                                  The ceremony will be held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Ms. Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or email: larico@igfa.org .
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                                  Inaugural IGFA Fishing Expo coming April 10th weekend
                                  If you’re anywhere near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida area on the weekend of April 10th and 11th, mark your calendar for the IGFA’s inaugural Fishing Expo presented by the World Fishing Network (WFN).
                                  The special event will be held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in nearby Dania Beach, from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. each day and is expected to showcase fishing lodges, artwork, tournaments, electronics, unique tackle and more.
                                  The half-price adult admission and kids are free.
                                  The Fishing Expo is a prelude to the seventh annual World Record Achievement Award celebration, on Saturday April 10, at 6 p.m. The museum will close at 3 p.m. on that Saturday but the Expo will remain open until 6 p.m. A two-hour KISS Country Road show will have food and prizes on site.
                                  For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at 954-924-4312 or e-mail at jtomlin@igfa.org.
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                                  IGFA’s Expedition Guatemala, April 14 - 18
                                  The next IGFA Expedition Series trip is set for the Pacific Ocean side of Guatemala, an event described as the ultimate once-in-a lifetime sailfishing experience.
                                  The journey begins April 14 – 18 with five days and four nights at the Casa Vieja Lodge.
                                  “This adventure to this beautiful Central America country to fish the famous Guatemala sailfish run follows in the footsteps of the early game fish pioneers exploring the abundant waters for the world’s greatest game fish,” said IGFA Development Director Eric Combast.
                                  “It’s three days of fishing with our Expedition Series leaders which may include other top game species such as marlin and dorado found in the surrounding waters.”
                                  The six expedition team leaders includes TV host and IGFA Fishing Hall of Famer Mark Sosin, IGFA President Rob Kramer, light tackle expert Gary Carter, billfish fly fishing expert Enrico Capozzi, tag and release expert Capt. Ron Hamlin, and Pacific sailfishing expert Jim Turner.
                                  “This group of experienced and exceptional anglers will provide an action-packed excursion with valuable fishing tips and guidance,” said Combast. “Since 1994, the fleet at Casa Vieja has averaged 20 sailfish a day per boat. In 2006, Turner, fishing aboard the flagship Release, caught an amazing 57 sailfish, all on fly and all on the same day.”
                                  The cost of this all-inclusive expedition is $7,500 for anglers USD and $2,500 for non- anglers and includes all in-country transfers, lodging, meals and cocktails. Fees do not include airfare to/from Guatemala City and any incidental purchases. All guests have a private room and fish two anglers per boat. Space is limited to 12 anglers per trip.
                                  A portion of the cost will be tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.
                                  A second Expedition Series event will be offered later this year to the Tropic Star Lodge on Pinas Bay, Panama, August 30 to September 4.
                                  For more information on these exciting opportunities, please call Combast at 954-924-4325 or email ecombast@igfa.org.
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                                  IGFA Conservation Awards presented

                                  Among the highlights of the 26th IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, USA, in January was the presentation of achievement and conservation awards made annually by the IGFA.

                                  The Gil Keech Heavy Tackle Angling Award
                                  Cairns, Queensland, Australia’s Captain Laurie Wright was the recipient of the Gil Keech Award for lifetime achievements in Heavy Tackle Angling.
                                  This special honor began in 1998 by the Ocean City (Md.) Light Tackle Club; at 63 years it is one of the oldest clubs of its type in the world.
                                  Its recipient, Capt. Wright has served in the Cairns charter fleet for over 30 years. In 1983 he started his own charter business, and his record as a skipper is a testament of his skill and dedication to the sport. In just his first season he caught a grander and though he prefers release, his early career saw the landing of his biggest fish, a 1277 lb black marlin. Wright has fished all over the world but it is his promotion of, and significant contributions to, the growth and success of the Cairns marlin fishery that are legendary. He’s a past chairman of the Cairns Professional Game Fishing Association and was instrumental in the planning and establishment of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. A key figure in the establishment of the Cairns Game Fishing Hall of Fame in 2006, he was himself inducted into the Hall in 2008.
                                  Tim Choate accepted the award for Wright
                                  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 Capt. Thomas Barkley Garnsey, of Tyrone New Mexico.
                                  Known on the dock as “Bark,” he is best known for his adventures with IGFA Trustee and world-renowned angler Stewart Campbell. Together, Bark and Stewart have re-written the billfish record books on major expeditions to tropical backwaters spanning the globe. The pair have teamed up to land records including – an 820 lb blue marlin on 16-lb line class and an 872 pounder on 30-lb line class. Bark’s atlas of fishing spots includes the east coast from Florida to Newfoundland, all of the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Windward Islands, West Africa, Indonesia, Venezuela, Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Thailand, New Guinea, the Canary Islands and Madeira.
                                  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.
                                  Capt. Bark was there to accept his award.

                                  More conservation awards
                                  IGFA President Rob Kramer, presented honors to a club, individuals and a boat company all which have made significant and outstanding contributions to the cause of conservation in the freshwater, saltwater and fly fishing communities.
                                  Confederación Española de Pesca Marítima de Recreo Responsible, Spain was the recipient of The IGFA Conservation Award to a Fishing Organization. Kramer said, “This organization has provided the government of Spain and other interested parties with social and economic data on recreational fishing, and has been instrumental in passing a law that recognizes recreational fishing vessels through a new licensing program. It has conducted several important symposia to exchange information on recreational fishing, and the Confederation also collaborates in regional scientific studies and tagging efforts.”
                                  Esteban Graupera, of Spain, one of several IGFA Representatives involved with the organization accepted the award.
                                  Evan Jones of Caloundra, Queensland, Australia was the recipient of the IGFA Conservation Award to an Individual. “Evan Jones has been working very diligently to counter large no-fishing zones in the Coral Sea,” said Kramer. “His arguments against their implementation have been fact based, consistent with IGFA policy and he is an effective disseminator of information on the subject to a variety of fishing organizations worldwide.”
                                  IGFA Trustee Neil Patrick accepted the award for Evan Jones.
                                  The IGFA Conservation Award to an IGFA Representative was presented to Greg McIntosh of Vero Beach, Florida and Halibut Cove, Alaska.
                                  “Greg is a long standing member of IGFA’s International Committee of Representatives,” said Kramer. “He’s active both as a member and representative and in the last three years has been invaluable in keeping IGFA abreast of the allocation conflicts occurring in Alaska’s halibut fishery. He has helped draft IGFA policy on the subject and has done an excellent job in representing IGFA at regional fisheries management meetings on this and other fisheries related subjects.”
                                  Greg was present to accept his award.
                                  Hell’s Bay Boatworks received the IGFA Conservation Award to an IGFA Corporate Sponsor
                                  “Hell’s Bay boats are without question the finest flats boats in the industry today,” said Kramer. “Today Hell’s Bay Boatworks is led by a team of dedicated fishermen, outdoorsmen and adventurers. This team is guided by Capt. Chris Peterson and his wife Wendi Peterson. Hells Bay is passionate about giving back to the sport of fishing by supporting non-profit organizations that value the longevity of the sport. The company has become heavily involved in IGFA, CCA and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust events, along with sponsoring the FishStock tournament in New Smyrna Beach, several Redbone tournaments for cystic fibrosis research and numerous other events, giving us great pride to present this award to Hell’s Bay.”
                                  Hell’s Bay Boatworks owners Chris and Wendi Peterson accepted their award.
                                  Receiving the IGFA International Committee Membership Incentive Program was Bob Lowe from Blankhurst, New South Wales, Australia
                                  The award was established three years ago to help enhance the IGFA membership. “This past year,” said Kramer, “IGFA representatives signed up 247 new members from all over the world. Bob signed up 103 new members in 2009. Bob was our third place winner last year and decided he needed to be here tonight, so he worked hard all year and succeeded.”
                                  As the first place winner, Bob received round-trip airfare to the auction with a hotel room, an all-expense paid offshore fishing trip while there, a carved wooden circle hook donated by David Wirth, and recognition in the IGFA’s International Angler magazine, on the IGFA website and in the World Record Game Fishes book.
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                                  IGFA’s selects two newest Trustees

                                  The International Game Fish Association’s Board of Trustees executive committee has selected Roy W. Cronacher Jr. and Ralph “Agie” Vicente as the newest IGFA trustees.
                                  The announcement was made by IGFA President Rob Kramer.
                                  Roy W. Cronacher Jr. resides in Naples, Fla., USA, where he is the President and CEO of Cronacher Development Corporation a real estate development corporation. He’s been an IGFA Representative for southwest Florida since February 2003.
                                  Cronacher began fishing in 1959 at 10 years of age. When he was 12 years old his family moved to the Bahamas where he fished every day after school. He also lived in Key Largo for 17 years. He fishes extensively throughout the Caribbean, the Central and South Americas and Mexico. Cronacher holds three records in the Miami Beach Rod and Reel Club and has held three IGFA World Records.
                                  Cronacher has been a strong supporter of the IGFA and in December 2009, along with his wife Jackie, he hosted the Inaugural IGFA Naples Florida Gala. Plans are already under way for the 2010 event.
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                                  Ralph “Agie” Vicente resides in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has been an IGFA representative there since 1995. Vicente grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Dorado, Puerto Rico and as a youngster he developed a love for fishing which carried over into later life when he became involved in organizing and helping to run many of the big game fishing tournaments in Puerto Rico and islands of the Caribbean. He has also been active in promoting tag and release initiatives around the world. He has fished and participated in tournaments all over the world including Mexico, throughout the Caribbean, the Central and South Americas and Hawaii.
                                  Vicente is the Commodore of Club Náutico de San Juan. In this role, he has been instrumental in the success of the IGFA Auction night during their International Billfish Tournament providing significant support for IGFA’s conservation and education programs.
                                  Vicente has also served as an officer for the Club Nautico de San Juan, The Billfish Foundation, The Puerto Rico Gamefish Association, Puerto Rico Light Tackle Association, the Caribbean Forum and the Virgin Islands Big Game Club.
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                                  IGFA mourns the loss of Walter Fondren, III – 1936 - 2010

                                  A visionary of conservation in his home state and beyond, Walter W. Fondren III, of Houston, Texas, USA, passed away on January 28, 2010. An IGFA trustee from 1985-1999, Fondren was inducted into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in 2004. An avid, hunter, skilled fisherman and passionate conservationist, he was a staunch proponent of marine resource conservation for more than a quarter century.
                                  In 1976, Fondren was one of 43 concerned recreational anglers who met in a Houston sporting goods store to discuss what they could do about the continued abuse of marine resources and he became a driving force in the grassroots movement to save red drum and speckled trout populations along the Texas coast. That event resulted in the creation of the Gulf Coast Conservation Association (GCCA) with Walter becoming chairman of the first Texas chapter. In 1997, 15 state chapters became part of a national organization for the conservation of marine resources under the name Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). Since the mid-1980s the CCA with nearly 100,000 members has been active in virtually every fisheries debate on local, state and national levels within the United States.
                                  Over the years, Walter received numerous well-deserved conservation awards including the Harvey Weil Sportsman/Conservationist Award in 2000 and the prestigious Charles H. Lyles Award in 2001 from the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission in recognition of his exceptional contributions on behalf of marine resources. During his lifetime, Walter achieved three IGFA freshwater world records, and continues to hold the 4 lb tippet for Dorado (Salminus brasiliensis) which he set November 5, 1991 in Apa River, Paraguary.
                                  Walter Fondren’s contributions to the fishing industry, marine conservation and to the IGFA are extraordinary and he will be greatly missed.
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                                  February Hot Catches

                                  International Game Fish Association World Records Coordinator Rebecca Wright updates us with seven recreational fish catches and photographs beginning with several caught on fly that are now before the world records committee:

                                  While fly fishing Brazil’s Manapolis, Rio Preto da Eva, on October 22, Jorge Massulo de Aguiar, of Manaus Amazonas, Brazil, landed a speckled peacock (Cichla temensis) weighing 11.4 kg (25 lb 2 oz) on 8 kg (16 lb) tippet. It took him 12 minutes to land. The current IGFA record is 19 lb 0 oz ( 8.61 kg) caught in Nov. 1992 from Venezuela’s Rio Pasimoni. (Photo: speckled peacock – 34823)

                                  On the saltwater fly fishing side Jeff Storm Harkavy, of Coral Springs, Fla., USA, landed a Pacific barracuda, (Sphyraena argentea) on Dec. 26, while fishing Golfito, Costa Rica. The fish weighed 3.18 kg (7 lb 0 oz) and was caught with 3 kg (6 lb) tippet. The current men’s IGFA record for 3 kg tippet is 2 lb 12 oz off Mexico’s Santos Island near Todos last April. Jeff landed the fish in eight minutes guided by Bobby McGuinness. (Photo: Pacific barracuda – 34658)

                                  On Sept. 17, Richard C. Keatley, of Norfolk, Va., USA, landed a striped bass (Morone saxatilis) weighing in at 23.27kg (51 lb 5 oz). He used a clouser minnow fly tied to 10 kg (20 lb), tippet while fishing Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The current IGFA men’s tippet record is 43 lb 12 oz ( 19.84kg) caught Dec., 2006, from the same area. It took Keatley 30 minutes to land. (Photo: striped bass – 34732)

                                  Escaping the cold winter of her Bozeman, Mont., USA, home, multi-record holder Dotty Ballantyne, guided by famed Key West, Fla., Captain R.T. Trosset, landed a jack crevalle (Caranx hippos) on January 31, weighing 1.39 kg (3 lb 1 oz). She took 50 minutes to capture the fish on ultra thin 1 kg (2 lb) tippet while fishing Key West. The current IGFA women’s 2 lb tippet record is 1 lb, 12 oz (.79 kg) that Dotty herself set back in July 2006 in Apalachicola, Fla. (Photo: jack crevalle – 34929)

                                  World traveling angler Stan Nabozny, of The Woodlands, Texas, USA, landed a comizo hybrid barbel, (Barbus steindachner) on October 26, weighing 6.95 kg (15 lb 5 oz) in 15 min using corn and halibut pellets. Nabozny made the catch while fishing Spain’s Guidiana River. He’s hoping to see his All-Tackle catch added as a new species for the World Record Game Fishes book. He released the fish after photographing and documenting the measurements. (Photo: comizo hybrid barbel – 34743)

                                  While fishing Western Australia’s Rottnest Island on Dec. 28, Rhyss Whittred, of Landsdale, W.A., used a jig to attract a samsonfish (Seriola hippos) weighing 29.75 kg (65 lb 9 oz) on 8 kg (16 lb) class line. The current IGFA men’s line class record is 54 lb 13 oz ( 24.88 kg) caught near Port Lincoln, South Australia this past June. He was guided by Mary Jarrett and took 35 minutes to bring the fish to the boat. (Photo: samsonfish – 34824)

                                  This past Nov. 23, smallfry angler Ashley Stout, of Reno, Nev., USA, made an impressive catch for her age group, by landing a cutthroat trout, (Oncorhynchus clarki) weighing 4.08 kg (9 lb 0 oz). She took five minutes to reel the fish in while fishing Pyramid Lake, Nevada. The current IGFA female smallfry record is 5 lb 8 oz (2.49 kg) caught in South Park Colorado in 2003. (Photo: cutthroat trout – 34580)
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                                  Open House for IGFA School of Sportfishing, Feb. 24

                                  If you’re an angler living in South Florida you’ve heard about the School of Sportfishing classes at the IGFA over the years. If you haven’t experienced them you can get a sample of what’s in store as the IGFA holds a special Open House to meet the instructors of the 14th session of three hour weekly classes for six weeks in March and April.
                                  This special is on Wed., February 24 at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, from 7 – 9 p.m.
                                  They’ll give highlights of the upcoming six weekly classes which begin on Tuesday, March 2, answer your questions, hand out door prizes and much more. Admission is $20 cash, at the door and there’s no registration required. The $20 can be applied to any class if you sign up at the Open House. Additional promotions available for multiple class sign ups.
                                  For more go to IGFA website at http://www.igfa.org/education/school...rtfishing.aspx or to register online at http://www.igfa.org/education/school...istration.aspx or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340.
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                                  Popular IGFA School of Sportfishing returns March 2

                                  The IGFA School of Sportfishing will open its 14th session on The IGFA School of Sportfishing is getting ready to kick off Session 14 on March 2.
                                  Jeff Mackin of the IGFA’s education department said the school is planning to introduce some new classes anglers have been asking for in addition to some very popular favorites:
                                  • March 2nd opens with “Kite Fishing Techniques” with Capt. Tony DiGiulian touching on the basics of kite fishing as well as teach more advanced techniques.
                                  • March 9th is the brand new “Targeting Nearshore Gamefish: Dolphin, Kings, & Blackfins”. Participants looking to fill their coolers will learn how from one of the world’s best Capt. Bouncer Smith.
                                  • March 16th is another new class with Capt. Josh Brown’s “Trophy Snook and Tarpon.” Despite the temporary restrictions on snook and tarpon, anglers will want to take this class to learn where and how to catch these trophy fish.
                                  • March 23rd will be “All About Live Bait,” one of the school’s most popular classes taught by Capt. Shawn Fairbanks. In addition to learning the species-specific secrets to catching baitfish, attendees will leave the class knowing how to throw a cast net.
                                  • March 30th is “Offshore Secrets of the Keys,” is a much-requested topic with participants learning the ins and outs of fishing offshore in the Keys from the well-renowned Capt. Jack Callion.
                                  • April 6th ends the 14th session with the timely “Fishing Bimini and Cat Cay” as Capt. Bouncer Smith helps anglers maximize their fishing trips to the nearby islands.

                                  The IGFA School of Sportfishing benefits from its partnership with Yo-Zuri, receiving free Crystal Minnow lures and spools of fluorocarbon in addition to the customary rod, lure, and tackle giveaways. Attendees can expect us to provide and continue improving on the finest series of fishing courses available.
                                  The classes are held on these Tuesday nights from 7 – 10 p.m. at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. For more information, please contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or visit http://www.igfa.org/education/school...rtfishing.aspx. You may also sign up online at http://www.igfa.org/education/school...istration.aspx. Classes are limited to the first 24 anglers so sign up today!
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                                  ---At the IGFA Museum---
                                  Guy Harvey’s early works in IGFA’s Changing Gallery
                                  As a young boy, Guy Harvey was entranced by Ernest Hemingway’s story The Old Man and the Sea. In the early 1970’s, with no formal art training but with a scientist’s eye for detail, Guy began sketching his favorite parts. These sketches comprised Guy’s first art show in 1985. The highly acclaimed early marine artworks of Dr. Guy Harvey are now being shown at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum presented in its Changing Gallery exhibition room.This complete rarely-viewed series, of 59 pen-and-ink drawings from the private collection of Cheryl and Dave Copham, is on display through March, 2010. Also featured are the photos of Bill Boyce and sculptures of Kent Ullberg.
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                                  Exciting sport fishing photo exhibit ends March 31
                                  The 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. The popular exhibit features more than 70 images -- from Pat Ford, Adrian Gray, Scott Kerrigan, Charlie Levine, Dave McCleaf, Al McGlashan, Ron Modra and Sam Root – and is now on display through March. Museum visitors can 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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                  The Funky Fish Art of David Roehm coming in April
                                  The IGFA Art Gallery will be featuring the work of artist David Roehm, who is inspired by his fishing and snorkeling adventures off his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, along with Chokoloskee Island, and the flats of Islamorada. His creations often start with unusual items such as fire hydrants and fish mounts and are always colorful and whimsical. For a preview of what's to come visit www.funkyfishart.com.
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                                  Also Coming Soon: Lou Marron's All Tackle record swordfish
                                  The mount of Lou Marron's All Tackle record swordfish (1,182 pounds caught in 1953) will be on display soon in its new permanent home, the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
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                                  N. J. IGFA Reps holding 13th banquet and auction in March

                                  The New Jersey IGFA representatives will be hosting their 13th annual IGFA Banquet & Auction on Friday, March 26 in Mike Doolan’s Restaurant, Spring Lake Heights.
                                  That event has raised about $170,000 over the course of 12 years for the IGFA’s Junior Angler and Conservation programs.
                                  For additional information call Jeff Merrill at 908-451-1110.
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                                  IGFA accepting grant requests from schools for lab programs

                                  Do you know of a school that’s interested in the marine sciences?
                                  If so the IGFA has some great news. The IGFA’s Education and Outreach Program is currently accepting grant requests for school groups in grades K-12 to participate in their hands-on lab programs.
                                  IGFA Education Director David Matagiese said, “The funding we’ve received from granting entities like Fish Florida, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and the A.D. Henderson Foundation have been incredibly helpful in allowing the IGFA to accomplish its mission of educating youth on the importance of conservation and how to be better stewards of the environment.
                                  “Last year alone, through funding provided by grants and donations, we were able to reach over 30,000 children through our Outreach and Educational Programs. Many of these 30,000 children came from low-income families and would not typically have the chance to participate in these hands-on programs.”
                                  He said funds are available for groups to participate in the lab programs in two ways. Either on-site at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida or the IGFA Education Team can come to your classroom to host many of the educational lab programs at your school.
                                  Priority for funding is given to Title-I schools. Programs are available from Monday - Friday during school hours and require a minimum of 20 participants. The IGFA may also be able to cover the cost of your group’s transportation to and from the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. Please call Veronica Woods at 954-924-4309 for more details.
                                  For more information on how your school group can participate in these marine science programs for free, please contact Ms. Woods at 954-924-4309 or visit our grant request page at www.igfa.org/grants.asp.
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                                  BAMM is coming in June

                                  Hey IGFA members, BAMM is coming back this June!
                                  If you have a membership to the IGFA, you’ve also got membership to more than 20 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) participating institutions. The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.”
                                  Each institution will define exactly what benefits will be eligible but at the very least it will be free admission at the same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org. Additional information can be found on the BAMM web site at www.bamminfo.org
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                                  “Did You Know?” – Interesting facts from the IGFA
                                  This month the IGFA features some facts from the 2009 fishing records received across the globe in the making of the IGFA’s 2010 World Record Game Fishes book:
                                  Top five record producing countries in 2009:
                                  • United States: 174 records
                                  • Brazil: 62 records
                                  • Costa Rica: 51 records
                                  • Thailand: 38 records
                                  • Japan: 35 records
                                  Record category breakdown in 2009:
                                  • Saltwater vs. freshwater: 363 vs. 203 records
                                  • Line class: 252 records
                                  • Fly rod: 129 records
                                  • All-Tackle: 99 records
                                  • Junior Angler: 86 records
                                  Number of countries that record anglers were from in 2009: 33
                                  Number of countries that produced record fish in 2009: 47
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                                  Calendar of upcoming IGFA events for 2010

                                  February 24, 2010 - IGFA School of Sportfishing – Open House for 14th session, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. Over the years you’ve heard about these classes at the IGFA. Now you can experience them at this special Open House by meeting the instructors who will give highlights of their six upcoming classes in March and April. They’ll be answering questions and giving out door prizes and much more. Admission is $20 cash at the door and no registration is required. The $20 can be applied to any class if you sign up at the Open House. Additional promotions are available for multiple class sign ups. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. Also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                  March 2, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “Kite Fishing Techniques ” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. – One of the easiest ways to catch more fish is with a kite. This class taught by Capt.Tony DiGiulian will touch on the basics but also introduce more advanced techniques of the kite fishing system. Learn to target several different species with this ancient method of enticing fish to bite. 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. Also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                  March 9, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing --“Targeting Nearshore Gamefish: Dolphin, Kings, & Blackfins” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. – A class designed for the angler looking to fill their cooler. The majority of prime table fare species occur along the near shore, inside of 800 feet of water. Legendary South Florida Capt. Bouncer Smith will teach you the most effective strategies for dolphin, kingfish, blackfin tuna, cobia, and 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. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                  March 16, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “Trophy Snook and Tarpon” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. From the backcountry to the beaches, Capt. Josh Brown gives you the information on how to successfully target and find monster snook and tarpon. Snook to 30 lbs and tarpon to 200 lbs, these are the fish that will test your gear and your nerve. You’ll want to have a good camera to back up your catch and release stories. 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 23, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “All About Live Bait” - IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 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. 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 30, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “Offshore Secrets of the Keys” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. Whether you’re going to the Florida Keys for a day trip or an extended vacation, you’ll want to be prepared for the fantastic fishing that waits offshore. From Key Largo to Key West, Capt. Jack Callion details the local tips and secrets that will maximize your chances for dolphin, tuna, wahoo, sailfish, and 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. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                  April 6, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “Fishing Bimini and Cat Cay” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 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. Taught by Capt. Bouncer Smith this is a great way to discover a different world just fifty miles away. 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. Also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                  April 10 - 11, 2010 -- IGFA Fishing Expo Presented by World Fishing Network, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This inaugural IGFA Fishing Expo, is presented by the World Fishing Network (WFN), and showcases fishing lodges, artwork, electronics, tournaments, unique fishing tackle and more. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at 954-924-4312 or e-mail at jtomlin@igfa.org.
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                                  April 10, 2010 -- Seventh Annual IGFA World Record Achievements Awards and Banquet, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. 6 p.m. This celebration dinner and awards ceremony highlights the 2009 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains and tackle manufacturers. IGFA Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to industry leader Rapala and Capt. Andrew Parsons who holds over 100 world records. For reservations, tickets or for more information about this ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                                  May 9 - 14, 2010 -- IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico -- This 11th annual event is considered international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting winning teams from countries on six continents who have been invited after winning one of over 120 qualifying events held in 2009. It’s also the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. For more on the tournament or to register a tournament as a qualifier, contact Lynda Wilson at Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or via phone at 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4680.
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                                  June 1 – 30, 2010 -- BAMM (Broward Attractions and Museum Month) is Back -- During the month of June anyone with a membership in the IGFA or one of more than 20 participating museums and attractions in Broward County will be able to use that for reciprocal benefits in all. The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.” Each institution defines what benefits will be eligible but at the very least it will be free admission at same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org, visit www.igfa.org or www.bamminfo.org for the variety of participating institutions.
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                                  July 13 - 15, 2010 – 10th 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 nearly 40 qualifying tournaments around the world held in 2009 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 flkeyout@bellsouth.net or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com.
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                                  October 26, 2010 -- The 12th Annual IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will celebrate all 80 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame (to be announced soon). 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 2010 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                                    IGFA HOT News HOT Catches – March 2010

                                    IGFA HOT News HOT Catches – March 2010By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                                    IGFA/coalition rallies for better federal fisheries management

                                    The International Game Fish Association has joined a coalition of marine recreational fishing, boating, and conservation organizations calling on the Obama administration to take immediate action to address a crisis within the federal fisheries management system.
                                    In the Feb. 23 letter to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), The Billfish Foundation (TBF), the Center for Coastal Conservation (CCC), the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) laid out an initial framework to immediately address serious and escalating problems resulting from inadequate implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the chronic problems that exist within the federal marine fisheries management system.
                                    The coalition emphasizes that there are available administrative actions that can be taken right away to address the concerns of the sportfishing and boating industries and the nation’s 13 million saltwater anglers who depend on well-managed, healthy marine fisheries.
                                    NOAA’s recent ban on recreational fishing for red snapper from North Carolina through Florida and the potential for additional bans on key recreational saltwater fisheries has fueled overwhelming concern in the recreational fishing community.
                                    IGFA Conservation Director, Jason Schratwieser said, “Current language in Magnuson-Stevens demands that overfishing end immediately and specifies strict rebuilding timelines. These provisions are necessary to hold fisheries managers accountable for keeping our recreational fisheries healthy. In cases like southeast red snapper, the problem lies in that NOAA has not been conducting quality stock assessments in a timely enough fashion to prevent gross overfishing and eliminate the need for draconian management measures such as extensive closures. This is further exacerbated by the poor quality of recreational fisheries dependent catch data.”
                                    With its letter, the coalition called upon the administration to:
                                    • Take decisive, immediate action to improve recreational fisheries data by redirecting existing funds and personnel to focus on real-time management data.
                                    • Collect socio-economic data on recreational fishing in the communities most likely to be impacted by near-term or expected fisheries closures.
                                    • Provide federal level direction to the fishery management councils to use common-sense in their management approaches while the administration collects the requisite data to make sound management decisions.
                                    • Develop a recreational fishing program and staff within NMFS commensurate with the national economic contribution of recreational saltwater fishing.
                                    IGFA President, Rob Kramer said, “We do not believe that removing key conservation provisions within Magnuson-Stevens will solve the problem. We need to work with NOAA, the administration and the regional fishery management councils to address the lack of quality data and the inadequate funding being committed to the US recreational fisheries.”
                                    Kramer added the coalition’s groups look forward to working closely with the Obama administration and NOAA to implement solutions to effectively deal with our nation’s marine fisheries resources.
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                                    IGFA World Record Achievement Awards set for April 10

                                    Award winning anglers from as far away as Australia and Costa Rica are expected April 10, for the IGFA’s seventh annual World Record Achievement Awards (WRAA) celebration, presented by Mercury Marine.
                                    Tickets are now available for the ceremony which recognizes men, women, junior anglers and professional captains for the most world records in 2009. The records were compiled from the Top 10 list in the IGFA’s 2010 World Record Game Fishes book published in January.
                                    Also to honored with the anglers and guides, will be tackle, scale, lure and line manufacturers based on the number of computer printouts of the anglers using their products in setting the new records in 2009.
                                    Two IGFA Lifetime Achievement Awards will also be presented; to Rapala and Captain Andrew Parsons.
                                    Rapala Lures:
                                    Rapala lures are responsible for more IGFA World Records than any other lure manufacturer in history.
                                    "Created by a fisherman, Rapala lures have been a mainstay of our sport for more than 70 years," said Mike Myatt, Chief Operating Officer of IGFA. "We are excited to showcase this historic company and its products."
                                    The company was officially founded in 1936 when Lauri Rapala invented the Rapala fishing lure. Rapala has grown from humble beginnings to a market leader in the fishing tackle industry. The Rapala brand’s functionality and high quality are known by fishermen around the world. Rapala maintains its strict standards of craftsmanship while delivering its fishing products to anglers in more than 130 countries.
                                    "We are extremely honored by this recognition from the IGFA," said Tom Mackin, President of Rapala USA. "We are always excited when our lures land a record and it's a privilege to be a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award."
                                    Captain Andrew Parsons:
                                    Andrew Parsons has 100 records as a guide and nine as an angler. A native of South Africa, Andrew has fished all over the world. Although fly fishing is his specialty, he’s equally adept at inshore and offshore fishing with both heavy and light tackle.
                                    Andrew has fished all his life and was chosen to represent Natal in surf fishing competitions at the age of 23 and began guiding full time in 1995 in Benguerra, Mozambique. Most recently Andrew has been traveling the world with, and guiding fellow Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Jodie Johnson. Andrew enjoys fishing for virtually all species of fish, but claims that sharks are his favorite. His most notable shark catch was a 550 lb bull shark that he caught surf fishing on the beach. His favorite record experience is Johnson’s 60 lb barracuda on 16 lb tippet because, not only is it the heaviest barracuda ever caught on fly, but because they had to tease the fish for close to an hour before it would bite the fly.
                                    The ceremony will be held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Ms. Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or email: larico@igfa.org .
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                                    Inaugural IGFA Fishing Expo, April 10th weekend
                                    If you’re anywhere near the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida area the weekend of April 10th and 11th, mark your calendar for the IGFA’s inaugural Fishing Expo presented by (WFN) the World Fishing Network.
                                    The special event will be held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in nearby Dania Beach, from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. each day showcasing fishing lodges, artwork, electronics, tournaments, unique tackle and more.
                                    The Expo is free and open to the public. There will be free giveaways and demonstrations from the pros.
                                    The Fishing Expo is a prelude to the seventh annual World Record Achievement Awards celebration, on Saturday April 10, at 6 p.m. The museum will close at 3 p.m. on that Saturday but the Expo will remain open until 6 p.m. A two-hour KISS Country Road show will have food and prizes on site.
                                    For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at 954-924-4312 or e-mail at jtomlin@igfa.org.
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                                    IGFA’s Expedition Guatemala, April 14 – 18; one more in August
                                    The next IGFA Expedition Series trip is set to trek the Pacific Ocean side of Guatemala, an event described as the ultimate once-in-a lifetime sailfishing experience.
                                    The April 14 – 18 journey features five days and four nights at the Casa Vieja Lodge as the “base camp.”
                                    “This adventure to this beautiful Central America country to fish the famous Guatemala sailfish grounds follows in the footsteps of the early game fish pioneers exploring the abundant waters for the world’s greatest game fish,” said IGFA Development Director Eric Combast.
                                    “It’s three days of fishing with our Expedition Series leaders which may include other top game species such as marlin and dorado found in the surrounding waters.”
                                    The six expedition team leaders includes TV host and IGFA Fishing Hall of Famer Mark Sosin, IGFA President Rob Kramer, light tackle expert Gary Carter, tag and release expert Capt. Ron Hamlin, and Pacific sailfishing expert Jim Turner.
                                    “This group of experienced and exceptional anglers will provide an action-packed excursion with valuable fishing tips and guidance,” said Combast. “Since 1994, the fleet at Casa Vieja has averaged 20 sailfish a day per boat. In 2006, Turner, fishing aboard the flagship Release, caught an amazing 57 sailfish, all on fly and all on the same day.”
                                    The cost of this all-inclusive expedition is $7,500 for anglers USD and $2,500 for non- anglers and includes all in-country transfers, lodging, meals and cocktails. Fees do not include airfare to/from Guatemala City and any incidental purchases. All guests have a private room and fish two anglers per boat. Space is limited to 12 anglers per trip.
                                    A portion of the cost will be tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.
                                    One more Expedition Series event will be offered later this year to the Tropic Star Lodge on Pinas Bay, Panama, August 30 to September 4.
                                    For more information on these exciting opportunities, please call Combast at 954-924-4325 or email ecombast@igfa.org.
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                                    March Hot Catches

                                    International Game Fish Association World Records Coordinator Rebecca Wright updates us with ten recreational fish catches now before the world records committee, beginning with an angler who now has reached the century mark in record fish catches.

                                    Angler Gilberto Fernandes, of Mao, AM, Brazil netted a redtail catfish (pirarara) (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus) on Feb. 6, and possibly his 101st IGFA world fishing record. Fernandes was fishing Brazil’s Rio Amazonas, when he landed the fish weighing 51.5 kg (113 lb 8 oz). He caught it after a 35 minute fight using small baitfish on 24 kg (50 lb) class line. The current IGFA line class record is 88 lb 2 oz (40 kg) recorded two years ago on the same river. (Photo redtail catfish (pirarara) – 35182)

                                    While fishing Brazil’s Negro River this past November 24th, Ian-Arthur de Sulocki, of Manaus, Brazil, landed a trahira (Hoplias malabaricus), weighing 3.63 kg (8 lb 0 oz) for a possible IGFA All-Tackle record. The current IGFA record is 5 lb 4 oz ( 2.4 kg) caught last July on the Aruman Lake, in Amazonas, Brazil. (Photo: trahira – 34931)

                                    Fishing off Key West, Florida, USA, Ronald P. Glinski M.D., of Whiteville, N.C., USA, guided by Capt. Ralph Delph, landed a black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci) on Dec. 30, weighing 8.16kg (18 lb 0 oz). He used live herring for bait on 10 kg (20 lb) class line and took one hour to wrestle the fish to the boat. The current IGFA men’s line class record is 2 lb 8 oz (1.13 kg) caught two years ago near Marathon Key also in the Florida Keys. (Photo: black grouper – 34934)

                                    Using worms for bait, junior angler Robbie Angus, of Kerikeri, New Zealand, landed a tench (Tinca tinca) on January 22, weighing 2.3 kg (5 lb 1 oz) while fishing the Waitangi River, in New Zealand. The current IGFA junior men’s record is 3 lb 10 oz (1.65 kg) caught in 2003 in Gruntensee, Wertach, Germany. (Photo: tench – 34938)

                                    Mark Hope, of Yungaburra QLD, Australia, landed a barramundi (Lates calcarifer) on January 31, weighing 26.8 kg (59 lb 1 oz) on 37 kg (80 lb) class line. He landed the fish after 15 minutes from Lake Tinaroo while using a popular Australian made lure called a Reidy B52 Big. The current IGFA record is 51 lb 0 oz ( 23.13 kg) caught one year ago at the same Australian lake. (Photo: barramundi – 34939)

                                    Richmond, Virginia, USA’s Fred Murray, landed a blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) on Feb. 10 while fishing the nearby James River. Using cut bait on 2 kg (4 lb) class line and following a five minute fight the fish was weighed in at 24.04 kg (53 lb 0 oz). The current IGFA line class record is 47 lb 9 oz (21.57 kg) pulled December 2000 from the same river. (Photo: blue catfish – 35161)

                                    A 33 year old record may be broken by Samatha Vale, of Port Vila, Vanuatu, who when guided by Herve Picarda, landed a dogtooth tuna, (Gymnosarda unicolor) on February 5. She fought the fish for 25 minutes while fishing off Vanuatu’s Shepherd Island, using 10 kg (20 lb) class line, baited with ballyhoo.The fish weighed in at 44 kg (97 lb 0 oz). The current IGFA women’s line class record is 66 lb 0 oz (29.93 kg) recorded from the Denis Island in the Seychelles, April 1977. (Photo: dogtooth tuna – 35168)

                                    On the European continent another longstanding IGFA All-Tackle record of 23 years may be broken by Dieter Linderman, of Lorrach, Germany. He landed a European chub (Leuciscus cephalus) on Dec. 14, weighing 3.05 kg (6 lb 11 oz) while fishing Rhein bei, Germany. The current IGFA record is 5 lb 12 oz (2.62 kg) set in 1987 in Helige, Gemla, Sweden. (Photo: European chub – 35164)

                                    This past summer while fishing the Seibo Dam Reservoir, in China, Salvino A. J. Bernardes, of Macau, China, landed a mandarin (Siniperca chautsa) weighing 4.76 kg (10 lb 8 oz). The potential IGFA All-Tackle catch was made on July 26, with Bernardes using a popular Asian vibrating lure called a Bassday Range Vib-70. If accepted the mandarin would be a new species added to the IGFA’s All-Tackle records section. (Photo: mandarin – 35153)

                                    Fly fishing Golfito, Costa Rica Feb. 8, IGFA Lifetime Achievement Award winning angler Martin Arostegui, Coral Gables, FL, USA, landed a Pacific barracuda (Sphyraena argentea) on 1 kg (2 lb) tippet, weighing .57 kg (1 lb 4 oz). He hand-tied and used his own creation an Arostegui Small Pilchard Fly to attract the fish. If approved Arostegui will be the first to achieve that tippet record for the Pacific barracuda which was added as a new species April 2009. Arostegui now has now over 300 IGFA fishing records. (Photo: Pacific barracuda – 35155)
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                                    Baja's baddest bill collector (with photo)
                                    IGFA International Committee representative Gary Graham who monitors Baja Sur, Mexico, filed the following feature highlighting the recent accomplishment of Martha Macnab of East Cape, Mexico, who became the IGFA’s newest member of the Royal Billfish Slam Club.

                                    On February 11, an outstanding angler Martha Macnab, received official notification that she had qualified to become a member of one of the International Game Fish Association's most prestigious clubs, the Royal Billfish Slam Club.
                                    The species required to catch to become a member are Atlantic blue marlin, Pacific blue marlin, Atlantic sail fish, Pacific sail fish, white marlin, striped marlin, black marlin, swordfish and spearfish. Of the previous 89 members of the club who have managed to accomplish the catches, only six are women; Martha is now the seventh.
                                    She literally traveled thousands of miles and fished two oceans to accomplish what many would consider an impossible feat…landing the nine different species of billfish. Rebecca Wright, IGFA Records Coordinator, acknowledged receipt of the catches and assured Martha that she would be receiving a certificate attesting to her achievement shortly.
                                    Martha, a friend and a resident of Buena Vista in Baja Sur, Mexico, began her journey many years ago with her first catch in the series, a striped marlin. She has released well over 400 of them with her best single day's catch of 23 on the Finger Bank above Cabo San Lucas.
                                    In 2007, she traveled all the way to Isla Mujeres to fish in one of the International Women Fishing Association’s Tournaments. Fishing on the yacht, Havin' a Ball, she landed several Atlantic sailfish.
                                    Her white marlin was landed aboard her 58' boat, the Retriever, between Aruba and Cartagena, Columbia, on a voyage from Florida to the West Coast.
                                    The Pacific sails she landed were in three different countries; Panama (Tropic Star), Guatemala (Fins 'N Feathers and Casa Viejo) and her home waters of Mexico. Her skipper in Guatemala was Mike Sheeder, younger brother of Captain Chris Sheeder, with whom she had fished in Midway Islands.
                                    The waters off of Baja continued to live up to Martha's expectations as she landed a 645-pound black marlin on the Gordo Bank, and two more of the nine bills needed, a 530-pound Pacific blue marlin and a swordfish weighing in at a respectable 260 pounds near the Cabrillo Seamount. These were also taken aboard her own boat, the Retriever.
                                    Ironically the smallest of the billfish is considered the rarest, and it was the most difficult for her to add to the list. Last year she travelled to Kona, Hawaii, to catch a short billed spearfish (Tetrapturus angustirostiris). Locals call them 'chuckers'. Six days on the water at the height of season produced six blue marlin and eight striped marlin, but disappointingly, Martha lost a chucker at the last moment right at the boat.
                                    This year she returned to Hawaii to fish once again on the Northern Lights with Captain Kevin Nakamaru and crew Tracey Epstein. Hoping to get that ninth notch in her rod, she suffered five days through what could only be described as slow fishing. Until the last ten minutes of the trip, all that had occurred was a blue bite that broke off and one ahi (yellowfin tuna) which she caught.
                                    Before the fat lady could sing, however, a pair of chuckers appeared in the wake both violently striking the lures. Only one was hooked, but with that short-billed spearfish, Martha achieved the goal that had eluded her for a number of years.
                                    Martha and her husband, Larry Warlaumont, who also maintain a home on Balboa Island, are well-known world-wide for their sport fishing exploits.
                                    "I am pretty excited and proud to become the 90th member of IGFA's Royal Grand Slam Club and the seventh woman to achieve this goal and I am very thankful to Kevin Nakamaru and the other great Captains and crew members who found the fish." Martha Macnab.
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                                    Four IGFA School of Sportfishing classes left

                                    The IGFA School of Sportfishing, presented by Mercury Marine is well into its 14th session with just four classes left.
                                    “Several of these popular classes are already near capacity. Our partnership with Mercury Marine has really helped us get the word out about the program,” said Jeff Mackin of the IGFA’s education department as he gave brief highlights of the topics:
                                    • March 16th features Capt. Josh Brown’s “Trophy Snook and Tarpon.” Despite the temporary restrictions on snook and tarpon, anglers will learn where and how to catch these trophy fish.
                                    • March 23rd is “All About Live Bait,” one of the school’s most popular classes taught by Capt. Shawn Fairbanks. In addition to learning the species-specific secrets to catching baitfish, attendees will leave the class knowing how to throw a cast net.
                                    • March 30th is “Offshore Secrets of the Keys,” a much-requested topic with participants learning the ins and outs of fishing the Keys offshore from Capt. Jack Callion.
                                    • April 6th ends the 14th session with the timely “Fishing Bimini and Cat Cay” as Capt. Bouncer Smith helps anglers maximize their fishing trips to the nearby islands.

                                    Mackin added that the IGFA School of Sportfishing benefits from its partnership with Yo-Zuri, receiving free Crystal Minnow lures and spools of fluorocarbon in addition to the customary rod, lure, and tackle giveaways.
                                    The classes are held on Tuesday nights from 7 – 10 p.m. at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. For more information, please contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or visit http://www.igfa.org/education/school...rtfishing.aspx. You may also sign up online at http://www.igfa.org/education/school...istration.aspx. Classes are limited to the first 24 anglers so sign up today!
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                                    Mercury Marine Free Family Fishing Clinic at IGFA March 27

                                    The popular Family Fishing Clinic is back.
                                    Mercury Marine, along with the IGFA, and radio station 99.9 KISS Country, will again be hosting a free family fishing clinic at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Saturday, March 27, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. It will include educational activities such as knot tying, casting, face painting, a question and answer session with professional fisherman, free giveaways and plenty of free food and drinks.
                                    This fun and educational clinic is designed for the entire family with members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary on site along with the KISS Country Fishing Team and the informative “How To” session with Mercury’s pros teaching engine basics like how to change a propeller and proper maintenance of an outboard motor. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will also be there with airboats on display
                                    “This clinic is a great outlet for families to bond and spend time together in the enjoyment of the outdoors,” stated Dave Matagiese, the IGFA’s Education Director. “Many parents we talk to are trying to pull their kids away from the seclusions of their computers, video games and cell phones. The clinic is free so we hope it will serve as a convenient way to introduce families to an outdoor activity they will enjoy for years to come.”

                                    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, fish in the front ponds and also take part in the different learning stations that will be set up. Included in the free prizes are rod and reel combos, lures, CDs, t-shirts, hats, IGFA memberships and a few big ticket items from sponsors to be given away throughout the day.
                                    There’s also a “Q-and-A” session with Mercury Marine Fishing Team Captains Larry Sydnor, Chris Jones and Mark Johnson who will be giving special inshore seminars on flats fishing techniques including finding fish, rigs and tackle and handling multiple hookups.
                                    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.
                                    Registration is not required but all children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please contact Matagiese at dmatagiese@igfa.org.
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                                    ---At the IGFA Museum---
                                    New! In the Catch Gallery; Your fishing stories
                                    Got a good fishing story? WFN-TV is listening at the World Fishing Network “Loud Mouth Booth.” WFN and the IGFA are teaming up to give museum visitors the chance to share their fishing stories. This new attraction, located in the Catch Gallery, is equipped with a video camera. WFN personality and IGFA rep Mark Melnyk asks guests to share their feelings about fishing. Guests have two minutes to tell why they love to fish and what fishing means to them -- on camera! Many of these recordings will be posted in a special section on the WFN website: www.wfn.tv
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                                    Guy Harvey’s early works extended in IGFA’s Changing Gallery till July
                                    As a young boy, Guy Harvey was entranced by Ernest Hemingway’s story The Old Man and the Sea. In the early 1970’s, with no formal art training but with a scientist’s eye for detail, Guy began sketching his favorite parts. These sketches comprised Guy’s first art show in 1985. The highly acclaimed early marine artworks of Dr. Guy Harvey are now being shown at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum presented in its Changing Gallery exhibition room.This complete rarely-viewed series, of 59 pen-and-ink drawings from the private collection of Cheryl and Dave Copham, is on display through July 5, 2010. Also featured are the photos of Bill Boyce and sculptures of Kent Ullberg.
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                                    Last chance: exciting sport fishing photo exhibit ends March 31
                                    The 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. The popular exhibit features more than 70 images -- from Pat Ford, Adrian Gray, Scott Kerrigan, Charlie Levine, Dave McCleaf, Al McGlashan, Ron Modra and Sam Root – and is now on display through March. Museum visitors can 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 JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                    Coming in April: The Funky Fish Art of David Roehm (with photo)
                                    In April, the IGFA Art Gallery will be featuring the work of artist David Roehm, who is inspired by his fishing and snorkeling adventures off his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, along with Chokoloskee Island, and the flats of Islamorada. Many of the quaint old bars, hangouts and fishing spots now gone are depicted in Dave's artistry, but they are not all done on the usual canvas. He specializes in decorating unusual items such as fire hydrants and wood sculptures.
                                    Roehm’s colorful and whimsical FunkyFishArt will be on display from April to October in the Art Gallery at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
                                    For a preview of what's to come visit www.funkyfishart.com.
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                                    Also Coming Soon: Lou Marron's All Tackle record swordfish (with photo)
                                    It’s arrived and soon the mount of Lou Marron's All Tackle record swordfish (1,182 pounds caught in 1953 off Iquique, Chile) will be on display in its new permanent home, the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
                                    King Sailfish Mounts (www.kingsailfishmounts.com), recently restored Marron’s mount to its original splendor. This magnificent piece of sportfishing history will be on display above the store in the museum lobby.
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                                    IGFA’s Observer Training Class in Virginia Beach, March 20

                                    Virginia Beach’s Ocean’s East II tackle shop is the site of the next IGFA Observer Training class (OTC) on Saturday, March 20, at 9 a.m. The class instructs experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held across the globe.
                                    “Over the years, billfish tournaments have transformed into big business enterprises,” said IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser. “Many prestigious tournaments now have enormous calcuttas and purses as well as large numbers of participating anglers. With huge purses and egos on the line, concern often arises whether all participants are adhering to the letter of the rules. This causes turmoil for tournament directors and, at its worst, prevents tournaments from adopting release formats. An obvious solution is to have observers on boats to ensure a level playing field. But how do you know if observers have been properly trained and where do you go to find them? The answer is simple; IGFA.
                                    “The International Game Fish Association’s Observer classes began as a conservation initiative to allow offshore billfish tournaments the option to go to a 100% release format with trained and experienced observers on board to verify catches and educate anglers about IGFA angling rules. With the decline of many billfish stocks, the importance of release formats in tournaments has increased. As release tournaments become more common and cash payouts increase, unbiased observers become vital in reporting rule infractions as well as for identifying billfish species.”
                                    Schratwieser added observers can often benefit anglers by preventing inadvertent rule infractions before they even happen. Having observers that are trained to identify billfish species under frantic tournament conditions virtually eliminates the need to bring back dead fish to the dock for official scoring. Observers also raise the prestige level and credibility of tournaments while contributing to conservation efforts with the safe release of tournament billfish.
                                    The IGFA OTC covers topics such as species identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules and tackle regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. Space is limited to 40 people. IGFA OTC applications are available online at http://www.igfa.org/PDF/COP_Application2008.pdf. 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 Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or email: jschratwieser@igfa.org for additional information.
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                                    N. J. IGFA Reps hosting banquet and auction March 26

                                    The New Jersey IGFA representatives will be hosting their 13th annual IGFA Banquet & Auction on Friday, March 26 in Mike Doolan’s Restaurant, Spring Lake Heights.
                                    That event has raised about $170,000 over the course of 12 years for the IGFA’s Junior Angler and Conservation programs.
                                    For additional information call Jeff Merrill at 908-451-1110.
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                                    IGFA still accepting grant requests from schools for lab programs

                                    Do you know of a school that’s interested in the marine sciences?
                                    If so the IGFA has some great news. The IGFA’s Education and Outreach Program is currently accepting grant requests for school groups in grades K-12 to participate in their hands-on lab programs.
                                    IGFA Education Director David Matagiese said, “The funding we’ve received from granting entities like Fish Florida, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and the A.D. Henderson Foundation have been incredibly helpful in allowing the IGFA to accomplish its mission of educating youth on the importance of conservation and how to be better stewards of the environment.
                                    “Last year alone, through funding provided by grants and donations, we were able to reach over 30,000 children through our Outreach and Educational Programs. Many of these 30,000 children came from low-income families and would not typically have the chance to participate in these hands-on programs.”
                                    He said funds are available for groups to participate in the lab programs in two ways. Either on-site at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida or the IGFA Education Team can come to your classroom to host many of the educational lab programs at your school.
                                    Priority for funding is given to Title-I schools. Programs are available from Monday - Friday during school hours and require a minimum of 20 participants. The IGFA may also be able to cover the cost of your group’s transportation to and from the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. Please call Veronica Woods at 954-924-4309 for more details.
                                    For more information on how your school group can participate in these marine science programs for free, please contact Ms. Woods at 954-924-4309 or visit our grant request page at www.igfa.org/grants.asp.
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                                    BAMM is coming again this June

                                    BAMM is coming back this June and IGFA members can benefit in a big way.
                                    If you have a membership to the IGFA, you’ve also got membership to more than 20 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) participating institutions. The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.”
                                    Each institution will define exactly what benefits will be eligible but at the very least it will be free admission at the same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org. Additional information can be found on the BAMM web site at www.bamminfo.org
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                                    “Did You Know?” – Interesting facts from the IGFA
                                    This month the IGFA highlights more facts taken from the 2010 World Record Game Fishes book of fishing records received across the globe in 2009:
                                     The heaviest IGFA record caught in 2009 was a 666 lb 14 oz (302.5 kg) Pacific bluefin tuna caught in New Zealand by Wayne Bicknell
                                     Average weight of IGFA records in 2009: 28 lb (28.7 kg)
                                    • For saltwater species: 31.5 lb (14.3)
                                    • For freshwater species: 22 lb (9.9 kg)
                                     Most records caught in 2009:
                                    • Male: Stan Nabozny with 41 records
                                    • Female: Dotty Ballantyne with 25 records
                                     Top five most popular IGFA record species in 2009
                                    • Pacific barracuda: 31 records
                                    • Blacktip shark: 22 records
                                    • Redtail catfish: 16 records
                                    • Almaco jack: 13 records
                                    • Doublespotted queenfish and golden trevally tied: 12 records
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                                    Calendar of upcoming IGFA events for 2010

                                    March 16, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “Trophy Snook and Tarpon” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. From the backcountry to the beaches, Capt. Josh Brown gives you the information on how to successfully target and find monster snook and tarpon. Snook to 30 lbs and tarpon to 200 lbs, these are the fish that will test your gear and your nerve. You’ll want to have a good camera to back up your catch and release stories. 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 20, 2010 -- IGFA Observer Training Class, Ocean’s East II Tackle Shop, Virginia Beach, Va., USA 9 a.m. – This class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                                    March 23, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “All About Live Bait” - IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 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. 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 27, 2010 --- Mercury Marine Free Family Fishing Clinic; IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. This free event sponsored by Mercury Marine features clinics on: how to throw a cast net, knot tying, casting stations, fishing talks, question and answer sessions with Mercury Marine Fishing Team Pros, face painting, a number of prize giveaways, free hot dogs 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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                                    March 30, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “Offshore Secrets of the Keys” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. Whether you’re going to the Florida Keys for a day trip or an extended vacation, you’ll want to be prepared for the fantastic fishing that waits offshore. From Key Largo to Key West, Capt. Jack Callion details the local tips and secrets that will maximize your chances for dolphin, tuna, wahoo, sailfish, and 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. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                    April 6, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “Fishing Bimini and Cat Cay” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 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. Taught by Capt. Bouncer Smith this is a great way to discover a different world just fifty miles away. 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. Also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                    April 10 - 11, 2010 -- IGFA Fishing Expo Presented by World Fishing Network, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This inaugural IGFA Fishing Expo, is presented by the World Fishing Network (WFN), and showcases fishing lodges, artwork, electronics, tournaments, unique fishing tackle and more. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at 954-924-4312 or e-mail at jtomlin@igfa.org.
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                                    April 10, 2010 -- Seventh Annual IGFA World Record Achievements Awards and Banquet presented by Mercury Marine, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. 6 p.m. This celebration dinner and awards ceremony, presented by Mercury Marine highlights the 2009 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains and tackle manufacturers. IGFA Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to industry leader Rapala and Capt. Andrew Parsons who holds over 100 world records. For reservations, tickets or for more information about this ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                                    May 9 - 14, 2010 -- IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico -- This 11th annual event is considered international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting winning teams from countries on six continents who have been invited after winning one of over 120 qualifying events held in 2009. It’s also the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. For more on the tournament or to register a tournament as a qualifier, contact Lynda Wilson at Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or via phone at 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4680.
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                                    June 1 – 30, 2010 -- BAMM (Broward Attractions and Museum Month) is Back -- During the month of June anyone with a membership in the IGFA or one of more than 20 participating museums and attractions in Broward County will be able to use that for reciprocal benefits in all. The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.” Each institution defines what benefits will be eligible but at the very least it will be free admission at same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org, visit www.igfa.org or www.bamminfo.org for the variety of participating institutions.
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                                    July 13 - 15, 2010 – 10th 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 nearly 40 qualifying tournaments around the world held in 2009 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 flkeyout@bellsouth.net or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com.
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                                    October 26, 2010 -- The 12th Annual IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will celebrate all 80 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame (to be announced soon). 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 2010 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                                      IGFA Hot News and Hot Catches – June 2010

                                      IGFA Hot News and Hot Catches – June 2010
                                      By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel
                                      June Hot Catches

                                      Several very large fish – among them a wels and a tarpon -- lead off the IGFA Hot Catches report for July with potential new records from Italy, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Canada and across the U.S. International Game Fish Association World Records Coordinator Jack Vitek updates us with these 11 recent recreational fish catches now before the world records committee.

                                      Guided by IGFA Certified Captain Alberto Bartoli and using shrimp for bait, Roberto Godi of Arcole Veroma, Italy landed a potential IGFA All-Tackle record after catching a wels (Silurus glanis) on February 5. The giant fish weighed 113.5 kg (250 lb 3 oz) which Godi caught while fishing Italy’s River Po. He said the fish fought for 45 minutes before he was able to pull it to shore onto a smooth surfaced mat where it was weighed, photographed and released alive. The current IGFA record is 242 lb 8 oz (110 kg) caught February 2009 also from the River Po. (Photo: wels - 35704)

                                      Thomas M. Evans Jr. of Grafton, Vermont, USA, guided by Al Dopirak, landed a huge tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) on May 10 while fishing a brown toad fly off Pine Island, Florida, USA near Ft.Myers. This potential men’s 6 kg (12 lb) tippet record took two hours and ten minutes to land and weighed in at 88.22 kg (194 lb 8 oz). The current IGFA record is 177 lbs (80.28 kg) recorded off Homosassa, Florida in May, 1994. (Photo: tarpon – 35785)

                                      Multi-IGFA world record holder Sean Konrad of Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada, landed a burbot (Lota lota) in 20 minutes on March 27 while fishing Lake Diefenbaker, Saskatchewan, Canada. His potential IGFA All-Tackle record fish weighed in at 11.4 kg (25 lb 2 oz) and was caught using herring as bait. Konrad is hoping to beat his own current IGFA record after recording a 19 lb 1 oz burbot in March 2008 from the same lake. (Photo: burbot - 35739)

                                      Using very thin tippet while fly fishing near Nelson, Australia, a border town located at the mouth of the Glenelg River in the south western corner of the state of Victoria, fly caster Frank Bluch of Corio, Victoria, landed a 2.15 kg (4 lb 12 oz) meagre (Argyrosomus spp.) on April 25. Bluch was using a yellow rabbit streamer tied to 1 kg (2 lb) tippet to catch a potential men’s saltwater flyfishing record. The current IGFA record is vacant for the recently added species. (Photo: meagre – 35741)

                                      From Western Australia, Rhys Clatworthy landed a golden trevally (Gnathanodon speciosus) on March 26 while fishing out of his home town of Exmouth. This potential men’s IGFA 3 kg (6 lb) line class record, which is currently vacant, took one hour to land and weighed in at 11.3 kg (24 lb 14 oz). (Photo: golden trevally - 35764)

                                      A new record species might be added to the IGFA record books after avid world traveling angler Steven M. Wozniak of San Ramon, Calif., USA, landed a sicklefish (Drepane punctuata) on April 18 while fishing Ponggol Marina, Singapore. The potential IGFA All-Tackle record was caught on a peeled prawn and weighed in at .68 kg (1 lb 8 oz). (Photo: sicklefish - 35746)

                                      Junior angler Ann Louise Voelz of Lafayette, Indiana, USA, guided by Captain Kevin Wright, landed a spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus) on March 24, while fishing blueback herring on Lake Lanier, Georgia, USA. The fish weighed 2.35 kg (5 lb 3 oz) after a 10 minute fight, and qualifies as the potential IGFA female smallfry record. The current IGFA record is vacant. (Photo: spotted bass - 35766)

                                      Japanese angler Junichi Inada of Amagasaki-Shi Hyodo, may have landed a potential All-Tackle record nigoi (Hemibarbus barbus) during a fishing trip on April 26 in Mogawa, Japan. He caught the fish which weighed 3 kg (6 lb 9 oz) after a six minute fight, using red swamp crawfish for bait. The current record is 5 lb 5 oz (2.7 kg) documented in May 2007 from the ToneRiver in Gunma, Japan. (Photo: nigoi – 35773)

                                      Lance Erik Peterson of Port Angeles, Washington, USA, may break a 12-year old IGFA fly rod record after landing a 22 kg (48 lb 8 oz) roosterfish (Nematistius pectoralis) on May 16 while fishing from the shore of Cabo del Este, Mexico. His fish put up a 45 minute fight after hitting Peterson’s Mona-Lisa fly, and qualifies for the men’s 6 kg (12 lb) tippet world record. The current IGFA tippet record is 41 lb 8 oz (18.82 kg) taken from the waters off Morro Del Potosi in Zihuatanejo, Mexico in April 1998. (Photo: roosterfish - 35775)

                                      Using very light line and lots of finesse while fishing in the Florida Keys, USA, Charlotte A. Sampson of Ocean City, Maryland, USA, landed a lemon shark (Carcharhinidae family) a member of the whaler shark family. She made the catch on April 10 while fishing Summerland Key. Her potential women’s 1 kg (2 lb) line class record weighed in at 31.75 kg (51 lb 0 oz). The shark hit a piece of false albacore and took 40 minutes to land. After documenting and photographing she released the fish alive. The current IGFA record is 11.11 kg (24 lb 8 oz) recorded in May 2007 from the Content Keys. (Photo: lemon shark – 35730)

                                      Smallfry angler Jason Ackerman of Moscow, Ohio, USA, guided by Captain Darryl Smith, landed a 17.12 kg (37 lb 12 oz) flathead catfish (Pylodictis olivaris) on March 31, while fishing Lake Moultrie, South Carolina, USA. This potential male smallfry record fish took five minutes to land after hitting a cut gizzard shad the youngster was using for bait. The current IGFA record is 16.1 kg (35 lb 8 oz) taken from the same lake two years ago. (Photo: flathead catfish – 35722).
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                                      Reaching for 1,000 (w/photos)

                                      Like this month Steven Wozniak’s name has appeared on several Hot Catch reports for IGFA world records, but his main focus is rather exceptional and that’s to catch and document over 1000 different species of fish worldwide.
                                      Wozniak of San Ramon, Calif., USA was first highlighted in an IGFA International Angler Magazine feature in November 2007, and at that stage he had caught 660 different species on his adventures through 48 countries. Recently, the International Angler editors caught up with Steve for an update on his unique quest.

                                      The Updated Numbers
                                      A little more than two years have passed since that article, and Steve has been a very busy angler. The species count has jumped to a stunning 898, and the quest for 1000 now seems within reach. Steve has also raised his country total count to 61, managing to catch fish in some spots outside the regular travel fishing destinations – places like Cambodia, Jordan, and Liechtenstein. (Yes, Liechtenstein. It’s in the Alps – we had to look it up.)

                                      The BigTrips
                                      We asked him where he had added all these fish, and he said “I’ve had some great trips in the last couple of years – Weipa in northern Australia, the Red Sea, Kona, and, of all the places, Monaco. But I also added a bunch of new ones the hard way – by hitting the books and figuring out all of the ‘mystery fish’ I’ve gotten over the years.”
                                      Steve also told us that he has worked with quite a few ichthyologists on figuring out some of his exotic catches. “These guys have been incredibly generous with their time.” he said. “We’re talking scientists from some of the big museums and aquariums, and they always seem to respond to emails as fast as I can send them out. To a fish geek like me, it’s like getting golf advice from Jack Nicklaus.”

                                      Most Exciting Catch
                                      What were the really exciting catches over the past few years? “They’re all exciting,” responds Wozniak. “But the most adrenaline had to be a mahseer in the CauveryRiver in India – what a strike – or a 200 plus pound grouper in the middle of the night in Weipa. I woke up the other six guys on the boat, which turned out well, because they kept me from being dragged overboard. I’m not sure they’d do it again.”
                                      And what was the hardest one? “Gotta be the tench. It’s a European still-water fish I have put in days and days on, and I finally stumbled into one last summer in England. I think the guide, Roger Barnes, was even happier than I was – we’ve been chasing one of these for seven years.”

                                      When Will # 1000 Happen?
                                      So when does Steve think he will hit his magic number – 1000? “That’s the question,” he said. “A couple of exotic trips should put me in shouting distance. I’m hoping to get to Egypt and to the AnamanIslands this year, so I have a pretty good shot in 2010. If not, 2011 is the year, baby. It’s getting close.” We asked if it’s getting harder to find new species. He said, “I knew it was getting tough when I flew two days to get to Mozambique and my first four fish were things I already had. Antarctica is really the last untouched place I can go – hey, there’s an idea.”

                                      Life After 1000?
                                      And what will he do afterward? Take up golf? The response - “Not a chance – my golf game is a danger to society. I’ll keep fishing. I’d like to say I’ll be a bit less obsessive about it, but that just isn’t true.” (We’re guessing that we’ll be doing an article on the “Chase for 2000” one of these years.)
                                      Steve promises to keep the IGFA posted as he heads toward the milestone. Steve can be reached at S_Wozniak10@yahoo.com, and he loves to hear from other species hunters. He told us “We should form a support group.”
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                                      International angler lands 600th fish species on Sebile Lures (w/photo)

                                      There’s another international angler on a quest and that’s to catch hundreds of different species of fish using his designs of fishing lures.
                                      “My next goal is 700," says Patrick Sebile, an international angler who recently landed his 600th species, a vermillion rockfish while fishing off Catalina Island, California. Since 1984, Sebile has meticulously kept his own records of species caught while traveling the globe to fish in fresh and salt water in 63 countries.
                                      Sebile says he’s fascinated by the ingenious diversity and differences between fish species, including the varying habitats and conditions under which fish thrive across the planet.
                                      "Practically everywhere there is water, there are fascinating fish," says the 40-year old Sebile who plans to continue to explore and to document as many diverse waters and different species as possible in his lifetime.
                                      An IGFA International Representative and dedicated conservationist of fish and their habitats, Sebile has written seven books on fishing including one titled Les Poissons a Pecher dans Toutes les Mers du Monde (Sportfish of All the World's Seas) and hundreds of articles. His photos have graced over 150 fishing magazine covers and at one time or another, Sebile has held 300 French, European and IGFA fishing records.
                                      He’s the CEO, founder and lure designer of his namesake tackle company, SEBILE Innovative Fishing, which he started in 2006. Sebile is the IGFA Representative at Large for the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau and on every package of SEBILE lures they sell, they include the IGFA official logo and text "SEBILE strongly supports the IGFA".
                                      He currently lives in Colorado where his company is headquartered, but Sebile spends most of his time at large touring the world’s waters with outdoor journalists, professional guides and renowned anglers worldwide.
                                      For additional information, visit www.SEBILEUSA.com or contact SEBILE COO Russell Gray by phone: (325) 437-8103.

                                      (photo caption): It's not a record weight or even a big fish, but this vermillion rockfish caught with a Sebile Magic Swimmer Soft swimbait on a drop shot rig fished 300 feet deep off Catalina Island, California marks Patrick Sebile's 600th fish species. "My next goal is 700," says Sebile.
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                                      27 elite anglers prepare for FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship (w/logo)
                                      They are among the top fly and light tackle “sight-casting” champion anglers from as far away as Sweden and Australia who will converge on the Florida Keys island chain from July 13 – 15, to compete in the 10th annual Florida Keys Outfitters / IGFA Inshore World Championship in Islamorada.
                                      It’san event described by anglers and the media as the “super bowl” of inshore fishing.
                                      Selected from a variety of nearly 40 qualifying tournaments held in 2009 across the U.S., the Bahamas, Belize, Sweden and Australia, is a field of 27 top anglers -- 12 in fly and 15 in light tackle. They quickly responded to the invitations of managing partner Florida Keys Outfitters to compete in this three day all-release championship.
                                      From a drawing each of 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 Robert Collins of Naples and Islamorada, who won his titles with a spinning reel will be focusing his skills for the second year in a row solely casting fly. He’ll have worthy competition including IGFA Trustee Carlos Duncan from Houston who earlier this month won the Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament.
                                      The international field, which includes 19 men and eight women, will also hightlight Australian Peter Politis winner for the past two years of the Northern Territory’s Barramundi Classic; Michael De Freitas who won the Trinidad Tarpon Thunder Tournament, fishing the island of Trinidad and Nils Zackrisson winner of the Pike Challenge in Sweden
                                      “Last year the anglers and guides wholeheartedly embraced the new and separate light tackle and fly tackle formats,” said tournament director Sandy Moret, owner of Florida Keys Outfitters.
                                      “Fishing right now is off the charts and this tournament promises to be one of the most outstanding competitions of the year,” he added. “And looking ahead to next year we’re hoping to 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.
                                      The championship will again be partnering with ESPN Outdoors and its televised Saltwater Series to 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 Moret 305-664-5423, or via e-mail at flkeyout@bellsouth.net
                                      A complete list of the champions, hometowns and tournaments they qualified is also posted on the tournament website at www.inshoreworldchampionships.com.
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                                      Defending champs win 11th IGFA Offshore World Championship (w/logp)

                                      The defending champions from Mexico once again became the reigning champions by winning the 11th annual IGFA Offshore World Championship, during the week of May 9-14, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
                                      The prestigious event brings together the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release billfish tournament worldwide. A total of 178 anglers on 38 teams traveled from 19 countries, representing over 120 qualifying tournaments competed for the title of IGFA offshore world champion. The striped marlin was their main quarry.
                                      The winning team members taking their second title included Oscar Daccarett, Rafael Garcia, Hernando Gonzalez, Jobe Villavicencio and Javier Villavicencio. Over the four days of the tournament they collected 2,196 points off seven striped marlin releases along with extra points for weight fish such as yellowfin tuna and wahoo.
                                      In second place with 1,500 points on five releases of marlin was a team representing the Harbourside Marine Bahamas Rotary Tuna Classic.
                                      For more on the tournament or to register as a 2011 tournament qualifier, call Lynda Wilson at 407-571-4517 or visit igfaoffshorechampionship.com.
                                      Top finishing teams in 11th IGFA Offshore World Championship
                                      Cabo San Lucas, MexicoMay 9-13, 2010

                                      · 1st Place: 2,196 points; 2009 IGFA OWC Champions (Mexico) anglers: Jobe Villavicencio, Javier Villavicencio, Hernando Gonzalez, Rafael Garcia and Oscar Daccarett.
                                      · 2nd Place: 1,500 points; Harbourside Marine Bahamas Rotary Tuna Classic (Bahamas) anglers: Paul King, Adam Dann, R. Kristian Kwiecinski, Keith Kelty and Jim Bernard.
                                      · 3rd Place: 1,200 points; El Pescado Billfish Tournament (United States) anglers: Sammy Vaughn, Cody Moore, Tyson Moore, Ronnie Bledsoe and Ralph Schoenherr.
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                                      IGFA’s Expedition Series is returning toPanama August 30th

                                      Looking for a great fishing trip to “billfish nirvana?” If you missed the IGFA’s recent spring Expedition to Guatemala you still have a chance for another grand adventure August 30 – Sept. 5, to the Tropic Star Lodge on Piñas Bay, Panama.
                                      The waters of PiñasBay, surrounding legendary Zane Grey Reef, have yielded more than 70 blue marlins in the six days of previous IGFA Panama Expeditions. Combined with the plentiful black marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, and other top game fish in this tropical paradise, the species count alone makes for a fishing trip that’s sure to satisfy any true sportsman’s quest for adventure.
                                      “This expedition follows in the footsteps of the early game fish pioneers exploring the abundant waters of PiñasBay for the world’s greatest game fish,” said IGFA Development Director Eric Combast. “Adding the expertise of our Expedition Leaders to the trips makes each day on the water feel like we’re continuing the tradition of truly excellent game fishing.”
                                      This year’s Panama Expedition Leaders include outdoor writer and offshore expert Capt. Karl Anderson, light-tackle marlin expert Capt. Thomas “Bark” Garnsey, IGFA President Rob Kramer, and world record holder and PiñasBay expert Raleigh Werking. These experienced and exceptional anglers will provide an action-packed excursion with valuable fishing tips and guidance.
                                      For more information on this all-inclusive expedition and exciting opportunity, please call Eric Combast at 954-924-4325 or email ecombast@igfa.org.
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                                      IGFA Education Department News:
                                      First of IGFA Junior Angler Summer Camps now underway
                                      If you live or plan to be near the Ft.Lauderdale area this summer and are looking for some hands-on and fun activities for your youngsters, nothing beats the IGFA’s annual Junior Angler Summer Camps with 10 weekly sessions through mid-August.
                                      Now in its 11th year the camps are held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., offering weeklong summer adventures for children ages eight – 13, from June 14 through August 20th.
                                      Campers spend time in the museum where they learn about fishing techniques, conservation, marine biology, the ins-and-outs of fish anatomy through dissections, biological adaptations, tying flies & jigs, fish habitats and participate in simulated fishing tournaments.
                                      Field trips include snorkeling, water parks and pier fishing with every Friday spent deep sea fishing from a 70’ party boat off the coast of Miami.
                                      Camp registration includes a free rod and reel combo, T-shirt, tackle box and camp goody bag. For more information about the IGFA Summer Camp, please contact Veronica Woods at vwoods@igfa.org or visit http://www.igfa.org/Education/Youth-Camps.aspx .
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                                      IGFA Outreach Program Visits New Smyrna Beach, Florida
                                      More than 450 Central Florida youngsters had the opportunity to learn more about fish and fishing when the IGFA’s Outreach Program again held 10 clinics during the annual FishStock celebration over the Memorial Day weekend in NewSmyrnaBeach.
                                      The young anglers learned about fishing basics including how to cast and how to tie a clinch knot, said IGFA Education Director David Matagiese
                                      “After successfully completing the clinic, each youngster was given a free rod and reel combo compliments of Fish Florida (www.fishfloridatag.org) to take home and continue practicing their newly acquired skills,” he said. “Immediately after the clinics, many of them put their new rods to use finding some quality fishing spots along the pier at RiversidePark.”
                                      For more information about the IGFA Outreach Program, contact Matagiese at dmatagiese@igfa.org.
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                                      A new look for the IGFA Outreach Education Program (w/photo)
                                      The IGFA’s Outreach Education program recently received a brand new enclosed cargo trailer to transport all of its hands-on marine education programs to schools, fishing derbies and community events around the southeastern United States.
                                      Through a longtime partnership with Critter Control (www.crittercontrol.com) and Mercury Marine (www.mercurymarine.com), the IGFA is able to travel more efficiently when carrying a mobile touch tank to fishing events and clinics or bringing any one of its 14 marine education programs to hundreds of different schools.
                                      The eye catching trailer began as a blank canvas but was very generously covered with a vinyl wrap by the team at Image Graphics 2000 (www.IGX2000.com) using beautiful underwater scenes captured by the IGFA’s art director Adrian Gray.
                                      For more on the IGFA Outreach Education Program, please contact IGFA Education Director, David Matagiese at dmatagiese@igfa.org.
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                                      Conservationists honor Congressman Doc Hastings (w/photo)

                                      The Center for Coastal Conservation has presented U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) with its Conservationist of the Year Award, which annually goes to a public official for work in support of good stewardship of America’s marine resources.
                                      “Doc Hastings has been a stalwart for anglers across the country – and a real steward of the resource,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation. “His leadership is making a difference.”
                                      Hastings is the ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee. The Committee has jurisdiction over most federal land use and water policies, including national forests, national parks and monuments, wilderness areas, national scenic areas, Indian reservations and BLM lands.
                                      In accepting the award at the Center’s annual conference in Washington on May 5, Hastings emphasized the importance of protecting the nation’s natural resources.
                                      “As the top Republican on the House Committee on Natural Resources, I support marine conservation policies based on sound science and good data. Recreational fishermen must remain a vital part of marine conservation efforts,” said Hastings.
                                      America’s anglers have worked for generations to conserve the resources where they live, work and recreate every day. Keeping anglers in that leadership role – rather than ‘top-down,’ directives from Washington, DC – ensures good stewardship of our resources,” he said.
                                      Hastings’ colleague, Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-Guam), was honored with the award in 2009. She chairs the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife.
                                      The Center for Coastal Conservation brings under a single umbrella the leading advocates for marine recreational fishing and boating including the IGFA. The organization promotes sound conservation and use of ocean resources and backs federal legislators who support its goals.
                                      For more go to the coalition’s website at www.coastalconservation.us/
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                                      (photo caption) Congressman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., (center) is honored with the Conservationist of the Year Award by the Center for Coastal Conservation. He is congratulated by International Game Fish Association President Rob Kramer (left) and American Sportfishing Association President Mike Nussman. Kramer and Nussman are Center for Coastal Conservation board members.
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                                      ---Now at the IGFAMuseum---

                                      Fun, Funky Fish Art of David Roehm Now at the ArtGallery
                                      The IGFAArtGallery is featuring the whimsical works of artist David Roehm, who is inspired by his fishing and snorkeling adventures off his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, along with ChokoloskeeIsland, and the flats of Islamorada. Many of the quaint old bars, hangouts and fishing spots now gone are depicted in Dave's artistry, but they are not all done on the usual canvas. He specializes in decorating unusual items such as fire hydrants and wood sculptures.
                                      Roehm’s colorful and humorous FunkyFishArt will be on display till October
                                      For a preview visit www.funkyfishart.com.
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                                      Guy Harvey’s early works showing in IGFA’s Changing Gallery until July 5th
                                      As a young boy, Guy Harvey was entranced by Ernest Hemingway’s story The Old Man and the Sea. In the early 1970’s, with no formal art training but with a scientist’s eye for detail, Guy began sketching his favorite parts. These rarely-viewed series of 59 pen-and-ink sketches from the private collection of Cheryl and Dave Copham comprised Guy’s first art show in 1985. These highly acclaimed early marine artworks of Dr. Guy Harvey are now being shown at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum presented in its Changing Gallery exhibition room.
                                      They are on display through July 5 along with photos of Bill Boyce and sculptures of Kent Ullberg.
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                                      Young Anglers Tournament July 31 in San Diego
                                      Young anglers ages six through 15 are invited to compete July 31 in the free Eighth Annual Young Anglers’ Tournament at the Shelter Island Pier in San Diego. This saltwater event is sponsored by the International Game Fish Association, the San Diego Sportfishing Council and the Port of San Diego
                                      The tournament features a points system to allow for catch and releases with winners, one in each age category, determined by adding up points for various fish caught. The angler with the most points overall will be recognized on the tournament’s perpetual trophy.

                                      IGFA representatives and volunteers from the United Pier and Shore Anglers Club will be there to assist young anglers and to tally points.
                                      Young anglers in the competition are encouraged to bring their own gear, although a limited number of loaner rods will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Small quantities of bait will be provided each angler while supplies last.
                                      Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. at the pier located at 1776 Shelter Island Drive. Fishing starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded by 2 p.m. Hot dogs, chips, and sodas will be served to all registered anglers. Lunch is provided courtesy of Stump's Village Market of Rancho Santa Fe.
                                      Prizes and raffle items, donated by local businesses and sportfishing companies, include rods, reels, hats, T-shirts, fishing gear and deep sea fishing trips. Loaner gear, bait, and tackle are provided by Okuma Fishing Tackle, Anglers Distributing, and Friends of Rollo three of the sponsors along with West Marine, De-Fishing Soap, Point Loma Sportfishing and H&M Landing.
                                      The San Diego Sportfishing Council is a California non-profit corporation established in 1979 to represent San Diego’s sportfishing industry. Their mission is to promote San Diego sportfishing as an attractive marine recreational activity, to increase awareness of sportfishing opportunities from San DiegoBay, to increase the availability of "how, when and where" information and access to sportfishing opportunities.
                                      For more information, please call the San Diego Sportfishing Council at 619-234-8793 or log onto the website at www.sportfishing.org.
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                                      California’s Bob Fletcher honored by IGFA (w/photo)

                                      For his leadership efforts on numerous fronts Bob Fletcher, retired President of the Sportfishing Association of California and Recreational Fisheries, was presented an International Game Fish Association Certificate of Appreciation at the Day at the Dock's event held in April.
                                      IGFA Trustee Michael Farrior made the presentation saying it was given in appreciation of Fletcher's dedication to conservation of marine resources, his leadership role in Southern California's Sportfishing passenger fleet and his position as a highly respected advocate for recreational anglers. IGFA representative Gary Graham said Fletcher thanked the IGFA for the honor of being recognized for his passion and lifetime of working on behalf of the recreational angling community.
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                                      BAMM month ends June 30
                                      If you have an IGFA membership you can benefit in a big way…. in fact 20 ways during BAMM month till the end of June.
                                      Your current IGFA membership will allow you into more than 20 participating museums and attractions throughout BrowardCounty during June.
                                      The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.” IGFA members can use their cards for reciprocal benefits in all of the BAMM (Broward Attractions and Museum Month) participating institutions.
                                      Each institution defines exactly what benefits are eligible but at the very least it’s free admission at the same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org. Additional information can be found on the BAMM web site at www.bamminfo.org
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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 this fall with its 16th session of its popular series of Tuesday night classes.
                                      The topic list is expected to be posted in early August on the IGFA web site with course titles, descriptions and instructors.
                                      The web site can be found at http://www.igfa.org/education/School-Of-Sportfishing.aspx
                                      “This past spring session, 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 new topics were introduced.”
                                      He added that angling students from previous classes continue to report fantastic fishing with greatly improved catch ratios after putting their newly gained knowledge to practice on the water.
                                      “We’ve heard from anglers who attended the program who have given us great feedback saying they’ve become more efficient in finding fish faster and making each strike count.”
                                      Matagiese said all classes are limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up and held Tuesday nights 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. For more information or to sign up please contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340 or via JMackin@igfa.org.
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                                      “Did You Know?” – Interesting facts from the IGFA
                                      This month the IGFA features some facts from the IGFA’s 2010 World Record Game Fishes book:
                                      • The oldest standing IGFA record is the All-Tackle yellow perch, which weighed 4 lb 3 oz and was caught in 1865.
                                      • The biggest IGFA record for a member of the jack family (Carangidae) is the All-Tackle giant trevally record which weighed 160 lb 7 oz and was caught by an angler fishing from shore.
                                      • The IGFA has All-Tackle records for 36 different species of snapper.
                                      • The smallest All-Tackle record for a shark species was for a 1 lb 13 oz velvet belly lantern shark (Etmopterus spinax).
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                                      Calendar of upcoming IGFA events for 2010
                                      June 1 – 30, 2010 -- BAMM (Broward Attractions and Museum Month) is Back -- During the month of June anyone with a membership in the IGFA or one of more than 20 participating museums and attractions in BrowardCounty will be able to use that for reciprocal benefits in all. The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.” Each institution defines what benefits will be eligible but at the very least it will be free admission at same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org, visit www.igfa.org or www.bamminfo.org for the variety of participating institutions.
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                                      June 14 -- Aug 20, 2010 -- IGFA’s ten weekly Summer Camps, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla.USA – Now in its 11th 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. Pre-registration is required. Camp registration includes a free rod and reel combo, T-shirt, tackle box and camp goody bag. For more information about the IGFA Summer Camp, please contact Veronica Woods at vwoods@igfa.org or visit http://www.igfa.org/Education/Youth-Camps.aspx .
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                                      July 13 - 15, 2010 – 10th 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 nearly 40 qualifying tournaments around the world held in 2009 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 flkeyout@bellsouth.net or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com.
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                                      October 26, 2010 -- The 12th Annual IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will celebrate all 80 members and the five newest inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame who include Yoshiro Hattori, Capt. Steve Huff, George G. Mathews, John Wilson and Forrest Wood. 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 2010 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                                        26 elite anglers prepare for FKO/IGFA Inshore World Cha

                                        26 elite anglers prepare for FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship
                                        Fishing in Fla. Keys could be great for fly and light tackle “tournament of champions”

                                        ISLAMORADA, In The Florida Keys, USA ---“Right now fishing is off the charts and if it stays this way our tournament promises to be one of the most outstanding competitions of the year,” said Sandy Moret about the Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship in July.
                                        Moret, who is the tournament director of the 10th annual “tournament of champions” event, said 218 tarpon were caught and released among 25 anglers at a recent fly tournament. “This could be the indicator of great fishing on the flats July 13 - 15 at the FKO/IGFA Inshore. “So far 26 top fly and light tackle ‘sight-casting’ champions from as far away as Sweden and Australia, anglers who have won one of some 40 events around the world, will be on the casting platforms of 26 shallow water skiffs with top guides to fish the Keys island chain.”
                                        From a drawing the 19 men and seven women champion qualifiers will be paired with a premier Keys guide fishing three days as a team for tarpon, bonefish, permit, redfish and snook in the fly and light tackle divisions. A grand champion will be crowned in each division.
                                        Three-time winner Robert Collins of Naples and Islamorada, who won his titles with a spinning reel will now be focusing his skills solely casting fly. He’ll have worthy competition including Carlos Duncan from Houston, Texas, who in June won the Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament with 26 tarpon releases. The fly side also includes mother and son champions Sandi Bishop of Knoxville, Tenn., and Baker Bishop, Sullivan’s Island, S.C.
                                        Also competing in the fly division are: Jim Bouma, Bradenton, Fla.; Kathryn Hoar, Hanover, Penn.; Sam Kaufman, Evergreen, Co.; Brower Moffit, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Heidi Nute, Miami Beach, Fla.; Thomas Reckling, Houston; Sue Moret and Mark Richens, both ofIslamorada, Fla.
                                        The international field includes Australian angler Peter Politis, Nightcliff, NT, winner for the past two years of the Northern Territory’s Barramundi Classic, Nils Zackrisson of Aneby, Sweden winner of the Pike Challenge in Sweden and Michael De Freitas, Westmoorings, Trinidad/Tobago. They’ll be joined in the light tackle division by Betsy Bullard and Jake Turek of Tavernier, Fla.; Roger Fernandez, Pinecrest, Fla.; Molly Fleming, Palm Beach Shores. Fla.; Joey Marzucco, and brothers Derrick and Troy Pruitt, all of Naples, Fla.; Mark Richards, Charleston, S.C., Chip Stringer, Savannah, Ga.; Aledia Tush, Sarasota, Fla., and Joe Viar, Alexandria, Va.
                                        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 is held during the tournament.
                                        Tournament sponsors include Bacardi, Islamorada Fish Co., The Islander Resort, King Sailfish Mounts, Shimano, Stiffy Push Poles, World Wide Sportsman, Mercury, ESPN Outdoors, Kaiyo’s, Bayside Marina, Tibor Reels, Kaenon Sunglasses, Sage Rods, Patagonia, The Green Turtle Inn, Rich Products Corp, Cortland Line Company, Vineyard Vines and Nautilus Reels.
                                        For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments contact Moret at 305-664-5423, or via e-mail at sandy@floridakeysoutfitters.com.
                                        A complete list of the champions, hometowns and tournaments they qualified is shown below and also posted on the tournament website at www.inshoreworldchampionships.com.
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                                        6/28/2010 FKO/IGFA IWC PR counsel - Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications,
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                                          IGFA Hot News and Hot Catches – July 2010

                                          IGFA Hot News and Hot Catches – July 2010
                                          By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                                          Fish, Explore, Discover, Learn; IGFA’s new Junior Angler Program (w/logo)
                                          Now kids can get their hands on fishing on the web – completely free of charge!
                                          Under the tagline “Fish, Explore, Discover, Learn,” the International Game Fish Association is launching its new Junior Angler program July 15 with a brand new website full of pro fishing tips and tricks, species id, biological information on marine and aquatic animals, games, contests, photo galleries and videos.
                                          The IGFA’s Junior Angler and Smallfry World Records will also be featured – but every child will have the opportunity to brag about their catches, record or otherwise.
                                          “The overall goal and mission of the IGFA’s Junior Angler Program is to get more kids actively involved in recreational fishing activities,” said IGFA Education Director Dave Matagiese. “By transitioning our Junior Angler Program into a free online membership format, thousands of children all over the world will be able to share photos and fishing stories with each other – connecting young anglers across lakes, streams and oceans.”
                                          The Junior Angler page will be accessible from www.igfa.org under the “Educate” tab.
                                          Indeed, being free, digital and interactive are key new features of the IGFA’s new Junior Angler program. Hoping to reach as many youths as possible, and with the support of Mercury Marine, Critter Control, CostaDel Mar, Rapala and TakeMeFishing.org, the IGFA is providing their wealth of resources to kids in a safe and easily-accessible venue and without charging a fee – a price point parents will appreciate. Another winning point with parents is the Junior Angler website’s designation as a SafeSite, which means each child’s information and experience is completely protected while he or she is online.
                                          New Junior Angler members will also still receive many of the same great benefits they had in the past including free admission to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, discounts in the IGFA online store, free access to all of the IGFA Junior Angler World Records and much more. Combined with all the activities available on the website, the IGFA is offering plenty of ways to keep kids engaged in fishing all summer long – and all for free!
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                                          IGFA E-memberships now available

                                          Do you find yourself reading online more often than you pick up a magazine or book? The International Game Fish Association’s new online e-membership may be for you! Starting July 15, the IGFA will make all of its members-only content available electronically at a discounted introductory price of just $15 (US). This web-only membership will offer the same benefits as a traditional membership in a digital format:
                                          • Access to International Angler newsletter online
                                          • Access to World Record Game Fishes book online
                                          • Online access to world records
                                          • Discounted world record application - $40
                                          • Discounted scale certifications - $30
                                          • Unlimited free entry into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
                                          • 10% Discount on IGFA gift shop purchases
                                          • Invitations to upcoming events
                                          • The latest angling and record-seeking news via email and online

                                          Regularly priced at $20, the e-membership will be available for only $15 during this introductory offer. Who said it isn’t easy to be green? Sign up for your e-membership today and save.
                                          To become an IGFA e-member today, sign up online at www.igfa.org/members and begin enjoying your benefits now. For questions or further information, please contact IGFA Membership at 954-927-2628 or email HQ@igfa.org.
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                                          IGFA launches auction July 17 on EBay store

                                          Beginning July 17 anglers can get a great deal when they support the International Game Fish Association online auction during National Fishing Month!
                                          Through its EBay store (http://stores.ebay.com/International-Game-Fish-Association), the IGFA is offering up for bid more than 20 unique items for the angling lifestyle. Fishing enthusiasts will find travel packages, Mako and Hell’s Bay boats, original sculptures by world famous artists including Bodo Muche, Kent Ullberg and David Wirth, plus tackle, rods and reels, Costa sunglasses, historic lithographs, signed books and more.
                                          Auction items will be unveiled July 17th through July 23rd, and final bidding closes on August 1st. Fans of the IGFA on Facebook will get a sneak peak of top items during the days leading up to the auction. All of the proceeds from items sold will benefit the IGFA, so bid early and bid often!
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                                          IGFA Meets With Head of NOAA to Discuss Oil Spill
                                          Leaders in the recreational fishing community including IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser and others met with Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator and Dr. Bonnie Ponwith, Director of the Southeast Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service to discuss impacts to the recreational fishing community from the BP oil spill. A resounding issue in the June 22 meeting was the need to provide disaster relief to the recreational fishing community, which has an annual economic impact of $41 billion in the Gulf alone.
                                          Schratwieser pointed out that, “In addition to disaster relief, there is a need to consider new management strategies for the Gulf of Mexico, which, even prior to the oil spill, was struggling with several overfished stocks such as red snapper.”
                                          Schratwieser also stressed that the United States, “must insist on increased conservation measures for Western Atlantic bluefin tuna at the next meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).
                                          “The Gulf of Mexico is the only known spawning location for these fish and the oil spill occurred both in the space and time in which they spawn,” he said. “In the meantime, the IGFA will continue working with the NMFS to help disseminate accurate, fact-based information to recreational anglers on the effects of the oil spill.”
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                                          IGFA Education Department News:
                                          IGFA Outreach Program Receives near $100,000 Educational Grant
                                          The IGFA’s Education Outreach Program is planning for more growth after successfully obtaining a grant in the amount of $99,794 from the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF). This funding will allow the IGFA to further expand its Outreach Program across the nation to help get more kids actively involved in fishing and boating.
                                          IGFA Education Director, David Matagiese said, “The Outreach Program has been a huge part of the IGFA’s mission and vision over the years and this funding will help us bring our hands-on activities like fishing clinics, touch tank demonstrations and instruction on knot tying, bait rigging and casting to children who would not normally have the chance to experience these things.
                                          “By introducing tens of thousands of children to our sport, we’re hoping to not only create lifelong anglers, but stewards of our natural environment as well.”
                                          For more information about the Education Outreach Program, please contact Matagiese at dmatagiese@igfa.org.
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                                          IGFA Outreach at Kid’s Fitness Festival July 14 – 15 in Palm Beach
                                          The IGFA Outreach Program will be attending the Palm Beach County Kid’s Fitness Festival from July 14-15 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in Florida. Each July, over 6,000 South Florida youth gather at this action packed event for two days of fitness and fun! Full of 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 our activities. Many of the 6,000 children that will be in attendance will be using a fishing rod for the first time so this is a great event to promote the sport of fishing.
                                          Each clinic in the event is conducted by a professional from that sports area. These clinicians share techniques, enhance skills and provide an introduction to the sport. The Kids Fitness Festival also features mascots, autograph sessions, special guests, demonstrations and a midway with a bounce house, rock-wall and mist tent, and much more.
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                                          IGFA Junior Angler Summer Camps underway through August 20
                                          If you’re looking for some hands-on and fun activities for your youngsters, nothing beats the IGFA’s annual Junior Angler Summer Camps with weekly sessions through mid-August.
                                          Now in its 11th year the camps are held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., offering weeklong summer adventures for children ages eight – 13, through August 20th.
                                          Campers spend time in the museum where they learn about fishing techniques, conservation, marine biology, the ins-and-outs of fish anatomy through dissections, biological adaptations, tying flies & jigs, fish habitats and participate in simulated fishing tournaments.
                                          Field trips include snorkeling, water parks and pier fishing with every Friday spent deep sea fishing from a 70’ party boat off the coast of Miami.
                                          Camp registration includes a free rod and reel combo, T-shirt, tackle box and camp goody bag. For more information about the IGFA Summer Camp, please contact Veronica Woods at vwoods@igfa.org or visit http://www.igfa.org/Education/Youth-Camps.aspx .
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                                          July Hot Catches

                                          Several long-standing IGFA records may have toppled and lead off the IGFA Hot Catches report for July. International Game Fish Association World Records Coordinator Jack Vitek updates us with these 10 recent recreational fish catches that are now before the world records committee of potential new records from Australia, Japan, the Dominican Republic, Bimini, Costa Rica and across the U.S.

                                          A kokanee caught in the Northwest region of the U.S. has fishing writers talking for a record that has stood for 22 years. Ronald A. Campbell of Pendleton, Oregon, USA, landed the potential all-tackle kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka) on June 13, while fishing Wallowa Lake, Oregon, USA. Campbell’s beautiful catch weighed in at 4.39 kg (9 lb 10 oz), and was landed in five minutes after the fish took Campbell’s Shasta Peewee Hoochie. The current IGFA record is 4.27 kg (9 lb 6 oz) from Okanagan Lake in Bristis Columbia, Canada. (Photo: kokanee – 35848)

                                          A dead flying fish was the bait New Zealand angler Rikki Williams of Mt. Albert in Auckland used to catch a 50.6 kg (111 lb 8 oz) southern yellowtail (Seriola lalandi), on March 13 while fishing Ranfurly Banks, Australia. This potential men’s 37 kg (80 lb) line class record took Williams 15 minutes to bring in and may beat a 48-year old IGFA record. The current IGFA record is 48.98 kg (108 lb 0 oz) caught off Cape Brett, NZ in January 1962. (Photo: southern yellowtail – 35806)

                                          Japanese angler Masamitsu Okayama of Iwanai-Gun, Hokkaido, landed a kitsune-mebaru (Sebastes vulpes) on May 22, while fishing Shiribetsu, Japan. This potential all-tackle record fish which weighed in at 2.8 kg (6 lb 2 oz) was landed in four minutes after it hit Okayama’s soft plastic bait. The current IGFA record is 2.7 kg (5 lb 15 oz) caught in May 2006 in nearby Setana Hokkaido, Japan. (Photo: kitsune-mebaru – 35836)

                                          A beautiful example of a silver redhorse (Moxostoma anisurum) was landed by Michael Romano of Hudson, Ohio, USA, on May 30 while he was fishing Michigan’s Muskegon River. Romano’s catch qualifies as a potential men’s 2 kg (4 lb) line class record on a weight of 3.74 kg (8 lb 4 oz). Romano was using crayfish for bait. The current IGFA record is 3.27 kg (7 lb 3 oz) caught in Sept. 1987 from Rainy River, Loman, Minnesota, USA. (Photo: silver redhorse – 35847)

                                          Fly fishing off the coast of Capcana, Dominican Republic, Stacey G. Parkerson of Coral Springs, Florida, USA, landed a white marlin (Kajikia albida) on June 6 to qualify for the potential women’s IGFA 6 kg (12 lb) tippet record that’s currently vacant. After a 15 minute fight Parkerson’s fish was weighed in at 21.15 kg (46 lb 10 oz). The fish was caught on a custom tied fly and Stacey was guided by Scott Jones. (Photo: white marlin – 35851)

                                          Massachusetts angler John M. Cole of West Newbury, guided by R. Andrew Cummings, landed a striped bass (Morone saxatilis) on June 17 while fishing off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA. The potential men’s 2 kg (4 lb) tippet record weighed 10.43 kg (23 lb 0 oz) and took Cole 15 minutes to land after the fish hit his Chuleta Blanca fly. The current men’s IGFA tippet record is 8.84 kg (19 lb 8 oz) caught off Misquamicit Beach, Rhode Island, USA in August 1997. (Photo: striped bass – 35852)

                                          Using ultra-thin fishing line, Jason Land of Florence, Kentucky, USA, caught a grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) on April 28 while fishing the waters in Boone County, Kentucky, USA. Land landed the fish in 20 minutes which weighed 17.35 kg (38 lb 4 oz), qualifying it for the 1 kg (2 lb) line class record. The current IGFA record is 9.29 kg (20 lb 8 oz) recorded in August 2005 from the Tamiami Trail in Florida, USA. (Photo: grass carp – 35837)

                                          Finally we have three records of interest of anglers beating their former IGFA records. Lady angler Toquaiah Jackson Carter of Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania, USA may eclipse a women’s fly record she’s held since June 2007. Guided by Joey Dawson, Ms. Carter landed a yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) on June 18, while fishing Argus Bank, Bermuda. Her impressive catch qualifies for the potential women’s 10 kg (20 lb) tippet record after weighing in at 24.86 kg (54 lb 13 oz). Carter needed an hour to land her trophy after it took her custom “bad hair day” fly. The current IGFA record is 24.38 kg (53 lb 12 oz), and has been held by Carter for the past three years. (Photo: yellowfin tuna – 35889)

                                          Another fisherman, junior angler Maximilian Hampl of Cartago, Costa Rica may also have broken his own IGFA fishing record. Guided by Edgar Montero, Hampl landed a monster sized almaco jack (Seriola rivoliana) on June 15 while fishing the Golfo de Papa***o, Costa Rica to qualify for the potential male-junior record which may beat his old record caught last year in the same waters. Hampl’s catch weighed in at 34.97 kg (77 lb 1.6 oz) and took him 20 minutes to land after the fish hit his live moonfish. His current IGFA record is 27 kg (59 lb 8 oz). (Photo: almaco jack – 35873)

                                          Multi IGFA record holder Roberta G. Arostegui of Coral Gables, Florida, USA, guided by legendary IGFA Certified Captain Bouncer Smith, may have recaptured an old IGFA record by landing a 1.25 kg (2 lb 12 oz) gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus) on May 30, while fishing Bimini, Bahamas to qualify for the women’s 2 kg (4 lb) line class record . The fish fought for three minutes after hitting a live pilchard. The current IGFA record is 1.13 kg (2 lb 8 oz). Mrs. Arostegui had previously held the record with a 1.02 kg (2 lb 4 oz) gray snapper caught in the same Bimini waters in June 2008. (Photo: grey snapper – 35839)
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                                          Where’s Woz? Closing in on 1,000 species (w/photos)

                                          Wherever in the world Steve Wozniak is he no doubt has a rod & reel nearby as he gets closer to his milestone of catching and documenting 1000 different species of fish across the globe.
                                          Featured last month in the IGFA Hot News, the IGFA International Angler Magazine, and ESPN.com, Wozniak of San Ramon, Calif., USA has now reached the 990 species mark catching three more fish while in Oahu, Hawaii at the end of June. Potentially several of his latest catches may also be considered for new IGFA World Records.
                                          And now the intrepid traveler has just 10 fish to go.
                                          So far he’s visited 61 countries working by phone and e-mail with many ichthyologists and species hunters to match his trips to exotic new catches.
                                          “A couple of trips should put me in shouting distance,” said Wozniak in a recent phone call. “I’m hoping to get to Norway, Egypt and to the Andaman Islands near India in the Indian Ocean in the next several months, so I have a pretty good shot in 2010. If not, 2011 is the year. It’s getting close.”
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                                          Ticket sales brisk for IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame induction (w/photo of banquet)
                                          Even before the official invitations have been sent out the tickets are already selling at a brisk pace for the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame on Tuesday, October 26.
                                          Five men, from the U.S., Japan and Britain, all who have made significant contributions to the sport of recreational fishing, will be inducted that evening as the 12th class into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and include Yoshiro Hattori, Capt. Steve Huff, George G. Matthews, John Wilson and Forrest Wood.
                                          The honorees are selected each year for the significant contributions through achievements in angling, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources.
                                          The five inductees and their contributions are:
                                          Yoshiro Hattori is an honorary member of the Japan Game Fish Association since its inception. A natural communicator, he is widely known for his television shows “Fishing in Japan” and “11 PM” where he introduced various fishing reports in Japan and overseas.
                                          Capt. Steve Huff, whose innovations include shallow-water boat building, light-tackle and fly-rod fish fighting techniques, has guided clients to some of the most coveted inshore world records since 1968. Huff revolutionized flats fishing in saltwater and is celebrated in the Bahamas, Mexico, the Florida Keys and the Seychelles.
                                          George G. Matthews is a big-game fisherman who participated in many of the Bahamas tournaments during the 1960-1970s. A member of the IGFA Board of Trustees since 1971, Mathews has served as Board Chairman and is a former member of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission.
                                          John Wilson, a British angler has been a TV personality for 20 years covering big game and deep sea fishing. Voted “The Greatest Angler of All Time” in a 2004 poll by readers of Angling Times, Wilson has published nearly 20 books and authored a column for the newspaper the Sunday Express until 2009.
                                          Forrest Wood began as a fishing guide on the fabled Arkansas White River, USA. Wood started a small boat repair business on the side and developed his business into what became Ranger Boats. Wood and his family went out to set the modern standard for bass boats, including the first built-in livewell system. Wood validated his early “built by fishermen for fishermen” ad slogan by fishing the B.A.S.S. tour for nearly two decades.
                                          Eighty Hall of Fame members are enshrined at the IGFA including Zane Grey, Ernest Hemingway, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Lee and Joan 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 in the Greats Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Special sponsorships and sponsor tables are available. For reservation information contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or via e-mail: larico@igfa.org.
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                                          Action underway in FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship (w/logo)

                                          Three days of fishing competition is underway July 13 – 15 in the Florida Keys, as top fly and light tackle “sight-casting” champion anglers from as far away as Sweden and Australia are competing in the 10th annual Florida Keys Outfitters / IGFA Inshore World Championship in Islamorada.
                                          Tournament champions from a variety of nearly 40 qualifying competitions held in 2009 across the U.S., the Bahamas, Belize, Trinidad, Sweden and Australia, make up the field of 26 top anglers.
                                          From a drawing each of the anglers were paired with a premier Keys guide fishing as they team for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish in the fly and light tackle divisions. A grand champion will be crowned in each division. The international field includes 19 men and seven women. A list of the champions, hometowns and tournaments they qualified at is posted on the tournament website at www.inshoreworldchampionships.com .
                                          “Fishing is off the charts here and this tournament promises to be one of the most outstanding competitions of the year,” said tournament director Sandy Moret, owner of Florida Keys Outfitters. “We’re hoping to have even more international competitors next year.”
                                          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.
                                          The championship will again be partnering with ESPN Outdoors and its televised Saltwater Series to 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 Moret 305-664-5423, or via e-mail at flkeyout@bellsouth.net
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                                          IGFA’s Expedition Series returning to Panama August 30th

                                          Looking for a great fishing trip to “billfish nirvana” led by four of recreational fishing’s top names? The grand adventure is August 30 – Sept. 5, to the Tropic Star Lodge on Piñas Bay, Panama.
                                          The waters of Piñas Bay, which surround legendary Zane Grey Reef, have yielded more than 70 blue marlins in the six days of previous IGFA Panama Expeditions. Combined with the plentiful black marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, and other top game fish in this tropical paradise, the species count alone makes for a fishing trip that’s sure to satisfy any true sportsman’s quest for adventure.
                                          “This expedition of Piñas Bay follows in the footsteps of the early game fish pioneers exploring these abundant waters for the world’s greatest game fish,” said IGFA Development Director Eric Combast. “Adding the expertise of our Expedition Leaders to the trips makes each day on the water feel like we’re continuing the tradition of truly excellent game fishing.”
                                          This year’s Panama Expedition Leaders include outdoor writer and offshore expert Capt. Karl Anderson, light-tackle marlin expert Capt. Thomas “Bark” Garnsey, IGFA President Rob Kramer, and world record holder and Piñas Bay expert Raleigh Werking. These experienced and exceptional anglers will provide an action-packed excursion with valuable fishing tips and guidance.
                                          For more information on this all-inclusive expedition and exciting opportunity, please call Eric Combast at 954-924-4325 or email ecombast@igfa.org.
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                                          2011 date announced for 27th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet

                                          The IGFA has announced the 2011 date of January 28 for the 27th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA.
                                          It’s the marine conservation organization’s biggest fundraising event of the year with more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid.
                                          Donations are already being received at the IGFA headquarters said Ms. Lesley Arico, including trips, cruises, artwork, fishing gear and more.
                                          The auction will be featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org beginning the first week of November when the popular on-line portion of the auction opens.
                                          Tickets for the 6 p.m. gala event are $200 per person and include the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction plus free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $3000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                                          ---Now at the IGFA Museum---

                                          Fun, Funky Fish Art of David Roehm Now at the Art Gallery
                                          The IGFA Art Gallery is featuring the whimsical works of artist David Roehm, who is inspired by his fishing and snorkeling adventures off his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, along with Chokoloskee Island, and the flats of Islamorada. Many of the quaint old bars, hangouts and fishing spots now gone are depicted in Dave's artistry, but they are not all done on the usual canvas. He specializes in decorating unusual items such as fire hydrants and wood sculptures.
                                          Roehm’s colorful and humorous FunkyFishArt will be on display till October
                                          For a preview visit www.funkyfishart.com.
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                                          Guy Harvey’s early works in IGFA’s Changing Gallery
                                          As a young boy, Guy Harvey was entranced by Ernest Hemingway’s story The Old Man and the Sea. In the early 1970’s, with no formal art training but with a scientist’s eye for detail, Guy began sketching his favorite parts. These rarely-viewed series of 59 pen-and-ink sketches from the private collection of Cheryl and Dave Copham comprised Guy’s first art show in 1985. These highly acclaimed early marine artworks of Dr. Guy Harvey are now being shown at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum presented in its Changing Gallery exhibition room.
                                          Also on display are the photos of Bill Boyce and sculptures of Kent Ullberg.
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                                          Coming this fall to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum Changing Gallery: The Artistry of Marc Montocchio.
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                                          Free tournament for young anglers July 31 in San Diego

                                          Young anglers in Southern California are invited to compete July 31 in the Eighth Annual Young Anglers’ Tournament at the Shelter Island Pier in San Diego. This saltwater event for youngsters ages six through 15 is sponsored by the International Game Fish Association, the San Diego Sportfishing Council and the Port of San Diego
                                          The tournament features a points system to allow for catch and releases with winners, one in each age category, determined by adding up points for various fish caught. The angler with the most points overall will be recognized on the tournament’s perpetual trophy.

                                          IGFA representatives and volunteers from the United Pier and Shore Anglers Club will be there to assist young anglers and to tally points.
                                          Young anglers in the competition are encouraged to bring their own gear, although a limited number of loaner rods will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Small quantities of bait will be provided each angler while supplies last.
                                          Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. at the pier located at 1776 Shelter Island Drive. Fishing starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded by 2 p.m. Hot dogs, chips, and sodas will be served to all registered anglers. Lunch is provided courtesy of Stump's Village Market of Rancho Santa Fe.
                                          Prizes and raffle items, donated by local businesses and sportfishing companies, include rods, reels, hats, T-shirts, fishing gear and deep sea fishing trips. Loaner gear, bait, and tackle are provided by Okuma Fishing Tackle, Anglers Distributing, and Friends of Rollo three of the sponsors along with West Marine, De-Fishing Soap, Point Loma Sportfishing and H&M Landing.
                                          The San Diego Sportfishing Council is a California non-profit corporation established in 1979 to represent San Diego’s sportfishing industry. Their mission is to promote San Diego sportfishing as an attractive marine recreational activity, to increase awareness of sportfishing opportunities from San Diego Bay, to increase the availability of "how, when and where" information and access to sportfishing opportunities.
                                          For more information, please call the San Diego Sportfishing Council at 619-234-8793 or log onto the website at www.sportfishing.org.
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                                          IGFA’s popular School of Sportfishing resumes in the fall

                                          Once the summer break ends the IGFA’s School of Sportfishing will be in full swing this fall with its 16th session of its popular series of Tuesday night classes.
                                          The topic list is expected to be posted in early August on the IGFA web site with course titles, descriptions and instructors.
                                          The web site can be found at http://www.igfa.org/education/School-Of-Sportfishing.aspx
                                          IGFA Education Director Dave Matagiese said student anglers from previous classes report greatly improved catch ratios after putting their newly gained knowledge to practice on the water.
                                          “We’ve heard from anglers who attended the program who have given us excellent feedback saying they’ve become more efficient in finding fish faster and making each strike count.”
                                          IGFA Education Coordinator Jeff Mackin said all classes are limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up and held Tuesday nights 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. For more information or to sign up please contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or via JMackin@igfa.org.
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                                          “Did You Know?” – Interesting facts from the IGFA
                                          · A recent study reported that modern fishing vessels in the United Kingdom work 17 times harder than their Victorian-era counterparts to catch the same amount of fish.
                                          · Between 1889 and 2007 catch per unit effort has declined in the United Kingdom by:
                                          --- 500 times for halibut
                                          --- Over 100 times for haddock
                                          --- Over 20 times for plaice, wolffish, hake and ling

                                          · The word “angler” is derived from the ancient Aryan root “ank”, which means a bend or hook.
                                          · Humans began fishing in the Paleolithic period, which began over 40,000 years ago.
                                          · Fishing scenes were prominently illustrated in Ancient Egyptian culture.
                                          · Some of the earliest recorded fish hooks come from Palestine around 7000 BC.
                                          · Forbes has ranked the fishhook the 19th most important tool of all time.
                                          Calendar of upcoming IGFA events for 2010
                                          Now -- Aug 20, 2010 -- IGFA’s ten weekly Summer Camps, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – Now in its 11th 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. Pre-registration is required. Camp registration includes a free rod and reel combo, T-shirt, tackle box and camp goody bag. For more information about the IGFA Summer Camp, please contact Veronica Woods at vwoods@igfa.org or visit http://www.igfa.org/Education/Youth-Camps.aspx .
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                                          July 13 - 15, 2010 – 10th 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 nearly 40 qualifying tournaments around the world held in 2009 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 flkeyout@bellsouth.net or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com.
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                                          October 26, 2010 -- The 12th Annual IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will celebrate all 80 members and the five newest inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame who include Yoshiro Hattori, Capt. Steve Huff, George G. Matthews, John Wilson and Forrest Wood. 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 2010 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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                                          January 28, 2011 -- 27th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, beginning at 6 p.m. -- It’s the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid. Donations are already arriving including trips, cruises, artwork, fishing gear and more. The auction will be featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org beginning the first week of November when the popular on-line portion of the auction begins. Tickets are $200 per person and included the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $3000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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