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    New IGFA world record; 385 lb shark on 16 lb tippet is now heaviest fish caught on fly



    DANIA BEACH, Fla., U.S.A. -- (May 17, 2006 -- The catch-and-release of a 385 lb lemon shark on fly has officially been approved as a world record by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA).

    It also becomes the heaviest documented fish caught on fly tippet.

    IGFA world records coordinator Rebecca Reynolds made the official announcement that Dr. Martin Arostegui, Coral Gables, Florida, USA had caught the heaviest fish ever documented on fly beating out a nearly 40 year old record.

    A little background on Arostegui; last year the retired Miami-area physician received a lifetime achievement award from the IGFA for over 100 world record catches through 2004 and this past March took home a grand slam of honors at the IGFA World Record Achievement Awards ceremony for the most world records in 2005 in saltwater, freshwater and on fly.

    None of his other catches has ever been this heavy on any tackle, said Arostegui.

    Continuing his relentless pace for world records with extensive travel, planning, preparation and review of the IGFA World Record Games Fishes annual and continuously updated IGFA web site of world records, Arostegui’s original plans were to catch and release a tiger shark on 20 lb tippet to beat the current 11-year old record of 220 lbs.

    Guided by Capt. Ralph Delph, Key West, Fla., and fishing near the Marquesas Keys west of Key West, Florida, Arostegui used the scent line of a filleted barracuda to entice sharks onto the flats.

    Instead of a tiger, a lemon shark smelled the scent so Arostegui switched to another fly rod with 12 lb tippet and a bright orange seven-inch long feathered fly streamer in an attempt to break another record he held. Like the tiger shark the lemon shark is a member of the whaler shark (carcharhinidae) family and once hooked Arostegui battled the fish for over an hour.

    As he muscled the fish next to the boat, Arostegui said the toothy shark attacked the hull of Delph’s 29 ft. Contender.

    “When it opened its huge mouth, I said to myself this shark could eat half of me in one bite,” joked the diminutive former emergency room doctor who stands 5 ft. tall and weighs 125 lbs.

    Next in a carefully orchestrated technique that Arostegui and Delph have used before, Delph gaffed the shark in the soft, fleshy part of its tail as Arostegui dropped the fly rod and lassoed the fish in front of the tail with a cleated rope.

    After a breather they enlisted the help of another flats angler and guide fishing nearby. The four men were able to wrestle the shark, while controlling its dangerous head, through the transom door 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 noted Keys guide, finished documenting the catch. For that Arostegui used a portable briefcase-sized ScaleMaster II from International Weighing Systems along with a special canvas sling to cradle the fish.

    “Since I bought the scale in the Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship tournament auction last year in Mexico, I’ve used it for documenting six other IGFA certified records, but nothing this heavy.” Minus the weight of the ropes and cradle the lemon shark weighed 385 lbs (174.63 kg).

    The avid angler who has practiced catch and release on over 90% of his fish catches slid the shark into the water of a nearby basin and while resuscitating it -- himself in the water -- measured the shark for its girth (49”) and length (90”) plus took photos.

    Later, as he looked 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 chuckled and said, “I don’t recommend getting this close to a lemon shark, especially in his environment.”

    At the IGFA headquarters after preliminary line testing and documentation review, Ms. Reynolds said the 12 lb tippet over tested at 13 lbs so Arostegui’s fish was entered in the 16 lb tippet line class.

    The previous record for heaviest fish on fly has been on the IGFA record books since March 15, 1967 for a 356 lb 0 oz (161.48 kg) goliath grouper (jew fish) caught by Bart Froth in Islamorada, Fla., USA, on 12 lb tippet.

    Arostegui also beat his own 257 lb 0 oz IGFA mark for a lemon shark that he recorded two years ago and also the heaviest shark on fly beating out a 353 lb. hammerhead shark caught two years ago, also in the waters near Key West, by Rick Gunion.

    Founded in 1939 the International Game Fish Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping.

    IGFA members are located in over 125 countries and territories. The IGFA welcomes visitors to its 60,000-square-foot interactive Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. The phone number at the IGFA is 954-927-2628 and e-mail is HQ@IGFA.org. The web site is www.igfa.org.

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    (Photo caption) -- Capt. Mike Delph, left, Key West, Fla., USA and Dr. Martin Arostegui, right, of Coral Gables, Fla., hold a 385-pound lemon shark before releasing it back in Florida Bay waters. The International Game Fish Association certified the catch as a world record, Tuesday, May 16, 2006 saying it is also the largest documented fish caught on fly tackle replacing a 356 lb. goliath grouper (jew fish) caught in 1967. Arostegui, a retired doctor who holds more than 100 IGFA world fishing records caught the huge, toothy shark in early March near the Marquesas Keys, west of Key West, Fla. He and Capt. Ralph Delph went through elaborate methods to keep the fish alive to be weighed on certified scales, documented and released alive.

    (Photo provided by the IGFA via Johnson Communications, Scottsdale, Ariz.)

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    IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame To E

    IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame To Enshrine 5 Men Eighth Annual Rolex Sponsored Event Honors Contributions To The Sport Of Fishing
    {from L to R
    Anderson, Baker, Dance, Onishi, Shedd


    DANIA BEACH, Fla. --- Five men will be inducted into the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame, this fall. The class of 2006 includes John W. Anderson II, Charles Alma Baker, Bill Dance, Hidenori Onishi and Milton C. Shedd.
    The star-studded enshrinement ceremony and dinner, sponsored by Rolex, will be held Tuesday, October 24, at 6 p.m. at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla. The public is invited.
    Each year the honorees 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 inductees and their contributions are:
    John W. Anderson II: Jack Anderson has fished for virtually all species all over the world, including black marlin over 1,000 lb and bluefin tuna, swordfish and blue marlin over 700 lb. For five years he was a member of U.S. Team at the International Tuna Cup Matches. An IGFA Trustee since 1976, Anderson served on the Advisory Committee that was instrumental in making the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum a reality. He resides in Palm Beach, Fla.

    Charles Alma Baker: It was Charles Alma Baker, a businessman and pioneer big-game angler in New Zealand, who persuaded Zane Grey to visit the country in 1926. The subsequently-published account of this trip, Tales of the Angler’s Eldorado New Zealand, described the wonderful fishing opportunities available in the country. Baker had a keen interest in tackle and worked with Hardy Brothers to design the first two-speed reel. He passed away in 1941.

    Bill Dance: Credited with catching the first bass in Ray Scott’s 1967 All-American Bass Tournament (the forerunner to today’s Bassmaster Tournament Trail), Bill Dance became one of the first full-time bass pros. He went on to win eight BASS tournaments between 1968 and 1970, and is the recipient of three BASS “Angler of the Year” titles. His successful TV show, Bill Dance Outdoors, has been on the air since 1968. He lives in the Memphis, Tenn., area.

    Hidenori Onishi: One of the founders of the Japan Game Fish Association in 1979, Hank Onishi was JGFA Chairman until his death in 1998. A vocal proponent of billfish conservation, he helped inaugurate JGFA’s successful tag-and-release program in 1985. He is also recognized for popularizing the use of bird teasers. Onishi devoted many years to IGFA, as a Representative and as a member of the Board of Trustees.

    Milton C. Shedd: Milt Shedd was a leading oceanographer, a lifelong conservationist, and one of the first anglers to participate in tagging studies. He also pioneered live-bait casting for marlin, co-founded Sea World, helped create the UCLA Marine Science Center, and in the early 1970s started the white seabass hatchery program. In 1973 Shedd purchased AFTCO Manufacturing Company, today a leading manufacturer of tackle and apparel. He passed away in 2002

    Master of ceremonies Andy Mill will be joined on stage by Mark Sosin who was inducted in the 2004 IGFA Hall of Fame enshrinement class. There are currently 60 Hall of Fame members enshrined including Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Lee Wulff, Michael and Helen Lerner and Philip Wylie. (Please go to http://www.igfa.org/hall.asp for the complete list and bio information of the 60 members.)
    The evening will include a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony and dinner. Special sponsorships and sponsor tables are available. For reservation information please call 954-924-4222.
    Founded in 1939, the IGFA is a not for profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. IGFA members are located in over 125 countries and territories. The IGFA welcomes visitors to its 60,000-sq.ft .interactive Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum headquartered in Dania Beach, Fla. The IGFA web site can be found at www.igfa.org.


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    • #3
      Arostegui achieves his 200th I

      Arostegui achieves his 200th IGFA World Record
      First person to reach major milestone in fishing accomplishments ---

      <u>and he’s not stopping there...</u>



      DANIA BEACH, Fla., USA --- 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. His 200th, also on fly, came nearly 14 years later with a mullet snapper caught in Costa Rica.

      The news of Dr. Martin Arostegui, Coral Gables, Fla., USA, being the first angler to reach the International Game Fish Association milestone came on the eve of the IGFA’s World Record Achievement Awards banquet where ironically he was receiving his third consecutive grand slam as the top male angler for the most world records in freshwater &#40;24&#41;, fly &#40;24&#41; and tied for first for saltwater records &#40;11&#41; caught in 2006.

      “Dr. Arostegui’s accomplishment of achieving 200 world records is truly a remarkable feat,” said IGFA President Rob Kramer. “Through careful planning, detailed preparation and steadfast perseverance, he has taken world record game fishing to an all time high.”

      Arostegui surpassed Herb Ratner, Greensburg, Pa., who retired from the intense pursuit with 181 world records. Through it all he’s also helped set the standards for fish conservation catching, documenting, photographing and then safely releasing over 90% of the fish.

      Noted as mostly a light tackle angler especially with a fly rod, among Arostegui’s smallest fish recorded was a one pound fish &#40;the IGFA minimum accepted weight&#41; in the Unini River in the Amazon rain forest of Brazil called a pinktail chalceus.

      “We weren’t sure what it was but we entered it and through the documentation and identification it became an all-tackle record and a new entry to the IGFA’s record book,” said Arostegui.



      Holds world record for the largest fish on fly

      Last year he received international attention from the news media for his largest fish, a 385 lb 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 said the dangerous and toothy shark 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 diminutive retired emergency room doctor who stands 5 ft. tall and weighs 125 lbs.

      What happened next 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 Keys guide, finished documenting the catch using a portable briefcase-sized scale along with a special canvas sling to cradle the fish.

      Minus the weight of the ropes and cradle the lemon shark weighed 385 lbs &#40;174.63 kg&#41;.

      They then carefully slid the shark into the water of a nearby basin and while resuscitating it -- Arostegui in the water -- measured the shark for its girth &#40;49”&#41; and length &#40;90”&#41; 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, fly-fished the deep-waters of Alaska for yellow eyed rockfish, and targeted alligator gar in Texas.

      And 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. “Most of my buddies’ 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.”

      Like a professional golfer with his bag of clubs for certain situations, Arostegui prepared numerous rods and reels for specific fishing circumstances. For a recent trip to the Kabelebo River deep in Suriname, he organized all the reels and spooled them with line that would test at the prescribed breaking strength for different records. He’ll also designs specific flies and specific weed guards along with shock tippet made of wire knotted in front of the class line or tippet.

      “There are a lot of piranhas there and when we fish, especially with bait we need to use wire or cable.

      “While in the planning stages for a trip I go on the IGFA web site and look up the line class records, the all-tackle records, the fly and the junior records &#40;when he’s accompanied by his son Martini who himself has over 80 world records at just age15&#41;, or ladies records &#40;for wife Roberta&#41; of fish in that country or region. Typically I’ll spend some 30 hours of research finding out as much about the fish and what they eat and what flies to take.“

      Just days before leaving on a spring-break trip with Martini to Suriname, their guide in the small South American country let him know to expect waters four hours upriver &#40;by dug-out canoe&#41; on the Kabelebo to be 15 ft. higher than normal.

      “That basically shut down my fly fishing efforts but I couldn’t cancel the trip because it was a meaningful event for my son and me so we did the next best thing. Because I wouldn’t have much of a chance at my record quest on fly for three specific fish &#40;giant trahira, redtail catfish and sorubim catfish we used the information gathered for Martini to pursue some records.”

      The time was well spent as Martini has four pending junior records and could break two others – his father’s – from the trip. Martini hopes to be the first junior to capture 100 records before turning 17.



      More fly fishing ahead

      Arostegui says some of the best opportunities for records are on fly in the 2, 4, and 6 lb tippet categories.

      “But those are very frustrating because sometimes just hooking the fish the line breaks.” He chuckled, “Every once in a while I swear I&#39;m not going to do that anymore and then I’m back trying to catch a bigger one on 2 lb tippet. Sometimes it’s frustrating because you can lose a lot. Everything has to go perfectly. It’s frustrating to have one big fish all day. Because you&#39;re using this light line most of the time you don&#39;t catch it. That happens a lot and as a result not a lot of people do the light line. And when you have 2 lb or 4 lb tippet it’s even more difficult than done on line class.

      “It’s so frustrating,” he repeated, “but I&#39;ve caught some very nice fish on light tippet.”

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      • #4
        Five to be enshrined into IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame

        Posted on Friday, June 22, 2007 - 06:53 pm:
        Five to be enshrined into IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame
        Ninth annual event honors contributions to the sport of fishing
        DANIA BEACH, Fla. --- The quintessential lady fly angler, the dean of outdoor writers, a man who revolutionized rod making and two extraordinary bill fishermen will be inducted into the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame, this fall. The class of 2007 includes Homer Circle, Dr. Ruben Jaen, Gary Loomis, Capt. Peter B. Wright, and Joan Salvato Wulff,
        The highlight of the weekend of activities (Oct. 19 – 21) is the star-studded enshrinement ceremony and dinner Saturday, October 20, at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., USA. The public is invited.
        The honorees were selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, communication, invention or administration of fishery resources. The five inductees and their contributions are:
        Homer Circle The dean of North American outdoor writers, Homer Circle has covered the fishing scene for more than 50 years, including more than 35 years as angling editor of Sports Afield magazine. A noted bass authority, "Uncle Homer" is a tackle designer, teacher, lecturer, and has starred in more than 50 fishing films.

        Dr. Ruben Jaen A legend in Venezuelan fishing, Dr. Ruben Jaen is a pioneer of light-tackle bill fishing in that country. This cardiovascular surgeon introduced night-time sword fishing and caught the first broadbill in Caribbean waters. He has released more than 3,000 billfish and was instrumental in protecting the La Guaira Bank from commercial fishing interests. Dr. Jaen is also an author and served for 16 years on the IGFA Board of Trustees.
        Gary Loomis Gary Loomis revolutionized tackle design with his advances in graphite rod production, and G Loomis went on to become one of the most successful rod-making companies in the U.S. In 1995, Loomis launched "Fish First", a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring steelhead and salmon runs in Washington State.

        Peter B. Wright Captain Peter B. Wright is a world-renowned angler, scientist, journalist, consultant, and an advocate of circle hooks and tag-and- release. As a captain, he's fished waters all over the world, has won dozens of tournaments, and has guided numerous anglers to world records, in the process, catching more granders than anyone in history.

        Joan Salvato Wulff Joan Salvato Wulff is the most influential woman in fly fishing. A tournament caster for more than 20 years, she won 18 titles while raising casting to an art form. She continues to share her expertise in books, films, and at the Wulff School of Fly Fishing, and remains committed to the conservation of Atlantic salmon fisheries. Joan has served on the IGFA Board of Trustees since February 2001.

        There are currently 65 Hall of Fame members enshrined including Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Lee Wulff, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie, Ray Scott, Johnny Morris and John Rybovich.
        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 954-924-4222.
        The IGFA is a nonprofit, membership-supported, conservation and record-keeping organization founded in 1939 with members in over 120 countries. The association welcomes visitors to the 60,000 square foot IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. For further information, contact Lesley Arico at the International Game Fish Association, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004 Email: \mail{larico@igfa.org,larico@igfa.org} or by phone (954) 927-2628 Fax (954) 924-4299.
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        EDITORS: To schedule an interview with any of the five honorees you may contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or \mail{larico@igfa.org,larico@igfa.org}, or Pete Johnson at 480-951-3654 or \mail{johnsoncom@aol.com,johnsoncom@aol.com}. Head shot photos of each of the five inductees are available upon request.
        Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella
        http://www.jerrylabella.com/forums
        http://jerrylabella.com

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        • #5
          Five to be enshrined into IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame

          Posted on Friday, June 22, 2007 - 06:53 pm:


          DANIA BEACH, Fla. --- The quintessential lady fly angler, the dean of outdoor writers, a man who revolutionized rod making and two extraordinary bill fishermen will be inducted into the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame, this fall. The class of 2007 includes Homer Circle, Dr. Ruben Jaen, Gary Loomis, Capt. Peter B. Wright, and Joan Salvato Wulff,
          The highlight of the weekend of activities (Oct. 19 – 21) is the star-studded enshrinement ceremony and dinner Saturday, October 20, at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., USA. The public is invited.
          The honorees were selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, communication, invention or administration of fishery resources. The five inductees and their contributions are:

          Homer Circle The dean of North American outdoor writers, Homer Circle has covered the fishing scene for more than 50 years, including more than 35 years as angling editor of Sports Afield magazine. A noted bass authority, "Uncle Homer" is a tackle designer, teacher, lecturer, and has starred in more than 50 fishing films.

          Dr. Ruben Jaen A legend in Venezuelan fishing, Dr. Ruben Jaen is a pioneer of light-tackle bill fishing in that country. This cardiovascular surgeon introduced night-time sword fishing and caught the first broadbill in Caribbean waters. He has released more than 3,000 billfish and was instrumental in protecting the La Guaira Bank from commercial fishing interests. Dr. Jaen is also an author and served for 16 years on the IGFA Board of Trustees.

          Gary Loomis Gary Loomis revolutionized tackle design with his advances in graphite rod production, and G Loomis went on to become one of the most successful rod-making companies in the U.S. In 1995, Loomis launched "Fish First", a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring steelhead and salmon runs in Washington State.

          Peter B. Wright Captain Peter B. Wright is a world-renowned angler, scientist, journalist, consultant, and an advocate of circle hooks and tag-and- release. As a captain, he's fished waters all over the world, has won dozens of tournaments, and has guided numerous anglers to world records, in the process, catching more granders than anyone in history.

          Joan Salvato Wulff Joan Salvato Wulff is the most influential woman in fly fishing. A tournament caster for more than 20 years, she won 18 titles while raising casting to an art form. She continues to share her expertise in books, films, and at the Wulff School of Fly Fishing, and remains committed to the conservation of Atlantic salmon fisheries. Joan has served on the IGFA Board of Trustees since February 2001.

          There are currently 65 Hall of Fame members enshrined including Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Lee Wulff, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie, Ray Scott, Johnny Morris and John Rybovich.
          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 954-924-4222.
          The IGFA is a nonprofit, membership-supported, conservation and record-keeping organization founded in 1939 with members in over 120 countries. The association welcomes visitors to the 60,000 square foot IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. For further information, contact Lesley Arico at the International Game Fish Association, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004 Email: larico@igfa.org or by phone (954) 927-2628 Fax (954) 924-4299.
          ###

          EDITORS: To schedule an interview with any of the five honorees you may contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or larico@igfa.org, or Pete Johnson at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com. Head shot photos of each of the five inductees are available upon request.
          Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella
          http://www.jerrylabella.com/forums
          http://jerrylabella.com

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          • #6
            HOT News from the IGFA

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

            Collins recaptures IGFA Inshore World Championship
            Robert Collins, Naples, Fla., with his day three guide Capt. Larry Sydnor of Key Largo had a game plan for the final day of fishing in the seventh annual IGFA Inshore World Championship.
            And for the former title holder it worked… twice.
            Collins was awarded the Grand Champion title for accumulating the most points for all five targeted species beating out 27 other competitors from around the world. He had also won the International Game Fish Association tournament in 2005. Hailed as the “super bowl of inshore fishing,” the world-class catch-and-release format had the anglers stalking the surrounding waters of the Florida Keys for bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook and redfish.
            A field of 22 men and six women light tackle and fly anglers from as far away as Uganda, Africa, (Mark Wals) and Darwin, Australia (Justin Jones) competed in the “tournament of champions” event. On the opening night of the contest the anglers drew for three different guide pairings.
            In the final round Collins needed a snook and a redfish to complete the five fish slam to put him in the running among a dozen competitors still in contention after two days.
            By 8:45 a.m. he had caught and released three snook off Flamingo and then just an hour later he also had three redfish.
            “I was just one bonefish shy of a second slam,” he related. “Larry headed to the Atlantic Oceanside of the Keys and we searched for the fish and I finally caught one at 2:22… just 38 minutes from the close of the tournament.”
            “This tournament had all the makings of a wild finish,” said Collins with a chuckle. Both he and his guide also credited Sydnor’s wife Sharon with getting up at 4 a.m. and driving to Dade County to buy the ***gest live shrimp she could for the next day of fishing after first acclimating them to the high temperatures of the Florida Bay waters.
            Troy Pruitt, Naples, Fla., also completed the five fish slam but fell short by one fish to complete a second one. He was awarded runner-up grand champion based on points over defending champion Joe “Pepe” Lopez, Coral Gables, Fla. who also collected a slam.
            Richard Black, of Tavernier, a young first-time competitor to the IGFA IWC who lead in overall points through the first two days needed a tarpon and a permit to compete his first five fish slam. Black, a soft spoken 17 year old, said he and Capt. Billy Dahlberg, Islamorada, went for the two species but the only interest he got was “the bonefish and tarpon circling my bait.” Without any action he went back to a proven area in the backcountry for more redfish and snook adding points to his artificial division run to win that title.
            David Collier, New York City, N.Y. won the fly division title capping off the final day with two permit and one tarpon on fly guided by Homestead Capt. Andy Thompson.
            Barry Shevlin, Bay Harbor Islands, Fla., won the bait casting division with a final day rush of a permit, a bonefish, three redfish and a snook with guide Capt. John Guastavino, Key Largo. He caught six bonefish the previous two days.
            Ms. Glenda Kelley, Ft. Lauderdale was the only other angler to score a slam.
            The top guides based on points of their anglers were Capt. Mark Gilman, Islamorada; Capt. Chris Jones and Capt. Andy Thompson.
            The tournament anglers gained entry by winning one of over 55 fly and light tackle IGFA sanctioned inshore tournaments during 2006 held in eight countries around the world.
            The contestants were vying for engraved timepieces in the prestige tournament. Trophies and merchandise were awarded for second and third place divisional winners in the three categories. Point values of the fish were determined by species and the angler’s preference choice of fly fishing, artificial lure or bait.
            Sponsors included Mercury Outboards, Bacardi, Costa Del Mar, G. Loomis, Hook and Tackle, Islamorada Fish Co., Islander Resort, King Sailfish Mounts, Rapala, Shimano, Stiffy Push Poles, 3M Scientific Anglers, Reel Life Art, World Wide Sportsman, Zane Grey Lounge, KD & G Sea Life Masterpieces, Redbone Gallery, Image Graphics 2000, Momoi and Daiichi.
            Pasta Pantaleo is the official artist of the IWC.
            The IWC is the second in a series of world wide competitive fishing events that includes the eighth annual IGFA Offshore World Championship held in May in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
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            IGFA Adds Fourth Series to Popular Fishing Classes
            The IGFA’s new School of Sportfishing, launched this past fall by the IGFA in association with Saltwater Professional Consulting, has added, plus expanded a fourth series of classes through the summer months.
            “The popularity and variety of courses over the fall, winter and spring months has helped the School of Sportfishing grow,” said the IGFA’s Mike Myatt.
            With a class size limit of 24 anglers the School of Sportfishing offers a unique experience for anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water.
            “The IGFA not only continues to get great feedback and attendance for our original series of topics but the interest was expressed for more new subjects,” said Myatt. “The IGFA Education Department has added some very topical classes.”
            The new summer seminar season includes:
            • July 19 -- Dolphin and Wahoo Secrets
            • July 24 -- Building Blocks of Sport Fishing: Knots, Wind-ons and Wire Twists
            • July 26 -- Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs
            • July 31 -- Urban Fishing: Inshore Fort Lauderdale
            • Aug. 2 -- Fishing Center Consoles on the Edge
            • Aug. 7 --The Basics of Rigging and Trolling Artificial Lures
            • Aug. 9 -- Working with Dead Bait
            • Aug. 14 -- Fishing Bimini and Cat Cay
            • Aug. 16 -- Learning to Kite Fish
            • Aug. 21 -- Advanced *** Game Trolling Techniques
            • Aug. 23 -- All About Live Bait
            The classes, all scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7 – 10 p.m., are taught at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum.
            Each course features printed curriculum on the session, equipment and hands-on instruction where anglers have a chance to interact and learn from fisherman who they would usually only see on television or read about in fishing magazines.
            “These anglers and captains are not only some of the best fisherman in each respective discipline, but are also willing and able to share their knowledge with you,” said Myatt.
            The cost is $150 per class or four classes for $100 each. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year IGFA membership. For more details go to the IGFA web site at igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp and click on the individual class descriptions. Or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org to assess which courses are appropriate for specific skill levels.
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            August 1, Scouting turns 100; Founder and IGFA Fishing
            Hall of Famer recognized
            The date of August 1 is not only a time to reflect on the century mark of the beginning of the scouting movement but also to pay tribute to the man who introduced fishing to millions as well.
            On that date at 8 a.m. millions of youngsters and adults across America will lift three fingers on their right hand skyward reciting the Scout oath as they celebrate Scouting’s Sunrise created by Lord Robert S. S. Baden-Powell in 1907.
            IGFA librarian and Fishing Hall of Fame historian Gail Morchower said that while a British military officer and drawing on his favorite childhood activities, Baden-Powell had written a pamphlet in 1893 for the young soldiers of his regiment on camping, tracking, observation and survival skills. A decade later he discovered the pamphlet was being used by youth leaders to teach outdoor skills in the United Kingdom. Encouraged he rewrote it as Aids to Scouting for a younger audience and began the first scout camp with 20 British boys on Brownsea Island off the coast of Dorset, England. The book later became Scouting for Boys the official handbook of the movement that has grown to more than 38 million boys and girls worldwide.
            A traveler and avid fisherman especially in fly, Baden-Powell practiced catch-and-release -- nearly 50 years before it became widely accepted
            Morchower said he wrote in the Fishes and Fishing chapter of Scouting for Boys, “Every scout ought to be able to fish in order to get food for himself” … Fishing brings out a lot of the points in scouting, especially if you fish with the fly … When you catch your fish do as I do - only keep those you specially want for food or as specimens, put back the others the moment you have landed them … and they swim off quite happily to enjoy life in their water again.”
            “It is no wonder that fishing has always played an integral role in scouting,” Morchower said.
            Baden-Powell was inducted into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in 2002.
            The IGFA hall is also where scouts, both boys and girls, meet for Fishing merit badge classes and other related subjects such as Fish and Wildlife Management and added most recently Fly Fishing, helping to carry on the rich angling legacy of Lord Robert Baden-Powell.
            For more on Baden-Powell please go to the IGFA website at igfa.org and look under the Hall of Fame. For more on Scouting’s Centenary go to eng.scouting2007.org
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            July IGFA Hot Catches

            In this month’s highlights from the world records department of the International Game Fish Association world records coordinator Rebecca Reynolds-Wright has selected 15 documented fish catches made across the globe and submitted for world records:

            While fishing the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, on May 20, junior angler Christopher A. Deckert, 16, Ponce De Leon, Fla., USA landed a gag grouper, (Mycteroperca, microlepis) weighing 26.53 kg (58 lb 8 oz). He used cut mackerel as bait. Deckert is hoping to beat the current boy’s junior record of 30 lbs. 8 oz. caught April 24, 2004. (Photo: gag grouper - 07050052)

            Brennan Michael Hovland, of Imperial Beach, Calif, USA landed a shortfin corvina, (Cynoscion, parvipinnis), May 18 using a Excalibur Super Spook while fishing San Diego Bay, Calif. The fish weighed 4.115 kg (9lb 1oz). He’s hoping to beat the current IGFA all-tackle record of 6 lb 15 oz recorded April 26, 1998 in Playa Hermosa, Mexico. (Photo: shortfin corvina – 07050053)

            Canadian angler Greg Amiel, Richmond-Hill, Ontario, landed a lake whitefish (Coregonus, clupeaformis) weighing 2.94 kg (6 lb 8 oz) on 3 kg (6 lb) line, while fishing Lake Simcoe, Ontario, May 18. The current IGFA line class record is 6 lb caught March 31, 2001. (Photo: lake whitefish - 07050058).

            Using ghost shrimp while fishing Mission Bay, Calif., Thomas Hilgert, Santee, Calif., USA, landed a sargo, (Anisotremus, davidsonii) weighing 1.72 kg (3 lb 13 oz). He’s hoping his pending IGFA all-tackle catch on May 19 beats the current mark of 3 lb 12 oz caught May 25 of last year. (Photo: sargo - 07060000)

            Fly-fishing Fisher Island, N.Y. USA, Alan Caolo, Westerly, R.I., USA, caught a tautog, (Tautoga, onitis) weighing 1.81 kg (4 lb 0 oz) May 12. He used 2 kg (4 kb) tippet with a Skoks blind crab and after documenting it he released the fish. The IGFA record is currently vacant. (Photo: tautog - 07060001)

            Another Rhode Island fly-fisherman Dr. Franklin E. Mirrer, MD, of Providence, USA, landed a tripletail (Lobotes, surinamensis) weighing 12.02kg (26 lb 8 oz) on 10 kg (20 lb) tippet. He was fishing the Belize River Lodge in Belize on May 8 using a Black Death fly. He released the fish. The current IGFA men’s tippet record is 16 lb 6 oz caught October 17, 1995. (Photo: tripletail – 07060006)

            Fishing Canyons Md., USA with a clam as bait, Captain Ron Callis, Ocean City, Md., landed a great northern tilefish, (Lophalatilus, chamaeleonticeps) weighing 26.84 kg (59 lb 3 oz) on May 27. He submitted documentation that is pending to replace the current IGFA all-tackle record of 56 lb 5 oz recorded June 8, 2005. (Photo: great northern tilefish - 07060005)

            Using mackerel for bait while fishing Vila Real Santo Antonio, Portugal, Luis Ceia, of Faro, landed a meagre (Argyrosomus, regius) weighing 2.78 kg (6 lb 2 oz). He used 3 kg (6 lb) class line for the possible May 16 record to fill the currently vacant space in the IGFA World Record
            Game Fishes book. (Photo: meagre – 07060009)

            Thailand’s Jean-Francois Helias,of Bangkok, landed a redtail catfish (pirarara), (Phractocephalus, hemioliopterus) while fishing Ratchaburi, Thailand, June 4. He used baitfish on 3 kg (6 lb) class line and after an hour fight weighed it in at 8.65 kg (19 lb 1 oz). He released the fish. The 6 lb line class record is currently vacant in the IGFA record book. (Photo: redtail catfish – 07060012)

            Fly-fishing Pickwick Lake, Ala., USA, Richard C. Taylor Jr., Roanoke, Va., USA, landed a freshwater drum, (Aplodinotus, grunniens) weighing 5.21 kg (11 lb 8 oz) on April 18. He used a gummy minnow on 4 kg (8 lb) tippet. The current IGFA tippet record stands at 9 lb 12 oz recorded April 11, 1999. Taylor released the fish. (Photo: freshwater drum - 07060018).

            Christophe Houareau, of Victoria Mahe, Seychelles, used a sardine to entice a doublespotted queenfish, (Scomberoides, lysan) May 28, while fishing Belombre, Mahe, Seychelles. The fish was caught on 3 kg (6 lb) class line and weighed 2.55 kg (5 lb 10 oz) and could fill a vacant line in the IGFA record book. (Photo: doublespotted queenfish – 07060025)

            Using a Zonker streamer, Japan’s Toshihiko Yoshida, of Saitama, landed a nigoi, (Hemibarbus, barbus) while fishing the Tone River in Japan. Caught on May 14 the fish weighed 2.7 kg (5 lb 15 oz). Yoshida has submitted it for an all-tackle record which currently stands at 5 lb 6 oz, recorded June 23 of last year. He released the fish. (Photo: nigoi – 07060026)

            Nine year old New Zealand angler Paige Ellwood, of Whitianga, New Zealand, landed a snapper (squirefish), (Pagrus, auratus) while fishing New Zealand’s Mercury Bay. The fish caught on April 24, weighed 8.91 kg (19 lb 10 oz) and has been submitted for a girl’s smallfry record potentially replacing the current 18 lb 4 oz mark set April 11, 1988. (Photo: snapper (squirefish) – 07060032)

            Australia’s Dane Newman, of Warrnambool Victoria, using a paluka as bait on 4 kg (8 lb) class line, landed a southern bluefin tuna, (Thunnus, maccoyi) while fishing Port MacDonnell, South Australia on April 1. The tuna weighed 34kg (74 lb 15 oz) and took Newman 1 hr and 30 minutes to subdue. The current line class record is 53 lb 2 oz recorded Feb. 21, 1996. (Photo: southern bluefin tuna - 07060036)

            Using a ladyfish as bait Rolla Cornell, Palmdale, Calif., USA caught and fought a mullet snapper (Lutjanus, aratus) for 20 minutes while fishing Cerralvo Island, Mexico on June 6.
            The fish weighed 20.75kg (45 lb 12 oz) and may beat the IGFA’s current all-tackle mark of 36 lb recorded April 9, 2005. (Photo: mullet snapper - 07060037)
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            Fascinating Fishing Facts on ESPN.com

            We’re not certain, but we believe the IGFA’s 2007 World Record Game Fishes book in the hands of the creative writer Keith Sutton may have helped further stir the inspiration for a feature story for his column on the ESPN Web site.
            Sutton pinned “Fascinating Fishing Facts” about the ***gest, smallest, fastest, strangest, oldest, coolest and most expensive fishing facts.
            Check out the ESPN site for the "Keith Sutton: Fascinating fishing facts" story located at http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/columns/story?columnist=sutton_keith& page=g_col_Sutton_records
            On an added note about world records, IGFA Director of Conservation Jason Schratwieser penned a feature story in the June issue of Sport Fishing magazine on the 10 most common reasons anglers lose their shot at a world record. Look for an abridged 10 tips in an upcoming Hot News.
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            Calendar of future IGFA events

            Underway - Aug 8, 2007 -- IGFA’s nine weekly Summer Camps begin, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – This is the eighth year of the IGFA’s popular nine weekly camps held during the summer break for children ages 8 to 13. Campers will explore the aquatic environment and participate in many fishing adventures and exciting marine life activities. Each week-long camp session is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before and after-care is available from 8 - 9 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more information, go to the IGFA summer camp website at www.igfa.org/summercamp.asp. There’s a maximum of 45 children per week, so parents are encouraged to reserve early. Registration is available by calling the IGFA education department at 954-924-4309 or via email at reservations@igfa.org.
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            July 19, 2007 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Dolphin and Wahoo Secrets” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Instructor Capt. Tony DiGiulian conducts this popular class on how to increase the size and quantity of the dolphin and wahoo you catch, as you also gain inside knowledge on the best strategies and techniques and learn how to make the best rigs to catch more fish. The IGFA offers this unique experience to anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water. Not your regular fishing seminar series as 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 $150 per class (or four classes for $100 each). The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year IGFA membership. For more details go to the IGFA web site at igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org

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            July 21, 2007 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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            July 24, 2007 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Building Blocks of Sport Fishing: Knots, Wind-ons and Wire Twists” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Taught by Capt. Tony DiGiulian this class is for anyone who wants to learn what all professionals base their success on. This very “hands-on” class will teach you how to tie all the knots you will ever need. The IGFA offers this unique experience to anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water. 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 $150 per class (or four classes for $100 each). The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For more details go to the IGFA web site at igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org
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            July 26, 2007 -- 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. Popular south Florida Capt. Bouncer Smith will help teach you how to turn a slow day of trolling into some serious rod bending action with techniques for snapper, grouper and more. The IGFA offers this unique experience to anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water. 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 $150 per class (or four classes for $100 each). It covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year IGFA membership. More details are on the IGFA web site at igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org
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            July 28, 2007-- IGFA Certified Observer Program (COP) training class -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. -- 9 a.m. - The COP class trains and certifies 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 COP applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org, and at the IGFA headquarters. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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            July 31, 2007 -- School of Sportfishing “Urban Fishing: Inshore Fort Lauderdale ” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. There are 200 pound tarpon and 30 pound snook available to catch without ever leaving the inlet. Capt. Josh Brown helps anglers discover the canals and inland waters of Fort Lauderdale plus the quality and quantity of the fish you can catch right in your south Florida “back yard.” The IGFA offers this unique experience to anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water. 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 $150 per class (or four classes for $100 each). The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year IGFA membership. For more details go to the IGFA web site at igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org
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            August 2, 2007-- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Fishing Center Consoles on the Edge” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. -
            Created by Capt. Bouncer Smith, one of the best center console fishermen in the world, this class is all about outfitting and fishing a small boat in blue water. The IGFA offers this unique experience to anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water. Not your regular fishing seminars, 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 $150 per class (or four classes for $100 each). The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For more details go to the IGFA web site at igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org
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            August 7, 2007-- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “The Basics of Rigging and Trolling Artificial Lures” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. - Find out why lure making is considered an art form. Capt. Josh Brown.shows how and why lures work and how to be proficient in re-skirting your own lures and building hook sets. The IGFA offers this unique experience to anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water. Not your regular fishing seminars, 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 $150 per class (or four classes for $100 each). The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year IGFA membership. For more details go to the IGFA web site at igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org
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            August 9, 2007-- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Working with Dead Bait” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Capt. Tony DiGiulian
            teaches you how to catch and process your own dead baits. Learn what to look for when buying bait and get hands-on instruction on how to rig the best baits, including a swimming mackerel. The IGFA offers this unique experience to anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water. 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 $150 per class (or four classes for $100 each). The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For more details go to the IGFA web site at igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org
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            August 14, 2007-- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Fishing Bimini and Cat Cay” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. They’re close ---just 50 miles away – but the Bahamian islands of Bimini and Cat Cay require special knowledge on how to make your fishing trip across the Gulf Stream safe, legal and as enjoyable as possible. This class gives you that insight. The IGFA offers this unique experience to anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water. 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 $150 per class (or four classes for $100 each). The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For more details go to the IGFA web site at igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org
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            August 16, 2007-- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Learning to Kite Fish” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. One of the easiest ways to catch more fish is with a kite and Capt. Bouncer Smith gives you all the basics on how to use the kite fishing system. The class targets several different species with this ancient method of enticing fish to bite. The IGFA offers this unique experience to anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water. 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 $150 per class (or four classes for $100 each). The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For more details go to the IGFA web site at igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org
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            August 21, 2007 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Advanced *** Game Trolling Techniques” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. - This class is for the serious *** game fisherman who wants the inside knowledge on how to get the most out of trolling time while learning many secrets that took years of trial and error to perfect. The IGFA offers this unique experience to anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water. Not your regular fishing seminars, 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 $150 per class (or four classes for $100 each). The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year IGFA membership. For more details go to the IGFA web site at igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org
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            August 23, 2007-- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “All About Live Bait” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Capt. Josh Brown emphasizes that having good live bait can be the difference between catching fish or not. He’ll show you where and how to catch several different species of live bait and how to keep them healthy. And when you leave this class you’ll be able to throw a cast net. The IGFA offers this unique experience to anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water. Not your regular fishing seminars, 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 $150 per class (or four classes for $100 each). The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year IGFA membership. For more details go to the IGFA web site at igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org
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            September 8, 2007 -- IGFA Volunteer Recruitment Coffee -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum Library, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 10 am – 12 p.m. If you love fishing and the outdoors the IGFA needs people like you. Learn more about the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum and our volunteer opportunities. Tour the museum, enjoy coffee and bagels, and talk to other volunteers to see where you fit in to our fishing family. For more information, please contact: Jessica Arb at 954-924-4340 or email: jarb@igfa.org
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            October 20, 2007 -- 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 size 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 20, 2007 -- The Ninth Annual IGFA Fishing 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 weekend-long (Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21) celebration in honor of all 65 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. The 2007 class includes Homer Circle, Ruben Jaen C., Gary Loomis, Peter B. Wright, and Joan Salvato Wulff. Each year 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 2007 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 August 2007

              By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

              Many activities surround IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame 2007 induction
              More than the celebrated induction ceremony for the ninth class into the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame, this year’s October 19 – 21 weekend will offer additional opportunities, activities and fishing presentations for visitors many given by the Hall of Famers.
              The weekend focuses on the five member class of 2007 which includes Joan Salvato Wulff, the quintessential lady fly angler and instructor; Homer Circle, the dean of outdoor writers; Gary Loomis, a gentleman who revolutionized rod making and Dr. Ruben Jaen C., and Capt. Peter B. Wright, two extraordinary bill fishermen. The honorees were selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, communication, invention or administration of fishery resources.
              Most of the activities will take place at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., USA. The public is invited.
              It begins on Friday night with a special invitation only Hall of Fame VIP Cocktail Reception in the IFC Marlin Bar, which will include a patch presentation to the new hall of fame Inductees.
              On Saturday morning and into the early afternoon there will be an IGFA School of Sportfishing presentation on offshore fishing along with a family fishing clinic and autograph sessions featuring numerous hall of famers.
              Saturday night will feature the hall of fame induction ceremony. Tickets for the evening are $200 per person and include the cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and induction ceremony.
              Sunday will feature fly fishing films throughout the day, a special IGFA School of Sportfishing in the events hall conducted by fly fishing experts, and autograph sessions with several hall of famers.
              Sixty five Hall of Fame members are currently enshrined and include Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie and John Rybovich.
              Special sponsorships and sponsor tables are available. For reservation, sponsorship or further information, contact Lesley Arico at the International Game Fish Association, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004 Email: larico@igfa.org , by phone 954-927-2628, or fax 954-924-4299. (For the complete listing and schedule of times for the weekend of events please see the IGFA web site www.igfa.org - home page: “Latest News”)
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              Save this January date for the 24th IGFA Auction & Banquet
              It’s one of the biggest gala events in South Florida and it will take place on January 25, 2008. Save that date for the 24th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach.
              The event features hundreds of live and silent auction items up for bid, in the largest fundraiser of the year for the IGFA.
              Tickets are $175 per person. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $3000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program plus more. For additional information and to make reservations please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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              IGFA highlights Helter Skeletons Fish Bones in Art Gallery
              Beginning in late August, the IGFA will be adorned with a bit of science and a bit of art as Helter Skeletons is featured in the Art Gallery at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. The unusual and exciting exhibit will run through January 2008.
              Helter Skeletons will exhibit the Art of Fish Skeletonization. The process of removing the outer layer of tissue incorporates a beetle colony to remove skin and scales from bones leaving their skeletons perfectly intact. The finished pieces are whitened in a two-step process making these museum quality pieces an interesting addition to our Art Gallery. Giant cubera snappers, flying fish, purple mouth moray eels are just a few species that will be on display.
              Founded by Grant Stoecklin in 2002, he began Helter Skeletons during his graduate work in a functional morphology laboratory. He was introduced to the skeletonization process for the purpose of understanding how a fish’s skeletal structure interacted with the many associated muscle groups. After graduate school, he continued to skeletonize fish as a hobby and as time went on; he experimented with and refined the process to achieve the most true-to-life representations of game and non-game fish species.
              In addition to the skeletons, Bryan Hayden, Helter Skeleton’s art director will unveil his large-scale acrylic painting series of “Bones on Canvas.” Each painting focuses on a certain part of a species’ skeletal system and is painted over a color-rich background resembling the actual color of the fish’s skin.
              Prints from these paintings will be available through the IGFA Museum Store in September. To learn more please visit www.helterskeletons.com or call Jessica Arb at 954-924-4340 or email: jarb@igfa.org.
              The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum provides the world’s most comprehensive assemblage of sport fishing information, exhibits, educational classes, fishing demonstrations, interactive displays and virtual reality fishing. Open everyday, doors open at 10 a.m., closing at 6 p.m. For more information, please visit www.igfa.org.
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              August Hot Catches

              From the world records department of the International Game Fish Association, world records coordinator Rebecca Reynolds-Wright has selected 11 documented fish catches made across the globe that have been submitted for world records:

              Nassim Joaquin, of Quintana Roo, Mexico landed a mutton snapper, (Lutjanus, analis) weighing 3.62 kg (8 lb 0 oz) while fly-fishing Cozumel Q.Roo, Mexico. Nassim who is the current IGFA Representative for Cozumel Island, Mexico, was using a Crazy Charlie on 10 kg (20 lb) tippet. He made the catch on June 23 and took 10 minutes in landing the fish. The current record is 7 lb 12 oz caught 10 years ago. Nassim who keeps a log of all of his catches found that coincidentally, exactly six years to the June 23 date he caught another mutton snapper on fly 27.5 inches long and weighing in the 13 lb range, almost twice the then world record. But that potential record was rejected because the uncertified scale sent in with the documentation was not accurate. Now knowing the proper annual scale certification protocol Nassim hopes to land his second record to go along with the one he also holds currently in the 10 kg saltwater fly category for goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara). (Photo: mutton snapper - # 07070002)

              Italy IGFA Representative Massimo Brogna, of Catania, landed a dentex, (Dentex, dentex) weighing 5.6 kg (12 lb 6 oz) on 3 kg (6 lb) line while fishing Palau, Italy. The potential IGFA men’s line class record was caught on June 13 with the fish attacking a live sugarello and taking Brogna 13 minutes to land. Massimo who has fished on several top teams in the IGFA Offshore World Championship is hoping to best the current 11 lb 5 oz record caught nine years ago. (Photo: dentex - # 07070004)

              After attacking a live goggle eye he was using as bait, Robert Vail, Lantana, Fla., USA, landed a 36.74 kg (81 lb 0oz) dolphinfish (Coryphaena, hippurus) on 15 kg (30 lb) class line while fishing Pompano Beach, Fla., USA. It took him 45 minutes to land the fish caught on June 9 for a potential line class record. (Photo: dolphinfish - # 07070006)

              Lota, Louisiana USA angler Marion Rosa landed a cubera snapper (Lutjanus, cyanopterus) while fishing Garden Bank, La., USA weighing 56.58kg (124lb 12oz) for a potential IGFA all-tackle world record. She scored the catch on June 23 using a Spanish sardine and took 45 minutes to land the huge fish. She hopes to beat current mark of 121 lb 8 oz set almost 25 years ago. (Photo: cubera snapper - # 07070023)

              Using a worm for bait, 11 year-old Payton Romano, Hudson, Ohio, USA, landed a shorthead redhorse (Moxostoma,macrolepidotum) while fishing Muskegon River, Mich., USA weighing 0.90kg (2 lb 0 oz). The fish caught on June 15 may tie the current IGFA female junior record set September 4, 2005. (Photo: shorthead redhorse - # 07070026)

              Fishing Norfolk Canyon, Virginia, USA, Robert Manus, Ark, Va, landed a snowy grouper, (Epinephelus, niveatus) weighing 29.71 kg (65 lb 8 oz) for a potential IGFA all-tackle record. The fish hit on a frozen spot and took Manus 20 minutes to land. The current record is 37 lb 9 oz on July 10, 2006. (Photo: snowy grouper - # 07070028)

              Texas angler Karrie Ables of Cedar Park caught a star studded grouper (Epinephelus, Niphobies) while fishing Zancudo, Costa Rica. The fish bit on a cut sardine and weighed 9.52 kg (21 lb 0 oz). The May 21 catch is up for an all new IGFA all-tackle record. (Photo: star studded grouper - # 07070029)

              Targeting the Kachemak Bay, Alaska, USA, area for his fishing Peter W. Witherell, of Raynham, Mass., USA landed a yellowfin sole, (Limanda, aspera) weighing 0.90 kg (2 lb 0 oz) using cut herring for bait. He documented the July 4 catch for a pending IGFA all-tackle record. (Photo: yellowfin sole - # 07070031)

              Using a Hot-n-Tot while fishing Birch Island, Canada on July 2, 13 year-old Bobby Greer, Dayton, Ohio, USA landed a walleye, (Sander, vitreus) weighing 4.69 kg (10 lb 5 oz). The young angler is in line for an IGFA junior record that could beat the current 9 lb 12 oz mark of April 30, 2006. (Photo: walleye - # 07070041)

              Using a wet fly and 3 kg (6 lb) tippet, Japanese fly fisherman Shoji Matsuura, Osaka, landed a common carp (Cyprinus, carpio) while fishing the Neya River, Japan. The tough fighting carp, caught May 19, weighed 12.35 kg (27 lb 4 oz) and took Matsuura a half hour to bring in for a potential IGFA world record. (Photo – common carp - # 07070057)

              Also from Japan Takashi Nishino, of Kanagawa-Ken, landed a mottled spinefoot (Siganus, fuscescens) while fishing Inatori, Japan. Nishino was using kneaded bait and is up for a vacant IGFA all-tackle record for the fish that weighed 0.75kg (1lb 10oz) and caught on June 28. (Photo: mottled spinefoot - # 07070061)

              With a Rapala Shad Rap on 6 kg (12 lb) class line Nevada, USA angler Dan Hannum, of Dayton, landed a whiterock bass, (Morone, saxatilis x M. chrysops) while fishing Nevada’s Lahonton Reservoir. Caught on July 15, the fish weighed 11.50 kg, (25 lb 6oz) and took 22 minutes to bring in. The current line class record is 23 lb 5 oz caught 10 years ago. (Photo: whiterock bass - # 07070067)

              New Zealand angler Matthew Thornton Smith, Russell, Bay of Islands, landed a southern yellowtail (Seriola, lalandi lalandi) while fishing Home Point, N.Z. He used live bait on his 6 kg (12 lb) class line to entice the catch which weighed 37.8 kg 83lb 5 oz. The fish was caught on June 13 and took Smith one hour, 50 minutes to land for a possible IGFA line class record. (Photo: southern yellowtail - # 07070069)

              While fishing his native Cayman Island on July 17, Charles Ebanks of Grand Cayman, landed a escolar, (Lepidocybium, flavobrunneum) weighing 68.21kg (150 lb 6 oz ) for a potential IGFA all-tackle record. He used bonita for bait and took 10 minutes to land. (Photo: escolar # 07070073)
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              IGFA record setting story featured in Boating World
              In the July edition of Boating World Magazine Alan Jones the executive editor chronicles the efforts of then nine-year-old Haylee Mendenall to set an IGFA Girl's Small Fry record for lake trout in his story, "Setting an IGFA Record."
              Jones said that although the fight to bring in the 20-pound, 12-ounce lake trout on light tackle was pretty exciting, the story of how they got the fish certified as an IGFA record was equally tense and illustrates the importance of never giving up.
              “Since setting the record,” Jones said, “Haylee has become something of a local celebrity in her hometown on Munising, Michigan, being interviewed by several newspapers, Fox TV, and Boating World Magazine.”
              Jones applauded the efforts of the IGFA to get youngsters involved in the great sport of fishing and thanked IGFA World Record Coordinator Becky Reynolds for her help in making this piece possible.
              The feature is now posted on the Boating World Magazine website at: http://www.boatingworld.com/Articles...453274687.html
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              Writer finds abundantly fun fishing in very northern Norway
              In the heat of the summer we thought we’d share some correspondence from one of our favorite European fishing journalists who went off-the-beaten path to very northern Norway during a 10-day holiday and writing assignment of abundant recreational fishing in a cool location.
              For Roberto Ferrario it was his third fishing trip to the north Norway fjords. He and his fishing partner Giovanni flew from their native Italy to Denmark, then to Oslo and from there to Tromso. With a population of 62,000 the small city is the outpost and home to the world’s northernmost brewery, university, planetarium and mountain cable car. It is also 200 miles north of the Polar Arctic Circle.
              “From there we drove another hour north,” Ferrario said. “There’s no other region in Europe that can offer the angler as many species of fish and possibilities as the fjords in northern Norway. With its inlets, bays, headlands and islands, the coast, rivers and lakes are a multitude of challenges to the angler.”
              He described the region as a sportsman’s nirvana with haddock, cod, coalfish, ling, torsk, arctic char, arctic trout, Atlantic salmon, catfish, pollack and many more fresh and saltwater species.
              “In Italy we don’t have those kind of fish in our seas. We have mainly bluefin tuna, dorado, broadbill, groupers and all are in very scarce quantity.
              The temperature differences from Italy to northern Norway were also extreme even in the summer time.
              “In Italy we have 36 degrees Celsius (about 90 degrees Fahrenheit) while in Norway we found around 10 – 12 degrees Celsius. And because of the location and long days we had almost constant sunshine.
              “There is no bad weather, just bad clothing,” the Italian writer emphasized. “If the fish are there, we faced the rain and cold. Only strong winds would stop us - then it is dangerous to put out to sea and waves and current make it very difficult to find good fishing spots. On windy days we would go up the fjords, anchor landward of the islands and fish in sheltered waters.
              “That is one of the best things about the fjord Norway. We can always find good, safe fishing places, and big fish can be caught even far up the fjords. For many the cod is the king of saltwater fish. It bites all year round, though the main season is winter and early spring. The cod moves in big shoals towards the coast and imminent spawning means the fish are hungry and greedy.
              He said an evening on the coast with spinning or fly rod is a wonderful experience for the patient angler though the two men used mainly the jigging technique.
              “It is the most productive style of fishing. Well wrapped up in warm clothes, in the middle of the day when there is some warmth from the sun, we’d go out onto the fjord with jigging rod, plenty of 100-200-gram jigs, rubber worms and some feathers, fishing from 30 to 350 feet in depth.
              Roberto said it is not rare to catch specimens of over 10 kg (20 lb), the average weight being about 4 kg. When the days grow longer and the spawning season is over, most of the cod start to migrate towards the ocean. The fish that stay behind find hunting grounds among the seaweed near strong currents.
              He said the most common fish along the coast of fjord Norway is the young coalfish.
              “If you come across a shoal of young coalfish on a summer's day, your catch may well explode from the water. The fish grow in the course of the year and the season for big coalfish starts after the mackerel season, at the beginning of September. Like pollack, these fish like warm water and will bite in shallows and far up the fjords. In recent years it has become increasingly popular to fish for coalfish with small herring or mackerel.
              “If you manage to keep the bait moving, you may very well land a specimen of more than 10 kilos.”
              Roberto and Giovanni who said they don’t like to kill fish, released all of the fish they caught -- exactly 1334 of them.
              He ended his correspondence saying sea and fjord fishing is a fascinating experience and no fishing permit is required.
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              Dates set for 2008 IGFA world championship tournaments
              The dates have been announced for both of next years IGFA World Championship Tournaments.
              The ninth annual IGFA Offshore World Championship (OWC), international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament, is slated for the week of May 11 – 17. Held in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico the event hosts over 60 winning teams from 30 countries on six continents who have qualified by winning one of over 130 IGFA sanctioned events held in 2007.
              And in Islamorada, Fla., an event described by anglers and the media alike as the “super bowl” of light tackle and fly fishing, the eighth annual IGFA Inshore World Championship (IWC) is scheduled for June 29 – July 2. Invitations are sent to the winners of over 50 IGFA qualifying tournaments held on four continents in 2007 to compete in this three day all-release championship fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish using fly or light tackle equipment.
              For more information on the IGFA OWC contact IGFA tournament coordinator Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org. For information on the IGFA IWC please call Denise Hartman 954-927-2628 or DHartman@igfa.org or for media information on both events contact Pete Johnson, IGFA PR counsel at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com
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              Calendar of future IGFA events

              August 16, 2007-- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Learning to Kite Fish” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. One of the easiest ways to catch more fish is with a kite and Capt. Bouncer Smith gives you all the basics on how to use the kite fishing system. The class targets several different species with this ancient method of enticing fish to bite. The IGFA offers this unique experience to anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water. 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 $150 per class (or four classes for $100 each). The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For more details go to the IGFA web site at igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org
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              August 21, 2007 -- 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. - This class taught by Capt. Jason “Tiny” Walcott is for the serious big game fisherman who wants the inside knowledge on how to get the most out of trolling time while learning many secrets that took years of trial and error to perfect. The IGFA offers this unique experience to anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water. Not your regular fishing seminars, 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 $150 per class (or four classes for $100 each). The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year IGFA membership. For more details go to the IGFA web site at igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org
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              August 23, 2007-- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “All About Live Bait” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Capt. Josh Brown emphasizes that having good live bait can be the difference between catching fish or not. He’ll show you where and how to catch several different species of live bait and how to keep them healthy. And when you leave this class you’ll be able to throw a cast net. The IGFA offers this unique experience to anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water. Not your regular fishing seminars, 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 $150 per class (or four classes for $100 each). The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year IGFA membership. For more details go to the IGFA web site at igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org
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              September 1 through January 2008 -- Helter Skeleton Exhibition in the Art Gallery, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum Library, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – Art and science are joined together in Helter Skeleton’s exhibition called the Art of Fish Skeletonization featuring a variety of acrylics and oils on canvas. Contact Jessica Arb 954-924-4340 or email jarb@igfa.org or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org
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              September 8, 2007 -- IGFA Volunteer Recruitment Coffee -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum Library, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. If you love fishing and the outdoors the IGFA needs people like you. Learn more about the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum and our volunteer opportunities. Tour the museum, enjoy coffee and bagels, and talk to other volunteers to see where you fit in to our fishing family. For more information, please contact: Jessica Arb at 954-924-4340 or email: jarb@igfa.org
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              October 20, 2007 -- 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 size 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 20, 2007 -- Family Fishing Clinic during Hall of Fame Weekend, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn valuable tips to become a better angler with the expertise and guidance of the IGFA education staff. Bring the entire family for a fun filled day of fishing at the IGFA ponds. Adults admitted for half price and children are free. Reservations are not required. Contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or email: vwoods@igfa.org
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              October 20, 2007 -- The Ninth Annual IGFA Fishing 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 weekend-long (Friday, Oct. 19 – Sunday, Oct. 21) celebration in honor of all 65 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. The 2007 class includes Homer Circle, Ruben Jaen C., Gary Loomis, Peter B. Wright, and Joan Salvato Wulff. Each year 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 2007 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 25, 2008 -- 24th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA. With hundreds of live and silent auction items up for bid, this is the biggest gala fundraiser of the year for the IGFA. Tickets are $175 per person. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $3000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. For reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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              May 11 - 17, 2008 -- Ninth annual IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – It’s international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting over 60 winning teams from 30 countries on six continents who have qualified by winning one of over 130 IGFA sanctioned events held in 2007. This tournament hosts the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. Contact IGFA tournament coordinator Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.orgor for media information from IGFA PR counsel Pete Johnson at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com .
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              June 29 – July 2, 2008 -- Eighth annual IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Called by anglers and the media the “super bowl” of light tackle and fly fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of over 50 IGFA qualifying tournaments held on four continents in 2007 to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the qualifiers are paired with a different premier Keys guide each day fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish using fly or light tackle equipment. The five major award categories will include: Grand Champion (the angler who accumulates the most points for all five targeted species); runner-up grand champion and first places in the fly, artificial lure and bait casting divisions. There are also trophies and merchandise for second and third place divisional winners in the three categories as well as the top three guides. Contact: IGFA IWC tournament coordinator Denise Hartman 954-927-2628 or DHartman@igfa.org or for media information from Pete Johnson, IGFA PR counsel at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com
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              Nov.10 – 13, 2008 – The Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA --Representatives from around the globe will be hosted by the IGFA at an international forum for the recreational fishing community. The conference will target the tackle industry, angling tourism and include representatives from non governmental organizations and fisheries science and management. Topics will include historical and recent trends in participation, emerging fisheries, recreational fisheries science and management, socioeconomics, and catch and release. For information on the conference or sponsorship opportunities contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or jschratwieser@igfa.org

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                IGFA to end running of annual Inshore and Offshore

                IGFA to end running of annual Inshore and Offshore World Championship Tournaments


                DANIA BEACH, Florida, USA – (Sept.12, 2007) – After almost a decade since the creation and steady growth of its two world championship tournaments, the International Game Fish Association will end its direct participation and management of the competitive events concluding with its 2008 events
                At a recent meeting, the IGFA Board of Trustees voted to discontinue the organization’s direct involvement with running or sponsoring fishing tournaments. Beginning December 31, 2007, the IGFA will no longer accept qualifying events for the IGFA Inshore and Offshore World Championship tournaments furthermore; no tournaments held after December 31, 2007 will qualify for the final Championships.
                “The 2008 Championships will take place and all associated commitments to sponsors will be honored,” said Mike Myatt the IGFA’s Corporate Relations Director who also served as the tournament director of both global events.
                The decision comes after months of discussions concerning the benefit of these tournaments and their relevance to the IGFA’s overall mission. The IGFA’s involvement with education and conservation initiatives around the world has increased significantly over the last few years. By continuing to direct its efforts to these important areas, the IGFA will increase its effectiveness.
                “There are many great individuals and organizations around the world conducting fishing tournaments,” stated Rob Kramer, IGFA’s President. “The IGFA wants to use its extensive international reach to ensure these tournaments have fish to catch.”
                Focusing on conservation and education are the main reasons for discontinuing these events. The increased liability associated with tournaments is another factor in the IGFA’s decision. The potential for financial loss is a risk that would diminish the IGFA’s ability to accomplish its other goals. “Tournaments are big businesses requiring extensive resources and commitments these days,” stated Chairman George Matthews. “Although these tournaments are very popular with the world’s anglers, staff time and resources freed to focus on game fish conservation and education, will be more consistent with the organization’s mission.”
                Most tournaments use the angling rules and ethics created by the IGFA as the basis for their competitions. The IGFA will continue to remain engaged with tournaments from an educational and conservation perspective.
                “Tournaments and the anglers who fish them are an important part of our industry,” stated Kramer. “We are more committed than ever to provide the necessary information and services for this segment of the fishing community to grow.”
                “A great deal of publicity has been generated from these competitions for both the IGFA and the tournament sponsors,” Myatt added. He said the IGFA has begun preliminary talks with several persons and organizations who have expressed an interest in continuing the high level of international competition the two world championships represent.
                The IGFA Offshore World Championship began in 2000 and in recent years drew over 60 teams from more than 30 countries. A year later the IGFA Inshore World Championship began in Islamorada, Fla. attracting the winners of nearly 60 qualifying light tackle and fly tournaments on four continents.
                The IGFA is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. It was founded in 1939 and has members in over 125 countries. The association welcomes visitors to its 60,000 square foot IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. The IGFA web site is igfa.org. For more information on the tournaments contact Myatt at 954-924-4350.
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                  HOT News from the IGFA

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

                  IGFA News Alert: EDITORS: After almost a decade since the creation and steady growth of its two world championship tournaments, the International Game Fish Association will end its direct participation and management of the competitive events concluding with its 2008 tournaments. Please see the press release on the homepage of the IGFA.org web site.
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                  Jam-packed weekend for IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame 2007 induction
                  Ticket sales have been brisk for the induction ceremony of the ninth class into the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla., USA. The October 20th evening induction banquet will be the highlight of a weekend of activities in the Hall.
                  “Invitations have just gone out and we’ve already gotten a tremendous initial response,” said the IGFA’s Lesley Arico. “We’re expecting a sold-out event.”
                  The weekend focuses on the five member class of 2007 which includes Joan Salvato Wulff, the quintessential lady fly angler and instructor; Homer Circle, the dean of outdoor writers; Gary Loomis, a gentleman who revolutionized rod making, and two extraordinary bill fishermen Dr. Ruben Jaen and Capt. Peter B. Wright. The honorees were selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, communications, inventions or administration of fishery resources.
                  The weekend of October 20 and 21 will offer additional opportunities for the public with many activities and fishing presentations for visitors given by the IGFA Hall of Famers. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the five newest inductees will be joined by hall of famers Stu Apte, Mark Sosin, Roland Martin and Billy Pate at an IGFA School of Sport Fishing seminar.
                  Hands-on tips and fishing at the IGFA ponds will also be a part of the Hall of Fame Family Fishing Clinics where young and old can learn valuable tips on how to become better anglers with the expertise and guidance of the IGFA education staff. The clinics run from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m.
                  Saturday adults will be admitted for half price and children are free. IGFA members are admitted free. Reservations are not required. The hall will close at 3 p.m.
                  Saturday night will feature the hall of fame induction ceremony. Tickets for the evening are $200 per person and include the cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and induction ceremony. The festivities begin at 6 p.m.
                  On Sunday, Sharkwater, the international award-winning feature-length film and exhibition will open with showings beginning at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. A shark expert will speak twice that day beginning at 11 a.m. and again at 3 p.m.
                  The weekend also pays homage to 65 Hall of Fame members who are currently enshrined and include Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie, Johnny Morris, Don Tyson and John Rybovich.
                  Special sponsorships and sponsor tables are available. For reservation, sponsorship or further information, contact Ms. Arico at the IGFA, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004 Email: larico@igfa.org, by phone 954-927-2628, or fax 954-924-4299.
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                  Sharkwater opens in October at International Fishing Hall of Fame
                  This fall before its release to movie theatres in the rest of the nation, the much acclaimed documentary Sharkwater; will be showcased at the IGFA’s International Fishing Hall of Fame with its award-winning feature length film and exhibition.
                  Sharkwater has won 19 international film awards.
                  Beginning on Saturday, Oct. 6, the 24-minute “Making of the Sharkwater Documentary” will run as part of the daily loop in the Journeys Theater.
                  Later in the month the advance showing of the full-length 90-minute documentary will be presented. Beginning October 21 the film will be shown four times daily on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays the feature will be shown at 3:30 p.m. The film opens at movie theatres nationwide in November.
                  An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation will also be featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery. A monthly lecture series featuring local and national shark experts is also scheduled.
                  The film and exhibit at the IGFA will run through March 2008.
                  Shot in visually stunning, high definition video, Toronto, Canada-based filmmaker Rob Stewart takes viewers into the most shark-rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador.
                  Driven by passion fed from a lifelong fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters, and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas. Sharkwater began as an underwater adventure but turned into a beautiful and dangerous journey into the balance of life on earth.
                  In an effort to protect sharks, Stewart teams up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Their unbelievable adventure starts with a battle between the Sea Shepherd and shark poachers in Guatemala, resulting in pirate boat rammings, gunboat chases, mafia espionage, corrupt court systems and attempted murder charges that force the filmmakers to flee for their lives.
                  Through it all, Stewart discovers how these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey, and how despite surviving the earth's history of mass extinctions, they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed.
                  Stewart's remarkable journey of courage and determination changes from a mission to save the world's sharks into a fight for his life, and that of humankind.
                  For more information please visit www.igfa.org or www.sharkwater.com
                  The IGFA’s International Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16. The IGFA phone number is 954-927-2628.
                  *Note to Editors: If you would like to write an article or review, The International Fishing Hall of Fame will gladly arrange an interview and tour.
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                  IGFA adds fifth series of very popular fishing classes this fall
                  The IGFA’s new School of Sportfishing, launched last year by the IGFA in association with Saltwater Professional Consulting, has added a fifth series of 11 classes through 2007.
                  The weekly fall series begins on Oct. 2 through Dec. 18. The Tuesday night classes run from 7 – 10 p.m., and are taught at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum.
                  “We not only continue to get great feedback and attendance for our original series of topics (swordfishing, wrecks & reefs, sailfish, dolphin & wahoo), but the interest has grown for new subjects as well,” said IGFA coordinator David Matagiese.
                  The two newest classes added include “Back Country Fishing: Mangroves and Flats,” and “Conquering Sailfish.”
                  With a class size limit of 24 anglers the IGFA School of Sportfishing offers a unique experience for anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water.
                  The new fall seminar season includes:
                  • Oct. 2 -- Dolphin and Wahoo Secrets
                  • Oct. 9 -- Learning to Kite Fish
                  • Oct. 16 --The Basics of Rigging and Trolling Artificial Lures
                  • Oct. 23 -- Back Country Fishing: Mangroves and Flats
                  • Oct. 30 -- All About Live Bait
                  • Nov. 6 -- Fishing Center Consoles on the Edge
                  • Nov. 13 -- Urban Fishing: Inshore Fort Lauderdale
                  • Nov. 20 -- Advanced Big Game Trolling Techniques
                  • Dec. 4 -- Conquering Sailfish
                  • Dec. 11 -- Successful Swordfishing
                  • Dec. 18 -- Working with Dead Bait

                  Each course features printed curriculum on the session, equipment and hands-on instruction where anglers have a chance to interact and learn from fisherman who they would usually only see on television or read about in fishing magazines.
                  “These anglers and captains are not only some of the best fisherman in each respective discipline, but are also willing and able to share their knowledge with you,” said Matagiese.
                  The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 each for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic.
                  For more details visit the website at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp to assess which courses are appropriate for specific skill levels. Or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or via e-mail at dmatagiese@igfa.org, or Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org .
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                  IGFA Certified Observer Program (COP) returns with fall training class
                  The IGFA will be offering its popular Certified Observer Program class this fall to train and certify experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for worldwide fishing tournaments.
                  The class will take place, Saturday, Oct. 27 beginning at 9 a.m. at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA.
                  The program benefits tournaments by eliminating or reducing rule disputes that sometimes arise. Certified observers can often prevent inadvertent rule infractions before they occur. A growing number of big money and catch-and-release tournaments have committed to using IGFA Certified Observers for their tournaments.
                  “This training program for certified observers was started five years ago and currently over 20 tournaments are making them a standard part of their events each year,” said Jason Schratwieser, the IGFA Director of Conservation. “Over 1,000 observers have been trained since the program began and tournament officials are giving great reviews after having the observers onboard. They say it also raises the standard level of their tournaments as well as the conservation efforts with the safe release of the fish.”
                  The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules and regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA COP applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org, and at the IGFA headquarters.
                  Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, two DVDs, a long sleeve T-shirt, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org .
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                  September Hot Catches

                  Here are some interesting potential world records that International Game Fish Association world records coordinator Rebecca Reynolds-Wright has selected for the month. These 16 documented fish catches were made across the globe and submitted for pending world records:

                  South African angler Piet J. Pienaar, of Gauteng, landed a golden trevally, (Gnathanodon, speciosus) weighing 8.6 kg (18 lb 15 oz) while fishing Inhaca Island, Mozambique on July 28. Using mackerel on 10 kg (20 lb) class line it took Pienaar 25 minutes to land. The IGFA men’s line class record for the species is currently vacant. (Photo – golden trevally # 0708006)

                  On June 18, Mikhail Mogutov, of Moscow Russia, landed a taimen, while fishing Russia’s Uda River. The fish weighed 17.5 kg (38 lb 9 oz) and was caught in 15 minutes using a Rapala Shad X Rap. The current IGFA line class record is 12.7 kg (27 lbs. 15 oz), caught on the Chuluut River, in Arkhangai, Mongolia in 2005. (Photo – taimen # 07080010)

                  Using an orange streamer on 8 kg (16 lb) tippet, Village of Palmetto Bay, Fla, USA fly fisherman Rick Gunion, landed a tiger shark, (Galeocerdo, cuvier) weighing 127.23 kg (280 lb 8 oz) while fishing Mantinilla, Bahamas on July 31. The current IGFA mark is 196 lbs. 6 oz. caught in Flamingo, Fla., in 1999. (Photo – tiger shark # 07080011)

                  Eight-year old Guilherme de Almeida, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, may establish a brand new IGFA all-tackle record for a redeye piranha, (serrasalmus, rhombeus) he landed while fishing the Thaimaçu Lodge in Brazil. Using tuvira as bait, the youngster’s July 24 catch weighed 1.30 kg (2 lb 14 oz). (Photo – redeye piranha # 07080023)

                  Using corn, 11-year old Luiza de Almeida, of Sao Paulo, landed a disk tetra, (Myleus, schomburgkii) while fishing Thaimaçu Lodge, Brazil weighing 0.73 kg (1 lb 10 oz) on July 23. She released the fish and may establish a new IGFA all-tackle record entry. (Photo – disk tetra - #07080022)

                  Using a Tornado Spinner on 2 kg (4 lb) class line, Brazilian angler Gilberto Fernandes, of Mao, Amazonas, landed an arawana, (Osteoglossum, bicirrhosum) while fishing the Rio Negro in Brazil on July 29. The fish weighed 3.04 kg (6 lb 11 oz) and took in nine minutes to land. He’s hoping to break his own current IGFA record of 6 lb 2 oz. in 2005. (Photo – arawana # 07080026)

                  Western Province, Papua New Guinea angler Ian Middleton, landed a black Papuan snapper, (Lutjanus, goldiei) while fishing the Kwima Creek Fly River, in Papua weighing 8.16 kg (18 lb 0 oz) on 8 kg (16 lb) class line on July 21. He used a yellow Bounty Hunter and after an eight minute fight to land the fish and then documentation, he released it. The line class species record is currently vacant. (Photo – black Papuan snapper # 07080027)

                  The woman who was honored for setting 53 IGFA records in 2006, Ms. Jodie L. Johnson, Peterborough, N. H., USA may capture another after landing a wahoo, (Acanthocybium, solandri) while fly-fishing Challenger Banks, Bermuda on July 27. Caught on 6 kg (12 lb) tippet using a Hair Ball fly, the fish weighed 3.40 kg (7 lb 8 oz). It took her four minutes to land. The current record is vacant. Johnson currently holds two other women’s records for wahoo in the 16 and 20 lb tippets classes, both caught in the Seychelles. (Photo – wahoo # 07080039)

                  Corpus Christi, Texas, USA angler Eric Ozolins, landed a roudi escolar (Promethichthys, prometheus) for a potential all-tackle record while fishing the Colt 45 Texas coastal section of the Gulf of Mexico. He used squid and took five minutes to land the July 22 catch. The fish weighed 2.43 kg (5 lb 6 oz). The current record is 1 lb 5 oz caught in Jogashima Japan in 2003. (Photo – roudi escolar # 07080052)

                  Nine-year-old angler Cristiano Brogna, of Catania, Italy, landed a little tunny (Euthynnus, alletteratus) July 21, while fishing Dakar, Senegal weighing 11.5kg (25 lb 6 oz) using a live "yaboy". It took him 12 minutes to land. The current boy’s smallfry record is 23 lb, 11 oz also caught in Dakar, two years ago. (Photo – little tunny # 07080054)

                  Nic Jeter, of Bainbridge, Ga., USA, may net an IGFA All-Tackle record after landing a nurse shark, (Ginglymostoma, cirratum) while fishing Port St. Joe, Florida, USA. The fish caught on July 21 weighed 119.63kg (263 lb 12 oz). He used cut bluefish and fought the fish for two hours. The current record for a nurse shark is 248 lb 6 oz caught in 2005 at Lighthouse Point, Fla., USA (Photo – nurse shark # 07070085)

                  Austrian fly fisherman Hans-Peter Schaar, of Flattach, landed a brown trout, (Salmo, trutta) while fishing Austria’s Obervellach Moll River weighing 16.5 kg (36 lb 6 oz). The July 2 catch took him an hour to land using 10 kg (20 lb) tippet. The current record is 28 lb 8 oz caught in 2005 on the Rio Grande Tierra del Fuego Argentina. (Photo – brown trout # 07080030)

                  Using a thin 2 kg (4 lb) class line Rebecca Reynolds-Wright, Hollywood, FL, USA landed a lingcod, (Ophiodon, elongatus) weighing 19.05 kg (42 lb 0 oz) She was fishing the Gulf of Alaska, USA on July 8 and used cut bait for the catch that took her 20 minutes to reel in. She may nearly double the current women’s record which is 21 lb, 10 oz from 1991. (Photo – lingcod # 07080033)

                  Raymond Pupedis of Willimantic, Conn., USA landed a 3.40 kg (7 lb 8 oz) landlocked Atlantic salmon, (Salmo, salar) while fly fishing Marble Lake, Canada on June 22. Using an olive sculpin #2 it took him seven minutes to bring in on 10 kg (20 lb) tippet. The IGFA record is currently vacant. After documenting Pupedis released the fish. (Photo – Atlantic salmon # 07070091)

                  Fly fishing off the coast of his hometown of Quepos, Costa Rica, Roberto Gonzalez landed a Pacific snook, (Centropomus, spp.) weighing 6.91 kg (15 lb 4 oz). He used a homemade fly on 2 kg (4 lb) tippet for the July 10 catch which took him 35 minutes to land. The men’s tippet record is currently vacant. (Photo – Pacific snook # 07070092)

                  Fishing Wyoming’s (USA) Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Russ Faught of Lockeford, Calif, USA landed a kokanee, (Oncorhynchus, nerka) weighing 2.09 kg (4 lb 10 oz). Russ used 3 kg (6 lb) class line and caught the fish in 10 minutes on August 3 using a purple hoochie. He’s hoping to break the current line class record of 2 lb 5 oz. in 1998. (Photo – kokanee # 07080008)
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                  IGFA featured in Motorboating column
                  Pick up the October issue of Motorboating magazine (USA) for Gary Caputi’s popular Sportfishing column which features the IGFA and its fishing world records.
                  In the column, Caputi, himself a one-time world record holder in the IGFA’s All-Tackle category which recognizes the largest catch of particular species, takes readers through the various records among the 99 freshwater and 118 saltwater species the IGFA recognizes. He emphasizes that anglers don’t need to be professional fishermen to go for a record. Caputi also gives tips on records as well as the benefits of joining the IGFA.
                  He also provides highlights and comments by Marty Arostegui of Coral Gables, Fla., USA, a retired physician who this past spring became the first angler ever to top the 200 world record mark. Among the records that Caputi draws attention to is Arostegui’s catch-document-release record of a 385 pound lemon shark while fly fishing with 16 lb tippet near Key West, Fla.
                  The record still stands as the biggest fish caught on fly.
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                  Calendar of future IGFA events

                  October 2, 2007 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Dolphin and Wahoo Secrets” - IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Learn how to increase the size and quantity of the dolphin and wahoo you catch. Gain inside knowledge on the best strategies and techniques and learn to make the best rigs to catch more fish. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or at dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                  October 9, 2007 – -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Learning to Kite Fish” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. One of the easiest ways to catch more fish is with a kite. Learn all the basics on how to use the kite fishing system targeting several different species with this ancient method of enticing fish to bite. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or at dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                  October 16, 2007 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “The Basics of Rigging and Trolling Artificial Lures” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Find out why lure making is considered an art form. Learn about how and why lures work; be proficient in re-skirting your own lures and building hook sets. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                  October 20, 2007 -- 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 size 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 20, 2007 -- Family Fishing Clinic during Hall of Fame Weekend, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn valuable tips to become a better angler with the expertise and guidance of the IGFA education staff. Bring the entire family for a fun filled day of fishing at the IGFA ponds. Adults admitted for half price and children are free. Reservations are not required. Contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or email: vwoods@igfa.org

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                  October 20, 2007 -- The Ninth Annual IGFA Fishing 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 weekend-long (Friday, Oct. 19 – Sunday, Oct. 21) celebration in honor of all 65 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. The 2007 class includes Homer Circle, Ruben Jaen C., Gary Loomis, Peter B. Wright, and Joan Salvato Wulff. Each year 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 2007 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 23, 2007-- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Back Country Fishing: Mangroves and Flats” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Learn the secrets to making your back country trip an action packed day. This class will focus on multiple back country species and teaches you what the pros already know including where to go, finding fish, and reading the water. This isn’t your regular fishing seminar series. Limited to only 24 anglers, each 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or at reservations@igfa.org

                  October 27, 2007-- IGFA Certified Observer Program (COP) training class -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. -- 9 a.m. - The COP class trains and certifies 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 COP applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org, and at the IGFA headquarters. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, two DVDs, a long sleeve T-shirt, 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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                  October 30, 2007 -- 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. The pros 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. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or at reservations@igfa.org

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                  November 6, 2007 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Fishing Center Consoles on the Edge” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – If you own or fish on an open fisherman, then this class is designed for you. Created by Capt. Bouncer Smith, one of the best center console fishermen in the world, this class is all about outfitting and fishing a small boat in blue water. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or at dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                  November 13, 2007-- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Urban Fishing: Inshore Fort Lauderdale” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Did you know there are 200-pound tarpon and 30-pound snook available to catch without ever leaving the inlet? Discover the canals and inland waters of Fort Lauderdale. You will be amazed at the number and quality of the fish you can catch right in your back yard. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                  November 20, 2007-- 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 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or at dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                  December 4, 2007-- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Conquering Sailfish” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Find out how to successfully pursue and catch one of South Florida’s premiere gamefish. Topics include bait rigging, following fish, and catching multiples. Learn what makes captains proven winners in billfish tournaments. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or at dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or at reservations@igfa.org

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                  December 11, 2007 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Successful Swordfishing” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Everything you need to know to make your next swordfish trip a huge success with hands-on squid rigging and inside information from one of Fort Lauderdale’s best swordfishermen. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                  December 18, 2007 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Working with Dead Bait” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Learn how to catch and process your own dead baits. Learn what to look for when buying bait and get hands-on instruction on how to rig the best baits, including a swimming mackerel. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                  January 25, 2008 -- 24th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA. With hundreds of live and silent auction items up for bid, this is the biggest gala fundraiser of the year for the IGFA. Tickets are $175 per person. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $3000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. For reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org

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                  May 11 - 17, 2008 -- Ninth annual IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – It’s international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting over 60 winning teams from 30 countries on six continents who have qualified by winning one of over 130 IGFA sanctioned events held in 2007. This tournament hosts the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. Contact IGFA tournament coordinator Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org or for media information from IGFA PR counsel Pete Johnson at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com .

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                  June 29 – July 2, 2008 -- Eighth annual IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Called by anglers and the media the “super bowl” of light tackle and fly fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of over 50 IGFA qualifying tournaments held on four continents in 2007 to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the qualifiers are paired with a different premier Keys guide each day fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish using fly or light tackle equipment. The five major award categories will include: Grand Champion (the angler who accumulates the most points for all five targeted species); runner-up grand champion and first places in the fly, artificial lure and bait casting divisions. There are also trophies and merchandise for second and third place divisional winners in the three categories as well as the top three guides. Contact: IGFA IWC tournament coordinator Denise Hartman 954-924-4243 or DHartman@igfa.org or for media information from Pete Johnson, IGFA PR counsel at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com

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                  Nov.10 – 13, 2008 – The Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA --Representatives from around the globe will be hosted by the IGFA at an international forum for the recreational fishing community. The conference will target the tackle industry, angling tourism and include representatives from non governmental organizations and fisheries science and management. Topics will include historical and recent trends in participation, emerging fisheries, recreational fisheries science and management, socioeconomics, and catch and release. For information on the conference or sponsorship opportunities contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or jschratwieser@igfa.org
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                    HOT News from the IGFA

                    HOT News from the IGFA
                    October 2007
                    By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                    Five to take center stage at International Fishing Hall of Fame
                    There are a few more tickets left for the induction ceremony of the ninth class into the International Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla., USA. The induction banquet will be the highlight of an October 20 – 21 weekend of activities at the International Game Fish Association (IGFA).
                    In the spotlight will be the five member class of 2007 which includes lady fly angler and instructor Joan Salvato Wulff, the dean of outdoor writers Homer Circle, along with Gary Loomis, a gentleman who revolutionized rod making and a duo of extraordinary billfishermen which include Dr. Ruben Jaén and Capt. Peter B. Wright.
                    Each year the honorees are selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, communications, inventions or administration of fishery resources.
                    Saturday night, Oct. 20th will feature the hall of fame induction ceremony including a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and induction ceremony. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. and tickets for the evening are $200 per person
                    Earlier on Saturday and again on Sunday, additional opportunities will be offered to the public of fishing presentations given by the IGFA Hall of Famers. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the five newest inductees will be joined by hall of famers Stu Apte, Mark Sosin, Roland Martin and Billy Pate at an IGFA School of Sport Fishing seminar.
                    Also on Saturday, there will be hands-on tips and fishing from the IGFA ponds during the Hall of Fame Family Fishing Clinics where young and old can learn valuable tips on how to become better anglers with the expertise and guidance of the IGFA education staff. The clinics run from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m.
                    Adults on Saturday will be admitted for half price and children are free. IGFA members are admitted free. Reservations are not required. Come early as the hall will close at 3 p.m.
                    On Sunday, Sharkwater, the international award-winning feature-length film and exhibition will open with showings beginning at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. A shark expert will speak twice that day beginning at 11 a.m. and again at 3 p.m.
                    The weekend also pays homage to the 65 Hall of Fame members who are currently enshrined including Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie, Johnny Morris, Don Tyson and John Rybovich.
                    For more information, contact Ms. Lesley Arico at the IGFA, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004 Email: larico@igfa.org, by phone 954-927-2628, or fax 954-924-4299.
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                    Sharkwater opens this month at International Fishing Hall of Fame
                    Before its release to movie theatres across the rest of the nation, the much acclaimed documentary Sharkwater; will be showcased at the IGFA’s International Fishing Hall of Fame with its award-winning feature length film and exhibition.
                    Beginning October 21 the 90-minute film will be shown four times daily on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays the feature will be shown at 3:30 p.m. Sharkwater which has won 19 international film awards opens in movie theatres nationwide in November.
                    An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation will also be featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery. A monthly lecture series featuring local and national shark experts is also scheduled. The film and exhibit at the IGFA will run through March 2008.
                    Sharkwater was shot in visually stunning, high definition video by Toronto, Canada-based filmmaker Rob Stewart. He takes viewers into the most shark-rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations in the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador and the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Sharkwater began as an underwater adventure but turned into a beautiful and dangerous journey into the balance of life on earth. With a lifelong fascination for information on sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters, and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas.
                    For more information please visit www.igfa.org or www.sharkwater.com
                    The IGFA’s International Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16. The IGFA phone number is 954-927-2628.
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                    Reservations underway for 24th IGFA Auction & Banquet
                    Reservations are underway for the 24th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet on January 25, 2008 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.
                    It’s the IGFA’s most anticipated fundraiser with hundreds of live and silent auction items up for bid. The evening begins at 6 p.m. and includes a silent auction, cocktail party, exquisite dinner and the highly anticipated “live” auction conducted by Ed Phillips of Houston, Texas.
                    The night will also feature the presentation of the IGFA Conservation Awards.
                    Renowned marine artist Dave Baroncelli is the event’s featured artist. For over 20 years his fine art has graced the walls of famous sportfishing institutions and the covers of prestigious tournament publications His offshore experiences, coupled with his understanding of natural marine wildlife habitat, have propelled Dave into becoming one of the most sought after marine artists in the world. His original artwork “Walk the Line” will be one of the many highlights at the auction and all guests will receive a signed and numbered limited edition of Dave’s featured piece.
                    Other donations have begun arriving at IGFA headquarters, including
                    • an original sculpture by past featured IGFA artist David Wirth,
                    • a week for two at the fantastic Tropic Star Lodge,
                    • a fishing trip in the Indian Himalayas,
                    • an original Guy Harvey painting,
                    • a fishing and quail hunting package at Hacienda Las Palmas in Mexico,
                    • a fishing trip to Guinea Bissau,
                    • an original bronze sculpture by Bill McGlaun,
                    • fishing charters, rods and reels, tackle, jewelry, international resorts, and more.
                    In addition and beginning the first week of December, the very popular online portion of the auction will begin on the IGFA website at www.igfa.org. Check it out as new last-minute donations are added after the “Write-In-Bidder’s list” has been mailed to IGFA members.
                    To make reservations, or for more information or if you would like to donate to the 24th Annual International Auction & Banquet, please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at (954) 924-4222 or email larico@igfa.org.
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                    October Hot Catches
                    Here are the monthly highlights from the world records department of the International Game Fish Association of selected documented fish catches made across the globe submitted for world records. The IGFA world records coordinator Rebecca Wright provided the following information on these 17 recent submissions before the world records committee.

                    Fly-fishing the Kobuk River, Alaska, USA, on August 11, Tampa, Fla., USA angler Jim Seegraves, guided by Scott Ravenscroft, landed an inconnu (Stenodus leucichthys), also known as an Eskimo tarpon, weighing 11.79 kg (26 lb 0 oz) on 10 kg (20 lb) tippet. He used a clouser minnow for his fly and took six minutes to bring the fish under control. Seegraves is hoping to beat his own 23 lb record set in1999 with the IGFA from the same river. After documenting his catch Seegraves released the fish which is a member of the salmon family. (Photo: inconnu - 07080070)

                    New Zealand’s Tineka Scott, of Golden Bay, in Nelson, guided by Kevin Yarwarth, landed a giant trevally (Caranx ignobilis) June 4 weighing 38.4 kg (84 lb 11 oz) using 15 kg (30 lb) class line. She was fishing Nuku' alofa, Kingdom of Tonga, with a Rapala Magnum for bait. It took her 103 minutes to land the fish which may beat two tied records of 73 lb 3 oz in 1987 and 2005 in the IGFA record books. (Photo: giant trevally – 07080075)

                    A fish with no common name but its Latin origin brachyplatystoma carpapretum was caught by Valencia, Venezuela IGFA Representative Antonio Camp G. Guided by Moises Camico, the fish was caught January 12, and weighed 32.66 kg (72 lb 0 oz). Bait fishing the Pasimoni River in Venezuela, Camp fought the fish for 20 minutes. It’s being entered for an all new IGFA All-Tackle world record. (Photo: brachyplatystoma carpapretum - 07080076

                    Doug Cavin, of Wildorado, TX, USA, landed a tiger muskellunge (Esox masquinongy x Esox lucius) on August 20, weighing 6.58 kg (14 lb 8 oz) on 03 kg (6 lb) class line. Calvin battled the muskie for eight minutes using a Cabelas spoon on the Blue Water Reservoir in New Mexico, USA. He hopes to beat the IGFA line class record of 11 lb set last year in Lake Luena, Michigan. (Photo: tiger muskellunge – 07090040)

                    Fishing the Bean Hollow Beach, California, USA and guided by Robert C. Ingles, Los Gatos, Calif., angler Beverly Ann Seltzer, caught and landed a California halibut, (Paralichthys californicus) on August 5, 2007. The halibut weighed 8.16 kg (18 lb 0 oz). She was using 24 kg (50 lb) class line for the pending IGFA women’s line class record with a Harry Boos diamond jig. It took her five minutes to land the fish. (Photo: California halibut – 07090044)

                    Fly-fishing Barra Do Kwanza, Angola, Dr. Iain Nicolson, of Wirral, Merseyside, United Kingdom, landed a giant African threadfin (Polydactylus quadrifilis) on July 21 weighing 39.1 kg (86 lb 3 oz). He was guided by Hakan Ekberg and used an 8 kg (16 lb) tippet. It took Nicolson, IGFA Representative of Angola an hour and 10 minutes to land the fish for the pending IGFA men’s fly record which is vacant. (Photo: giant African threadfin – 07100003)

                    On August 10, young Padova, Italy angler Giorgia Barbolini, guided by Daniele Benfenati, landed an Atlantic bonito (Sarda sarda) weighing 2.7 kg (5 lb 15 oz) for a potential female smallfry record which is currently vacant in the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book. She used a sardine for bait and pulled the fish in after a 10 minute fight while fishing Italy’s Northern Adriatic. (Photo: Atlantic bonito – 07080061)

                    Using a candlefish jig for bait while fishing the Gulf of Alaska, on July 8, Steve Kwiat, Anchor Point, Alaska, USA, landed a lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus). Guided by Capt. Scott Hines, he used 2 kg (4 lb) class line and weighed the fish in at 23.59 kg (52 lb 0 oz). Kwait has applied for an IGFA men’s line class record for the catch and hopes to beat his own record set last year at 36 lb in the same area. (Photo: lingcod –07080067)

                    Icelandic fisherman Skarphendinn Asbjornsson, of Akureyri, landed a dab (Kliesche) (Limanda limanda) on June 28 weighing 1 kg (2 lb 3 oz) using a herring for bait while fishing Hauganes, Iceland. He’s hoping to capture the IGFA All-Tackle record for the catch. The current record is 1 lb, 4 oz caught in 1998 in the East Sea, Kappeln, Germany. (Photo: dab (kliesche) – 07090005)

                    Theda Little, who has a number of IGFA records is hoping for another – an all new record -- in the all-tackle division after catching a flathead sea catfish (notarias planiceps) on June 7. The Baton Rouge, LA, USA native, guided by Wilba Mendoza Gutierrez, landed the fish weighing 1.47 kg (3 lb 4 oz) while bait fishing Golfito, Zancudo Lodge, Costa Rica. (Photo: flathead sea catfish – 07090007)

                    Using ultra thin 1 kg (2 lb) class tippet while fly fishing Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica, Enrico Capozzi, Milan, Italy, guided by Scott Jones, landed a Pacific sailfish, (Istiophorus platypterus) on August 18. He may fill a vacant IGFA record. The fish weighed 35.46 kg (78 lb 3 oz) and took Capozzi just two minutes to land. He used an Allen Special fly for the possible men’s tippet record. (Photo: Pacific sailfish – 07090012)

                    Yuuma Nishino, Kanagawa, Japan, landed a whitesaddle goatfish, (Parupeneus ciliatus) on August 16 weighing .53kg (1 lb 3 oz) for an all new potential IGFA All-Tackle record. He used cut squid for bait while fishing Nomashi, Oshima, Japan. (Photo: whitesaddle goatfish – 07090021)

                    Using an egg sucking leech fly on 4 kg (8 lb) tippet while fishing Summer Straight, Alaska, George P. Mann, Opelika, Alabama, USA, landed a 4.37 kg (9 lb 10 oz) pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha). The fish caught on July 29 took 25 minutes to land. It may beat the current IGFA record of 8 lb 12 oz set in 2004. (Photo: pink salmon – 07090036)

                    After a 15 minute fight, Gaborone, Botswana angler Bill Staveley, landed a sharptooth catfish (Clarias gariepinus) on July 29 weighing 4.29 kg (9 lb 7 oz) on 01 kg (2 lb) class line. He used a worm for bait while fishing Phakalane, Botswana and released the fish after measuring and photographing. Staveley holds the current IGFA 6 lb 11 oz record he set back in 2003. (Photo: sharptooth catfish – 07090038)

                    Fishing Bung Sam Lan Lake, Thailand, John Merritt, of Betchworth Surrey, United Kingdom, guided by Kik Panphrapat, landed a giant pangasius (Pangasianodon sanitwongsei) weighing 29.5 kg (65 lb 1 oz) on Sept. 8. He used a lua mak (stink bait) for the potential IGFA All-Tackle class record. After documenting he released the fish that took him 20 minutes to catch. The current record set in 2005 is 56 lb 3 oz. (Photo: giant pangasius – 07090060)

                    Fishing the coastal waters of Hatteras, N.C., USA, Capt. Buddy L. Nolan, Chester, Va., USA, guided by Capt. Ricky Dale, landed a almaco jack (Seriola rivoliana) on July 14 weighing 11.74 kg (25 lb 14 oz) on 4 kg (8 lb) class line, in 45 min using a Winstead Arrowhead jig. The current men’s IGFA line class record for an almaco jack is 24 lb caught in Key West, Fla., in 2001. (Photo: almaco jack – 07090001)

                    Gilberto Fernandes, Mao, AM, Brazil, landed a redtail catfish (pirarara) (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus) on September 5, weighing 42.6 kg (93 lb 15 oz) using 6 kg (12 lb) class line. He was fishing the Amazon River, Amazon State, Brazil using cutfish for bait. It took him 95 minutes to haul in. He could significantly increase the current IGFA record of 11 lb 11oz which was set in 2005. (Photo: redtail catfish (pirarara) – 07090037)
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                    Fifth session of School of Sportfishing underway
                    The IGFA’s newest School of Sportfishing classes are underway for the fall season hosting nine more classes through 2007.
                    Launched last year by the IGFA in association with Saltwater Professional Consulting and Captain Tony DiGiulian, the Tuesday night classes run from 7 – 10 p.m., and are taught at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum.
                    The two newest classes added to the curriculum include “Back Country Fishing: Mangroves and Flats,” and “Conquering Sailfish.”
                    Limited to a class size of 24 anglers the IGFA School of Sportfishing offers a unique experience for anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water.
                    The remaining fall seminars include:
                    • Oct. 16 --The Basics of Rigging and Trolling Artificial Lures
                    • Oct. 23 -- Back Country Fishing: Mangroves and Flats
                    • Oct. 30 -- All About Live Bait
                    • Nov. 6 -- Fishing Center Consoles on the Edge
                    • Nov. 13 -- Urban Fishing: Inshore Fort Lauderdale
                    • Nov. 20 -- Advanced Big Game Trolling Techniques
                    • Dec. 4 -- Conquering Sailfish
                    • Dec. 11 -- Successful Swordfishing
                    • Dec. 18 -- Working with Dead Bait

                    Included with each course are printed materials along with the equipment and hands-on instruction where anglers have a chance to interact and learn from fisherman who they would usually only see on television or read about in fishing magazines.
                    “These anglers and captains are not only some of the best fisherman in each respective discipline, but are also willing and able to share their knowledge with you,” said IGFA Adult Education Coordinator David Matagiese.
                    The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 each for non-members.
                    For more details visit the website at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp to assess which courses are appropriate for specific skill levels. Or contact Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or via e-mail at dmatagiese@igfa.org, or Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org .
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                    Back-story to the IGFA School of Sportfishing
                    What’s it like to attend one of the popular School of Sportfishing Classes?
                    David Matagiese, the IGFA’s Adult Education Coordinator, attended a recent class on “Secrets of Dolphin and Wahoo” and shared his notes and impressions on the evening.
                    Matagiese said:
                    • Almost all of the attendees walked in as novice fisherman and left knowing how to rig a swimming ballyhoo, how to tie a Bimini twist, learned three different trolling techniques, and gained knowledge of how long they should stay around a debris line if it wasn’t producing, as well as countless “little secrets” from Capt. Tony DiGiulian.
                    • There were techniques and tricks that normally would only be learned through years and years of trial-and-error on the water.
                    • Many attendees verbally expressed interest in attending more classes after their experience at this class.
                    • Until people actually come to a class, they can’t comprehend how truly interactive each class is. The instructors ask the attendees questions like, “What type of boat do you fish on?” and “Where do you fish out of?” This way, each captain was able to tailor the course to meet everyone’s own style and ability.
                    • In class you have personal one-on-one time with the instructors where you can ask any number of questions. It’s not an instructional DVD or TV show.
                    • People from past classes have reported their successes on the water have increased ten-fold. Two guys came to the Dolphin/Wahoo class last session after getting skunked their last three trips offshore. They seemed skeptical while signing up so I encouraged them to be extra diligent while taking notes and paying close attention to what Capt. Tony said. The next weekend, they went offshore and took their class notes with them. They caught seven dolphin and two kingfish. They were shocked at the turnaround. From their classroom notes, they knew what hooks to rig their ballyhoo with, what lures and colors to troll, where to troll, what to do when they found a weed line, plus how to keep fish around the boat.
                    Matagiese added, “I’ve been fishing my whole life and know how frustrating it is to fill your tank and spend all day on the water but come home without dinner. I’m sure many people have become jaded to the idea of ‘instructional fishing programs’ but I’m hoping that the excitement people leave the classes with, and the word-of-mouth generates some serious interest from South Florida anglers.
                    “We’ve had an overwhelming response from satisfied customers of the program.”
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                    The IGFA in the news
                    The IGFA and its world fishing records have been getting lots of media attention lately.
                    The most recent feature is in the October issue of Marlin magazine written by past IGFA president Mike Leech on IGFA World Records that are up for grabs and ready to be broken.
                    In his feature “Attainable Records” Leech focuses on billfish, the most coveted of fishing achievements. He does a great job of breaking down the billfish families of blue, black, white and striped marlin along with sailfish, swords and spearfish. It also features dramatic photos by Charlie Levine, Richard Gibson, Al McGlashan and Dean Butler along with tips for fly records. A sidebar with 10 tips from IGFA Representative Enrico Capozzi of Italy also provides some valuable suggestions and pre-trip planning information.
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                    Ms. Jodie Johnson, the Top Female Angler in the IGFA’s World Record Achievement Awards for 2006 is featured in the fall issue of Destination Fish, The Travel Guide to Fishing the Globe.
                    Johnson, who only began fishing just five years ago, holds over 60 world records in her travels, most of them on fly and with more pending. She shares many thoughts on being a newcomer to the sport and gives tips on preparations as she focuses on a record.
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                    Regarding world records more and more web sites, newspapers and magazines continue to include the IGFA Hot Catches and Hot News to their pages.
                    Besides regular use on web sites such as FishingWorld.com, FloridaSportFishing.com, MarlinMag.com, FlyFishInSalt.com, TheFishingWire.com, and SportFishingMag.com, the photos and briefs are used in the magazine pages of Voyages De Peche in France, Sweden’s Fish and Fishing, in the U.S. Sport Fishing Magazine, Destination Fish, and SaltWater Sportsman; Australia’s BlueWater Boats and Sportfishing Magazine, New Zealand’s Fishing Coast to Coast, The Weekly Fisherman in the Florida Keys, Nautically Speaking in Naples Fla., Gary Caputi’s column in MotorBoating, and numerous European fishing magazine columns by Roberto Ferriaro in Feder Pesca, Pesca y Barcos and others.
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                    The latest to add the IGFA Hot Catches to its pages is ESPN.com. ESPN outdoors and fishing editor Mike Suchan says the IGFA worldwide records are helping to build a reader base especially among saltwater enthusiasts. You can easily locate the ESPN fishing page at http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/index and click on the IGFA tab.
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                    While you’re on the fishing section of the ESPN.com web site, take time to read Don Barone’s humorous feature. The piece entitled “Baseball and Bass; Minor League Owner in Fishing Hall of Fame” is an account of rough water fishing on Lake Erie with legendary angler, billionaire, author and IGFA board member Bob Rich, aka the Crown Prince of Cream Puffs.
                    By the way, Bob also owns the triple A Buffalo Bisons, the team which has helped to produce 15 players, their manager and three of their coaches now on the Cleveland Indians who are in the American League Championship playoffs. Don’s story on Bob Rich can be found at http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/f...ory?id=2996401
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                    IGFA congratulations to:
                    Bill Sargent, the veteran outdoors editor of the Florida Today newspaper in Melbourne, Fla., who after nearly 40 years of journalism has retired from the newspaper. Considered by many of his peers as Florida’s dean of outdoor writers, Bill plans to continue his popular columns in Florida Sportsman and Florida Fishing Weekly among a variety of other writing assignments.
                    --- Bill Klimas, named the Florida editor of Dockside a monthly magazine for boat owners with regional editions in California and the Pacific Northwest. The former editor of The Boating News, and most recently the editor behind the success of International Yachtsman magazine, Bill brings a wealth of marine industry knowledge to Dockside. He plans to include more fishing news in the new Florida edition premiering at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show this month.
                    --- Andy Hahn and Bill Classon for their new book Let's Start Fishing, introducing youngsters and beginners to the basics of angling. Co-written by Andy (Sport Fishing magazine's senior editor) and Bill (Australian Fishing Network, publishers of fishing magazines and books in Australia), the 72-page hardcover with many photographs and illustrations focuses on baits, techniques, hook selection and rigs for popular fresh- and salt water game fish. The book's easy-to-understand style takes the mystery out of fishing and encourages novices to get out and wet a line.
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                    Signups underway for IGFA COP class
                    Sign-ups are continuing for the IGFA’s popular Certified Observer Program (COP) class set for Saturday, Oct. 27 to train and certify experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for worldwide fishing tournaments.
                    The class will take place at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA beginning at 9 a.m.
                    Now in its fifth year the unique training program benefits tournaments by eliminating or reducing rule disputes that sometimes arise. Certified observers can often prevent inadvertent rule infractions before they occur. Over 20 big money and catch-and-release tournaments have committed to using IGFA Certified Observers for their tournaments.
                    “Over 1,000 observers have been trained since the program began and tournament officials are giving great reviews after having the observers onboard,” said Jason Schratwieser, the IGFA Director of Conservation. “They say it also raises the standard level of their tournaments as well as the conservation efforts with the safe release of the fish.”
                    The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules and regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA COP applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org, and at the IGFA headquarters.
                    Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, two DVDs, a long sleeve T-shirt, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org .
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                    Calendar of future IGFA events

                    October 16, 2007 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “The Basics of Rigging and Trolling Artificial Lures” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Find out why lure making is considered an art form. Learn about how and why lures work; be proficient in re-skirting your own lures and building hook sets. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                    October 20, 2007 -- 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 size 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 20, 2007 -- Family Fishing Clinic during Hall of Fame Weekend, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn valuable tips to become a better angler with the expertise and guidance of the IGFA education staff. Bring the entire family for a fun filled day of fishing at the IGFA ponds. Adults admitted for half price and children are free. Reservations are not required. Contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or email: vwoods@igfa.org

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                    October 20, 2007 -- The Ninth Annual IGFA Fishing 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 weekend-long (Friday, Oct. 19 – Sunday, Oct. 21) celebration in honor of all 65 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. The 2007 class includes Homer Circle, Ruben Jaen C., Gary Loomis, Peter B. Wright, and Joan Salvato Wulff. Each year 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 2007 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 23, 2007-- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Back Country Fishing: Mangroves and Flats” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Learn the secrets to making your back country trip an action packed day. This class will focus on multiple back country species and teaches you what the pros already know including where to go, finding fish, and reading the water. This isn’t your regular fishing seminar series. Limited to only 24 anglers, each 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or at reservations@igfa.org

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                    October 27, 2007-- IGFA Certified Observer Program (COP) training class -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. -- 9 a.m. - The COP class trains and certifies 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 COP applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org, and at the IGFA headquarters. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, two DVDs, a long sleeve T-shirt, 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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                    October 30, 2007 -- 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. The pros 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. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or at reservations@igfa.org

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                    November 6, 2007 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Fishing Center Consoles on the Edge” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – If you own or fish on an open fisherman, then this class is designed for you. Created by Capt. Bouncer Smith, one of the best center console fishermen in the world, this class is all about outfitting and fishing a small boat in blue water. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or at dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                    November 13, 2007-- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Urban Fishing: Inshore Fort Lauderdale” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Did you know there are 200-pound tarpon and 30-pound snook available to catch without ever leaving the inlet? Discover the canals and inland waters of Fort Lauderdale. You will be amazed at the number and quality of the fish you can catch right in your back yard. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                    November 20, 2007-- 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 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or at dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                    December 4, 2007-- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Conquering Sailfish” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Find out how to successfully pursue and catch one of South Florida’s premiere gamefish. Topics include bait rigging, following fish, and catching multiples. Learn what makes captains proven winners in billfish tournaments. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or at dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or at reservations@igfa.org

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                    December 11, 2007 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Successful Swordfishing” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Everything you need to know to make your next swordfish trip a huge success with hands-on squid rigging and inside information from one of Fort Lauderdale’s best swordfishermen. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                    December 18, 2007 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Working with Dead Bait” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Learn how to catch and process your own dead baits. Learn what to look for when buying bait and get hands-on instruction on how to rig the best baits, including a swimming mackerel. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                    January 25, 2008 -- 24th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA. With hundreds of live and silent auction items up for bid, this is the biggest gala fundraiser of the year for the IGFA. Tickets are $175 per person. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $3000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. For reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org

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                    May 11 - 17, 2008 -- Ninth annual IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – It’s international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting over 60 winning teams from 30 countries on six continents who have qualified by winning one of over 130 IGFA sanctioned events held in 2007. This tournament hosts the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. Contact IGFA tournament coordinator Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org or for media information from IGFA PR counsel Pete Johnson at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com .

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                    June 29 – July 2, 2008 -- Eighth annual IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Called by anglers and the media the “super bowl” of light tackle and fly fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of over 50 IGFA qualifying tournaments held on four continents in 2007 to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the qualifiers are paired with a different premier Keys guide each day fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish using fly or light tackle equipment. The five major award categories will include: Grand Champion (the angler who accumulates the most points for all five targeted species); runner-up grand champion and first places in the fly, artificial lure and bait casting divisions. There are also trophies and merchandise for second and third place divisional winners in the three categories as well as the top three guides. Contact: IGFA IWC tournament coordinator Denise Hartman 954-924-4243 or DHartman@igfa.org or for media information from Pete Johnson, IGFA PR counsel at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com

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                    Nov.10 – 13, 2008 – The Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA --Representatives from around the globe will be hosted by the IGFA at an international forum for the recreational fishing community. The conference will target the tackle industry, angling tourism and include representatives from non governmental organizations and fisheries science and management. Topics will include historical and recent trends in participation, emerging fisheries, recreational fisheries science and management, socioeconomics, and catch and release. For information on the conference or sponsorship opportunities contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or jschratwieser@igfa.org
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                      HOT News from the IGFA

                      November 2007

                      By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                      IGFA mourns the loss of Representatives DuVal and Goadby

                      In October the IGFA lost two greats of the fishing world, Mrs. William B. (Gene) DuVal and Peter Goadby. Both were long time members of the International Committee of IGFA Representatives and each shared the same passion for fishing helping to devote their time and influence to strengthen and instill the value of conservation at the IGFA.
                      Gene DuVal, who had been an IGFA Representative for Richmond, Virginia since 2000 and a legendary angler, passed away on October 14, after a heroic, but brief illness. Gene and her husband Bill DuVal, both known for their conservation efforts, founded the Conservation Council of Angling Clubs of Virginia and funded it through its infancy in the early 1970s. The couple spent their lives fishing the world.
                      Named after her father, Gene was a keen light tackle angler and held 139 IGFA world records, the most for any female angler. She was also the first woman ever to receive the IGFA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. Gene joined the IGFA in 1973 and became a Representative in 2000. She and Bill were very generous to the IGFA Junior Angler Program and the Junior Angler World Championships.
                      Gene was membership chairman of the International Women's Fishing Association (IWFA) and was an active member since 1973. She also received the IWFA Hall of Fame Award. Gene is survived by her husband Bill: her partner, her traveling and fishing playmate, and her life. Her children and grandchildren were her joy and she lived to spend time with them. In remembrance of her please send donations to the IWFA Scholarship Fund in the name of Gene DuVal, P.O. Box 21066, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33335-1066.
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                      Peter Goadby, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia who was internationally known and respected for his dedication to conservation and fishing ethics, passed away on October 30, after a long battle with cancer.
                      A deep-sea angler from the age of 16, Goadby was one of the world’s leading big-game anglers, and was the first person to catch both a shark and a marlin weighing more than 1,000 pounds. He successfully competed in numerous tournaments, including the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament and the International Tuna Cup Match in Wedgeport, Nova Scotia.
                      No one was more knowledgeable about Pacific Ocean sport fishing than Peter Goadby. He wrote extensively for magazines and was the author of such popular titles as Big Fish and Blue Water, Saltwater Gamefishing, and Saltwater Game Fishes of the World. From his earliest works, Goadby shared his passion for the history, the fish, the tackle, the tournaments and the tactics, and he never failed to enlighten, entertain and encourage saltwater anglers around the world.
                      Long before his appointment as an IGFA Representative in 1977, Peter Goadby represented IGFA ideals, and he continued to serve as a vital link between the organization and the fishermen of the world until his death. An expert on rules and their administration in records, day-to-day fishing and tournaments, he was admired and respected for his knowledge, leadership, and integrity. For 28 years Goadby served as chief judge of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT). And more than 30 years ago he was the initiator and driving force, together with friend John O’Brien, behind tag-and-release fishing in Australia.
                      In 1990 the IGFA recognized his contribution with a Conservation Award. He was inducted into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in 2004. A tireless promoter of recreational angling, Goadby gave the greater part of his life to the sport in all its aspects – fishing, writing, conservation, judging and ethics – and will be sorely missed by the international fishing community.
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                      24th IGFA Auction & Banquet slated for exciting evening
                      Each week the “buzz” continues to build at the IGFA headquarters as more donations arrive from around the globe for the 24th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet on January 25, 2008 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.
                      The eagerness is also building for the kickoff in December of the on-line silent auction.
                      Both are integral parts of the IGFA’s most anticipated fundraiser with hundreds of live and silent auction items up for bid. Included in the evening which begins at 6 p.m., is a silent auction, cocktail party, exquisite dinner and the highly anticipated “live” auction conducted by Ed Phillips of Houston, Texas.
                      The night will also feature the presentation of the IGFA Conservation Awards.
                      Highlighting this year’s live auction will be a 2008 Mako 284 Express powered with twin 250 Mercury Verado super charged four-stroke engines.
                      The Mako 284 Express is a perfect boat for a fishing trip that turns into an overnighter, or even a full weekend excursion with a large, comfortable cabin that easily sleeps four adults, spacious decks for casting and all the offshore fishing features you could imagine. They include a large transom fishbox, 50-gallon lighted baitwell, under-gunwale rod storage, rod holders, four tackle compartments, rigging station w/sink, fresh & raw water outlets, galley w/sink, microwave fiberglass hardtop w/spreader lights, electronics boxes, and AM/FM/CD stereo w/four speakers.
                      The event features renowned marine artist Dave Baroncelli. For over 20 years his fine art has graced the walls of famous sportfishing institutions and the covers of prestigious tournament publications. His offshore experiences, coupled with his understanding of natural marine wildlife habitat, have propelled Dave into becoming one of the most sought after marine artists in the world. His original artwork “Walk the Line” is one of the highlights at the auction and all guests will receive a signed and numbered limited edition of Dave’s featured piece.
                      More and more donations continue to arrive at IGFA headquarters, including:
                      • an original sculpture by past featured IGFA artist and world renowned sculptor David Wirth who was a hit at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show,
                      • a week for two at the fantastic Tropic Star Lodge,
                      • a fishing trip in the Indian Himalayas,
                      • an original Guy Harvey painting,
                      • a fishing and quail hunting package at Hacienda Las Palmas in Mexico,
                      • a fishing trip to Guinea Bissau,
                      • an original bronze sculpture by Bill McGlaun,
                      • fishing charters galore, rods and reels, tackle, jewelry, international resorts, and more.
                      In addition and beginning the first week of December, the very popular online portion of the auction will begin on the IGFA website at www.igfa.org. Check it out as new last-minute donations are added after the “Write-In-Bidder’s list” has been mailed to IGFA members.
                      To make reservations, or for more information or if you would like to donate to the 24th Annual International Auction & Banquet, please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at (954) 924-4222 or email larico@igfa.org.
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                      Florida Fishing Weekly and King Release Mounts
                      Join IGFA Game Fish Conservation Campaign

                      The IGFA’s new “Campaign for Game Fish Conservation” has two new reasons to celebrate for its new partnerships with Florida Fishing Weekly and King Release Mounts. Both organizations are offering great benefits to further the IGFA’s conservation and education efforts.
                      Florida Fishing Weekly has pledged a portion of new subscriptions to the campaign. For each subscription ordered by IGFA supporters at the regular price of $39.95, Florida Fishing Weekly will donate $20 to the campaign. Supporters must enter promo code “IGFA“ to receive the offer.
                      King Release Mounts in Pompano Beach, Fla., will in turn donate 5% of the sales price from every KRM mount sold through IGFA certified captains, certified weigh stations and discount program partners to the IGFA’s Campaign for Game Fish Conservation.
                      “With the growing threats to our fisheries and to the sport of fishing as well, the IGFA launched this campaign,” said IGFA Development Director Eric Combast. He added there are four areas the campaign will focus on -- Education and Outreach, Conservation, the International Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum and an Endowment.
                      “Not only do IGFA partners get rewarded by the program,” said Combast, “these gifts from King Release Mounts and Florida Fishing Weekly ensures future funds are specifically designated for conservation and education initiatives.”
                      For more information about how you can support the IGFA “Campaign for Game Fish Conservation,” contact Combast, at 954-924-4325 or ecombast@igfa.org.
                      We’ll also have more information in the December edition of IGFA Hot News.
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                      November Hot Catches
                      The world records department of the International Game Fish Association provides monthly highlights of selected documented fish catches made across the globe submitted for world records. The IGFA world records coordinator Rebecca Wright provided the following information on these 15 recent submissions now before the world records committee.

                      IGFA International Representative Dr. Iain Nicolson who holds numerous line class and fly fishing records for the giant African threadfin (Polydactylus quadrifilis) landed a huge specimen weighing 39.1kg (86 lb 3 oz) on 8 kg (16 lb) class tippet while fishing Barra Do Kwanza, Angola. The catch made on July 21 took Nicolson of Wirral, Merseyside, United Kingdom one hour and10 minutes to land. He was guided by Hakan Ekberg. The current record on that men’s tippet class is 15 lb 13 oz caught last year. (Photo: giant African threadfin – 07100003)

                      A fish many consider a common species but an obscure catch for a record was landed by Gary A. Carter, of Duluth, Ga., USA, when he hooked a Pacific needlefish agujon (Tylosurus pacificus) on August 26, weighing 7.17 kg (15 lb 13 oz). He used a goggleye for bait while fishing Panama’s Pinas Bay, and was guided to the potential IGFA All-Tackle record by Yoan Alcala. The current record for the species is 11 lb 4 oz caught in Golfito, Costa Rica in 2004. (Photo – Pacific needlefish 07100001)

                      Swedish angler Bjorn Olovsson, of Ensuede, landed an ocean perch (Sebasties marinus) weighing 8.8 kg (19 lb 6 oz) on August 6 using a fish filet for bait. The potential IGFA All-Tackle class record, was caught while fishing Soroya, Norway. Gamlembankien Norway was the site of the current record ocean perch of 18 lb 15 oz caught in 2004. (Photo: ocean perch – 07100015)

                      Fishing Everglades National Park out of Flamingo, Florida, USA, 15 year-old Martini Arostegui, Coral Gables, Fla., USA, landed a gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus) on October 6 using a live pinfish as bait. The catch weighed .91kg (2 lb 0 oz) on 10 kg (20 lb) class line. Guided by Capt. Eric Hersted he released the fish after documenting for a record that is currently vacant. (Photo: gray snapper – 07100023)

                      Using 6 kg (12 lb) tippet, while fly-fishing Brazil’s Iriri River, Peter A. Gibson, of Amersham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, landed a trahira (Hoplias spp.) on August 10. The fish took eight minutes to catch and weighed 6.35 kg (14 lb 0 oz). Gibson released the fish after documenting. The current record is 13 lbs. (Photo: trahira – 07100032)

                      An angler who holds numerous IGFA world fishing records, Theda C. Little, Baton Rouge, La., USA, guided by Jack Little, landed a crevalle jack (Caranx hippos) while fly fishing 8 kg (16 lb) class tippet on Sept. 1. The fish weighed 12.11 kg (26 lb 11 oz). She used a Theda Bunker fly while fishing the waters around Grand Isle, La. The current IGFA record for the tippet class is 23 lb 1 oz caught in 2002 in Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA (Photo: jack crevalle - 07100047)

                      Guided by Fernando Roca Barva, while fishing the Mamore River in Bolivia, Alejandro Linares, of Medellin, Columbia, landed a red piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri) on Sept. 5. Caught on 6 kg (12 lb) class line using an X-Rap lure for bait, the toothy fish weighed .91 kg (2 lb 0 oz). The line class record is currently vacant. (Photo: red piranha – 07100049)

                      Fishing Flamingo Beach, Costa Rica, Canadian TV fishing show host Henry Waszczuk, of Campbellville Ontario, BC, guided by Luis Ruis, landed an almaco jack (Seriola rivoliana) on July 23. Using bonita for bait on 15 kg (30 lb) class line it took Waszczuk 20 minutes to land the fish which weighed 25.06 kg (55 lb 4 oz). The current IGFA men’s record is 53 lb 1 oz caught in 2003 on the Argus Bank in Bermuda. (Photo: almaco jack – 07100064)

                      Using a streamer fly, young angler Yukio Takata, 11, of Yonago Tottori, Japan, landed a madai (Pagrus major) on Sept. 14, weighing 3.1 kg (6 lb 13 oz) on 10 kg (20 lb) class tippet. The youngster was guided by Toru Arahiki while fly fishing Uragou Bay, Okinoshima, Japan. The current men’s tippet record is 4 lb 11 oz caught last year in Akashi, Japan (Photo: madai – 07100042)

                      Fishing the Norfolk Canyon along the Virginia, USA coast angler Dr. Julie Ball of Virginia Beach, Va., guided by Robin Ball, landed a blueline tilefish (Caulolatilus microps) on March 31, weighing 8.48 kg (18 lb 11 oz for an IGFA All Tackle class record. She used squid for bait and took five minutes to land. (Photo: blueline tilefish - 07100048)

                      Junior angler Jody Purnell, 10, of Birmingham, Al, USA, guided by Jody Purnell, landed a spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus) on August 25 that weighed 1.25 kg (2 lb 12 oz). They were fishing Lewis Smith Lake, Alabama, with the youngster using a charteuse Zoom lure for his bait and released the fish for another day. He has applied for the IGFA’s male smallfry class record which is currently vacant. (Photo: spotted bass - 07100069)

                      Perry C. Peace of Pawleys Island, S.C. USA found himself catching and releasing a toothy predator when he hooked a tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus) on August 30 while fly fishing the Kilombero River Tributary in Africa. Guided by Ryan Wienand, Peace took six minutes to land the aptly named fish which weighed 10.21 kg (22 lb 8 oz) and was caught on 10 kg (20 lb) class tippet. The current record for that IGFA tippet class is 16 lb 5 oz at the Tiger Camp, Zambia 10 years ago. (Photo tigerfish - 07100067)

                      Twelve year old Christina Smith, of Park Rapids, Minn., USA, guided by Daniel Smith, landed a muskellunge (Esox masquinongy) on Sept. 8, weighing 12.93 kg (28 lb 8 oz) while fishing Big Lake, Minn. She used a Le Lure Front Thumper for bait and took 10 minutes to land the muskie for a pending female junior class record. The fish was released after documenting. The current IGFA mark is 22 lb caught in 2004 on Lake St. Clair, Michigan, USA. (Photo: muskellunge – 07100028)

                      Fishing Saint Gilles, France, Renaud Milliet of Notre Dame de Riez, France, guided by Fournier Jean Yves, may beat the current IGFA men’s 24 kg (50 lb) line class record by nearly three times the previous weight after landing a meagre (Argyrosomus spp.) on September 8. Using mackerel for bait and a 10 minute fight, the fish weighed 34.5 kg (76 lb 1oz). The current record is 27 lb 12 oz set in Vila Real, Santo Antonio, Portugal last year. (Photo: meagre - 07100043)

                      John Walters of Flin Flon Manitoba, Canada, landed a brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) while fishing Barbe Lake, Canada, October 21. He was using a steelhead for bait on 6 kg (12 lb) line and after battling the fish for 15 minutes it weighed in at 5.19 kg (11 lb 7 oz). The current mark for the IGFA line class is 7 lb 10 oz in 1993 on Saskatchewan Canada’s Round Lake. (Photo: brook trout - 07100076)
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                      IGFA Now Offers Catch Certificates

                      Have you ever caught a fish that you were proud of but it didn’t quite weigh enough for an IGFA world record?
                      A world record might be out of the question by a mere ounce or even a few pounds, but now anglers can commemorate that special catch with an IGFA Catch Certificate that they’ll be proud to display in any home or office.
                      The IGFA is now offering certificates for both fresh and saltwater species and they’re easy to apply for.
                      From the IGFA’s website, www.igfa.org anglers can simply download an application. All that’s needed is the angler’s name, species, date of catch, place of catch and estimated weight. Each certificate features a beautiful selection of fresh or saltwater fish species, a gold embossed IGFA logo and IGFA President Rob Kramer’s signature.
                      At a price of $15 each, it’s a great way to revere your catch or that of a loved one.
                      In addition by going to the IGFA web site and downloading the Certificate Application document non-members of the IGFA can join up and save 25 % off the annual membership fee for both adults and juniors.
                      For a direct link to the certificate application please go to: http://igfa.org/documents/IGFA_Catch...pplication.doc
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                      Five enter IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame

                      The ninth induction ceremony of five members into the International Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla., USA, brought smiles and laughs to hundreds in attendance in the IGFA’s Great Room, the perfect setting for fishing stories with hundreds of fish mounts overhead.
                      The October event was the highlight of the weekend of activities as lady fly angler and instructor Joan Salvato Wulff, the dean of outdoor writers Homer Circle, rod builder Gary Loomis, and two exceptional billfishermen Dr. Ruben Jaén and Capt. Peter B. Wright were inducted.
                      The honorees are selected each year for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, communications, inventions or administration of fishery resources.
                      Loomis, who is known for the pioneering of graphite fishing rods, revealed he just wanted to make his own fishing rods to fish for Washington State’s steelhead and salmon and never had plans to start a company. But in a lively and humerous induction speech he said angler after angler approached him after seeing him catching fish on a river, offering him big bucks for his newest modified fly rod.
                      Wright, a biologist by training and a journalist with hundreds of magazine features to his credit, shared his experiences of catching granders including a 1,442 marlin which still stands as the Australian record.
                      Dr. Jaen, a leading heart surgeon in Venezuela and a member of the IGFA for over 40 years has made over 2,000 fishing trips pioneering light tackle fishing in his country. He said 70 % of his time was spent in the operating room and 30% on the water releasing over 3,000 billfish.
                      Ms. Wulff was presented with a standing ovation as she took the stage for her induction speech saying she was “overwhelmed,” and describing herself as an ordinary woman who has had an extraordinary life in the sport of fly fishing which began with the help of both her father and mother at the age of five. She later went on to win a multitude of national fly casting titles.
                      Circle, who has written thousands of articles on angling wasn’t able to be at the induction but at age 93 still continues to fish twice a week for bass near his central Florida home.
                      The weekend also offered for the first time additional opportunities to the public with fishing presentations given by such IGFA Hall of Famers as Stu Apte, Mark Sosin, Roland Martin and Billy Pate
                      The weekend not only honored the five newest inductees but also paid homage to the 65 currently enshrined Hall of Fame members including Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Michael and Helen Lerner, Lee Wulff, Philip Wylie, Johnny Morris, Don Tyson and John Rybovich.
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                      IGFA International Committee winners announced in
                      New Membership Incentive Program

                      One of the many ways the IGFA has increased its membership and brand recognition globally, has been through a newly instituted awards program recognizing the recruiting efforts by IGFA International Committee Representatives.
                      The First New Membership Incentive Program was launched on May 15, 2007, to recruit the most new members, above the yearly minimum requirement of 10. The initial trial period closed Oct. 1, and was deemed such a success it now has become an annual event through the IGFA’s 2007 – 08 fiscal year.
                      As the first place winner of the newly launched program Capt. Kevin D. Clark, the IGFA Representative for Traverse City, Mich., will receive round trip airfare, hotel accommodations, a day of fishing and VIP tickets for two to the IGFA Annual Auction & Banquet on Jan. 25th at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. He’ll also receive an award to be presented at the banquet; his name engraved on a perpetual trophy that will reside at IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum and numerous other recognitions.
                      Capt. Enrique Laviada Cantrell, IGFA Representative for Merida, Mexico will receive the second place award of a Shimano rod and reel combo plus numerous recognitions.
                      Rick Gaffney, IGFA Representative for the Central Pacific Islands at large, Hawaii and Jack Innis, IGFA Representative for San Diego, California tied for third place will each receive a copy of Big-Game Fishing Headquarters: A History of the IGFA signed by IGFA President Rob Kramer.
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                      Five classes left in IGFA School of Sportfishing
                      There are just five more classes left in the IGFA’s School of Sportfishing through 2007.
                      Launched last year by the IGFA in association with Saltwater Professional Consulting and Captain Tony DiGiulian, the Tuesday night classes run from 7 – 10 p.m., and are taught at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum.
                      Limited to a class size of 24 anglers the IGFA School of Sportfishing offers a unique experience for anglers who want to obtain the skills, information and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water.
                      The remaining fall seminars include:
                      • Nov. 13 -- Urban Fishing: Inshore Fort Lauderdale --Did you know there are 200-pound tarpon and 30-pound snook available to catch without ever leaving the inlet? Discover the canals and inland waters of Fort Lauderdale. You will be amazed at the number and quality of the fish you can catch right in South Florida’s back yard in this class instructed by Capt. Josh Brown.
                      • Nov. 20 -- Advanced Big Game Trolling Techniques -- 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 from Capt. Jason “Tiny” Walcott many secrets that took years of trial and error to perfect.
                      • Dec. 4 -- Conquering Sailfish -- Find out how to successfully pursue and catch one of South Florida’s premiere gamefish. Topics include bait rigging, following fish, and catching multiples. Learn what makes captains like instructor Capt. Drew Kettelhut proven winners in billfish tournaments.
                      • Dec. 11 -- Successful Swordfishing -- Everything you need to know to make your next swordfish trip a huge success with hands-on squid rigging and inside information from one of Fort Lauderdale’s best swordfishermen Capt. Drew Kettelhut.
                      • Dec. 18 -- Working with Dead Bait – Learn from Capt. Tony DiGiulian how to catch and process your own dead baits. He’ll also teach you what to look for when buying bait and get hands-on instruction on how to rig the best baits, including a swimming mackerel.

                      Included with each course are printed materials along with the equipment and hands-on instruction where anglers have a chance to interact and learn from fisherman who they would usually only see on television or read about in fishing magazines.
                      “These anglers and captains are not only some of the best fisherman in each respective discipline, but are also willing and able to share their knowledge with you,” said IGFA Adult Education Coordinator David Matagiese.
                      The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 each for non-members.
                      For more details visit the website at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp to assess which courses are appropriate for specific skill levels. Or contact Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or via e-mail at dmatagiese@igfa.org, or Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or via e-mail at reservations@igfa.org .
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                      Sharkwater now playing at IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame
                      The much acclaimed documentary Sharkwater; is now showcased at the IGFA’s International Fishing Hall of Fame with its award-winning feature length film and exhibition.
                      The 90-minute film is being shown four times daily on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays the feature is shown at 3:30 p.m. Sharkwater has won 19 international film awards and recently opened in movie theatres nationwide.
                      An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation will also be featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery. A monthly lecture series featuring local and national shark experts is also scheduled. The film and exhibit at the IGFA will run through March 2008.
                      Sharkwater was shot in visually stunning, high definition video by Toronto, Canada-based filmmaker Rob Stewart. He takes viewers into the most shark-rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations in the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador and the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Sharkwater began as an underwater adventure but turned into a beautiful and dangerous journey into the balance of life on earth. With a lifelong fascination for information on sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters, and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas.
                      For more information please visit www.igfa.org or www.sharkwater.com
                      The IGFA’s International Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16. The IGFA phone number is 954-927-2628.
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                      Calendar of future IGFA events

                      November 13, 2007-- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Urban Fishing: Inshore Fort Lauderdale” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Did you know there are 200-pound tarpon and 30-pound snook available to catch without ever leaving the inlet? Discover the canals and inland waters of Fort Lauderdale. You will be amazed at the number and quality of the fish you can catch right in South Florida’s back yard in this class instructed by Capt. Josh Brown 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                      November 20, 2007-- 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 from Capt. Jason “Tiny” Walcott many secrets 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or at dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                      December 4, 2007-- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Conquering Sailfish” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Find out how to successfully pursue and catch one of South Florida’s premiere gamefish. Topics include bait rigging, following fish, and catching multiples. Learn what makes captains like instructor Capt. Drew Kettelhut proven winners in billfish tournaments. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or at dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or at reservations@igfa.org

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                      December 11, 2007 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Successful Swordfishing” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Everything you need to know to make your next swordfish trip a huge success with hands-on squid rigging and inside information from one of Fort Lauderdale’s best swordfishermen Capt. Drew Kettelhut. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                      December 18, 2007 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Working with Dead Bait” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Learn from Capt. Tony DiGiulian how to catch and process your own dead baits. He’ll also teach you what to look for when buying bait and get hands-on instruction on how to rig the best baits, including a swimming mackerel. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                      January 25, 2008 -- 24th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA. With hundreds of live and silent auction items up for bid, this is the biggest gala fundraiser of the year for the IGFA. Tickets are $175 per person. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $3000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. For reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org

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                      May 11 - 17, 2008 -- Ninth annual IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – It’s international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting over 60 winning teams from 30 countries on six continents who have qualified by winning one of over 130 IGFA sanctioned events held in 2007. This tournament hosts the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. Contact IGFA tournament coordinator Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org or for media information from IGFA PR counsel Pete Johnson at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com .

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                      June 29 – July 2, 2008 -- Eighth annual IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Called by anglers and the media the “super bowl” of light tackle and fly fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of over 50 IGFA qualifying tournaments held on four continents in 2007 to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the qualifiers are paired with a different premier Keys guide each day fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish using fly or light tackle equipment. The five major award categories will include: Grand Champion (the angler who accumulates the most points for all five targeted species); runner-up grand champion and first places in the fly, artificial lure and bait casting divisions. There are also trophies and merchandise for second and third place divisional winners in the three categories as well as the top three guides. Contact: IGFA IWC tournament coordinator Denise Hartman 954-924-4243 or DHartman@igfa.org or for media information from Pete Johnson, IGFA PR counsel at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com

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                      Nov.10 – 13, 2008 – The Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA --Representatives from around the globe will be hosted by the IGFA at an international forum for the recreational fishing community. The conference will target the tackle industry, angling tourism and include representatives from non governmental organizations and fisheries science and management. Topics will include historical and recent trends in participation, emerging fisheries, recreational fisheries science and management, socioeconomics, and catch and release. For information on the conference or sponsorship opportunities contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or jschratwieser@igfa.org
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                        HOT News from the IGFA

                        HOT News from the IGFA

                        December 2007

                        By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                        It’s Huge!! Online bidding now open for gala IGFA Auction

                        Let the bidding begin! And it has as the online bidding, one of the most popular and anticipated events surrounding the annual IGFA International Auction and Banquet, is now underway on the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org.
                        Now in its sixth year, the active global-wide online bidding builds advance awareness for the 24th annual IGFA event at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida on January 25, 2008.
                        Over 250 live and silent auction items in all price ranges are up for bid.
                        An IGFA spokeswoman says 20 to 25% of the on-line submissions in the past three years have been winning bids.
                        “Even after the ‘write-in-bidders’ auction booklets have been mailed to IGFA members it’s worth checking the IGFA web site on a weekly basis to bid on the newest donations that have been added,” said Lesley Arico, IGFA corporate relations manager. “Check it often as new last-minute donations are added each week. You can literally spend hours on the web site.”
                        The online portion of the auction ends at 9 a.m. ET on January 21, 2008. The highest bid on each item will be the starting bid at the silent auction on the 25th. All online winners will be notified by 5 p.m. on January 28.
                        Beginning with the evening’s silent auction, which starts at 6 p.m., is a cocktail party, followed by an exquisite dinner and the highly anticipated “live” auction conducted by Ed Phillips of Houston, Texas.
                        The highlight of this year’s live auction is a 2008 Mako 284 Express powered with twin 250 Mercury Verado super charged four-stroke engines.
                        It’s a perfect boat for a fishing trip that turns into an overnighter, or even a full weekend excursion with a large, comfortable cabin that easily sleeps four adults, spacious decks for casting and all the offshore fishing features you could imagine. Features include a large transom fishbox, 50-gallon lighted baitwell, under-gunwale rod storage, rod holders, four tackle compartments, rigging station w/sink, fresh & raw water outlets, galley w/sink, microwave fiberglass hardtop w/spreader lights, electronics boxes, and AM/FM/CD stereo with four speakers.
                        The event features renowned marine artist Dave Baroncelli whose fine art has graced the walls of famous sportfishing institutions and the covers of prestigious tournament publications for over 20 years. His offshore experiences, coupled with his understanding of natural marine wildlife habitat, have propelled Dave into becoming one of the most sought after marine artists in the world. His original artwork and #1 limited edition “Walk the Line” of a tail-walking black marlin is one of the highlights at the auction and all guests will receive a signed and numbered limited edition of Dave’s featured piece.
                        Also in the live auction will be an original 34” sculpture of a swordfish cut from a single piece of navel orange wood. It was made specifically for the auction by past featured world renowned sculptor and IGFA Representative David Wirth whose popularity and works continues to soar since he began contributing 10 years ago. He’s also donated one of his revered hardwood Hawaiian hooks for the silent auction
                        Among the more than 40 items featured in the live auction are:
                        • a week for two at the fantastic Tropic Star Lodge,
                        • a top of the line teak Murray Fighting Chair,
                        • a float fishing trip in the Indian Himalayas,
                        • the ultimate fishing vacation at the home of Don Tyson in Cabo San Lucas,
                        • an original 52” x 36” Guy Harvey acrylic on canvas of a majestic marlin,
                        • a limited edition bronze sculpture of a tarpon by Kent Ullberg,
                        • a fishing and quail hunting package at Hacienda Las Palmas in Mexico,
                        • fishing trips to Guinea Bissau, Guatemala, Australia and the Canary Islands,
                        • an original bronze sculpture by Bill McGlaun,
                        • rods and reels, tackle, jewelry, international resorts, fishing charters galore and more.
                        “Again the list of items is simply amazing,” said Arico. “We have something for everyone.”
                        The night will also feature the presentation of the IGFA Conservation Awards.
                        For reservations, for further information or if you would like to donate to the 24th Annual International Auction & Banquet, please contact Ms. Arico at (954) 924-4222 or email LArico@igfa.org. (For more details on the upcoming IGFA auction please see the IGFA web site www.igfa.org - home page: “Latest News” or directly link to it and the auction items at http://www.igfa.org/24thauction.asp)
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                        Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference web site live

                        The web site for the Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference (WRFC), to be hosted by the International Game Fish Association next November, has been launched with key information for the meeting of global leaders involved in sport fisheries.
                        Interested persons are encouraged to visit www.worldrecfish.org and sign up to be added to the distribution list for more information on the conference scheduled for Nov. 10-13, 2008.
                        The Call for Papers for the Fifth WRFC is also live online. For guidelines and to submit abstracts, visit www.worldrecfish.org and click on “Call for Papers.” The deadline for submissions is Feb. 15, 2008 and submitters will be notified by mid-April 2008 of abstract acceptance.
                        Topics of specific interest will include:
                        • Climate Change: Direct Implications for Anglers, Sportfishing Industry, and Fisheries Managers
                        • Aquatic Protected Areas: Successes, Failures, Processes and Impacts on Recreational Fisheries
                        • Sustainable Development of Recreational Fisheries
                        • Community Expectations And Perceptions: Recreational Fishing’s Role in Society
                        • Global Partnerships in Recreational Fisheries
                        • Ecosystem Based Approach to Recreational Fisheries Management
                        IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser said, “The conference is expected to be highly dynamic and interactive for recreational fisheries’ managers, companies who depend on sport fishing for their business; non governmental organizations wanting to increase interaction with the sport fishing community and highly motivated anglers involved with management of sport fisheries.”
                        Registration will open in early 2008 and will be limited.
                        To receive up-to-date information, please visit www.worldrecfish.org to be added to the distribution list. For more information, please contact Schratwieser at wrfc@igfa.org or 954-924-4320.
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                        Coming in January: Fishing’s most valued reference book

                        Serious fishermen and fishing writers alike describe it as “the most comprehensive piece of fishing information available anywhere.”
                        The IGFA’s 424-page 2008 World Record Game Fishes annual, the reference book that’s a mainstay in recreational fishing, continues its legacy as one of the most reliable and complete source books of worldwide fishing records and fishing-related reference materials.
                        IGFA members will begin receiving their copy in mid-January, just one of the many benefits of joining the IGFA.
                        The popular annual is the official guide to saltwater and freshwater catches – for nearly 400 species around the world -- in all-tackle, line class, fly, junior angler and U.S. state records.
                        To receive your copy of 2008 World Record Game Fishes, go to www.igfa.org and sign up to become a member of the IGFA today.
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                        IGFA School of Sportfishing adds classes and more U.S. locations

                        Appealing curriculums, limited class sizes, expert instructors listening to the needs of the attending anglers all in the conducive setting of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum Learning Center, has brought a terrific response for more IGFA School of Sportfishing classes and in more locations.
                        Starting in mid-January, the program will begin its sixth session featuring many of the most popular classes previously offered as well as some new classes that participants have expressed interest in.
                        “One of the keys to the School of Sportfishing’s success is that we really take into account what our attendees have to say,” said IGFA Adult Education Coordinator IGFA David Matagiese.
                        “Participants rate everything from the instructors to the program content and educational value. They’ve provided suggestions that have made the program better with input for new topics they’d like to see offered. Based on what they tell us, we go to the drawing board for the next session to provide the best classes and program possible.”
                        Matagiese said interested anglers can expect to see:
                        • dolphin, wahoo and tarpon classes,
                        • a Building Blocks of Sportfishing class,
                        • a session on knots, rigs and terminal tackle,
                        • classes specific to Bahamian regions like Bimini and Cat Cay,
                        • classes on getting the most out of your onboard electronics.
                        Besides the skills and on-the-water knowledge the anglers take from the classes, the IGFA is securing products from sponsors for a raffle at the end of each class.
                        “Since we limit the number of anglers who sign up for each class, every angler has a great shot at going home with a $300 rod and reel combo,” said Matagiese. “At the end of each session, every participant’s name will be put into another grand prize drawing for an even better prize such as an outboard motor. The more classes you take, the more times your name will be entered into the drawing.”
                        Starting in 2008, the IGFA is scheduled to take the School of Sportfishing into the national spotlight with stops in California, Texas, New Jersey and Minnesota.
                        “We’re working with the IGFA reps and local captains in those states who are not only knowledgeable about the surrounding waters but who also have a knack for teaching others what their years on the water have taught them. This outreach School of Sportfishing program will allow interested anglers in different parts of the country to experience what has been going on here in South Florida.
                        For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                        From the IGFA -- Did You Know?
                         The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has estimated since 1990 that:
                        • 17% of world’s commercial fisheries have been overexploited
                        • 7% are depleted
                        • 1% are in recovery
                         The Northeast and Northwest Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black seas have the largest number of depleted stocks.
                         In 2005, the total global commercial catch of fish totaled 93.8 million tons
                        • 9.6 million tons of freshwater fish
                        • 84.2 million tons of saltwater fish
                         Asia and Africa have the world’s largest freshwater commercial fisheries
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                        FFRA grant money aids students’ visits to IGFA

                        With funding provided by the Florida Foundation for Responsible Angling, the IGFA education department is providing learning opportunities for youngsters in grades K-12 that typically would never get a chance to experience hands-on programs like these. The grant enables the IGFA to pay for Title I schools to come to the museum for a tour as well as a one hour lab program of their choice. Their transportation is also covered through the grant.
                        “We have introduced a few new lab programs for the teachers to choose from including our Sharkwater Lab where students learn about a shark’s keen senses and why they make the shark such an effective hunter,” said IGFA Education Coordinator Veronica Woods. “Our other labs include Fish Adaptations, Water Chemistry, Touch Tank, an Enviroscape watershed model, Ins and Outs of Ichthyology, Fishing Clinics, Wetlands Exploration, and a few others suited for younger students such as our Fish Printing lab. Through the grant, our education staff can also travel to schools to teach programs right in the student’s own classroom.”
                        All of the lab programs can be viewed at www.igfa.org/groupvisits.asp.
                        “The staff here in the education department also offers fishing or wetlands birthday parties for kids turning ages 7-13 and 3-13 respectively,” she added. “The parties come complete with an activity coordinator, admission to the museum, invitations, decorations, cake, lunch and many others.
                        For information on birthday parties please visit www.igfa.org/bdays.asp.
                        The IGFA also offers teacher workshops, Boy and Girl Scout programs and an action packed, fun-filled spring and summer camp. For information on those programs, please contact Veronica Woods at 954.924.4309.
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                        IGFA mourns the loss of Illinois Representative James C. Chapralis

                        In November the IGFA lost James C. Chapralis, who for over 25 years was a valued IGFA Representative for Illinois. He passed away Nov. 10th after a long battle with cancer.
                        In the early 1960s, Jim started PanAngling Travel Service, one of the first travel agencies for globe-trotting fishermen, a profession that allowed him to indulge his own fishing fantasies across the globe.
                        For 25 years Jim edited and published The PanAngler, a monthly newsletter devoted to international fishing. Through the years, he booked more than 40,000 trips for a global clientele to fishing camps and lodges in locales both rugged and exotic, most of which he visited himself fishing in about 40 countries. In 1998 he sold PanAngling Ltd.
                        A prolific writer Jim penned dozens of articles for major fishing and outdoor magazines and wrote "World Guide to Fly Fishing" (a 450-page hardcover book) in 1987, and co-authored, "Fishing Escapes" in 1998. His books include "Fishing Passion: A Lifelong Love Affair With Angling," and "Master Your Fly Casting!"
                        In "Fishing Passion," he recounted fishing adventures with legends of the sport such as Lee Wulff and A.J. McClane. He also started the website www.anglingmatters.com for anglers to learn how to protect their waters and their sport.
                        An accomplished fly-caster for both distance and accuracy, Jim won medals for his prowess in the 1950s as a member of the Lincoln Park Casting Club. He returned to the sport as a senior citizen, winning age-group championships.
                        At age 23, Jim won the International Distance Fly Casting Championship (Paris, France, 1955) and the All-Round Casting Championship (Stuttgart, Germany, 1956). Although he had not participated in a national tournament for 45 years, Jim competed in the ACA National Casting Championships held in Lexington, Kentucky, August 2001, and won the Gold Medal (first place) for the Senior Distance Single-Handed Fly Casting Championship with a long cast of 163 feet and another Gold Medal in the same event in 2006 with a distance of 172 ft..
                        Jim was elected to the original Fishing Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Dolphin Award for his contributions to international fishing. In 2007 he was inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame for his contributions to international angling travel; and especially for fly fishing. Jim’s numerous contributions to the IGFA will be missed.
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                        December Hot Catches
                        Each month the world records department of the International Game Fish Association provides highlights of selected documented fish catches made across the globe submitted for world records. IGFA world records coordinator Rebecca Wright provided the following information on these 10 recent submissions now before the world records committee.

                        Landing a smallmouth buffalo (Ictiobus bubalus) may also land seven-year old Dylan Thomas Davis, of Rowlett, Texas, USA, an IGFA male smallfry record. Using corn while fishing Texas’ Lake Ray Hubbard, Dylan caught the 16.16 kg (35 lb 10 oz) fish taking just five minutes to reel it in. After documenting he released it. The record is currently vacant. (Photo: smallmouth buffalo – 07100075)

                        An IGFA All-Tackle record is pending for Jorge Masullo de Aguiar, Manaus, AM, Brazil, who landed a redtail catfish (pirarara) (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus) on Oct. 6. Using bait while fishing Rio Negro, Brazil, it took Aguiar two hours and 20 minutes to haul in the 51.5 kg (113 lb 9 oz) catch. The current 108 lb 14 oz record was caught last year on the Amazon River in Brazil. (Photo: redtail catfish (pirarara) -07110013)

                        Richmond, Va., USA’s William B. DuVal, guided by Joey Dawson, landed an almaco jack, (Seriola rivoliana) on August 21, weighing 24.27 kg (53 lb 8 oz). He was using cut bait while fishing the Challenger Bank in Bermuda and took 35 minutes to land the fish. DuVal’s record is pending in the men’s 10 kg (20 lb) line class. The current record of 49 lb was caught nearby at Argus Bank, Bermuda in 2001. (Photo: almaco jack - 07110015)

                        Fishing Oga, Japan, on Oct. 26, Akira Sakamoto of Akita, Japan, landed a madai (Pagrus major) weighing 6.3 kg (13 lb 14 oz) using 3 kg (6 lb) class line and a minnow plug for bait. He hopes to beat the current IGFA men’s line class record of 12 lb 6 oz caught in 2003 at Kodomari, Japan. (Photo: madai - 07110018)

                        Hoping to fill a currently vacant IGFA women’s line class record is Theda C. Little, Baton Rouge, LA, USA, who landed a gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus) on Nov. 19.
                        Fishing Leeville, Louisiana, and guided by Chad Billiot, she used 8 kg. (16 lb) line to catch the fish that weighed 2.52 kg (5 lb 9 oz). (Photo: gray snapper – 07110022)

                        Fishing the Flathead River in Canada, IGFA International Representative Bo Nelson of San Francisco, CA, USA, guided by Kim Sedrovic, caught a bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) on August 24. Using a pink lead-eyed jig for bait it took Nelson 30 minutes to land the fish which weighed 4.54 kg (10 lb 0oz) on 2 kg (4 lb) class line. He released the fish after documentation. The current line class record is 9 lb 4 oz, caught in 2004 from Upper Arrow Lake in British Columbia, Canada. (Photo: bull trout – 07110052)

                        A new species entry to the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book may include the name of Larry R. Walker, Colleyville, TX, USA, who landed a blackblotch pompano (Trachinotus kennedyi) on Sept. 18. Walker was fishing Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, using a storm swim shad for bait. The fish took 15 minutes to catch and weighed 11.06 kg (24 lb 6 oz). It will be entered as an IGFA All-Tackle class entry. (Photo: - blackblotch pompano 07110058)

                        While fishing the Tauber River in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany, 15-year old Arno Ochmann, of Werbach, Germany, landed a Barbel (Barbus barbus) on October 3. He used a pest lure as bait to entice the fish which weighed 2.50 kg (5 lb 8 oz). Arno may be the first to have his name recorded in the presently vacant IGFA male junior class entry for the fish. (Photo: babel – 07110059)

                        Angling the coast of Ocracoke, North Carolina, USA on Nov. 13, Maureen Klause of Ocean City, N.J. USA., used a mullet to tempt a potential record red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus). Guided by Ernest Doshier and using the 37 kg (80 lb) class line, it took Klause six minutes to land the fish which weighed 19.96 kg (44 lb 0 oz). The present women’s line class record is 34 lb 14 oz caught nine years ago off Virginia Beach, Va., USA. (Photo: red drum – 07110061)

                        Roberta G. Arostegui, landed a black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci) while bait fishing Nov. 25 and being guided by Capt. Bouncer Smith off Miami, Florida, USA. Using pinfish for bait on 37 kg (80 lb) class line it took the Coral Gables angler 20 minutes to wrestle the fish which weighed 6.92 kg (15 lb 4 oz). The women’s line class record is currently vacant in the new species category added this past October. (Photo: black grouper – 07110074)
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                        Calendar of future IGFA events

                        Now through March 2008 – Sharkwater, award-winning feature length film and exhibition -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – The much acclaimed 90-minute documentary film, winner of 19 international awards, is being shown four times daily on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays it’s shown at 3:30 p.m. An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation is also featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery. Monthly lectures featuring local and national shark experts are also scheduled. The IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16. For more information phone the IGFA at 954-927-2628.

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                        December 18, 2007 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Working with Dead Bait” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Learn from Capt. Tony DiGiulian how to catch and process your own dead baits. He’ll also teach you what to look for when buying bait and get hands-on instruction on how to rig the best baits, including a swimming mackerel. 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org

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                        January 25, 2008 -- 24th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA. With hundreds of live and silent auction items up for bid, this is the biggest gala fundraiser of the year for the IGFA. Tickets are $175 per person. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $3000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. For reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org

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                        February 16, 2008 -- IGFA Observer Training Class -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. -- 9 a.m. – The class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org, and at the IGFA headquarters. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.

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                        May 11 - 17, 2008 -- Ninth annual IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – It’s international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting over 60 winning teams from 30 countries on six continents who have qualified by winning one of over 130 IGFA sanctioned events held in 2007. This tournament hosts the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. Contact IGFA tournament coordinator Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org or for media information from IGFA PR counsel Pete Johnson at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com .

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                        June 29 – July 2, 2008 -- Eighth annual IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Called by anglers and the media the “super bowl” of light tackle and fly fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of over 50 IGFA qualifying tournaments held on four continents in 2007 to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the qualifiers are paired with a different premier Keys guide each day fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish using fly or light tackle equipment. The five major award categories will include: Grand Champion (the angler who accumulates the most points for all five targeted species); runner-up grand champion and first places in the fly, artificial lure and bait casting divisions. There are also trophies and merchandise for second and third place divisional winners in the three categories as well as the top three guides. Contact: IGFA IWC tournament coordinator Denise Hartman 954-924-4243 or DHartman@igfa.org or for media information from Pete Johnson, IGFA PR counsel at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com

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                        Nov.10 – 13, 2008 – The Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA --Representatives from around the globe will be hosted by the IGFA at an international forum for the recreational fishing community. The conference will target the tackle industry, angling tourism and include representatives from non governmental organizations and fisheries science and management. Topics will include historical and recent trends in participation, emerging fisheries, recreational fisheries science and management, socioeconomics, and catch and release. For information on the conference or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.worldrecfish.org or contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or jschratwieser@igfa.org
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                          HOT News from the IGFA
                          January 2008

                          By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                          Going, going, gone; online bidding ends soon for gala IGFA Auction

                          The online bidding has been fast and furious for some great bargains in one of the most popular and anticipated events preceding the IGFA’s 24th Annual International Auction and Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, January 25.
                          But the online auction now underway on the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org for over 250 live and silent auction items in all price ranges will end on January 21.
                          Now in its sixth year, the active global-wide online bidding builds awareness for the IGFA, its conservation programs, its worldwide representatives and sponsors.
                          Over the past three years on-line bidders have had winning bids 25% of the time an IGFA spokeswoman reported
                          “Since the new year we’ve had some spirited bidding on the IGFA web site,” added Lesley Arico, IGFA corporate relations manager. “New donations have been added on a weekly basis making it more fun to go back often and discover some new items to bid on. Check it often before the online portion of the auction ends at 9 a.m. ET on January 21.”
                          The highest bid on each item will be the starting bid at the silent auction on the 25th. All online winners will be notified by 5 p.m. on January 28.
                          Beginning with the evening’s silent auction, which starts at 6 p.m., is a cocktail party, followed by an exquisite dinner and the highly anticipated “live” auction conducted by Ed Phillips of Houston, Texas.
                          The highlight of this year’s live auction is a 2008 Mako 284 Express powered with twin 250 Mercury Verado super charged four-stroke engines.
                          “It’s a perfect boat for a fishing trip that turns into an overnighter, or even a full weekend excursion with a large, comfortable cabin that easily sleeps four adults, spacious decks for casting and all the offshore fishing features you could imagine,” said Arico.
                          The event also features renowned marine artist Dave Baroncelli whose fine art has graced the walls of famous sportfishing institutions and the covers of prestigious tournament publications for over 20 years. His original artwork and #1 limited edition “Walk the Line” of a tail-walking black marlin is one of the highlights at the auction and all guests will receive a signed and numbered limited edition of Dave’s featured piece.
                          Among the more than 40 items featured in the live auction are:
                          • the ultimate fishing vacation at the home of Don Tyson in Cabo San Lucas,
                          • an original 34” David Wirth swordfish sculpture cut from navel orange wood
                          • an original 52” x 36” Guy Harvey acrylic on canvas of a majestic marlin,
                          • a limited edition bronze sculpture of a tarpon by Kent Ullberg,
                          • a fishing and quail hunting package at Hacienda Las Palmas in Mexico,
                          • fishing trips to Guinea Bissau, Guatemala, Australia and the Canary Islands,
                          • an original bronze sculpture by Bill McGlaun,
                          • a week for two at the fantastic Tropic Star Lodge,
                          • a top of the line teak Murray Fighting Chair,
                          • a float fishing trip in the Indian Himalayas,
                          • rods and reels, tackle, jewelry, international resorts, fishing charters galore and more.
                          “The list of items is simply amazing,” said Arico. “We have something for everyone.”
                          The night will also feature the presentation of the IGFA Conservation Awards.
                          Tickets are $175 per person.
                          For reservations, for further information or if you would like to donate to the 24th Annual International Auction & Banquet, please contact Ms. Arico at (954) 924-4222 or email LArico@igfa.org. (For more details on the upcoming IGFA auction please see the IGFA web site www.igfa.org - home page: “Latest News” or directly link to it and the auction items at http://www.igfa.org/24thauction.asp)
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                          Fishing’s most valued reference book is now here

                          The annual book, described by serious recreational fishermen and the world’s fishing writers alike as “the most comprehensive piece of fishing information available anywhere,” is now available.
                          The IGFA’s 2008 World Record Game Fishes, the largest ever at 424 pages, is the mainstay reference book in recreational fishing and continues its legacy as one of the most reliable and complete sources of worldwide fishing records and fishing-related reference materials.
                          In early January IGFA members received their copies as just one of the many benefits of joining the IGFA.
                          The popular guide includes 167 updated pages of saltwater and freshwater catches – for nearly 400 species around the world -- in all-tackle, line class, fly, men’s, women’s, junior angler and U.S. state records.
                          Anglers will be pleased to see they have more chances to claim a world record since the addition of more new fish species by the IGFA World Records department.
                          The eight new species added to the line-class, fly rod and junior record categories include: the barbel (Barbus barbus), blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus); black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci), buri also known as a Japanese amberjack (Seriola quinqueradiata), gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata), gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus), hickory shad (Alosa mediocris), and the Orinoco peacock (Cichla orinocensis).
                          The book also features entertaining and in-depth articles that include:
                          • Richard Stone and National Geographic researcher Zeb Hogan examining the plight of some of the world largest freshwater fish, in Megafishes.
                          • Outdoor writer/editor Charlie Levine exploring the magnificent diversity of offshore big game and interior freshwater fishing in New Zealand: An Angler’s Paradise.
                          • Northeast U. S. Captain Al Ristori’s review of a fish that has gone through bad times but has recovered through proper fisheries management in Metropolitan Striped Bass.
                          • With amazing photography, Patrick Ford, in No Rules in the Seychelles gives us a taste for fly fishing for one of the world's hardest fighting inshore game fish, the trevally.
                          • In Marlin and Sailfish: It’s What’s Not for Dinner, IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser analyses the billfish trade and how the IGFA is working with other conservation groups to reduce the landings and sale of commercially caught billfish.
                          • In E.K. Harry Library of Fishes: A Library Unlike Any Other, author Mike Rivkin explores the IGFA's historical materials and artifacts in its one-of-a-kind library.
                          The pages also contain listings of IGFA Certified Captains, Weigh Stations, and IGFA Member Discount Program all useful when planning fishing travels.
                          To receive your copy of 2008 World Record Game Fishes, go to www.igfa.org and sign up to become a member of the IGFA today.
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                          Limited edition of IGFA WRGF cover art is now available

                          A very small number of signed, limited editions of this year’s cover art on the IGFA’s 2008 World Record Game Fishes book titled “On the Rocks” by marine artist Adrian E. Gray are now available.
                          The original oil on canvas depicts two striped bass feeding in a rocky inter-tidal setting. While living in New York, Gray said the striped bass was a fish that filled his early years with countless happy memories when fishing Long Island Sound, the Hudson River and Montauk.
                          Helping to add to the inspiration needed to make the painting a reality Gray also credits the writings on striped bass by captains like Al Ristori and Bill Magglione that furthered his knowledge on pursuing the species.
                          To find out how you can own a limited edition print contact the International Hall of Fame gift shop at mstore@igfa.org or call 954-924-4370. To see more of Gray’s artwork visit www.adrianegray.com or for inquiries about his artwork please email adrianegray@aol.com or call 305-773-6912.
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                          IGFA School of Sportfishing adds classes for February and March

                          With its appealing curriculums, limited class sizes, expert instructors listening to the needs of the attending anglers -- all in the conducive setting of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum Learning Center – the IGFA School of Sportfishing has added more classes to begin its sixth session in February.
                          The nightly three-hour sessions from 7 to 10 p.m., will feature many of the most popular classes previously offered along with two new classes that participants have expressed strong interest in adding.
                          “One of the keys to the School of Sportfishing’s success is that we really take into account what our attendees have to say,” said IGFA Adult Education Coordinator David Matagiese. “The class participants rate everything from the instructors to the program content and educational value. They’ve provided suggestions that have made the program better with input for new topics they’d like to see offered. Based on what they tell us, we go to the drawing board for the next session to provide the best classes and program possible.”
                          Matagiese said the session will begin with two new classes:
                          • “Four Fundamentals Every Sportfisherman Should Know” taught by Capt. Tony DiGiulian on February 5
                          • “Fishing Bridges and Beaches” with Capt. Mark Zasky, on February 19
                          Back by popular demand will be the following four classes:
                          • “Successful Swordfishing,” with Capt. Josh Brown , February 26
                          • “Learning to Kitefish,” taught by Capt. Bouncer Smith, March 4
                          • “Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs,” Capt. Bouncer Smith, on March 18
                          • “Back Country Fishing: Mangroves and Flats,” with Capt. Mark Zasky, March 25
                          The IGFA will soon announce the schedule for the School of Sportfishing into the
                          national spotlight with stops in California, Texas, New Jersey and Minnesota.
                          “We’re working with IGFA reps and local captains in those states who are not only knowledgeable about the surrounding waters but who also have a knack for teaching others what their years on the water have taught them,” said Matagiese. “This outreach School of Sportfishing program will allow interested anglers in different parts of the country to experience what has become so popular here in South Florida.”
                          For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                          --At the Museum--
                          IGFA and Fla. Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission host four free Boaters Safety Courses in 2008

                          The IGFA and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission will host four free Boaters Safety Courses beginning on Saturday, January 19, at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla.
                          Additional classes in 2008 will be offered on May 10, August 2 and November 8.
                          The all day class will begin at 8 a.m. and last 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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                          From the IGFA -- Did You Know?
                           The top 5 marine fisheries in 2004:
                          • Anchoveta—10.7 million tons
                          • Alaska pollock—2.7 million tons
                          • Blue whiting—2.4 million tons
                          • Skipjack tuna—2.1 million tons
                          • Atlantic herring—2.0 million tons
                           The United States consumed a total of 4.9 billion pounds of seafood in 2006,
                          • 16.5 lb per person per year
                          • The U.S. imports roughly 83% and is the world’s third largest global consumer of seafood behind China and Japan
                          • Believe it or not the U. S. is the number one importer of commercially caught billfish
                           Overfishing is defined as a harvest rate above a targeted management objective
                           Overfished is defined as a stock size below a targeted management objective
                           The US National Marine Fisheries Service reviewed 530 individual stocks and stock complexes in 2006
                          • Only 242 stocks have enough information to determine if overfishing is occurring
                          o 48 (20%) are experiencing overfishing
                          • Only 187 have enough information to determine if the stock is overfished
                          o 47 (25%) are currently overfished
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                          January Hot Catches

                          Each month the world records department of the International Game Fish Association provides highlights of selected documented fish catches made across the globe submitted for world records. IGFA world records coordinator Rebecca Wright provided the following information on these 11 recent submissions now before the world records committee.

                          Fishing the Zambezi River and using ultra thin line angler Bradley Kidd, Nelspruit, South Africa, landed a nembwe (Serranochromis robustus) on Sept. 25, weighing 2.81 kg (6 lb 3 oz). Kidd took five minutes to land the fish using 1 kg (2 lb) class line for the vacant record. Kidd currently holds a year-old record for the same species in the 2 kg (4 lb) line class. (Photo: nembwe – 07120008)

                          Fly fishing Raritan Bay, New York, USA while using 10 kg (20 lb) class tippet, Joan Sharrott of Staten Island, N.Y., landed a striped bass, (Morone saxatilis) this past November 17. Enticed by a Cowen’s Magnum baitfish patern the fish weighed 12.45 kg (27 lb 7 oz) and took her 15 minutes to land. She was guided by Dale Beacham for the potential women’s tippet record that is currently 1 lb 2 oz, caught June 18, 2006 off Catalina Island, Calif. (Photo: striped bass – 07120016)

                          Using a Rapala CD14 for bait while fishing Uruguay River, Argentina, George Bogen, of Los Angeles, CA, USA, landed a 6.8 kg (15 lb 0 oz) dorado (Salminus brasiliensis). Guided by Hector Bradanini, Bogen made the catch on Nov. 19, using 3 kg (6 lb) class line and taking 12 minutes to land. The current record for the freshwater specie is 11 lb 7 oz recorded in October 2004 from the Rio Parana also in Argentina. (Photo: dorado – 07120020)

                          Light line fishing nearby Port Canaveral, Scott Lehrmann of West Melbourne, Fla., USA, used a Spro 4 oz jig to land a red grouper (Epinephelus morio). The Nov. 29 catch of the 11.57 kg (25 lb 8 oz) fish on 2 kg (4 lb) class line, took him four minutes to land. Lehrmann is going for a men’s line class record and is hoping to see his name on what is now a vacant record. (Photo: red grouper -- 07120021)

                          With 60 kg (130 lb) class line and a sea cock jig for bait, Mercier Christian, St Marie, on the French Island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, guided by Colas Yann, landed a dogtooth tuna (Gymnosarda unicolor) on October 25 while fishing Rodrigues Island, Mauritius. The fish weighed 104.5 kg (230 lb 6 oz) and took him 30 minutes to wrestle to the boat. Christian is hoping to break the men’s current line class record of 230 lb caught off La Morne, Mauritius, January 18, 1993. (Photo: dogtooth tuna – 07120025)

                          Two new potential species additions to the World Record Game Fishes book may soon be decided by the IGFA committee after recent fish catches, both in Japan. Fishing Toshima, and using a kneading bait Takashi Nishino, of Kanagawa-Ken, Japan, landed a brassy chub (Isuzumi) (Kyphosus vaigiensis) on November 24, weighing 1.3 kg (2 lb 13 oz). He’s sent in his documentation for a new All-Tackle class record. (Photo: brassy chub - 07120042)

                          The second new potential specie was caught by Chiba, Japan angler Takashi Odagiri, guided by Kazushi Kinjo while fishing Yonaguni Island, Japan, when he landed a frame snapper, (Hamadai) (Etelis coruscans) on Nov. 16. He was using cut tuna for bait to attract the potential All-Tackle class fish that weighed 7.6 kg (16 lb 12 oz). (Photo: frame snapper – 07120044)

                          With the Rio Emoni in Venezuela as the backdrop for his quarry, Scott Swanson of Hiawassee, GA, USA, landed a blackstriped peacock (Cichla intermedia) on Dec. 4, using a Rapala XRap for bait. It took Swanson just two minutes to capture the fish that weighed 3.86 kg (8 lb 8 oz). The current All-Tackle record is 7 lb, documented April 18, 2003. (Photo: blackstriped peacock – 07120055)

                          Canadian angler Greg Amiel of Richmond-Hill, ON, landed a 4.99 kg (12 lb 0 oz) walleye (Sander vitreus) on Nov. 28th using a Rapala Taildancer for bait. It took him 10 minutes to reel in the fish on 1 kg (2 lb) class line, while fishing Canada’s Bay of Quinte, Canada. The current record is 10 lb 8 oz caught in Lincoln, Neb. April 18, 1984. (Photo: walleye - 07120011)

                          Fly fishing her hometown waters of Port Sulphur, LA, USA, New Orleans IGFA Representative Susan Gros, guided by Bryan Carter, landed a red drum, (Sciaenops ocellatus) using 8 kg (16 lb) class tippet. She was throwing a voodoo crab fly for the fish that weighed 12.02 kg (26 lb 8 oz) and took 15 minutes to subdue. Ms. Gros is hoping to beat a nearly 10 year old record of 26 lb drum caught off Titusville, Fla. (Photo: red drum – 07120056)

                          From the waters of the Atlantic Ocean surrounding Bermuda, Cynthia Mitchell of Devonshire, guided by Andrew Marshall, landed a yellowtail snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus) weighing 3.18 kg (7 lb 0 oz) after a 20 minute fight on Nov. 15. She was using 4 kg (8 lb) class line and a marlin chunk for bait off the Sally Tuckers area near Somerset, Bermuda. She’s hoping to bounce the current 6 lb 8 oz women’s line class record caught off nearby Challenger Bank, June 16, 2004. (Photo: yellowtail snapper – 07120058)
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                          Calendar of future IGFA events

                          Now through March 2008 – Sharkwater, award-winning feature length film and exhibition -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – The much acclaimed 90-minute documentary film, winner of 19 international awards, is being shown four times daily on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays it’s shown at 3:30 p.m. An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation is also featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery. Monthly lectures featuring local and national shark experts are also scheduled. The IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16. For more information phone the IGFA at 954-924-4370.
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                          January 19, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                          January 25, 2008 -- 24th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA. With hundreds of live and silent auction items up for bid, this is the biggest gala fundraiser of the year for the IGFA. Tickets are $175 per person. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $3000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. For reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                          February 2 - 4, 2008 -- ACA/IGFA Casting Tournament - IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Florida – The American Casting Association will be showcasing its best casters in this free exhibition of cast-offs on the IGFA pond along with seven other ACA events over three days. For many, especially a new generation who might enjoy casting, the event is an introduction into the sport. The ACA web site at www.americancastingassoc.org has more details or contact the IGFA at 954-924-4370.
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                          February 5, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Four Fundamentals Every Sportfisherman Should Know,” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. This new class conducted by Capt. Tony DiGiulian 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                          February 9, 2008 – Sharkwater lecture series -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 2 - 2:45 p.m. A free lecture open to the public presented by nationally known shark expert Dr. Samuel H. Gruber of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami. The lecture is being held in conjunction with the much acclaimed 90-minute Sharkwater documentary film, winner of 19 international awards, being shown four times daily on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays it’s shown at 3:30 p.m. An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation is also featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery. The IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 – 16 and include the film. For more information phone the IGFA at 954-927-2628.
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                          February 16, 2008 -- IGFA Observer Training Class -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. -- 9 a.m. – The class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org, and at the IGFA headquarters. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                          February 19, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Fishing Bridges and Beaches,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. This new class conducted by Capt. Mark Zasky 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                          February 26, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Successful Swordfishing,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Conducted by Capt. Josh Brown 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                          March 4, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Learning to Kitefish,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Conducted by Capt. Bouncer Smith 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org.
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                          March 15, 2008 -- IGFA Observer Training Class, Long Beach, Calif. USA -- 9 a.m. – The class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                          March 18, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Conducted by Capt. Bouncer Smith this is not your regular fishing seminar series. Each class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                          March 25, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Back Country Fishing: Mangroves and Flats,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Conducted by Capt. Mark Zasky this is not your regular fishing seminar series. Each class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                          May 10, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                          May 11 - 17, 2008 -- Ninth annual IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – It’s international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting over 60 winning teams from 30 countries on six continents who have qualified by winning one of over 130 IGFA qualifying events held in 2007. This tournament hosts the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. Contact IGFA tournament coordinator Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org or for media information from IGFA PR counsel Pete Johnson at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com .
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                          June 29 – July 2, 2008 -- Eighth annual IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Called by anglers and the media the “super bowl” of light tackle and fly fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of over 50 IGFA qualifying tournaments held on four continents in 2007 to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the qualifiers are paired with a different premier Keys guide each day fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish using fly or light tackle equipment. The five major award categories will include: Grand Champion (the angler who accumulates the most points for all five targeted species); runner-up grand champion and first places in the fly, artificial lure and bait casting divisions. There are also trophies and merchandise for second and third place divisional winners in the three categories as well as the top three guides. Contact: IGFA IWC tournament coordinator Denise Hartman 954-924-4243 or DHartman@igfa.org or for media information from Pete Johnson, IGFA PR counsel at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com
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                          August 2, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                          November 8, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                          November 10 – 13, 2008 – The Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA --Representatives from around the globe will be hosted by the IGFA at an international forum for the recreational fishing community. The conference will target the tackle industry, angling tourism and include representatives from non governmental organizations and fisheries science and management. Topics will include historical and recent trends in participation, emerging fisheries, recreational fisheries science and management, socioeconomics, and catch and release. For information on the conference or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.worldrecfish.org or contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or jschratwieser@igfa.org
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                            HOT News from the IGFA February 2008

                            HOT News from the IGFA
                            February 2008


                            By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                            IGFA Offshore World Championship attracting over 60 teams

                            With just three months away the 2008 IGFA Offshore World Championship has already attracted over 60 teams to compete at Cabo San Lucas off the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula May 11 – 16.
                            Considered the most prestigious catch-and-release blue water fishing tournament in the world, the event also draws the single largest contingent of international teams ever to compete in a fishing competition.
                            “We could again have representation of teams from nearly 30 countries,” said tournament coordinator Ms. Lesley Arico.
                            Countries and territories from five continents represented so far include teams from Angola, Australia, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Grenada, Guatemala, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, the United States, Vanuatu and Venezuela.
                            With six teams signed on, Brazil is second only to the United States in the number of teams represented. The U.S. has 19 teams signed on.
                            Many of the teams in the ninth annual tournament will be represented by anglers from a number of additional countries.
                            At the IGFA OWC last year, a team representing its win in Spain’s Marina Rubicon Marlin Cup 2006 tournament leaped from the middle of the 62 boat field to win by one release fish over a team from Cabo San Lucas.
                            It was the second straight year that a team, on the final day of the four day competition, had an amazing 10 releases of striped marlin to win the championship. Using circle hooks, a total of 335 marlin were caught and safely released among the teams entered.
                            This year’s pre-registered teams accepted invitations after winning one of 130 IGFA qualifying tournaments held in 38 countries worldwide during 2007. It’s the seventh straight year Cabo San Lucas has been chosen as the championship location.
                            Teams fish from a different boat each day based on a drawing before the competition begins. All are guided by local Cabo captains for marlin and other billfish. The top team with the most marlin and billfish releases wins watches, along with trophies and merchandise. Awards are presented through to the third place finishing team.
                            Partners and sponsors for the IGFA Offshore World Championship are Secretaria de Turismo of Baja California Sur, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Hotel Finisterra, Momoi Hi-Catch, Guy Harvey, Inc., Picante Sport Fishing and Yacht Sales, Cabo Yachts, Shimano, Hook & Tackle, Murray Products, AFTCO Bluewater Sportswear, Bodo Muche Studio-Foundry, IWS Scales, King Sailfish Mounts, Minerva’s Baja Tackle, Trans Cabo, API Cabo San Lucas and Illusion Diamond.
                            Updated information and a growing list of the registered teams can be found on the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org under the fishing tab on the home page by clicking “tournaments.”
                            Questions regarding the 2008 IGFA OWC should be directed to Ms. Arico at 954-924-4222 or via e-mail at LArico@igfa.org.
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                            Top Challengers signing up for IGFA Inshore World Championship

                            The list continues to grow of fly and light-tackle champions from tournaments on four continents who have signed on for the 2008 IGFA Inshore World Championship June 29 - July 2 in Islamorada, Fla., USA.
                            Pre-registered for the eighth annual event among the 32 men and women champions are newcomers Johan Pettersson, winner of the Pike Challenge in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden; Phil Clark, representing the 26th Barramundi Classic from Australia and Gustaf Brew, winner of the Murchison Falls Open Fishing Competition in Uganda, Africa.
                            “Most of the tournament champions are anglers from across the U.S.,” said IGFA IWC tournament coordinator Denise Hartman. “Each week we continue to receive calls of interest from more tournament champions who were invited after winning an IGFA qualifying event. It’s a prestigious element to their tournament for the winners to receive invitations to this world class competition.”
                            Since the tournament’s inception Islamorada, hailed as the “Sportfishing Capitol of the World” is the site for the three-day catch-and-release championship. The Bayside Marina at the World Wide Sportsman is the heart of the activities with the ultimate fishing competition taking place on both Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
                            Winners of over 50 IGFA qualifying tournaments held around the globe in 2007 have been invited to compete in the championship. There were 53 tournaments held in six countries (Bahamas, Brazil, Uganda, Canada, Sweden, Australia), and in 11 states in the U.S.
                            The IGFA’s IWC is unofficially considered by many the “super bowl” of fly and light-tackle fishing. From a drawing on the opening night, the qualifiers are paired with a different premier Keys guide each day fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish.
                            Rolex timepieces will be awarded to the IWC’s Grand Champion, Artificial Lure Division Champion, Fly Rod Division Champion and Bait Casting Division Champion.
                            Besides platinum partner Mercury Marine other tournament partners include Shimano, G▪Loomis, 3M Scientific Angler, Islamorada Fish Company, Stiffy Push Poles, King Sailfish Mounts, Bacardi, Costa Del Mar sunglasses, The Islander Resort, Momoi Hi-Liner, Zane Grey Lounge, Hook & Tackle, K D & G Sea Life Masterpieces, Rapala, Image Graphics 2000, Illusion Diamond, World Wide Sportsman, Reel Life Art by Pasta, Daiichi and Redbone Tournaments.
                            For the latest details and the list of anglers, go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org and select the fishing tab on the home page and click on “tournaments.” For questions regarding the IGFA IWC, contact Ms. Hartman at 954-927-2628 or dhartman@igfa.org
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                            IGFA School of Sportfishing classes now underway through March

                            The IGFA School of Sportfishing is into its sixth session through the end of March with appealing curriculums, limited class sizes and expert instructors answering the needs of the attending anglers, all in the conducive setting of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum Learning Center.
                            The popular three-hour evening sessions from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday nights, feature many of the most popular classes previously offered along with new classes that participants have expressed strong interest in adding.
                            “One of the keys to the School of Sportfishing’s success over the past two years is that we’ve taken into account what our attendees have to say,” said IGFA Adult Education Coordinator David Matagiese. “They’ve provided great suggestions that have made the program better with input for new topics they’d like to have offered. We go to the drawing board before each session to provide the best classes and program possible.”
                            Matagiese said the remainder of classes this session includes:
                            • “Fishing Bridges and Beaches” with Capt. Mark Zasky, on February 19
                            • “Successful Swordfishing,” with Capt. Josh Brown , February 26
                            • “Learning to Kitefish,” taught by Capt. Bouncer Smith, March 4
                            • “Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs,” Capt. Bouncer Smith, on March 18
                            • “Back Country Fishing: Mangroves and Flats,” with Capt. Mark Zasky, March 25
                            For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                            February Hot Catches

                            The world records department of the International Game Fish Association provides monthly highlights of selected documented fish catches made from across the globe and submitted for world records. IGFA world records coordinator Rebecca Wright provided the following information on these 10 recent submissions now before the world records committee.

                            Catching a huge 400 plus pound shark can be a wrestling match for any angler but doing it using 6 kg (12 lb) class line adds another challenge. While fishing Australia’s Kiama Canyon, Andrew Finney of Greenwell Pt NSW, Australia, landed a blue shark (Prionace glauca) on September 16, 2007. Guided by Mitch Ryan and using mullet for bait, Finney wrestled with the shark for 30 minutes. Once under his control it weighed in at 192.4 kg (424 lb 2 oz). Finney is up for a male 12 lb IGFA line class record. Finney’s record may beat the 395 lb 11 oz from 15 years ago in the waters of Port Hacking, near Sydney. (Photo: blue shark - 07120064)

                            Fishing the waters of Virginia’s Norfolk Canyon, Chris Boyce of Hampton, Va, USA, guided by Dr. Ken Neill III, landed a snowy grouper (Epinephelus niveatus) on Dec. 9, 2007. The grouper enticed by false albacore for bait weighed in at 29.94 kg (66 lb 0 oz). Boyce is up for an IGFA All-Tackle record which currently stands at 65 lb 8 oz, caught last summer in the same waters. (Photo: snowy grouper - 07120066)

                            With Vila Real Santo Antonio, Portugal, as his fishing backdrop angler Luis Ceia, of Faro, Portugal, guided by Eduardo Soares and using sardinha for bait, landed a gilthead seabream (Sparus Aurata) on Dec. 9. The fish weighed 3.21 kg (7 lb 1 oz) and Ceia has applied for a IGFA men’s 8 kg (16 lb) line class world record which is currently vacant. (Photo: gilthead seabream, 07120078)

                            Junior angler Martini Arostegui, of Coral Gables, Fla, USA, may have moved closer to being the first youngster to capture 100 records before his 17th birthday, after landing a trahira (Hoplias spp.) on Dec. 30. Caught on cut bait, the fish weighed 10.21 kg (22 lb 8 oz) and was released after documenting. He was fishing Suriname’s Kabalebo River, and has applied for the male junior class record and hopes to break the 18 lb 0 oz mark he set last April from the same river. (Photo: trahira - 08010014)

                            Fishing the beautiful waters of Rodrigues Island of Mauritius, angler and IGFA Representative for Israel Jean-Jacques Ohayon, Ashdod, Israel, guided by Yann Colas, IGFA Representative for Mauritius, landed a twospot red snapper, (Lutjanus bohar) on Dec. 24. The fish was caught on bonito and weighed 13.5 kg (29 lb 12 oz) for a potential All-Tackle class record. The current record is over 17 years old for a 27 lb 8 oz caught in 1990 in Japanese waters. (Photo: twospot red snapper - 08010030)

                            Kouki Akeyama, Kirakata-Shi Osaka, Japan, fishing Kushimoto, Japan, landed a red cornetfish, (Fistularia petimba). The fish caught on Nov. 26 weighed 2.5 kg (5 lb 8 oz). Akeyama has applied for an All-Tackle class record that could possibly beat the current record by three pounds for a red cornetfish of 2 lb 5 oz, caught in 2006 in the waters near Shimoda, Japan. (Photo: red cornetfish - 08100033)

                            On January 5th Alfredo Pietri, of Valencia, Venezuela, fishing his country’s Villacoa River, landed a blackstriped peacock (Cichla intermedia). The fish weighing 3.4 kg (7 lb 8 oz) on 6 kg (12 lb) class line using a Smithwick lure. Pietri released the fish after documenting. The current IGFA line class record stands at 4 lb 6 oz, caught in 1999 near the Caurama Lodge in Venezuela. (Photo: blackstriped peacock - 08100034)

                            On holiday while fly-fishing the Rio Pasimoni, in Venezuela, Eduardo Aristuieta, Miami, Fla., USA, guided by Novaldo Ventum, landed a speckled peacock (Cichla temensis) on Dec. 17. The fish, which weighed 9.53 kg (21 lb 0 oz), took 25 minutes to capture on 6 kg (12 lb) class tippet, using an Alf Mostro fly. He released the peacock. The current mark is 18 lb 0 oz caught in 2004 from the Rio Araca, Amazonia Brazil. (Photo: speckled peacock – 08010000)

                            Using an Australian made Killalure for bait while fishing the Tinaroo Dam, Helen Laura Golding, Atherton QLD, Australia, landed a barramundi (Lates calcarifer) on January 5, taking her 20 minutes to fight. She was guided by Jeff Golding, The fish weighed 27.67 kg (61 lb 0 oz) and has been entered for an IGFA female junior class record entry. She’s hoping to beat the 44 lb 1 oz mark of five years ago also from the same waters. (Photo: barramundi - 08100039)

                            Fishing Content Key, Florida, USA, over the Christmas holidays, Jason Reynolds, of Newark, Del., USA, guided by Capt. Jay Wright Jr., landed a blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) using 60 kg (130 lb) class line and using cut bait. The fish, caught on Dec. 22, weighed 27.22 kg (60 lb 0 oz). Reynolds released the catch. The line class record is currently vacant. (Photo: blacktip shark - 08010072)
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                            IGFA Observer Training Course paying off for conservation

                            It began in 2002 by the International Game Fish Association 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.
                            According to IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser, since the association began the Observer Training Course (OTC) it has trained well over 1,000 experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for over 20 fishing tournaments held each year around the world.
                            “With the decline of many billfish stocks, the importance of release formats in tournaments has increased,” said Schratwieser. “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.
                            “Observers can often benefit anglers by preventing inadvertent rule infractions before they even happen. In addition, 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.”

                            Interested in taking the IGFA Observer Course?
                            Schratwieser said the training classes take almost an entire day, typically starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. The cost of the class is $150 and includes a one year IGFA membership, training manual and two instructional (IGFA Rules & Billfish Identification) DVDs.
                            Individuals that have completed the IGFA Observer Course are notified of tournaments requiring trained observers by email blasts and posts on the IGFA Observer Online Talk Forum. There is no annual fee to receive these notices, but observers must keep their IGFA membership current.

                            Is your tournament interested in using observers?
                            If you’re a tournament director interested in using IGFA trained observers, simply send an email to the IGFA with the following information:
                            • Tournament’s name and location
                            • Tournament dates
                            • Tournament director’s name and contact information
                            • Number of observers needed
                            • Logistics covered by the tournament
                            • Any additional information necessary for observers
                            There’s no charge to use IGFA trained observers. Upon receipt of this information, the IGFA will forward a blast email to the observers listed on the IGFA website and also post the information on the IGFA Observer Online Talk Forum.
                            “The IGFA cannot select observers for tournaments or advise tournament directors which observers to use,” said Schratwieser. “We recommend that tournament directors develop a short questionnaire for interested observers so they can determine their level of experience in their region.”

                            Upcoming IGFA OTC session in California
                            The next IGFA Observer Training Class will be offered March 15 at the Shoreline Yacht Club in Long Beach, Calif. USA. OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org. Pre-registration is required.
                            For more information on the IGFA OTC please call Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or via e-mail at jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                            --News of IGFA Hall of Famers--
                            Lefty Kreh to hold court at FFF National Fly Fishing Expo

                            IGFA Hall of Fame member Lefty Kreh, will be among many notable fly fishers from around the world demonstrating skills needed to catch more fish as the Federation of Fly Fishers holds The FFF National Fly Fishing Exposition, March 28- 30 at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Fla., USA.
                            The expo will include open seminars covering fly fishing around the country, fly tying and bamboo rod building during each of the three days. Educational and conservation programs also will be offered by the Federation for attendees. In keeping with the Federation’s policy of “All Fish, All Waters,” they’ll feature tying and fishing programs for warm and coldwater species, saltwater fishing and related subjects.
                            Attendees will be able to try out the newest rods and talk with and get instructions from experts. Special prices will be offered for multiple day attendance, hotel accommodations and more.
                            To catch a demonstration with Lefty on knot tying, register for seminars and special events, find informaton on accommodations and view the programs, visit the National Fly Fishing Expo web site at www.nationalflyexpo.com
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                            --Now at the Museum--
                            IGFA Art Gallery Wall

                            Through the month of July the IGFA will display the photographic and artistic works of Toni Parras on its Art Gallery Wall.
                            Toni has a hungry eye that has taken her around the world to capture her images. A professional writer and photographer she’s interested in many different fields, including travel, science and environment, arts and culture as well as volunteering her time to the IGFA.
                            Her work has taken Toni to a dozen countries where she has covered topics ranging from seaweed farming to meteors. Her love for the ocean often leads her to marine-related themes.
                            She often shoots in black and white and then hand-paints her prints for an entirely different feel. Images are printed on black and white photographic paper and then hand-colored using a combination of oil paints, chalks, watercolors and/or pencils.
                            Toni's latest creation is a landscape photograph of the majestic façade of the International Fishing Hall of Fame. This commissioned image was awarded to the 2006 World Record Recipients at the IGFA’s Fourth Annual World Record Achievement Awards.
                            If you’d like to see more of Toni's work, please visit www.toniparras.com.
                            For more information, please contact Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                            From the IGFA -- Did You Know?

                            • The Challenger Deep, the world’s deepest spot in the ocean is 10,923 meters (35,838 ft.) or 6.78 miles. Located south of Guam off the Marianas Islands in the Pacific, it’s over a mile deeper than Mt. Everest is tall.
                            • The Hawaiian volcano Mauna Kea is the world’s tallest mountain. When measured from its base on the Pacific Ocean floor, it is about 1000 meters taller than Mt. Everest.
                            • Less than 1% of the world’s seamounts have been studied by scientists.
                            • The central Philippines region, from Luzon to Mindanao, has more marine species per unit area than any other place on the planet.
                            • Dead zones are areas of ocean that are devoid of oxygen due to algal blooms.
                            • The algal blooms that cause dead zones are caused by agricultural runoff, sewage and animal wastes, and pollutions from the burning of fossil fuels.
                            • The number of dead zones has increased from 149 three years ago to at least 200.
                            • The Gulf of Mexico dead zone grows to over 18,000 square kilometers each year.
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                            IGFA Rep Gary Graham enters Calif. Outdoors Hall of Fame

                            Gary Graham, who parlayed a lifetime love of fishing into a role as conservationist, writer, advocate and spokesman for the sport, was inducted in January into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame.
                            For over a decade both Graham and his wife Yvonne of San Diego, have been longstanding representatives of the IGFA International Committee.
                            Graham was cited to the Hall of Fame, “. . . For his willingness and ability to share his extensive knowledge of fishing and the ocean with thousands of others . . .”
                            His background in fishing spans more than 40 years in Southern California and the Baja Peninsula, beginning with the half-day boats fishing the local kelp beds off San Diego. He acquired extensive knowledge about saltwater fishing in these areas. Graham began with conventional tackle, moved to ultra-light tackle and finally to fly tackle.
                            In 1977, Gary and Yvonne, founded Friends of Fishing, a non-profit organization to take disadvantaged children enrolled in Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Diego County fishing and teach them about the ocean. Graham led Friends of Fishing for 12 years before handing the program over to Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
                            Graham has served as the International Game Fish Association's Baja California Representative since 1994 and is a member of the historic Avalon Tuna Club (and editor of its newsletter) and a Charter Life Member of the San Diego Marlin Club (with two terms as president). He has also served as Director of the Los Angeles Billfish Club, the Los Pescadores Fishing Club, Southwestern Yacht Club, and the National Coalition for Marine Conservation, as well as chairing national and international saltwater tournaments.
                            A skilled offshore and inshore angler with a penchant for striped marlin, Graham has garnered numerous fishing awards, including several IGFA fly-fishing world records and the prestigious Angler of the Year award from the Tuna Club. In his first year, he received more angling awards than any other first-year member in the Tuna Club’s 109-year history.
                            A conservationist from the beginning, Graham found a way to put his expertise to use, donating proceeds from his paid marlin-fishing seminars in the late 1980s to the fledgling white seabass restoration project, which would become one of the great success stories in saltwater fishery rehabilitation.
                            Graham is also a writer and photographer. In addition to two books on saltwater fly-fishing, hundreds of his articles have appeared in top fishing publications.
                            Recognized as “a true pioneer of fly-fishing in Baja,” Graham has been instrumental in finding new fisheries and developing new techniques – all of which he has shared both directly with his clients as well as through his speaking, photography and writing. Since 1993, Gary and Yvonne have owned Baja on the Fly, a fly-fishing expedition company in Baja California, which has hosted more than 2,000 fly-fishing clients
                            There are 28 Californians that have been elected to the Outdoors Hall of Fame since it was founded in 2002.
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                            Calendar of future IGFA events

                            Now through March 2008 – Sharkwater, award-winning feature length film and exhibition -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – The much acclaimed 90-minute documentary film, winner of 19 international awards, is being shown four times daily on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays it’s shown at 3:30 p.m. An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation is also featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery. Monthly lectures featuring local and national shark experts are also scheduled. The IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16. For more information phone the IGFA at 954-924-4370.
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                            February 16, 2008 -- IGFA Observer Training Class -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. -- 9 a.m. – The class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org, and at the IGFA headquarters. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or via email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                            February 19, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Fishing Bridges and Beaches,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Learn how to increase your fishing efficiency without even stepping foot on a boat. This class will show you how to find monster fish around bridges and beaches using proven techniques. Learn from one of the innovators what it takes to land that monster bridge snook. This new class conducted by Capt. Mark Zasky 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                            February 26, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Successful Swordfishing,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, 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. Hands-on squid rigging and inside information from one of Fort Lauderdale’s best swordfishermen. Conducted by Capt. Josh Brown 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                            March 4, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Learning to Kitefish,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. One of the easiest ways to catch more fish is with a kite. Learn all the basics on how to use the kite fishing system targeting several different species with this ancient method of enticing fish to bite. Conducted by Capt. Bouncer Smith 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org.
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                            March 7, 2008 -- Fly Fishing Film Festival, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. showing -- The Fly Fishing Film Festival is a year round organization dedicated to bringing a new face and scene to the fly-fishing entertainment world. The goal is to inspire fly fishers and film makers to make new, innovative, entertaining and cutting edge films. The fly fishing world has been dominated by “How to” or ”instructional” programs. You’ll find none of that here. What you will find is pure fly fishing entertainment. For more info go to www.flyfishingfilmtour.com. For tickets please call the IGFA at 954-927-2628.
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                            March 15, 2008 -- IGFA Observer Training Class, Shoreline Yacht Club, Long Beach, Calif. USA -- 9 a.m. – The class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                            March 18, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. If you’ve ever had a slow day trolling and wished for some serious rod bending action, then this is the class for you. Techniques for snapper and grouper are just some of what you will learn from one of the greatest fishermen of our generation. Conducted by Capt. Bouncer Smith this is not your regular fishing seminar series. Each class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                            March 25, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Back Country Fishing: Mangroves and Flats,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Learn the secrets to making your back country trip an action packed day. This class will focus on multiple back country species and will teach you what the pros already know including where to go, finding fish, and reading the water. Conducted by Capt. Mark Zasky this is not your regular fishing seminar series. Each class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                            April 12, 2008 -- Fifth annual IGFA World Record Achievement Awards and Banquet, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. -- This celebration dinner and awards ceremony highlights the 2007 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains and tackle manufacturers. For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Chris Hess at 954-924-4351 or chess@igfa.org.
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                            April 25 - 27, 2008 -- 28th Annual Week of the Ocean School Marine Fair, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. Free event showcasing award-winning marine projects
                            of K-12th grade students from the arts to sciences. Museum hours 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
                            (Projects down at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday). For more information please go to www.national-week-of-the-ocean.org or Contact Cynthia Hancock at 954-462-5573.
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                            May 10, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                            May 11 - 16, 2008 -- 2008 IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – It’s international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting over 60 winning teams from 30 countries on six continents who have been invited after winning one of over 130 IGFA qualifying events held in 2007. This ninth annual tournament hosts the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. Contact IGFA tournament coordinator Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org or for media information from IGFA PR counsel Pete Johnson at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com .
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                            June 29 – July 2, 2008 -- Eighth annual IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Called by anglers and the media the “super bowl” of light tackle and fly fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of over 50 IGFA qualifying tournaments held on four continents in 2007 to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the qualifiers are paired with a different premier Keys guide each day fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish using fly or light tackle equipment. The five major award categories will include: Grand Champion (the angler who accumulates the most points for all five targeted species); runner-up grand champion and first places in the fly, artificial lure and bait casting divisions. There are also trophies and merchandise for second and third place divisional winners in the three categories as well as the top three guides. Contact: IGFA IWC tournament coordinator Denise Hartman 954-924-4243 or DHartman@igfa.org or for media information from Pete Johnson, IGFA PR counsel at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com
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                            July 17, 2008 -- Second Annual Fish N Chips ****** party, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. This event benefits the Florida Marlins Community Foundation. For more information please go to www.Florida.marlins.mlb.com.
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                            August 2, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                            October 25, 2008 -- The 10th Annual IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will be the highlight of a weekend-long (Friday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 26) celebration in honor of all 70 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. Each year 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 2007 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                            November 8, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                            November 10 – 13, 2008 – The Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA --Representatives from around the globe will be hosted by the IGFA at an international forum for the recreational fishing community. The conference will target the tackle industry, angling tourism and include representatives from non governmental organizations and fisheries science and management. Topics will include historical and recent trends in participation, emerging fisheries, recreational fisheries science and management, socioeconomics, and catch and release. For information on the conference or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.worldrecfish.org or contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or jschratwieser@igfa.org
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                              IGFA Partners with Bonnier Marine Group to Produce Offs

                              IGFA Partners with Bonnier Marine Group to Produce Offshore World Championship


                              Long hailed as the “Olympics” of offshore fishing, the International Game Fish Association’s Offshore World Championship stands to grow even larger, thanks to a recently announced partnership with the Bonnier Marine Group.
                              The championship, which began in 2000, has grown into the sport’s premiere offshore fishing series. To be invited to this prestigious event, teams must win one of the many qualifying tournaments located around the world.
                              “The Offshore World Championship has representatives from more countries than any other fishing tournament in the world,” says IGFA President Rob Kramer. “We have 130 qualifying tournaments from 38 different countries this year.”
                              Bonnier will take on the management side of the championship starting with the 2009 event. The IGFA will remain the championship’s sole nonprofit benefactor. A fundraiser and auction for the IGFA will be held at the championship and Bonnier will make a charitable donation to the IGFA following each year’s event. The championship will continue to use the first-class amenities and boats of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, as its host location.
                              Bonnier, publisher of recreational boating and fishing’s most respected and well-known titles such as Marlin, Sport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman, currently produces fishing tournaments in Bermuda, Mexico and the U.S. Bonnier will support the championship by providing advertising space in its magazines, creating a dedicated World Offshore Championship website and televising the championship on its Sport Fishing Magazine TV show aired on Versus.
                              “I am very excited about the opportunity to continue this incredible event and grow the number of qualifying events and championship participation to all-time highs,” says Dan Jacobs, who will take on the role of tournament director and event producer. “I am also very focused on helping the IGFA grow as an organization by connecting them to our many readers and viewers worldwide.”
                              The championship continues to grow each year, and the IGFA is looking forward to continuing that momentum through the new partnership with Bonnier. “We’re excited about partnering the world’s largest international billfish championship series with the marine industry’s largest publishing company,” Kramer says. “Bonnier knows the drill and what it takes to put on a quality tournament. And, with their staple of fishing and boating magazines, we’re primed to grow the event to an even larger audience.”
                              The IGFA says the new partnership will allow the organization to concentrate on its core programs, namely conservation and angler education.
                              “The tournament has served as a means for us to get out information on the IGFA rules, ethics and conservation philosophies,” Kramer says. “All of the various forms of media that Bonnier brings to the table will do nothing but augment the program we already have.”
                              IGFA staff will provide information about angling rules, conservation programs and check tackle on site at the championship. This way, anglers can learn the benefits of marine conservation and bring those messages back to their home waters. “This tournament, with its all-release format using non-offset circle hooks, is a conservation tool itself,” Kramer says. “Many anglers coming to the event have not fished an all-release tournament. We show them how it can be done and they can export what they’ve learned back to their home countries.”
                              There are currently 66 teams signed up for the 2008 event and that number continues to rise.
                              “We have ultimately created a win-win situation for the IGFA, the Bonnier Marine Group and the qualifying tournaments and participants,” Jacobs says. “Personally it is a great honor to be the new steward of the IGFA Offshore World Championship, and I look forward to the challenge.”
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                              To find out more about registering a tournament as a qualifier, contact Lynda Wilson at Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4517. For sponsorship information contact Dan Jacobs at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4680.
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                              Founded in 1939 the IGFA is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. IGFA members are located in over 125 countries and territories. The IGFA welcomes visitors to its 60,000-square-foot interactive Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. Its web site is www.igfa.org .
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                                World-class anglers, guides and manufacturers to be hon

                                World-class anglers, guides and manufacturers to be honored at IGFA’s Fifth Annual World Record Achievement Awards


                                Anglers, guides and manufacturers from around the world will be honored at the IGFA’s Fifth Annual World Record Achievement Awards (WRAA) celebration, April 12.
                                The ceremony will be held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Florida. The event recognizes the 2007 records by men, women, juniors, and professional captains for the most world records compiled from the Top 10 list recently published in the IGFA’s 2008 World Record Game Fishes book.
                                Tackle, lure and line manufacturers will also be honored based on the number of computer printouts of the 495 anglers using their products in setting the new records in 2007.

                                Lifetime Achievement Awards to two
                                Highlighting this year's ceremony will be lifetime achievement award presentations to Captain Jay Wright Jr., Hollywood, Fla., USA, and Jean-Francois Helias, of Bangkok, Thailand.
                                Wright has established over 200 world records, both as a guide and angler. The third generation Miami native specializes in light tackle angling and generously shares his extensive fishing knowledge by lecturing, guiding and teaching anglers the basics of fishing both conventional and fly. He’s won numerous tournaments and has placed in the top three for both fresh and saltwater Captains since the inception of the WRAA in 2004.
                                Helias is a guide, an IGFA Representative of Thailand and freelance fishing writer.* He’s been featured in numerous magazines promoting and educating anglers of Thai species and was also featured on National Geographic channel's Hooked, Monster Fish. Raised in France, Helias relocated to Thailand in 1986 with the goal of putting the country on the map as one of the world's premier freshwater fishing destinations plus helping to promote catch and release.

                                Top Anglers to be honored
                                .Among the top anglers to be honored will be Ms. Jodie L. Johnson, Peterborough, N.H. USA, who recorded the most records among anglers with 28 for the Overall Female Angler of the year. All were caught on fly.
                                In addition Dr. Martin Arostegui Coral Gables, Fla., USA, will receive the Overall Male Angler of the year with 22 records, 18 of them on fly. The retired physician gained world wide fame for being the first angler to reach the 200 world records plateau.
                                Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner and awards program at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the WRAA are $50.00 and include a barbecue dinner.* Weekend seminars are free.
                                For more information or to reserve a ticket, contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4309 or reservations@igfa.org .
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                                From the 2008 WRAA Top 10 list -- Top 3 angler award winners
                                Overall Female Angler (most records)
                                Jodie L. Johnson: 28 records, Peterborough, N.H. USA

                                Overall Male Angler (most records)
                                Martin Arostegui: 22, Coral Gables, Fla., USA

                                Male Saltwater
                                1. Luis Ceia: 11, Faro, Portugal
                                2. George Bogen: 4, Los Angeles, Calif., USA
                                3t. Jose “Pepe” Anton: 3, Guayquil, Ecuador
                                3t. Carlos “Charly” Casal: 3, Guayquil, Ecuador
                                3t. Cam Nicolson: 3, Houston, Texas, USA
                                *
                                Female Saltwater
                                1. Rebecca Wright: 17, Hollywood, Fla., USA
                                2.***Theda Little: 6, Baton Rouge, La., USA
                                3.*** Dr. Julie Ball: 4, Virginia Beach, Va., USA
                                *
                                Male Freshwater
                                1.*** Jean-Francois Helias: 17, Bangkok, Thailand
                                2.****Bill Staveley: 8, Gabarone, Boswana
                                3.****Gilberto Fernandes: 7, Mao, AM Brazil
                                *
                                Female Freshwater
                                1.****Rebecca Wright: 2, Hollywood, Fla., USA
                                2t Deborah S. Krick: 1, Rigby, Idaho, USA
                                2t. Luiza de Almeida: 1, Sao Paulo, Brazil
                                2t. Mimi Shimzu: 1, Nagoya, Japan

                                Male Fly Rod
                                1. Martin Arostegui: 18, Coral Gables, Fla., USA
                                2t.. Bo Nelson: 5, San Francisco, Calif., USA
                                2t. Richard C. Taylor: 5, Boynton Beach, Fla., USA
                                *
                                Female Fly Rod
                                1. Jodie L. Johnson: 28, Peterborough, N.H., USA
                                2.***Dotty Ballantyne: 8, Bozeman, Mont., USA
                                3t. Theda C. Little: 4, Baton Rouge, La., USA
                                3t. Pamela W. Marmin: 4, Miami Shores, Fla., USA
                                *
                                Juniors
                                Female Small Fry:
                                Jennifer Rose Wright: 4 Hollywood, Fla., USA
                                Female Junior:
                                Heather Michelle Harkavy: 10 Coral Springs, Fla., USA
                                Male Smallfry:
                                all tied with 2
                                Guilherme de Almeida, Sao Paulo, Brazil
                                Baily McIntire, Kaeo Northland, New Zealand
                                Jonluc Proud, Kenilworth, Warwichsh, UK
                                Norman B. Wood III, Key West, Fla., USA
                                Michael C. Wright: Hollywood, Fla., USA
                                Male Junior:
                                Martini Arostegui: 14*Coral Gables, Fla., USA
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                                IGFA Partners with Bonnier Marine Group to Produce Offshore World Championship
                                Long hailed as the “Olympics” of offshore fishing, the International Game Fish Association’s Offshore World Championship stands to grow even larger, thanks to a recently announced partnership with the Bonnier Marine Group.
                                The championship, which began in 2000, has grown into the sport’s premiere offshore fishing series. To be invited to this prestigious event, teams must win one of the many qualifying tournaments located around the world.
                                “The Offshore World Championship has representatives from more countries than any other fishing tournament in the world,” says IGFA President Rob Kramer. “We have 130 qualifying tournaments from 38 different countries this year.”
                                Bonnier will take on the management side of the championship starting with the 2009 event. The IGFA will remain the championship’s sole nonprofit benefactor. A fundraiser and auction for the IGFA will be held at the championship and Bonnier will make a charitable donation to the IGFA following each year’s event. The championship will continue to use the first-class amenities and boats of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, as its host location.
                                Bonnier, publisher of recreational boating and fishing’s most respected and well-known titles such as Marlin, Sport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman, currently produces fishing tournaments in Bermuda, Mexico and the U.S. Bonnier will support the championship by providing advertising space in its magazines, creating a dedicated World Offshore Championship website and televising the championship on its Sport Fishing Magazine TV show aired on Versus.
                                For the complete news release please go to the IGFA web site’s home page at http://igfa.org or to http://igfa.org/bonnier_igfa.asp .
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                                Two IGFA School of Sportfishing classes through March
                                There are two more classes left in the current session of the IGFA’s School of Sportfishing through the end of March at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum Learning Center.
                                The popular three-hour evening sessions are offered from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday nights,
                                IGFA Adult Education Coordinator David Matagiese said the remainder of classes in March includes:
                                “Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs,” Capt. Bouncer Smith, on March 18
                                “Back Country Fishing: Mangroves and Flats,” with Capt. Mark Zasky, March 25
                                # “We had some popular classes this session that we hope to bring back in future sessions such as ‘Four Fundamentals Every Sportfisherman Should Know.’” said Matagiese. “This class provided valuable hands-on training which included a variety of knots and twists commonly used in fishing applications; throwing cast nets, terminal tackle instruction, and bait rigging techniques that included ballyhoo and strip bait. Many of the participants who were veteran fisherman themselves yet new to the program walked away astonished at the amount of information and material covered during their first class.
                                “We also introduced a completely new course ‘Fishing Bridges and Beaches,’ with Capt. Mark Zasky, introducing his incredible bridge fishing techniques that people who don’t own a boat can use. Bridges and beaches can offer incredible fishing opportunities to anglers without having to get on a boat and pay a hefty fuel bill. With the aid of a DVD video Zasky proved just how many trophy fish are lurking around bridge structures and within casting distances of the beaches.”
                                Matagiese said additional classes for the spring will soon be introduced in April.
                                For more on the IGFA School of Sportfishing classes go online to www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org.
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                                --Coming up at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame--
                                IGFA Junior Angler Spring Break Camp

                                Once again, the IGFA is offering up to 45 youngsters from ages eight to 13, an exciting camp during spring break week at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla., USA. The day camps take place March 31 – April 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before and after hours care is available from 8 - 9 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m.
                                Several of the days will include field trips along with many different and fun aquatic activities such as daily fishing tournaments, fishing techniques, boat rides, dissections, wetlands exploration, shark ecology and more. Daily and weekly rates are available.
                                Pre-registration is required.
                                A $25 discount will be given for full week registrations if registration and payment is made by March 14th. For more info go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/springcamp.asp.
                                Online registration is available at www.igfa.org/campform.asp, or by calling 954-924-4309 or email reservations@igfa.org.
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                                New hours at IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame
                                The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame has announced new Sunday hours. The hall will open at noon and close at 6 p.m. on Sundays beginning March 9.
                                The hours for Monday – Saturday remain the same from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
                                The IGFA is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. Admission is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16. For more information phone the IGFA at 954-927-2628.
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                                Free Family Fishing Clinic
                                The Family Fishing Clinic returns to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla., on Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Staff will be available for the free event to provide instruction on casting, knot tying, regulations, angling techniques and conservation practices.
                                As an added bonus admission to the museum, which offers many family activities including the popular Sharkwater feature length movie, will be also free for children and ½ off for adults.
                                Reservations are not required.
                                For more information please call the IGFA at 954-927-2628.
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                                March Hot Catches from the IGFA World Records Department

                                The International Game Fish Association’s 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 11 recent submissions now before the world records review committee.

                                Fishing Virginia USA’s James River with 2 kg (4 lb) class line, Fred Cousins of Richmond, landed a blue catfish, (Ictalurus furcatus) January 15, 2008 weighing 29.03 kg (64 lb 0 oz). He attracted the blue using cut gizzard shad for bait and took 55 minutes to wrestle the big fish to the scale. He hopes to break the six-year-old IGFA record of 47 lb 9 oz caught on the same river. (Photo: blue catfish – 08010070)

                                The Villacoa River, in Venezuela, was the site of William F. Craig’s catch of a blackstriped peacock, (Cichla intermedia) on January 4, 2008. The Wellington, Fla., USA, angler caught the fish which weighed 3.86 kg (8 lb 8 oz) on 10 kg (20 lb) class line using a Smithwick lure. The current IGFA record is 4 lb 6 oz caught 10 years ago on the Caura River in Venezuela. (Photo: blackstriped peacock – 08010074)

                                Capt. Jay Wright Jr., of Hollywood, Fla., USA, who is being honored with an IGFA Lifetime Achievement Award with 200 records as a guide and angler, took the role of an angler while fishing La Zona, Uruguay River, in Argentina when he landed a dorado (Salminus maxillosus) on January 16. He was guided by local Capt. Enzo Rico, for the fish that weighed 15.42 kg (34 lb 0 oz) and pulled in on 4 kg (8 lb) class line using a Strom Swim lure as bait. The current IGFA line class record is 24 lb caught on the Rio Tarija in Bolivia in 2005. (Photo: dorado – 08010091)

                                Fly-fishing the Florida Keys USA, Martin Arostegui, Coral Gables, Fla., guided by Capt. Chris Morrison, landed a cero mackerel (Scomberomorus regalis) January 30 using 3 kg (6 lb) class tippet. Caught off Marathon, Fla. with his own hand-tied Arostegui Pilchard fly, the fish weighed 3.15 kg (6 lb 15 oz). Arostegui is hoping to add to his 200 plus IGFA world records with the men’s fly record of the catch which currently stands at 6 lb 8 oz. (Photo: cero mackerel – 08020005)

                                It took 25 minutes for Jorge de Aguiar, of Manaus Amazonas, Brazil, fly-fishing the country’s Rio Tumbira, to land an arawana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum) he caught on November 8. The fish weighed 5.43 kg (11 lb 15 oz) and was caught on 8 kg (16 lb) class tippet. The current IGFA line class tippet record is a 4 lb arawana recorded in 2004 on the Urabaxi River in Brazil. (Photo: arawana – 08020011)

                                Russell Jensen, of Bronx, N.Y., USA used cut bait while fishing Travessoa, Brazil, to entice a jundia (Leiarius marmoratus) on January 23. He’s submitted the 11.68 kg (25 lb 12 oz) for an IGFA All-Tackle class record. The current IGFA record set in 2004 on the Teres Pires River in Brazil is 20 lb. (Photo: jundia – 08020034)

                                Singapore angler Bruno Binet, guided by Jean-Francois Helias (who is being honored with an IGFA Lifetime Achievement Award), landed a brownbanded bamboo shark (Shiloscyllium punctatum) on February 10, weighing 2.89 kg (6 lb 5 oz). They were fishing Kut Island, Gulf of Siam, Thailand, using squid for bait for the All-Tackle class record which presently stands in the IGFA record books at 4 lb 10 oz from the same area. (Photo: brownbanded bamboo shark - 08020038)

                                The following day Bruno Binet, Singapore, again guided by Jean-Francois Helias, landed a duskytail grouper (Epinephelus bleekeri), weighing .95 kg (2 lb 1 oz) for an IGFA All-Tackle class submission. Binet used a squid for bait while fishing the Gulf of Siam’s Kut Island in Thailand. The weight of the fish could tie the current IGFA record also caught on Kut Island last year. (Photo: duskytail grouper - 08020027)

                                Jean-Francois Helias also guided still another angler to a possible IGFA world record earlier on January 30, in Ratchaburi, Thailand, when French fly-fisherman Frabrice Chassaing of St Brevin Les Pins, France, hooked a sorubim (Pseudoplatystoma spp.).The fish, caught with a blue floating streamer on 6 kg (12 lb) class tippet, weighed 5.52 kg (12 lb 2 oz). If approved it would be the first record in the currently vacant tippet class. (Photo: sorubim – 08020035).

                                Four times the strength of her 4 kg (8 lb) class tippet was the net weight result for Dr. Randee Ward, of Coppell, Texas, USA, who was fly fishing and landed a 14.51 kg (32 lb 0 oz) red drum, (Sciaenops ocellatus). Guided by Gregg Arnold, while fishing Hopedale, Louisiana USA. on January 13, it took her 62 minutes to land the fish which is up for an IGFA women’s tippet record that currently stands at 25 lb recorded two years ago on the Indian River in Florida. (Photo: red drum - 08020056)

                                Brazilian angler Gilberto Fernandes, guided by Edson Alexandre, landed a redtail catfish, (pirarara) (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus) on February 15, weighing 32 kg (70 lb 8 oz). Using 8 kg (16 lb) class line with cut fish for bait it took Fernandes in 45 minutes to wrestle the fish from Brazil’s Rio Amazona. He’s hoping to break his own line class record of 43 lb 10 oz caught two years ago on the same river.(Photo: redtail catfish – 08020057)
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                                A great deal for IGFA members in “BAMM” month
                                The IGFA along with other members from the Broward Area Attractions and Museums (BAMM) are joining together in the month of June to honor reciprocal member benefits.
                                “Join one experience all” is the theme as members of each participating institution will be able to use their membership benefits at all 21 museums and attractions. Level of benefits will depend on the individual institution but all will include like-member free admission.
                                The IGFA will honor admission and 10% off at the museum gift store. IGFA members, in turn, will be able to use their membership card to gain free admission to a wide variety of attractions and museums in Broward County.
                                Besides the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame the other participating institutions include: the African American Research Library, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Children's Museum, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Flamingo Gardens, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, International Swimming Hall of Fame, Museum of Art, My Jewish Discovery Place Museum, NSU Sherman Library, Old Davie School Historical Museum, Old Dillard Museum, Palm Beach Museum of Natural History at Plantation Historical Society, Plantation Historical Museum, Stranahan House and Young At Art Children's Museum.
                                Guests are encouraged to visit individual institution websites for further information and any restrictions that may apply.
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                                IGFA N. J. Reps Hosting Fund Raising Banquet and Auction
                                The New Jersey Representatives of the International Game Fish Association will host its 11th annual banquet and auction on Friday, April 4 to benefit the IGFA’s Junior Angler and Conservation Programs.*
                                The N. J. Reps which include Pete Barrett, Bill Feinberg, Jeff Merrill and Gene Nigro, will hold the Fund Raising Banquet and Auction at 7 p.m. at Mike Doolan’s in Spring Lake Heights, N. J.
                                Merrill said last year’s event attracted nearly 200 fishing enthusiasts and raised $15,000 for the IGFA programs.*
                                “In 10 years this event has raised over $115,000 making it one of IGFA’s most successful fund raising events,” added Merrill.*
                                “Our deluxe buffet dinner will be followed by the “Fishing Tackle Bonanza Chinese Auction” where thousands of dollars worth of rods, reels, line and lures donated by major tackle manufacturers and local tackle shops, along with jewelry, marine artwork and other fishing related items and accessories will be given away.* Numerous fishing trips have also been donated by charter boat captains spread from Sandy Hook to Cape May”.*
                                Every attendee will also receive a goody bag stuffed with commemorative gifts from the IGFA and tackle manufacturers including a limited edition print.* The value of each goody bag alone is over $100.*
                                Limited to the first 225 people reservations can be made by sending a check for $75 for each person and sent to: IGFA Banquet, c/o Jeff Merrill, 918 Houston St., South Plainfield, N.J. 07080.* For further information contact Jeff Merrill at 908-451-1110 or via e-mail at jeffmerrill@comcast.net.
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                                Sharkwater film and exhibition extended through September
                                Because of popular demand Sharkwater, the award-winning feature length film and exhibition at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. has been extended through September.
                                The much acclaimed 90-minute documentary film, winner of 19 international awards, is being shown four times daily on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and Sundays at noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays the film is shown at 3:30 p.m.
                                An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation is also featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery.
                                The next monthly shark series lecture is on March 22 featuring South Africa marine biologist Hannah Medd who recently returned to the U.S. after completing a Masters of Science degree at the Marine Biology Research Institute of the Zoology Department at the University of Cape Town. Medd has been a scientific advisor to the volunteer program of White Shark Projects, a shark ecotourism company that offers cage diving with white sharks and governmental projects monitoring the country’s white shark population and the smaller endemic shy sharks of southern Africa. She’ll be speaking on behalf of Shark Savers (sharksavers.org) and their mission of “dispelling myths, educating, and building the movement to save sharks.”
                                The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16.
                                For more information phone the IGFA at 954-924-4370.
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                                From the IGFA -- Did You Know?

                                Some longlines span as much as 60 miles
                                Pacific leatherback sea turtles are especially susceptible to longlines and have declined by 95% since 1980
                                Globally, it is estimated that governments subsidize longline fishing at a rate of 20-25 cents for every dollar earned by fishermen totaling somewhere between $14 - $20 billion
                                The US Atlantic longline fleet totals $1.65 million, or $10,000-$11,000 per vessel in subsidy per year
                                The European Union and member states provide their fleet with an estimated $1.5 billion in annual subsidies
                                Japan provides an estimated $3 billion in annual subsidies
                                Swordfish have physiological adaptations that allow them to maintain their eyes and brains at temperatures higher than that of the surrounding water
                                The north Atlantic swordfish stock is almost fully rebuilt
                                The billfish family (Istiophoridae) has undergone a taxonomic revision
                                Black marlin now have a different genus (Istiompax) than blue marlin (Makaira)
                                White marlin and striped marlin have been separated from the spearfish (Tetrapturus) and now have a different genus (Kajikia)
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                                Calendar of future IGFA events

                                Now through September 2008 – Sharkwater, award-winning feature length film and exhibition, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – Extended through September due to popular demand, the much acclaimed 90-minute documentary film, winner of 19 international awards, is being shown four times daily on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and Sunday’s at noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays it’s shown at 3:30 p.m. An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation is also featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery. Monthly lectures featuring local and national shark experts are also scheduled. The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16. For more information phone the IGFA at 954-924-4370.
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                                March 15, 2008 -- IGFA Observer Training Class, Shoreline Yacht Club, Long Beach, Calif. USA -- 9 a.m. – The class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                                March 18, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. If you’ve ever had a slow day trolling and wished for some serious rod bending action, then this is the class for you. Techniques for snapper and grouper are just some of what you will learn from one of the greatest fishermen of our generation. Conducted by Capt. Bouncer Smith this is not your regular fishing seminar series. Each class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                                March 22, 2008*– Sharkwater lecture series -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. This free lecture which is open to the public presents marine biologist Hannah Medd of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Ms. Medd, working in collaboration with Shark Savers (sharksavers.org), will talk about the biodiversity and plight of sharks worldwide and “dispelling myths, educating, and building the movement to save sharks.” The lecture is being held in conjunction with the much acclaimed 90-minute Sharkwater documentary film, winner of 19 international awards, being shown four times daily on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and Sundays at noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays it’s shown at 3:30 p.m. An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation is also featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery. The IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 – 16 and includes the film. For more information phone the IGFA at 954-927-2628.
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                                March 25, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Back Country Fishing: Mangroves and Flats,” IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Learn the secrets to making your back country trip an action packed day. This class will focus on multiple back country species and will teach you what the pros already know including where to go, finding fish, and reading the water. Conducted by Capt. Mark Zasky this is not your regular fishing seminar series. Each class is limited to 24 anglers, featuring hands-on instruction letting students interact and learn from some of the best anglers and captains sharing knowledge in their respective discipline. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                                March 31 – April 4, 2008 -- IGFA Junior Angler Spring Break Camp, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. -- The IGFA is offering a week-long day camp adventure for youngsters from the ages of 8 to 13. 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. Registration is available by calling the IGFA education department at 954-924-4309 or email reservations@igfa.org or by visiting the IGFA web site at http://www.igfa.org/springcamp.asp
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                                April 12, 2008 -- Fifth annual IGFA World Record Achievement Awards and Banquet, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. -- This celebration dinner and awards ceremony highlights the 2007 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains and tackle manufacturers. For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                                April 19, 2008 -- Free Family Fishing Clinic, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. IGFA staff members will be available to provide instruction on casting, knot tying, regulations, angling techniques and conservation practices. Museum admission will be free for children and ½ off for adults. Reservations are not required.
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                                April 25 - 27, 2008 -- 28th Annual Week of the Ocean School Marine Fair, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. Free event showcasing award-winning marine projects
                                of K-12th grade students from the arts to sciences. Museum hours 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
                                (Projects down at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday). For more information please go to www.national-week-of-the-ocean.org or contact Cynthia Hancock at 954-462-5573.
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                                May 10, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                May 11 - 16, 2008 – 2008 IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – It’s international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting over 60 winning teams from 27 countries on six continents who have been invited after winning one of over 130 IGFA qualifying events held in 2007. This ninth annual tournament hosts the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. Contact IGFA tournament coordinator Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org or for media information from IGFA PR counsel Pete Johnson*at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com .
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                                May 17, 2008 – IGFA Summer Camp Open House, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. 10 a.m. – noon. This event gives parents and their youngsters ages 8 to 13 a chance to experience exciting activities during the IGFA’s nine weekly Summer Camps which begin June 9 to Aug 15, 2008. For more information, please call 954-924-4309, email reservations@igfa.org, or visit www.igfa.org/camps.asp.
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                                June 1 – 30, 2008 -- BAMM (Broward Attractions and Museum Month) During the month of June anyone with a membership in the IGFA or one the 20 participating museums and attractions in Broward County will be able to use that for reciprocal benefits in all. The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.” Each institution will define exactly what benefits will be eligible but at the very least it will be free admission at same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org
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                                June 9 -- Aug 15, 2008 -- IGFA’s nine weekly Summer Camps begin, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – This is the ninth year of the IGFA’s popular nine weekly camps held during the summer break for children ages 8 to 13. Campers will explore the aquatic environment and participate in many fishing adventures and exciting marine life activities. Each week-long camp session is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before and after-care is available from 8 - 9 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more information, go to the IGFA summer camp website at www.igfa.org/summercamp.asp. There’s a maximum of 45 children per week, so parents are encouraged to reserve early. Registration is available by calling the IGFA education department at 954-924-4309 or via email at reservations@igfa.org.
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                                June 29 – July 2, 2008 -- Eighth annual IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Called by anglers and the media the “super bowl” of light tackle and fly fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of over 50*IGFA qualifying tournaments held on four continents in 2007 to compete in this*three day all-release championship.*From a drawing the qualifiers are paired*with a*different premier Keys guide each day*fishing for*tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and*redfish using fly or light tackle equipment. The five major award categories will include: Grand Champion (the angler who accumulates the most points for all five targeted species); runner-up grand champion and first places in the fly, artificial lure and bait casting divisions. There are also trophies and merchandise for second and third place divisional winners in the three categories as well as the top three guides. Contact: IGFA IWC tournament coordinator Denise Hartman 954-924-4243 or DHartman@igfa.org or for media information from Pete Johnson, IGFA PR counsel*at 480-951-3654 or*johnsoncom@aol.com
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                                July 17, 2008 -- Second Annual Fish N Chips ****** party, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. This event benefits the Florida Marlins Community Foundation. For more information please go to www.Florida.marlins.mlb.com.
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                                August 2, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                October 25, 2008 -- The 10th Annual IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will be the highlight of a weekend-long (Friday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 26) celebration in honor of all 70 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame.* Each year 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 2008 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                                November 8, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                November 10 – 13, 2008 – The Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA --Representatives from around the globe will be hosted by the IGFA at an international forum for the recreational fishing community. The conference will target the tackle industry, angling tourism and include representatives from non governmental organizations and fisheries science and management. Topics will include historical and recent trends in participation, emerging fisheries, recreational fisheries science and management, socioeconomics, and catch and release. For information on the conference or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.worldrecfish.org or contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or jschratwieser@igfa.org
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                                  IGFA partners with Florida Keys Outfitters to produce I

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                                  IGFA partners with Florida Keys Outfitters to produce Inshore World Championship

                                  ISLAMORADA, Fla. USA -- Hailed for nearly a decade as the “Super Bowl” of fly and light-tackle inshore fishing, the International Game Fish Association’s Inshore World Championship stands to grow even more prestigious thanks to a recently announced partnership with the Florida Keys Flyfishing School & Outfitters, Inc., dba Florida Keys Outfitters.
                                  The championship, which began in 2001, has grown into the sport’s premiere inshore fishing series. To be invited to this prestigious all-release event, anglers must win one of the many qualifying tournaments located around the world.
                                  “The Inshore World Championship has anglers representing more countries than any other inshore fishing tournament in the world,” says IGFA Corporate Relations Director Mike Myatt. “We have over 50 qualifying tournaments from seven different countries this year including 12 states here in the USA.”
                                  Florida Keys Outfitters will manage operations of the championship starting with the 2009 event. The IGFA will remain the championship’s sole non-profit benefactor with a fundraiser and auction for the IGFA to be held at the championship. The championship will continue to use the first-class amenities and guides of Islamorada, Fla., its host location. The Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship is scheduled for July 7-9, 2009.
                                  In 1989 Sandy Moret founded The Florida Keys Fly Fishing School and began holding fly fishing seminars with a list of now legendary instructors. Just to name a few, Flip Pallot, Chico Fernandez, Steve Rajeff, Steve Huff, Rick Ruoff and Moret provide extensive hands-on instruction five times a year at the Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada. Now in its 20th year, it is unparalleled as the place to learn or improve fly fishing skills, whether on the flats or in blue water. Sandy progressed from the school to opening Florida Keys Outfitters, a specialty salt water fly fishing shop in Islamorada, in 1992.
                                  Since then Florida Keys Outfitters has become recognized as one of the premiere salt water fly fishing shops in the world, specializing in providing premium fly fishing equipment and flies along with expert rigging and experienced advice. The shop also offers an excellent selection of men and women’s sportswear, weather gear, gifts and accessories. Anglers are also able to book some of the finest, professional fishing guides in the Keys through the shop.
                                  Florida Keys Outfitters, the Green Turtle Restaurant & Bar and the Redbone Art Gallery share the recently renovated landmark Green Turtle Inn in the heart of Islamorada, making it a must-stop location when visiting the Keys. In addition, Florida Keys Outfitters operates The Islamorada Sailfly Tournament, now in its eighth year and is said by many to be one of the most challenging events in the Keys.
                                  “I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to fish for so many great gamefish in so many places around this watery planet over the years. We have made countless friends and introduced thousands of people to the spectacular inshore fishery of the Keys through the school and shop. To further expand in the angling community by teaming with the IGFA and continuing this incredible event is a tremendous opportunity for all of us at Florida Keys Outfitters where our goal is to take the tournament to new heights,” said Moret, who will take on the role of tournament director and event producer.
                                  “I am also very focused on helping the IGFA continue its role in preserving the traditions and heritage of angling excellence. The standards established through the angling rules and records of the IGFA are what put the “sport” in sport fishing. To catch a great fish or compete according to those rules gives us all a benchmark by which to measure distinction among anglers.”
                                  The championship continues to grow each year, and the IGFA is looking forward to continuing that momentum through the new partnership with Florida Keys Outfitters.
                                  “We’re excited about partnering with Sandy and his great staff,” Myatt said. “They know the drill and what it takes to put on a quality tournament. And, with their flyfishing and light tackle expertise, the level of the Championship will be elevated to new heights.”
                                  The IGFA says the new partnership will allow the organization to concentrate on its core programs, namely conservation and angler education.
                                  “The tournament has served as a means for us to get out information on the IGFA rules, ethics and conservation philosophies,” Myatt says. “This philosophy is mirrored by Florida Keys Outfitters and will provide the IGFA with a platform in Islamorada, where we have great partners and friends.”
                                  To find out more about registering a tournament as a qualifier for the 2009 Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship, contact Denise at fkotackle@bellsouth.net or call 305-664-5423. For sponsorship information contact Moret at flkeyout@bellsouth.net or call 305-664-5423. Myatt can be reached at mmyatt@igfa.org or call 954-927-2628.
                                  Founded in 1939 the IGFA is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. IGFA members are located in over 125 countries and territories. The IGFA welcomes visitors to its 60,000-square-foot interactive Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Florida. Its web site is www.igfa.org .
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                                    HOT News from the IGFA April 2008

                                    HOT News from the IGFA
                                    April 2008

                                    By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                                    IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame
                                    announces 10th induction class
                                    International event honors contributions of five to the sport of fishing

                                    Four men and a lady, all who have made significant contributions to the sport of recreational fishing, will be inducted as the 10th class into the International Game Fish Association International Fishing Hall of Fame this fall. The announcement of the class of 2008 includes Henry Chee, Dr. Roy Dean, Jimmy Houston, Kay Rybovich and Karl Wickstrom.
                                    The 10th annual star-studded enshrinement ceremony and dinner will be held Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 6 p.m. at the IGFA International 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:
                                    • Henry Chee was one of the original two charter skippers in Kona, Hawaii. In the 1940s he was responsible for the advent of trolling lures, making his first "tube" lure out of fiberglass resin, using a drinking glass as a mold, and went on to perfect the use of brass for leader tubes and strips of pearl shell for inserts. Chee died in 1965.
                                    • Dr. Roy Dean dedicated his life to light-tackle fishing. Recognized for his extensive exploration of the coastlines of Mexico and Costa Rica, research on billfish migration, and promotion of catch-and-release, he is best known as the founder of the International Light Tackle Tournament Association (ILTTA) more than 60 years ago. Dean died in 1990.
                                    • Jimmy Houston won his first professional bass tournament in 1966, his first B.A.S.S. "Angler of the Year" title in 1976, and has produced and hosted the popular TV show Jimmy Houston Outdoors for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2002. Houston lives in Cookson, Okla.
                                    • One of three founders of the International Women's Fishing Association (IWFA) in 1955, Kay Rybovich remains one of the grand ladies of sport fishing. An early proponent of catch-and-release fishing, she is a long-time supporter of fisheries research programs and numerous conservation organizations. Kay was married to the late John Rybovich Jr. who was inducted into the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame’s first class in 1998.
                                    • Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Florida Sportsman magazine, Karl Wickstrom initiated and chaired the Save Our Sealife constitutional amendment campaign that banned gill nets in 1994 and revitalized Florida's inshore waters. He was also instrumental in the founding of the state's Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) chapter more than 20 years ago. Wickstrom lives in Stuart, Fla.
                                    There are currently 70 Hall of Fame members enshrined 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 954-924-4222.
                                    The IGFA is a nonprofit, membership-supported, conservation and record-keeping organization founded in 1939 with members in over 120 countries. The association welcomes visitors to the 60,000 square foot IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Florida. For further information, contact Lesley Arico at the International Game Fish Association, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004 Email: larico@igfa.org or by phone (954) 927-2628 Fax (954) 924-4299.

                                    (EDITOR: To schedule an interview with any of the three honorees you may contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or larico@igfa.org, or Pete Johnson, IGFA PR counsel at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com. Head shot photos of each of the five inductees are available upon request.)
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                                    Manufacturers among those to be honored at IGFA’s Fifth Annual World Record Achievement Awards

                                    Last month in the IGFA Hot News for March, we highlighted the top anglers from around the world who will be honored April 12 at the IGFA’s Fifth Annual World Record Achievement Awards (WRAA) celebration (please see http://www.igfa.org/News.asp?qs=203).
                                    This month we feature the manufacturers based on the number of computer printouts of the 495 anglers using their products in setting the new records in 2007. The awards ceremony also recognizes the men, women, juniors, and professional captains for the most world records compiled from the Top 10 list recently published in the IGFA’s 2008 World Record Game Fishes book. The ceremony will be held at the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Florida.
                                    Shimano, Ande and Rapala are among the top tackle, line and lure manufacturers to be honored.
                                    Shimano picked up firsts in saltwater rods and reels along with freshwater reels for a combined 240 records. Ande also scored triple firsts in fly tippet, saltwater and freshwater lines totaling 219 records. Rapala had two first both in the use of their freshwater and saltwater lures for records.
                                    Also scoring first were Shakespeare for freshwater rods, Tibor for fly reels, Sage for fly rods, and Boga Grip for scales.

                                    Lifetime Achievement Awards; top anglers to be honored
                                    Guides/educators Captain Jay Wright Jr., Hollywood, Fla., USA, and Jean-Francois Helias, also an IGFA Representative from Bangkok, Thailand will be presented with IGFA Lifetime Achievement Awards.
                                    Each man will receive a David Wirth limited edition bronze “Lava” Hawaiian circle hook sculpture.
                                    Also to be honored will be Ms. Jodie L. Johnson, Peterborough, N.H. USA, as the Overall Female Angler of the year recording the most records, 28 all on fly. In addition Dr. Martin Arostegui Coral Gables, Fla., USA, will receive the Overall Male Angler of the year with 22 records, 18 of them on fly. The retired physician was the first angler to reach the 200 world records plateau two years ago.
                                    All first place winners will receive King Sailfish Mounts.
                                    Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner and awards program at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the WRAA are $50.00 and include a barbecue dinner.
                                    For more information or to reserve a ticket, contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or larico@igfa.org .


                                    From the 2008 WRAA Top 10 list –
                                    Tackle manufacturers/guides – # records achieved
                                    Top 3 SW Guides
                                    1. Andrew Parsons: 16
                                    2. Capt. Jay Wright: 12
                                    3. Capt. Greg Eklund: 11
                                    Top 3 FW Guides
                                    1. Capt. Jay Wright: 20
                                    2. Jean Francois Helias: 12
                                    3. Karel Dawson: 8
                                    Fly Rods
                                    1. Sage: 42
                                    2. Gloomis: 37
                                    3. Thomas & Thomas: 12
                                    Fly Reels
                                    1. Tibor/Billy Pate: 53
                                    2. Abel: 34
                                    3. Lamson: 8
                                    Fly Tippet
                                    1. Ande: 77
                                    2. Rio: 31
                                    3. Maxima: 6
                                    4. 3t. Momoi: 6
                                    SW Rod
                                    1. Shimano: 25
                                    2. Penn: 17
                                    3. Daiwa: 11
                                    SW Reel
                                    1. Shimano: 117
                                    2. Penn: 46
                                    3. Daiwa: 32
                                    SW Line
                                    1. Ande: 62
                                    2. Momoi: 27
                                    3. Power Pro: 22
                                    FW Rod
                                    1. Shakespeare: 25
                                    2. Pro Kik: 23
                                    3. Shimano: 18
                                    FW Reel
                                    1. Shimano: 98
                                    2. Daiwa: 22
                                    3. Abu Garcia: 13
                                    3t. Penn: 13
                                    FW Line
                                    1. Ande: 80
                                    2. Power Pro: 28
                                    3. Berkley: 25
                                    Scales
                                    1. Boga Grip: 170
                                    2. Chatillion: 70
                                    3. Berkley: 32
                                    Top 3 FW Lure:
                                    1. Rapala: 11
                                    2. Zoom: 7
                                    3. Mepps: 4
                                    Top 3 SW Lure:
                                    1. Rapala 4
                                    2. Storm 3
                                    3. 6 tied with 2
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                                    Anglers prepare for Ninth Annual Offshore World Championship

                                    It’s the final month of preparation as 63 teams from nearly 30 countries on five continents practice for the 2008 IGFA Offshore World Championship May 11 – 16, at one of the world’s top fishing locations Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
                                    Considered the most prestigious catch-and-release billfishing tournament across the globe, the event also draws the single largest contingent of international teams ever to compete in a fishing competition.
                                    The teams were invited after winning one of 137 IGFA qualifying events held in 38 countries and territories plus 14 states in the U.S. It’s the seventh straight year Cabo San Lucas, has been chosen as the championship location.
                                    This years’ sponsors are Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur, Costa Del Mar, Hotel Finisterra, Guy Harvey Inc., Shimano, Minerva’s Baja Tackle, Picante Sport Fishing and Yacht Sales, Cabo Yachts, K D & G Sea Life Masterpieces, Hook & Tackle, Momoi Hi-Catch, Murray Products, AFTCO BlueWater, Bodo Muche, Señor Greenberg’s, IWS Scales, King Sailfish Mounts, Pompanette, Pisces Sportfishing, Corona and Modelo S.A DE C.V. Mexico, Trans Cabo, Eagle Claw, MoldCraft Products, Inc., Don Tyson and API Dock.
                                    In 2009 the Bonnier Marine Group will join the IGFA to manage the 10th anniversary of the world championship which began in 2000.
                                    Updated information and a list of the registered teams can be found on the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org under the fishing tab on the home page by clicking “tournaments.” Questions regarding the 2008 IGFA OWC should be directed to Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or via e-mail at LArico@igfa.org.
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                                    IGFA partners with Florida Keys Outfitters for 2009 Inshore World Championship

                                    Hailed for nearly a decade as the “Super Bowl” of fly and light-tackle inshore fishing, the International Game Fish Association’s Inshore World Championship stands to grow even more prestigious thanks to a recently announced partnership with the Florida Keys Flyfishing School & Outfitters, Inc., dba Florida Keys Outfitters.
                                    This championship, which began in 2001, has grown into the sport’s premiere inshore fishing series. To be invited to this prestigious all-release event, anglers must win one of the many qualifying tournaments located around the world.
                                    “The Inshore World Championship has anglers representing more countries than any other inshore fishing tournament in the world,” says IGFA Corporate Relations Director Mike Myatt. “We have over 50 qualifying tournaments from seven different countries this year including 12 states here in the USA.”
                                    Florida Keys Outfitters will manage operations of the championship starting with the 2009 event. The IGFA will remain the championship’s sole non-profit benefactor with a fundraiser and auction for the IGFA to be held at the championship. The championship will continue to use the first-class amenities and guides of Islamorada, Fla., its host location. The Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship is scheduled for July 7-9, 2009.
                                    In 1989 Sandy Moret founded The Florida Keys Fly Fishing School and began holding fly fishing seminars with a list of now legendary instructors. Just to name a few, Flip Pallot, Chico Fernandez, Steve Rajeff, Steve Huff, Rick Ruoff and Moret provide extensive hands-on instruction five times a year at the Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada. Now in its 20th year, it is unparalleled as the place to learn or improve fly fishing skills, whether on the flats or in blue water. Sandy progressed from the school to opening Florida Keys Outfitters, a specialty salt water fly fishing shop in Islamorada, in 1992.
                                    Since then Florida Keys Outfitters has become recognized as one of the premiere salt water fly fishing shops in the world, specializing in providing premium fly fishing equipment and flies along with expert rigging and experienced advice. The shop also offers an excellent selection of men and women’s sportswear, weather gear, gifts and accessories. Anglers are also able to book some of the finest, professional fishing guides in the Keys through the shop.
                                    (For the complete news release please go to the IGFA web site’s home page at
                                    http://igfa.org/inshore_partnership_flkeysout.asp)
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                                    IGFA School of Sportfishing adds seventh session this spring

                                    Due to its popularity, the variety of appealing curriculums for local waters, the limited class sizes and expert instructors, the IGFA School of Sportfishing has added more classes to begin its seventh session in mid-April.
                                    Held on Tuesday nights from 7 - 10 p.m., at the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla., the classes feature many of the most popular subjects previously offered plus two new topics that participants have expressed strong interest in having added.
                                    “We’ve always strived to give the customer the best experience possible so we took their suggestions and brought back the favorite classes,” said IGFA Adult Education Coordinator David Matagiese. “After going through these evaluations with program School of Sportfishing cofounder, Capt. Tony DiGiulian of Saltwater Professional Consulting, it was pretty clear that the customers were looking for a class to help them utilize their onboard electronics to become more efficient anglers. With today’s technology, marine electronics are capable of giving anglers a huge advantage but many people can’t access the full potential of what they paid for. This class will serve to teach customers how to easily manage their electronics and let their tools do the work for them.”
                                    Matagiese said the second new class debuting in this session is the “Tarpon, Redfish and Trout Tactics.”
                                    “This class will be a great supplement to the “Fishing for Trophy Snook” class and will provide each attendee with a whole new set of tactics for targeting these inshore species. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a weekend warrior, these classes offer something for everyone.”
                                    Along with DiGiulian other popular captains instructing the classes are Mark Zaskey, Bouncer Smith and Drew Kettelhut
                                    The dates, subjects and instructors for the eight classes will include:
                                    • April 15 -- Four Fundamentals Every Sportfisherman Should Know-- Capt. Tony DiGiulian
                                    • April 22 -- Fishing for Trophy Snook --Capt. Mark Zaskey
                                    • April 29 -- Fishing Bimini and Cat Cay --Capt. Bouncer Smith
                                    • May 6 -- Dolphin and Wahoo Secrets --Capt. Tony DiGiulian
                                    • May 13 -- Successful Swordfishing--Capt. Drew Kettelhut
                                    • May 20 -- Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs--Capt. Bouncer Smith
                                    • May 27 -- Understanding Your Onboard Electronics --Instructor TBA
                                    • June 3 -- Tarpon, Redfish and Trout Tactics--Instructor TBA

                                    The cost is $100 for IGFA members and $150 for non-members per class and limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up.
                                    For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954.924.4247 or e-mail him at dmatagiese@igfa.org. Registration is also available online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                    --Coming to the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame—
                                    Free IGFA Family Fishing Clinic this month; Sharkwater included

                                    The popular IGFA Family Fishing Clinic at the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla., returns on Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. IGFA staff members will be available for the free event to provide instruction on casting, knot tying, regulations, angling techniques and conservation practices.
                                    As an added bonus admission to the museum, which offers many family activities including the popular Sharkwater feature length movie, will be also free for children and ½ off for adults.
                                    Reservations are not required.
                                    For more information please call the IGFA at 954-927-2628.
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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?
                                    Next month the IGFA and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission will team together to host its next free Boaters Safety Courses beginning on Saturday, May 10, at the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla.
                                    Two other additional classes for 2008 will be offered August 2 and November 8.
                                    The all day class will begin at 8 a.m. and last 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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                                    IGFA Junior Angler Summer Camp starts in June; Open house in May

                                    For hands-on activities for youngsters nothing beats the IGFA Junior Angler annual Summer Camps beginning in June.
                                    Now in its ninth year at the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla., the association will be offering nine weeklong summer camp adventures for children ages 8 – 13 running from June 9 - August 15th.
                                    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 a chance to experience the exciting activities in store, parents and their youngsters can come to the IGFA on Saturday, May 17th from 10 a.m. to noon for a Summer Camp Open House. For much more information, please call 954-924-4309, email reservations@igfa.org, or visit www.igfa.org/camps.asp.
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                                    April Hot Catches from the IGFA World Records Department

                                    Each month the International Game Fish Association’s highlights 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 14 recent submissions now before the world records review committee:

                                    An IGFA world fly fishing record that has been held for over 27 years by Cory Wells, the leader of the internationally famous hit recording rock group Three Dog Night, may be on the verge of being broken. While fly fishing Beaver Creek, on Bull Shoals Lake in Missouri, USA, Michael Bryan Kyle of nearby Springfield, landed a white bass (Morone chysops) on March 26 weighing 1.7 kg (3 lb 12 oz) using a Duane Doty clouser minnow on 4 kg (8 lb) class tippet. Wells caught his 3 lb 8 oz white bass fly fishing Lake Nacimiento, Calif in 1981. Ironically veteran fishing writer Wayne Shaw of the San Luis Obispo (Calif) Tribune was in the midst of writing a feature on Wells and the long standing world record from the local lake. Wells has been a member of the IGFA for over 30 years and held other fly records. (Photo: white bass -- 08040000)

                                    A number of ladies have been tackling IGFA world records. On holiday fishing Barra do Kwanza, Angola, young angler Lydia Nicolson of Brombrough Wirra, United Kingdom, guided by Cam Nicolson, and using a live sardine for bait, took 20 minutes to land a 46.6 kg (102 lb 11 oz) tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) on Dec. 28, 2007. She has sent her documentation to the IGFA in the female smallfry class category to potentially beat the current record of 86 lb caught in Laguan, San Jose, Carolina, Puerto Rico, Nov. 2005. (Photo: tarpon – 08030051)

                                    Fly fishing for heavier game than the fish found in her home waters of Bozeman, Mont., USA, Dotty Ballantyne, landed a California yellowtail (Seriola lalandi dorslis) off Loreto, Mexico while being guided by Abel Davis. The fish weighed 11.34 kg (25 lb 0 oz) on 8 kg (16 lb) class tippet and took 28 minutes to land. The current women’s tippet class record is 8 lb 6 oz recorded in the IGFA records books from the waters of Uncle Sam Band, Baja California in January 2005. (Photo: California yellowtail – 08030053)

                                    DeSoto, Kan. USA angler Joan Vandergriff, guided by Betsy Bullard, while fishing Golfito, Costa Rica, landed a Pacific snook (Centropomus spp.) in 25 minutes on February 13, 2008, weighing 14.23 kg (31 lb 6 oz) on 4 kg (8 lb) class line. The current IGFA women’s line class record is 8 lb 8 oz, caught in Isla Coiba, Panama in June 2005. (Photo: Pacific snook – 08030027)

                                    A month later also at Golfito, Costa Rica, Betsy Bullard, now the angler and guided by Abraham Concepcion, landed a Pacific snook (Centropomus spp.) on March 14 weighing 16.98 kg (37 lb 7 oz) on 6 kg (12 lb) class line. She used live threadfin for bait and took 10 minutes to land the fish. The IGFA women’s line class record currently stands at 7 lb 9 oz caught in the Galapagos of Ecuador in January 2004. (Photo: Pacific snook – 08030054)

                                    Hoping to beat here own 110 lb whaler shark (Carcharhinidae family) IGFA line class world record set last year on the aptly named Shark River of Flamingo in the Everglades of Florida, USA, Rebecca Wright, Hollywood, Fla., may have more than doubled it. Using a live blue runner for bait she hooked up for a 35 minute fight on 60 kg (130 lb) class line finally bringing her quarry in to weigh-in at 109.34 kg (241 lb 1 oz). Guided by Capt. Jay Wright Jr. she now has over 100 records. (Photo: whaler shark – 08020059)

                                    Using her guide Capt. Tim Klein’s TK Special fly, Islamorada, Fla., USA angler Diana A. Rudolph, landed a bonefish (Albula spp.) from her hometown waters January 15, weighing 5.24 kg (11 lb 9 oz). It took the multi-record holder 10 minutes to bring in the trophy fish on 10 kg (20 lb) tippet class. She’s hoping to break the current IGFA women’s record of 11 lb 2 oz from March, 2002 caught in the same area. (Photo: bonefish – 08030042)

                                    Ms. Jodie L. Johnson, Peterborough, N.H., USA, fly fishing the warm waters of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, this past December 13, landed an almaco jack, (Atlantic) (Seriola rivoliana) weighing 2.04 kg (4 lb 8 oz). Guided by Andrew Parsons she fought the fish for eight minutes using a Clouser fly tied on 3 kg (6 lb) class tippet. She’s hoping to beat her own current IGFA women’s 2 lb record for the specie, caught last year in the Bahamas. (Photo: almaco jack – 08030001)

                                    Fishing his home waters of Key West, Fla., USA, Tim Coleman, guided by Capt. Al Golinski, landed a gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus) on Feb. 23, which weighed 4.99 kg (11 lb 0 oz). He used 6 kg (12 lb) class line and a jig with cut herring for bait. The IGFA men’s line class record for the newly added species is vacant. (Photo: gray snapper – 08030010)

                                    Fly fishing the warmer waters of the Seychelles’ Cosmoledo Atoll, where he holds several other records, Washington USA’s Rockwell Hammond Jr., of Fall City, landed a bluefin trevally (Caranx melampygus) on Feb. 18, weighing 2.83 kg (6 lb 4 oz). He hooked the fish using a Dr. Rockbottom fly tied to 2 kg (4 lb) class tippet and fought it for 15 minutes. The current IGFA men’s tippet mark for the specie is 6 lb recorded in 2001 (Photo: bluefin trevally – 08030009)

                                    In Tanzania this past Dec. 7, fishing his home waters of Dar es Salaam and using a rainbow runner for bait, Benward Twalibu, landed a dogtooth tuna, (Gymnosarda unicolor), weighing 100.5 kg (221 lb 8 oz) for a pending IGFA men’s 37 kg (80 lb) line class record . Guided by Maddalena Martinengo, it took him 45 minutes to land the long running and tough fighting fish. He has hopes of beating the current IGFA men’s line class mark of 194 lbs. caught in Kwan-Tall Islands, Kwantall-Do, Korea. (Photo: dogtooth tuna – 08030044)

                                    Escaping the cold weather of Wilton, Conn. USA, for the warmer Atlantic waters off Jupiter, Fla., junior angler Cody Lapnow, guided by Jeff Warshaw, landed an African pompano (Alectis ciliaris) this past February 23. Using goggle-eye for bait and after a 10 minute fight he landed the fish that weighed 19.96 kg (44 lb 0 oz). The current IGFA male junior record is 39 lb 4 oz caught nearly five years ago just north of Jupiter in Port Canaveral, Fla. (Photo: African pompano – 08030035)

                                    Fly fishing the waters of Key West, Florida, USA, Dave Chermanski, of Merritt Island, Fla., guided by Willie Chermanski, landed a cero mackerel (Scomberomorus regalis) on Feb. 26. On his 4 kg (8 lb) class tippet he used his own hand-tied DC Simulator to entice the bite of the fish which weighed 3.8 3kg (8 lb 7 oz). It took him 10 minutes to land. With his documentation he hopes to beat the current IGFA mark of 7 lb 4 oz recorded in 2004 in the same Key West vicinity. (Photo: cero mackerel – 08030022)

                                    Fishing his hometown of Newport, Oregon, USA, angler Todd Pietsch, landed a grass rockfish (Sebastes rastrelliger) on March 30, 2007, weighing 2.89 kg (6 lb 6 oz) to possibly tie the all-tackle record. The current IGFA record fish was caught in the same area earlier that same month. (Photo: grass rockfish - 08030042a)
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                                    Sharkwater extended: film and exhibition drawing big crowds

                                    Sharkwater, the award-winning feature length film and exhibition which premiered in the fall of 2007 at the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., continues to draw big crowds and has been extended through September.
                                    The much acclaimed 90-minute documentary film, winner of 19 international awards, is being shown four times daily on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and Sundays at noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays the film is shown at 3:30 p.m.
                                    An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation is also featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery.
                                    The IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16.
                                    For more information phone the IGFA at 954-924-4370.
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                                    From the IGFA -- Did You Know?

                                    • Recreational fishing in Europe is responsible for:
                                    • 2900 companies
                                    • 60,000 jobs
                                    • 5 billion Euros, annually
                                    • Europe has 25 million recreational anglers that spend an estimated 25 billion Euros each year.
                                    • New Zealand anglers spend an average of $900 per year.
                                    • Australian anglers spend an average of $100 per year.
                                    • Nearly 40 million Americans fish.
                                    That's more than the number of people that play golf or tennis combined.
                                    • Recreational fishing in the US supports more than one million jobs.
                                    • Recreational fishing in the US supports more than $45 billion in annual retail sales.
                                    • The total economic output of recreational fishing in the US is over $125 billion annually.
                                    • US anglers and boaters spend over $600 million annually on excise taxes that go towards fisheries conservation and enhancement.
                                    • US anglers directly invest $1.2 billion annually to preserve, protect and enhance the sport of recreational fishing.

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                                    Calendar of future IGFA events

                                    Now through September 2008 – Sharkwater, award-winning feature length film and exhibition, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – Extended through September due to popular demand, the much acclaimed 90-minute documentary film, winner of 19 international awards, is being shown four times daily on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and Sunday’s at noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays it’s shown at 3:30 p.m. An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation is also featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery. Monthly lectures featuring local and national shark experts are also scheduled. The IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16. For more information phone the IGFA at 954-924-4370.
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                                    April 12, 2008 -- Fifth annual IGFA World Record Achievement Awards and Banquet, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. -- This celebration dinner and awards ceremony highlights the 2007 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains and tackle manufacturers. For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or larico@igfa.org.
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                                    April 15, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Four Fundamentals Every Sportfisherman Should Know,” -- IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. If you're new to the game or a seasoned vet to the sport, these are must-have skills every sportfisherman should know. Conducted by Capt. Tony DiGiulian this hands-on intensive class covers different types of bait rigging, how to fill your live well by properly throwing a cast net, how to tie critical knots for double line, line to line, terminal connections, and wire twists, along with proper terminal tackle prep like crimping, making leaders and hook sharpening. The 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 more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                                    April 19, 2008 -- Free Family Fishing Clinic, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. IGFA staff members will be available to provide instruction on casting, knot tying, regulations, angling techniques and conservation practices. Museum admission will be free for children and ½ off for adults. Reservations are not required.
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                                    April 22, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Fishing for Trophy Snook,” -- IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Conducted by Capt. Mark Zaskey this class will teach you how to successfully target and find monster snook by working underwater structure using proven techniques including how to consistently provoke huge strikes. Learn from one of the innovators what it takes to land that lunker snook. The 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                                    April 25 - 27, 2008 -- 28th Annual Week of the Ocean School Marine Fair, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. Free event showcasing award-winning marine projects
                                    of K-12th grade students from the arts to sciences. Museum hours 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m. (Projects down at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday). For more information please go to www.national-week-of-the-ocean.org or contact Cynthia Hancock at 954-462-5573.
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                                    April 29, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Fishing Bimini and Cat Cay” -- IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Discover this world just 50 miles away. 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 enjoyable as possible. This class conducted by Capt. Bouncer Smith is limited to only 24 anglers, and 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                                    May 6, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sport Fishing – “Dolphin and Wahoo Secrets” -- IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. -- 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Learn how to increase the size and quantity of the dolphin and wahoo you catch. Gain inside knowledge on the best strategies and techniques and learn to make the best rigs to catch more fish. This class, limited to 24 students, is taught by Capt. Tony DiGiulian, owner of Saltwater Professional Consulting. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                                    May 10, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                    May 11 - 16, 2008 – 2008 IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – It’s international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting over 60 winning teams from 27 countries on five continents who have been invited after winning one of over 130 IGFA qualifying events held in 2007. This ninth annual tournament hosts the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. Contact IGFA tournament coordinator Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org or for media informationIGFA PR counsel Pete Johnson at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com .
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                                    May 13, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Successful Swordfishing,” IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, 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. Drew Kettelhut one of Fort Lauderdale's best 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 more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                                    May 17, 2008 – IGFA Summer Camp Open House, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. 10 a.m. – noon. This event gives parents and their youngsters ages 8 to 13 a chance to experience exciting activities during the IGFA’s nine weekly Summer Camps which begin June 9 to Aug 15, 2008. For more information, please call 954-924-4309, email reservations@igfa.org, or visit www.igfa.org/camps.asp.
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                                    May 20, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs,” IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. If you have ever had a slow day trolling and wished for some serious rod bending action, then this is the class for you. Techniques for snapper and grouper are just some of what you will learn from Capt. Bouncer Smith, one of the greatest fishermen of our generation. Limited to 24 anglers, the 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                                    May 27, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Understanding your Onboard Electronics” -- IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                                    June 1 – 30, 2008 -- BAMM (Broward Attractions and Museum Month) During the month of June anyone with a membership in the IGFA or one the 20 participating museums and attractions in Broward County will be able to use that for reciprocal benefits in all. The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.” Each institution will define exactly what benefits will be eligible but at the very least it will be free admission at same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org
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                                    June 3, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Tarpon, Redfish and Trout Tactics” -- IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Find out what it takes to successfully target these highly sought after inshore species. Limited to only 24 anglers, this new 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                                    June 9 -- Aug 15, 2008 -- IGFA’s nine weekly Summer Camps begin, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – This is the ninth year of the IGFA’s popular nine weekly camps held during the summer break for children ages 8 to 13. Campers will explore the aquatic environment and participate in many fishing adventures and exciting marine life activities. Each week-long camp session is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before and after-care is available from 8 - 9 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more information, go to the IGFA summer camp website at www.igfa.org/summercamp.asp. There’s a maximum of 45 children per week, so parents are encouraged to reserve early. Registration is available by calling the IGFA education department at 954-924-4309 or via email at reservations@igfa.org.
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                                    June 29 – July 2, 2008 -- Eighth annual IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Called by anglers and the media the “super bowl” of light tackle and fly fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of over 50 IGFA qualifying tournaments held on four continents in 2007 to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the qualifiers are paired with a different premier Keys guide each day fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish using fly or light tackle equipment. The five major award categories will include: Grand Champion (the angler who accumulates the most points for all five targeted species); runner-up grand champion and first places in the fly, artificial lure and bait casting divisions. There are also trophies and merchandise for second and third place divisional winners in the three categories as well as the top three guides. Contact: IGFA IWC tournament coordinator Denise Hartman 954-924-4243 or DHartman@igfa.org or for media information Pete Johnson, IGFA PR counsel at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com
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                                    July 17, 2008 -- Second Annual Fish N Chips ****** party, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. This event benefits the Florida Marlins Community Foundation. For more information please go to www.Florida.marlins.mlb.com.
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                                    August 2, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                    October 25, 2008 -- The 10th Annual IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will be the highlight of a weekend-long (Friday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 26) celebration in honor of all 70 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include Henry Chee, Dr. Roy Dean, Jimmy Houston, Kay Rybovich and Karl Wickstrom. They were selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony for the 2008 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                                    November 8, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                    November 10 – 13, 2008 – The Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA --Representatives from around the globe will be hosted by the IGFA at an international forum for the recreational fishing community. The conference will target the tackle industry, angling tourism and include representatives from non governmental organizations and fisheries science and management. Topics will include historical and recent trends in participation, emerging fisheries, recreational fisheries science and management, socioeconomics, and catch and release. For information on the conference or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.worldrecfish.org or contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or jschratwieser@igfa.org
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                                      International Fishing Hall of Fame Completes Building F

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                                      International Fishing Hall of Fame Completes Building Fund
                                      Campaign for Game Fish Conservation continues drive


                                      DANIA BEACH, Fla., USA --- A major milestone in the history of the International Game Fish Association has been reached as the mortgage for the worldwide headquarters of the 69-year old conservation and record-keeping body has been paid off.
                                      ”The remaining building debt of $5 million has been paid in full,” said IGFA Development Director Eric Combast, who 18 months ago helped initiate the IGFA’s five-year Campaign for Game Fish Conservation. “It now launches us into a transition phase of our multi-faceted campaign which enables hard work and focused planning to translate into solid global conservation outcomes for all recreational anglers.”
                                      The IGFA was founded in 1939. The actual 60,000 sq. foot building, which is now the permanent home of the International Fishing Hall of Fame, was completed in 1999. Besides a movie theatre and the extensive E.K. Harry Library, it holds the world’s largest collection of angling artifacts. It also features permanent and changing exhibits including historical memorabilia and interactive displays providing the hall’s visitors an excellent learning experience. The IGFA has its global headquarters in the three-story facility where it administers its world-wide programs.
                                      “The IGFA would like to thank all of our trustees, close friends and corporate sponsors that contributed to the International Fishing Hall of Fame building fund, “ said IGFA President Rob Kramer. “Their tremendous support has helped us reach this milestone in the Campaign.”
                                      A “burning of the mortgage” ceremony will be held October 24 during the Hall of Fame induction weekend.
                                      Campaign Chairman Jeff Storm Harkavy said the completion of the loan was a major step in the $15 million campaign adding, “This positive momentum is allowing us continued progress in the four key areas of the campaign including education and outreach, conservation, the International Fishing Hall of Fame and a permanent endowment.”
                                      “We’re now able to focus resources and attention on youth education and game fish conservation,” said Harkavy. “This includes a public awareness campaign to ban the importation of billfish into the United States and youth education programs that teach children ethical angling practices using fishing as a tool to get them excited about the environment.”
                                      “Of the remaining $10 million to be raised over the next three years $6 million will go to education and conservation and $4 million to endowment development,” said Combast.
                                      Kramer added, “We believe that the International Fishing Hall of Fame is an international treasure - one that embodies the grandeur of our great sport - one that houses the most complete history of angling – and one that belongs to all fishermen from all walks of life around the globe,”
                                      To learn more about the campaign, and the many ways you can support the IGFA’s efforts, contact Eric Combast, at 954-924-4325 or ECombast@igfa.org or Jeff Storm Harkavy at Jeff.Harkavy@raymondjames.com or 954-449-4350 Visit www.fishinghalloffame.org for more information about the International Fishing Hall of Fame.
                                      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 International Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Florida. Its web site is www.igfa.org .
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                                      Scottsdale, Ariz., USA
                                      480-951-3654 (ph) 480-951-0040 (fax)
                                      JohnsonCom@aol.com (e-mail)
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                                        HOT News from the IGFA

                                        HOT News from the IGFA
                                        May 2008

                                        By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

                                        Anglers set for ninth annual IGFA Offshore World Championship

                                        The United States will be represented by 14 teams, Brazil and Mexico by five each and Italy and Angola four apiece as altogether 63 teams from 27 countries on five continents get ready to vie for the 2008 IGFA Offshore World Championship title May 11 – 16.
                                        The ninth annual event will take place at one of the world’s premier fishing locations Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the seventh year it’s been held there.
                                        Considered the most prestigious catch-and-release billfishing tournament in the world, the IGFA OWC also draws the single largest contingent of international teams contending in a fishing competition.
                                        Countries and territories from five continents represented include teams from Angola, Australia, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Grenada, Guatemala, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Spain, Sultanate of Oman, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, the U.S., Vanuatu and Venezuela.
                                        Teams were invited after winning one of 137 IGFA qualifying events held in 38 countries and territories plus 14 states in the U.S.
                                        Last year a team representing Spain’s Marina Rubicon Marlin Cup 2006 made a major comeback on the final day of the tournament catching and releasing 10 striped marlin, to take home to Europe the coveted title.
                                        Partners and sponsors for the IGFA Offshore World Championship are Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur, Costa Del Mar, Hotel Finisterra, Guy Harvey Inc., Shimano, Picante Sport Fishing and Yacht Sales, Cabo Yachts, K D & G Sea Life Masterpieces, Hook & Tackle, Momoi Hi-Catch, Murray Products, AFTCO BlueWater, Bodo Muche, Minerva’s Baja Tackle, Señor Greenberg’s, IWS Scales, King Sailfish Mounts, Pompanette, Pisces Sportfishing, Corona and Modelo S.A DE C.V. Mexico, Don Tyson, Trans Cabo, Eagle Claw, MoldCraft Products, Inc. and API Dock.
                                        Next year, to begin the event’s 10th anniversary, the tournament welcomes the Bonnier Marine Group which will join the IGFA to manage the world championship which began in 2000.
                                        Updated information and a list of the registered teams can be found on the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org under the fishing tab on the home page by clicking “tournaments.”
                                        Daily updates will be posted on the IGFA web site over the weeklong event.
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                                        International Fishing Hall of Fame completes building fund

                                        A major milestone in the history of the International Game Fish Association has been reached as the mortgage for the worldwide headquarters of the 69-year old conservation and record-keeping body has been paid off.
                                        ”The remaining building debt of $5 million has been paid in full,” said IGFA Development Director Eric Combast, who 18 months ago helped initiate the IGFA’s five-year Campaign for Game Fish Conservation. “It now launches us into a transition phase of our multi-faceted campaign which enables hard work and focused planning to translate into solid global conservation outcomes for all recreational anglers.”
                                        The IGFA was founded in 1939. The actual 60,000 sq. foot building, which is now the permanent home of the International Fishing Hall of Fame, was completed in 1999. Besides a movie theatre and the extensive E.K. Harry Library, it holds the world’s largest collection of angling artifacts. It also features permanent and changing exhibits including historical memorabilia and interactive displays providing the hall’s visitors an excellent learning experience. The IGFA has its global headquarters in the three-story facility where it administers its world-wide programs.
                                        “The IGFA would like to thank all of our trustees, close friends and corporate sponsors that contributed to the International Fishing Hall of Fame building fund, “ said IGFA President Rob Kramer. “Their tremendous support has helped us reach this milestone in the Campaign.”
                                        A “burning of the mortgage” ceremony will be held October 24 during the Hall of Fame induction weekend.
                                        Campaign Chairman Jeff Storm Harkavy said the completion of the loan was a major step in the $15 million campaign adding, “This positive momentum is allowing us continued progress in the four key areas of the campaign including education and outreach, conservation, the International Fishing Hall of Fame and a permanent endowment.”
                                        “We’re now able to focus resources and attention on youth education and game fish conservation,” said Harkavy. “This includes a public awareness campaign to ban the importation of billfish into the United States and youth education programs that teach children ethical angling practices using fishing as a tool to get them excited about the environment.”
                                        “Of the remaining $10 million to be raised over the next three years $6 million will go to education and conservation and $4 million to endowment development,” said Combast.
                                        Kramer added, “We believe that the International Fishing Hall of Fame is an international treasure - one that embodies the grandeur of our great sport - one that houses the most complete history of angling – and one that belongs to all fishermen from all walks of life around the globe,”
                                        To learn more about the campaign, and the many ways you can support the IGFA’s efforts, contact Eric Combast, at 954-924-4325 or ECombast@igfa.org or Jeff Storm Harkavy at Jeff.Harkavy@raymondjames.com or 954-449-4350 Visit www.fishinghalloffame.org for more information about the International Fishing Hall of Fame.
                                        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 International Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Florida. Its web site is www.igfa.org .
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                                        News on Hall of Famers – Apte, Kreh, Wulff and Parker

                                        From time-to-time in the IGFA Hot News we feature news on members of the International Fishing Hall of Fame. Among those highlighted in this edition are Joan Wulff, Stu Apte, Lefty Kreh and Capt. George Parker.

                                        Wulff featured in Field & Stream
                                        The first lady of fly fishing Joan Wulff, is featured in the May issue of Field & Stream Magazine. The publication’s deputy editor Jay Cassell conducted the fascinating interview with photography by Jeffery Salter who visited Joan at her home and on the water in the Florida Keys.
                                        One of the many quotes that stands out “I’m an ordinary woman who has had an extraordinary life, though the magic of sportfishing.” Pick up a copy.

                                        Apte memoirs now in print
                                        After over two years of writing and editing his memoirs, saltwater fly-fishing legend Stu Apte has self-published Of Wind and Tides, a first-class, hardbound limited first edition of 300 copies.
                                        The book is approximately 500 pages and is expected by the first of June. The exceptionally well-done project features 62 pages of color photographs and 22 pages of black-and-white photographs.
                                        Each numbered and personally autographed copy is $300.
                                        His loves for flying and for tarpon fishing are captured on the hardcover. The title is embossed in silver with a line drawing of a Pan Am 747 climbing out and a silver king jumping alongside of it also embossed in silver.
                                        In the fall Apte said he expects to produce the same size in a paperback version.

                                        Kreh is on the mend
                                        Despite a freak accident expect to see Lefty Kreh conducting the masses with his fly rod later this year.
                                        It was over three months ago during a fly-casting demo in Tampa, Fla., that Kreh fell three feet from a platform and contacted all his weight on his knee, tearing the kneecap completely free. Two days later he said doctors surgically reattached the cap and sutured the tendons and muscles.
                                        Since early March he says he has had gentle therapy three times a week and is now starting to strengthen the leg. Kreh’s best prediction is that about mid-June he’ll be able to discard the Velcro splint he’s wearing and expects more therapy into autumn.
                                        The always affable and popular fly-fishing educator and writer said, “The fly-fishing community and friends from all over the planet have been wonderful with tons of e-mails and cards and offers of help in getting me around.”

                                        Hawaii’s Parker dies at 96
                                        A pioneer of Hawaii’s charter boat fishing industry and the first to land a grander, Captain George Stevens Parker died on April 4 at the age of 96, at his residence of Bali Hai in Holualoa, Hawaii overlooking the Kona coast.
                                        Born in 1911 in San Diego, California, Parker moved to Hawaii in 1935. He was the first person to land a Pacific blue marlin weighing more than 1,000 pounds, a world record fish caught in 1954.
                                        He was awarded a Silver Medal of Honor for a heroic rescue at Kiholo Bay in 1965, lead in the creation of the Honokohau Small Boat Harbor and was a strong advocate for Hawaii’s sport fishing industry. Parker was also a big supporter of fishing tournaments in Hawaii, including the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament which he fished from 1960 until he retired from charter fishing at the age of 85.
                                        Parker was inducted into the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame in 2005.
                                        Services were held May 3 with a burial at sea on May 4. Donations can be made in the memory of Capt. George Parker to the IGFA, Hospice of Kona or the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament.
                                        For additional information, contact: Jillyn Parker, 808 896-7094
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                                        IGFA’s Mike Myatt Promoted to COO

                                        The International Game Fish Association has named long-time Corporate Relations Director Mike Myatt as its new Chief Operating Officer.
                                        Myatt has been with the IGFA for nearly eight years in such capacities as marketing, publications and membership. In addition to his success in building the IGFA’s corporate partnerships, Mike grew the IGFA’s nearly decade old Inshore and Offshore World Championship tournaments into the most prestigious international fishing events in the world.
                                        In his new role as COO, Myatt will work with IGFA President Rob Kramer in developing company business strategies and overseeing the functions of the International Fishing Hall of Fame. He will also continue to be IGFA’s lead executive on all corporate relations matters.
                                        For additional information, contact the IGFA at 954-927-2628.
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                                        Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference catching major interest

                                        The Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference (WRFC) which will be held and hosted at the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame in the late fall has already attracted over 300 people from 36 countries and territories who have signed on to receive more conference materials.
                                        In addition, according to Emily Collins, the IGFA International Projects Coordinator, 120 abstracts have also been submitted from 22 countries and territories.
                                        The WRFC is scheduled for Nov. 10-13, at the Dania Beach, Florida site. Registration is open and limited to 280 attendees. The event is expected to attract highly motivated anglers involved with management of sport fisheries, industry representatives, companies who depend on sport fishing for their business and recreational fisheries managers from all across the globe.
                                        Attendees are encouraged to register early.
                                        The conference theme is “The Angler in the Environment” and will focus on the importance of environmental issues as they relate to recreational fishing.
                                        Abstracts are being accepted until June 1st. Guidelines and submission information is also available online, and as the steering committee continues to develop the agenda, interested persons are encouraged to submit papers of relevance to the following session topics:
                                        • Climate Change: Direct Implications for Anglers, Sportfishing Industry and Fisheries Managers
                                        • Aquatic Protected Areas: Successes, Failures, Processes and Impacts on Recreational Fisheries
                                        • Sustainable Development of Recreational Fisheries
                                        • Community Expectations And Perceptions: Recreational Fishing’s Role in Society
                                        • Global Partnerships in Recreational Fisheries
                                        • Ecosystem Based Approach to Recreational Fisheries Management
                                        Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting WRFC Chair Jason Schratwieser at wrfc@igfa.org or 954-924-4320.
                                        More information is available on www.worldrecfish.org .
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                                        Junior Angler working on second 100 world records

                                        Martini Arostegui is just 15 years of age, but he has already recorded over 100 IGFA world records, the first junior angler ever to achieve the impressive world class mark.
                                        And he’s working on more.
                                        Following in the footsteps of his physician father Dr. Martin Arostegui, who himself was the first person to attain 200 world records, Martini’s achievements have extended well beyond small fry and junior records to include men’s fresh and saltwater line class, fly and all-tackle records.
                                        The Coral Gables, Fla., teenager’s first record catch was as a “smallfry” in Sept. 1998 landing a 3 lb Florida gar caught in a south Fla. canal. Since then he’s made record catches on fishing trips with his parents at destinations near and far including Bimini, the Dry Tortugas, Alaska, Costa Rica, Kenya, Thailand, Malaysia and Suriname.
                                        Like his father Martini delves into the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book and on the computer as standard preparations for a trip, searching for potential fish species in his destinations and the fly or line class specifications he needs to achieve it with.
                                        Earlier this year Martini received certification of his 100th world record fish, and like his first it was caught close to home in nearby Flamingo, a line class record for a gray snapper.
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                                        May Hot Catches from the IGFA World Records Department

                                        From across the globe the International Game Fish Association’s world records department receives nearly a hundred submissions each month. Here are highlights of selected documented fish catches from IGFA world records coordinator Rebecca Wright who provided the following information on these 10 recent submissions now before the world records review committee:

                                        Two years ago Dr. Martin Arostegui of Coral Gables, Fla., USA, set a new record off Key West, Fla., by catching and releasing a lemon shark, the heaviest fish documented on a fly rod. That heaviest-fish-on-fly-record might be broken by Rick Gunion, Village of Palmetto Bay, Fla., USA, who also landed a shark, a tiger (Galeocerdo cuvier), on March 28, weighing 222.26 kg (490 lb 0 oz) on 8 kg (16 lb) tippet. Gunion was guided by Brett Dudas while fishing Mantinilla Shoal, Bahamas. He used an orange streamer for bait and took 40 minutes to bring the shark under control. Gunion, like Arostegui, has numerous world records for various shark species on fly. If his documentation is approved, it would also break the men’s tippet record for a 196 lb 6 oz, tiger caught near Flamingo, Fla., by Pat Ford in March 1999. (Photo: tiger shark – 08040008)

                                        Judith E. White, of Grand Haven, Mich., USA, guided by Capt. Chris Morrison, landed a blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) on March 30, weighing 3.18 kg (7 lb 0 oz) using cut bait on 6 kg (12 lb) class line. Taking four minutes to land she made the catch while fishing Marathon, Florida, USA, and now may be among the first to fill the women’s line class record section for the recently added new species to the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book. (Photo: blacktip shark – 08040009)

                                        Another new species added this year to the World Record Game Fishes book is the hickory shad (Alosa mediocris) and young angler John William Winstead, of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. USA is one of the first to catch one for a pending IGFA record. His catch was made on March 28 using a Nungesser shad spoon for bait, while fishing the Roanoke River in N.C., The fish weighed .62 kg (1 lb 6 oz) and the young man is waiting to hear if he’s the first to make his mark for a new male junior class record. (Photo: hickory shad – 08040023)

                                        A new all-tackle species for the IGFA record book was caught by Ayaka Kosuge, of Miura-Shi, Kanagawa, Japan, who guided by Katsu Yonamine, landed a coastal trevally, (Carangoides caetuleopinnatus) on March 5, weighing 1.05 kg (2 lb 5 oz). Fishing off Ginanzaki, Japan, Kosuge used a VR speed jig for bait taking just five minutes to bring the fish in. (Photo: coastal trevally – 08040028)

                                        Fishing the Rio Negro, in Colombia, Medellin angler Alejandro Linares, landed a sardinata (Brycon whitei) on March 22, weighing 4.08 kg (9 lb 0 oz) for a pending IGFA All-Tackle class record. It took him 15 minutes to land the fish using an in-line spinner for bait. The old record caught in Venezuela last year is 4 lb 4 oz in. (Photo: sardinata – 08040030)

                                        George Bogen of Los Angeles, Calif., USA, guided by Modesto Miranda, landed a gulf coney (Epinephalus acanthistius) on March 15 while fishing Mexico’s San Jose Del Cabo. The fish, a member of the grouper family, weighed 5.78 kg (12 lb 12 oz) and was submitted for an IGFA All-Tackle class record. Bogen was using frozen squid for bait and it took him six minutes to land. The current record is 11 lb 12 oz caught two years ago in the same waters of Mexico. (Photo: gulf coney - 08040036)

                                        Escaping the still frigid weather of her home in Bozeman, Mont. USA, fly angler Dotty Ballantyne, chose Andros Island, Bahamas to chase her next potential IGFA world record. Guided by Steven Adderly, she landed a whaler shark (Carcharhinidae family) on April 4, weighing 11.11 kg (24 lb 8 oz) on 4 kg (8 lb) class tippet. She used a red/white baitfish fly to entice the fish which followed with a 20 minute fight. The current women’s record for the species is 16 lb 8 oz caught off Strangers Cay, Bahamas last June. (Photo: whaler shark – 08040043)

                                        Junior angler Heather Michell Harkavy, Coral Springs, Fla., USA fishing off Flamingo, Fla., and using cut bait, landed a cobia (Rachycentron canadum) weighing 29.94 kg (66 lb 0 oz). Guided by Capt. Jay Wright Jr., she’s hoping the April 20 catch breaks the current female junior class record of 65 lb 4 oz, caught on Chesapeake Bay, Va., USA in 2002. (Photo: cobia -08040053).

                                        A new IGFA All-Tackle species submission was made by Mauro Sergio Preuss, Curitiba-Pr, Brazil, who landed a chicote surubim (Sorubimichthys) August 20, 2007. The fish weighed 6.28 kg (13 lb 13 oz) and was caught while Preuss was fishing the Araguia River, Brazil. (Photo: chicote surubim – 08040051)

                                        Fly-fishing Uraima Falls in Venezuela, Miami, Florida USA’s Eduardo Aristeguieta, guided by Guerrero Marino, landed a payara (Hydrolicus scomberoides) on April 19, weighing 7.71 kg (17 lb 0 oz). He was using a FPF blue mackerel fly on 10 kg (20 lb) class tippet and took 15 minutes to reel the payara in. He’s hoping to beat the old record of 14 lb 0 oz, recorded Feb. 2001 also at the same falls. (Photo: payara – 08040072)
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                                        From the IGFA -- Did You Know?

                                        • Age at which sandbar sharks (Carcharhinus plumbeus) become reproductively mature.
                                        o Males at 14 years
                                        o Females at 16 years
                                        • Temperature of a recently discovered hydrothermal vent-- 400º C
                                        • Size of the Greenland ice sheet—1.7 million km2 and 3 km thick
                                        o If it melted it would raise global sea level 7 m
                                        • World’s smallest fish—Paedocypris progenetica is 7.9 millimeters at maturity
                                        • World’s largest fish—Whale shark, Rhincodon typus, can grow to 20 meters
                                        • Scientists believe that sharks are restricted to 30% of the world’s oceans
                                        • Cruise ships can produce 30,000 gallons of sewage and 19 tons of garbage each day
                                        • The Atlantic bluefin tuna population has declined by more than 80% since the 1970s

                                        Fishy Quote—and we do mean fishy
                                        “With existing methods of fishing, it is inconceivable that the great sea fisheries, such as those for cod, herring and mackerel, could ever be exhausted”
                                        Thomas Henry Huxley, UK Royal Commission on the Sea Fisheries, 1866
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                                        Lifetime Achievement Award winners honored

                                        A permanent recognition will be added to and on display at the International Fishing Hall of Fame, honoring all of the recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards presented over the past five years at the World Record Achievement Award ceremonies.
                                        The announcement was made by IGFA President Rob Kramer.
                                        The latest presentation of Lifetime Achievement Awards for 2007 were made in April to guides/educators Captain Jay Wright Jr., Hollywood, Fla., USA, and Jean-Francois Helias, also an IGFA Representative from Bangkok, Thailand
                                        The annual WRAA ceremony also recognizes the men, women, juniors, and professional captains along with manufacturers for the most world records based on the number of computer printouts of anglers using their products in setting the new records each year.
                                        Other IGFA 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 and the Shimano American Corporation in 2006.
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                                        Four classes left in current IGFA School of Sportfishing session

                                        The IGFA’s School of Sportfishing has just four more classes left through May into June before the completion of the seventh session since the popular program started in 2006.
                                        Held on Tuesday nights from 7 - 10 p.m., at the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla., the classes feature many of the most popular subjects previously offered plus new topics that participants have expressed strong interest in having added.
                                        One of the new classes we’re offering is to help anglers utilize their onboard electronics to become more efficient fishermen,” said IGFA Adult Education Coordinator David Matagiese. “With today’s technology, marine electronics are capable of giving anglers a huge advantage but many people can’t access the full potential of what they paid for. This class serves to teach customers how to easily manage their electronics and let their tools do the work for them.”
                                        Matagiese said the other new class this session is the “Tarpon, Redfish and Trout Tactics.”
                                        “It’s a great supplement to the ‘Fishing for Trophy Snook’ class providing each attendee with a whole new set of strategies for targeting these inshore species. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a weekend warrior, these classes offer something for everyone.”
                                        The popular South Florida captains instructing the classes are Bouncer Smith, Drew Kettelhut and Shawn Fairbanks.
                                        The remaining dates, subjects and instructors for the four classes will include:
                                        • May 13 -- Successful Swordfishing--Capt. Drew Kettelhut
                                        • May 20 -- Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs--Capt. Bouncer Smith
                                        • May 27 -- Understanding Your Onboard Electronics --Instructor TBA
                                        • June 3 -- Tarpon, Redfish and Trout Tactics—Capt. Shawn Fairbanks
                                        The cost is $100 for IGFA members and $150 for non-members per class and limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up.
                                        For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954.924.4247 or e-mail him at dmatagiese@igfa.org. Registration is also available online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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                                        IGFA to host Special Anglers Tournament

                                        The IGFA and Make A Difference will be hosting a free Special Anglers Tournament on Saturday May 10th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the International Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla.
                                        The fun, exciting and memorable event is dedicated to physically and/or mentally disabled children only. Activities include fishing, virtual fishing tournaments, fish printing and face painting.
                                        Each participant takes home 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 954-924-4334 or email to vwoods@igfa.org.
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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 10, at the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla.
                                        Two other additional classes for 2008 will be offered August 2 and November 8.
                                        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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                                        IGFA to hold Open House in May for Junior Angler Summer Camps

                                        For hands-on activities for youngsters, nothing beats the IGFA annual Junior Angler Summer Camps presented weekly 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 17th from 10 a.m. to noon.
                                        Now in its ninth year and held at the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla., the association will be offering nine weeklong summer camp adventures for children ages 8 – 13 running from June 9 - August 15th.
                                        Campers spend time in the museum where they learn about fishing techniques, conservation, marine biology, tying flies & jigs, and participate in simulated fishing tournaments. Field trips take the campers on a variety of fresh and salt water adventures: drift boat, pier and shore fishing, wetlands exploration and much more. These camps give children the opportunity to have fun while being educated on local habitats and ethical practices. During each week-long experience, campers will discover the importance of the different fresh and salt water habitats for sport fishing.
                                        For much more information, please call 954-924-4309, email reservations@igfa.org, or visit www.igfa.org/camps.asp.
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                                        Sharkwater film and exhibition continues to draw big crowds at IGFA

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

                                        If you have a membership to the IGFA, you’ve also got a membership during the 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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                                        Calendar of future IGFA events

                                        Now through September 2008 – Sharkwater, award-winning feature length film and exhibition, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – Extended through September due to popular demand, the much acclaimed 90-minute documentary film, winner of 19 international awards, is being shown four times daily on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and Sunday’s at noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On weekdays it’s shown at 3:30 p.m. An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation is also featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery. Monthly lectures featuring local and national shark experts are also scheduled. The IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free to IGFA members. Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16. For more information phone the IGFA at 954-924-4370.
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                                        May 10, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, 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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                                        May 10, 2008 -- Special Anglers Tournament, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The IGFA and Make A Difference 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 954-924-4334 or email to vwoods@igfa.org.
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                                        May 11 - 16, 2008 – 2008 IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – It’s international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting over 60 winning teams from 27 countries on five continents who have been invited after winning one of over 130 IGFA qualifying events held in 2007. This ninth annual tournament hosts the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. Contact IGFA tournament coordinator Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org or for media information IGFA PR counsel Pete Johnson at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com .
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                                        May 13, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Successful Swordfishing,” IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, 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. Drew Kettelhut one of Fort Lauderdale's best 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 more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                                        May 17, 2008 – IGFA Summer Camp Open House, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. 10 a.m. – noon. This event gives parents and their youngsters ages 8 to 13 a chance to experience exciting activities during the IGFA’s nine weekly Summer Camps which begin June 9 to Aug 15, 2008. For more information, please call 954-924-4309, email reservations@igfa.org, or visit www.igfa.org/camps.asp.
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                                        May 20, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs,” IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. If you have ever had a slow day trolling and wished for some serious rod bending action, then this is the class for you. Techniques for snapper and grouper are just some of what you will learn from Capt. Bouncer Smith, one of the greatest fishermen of our generation. Limited to 24 anglers, the 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                                        May 27, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Understanding your Onboard Electronics” -- IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                                        June 1 – 30, 2008 -- BAMM (Broward Attractions and Museum Month) During the month of June anyone with a membership in the IGFA or one the 20 participating museums and attractions in Broward County will be able to use that for reciprocal benefits in all. The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.” Each institution will define exactly what benefits will be eligible but at the very least it will be free admission at same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org. Additional information can be found on the BAMM web site at www.bamminfo.com
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                                        June 3, 2008 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing; “Tarpon, Redfish and Trout Tactics” -- IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Find out what it takes to successfully target these highly sought after inshore species. Limited to only 24 anglers, this new class instructed by Captain Shawn Fairbanks 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 David Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or dmatagiese@igfa.org, or contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4334 or reservations@igfa.org
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                                        June 9 -- Aug 15, 2008 -- IGFA’s nine weekly Summer Camps begin, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – This is the ninth year of the IGFA’s popular nine weekly camps held during the summer break for children ages 8 to 13. Campers will explore the aquatic environment and participate in many fishing adventures and exciting marine life activities. Each week-long camp session is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before and after-care is available from 8 - 9 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more information, go to the IGFA summer camp website at www.igfa.org/summercamp.asp. There’s a maximum of 45 children per week, so parents are encouraged to reserve early. Registration is available by calling the IGFA education department at 954-924-4309 or via email at reservations@igfa.org.
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                                        June 29 – July 2, 2008 -- Eighth annual IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Called by anglers and the media the “super bowl” of light tackle and fly fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of over 50 IGFA qualifying tournaments held on four continents in 2007 to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the qualifiers are paired with a different premier Keys guide each day fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish using fly or light tackle equipment. The five major award categories will include: Grand Champion (the angler who accumulates the most points for all five targeted species); runner-up grand champion and first places in the fly, artificial lure and bait casting divisions. There are also trophies and merchandise for second and third place divisional winners in the three categories as well as the top three guides. Contact: IGFA IWC tournament coordinator Denise Hartman 954-924-4243 or DHartman@igfa.org or for media information Pete Johnson, IGFA PR counsel at 480-951-3654 or johnsoncom@aol.com
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                                        July 17, 2008 -- Second Annual Fish N Chips ****** party, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. This event benefits the Florida Marlins Community Foundation. For more information please go to www.Florida.marlins.mlb.com.
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                                        July 19, 2008 -- IGFA Observer Training Class – IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. -- 9 a.m. – The class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org, and at the IGFA headquarters. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or via email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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                                        August 2, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                        October 25, 2008 -- The 10th Annual IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will be the highlight of a weekend-long (Friday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 26) celebration in honor of all 70 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include Henry Chee, Dr. Roy Dean, Jimmy Houston, Kay Rybovich and Karl Wickstrom. They were selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony for the 2008 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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                                        November 8, 2008 -- Boaters Safety Course, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free all day course is taught by the Law Enforcement division of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and meets the mandatory boating safety education requirements for the State of Florida. It’s comprised of a six chapter review and a final exam. The class is limited to 16 people with advance registration. For more information and to register, please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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                                        November 10 – 13, 2008 – The Fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference, IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach, Fla., USA --Representatives from around the globe will be hosted by the IGFA at an international forum for the recreational fishing community. The conference will target the tackle industry, angling tourism and include representatives from non governmental organizations and fisheries science and management. Topics will include historical and recent trends in participation, emerging fisheries, recreational fisheries science and management, socioeconomics, and catch and release. For information on the conference or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.worldrecfish.org or contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or jschratwieser@igfa.org
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