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    <font color="000000"><font face="arial&#44;helvetica"><font size="+1">Captain’s Meeting Friday, Sept. 8th Fishing Tournament Sat. Sept. 9th, 2006 </font></font></font>

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    [b]Judge OKs Sportsmen&#39;s I

    Judge OKs Sportsmen&#39;s Involvement in Lawsuit to Defend Hunting- &#40;09/08&#41;
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    A federal court judge will allow the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation to represent hunters’ interests in a lawsuit brought by anti’s to make black bears in Florida off-limits to sportsmen. The suit also creates legal precedent that threatens hunting from coast to coast.

    Judge Henry Kennedy, Jr. granted the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation &#40;USSAF&#41; and its Sportsmen’s Legal Defense Fund &#40;SLDF&#41; permission to join the suit, which was brought by the Humane Society of the United States, Defenders of Wildlife, the Sierra Club and other anti-hunting groups. They are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service &#40;USFWS&#41;, contending that the black bear in Florida is a separate sub-species of the North American black bear. The groups argue that the distinction entitles Florida bears to protection under the Endangered Species Act &#40;ESA&#41;.

    A dangerous precedent will be set if the black bears in Florida are classified as a sub-species and categorized as endangered. It will allow anti-hunters to bring similar lawsuits to challenge the classification of deer, quail and other game animals that have numerous sub-species throughout the country.

    Anti’s have tried for years to list Florida’s bears under the ESA, but extensive research by the USFWS has determined that the listing is not warranted. Studies show that healthy bear populations occur in secure habitats in several areas.

    The USSAF will join with Safari Club International, Central Florida Bear Hunters Association, and Mark Roden of St. Augustine to intervene in the case.

    The SLDF is the nation’s only litigation force that exclusively represents sportsmen’s interests in the courts. It defends wildlife management and sportsmen’s rights in local, state and federal courts, representing the interests of sportsmen. It also assists government lawyers who have little or no background in wildlife law. For more information, e-mail info@ussportsmen.org.

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    • #3
      [b]Sportsmen File in Court to

      Sportsmen File in Court to Ensure ESA Not Manipulated to Ban Hunting - &#40;12/15&#41;
      Florida

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      The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation has filed written arguments in a federal lawsuit brought by anti’s to challenge the endangered status of black bears in Florida and keep them off-limits to hunters. The anti’s want to use the Endangered Species Act as a tool to ban hunting nationwide.



      On Dec. 7, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Legal Defense Fund, the legal arm of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation, filed arguments with Judge Henry Kennedy, Jr. defending the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to not list the Florida black bear as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act &#40;ESA&#41;. Extensive research by federal wildlife officials has shown that the listing is not warranted. Studies reveal that healthy bear populations occur in secure habitats in several areas.



      Anti’s have tried for years to list Florida’s bears under the ESA. In this case, the Humane Society of the United States, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, and other anti-hunting groups brought suit contending that the black bear in Florida is a separate sub-species of the North American black bear. The groups argue that the distinction entitles Florida bears to protection under the ESA. They want to establish a precedent that allows the challenge of the endangered or threatened status of any game animal that has numerous sub-species.



      The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation has asked Judge Kennedy to forgo a trial and decide the case based solely on written arguments.



      The USSAF is joined in the suit by the Central Florida Bear Hunters Assn., Safari Club International and Mark Roden of St. Augustine.

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      • #4
        Forida

        To: All Media For Immediate Release

        January 3, 2007 For more information contact:


        Kevin Rhoades, krhoades@owaa.org
        www.owaa.org; 406-728-7434



        OWAA Meets with Media, Industry Professionals at 2007 SHOT Show

        MISSOULA, Mont. – The Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), “The Voice of the Outdoors,” will hold a press conference at the 2007 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Orlando, Fl.

        Members of Outdoor Writers Association, friends, industry professionals and members of the media are invited to join OWAA’s board of directors at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan.13, in room N313.

        OWAA, the nation’s largest group of professional outdoor communicators, will inform communicators and industry professionals of benefits of networking with 1,700 outdoors communicators representing diverse media.

        OWAA’s board will meet the next day for its semi-annual meeting in Orlando, host city of the world’s largest showcase of firearms, hunting and outdoor products.

        “OWAA looks forward to showing its flag at the SHOT Show,” said OWAA Chairman of the Board Spencer Turner. “Our participation in this forum is a wonderful opportunity to meet with industry professionals, members of the press and to thank longtime supporters of our association.”

        At SHOT, OWAA will introduce its newly revised Outdoor Reference Manual, an indispensable reference for anyone who writes about outdoor activities. The group also will highlight its fellowship and scholarship programs; invite the shooting and hunting community to its June 16-19, 2007, annual conference in Roanoke, Va.; and announce plans for the revision of its Business Guidelines Handbook, another must-have reference for outdoor communicators.

        OWAA is a nonprofit, international organization that was founded in 1927 by a small group of hunting and fishing writers. Since then, the organization has grown to approximately 1,700 communicators from the broad, modern spectrum of outdoor beats, from shooting to camping, backpacking to kayaking, wildlife watching and mountain climbing.

        From these diverse backgrounds and disciplines, members gather beneath the OWAA banner to hone skills, share philosophies, develop profitable business strategies and network with peers, conservation policymakers and industry trendsetters. OWAA’s membership remains grounded in its historical roots – hunting and fishing communications. However, it continues to broaden its outlook and services to encompass all resource-dependent outdoor activities.

        OWAA's national headquarters is located in Missoula, Mont. To learn more about OWAA, “The Voice Of The Outdoors,” call 406-728-7434 or visit www.owaa.org.
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        • #5
          Bass expert / WaveSpin reel inventor Doug Hannon

          Bass expert / WaveSpin reel inventor Doug Hannon
          named to Outdoor Life 25

          PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- Doug Hannon, who was given the moniker “The Bass Professor” several decades ago, has been honored in the latest issue of “Outdoor Life”, as one of the O.L. 25: people “whose lifetime achievement has had the greatest positive influence on hunting and fishing.”
          Considered one of the country's preeminent big-bass authorities, Hannon of Odessa, Florida, has documented the catch and releases of over 800 largemouth bass weighing 10 pounds or greater. The multi-dimensional Hannon is also a diver, underwater photographer, author, filmmaker, lure designer and fishing-gear inventor.
          “My endeavors in the outdoors have always been focused on seeking the truth and sharing it with our brothers and sisters in the field. As such, I am honored to receive the recognition of Outdoor Life as a member of the OL 25. We may not be able to change the World, but together we can all strive to change the landscape. It is with humility that I say simply, "Thank You!"
          Hannon holds 16 patents, most in the outdoor arena, including one for his weedless propeller an innovation that effectively revolutionized the trolling motor industry.
          His latest invention, the WaveSpin spinning reel is receiving high praise with its patented spool that makes loops irrelevant.
          Jerry Gibbs the venerable fishing editor of Outdoor Life Magazine said in the Dec. /Jan. 2007/2008 issue that Hannon’s WaveSpin represents “the first significant improvement in salt- and freshwater spinning-reel design in more than 50 years. What sets the WaveSpin apart from its competitors is that it's virtually impossible for the line to birdnest during a cast.”
          Unlike the smooth lip on all other spinning reels, the WaveSpin reel features 16 smoothly rounded teeth – or waves -- on the spool lip which completely eliminate the eruption of a birdnest due a loop or loops that may have been retrieved onto the spool. During casting looped line lays harmlessly between the waves on the spool and simply unwinds on the next cast unnoticed and without creating tangles of any kind. Even if a loop lays on the spool instead of between the waves, the patented design still allows the line to cast freely.
          Put to the test by Gibbs and some "pretty vile casters," he said Hannon's latest creation lived up to its claims.
          “It’s been fun seeing the results of my efforts in the hands of novices as well as fishing professionals,” said Hannon. “At a recent fishing show I had a father tell me the reel was giving his child more confidence in casting and enjoyment of fishing while not having to worry about loops, tangles and birdnests. He was also casting farther. The father bought another WaveSpin for himself after giving his to his child.”
          Hannon’s WaveSpin is being marketed by XXX-Stream Tackle through a growing number of major sporting and fishing goods stores (Cabela’s and Gander Mountain) along with direct sales on its website www.wavespinreel.com. For information on WaveSpin please contact Russ Riley, VP of Operations, at: 989-967-8426 or via e-mail at investrepo@hotmail.com .
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          • #6
            ROTARY CLUB of CLEARWATER ANNOUNCES 16TH ANNUAL KINGFIS

            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
            ROTARY CLUB of CLEARWATER ANNOUNCES 16TH ANNUAL KINGFISH TOURNAMENT CLEARWATER, Florida (February 14, 2008) – The Rotary Club of Clearwater will once again host its Annual Kingfish Tournament on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at the Clearwater Yacht Club. There will be a mandatory Captain’s Meeting at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, April 11 at Coachman’s Park in downtown Clearwater. The Captain’s Party will also feature music, food, attractions, and a silent auction. This year’s Tournament will feature $8,000 in cash prizes to the top anglers. For specific details on prize structure, entry forms, and Tournament schedule please refer to the official Rules & Regulations, available at www.clearwaterrotary.org. The Annual Kingfish Tournament is the Rotary Club of Clearwater’s primary fundraising activity each year. Since the tournament’s inception in 1993, the Rotary Club of Clearwater has generated over $750,000 that has been distributed to local charities. In 2008, the selected charity beneficiaries are: Big Brothers Big Sisters; Clearwater Free Clinic; The Kimberly Home, Inc.; Homeless Emergency Project, Inc. (HEP); Pinellas County Sheriff’s Police Athletic League, Inc.; Clearwater Marine Aquarium; Clearwater Police Department’s Good Act Program; Upper Pinellas Association of Retarded Citizens (UPARC) Foundation, Inc.; La Clinica Guadalupaña, Inc.; Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf; Skycrest Christian School; Clearwater Rotary Endowment Trust Fund of Charities, Inc; Rotary International Foundation; and Clearwater Rotary International Project.
            CONTACT:
            Brent Adams
            Voice: 813-282-1965 x528
            Fax: 888-883-8680
            brenta@lassiter-ware.com
            www.clearwaterrotary.org
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            • #7
              Proposed Ordinances Could Prove Dangerous to Sporting D

              Proposed Ordinances Could Prove Dangerous to Sporting Dog Owners
              Volusia County, Florida Residents Should Act Now!

              February 13, 2008 (National)

              Sportsmen in Volusia County, Florida face two proposed ordinances now before their county council which will erode their rights.

              The proposed ordinances would make it impossible to keep and train hunting dogs within the county. Similar codes have made their way through city councils across the United States. They hurt legitimate hunting dog owners and breeders.

              One of the proposed ordinances would require a sporting dog or other dog owner who is a “hobby breeder” to be licensed the same as a commercial “animal care facility”. An “animal care facility” is defined as “premises where six or more domesticated pets, including feral dogs and cats, over six months of age, are sheltered, maintained, trained, boarded, or bred, whether for profit or for personal use for any length of time”

              The proposed ordinance also includes changes to the amount of land needed to house over four animals six months or older, mandates at least 50 feet of yard space, and would mandate that outdoor areas be double fenced to prevent escape. A public hearing for the ordinance was held on February 7, and a final reading and vote is scheduled to take place on February 21.

              A mandatory spay/neuter ordinance is also being considered. It would make it nearly impossible to breed and raise hunting dogs. A draft of the proposed mandatory spay/neuter ordinance was presented at a meeting on February 7.

              Take Action! Volusia County, Florida residents should contact Volusia County Council Members and urge them to oppose these ordinances. Tell them that such laws make it impossible for many to keep hunting dogs, and are hard to enforce. To contact your council member, call the citizen hotline at 866-345-0345.
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              • #8
                Sportsmen Successful in Bid to Protect Black Bear Hunt

                Sportsmen Successful in Bid to Protect Black Bear Hunt in Florida


                (Columbus) - The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation was victorious in its representation of hunters’ interests in a lawsuit brought by anti’s to make black bears in Florida off-limits to sportsmen forever.

                The case contended that the black bear in Florida is in deep trouble and is an endangered sub-species of the North American black bear, entitling Florida bears to protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)., It was brought by the Humane Society of the United States, Defenders of Wildlife, the Sierra Club and other anti-hunters. United States District Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. presided over the case.

                “The Court found the Defenders of Wildlife case to be wholly baseless,” said Rick Story, senior vice president of USSAF. “The judge wisely deferred to the scientific conclusion of the agency with statutory responsibility for the health and well-being of the bears. The bottom line is that the black bear is healthy and abundant, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is doing a fine job of managing them and the court completely ignored the anti-hunters’ nonsensical argument that the Florida bear is an endangered subspecies of the North American black bear.”

                A dangerous precedent would have been set if the black bears in Florida had been classified as a sub-species and categorized as endangered. It would have allowed anti-hunters to bring similar lawsuits to challenge the classification of deer, quail and other game animals that have numerous populations throughout the country.

                “It’s great to see that the judge saw this the way sportsmen do,” said Brad McNaughton, president of the Central Florida Bear Hunter’s Association. “These groups call themselves advocates, but hunters are the ones that care about the well-being of these species. Our hats are off to the Sportsmen’s Alliance – without them, none of this would have been possible.”

                Anti’s have tried for years to list Florida’s bears under the ESA, but extensive research by the USFWS has determined that the listing is not warranted. Studies show that healthy bear populations occur in secure habitats throughout Florida.

                The USSAF joined with Central Florida Bear Hunters Association, Safari Club International and Mark Roden of St. Augustine to intervene in the case.

                The SLDF is the nation’s only litigation force that exclusively represents sportsmen’s interests in the courts. It defends wildlife management and sportsmen’s rights in local, state and federal courts, representing the interests of sportsmen. It also assists government lawyers who have little or no background in wildlife law. For more information, e-mail info@ussportsmen.org

                The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussafoundation.org.
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                • #9
                  Hell’s Bay and Gordon Boatworks create winning merger

                  For Immediate release; photo available upon request

                  Hell’s Bay and Gordon Boatworks create winning merger
                  Tom Gordon returns home to Hell’s Bay to combine efforts

                  TITUSVILLE, Fla., --- Hell’s Bay Boatworks is bringing back veteran fishing boat builder Tom Gordon, plus two of its classic and popular shallow-water performance skiffs with those currently produced by Gordon Boatworks, in a merger of the two companies.
                  Hell’s Bay Boatworks’ President Chris Peterson, who two years ago bought the decade-old company and has been rebuilding its proud heritage, made the announcement.
                  All of Gordon Boatworks models and intellectual property will be moving from its Oak Hill, Fla., location with Tom Gordon, to the Hell’s Bay facility in Titusville.
                  No purchase price was disclosed.
                  “We’re very excited about joining together these two shallow-water fishing industry leaders,” said Peterson. “Gordon Boatworks has a loyal following among anglers, boaters and guides around the world.” Gordon has been in the fiberglass industry since 1989 and began his career in the shallow water skiff market with Hell’s Bay in 1999.
                  Peterson said almost four years ago, with Hell’s Bay in a major transition, Gordon, then Hell’s Bay’s plant manager, left the company and successfully started Gordon Boatworks. “He licensed the two popular Waterman (16’ and 18”) models from Hell’s Bay. Both are very reliable fishing boats and proven designs. Gordon Boatworks also worked with Hell’s Bay’s co-founder Flip Pallot in launching a new design called the Ambush that has proven a popular seller.
                  “Because he knew boats, the character of the people needed to build them, and because the product was so good Tom became very successful,” Peterson reflected. “The Waterman models are popular in all of the Southern coastal states, as well as the Bahamas, Mexico and several other foreign countries where shallow and back-country fly and light tackle fishing is popular. Hell’s Bay considered Gordon Boatworks the only legitimate competition for a truly technical poling skiff.
                  “With Hell’s Bay and Gordon Boatworks producing skiffs in separate facilities within 30 minutes of each other, it just makes a lot of sense to consolidate the operations into one company in one location. Tom’s boat building career was launched at Hell’s Bay and he wants to be a part of what was created here, and what in the early years of Hell’s Bay Tom helped design,” Peterson said.
                  Hell’s Bay recently introduced its newest design in February at the Miami International Boat Show; an 18’ skiff Hell’s Bay calls the Boca Grande. By incorporating the models of Gordon Boatworks, Hell’s Bay will now have 11 models of shallow-water skiffs in the 14’ to 18’ range. “We certainly have the ideal skiff for every type of shallow water fishery now at Hells’ Bay Boatworks,” commented Tom Gordon. “It will be exciting to offer such a depth of product to the fishing enthusiast.”
                  Hell’s Bay Boatworks is located at 1520 Chaffee Drive in Titusville. The web site is hellsbayboatworks.com. To contact Peterson or Gordon call 321-383-8223 or via e-mail to chris@hellsbayboatworks.com or tom@hellsbayboatworks.com, respectively.
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                  (6/23/2008)
                  Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications, Inc.
                  Scottsdale, Arizona
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                  • #10
                    Mexican “fishing mafia” tagged for three illegal catche

                    For immediate release



                    Mexican “fishing mafia” tagged for three illegal catches
                    Conservation efforts of The Billfish Foundation in Baja region beginning to pay off



                    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., USA ---- Community based enforcement efforts in Baja California Sur, Mexico, supported by The Billfish Foundation (TBF) through the Center for Marine Protection and funded by the recreational fishing license fees paid to FONMAR, have resulted in three recent seizures of vessels carrying multi-tons of illegally harvested dorado.

                    On August 13, a commercial vessel from Mazatlan was seized in waters north of Loreto with 1,300 kilos (nearly 1.5 tons) of dorado (also known as mahi mahi, dolphinfish or goldenmakrele), a species strictly relegated for sportfishing and not commercial long-lining or netting. Local FONMAR agents said the crew was filleting the illegal fish at sea.

                    Then over the weekend of Sept. 5, two boats owned by commercial longline king Henry Collard were seized and charged with illegally harvesting dorado while using a shark permit in Magdelena Bay. The two vessels were carrying 14 tons of dorado along with several tons of shark.

                    News reports in the local La Paz newspaper El Sudcaliforniano were critical of the illicit activities described as “the fishing mafia” and commercial “pirates” which are often funded by the Mexican federal government. The report said it’s been happening for years.

                    Collard, a prominent representative of commercial fishing interests, was reported to have threatened fisheries enforcement agents that he “is a personal friend of Ramon Corral and you can’t do this to me!”

                    TBF President Ellen Peel said this statement does not do much for Corral’s already tainted image by accusations of wrong doing by his own CONAPESCA personnel.

                    “Corral is the head of Mexico’s fisheries agency CONAPESCA and has been an unyielding supporter of the new regulation NOM-029 that attempted to allow the “incidental” harvest of billfish, dorado and other species within Mexico’s 24 year-old conservation zones.”

                    The news report also said the CONAPESCA boarding party, received a call from senior officials of Mexico City, and opted to withdraw from the arrest site, leaving the responsibility for the inspection staff of FONMAR. The news reporter said the FONMAR personnel were not intimidated by the threats of the crew of the seized boat.

                    Investigations are also underway by U.S. and Mexican officials regarding the transportation of hundreds of tons of the illegal dorado catches from the Port of Guaymas into Arizona through Nogales, and into California through Tijuana.

                    TBF President Ellen Peel said, “Apparently the recent interest of U.S. enforcement officials in the import of illegally caught dorado has persuaded CONAPESCA that they need to concede TBF’s position that there is no basis in Mexican law to allow bycatch in the conservation zones and enforce the federal fisheries law.”

                    Peel said the foundation was instrumental in getting FONMAR established locally in Baja Sur in 2005 so angler’s license fees go to directly assisting conservation and protection of the fish resources in the region. Small panga patrol boats have been purchased from the FONMAR money. As a result local fishermen are reporting illegal acts to the FONMAR officials.

                    Dr. Russell S. Nelson, TBF’s Chief Scientist, said the increased enforcement against illegal fishing activities in and around the Baja Conservation Triangle has been the first priority for funding FONMAR, the trust created in 2005 by TBF and its Mexican conservation partners.

                    Working with governments worldwide The Billfish Foundation advances the conservation of billfish and associated species to improve the health of oceans and economics. Since 2002, TBF has been working in the “triangle” an area bounded by Los Cabos, La Paz and Magdelena (Mag) Bay in the southern Baja peninsula.

                    “There are many loop-holes in the May 15 NOM-029 regulation also known as ‘Shark Norma,’ “said Nelson. “It dramatically and destructively affects the fishing resources in the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) and the millions of tourist dollars that support sportfishing such as catch and release for striped marlin in the region.”

                    Full details of the story will follow in next month’s edition of the TBF’s Billfish Magazine and on the TBF web site at Billfish.org.

                    To contact Ms. Peel call her at 800-438-8247 ex. 108 or via e-mail at ellen_peel@billfish.org . For Dr. Nelson please e-mail him at DrRSNNC@aol.com or by phone at 561-449-9637. .

                    Founded over two decades ago, The Billfish Foundation with headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA, is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to conserving and enhancing billfish populations around the world. TBF's comprehensive network of members and supporters includes anglers, captains, mates, tournament directors, clubs, and sportfishing and tourism businesses. By coordinating efforts and speaking with one voice, the organization works for solutions that are good for billfish, not punitive to recreational anglers and good for the local economy.

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                    Editors: For the above newspaper references please see: http://www.oem.com.mx/elsudcaliforni...as/n842382.htm and http://www.oem.com.mx/elsudcaliforni...s/ns844540.htm



                    9/12/2008



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                    Scottsdale, Ariz., USA

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                    • #11
                      oldest seafood festival in the state

                      October 31, 2008 to November 1, 2008

                      Location: Battery Park Apalachicola, FL

                      The oldest seafood festival in the state. If you love great seafood, arts & crafts, fine folks and wonderful entertainment all wrapped into a magnificent family atmosphere, then join us in Apalachicola for the 45th Annual Florida Seafood Festival. The event will feature quality entertainment and maritime crafts paying tribute to the Apalachicola Bay's commercial fishermen. There is also an oyster shucking contest, oyster eating contest. Headliners this November 1st are Daryle Singletary @ 4:00 and Little Texas @ 8:00.

                      For more information go to www.floridaseafoodfestival.com

                      Just incase you were wondering, the fishing has been pretty good...

                      For those that aren't into the festivities or crowds, we do have captains available for fishing this weekend!

                      If you're looking for family friendly fishing guides, you found us!

                      Hope to see you this weekend!

                      Sandra Allen
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                      Apalachicola, FL
                      850-653-2622
                      www.BookMeACharter.com
                      info@BookMeACharter.com
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                      • #12
                        John Brownlee named chairman of The Billfish Foundation

                        Dec. 3, 2008
                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE w/head shot photo and TBF logo

                        John Brownlee named chairman of
                        The Billfish Foundation’s board of trustees
                        FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. USA –

                        Internationally respected marine journalist, editor and conservationist, John Brownlee has been named by The Billfish Foundation as chairman of its board of trustees.
                        A member of TBF for over a decade Brownlee was appointed to the board in the summer of 2002. For the past year he served as vice chairman before being appointed chairman succeeding Ms. Joan Vernon.
                        “It’s an honor to be named chairman of TBF,” said Brownlee. “No other organization has done more to protect worldwide billfish stocks, and the current board and I will strive to continue TBF’s groundbreaking conservation work in areas like Mexico, Latin America and South America, as well as continuing to attempt to persuade ICCAT to take a stronger stand on billfish conservation.”
                        TBF President Ellen Peel said, “Having John serve as TBF Board Chair will be exciting. He understands the fishery management systems having served on the federal South Atlantic Fishery Management Council for six years. His term included one year as chairman.” Peel added, “One difficult challenge for passionate anglers is to understand change to the fishery management regulations must be made through established parameters following very specific regulations. John understands those realities and he understands the sportfishing community and the link between good conservation and good economics to related businesses.”
                        As a committed conservationist Brownlee also served two years as the SAFMC council’s recreational representative to the ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna) advisory committee. Years earlier he served as the treasurer of Florida’s highly successful “Save Our Sealife” amendment campaign to ban commercial netting off Florida’s coasts and approved by its voters in 1994. He’s been Florida’s chairman of the Coastal Conservation Association and has served on the CCA’s national board. He’s also the upper Keys representative for the International Game Fish Association (IGFA).
                        Earlier this year the Bonnier Marine Group named John its editor-in-chief of Salt Water Sportsman Magazine, the country’s oldest and largest saltwater fishing magazine. For over a decade he had served as the magazine’s senior editor and later as a regional sales manager before joining Sport Fishing and Marlin magazines as a senior editor. Prior to rejoining Salt Water Sportsman, he launched Center Console Angler magazine in 2006.
                        An extensive traveler, John and his wife Poppy make their home in the Florida Keys in Islamorada, the "Sport Fishing Capital of the World."
                        Established in 1986 The Billfish Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to conserving and enhancing billfish populations worldwide. With headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA, TBF’s comprehensive network of members and supporters includes anglers, captains, mates, tournament directors, clubs, sport fishing and tourism businesses. By coordinating efforts and speaking with one voice, the organization works for solutions that are good for billfish, not punitive to recreational anglers and good for the local economy.
                        TBF’s web site is www.billfish.org and its phone number is 800-438-8247.
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                        12/3/2008
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                        Scottsdale, Ariz., USA
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                        • #13
                          20th Over-the-Hill Sailfish Tournament is Fun for 50 &amp;

                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                          20th Over-the-Hill Sailfish Tournament is Fun for 50 & over
                          Historic “seniors” charity tournament for CF and MARC set for Jan. 19 & 20th

                          ISLAMORADA In-the-Florida Keys --- Fishing fun and feeling philanthropic in the Florida Keys at Flutie’s Fifty and over tournament.
                          Okay, please excuse the alliteration but its worth emphasizing that two decades ago the late Capt. Al Flutie and friends started a little local charity sailfishing tournament that today continues to embody the fun of the sport and the uniqueness of the Florida Keys community.
                          Flutie, a popular Islamorada guide and radio fishing show host along with Dick Sheppard, Socko Gorenflo and Rip Tosun began the originally named Al Flutie Over-the-Hill Rip-Off Sailfish Tournament, which 20 years later is still the only senior’s sailfish tournament in the world.
                          This year the historic seniors’ catch-and-release competition kicks off Monday afternoon, Jan. 19 at Gary Dunn’s Ocean View Inn (MM 84.5 bayside), with fishing, dinner and awards on Jan. 20.
                          The event has far-reaching appeal attracting not only locals but many anglers from northern states. Last year’s top place winners were from New Jersey and Minnesota. It’s also attracted the attention of the world’s largest advocacy organization for the 50+ community in an AARP newsletter.
                          Anyone can participate but only those 50 years and older are eligible for trophies and prizes.
                          Asked why the tournament has enjoyed such enormous popularity, veteran tournament official Capt. Bill Kelly laughed saying, “The tournament’s motto is ‘we give tacky a touch of class.’ We do it benefiting very worthy causes such as cystic fibrosis research through the Redbone celebrity tournaments here in Islamorada and MARC the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens of the Keys. We keep the entry fee affordable, make certain the food is top-notch, provide outstanding trophies by well-known marine artist Pasta Pantaleo and have high quality items in both the live and silent auctions. We throw in lots of fun and camaraderie and just hope the fishing is up to par. Even if the fishing is slow we have all the ingredients for a highly successful event.”
                          Over the holidays the latest reports were the sailfish action was strong in the Atlantic waters.

                          Donating over $350.000 to local and national charities with zero administrative costs
                          Kelly said tournament originators are extremely proud of their event’s history of profits for charities. With zero administrative dollars paid out of the profits more than $350,000 has been donated to numerous charities
                          “Because it’s an all volunteer effort there’s no administrative fees taken from tournament proceeds. Other than covering operating expenses, every penny raised goes to the charities.
                          "It’s heart-warming knowing we’re helping to make a difference,” said Kelly. “The life span for those afflicted with CF has tripled and grows each and every day. Scientists are on the cusp to finding a cure for this disease and that's part of our mission. Also helping to preserve the valuable work of MARC of the Keys is fundamental to our community character. Keys residents have always stepped up to the plate when locals need help and support. That's what it's all about."
                          “Dunn, the former Pittsburgh Steeler great opens his O V Inn and Sports Pub and all of our volunteers treat our anglers like royalty. I think that's why our anglers dig deep in their pockets to help raise money for our selected charities. Besides, this tournament is just plain fun to fish in!
                          “It’s too bad Al, Dick and Socko are no longer with us to appreciate all of the goodness they helped generate for Keys infrastructure and such noble causes. Somehow I feel they know it and continue to shower their blessings on all of us.”
                          More tournament information and downloadable entry forms are on the MARC website at: www.marchouse.org. Or participants can call co-chairmen Michelle Snyder at 305-852-3282 or at 305-849-3042, or Gordon Ross at 305-294-9526 ext. 25 gordonkw1552@aim.com.
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                          Jan 2, 2009 Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications, Scottsdale, Ariz., USA
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                            19th annual Intl. Tag &amp; Release winners

                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                            19th annual Intl. Tag & Release winners
                            named by The Billfish Foundation
                            California’s Paul Bender sweeps overall angler T & R titles;
                            awards presented Feb. 12, at Miami Intl. Boat Show
                            FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Across the globe they are the heart-and-soul of The Billfish Foundation’s (TBF) eminent Tag & Release program. For nearly two decades a growing number of captains, anglers and mates have committed to tag and release of billfish with conservation efforts critical to scientific research.
                            In its latest annual “competition” a combined total of nearly 16,000 TBF “tagging data reports” and “release notification cards” were generated from three of the world’s five Oceans which include the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian; temperate waters inhabited by a majority of the world’s billfish. For captains, anglers, and mates to receive an award, they must be an active TBF member and have tagged and/or released five or more of a species to qualify. A minimum of three fish are required to qualify for youth anglers under 18.
                            The winners of the TBF’s 19th year-long competition were presented their 2009 International Tag & Release Awards Thursday, February 12 in the Big Game Room at the Miami International Boat Show. Joining with TBF in sponsoring and staging the ceremony is Smith-Merritt Insurance, Salt Water Sportsman, Marlin and Sport Fishing magazines. The winners will receive detailed trophies designed and donated by Raymond Douglas of King Sailfish Mounts. The overall winner trophies are sponsored by The Presidential Challenge Charitable Foundation, Inc. TBF Tag & Release program sponsors include Rybovich Yachts, American Custom Yachts, King Sailfish Mounts, Dockwise Yacht Transport and Rampage Yachts.
                            Peter Chaibongsai, TBF’s Director of Science and Policy said 7180 billfish were tagged and then released. The big winner was Paul Bender of Newport Beach, Calif. USA, who as an angler in the Pacific division swept both the overall Tag and Release categories. Posting a second straight win in the captain’s tagging division was Ron Hamlin, West Palm Beach, Fla. Ms. Denise Wishney, San Clemente, Calif., was the top female angler, and Diego Erickson, Detroit Lakes, Minn., USA was the overall youth winner. (*Fish tagged and released are NOT counted in the Release Category below. These fish are only counted in the Tag Category).
                            In addition a total of 8549 billfish were released without being tagged. Overall release winners included Guatemala’s Capt. Brad Philipps, the overall release captain in 2008 who again took the title for 2009. Lisa Everett, Nag Head, N.C., USA was the overall lady angler with the most combined releases and Parker Smith of Cordova, Tenn. USA the overall youth angler. (For a full list of award winners, please scroll to the agate at the bottom).
                            The awards event was held in conjunction and following the induction ceremony of Capt. Joan Vernon into the Big Game Room Hall of Fame. TBF also gave a presentation on its current work around the world. The Rybovich Lifetime Achievement Award, TBF's highest honor for individual commitment to billfish conservation, will be presented in October at TBF’s annual meeting.
                            “Each year we rely heavily on these volunteers on the Oceans, our ambassadors to marine science in the activities of billfish conservation,” said Chaibongsai. “TBF’s annual tag and release competitions contribute significant data revealing billfish numbers, their age, growth, movements and migration routes, and other factors critical to understanding these species to share with scientists, fisheries authorities and policy makers world wide for responsible management of all billfish, swordfish and other highly migratory species.”
                            TBF members from over 70 countries are invited to participate in the competition that ran from Nov. 1, 2007 to Oct. 31, 2008. Chaibongsai said most of the international information and biological data collected last year was from the countries of Angola, Ascension Island, Australia, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, St. Croix St. Thomas, Samoa, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Tahiti, Thailand, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United States.
                            Once a fish is tagged, the matching tagging report card is filled out and sent to TBF and that information is kept in its database. Since TBF’s Tag and Release Program houses the largest private database of billfish data, international and domestic marine resource managing bodies like the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) rely on TBF to update their databases and increase their knowledge of billfish.
                            Through the leadership of the late Winthrop P. Rockefeller, The Billfish Foundation was established in 1986 and is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to conserving and enhancing billfish populations worldwide. With world headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA, TBF’s comprehensive network of members and supporters includes anglers, captains, mates, tournament directors, clubs, sport fishing and tourism businesses. By coordinating efforts and speaking with one voice, the organization works for solutions that are good for billfish, not punitive to recreational anglers and good for the local economy. TBF’s web site is www.billfish.org and its phone number is 800-438-8247 ext 107 and 101 for tagging
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                            2/12/2009 TBF PR counsel - Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications,
                            Scottsdale, Ariz., USA
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                            Tag Category
                            Anglers - Pacific Ocean
                            Black Marlin – John Richardson, Bellville, Texas, USA
                            Blue Marlin – Mark Davis, Malibu, Calif., USA
                            Sailfish – Davis Clapp, West Palm Beach, Fla., USA
                            Spearfish – Michael Stewart, Kailua, Hawaii, USA
                            Striped Marlin – Paul Bender, Newport Beach, Calif., USA
                            Swordfish – Fernando Aguilar, Miami, Fla., USA
                            Captains - Pacific Ocean
                            Black Marlin – Gustavo Cordoba, Pinas Bay, Panama
                            Blue Marlin – Gene VanderHoek, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA
                            Sailfish – Ron Hamlin, West Palm Beach, Fla., USA
                            Spearfish – Kevin Hiney, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA
                            Striped Marlin – Martin Vigil Perez, Newport Beach, Calif., USA
                            Swordfish – Jose Maria Bonilla, Iztapa, Guatemala
                            Anglers - Atlantic Ocean
                            Blue Marlin – Sam Jennings, Juno Beach, Fla., USA
                            Sailfish – Gray Ingram, Jupiter, Fla., USA
                            White Marlin – Gray Ingram Jupiter, Fla., USA
                            Captains - Atlantic Ocean
                            Blue Marlin – Graeme Fleet, Opna, New Zealand
                            Sailfish – Bouncer Smith, Miami, Fla., USA
                            Swordfish – Rick Ross, West Palm Beach, Fla., USA
                            White Marlin – Ronnie Fields, Lake Park, Fla., USA
                            Anglers - Indian Ocean
                            Sailfish – Mike Tilbrook, Essex, United Kingdom * pending confirmation of membership
                            Captains - Indian Ocean
                            Black Marlin – Bernard Vale, Coral Bay, Australia
                            Blue Marlin – John Pearce, Phuket, Thailand
                            Sailfish – Ross Newton, Broome, Australia
                            Striped Marlin – Simon Hemphill, Ukunda, Kenya
                            Swordfish – Robert Hellier, Malindi, Kenya *pending confirmation of membership
                            Overall Tagging
                            Angler – Paul Bender, Newport Beach, Calif., USA
                            Captain – Ron Hamlin, West Palm Beach, Fla.,
                            Female Angler – Denise Wishney, San Clemente, Calif., USA

                            Release Category
                            Anglers - Pacific Ocean
                            Black – Barry Alty, Sovereign Island, Gold Coast, Australia
                            Blue – Gary Carter, Duluth, Ga., USA
                            Sailfish – Michael Viljoen, Knysna, South Africa
                            Striped – Paul Bender, Newport Beach, Calif., USA
                            Swordfish – John Angus, KeriKeri, New Zealand
                            Captains – Pacific Ocean
                            Black Marlin – Alan Geale, Houoays Beach, Australia *pending confirmation of membership
                            Blue Marlin – Brad Philipps, Guatemala City, Guatemala
                            Sailfish – Brad Philipps, Guatemala City, Guatemala
                            Striped Marlin – Martin Vigil Perez, Newport Beach, Calif., USA
                            Anglers – Atlantic Ocean
                            Blue Marlin – Bob DeGabrielle, Jupiter, Fla., USA
                            Sailfish – Bob DeGabrielle, Jupiter, Fla., USA
                            White Marlin – Carole Speicher, Leola, Pa., USA
                            Captains – Atlantic Ocean
                            Blue Marlin – Eddie Morrison, St. Thomas, USVI
                            Sailfish – VJ Bell, Stuart, Fla., USA
                            White Marlin – Donald Speicher, Leola, Pa., USA
                            Overall Release
                            Angler – Paul Bender, Newport Beach, Calif., USA
                            Captain – Brad Philipps, Guatemala.
                            Female Angler -- Lisa Everett, Nags Head, N.C., USA
                            Youth Tagging
                            9 - 10 -- Winner - Emmanuel Wildemann, Panama City, Fla., USA
                            Runner-Up -Mary Frances Daniel, Tallahassee, Fla., USA
                            Runner-Up – Savannah Ausley, Tallahassee, Fla., USA
                            11 - 12 – Winner - Jacob A. Pearcy, Oro Valley, Ariz., USA
                            13 - 15 -- Winner - Diego Erickson, Detroit Lakes, Minn., USA
                            Runner-Up - Robbie Angus, Keri Keri, New Zealand
                            16 - 17 -- Winner - Lauren Miller, Mesa, Ariz., USA
                            Overall Tagging
                            Diego Erickson, Detroit Lakes, Minn., USA
                            Youth Release
                            11 - 12 - Thomas Matthew Hardy, Centerville, Md., USA
                            13 - 15 - Winner - Parker Smith, Cordova, Tenn., USA
                            Runner-Up Mathew Edwards, Hobe Sound, Fla., USA
                            Overall Release
                            Parker Smith, Cordova, Tenn. USA *pending confirmation of membership

                            **Mates will also be honored at the ceremony.
                            Tag Category: 7180 billfish. Release Category: 8549. Combined total billfish: 15,729
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                            • #15
                              Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship

                              Immediate Release



                              Changes highlight the 2009

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



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

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

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

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

                              Change 1: A new management team and title sponsor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                              Scottsdale, Ariz., USA

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                              • #16
                                Florida Sportsmen Battle “Puppy Mill” Legislation

                                Florida Sportsmen Battle “Puppy Mill” Legislation
                                4/8/09



                                New legislation pending in the Florida state Senate could severely cripple sporting dog owners and breeders in the state.

                                Senate Bill 2002, sponsored by Senator Lee Constantine (R- Altamonte Springs), does not adequately distinguish sporting dog breeders from commercial breeders that mass produce animals for retail sale.

                                Among the provisions of the bill is an arbitrary cap of fifty dogs capable of reproduction that can be owned or possessed.

                                Additionally, anyone that has ten or more intact adult dogs is mandated to comply with a litany of new laws and regulations. For sporting dog breeders, these onerous new regulations could easily put them out of business.

                                Among the provisions are: rigorous record keeping, kennel construction, sanitation, temperature regulations, and exercise requirements.

                                SB 2002 received a hearing on April 6, 2009 in the Senate Community Affairs Committee.

                                Take Action! Florida sportsmen and sporting dog owners should contact their state senators today and urge them to oppose this measure.

                                To find your state representative’s phone number, please use the Legislative Action Center.
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                                • #17
                                  Vendor space is going fast for the Martin County

                                  Vendor space is going fast for the Martin County Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival and if you were considering joining us this is something you should do soon. I have posted the most current floor plan at www.flnauticalfleamarket.com with what spaces are available. You can pick your spot out of what is still open. Hope you will join us.

                                  “Bargains Galore” is the theme of the Martin County Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival coming to Martin County Fairgrounds this fall. Hundreds of vendors with huge discounts on boats, fishing, boating and diving gear, nautical clothing, marine surplus items, anchors, mooring products, nautical art and antiques, seafood and much more will fill the Martin County Fairgrounds in Stuart Florida on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 18, 19 and 20, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

                                  If you have any questions, comment or suggestions email or call me.

                                  Thank You
                                  Larry Burdgick
                                  Promoter
                                  Martin County Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival
                                  Under the Sun Promotions, Inc
                                  7040 W Palmetto Park Rd
                                  Suite 4 # 362
                                  Boca Raton, FL 33433
                                  (954) 205-7813
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                                  • #18
                                    Elite anglers focused on FKO/IGFA Inshore World Champio

                                    For Immediate Release

                                    Elite anglers focused on FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship

                                    Men and women champions from nine U.S. states and Australia competing July 7 - 9

                                    ISLAMORADA, In The Florida Keys, USA ---They’re 32 of the top fly and light tackle “sight-casting” fishing champions from across the U.S. and as far away as Australia, set to converge on Islamorada for the ninth annual Florida Keys Outfitters / IGFA Inshore World Championship, July 7 - 9.
                                    Anglers and the media have described the event as the “super bowl of inshore fishing.”
                                    The field of anglers – 16 in fly and 16 in light tackle -- was invited from a variety of 36 qualifying tournaments held in 2008 in the U.S., the Bahamas and Australia to compete in the three day all-release championship. They include 26 men and five women from nine U.S. states and Australian Peter Politis, winner of Northern Territory’s Barramundi Classic.
                                    A grand champion will be crowned in each division.
                                    New to the format will be a drawing to pair each angler with a premier Keys guide, fishing all three days as a team for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish.
                                    Three-time winner and current defending champion Robert Collins of Naples and Islamorada said, “The thing I like most about the new format is that your guide will now be much more important in helping you plan your overall strategy. The continuity will be a positive for both the angler and the guide. It should be much easier to execute one three day plan, as opposed to three one day plans with three different guides.”
                                    And for the first time Collins who is known for his remarkable accuracy with a conventional rod and reel, will be focusing his skills solely casting fly.
                                    “I'll approach it the same as in past years,” he said, “deciding which species I can get in the least amount of time and then go from there. A lot of that decision will depend on the conditions and who I will be fishing with. It usually takes catching and releasing a slam of all five species to win and that's going to be difficult with the fly rod, but someone will probably do it.”
                                    Collins who is also a member of the defending IGFA Offshore World Championship team said, “I fished a pretty heavy offshore schedule this past year but when I’ve been inshore it's been all flyrod. I know I don't have all the skills that some of the others do, but I feel pretty good about where I am with it,” adding with a smile, “plus I’m hoping for a lucky break or two.”
                                    He and the other competitors may get those opportunities.
                                    According to tournament director Sandy Moret, owner of Florida Keys Outfitters who spent several days fly fishing the Florida Bay waters, “Tarpon fishing is off the chart right now.”
                                    “I have had great reports on the snook and red fishing too. Some bonefish and permit are being caught, but most anglers are so focused on tarpon, that the other species are getting a break. The weather has settled into its late spring/early summer pattern and if it holds, fishing should be gangbusters!
                                    “These anglers and guides have wholeheartedly embraced our new light tackle/fly tackle concept and this should be one of the most outstanding competitions of the year,” he added. “Looking ahead to next year we’ll have more international competitors from the 38 current qualifying events representing tournaments in US, Bahamas, Belize, Australia & Sweden.”
                                    Fishing and daily scoring takes place from the World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina. The Islander Resort serves as the event’s headquarters. Both are located near mile marker 82.
                                    The IGFA remains the inshore championships’ sole nonprofit benefactor. A fundraiser and auction for the IGFA will be held at the event.
                                    The championship is partnering with ESPN Outdoors and its televised Saltwater Series. Daily tournament coverage will appear on ESPNOutdoors.com and on IGFA.org.
                                    Tournament sponsors include Bacardi, Islamorada Fish Co., The Islander Resort, King Sailfish Mounts, Rapala, Shimano, Stiffy Push Poles, Reel Life Art by Pasta, World Wide Sportsman, Mercury, Zane Grey Lounge, Bayside Marina, Tibor Reels, Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, Diamond Fishing Products, Kaenon Sunglasses, Sage Rods, Patagonia, Green Turtle Inn, Rich Products Corp, Cortland Line Company, Ocean Dawn Suites, Vineyard Vines, Nautilus Reels and "High Roller" author Bill Bishop.
                                    For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments for 2010 please contact Sandy Moret at 305-664-5423 or flkeyout@bellsouth.net or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com .
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                                    6/25/2009 FKO/IGFA IWC PR counsel - Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications,
                                    Scottsdale, Ariz., USA
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                                    • #19
                                      Ninth annual Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World

                                      Ninth annual Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship
                                      July 7 – 9, 2009 - Islamorada Fla. USA
                                      Qualifying Anglers and Representative Tournaments

                                      Fly Tackle Division

                                      Angler Hometown Tournament Tournament Location

                                      Cal Collier, Jr, Atlanta Ga. Redbone @ Large Deep Water Cay, Grand Bahama Island Fall Tournament
                                      Dave Collier, New York, N.Y. Redbone @ Large Deep Water Cay, Grand Bahama Island Spring Tournament
                                      Robert Collins, Islamorada, Fla. IGFA Inshore Championship 3-time Grand Champion, Islamorada, Fla., USA
                                      Mark Cooper, Aurora, Colo. Redbone Celebrity Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA
                                      Alex Cruz, Miami, Fla. Backcountry Fly Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA
                                      David Dalu, Charleston, S.C. Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA
                                      Charles Duncan III, Houston, Texas Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Fly Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA
                                      Leslie Duncan, Houston, Texas Ladies Invitational Tarpon Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA
                                      Warren Hinrichs, Jacksonville, Fla. March Merkin Permit, Key West, Fla., USA
                                      Kathryn Hoar, Hanover, Pa. Women's Fly Tarpon Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA
                                      Rand Holstead, Houston, Texas Islamorada Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA
                                      Ed Liccione, Queenstown, Md. Islamorada Sailfly, Islamorada, Fla., USA
                                      Sue Moret, Islamorada, Fla. Redbone @ Large Marsh Harbor Marsh Harbor, Abaco Island, Bahamas
                                      Jared Raskob, Key Largo, Fla. IFACT Red Ghost Stalk, Islamorada, Fla., USA
                                      Mike Rempe, Windsor, Colo. Redbone @ Large Deep Water Cay, Grand Bahama Island
                                      Bob Rich, Islamorada, Fla. Redbone Celebrity Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA


                                      Light Tackle Division

                                      Bonnie Christ, Alexandria, Va Mercury Baybone Celebrity Tournament, Key Largo, Fla., USA
                                      Mike Gallops, Naples, Fla. IGFA Inshore World Championship, 2003 Grand Champion Islamorada, Fla., USA
                                      Rich Gorden, Brooksville, Fla. Red Snook Catch & Release Fishing Tournament, Collier County, Fla., USA
                                      Tony Horsley, Glen Allen,Va. Islamorada All Tackle Spring Bonefish, Islamorada, Fla., USA
                                      Bill Hurst, Cutler Bay, Fla. Mercury S.L.A.M. Celebrity Tournament, Key West, Fla., USA
                                      Larry Leszczynski, Bradenton, Fla. Sarasota Sportfishing Anglers Club Tarpon Tournament, Sarasota, Fla., USA
                                      Mike McDonald, Sarasota, Fla. Sarasota Sportfishing Anglers Club Tarpon Tournament, Sarasota, Fla., USA
                                      Wayne Meland, Naples, Fla. Gene Doyle Catch and Release Tournament, Naples, Fla., USA
                                      Peter Politis, Nightcliff,NT Australia Northern Territory Barramundi Classic, Northern Territory, Australia
                                      Troy Pruitt, Naples, Fla. Lucerne-Grossman Memorial Fishing Competition, Key Largo, Fla., USA
                                      Barry Shevlin, Bay Harbor Island, Fla. Lucerne-Grossman Memorial Fishing Competition, Key Largo, Fla., USA
                                      Ron Silverman, Daniel Island, S.C. Lowcountry Red-Trout Celebrity Classic, Charleston, S.C., USA
                                      Marty Smalley, Tampa, Fla. Mercury Grand Slam Celebrity Fishing Tournament, Tampa, Fla,, USA
                                      Chris Turner, Naples, Fla. Red Snook Catch & Release Fishing Tournament, Collier County, Fla., USA
                                      Nick Cardella, Delray Beach, Fla. IFACT Red Ghost Stalk, Islamorada, Fla., USA
                                      Aledia Tush, Sarasota, Fla. Int'l Womens Fishing Assoc. Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA
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                                      • #20
                                        stop high bycatch levels of billfish by longliners in G

                                        TBF asking help of U.S. rec fishing communities to stop high bycatch levels of billfish by longliners in Gulf of Mexico
                                        The Billfish Foundation seeks seven month closure; email campaign to Washington

                                        FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (August 26, 2009) -- With an August 31st deadline for the voicing of comments on reducing the bycatches of billfish and bluefin tuna by commercial longliners, The Billfish Foundation is asking the help of the recreational fishing communities, especially on the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts.
                                        “The highest level of marlin bycatch in the U.S. is caught by U.S. pelagic longline vessels in the Gulf,” said Ellen Peel, president of The Billfish Foundation. “We’re asking for the U.S. Government to close off commercial longlining from March to September, during the period of the highest incidence of bycatch of marlin and spawning bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico. Atlantic marlin are seriously overfished but spawning bluefin tuna which are worse off.
                                        “TBF is pleased the National Marine Fisheries Service is willing to consider practical changes to the Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan. But comments must be in by Monday, August 31, so we don’t have much time. We’re trying to get an extension of the comment period to build more awareness for billfish and tuna and the need for the closure.
                                        “We have more background on the situation on the TBF web site (billfish.org),” she said. “We’re simply asking anglers to take just 10 to 15 minutes to read it and then to copy the attached letters, modify them as they see fit and email it by August 31 to the NMFS, USFWS and also to their U.S. Congressmen and Senators,” said Peel. “It’s time they realize that the recreational billfishing community, which also fishes for tunas in the Gulf and Atlantic, is one that needs to be counted and its economic impact and voluntary conservation ethic appreciated.”
                                        “Now is the time for anglers and conservationists to demand much needed reductions in the bycatch mortality of Atlantic marlin and bluefin tuna in the Gulf and a CITES (Convention for the International Trade in Endangered Species) listing to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna throughout their range. We are hoping to significantly improve the management plan of Atlantic billfish and other highly migratory fish vital to supporting a large sportfishing and tourism industry in the region,” she added.
                                        “There are many positives in implementing a seasonal, time and area closure to longlining in the Gulf. It will be a win-win for billfish, bluefin tuna, sea turtles, sharks, sportfishing and many fisheries’ dependent businesses,” said Peel. “A transition to more responsible commercial fishing gear is needed for severely overfished stocks cannot withstand the high rate of mortality, so until that time, a time and area closure provides a reasonable option. Responsible management practices must begin to give bycatch species equal management and conservation priority as given to targeted commercial species.”
                                        Established in 1986 by the late Winthrop P. Rockefeller, The Billfish Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to conserving and enhancing billfish populations worldwide. With world headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA, TBF’s comprehensive network of members and supporters includes anglers, captains, mates, tournament directors, clubs, sport fishing and tourism businesses. By coordinating efforts and speaking with one voice, the organization works for solutions that are good for billfish, not punitive to recreational anglers and good for the local economy.
                                        Reach Ms. Peel at Ellen_Peel@billfish.org or by phone at 800-438-8247, ext 108.
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