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IGFA now has an iPhone app loaded with great features
Have IGFA World Records, fish IDs and so much more at your fingertips

DANIA BEACH, Fla., USA -- You’re still reeling from your fish fight and the one you just brought to the boat is definitely your biggest yet – but is it an IGFA World Record? How will you weigh it, and how will you share the moment with your buddies back on land?
Finally, the IGFA has an iPhone app anglers have been asking for. The IGFA Mobile Appwill amaze your friends and inspire your fishing adventures with all the knowledge you’ll have at your fingertips. You can quickly identify your catches with stunning full-color images, then search for vacant, pending, and standing IGFA World Records, all from this amazing app.
Even if your fish is a pound shy of a record, this app has plenty of functions for every angler. From planning your next trip to tracking your IGFA Slam Club progress to sharing your catches with family and friends, the IGFA Mobile has you covered.
Check out some of its many features:
ü World Record Database - Want to know how your catch measures up to the world’s greatest? The app is automatically updated with the latest records on over 1100 species when it is opened and connected to a cellular or wi-fi connection. Great for comparing what you’ve hooked – or planning to fill a vacant record. It’s an IGFA exclusive.
ü IGFA Species ID - Along with marine artists Diane Rome Peebles’ and Duane Ravers’ incredible full-color images of every record game species, the ID descriptions include extensive reference material from the IGFA including thorough habitat information, geographic distribution and anatomy and it’s only available from the experts at the IGFA.
ü My Catches - Take a photo (iPhone 3Gs or 4) of the monster fish you land, enter the details of your fight and upload to Facebook or email with one easy step. On the iPhone or iPad, GPS functions will automatically record the location of your catches as you log them.
ü Quest List – This is for anglers on a mission. Track your progress towards your next IGFA Weight Club (for bass, snook, or bonefish) or IGFA Slam Club. You can also create your own customizable quest.
ü IGFA Weigh Stations - Do you think your catch is close to the current record? One quick tap and you’ll know how close you are to an official IGFA Weigh Station, with maps to help you get there, and it’s also an IGFA exclusive.
ü Trip Planning List - A successful angler is a prepared angler, and using your list will give you the best shot of having a great day on the water.
ü IGFA Rules - Make sure your catch counts every time. Consult the IGFA International Angling Rules – for both conventional and flyrod – to make sure your next catch won’t be disqualified and it’s only available from the IGFA.
So what’s the cost for all of these great benefits that the IGFA iPhone Mobile App? It’s justa one time charge at the introductory price of $8.99. And it also works on the iPad too.
Go to http://www.igfa.org/Fish/IGFA-Mobile.aspx to learn more on this great fishing advancement.
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10/20/2010 IGFA PR counsel - Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications,
Scottsdale, Ariz., USA -- 480-951-3654 (ph) -- JohnsonCom@aol.com

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

Sold out IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame to welcome 12th induction class (w/photos)
A sold out crowd is expected to see five men -- from the U.S., Japan and Britain, all who have made significant contributions to the sport of recreational fishing – to be inducted into the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame this month.
The class of 2010 includes Yoshiro Hattori, Capt. Steve Huff, George G. Mathews, John Wilson and Forrest Wood.
The 12th annual star-studded enshrinement ceremony and dinner will be held Tuesday, October 26, at 6 p.m. at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla. The public is invited.
The honorees are selected each year for the significant contributions through achievements in angling, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources.
The five inductees and their contributions are:
· Yoshiro Hattori is an honorary member of the Japan Game Fish Association since its inception. A natural communicator, he is widely known for his television shows “Fishing in Japan” and “11 PM” where he introduced various fishing reports in Japan and overseas.
· Capt. Steve Huff, whose innovations include shallow-water boat building, light-tackle and fly-rod fish fighting techniques, has guided clients to some of the most coveted inshore world records since 1968. Huff revolutionized flats fishing in saltwater and is celebrated in the Bahamas, Mexico, the Florida Keys and the Seychelles.
· George G. Mathews is a big-game fisherman who participated in many of the Bahamas tournaments during the 1960-1970s. A member of the IGFA Board of Trustees since 1971, Mathews has served as Board Chairman and is a former member of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission.
· John Wilson, a British angler has been a TV personality for 20 years covering big game and deep sea fishing. Voted “The Greatest Angler of All Time” in a 2004 poll by readers of Angling Times, Wilson has published nearly 20 books and authored a column for the newspaper the Sunday Express until 2009.
· Forrest Wood began as a fishing guide on the fabled Arkansas White River, USA. Wood started a small boat repair business on the side and developed his business into what became Ranger Boats. Wood and his family went out to set the modern standard for bass boats, including the first built-in livewell system. Wood validated his early “built by fishermen for fishermen” ad slogan by fishing the B.A.S.S. tour for nearly two decades.
There are currently 80 Hall of Fame members enshrined including Zane Grey, Ernest Hemingway, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Lee and Joan Wulff, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie, Bill Dance, Roland Martin, Johnny Morris, Don Tyson and Stu Apte.
Tickets, a few are remaining, are $200 and include the cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m.; silent auction (with items from Hall of Famers including books, artwork, trips and more), dinner and the induction ceremony in the Greats Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Special sponsorships and sponsor tables are available. For reservation information contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or via e-mail: larico@igfa.org.

(EDITOR: 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, 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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Free IGFA School of Sportfishing classes at Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show

Something new is happening at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show beginning October 28 as anglers will be able to pick up hot tips and tricks from some of the most experienced fishermen on the water at 16 “mini sessions” hosted by the IGFA’s highly acclaimed School of Sportfishing Presented by IMTRA Marine Products, the mini-sessions on eight different subjects will be held on site with some of South Florida’s best captains and professional anglers throughout the boat show.
The eight featured IGFA School of Sportfishing captains and instructors will include Karl Anderson, Jamie Bunn, Josh Brown, Tony DiGiulian, Mike Holliday, Rick Murphy, Ray Rosher, and Bouncer Smith.
Here are the dates, times, instructors and session topics:
· Thursday, October 28
11 a.m. – Capt. Tony DiGiulian – Fundamentals of Sportfishing
1 p.m. – Capt Jamie Bunn – Kingfish/Sailfish Tactics
3 p.m. – Capt. Josh Brown – Dolphin/Wahoo Tactics
5 p.m. – Capt. Ray Rosher – Sailfish/Dolphin Tactics
· Friday, October 29
11 a.m. – Capt. Bouncer Smith – Swordfish Strategies
1 p.m. – Capt. Mike Holliday – Inshore Snook/Trout/Tarpon Tactics
3 p.m. – Capt. Karl Anderson – Marlin/Tuna Strategies
5 p.m. – Capt. Ray Rosher – Sailfish/Dolphin Tactics
· Saturday, October 30
11 a.m. – Capt. Tony DiGiulian– Fundamentals of Sportfishing
1 p.m. – Capt. Mike Holliday– Inshore Snook/Trout/Tarpon Tactics
3 p.m. – Capt Rick Murphy – Mastering the Flats
5 p.m. – Capt Karl Anderson– Marlin/Tuna Strategies
· Sunday, October 31
11 a.m. – Capt. Bouncer Smith– Swordfish Strategies
1 p.m. – Capt. Jamie Bunn – Kingfish/Sailfish Tactics
3 p.m. – Capt. Rick Murphy– Mastering the Flats
5 p.m. – Capt. Josh Brown– Dolphin/Wahoo Tactics
For more go to: http://www.igfa.org/Educate/Boat-Sho...ctor-Bios.aspx
The seminars will take place in the southwest corner of convention center site. All of the sessions are free after purchasing a ticket to the show long renowned for being the world's largest event of its kind, featuring more than three billion dollars worth of boats, yachts, super yachts, electronics, engines, and thousands of boating accessories from every major marine manufacturer and boat builder worldwide.
The 51st edition of the show will take place October 28 - November 1, and cover more than three million square feet of space, both on land and in the water.
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October Hot Catches (wphotos)

In the June edition of the IGFA Hot News we reported about the February 5th catch and release of a huge 113.5 kg (250 lb 3 oz) wels that stirred the pens of writers throughout Europe and beyond, while earning the Italian angler who caught it an IGFA All-Tackle World Record. Then just a month later to the amazement of the many avid anglers on the European continent, another giant wels was caught and released. That catch leads off this edition of the Hot Catches including updates from IGFA World Records Coordinator Jack Vitek of other pending records from Australia, Panama, Canada, Sweden and the U.S.

Ajka, Hungary angler Zsedely Attila, guided by Captain Kiss Jozset, landed a 135 kg (297 lb 9 oz) potential IGFA All-Tackle record wels (Silurus glanis) on March 11, while fishing Italy’s River Po. He was using a Rapala plug when the monster fish hit and needed the better part of an hour to bring this fish to the boat. Aside from the enormous size of the fish, what is even more amazing is that the River Po has produced three potential IGFA All-Tackle wels records within the past year, not to mention that all three have been released alive. The current IGFA record is 113.5 kg (250 lb 3 oz) caught and released a month earlier on Feb. 5, by Italian angler Roberto Godi of Arcole Veroma. (Photo - wels – 36290)

Here’s another remarkable catch and release. Trading his Southern Hemisphere winter to fly fish in a Northern Hemisphere summer, Frank Bluch of Corio Victoria, Australia, landed a monster lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) August 7, on Great Bear Lake, in Canada’s NW Territories. Using ultra thin 1 kg (2 lb) tippet Bluch fought the 13.83 kg (30 lb 8 oz) lake trout for over four hours after it hit his white dumbell strip tease fly. Great angling by Bluch, and boatmenship by guide Captain Mike Harrison, can be credited for this amazing catch and potential fly record. To make the story even sweeter, the fish was released alive after being weighed and photographed. The current IGFA record is 6.12 kg (13 lb 8 oz) caught in 1986 from YukonCanada’s, WellesleyLake. (Photo – lake trout – 36248)

Two IGFA World Records might be going to junior angler Maximilian Hampl of Cartago, Costa Rica, for a single fish he caught on July 19. While fishing Boca Chica, Panama, guided by Captain Antonio Isaza, Hampl landed a beautiful 13.4 kg (29 lb 8 oz) mullet snapper (Lutjanus aratus) using a live blue runner for bait. Ten minutes after the fish hit, Hampl had the fish in the boat and was qualified for both the men’s 15 kg (30 lb) line class record and the male junior record. The current IGFA line class record is 13.23 kg (29 lb 3 oz) recorded in 2006 in David, Panama. (Photo – mullet snapper – 36289)

Using just a bread ball for bait, Pamela J. Henry of Stuart, Florida, USA, landed a blue tilapia (Oreochromis aureus) on August 31, while fishing the Florida’s SouthForkRiver. She needed six minutes to land the 4.25 kg (9 lb 6 oz) potential IGFA All-Tackle record fish. The current IGFA record is 4.08 kg (9 lb 0 oz) caught in 2003 in Kissimmee, Fla. (Photo – blue tilapia – 36239)

Andres Fanjul of Palm Beach, Florida, USA, guided by Captain Douglass Heaton II, landed a potential All-Tackle roundscale spearfish (Tetrapturus georgii) on August 20, fishing the BaltimoreCanyon, off Maryland, USA. Captain Heaton II was trolling naked ballyhoo when the 31.75 kg (70 lb 0 oz) spear came into the spread. Fanjul battled the fish to the boat 30 minutes later for a potential new IGFA All-Tackle billfish record. The current IGFA record is 31.2 kg. (68 lb 12 oz) caught in 2008 in Olhao, Portugal. (Photo – roundscale spearfish – 36262)

Angler Fiona Stallard, of Perth, Western Australia, guided by Captain Adrian Watt, landed a 21 kg (46 lb 4 oz) wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) on August 30, to qualify for the IGFA women’s 3 kg (6 lb) line class record. Captain Watt was pulling a Halco Lazer Pro 160 when the toothy critter hit Stallard’s line. Less than a half hour later the fish was on board and the boat was headed to the weigh station. The current IGFA record is 13.18 kg (29 lb 0 oz), caught in 2002 from Huon Gulf, Papua New Guinea. (Photo - wahoo – 36263)

Fishing this summer in Seward, Alaska, USA, junior angler Jace Heller of Seal Beach, California, USA, guided by IGFA Certified Captain Andy Mezirow, landed a yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) weighing 12.7 kg (28 lb 0 oz). The fish hit a herring being fished on the bottom and was landed in 20 minutes on August 27, qualifying Jace for a new male IGFA Junior record. The current IGFA record is 9.97 kg (22 lb 0 oz) caught in Waterfall Resort, Alaska, USA in 2001. (Photo – yelloweye rockfish – 36266)

Danish angler Frank Jensen of Aabyhoej, landed a beautiful 11.2 kg (24 lb 11 oz) Atlantic salmon (landlocked) (Salmo salar) on June 25, while fishing Klaralv, Sweden. Jensen was using a nors flue for bait and needed 45 minutes to land the potential new IGFA All-Tackle record. The current IGFA record pulled from Lake Vaernern, Djoroe, Sweden in 2002, is 10.76 kg (23 lb 11 oz). (Photo – Atlantic salmon - landlocked – 36269)

On July 11 of this past summer young small fry angler Jazmine Olivia Evans, of Melfa, Virginia, USA, guided by her father Capt. Wayne Evans, landed a 24.21 kg (53 lb 6 oz) bluefin tuna (Thunnus Thynnus). They were fishing out of Sams Hill, Virginia, trolling a Seawitch skirted ballyhoo when the bluefin hit her line. About 30 minutes later, Jazmine had the fish in the boat and a new potential female IGFA Smallfry record. The current IGFA record is 18.03 kg (39 lb 12 oz) caught July 2009, Wachapreage, Virginia. (Photo – bluefin tuna – 36265)
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Through art IGFA Rep helping Laos community build school (w/photos)

When a fishing expedition took him through the under-developed Hmong village in Laos, Thailand IGFA Representative Jean-Francois Helias was struck by the community’s desperate need for a new school building.
Combining his love of fishing with his desire to help the local villagers, Helias has organized an opportunity to connect art lovers with the beautiful indigenous needlework of the Hmong people while raising the funds to finish their much-needed school building. For centuries, the Hmong women have practiced paj ntaub, an elegant, colorful fiber art produced entirely by hand.
Helias has commissioned a unique series of 27” x 21” paj ntaub panels which feature Thailand’s primary game fish: snakehead species, arapaima, Siamese giant carp, and Jullien's golden price carp. Priced between US $100 - $165, the proceeds from the sales of these pieces will fund the completion of the Hmong school building. To learn more and order your panel, contact Helias at fishasia@ksc.th.com.
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New $15 annual IGFA E-memberships now available

Do you love fishing? Do you find yourself reading more materials, magazines or books online? Hey, we have the perfect membership for you.
The International Game Fish Association has introduced a new online e-membership making all of its members-only content available electronically at a discounted introductory price of just $15 (US). This low cost web-only membership offers the same benefits as a traditional membership in a digital format including:
  • Access to International Angler newsletter online
  • Access to World Record Game Fishes book online
  • Online access to world records
  • Discounted world record application - $40
  • Discounted scale certifications - $30
  • Unlimited free entry into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
  • 10% Discount on IGFA gift shop purchases
  • Invitations to upcoming events
  • The latest angling and record-seeking news via email and online
Regularly priced at $20, the e-membership will be available for only $15 during this introductory offer.
To become an IGFA e-member today and to save, sign up online at www.igfa.org/members and begin enjoying your benefits now. For questions or further information, please contact IGFA Membership at 954-927-2628 or email HQ@igfa.org.
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IGFA Education and Outreach part of Trailblazer Adventure Day

The IGFA Outreach Education Program will be teaming up with the South Florida Council BSA and U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance for the Trailblazer Adventure Day on Saturday, October 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Plantation Heritage Park in Plantation, Florida,
This all outdoor event highlights outdoor activities such as shooting, archery, angling, fly fishing, trapper education and general outdoorsmen skills. There will be concessions on hand for food and drink.
The IGFA Outreach Program will be on hand to teach participants about various angling skills including bait rigging, knot tying, casting, ethical angling and proper fish handling. This event attracts over 1,000 participants each year and provides fun for the whole family.
For more information on the event or to sign up as a volunteer, please contact the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation at trailblazer@ussportsmens.org.
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New IGFA Junior Angler website; Fish, Explore, Discover, Learn (w/logo)

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

The IGFA and world renowned marine wildlife artist, IGFA Representative and Corporate Sponsor, David Wirth, have teamed up to provide new IGFA Junior Angler Members with yet another reason to join.
Each new member who registers to become an IGFA Junior Angler automatically is entered in a monthly drawing to win a Bone Hawaiian Style Circle Hook Pendant that David brings from Maui. A total of five hook pendants will be given away each month as winners are randomly selected.
The drawings are held monthly and will continue each month through July 31, 2011 or while supplies last. To find out more about David Wirth and his marine artwork as well as the story behind the Hawaiian Style Circle Hooks, check out www.davidwirth.com.
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IGFA accepting grant requests for school lab programs (w/photos)

Are you a school teacher or administrator in South Florida interested in getting your students involved in a rewarding marine sciences program?
The IGFA Education and Outreach Program is currently accepting grant requests for school groups in grades K-12 to participate in their hands-on lab programs.
Funds are available for groups to participate in the lab programs either on-site at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida or the IGFA Education Team can come to your classroom to host many of the educational lab programs at your school. Priority for funding is given to Title-I schools. South Florida based programs are available from Monday-Friday during school hours and require a minimum of 20 participants. Funding is also available for schools not located within the South Florida area but programs must meet certain criteria.
Programs are available from Monday - Friday during school hours and require a minimum of 20 participants. For more information on how your school group can participate in these marine science programs for free, please contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4309 or email at vwoods@igfa.org.
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---Art at the IGFA Museum---

Coming Oct. 22, to the Changing Gallery “Marc Montocchio: A Life in the Sea”
An exhibition of photographs by internationally known underwater photographer Marc Montocchio opens October 22, 2010. Unlike ordinary ink on paper photos, Montocchio’s photographs are produced as dye-sublimation prints on sheets of highly polished aluminum, giving the images a brilliant, high-definition effect. Born and reared in South Africa, and now living in Morehead City, N.C., USA, Montocchio’s work has taken him on expeditions all over the world, producing cutting-edge photographs of ocean life. The beauty and intimate nature of the work will have broad appeal for anyone who loves marine life and has an interest in its conservation. Montocchio’s work will be on display in the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum Changing Gallery through April 2011. For more information visit www.occhioinc.com

Now In the Art Gallery; The FunkyFishArt of David Roehm.
David Roehm (pronounced REEM) was born and raised in Broward County, Florida and is the creator of Funkyfishart.com. He draws inspiration from fishing and snorkeling off the coast and inland waterways of South Florida and the Keys. Many of the quaint old bars, hangouts and fishing spots now gone are depicted in Dave's artistry, but they are not all done on the usual canvas. He specializes in decorating unusual items such as fire hydrants and wood sculptures. David Roehm's colorful and whimsical FunkyFishArt will be on display through Spring 2011 in the Art Gallery at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
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Popular IGFA School of Sportfishing has returned with fall classes

The IGFA’s popular School of Sportfishing, brought to anglers by Mercury Marine is underway with its 16th session of diverse classes and an all-star lineup of instructors.
The IGFA’s school continues to grow each year in popularity based on the on-the-water success of the anglers attending past sessions.
“Anglers who have taken previous classes continue to report greatly improved catch ratios after putting their newly gained knowledge to practice on the water,” said IGFA Education Director Dave Matagiese. “We continue to hear excellent feedback from past students on how they’ve become more efficient in finding fish faster and making each strike count.”
Here’s a topic list with course titles, dates, descriptions and instructors:
· Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs – Tuesday, October 19, 2010: 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. Taught by Capt. Bouncer Smith
· Successful Swordfishing – Tuesday, November 2, 2010: From tackle to location, find out everything you need to know to make your next swordfish trip a huge success. Taught by legendary Capt. Bouncer Smith you’ll learn hands-on squid rigging and inside information from one of South Florida’s best swordfishermen.
· Kite Fishing Techniques – Tuesday, November 9, 2010: One of the easiest ways to catch more fish is with a kite. This class will touch on the basics but also introduce more advanced techniques with the kite fishing system. Learn to target several different species with this ancient method of enticing fish to bite. Taught by Capt. Bouncer Smith.
· Trophy Snook and Tarpon – Tuesday, November 16, 2010: From the backcountry to the beaches, learn how to successfully target and find monster snook and tarpon. Snook to 30 lbs and tarpon to 200lbs, these are the fish that will test your gear and your nerve. You’ll want to have a good camera to back up your stories. Taught by Capt. Mike Holliday.
· Understanding Your Onboard Electronics – Tuesday, November 23, 2010: Today's marine electronics are capable of some amazing things if you know how to properly utilize them. Learn some new tricks for making yourself a more efficient angler as we show you how to make your electronics work for you. Taught by Capt. Karl Anderson.
· Wintertime Wahoo – Tuesday, December 7, 2010: Due to their somewhat nomadic and loner nature, wahoo are most often considered incidental catches. This class will teach anglers how to target and more consistently catch wahoo in the cooler months of the year. Taught by Capt. Josh Brown.
· Advanced Big Game Trolling Techniques – Tuesday, December 14, 2010: Ever wonder why some boats catch more big game fish like blue marlin than others? Get the 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. For the serious Big Game fisherman. Taught by Capt. Tony DiGiulian.
IGFA Education Coordinator Jeff Mackin said each of the classes is limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up and held Tuesday nights from 7 – 10 p.m. at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida
The cost is $100 for IGFA members and $150 for non-members per class. For more information please contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or via JMackin@igfa.org, or on the IGFA website at http://igfa.org/educate/School-of-Sportfishing.aspx.
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Coming in November: The IGFA online Auction

The IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year, the IGFA Auction & Banquet, is coming January 28, 2011, with more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid.
Donations of trips, cruises, artwork, fishing gear and much more in all price ranges are arriving each day at the IGFA headquarters.
And even if you can’t make it to the 27th annual event again held at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, you’ll still have a chance to bid on an impressive array of items.
Beginning the first week of November the auction will be featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org when the popular on-line portion of the auction begins.
Find out more in the November edition of the IGFA Hot News.
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“Did You Know?” – Interesting facts from the IGFA
Recreational Fishery Sectors
  • The ocean sunfish can be 10 feet in length and weigh over 3,000 pounds.1
  • The largest bivalve mollusk is the giant clam, Tridacna gigas, native to the Indo-Pacific, which reaches a weight of 500 pounds and can be up to 4 feet across. It has an average lifespan of 100 years old and is considered endangered. 1
  • The most expensive fishing lure is a $1 million big game fishing lure which is 12 inches long and made of over 3 pounds of gold and platinum and encrusted with 100 carats of diamonds and rubies (4,753 stones). It was used in a fishing tournament in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in 2006 and they can be purchased from MacDaddy’s Fishing Lures for $1,000,000. 2
  • Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing catches are estimated to be about 11-26 million tonnes, which is about 13-31% of the reported landings in the 1990’s. This equals an approximate loss in landed value of $10-23.5 billion dollars annually. 3

1. www.nefsc.noaa.gov
2. macdaddysfishinglures.com
3. 2009. FAO/UNEP Expert meeting on impacts of destructive fishing practices, unsustainable fishing, and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing on marine biodiversity and habitats. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report No. 932. Rome, 23–25 September 2009

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Calendar of upcoming IGFA events for 2010

October 16, 2010— Trailblazer Adventure Day -- Plantation Heritage Park, Plantation, Fla., USA – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. -- The IGFA Outreach Education Program is teaming up with the South Florida Council BSA and U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance for an all outdoor event highlighting activities such as shooting, archery, angling, fly fishing, trapper education and general outdoorsmen skills. The IGFA Outreach Program will be on hand to teach participants about various angling skills including bait rigging, knot tying, casting, ethical angling and proper fish handling. This event attracts over 1,000 participants each year and provides fun for the whole family. For more information on the event or to sign up as a volunteer, please contact the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation at trailblazer@ussportsmens.org.
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October 19, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing –Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 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. Taught by Capt. Bouncer Smith this class is presented by Mercury Marine and is a part of a popular series of nine weekly fall classes now in its 16th session. 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. Contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340 or visit www.igfa.org/education/school-of-sportfishing.aspx for more information. Classes are limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up.
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October 26, 2010 -- The 12th Annual IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will celebrate all 80 members and the five newest inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame who include Yoshiro Hattori, Capt. Steve Huff, George G. Matthews, John Wilson and Forrest Wood. The inductees are selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony for the 2010 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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October 28 - November 1, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing mini sessions at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA -- Presented by IMTRA Marine Products, the IGFA School of Sportfishing, is hosting eight "mini-sessions" on site at the boat show with some of South Florida’s best captains and professional anglers on stage. Anglers will be able to pick up hot tips and tricks from eight of the most experienced fishermen on the water including IGFA School of Sportfishing captains and instructors Karl Anderson, Jamie Bunn, Josh Brown, Tony DiGiulian, Mike Holliday, Rick Murphy, Ray Rosher, and Bouncer Smith. All of the sessions are free after purchasing a ticket to the Show.
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November 2, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – Successful Swordfishing -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 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 South Florida’s best swordfishermen. Taught by Capt. Bouncer Smith this class is presented by Mercury Marine and is a part of a popular series of nine weekly fall classes now in its 16th session. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more information, please contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340 or visit www.igfa.org/education/school-of-sportfishing.aspx. You may also sign up online. Classes are limited to the first 24 anglers to register.
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November 9, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – Kite Fishing Techniques -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. One of the easiest ways to catch more fish is with a kite. This class will touch on the basics but also introduce more advanced techniques with the kite fishing system. Learn to target several different species with this ancient method of enticing fish to bite. Taught by Capt. Bouncer Smith this class is presented by Mercury Marine and is a part of a popular series of nine weekly fall classes now in its 16th session. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more information, please contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340 or visit www.igfa.org/education/school-of-sportfishing.aspx. You may also sign up online. Classes are limited to the first 24 anglers to register.
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November 16, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – Trophy Snook and Tarpon -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. From the backcountry to the beaches, learn how to successfully target and find monster snook and tarpon. Snook to 30 lbs and tarpon to 200 lbs, these are the fish that will test your gear and your nerve. You’ll want to have a good camera to back up your stories. Taught by Capt. Mike Holliday this class is presented by Mercury Marine and is a part of a popular series of nine weekly fall classes now in its 16th session. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more information, please contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340 or visit www.igfa.org/education/school-of-sportfishing.aspx. You may also sign up online. Classes are limited to the first 24 anglers to register.
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November 23, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – Understanding Your Onboard Electronics -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. Today's marine electronics are capable of some amazing things if you know how to properly utilize them. Learn some new tricks for making yourself a more efficient angler as we show you how to make your electronics work for you. Taught by Capt. Karl Anderson this class is presented by Mercury Marine and is a part of a popular series of nine weekly fall classes now in its 16th session. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more information, please contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340 or visit www.igfa.org/education/school-of-sportfishing.aspx. You may also sign up online. Classes are limited to the first 24 anglers to register.
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December 3 - 5, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing mini sessions at the St. Petersburg Boat Show, St. Petersburg, Fla., USA -- Presented by IMTRA Marine Products, the IGFA School of Sportfishing, is hosting 12 "mini-sessions," four each on three days on-site at the boat show with some of Florida’s best captains and professional anglers on stage. Anglers will be able to pick up hot tips and tricks from these IGFA School of Sportfishing captains and instructors during the sessions which are free after purchasing a ticket to the boat show.
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December 7, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – Wintertime Wahoo -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. Due to their somewhat nomadic and loner nature, wahoo are most often considered incidental catches. This class will teach anglers how to target and more consistently catch wahoo in the cooler months of the year. Taught by Capt. Josh Brown this class is presented by Mercury Marine and is a part of a popular series of nine weekly fall classes now in its 16th session. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more information, please contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340 or visit www.igfa.org/education/school-of-sportfishing.aspx. You may also sign up online. Classes are limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up.
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December 9, 2010Second Annual Naples Florida Gala, Port Royal Club, Naples, Fla., USA, beginning with the cocktail hour at 6:30 -- Benefiting the IGFA’s Education and Conservation Initiatives, there will be dinner, dancing and an auction. In addition IGFA Fishing Hall of Famer and TV host Mark Sosin will be the guest speaker. Tickets start at $250 per person and sponsorships are available. For more information or to RSVP (by November 30th), contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222, or email larico@igfa.org.
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December 14, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – Advanced Big Game Trolling Techniques -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. Ever wonder why some boats catch more big game fish like blue marlin than others? Get the 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. Taught by Capt. Tony DiGiulian and presented by Mercury Marine this class is for the serious big game fisherman. It’s also the final class for 2010 in the popular series of fall classes as the IGFA School of Sportfishing winds up its 16th session. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more information, please contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340 or visit www.igfa.org/education/school-of-sportfishing.aspx. You may also sign up online. Classes are limited to the first 24 anglers to register.
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January 28, 2011 -- 27th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, beginning at 6 p.m. -- It’s the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid. Donations are already arriving including trips, cruises, artwork, fishing gear and more. The auction will be featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org beginning the first week of November when the popular on-line portion of the auction begins. Tickets are $200 per person and include the silent auction, IGFA Conservation Awards, dinner, live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $3000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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IGFA Hot News and Hot Catches – September 2010
By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

Take Marlin off the Menu today! ... here’s how you can help
Saving the world’s imperiled billfish stocks seems like a big job – and it is – but the International Game Fish Association and National Coalition for Marine Conservation have made it possible for passionate anglers to help make it happen in less than a minute.
The Billfish Conservation Act of 2010 (H.R. 5804) went to the House of Representatives July 21, and now recreational anglers and ocean enthusiasts from across the nation are telling Washington how much healthy fisheries matter. The United States is the world’s largest importer of marlin, sailfish, and spearfish – endangering stocks that are already severely depleted. The Billfish Conservation Act of 2010 seeks to end commercial harvest, importation and sale of these species in the U.S., and the IGFA is urging those who care about healthy fisheries to visit http://takemarlinoffthemenu.org/Billfish_Conservation_Act to voice their support today.
It only takes a few seconds to enter a name and ZIP code to tell local Representatives about the importance of conserving billfish populations for years to come.
Many recreational anglers are conservationists first and foremost, and the growing popularity of circle hooks and catch-and-release tournaments attests to widespread awareness of the need to protect billfish. Unfortunately, commercial demand for billfish has far outweighed the conservation efforts of recreational anglers. A niche seafood market exists in which billfish are marketed to high-end restaurants. These fish are among the ocean’s top predators, and without your help, they face a very real possibility of permanent collapse.

Now is the time to Take Marlin Off the Menu
Concerned about the health of billfish fisheries, the IGFA and the National Coalition for Marine Conservation joined forces in 2008 to create the Take Marlin off the Menu campaign. In just two short years, the campaign gained the support of such luminaries as Wolfgang Puck and the Wegmans Supermarket chain – as well as the attention of U.S. policymakers. Their support hinged largely on an Economic Analysis of International Billfish Markets which shows that the economic value of the U.S. billfish trade is almost nil in relation to the rest of the U.S. commercial fishing industry.
Support of the Billfish Conservation Act would close the U.S. to commercial billfish harvest, importation and sale. It would have a negligible impact on the commercial industry in the U.S. while helping increase the abundance of these important apex predators and also the value of the recreational fishery, which brings in billions of dollars annually but has a minimal impact on billfish populations.
Take action today to make sure that no billfish will end up in grocery store shelves or on restaurant menus again. Visit http://takemarlinoffthemenu.org/Billfish_Conservation_Act to do your part to take marlin off the menu!
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IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame ceremony tickets on sale (w/photo of banquet)

Tickets are selling at a brisk pace for the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame on Tuesday, October 26 where five men -- from the United States, Japan and Britain, all who have made significant contributions to the sport of recreational fishing -- will be inducted that evening as the 12th class.
They include Yoshiro Hattori of Japan, John Wilson from England, and Capt. Steve Huff, George G. Matthews, and Forrest Wood all from the U.S.
The honorees are selected each year for their significant contributions through achievements in angling, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communications or administration of fishery resources.
Presently 80 Hall of Fame members are enshrined at the IGFA including Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Stu Apte, Lee and Joan Wulff, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie, Johnny Morris, Bill Dance, Roland Martin, and Don Tyson.
Tickets are $200 and include the cocktail reception and silent auction beginning at 6 p.m., with dinner and the induction ceremony in the Greats Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Special sponsorships and sponsor tables are available. For reservation information please contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or via e-mail: larico@igfa.org.
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New low cost IGFA E-memberships now available

If you love fishing and also find yourself reading more magazines or books online we have the perfect membership for you.
The International Game Fish Association has introduced a new online e-membership making all of its members-only content available electronically at a discounted introductory price of just $15 (US). This low cost web-only membership offers the same benefits as a traditional membership in a digital format including:
  • Access to International Angler newsletter online
  • Access to World Record Game Fishes book online
  • Online access to world records
  • Discounted world record application - $40
  • Discounted scale certifications - $30
  • Unlimited free entry into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
  • 10% Discount on IGFA gift shop purchases
  • Invitations to upcoming events
  • The latest angling and record-seeking news via email and online
Regularly priced at $20, the e-membership will be available for only $15 during this introductory offer.
To become an IGFA e-member today and to save, sign up online at www.igfa.org/members and begin enjoying your benefits now. For questions or further information, please contact IGFA Membership at 954-927-2628 or email HQ@igfa.org.
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Upcoming IGFA Education and Outreach Events:

From the U.S. east coast to its west coast, the IGFA’s education department is involved in numerous activities. Here are a couple of events coming up:
In the Florida Keys on September 26th, the IGFA Education team will be hosting a Touch Tank demonstration at World Wide Sportsman’s 13th Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby in Islamorada. Thanks to great sponsors like Critter Control and Mercury Marine, the IGFA mobile Touch Tank will make the journey to the Keys to give participants, both young and old, the opportunity to get face-to-face with some of the interesting marine critters that inhabit Florida’s coasts.
This event is set to attract over 400 anglers to take part in a great day of fishing, sportsmanship and learning. This event is completely free for the whole family and in addition to the IGFA Touch Tank demonstration, will feature a casting contest, kid’s fishing seminars with professional anglers, free hot dogs and Cokes and much more.
Don’t miss out on the largest kid’s fishing clinic in the Florida Keys. For more information on this fun interactive event, please contact World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada at Manager_Islamorada_FL@basspro.com.
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IGFA and UPSAC Kid’s Fishing Derby coming October 2nd near Santa Barbara, Calif.
The IGFA has partnered with the United Pier and Shore Anglers of California (UPSAC) for a Kid’s Fishing Derby on October 2 in the Santa Barbara area at the Goleta Pier in Goleta, California.
Young anglers, ages six through 15, are invited to compete in the free IGFA and UPSAC Kid’s Fishing Derby. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the tournament running from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The competition features a points system to allow for catch and release. Winners, one in each age category from six to 15, (anyone under six is part of the age six group) will be determined by adding up points for various fish caught. The angler with the most points overall will be recognized on the tournament’s perpetual trophy.
IGFA representatives and volunteers from UPSAC will assist young anglers and help tally points. A lunch of hot dogs will be provided to participating anglers and their families. For more information, contact the United Pier and Shore Anglers of California at board@uspsac.org.
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IGFA accepting grant requests for school lab programs (w/photos)

The IGFA Education and Outreach Program is currently accepting grant requests for school groups in grades K-12 to participate in their hands-on lab programs.
Funds are available for groups to participate in the lab programs either on-site at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida or the IGFA Education Team can come to your classroom to host many of the educational lab programs at your school. Priority for funding is given to Title-I schools.
Programs are available from Monday - Friday during school hours and require a minimum of 20 participants. For more information on how your school group can participate in these marine science programs for free, please contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4309 or email at vwoods@igfa.org.
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New IGFA Junior Angler website; Fish, Explore, Discover, Learn (w/logo)

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

Not only is the new IGFA Junior Angler website cool but young anglers can enter a monthly contest to win an impressive old-style fishing hook pendant keepsake, the type of hook used by fishermen centuries ago.
The IGFA has teamed up with world renowned marine wildlife artist, IGFA Representative and Corporate Sponsor, David Wirth, who is giving new IGFA Junior Angler Members with yet another reason to join through his arts.
Each youngster who registers to become a new IGFA Junior Angler will automatically be entered in a monthly drawing to win a Bone Hawaiian Style Circle Hook Pendant that Wirth brings from Maui. A total of five hook pendants will be given away each month to randomly selected winners. The drawings will be held monthly and will continue through July 31, 2011 or while supplies last.
For more on Wirth and his marine artwork, plus the story behind the Hawaiian Style Circle Hooks, check out www.davidwirth.com.
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IGFA School of Sportfishing pros at Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show

While checking out the latest fishing gadgets or considering a new skiff at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, anglers will also be able to pick up hot tips and tricks from some of the most experienced fishermen on the water at 16 “mini sessions” hosted by the IGFA’s highly acclaimed School of Sportfishing.
Presented by IMTRA Marine Products, the mini-sessions on eight different subjects will be held on site with some of South Florida’s best captains and professional anglers throughout the boat show.
The eight featured IGFA School of Sportfishing captains and instructors will include Karl Anderson, Jamie Bunn, Josh Brown, Tony DiGiulian, Mike Holliday, Rick Murphy, Ray Rosher, and Bouncer Smith.
All of the sessions are free after purchasing a ticket to the show, long renowned for being the world's largest event of its kind, featuring more than three billion dollars worth of boats, yachts, super yachts, electronics, engines, and thousands of boating accessories from every major marine manufacturer and boat builder worldwide.
The 51st edition of the show will take place October 28 - November 1, and cover more than three million square feet of space, both on land and in the water.
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September Hot Catches (wphotos)

It’s not just men but also women are quite active in the pursuit of IGFA World Records. So for the September Hot Catches we lead off with a trio of female record setters and their recent fishing accomplishments now before the IGFA world records committee reviewing potential new records. IGFA World Records Coordinator Jack Vitek also updates us with other pending records from across the globe including Australia, South Africa, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, Italy and the U.S.
A young lady angler who has held 81 world records and who is adept with fly gear, Heather Michelle Harkavy, of Coral Springs, Fla, USA, landed a greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili) on July 12, weighing in at 12.25 kg (27 lb 0 oz) while fishing off McClellanville, South Carolina, USA. Guided by Chris Morrison, Harkavy’s AJ took her 30 minutes to land and qualifies for the women’s 10 kg (20 lb) tippet record. The current IGFA record is 10.88 kg (24 lb 0 oz) from Florida’s Dry Tortugas, in 2002. (Photo – greater amberjack - 36164)

IGFA Representative Dr. Julie H. Ball of Virginia Beach, VA, USA, is another lady angler, who has 11 world records to her credit and after a 100 minute fight on June 11, may have a 12th record after catching a 33.57 kg (74 lb 0 oz) cobia (Rachycentron canadum). She made the local newspapers for her Chesapeake Bay, Virginia catch that qualifies her for the IGFA’s women’s 10 kg (20 lb) line class record. Guided by Rudy Levasseur, the cobia took a live eel that Julie was using for bait. The current IGFA record is 31.93 kg (70 lb 6 oz) from the Gulf of Mexico off Destin, Fla., USA in 1996. (Photo - cobia - 36181)

Lady fly angler Margaret Shaughnessy of Medford, Oregon, USA, may set a new record by breaking her current record after landing a roosterfish (Nematistius pectoralis) June 3 off Bahia de Los Suenos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Guided by Jesus Jorge Green Lucero, the fish weighed 8.62 kg (19 lb 0 oz) which is heavy enough to qualify for the women’s 4 kg (8 lb) tippet record. Shaughnessy landed the rooster in 40 minutes after taking her kinky muddler fly. Her current women’s IGFA tippet record is 3.63 kg (8 lb 0 oz) recorded almost a year ago to the date from the same waters. The fish was released. (Photo - roosterfish – 32782)

With John Winzel as his guide fly angler Peter Morse of Leura New South Wales, Australia, landed a southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) on April 22, while fishing Pedra Blanca, Australia. Morse’s tuna weighed in at 25 kg (55 lb 1 oz) and qualifies for the men’s 10 kg (20 lb) tippet record. Morse used a Fat Boy fly and took 40 minutes to land the fish. The current IGFA record is 16.2 kg (35 lb 11 oz) caught in 2002 off Tasmania, Australia. (Photo - southern bluefin tuna – 36153)

Using his fly tackle, Kiev, Ukraine angler Lurii Diachenko, landed a 3.12 kg (6 lb 14 oz) Mongolian grayling (Thymallus brevirostris) on June 4, to qualify for the IGFA All-Tackle record. Diachenko was fishing Lake Khurgan, Mongolia when the fish took his fly. The current IGFA record is .9 kg (2 lb 0 oz) recorded from Mongolia’s Inchin River in 2005. (Photo - Mongolian grayling - 36163)

Fly fishing Italy’s Lake of Annone, Milan’s Paolo Pacchiarini landed a huge northern pike (Esox lucius) on June 19 qualifying him for the 8 kg (16 lb) tippet record. The fish hit Paolo’s wiggle tail fly and 10 minutes later, the carnirvorous fish was weighed in at 16.33 kg (36 lb 0 oz). The current IGFA record is 14.51 kg (32 lb 0 oz) pulled from Manitoba, Canada’s Nejanilini Lake in 1994. (Photo - northern pike - 36200)

IGFA multi-record angler Ian Middleton of Cairns, Queensland, Australia, guided by Oliver Middleton, landed one of his favorite fish, a 15.42 kg (34 lb 0 oz) black Papuan snapper (Lutjanus goldiei) on July 11, while fishing Lake Murray, Papua New Guinea. The freshwater snapper qualifies for the 24 kg (50 lb) line class record, and took Middleton eight minutes to boat. The current IGFA record is 14 kg (30 lb 13 oz) recorded last year in the same region. Middleton holds four other records for the species. (Photo - black Papuan snapper – 36206)

Angler Rory Francis Eidelman of Magaliesburg, South Africa, guided by Richard Hartley, landed a yellowspotted trevally (Caranx fulvoguttatus) on May 11, weighing 13.75 kg (30 lb 5 oz) to qualify for the IGFA All-Tackle record. Eidelman needed 25 minutes to land the trevally while fishing Sudwana Bay, South Africa, after it hit his pink Maria Spoon. The current IGFA record is 11.2 kg (24 lb 11 oz) off Mozambique’s Inhaca Island in 1998. (Photo - yellowspotted trevally – 36203)

Fishing the Gulf of Mexico Chuck Redden landed a monster black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci) on July 25, off the coast of his hometown of Punta Gorda, Florida, USA. Redden was using live pinfish, and after a 15 minute fight, the fish was weighed in at 27.16 kg (59 lb 14 oz), qualifying Redden for the men’s 24 kg (50 lb) line class record. He hopes to decimate the current IGFA record of 4.88 kg (10 lb 12 oz) recorded last year off the coast of nearby Ft. Myers. (Photo - black grouper - 36208)

Junior angler Ted Carroll of Chatham, New Jersey, USA, guided by Rick Carroll, landed a 27.22 kg (60 lb 0 oz) striped bass (Morone saxatilis) on July 26, while fishing Fishers Island, Connecticut, USA. Carroll’s fish hit a live eel and it took him 10 minutes to land, qualifying Ted for the male junior record. The current IGFA record is 26.25 kg (57 lb 14 oz) made in 2008 from East Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada. (Photo - striped bass – 36227)

On August 3, smallfry angler Cody Thomas Mason Konop of Anchorage, Alaska, USA, guided by Tom Konop, landed a huge lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus), to qualify for the male smallfry record. Cody’s fish weighed in at 23.93 kg (52 lb 12 oz) and took the youngster 20 minutes to land. The voracious predator hit his Storm wild eye shad, while Konop was fishing Alaska’s Gulf of Alaska. The current IGFA record is 23.39 kg (51 lb 9 oz). (Photo - lingcod – 36226)
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---Now at the IGFA Museum---

In the Art Gallery; The FunkyFishArt of David Roehm.
David Roehm (pronounced REEM) was born and raised in Broward County, Florida and is the creator of Funkyfishart.com. He draws inspiration from fishing and snorkeling off the coast and inland waterways of South Florida and the Keys. Many of the quaint old bars, hangouts and fishing spots now gone are depicted in Dave's artistry, but they are not all done on the usual canvas. He specializes in decorating unusual items such as fire hydrants and wood sculptures. David Roehm's colorful and whimsical FunkyFishArt will be on display through Spring 2011 in the Art Gallery at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
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Coming soon to the Changing Gallery “Marc Montocchio: A Life in the Sea”
An exhibition of photographs by internationally known underwater photographer Marc Montocchio opens October 22, 2010. Unlike ordinary ink on paper photos, Montocchio’s photographs are produced as dye-sublimation prints on sheets of highly polished aluminum, giving the images a brilliant, high-definition effect. Born and reared in South Africa, Montocchio’s work has taken him on expeditions all over the world, producing cutting-edge photographs of ocean life. The beauty and intimate nature of the work will have broad appeal for anyone who loves marine life and has an interest in its conservation. Montocchio’s work will be on display in the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum Changing Gallery through April 2011. For more information visit www.occhioinc.com
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IGFA in the U.S. West
Michael Farrior-IGFA Annual Juniors’ Tournament was a family affair (with photos)

With giggles from the girls, and lots of whooping and yelling from the boys, it was easy to see that the 2010 Michael Farrior-IGFA Annual Juniors’ Tournament held August 20 in San Diego was a huge success.
The event, formally the Marlin Club Junior Angler Tournament, was renamed this year in honor of IGFA Trustee Michael Farrior, who has personally been very supportive of the event for over five years.
Most participants fished on sport fishers in the ocean, but three young anglers fished from the shore around Shelter Island. Several sharks were caught and released by the youngsters.
IGFA Representative Gary Graham reported that in spite of the slow fishing the event focused on the fishing experience rather than the catches. When lines were out and everyone returned to the Marlin Club, there was plenty of laughter and fun as grandmothers, grandfathers, fathers and mothers sat down with their young ones for an 'all you could eat barbeque' and shared some of the events of the day. With a little prompting, each child told about their successes or near catches.
The winning angler was Kale’a Woodard, seven year-old daughter of Marlin Club President Bob Woodard, catching a 2 lb 12 oz barracuda, the largest fish caught by any of the junior anglers aged 15 and under, and backed it with a calico bass.
After a special award for Kale’a, each child was given a raffle ticket which allowed them to choose a prize from a table piled high with items provided by the generous sponsors including; Fisherman's Landing Tackle Shop, Costa Sunglasses, along with a DFG California Fishing Passport and many local merchant gift certificates.
Going the extra distance, Fisherman's Landing Tackle Shop's Doug Kern came by in the mid-morning to find a Big Brother and a youngster who entered late fishing off the Marlin Club Dock. Doug offered to take them out for the afternoon on his boat. They were grateful for Doug's generosity and eagerly accepted the offer.

(caption)The winning angler was Kale’a Woodard, catching a 2 lb 12 oz barracuda, the largest fish caught by any of the junior anglers aged 15 and under. Kale’a also caught a calico bass weighing one pound. After weighing the winning barracuda, she released the fish into San Diego Bay.
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Popular IGFA School of Sportfishing returning with nine classes

The IGFA’s popular School of Sportfishing, brought to anglers by Mercury Marine will be returning 16th session of evening classes this fall and increasing the schedule with nine classes.
A topic list with course titles, descriptions and instructors is expected to be posted soon and can be found on the IGFA website at http://igfa.org/educate/School-of-Sportfishing.aspx .
IGFA Education Coordinator Jeff Mackin said each of the nine classes is limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up. They are held Tuesday nights from 7 – 10 p.m. at the IGFA Headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla.
“Anglers who have taken previous classes have reported greatly improved catch ratios this summer after putting their newly gained knowledge to practice on the water,” said IGFA Education Director Dave Matagiese. “We continue to hear excellent feedback from past students who have attended the program on how they’ve become more efficient in finding fish faster and making each strike count.”
The cost is $100 for IGFA members and $150 for non-members per class. For more information or to sign up please contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or via JMackin@igfa.org.
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“Did You Know?” – Interesting facts from the IGFA
Recreational Fishery Sectors
  • In the United States of America* an average of 33.3 million fishing trips are taken yearly by marine recreational fisheries. About 47% of these are shore based fisheries, 45% are on private boats or rented boats and 8% are on the for-hire sector (i.e. charter boats, head boats). 1
  • Australia has similar breakdown of fishing of effort by fishing sectors; 57% are shore based, 41.4% are on private boats or rented boats and 1.6% are on chartered fishing boats. 1

*excluding Texas due to data deficiency
1. Figueira, W.F. and Coleman, F.C. 2010. Comparing Landings of United States Recreational Fishery Sectors. Bulletin of Marine Science, 86(3): 499-514.
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Calendar of upcoming IGFA events for 2010

October 26, 2010 -- The 12th Annual IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will celebrate all 80 members and the five newest inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame who include Yoshiro Hattori, Capt. Steve Huff, George G. Matthews, John Wilson and Forrest Wood. The inductees are selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony for the 2010 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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October 28 - November 1, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing mini sessions at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA -- Presented by IMTRA Marine Products, the IGFA School of Sportfishing, is hosting eight "mini-sessions" on site at the boat show with some of South Florida’s best captains and professional anglers on stage. Anglers will be able to pick up hot tips and tricks from eight of the most experienced fishermen on the water including IGFA School of Sportfishing captains and instructors Karl Anderson, Jamie Bunn, Josh Brown, Tony DiGiulian, Mike Holliday, Rick Murphy, Ray Rosher, and Bouncer Smith. All of the sessions are free after purchasing a ticket to the Show.
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December 9, 2010Second Annual Naples Florida Gala, Port Royal Club, Naples, Fla., USA, beginning with the cocktail hour at 6:30 -- Benefiting the IGFA’s Education and Conservation Initiatives, tickets start at $250 per person and sponsorships are available. For more information or to RSVP (by November 30th), contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222, or email larico@igfa.org.
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January 28, 2011 -- 27th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, beginning at 6 p.m. -- It’s the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid. Donations are already arriving including trips, cruises, artwork, fishing gear and more. The auction will be featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org beginning the first week of November when the popular on-line portion of the auction begins. Tickets are $200 per person and included the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $3000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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2010
By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

Take Marlin off the Menu today! ... here’s how you can help
Saving the world’s imperiled billfish stocks seems like a big job – and it is – but the International Game Fish Association and National Coalition for Marine Conservation have made it possible for passionate anglers to help make it happen in less than a minute.
The Billfish Conservation Act of 2010 (H.R. 5804) went to the House of Representatives July 21, and now recreational anglers and ocean enthusiasts from across the nation are telling Washington how much healthy fisheries matter. The United States is the world’s largest importer of marlin, sailfish, and spearfish – endangering stocks that are already severely depleted. The Billfish Conservation Act of 2010 seeks to end commercial harvest, importation and sale of these species in the U.S., and the IGFA is urging those who care about healthy fisheries to visit http://takemarlinoffthemenu.org/Billfish_Conservation_Act to voice their support today.
It only takes a few seconds to enter a name and ZIP code to tell local Representatives about the importance of conserving billfish populations for years to come.
Many recreational anglers are conservationists first and foremost, and the growing popularity of circle hooks and catch-and-release tournaments attests to widespread awareness of the need to protect billfish. Unfortunately, commercial demand for billfish has far outweighed the conservation efforts of recreational anglers. A niche seafood market exists in which billfish are marketed to high-end restaurants. These fish are among the ocean’s top predators, and without your help, they face a very real possibility of permanent collapse.

Now is the time to Take Marlin Off the Menu
Concerned about the health of billfish fisheries, the IGFA and the National Coalition for Marine Conservation joined forces in 2008 to create the Take Marlin off the Menu campaign. In just two short years, the campaign gained the support of such luminaries as Wolfgang Puck and the Wegmans Supermarket chain – as well as the attention of U.S. policymakers. Their support hinged largely on an Economic Analysis of International Billfish Markets which shows that the economic value of the U.S. billfish trade is almost nil in relation to the rest of the U.S. commercial fishing industry.
Support of the Billfish Conservation Act would close the U.S. to commercial billfish harvest, importation and sale. It would have a negligible impact on the commercial industry in the U.S. while helping increase the abundance of these important apex predators and also the value of the recreational fishery, which brings in billions of dollars annually but has a minimal impact on billfish populations.
Take action today to make sure that no billfish will end up in grocery store shelves or on restaurant menus again. Visit http://takemarlinoffthemenu.org/Billfish_Conservation_Act to do your part to take marlin off the menu!
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IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame ceremony tickets on sale (w/photo of banquet)

Tickets are selling at a brisk pace for the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame on Tuesday, October 26 where five men -- from the United States, Japan and Britain, all who have made significant contributions to the sport of recreational fishing -- will be inducted that evening as the 12th class.
They include Yoshiro Hattori of Japan, John Wilson from England, and Capt. Steve Huff, George G. Matthews, and Forrest Wood all from the U.S.
The honorees are selected each year for their significant contributions through achievements in angling, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communications or administration of fishery resources.
Presently 80 Hall of Fame members are enshrined at the IGFA including Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Stu Apte, Lee and Joan Wulff, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie, Johnny Morris, Bill Dance, Roland Martin, and Don Tyson.
Tickets are $200 and include the cocktail reception and silent auction beginning at 6 p.m., with dinner and the induction ceremony in the Greats Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Special sponsorships and sponsor tables are available. For reservation information please contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or via e-mail: larico@igfa.org.
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New low cost IGFA E-memberships now available

If you love fishing and also find yourself reading more magazines or books online we have the perfect membership for you.
The International Game Fish Association has introduced a new online e-membership making all of its members-only content available electronically at a discounted introductory price of just $15 (US). This low cost web-only membership offers the same benefits as a traditional membership in a digital format including:
  • Access to International Angler newsletter online
  • Access to World Record Game Fishes book online
  • Online access to world records
  • Discounted world record application - $40
  • Discounted scale certifications - $30
  • Unlimited free entry into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
  • 10% Discount on IGFA gift shop purchases
  • Invitations to upcoming events
  • The latest angling and record-seeking news via email and online
Regularly priced at $20, the e-membership will be available for only $15 during this introductory offer.
To become an IGFA e-member today and to save, sign up online at www.igfa.org/members and begin enjoying your benefits now. For questions or further information, please contact IGFA Membership at 954-927-2628 or email HQ@igfa.org.
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Upcoming IGFA Education and Outreach Events:

From the U.S. east coast to its west coast, the IGFA’s education department is involved in numerous activities. Here are a couple of events coming up:
In the Florida Keys on September 26th, the IGFA Education team will be hosting a Touch Tank demonstration at World Wide Sportsman’s 13th Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby in Islamorada. Thanks to great sponsors like Critter Control and Mercury Marine, the IGFA mobile Touch Tank will make the journey to the Keys to give participants, both young and old, the opportunity to get face-to-face with some of the interesting marine critters that inhabit Florida’s coasts.
This event is set to attract over 400 anglers to take part in a great day of fishing, sportsmanship and learning. This event is completely free for the whole family and in addition to the IGFA Touch Tank demonstration, will feature a casting contest, kid’s fishing seminars with professional anglers, free hot dogs and Cokes and much more.
Don’t miss out on the largest kid’s fishing clinic in the Florida Keys. For more information on this fun interactive event, please contact World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada at Manager_Islamorada_FL@basspro.com.
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IGFA and UPSAC Kid’s Fishing Derby coming October 2nd near Santa Barbara, Calif.
The IGFA has partnered with the United Pier and Shore Anglers of California (UPSAC) for a Kid’s Fishing Derby on October 2 in the Santa Barbara area at the Goleta Pier in Goleta, California.
Young anglers, ages six through 15, are invited to compete in the free IGFA and UPSAC Kid’s Fishing Derby. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the tournament running from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The competition features a points system to allow for catch and release. Winners, one in each age category from six to 15, (anyone under six is part of the age six group) will be determined by adding up points for various fish caught. The angler with the most points overall will be recognized on the tournament’s perpetual trophy.
IGFA representatives and volunteers from UPSAC will assist young anglers and help tally points. A lunch of hot dogs will be provided to participating anglers and their families. For more information, contact the United Pier and Shore Anglers of California at board@uspsac.org.
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IGFA accepting grant requests for school lab programs (w/photos)

The IGFA Education and Outreach Program is currently accepting grant requests for school groups in grades K-12 to participate in their hands-on lab programs.
Funds are available for groups to participate in the lab programs either on-site at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida or the IGFA Education Team can come to your classroom to host many of the educational lab programs at your school. Priority for funding is given to Title-I schools.
Programs are available from Monday - Friday during school hours and require a minimum of 20 participants. For more information on how your school group can participate in these marine science programs for free, please contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4309 or email at vwoods@igfa.org.
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New IGFA Junior Angler website; Fish, Explore, Discover, Learn (w/logo)

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

Not only is the new IGFA Junior Angler website cool but young anglers can enter a monthly contest to win an impressive old-style fishing hook pendant keepsake, the type of hook used by fishermen centuries ago.
The IGFA has teamed up with world renowned marine wildlife artist, IGFA Representative and Corporate Sponsor, David Wirth, who is giving new IGFA Junior Angler Members with yet another reason to join through his arts.
Each youngster who registers to become a new IGFA Junior Angler will automatically be entered in a monthly drawing to win a Bone Hawaiian Style Circle Hook Pendant that Wirth brings from Maui. A total of five hook pendants will be given away each month to randomly selected winners. The drawings will be held monthly and will continue through July 31, 2011 or while supplies last.
For more on Wirth and his marine artwork, plus the story behind the Hawaiian Style Circle Hooks, check out www.davidwirth.com.
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IGFA School of Sportfishing pros at Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show

While checking out the latest fishing gadgets or considering a new skiff at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, anglers will also be able to pick up hot tips and tricks from some of the most experienced fishermen on the water at 16 “mini sessions” hosted by the IGFA’s highly acclaimed School of Sportfishing.
Presented by IMTRA Marine Products, the mini-sessions on eight different subjects will be held on site with some of South Florida’s best captains and professional anglers throughout the boat show.
The eight featured IGFA School of Sportfishing captains and instructors will include Karl Anderson, Jamie Bunn, Josh Brown, Tony DiGiulian, Mike Holliday, Rick Murphy, Ray Rosher, and Bouncer Smith.
All of the sessions are free after purchasing a ticket to the show, long renowned for being the world's largest event of its kind, featuring more than three billion dollars worth of boats, yachts, super yachts, electronics, engines, and thousands of boating accessories from every major marine manufacturer and boat builder worldwide.
The 51st edition of the show will take place October 28 - November 1, and cover more than three million square feet of space, both on land and in the water.
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September Hot Catches (wphotos)

It’s not just men but also women are quite active in the pursuit of IGFA World Records. So for the September Hot Catches we lead off with a trio of female record setters and their recent fishing accomplishments now before the IGFA world records committee reviewing potential new records. IGFA World Records Coordinator Jack Vitek also updates us with other pending records from across the globe including Australia, South Africa, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, Italy and the U.S.
A young lady angler who has held 81 world records and who is adept with fly gear, Heather Michelle Harkavy, of Coral Springs, Fla, USA, landed a greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili) on July 12, weighing in at 12.25 kg (27 lb 0 oz) while fishing off McClellanville, South Carolina, USA. Guided by Chris Morrison, Harkavy’s AJ took her 30 minutes to land and qualifies for the women’s 10 kg (20 lb) tippet record. The current IGFA record is 10.88 kg (24 lb 0 oz) from Florida’s Dry Tortugas, in 2002. (Photo – greater amberjack - 36164)

IGFA Representative Dr. Julie H. Ball of Virginia Beach, VA, USA, is another lady angler, who has 11 world records to her credit and after a 100 minute fight on June 11, may have a 12th record after catching a 33.57 kg (74 lb 0 oz) cobia (Rachycentron canadum). She made the local newspapers for her Chesapeake Bay, Virginia catch that qualifies her for the IGFA’s women’s 10 kg (20 lb) line class record. Guided by Rudy Levasseur, the cobia took a live eel that Julie was using for bait. The current IGFA record is 31.93 kg (70 lb 6 oz) from the Gulf of Mexico off Destin, Fla., USA in 1996. (Photo - cobia - 36181)

Lady fly angler Margaret Shaughnessy of Medford, Oregon, USA, may set a new record by breaking her current record after landing a roosterfish (Nematistius pectoralis) June 3 off Bahia de Los Suenos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Guided by Jesus Jorge Green Lucero, the fish weighed 8.62 kg (19 lb 0 oz) which is heavy enough to qualify for the women’s 4 kg (8 lb) tippet record. Shaughnessy landed the rooster in 40 minutes after taking her kinky muddler fly. Her current women’s IGFA tippet record is 3.63 kg (8 lb 0 oz) recorded almost a year ago to the date from the same waters. The fish was released. (Photo - roosterfish – 32782)

With John Winzel as his guide fly angler Peter Morse of Leura New South Wales, Australia, landed a southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) on April 22, while fishing Pedra Blanca, Australia. Morse’s tuna weighed in at 25 kg (55 lb 1 oz) and qualifies for the men’s 10 kg (20 lb) tippet record. Morse used a Fat Boy fly and took 40 minutes to land the fish. The current IGFA record is 16.2 kg (35 lb 11 oz) caught in 2002 off Tasmania, Australia. (Photo - southern bluefin tuna – 36153)

Using his fly tackle, Kiev, Ukraine angler Lurii Diachenko, landed a 3.12 kg (6 lb 14 oz) Mongolian grayling (Thymallus brevirostris) on June 4, to qualify for the IGFA All-Tackle record. Diachenko was fishing Lake Khurgan, Mongolia when the fish took his fly. The current IGFA record is .9 kg (2 lb 0 oz) recorded from Mongolia’s Inchin River in 2005. (Photo - Mongolian grayling - 36163)

Fly fishing Italy’s Lake of Annone, Milan’s Paolo Pacchiarini landed a huge northern pike (Esox lucius) on June 19 qualifying him for the 8 kg (16 lb) tippet record. The fish hit Paolo’s wiggle tail fly and 10 minutes later, the carnirvorous fish was weighed in at 16.33 kg (36 lb 0 oz). The current IGFA record is 14.51 kg (32 lb 0 oz) pulled from Manitoba, Canada’s Nejanilini Lake in 1994. (Photo - northern pike - 36200)

IGFA multi-record angler Ian Middleton of Cairns, Queensland, Australia, guided by Oliver Middleton, landed one of his favorite fish, a 15.42 kg (34 lb 0 oz) black Papuan snapper (Lutjanus goldiei) on July 11, while fishing Lake Murray, Papua New Guinea. The freshwater snapper qualifies for the 24 kg (50 lb) line class record, and took Middleton eight minutes to boat. The current IGFA record is 14 kg (30 lb 13 oz) recorded last year in the same region. Middleton holds four other records for the species. (Photo - black Papuan snapper – 36206)

Angler Rory Francis Eidelman of Magaliesburg, South Africa, guided by Richard Hartley, landed a yellowspotted trevally (Caranx fulvoguttatus) on May 11, weighing 13.75 kg (30 lb 5 oz) to qualify for the IGFA All-Tackle record. Eidelman needed 25 minutes to land the trevally while fishing Sudwana Bay, South Africa, after it hit his pink Maria Spoon. The current IGFA record is 11.2 kg (24 lb 11 oz) off Mozambique’s Inhaca Island in 1998. (Photo - yellowspotted trevally – 36203)

Fishing the Gulf of Mexico Chuck Redden landed a monster black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci) on July 25, off the coast of his hometown of Punta Gorda, Florida, USA. Redden was using live pinfish, and after a 15 minute fight, the fish was weighed in at 27.16 kg (59 lb 14 oz), qualifying Redden for the men’s 24 kg (50 lb) line class record. He hopes to decimate the current IGFA record of 4.88 kg (10 lb 12 oz) recorded last year off the coast of nearby Ft. Myers. (Photo - black grouper - 36208)

Junior angler Ted Carroll of Chatham, New Jersey, USA, guided by Rick Carroll, landed a 27.22 kg (60 lb 0 oz) striped bass (Morone saxatilis) on July 26, while fishing Fishers Island, Connecticut, USA. Carroll’s fish hit a live eel and it took him 10 minutes to land, qualifying Ted for the male junior record. The current IGFA record is 26.25 kg (57 lb 14 oz) made in 2008 from East Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada. (Photo - striped bass – 36227)

On August 3, smallfry angler Cody Thomas Mason Konop of Anchorage, Alaska, USA, guided by Tom Konop, landed a huge lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus), to qualify for the male smallfry record. Cody’s fish weighed in at 23.93 kg (52 lb 12 oz) and took the youngster 20 minutes to land. The voracious predator hit his Storm wild eye shad, while Konop was fishing Alaska’s Gulf of Alaska. The current IGFA record is 23.39 kg (51 lb 9 oz). (Photo - lingcod – 36226)
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---Now at the IGFA Museum---

In the Art Gallery; The FunkyFishArt of David Roehm.
David Roehm (pronounced REEM) was born and raised in Broward County, Florida and is the creator of Funkyfishart.com. He draws inspiration from fishing and snorkeling off the coast and inland waterways of South Florida and the Keys. Many of the quaint old bars, hangouts and fishing spots now gone are depicted in Dave's artistry, but they are not all done on the usual canvas. He specializes in decorating unusual items such as fire hydrants and wood sculptures. David Roehm's colorful and whimsical FunkyFishArt will be on display through Spring 2011 in the Art Gallery at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
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Coming soon to the Changing Gallery “Marc Montocchio: A Life in the Sea”
An exhibition of photographs by internationally known underwater photographer Marc Montocchio opens October 22, 2010. Unlike ordinary ink on paper photos, Montocchio’s photographs are produced as dye-sublimation prints on sheets of highly polished aluminum, giving the images a brilliant, high-definition effect. Born and reared in South Africa, Montocchio’s work has taken him on expeditions all over the world, producing cutting-edge photographs of ocean life. The beauty and intimate nature of the work will have broad appeal for anyone who loves marine life and has an interest in its conservation. Montocchio’s work will be on display in the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum Changing Gallery through April 2011. For more information visit www.occhioinc.com
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IGFA in the U.S. West
Michael Farrior-IGFA Annual Juniors’ Tournament was a family affair (with photos)

With giggles from the girls, and lots of whooping and yelling from the boys, it was easy to see that the 2010 Michael Farrior-IGFA Annual Juniors’ Tournament held August 20 in San Diego was a huge success.
The event, formally the Marlin Club Junior Angler Tournament, was renamed this year in honor of IGFA Trustee Michael Farrior, who has personally been very supportive of the event for over five years.
Most participants fished on sport fishers in the ocean, but three young anglers fished from the shore around Shelter Island. Several sharks were caught and released by the youngsters.
IGFA Representative Gary Graham reported that in spite of the slow fishing the event focused on the fishing experience rather than the catches. When lines were out and everyone returned to the Marlin Club, there was plenty of laughter and fun as grandmothers, grandfathers, fathers and mothers sat down with their young ones for an 'all you could eat barbeque' and shared some of the events of the day. With a little prompting, each child told about their successes or near catches.
The winning angler was Kale’a Woodard, seven year-old daughter of Marlin Club President Bob Woodard, catching a 2 lb 12 oz barracuda, the largest fish caught by any of the junior anglers aged 15 and under, and backed it with a calico bass.
After a special award for Kale’a, each child was given a raffle ticket which allowed them to choose a prize from a table piled high with items provided by the generous sponsors including; Fisherman's Landing Tackle Shop, Costa Sunglasses, along with a DFG California Fishing Passport and many local merchant gift certificates.
Going the extra distance, Fisherman's Landing Tackle Shop's Doug Kern came by in the mid-morning to find a Big Brother and a youngster who entered late fishing off the Marlin Club Dock. Doug offered to take them out for the afternoon on his boat. They were grateful for Doug's generosity and eagerly accepted the offer.

(caption)The winning angler was Kale’a Woodard, catching a 2 lb 12 oz barracuda, the largest fish caught by any of the junior anglers aged 15 and under. Kale’a also caught a calico bass weighing one pound. After weighing the winning barracuda, she released the fish into San Diego Bay.
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Popular IGFA School of Sportfishing returning with nine classes

The IGFA’s popular School of Sportfishing, brought to anglers by Mercury Marine will be returning 16th session of evening classes this fall and increasing the schedule with nine classes.
A topic list with course titles, descriptions and instructors is expected to be posted soon and can be found on the IGFA website at http://igfa.org/educate/School-of-Sportfishing.aspx .
IGFA Education Coordinator Jeff Mackin said each of the nine classes is limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up. They are held Tuesday nights from 7 – 10 p.m. at the IGFA Headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla.
“Anglers who have taken previous classes have reported greatly improved catch ratios this summer after putting their newly gained knowledge to practice on the water,” said IGFA Education Director Dave Matagiese. “We continue to hear excellent feedback from past students who have attended the program on how they’ve become more efficient in finding fish faster and making each strike count.”
The cost is $100 for IGFA members and $150 for non-members per class. For more information or to sign up please contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or via JMackin@igfa.org.
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“Did You Know?” – Interesting facts from the IGFA
Recreational Fishery Sectors
  • In the United States of America* an average of 33.3 million fishing trips are taken yearly by marine recreational fisheries. About 47% of these are shore based fisheries, 45% are on private boats or rented boats and 8% are on the for-hire sector (i.e. charter boats, head boats). 1
  • Australia has similar breakdown of fishing of effort by fishing sectors; 57% are shore based, 41.4% are on private boats or rented boats and 1.6% are on chartered fishing boats. 1

*excluding Texas due to data deficiency
1. Figueira, W.F. and Coleman, F.C. 2010. Comparing Landings of United States Recreational Fishery Sectors. Bulletin of Marine Science, 86(3): 499-514.
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Calendar of upcoming IGFA events for 2010

October 26, 2010 -- The 12th Annual IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will celebrate all 80 members and the five newest inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame who include Yoshiro Hattori, Capt. Steve Huff, George G. Matthews, John Wilson and Forrest Wood. The inductees are selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony for the 2010 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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October 28 - November 1, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing mini sessions at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA -- Presented by IMTRA Marine Products, the IGFA School of Sportfishing, is hosting eight "mini-sessions" on site at the boat show with some of South Florida’s best captains and professional anglers on stage. Anglers will be able to pick up hot tips and tricks from eight of the most experienced fishermen on the water including IGFA School of Sportfishing captains and instructors Karl Anderson, Jamie Bunn, Josh Brown, Tony DiGiulian, Mike Holliday, Rick Murphy, Ray Rosher, and Bouncer Smith. All of the sessions are free after purchasing a ticket to the Show.
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December 9, 2010Second Annual Naples Florida Gala, Port Royal Club, Naples, Fla., USA, beginning with the cocktail hour at 6:30 -- Benefiting the IGFA’s Education and Conservation Initiatives, tickets start at $250 per person and sponsorships are available. For more information or to RSVP (by November 30th), contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222, or email larico@igfa.org.
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January 28, 2011 -- 27th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, beginning at 6 p.m. -- It’s the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid. Donations are already arriving including trips, cruises, artwork, fishing gear and more. The auction will be featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org beginning the first week of November when the popular on-line portion of the auction begins. Tickets are $200 per person and included the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $3000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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IGFA Hot News and Hot Catches – August 2010
By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

Louisiana’s Gulf coast: Still Teeming with Fish! (w/photo)

Yes there’s oil in the Gulf off Louisiana’s coast as the cleanup continues following the oil disaster, but there’s also fish, lots of hungry species as four leaders of the recreational-fishing community along with that state’s governor found out earlier this month.
At the invitation of Doug Olander, IGFA Representative and Editor-in-Chief of Sport Fishing magazine, IGFA President Rob Kramer joined other leaders of the U.S. recreational-fishing industry and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on an exploratory fishing trip off the coast of Louisiana, USA. In a national show of support for regional anglers, Jindal, Kramer and Olander were joined on their fishing trip by Center for Coastal Conservation President Jeff Angers; American Sportfishing Association President Mike Nussman; and Ted Venker, editor of the Coastal Conservation Association’s Tide magazine.
Since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April of this year, more than 35% of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico had been closed to recreational fishing - coming at a high price to the thousands of people who make their living in the industry. Saltwater recreational fishing was reopened in the vast majority of Louisiana’s state waters just two weeks prior to the trip. One of the objectives of the trip was to generate positive publicity for the state and its many businesses that rely on recreational fishing and to send a clear message that coastal anglers can once again get back out on the water with families and friends.
With coastal businesses still reeling from fisheries closures at the height of their busiest season, the group noted the importance of making whole the thousands of local businesses dependent on recreational fishing. In response, Governor Jindal promised to seek a timely resolution on reopening federal waters that remain closed to all fishing.
Capt. Tommy Pellegrin of Houma, Louisiana, hosted the trip aboard his charter boat, Reel Life. After a 50-mile trip into the Gulf of Mexico beyond the closed area, Pellegrin put his clients onto hungry fish swarming around oil rigs. Indeed, the lack of recent fishing pressure seemed to make the fishing better than ever. Kramer said the anglers aboard the Reel Life caught several species of grouper and snapper, along with cobia, mackerel, dolphin fish and blackfin tuna.
While the fishing was spectacular, Kramer noted that “we still need to be cognizant of the potential long-term impacts of this disaster on the fishery. It is now more important than ever to increase research and monitoring efforts in the Gulf of Mexico – for the sake of the fish, and the people who rely on them.”
For more details on the trip please go to Olander’ blog on the Sport Fishing Magazine website at http://www.sportfishingmag.com/blog.jsp?ID=1 where Olander also has a link to a pictorial feature of what the recreational fishing leaders found.
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The Take Marlin off the Menu Campaign makes great strides as
Billfish Conservation Act of 2010 is introduced to U.S. Congress
(w/photo)

It was a momentous day for the IGFA’s Take Marlin off the Menu campaign this past July 21, as House of Representatives Bill 5804, also known as the Billfish Conservation Act of 2010, was officially introduced to the 111th United States Congress.
The bill is sponsored by Representative John Shadegg (R-AZ) and co-sponsored by Representatives Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Anh “ Joseph” Cao (R-LA) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL).
"Billfish are important recreational resources that have been overfished,” said Shadegg to the IGFA Hot News. “The Billfish Conservation Act of 2010 is a first step in revitalizing this species and their surrounding ecosystems. It also establishes the same regulatory structure for both Pacific and Atlantic billfish to ensure that black markets do not continue."
The Take Marlin off the Menu campaign began nearly two years ago when a study commissioned by the IGFA revealed that the United States was the world’s biggest importer of billfish. Since that time, the IGFA and the National Coalition for Marine Conservation have focused the campaign extensively on educating the American public as to what billfish are, their role in marine ecosystems, and their imperiled status from commercial overfishing. The Billfish Conservation Act of 2010 is the culmination of the campaign’s efforts thus far and, if approved and made law, will put a complete stop to commercial harvest, sale and importation of billfish in the United States.
“Now we will need your help,” said IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser. Please visit http://capwiz.com/keepamericafishing/issues/alert/?alertid=15969791 and send an electronic letter to your local Representative today. It takes less than five minutes and by sending this letter you will be taking an active role in conserving these fish we cherish. “Together with your help, we can ensure that no marlin, sailfish or spearfish will ever be sold or imported into the United States again.”
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New IGFA Junior Angler website launched; Fish, Explore, Discover, Learn (w/logo)

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

The IGFA has teamed up with world renowned marine wildlife artist, IGFA Representative and Corporate Sponsor, David Wirth, to provide new IGFA Junior Angler Members with yet another reason to join.
Each youngster who registers to become a new IGFA Junior Angler will automatically be entered in a monthly drawing to win a Bone Hawaiian Style Circle Hook Pendant that Wirth brings from Maui. A total of five hook pendants will be given away each month to randomly selected winners. The drawings will be held monthly and will continue through July 31, 2011 or while supplies last.
For more on Wirth and his marine artwork, plus the story behind the Hawaiian Style Circle Hooks, check out www.davidwirth.com.
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IGFASchool of Sportfishing at Ft.Lauderdale International Boat Show

The IGFA School of Sportfishing, presented by IMTRA Marine Products, will be hosting eight "mini-sessions" on site at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show with some of South Florida’s best captains and professional anglers throughout the boat show. While checking out the latest gadget or considering a new skiff, anglers will also be able to pick up hot tips and tricks from not just one or two, but eight of the most experienced fishermen on the water.
Featured IGFA School of Sportfishing captains and instructors will include Karl Anderson, Jamie Bunn, Josh Brown, Tony DiGiulian, Mike Holliday, Rick Murphy, Ray Rosher, and Bouncer Smith.
All of the sessions are free after purchasing a ticket to the show, long renowned for being the world's largest event of its kind, featuring more than three billion dollars worth of boats, yachts, super yachts, electronics, engines, and thousands of boating accessories from every major marine manufacturer and boat builder worldwide.
The 51st edition of the show will take place October 28 - November 1, and cover more than three million square feet of space, both on land and in the water.
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IGFA E-memberships now available

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

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

The all-tackle world records for two popular species lead off the IGFA Hot Catches report for August. International Game Fish Association World Records Coordinator Jack Vitek updates us with those and eight other recent recreational fish catches from Mongolia, South Africa, Netherlands, Ecuador, Bolivia and across the U.S., now before the world records committee reviewing potential new records.

A huge blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) was Greg Bernal’s goal on June 20 while fishing the Missouri River, out of North County, Missouri, USA and he indeed landed one, with an impressive 58.97 kg (130 lb 0 oz) specimen. The monster catfish that Bernal, of Florissant, Mo., caught qualifies for a new IGFA all-tackle record. It took him 20 minutes to land using an Asian carp to entice the catfish. The current IGFA record is 56.24 kg (124 lb 0 oz) caught five years ago by Timothy Pruitt from the Mississippi River near Alton, Ill. (Photo: blue catfish – 36155)

Less than a year ago Michigan’s Tom Healy made headlines in the fishing world by catching a new IGFA World Record brown trout weighing (18.8 kg) 41 lb 7 oz. And this past July 16, Roger Hellen of Franksville, Wisc., USA stirred a great deal of talk after landing an equally big brown trout (Salmo trutta) weighing 18.82 kg (41 lb 8 oz). Hellen was fishing Lake Michigan, off the Wisconsin coastline trolling a Fishlander spoon when the monster hit it taking him 30 minutes to land. Though Hellen’s fish is one ounce heavier than the current all-tackle record set by Healy on Sept. 8, 2009, according to IGFA World Record requirements, to replace a record fish weighing 11.33 kg (25 lbs) or more, the replacement must weigh at least one half of 1 percent more than the existing record. Bottom-line, Healy and Hellen might be sharing an IGFA World Record tie for their two fish.(Photo: brown trout – 36145)

Guided by her uncle while fishing out of Key West, Fla., USA, on June 3, smallfry angler Brielle Bennett of Cinnaminson, N.J., USA, landed an African pompano (Alectis ciliaris) weighing 5.7 kg (12 lb 9 oz) to qualify for the female-smallfry record. The uncle Brian Bennett said Brielle needed eight minutes to land her potential record catch after the fish hit her live pinfish. The current IGFA record in the junior division is vacant. (Photo: African pompano – 35892)

While flyfishing the Ur River in Mongolia on June 7, Marles H. Frankman of Golden Valley, Minn., USA, guided by Ganpurev Enebish, landed a 21.55 kg (47 lb 8 oz) taimen (Hucho taimen). The exciting fish took 30 minutes to land after hitting Mrs. Frankman’s Dairiki streamer fly to qualify her for the 8 kg (16 lb) tippet record. Frankman released the fish after documenting and photographing it. The current IGFA record is 12.7 kg (28 lb 0 oz) pulled from Mongolia’s Eg River in 2001. (Photo: taimen – 35895)

Miami, Fla., USA angler Xavier Casal guided by Rafael Moran, landed the potential men’s 37 kg (80 lb) line class record for broomtail grouper (Mycteroperca xenarcha) on June 6, while fishing Isla Santa Clara, Ecuador. Casal’s grouper weighed 23.13 kg (51 lb 0 oz) and took 18 minutes to land after the fish hit Casal’s Rapala X-Rap 30 lure. The current IGFA record is vacant. (Photo: broomtail grouper – 35896)

IGFA Representative Peter F. Binaski of Costa Mesa, Calif., USA, guided by Valentin Giusto, landed a beautiful dorado (Salminus brasiliensis) on July 1, while fishing Bolivia’s PlumaRiver, to qualify for the 3 kg (6 lb) tippet record. After taking Binaski’s fly and a 15 minute fight, Binaski’s dorado weighed in at 7.48 kg (16 lb 8 oz). The current IGFA record is 2.84 kg (6 lb 4 oz) held by IGFA Lifetime Achievement Award recpient Capt. Jay Wright Jr., of Hollywood, Fla. from Argentina’s Uruguay River near LaZona two years ago. Binaski released the fish after documenting its vitals such as weight and length and photographs of the bright and colorful fish. (Photo: dorado – 35940)
World traveler and multi-record holder Stan Nabozny of The Woodlands, Texas, USA, guided by Andy Nicholson, landed a 3.03 kg (6 lb 11 oz) barbel (Barbus barbus) on June 24, while fishing out of Holme Lacy, United Kingdom. Nabozny landed the fish in five minutes, after it hit his marine halibut pellet, to qualify for the 10 kg (20 lb) line class record. The current IGFA record is 2.21 kg (4 lb 14 oz) set by Nabozny last year in the same waters. Nabozny released the fish following documentation and photos. (Photo: barbel – 35952)

Hilton Head, S.C. USA Captain Brian Vaughn of Hilton Head Island, SC, USA was guiding clients off his home town on July 9 when he took some time to cast a fly and landed a sizeable tripletail (Lobotes surinamensis) to qualify for the men’s 10 kg (20 lb) tippet record. Vaughn’s fish weighed 7.6 kg (16 lb 8 oz), and was landed in six minutes on a Lefty's Deceiver fly. The current IGFA record is 7.42 kg (16 lb 6 oz) is 15 years old and was recorded in Barra del Colorado, Costa Rica. (Photo: tripletail – 36133)

Trolling a Rapala X-Rap lure behind his jet ski out of Umkomaas, South Africa on May 23, Craig Oliver of Pinetown, South Africa, caught a talang queenfish (Scomberoides commersonianus) and two potential IGFA World Records. Oliver’s catch weighed 17.9 kg (39 lb 7 oz) and took him 15 minutes to land. His fish qualifies for both the all-tackle record and the men’s 24 kg (50 lb) line class records. The current IGFA All-Tackle record is 16.5 kg (36 lb 6 oz) recorded in Karachi, Pakistan and the line class is 14.5 kg (31 lb 15 oz) from Mozambique, South Africa. (Photo: talang queenfish – 36147)

P.C. Ouwendijk of Ouderkerk Aan Den Ijssel, Netherlands, guided by Les Lozowski, was fishing Hollands Diep, Netherlands on June 6 when a 6.54 kg (14 lb 6 oz) zander (Sander lucioperca) hit his lure. This potential IGFA 15 kg (30 lb) line class record was caught using a Culprit Shad on a jig head. The current IGFA record is vacant. (Photo: zander – 36154)
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Where’s Woz? Close to 1,000 species (w/photo)

California’s Steve Wozniak is getting closer to his milestone of catching and documenting 1000 different species of fish across the globe.
Reports from the country of Norway state the IGFA world traveling member is close to reaching his mark with about five species to go.
Look for a pictorial feature on his pursuit in the upcoming annual IGFA World Record Games Fishes book now being prepared for 2011 as part of the many benefits of being an IGFA member.
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Ticket sales brisk for October IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame induction (w/photo of banquet)

The invitations are out and tickets are already selling at a brisk pace for the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame on Tuesday, October 26.
Five men -- from the United States, Japan and Britain -- all who have made significant contributions to the sport of recreational fishing, will be inducted that evening as the 12th class into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. They include Yoshiro Hattori of Japan, John Wilson from England, and Capt. Steve Huff, George G. Matthews, and Forrest Wood all from the U.S.
The honorees are selected each year for their significant contributions through achievements in angling, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communications or administration of fishery resources.
Eighty Hall of Fame members are enshrined at the IGFA including Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Stu Apte, Lee and Joan Wulff, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie, Johnny Morris, Bill Dance, Roland Martin, and Don Tyson.
Tickets are $200 and include the cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m.; silent auction, dinner and the induction ceremony in the Greats Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Special sponsorships and sponsor tables are available. For reservation information please contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or via e-mail: larico@igfa.org.
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Collins and Shevlin win FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship
It wasn’t just the human competition but Mother Nature throwing almost everything she had into three days of exciting fishing and a bizarre finish for winners Robert Collins in fly, and Barry Shevlin in light tackle. They and 21 other tournament champion anglers were competing in the 10th annual Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship held July 13 – 15 on the flats and backcountry of FloridaBay.
“The weather over the three days was so different it was unbelievable,” said tournament director Sandy Moret. “The first day was hot and sunny and the anglers had good visibility and nearly everyone caught some fish. Nobody jumped out in an overwhelming lead any day and everybody was always in it.
“The second day started out nice and fairly calm with a little breeze but by mid day Thor was throwing lighting bolts,” said Moret. Ten of the boats spent over an hour seeking cover from the thunderstorm near Flamingo, and then as it cleared they went back to catching fish.
Again it was still anybody’s tournament.
Moret said on the last day it still was a wide open tournament but again the weather was a factor. They also faced long periods of intermittent clouds that reduced the sight fishing.
“It was blowing pretty hard, 15 to 18 mph all morning and then about mid day more rain storms and showers made it virtually impossible for the fly anglers.
Collins of Islamorada and Naples, Fla., USA, who won three previous titles with spinning gear, focused his skills this year casting fly. Teamed with Islamorada Captain John Donnell as his guide he quickly caught and released three redfish on the first morning followed by one lone bonefish on the second for a very slim and shaky lead with several other anglers close behind.
But the “trial by weather” was affecting the other anglers, especially the fly teams from the wind and glare from the clouds. Showing no releases for the final day a disheartened Collins had his spirits brightened upon reaching the dock to find out the other nine angler/guide teams were all skunked on the final day too, as his early points made the difference.
“Looking at the weather forecasts I knew the fishing was going to be tough going into the tournament,” smiled Collins in his victory, “but I didn’t expect it to be that tough.”
Brower Moffitt of Palm Beach, Fla., teamed with Islamorada Capt. Mike Ehlers, grabbed second in the fly division, and Kathryn Hoar, Hanover, Penn., was third with guide Capt. Brian Helms.


Light tackle competitors fare better – with four, five species slams
Catching all five of the required species (bonefish, redfish, permit, tarpon and snook) comprises a “slam” and in the light tackle division there were four anglers that did. It was the extra catches towards a second slam that made the difference for the top three winners.
In his game strategy Shevlin from Bay Harbor Islands, Fla., guided by Frankie Ortiz was consistent in his fishing over the three days despite the weather challenges.
“The Shevlin/Ortiz team had 1.8 slams needing just one tarpon to fill a second slam,” said Moret. “But what they finished with was enough to edge out the field.”
Jake Turek, Taverneir, Fla., guided by Capt. Dave Denkert, Islamorada, placed second in the light tackle division with 1.6 slams needing a second permit and tarpon to complete a second slam. Roger Fernandez, Pinecrest, Fla., with guide Capt. Rob Fordyce had 1.4 slams taking third place on points breaking a tie with Derrick Pruitt of Naples.
Every day of fishing was tough, which was so unlike just two weeks ago here,” said Moret. “But a total of 78 fish were caught and released including 18 bonefish, 13 tarpon, nine permit, 14 snook and 24 redfish. “There was a concern on catching snook because of the devastating winter that took a toll on them, but they are bouncing back,” he said.
Mike Myatt, COO of the International Game Fish Association in Dania Beach, Fla. said, "The quality of the fish caught and the quality of the anglers and guides really shine in this event, and when you throw in the strategy of chasing a slam, it really brings out the best in the competitors."
The IGFA is the championships’ sole nonprofit benefactor.
The 23 anglers were invited to this year's championship by winning at least one of 40 qualifying angling events during 2009 in the U.S., the Bahamas, Belize, Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago and Australia. Fishing took place from World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina.
For more information on the FKO/IGFA IWC and 2011 qualifying tournaments contact Moret at 305-664-5423, or via e-mail at sandy@floridakeysoutfitters.com or the tournament website at www.inshoreworldchampionships.com.
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IGFA accepting grant requests for school lab programs

The IGFA Education and Outreach Program is currently accepting grant requests for school groups in grades K-12 to participate in their hands-on lab programs.
Funds are available for groups to participate in the lab programs either on-site at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida or the IGFA Education Team can come to your classroom to host many of the educational lab programs at your school. Priority for funding is given to Title-I schools.
Programs are available from Monday - Friday during school hours and require a minimum of 20 participants. For more information on how your school group can participate in these marine science programs for free, please contact Veronica Woods at 954-924-4309 or email at vwoods@igfa.org.
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---Now at the IGFAMuseum---
In the Changing Gallery: last chance to see “A Tribute to Guy Harvey and To the Art That Started it All”
As a young boy, Guy Harvey was entranced by Ernest Hemingway’s story The Old Man and the Sea. In the early 1970’s, Guy began sketching his favorite parts. These sketches comprised Guy’s first art show in 1985. This rarely-viewed complete series of 59 pen-and-ink drawings, from the private collection of Cheryl and Dave Copham is on display in the museum’s Changing Gallery. Also featured are sculptures by Kent Ullberg and the photos of Bill Boyce. The exhibit is scheduled to close September 7.
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Now at the ArtGallery: Fun, Funky Fish Art of David Roehm
The IGFAArtGallery is featuring the whimsical works of artist David Roehm, who is inspired by his fishing and snorkeling adventures off his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, along with ChokoloskeeIsland, and the flats of Islamorada. Many of the quaint old bars, hangouts and fishing spots now gone are depicted in Dave's artistry, but they are not all done on the usual canvas. He specializes in decorating unusual items such as fire hydrants and wood sculptures.
Roehm’s colorful and humorous FunkyFishArt will be on display till October. For a preview visit www.funkyfishart.com.
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Coming this fall to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum Changing Gallery: The Artistry of Marc Montocchio.
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IGFA in the U.S. West host numerous youth events
The 2010 Michael Farrior-IGFA Annual Juniors’ Tournament, Aug 21
The Marlin Club of San Diego is holding its annual Juniors’ Fishing Tournament at dawn on Saturday, August 21, 2010. For the first time in the history of the annual event, the club is inviting up to 40 IGFA Junior Anglers to participate in addition to the club’s own junior members. Applications for a free, IGFA Junior Angler membership will be available to any junior up to age 15 who wants to fish. There will be a ‘goody bag’ for each participant and the overall winner will receive a special rod and reel.
IGFA Representative Gary Graham said the categories will include: billfish, yellowtail, tuna and dorado, plus the Killer B’s (barries, bass, bonito and “buts” = Halibut). A special prize package will be given to the junior for the largest fish in each category.
Entry for all categories is free. Tournament registration and membership in the IGFA is required in advance.
For more info call Bob Marcus Hale at 619-301-3648, Fred Larson at 619-991-4310 or IGFA Representative John Campbell at 619-991-5480 or check out The Marlin Club’s website at http://www.themarlinclub.com/2008/2008-Juniors.htm
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IGFA and UPSAC Kid’s Fishing Derby coming Saturday, October 2nd
Young anglers, ages six through 15, are invited to compete in the free IGFA and United Pier and Shore Anglers Club (UPSAC) Kid’s Fishing Derby, October 2 at the Goleta Pier in Goleta, Calif.USA.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the tournament runs from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The tournament will feature a points system to allow for catch and release. Winners, one in each age category from six to 15, will be determined by adding up points for various fish caught. The angler with the most points overall will be recognized on the tournament’s perpetual trophy.
IGFA representatives and volunteers from UPSAC and will there assisting young anglers and to tally points. A lunch of hot dogs will be provided to participating anglers and their families.
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Eighth Annual Young Anglers Tournament growing in San Diego
Over 170 young anglers competed in the Eighth Annual Young Anglers Tournament held at the Shelter Island Pier on San DiegoBay, July 31.
IGFA Representative Catherine Miller said an incoming tide which crested during the event contributed to thrilling event for the youngsters with a quantity of qualifying catches including halibut, bass, queenfish and mackerel.
The Young Anglers Tournament was sponsored by the
San Diego Sportfishing Council, the Port of San Diego and the IGFA. The production team for the tournament included members of the San Diego Rod & Reel Club, San Diego Anglers and United Pier and Shore Anglers of California.

The young anglers were invited to use their own gear or use rod & reel combos provided by Okuma Fishing Tackle. Catch and release was encouraged. Winners were awarded in each of 10 age categories based on a point system valuing the number of fish and species caught. The winners in each age category were: six year old: Kanji Hirayama, San Diego; seven year old: Adam Gorzik, San Diego; eight year old: Kyle Neff, San Diego; nine year old: Nick Yoro, San Diego; 10 year old: Thomas Orozco, Union City, Calif; 11 year old: Alexis Velarde, National City, Calif; 12 year old: Tyler Luz, San Diego; 13 year old: Miguel Quintana, San Diego; 14 year old: Jesus Ortego, National City; and 15 year old: Isaac Norfolk, Chula Vista, Calif. Norfolk who scored 26 points was named the overall winner of the day’s tournament. His name will be engraved on the Young Anglers Perpetual Trophy which remains on display at the pier.
Each top angler received an embossed IGFA certificate, an IGFA Junior Angler membership, a rod and reel combo by Okuma and an assortment of other prizes which included fishing trips from Pt. Loma Sportfishing’s 1/2 day boat Daily Double and 3/4 day boat Point Loma, H & M Landing’s ½ day boat Premier and 3/4 day boat Malihini, certificates for miniature fish mounts by World Wide Fish Mounts, and kayak and rod rentals from Sharkey’s Shelter Island Pier concession.
A lunch of hot dogs and Tommy Gomes' famous fish tacos was provided to participating anglers and their families by Stumps Village Market of Rancho Santa Fe, Specialty Produce and Catalina Offshore Products. A free drawing delivered prizes to all participating anglers making every youngster a winner. Miller said tournament photos are available for viewing at: http://picasaweb.google.com/cathchalfant/IGFAJuly2010#
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Oceanside Pier Young Anglers tournament a success
Having fun, spending time in the great outdoors, and perhaps catching a fish for the first time in their lives were some of the goals of the young anglers participating in the first of what’s expected to be an annual Young Anglers Tournament at the Oceanside Pier on August 7.
Held on one of California’s iconic piers, 109 youngsters from ages six to 16 competed for the individual prizes awarded to each of the age categories.
Sponsors of event were the IGFA, United Pier and Shore Anglers of California (UPSAC), and the Oceanside Pier Bait Store.
IGFA Trustee Michael Farrior, IGFA Representative Catherine Miller; UPSAC President Ken Jones and Board Members Ben Acker and Eugene Kim, plus Pam and Ed Gonzales representing the Oceanside Pier Bait Store and members of the San Diego Sportfishing Council provided invaluable help with the free food, prizes, gifts, bait and tackle as well as judging the event. Loaner outfits were provided by the IGFA for those without tackle.
The winner of each tournament category were: six year old: Josiah Espino; seven year old: Javier Cordova; eight year old: a tie between Zachary Perez and Nathaniel Gonzalez; nine year old: Riley Jarman; 10 year old: Ian Odnstock; 11 year old: Nicholas Tagle; 12 year old: Luis Madrigaz; 13 year old: Luke Konyn; 14 year old: David Hernandez; 15 year old: Jared Gauthier and 16 year old: Julia Gauthier.
Hernandez was named the overall winner and will have his name engraved on the perpetual trophy donated by sculptor David Wirth.
Each of the age division winners won a rod and reel, a copy of Pier Fishing in California, and an impressive certificate from the IGFA. Following the three-hour derby, a raffle was held with prizes that included Okuma rods and reels, binoculars, and hats.
Jones said, “Youth tournaments such as this help UPSAC meet one of its main goals, in the promotion and education of recreational fishing for youth.”
In addition to the food, fun and excitement of catching a fish and bragging rights, every participant received a "goody bag" full of fishing equipment, Frisbees, magazines and other items, as well as the chance to win some great raffle gifts.
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PopularIGFASchool of Sportfishing resumes this fall

A topic list with course titles, descriptions and instructors is expected to be posted soon for the IGFA’s popular School of Sportfishing’s 16th session of evening classes this fall.
The web site can be found at http://igfa.org/educate/School-of-Sportfishing.aspx.
IGFA Education Coordinator Jeff Mackin said all classes are limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up and held Tuesday nights from 7 – 10 p.m. at the IGFA Headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla.
IGFA Education Director Dave Matagiese said student anglers from previous classes have reported greatly improved catch ratios this summer after putting their newly gained knowledge to practice on the water.
“We continue to hear from anglers who attended the program with excellent feedback on how they’ve become more efficient in finding fish faster and making each strike count.”
The cost is $100 for IGFA members and $150 for non-members per class. For more information or to sign up please contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or via JMackin@igfa.org.
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Passing of former IGFA Trustee Stewart Campbell (w/head shot)

Stewart Campbell, a longtime and devoted member of the IGFA Board of Trustees, passed away on August 4, 2010 after a battle with cancer. He was 79.
Ranked as one of the world’s best anglers, Campbell fished the oceans for more than 40 years, set more than 15 world records, and was highly respected by the international angling community.
"He was part of a great generation of guys that hunted and fished all along the Texas coast, all concerned with conservation and preserving the resources for their grandchildren," said Terry Atmar, Stewart's son-in-law in an interview with the Houston Chronicle.
Campbell graduated first in his class at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering Scholarship for excellence in engineering. He later designed and built sport fishing boats and shallow-water bay boats popular along the Gulf coast.
His love for fishing took him around the world. His son-in-law said while on a fishing trip in 1996 in Venezuela, Campbell was pulled out of his boat by a 1,000-pound marlin and lived to tell the story. He also refined the "bait-and-switch" technique for fishing, where the rigged bait and hook are slid back to the fish as the teaser lure is retrieved.
Campbell served as chairman of the IGFA’s Rules Committee that provides oversight on the IGFA’s International Angling Rules and World Records issues.
"He was involved in research on marlin migration and was concerned about the decline in their population," Atmar added. "He was really worried about the resource."
“It is a sad day indeed for the sportfishing fraternity that we should lose such a person as Stewart,” expressed George Matthews, Chairman of the IGFA Board. “In my opinion he was a large part of the consciousness of the IGFA. I personally relied on his well thought-out interpretation of the rules and his kindly manner. Our prayers go out to Nikki and the Campbell family at this difficult time.”
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Calendar of upcoming IGFA events for 2010

October 26, 2010 -- The 12th Annual IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will celebrate all 80 members and the five newest inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame who include Yoshiro Hattori, Capt. Steve Huff, George G. Matthews, John Wilson and Forrest Wood. The inductees are selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony for the 2010 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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October 28 - November 1, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing mini sessions at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA -- Presented by IMTRA Marine Products, the IGFA School of Sportfishing, is hosting eight "mini-sessions" on site at the boat show with some of South Florida’s best captains and professional anglers on stage. Anglers will be able to pick up hot tips and tricks from eight of the most experienced fishermen on the water including IGFA School of Sportfishing captains and instructors Karl Anderson, Jamie Bunn, Josh Brown, Tony DiGiulian, Mike Holliday, Rick Murphy, Ray Rosher, and Bouncer Smith. All of the sessions are free after purchasing a ticket to the Show.
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December 9, 2010Second Annual NaplesFlorida Gala, Port Royal Club, Naples, Fla., USA, beginning with the cocktail hour at 6:30 -- Benefiting the IGFA’s Education and Conservation Initiatives, tickets start at $250 per person and sponsorships are available. For more information or to RSVP (by November 30th), contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222, or email larico@igfa.org.
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January 28, 2011 -- 27th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, beginning at 6 p.m. -- It’s the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid. Donations are already arriving including trips, cruises, artwork, fishing gear and more. The auction will be featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org beginning the first week of November when the popular on-line portion of the auction begins. Tickets are $200 per person and included the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $3000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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IGFA Hot News and Hot Catches – July 2010
By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

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

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

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

Beginning July 17 anglers can get a great deal when they support the International Game Fish Association online auction during National Fishing Month!
Through its EBay store (http://stores.ebay.com/International-Game-Fish-Association), the IGFA is offering up for bid more than 20 unique items for the angling lifestyle. Fishing enthusiasts will find travel packages, Mako and Hell’s Bay boats, original sculptures by world famous artists including Bodo Muche, Kent Ullberg and David Wirth, plus tackle, rods and reels, Costa sunglasses, historic lithographs, signed books and more.
Auction items will be unveiled July 17th through July 23rd, and final bidding closes on August 1st. Fans of the IGFA on Facebook will get a sneak peak of top items during the days leading up to the auction. All of the proceeds from items sold will benefit the IGFA, so bid early and bid often!
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IGFA Meets With Head of NOAA to Discuss Oil Spill
Leaders in the recreational fishing community including IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser and others met with Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator and Dr. Bonnie Ponwith, Director of the Southeast Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service to discuss impacts to the recreational fishing community from the BP oil spill. A resounding issue in the June 22 meeting was the need to provide disaster relief to the recreational fishing community, which has an annual economic impact of $41 billion in the Gulf alone.
Schratwieser pointed out that, “In addition to disaster relief, there is a need to consider new management strategies for the Gulf of Mexico, which, even prior to the oil spill, was struggling with several overfished stocks such as red snapper.”
Schratwieser also stressed that the United States, “must insist on increased conservation measures for Western Atlantic bluefin tuna at the next meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).
“The Gulf of Mexico is the only known spawning location for these fish and the oil spill occurred both in the space and time in which they spawn,” he said. “In the meantime, the IGFA will continue working with the NMFS to help disseminate accurate, fact-based information to recreational anglers on the effects of the oil spill.”
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IGFA Education Department News:
IGFA Outreach Program Receives near $100,000 Educational Grant
The IGFA’s Education Outreach Program is planning for more growth after successfully obtaining a grant in the amount of $99,794 from the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF). This funding will allow the IGFA to further expand its Outreach Program across the nation to help get more kids actively involved in fishing and boating.
IGFA Education Director, David Matagiese said, “The Outreach Program has been a huge part of the IGFA’s mission and vision over the years and this funding will help us bring our hands-on activities like fishing clinics, touch tank demonstrations and instruction on knot tying, bait rigging and casting to children who would not normally have the chance to experience these things.
“By introducing tens of thousands of children to our sport, we’re hoping to not only create lifelong anglers, but stewards of our natural environment as well.”
For more information about the Education Outreach Program, please contact Matagiese at dmatagiese@igfa.org.
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IGFA Outreach at Kid’s Fitness Festival July 14 – 15 in Palm Beach
The IGFA Outreach Program will be attending the Palm Beach County Kid’s Fitness Festival from July 14-15 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in Florida. Each July, over 6,000 South Florida youth gather at this action packed event for two days of fitness and fun! Full of excitement and energy, festival participants have the opportunity to get hands on experience and develop skills in over 40 different sports clinics. The IGFA will have knot tying and spin casting target practice as our activities. Many of the 6,000 children that will be in attendance will be using a fishing rod for the first time so this is a great event to promote the sport of fishing.
Each clinic in the event is conducted by a professional from that sports area. These clinicians share techniques, enhance skills and provide an introduction to the sport. The Kids Fitness Festival also features mascots, autograph sessions, special guests, demonstrations and a midway with a bounce house, rock-wall and mist tent, and much more.
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IGFA Junior Angler Summer Camps underway through August 20
If you’re looking for some hands-on and fun activities for your youngsters, nothing beats the IGFA’s annual Junior Angler Summer Camps with weekly sessions through mid-August.
Now in its 11th year the camps are held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., offering weeklong summer adventures for children ages eight – 13, through August 20th.
Campers spend time in the museum where they learn about fishing techniques, conservation, marine biology, the ins-and-outs of fish anatomy through dissections, biological adaptations, tying flies & jigs, fish habitats and participate in simulated fishing tournaments.
Field trips include snorkeling, water parks and pier fishing with every Friday spent deep sea fishing from a 70’ party boat off the coast of Miami.
Camp registration includes a free rod and reel combo, T-shirt, tackle box and camp goody bag. For more information about the IGFA Summer Camp, please contact Veronica Woods at vwoods@igfa.org or visit http://www.igfa.org/Education/Youth-Camps.aspx .
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July Hot Catches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wherever in the world Steve Wozniak is he no doubt has a rod & reel nearby as he gets closer to his milestone of catching and documenting 1000 different species of fish across the globe.
Featured last month in the IGFA Hot News, the IGFA International Angler Magazine, and ESPN.com, Wozniak of San Ramon, Calif., USA has now reached the 990 species mark catching three more fish while in Oahu, Hawaii at the end of June. Potentially several of his latest catches may also be considered for new IGFA World Records.
And now the intrepid traveler has just 10 fish to go.
So far he’s visited 61 countries working by phone and e-mail with many ichthyologists and species hunters to match his trips to exotic new catches.
“A couple of trips should put me in shouting distance,” said Wozniak in a recent phone call. “I’m hoping to get to Norway, Egypt and to the Andaman Islands near India in the Indian Ocean in the next several months, so I have a pretty good shot in 2010. If not, 2011 is the year. It’s getting close.”
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Ticket sales brisk for IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame induction (w/photo of banquet)
Even before the official invitations have been sent out the tickets are already selling at a brisk pace for the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame on Tuesday, October 26.
Five men, from the U.S., Japan and Britain, all who have made significant contributions to the sport of recreational fishing, will be inducted that evening as the 12th class into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and include Yoshiro Hattori, Capt. Steve Huff, George G. Matthews, John Wilson and Forrest Wood.
The honorees are selected each year for the significant contributions through achievements in angling, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources.
The five inductees and their contributions are:
Yoshiro Hattori is an honorary member of the Japan Game Fish Association since its inception. A natural communicator, he is widely known for his television shows “Fishing in Japan” and “11 PM” where he introduced various fishing reports in Japan and overseas.
Capt. Steve Huff, whose innovations include shallow-water boat building, light-tackle and fly-rod fish fighting techniques, has guided clients to some of the most coveted inshore world records since 1968. Huff revolutionized flats fishing in saltwater and is celebrated in the Bahamas, Mexico, the Florida Keys and the Seychelles.
George G. Matthews is a big-game fisherman who participated in many of the Bahamas tournaments during the 1960-1970s. A member of the IGFA Board of Trustees since 1971, Mathews has served as Board Chairman and is a former member of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission.
John Wilson, a British angler has been a TV personality for 20 years covering big game and deep sea fishing. Voted “The Greatest Angler of All Time” in a 2004 poll by readers of Angling Times, Wilson has published nearly 20 books and authored a column for the newspaper the Sunday Express until 2009.
Forrest Wood began as a fishing guide on the fabled Arkansas White River, USA. Wood started a small boat repair business on the side and developed his business into what became Ranger Boats. Wood and his family went out to set the modern standard for bass boats, including the first built-in livewell system. Wood validated his early “built by fishermen for fishermen” ad slogan by fishing the B.A.S.S. tour for nearly two decades.
Eighty Hall of Fame members are enshrined at the IGFA including Zane Grey, Ernest Hemingway, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Lee and Joan Wulff, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie, Bill Dance, Roland Martin, Johnny Morris, Don Tyson and Stu Apte.
Tickets are $200 and include the cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m.; silent auction, dinner and the induction ceremony in the Greats Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Special sponsorships and sponsor tables are available. For reservation information contact Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or via e-mail: larico@igfa.org.
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Action underway in FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship (w/logo)

Three days of fishing competition is underway July 13 – 15 in the Florida Keys, as top fly and light tackle “sight-casting” champion anglers from as far away as Sweden and Australia are competing in the 10th annual Florida Keys Outfitters / IGFA Inshore World Championship in Islamorada.
Tournament champions from a variety of nearly 40 qualifying competitions held in 2009 across the U.S., the Bahamas, Belize, Trinidad, Sweden and Australia, make up the field of 26 top anglers.
From a drawing each of the anglers were paired with a premier Keys guide fishing as they team for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish in the fly and light tackle divisions. A grand champion will be crowned in each division. The international field includes 19 men and seven women. A list of the champions, hometowns and tournaments they qualified at is posted on the tournament website at www.inshoreworldchampionships.com .
“Fishing is off the charts here and this tournament promises to be one of the most outstanding competitions of the year,” said tournament director Sandy Moret, owner of Florida Keys Outfitters. “We’re hoping to have even more international competitors next year.”
Fishing and daily scorekeeping takes place from the World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina with The Islander Resort serving as the event’s headquarters. Both are located near mile marker 82.
The IGFA remains the inshore championships’ sole nonprofit benefactor.
The championship will again be partnering with ESPN Outdoors and its televised Saltwater Series to be presented on other ESPN Outdoors multimedia platforms. Daily tournament coverage will appear on ESPNOutdoors.com and on IGFA.org among others.
For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and the event’s qualifying tournaments contact Moret 305-664-5423, or via e-mail at flkeyout@bellsouth.net
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IGFA’s Expedition Series returning to Panama August 30th

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

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

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

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

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

Once the summer break ends the IGFA’s School of Sportfishing will be in full swing this fall with its 16th session of its popular series of Tuesday night classes.
The topic list is expected to be posted in early August on the IGFA web site with course titles, descriptions and instructors.
The web site can be found at http://www.igfa.org/education/School-Of-Sportfishing.aspx
IGFA Education Director Dave Matagiese said student anglers from previous classes report greatly improved catch ratios after putting their newly gained knowledge to practice on the water.
“We’ve heard from anglers who attended the program who have given us excellent feedback saying they’ve become more efficient in finding fish faster and making each strike count.”
IGFA Education Coordinator Jeff Mackin said all classes are limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up and held Tuesday nights from 7 – 10 p.m. at the IGFA Headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla.
The cost is $100 for IGFA members and $150 for non-members per class. For more information or to sign up please contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or via JMackin@igfa.org.
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“Did You Know?” – Interesting facts from the IGFA
· A recent study reported that modern fishing vessels in the United Kingdom work 17 times harder than their Victorian-era counterparts to catch the same amount of fish.
· Between 1889 and 2007 catch per unit effort has declined in the United Kingdom by:
--- 500 times for halibut
--- Over 100 times for haddock
--- Over 20 times for plaice, wolffish, hake and ling

· The word “angler” is derived from the ancient Aryan root “ank”, which means a bend or hook.
· Humans began fishing in the Paleolithic period, which began over 40,000 years ago.
· Fishing scenes were prominently illustrated in Ancient Egyptian culture.
· Some of the earliest recorded fish hooks come from Palestine around 7000 BC.
· Forbes has ranked the fishhook the 19th most important tool of all time.
Calendar of upcoming IGFA events for 2010
Now -- Aug 20, 2010 -- IGFA’s ten weekly Summer Camps, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA – Now in its 11th year the IGFA’s popular weekly camps are held during the summer break for children ages 8 to 13. Campers will explore the aquatic environment and participate in many fishing adventures and exciting marine life activities. Each week-long camp session is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Camp registration includes a free rod and reel combo, T-shirt, tackle box and camp goody bag. For more information about the IGFA Summer Camp, please contact Veronica Woods at vwoods@igfa.org or visit http://www.igfa.org/Education/Youth-Camps.aspx .
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July 13 - 15, 2010 – 10th annual Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Described by anglers and the media as the “super bowl” of fly and light tackle fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of nearly 40 qualifying tournaments around the world held in 2009 to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the qualifiers are paired with a premier Keys guide to team for three days of fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish in fly and light tackle divisions with the grand champion crowned in each. For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments contact Sandy Moret 305-664-5423 or flkeyout@bellsouth.net or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com.
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October 26, 2010 -- The 12th Annual IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will celebrate all 80 members and the five newest inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame who include Yoshiro Hattori, Capt. Steve Huff, George G. Matthews, John Wilson and Forrest Wood. The inductees are selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony for the 2010 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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January 28, 2011 -- 27th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, beginning at 6 p.m. -- It’s the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid. Donations are already arriving including trips, cruises, artwork, fishing gear and more. The auction will be featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org beginning the first week of November when the popular on-line portion of the auction begins. Tickets are $200 per person and included the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $3000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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26 elite anglers prepare for FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship
Fishing in Fla. Keys could be great for fly and light tackle “tournament of champions”

ISLAMORADA, In The Florida Keys, USA ---“Right now fishing is off the charts and if it stays this way our tournament promises to be one of the most outstanding competitions of the year,” said Sandy Moret about the Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship in July.
Moret, who is the tournament director of the 10th annual “tournament of champions” event, said 218 tarpon were caught and released among 25 anglers at a recent fly tournament. “This could be the indicator of great fishing on the flats July 13 - 15 at the FKO/IGFA Inshore. “So far 26 top fly and light tackle ‘sight-casting’ champions from as far away as Sweden and Australia, anglers who have won one of some 40 events around the world, will be on the casting platforms of 26 shallow water skiffs with top guides to fish the Keys island chain.”
From a drawing the 19 men and seven women champion qualifiers will be paired with a premier Keys guide fishing three days as a team for tarpon, bonefish, permit, redfish and snook in the fly and light tackle divisions. A grand champion will be crowned in each division.
Three-time winner Robert Collins of Naples and Islamorada, who won his titles with a spinning reel will now be focusing his skills solely casting fly. He’ll have worthy competition including Carlos Duncan from Houston, Texas, who in June won the Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament with 26 tarpon releases. The fly side also includes mother and son champions Sandi Bishop of Knoxville, Tenn., and Baker Bishop, Sullivan’s Island, S.C.
Also competing in the fly division are: Jim Bouma, Bradenton, Fla.; Kathryn Hoar, Hanover, Penn.; Sam Kaufman, Evergreen, Co.; Brower Moffit, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Heidi Nute, Miami Beach, Fla.; Thomas Reckling, Houston; Sue Moret and Mark Richens, both ofIslamorada, Fla.
The international field includes Australian angler Peter Politis, Nightcliff, NT, winner for the past two years of the Northern Territory’s Barramundi Classic, Nils Zackrisson of Aneby, Sweden winner of the Pike Challenge in Sweden and Michael De Freitas, Westmoorings, Trinidad/Tobago. They’ll be joined in the light tackle division by Betsy Bullard and Jake Turek of Tavernier, Fla.; Roger Fernandez, Pinecrest, Fla.; Molly Fleming, Palm Beach Shores. Fla.; Joey Marzucco, and brothers Derrick and Troy Pruitt, all of Naples, Fla.; Mark Richards, Charleston, S.C., Chip Stringer, Savannah, Ga.; Aledia Tush, Sarasota, Fla., and Joe Viar, Alexandria, Va.
Fishing and daily scorekeeping takes place from the World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina with The Islander Resort serving as the event’s headquarters. Both are located near mile marker 82. The IGFA remains the inshore championships’ sole nonprofit benefactor. A fundraiser and auction for the IGFA is held during the tournament.
Tournament sponsors include Bacardi, Islamorada Fish Co., The Islander Resort, King Sailfish Mounts, Shimano, Stiffy Push Poles, World Wide Sportsman, Mercury, ESPN Outdoors, Kaiyo’s, Bayside Marina, Tibor Reels, Kaenon Sunglasses, Sage Rods, Patagonia, The Green Turtle Inn, Rich Products Corp, Cortland Line Company, Vineyard Vines and Nautilus Reels.
For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments contact Moret at 305-664-5423, or via e-mail at sandy@floridakeysoutfitters.com.
A complete list of the champions, hometowns and tournaments they qualified is shown below and also posted on the tournament website at www.inshoreworldchampionships.com.
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IGFA Hot News and Hot Catches – June 2010
By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel
June Hot Catches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(photo caption): It's not a record weight or even a big fish, but this vermillion rockfish caught with a Sebile Magic Swimmer Soft swimbait on a drop shot rig fished 300 feet deep off Catalina Island, California marks Patrick Sebile's 600th fish species. "My next goal is 700," says Sebile.
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27 elite anglers prepare for FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship (w/logo)
They are among the top fly and light tackle “sight-casting” champion anglers from as far away as Sweden and Australia who will converge on the Florida Keys island chain from July 13 – 15, to compete in the 10th annual Florida Keys Outfitters / IGFA Inshore World Championship in Islamorada.
It’san event described by anglers and the media as the “super bowl” of inshore fishing.
Selected from a variety of nearly 40 qualifying tournaments held in 2009 across the U.S., the Bahamas, Belize, Sweden and Australia, is a field of 27 top anglers -- 12 in fly and 15 in light tackle. They quickly responded to the invitations of managing partner Florida Keys Outfitters to compete in this three day all-release championship.
From a drawing each of the champion qualifiers will be paired with a premier Keys guide fishing as a team for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish in the fly and light tackle divisions. A grand champion will be crowned in each division.
Three-time winner Robert Collins of Naples and Islamorada, who won his titles with a spinning reel will be focusing his skills for the second year in a row solely casting fly. He’ll have worthy competition including IGFA Trustee Carlos Duncan from Houston who earlier this month won the Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament.
The international field, which includes 19 men and eight women, will also hightlight Australian Peter Politis winner for the past two years of the Northern Territory’s Barramundi Classic; Michael De Freitas who won the Trinidad Tarpon Thunder Tournament, fishing the island of Trinidad and Nils Zackrisson winner of the Pike Challenge in Sweden
“Last year the anglers and guides wholeheartedly embraced the new and separate light tackle and fly tackle formats,” said tournament director Sandy Moret, owner of Florida Keys Outfitters.
“Fishing right now is off the charts and this tournament promises to be one of the most outstanding competitions of the year,” he added. “And looking ahead to next year we’re hoping to have more international competitors.”
Fishing and daily scorekeeping takes place from the World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina with The Islander Resort serving as the event’s headquarters. Both are located near mile marker 82.
The IGFA remains the inshore championships’ sole nonprofit benefactor. A fundraiser and auction for the IGFA will be held at the event.
The championship will again be partnering with ESPN Outdoors and its televised Saltwater Series to be presented on other ESPN Outdoors multimedia platforms. Daily tournament coverage will appear on ESPNOutdoors.com and on IGFA.org among others.
For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and the event’s qualifying tournaments contact Moret 305-664-5423, or via e-mail at flkeyout@bellsouth.net
A complete list of the champions, hometowns and tournaments they qualified is also posted on the tournament website at www.inshoreworldchampionships.com.
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Defending champs win 11th IGFA Offshore World Championship (w/logp)

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

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

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

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

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

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

For his leadership efforts on numerous fronts Bob Fletcher, retired President of the Sportfishing Association of California and Recreational Fisheries, was presented an International Game Fish Association Certificate of Appreciation at the Day at the Dock's event held in April.
IGFA Trustee Michael Farrior made the presentation saying it was given in appreciation of Fletcher's dedication to conservation of marine resources, his leadership role in Southern California's Sportfishing passenger fleet and his position as a highly respected advocate for recreational anglers. IGFA representative Gary Graham said Fletcher thanked the IGFA for the honor of being recognized for his passion and lifetime of working on behalf of the recreational angling community.
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BAMM month ends June 30
If you have an IGFA membership you can benefit in a big way…. in fact 20 ways during BAMM month till the end of June.
Your current IGFA membership will allow you into more than 20 participating museums and attractions throughout BrowardCounty during June.
The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.” IGFA members can use their cards for reciprocal benefits in all of the BAMM (Broward Attractions and Museum Month) participating institutions.
Each institution defines exactly what benefits are eligible but at the very least it’s free admission at the same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org. Additional information can be found on the BAMM web site at www.bamminfo.org
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IGFA’s popular School of Sportfishing resumes in the fall

After a summer break the IGFA’s School of Sportfishing will resume this fall with its 16th session of its popular series of Tuesday night classes.
The topic list is expected to be posted in early August on the IGFA web site with course titles, descriptions and instructors.
The web site can be found at http://www.igfa.org/education/School-Of-Sportfishing.aspx
“This past spring session, was one of the best received with a number of sold out classes,” said IGFA Education Director Dave Matagiese. “Along with the more popular classes new topics were introduced.”
He added that angling students from previous classes continue to report fantastic fishing with greatly improved catch ratios after putting their newly gained knowledge to practice on the water.
“We’ve heard from anglers who attended the program who have given us great feedback saying they’ve become more efficient in finding fish faster and making each strike count.”
Matagiese said all classes are limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up and held Tuesday nights from 7 – 10 p.m. at the IGFA Headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla. The cost is $100 for IGFA members and $150 for non-members per class. For more information or to sign up please contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340 or via JMackin@igfa.org.
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“Did You Know?” – Interesting facts from the IGFA
This month the IGFA features some facts from the IGFA’s 2010 World Record Game Fishes book:
  • The oldest standing IGFA record is the All-Tackle yellow perch, which weighed 4 lb 3 oz and was caught in 1865.
  • The biggest IGFA record for a member of the jack family (Carangidae) is the All-Tackle giant trevally record which weighed 160 lb 7 oz and was caught by an angler fishing from shore.
  • The IGFA has All-Tackle records for 36 different species of snapper.
  • The smallest All-Tackle record for a shark species was for a 1 lb 13 oz velvet belly lantern shark (Etmopterus spinax).
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Calendar of upcoming IGFA events for 2010
June 1 – 30, 2010 -- BAMM (Broward Attractions and Museum Month) is Back -- During the month of June anyone with a membership in the IGFA or one of more than 20 participating museums and attractions in BrowardCounty will be able to use that for reciprocal benefits in all. The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.” Each institution defines what benefits will be eligible but at the very least it will be free admission at same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org, visit www.igfa.org or www.bamminfo.org for the variety of participating institutions.
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June 14 -- Aug 20, 2010 -- IGFA’s ten weekly Summer Camps, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla.USA – Now in its 11th year the IGFA’s popular weekly camps are held during the summer break for children ages 8 to 13. Campers will explore the aquatic environment and participate in many fishing adventures and exciting marine life activities. Each week-long camp session is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Camp registration includes a free rod and reel combo, T-shirt, tackle box and camp goody bag. For more information about the IGFA Summer Camp, please contact Veronica Woods at vwoods@igfa.org or visit http://www.igfa.org/Education/Youth-Camps.aspx .
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July 13 - 15, 2010 – 10th annual Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Described by anglers and the media as the “super bowl” of fly and light tackle fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of nearly 40 qualifying tournaments around the world held in 2009 to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the qualifiers are paired with a premier Keys guide to team for three days of fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish in fly and light tackle divisions with the grand champion crowned in each. For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments contact Sandy Moret 305-664-5423 or flkeyout@bellsouth.net or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com.
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October 26, 2010 -- The 12th Annual IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will celebrate all 80 members and the five newest inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame who include Yoshiro Hattori, Capt. Steve Huff, George G. Mathews, John Wilson and Forrest Wood. The inductees are selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony for the 2010 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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IGFA HOT News HOT Catches – March 2010By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

IGFA/coalition rallies for better federal fisheries management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mercury Fishing Clinic loaded with free giveaways and great learning tools
Each person who stops by the fishing clinic will have a chance to win free prizes, interact with the pros, fish in the front ponds and also take part in the different learning stations that will be set up. Included in the free prizes are rod and reel combos, lures, CDs, t-shirts, hats, IGFA memberships and a few big ticket items from sponsors to be given away throughout the day.
There’s also a “Q-and-A” session with Mercury Marine Fishing Team Captains Larry Sydnor, Chris Jones and Mark Johnson who will be giving special inshore seminars on flats fishing techniques including finding fish, rigs and tackle and handling multiple hookups.
The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, next to the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, off I-95 in Dania Beach.
Registration is not required but all children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please contact Matagiese at dmatagiese@igfa.org.
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---At the IGFA Museum---
New! In the Catch Gallery; Your fishing stories
Got a good fishing story? WFN-TV is listening at the World Fishing Network “Loud Mouth Booth.” WFN and the IGFA are teaming up to give museum visitors the chance to share their fishing stories. This new attraction, located in the Catch Gallery, is equipped with a video camera. WFN personality and IGFA rep Mark Melnyk asks guests to share their feelings about fishing. Guests have two minutes to tell why they love to fish and what fishing means to them -- on camera! Many of these recordings will be posted in a special section on the WFN website: www.wfn.tv
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Guy Harvey’s early works extended in IGFA’s Changing Gallery till July
As a young boy, Guy Harvey was entranced by Ernest Hemingway’s story The Old Man and the Sea. In the early 1970’s, with no formal art training but with a scientist’s eye for detail, Guy began sketching his favorite parts. These sketches comprised Guy’s first art show in 1985. The highly acclaimed early marine artworks of Dr. Guy Harvey are now being shown at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum presented in its Changing Gallery exhibition room.This complete rarely-viewed series, of 59 pen-and-ink drawings from the private collection of Cheryl and Dave Copham, is on display through July 5, 2010. Also featured are the photos of Bill Boyce and sculptures of Kent Ullberg.
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Last chance: exciting sport fishing photo exhibit ends March 31
The works of some of today’s hottest marine photographers are featured in an exhibit in the Art Gallery of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. The popular exhibit features more than 70 images -- from Pat Ford, Adrian Gray, Scott Kerrigan, Charlie Levine, Dave McCleaf, Al McGlashan, Ron Modra and Sam Root – and is now on display through March. Museum visitors can have the opportunity to experience the excitement, emotion, energy and beauty of sport fishing as seen through the lenses of these masters. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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Coming in April: The Funky Fish Art of David Roehm (with photo)
In April, the IGFA Art Gallery will be featuring the work of artist David Roehm, who is inspired by his fishing and snorkeling adventures off his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, along with Chokoloskee Island, and the flats of Islamorada. Many of the quaint old bars, hangouts and fishing spots now gone are depicted in Dave's artistry, but they are not all done on the usual canvas. He specializes in decorating unusual items such as fire hydrants and wood sculptures.
Roehm’s colorful and whimsical FunkyFishArt will be on display from April to October in the Art Gallery at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
For a preview of what's to come visit www.funkyfishart.com.
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Also Coming Soon: Lou Marron's All Tackle record swordfish (with photo)
It’s arrived and soon the mount of Lou Marron's All Tackle record swordfish (1,182 pounds caught in 1953 off Iquique, Chile) will be on display in its new permanent home, the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
King Sailfish Mounts (www.kingsailfishmounts.com), recently restored Marron’s mount to its original splendor. This magnificent piece of sportfishing history will be on display above the store in the museum lobby.
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IGFA’s Observer Training Class in Virginia Beach, March 20

Virginia Beach’s Ocean’s East II tackle shop is the site of the next IGFA Observer Training class (OTC) on Saturday, March 20, at 9 a.m. The class instructs experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held across the globe.
“Over the years, billfish tournaments have transformed into big business enterprises,” said IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser. “Many prestigious tournaments now have enormous calcuttas and purses as well as large numbers of participating anglers. With huge purses and egos on the line, concern often arises whether all participants are adhering to the letter of the rules. This causes turmoil for tournament directors and, at its worst, prevents tournaments from adopting release formats. An obvious solution is to have observers on boats to ensure a level playing field. But how do you know if observers have been properly trained and where do you go to find them? The answer is simple; IGFA.
“The International Game Fish Association’s Observer classes began as a conservation initiative to allow offshore billfish tournaments the option to go to a 100% release format with trained and experienced observers on board to verify catches and educate anglers about IGFA angling rules. With the decline of many billfish stocks, the importance of release formats in tournaments has increased. As release tournaments become more common and cash payouts increase, unbiased observers become vital in reporting rule infractions as well as for identifying billfish species.”
Schratwieser added observers can often benefit anglers by preventing inadvertent rule infractions before they even happen. Having observers that are trained to identify billfish species under frantic tournament conditions virtually eliminates the need to bring back dead fish to the dock for official scoring. Observers also raise the prestige level and credibility of tournaments while contributing to conservation efforts with the safe release of tournament billfish.
The IGFA OTC covers topics such as species identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules and tackle regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. Space is limited to 40 people. IGFA OTC applications are available online at http://www.igfa.org/PDF/COP_Application2008.pdf. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. Please contact Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 or email: jschratwieser@igfa.org for additional information.
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N. J. IGFA Reps hosting banquet and auction March 26

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

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

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

March 16, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “Trophy Snook and Tarpon” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. From the backcountry to the beaches, Capt. Josh Brown gives you the information on how to successfully target and find monster snook and tarpon. Snook to 30 lbs and tarpon to 200 lbs, these are the fish that will test your gear and your nerve. You’ll want to have a good camera to back up your catch and release stories. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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March 20, 2010 -- IGFA Observer Training Class, Ocean’s East II Tackle Shop, Virginia Beach, Va., USA 9 a.m. – This class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org. Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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March 23, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “All About Live Bait” - IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. Having good live bait can be the difference between catching fish or not. Capt. Shawn Fairbanks shows you where and how to catch several different species of live bait and how to keep them healthy. When you leave this class you will be able to throw a cast net. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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March 27, 2010 --- Mercury Marine Free Family Fishing Clinic; IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. This free event sponsored by Mercury Marine features clinics on: how to throw a cast net, knot tying, casting stations, fishing talks, question and answer sessions with Mercury Marine Fishing Team Pros, face painting, a number of prize giveaways, free hot dogs and remote broadcasts from KISS Country. Registration is not required but all children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring the whole family along and enjoy a day of education and fun outdoors! For more information go online and visit http://www.igfa.org/kidshome.asp or call the IGFA at 954-927-2628.
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March 30, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “Offshore Secrets of the Keys” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. Whether you’re going to the Florida Keys for a day trip or an extended vacation, you’ll want to be prepared for the fantastic fishing that waits offshore. From Key Largo to Key West, Capt. Jack Callion details the local tips and secrets that will maximize your chances for dolphin, tuna, wahoo, sailfish, and more. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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April 6, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “Fishing Bimini and Cat Cay” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. These two Bahamian islands are close to home but require special knowledge on how to make your trip across the Gulf Stream safe, legal and as enjoyable as possible. Taught by Capt. Bouncer Smith this is a great way to discover a different world just fifty miles away. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. Also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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April 10 - 11, 2010 -- IGFA Fishing Expo Presented by World Fishing Network, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This inaugural IGFA Fishing Expo, is presented by the World Fishing Network (WFN), and showcases fishing lodges, artwork, electronics, tournaments, unique fishing tackle and more. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at 954-924-4312 or e-mail at jtomlin@igfa.org.
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April 10, 2010 -- Seventh Annual IGFA World Record Achievements Awards and Banquet presented by Mercury Marine, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. 6 p.m. This celebration dinner and awards ceremony, presented by Mercury Marine highlights the 2009 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains and tackle manufacturers. IGFA Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to industry leader Rapala and Capt. Andrew Parsons who holds over 100 world records. For reservations, tickets or for more information about this ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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May 9 - 14, 2010 -- IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico -- This 11th annual event is considered international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting winning teams from countries on six continents who have been invited after winning one of over 120 qualifying events held in 2009. It’s also the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. For more on the tournament or to register a tournament as a qualifier, contact Lynda Wilson at Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or via phone at 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4680.
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June 1 – 30, 2010 -- BAMM (Broward Attractions and Museum Month) is Back -- During the month of June anyone with a membership in the IGFA or one of more than 20 participating museums and attractions in Broward County will be able to use that for reciprocal benefits in all. The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.” Each institution defines what benefits will be eligible but at the very least it will be free admission at same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org, visit www.igfa.org or www.bamminfo.org for the variety of participating institutions.
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July 13 - 15, 2010 – 10th annual Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Described by anglers and the media as the “super bowl” of fly and light tackle fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of nearly 40 qualifying tournaments around the world held in 2009 to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the qualifiers are paired with a premier Keys guide to team for three days of fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish in fly and light tackle divisions with the grand champion crowned in each. For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments contact Sandy Moret 305-664-5423 or flkeyout@bellsouth.net or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com.
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October 26, 2010 -- The 12th Annual IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will celebrate all 80 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame (to be announced soon). The inductees are selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony for the 2010 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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IGFA HOT News HOT Catches – February 2010By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel
Story behind new world record 41 lb 7 oz brown trout caught in Mich.
Not to be overshadowed by the 22 lb, 4 oz largemouth bass record caught by Japan’s Manabu Kurita, which tied a 77 year-old record and received overwhelming tribute in January; the IGFA would like to spotlight an equally impressive “holy grail” of freshwater fish species which also recently received an IGFA All-Tackle world record. Here’s more on that story:
By a pound and three ounces, Tom Healy of Rockford, Michigan, USA, eclipsed the 17-year-old brown trout (Salmo trutta) world record with a 41 lb 7 oz (18.8 kg) fish pulled out of Michigan's Manistee River, on September 9, 2009. The IGFA record he beat was a 40 lb 4 oz (18.25 kg) brown pulled from Arkansas’ (USA) Little Red River in May 9, 1992 by Howard Collins.
On that September morning, Healy was fishing with friend Bob Woodhouse of Grand Rapids, Michigan and guide Tim Roller of Ultimate Outfitters. For well over 20 years Healy, a retired construction manager, traveled the two hours to fish for chinook salmon and steelhead on the Manistee.
The three men were targeting salmon by drifting the river and casting Rapala crank-baits (plugs). Healy was using a #8 silver Shad Rap with a 9’ Cabela’s XML rod and a Cabela’s Prodigy reel filled with 30 lb Power-Pro. They had already hooked two salmon, when about eight o’clock Healy had a strike he immediately recognized as a sizable fish. Healy said it made a violent first run up-river where it came to the surface and tried to jump but couldn’t because of its immense size.
Only when the fish came to the net 15 minutes later did they simultaneously realize two things: first, the fish was a whole lot bigger than they had originally thought, and second, it was not a salmon at all, but a brown trout.
Its weight bottomed out Healy’s Boga Grip at the maximum 30 lb mark. They then estimated it weighed maybe 35 pounds. It measured at 43.75 inches with a girth of 27 inches.
Since steelhead are Healy’s passion, he thought it necessary to call brown trout guru and local charter captain Mark Chimura, to help verify the fish. When Chimura learned what they had, he pulled his fishing trip off the river and came with a certified scale to their location. The fish weighed over 41 pounds. Chimura then called and asked the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to meet them and the fish at his charter business shop in downtown Manistee. When the Michigan conservation officer arrived he in turn called two DNR fish biologists to come and confirm the species and verify its weight, length and girth. Fish scales that were clipped for age determination, later confirmed the fish was six years of age.
The local TV station came and recorded the weighing of the fish for TV.
Healy said above and beyond achieving the IGFA All-Tackle record for the biggest brown trout ever landed on rod and reel, he was touched most by the respect the people of Manistee, Michigan gave the fish. Tom recalls standing on the downtown sidewalk, lifting the brown trout up for a period of almost six hours so everyone could pay respects and enjoy the beauty and amazing size of the fish.
Healy believes the catch was more special because the people of Manistee know fish and fishing; many of the residents and families in that area are lifelong anglers, charter boat captains, fishing guides, or are somehow involved in the fishing tourism industry of Manistee. Tom said they know the tremendous historic importance behind such a catch and realize the all-time biggest brown trout on rod and reel can arguably be one of those “holy-grails” of fish species to catch.
The IGFA congratulates Tom Healy on his fine achievement of his new world record.
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IGFA World Record Achievement Awards set for April 10

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

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

The Gil Keech Heavy Tackle Angling Award
Cairns, Queensland, Australia’s Captain Laurie Wright was the recipient of the Gil Keech Award for lifetime achievements in Heavy Tackle Angling.
This special honor began in 1998 by the Ocean City (Md.) Light Tackle Club; at 63 years it is one of the oldest clubs of its type in the world.
Its recipient, Capt. Wright has served in the Cairns charter fleet for over 30 years. In 1983 he started his own charter business, and his record as a skipper is a testament of his skill and dedication to the sport. In just his first season he caught a grander and though he prefers release, his early career saw the landing of his biggest fish, a 1277 lb black marlin. Wright has fished all over the world but it is his promotion of, and significant contributions to, the growth and success of the Cairns marlin fishery that are legendary. He’s a past chairman of the Cairns Professional Game Fishing Association and was instrumental in the planning and establishment of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. A key figure in the establishment of the Cairns Game Fishing Hall of Fame in 2006, he was himself inducted into the Hall in 2008.
Tim Choate accepted the award for Wright
The Bob Herder Light Tackle Award
Established in 2005 also by the OCLTC and the IGFA, the Bob Herder Light Tackle Award, was presented to Capt. Thomas Barkley Garnsey, of Tyrone New Mexico.
Known on the dock as “Bark,” he is best known for his adventures with IGFA Trustee and world-renowned angler Stewart Campbell. Together, Bark and Stewart have re-written the billfish record books on major expeditions to tropical backwaters spanning the globe. The pair have teamed up to land records including – an 820 lb blue marlin on 16-lb line class and an 872 pounder on 30-lb line class. Bark’s atlas of fishing spots includes the east coast from Florida to Newfoundland, all of the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Windward Islands, West Africa, Indonesia, Venezuela, Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Thailand, New Guinea, the Canary Islands and Madeira.
Permanently endowed by contributions from the OCLTC and Herder’s family and friends the award is in honor of a man who maintained an abiding commitment to the principles and objectives of the IGFA.
Capt. Bark was there to accept his award.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The IGFA School of Sportfishing benefits from its partnership with Yo-Zuri, receiving free Crystal Minnow lures and spools of fluorocarbon in addition to the customary rod, lure, and tackle giveaways. Attendees can expect us to provide and continue improving on the finest series of fishing courses available.
The classes are held on these Tuesday nights from 7 – 10 p.m. at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. For more information, please contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or visit http://www.igfa.org/education/school...rtfishing.aspx. You may also sign up online at http://www.igfa.org/education/school...istration.aspx. Classes are limited to the first 24 anglers so sign up today!
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---At the IGFA Museum---
Guy Harvey’s early works in IGFA’s Changing Gallery
As a young boy, Guy Harvey was entranced by Ernest Hemingway’s story The Old Man and the Sea. In the early 1970’s, with no formal art training but with a scientist’s eye for detail, Guy began sketching his favorite parts. These sketches comprised Guy’s first art show in 1985. The highly acclaimed early marine artworks of Dr. Guy Harvey are now being shown at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum presented in its Changing Gallery exhibition room.This complete rarely-viewed series, of 59 pen-and-ink drawings from the private collection of Cheryl and Dave Copham, is on display through March, 2010. Also featured are the photos of Bill Boyce and sculptures of Kent Ullberg.
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Exciting sport fishing photo exhibit ends March 31
The works of some of today’s hottest marine photographers are featured in an exhibit in the Art Gallery of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. The popular exhibit features more than 70 images -- from Pat Ford, Adrian Gray, Scott Kerrigan, Charlie Levine, Dave McCleaf, Al McGlashan, Ron Modra and Sam Root – and is now on display through March. Museum visitors can have the opportunity to experience the excitement, emotion, energy and beauty of sport fishing as seen through the lenses of these masters. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org.
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The Funky Fish Art of David Roehm coming in April
The IGFA Art Gallery will be featuring the work of artist David Roehm, who is inspired by his fishing and snorkeling adventures off his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, along with Chokoloskee Island, and the flats of Islamorada. His creations often start with unusual items such as fire hydrants and fish mounts and are always colorful and whimsical. For a preview of what's to come visit www.funkyfishart.com.
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Also Coming Soon: Lou Marron's All Tackle record swordfish
The mount of Lou Marron's All Tackle record swordfish (1,182 pounds caught in 1953) will be on display soon in its new permanent home, the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
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N. J. IGFA Reps holding 13th banquet and auction in March

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

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

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

February 24, 2010 - IGFA School of Sportfishing – Open House for 14th session, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. Over the years you’ve heard about these classes at the IGFA. Now you can experience them at this special Open House by meeting the instructors who will give highlights of their six upcoming classes in March and April. They’ll be answering questions and giving out door prizes and much more. Admission is $20 cash at the door and no registration is required. The $20 can be applied to any class if you sign up at the Open House. Additional promotions are available for multiple class sign ups. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. Also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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March 2, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “Kite Fishing Techniques ” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. – One of the easiest ways to catch more fish is with a kite. This class taught by Capt.Tony DiGiulian will touch on the basics but also introduce more advanced techniques of the kite fishing system. Learn to target several different species with this ancient method of enticing fish to bite. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. Go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp for more details or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. Also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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March 9, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing --“Targeting Nearshore Gamefish: Dolphin, Kings, & Blackfins” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. – A class designed for the angler looking to fill their cooler. The majority of prime table fare species occur along the near shore, inside of 800 feet of water. Legendary South Florida Capt. Bouncer Smith will teach you the most effective strategies for dolphin, kingfish, blackfin tuna, cobia, and more. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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March 16, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “Trophy Snook and Tarpon” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. From the backcountry to the beaches, Capt. Josh Brown gives you the information on how to successfully target and find monster snook and tarpon. Snook to 30 lbs and tarpon to 200 lbs, these are the fish that will test your gear and your nerve. You’ll want to have a good camera to back up your catch and release stories. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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March 23, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “All About Live Bait” - IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. Having good live bait can be the difference between catching fish or not. Capt. Shawn Fairbanks shows you where and how to catch several different species of live bait and how to keep them healthy. When you leave this class you will be able to throw a cast net. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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March 30, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “Offshore Secrets of the Keys” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. Whether you’re going to the Florida Keys for a day trip or an extended vacation, you’ll want to be prepared for the fantastic fishing that waits offshore. From Key Largo to Key West, Capt. Jack Callion details the local tips and secrets that will maximize your chances for dolphin, tuna, wahoo, sailfish, and more. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. You may also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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April 6, 2010 -- IGFA School of Sportfishing – “Fishing Bimini and Cat Cay” -- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. – 7 – 10 p.m. These two Bahamian islands are close to home but require special knowledge on how to make your trip across the Gulf Stream safe, legal and as enjoyable as possible. Taught by Capt. Bouncer Smith this is a great way to discover a different world just fifty miles away. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $100 per class for IGFA members and $150 per class for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials and fishing equipment relevant to each topic. For more details go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/schoolofsportfishing.asp or contact Jeff Mackin at 954-924-4340. Also sign up online at www.igfa.org/sosform.asp.
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April 10 - 11, 2010 -- IGFA Fishing Expo Presented by World Fishing Network, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This inaugural IGFA Fishing Expo, is presented by the World Fishing Network (WFN), and showcases fishing lodges, artwork, electronics, tournaments, unique fishing tackle and more. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at 954-924-4312 or e-mail at jtomlin@igfa.org.
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April 10, 2010 -- Seventh Annual IGFA World Record Achievements Awards and Banquet, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. 6 p.m. This celebration dinner and awards ceremony highlights the 2009 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains and tackle manufacturers. IGFA Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to industry leader Rapala and Capt. Andrew Parsons who holds over 100 world records. For reservations, tickets or for more information about this ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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May 9 - 14, 2010 -- IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico -- This 11th annual event is considered international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting winning teams from countries on six continents who have been invited after winning one of over 120 qualifying events held in 2009. It’s also the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. For more on the tournament or to register a tournament as a qualifier, contact Lynda Wilson at Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or via phone at 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4680.
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June 1 – 30, 2010 -- BAMM (Broward Attractions and Museum Month) is Back -- During the month of June anyone with a membership in the IGFA or one of more than 20 participating museums and attractions in Broward County will be able to use that for reciprocal benefits in all. The theme for the month is “Join one, experience them all.” Each institution defines what benefits will be eligible but at the very least it will be free admission at same member level. The IGFA will honor admission as well as 10% off in the gift shop. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at the IGFA at 954-924-4312 or email her at JTomlin@igfa.org, visit www.igfa.org or www.bamminfo.org for the variety of participating institutions.
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July 13 - 15, 2010 – 10th annual Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Described by anglers and the media as the “super bowl” of fly and light tackle fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of nearly 40 qualifying tournaments around the world held in 2009 to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the qualifiers are paired with a premier Keys guide to team for three days of fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish in fly and light tackle divisions with the grand champion crowned in each. For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments contact Sandy Moret 305-664-5423 or flkeyout@bellsouth.net or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com.
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October 26, 2010 -- The 12th Annual IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will celebrate all 80 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame (to be announced soon). The inductees are selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony for the 2010 class and dinner. Tickets are $200. For reservation information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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HOT News from the IGFA – January 2010By Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel

Fishing’s most valued reference book now available

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

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

More exciting auction items are up for bid in the 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet, slated for Friday, January 29, 2010.
The event is the non-profit IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
“We’ll have an array of nearly 200 silent and live auction items in all price ranges on the bidding block as the evening unfolds at 6 p.m. at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla.,” said the IGFA’s Lesley Arico.
“One of our big ticket items that shallow water anglers will especially love is the Hell’s Bay Skate, the newest model in Hell’s Bay collection of shallow water performance boats.
“It’s 12' 9" in length and weighs only 250 pounds and has a skinny water 3 1/2" draft with the 15 hp 4-stroke Mercury tiller engine and fuel.
“It was donated by Hell's Bay Boatworks owners Chris and Wendi Peterson,” she said.
“Among its many features and benefits, the Skate has an easy clean non-skid deck, carpeted rod racks for four rods under the gunnels, Stiffy push pole holders, anodized poling platform with SeaDeck top, custom aluminum trailer with spare tire, heavy duty rub rail, quiet and dry hatches with rubber gaskets and Moonlite hatch springs and dry gutters on all hatches.
“It’s a very versatile boat. Check it out on the IFGA auction web site or at hellsbayboatworks.com.”
She highlighted a few of the other items up for bid:
• Two team entries into the La Sfida Trofeo M. de Nardis Tournament in Italy – for four anglers each, donated by Tournament Director Giacomo Forti and IGFA Representative Massimo Brogna.
• An original painting entitled “Marlins” by world-famous Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaró – also includes a coffee table book of his works from 1950 – 2007. Donated by Carlos Páez Vilaró. www.carlospaezvilaro.com
• Fishing Hawaii’s Kona Coast – on the Sea Genie II for up to four anglers for blue marlin with IGFA Certified Capt. Gene Vanderhoek for two full days of marlin fishing. The package is donated by Sea Genie, Inc. www.seageniesportfishing.com.
• Golden Mahseer fishing in the Himalayas -- an incredible fly-fishing guided journey for two anglers for six days with four fishing days on the Western Ramganga River. Donated by The Himalayan Outback, courtesy of IGFA Representative Misty Dhillon and Mickey Sidhu. www.himalayanoutback.com
• One Versatile Fishing Machine, the Mako 18 LTS (18’ 6” skiff) -- for fishing freshwater lakes or saltwater flats, it provides a smooth, dry ride, complete with a Mercury two-stroke motor. Donated by Bass Pro Shops and Mako Boats, courtesy of Johnny Morris. www.mako-boats.com
• Fishing vacation on Isla Parida in Panama - A four-night/three-day fishing vacation for two at Propiedad de Paradise in Panama, includes one day of world-class offshore fishing and one day of inshore fishing Donated by Propiedad de Paradise, courtesy of Nancy Reagan. www.fishpanamatoday.com
• A handcrafted and welded aluminum broadbill swordfish sculpture - this head and shoulder mount is approximately 44” long by 26” tall using metal forming techniques that is an absolute unique one-of-a-kind item. Donated by Australian sculptor Nic Jooste. www.metalfish.com.au
Arico said, “Other global adventures include fly fishing trips such as seven days in Argentina. There’s a Tahitian cruise, a photo safari at Zulu Nyala Game Lodge in South Africa, fishing the Similan Island in Thailand, trips to the Bahamas, to Los Suenos and the Zancudo Lodge both in Costa Rica, to the Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, along with more cruises, guided fishing trips, artwork and sculptures and more.
“And we have world-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche as the featured artist who will be creating a special sculpture for the auction.
For more details on all of the items please go to the IGFA home page at www.igfa.org. Tickets are $200 per person and include the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more.
For reservations, additional information or to make a donation to the auction please contact Ms. Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org
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Luck played a role in Kurita’s record bass catch in Japan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum will be the site of the next IGFA Observer Training class to be presented on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 9 a.m.
The class instructs experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held across the globe.
The course includes species identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules and tackle regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website http://www.igfa.org/PDF/COP_Application2008.pdf.
Pre-registration is required and the $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. Please contact IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org for additional information.
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Guy Harvey’s early works in IGFA’s Changing Gallery (w/photos)
As a young boy, Guy Harvey was entranced by Ernest Hemingway’s story The Old Man and the Sea. In the early 1970’s, with no formal art training but with a scientist’s eye for detail, Guy began sketching his favorite parts. These sketches comprised Guy’s first art show in 1985. The highly acclaimed early marine artworks of Dr. Guy Harvey are now being shown at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum presented in its Changing Gallery exhibition room. In over three decades of professional painting and marine photography Harvey has made a name for himself as not only an internationally renowned marine and sports fishing artist but also as a marine biologist, conservationist, explorer, diver, scientist, videographer, author, philanthropist, TV host, merchandiser, restaurateur and angler.
This complete rarely-viewed series, of 59 pen-and-ink drawings from the private collection of Cheryl and Dave Copham, is on display through March, 2010. Also featured are the photos of Bill Boyce and sculptures of Kent Ullberg.
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Exciting sport fishing photo exhibit extended through March

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

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

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

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

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

Now through January 25, 2010 – On line auction leading up to 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers, Jan. 29, in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, This always popular feature of the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event is now active on the IGFA website www.igfa.org. Bidding began on November 5th and ends at 9 a.m. EST on January 25, 2010 for nearly 200 silent and live auction items. The highest bid on each online item will be the starting bid at the silent auction January 29th the night of the event. Typically 20 - 25% of the online bidding have been the winning bids for the past five years. Auction donations include a special bronze sculpture from this year’s featured artist, world-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche. There are items in all price ranges including fishing trips to Los Suenos Costa Rica, Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, the Bahamas, cruises, artwork and more. Tickets for the Jan. 29th gala are $200 per person and include the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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January 29, 2010 -- 26th Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., USA, beginning at 6 p.m. -- It’s the IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with more than 200 silent and live auction items up for bid. Donations are already arriving, including the special bronze sculpture from this year’s featured artist, world-renowned Australian sculptor, Bodo Muche. There are fully rigged boats from Hell’s Bay and Mako, plus trips to Los Suenos, Tropic Star Lodge, the Bahamas, cruises, artwork and more. The auction is featured on the IGFA website www.igfa.org beginning the first week of November. Tickets are $200 per person and included the silent auction, Conservation Awards, dinner and live auction and free valet parking. Corporate tables for 10 are also available for $5000 which includes VIP placement, table favors, an ad in the auction program and more. To make a donation to the auction or for reservations and additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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February 13, 2010 -- IGFA Observer Training Class, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- 9 a.m. – The class trains experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. Pre-registration is required. The IGFA OTC applications are available at the IGFA website http://www.igfa.org/PDF/COP_Application2008.pdf . The $150 fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. For additional information, please contact Jason Schratwieser at 954-924-4320 email: jschratwieser@igfa.org.
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April 10 - 11, 2010 -- IGFA Fishing Expo Presented by World Fishing Network, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This inaugural IGFA Fishing Expo, is presented by the World Fishing Network (WFN), and showcases fishing lodges, artwork, electronics, tournaments, unique fishing tackle and more. For more information please call Joanie Tomlin at 954-924-4312 or e-mail at jtomlin@igfa.org.
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April 10, 2010 -- Seventh Annual IGFA World Record Achievements Awards and Banquet, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA. 6 p.m. -- This celebration dinner and awards ceremony highlights the 2009 records by men, women, juniors, professional captains and tackle manufacturers. For reservations and tickets for this ceremony please call Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org.
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May 9 - 14, 2010 -- IGFA Offshore World Championship, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – This 11th annual event is considered international fishing’s most prestigious billfish tournament hosting winning teams from countries on six continents who have been invited after winning one of over 120 qualifying events held in 2009. It’s also the largest contingent of international teams to compete in a single catch-and-release fishing tournament world wide. For more on the tournament or to register a tournament as a qualifier, contact Lynda Wilson at Lynda.Wilson@Bonniercorp.com or via phone at 407-571-4517, or contact Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director at Dan.Jacobs@Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4680.
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July 13 - 15, 2010 – 10th annual Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship, Islamorada, Fla., USA – Described by anglers and the media as the “super bowl” of fly and light tackle fishing, invitations are sent to the winners of nearly 40 qualifying tournaments around the world held in 2009 to compete in this three day all-release championship. From a drawing the qualifiers are paired with a premier Keys guide to team for three days of fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish in fly and light tackle divisions with the grand champion crowned in each. For more information on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments contact Sandy Moret 305-664-5423 or flkeyout@bellsouth.net or visit inshoreworldchampionships.com .
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