The theme for the new pending world record submissions this month might be called “small folks catching record big fish and big folks catching record small fish.” Here’s 10 pending records before the IGFA records department:
Ten year old junior angler Ariana Alejandra Cruz Mattei, of Bay, Puerto Rico, landed an 86 lb (38 kg) tarpon (Megalops Atlanticus) in 13 minutes using mullet for bait while fishing Laguna,
A plan that Barclay Moye Shepard had for catching a record spotted sea trout (Cynoscion nebulosus) came together for the Poquoson, Va. USA fishing show cameraman and may beat a 23 year old mark. While taping a show for Smokin’ Guns Outdoors on the
It was black-and-blue in Temple Georgia, USA., as Jonathan Ray Black, landed a blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) weighing 50 lb 0 oz (22.67 kg) in 55 minutes. He enticed the fish using a chartreuse and orange jig on 4 lb class line, while fishing a nearby pond in his hometown. He’s hoping his documentation will beat the current record of 47 lb 9 oz set four years ago. He released the catch. (Photo: blue catfish – 06010023R)
Juan de Dios Castro Brenes, San Jose, Costa Rica, landed a Pacific agujon needlefish (Tylosurus pacificus) weighing 11 lb 10 oz (5.3 kg) in five minutes while casting a Rapala lure. He was fishing Junquillal,
Another potentially new all-tackle entry was documented by Luis Ceia,
Another unique catch was made by top angler Capt. Kdu Magalhaes, Lagua Rio, Brazil, who landed a red piau (Leporinus bruneus) weighing 1 lb 0 oz (.45 kg). He was casting the
While fly fishing the Los Roques in
Using 2 lb class line and shrimp, Rebecca Reynolds-Wright,
IGFA at the
Many IGFA staff members will be at the Miami Boat Show at the
On Thursday at 5 p.m. veteran Miami Herald fishing writer Jim Hardie will be inducted into the Big Game Room’s ‘Hall of Fame’ for his contributions to the sport. Hardie has spent a lifetime promoting fishing and is the co-founder of the July 4th World Cup, a qualifying event for the annual Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship Tournament.
Rolex/IGFA Offshore and Inshore Championship fields are growing
The fields of entries for both the seventh annual Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship Tournament (OCT) and the sixth annual Rolex/IGFA Inshore Championship continues to grow.
The Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship
So far over 50 teams from 20 countries on five continents have signed up to compete in the mid-May classic. Twenty-one of the teams pre-registered are from the
The seventh annual world championship of blue water angling, May 7 – 12, and considered the most prestigious offshore tournament, is expected to host the single largest contingent of international teams ever to compete in a fishing tournament. Nearly 70 teams from 30 countries competed last year.
Teams for the 2006 championship had previously qualified by winning one of 110 IGFA sanctioned events held in 40 countries worldwide during 2005. For the fifth straight year
The latest on the Rolex/IGFA Inshore Championship
More than 30 top light-tackle and fly fishermen from the
The prestigious inshore event features anglers stalking bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook and redfish guided by different captains over the three day catch and release competition.
For the latest details on both events, go to the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org under the fishing tab on the home page and click on “tournaments.” For questions regarding the Rolex/IGFA OCT contact tournament coordinator Ms. Lynda Wilson at LWilson@igfa.org, or 954-924-4233. Questions regarding the Rolex/IGFA Offshore qualifying tournaments should be directed to Ms.
For the Rolex/IGFA ICT and sanctioning of qualifying inshore tournaments for the championship contact tournament coordinator Ms. Denise Hartman at DHartman@igfa.org or phone 954-924-4243.
IGFA Junior Angler Spring Break Camp
The IGFA is offering up to 40 youngsters from ages eight to 13, an exciting camp during spring break week at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in
Many different and fun aquatic activities are planned such as daily fishing tournaments, fishing techniques, wetlands exploration, shark ecology, boat rides, dissections and more. Daily and weekly rates are available.
Pre-registration is required. A $25 discount will be given for full week registrations if registration and payment is made by March 24th. More information is on the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/springcamp.asp. Registration is available online at www.igfa.org/campform.asp, or by calling (954) 924-4309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking ahead: Nine Weekly Summer Camps at the IGFA
Registration is underway for nine weekly day camps being held during the summer at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum for children in ages 8 – 13.
The week-long camp sessions will take place from May 30 to July 28, 2006.
Campers will explore the aquatic environment and participate in many fishing adventures and exciting activities. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before and after-care is available from 8-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
Pre-registration is required. If you register and pay by May 12th, you will receive a $25 discount. For more information, check out the IGFA website at www.igfa.org/summercamp.asp. There is a maximum of 45 children per week, so reserve your spot today! You can register online at www.igfa.org/campform.asp , call (954) 924-4309 or email email@example.com.
International Junior Angler Fishing Day initiative is growing support
The IGFA is initiating what it hopes to be an annual event when on May 27th the first International Junior Angler Fishing Day will be held. The organization and is asking for worldwide support.
According to Peter Gaube, the IGFA Junior Angler program coordinator, the goal of this event is to offer Junior Anglers all over the world the opportunity to fish for free on this day.
“We already have numerous boats, piers and lakes committed to this event and would like to add as many locations as possible,”
If you feel that the recreational angling industry in your region could facilitate such an event, please contact Peter at 954-924-4247 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee meeting is open to public
The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) will hold its first meeting of 2006 at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in
The MAFAC advises the Secretary of Commerce of the
Vice Chair of the MAFAC and Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, Dr. Bill Hogarth will preside over the meeting, which will be open for public comment. Items to be discussed include the Offshore Aquaculture Act, Seafood Health and Safety, Hurricane Impacts and Recovery and Recreational Fisheries. The Committee functions solely as an advisory body, complying with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
MAFAC members will use their expertise and other sources, such as the National Marine Fisheries Service, to review and propose priorities and necessary changes in national programs which include the ongoing reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens, the Endangered Species and the Marine Mammal Protection Acts.
The 21 members of the Committee represent a wide spectrum of fisheries interests, environmental, academic, state, tribal, consumer and other related national interests.
First Mediterranean Congress of Sea Game Fishing, planned for Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Esteban Graupera, the IGFA Representative for
Among the objectives of the Congress will be to define the recreational fishing activity in the Mediterranean and determine relative economic, social and environmental policies; evaluate the applications of recreational fishing and how to apply them to sustainable tourism; responsible fishing and self regulation; socioeconomic monitoring; along with possible alternatives for the commercial fishing sector.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information email Esteban Graupera at email@example.com or go to http://www.mediterranea-fpr.org/principal.html. Preceding the conference on September 19th, the IGFA will host a workshop and meeting for IGFA staff and IGFA Representatives from
Calendar of future IGFA events:
February 14-16, 2006 –– The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) meeting, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum,
February 19, 2006 — IGFA Certified Observer Program (COP) training class, Miami Boat Show, Miami Convention Center, Miami Beach, Fla. USA, at 9 a.m. — The class trains and certifies experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world. The course includes species Identification, IGFA saltwater fishing rules & regulations, safety at sea and boating etiquette. The IGFA COP applications are available at the IGFA website www.igfa.org, and at the IGFA headquarters. The applications must be completed, mailed or faxed (954-924-4220) to the IGFA accompanied with a $125 fee (payable to IGFA) by February 10. This fee covers the cost of the training class, course materials, and a one-year membership in the IGFA. Future classes will be announced soon for the rest of 2006. For additional information, please contact Ms. Lynda Wilson at 954-924-4233 email: LWilson@igfa.org.
March 18, 2006 — Third Annual IGFA World Record Achievement Awards, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum,
April 10-14, 2006 — IGFA Junior Angler Spring Break Camp, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla. USA. — The IGFA is offering up to 40 youngsters from the ages of 8 to 13, a day camp during the spring break featuring exciting aquatic activities such as: daily fishing tournaments, fishing techniques, wetlands exploration, shark ecology, boat rides, and dissections. Children registered for a full week will receive a discounted rate and a Junior Angler membership. Pre-registration is required. A $25 discount will be given for full week registrations if registration and payment is made by March 24th. More information is on the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org/springcamp.asp. Registration is available online at www.igfa.org/campform.asp, or by calling (954) 924-4309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 7 – 12, 2006 — Seventh Annual Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship Tournament,
May 30 — July 28, 2006 — IGFA’s nine weekly Summer Camps begin, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum,
June 18 – 20, 2006 — Fourth Annual Mercury/IGFA Junior Angler World Championship Tournament,
July 9 – 12, 2006 — Sixth Annual Rolex/IGFA Inshore Championship Tournament, Islamorada, Fla., USA — The winners of more than 55 IGFA qualifying tournaments held in 2005 on four continents are invited to compete in this three day all release championship. They are paired with a different premier Keys guide each day fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and redfish using fly or light tackle equipment while vying for Rolex timepieces, prizes and the prestigious title. Contact: tournament coordinator Ms. Denise Hartman 954-927-2628 or email@example.com; or Pete Johnson, Rolex/IGFA PR counsel at 480-951-3654 or firstname.lastname@example.org