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The IGFA mourns the loss of Curt Gowdy,
Curt Gowdy, who over a span of seven decades brought a warmth and smooth delivery to his radio, TV and cable sportscasts and was known to millions of fishermen and hunters as The American Sportsman, died Monday, February 20 at the age of 86.
Gowdy passed away at his winter home in
Since 1951 he lived in the
Curt had been on the board of trustees for the International Game Fish Association since 1985. One of his proudest moments he said was his induction into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in 2003. Among his many honors he had been inducted into 19 other halls of fame including sports, broadcasting and conservation.
“As an IGFA Trustee for more than 20 years and a man who symbolized all that is right and good in our sport, Curt Gowdy will be deeply missed,” said IGFA President Rob Kramer. “The fishing world has truly lost an icon.”
A pioneer of radio sportscasting in the 1940s and TV in the early 1950s, Gowdy was the most prolific and versatile national sportscaster of the 1960s and 1970s. His demanding schedule called upon him to cover more major sports events than anyone in broadcasting history. It included coverage of an astounding 16 World Series, 12 Rose Bowls, nine Super Bowls (including the first one in 1967), 16 MLB All-Star Games, eight Olympic Games and 24 NCAA Final Fours of collegiate basketball.
Working for four major networks, he enjoyed a wide fan base, critical acclaim and the respect of his peers for his in-depth preparation.
“I grew up in northern
Among the tens of millions of fishermen and hunters across
In a recent interview before his death, Gowdy spoke about growing up in his native
Gowdy is survived by his wife Jerre, daughter Cheryl Ann of Palm Beach and Boston, and sons Curt Jr. of New Canaan, Conn., and Trevor, Beverly Farms, Mass. Curt is survived by five grandchildren; Taylor, Katie, Grace, Alexa and Trevor
Contributions in his honor can be made to the
Contributions also in loving memory of Curt can also be made to the Jimmy Fund in
New Pending World Records
Each month the International Game Fish Association highlights documented fish catches from across the globe. IGFA world records coordinator Rebecca Reynolds provided the information on these 10 new potential records before the committee:
Another junior angler, Bailee Casby, 8,
Koji Shitara, Naha-Shi, Okinawa, Japan, landed an oxeye tarpon (Megalops Oyprinoides) weighing 4 lb 3 oz (1.9 kg) on 16 lb class line in three minutes. Koji made the catch while fishing Yomitan,
Fishing the Rio Guatiquia in
While fly-fishing in
Four pound tippet was also used by Pam W. Marmin,
Marc S. Heiden, Florence, South Carolina, U.S.A landed a queen triggerfish (Balistes vetula) weighing 9 lb 4 oz (2.40 kg) while bottom fishing Murrell’s Inlet, S.C. He’s in line for an all-tackle entry over the current record of 6 lb 5 oz caught in July of 2000. (Photo: queen triggerfish — 06020028)
Bernice Stark, San Diego, Calif., U.S.A is up for a new women’s 50 lb line class record after landing a white seabass (Atractoscion noblis) weighing 59 lb 0 oz (26.76 kg). She was jigging the waters of
Dr. Julie Ball,
An all-tackle record may be in the hands of Adrian Lewis, Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia who landed a shortbill spearfish (Tetrapturus angustirostis) weighing 82 lb 2 oz (36.8 kg) trolling a yakula. It took him 25 minutes to fight the fish taken in the
More teams signed for seventh Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship
By early March over 60 teams from 28 countries on five continents have signed up to compete in the seventh annual Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship Tournament, May 7 – 12, off the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula.
Considered by blue water anglers as the offshore fishing championship of the world, the prestigious tournament is expected to host the single largest contingent of international teams ever to compete in a fishing competition.
“We could again have tournament representation from more than 30 countries,” said tournament coordinator Ms. Lynda Wilson. Pre-registered are four past Rolex/IGFA championship teams plus 22 teams from the
Nearly 70 teams from 31 countries competed last year catching, tagging and releasing a record 517 billfish (503 striped marlin and14 sailfish).
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
At the Rolex/IGFA OCT, the teams will fish on a different boat all guided by local captains each of the four days for marlin and other billfish.
Updated information and a listing of the registered teams can be found on the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org and clicking on “tournaments” under the fishing tab on the home page.
Questions regarding the OCT can be directed to Ms. Wilson at 954-924-4233 or via e-mail at LWilson@igfa.org. Questions regarding sign-up of qualifying tournaments for the 2007 Rolex/IGFA OCT should be directed to Ms.
Rolex/IGFA Inshore Championship attracting more top anglers
Despite the cancellation of six qualifying fishing tournaments because of hurricanes and a tsunami last year, the field of anglers continues to grow for this summer’s sixth annual Rolex/IGFA Inshore Championship Tournament, July 9 – 12.
“So far 37 top light-tackle and fly fishermen from the
She added that even more men and women are expected to compete after qualifying wins in one of over 55 light tackle IGFA sanctioned tournaments around the world in 2005 held in six countries and 12 states.
Since its inception the tournament has been held in Islamorada, in the middle of the
The prestigious inshore event features anglers stalking bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook and redfish on Florida Bay guided by different captains over the three-day catch-and-release competition while vying for engraved Rolex timepieces, prizes and the prestigious grand champion title.
For the latest details, 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 this tournament or the sanctioning of qualifying tournaments for the 2007 Rolex/IGFA ICT, contact Ms. Hartman at 954-924-4243 or DHartman@igfa.org .
Still room for junior anglers at IGFA 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.
Pre-registration is required.
Daily and weekly rates are available. 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 http://www.igfa.org/camps.asp, or by calling (954) 924-4309 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
IGFA to host Brazilian Sportfishing Conference in
ü Historical and current status of recreational fishing in
ü Species and locations of special interest to recreational anglers,
ü Economic value of recreational fishing in
ü Existing or potential negative ramifications from
ü Communication between anglers and fisheries and environmental management,
ü Catch and release policies and technologies,
ü Recommendations for responsible ecological and economic development of
Portuguese and English translations will be provided by on-site interpreters for the presentations and panel discussions.
Following the conference on Nov. 4, the IGFA will host a workshop and meeting for IGFA staff and IGFA representatives from
For more information regarding attending or presenting a talk, please contact Jason Schratwieser, IGFA conservation director at JSchratwieser@igfa.org.
Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee meets
The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) held its first public meeting of 2006 at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in
The MAFAC advises the Secretary of Commerce of the
“As a member of the MAFAC committee for over two years now, I felt compelled to request that the meeting be held in South Florida at the IGFA to better showcase the economic significance of the recreational fishing and boating communities,” said Kramer. “This was very relevant for this particular meeting as recreational fishing on an international level along with data collection from the recreational fishing industry were two topics on the agenda.”
Dr. Bill Hogarth, Vice Chair of the MAFAC and Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, presided over the meeting, which was open for public comment. Items discussed included 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.
In addition to the three days of meetings at the IGFA, Kramer organized a tour of Merritt Yacht Broker’s ship yard and the south
Calendar of future IGFA events:
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; or Pete Johnson, Rolex/IGFA PR counsel at 480-951-3654 or email@example.com
September 20 – 22, 2006 — Mediterranean Congress of Sea Game Fishing,
October 24, 2006 — Eighth annual IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, at the IGFA headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla., U.S.A. — Honorees are annually selected for their 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 2006 class and dinner. For reservation information please call Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222.
November 1 – 3, 2006 — IGFA Brazilian Sportfishing Conference,
January 26, 2006 — 23rd Annual IGFA International Auction & Banquet, The Breakers, Palm Beach, Fla., USA, — A wide range of more than 250 live and silent auction items are featured in the premier fundraising event of the year for the nonprofit, worldwide membership-supported conservation and record-keeping organization. For reservation information for the auction and banquet please call Ms.