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IGFA Hall of Fame enshrines five men

Five men — Stuart “Stu” C. Apte, John L. Morris, George Parker, Donald J. Tyson and Edward vom Hofe — were enshrined Dec. 11, in the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame.

The induction dinner and ceremony, held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., had been postponed after Hurricane Wilma interrupted the event in late October.

The 2005 inductees, their contributions and induction speeches included:

• Stu Apte, of Tavernier, Fla., an all-around angler considered a pioneer in fly fishing for tarpon. In the 1960s Apte developed a huge following as a Florida Keys guide. He’s also a writer, photographer and holder of more than 40 IGFA world records.

• John L. Morris is best known as the founder of Bass Pro Shops. In his induction speech he spoke warmly about the many days spent fishing with his father. Morris credited fishing for being one of the best ways to bring a family together. Morris is a five-time qualifier for the Bassmaster Classic, an ardent conservationist and an IGFA Trustee Emeritus. He resides in Springfield, Mo.

• George Parker is one of the first captains to charter regularly out of Kona, Hawaii. He caught Hawaii’s first blue marlin over 1,000 pounds in 1954, and was instrumental in the naming of the Pacific blue marlin as a species. He lives in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

• Donald J. Tyson, who was unable to attend the induction, is a passionate billfisherman dedicated to tagging and releasing the world’s great fish for future generations. As an IGFA Trustee, he has played a major role in making the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum a reality. He has a home in Springdale, Ark.

• Edward vom Hofe, who was inducted posthumously, produced fly and salmon reels in the mid- and late 1800s, then began responding to the demands of saltwater anglers as well. Vom Hofe reels were known for their craftsmanship and dependability.He died in 1920 at the age of 74.

The five inductees now bring to 60 the Hall of Fame members enshrined, including Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie, Ted Williams, Ray Scott, Roland Martin, Billy Pate and Lee Wulff. www.igfa.org

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Upcoming Keys

fishing tournaments

Feb. 17-18: Seventh Annual Captain Leon Shell Memorial Billfish Tournament. KeyColonyBeach. Prizes for the most billfish released and trophies for dolphin, wahoo, tuna and mackerel. Benefits Hospice. Contact Terry Fisher at (305) 289-1310.

March 28-31: Islamorada All-Tackle Spring Bonefish Tournament. Islamorada. All-release tournament featuring trophies and prizes. Contact Jim Bokor at (305) 852-1694 or jabok@aol.com .