Five master anglers to be enshrined in Hall
The induction ceremony for the ninth class into the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame takes place Oct. 19-21 with additional opportunities, activities and fishing presentations for visitors.
The weekend focuses on the five- member class of 2007, which includes Joan Salvato Wulff, the quintessential lady fly angler and instructor; Homer Circle, the dean of outdoor writers; Gary Loomis, a gentleman who revolutionized rod-making and Dr. Ruben Jaen C., and Capt. Peter B. Wright, two extraordinary bill fishermen.
The honorees were selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, communication, invention or administration of fishery resources.
Most of the activities will take place at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla. The public is invited to the weekend events.
Tickets for the Oct. 20 ceremony are $200 per person and include a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and induction ceremony.
Sixty-five Hall of Fame members are currently enshrined and include Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie and John Rybovich.
Backcountry Challenge targets fish, scholarships
Snook and redfish are the game, but the real target is funding for scholarships at the Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge set for Oct. 12-14 in Key Largo.
The tournament is to kick off with an anglers and captains meeting and welcome party at Sundowners, mile marker 104 bayside in Key Largo. Festivities are set to begin at 6 p.m.
Anglers can begin fishing as soon as the meeting ends. Fishing continues straight through until 4 p.m. Oct. 14, when score sheets and the cameras used to verify catches are to be turned in. An awards dinner is planned for 6 p.m. with cocktails at Sundowners.
First, second and third prizes await the anglers catching the largest fish by length in each species. Many additional prizes are planned.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program, a statewide initiative that identifies economically disadvantaged seventh-grade students who meet academic and behavioral criteria, and awards them Florida Prepaid college scholarships for two years upon graduation.
The tournament entry fee is $125 per adult angler and $75 per junior angler. An early registration discount is to be announced. For information call (305) 394-3736.
Teen lands big swordfish off Keys
A middle school student caught a 360-pound swordfish in early August during a celebratory birthday fishing trip off the Florida Keys.
Jared Jillson, who turned 14 the following day, nabbed the big swordfish during a trip with his mother and father aboard Main Attraction, skippered by Marty Lewis. The Vero Beach, Fla., family was fishing about 30 miles south of Marathon.
The fish bit a large dead squid and was hooked just before 2 p.m. and, “We touched the leader five hours later,” said Ed Jillson, owner of a data communications supply and service company. “That qualified it as a legal release, but we decided we wanted to take the fish.”
The young Jillson would fight the fish, standing up and harnessed to the 80-pound-test class rod and reel, for another six hours until it was gaffed at 1:20 a.m.
“I’ve been wanting to catch one [a swordfish] for quite a while, but Iwasn’t expecting it to be that big,” said Jared Jillson, who caught his first sailfish at age 5 and has already caught blue marlin and even a black marlin. “The blue and black marlin didn’t fight nearly as hard as the swordfish.”
The younger Jillson said he never once thought about relinquishing the rod to someone else on the boat.
“I was thinking any minute it would turn its head, and it would be all over and done,” Jared Jillson said. “I would have stayed however long it took.”
The father was impressed with his son’s feat, but not completely surprised.
“He’s a pretty big kid [6 feet tall] for his age and he plays football and baseball,” said Ed Jillson. “But a lot if it is [angling] technique.
“Still, I was pretty amazed at his endurance and his stamina,” he said. “I guess at his age he could do that, because [at 46] I couldn’t.”
$30,000 in prize money for top bonefishing teams
Hunting, hooking and hanging onto a pair of bonefish can make a pair of anglers a lot richer for the experience. A total of $30,000 in prize money, based on a full field of 30 boats, is to be split among the top three finishers at the 2007 Islamorada Fishing Club Bonefish Tournament set for Oct. 29 and 30.
A kick-off party and rules meeting is set to start at 6 p.m., Oct. 29, with an all-you-can-eat Islamorada Fishing Club spread and no-charge cocktails.
A single day of fishing, Oct. 30, is to be followed by an awards dinner and presentation of checks.
The tournament follows a team format, with two-angler teams required to weigh in their two heaviest bonefish regardless of who caught the fish. The bonefish must be brought alive to the weigh station at the club and released alive. Guides can fish as one of the team members.
The tournament is a qualifying event for the 2008 IGFA Inshore Championship.
Entry fee is $2,150 per team. For information call (305) 852-9337 or (305) 664-4735.
Versatility the key to ‘all-tackle’ championship
To many anglers it’s the ultimate test: catching a bonefish on spin, plug, bait and fly tackle within a week’s worth of tournament fishing. That test is called the Bonefish World Championship-Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish Tournament — or simply the “All-Tackle” in bonefishing circles — and it pits anglers against the wary and elusive bonefish for five consecutive days.
The tournament is to kick off at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7, with a rules briefing and cocktail party at Uncle’s Restaurant, mile marker (MM) 80.9 oceanside in Islamorada. Dinner will follow.
Contestants then fish Oct. 8 through 12, 7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A continental breakfast is to be served each fishing morning from 6 to 7:30 a.m. at the Lorelei Restaurant & Cabana Bar, MM 82 bayside in Islamorada.
Weigh-in each day is set for 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Lorelei, accompanied by hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
A mandatory midtournament meeting for anglers, guides and tournament officials is scheduled for 5 p.m. Oct. 10, at the Lorelei. The awards ceremony is slated for 5 p.m. Oct. 12, at the Lorelei beach tent.
Champions are to be named in the general (bait), plug casting, spin casting and fly divisions. The All-Tackle award goes to the angler who scores the most points after catching at least one bonefish with each of the four types of tackle.
The grand champion title goes to the angler scoring the most points in the tournament. Last year’s grand champion, author/columnist Carl Hiaasen of Vero Beach, Fla., took the title fishing with a fly rod — just the second time in the tournament’s 41-year history that a grand champion title was won on fly.
The grand champion’s name is inscribed on the Carl Navarre perpetual trophy. The winner also receives an invitation to the IGFA Inshore World Championship set for summer 2008.
Entry fee is $900 per angler. For information and registration, call (305) 664-2444 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .