HOT News from the IGFA – March 2008

By Pete
Johnson, Johnson Communications – IGFA PR Counsel


World-class anglers, guides and
manufacturers to be honored at IGFA's Fifth Annual World Record Achievement

            Anglers, guides and
manufacturers from around the world will be honored at the IGFA's Fifth Annual
World Record Achievement Awards (WRAA) celebration, April 12.

            The ceremony will be held at the
IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in
Dania Beach, Florida.         The
event recognizes the 2007 records by men, women, juniors, and professional
captains for the most world records compiled from the Top 10 list recently
published in the IGFA's 2008 World Record
Game Fishes

            Tackle, lure and line manufacturers
will also be honored based on the number of computer printouts of the 495 anglers
using their products in setting the new records in 2007.           


Lifetime Achievement Awards to two

            Highlighting this year's ceremony
will be lifetime achievement award presentations to Captain Jay Wright Jr.,
Hollywood, Fla., USA, and Jean-Francois Helias, of Bangkok, Thailand.

            Wright has established
over 200 world records, both as a guide and angler. The third generation
Miami native specializes
in light tackle angling and
generously shares his extensive fishing knowledge by
lecturing, guiding and teaching anglers the basics of fishing both conventional
and fly.  He's
won numerous tournaments and has placed in the top three for both fresh and
saltwater Captains since the inception of the WRAA in 2004.  

            Helias is a guide, an
IGFA Representative of
Thailand and freelance fishing
writer.  He's been featured in numerous magazines promoting and educating
anglers of Thai species and was also featured on National Geographic channel's Hooked, Monster Fish. Raised in France,
Helias relocated to Thailand in 1986 with the goal of putting the country on
the map as one of the world's premier freshwater fishing destinations plus helping
to promote catch and release.


Top Anglers to be honored

   .Among the top
anglers to be honored will be Ms. Jodie
L. Johnson,
Peterborough, N.H. USA, who recorded the most records among
anglers with 28 for the Overall Female Angler of the year.  All were caught on fly.

addition Dr. Martin Arostegui Coral
Fla., USA, will receive the Overall
Male Angler of the year with 22
records, 18 of them on fly. The retired physician gained world wide fame for
being the first angler to reach the 200 world records plateau.

            Cocktails begin at 6:00
with dinner and awards program at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the WRAA are
$50.00 and include a barbecue dinner.  Weekend seminars are free.

            For more information or
to reserve a ticket, contact
Veronica Woods at 954-924-4309 or .



From the 2008 WRAA Top
10 list -- Top 3 angler award winners

Overall Female Angler (most records)

L. Johnson: 28 records,
Peterborough, N.H. USA


Overall Male Angler (most records)

Arostegui: 22,
Coral Gables, Fla., USA


Male Saltwater

1.   Luis Ceia: 11, Faro, Portugal

2.   George Bogen: 4, Los Angeles, Calif., USA

 Jose “Pepe” Anton: 3,
Guayquil, Ecuador

 Carlos “Charly” Casal: 3,
Guayquil, Ecuador

Cam Nicolson: 3, Houston, Texas, USA


Female Saltwater

1.   Rebecca Wright: 17, Hollywood, Fla., USA

2.   Theda Little: 6, Baton Rouge, La., USA

3.    Dr. Julie Ball: 4, Virginia Beach, Va., USA


Male Freshwater

1.    Jean-Francois Helias: 17, Bangkok, Thailand

2.    Bill Staveley: 8,
Gabarone, Boswana

3.    Gilberto Fernandes: 7,
Mao, AM Brazil


Female Freshwater

1.    Rebecca Wright: 2, Hollywood, Fla., USA

2t    Deborah S. Krick: 1, Rigby, Idaho, USA

2t.   Luiza
de Almeida: 1,
Sao Paulo, Brazil

2t.   Mimi
Shimzu: 1,
Nagoya, Japan


Male Fly Rod

1.    Martin Arostegui: 18, Coral Gables, Fla., USA

2t..  Bo Nelson: 5, San Francisco, Calif., USA

2t.   Richard C. Taylor: 5, Boynton Beach, Fla., USA


Female Fly Rod

1.   Jodie L. Johnson: 28, Peterborough, N.H., USA

2.   Dotty Ballantyne: 8, Bozeman, Mont., USA

 Theda C. Little: 4,
Baton Rouge, La., USA

3t.  Pamela W. Marmin: 4,  Miami Shores, Fla., USA



Small Fry:

Rose Wright: 4
Hollywood, Fla., USA


Michelle Harkavy: 10
Coral Springs, Fla., USA


tied with 2

de Almeida,
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Kaeo Northland, New Zealand

Kenilworth, Warwichsh, UK

B. Wood III,
Key West, Fla., USA

C. Wright:
Hollywood, Fla., USA


Arostegui: 14 
Coral Gables, Fla., USA


IGFA Partners with
Bonnier Marine Group to Produce Offshore World Championship

            Long hailed as
the “Olympics” of offshore fishing, the International Game Fish Association's
Offshore World Championship stands to grow even larger, thanks to a recently
announced partnership with the Bonnier Marine Group.

            The championship,
which began in 2000, has grown into the sport's premiere offshore fishing
series. To be invited to this prestigious event, teams must win one of the many
qualifying tournaments located around the world.

“The Offshore World
Championship has representatives from more countries than any other fishing
tournament in the world,” says IGFA President Rob Kramer. “We have 130
qualifying tournaments from 38 different countries this year.”

Bonnier will take on the
management side of the championship starting with the 2009 event. The IGFA will
remain the championship's sole nonprofit benefactor. A fundraiser and auction
for the IGFA will be held at the championship and Bonnier will make a
charitable donation to the IGFA following each year's event. The championship
will continue to use the first-class amenities and boats of
Cabo San
, Mexico
, as its host

Bonnier, publisher of
recreational boating and fishing's most respected and well-known titles such as
Marlin, Sport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman, currently produces
fishing tournaments in Bermuda, Mexico and the U.S. Bonnier will support the
championship by providing advertising space in its magazines, creating a
dedicated World Offshore Championship website and televising the championship
on its Sport Fishing Magazine TV show
aired on Versus.

the complete news release please go to the IGFA web site's home page at or to .



Two IGFA School of Sportfishing classes through March

            There are two more classes left in
the current session of the IGFA's
School of Sportfishing through the end of March
at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and
Museum Learning Center.

            The popular three-hour evening
sessions are offered from
7 to 10
on Tuesday nights,  

IGFA Adult Education Coordinator David Matagiese said the remainder of
classes in March includes:  

“Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs,” Capt. Bouncer Smith, on March 18

“Back Country Fishing: Mangroves and Flats,”
with Capt. Mark Zasky, March 25

               â€œWe had
some popular classes this session that we hope to bring back in future sessions
such as ‘Four Fundamentals Every Sportfisherman Should Know.'” said Matagiese.         “This class provided valuable hands-on
training which included a variety of knots and twists commonly used in fishing
applications; throwing cast nets, terminal tackle instruction, and  bait rigging techniques that included
ballyhoo and strip bait. Many of the participants who were veteran fisherman
themselves yet new to the program walked away astonished at the amount of
information and material covered during their first class.

            “We also introduced a completely new
course ‘Fishing Bridges and Beaches,' with Capt. Mark Zasky, introducing his incredible
bridge fishing techniques that people who don't own a boat can use.  Bridges and beaches can offer incredible
fishing opportunities to anglers without having to get on a boat and pay a
hefty fuel bill. With the aid of a DVD video Zasky proved just how many trophy
fish are lurking around bridge structures and within casting distances of the

            Matagiese said additional classes for
the spring will soon be introduced in April.

            For more on the IGFA School of Sportfishing
classes go online to contact Matagiese at 954-924-4247 or,
or contact Veronica
at 954-924-4334 or



up at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame--

IGFA Junior Angler
Spring Break Camp  


again, the IGFA is offering up to 45 youngsters from ages eight to 13, an
exciting camp during spring break week at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in
Dania Beach, Fla., USA.
The day camps take place
March 31 – April 4 from 9
to 4 p.m.
Before and after hours care is available from
8 - 9 a.m. and 4
- 6 p.m.

of the days will include field trips along with many different and fun aquatic
activities such as daily fishing tournaments, fishing techniques, boat rides,
dissections, wetlands exploration, shark ecology and more.  Daily and weekly rates are available.

is required.

$25 discount will be given for full week registrations if registration and
payment is made by March 14th. For more info go to the IGFA web site

registration is available at, or by calling 954-924-4309 or email



New hours at IGFA Fishing Hall of

            The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame has
announced new Sunday hours. The hall will open at
noon and close at 6
on Sundays beginning March 9.

            The hours for Monday – Saturday
remain the same from
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

            The IGFA is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops.
Admission is free to IGFA members.  Guest
fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16. For more
information phone the IGFA at 954-927-2628.



Free Family Fishing Clinic

            The Family Fishing Clinic
returns to the IGFA Fishing
Hall of Fame in
, Fla.
, on
Saturday, April 19, from
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Staff will be available for the free event to
provide instruction on casting, knot tying, regulations, angling techniques and
conservation practices. 

            As an added bonus admission to the
museum, which offers many family activities including the popular Sharkwater feature length movie, will be
also free for children and ½ off for adults. 

            Reservations are not required.

            For more information please call the
IGFA at 954-927-2628.



March Hot Catches from the IGFA
World Records Department


International Game Fish Association's provides monthly highlights of selected
documented fish catches made from across the globe and submitted for world
records. IGFA world records coordinator Rebecca
provided the following information on these 11 recent submissions
now before the world records review committee.


Virginia USA's
James River with 2 kg (4 lb) class line, Fred Cousins of Richmond, landed a blue catfish,
(Ictalurus furcatus)
January 15, 2008 weighing 29.03 kg (64 lb 0
oz).  He attracted the blue using cut
gizzard shad for bait and took 55 minutes to wrestle the big fish to the scale.
He hopes to break the six-year-old IGFA record of 47 lb 9 oz caught on the same
river. (Photo: blue catfish – 08010070)


Villacoa River, in Venezuela, was the site of William F. Craig's catch of a
blackstriped peacock, (Cichla intermedia)
January 4, 2008. The Wellington, Fla.,
USA, angler caught the fish which weighed 3.86 kg (8 lb 8 oz) on 10 kg (20 lb)
class line using a Smithwick lure. The current IGFA record is 4 lb 6 oz caught
10 years ago on the