December 16, 2016

Steve Lessard Takes Home the Crown 2016 Hobie® Fishing Worlds Championship

By Hobie Fishing Oceanside, California – December 12, 2016 – After yielding fish, fun and friendships over a few cold ones combined with shrimp and crawfish, eleven North American World Championship Team members have just returned to their respective states from the Leeville area of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.  There they […]
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December 16, 2016

Hobie Fishing Worlds 6 Competitors Hit the Water

By Hobie Fishing An international field of 49 anglers took to the water at Leeville, Louisiana for the first time at the Hobie Fishing Worlds 6 presented by Rhino-Rack® for Lowrance Navigation and Pre-Fish Day. Lead by local guides, groups of five anglers scattered across the tournament zone, on the […]
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December 15, 2016

Team North America Set for Hobie Fishing Worlds 6

By Hobie Fishing The crew of elite anglers representing the US and Canada is a diverse one The North American qualifying spots for the prestigious 2016 Hobie Fishing Worlds 6 are filled! Teams USA and Canada are stacked with a diverse crew of anglers from every corner of the continent. Eric Harrison is a […]
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November 21, 2016
Although the cooking team from the Mobile County Wildlife Association didn’t take best overall, the team won first place in the Fowl category with Uncle Tom’s Banded Dove Bombs and third place in the Game category with their Coon Boar Burritos. Photo Credit: David Rainer

AWF Cook-Offs Continue to See Record Turnouts

By David Rainer Most fundraisers and similar activities that require significant public participation may enjoy several years of success and great turnouts. Most, however, tend to fade significantly after a decade or so. The Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) Wild Game Cook-Off series is the exception to the rule. Now in […]
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October 26, 2016
From left to right David Chouinard announcing, Dr. Lloyd Wruble, Chairman of the Herman Lucerne Memorial; winning Captain Jared Raskob, who guided Frank Delucas the tournament’s grand champion angler to seven species of fish, and trophy artist David Wirth.

With seven species of fish Plantation’s Frank Delucas wins 17th Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Tournament

ISLAMORADA, In the Florida Keys —  Frank Delucas, Plantation, Fla., a first time participant in the Herman Lucerne tournament but no stranger to Florida Keys backcountry fishing, won the 17th annual two-day event, as the only angler to catch all seven required saltwater species. The unique competition, which attracted 118 […]
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October 24, 2016

Lions on the Line Illustrates Impact of Lionfish on Reefs

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources For those who don’t live near the Alabama Gulf Coast, you might not be aware that Gov. Robert Bentley declared a Lionfish Awareness Day recently. The reason for the public declaration was to coincide with the Lions on the Line […]
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October 17, 2016
Come and enjoy some great gumbo and raise money for the AFC's Hook Kids on Fishing Program.

2016 Anglers for Conservation Orlando Gumbo Wars, October 22, 2016

The sixth annual AFC Gumbo Wars is less than a month away.  Yes. it’s time once again for the Anglers for Conservation Orlando Gumbo Wars scheduled on October 22, 2016 at the Fish on Fire Restaurant in Orlando, Florida with the gates opening to 2 pm. The AFC Orlando Chapter and many of it’s Orlando area community […]
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September 22, 2016
Although lionfish have no controlling predators in the invaded range, diver removals are an effective method of reducing lionfish populations. ©REEF

Seventh Annual Upper Keys Lionfish Derby Pulls in Hundreds of Invasive Lionfish

By Emily Stokes | REEF Lionfish Program Assistant At the break of dawn on September 10th, 42 dedicated lionfish hunters braved unfavorable weather conditions to compete in the Seventh Annual Upper Keys Lionfish Derby. Vying for more than $3,500 in cash prizes, 11 teams brought in 323 lionfish during the […]
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September 8, 2016

“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” No-Yelling School Comes To FL Everglades Nov. 19-20

Experience the Jurassic Park of Fishing! Deadline is Oct. 1 for overnight lodging FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – 9/2016 ─  The award-winning Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing nonprofit series ventures to the Florida Everglades Nov. 19-20 for a wilderness fishing adventure. The Everglades program includes a Saturday class on specific fishing in 10,000 Islands, a home cooked potluck dinner […]
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August 26, 2016

Lionfish Challenge Encourages Removal of Nearly 10,000 Lionfish So Far

News Release By Amanda Nalley | FWC A total of 9,216 lionfish have been removed from Florida waters so far thanks to participants in the Lionfish Challenge and Panhandle Pilot Program. Since the May 14 kickoff, 68 divers have entered the statewide Lionfish Challenge, which rewards divers for taking 50 or more […]
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July 19, 2016

Sarasota Lionfish Derby kicks off 2016 REEF Summer Derby Series with a Splash!

News Release By Emily Stokes | REEF Lionfish Program Assistant On July 8-10, 19 lionfish hunters set out to compete in Reef Environmental Education Foundation’s (REEF) Sarasota Lionfish Derby. Vying for more than $3,500 in cash prizes, the 19 participants harvested 429 lionfish from Gulf of Mexico waters ranging from Collier to […]
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July 6, 2016

The 2016 Flounder Bowl is in the books

By Ken Neill The 2016 Flounder Bowl is in the books. This annual event is hosted by the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association, held at Dare Marina and Yacht Sales, and is only made possible by great sponsor support. Cool, northeast winds made it very pleasant on land for […]
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June 24, 2016
Although lionfish have no controlling predators in the invaded range, diver removals are an effective method of reducing lionfish populations. ©REEF

REEF 2016 Summer Lionfish Derby Series Dates Released

Key Largo, Florida – June 16th, 2016 This summer, Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) will be hosting their 8th Annual Summer Lionfish Derby Series.  Lionfish Derbies are competitions where divers and snorkelers compete to bring in the most lionfish in a single day for over $3,500 in cash prizes.  Since […]
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June 16, 2016
The photo attached is from last year’s “Blazing Marlin” Bonfire Series event in the Bahamas, an example what Saturday evening’s (June 18) inaugural “Blazing Mako” will entail and seen for miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The celebratory Father’s Day weekend festival event, to raise scholarship money for marine science programs at Nova Southeastern University, is being held along the beachfront of the historic Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost in Islamorada, MM 82.1 Oceanside.

Great Conditions Expected for Blazing Mako Tournament & Festival, Father’s Day Weekend

Fishing action and more on tap for June 17-19 premier Keys event ISLAMORADA in the Fla. Keys – Offshore and back-country guides agree, the fishing on both sides of Islamorada could be an optimum experience for the up to 30 teams of fishermen in the inaugural Blazing Mako Bonfire Series Tournament & Festival, June […]
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June 6, 2016
Chef Gillian Clark cook-off-2

Alabama Seafood Takes Center Stage at The Wharf

By David Rainer If there’s one thing that will pique my interest without hesitation, it is Alabama’s fresh seafood. Hence, I didn’t hesitate when invited to the Alabama Seafood Summit and accompanying Alabama Seafood Cook-Off at The Wharf in Orange Beach last week. The Alabama Seafood Cook-Off opened the festivities […]
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June 3, 2016
An earlier “Blazing Marlin” bonfire event in the Bahamas to become a "Blazing Mako" in Islamorada June 17 - 19.

Blazing Mako will Light up the Florida Keys Skies for Tournament & Festival

Inaugural June 17-19 weekend event bringing So. Florida anglers artisans, musicians, rum vendors and conservationists together for NSU marine sciences  ISLAMORADA in the Fla. Keys – “It will be a spectacular sight,” said renowned Keys marine artist Roberto “Pasta” Pantaleo of the massive metal shark sculpture he’s creating to be torched in a beachfront bonfire […]
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May 31, 2016
Seafarers’ Executive Director Lesley Warrick hands the award to Guy Harvey.

Guy Harvey Receives Seafarers’ Award

By Staff | Cayman Compass Cayman Islands-based conservationist and artist Guy Harvey received the Seafarers’ House International Golden Compass Award on May 21 at a gala dinner in Fort Lauderdale. The award is given each year to those “who have achieved distinction in the maritime world, those whose vocation or […]
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May 31, 2016

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic Coming up on St. George Island!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic on St. George Island June 4. The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the St. George Island State Park, 1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island.   Advance registration is required. To register […]
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