For two full days, starting November 7th, Bonefish and Tarpon Trust will host their 5th International Symposium at the IGFA Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, FL. This year’s event will feature science presentations packed with the latest science developments from the world’s top tarpon, bonefish, and permit biologists. There will be a number of clinics and demonstrations for attendees to enjoy including a light tackle casting clinic from C.A. Richardson, the star of Flats Class TV, a tarpon clinic hosted by world class angler Andy Mill, a fly tying demonstration with Enrico Puglisi, and a photography clinic with renowned photographer Pat Ford. Throughout the two days there will also be panel discussions with some of today’s most knowledgeable fishing guides from around the world, trading insight and stories about bonefish, tarpon, and permit.
Friday evening’s entertainment will come in the way of the inaugural BTT Art and Film Festival where some of the biggest names in saltwater art and photography will be on hand to display their work. Attendees will have a chance to purchase pieces directly from the artists with portions of the proceeds benefiting Bonefish and Tarpon Trust.
The festival will also feature films showcasing our favorite inshore flats fish. BTT is now accepting short film submissions from the public for a chance to be shown during the festival. Films must be roughly 5 minutes in length and content should focus on inshore flats species.
The highlight of the film screening will be the world premier of “90 Miles”, the latest film offering from the World Angling crew. The film will feature BTT’s efforts to help Cuba preserve their flats fishery.
Capping off the weekend on Saturday night will be a silent and live auction as well as the “Passing Of The Torch” Banquet. The banquet will celebrate some up and coming members of the saltwater fishing community for their positive stewardship and their efforts to promote conservation of bonefish, tarpon, and permit.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the 5th International BTT Symposium, click here.
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A fisherman reeled in an “extremely rare” wahoo fish. Some say it is the first wahoo fish caught off California’s coast.
Costa Sunglasses partnered with the 2014 Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby to host the Costa Catch and Release Awards in this year’s tournament. During the event, which begins Sat., Sept. 14 and concludes on Sat., Oct. 18, Derby anglers can submit photos of any size bluefish and striped bass in the fly, all-tackle, boat and shore divisions for a chance to win a pair of Costa sunglasses, hat and t-shirt. An additional Grand Prize winner will be drawn from all of the entries to receive a Costa gift pack, containing a custom-wrapped Costa cooler, a duffle bag, backpack, t-shirts, hats, retainer cord and a pair of Costa sunglasses.
The Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby attracts more than 2,000 anglers from around the world, fishing for striped bass, bluefish, bonito and false albacore. The tournament’s primary mission is to raise scholarship money for surrounding area students.
“We want every Derby participant to have a chance at the Costa Catch and Release prize packs, so anglers submitting pictures of any size fish throughout the tournament will have a chance to win,” said Mike Holliday, Costa’s inshore community manager. “Our goal is to encourage as many Derby fishermen as possible – and anglers everywhere – to practice sustainable catch and release fishing.”
For more information about the 2014 Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, visit www.mvderby.com.