Fifth International Bonefish & Tarpon Symposium is set for November 7-8, 2014. Top scientists share their latest results on why the fish do what they do, and top anglers and guides share their time-tested techniques for catching these iconic gamefish of the flats
Join us for two full days of fascinating presentations by the world’s top tarpon, bonefish, and permit biologists mixed with enjoyable fishing and casting clinics taught by some of the world’s top anglers and instructors including Andy Mill.
Other guests include: Stu Apte, Bill Curtis, Will Benson, Ralph Delph, Joe Gonzalez, Steve Huff, Bob Branham, and Paul Tejera.
Schedule Of Events:
The Main Scientific Session will take place in the Events Hall at IGFA. This session will provide a venue for presentations and Q&A about the latest research of bonefish, tarpon, permit, and the fisheries.
Friday 8:30am – 4:50pm: opening presentation, bonefish, permit
Saturday 8:30am – 3:00pm: tarpon, angler action, Belize, economics
Two Initiative Sessions will take place on Saturday at the conference room at the Courtyard Hotel (adjacent to IGFA). These sessions will include presentations specific to the Initiatives followed by Discussion.
Bahamas Initiative, 9:00am – Noon
The goal of this session is to summarize progress to date, highlight the ongoing collaborations, outline plans for moving forward, and discuss progress, threats, and future collaborations
Florida Keys Initiative, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
The goal of this session is to summarize progress to date, ongoing and planned research and conservation efforts, and discuss plans for moving forward.
Expert Panel Discussions will take place in the Gulf Stream Room at IGFA. These Panels provide a venue for experts to share their fishing strategies with attendees, share their thoughts about the state of the fishery, and answer questions from audience members.
Tarpon Panel Discussion, Friday 10:00AM – Noon. Moderator Andy Mill. Sponsored by Hardy
Bonefish Panel Discussion, Friday 3:00PM – 5:00PM. Moderator Russ Fisher
Permit Panel Discussion, Saturday 10:00AM – Noon. Moderator Bill Stroh. Sponsored by Costa
International Panel Discussion, Saturday 1:00PM – 3:00PM. Moderator Luis Menocal
Legends Panel Discussion, Saturday 3:00PM – 5:00PM. Moderator Jeff Harkavy
Fly tying and Sponsors:
The IGFA Lobby will house tables for invited fly tiers and for sponsors. These tables will be present all day Friday, Saturday through 2pm.
Fly Tiers Include: Enrico Puglisi, Peter Smith, Tim Blair, Rick Carl, Joe Mahler and Andrei Stroman.
Enrico Puglisi Fly Tying Clinic – Friday 1:00PM – 2:40PM, Gulf Stream Room
There will be multiple fishing-related clinics Friday and Saturday. Most clinics will take place outside, with one clinic in the Gulf Stream Room.
BOTE Paddle Boards presents a Standup Paddle Board Demonstration, Friday 3:00PM – 4:00PM, Outside
Hardy presents the Andy Mill Tarpon Clinic, Friday 5:30PM – 7:00PM, Gulf Stream Room
Hell’s Bay presents C.A. Richardson, Light Tackle Techniques for the Flats, Saturday 1:00PM – 2:30PM
More to be added
Film and Art Festival – Friday
Film Festival, 7:00 – 8:00PM and 9:00 – 10:00PM (two showings), Events Hall
Art Festival, 7:00PM – 10:00PM, Lobby
Silent Auction and Banquet – Saturday
Silent auction and cocktail hour, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Events Hall and Lobby
Banquet, 7:30PM – 10:00PM, Hall of Fame Room
Be There. Celebrate the Fish—Support the Science.
Registration: Click Here To Register
Hotel Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Ft. Lauderdale Airport & Port, 400 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004 Click here to book a hotel room . . .
More Info: Phone 321-674-7758 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Chairman: Chris Peterson – Hell’s Bay Boatworks
Event Committee: Aaron Adams, Jeff Harkavy, Mike Duckworth, Bill Stroh, Luis Menocal, Alex Lovett-Woodsum, Bill Klyn, Andy Mill, Steve Stanley