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Industry News: Fifth International Bonefish & Tarpon Symposium

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.

Aaron Adams, BTT's Director of Operations goes over some detail with legend Lefty Kreh at last symposium. Clement photo.

Aaron Adams, BTT’s Director of Operations goes over some detail with legend Lefty Kreh at last symposium (2011). Clement photo.

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.

Panel Discussions:

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

Evening Activities:

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

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

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