Every year I look forward to the Frank Sergeant Show in Tampa. Its a time where you get to see whats new, talk with different vendors and learn more about products. Another plus is that I bump into friends from time to time, some that I see regularly and others not so much.
Attendance appeared to be down a little, but nevertheless,there was plenty to see.
One booth that was busy every time I walked by was TFO. I feel like they have done such a good job offering a great value, excellent customer service, and quality product; its no surprise.
I found Mike Wior there from The Collective, he was checking out the 7’6 heavy power fast action rod as a light tarpon rod.
After a chatting with Guy about the rod, we headed to the booth next door to pick one up.
There were a couple new things at the show, but for the most part, nothing I had not seen before.
One of the products I am excited about is the new improvements on the Wang Anchor which now will have a steel tip which is awesome.
Dale was there looking over the Operation Still Waters booth. He is a great friend and one of the nicest people I know.
Not suprisingly, SWC had a bunch of new microfibers which I think look pretty awesome. Im definitely picking up the tarpon shirt.
I dont know if Hoggy has had these for a while but I thought they were pretty cool. I don’t think a cobia would hesitate in gobbling one up, I will have to pick some up soon.
Here is one thing I saw that surprised me:
Never thought I would see the day
Under Events this weekend is the Annual Fish and Dive Expo put together by a friend of mine Jon Bull.
Park and Entry is free so you can’t beat that! If it’s blowing this weekend like it has been it’s a good place to talk to some local businesses and perhaps pick up a few goodies. I believe Tom of Wangachor, Joe of Carbon Marine and Hellsbay boatworks will be there this year.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Off the Wall Adventures
2055 Shepherd Road, Lakeland, FL 33811
A new world record Yellowfin Tuna has just been caught at 405lbs! He fought the fish for 2hrs and 40minutes. This beats the old record of 388lbs that stood for 33 years!
I got this press release form the IGFA yesterday:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rob Kramer, President IGFA
Press Conference Announcement: New Yellowfin Tuna All-Tackle
There will be a press conference tomorrow, Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm
PST to announce and award the new All-Tackle World Record for yellowfin tuna
(Thunnus albacares) to Mike Livingston of Sunland, California. His 405 lb fish was
boated on the Vagabond captained by Mike Lackey on November 30, 2010 off the
coast of Magdelena Bay, Mexico. After fighting the mammoth tuna for 2 hours and 40
minutes, Livingston bested a record set in 1977 by Curt Wiesenhutter, whose 388 lb
yellowfin catch held the title for 33 years.
“I’d say it’s one of the most significant world-record catches in recent history,” IGFA
President Rob Kramer has commented. “It’s great to see a fish like this caught by an
angler that knew the rules and adhered to them.”
The press conference will be held at the Vagabond Sportfishing booth (booth #717) at
the Fred Hall Show at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 300 East
Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, California. In attendance will be California IGFA Trustee
Mike Farrior, IGFA President Rob Kramer, IGFA Conservation Director Jason
Schratwieser, IGFA Development Director Eric Combast, angler Mike Livingston and
Captain Mike Lackey, as well as the first appearance of the mount made of the new All-
Tackle record yellowfin tuna.
Founded in 1939, the IGFA is a non-profit organized under Section 501(c)(3) under the
Internal Revenue Code and is best known for conservation efforts of fisheries,
educational programs, rule-making and for maintaining worldwide game fish records in
freshwater, saltwater, fly fishing and junior angler categories. IGFA members are
located in over 125 countries. The IGFA welcomes visitors to its 60,000-square-foot
interactive Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida.
For further information, contact the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, 300 Gulf
Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004; phone 954-927-2628, fax: 954-924-4299,
By now everyone I know is tired of catching red fish and trout. It doesn’t help that the snook fishing has not been the same since the freeze last year. Thankfully this year was a very mild winter compared to year’s past.
With that being said Tarpon season is right around the corner. From the keys to the everglades and some sprinkling in Boca Grande area the warm weather is definitely turning them on.
Going through images from the last season or two for an upcoming project I came across some cool shots. If you are a new follower of Saltyshores these would be brand new to you guys. Hope you guys enjoy them and lets cross our fingers for a really kick ass tarpon season this year.
Miami Tarpon w/ Joe Gonzalez
Boca Grande Tarpon
Duck Key with Tom Rowland and Rich Tudor of Saltwater Experience