This was back about two weeks ago and I have to give a HUGE PROPS to Mark Knowles for taking Grand Prize. 2nd place going to Jose Chavez, 3rd place going to Derick Burgos, 4th to Chuck (The Legend) Statham, and 5th going to Chris Ravelo. Please read what Cash/Prizes these guys won…IT IS INSANE!
Below is an article by No Bananas Fishing Reviews:
The Kayak Fishing ClassicS National Championship Classic was held on November 20th & 21st in Florida and everyone had their game face on. There was plenty to be serious about in the two day event. How about over $8,000.00 in sponsor gear prizes and cash? How about some serious bragging rights for a year? How about the fun and joy of winning a big kayak fishing championship? Or how about $1,000.00 from Yuenling Beer or a Freedom Hawk Kayak? Sound Good? It should and in fact, it was great!
The anglers enjoyed a ‘fish where you like’ format for day one. Everyone had a chance to fish their favorite Florida waters for big redfish. Day two was spent vying for ‘Big Red’ on Tampa Bay. The anglers were ready and so was Mother Nature. The weather was near perfect and the fishing conditions were excellent and that made for some hot action and some surprises. The two series favorites placed well but did not win the kayak, the cash or the championship.
The 2 PM Weigh In on Sunday was hosted by the fantastic Whiskey Joes Bar & Grill of Tampa where the anglers shared fishing stories and high hopes. Tampa angler Mark Knowles slammed the event by winning the Freedom Hawk Kayak, the lion’s share of the cash and sponsor gear, the bragging rights and all of the fun of winning by turning in two nice redfish measuring 28.25” & 29.6” for his victory. The modest and ever smiling Knowles was surprised and elated to say the least. Mark can use the new Freedom Hawk Kayak and the $500.00 from Yuenling Beer. And we all know that an angler can never have enough gear but this may prove to the exception to that rule. Mark also won gear from Deep South Fishing Rods, Aqua Design, Steve Whitlock Game Fish Art, High Roller Lures, IceMule Coolers, Ocean Waves Sunglasses, Plano Tackle Systems, PrecisionPak, RiverBum Flies, Talic, Jim Teeny Fly Lines, Temple Fork Outfitters and Linsey EyeCare. Sounds like Christmas came early for Mark.
Second Place went to Jose Chavez who also won the PrecisionPak Big Fish Award. Jose won using his TFO fly rod and RiverBum Flies. Jose turned in a huge 33” monster redfish that looked like it ate a football for breakfast. Jose also had an early Christmas and received $300.00 from Yuenling Beer and a kayak full of sponsor gear. Jose is rapidly becoming and expert fly angler and has recently developed a passion for the art.
Third Place was hooked by Derick Burgos who turned in 22.75” & 28” redfish for his victory and won a cool $200.00 from Yuenling Beer and enough gear to outfit one of his kayaks. Burgos led the series year to the last event of the regular series year and was unable to attend the 10th and final series year event in October. It was nice to see him do so well in the Championship.
Fourth Place was captured by Series Champion, Chuck Statham by weighing in one redfish that was 31.5” and also looked big enough to pull a truck. Chuck received a bunch of sponsor gear to start his Holidays of right.
Fifth Place winner and also ever smiling went to Chris Ravelo with another big brute that measured a fat 31.25” to make it very close. Chris is an expert fly angler but went to his TFO/Gary Loomis Saltwater rod to capture his winning bruiser.
All of the Anglers in the National Championship Classic are excellent and have enjoyed the 2010 series. The Kayak Fishing ClassicS has awarded over $70,000.00 in sponsor gear and cash prizes in this their first Series Year. The ClassicS are looking for a great 2011 Series Year which begins in January. Visit them at http://www.KayakFishingClassicS.com to catch the fever of competitive kayak fishing, the fastest growing water sport in the world.
HARDCORE Representing for Sure!!
I FINALLY had the opportunity to get out and fish and what better way than to spend it, but with the HCKAClub crew. This past Saturday was the monthly FnM (Fish_N_Munch). It’s a monthly gathering that takes place in a chosen fishing area and members meet up and just have a great time fishing and afterward having a good time eating and talk fishing.
We met up at 6am to start off our journey. There were about 15 of us or so, and we chose the Upper Tampa Bay area to try our hand at catching fish. This is the time of year when the tides start receding to the negatives and the fish starting moving to there winter spots.
Seems like the lure of choice for most of the us is the topwater . We are Spook/ Spook Jr. fanatics at best. Most if not all fish caught were on topwater. The weather turned for the worse in the morning. we had steady 15knot winds from the NNW and the only thing keeping us somewhat hidden from the winds were the mangrove lines and cuts we could go into. The Tide was a High outgoing which was to our favor paddling into some nice quite areas. Plan was to be back at the launch by 11:30, so we could all have a good lunch together, but on the way back some of us got into a little trouble. Trouble was..WE FOUND FISH!
If there was a Kayak Tournament that day I can say for sure that it would have boiled down to the inches in Slams. An I’m talking 70 -90.” Some quality fish were caught and We all had a great time! That’s what it’s all about.
On a side note..We ate at the Kahunas Bar and Grill off St.Pete Side of Gandy. Nice mouth-watering burger I had and some of the other fellas had some MEATY looking sandwiches. 1st time I’ve been there and it was Gooooood!
Here is a short video I put together of HCKACLUB Pres Russ (Limecider) and Vice Pres Nik (SlikNik) in battles.
I had to share this Video Made By Russ ( LimeCIder) Caipen. His good friend and Tournament kayak partner Nik (SLickNik) do a lot of fishing and this is what they talk about before going fishin’
This is a report by a fellow HCKACLUB member Rick AKA “IntimiGator.” He is a kayak angler that catches quality fish AND is always found to be wearing that good fishing mojo hat from Saltyshores!
I’m hypnotizing myself, click, click, click, and swoosh. Made it out this morning loaded for bear as usual.
Launch at 0615 and took the arsenal of spoons, hardbaits, plastic and my spook jr. The area I was fishing
is prone to producing some nice fish although I have only fished it a few times. I got to my targeted
area about 0630 and it was still dark so I went for it just casting into the darkness listening for the
click,click,click and swoosh. Fish on! 18 inch trout followed by another and another and another.
About this time I’m thinking this is going to be a good day. So now the sun peaks above the horizon and
thinks go slack. Oh yeah, it’s low tide and now the tide has stopped and so did the bite.
I paddle around what seems to be mullet city for about an hour or so and about 0945 it happens again.
Click, click click and swoosh Fish on! 22 inch red and another and another and another until about
1145 I lost the school. So I paddled my way back to the ramp thinking about my day and realized I hadn’t
touched any of my other gear other than my spook jr… all day. It was a totally topwater bite for me. Nice!
Total for the day was 5 reds and many near misses/blowups and 5 trout mixed with a pasture of grass.
The topwater action is really hypnotizing and relaxing to me followed by a heart attack….I love it.
I know you can’t tell from the photos, but I’m smiling.
In this day and age of Photography becoming every other persons “new hobby,” comes the ever so expanding technology for the next “best” DSLR, Point and shoot, and now forging its way through a device saturated market is the Micro four thirds “DSLR-style” digital compact cameras.
Yes, Micro cameras have been around for a few years now, just not talked about (as much, due to the popularity in DSLR’s) until the past several months coming into 2010 -2011. “Why?” do you ask. It’s simple; they are turning E.V.I.L. No, I do not mean the Mu hu ha ha ha ( Dr. Evil laugh). Many use the acronym D.I.L. or Digital Interchangeable Lens camera and now a newer acronym has hit the Micro four thirds industry like remoras on a fish; Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens (EVIL). Yup, you’re probably like me in rolling my eyes and shaking my head in that “now what” reaction.
But alas, this is a good thing. Picture your point and shoot camera being able to have the ability to exchange lenses.
If you keep up with the Digital camera tech industry this is nothing new to you, but too many this is new, so I will brief you in on what is out and coming. For those shopping for a mid $$$ range DSLR this could be the camera for you. For those who have a DSLR, like myself ( especially one that ways over 2lbs), and are looking for something smaller with a entry to intermediate level specs, than these could be in your market. Ugh! just more $$$ to drop
As I stated earlier, Micros have been around for sometime. Olympus PEN, Samsung NX10, the Panasonic GF1- G2, and Leica are ones that come to mind. Sony now has the Nex-3 and Nex-5 ( both alpha series) to rival those that have been around. Nikon and Canon have a few concepts in the works ( early 2011?), but that is hush hush for now.
The EVIL / DiL models are designed to occupy the market between the small, inexpensive point and shoot cameras and top-line DSLRs. These cameras are smaller than your typical DSLR, but bigger than your average point and shoot. They also weigh much less than a majority of DSLRs. I know I know, the term “Micro” would make it seem that these cameras are small in size, smaller than even a point and shoot, but Micro Four Thirds system is that the cameras can be created with less material ( trust me when I say this is my basic explanation because it has a lot to do with lack of reflex mirror and other factors that is rather boring for an average guy like me to care for). Here is a illustration from Panasonic site:
For many of us that lug around a 2lb+ Nikon or Canon during our fishing trips or outings, this could be a great backup for a long trip. Many of these EVIL micros have the specs that would make earlier ( Like last year) Dslrs look weak. Many boasting high mega pixels, high ISO levels, fast shutter speed rates, most offering high res HD movie capabilities, different shooting modes, RAW shooting, HDR options, and a sexy feature like sweep Panorama shots in 3D! ( Sony), to name a few of the features offered.
Two BIG factors ( in my observation) is that because the Micro bodies are so small ( compared to DSLR), the sensor is too close to the lens mount to allow DSLR lenses to attach directly. An adapter may allow you to use your SLR lenses, but adapters generally involve some form of compromise ( such as losing F/stop and or mm length). 2nd is that they lack view finders as DSLRs. You get constant live view. Why is this? well it’s because point and shoots and micros lack reflex mirrors for view which keeps them compact. The advantage of those “mirror less” designs is that the cameras can theoretically become smaller and almost silent in their operation (no mirror slap). The disadvantages are the loss of phase detection auto focus (mirror less cameras use the same contrast detection auto focus as point and shoot cameras) and of the optical viewfinder (replaced either by the back LCD or electronic viewfinders) see illustration above.
I have to state that I have not even had my hands on any of them, but I can tell you from my research that the Micro Four Thirds system is most likely the next big thing and has the potential to be a quality investment. For users who have invested in DLSR systems, the Micro Four Thirds system is probably less appealing — it requires purchasing new lenses and possibly changing brand systems altogether if you are loyal to Nikon or Canon, all of which will not work with the DSLR equipment you already own. This is why I am holding my breathe to see what Nikon comes up with. You Canon users may want to wait too.
In all this could be a great investment for those not needing a bulky DSLR, but looking for a smaller sized camera with all the bells and whistles. Cost is pretty much compared to your entry level DSLRs, so do your research before you commit.
By Jose Chavez
Its 1:45 a.m. and I still have not had a minute of sleep. I sat at my desk wide awake recollecting the countless stories of gargantuan trout, monster snook and elusive redfish shared by my friends while fishing the DOA tournament. Considering that I was supposed to wake up at 2a.m. I decided to forgo a succinct nap and started moving my bags and equipment to the driveway to wait for Peter to pick me up. I was excited that in 4 hours I would try my luck in the great fishery I have heard about ever since I started kayak fishing in 2008.
Peter arrived right on time; we loaded the gear and were on our way. Peter claims that I was asleep before we left my neighborhood. After what felt like an hour nap, I was awakened by the halt of the car. Mud creek was the location we were fishing on the first day.
As soon as the doors opened we were greeted by a cloud of the resident mosquitoes which thought deet was a condiment. Fortunately they were not immune to a thermacell. John Lee and Mark Couch pulled into the parking lot. Mark opted to stay and guard the car (for Mark this means take a nap)
We put our kayaks in the water and started working our way out of a cove and along the mangrove line. There was a lot of action in the water. I could hear baits being crashed under the mangroves. After a couple of casts I found out that the commotion was being caused by a school of small jacks. We kept paddling on and ran into a couple rolling tarpon. A few casts were made but they were not interested. We paddled a couple miles without success other than a few small trout. The water quality was very poor and despite there being bait and mullet everywhere, after a few hours we decided to start working our way back.
As we drifted back to the car we came across a patch of clear water with deep potholes. A couple casts in the potholes resulted a trout a hair under 28 inches. That was the only decent fish I caught all day; a couple hours later we decided to leave and swing by the beach to check out a launch we had heard about. Peter and I were both interested in doing some fishing off the beach if the weather cooperated.
After a brief inspection we decided to give it a go ahead in the morning. We drove to the Palm River Lodge in Jensen Beach. We decided to stay at the lodge because it would be the venue for the captains meeting and weigh-in for the tournament. I have to say I was very impressed with the facility. The pool was definitely the highlight of the evening. It was nice to relax in the pool and sip on a beer and hang out with the crew. After the pool we went to grab some pizza at a local shop which ended up being a regular stop on the way back from fishing for the next couple of days.
Headed to the beach
On the way back we stopped at this tackle shop to get some info on fishing the beach. They were very helpful.
I don’t know if it was because I was really hungry but this place made some great pizza.
We woke up early Friday morning; Mark and John decided to fish locally inshore while Peter and I headed to the beach. We were greeted by a beautiful sunrise. The surf was rougher than the previous afternoon but we still decided to stick with the plan. Unfortunately it was a slow day of fishing. There were half a dozen boats on the water and we only saw one of them catch a small permit. As we moved back to the launch we noticed that the surf was rougher then what we are used to seeing on the west coast of Florida. Peter went in first and decided to walk his kayak in. I stored all my gear in the hatch of my Emotion Grand Slam and headed in. Peter radioed that the surf wasn’t as bad as it seemed so I decided to ride the waves in. I waited for a couple minutes for a lull in the surf. I saw an opening and I made my way in.
Enjoying the sunrise at the beach
After loading all our gear up on the trailer, we made our way back the lodge in Jensen Beach for the Captains Meeting. After a quick stop at the pizza joint and a dip in the pool we walked to the pavilion where Mark Nichols went over the rules. After the captains meeting, I definitely got a clear feel for the tournament. This is an event that’s sole purpose is for the participants to have fun. Mark did something that I have never heard before at a tournament, he asked the participants what they thought and was open to suggestions. I thought this was very cool.
Norm apparently forgot his rods in Tampa so his good friends were nice enough to present him with some tackle during the captain’s meeting so he would have a rod to fish the tournament with.
People came from all over the place to fish the tournament. This guy drove down from Illinois by himself; I think it was worth the drive because he caught a 40″ snook that morning.
After the brief meeting and inspection of the lures provided everyone headed back to their rooms to start rigging the rods.
John Lee showed had a great idea of cutting the pinch weight in half, attaching it to the front of the hook to create a weighted weedless hook.
Can you spot Mark? He blended in perfectly with the wall.
We woke up early the next morning and were on our way to try our luck at a different location then what we prefished. I went over the pointers that John, Mark, and Peter shared with me the night before as I paddled along to the mangrove line I planned to fish. After a couple casts I was hooked up to a monster snook. I never got a really good look at her other than a football sized head swooshing back and forth before she made a long run. After 30 seconds it was over, the line went limp. I reeled in my line only to find that she had worn through my 30 lb leader. I retied and kept moving on. The rest of the day proved to be extremely slow. I couldn’t even catch a trout. I saw some docks in the distance and decided to make the long paddle over to see if I could find any fish willing to cooperate.
Mark is well known for his naps on the water and the fact that he was fishing a tournament was not a big enough reason to stop a tradition of many years.
Here is John trying to sneak up on Mark to scare him, but unfortunately Mark heard him approaching and was awake before John got close enough to make his move.
I started working the docks without avail. As I kept moving on I spotted a push of water that appeared to be redfish. It only took one cast to confirm my suspicions resulting in a little redfish. I decided to make a few more casts to see if I could upgrade. A few casts later I had boated 3 more redfish all 18-19 inches. It was apparent that they were all the same size so I moved on.
I fished the rest of the day without any luck. Time had run out and it was time to go back to the weigh in. After stopping at the pizza joint and a dip in the pool, back to the pavilion we went to find that the raffle had already started.
We even saw a wedding proposal at the captains meeting! Fortunately she said yes! My wife would have killed me if I had proposed to her at a fishing tournament.
Mark then announced the winners, and it was obvious that it was a slow day of fishing with only one slam turned in.
After the winners were announced and pictures had been taken, Mark Nichols made an announcement.
With an embarrassed young man by his side, he proceeded to tell Ken Taylor that 3rd place was being revoked from him because the young man at his side had been misinformed of the rules by one of the DOA staff and he had not turned in his over-slot fish because he was told that it was slot fish only.
More pictures were taken and everyone moved on.
After a brief nap I met up with a few of the guys. Jeff Harrell of FinaticDesigns.com and I made plans to hit the dock of the lodge. He managed to pull a nice trout from the lights.
It was a great event that I definitely plan in participating in next year
Well it has been quite sometime that I have done any fishing and a good way to get back into the swing of things was to take a short trip to the East ( Titusville). Their were 4 of us from the HCKAClub on this trip.
As you have read from my earlier post ( by Jose Chavez) entitled “EPiC Tails,” we were in search for those redfish as well. One thing to notice if you have never fished the Banana river, Mosquito lagoon,etc.. is that there is no tidal flow. The water does rise and fall, but it lacks tides. Like my buddy Russ said, ” it feels like a never ending slack tide,” which coming from Tampa you know how fishing is on a slack tide.
At 6am we arrive at the canoe/ kayak launch and we proceed to paddle in search for the schools. A good paddle was anywhere from 1/2 mile up to about 3miles one way. Not too bad considering last year when we did an east coast road to Whales Tail we ended up paddling about 10 miles one way. The water was almost glass calm. It was unfortunate that we didn’t get to see any tailers, but we did see some schools of over slot pigs.
Knowing that these redfish are always under pressure we decided to use cut bait (Mullet).We did bring our arsenal of artificial lures as that is how we fish in Tampa, but from what we knew, these reds weren’t having any plastics in their diet. By the way we got 20lbs of fresh mullet at Mastry’s Tackle Shop for a great price. These Mullet were HUGE!
Long report short, We fished all day Friday and half a day on Saturday. We couldn’t have asked for a more better weather condition. Winds were below 5knots from the east, NE and the sun was blazing!!
We found the schools of redfish and we caught some fish. I wouldn’t say the bite was on fire, but it took some work to get them to bite. The reds weren’t stellar in size as I called them Tampa reds..LOL!, but none the less some good times.
Here are some photos from the trip:
Top water was not happening
Some of the locals..look close. These guys were everywhere!..Let’s just say we waded with caution.
Poor Spook! suffered when a gator figured he would give it a try….
In the last few weeks quite a few guys from the HCKACLUB have been hooking up on Tarpon. I won’t go much into detail as I will let the videos speak for themselves and photos that have been taken.
Here is Kayak Guide Peter Poletti starting it off right
Pres of the HCKACLUB Russ ( Limecider) getting on this beauty
Here is the Video too:
Here is Vice Pres. SlikNik Getting on with this ‘poon.
His “Hairband style” Video:
Here is Ryan (Redfisher) with his Tarpon, but it was what he calls a “Tarpon Mess” on how he hooked up with this ‘poon. If you want to read his adventure check out his Report.
The HCKACLUB had a fish gathering with 25 club members attending. Some trying for their first. The weather on the other hand wasn’t cooperating towards the mid morning. One Greenhorn was able to get his chance of the silver King! Congrats to Mark (LizardKing)
Here is the Video:
On a Safety Note. Please when fishing off the beaches on Kayak go with others. Safety in Numbers and always have the proper equipment. The weather can change in a snap and off the Beaches it is never fun. Also Sharks too!
Few of the Hardcore Kayak Anglers Club Member went to fish the J-Ville Classic. Here is the report from Jose Chavez. Out of 400 plus kayakers, find out where Jose placed in this HUGE tournament…..
The Jacksonville Classic 2010!
The Jacksonville Classic is a charity tournament that raises funds for children’s programs at the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville, Daniel Memorial and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
It is the biggest kayak tournament in the country and last year with an attendance of over 400 anglers, it has become the largest kayak tournament in the world. This year there were 430 participants from all over the world at the event.
The Classic has always been a tournament I have wanted to fish and this year I finally got my chance! I made the drive up with Chuck Statham (Team Shaft 1)from Tampa on Friday, the day of the captains meeting. Unfortunately due to my work schedule I was not able to do any pre-fishing.
My expectations were not very high due to the fact that I have never fished in Jacksonville before and the style of fishing is completely different from what is found in Tampa. We arrived around 4 p.m. to a parking lot full of kayaks.
Check-in was quick and painless. Chuck and I gathered our captains bag and headed inside for food and drinks. Once inside we were met by the rest of Team Emotion (John Lee, Mark Couch, Blake Beltz and David Simms), Nick Felts, Todd Llewellyn and a few other friends.
Dave gladly handing over money to a couple of the Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders to improve his odds during the raffle.
At the conclusion of the check in the hall was packed. The notorious raffle started around 6 p.m. and didn’t end until almost 10 p.m. The craziest part is that it was only half of the raffle. The classic has over 80,000 dollars in prizes and the vast majority of that is for the raffle.
The plan was to work a couple of docks and islands in search of a trout and flounder and then relocate to another area at the change of the tide to find a redfish. After on the 3rd dock I visited I managed to pull a 23.5 inch redfish. I waved Chuck over and on his second cast, he hooked into a 24 incher. After a couple other casts we decided to move on to some muddy grass beds to find flounder. Unfortunately by this time the wind had kicked up to 15-20 mph which made fishing miserable.
After an hour without any success we decided to paddle over to a few islands that would provide us some shelter from the wind. My first cast by the island resulted in a flounder which was about 13 inches, but he spit the hook boatside. On my second cast my jig was greeted by another flounder. I sighed with relief when I landed him. Took a quick pic and waved Chuck into the area. Chuck hooked up with a slightly smaller flounder on his second cast. We continued working the area without success and decided to move to our second launch.
The general consensus was that if you don’t catch a trout by 9 a.m. it would be very difficult to find a quality trout, if you could find one at all. Unfortunately, this proved to be true. Trout were very scarce and all seemed to be undersized, which didn’t help me in a tournament that require legal fish. When Chuck and I had given up and decided to move one, I announced that I was making “one last cast” that thankfully resulted in a 16.25 inch trout. With my slam complete, we moved on looking to upgrade the redfish. Unfortunately no upgrades came and it was time to go back to the weigh in.
When I arrived at the weigh in I was surprised to see that no slams had been turned in. I guess the high winds had become a factor in angler’s success. By the time I made it to the booth to submit my pictures there was 1 slam in front of me. I figured with 30 minutes left I might actually have a chance. The tournament only pays out 5 places and unfortunately by the conclusion of the submissions I found myself in 6th place. Mark Couch also ended up with 2nd place in the trout category which scored him a 300 dollar carbon fiber paddle.
My friend Adrian Gray visited this Bahamian Island a couple months ago and it looks like the bone fishing there is just off the chain even after the cold that went through it this year. He gets to swim through schools and schools of bonefish in crystal clear water! (yes, I’m jealous!)
One of these days I might make it there.. once could dream right?
Enjoy the photos and here is some information about the island if your interested.
By: Adrian Gray
Chub Cay has received worldwide accolades as one of the top
bonefishing destinations in the world. Located at the southernmost
tip of the Berry Islands in the Bahamas, Chub Cay is 35 miles west of
Nassau and 125 miles from South Florida. This thousand-acre paradise
island retreat includes the Chub Cay Airport and Marina, which are
Bahamian ports of entry with on-site customs and immigration.
World-famous bonefishing guide, Captain Joe Louis will expertly guide
you across the miles of spectacular flats. Joe has been fishing Chub
and various parts of the Bahamas all his life, and has had the
pleasure of guiding the likes of Curt Gowdy, Bobby Knight, Andy Mill,
Nick Price and Jack Nicklaus. He has guided several IGFA record
holders, mostly in the fly classes. He is sure to keep you entertained with stories of record fish and old Bahamian lore.
Choose a Thursday to Sunday stay that includes ½ days of fishing on
Thursday and Sunday and two full days fishing on Friday and Saturday.
Accommodations are provided at IGFA Trustee Jack Willits’ guest beach
house featuring a spacious living room, bedroom with two queen beds,
TV, and bath. Or choose to stay in this paradise from Tuesday to
Sunday and you’ll enjoy two more full days of fishing with your
FOR TWO ANGLERS!
Three nights/four days – $2,200
Five nights/six days – $4,000
SUPPORT THE IGFA
Youth Education Programs
For every trip that is purchased, IGFA Trustee Jack Willits will
donate 50% to the IGFA to enable it to continue its youth education
initiatives. Proceeds generated by the Wits End Bonefishing Packages
will fund hands-on marine science programs for children. By providing
these children the opportunity to immerse themselves in their
surrounding ecosystems, the IGFA aims to create lifelong stewards of
the marine environment to ensure the future of the sport we love.