Tarpon Tune-Up Angling Workshop

Tarpon Tune UpLearn the tackle, techniques, and get answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to know about tarpon at the IGFA Tarpon Tune-Up on April 5th, presented by the IGFA School of Sport Fishing and Hells Bay Boatworks.

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Attendance Up 28 Percent

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) – Five days of ocean breezes and sunshine set a spirited tone over the 54th annual2125262  Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from Oct. 31st to Nov. 4th.

Show organizers reported that gate  attendance for the entire show was up 28 percent from the prior year and the highest since the 2006  show, and that exhibit space was the largest it has ever been, with returning exhibitors expanding  their show presence over 2012. [Read more…]

2013 Backcountry Fly Championship

backcountryflyThis past Friday and Saturday  19 teams of guides and anglers set out from The Lorelei Marina in Islamorada, FL with the goal of catching the largest 2 snook and redfish on fly rods. The Backcountry Fly Championship allows you to score your largest 2 redfish and the largest 2 snook each day for two days. The Grand Champion is the angler that has accumulated the most total inches with their longest 2 redfish and 2 snook.

The Grand Champion Team of Rick Moeller of Islamorada and Capt. Mark Gilman of Islamorada scored big by winning the championship and also capturing the largest snook and the largest redfish honors. Their largest Redfish measured 26.5” and 27” and Snook of 28” and 29.5” for a grand total of 111 points. The closest team, taking Runner-up to Grand Champion honors, was Frank Criscola of Far Hills, NJ with Capt. Chris Jones of Islamorada, scoring 99.5 points.

There were 8 teams which measured their limit of 2 snook and 2 reds. 27 snook and 31 redfish were measured during the 2 day event.

Custom engraved Nautilus fly reels were the awards and the winning team of Moeller and Gilman took 6 of them. The kick-off dinner was held at The Shrimp Shack in Islamorada and the awards BBQ was held on the beach at The Lorelei Cabana Bar in Islamorada.

Due to popular demand we will hold a fall version of this event in October this year. It will be The Backcountry Fly Fall Championship BFFC.  Contact Capt. Paul Tejera @ Captbackbone@gmail.com for more information about this tournament and others.

Tournament Director : Capt. Paul Tejera

Tournament Chairman :  Mike Criscola


Towhee Boats Sponsors Muskie Fly Fishing World Championships

The 2013 Musky Fly Fishing World Championship, presented by Towee Boats, will be held October 25, 26 and 27 at Treeland’s Resort on the famed Chippewa Flowage near Hayward, Wisconsin.  This year’s expanded schedule will feature three days of fishing on some of the world’s finest musky waters along with events each evening, new gear presentations, fly tying, Primo Tail’s Musky Ball and special guest angler Kelly Galloup. Proceeds from the event will benefit Wounded Warriors in Action, The Jose Wejebe Foundation  / Make A Wish and musky conservation efforts.  For more info contact  Todd Gregory (todd@toweeboats.com  931-224-8181).

Guy Harvey “Passport to Adventure” Billfish Fundraiser

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation is having a fundraising party on Wednesday evening, October 24, the night before the opening of the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.

“The evening will feature a highlight video from my travel adventures in 2012 along with great food, drinks and fashion show featuring my latest clothing and swimwear designs. Silent and live auctions-including my artwork, fantastic gifts and exciting trips- will be held with the proceeds benefiting the marine conservation work of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.”

8th Annual Fall Fly Fishing Challenge in Sarasota

The Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers and Sarasota Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association will hold their 8th annual Fall Fly Fishing Challenge on October 27 in Sarasota.

St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show Set for November 29-December 2

The 35th annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show will be held at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts and Albert Whitted Park from November 29 to December 2.

International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition (IBEX) October 2-4, 2012

The annual International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), owned & produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and National Marine Manufacturers Association, takes place October 2–4, 2012 at the  Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky.  This show is for trade only.

Hell’s Bay’s First Texas Owners’ Tournament

Hell's Bay - TexasHell’s Bay Boatworks has announced its first owners’ tournament for Texas.  The event is slated for October 12-13 in Rockport, and the event HQ is the Swan Point Landing Orvis Shop.

Herman Lucerne Film Shoot

Herman Lucerne - Hell's BayHell’s Bay has been busy updating their Facebook photo page with new images about the Herman Lucerne Memorial tournament, which takes place September 21-23.