The IGFA School of Sportfishing to host 14 seminars March 20-23, 2014 at the Palm Beach International Boat Show
The Palm Beach International Boat Show is one of the top ten boat shows in the country - featuring more than $350 million worth of boats, yachts and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers. The 29th edition of the show will take place March 20-23, 2014 in West Palm Beach along the Intracoastal Waterway. Show entrances will be located at Evernia St./Flagler Dr. (waterfront) and North Clematis St./Flagler Dr.
But if all that isn't enough, there are at least eight more reasons to make this the year for serious fishermen to head to Palm Beach: the IGFA School of Sportfishing will be hosting seminars on site with some of the area's best captains and professional anglers throughout the boat show. Now while checking out the latest gadget or considering a new skiff, anglers will also be able to pick up hot tips and tricks from not just one or two, but eight of the most experienced fishermen on the water.
Special guest this year is Captain Paul Hebert of National Geographic Channel's hit TV show Wicked Tuna! He'll be talking about catching magnificent bluefin tuna, as well as his experience with the show.
Admission to seminars is free with paid boat show admission and be sure to buy your tickets here to save!
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Palm Beach International Boat Show
School of Sportfishing Seminar Schedule
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IGFA School of Sportfishing Instructors
Captain Jamie Bunn
Jamie Bunn has built a life around blue water fishing – especially for kingfish, tuna, and sailfish – in South Florida for the past 20 years. His company, Bluewater Movements Inc., operates some of the largest offshore fishing tournaments in South Florida. Much of the success of his events stems from his extensive background in competitive fishing as a professional angler. Jamie has many accolades to his fishing resume, including wins in The Pompano Fishing Rodeo, The Miami Billfish Tournament, The Miami Dolphins Tournament, The Mayors Cup Sailfish Tournament, The Capt. Harry Triple Crown Winner, The Jim Mandich Tournament, The Grove Harbor Rodeo and many more. Recently, Jamie Bunn and his teammates on his Encore fishing team finished 7th overall and took a 2nd place daily in the 2010 World Sailfish Championship in Key West, despite being the smallest boat in the fleet.
Captain Tony DiGiulian
The IGFA School of Sportfishing is co-founded by Anthony "Tony" DiGiulian and his company, Saltwater Professional Consulting. With more than 25 years in the sport fishing industry, Capt. Tony’s career has spanned from being a deckhand on his aunt and uncle’s charter boat in 1979, to being a professional captain and first mate, leading anglers to over 5000 billfish captures world wide, including several ultra light world records and tournament victories. Captain Tony is also a published writer and a recognized expert on all types of salt water fishing. He has worked for most of the top sport fishing operations in the world and has learned his craft from some of the most famous captains of our generation. Capt. Tony is deeply committed to the sport fishing industry and the environment. He is an original member of the South East Swordfish Club, committee member of the Big Game Room at the Miami International Boat Show, committee member of the Jeb Bush Classic, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Sailfish Tournament, an active member of the Billfish Foundation and he has recently been named to the Billfish Foundation’s Captains Advisory Board. He is a repeat speaker at Lady's Let's Go Fishing seminars and has been interviewed for countless articles on fishing related subjects by all the major fishing magazines.
Captain Shawn Fairbanks
Captain Shawn Wilder Fairbanks is the son of the late Captain J.R Fairbanks, a renowned South Florida fisherman. A familiar face around town, Capt. Fairbanks has over 15 years of experience fishing in South Florida. From the intracoastal waters of Fort Lauderdale and Miami to the pristine waters of the Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands, inshore and offshore, Shawn has caught fish all over the state. He is an expert at targeting all different species of fish but specializes in live baiting and fly fishing for snook, redfish, tarpon, trout, permit and cobia. Shawn’s father raised him fishing and catching bluegill in diapers to large tarpon on light tackle, to now guiding more fishermen towards catching their dream. Capt. Fairbanks has been running his own charter business for over 4 years while successfully maintaining a solid customer base. Captain Fairbanks also has a custom rod building business, SaltH2O Customs. Please come join Capt. Shawn on his 18.5 foot Master Angler for the fishing experience of your life!
Captain Paul Hebert
Paul is a third-generation fisherman, who was taught as a young child by his father and grandfather. Paul is one of six brothers, all of which are involved in fishing. Currently, Paul is featured on the National Geographic television series Wicked Tuna, where he and other captains commercial fish for bluefin tuna. At the age of eight, he caught his first Bluefin using a handline! Paul is a very knowledgeable and skilled when it comes to both finding and reeling in monster tuna.
Captain Mike Holliday
Captain Mike Holliday has been a USCG licensed fishing guide out of Stuart, Florida since 1986, the same time he started writing about fishing for The Miami Herald. A renowned writer/photographer and author of two books on inshore fishing, Holliday has served in editorial positions with Florida Fishing Weekly and Florida Sportsman Magazine. His writing and photography credits include most regional and national fishing publications as well as newspaper stints with The Miami Herald, The Palm Beach Post, The Fort Pierce Tribune and The Stuart News. As a fishing guide, Holliday targets trophy snook, spotted seatrout, redfish, permit, tarpon and flounder on the Treasure Coast. Adept at leading spin, plug and fly anglers to the fish of a lifetime, he regularly pursues his targeted species in the Indian and St. Lucie Rivers and the nearshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Captain Andy Mill
Andy Mill's plethoric career has had deep traction as an Olympic athlete, broadcaster, angler and author.An elite alpine downhill ski racer, Mill led the United States in that event from 1974-1981. Mill enjoyed a 20 year broadcasting career, covering two Olympics and hundreds of network specials, including 81 fishing shows from around the world. His success is profound, winning more invitational fly tarpon tournaments than anyone and he is the only angler to have won a tarpon, bonefish and permit tournament on fly. In conjunction with his award winning book A Passion for Tarpon, he has found himself as one of our sports’ leading authorities.
Captain Ray Rosher
Ray is a second generation native of Miami. At the age of 16, his father and grandfather’s passion for fishing inspired him to pursue a career as a professional crewman. He has fished exclusively as a full-time fishing guide in South Florida and international waters for over 30 years. During the first 20 years Ray captained the "Tropicat," leading clients in Miami and Key Largo through years of success. Today Captain Ray operates Miss Britt Charters, which consists of two custom-built tournament-rigged sportfishing boats out of Monty’s Marina in Coconut Grove, Florida. He has 26 first place finishes in sailfish, marlin or swordfish tournaments as well as five tournament series titles. Over the years Capt. Ray has been fortunate enough to have great crew members and gear to take advantage of the countless types of fishing available in South Florida. During his long career he has participated in the sportfishing industry as an angler, crewman and sometimes even a customer on several other charter boats. These experiences have shaped his business philosophy that a hardworking and courteous crew, as well as a properly equipped and well maintained boat, are absolutely essential elements in the charter fishing business.
Captain Peter Wright
Peter Wright began working on charter sport fishing boats out of Hillsboro Inlet while still in grade school and fished many marlin tournaments in Bimini throughout high school and college. Wright has fished every season in Cairns, Australia since 1968 and has owned and operated a charter boat in Kona, Hawaii for 5 years. As a captain, Wright has caught more marlin over 1,000 pounds than any captain or angler in history and has won dozens of tournaments and guided his clients to numerous records. He currently resides in Stuart, Florida, serves as Editor at Large for "Marlin" Magazine, and is the head instructor for "Marlin University" program.