The IGFA School of Sportfishing to host fourteen seminars October 31-November 3, 2013 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is long renowned for being the world's largest event of its kind, featuring more than three billion dollars worth of boats, yachts, super yachts, electronics, engines, and thousands of boating accessories from every major marine manufacturer and boat builder worldwide. The 54th edition of the show will take place October 31– November 4, 2013 and cover more than 3 million square feet of space, both on land and in the water.
But if all that isn't enough, there are at least seven more reasons to make this the year for serious fishermen to head to Ft. Lauderdale: the IGFA School of Sportfishing will be hosting fourteen 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 seven of the most experienced fishermen on the water. Admission to seminars are free with paid boat show admission.
Click here to learn more about the IGFA School of Sportfishing, a very serious sport fishing school for very serious sport fishermen!
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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
School of Sportfishing Seminar Schedule
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IGFA School of Sportfishing Instructors
Captain RJ Boyle
Artist, angler, tackle shop owner: RJ Boyle is a hard working member of the sportfishing community. Swordfishing is RJ's area of expertise and he enjoys sharing his knowledge with others who share the same passion as he does. Attention to detail and a serious work discipline have allowed RJ to compete at the highest levels in the big game fishing world. In applying these elements of detail to daytime swordfishing, RJ is revered as one of the sports most accomplished anglers. The RJ Boyle Studios, his tackle shop and gallery, is the premier outfitter for all your offshore fishing needs, with unique specialization in swordfishing tackle and a wide range of the finest baits.
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 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 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 Bouncer Smith
Fishing for over 56 years, including 43 as a full-time professional, Capt. Bouncer Smith has caught over 13,000 billfish as well as countless other species, many of which landed spots in the IGFA World Record books for him and his clients. He has devoted his life to sharing fishing with others, through his radio shows, magazine articles, seminars, and time on the water. For years, Bouncer has made thousands of fishing dreams come true for friends and customers chartering his boat, “Bouncer’s Dusky,” a 33’ center-console docked in Miami, Florida. Recognized as one of sportfishing’s all time greats, Capt. Bouncer has received multiple honors including the Captain of the Year Award, the Met Hyman Award, the Fort Lauderdale Billy Club Award and in 2008 he was inducted into the Miami Boat Show Big Game Room Hall of Fame. Also in 2008, Capt. Bouncer and his crew won the award for the most Atlantic sailfish tagged and released. He is a major proponent of marine conservation and contributes very generously to a number of great causes including the Make A Wish Foundation, Easter Seals, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Capt. Bouncer shares his love of the ocean and fishing with children and adults from the novice fisherman to the tournament sports fisherman. He loves the excitement of fishing, whether he’s catching bait or monster tarpon and marlin.