IGFA Chester H Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award 2011

A competitor's boat had a blue marlin on the line at the Roatan International Billfish Tournament when Capt. Loren Monterroso saw something about to go wrong: sharks had noticed the hooked fish and were circling in for an easy lunch. Giving up his chance to win the tournament, Capt. Monterroso quickly went to the marlin's aid and tossed out a line with a piece of tuna. He eventually lured the sharks away and allowed the competing boat to safely catch and release the fish.

Although he did not win the tournament, Capt. Monterroso's quick thinking and ethical decision won him the IGFA-Chester H. Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award, including an all-expenses paid trip on the 2012 IGFA Expedition to Costa Rica at The Zancudo Lodge, valued at $5,000. Tournaments and Official IGFA Clubs from around the world are invited to nominate anglers for this honor, and last year 20 fishing competitions shared stories like Monterroso's to highlight the best in fair play, graciousness, and respect on the water.


Watch Capt. Monterroso's video nomination for the IGFA-Chester H. Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.

Participating tournaments for the 2011 IGFA – Chester H. Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award:

1) 47th Port Antonio International Marlin Tournament
Port Antonio, Jamaica
Contact: Dr. Ron DuQuesnay
Nominee: Peter McConnell

2) Los Suenos Signature Billfish Series
Playa Herradura, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Contact: Ashley Bretecher
Nominee: Jimmy Taylor

3) Los Suenos Signature Billfish Series
Playa Herradura, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Contact: Ashley Bretecher
Nominee: Richard Tanner

4) Lyford Cay Offshore Fishing Tournament
Nassau, Bahamas
Contact: Basil Goulandris
Nominee: Mr. Paul King

5) Caicos Classic
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
Contact: Art Pickering
Nominee: Daniel Hibbeln

6) Jeff Alexander Memorial Billfish Tournament
Biloxi, Mississippi
Contact: Jimmy Taylor
Nominee: Rusty David

7) Sonny Johnson Memorial Tournament
Biloxi, Mississippi
Contact: Jimmy Taylor
Nominee: Shayne Malpass

8) The Presidential Challenge of Costa Rica
Camillo, Costa Rica
Contact : Joan Vernon
Nominee: J. Godwin

9) The Presidential Papagayo Cup
Papagayo, Costa Rica
Contact : Joan Vernon
Nominee: Ben White

10) 28th Treasure Cay Annual Billfish Tournament
Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
Contact: Sabine Kirchner
Nominee: Henry “Buck” Autrey

11) MBGFC 34th Annual Ladies Tournament
Orange Beach, Alabama
Contact: Allison Hixson
Nominee: Rosemarie Corte

12) Madeira Blue Marlin-4 Trofeu Antonio Ribeiro
Madeira, Portugal
Contact: Augusto Figueira
Nominee: Tiago Palma

13) Grand Hotel and Casino Vanuatu Marlin Classic
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Contact: Troy Neel
Nominee: Samantha Vale

14) XVIII Open de Baleares de Pesca de Altura
Pollença, Balearic Islands, Spain
Contact: Esteban Graupera
Nominee: Joan Alba

15) 58th International Billfish Tournament
Puerto Rico
Contact: Frankie Mirandes
Nominee: Mike Benitez

16) La Sfida Trofeo M. De Nardis
San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy
Contact: Massimo Brogna
Nominee: Luciano Orsetti

17) Roatan International Fishing Tournament –
2011 WINNER
Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Contact: Devin McNab
Nominee: Loren Monterroso

18) El Pescado Billfish Tournament
Jacksonville, FL
Contact: Lynn Layton
Nominee: Neil Subin

19) 20th Tonga Int. Billfish Tournament
Vava'u, Kingdom Of Tonga
Contact: Capt. Steve Campbell
Nominee: Sunny Hanif

20) Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup
Aruba Contact: Joan Vernon
Nominee: Theresa Sheil