DANIA BEACH, Fla. Five men will be inducted into the International
Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame, this fall. The class of
2005 includes Stuart "Stu" C. Apte, John L. Morris, George Parker,
Donald J. Tyson and Edward vom Hofe.
The star-studded enshrinement ceremony and dinner, sponsored by Rolex,
will be held Tuesday, October 25, at 6 p.m. at the IGFA Fishing Hall of
Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Fla. The public is invited.
Each year the honorees are selected for the important contributions they
have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements,
literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication, or
administration of fishery resources.
Inductees and contributions
Stuart "Stu" C. Apte: An all-around angler considered a pioneer in fly
fishing for tarpon. In the 1960s Apte developed a huge following as a
Florida Keys guide. He's also a writer, photographer and holder of more
than 40 IGFA world records.
John L. Morris: Best known as the founder of Bass Pro Shops,
one of the world's leading suppliers of fishing tackle, Morris is a
five-time qualifier for the Bassmaster Classic, an ardent
conservationist and an IGFA Trustee Emeritus.
George Parker: One of the first captains to charter regularly
out of Kona, Parker caught Hawaii's first blue marlin over 1,000 lb in
1954, then went head-to-head with scientists until the grander was
properly identified as a Pacific blue marlin.
Donald J. Tyson: Tyson is a passionate billfisherman dedicated to
tagging and releasing the world's great fish for future generations. As
IGFA Trustee, he played a major role in making the IGFA Fishing Hall of
Fame & Museum a reality.
Edward vom Hofe: He produced fly and salmon reels, in the mid and
late 1800s then began responding to the demands of saltwater anglers.
Vom Hofe reels were known for their craftsmanship and dependability, the
reel of choice for well-heeled, blue water fishermen. He died in 1920
at the age of 74.
Joining Andy Mill on stage as the masters of ceremonies will be Mark
Sosin who was inducted in the 2004 IGFA Hall of Fame enshrinement class.
There are currently 55 Hall of Fame members enshrined including Ernest
Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie
and Ted Williams.
The evening will include a cocktail reception, silent auction, the
induction ceremony and dinner. Special sponsorships and sponsor tables
are available. For reservation information please call 954-924-4222.