That’s the question we askedt to several international fishing writers and industry types, asking them to keep answers brief.
For decades, the International Game Fish Association has held its annual "big event" - the banquet and auction - each winter at the very exclusive The Breakers Hotel, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
This year for the first time, the IGFA moved the event to the home field - specifically, the association's headquarters and museum in Dania Beach.
As editor and IGFA rep, I traveled down to Dania Beach to take in the Friday, Jan 27 event, and to see if the IGFA's HQ was up to handling the hundreds of attendees.
In truth, I loved it. I liked the venue far more than the breakers. I guess in part I felt the atmosphere was just a bit less formal and a bit more relaxed. And instead of eating dinner while enjoying the spectacle of live auction bidding in a cavernous ballroom, we ate under an amazing array of life-size fiberglass mounts, "swimming" just over our heads - so much more appropriate and, well, just more fun.
So, bottom line: One of the great events in the world of sport fishing just got even better.
PHOTO: The calm before the storm when the onslaught of approximately 300 guests will turn the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum into a hub of activity.
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