With hundreds of colorful fish mounts overhead it was the perfect setting for the multitude of fish stories being shared as five legends of the fishing world were inducted into the 10th annual IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla., USA.
The banquet in the IGFA's Great's Hall, brought smiles and laughs to hundreds in attendance as presenters, inductees and their family members shared countless memories.
The annual event recognizes inductees for the important contributions they have made to fishing through angling achievements, the arts, literature, science, education, communication, an invention or administration of fishery resources.
The five inductees included the late Henry Chee, a renowned Kona, Hawaii guide and innovator of offshore lures; the late Dr. Roy Dean, Mexico City, Mexico, founder of the Intl. Light Tackle Tournament Assoc., and early promoter of catch-and-release and researcher of billfish migration; Jimmy Houston, a professional bass fisherman and TV show host from Cookson, Okla.; Kay Rybovich, Palm Beach, Fla., co-founder of the Intl. Women's Fishing Assoc., conservationist and one of the grand ladies of sport fishing, and Karl Wickstrom, of Stuart, Fla., founder and editor-in-chief of Florida Sportsman magazine, who initiated and chaired the Save Our Sealife campaign that banned gill nets and revitalized Florida's inshore waters.
There are now 75 IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame members enshrined including Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Michael and Helen Lerner, Philip Wylie and John Rybovich.
Houston was also presented with an award from Cody Herman, marketing manager for Shimano who said, "We were pleased to present Jimmy Houston with a Crystal Cup and limited edition Reactor timepiece for decades of support for not only Shimano, but the entire fishing community. We could not be prouder of Jimmy's induction into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame."