MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Feb. 17, 2006 - The Miami International Boat Show yesterday inducted long-time South Florida fishing columnist Jim Hardie into the Big Game Room Hall of Fame.
Hardie, whose byline has appeared in The Miami Herald since 1967 and in The Stuart News since 1983, was recognized on opening day of the Greatest Boat Show in the World for his outstanding contributions to the sport of big game fishing.
A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Hardie holds the distinction as Florida's first outdoor writer to reel in a swordfish. The catch in 1976 weighted 366 pounds. Hardie's other memorable catches include a 690-pound giant Bluefin Tuna at Prince Edward Island in Canada and a three-Marlin afternoon in Key West, Fla. Throughout his career, he has had the honor of fishing with celebrities, including Ted Williams, Jack Nicklaus and John Wayne.
Hardie is a past president of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and the Southeast Outdoor Press Association. Twenty-two years ago, he teamed with the late Tex Schramm of the Dallas Cowboys to start the Blue Marlin World Cup, in which anglers across the globe fish on July 4th. The angler catching the heaviest Blue Marlin wins.