Raleigh Werking was recently honored with the 2011 C.J. McElroy Award, presented by Safari Club International. The award is presented annually to those in the industry who make great contributions to the sport of hunting or fishing, achieve excellence in the sport worldwide, display a dedication to the conservation of wildlife and have a history of service to the global community and Safari Club International's goals.
Werking, who oversees public relations/marketing for Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, is considered one of the leading authorities on light-tackle fishing. He has broken 65 world records recognized by the IGFA and National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. He is also recognized as a dedicated conservationist who has promoted catch-and-release for all billfish. He is a leading advocate for the use of circle hooks.
Werking has been featured in Sport Fishing and other saltwater fishing magazines, including Marlin, Salt Water Sportsman, Outdoor Life and Field and Stream. He has appeared as a guest on many leading fishing and hunting shows.
As a member of Tropic Star Lodge, Werking worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make a dream come true for a young man, Jacob Snyder, and his family. He is also a founding member of the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust Unlimited organization.