For the second year in a row, Sport Fishing editor in chief Doug Olander has won first place for editorial excellence in the Boating Writers International annual writing contest, Fishing category - one of three national awards for editorial excellence the magazine has recently received.
During the Boating Writers International writing-contest awards ceremony at the Miami International Boat Show in February, the magazine nearly swept the Fishing category for articles published in 2005, winning both first and second place. The top award went to editor in chief Doug Olander for his November 2005 feature, "Invasion of the Red Demons," about the unprecedented giant-squid catches in early 2005 from California to Alaska. Contest judge Jim Hendricks commented, "Olander eloquently exploited our fascination with monsters of the deep. This unique and true story of ravenous giant squid and a burgeoning fishery off California grabbed and held my attention with all eight tentacles. The author's original subject matter, in-depth research and practical advice inked the deal."
Ron Eldridge, of La Sierra, California, and editor Trailer Boats magazine, earned the second-place award for his article "Stalking the Phantom," published in Sport Fishing's February 2005 issue. That feature looks at how top skippers target Southern California's white seabass. Suzuki Motor Corporation (www.suzukimarine.com) sponsors the Fishing category of the BWI contest (www.bwi.org), now in its 13th year. This year a total of 636 entries were judged.
Olander took first place in the same BWI contest the previous year with his feature "Great Grander Grounds," which appeared in the November 2004 issue of Sport Fishing.
Also announced in February: An award for the cover of Sport Fishing's July 2005 issue in NewsStand Resource magazine's (www.nrmag.com) annual contest. As designed by art director Tom McGlinchy, using a mako shark image by contributor Rich Herrmann, that cover received third place among titles with circulations of 100,000 to 499,999.