Along with me, IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser and Dr. Randy Kochevar from Stanford University (IGFA's partner in the Great Marlin Race) were on sight to distribute and help anglers deploy the 10 tags. Each sponsor received an instructional DVD, a tag and a tag applicator pole. And speaking of tag applicator poles, we were not quite prepared for the overwhelming interest and subsequently ended up 5 tagging poles short. The impediment was quickly resolved however when Jason and I located a True Value hardware store in Old San Juan where we proceeded to build five additional tagging poles out of Randy's spare titanium applicator tips, mop handles and $2.50 worth of other parts. We dubbed this model of tag stick the "Presidente Edition", which had less to do with me being IGFA President and more to do with the several cold Presidente Cervezas that Jason and I consumed while thinking up a suitable design. The only thing more unsettling than attaching a $4,000 satellite tag to a tag applicator pole worth less than $10 was to then hand it over to the sponsor who just paid the $4,000 for the tag. In the end, the poles worked great and we managed to get 7 of the ten tags deployed during the tournament, despite it being cut one day short due to Tropical Storm Maria. The remaining 3 tags will be deployed by the sponsors on their next marlin and will count towards the San Juan GMR even though they were not deployed during the event. The winner of the San Juan GMR will receive a free entry into next year's tournament.