5th International Bonefish & Tarpon Symposium

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Fifth International Bonefish & Tarpon Symposium
November 7-8, 2014

Top scientists share their latest results on why the fish do what they do.

Top anglers and guides share their time-tested techniques for catching these iconic gamefish of the flats.

Join us for two full days of fascinating presentations by the world’s top tarpon, bonefish, and permit biologists mixed with enjoyable fishing and casting clinics taught by some of the world’s top anglers and instructors including Andy Mill.

Other guests include: Stu Apte, Bill Curtis, Will Benson, Joe Gonzalez, Steve Huff, Bob Branham, and Paul Tejera.


Click here to view the full event program and schedule online!

Schedule Of Events:


The Main Scientific Session will take place in the Events Hall at IGFA. This session will provide a venue for presentations and Q&A about the latest research of bonefish, tarpon, permit, and the fisheries.

  • Friday 8:30am – 4:50pm: opening presentation, bonefish, permit

  • Saturday 8:40am – 3:00pm: tarpon, angler action, Belize, economics

Two Initiative Sessions will take place on Saturday at the conference room at the Courtyard Hotel (adjacent to IGFA). These sessions will include presentations specific to the Initiatives followed by Discussion.

  • Bahamas Initiative, 9:00am – Noon, Sponsored by Deep Water Cay

    • The goal of this session is to summarize progress to date, highlight the ongoing collaborations, outline plans for moving forward, and discuss progress, threats, and future collaborations
  • Florida Keys Initiative, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Sponsored by The Wildlife Foundation of Florida

    • The goal of this session is to summarize progress to date, ongoing and planned research and conservation efforts, and discuss plans for moving forward.


Panel Discussions

These Panels provide a venue for experts to share their fishing strategies with attendees, share their thoughts about the state of the fishery, and answer questions from audience members.

  • Tarpon Panel Discussion, Friday 10:00AM – Noon. Moderator Andy Mill. Gulf Stream Room. Sponsored by Hardy

  • Bonefish Panel Discussion, Friday 3:00PM – 5:00PM. Moderator Russ Fisher. Dolphin Room at Courtyard Marriott. Sponsored by ColdPruf

  • International Panel Discussion, Saturday 10:00AM – Noon. Moderator Luis MenocalGulf Stream Room. Sponsored by Belcampo Belize

  • Legends Panel Discussion, Saturday 1:00PM – 3:00PM. Moderator Jeff Storm Harkavy. Gulf Stream Room. Sponsored by Nautilus Reels

  • Permit Panel Discussion, Saturday 3:30PM – 5:30PM. Moderator Bill StrohGulf Stream Room. Sponsored by Costa


Fly Tying

The IGFA Lobby will house tables for invited fly tiers and for sponsors. These tables will be present all day Friday, Saturday through 4pm. Fly tying is sponsored by Fay Ranches Inc.

Fly Tiers Include:   Enrico Puglisi, Tim Borski, Peter Smith, Tim Blair, Rick Carl, Joe Mahler, Andrei Stroman, Ryan Curley, Don Reed.

  • Enrico Puglisi Fly Tying Clinic - Friday 1:00PM – 2:40PM, Gulf Stream Room, Sponsored by Enrico Puglisi Flies



There will be multiple fishing-related clinics Friday and Saturday. Most clinics will take place outside, with one clinic in the Gulf Stream Room.

  • Hell’s Bay presents a Distance and Accuracy Fly Casting clinic with Capt. Joe Gonzalez and Capt. Todd Fuller, Friday 1:00PM – 2:30PM, Outside

  • Orvis presents Theory of Fly Rod Design with Shawn Combs, Friday 1:00PM - 2:00PM, Dolphin Room at Courtyard Marriott

  • BOTE Paddle Boards presents a Standup Paddle Board Demonstration, Friday 3:00PM – 4:00PM, Outside

  • Pat Ford Photography Clinic, Friday 3:00PM - 4:40PM, Gulf Stream Room
  • Hardy presents the Andy Mill Tarpon Clinic, Friday 5:00PM – 6:30PM, Gulf Stream Room

  • Casting Clinic with Capt. Steve Huff,  Saturday 10:00AM - 12:00PM, Outside

  • Hell’s Bay presents Light Tackle Techniques for the Flats with C.A. Richardson, Saturday 1:00PM – 2:30PM


Evening Activities

Film and Art Festival – Friday, Presented by Orvis

  • Art Festival, 6:30PM – 10:00PM, Lobby / Hall of Fame Room
  • Film Festival, 8:00PM –  9:00PM, Events Hall

  • Open bar sponsored by Tito's Homemade Vodka and SweetWater Brewing Company

Silent Auction and Banquet – Saturday, Sponsored by Carrabba's Italian Grill

  • Silent auction and cocktail hour, 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Events Hall and Lobby, Sponsored by Frontiers

  • Banquet, 7:30PM – 10:00PM, Hall of Fame Room


Be There. Celebrate the Fish—Support the Science.


Hotel Accommodations:

Courtyard Marriott (Sold Out)
400 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, Florida 33004

Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
4801 Anglers Avenue
Dania Beach, FL 33312

Homewood Suites by Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
2061 Griffin Road Dania Beach, FL 33312
Phone: (954) 967-9063

Fairfield Inn and Suites
2081 Griffin Road
Dania Beach, Florida 33312

1825 Griffin Road
Dania Beach, Florida 33004


More Info:  Phone 321-674-7758 or e-mail bob@bonefishtarpontrust.org

Event Chairman: Chris Peterson - Hell's Bay Boatworks

Event Committee: Aaron Adams, Jeff Storm Harkavy, Mike Duckworth, Bill Stroh, Luis Menocal, Alex Lovett-Woodsum, Bill Klyn, Andy Mill, Steve Stanley

Event Sponsors:

COSTA STACK TAG CMYK hb-logo 200 carabbas logo250x75


View the full list of Symposium Sponsors

For more information on becoming an event sponsor click here or contact Glenn Pittard at glenn@bonefishtarpontrust.org