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President George H.W. Bush among those inducted into fishing hall of fame

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The International Game Fish Association named five “fishing greats” to the 2019 IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2019 includes IGFA world record holder and conservationist Terri Andres, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, fisheries policy advocate Robert Hayes, pelagic game fish researcher Dr. Julian Pepperell, and tackle industry leader and conservationist Yasuhiko Tsunemi.

“From pioneering fishing lodge operators to global political leaders to noted marine scientists, the 2019 IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Inductees are a diverse group who cut a wide wake of accomplishment in the recreational angling community,” said IGFA president Nehl Horton in a statement.

President Bush was a passionate recreational angler, often targeting striped bass and bluefish offshore his home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and chasing bonefish on the flats off of Islamorada, Fla. He caught a 135-pound tarpon in the Florida Keys with guide George Wood, and established 56 wildlife refuges during his presidency.

Hayes, who has served as council to the Coastal Conservation Association and as chairman of the Center for Sportfishing Policy, has been a key strategist in several U.S. federal recreational fisheries laws.

Andrews has achieved nine IGFA World Records, including a 96-pound Pacific sailfish on a 2-pound line and a 364-pound black marlin caught on a 16-pound line. The owner of Tropic Star Lodge in Panama stopped awarding bonus money to captain and crew for landing billfish, and became a proponent for use of circle hooks, making them mandatory at her lodge.

Pepperell developed the Australian Game Fish Tagging Program, and a code of practice for recreational fishing in Australia.

Tsunemi established a business tackle wholesale business in Tokyo, and successfully developed a conservation plan to stop development of Tokyo Bay.

“We are excited about the opportunity to honor these unique individuals for their commitment to game fish conservation and ethical angling,” Horton added.

The 2019 IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Sept. 14 at Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Mo.

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