There are very few times in flats fishing history when a collection of the most acclaimed saltwater-fishing pioneers and companies have gotten together under the same roof. Then, of course, there are few events like the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust International Science Symposium, which occurs only once every three years. With a mission and common goal in mind – to conserve and restore bonefish, tarpon and permit fisheries and habitats through research, stewardship, education and advocacy – the Symposium brings together a collection of the best of the best in saltwater angling.
The BTT’s 6th International Science Symposium took place November 10-11, 2017, at the Bonaventure Resort and Spa in Weston, Florida. Hundreds of people came from all over to support and learn more about efforts to preserve these precious habitats, which are so important to us as anglers and stewards of the water. The Symposium’s schedule was jam-packed with seminars from some of the world’s top anglers, including Hell’s Bay pros Stu Apte, Capt. C.A. Richardson and Andy Mill (to name a few), who shared some of their techniques for targeting game fish of the flats. In addition to angling and casting seminars, there were dozens of other planned sessions such as fly-tying clinics, a photography clinic with Pat Ford, and expert discussion panels on tarpon, bonefish and permit – and much more!
In addition to having our tower Estero, Biscayne, Professional and Marquesa models on display at the event, the Hell’s Bay team was able to attend some of the planned sessions, the Art and Film Festival, and the Saturday night banquet. Nearly 600 people were in attendance at the banquet that honored conservation leaders and raised funds during a live auction of bucket-list destination trips, fine art and top-of-the-line fishing gear.
Possibly the most memorable part of the weekend was sharing a room with the Angling Legends panel. Here, a collection of some of saltwater fishing’s true pioneers and champions of conservation drew from over 300 years of collective guiding and fishing experience to share reminiscences and stories.
“We are proud to support BTT. Its diligence in conservation and restoration of critical game-fish habitat is something that Hell’s Bay is deeply invested in. We’re honored to have been a part of this year’s Symposium and look forward to a continued relationship with the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.”
-Chris Peterson, President & Owner of Hell’s Bay Boatworks
If you’d like to learn more about the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s mission and current initiatives or would like to become a member of this great non-profit organization, head over to their website.