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In This Issue...

  1. President's Message
  2. IWFA Tournaments
  3. Farewell
  4. Members' Travelogue: Girls Out Fishing
  5. Special Recognition
  6. Scholarship Trust Announcements 
  7. Monthly Awards Milestones 
  8. Regional Representative Corner
  9. Conservation Corner
  10. Upcoming Events/Announcements 
  11. New Members
  12. Sponsors 

President's Message 

Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony in April. It was so nice to see members and their friends and family who came to network, to celebrate the past year's achievements, and to enjoy the lovely Sarasota Yacht Club and its surroundings.

At the luncheon, we announced the kick-off of our Junior Angler Program. It's off to a good start with 8 junior anglers competing for monthly and annual awards. Hopefully, you'll get to meet and welcome these up-and-coming members at the next luncheon.

It's never easy to say good-bye to members who have passed. May you rest in peace.

On the other hand, it's refreshing to see a long list of new members. Wow, welcome ladies! I hope you experience many years of enjoyment in this club.

Finally, I owe a huge shout out to our Board members and sponsors who keep this club humming along. Thank you for your dedication and involvement in our future.

Jill Gaddis
IWFA President 

IWFA Tournaments

Boca Grande Funament - The 2018 Boca Grande Funament was a tremendous success! The weather was great and over 442 fish were caught and released in 2 days! The event, which was held at the Innlet Hotel, included golf cart rides around town, sunsets, and lots of camaraderie.

Awards went to:

Largest fish - Suzie Villere 40" snook
Most Snook - Suzie Villere
Largest Redfish - Gail Kennedy McManus
Most Shark - Melissa Littlewood
Most Fish - Rebel Caplinger
Most Fish Day 1 - Team 6 (96 fish) Rebecca Strain, Lisa Everett, Rebel Caplinger
Most Fish Day 2- Team 9 (87 fish) Lorainne Francis, Jill Gaddis, Rebel Caplinger

The awards banquet was held at the beautiful Placida Harbour Club and catered by the Placida Grille. Thank you to Julie Brown for providing this lovely location. 



Louisiana SLAM  Tournament - The Redfish bite was out of this world! A total of 1,773 Redfish were released in the 3 day tournament and that number doesn't even include the other species caught that weren't able to be included on the score sheets. Congratulations to Jill Gaddis for her 1st Place finish, Julie Herbert for 2nd Place finish and Lauren Lemmon for 3rd Place finish. Everyone was a winner because, even though some did not place, it was a great time spent together surrounded by fellow members having a ball and doing what they all love to do, FISH!


Islamorada Backcountry Tournament:  October 21st kick off and fishing will be October 22nd - 24th, 2018.  

There are still some slots available, anyone interested in signing up, please visit the website and register or contact Kim Harrison at [email protected] 


In Loving Memory of the following IWFA members that we lost too soon!

Janeen Davis, Riviera Beach, FL, October 8, 1942 - March 29, 2018

Janeen became a member of the IWFA in 1987 and was one of our most enthusiastic. She fished throughout the years with other members, participating in many of the club tournaments and funaments, becoming good friends with many of us. She was born in Michigan and fished around the world with many of her friends. She was an amazing angler! Year after year, she loved fishing on the mothership and sportfisher known as the Madame and the Hooker. She fished in Hawaii, Costa Rica, Panama and countless other fabulous places. 

Janeen was also a longtime member of the West Palm Beach Fishing Club. She was a past winner of the famous Rea Trophy and the Silver Sailfish Derby for being the top angler; also won the IWFA Tarpon Tournament in Costa Rica. Janeen was also a recipient of the Fleming Tournament Award and her trophy case was full of countless other awards.  She was also a IGFA world record holder. There will never be another quite like Janeen! Her life was full of friends, fishing and fun. 

Janeen is survived by her son Eric Davis, his wife Nancy, Nancy's son Brandon, and her daughter Danielle. She is also survived by many sisters and brother in laws, and nieces and nephews. 

Lisa Byron, Palm Beach Gardens, FL - October 10, 1956 - August 22, 2017

Lisa passed away last year after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Coral Gables, FL and spent her childhood in Weston, CT. Lisa was a stockbroker and made her home in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Lisa is survived by her siblings, Wendy, Holly and Ted, nieces and nephews and her beloved Chihuahuas. 

Lisa loved to cruise and went on at least two cruises per year. She had a passion for travel and especially loved going on cruises where she met so many new friends. She loved meeting new people; she never knew a stranger! She loved South Florida and her two Chihuahuas, Piper and Cubby, whom she gave to her housekeepers.  She also loved the IWFA and took very good care of (her mother) Kay (Young) in her last few years.  - Sister, Wendy Young

Maria Succop, New Smyrna Beach, FL - July 29, 1958 - May 28, 2018


Maria Succop, 59, passed away May 28, 2018 after a brief illness. She joined the IWFA in 2000 and over the years, achieved numerous awards, including the Newcomer Award, the Rybovich and the prestigious Crowninshield, in addition to attaining the IWFA 500 Club level.  Maria loved to fish and was still counting her catches until this May!

Maria was born in Havana, Cuba and came to Miami as a child.  She and her husband Henry were not only partners in life but also partners in fishing.  They were married for 32 years and recently moved from Miami to New Smyrna Beach, FL.

Maria and Pam Marmin became friends when they both were members of the South Florida Fishing Club in the 90’s.   Pam remembers regularly talking with Maria on the VHF radio, each sharing stories about their releases of the day.  Maria'a reports always left the best for last.... one day she reported  3 Little Tunny’s, 2 Kingfish, 1 Barracuda and, after a pause... oh, and 3 Sailfish!  

“I can honestly say that looking back, Maria's happiest moments were when she was fishing and especially when she landed a special catch. I'm grateful to the IWFA for providing her a format to pursue her love of fishing. She was always very proud of each and every award that she received.” - Husband, Henry Succop

The fishing community along with her IWFA family and friends will miss Maria. If we had one prayer it would be that we could fish again together up there. - Member, Pam Marmin

  Members Travelogue: Girls Out Fishing

Addie Caplinger, member of our Junior Angler Program,  shows off her 2 White Marlin release flags after a day of fishing with her mother, IWFA member Rebel Caplinger, aboard the Whoo Dat.  


Mary Muratori with Capt. Kirk Waltz  with a 55 pound Cobia she caught while fishing in Jacksonville, FL. 


Connie O'day, Ellen Matthews, and Rose Ippolito on a fly fishing expedition in Yellowstone National Park, Lamar and Madison.

It was Ladies Night at the Harbor Trucks Insider Fishing Report in August and our Miami and Keys ladies represented the IWFA on the show. Florida Keys member, Brooke Black, was featured on the show and spoke about the club, shared some member pictures and talked about some of our Scholarship Trust award recipients. To watch the show in its entirety, please go to


Junior Angler Emma Hunt displays a bass she caught while out fishing with her grandmother, Connie O'day. Junior Angler Sydney and her grandmother, Pam Marmin, had a fun day of Snook fishing together in Stuart, FL.


Happy fishing!

Special Recognition

Congratulations to the members that received awards at the Annual IWFA Luncheon in April. We would also like to thank everyone that attended and made the trip to the Sarasota Yacht Club.  For more information on all of the awards and recipients, please visit the website under the Annual Awards for 2017 tab. 

 Anne D. Crowninshield Trophy - Mary Muratori - 77 species for 103,285 points - 3rd time

Ginny Sherwood Trophy - Lorraine Francis - 24 species for 44480.83 points - 3rd time

Kay Rybovich Trophy - Carmen Perez-Padron - 43 species for 53,696 point - 1st time



Scholarship Trust Announcements

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 2018 IWFA Scholarship recipients

To help further one of the IWFA chartered objectives, the field of conservation, the IWFA established the IWFA Scholarship Trust to provide financial aid to marine science graduate students. Through the generosity of IWFA members the Scholarship Trust was able to award over $33,000 to students in 2018.

The following is a list of this year’s recipients.


 2017-2019 TRUSTEES

Chairmen Pam Marmin, Vice Chairmen Lisa O Everett, Secretary Gail Kennedy-McManus, Treasurer Joan Vernon , Trustees:  Roberta Arostegui, Brooke Denkert-Black, Betsy Bullard, Glenda Kelley, Diane Locke, Connie O’Day, Suzie Villere, and IWFA President, Jill Gaddis.


Monthly Awards Milestones 

Congratulations to the following member(s) who have earned such incredible milestones! These monthly award numbers include the March to August stats. Happy Fishing!

Nancy Llacuna, Cape Coral, FL -  1st Monthly Award

Corinne Noel North- Fuller, Sarasota, FL - 1st Monthly Award

Rosemary White, Clearwater, FL - 1st Monthly Award

Mary Edmonds, Merango, IL - 10th Monthly Award

Shelly Parker, Auburndale, FL - 10th Monthly Award

Brenda Moore, Pearland, TX - 50th Monthly Award

Kathy Gillen, Fort Lauderdale, FL - 100th Monthly Award

Dr. Joanne Kolius, Hobe Sound, FL - 150th Monthly Award 

 Regional Representative Corner 

Janice Sands - Regional Representative for Miami Dade County


Why did you volunteer as a Regional Representative?

Being the Regional Representative is a wonderful way to stay in touch with the ladies in my area and also stay in the know of what is happening with the IWFA worldwide.  I enjoy seeing how the area ladies are doing and welcoming the new members.

What do you see as your primary role as a Regional Representative?

My primary role as a Regional Representative is to inform the Miami-Dade/Broward members about the exciting things happening with the IWFA.  I get to announce and congratulate ladies on accomplishments; welcome new members and plan get togethers.  I am also the conduit between the individual member and the Board.  

What do you enjoy most about being a Regional Representative?

I enjoy talking to my friends and making new ones.  It has been a privilege to invite ladies to events, send out congratulatory notices and to participate in IWFA functions with the local gals! Recently, a group of us enjoyed being on the Harbor Trucks Florida Insider Fishing Report with Rick Murphy. 

Do you have any plans for events in your territory?

Donna Wilson has been planned a get together for our friend Mari, who is visiting from Japan. Several members have mentioned going out to dinner to just share stories, so I hope to arrange for that in October. Perhaps we will get a little fishing time in, too!  

Conservation Corner

 In South Florida this summer, one ecological scourge has piled on top of another. First came the red tide, a flotilla of microorganisms that dyed the sea rust and eventually stretched out along 100 miles of the Gulf Coast. Oxygen-starved fish, manatees, dolphins and turtles littered beaches and waterways, in numbers too vast to count. In one marina, so many fish went belly up that they appeared to pave a walkway across the water. The foul siege reached from Sarasota nearly to the tip of Florida by early June, when ecological insult No. 2 arrived. A green film of cyanobacteria appeared, as it regularly does in summer, in vast Lake Okeechobee. But this year the bacteria also spilled over into rivers and canals, which carried the toxic green sludge east to the Atlantic Ocean and west to the Gulf of Mexico. More than 15,000 bodies of water around the U.S. are now in peril because of nutrient pollution, and each year we are starting to feel the consequences.

According to the Miami Herald, “Over the last decade, as the state fought federal efforts to protect water, it shrunk its own environmental and water-management agencies, and cut funding to an algae task force, therefore monitoring for water quality has plummeted. While one crisis after another hit Florida, state and federal funding that paid for a massive coastal network with nearly three decades of information dwindled from about 350 stations to 115, according to Florida International University’s Southeast Environmental Research Center. That included Pine Island Sound, ground zero for the worst of the current red tide fish kills where sampling was halted in October 2007, and shutting down a 49-station network across the Florida Shelf started in 1995. In 2014, the state cut funding to about 30 percent of the stations in Biscayne Bay where half the seagrass has died in the last six years.”

Better monitoring alone wouldn’t have spared the state from a summer-long algae bloom on the lake choking the Caloosahatchee River with blue-green slime and a red tide dumping dead fish, sea turtles, and other marine life on the west coast. Both are fed by too much pollution. But better monitoring could have provided more warning about the lake, and critical information for better understanding and fighting red tide and other water woes around the state. Praying for solutions!
Read more here:

Modern Fish Act Update: On July 11, 2018 the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 200, a bipartisan bill that includes the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (Modern Fish Act). This historic vote marks the first time the priorities of the recreational fishing sector are included in the reauthorization of our nation’s primary marine fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. This legislation addresses many of the challenges faced by recreational anglers, including allowing alternative management tools for recreational fishing, reexamining fisheries allocations and improving recreational data collection. The bill aims to benefit fishing access and conservation by incorporating modern management approaches, science and technology to guide decision-making. “The Modern Fish Act represents the collective priorities of the recreational fishing community for improving federal marine fisheries management. There are 11 million saltwater anglers in the U.S. who have a $63 billion economic impact annually and generate 440,000 jobs. This legislation will help ensure that the economic, conservation and social values of saltwater recreational fishing will continue well into the future.”

CCA Florida: Habitat restoration initiatives - including reef development - play a roll in our state's water quality and the health of our fisheries. After a year of planning, 665 tons of concrete materials were deployed to create the CCA John Michael Baker Reef in Broward County (N 26 09.4600 W 80 04.1300) in 150 - 160 ft. of water. Thank you CCA Florida!

Connie O'Day - Conservation Chair

Upcoming Events/Announcements

Upcoming Events 

Plans are underway for the next Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. More information will be forthcoming.


Board Member Wanted - Membership Chair

If you can commit to just a few hours per month to support the IWFA, please contact Jill Gaddis [email protected] to find out if this opportunity is right for you.  We're especially looking for someone who is well-organized and is comfortable working on a computer.



Find us and follow @womensfishingassociation on Instagram and be sure to use the hashtag #IWFA to be featured in our posts. 

 Please be sure to check our website frequently for announcements, information, and a calendar of all upcoming events

New Members


The IWFA would like to wish a warm welcome to the following ladies that have joined our amazing club since March 2018.

Shelly Parker, Auburnda, FL

Samantha Johns Mumford, Fredericks, TX

Elizabeth Querbes, Cudjoe Key, FL

Rosemary White, Clearwater, FL

Linda Balavage, Lakewood, FL

Chessy Rica, Palm Beach, FL

Priscilla Horn, Luling, LA

Dianne Lemmon, Salley, SC

Melissa Baum, Weatherford, TX

Jennifer Parker, Ocean Isle, NC

Jennifer Cameron, Stuart, FL

Allison Stattner, Jupiter, FL

Kelly Linardos, Dunedin, FL


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