One of the IGFA's most anticipated events of the year is its popular online auction with plenty of spirited bidding from the world over, is now underway on the conservation association's website www.IGFA.org.
The online auction features a wide variety of over 125 fishing items - with more being added each day - and is running as the lead-up to the 27th Annual IGFA International Auction & Banquet, Friday, January 28 at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
"This online auction has become a very fun and anticipated event in itself," said the IGFA's Lesley Arico. "Typically 20 - 25% of the online bidding have been the winning bids in the past, and from across the globe.
"The online portion will be underway for over two months ending at 9 a.m. EST on January 24. The high bid becomes the starting bid for each item at the banquet event on the 28th. All bids are in U.S. dollars. Bid raises must be increased by at least $5 increments.
Anglers and enthusiasts can win everything from amazing artwork to world-class fishing trips, from powerful motors to gorgeous jewelry, and from hand-tied flies to books for armchair anglers.
Trips, trips and more fishing trips to great destinations
"There are over 40 guided fishing trips and adventures around the world up for bid on the website."
Here's a sample of three of those exotic trips:
- A trip to fish aboard Reel Blue in the Similian Islands, off the coast of southern Thailand features a three day/two night full board charter for up to four people on board Reel Blue, Wahoo's Fishing Flagship and one of the most luxurious fishing charter vessels in Asia. Reel Blue is a brand new G2 Riviera 47 a formidable fishing machine outfitted with the very best in comfort and equipment plus three meals per day prepared by the on-board cook. Add to that another full day of fishing aboard Reel Hooker and another full day aboard Wahoo Four and you have one fantastic fishing package. Does not include airfare and any accommodations in Phuket. Valid through January 2012. Donated by Wahoo Big Game Fishing (Thailand) Co., Ltd., courtesy of James Neilson. www.wahoo.ws
- Costa Rica Fishing at the Zancudo Lodge where over 60 IGFA World Records have been set, is world-renown for its inshore and offshore fishing, is an Orvis-endorsed lodge named "Best Fishing Lodge in Costa Rica" by Pacific Coast Sportfishing Magazine in 2009 located on Costa Rica's "Southern Zone." This three-night/three-day trip for two includes three days of fishing on one of resort's center consoles and twin-vee catamarans with tuna towers. The chef offers a wide variety of culinary specialties ranging from the "catch of the day" prepared just the way you like it, to imported juicy steaks, topped off with an awesome assortment of decadent desserts. Does not include transfer from San Jose to Golfito. Donated by The Zancudo Lodge, courtesy of Gregg Mufson. www.thezancudolodge.com
- The Peacock Bass Fishing Package at Kalua Pesca in Amazonas features a six night/five-day fishing trip for two aboard the luxurious mothership Kalua in Brazil. The winning anglers arrive in Manaus, Amazonas one day prior to the Kalua's departure to an incredible peacock bass fishery where anglers are guaranteed to catch some great fish. This all-inclusive fishing vacation begins with fishing from a 20' aluminum boat with two platforms, two cushioned seats, 30 hp outboard, 44-lb electric motor, with refreshments and lunch included each day. Donated by Kalua Pesca, courtesy of IGFA Representatives Ian Arthur de Sulocki and Ezequiel da Silva. www.kaluapesca.com.br/english/indexenglish.asp
Full descriptions of these trips and the many other items can be found now on the IGFA website.
Dr. Guy Harvey; featured artist
Arico said this year's featured artist is world-renowned conservationist and marine biologist Dr. Guy Harvey, who has donated his original piece "Sharp Turn."
"Guy's expert use of color brings this painting to life as a majestic black marlin quickly turns to pursue his next meal. The stunning 50" x 40 ½" acrylic on canvas painting is expected to be a highlight of the auction and banquet," she said.
Tickets to attend the banquet at The Breakers are $200 per person. For tickets, information about corporate tables, additional details about auction items or to make a donation of an item, please contact Ms Arico at 954-924-4222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.