Veteran outdoor writer and regular contributor Frank Sargeant was presented the Homer Circle Fishing Communicator Award on July 12, 2011 at the annual International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) show in Las Vegas.
The prestigious award is presented by the Professional Outdoor Media association (POMA) and the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). It recognizes a journalist who exemplifies the spirit, dedication to fishing, extraordinary talent, and commitment to mentoring the next generation of sportfishing communicators.
“I’m honored to be presented an award named for fishing legend, Homer Circle,” said Sargent. “When I was a wet-behind-the-ears Homosassa, Fla. fishing guide who desperately wanted to be an outdoors writer, Homer is the man who took me under his wing.”
As an outdoor journalist and prolific book author, Sargeant has been telling recreational fishing’s story for 30 years.
“Frank’s biography of journalistic accomplishments and contributions in the sportfishing industry is encyclopedic,” said POMA Board of Directors Chairman and outdoor journalist Bill Miller. “His accomplishments are outshone only by his enviable skill at communicating the outdoor story and commitment to mentoring others. Frank has won more than 60 journalism awards, as well as the respect of the entire sportfishing community.”
“The POMA/ASA award recognizes the important role all outdoor communicators play in educating and informing the public about fishing, boating and wildlife conservation,” said ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman. “Frank is a strong conservation and recreational fishing advocate. This is a well-deserved honor.”
POMA accepts nominations year round for the Homer Circle Fishing Communicator Award. Nominees are not required to be affiliated with a communicator’s organization. The award is presented as deemed appropriate, not necessarily annually, during ICAST.