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January 13, 2009

ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series to Include 2009 Florida Keys Outfitters IGFA Inshore World Championship

ESPN Outdoors announced today that the 2009 Florida Keys Outfitters IGFA Inshore World Championship will be broadcast as part of the second year of the ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series on ESPN2 and will be presented on other ESPN Outdoors multimedia platforms, including daily tournament coverage at

“The IGFA Inshore World Championship continues to set the standard in the industry as a top-tier event and the addition of the World Championship to the ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series schedule solidifies our position as a leader in outdoors events,” said Jamie Wilkinson, senior director of event operations and business development, ESPN Outdoors. “We feel it will provide us with some compelling content across all of our multimedia platforms.”

The championship, set for July 7-9 in Islamorada, Fla., began in 2001 and has grown into a premier inshore fishing event. Robert Collins of Naples, Fla., claimed the 2008 World Championship, his third in four years. At the 2009 World Championship, anglers will compete in two divisions: light tackle and fly fishing.

Anglers receive qualifying berths into the event by winning one of 36 inshore qualifying tournaments throughout the United States, Australia and Bahamas. The field will include 30 anglers, with 15 competitors in each of two divisions. Anglers will be scored on their ability to catch bonefish, tarpon, permit, redfish and snook.

“It makes sense to take the world’s greatest inshore fishing tournament to the largest outdoors network,” said Michael Myatt, IGFA chief operating officer. “People will want to watch the ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series to see the anglers compete for the IGFA World Championship title. ESPN Outdoors is growing the sport and making heroes.”

Sandy Moret’s Florida Keys Outfitters, a renowned saltwater fly fishing shop, will manage the championship operations, while the IGFA will remain the championship’s nonprofit benefactor with a fundraiser and auction to be held during the championship.

“Our goal is to take this tournament to new heights,” said Moret, an IGFA rules committee member. “ESPN Outdoors will be able to help expand the importance of the IGFA in continuing its role in preserving the traditions and heritage of sport fishing.”

For more information on the IGFA Inshore World Championship and qualifying tournaments, fishing fans can visit

The IGFA World Championship will be on the ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series schedule in 2009 along with five other events. ESPN Outdoors will release the entire schedule later this week.

For more information, contact ESPN Outdoors Communications at (407) 566-2208 or visit Visit for ESPN Outdoors’ latest releases, schedules and other news, plus photos, video and audio clips and more.

About International Game Fish Association
The International Game Fish Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. It was founded in 1939 and has members in over 125 countries. The association welcomes visitors to its 60,000 square foot IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Fla. The IGFA Web site is

About ESPN Outdoors
Since its inception in 1980, ESPN Outdoors has strived to inform and entertain anglers, hunters and people of all ages who enjoy the outdoors. ESPN Outdoors is committed to increasing awareness of and participation in outdoor activities, a direction best exemplified by television programming on ESPN2. Each year, ESPN Outdoors stages more than 30 marquee events, including the Bassmaster Classic. ESPN Outdoors is comprised of BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, and a growing array of multimedia platforms, including, and programming on ESPN2, in addition to promotions and activities that deliver a clear message of conservation and ethical sportsmanship.


Media Contacts: Anthony Bartkowski (407) 566-2135 or [email protected]
Doug Grassian (407) 566-2216 or [email protected]
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