ROFFS™ Fishy Times Newsletter – 161st Edition – Miami Boat Show, ROFFS™ Seminar, Winners & Updated IGFA Rules


ROFFS™ – 2017 Miami International Boat Show & Discount Plans

ROFFS™ will be exhibiting at the 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, from Thursday, February 16th, through Monday, February 20th, 2017 at the improved Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, Virginia Key, FL.

ROFFS™ will be located in the Sport Fishing Tent (Booth D306) – see map below. Stop by the ROFFS™ booth and chat with Dr. Roffer, and one of our expert fisheries oceanographers Greg Gawlikowski. Find out about our 2017 fishing plans, packages (click here) and special boat show discounts (click here). Come visit to just to talk fishing or fisheries oceanography! Free gift certificates available for interested people. We will add this to your seasonal discount plan also available at the show. Come to see what great marketing opportunities ROFFS™ provides advertisers to our very exclusive audience.

Please click HERE to read more about ROFFS™ and the 2017 Miami International Boat Show on our website now!

2016 ROFFS™ Winners Stand at 524 in 116 Major Tournaments!

*Information current as of February 7, 2017.
Please send photos for our website and display at boat shows. Please call with additions/corrections – 800-677-7633 or send us an E-MAIL.

So Far in 2016, we have had 524 winners in 116 major tournaments putting our 26 year tally at 7917!

Above: 2016 Blue Marlin Grand Championship AL – 1st Place Tournament Champion & 1st Place Heaviest Blue Marlin Thomas Turner, Captain Joey Birbeck, Josh Goodson & Keller Bankston (You Never Know).
Please click HERE to view our full 2016 winners list on our website now!

Reminder This Weekend: Dr. Mitchell Roffer from ROFFS™ to Participate in Upcoming Melbourne, FL Saltwater Sportsman Seminar

Mitch will be speaking at the Melbourne, FL George Poveromo Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series this Saturday February 11, 2017.  Everyone who attends will receive a certificate for a FREE analysis from ROFFS™! Please click the link below or call the office at 321.723.5759 for more information.

Please click HERE to read more and to purchase tickets now!

Updated Videos on ROFFS™.com – Be Sure to Check Out the “Hot News” Button on the ROFFS™ Homepage

Dangerous Hotel!                        

This might be the most dangerous hotel in the world. Video Courtesy: Tech Insider | Facebook
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Drug Sub!                      

The Coast Guard Cutter Stratton crew seizes bales from a self-propelled semi-submersible submarine interdicted in international waters off the coast of Central America, July 19, 2015. The Coast Guard recovered more than 6 tons of drugs from the 40-foot vessel. Video by 94th Airlift Wing. Video Courtesy: AiirSource Military | YouTube
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An unbelievable sighting near Jupiter! We came across over 10 Sawfish in two different locations. There were so many it was hard to train the camera on one at a time. Video Courtesy: John Dickinson | YouTube
Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now!

Up Close Volcano!                      

Up-close look at the Kilauea volcano lava stream at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a gushing torrent of liquid rock. Video Courtesy: ABC News | Facebook
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Here’s what NASA saw when it landed on Saturn’s largest moon. Video Courtesy: Tech Insider | Facebook
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IGFA: Changes to the International Angling Rule
Press Release Courtesy: | Originally Published: February 2017

Assisting the Angler
Current IGFA International Angling Rules state that “the act of a person other than the angler touching the rod, reel, or line either bodily or with a device once the fish strikes or takes the bait” constitutes a disqualification.  However, nowhere in the IGFA’s rules do we discuss the legality of another person touching or making contact with the angler. The IGFA is frequently questioned on the legality of touching the angler while they are fighting a fish. In order to clarify this important subject, the IGFA will be adding the following language to the section 3 of Disqualifying Acts: “Holding or touching an angler in a manner that assists them in fighting the fish or takes pressure off the angler. Touching or briefly holding the angler to prevent them from falling does not constitute a disqualification”. This change is effective April 1, 2017.

Backing & Top-Shot
Current IGFA International Angling Rules state: “If the fishing line is attached to backing, the catch shall be classified under the heavier of the lines.”  This rule has long been contested in cases where the main line or top shot is lighter than the underlying backing, as logic dictates that the lighter line will break before the heavier backing. This is also contrary to IGFA angling rules for fly fishing where the catch is categorized based on the breaking strength of the class tippet, which must be a minimum of 15 inches.

To address this issue, IGFA will be making the following alterations to Equipment Regulation A:
• Title change from “LINE” to “LINE & BACKING”
• Adding a new subsection that reads: “3. The use of backing is permissible.”
• Adding a new subsection that reads: “4. The catch shall be classified under the breaking strength of the first 16.5 feet (5 meters) of line directly preceding the double line, leader or hook.  This section must be comprised of a single, homogenous piece of line.”

Please click HERE to read the full press release from the IGFA on our website NOW!

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