In 1989 Al won his first of 13 awards from AFTCO's Tag a Tuna for Tomorrow Program (for bluefin, yellowfin and bigeye), and in 2011 was one of five selected from the U. S. to receive Sport Fishing magazine's Making a Difference Award. Al is always willing to share his knowledge, including details of where, when and how, and has done so in hundreds of articles and five books The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, To Catch A Tuna, Game Fish Tag Release, Over-Winter Striper Secrets and Island Stripers.
Vinny D'Anton of Wall has been getting some daylight action with small blues near his winter home in Sarasota, but after 45 minutes they turn off completely on his Chug Bug. Other anglers fishing from shore there also couldn't catch anything after that early bite before D'Anton went back to his car for a plug that often works in N. J. after the surface action dies out.
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) will hold their 34th International Fundraiser at 6 p. m. Saturday in the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel Marina at Fort Lauderdale, but you don't have to be there in order to participate in the auction of valuable prizes and trips. igfa.