Contributor Archives: Natalie Muccillo

Remember the Importance of Memorial Day

IWS ScaleMaster would like to remind everyone of those who make sacrifices to protect our nation by serving in all branches of the military. Take some time this Memorial Day to give back in some way and show appreciation to those men and women who serve fearlessly.  To all the active duty and retired forces, we say thank you. And to the families of those who serve- we thank you for the sacrifices you make everyday in support of your soldiers.
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IGFA Offshore World Championship 2012

The “Olympics of Sportfishing” is back. The IGFA Offshore World Championship is just around the corner, and we at ScaleMaster, the Official Weigh Station for the tournament, couldn’t be more excited to see what all you fishermen hook in those warm waters down off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Anglers come from far and wide to participate in this event.

Here is a message from our President, expressing her continued enthusiasm for this fishing competition. “IWS ScaleMaster is thrilled to be a sponsor of the annual IGFA Offshore World Championship where our ScaleMaster II has been used to weigh all fish brought to the docks over these many years. Many friends and World Records have been made around the world since we started in 1984 and we look forward to our continued partnership with a keen eye on conservation, catch and release and sustainable fishing. Thanks to Dan Jacobs and Lynda Wilson for their tireless efforts and continued support along with the IGFA and many, many others. To all the teams, good luck fishing!”–Giesela Muccillo.

LOS CABOS – IGFA Offshore World Championship
Time: May 13, 2012 at 6pm to May 18, 2012 at 7pm
Location: Los Cabos
City/Town: Los Cabos BCS
Organized By: IGFA

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TTGFA Marlin Madness Tournament

It’s time to gear up for the TTGFA Marlin Madness Tournament out of Pigeon Point, Tobago. The tournament will take place April 18th to the 21st, 2012. The winner of this tournament will receive TT$1,000,000 and an invitation to the 2013 IGFA Offshore Championship in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. With the other prizes up for grabs, the turnout is sure to be outstanding.
This tournament not only earns money for the small island of Tobago, but is also a poster tournament for conservation thanks to the hard work of the Trinidad & Tobago Game Fish Association.

“The principle objectives for which the Association is formed are to encourage the development of fishing as a sport; to assist in the conservation of marine resources, to co-operate with other organizations with similar objectives; to assist in the dissemination of knowledge in marine and fishing matters; to promote; legislation for conservation of piscatorial and other maritime affairs and to promote all such causes as are incidental or conducive to the above.”

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The Presidential Challenge-Costa Rica

The Presidential Challenge in Costa Rica has come and gone with team High Hook taking the win this year, reeling in 1500 points. This tournament, which is in its 16th year, took place March 1-4, with the other tournaments to follow in June, October, and November throughout Central America. This tournament is a qualifier for the IGFA Offshore World Championship, and the proceeds help conservation efforts in Costa Rica. Tournament Director Joan Vernon had this to say about the event:
“The Presidential Challenge of Costa Rica presented by the ICT is one of the few fishing events that truly give back to the resource. While promoting tourism in the Guanacaste Region, we are also raising money to give to The Billfish Foundation for continued conservation work in Costa Rica. This makes everyone participating in this event a ‘partner in conservation’ with TBF.”

The 2012 dates for the Presidential Challenge Conservation Series are: PCCA Costa Rica, March 1-4; Presidential Papagayo Cup, June 6-9; Presidential Caribbean Cup (Aruba), Oct. 11-14; and PCCA Guatemala, Nov. 15-18, 2012.

For additional information about this tournament or others in this series, please go to

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Annual IGFA International Auction & Banquet on the Horizon

On January 27, 2012, the Annual IGFA International Auction & Banquet will take place at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. As is customary every year, there is an auction full of a wide range of items, with some bidding already taking place online. Included in the auction, is a ScaleMaster MiniPro, so go check out all the fun fishing gear and place your bid. Along with the auction will be “the prestigious Conservation Awards, recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation of sport fish, will be accompanied by a multi-media production of highlights.”
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And for a complete list of auction items, go to

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