The Pin That Changed the World ~for Sailfish! SLR,IRL

Vintage Catch and Release pin designed by the late Curt Whiticar, a gift of Jay Potsdam. Photo Sandra Thurlow.  

The foresight to protect what we love, what we value. This is a power we all hold as citizens of Stuart, Florida, in Martin County; yesterday, and today.

This January 10, beloved Treasure Coast’s Newspaper reporter, Ed Killer, composed this headline: Grandslam Shatters Sailfish Record With 38 in a Single Day

“What a wild, wet and woolly week for the fleet fishing the Pelican Yacht Club Invitational Billfish Tournament.

First, the fleet of 30 fishing teams crushed all the records for the 39th annual tournament, and for the 65-year history of sailfish tournaments fished in Treasure Coast waters.

The final tally was 969 sailfish caught and released.” Ed Killer

Full story:

Incredible?  Yes, it is. And what is even more incredible is that decades ago this 2019 bonanza day of sailfishing was put into action by the Stuart Sailfish Club of the 1930s.

Let’s read some history:

“Immediately after the clubs incorporation, Ernie Lyons announced the next immediate goal was the creation of a release button to be given to individuals who consistently release their sailfish”. (Sandra Thurlow, Stuart on the St Lucie)

This was indeed done but not before a carnage ensued motivating  the club even more so.

“Ironically right at the heels of the Sailfish Club’s official charter to promote conservation, the largest sailfish run in Florid’s history occurred off the St Lucie Inlet at Stuart. Records show that more than 5000 sailfish were caught in the 90 day period. January through March 1941. Many sportsman let their sailfish go free but thousand were slaughtered only to be dumped into the river, carted off by garbage collectors, or used for shark bait. Stuart’s reputation as the Sailfish Capital of the World was affirmed, but so was the need for conservation of the species if its fame was to endure. Because of the efforts of the Stuart Sailfish Club, anglers soon began to compete for Curt Whiticar’s beautifully designed release button in preference to all the rest.” 

Vintage Catch and Release pin designed by the late Curt Whiticar, a gift of Jay Potsdam.

Kudos to  those before us, who held the line giving the successes we have today!

Stuart on the St Lucie, Sandra Henderson Thurlow

Former blog, when Stuart was the Tarpon Capitol of the World, they never got a pin.

Ed Killer:

Sandra Henderson Thurlow:

10 thoughts on “The Pin That Changed the World ~for Sailfish! SLR,IRL

  1. Curt was a good friend and a remarkable man. He is missed! We must challenge ourselves to take up his good works as you are doing. Thank you so much for your amazing letters. I love you

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  2. Thanks so much for your research and work to keep us educated. You’re phenomenal and a blessing to our community!

  3. I am keeping the presure on. Yesterday –10 buckets of fine sand in Rocklage. Today 10 in Wabasso. I believe cold water has all the chemicals low so I am targeting deep channels with current.I have no doubt, menhaden are loven it.

  4. A couple of years ago macro algae washed up bad on the west shore of the lagoon and stunk. I got coquina shell from under water and used it to bring back the tube worms that weaved the macro algae with the coquina shell to make the acid –base reaction and complete the cycle under water. This year there was no macro algae washing up on the west shore but it has now washed up on the east shore and stinks.I need to bring back these very inportant creatures that over time have learned how to create there own environment to survive.Water levils are low and I intend to use my boat to get shell that was removed from the shore many years ago to make historic causeway and put it back for tube worms to complete the acid—base reaction underwater on the EAST shore.

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