The Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament has announced dates for its series of educational seminars on the use of circle hooks. The tournament scheduled the events after declaring its April 2002 tournament will change to an all-circle-hook format.

Seminar topics will include:

  • Comparisons between Circle Hook vs. "J" Hook Catch Ratios & Hook-Up Ratios

  • Physical Damage and Mortality to Fish caused by Hooking

  • Rigging Techniques

  • Fishing and Hook-Setting Techniques and Differences

  • Conservation Benefits of Using Circle Hooks

Speakers will include:

  • Eric D. Prince, PhD, National Marine Fisheries Service. Prince conducted extensive research and study comparing the use of circle hooks and the use of typical "J" hooks.

  • Capt. Joan Vernon, advocate and pioneer in the campaign for the use of circle hooks.

  • Capt. Bouncer Smith, well-known South Florida charter boat captain.

  • Capt. Harry Vernon III, tackle and rigging expert, Capt. Harry's Fishing Supply.

All seminars are free and open to the public. Current dates are:

  • September 12, 6-9 p.m., Miami Beach Rod & Reel Club, 208 South Hibiscus Island, Miami Beach, Fla.

  • September 25, 7-10 p.m., IGFA Hall of Fame and Museum, 300 Gulfstream Way, Dania Beach, Fla.

  • November 6, 6-10 p.m., University of Miami Rosenstiel School, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, Fla.