Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor

DOUBLE TROUBLE TOP BOAT

It was a banner year of billfishing for members of the St. Augustine-based Northeast Florida Marlin Association, and John Hulsey had the best year of all.

Hulsey, on his Double Trouble boat, won Boat of the Year honors for 2001-2002 by accumulating 6,550 points. For the fishing year that ended in September, Hulsey and his crew caught and released one blue marlin, seven swordfish and 50 sailfish. Don Combs' Shark Bait was runner-up in the top boat race with 5,975 points.

Mike Hinton won Angler of the Year honors with 10 swords and 10 sails. In all, NEFMA members accounted for 23 blue marlin, five white marlin, 34 swordfish, 157 sailfish and a mako shark during the fishing year.

Combs and the Shark Bait captured the club's Tournament Series Championship for the boat scoring the most points in selected tournaments.

The marlin club, incidentally, has a new Web site at www.nefma.com.

GARCIA GETS FWC POST

Lt. Rolando Garcia has been named the director of the Lake City office of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Garcia, 41, takes over the FWC's North Central Region from Col. Julie Jones, who was recently named head of the agency's Division of Law Enforcement.

For the last 16 years, Garcia has been regional training officer in Lake City.

PHOTOGRAPHERS HONORED

Jacksonville's Lester Dworetsky placed high in several categories in the Florida Wildlife magazine's annual photo contest.

In the wild bird category, Dworetsky finished second with his close-up of a juvenile wood stork, and he also tied for third with a mourning dove photo. Dworetsky also received honorable mentions in the animal and environment categories.

Jacksonville's Joseph Vogan finished third in the environment division, and Jacksonville's Larry Allen and Orange Park's Michael Butler also received honorable mentions. …

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