Lionfish Challenge Hall of Fame

2018 Lionfish Challenge Current Standings & Tag Submissions

Updated: 8/31/18

Total number of lionfish submitted: 20,520

 

Recreational Category

Total number of lionfish submitted: 9,104

Number of participants: 132

Lionfish King or Queen Leaderboard

Name Number of Lionfish
John McCain 1,004
Carlos Orozco 708
Ken Ayers, Jr. 553
Kevin Ward 532
Jeffrey Pacha 514
Nikkie Cox 371
Dawn Richitt 301
Meaghan Faletti 279
Carol Cox 260
Kimberly Higdon 250
Dawn Davis 217
Bruce Lindheim 186
Emily Pepperman 152
Nicole Pacha 150
Jennifer Ford 118
Charlene Reedy 111
Koa Viravong 102
Eric Winterstein 91
Jimmy Nicholson 85
Robert Stackhouse 82
John Thomas 82
Isidoro Bedoya 81
Larry Golden 80
Michael Echevarria 76
Tim Watts 75
Danny Ward 67
Jane Corliss 65
Francis Sullivan 61
Albert Sloan 60
Samuel Chavers 53
Heidi Thoricht 47
Tristan Lennard 36
Carl Treyz 27
Ronald Glaze 26

 

Qualified Participants (25 lionfish or less)

Carl Bauer William Bebb Jason Blitzer
Julie Cage Jake Callaham Ron Childs
Matthew Cohen Johnoly Conley Thomas Crump
Harold Davis David Delgado Donnie Delgado
Phil Demeo Deborah Durrance Horace Durrance
Mark Eglington Allie ElHage Edwin Errington
Matt Finn David Foushee Jean Gibson
Randall Gibson Richard Gresham Teresa Hattaway
David Haynes Bill Helfferich Roston Henderson
Brian Higdon Fred Jennings Rob Hines
Steve Houghland Dale Kortum John Kovalchick
Sophea Lim Jeannie Macri Beau Martindale
Curt Matthews Misty Matthews Joseph Miron
Elea Nellis Neil Olshefski Alex Pacha
Dee Pacha Jonathan Pacha Jeffrey Palumbo
John Pendergrast Allen Perkins Terry Pitcher
Debbie Planson Brian Reckenbeil Donald Richitt
Addison Rose Justin Rose Dawn Ross
Richard Schmidt Michael Scoggins Chris Seymore
Robert Simpson Scott Skrien Earl Solomon
James Spencer Colton Snodgrass Josh Summerville
TJ Huff April Tracy David Walton
James Walton Tom Wammack Alina Ward
Bill Parsons Dustin Warner Laura Warner
Jason Wetmore Robert Woods Michael Womack
Scott Stevenson Charlie Braat Todd Ringling
Michael Bollinger Kathleen Pouser Frederick Wyatt
Robert Langsten Tanner Gload Steve Golden
Greg Shamrock Justin Buehler Cade Spalding
Carey Bonham Robert Sweeney Orlando Valentin
John Callaham Chip Burger Russell Carlisle
Ronald Young Mark Konz Phyllis Seymore
Bill Parsons Jon Van Waardhuizen Mary Alice Foote

 

Commercial Category

Total pounds of lionfish submitted: 10,354.4 lbs. (equivalent to 11,416 lionfish)

Number of participants: 23

Commercial Champion Leaderboard 

Name Pounds of Lionfish
Ron Surrency 3,594
Doug Wiggin 1,555
Bob Cox 784
Rayce Boyd 719
Clint Retherford 651.8
Bob Stapleton 603
Michael Ward 542
Andy Ross 386
Alex Fogg 375
Stephen McCalvin 202
Brad Riles 154.1
Tim Speakman 149
Rachel Bowman 124
Grayson Shepard 124
John Herrera 113.9
Christian Mathisen 53
James Glover 44.6
David Garrett 32
David Register 32
Eric Peters 31
Michael Deremer 30
Michael Miller 30
Curt Waldron 25

 

FWC-Tagged Lionfish Submissions

Total number of tagged lionfish submitted: 56

Number of participants: 27

Tag Submissions from the Gulf of Mexico

Submission # Name County Reward
1 Steve Houghland Escambia $2,500
2 Brad Riles Escambia $1,500
3 Curt Waldron Escambia $500
4 Roland Worrell Bay GoPro Camera
5 Michael DeRemer Pinellas $500
6 Bob Cox Bay $5,000
7 Ron Childs Bay Engel Cooler
8 Bob Cox Bay GoPro Camera
9 Carol Cox Bay Engel Cooler
10 Blake Russell Okaloosa $500
11 Michael DeRemer Pinellas GoPro Camera
12 Blake Russell Okaloosa Engel Cooler
13 Grayson Shepard Franklin $1,000
14 Joe Livingston Okaloosa $500
15 Kimberly Higdon Bay Engel Cooler
16 Brian Higdon Bay Engel Cooler
17 Marcus Dabai Bay $500
18 Grayson Shepard Franklin GoPro Camera

 

Tag Submissions from the Atlantic Ocean

Submission # Name County Reward
1 Michael Bergmann Volusia $2,500
2 Christian Mathisen Martin $1,500
3 Russell Peters Duval $500
4 Scott Housel Volusia GoPro
5

Robert Stackhouse, Isidoro Bedoya,
John Thomas

Duval $500
6

Robert Stackhouse

Duval $5,000

 

Additional harvesters of tagged lionfish:

  • Gulf of Mexico: Bill Parsons (Escambia), Michael Scoggins (Bay), Carol Cox (Bay), Brian Higdon (Bay), Kimberly Higdon (Bay), Bob Cox (Bay), Nicholas Bowling (Pinellas), Blake Russell (Okaloosa), Robert Woods (Okaloosa), Nikkie Cox (Franklin), Jennifer League (Bay)

Map of FWC-tagged lionfish submissions

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2017 Lionfish Challenge Standings

Total number of lionfish removed: 26,454

Recreational Category

Total number of lionfish removed: 9,034

Number of participants: 107

Lionfish King: Ken Ayers Jr. with 1,250 lionfish removed

 

Recreational Leaderboard

  

Recreational Participants: 25 lionfish or less

 

Don Richitt 

Russell Sinclair  

Christina Arnold 

John Kovalchick

Larry Burgoyne

Julie Cage

Debbie Demeo

Johnoly Conley

Mary Alice Foote

Jason Foote

Mike Yee

Dawn Ross

Clyde Wylie

Patrick McCarver 

Deirdre Pacha

Harold Davis

Marco Auson 

William Bebb

Charles Burley

Dustin Veatch

Alex Pacha 

Scott Noyes

Michael Echevarria 

Ronald Glaze

John Stanley

Tom Wammack

Clyde Wylie

Brandon Warner

Rick Warner

Curtis Zacker 

Kelly Davis

Ivan Stanke

Jimmy Hooper 

Laura Warner

George Blasingame

Terry Zacker

Donavan Hooper 

Lauren Parrino

Jessica Zacker

Anthony Davit

Glen Hoffman

Allen Perkins

Jonathan Blue

Sally Sandburg

Sharon Zacker

Christopher Delaney

Tony Marshall

April Tracy

Misty Matthews 

Lynn Hartzell

Isidoro Bedoya 

Frederick Wyatt

Greg Shamrock

Ron Trent 

Timothy Hall

Adam Morse

Casey Warner

Dustin Warner

Todd Ringling 

Nicole Cline

Jonathan Pacha

Jay Cross

Nicole Pacha

Chris Seymore

Jeffrey Warner

Luke Marler

Dana Vihlen

Glen Grant

Mark Wylie

Lauren Connolly 

Matthew Spears 

David Haynes

Tanner Warner

Patricia Stewart

Katrina McLeod

James DeMeo

Earl Solomon

Roston Henderson

Catalina Ramirez

   

 

Commercial Category

Total pounds of lionfish removed: 15,800.2 lbs

Number of participants: 13

Commercial Champion: Joshua Livingston with 4,560 pounds of lionfish removed

Commercial Leaderboard

Name

Pounds of lionfish removed

Joshua Livingston

4,560

Ron Surrency

3,811

Doug Wiggin

3,054

Rachel Bowman

1,038.4

Robert Stapleton

740

David Garrett

631

Rayce Boyd

617

Meaghan Faletti

346.6

Christopher Barton

333

Bob Cox

300

Stephen McCalvin

248

Stephen Sanders

96

Ritchie Zacker

25.2

 

 


2016 Lionfish Challenge 

Total lionfish removed: 16,609

# of divers: 95

(includes lionfish harvested as part of the Panhandle Pilot Program) 

Lionfish King: David Garrett, 3,324 lionfish removed

2016-17 Panhandle Pilot Program

Total lionfish removed: 9,385

#of divers: 39

51 of 130 red grouper and cobia tags distributed

Qualified to name an artificial reef: 8

Team/Person Reef Name Reef Location
Hang On (G. Shepard, M. Singer, N. Cox, M. Christopher) TBD Franklin
Georgia Crackers (B. Parsons, T. Waldron, C. Burger, H. Parsons, T. Huff) Sgt. James Taylor Waldron Reef Escambia
Texas Lionfish Control Unit (B. Marshall, B. Hale, G. Riffe, J. Day) Moira the Mermaid's Fish Condo Escambia
Crazy Blonde (R. Capps, M. Elliott, D. Wiggin, B. Stapleton, B. Floyd) Crazy Blonde Reef  Bay
Margaritaville (J. Dickinson, C. Sernaglia)  LandShark Reef Escambia
Bobcat Divers (C. Cox, R. Cox, B. Higdon, K. Higdon, R. Childs) Jim Whitright Memorial Reef Bay 
Reef Cleaner (B. Belzer, H. Wells, J. Mead, W. Ealis) B.H. Welzer Escambia
Phi Delta Theta (B. Parsons, T. Waldron, C. Burger, H. Parsons, T. Huff) Elbert Lamar "Tres" Bailes III Reef Escambia



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