Lionfish Challenge Hall of Fame

2018 Lionfish Challenge Current Standings & Tag Submissions

Updated: 7/20/18

Total number of lionfish submitted: 12,198

 

Recreational Category

Total number of lionfish submitted: 4,901

Number of participants: 95

Lionfish King or Queen Leaderboard

Name Number of Lionfish
John McCain 682
Carlos Orozco 386
Nikkie Cox 371
Meaghan Faletti 279
Carol Cox 260
Jeffrey Pacha 225
Bruce Lindheim 186
Dawn Richitt 160
Emily Pepperman 104
Koa Viravong 102
Eric Winterstein 91
Michael Echevarria 76
Danny Ward 67
Albert Sloan 60
Tim Watts 56
Heidi Thoricht 47
Carl Treyz 27

 

Qualified Participants (25 lionfish or less)

Ken Ayers, Jr. William Bebb Isidoro Bedoya
Jason Blitzer Julie Cage Samuel Chavers
Ron Childs Matthew Cohen Johnoly Conley
Jane Corliss Harold Davis Dawn Davis
David Delgado Donnie Delgado Phil Demeo
Deborah Durrance Mark Eglington Allie ElHage
Edwin Errington Matt Finn David Foushee 
Larry Golden Richard Gresham David Haynes
Bill Helfferich Roston Henderson Kimberly Higdon
Brian Higdon Rob Hines Steve Houghland
Dale Kortum Sophea Lim Beau Martindale
Curt Matthews Misty Matthews Joseph Miron
Elea Nellis Neil Olshefski Nicole Pacha
Dee Pacha Jonathan Pacha Alex Pacha
Jeffrey Palumbo Brian Reckenbeil Charlene Reedy
Donald Richitt Justin Rose Dawn Ross
Richard Schmidt Michael Scoggins Chris Seymore
Scott Skrien Earl Solomon James Spencer
Robert Stackhouse Josh Summerville John Thomas
April Tracy James Walton David Walton
Tom Wammack Kevin Ward Jason Wetmore
Robert Woods Michael Womack Scott Stevenson
Charlie Braat Todd Ringling Michael Bollinger
Kathleen Pouser Frederick Wyatt Robert Langsten
Tanner Gload Steve Golden Francis Sullivan 
Justin Buehler Cade Spalding Carey Bonham

 

Commercial Category

Total pounds of lionfish submitted: 6,618.5 lbs. (equivalent to 7,297 lionfish)

Number of participants: 17

Commercial Champion Leaderboard 

Name Pounds of Lionfish
Ron Surrency 3,378
Bob Cox 733
Rayce Boyd 406
Andy Ross 386
Alex Fogg 375
Clint Retherford 296.6
Michael Ward 185
Stephen McCalvin 172
Tim Speakman 149
Rachel Bowman 124
Grayson Shepard 124
John Herrera 113.9
Christian Mathisen 53
David Garrett 32
Eric Peters 31
Michael Deremer 30
Michael Miller 30

 

FWC-Tagged Lionfish Submissions

Total number of tagged lionfish submitted: 48

Number of participants: 20

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

 

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

 

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)

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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