Lionfish Challenge Hall of Fame

2018 Lionfish Challenge Final Results & Tag Submissions

Total number of lionfish submitted: 28,260

 

Recreational Category

Total number of lionfish submitted: 10,117

Number of participants: 137

Lionfish King: John McCain of Columbia county with 1,137 lionfish

Recreational Leaderboard

Name Number of Lionfish
John McCain 1,137
Carlos Orozco 829
Kevin Ward 612
Ken Ayers, Jr. 553
Jeffrey Pacha 514
Nikkie Cox 404
Bruce Lindheim 326
Dawn Richitt 301
Meaghan Faletti 279
Carol Cox 260
Kimberly Higdon 250
Dawn Davis 217
Emily Pepperman 214
Danny Ward 158
Nicole Pacha 150
Jennifer Ford 125
Charlene Reedy 111
Koa Viravong 102
Michael Echevarria 94
Eric Winterstein 91
Jimmy Nicholson 85
Brian Higdon 83
Robert Stackhouse 82
John Thomas 82
Isidoro Bedoya 81
Larry Golden 80
Richard Schmidt 78
Tim Watts 75
Shawn Walker 69
Jane Corliss 65
Francis Sullivan 61
Albert Sloan 60
Samuel Chavers 53
William Mason 48
Heidi Thoricht 47
Todd Ringling 39
Randy Glaze 38
Tristan Lennard 36
Carl Treyz 27
Ronald Glaze 26

 

Qualified Participants (25 lionfish or less)

Carl Bauer William Bebb Jason Blitzer
Chip Burger Julie Cage Jake Callaham
John Callaham Russell Carlisle Ron Childs
Matthew Cohen Johnoly Conley Thomas Crump
Harold Davis David Delgado Donnie Delgado
Phil Demeo Gracie Dobbs Deborah Durrance
Horace Durrance Mark Eglington Edwin Errington
Matt Finn David Foushee Jean Gibson
Randall Gibson Richard Gresham Teresa Hattaway
David Haynes  Bill Helfferich  Roston Henderson 
Rob Hines  Steve Houghland  TJ Huff 
Fred Jennings  Mark Konz 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 Bill Parsons John Pedergrast
Allen Perkins Terry Pitcher Debbie Planson
Brian Reckenbeil Donald Richitt Addison Rose
Justin Rose Dawn Ross  Michael Scoggins 
Chris Seymore  Phyllis Seymore  Robert Simpson 
Scott Skrien  Colton Snodgrass  Earl Solomon 
James Spencer  Josh Summerville  Jason Thompson 
April Tracy Orlando Valentin Jon Van Waardhuizen
David Walton James Walton Tom Wammack
Alina Ward Dustin Warner Laura Warner
Jason Wetmore Michael Womack Robert Woods
Ronald Young Scott Stevenson Charlie Braat
Greg Shamrock David Lopate Michael Bollinger
Mary Alice Foote Kathleen Pouser Robert Sweeney
Frederick Wyatt Robert Langsten Justin Buehler
Tanner Gload Steve Golden Cade Spalding
Carey Bonham    

 

Commercial Category

Total pounds of lionfish submitted: 16,455.25 lbs. (equivalent to 18,142 lionfish)

Number of participants: 29

Commercial Champion: Ron Surrency of Duval county with 5,017 lbs. lionfish

Commercial Leaderboard 

Name Pounds of Lionfish
Ron Surrency 5,017
Josh Livingston 1,969.45
Doug Wiggin 1,555
Christopher Russell 958
Rayce Boyd 914
Bob Cox 784
Brad Riles 733.1
Clint Retherford 651.8
Bob Stapleton 603
Michael Ward 542
Andy Ross 386
Alex Fogg 375
John Herrera 332.8
Curt Waldron 236
Stephen McCalvin 202
Daniel Pylate 170
Allie ElHage 165
Tim Speakman 149
Rachel Bowman 124
Grayson Shepard 124
Forest Phillips 117
Kirk Pristas 94.5
Christian Mathisen 53
James Glover 44.6
David Garrett 32
David Register 32
Eric Peters 31
Michael Deremer 30
Michael Miller 30

 

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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