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2018 Lionfish Challenge Results and Hall of Fame

Total number of lionfish submitted: 28,260

Recreational category submissions: 10,117 lionfish

Commercial category submissions: 16,455.25 lbs. (equivalent to 18,142 lionfish)

Tagged lionfish submissions: 56

 

Detailed Results

Total number of lionfish submitted: 10,117

Number of participants: 137

 

Recreational Leaderboard

  1. John McCain: 1,137
  2. Carlos Orozco: 829
  3. Kevin Ward: 612
  4. Ken Ayers, Jr.: 553
  5. Jeffrey Pacha: 514
  6. Nikkie Cox: 404
  7. Bruce Lindheim: 326
  8. Dawn Richitt: 301
  9. Meaghan Faletti: 279
  10. Carol Cox: 260
  11. Kimberly Higdon: 250
  12. Dawn Davis: 217
  13. Emily Pepperman: 214
  14. Danny Ward: 158
  15. Nicole Pacha: 150
  16. Jennifer Ford: 125
  17. Charlene Reedy: 111
  18. Koa Viravong: 102
  19. Michael Echevarria: 94
  20. Eric Winterstein: 91
  21. Jimmy Nicholson: 85
  22. Brian Higdon: 83
  23. John Thomas: 82
  24. Robert Stackhouse: 82
  25. Isidoro Bedoya: 81
  26. Larry Golden: 80
  27. Richard Schmidt: 78
  28. Tim Watts: 75
  29. Shawn Walker: 69
  30. Jane Corliss: 65
  31. Francis Sullivan: 61
  32. Albert Sloan: 60
  33. Samuel Chavers: 53
  34. William Mason: 48
  35. Heidi Thoricht: 47
  36. Todd Ringling: 39
  37. Randy Glaze: 38
  38. Tristan Lennard: 36
  39. Carl Treyz: 27
  40. Ronald Glaze: 26

Qualified Participants (25 lionfish or less)

Carl Bauer, William Bebb, Jason Blitzer, Michael Bollinger, Carey Bonham, Charlie Braat, Justin Buehler, 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, Mary Alice Foote, David Foushee, Jean Gibson, Randall Gibson, Tanner Gload, Steve Golden, Richard Gresham, Teresa Hattaway, David Haynes, Bill Helfferich, Roston Henderson, Rob Hines, Steve Houghland, TJ Huff, Fred Jennings, Mark Konz, Dale Kortum, John Kovalchick, Robert Langsten, Sophea Lim, David Lopate, 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, Kathleen Pouser, Brian Reckenbeil, Donald Richitt, Addison Rose, Justin Rose, Dawn Ross, Michael Scoggins, Chris Seymore, Phyllis Seymore, Greg Shamrock, Robert Simpson, Scott Skrien, Colton Snodgrass, Earl Solomon, Cade Spalding, James Spencer, Scott Stevenson, Josh Summerville, Robert Sweeney, 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, Frederick Wyatt, Ronald Young

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

Number of participants: 29

 

Commercial Champion Leaderboard

  1. Ron Surrency: 5,017
  2. Josh Livingston: 1,969.45
  3. Doug Wiggin: 1,555
  4. Christopher Russell: 958
  5. Rayce Boyd: 914
  6. Bob Cox: 784
  7. Brad Riles: 733.1
  8. Clint Retherford: 651.8
  9. Bob Stapleton: 603
  10. Michael Ward: 542
  11. Andy Ross: 386
  12. Alex Fogg: 375
  13. John Herrera: 332.8
  14. Curt Waldron: 236
  15. Stephen McCalvin: 202
  16. Daniel Pylate: 170
  17. Allie ElHage: 165
  18. Tim Speakman: 149
  19. Rachel Bowman: 124
  20. Grayson Shepard: 124
  21. Forrest Phillips: 117
  22. Kirk Pristas: 94.5
  23. Christian Mathisen: 53
  24. James Glover: 44.6
  25. David Garrett: 32
  26. David Register: 32
  27. Eric Peters: 31
  28. Michael Deremer: 30
  29. Michael Miller: 30

Total number of tagged lionfish submitted: 56

Number of participants: 27

 

Tag Submissions from the Gulf of Mexico

  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

  1. Michael Bergmann (Volusia): $2,500
  2. Christian Mathisen (Martin): $1,500
  3. Russell Peters (Duval): $500
  4. Scott Housel (Volusia): GoPro Camera
  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)

Historical Program Information

For historical program information and standings, such as for the 2016 and 2017 Lionfish Challenge and 2016 Panhandle Pilot Program, contact Lionfish@MyFWC.com.