On October 23, 2012 Bill Poole was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Game Fish Association. You’ll recall that Poole died in 2009; he was a great conservationist and loyal supporter of Conservation Force. He was also the 2008 Conklin Award winner, holder of the Triple Slam, founding member of the San Diego Chapter of SCI, an original $100,000 SCI Legacy Founding donor/member and the recognized leader of the recreational fishing industry in Southern California and Mexico. The IGFA has included a page about him and a video on its new website for the Hall of Famers. Go to http://www.igfa.org/museum/hall-of-fame.aspx to watch the video.
Also in April, 2012 at Fisherman’s Landing, San Diego, a memorial sculpture depicting Poole on the flying bridge of his original Polaris charter boat was unveiled. Though he died in 2009, he is not forgotten. We covered his death in Conservation Force Bulletin (see December 2009) because of his exemplary life, inspiration to all he met and because he indeed was “a lion of a man.” He was the real thing.