Senior writer earns national award

LAS VEGAS — The Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) and the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) prestigious Homer Circle Fishing Communicator Award was presented to outdoor writer and conservation supporter Frank Sargeant Tuesday.

The award was presented during the New Product Showcase, the flagship feature of the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST.

As an outdoor journalist and prolific book author, Sargeant has been telling recreational fishing’s story for 30 years. He was recently named a Senior Writer at B.A.S.S. Times and also writes for Bassmaster Magazine, FloridaSportsman and Game & Fish. For 26 years, Sargeant served as the TampaTribune’s outdoor editor and still writes a weekly column for the newspaper. Sargeant also writes columns for the Huntsville Times, the Panama City Beach News Herald and other Freedom Communications newspapers in the Florida Panhandle. He has also proudly hosted the Tampa Tribune Outdoors Expo for 20 years.

“Frank’s biography of journalistic accomplishments and contributions in the sportfishing industry is encyclopedic,” said POMA Board of Directors chairman and outdoor journalist Bill Miller. “His accomplishments are outshone only by his enviable skill at communicating the outdoor story and commitment to mentoring others. Frank has won more than 60 journalism awards, as well as the respect of the entire sportfishing community.”

Miller further said, “Frank’s association with communications organizations, including his career-long membership in and service as president of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, is a testament to his commitment to mentoring. For decades, he has shared his experience and knowledge with anyone who asked.”

“The POMA/ASA award recognizes the important role all outdoor communicators play in educating and informing the public about fishing, boating and wildlife conservation,” said ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman. “Frank is a strong conservation and recreational fishing advocate. This is a well-deserved honor.”