SSI Sharkin Jacksonville University

Neal Youmans was the embodiment of a true sharker. His amazing fishing feats, including catching a 14 foot dusky shark and landing a shark over eight feet long every day for a week, all took place from St Simons Island Pier. Neal was the first volunteer to tag sharks in southeast GA and in doing so contributed to the reinvention of land based shark fishing into a catch and release big game sensation all over the world. We all owe him thanks for teaching us how to catch sharks and be a positive sportsman. The fishing tips, life lessons, kind words, favors and smiles that Neal gave us will never be forgotten, but will be passed with the sharks to the next generation.

Anyone who knew him knew that he was fascinated by and passionate about nature, especially the ocean life which is so important to our home. His accomplishments in the fishing community are what inspired the scholarship fund, but also his love for helping others which impacted many of our lives individually. The goal of the scholarship is to honor both of these wonderful characteristics and allow that compassion to live on in our community which he did so much for.