NAFTZGER, Ted

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Ted Naftzger, center, aboard his 36-foot Ribovich he named Hustler


NAFTZGER, Roy E. “Ted” (1925-2007), grandson of J. V. Vickers and son of Clara Vickers, who, along with Walter L. Vail purchased Santa Rosa Island in 1902. Ted attended Stanford University, received a degree in history from USC in 1948, and a master’s from USC in 1986. He was president of The Vickers Company, Ltd. until his death on October 29, 2007 at age 82.

Ted was a world class sports fisherman and in 2002 was inducted into the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame. He was a founding member of the Channel Islands Broadbill Tournament. He was also President of the Tuna Club of Avalon, a founding member of both the Channel Island Broadbill Tournament as well as the Lizard Island Fishing Club. Known for his legendary sword fishing expertise, Naftzger is believed to have caught more broadbill on rod and reel ~ 49~ than any other person in the world. He said of his daytime sword fishing — the most difficult time to fish — that it was ‘the only really interesting and sporting way to catch them.’ He added ‘If it were easy I wouldn’t do it.’ Naftzger still holds a Tuna Club record set in 1970 for a 503-pound braodbill swordfish caught on an 80-pound dacron line.


He was also a well known and highly respected numismatist for over 60 years.

Ted Naftzger married Pauline Crowe and they had three daughters:

  • Nancy Vickers Naftzger (b. 1953)
  • Natalie Pauline Naftzger [Davis] (b. 1956)
  • Sandra Naftzger (b. 1960) = Jeffrey Alan Dritley
1. Alan Dritley
2. Eric Dritley
3. Roy Dritley


INTERNATIONAL GAME FISH ASSOCIATION ON TED NAFTZGER


NOTE: The Ribocivh vessel, Hustler, owned by Ted Naftzger, was built in 1953 as Vael. It was the boat company's ninth vessel. After many owners and name changes [Vael; Hustler; Nan-Sea; Andale; Lady Iris; Renegade; Bahari], the vessel sank off Bimini, Bahamas en route to Chub Cay in June 2000. Chub Cay is a small island located 200 miles southeast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the Berry Islands chain of the Bahamas. It has a population of 46.