International Game Fish Association

The International Game Fish Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping.

IGFA School of Sportfishing

The popular IGFA School of Sportfishing, brought to anglers by Mercury Marine, is back for another great season! Six classes this fall will offer anglers a unique opportunity to learn the skills, information, and techniques necessary to maximize their overall success on the water from the best captains in South Florida.  Hands-on instruction and small class size make the School of Sportfishing the best way to learn to catch bigger fish.

Along with the course materials, each participant will receive complementary tackle and products including Yo-Zuri lures and much more. Every class also features door prizes such as lures, rods, and rod/reel combos. We also hold an end-of-session raffle for a grand prize that you will not want to miss!


Fall 2014 Schedule
All classes take place from 7 - 10 pm on Tuesday nights
Note: December 15th class is a Monday Night

Fundamentals of Sportfishing
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
If you’re new to the game or a seasoned vet to the sport, these are must have skills every sportfisherman should know. This hands-on intensive class will cover different types of bait rigging, how to tie critical knots for double line, line to line, terminal connections, and wire twists, and also proper terminal tackle prep like crimping, making leaders and hook sharpening.
Taught by Capt. Tony DiGiulian

Targeting Nearshore Gamefish: Dolphin, Kings, and Blackfins
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
A class designed for the angler looking to fill their cooler. The majority of prime table fare species occur along the near shore, inside of 800 feet of water. We’ll teach you the most effective strategies for dolphin, kingfish, blackfin tuna, cobia, and more.
Taught by Capt. Mike Theis

All About Live Bait
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Having good live bait can be the difference between catching fish or not. We show you where and how to catch several different species of live bait and how to keep them healthy. When you leave this class you will be able to throw a cast net. 
Taught by Capt. Shawn Fairbanks

Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
If you have ever had a slow day trolling and wished for some serious rod bending action, then this is the class for you. Techniques for snapper and grouper are just some of what you will learn from one of the best bottom guys in South Florida.
Taught by Capt. Bouncer Smith

Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs with Capt. Bouncer Smith

Kite Fishing Techniques
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
One of the easiest ways to catch more fish is with a kite. This class will touch on the basics but also introduce more advanced techniques with the kite fishing system. Learn to target several different species with this ancient method of enticing fish to bite.
Taught by Capt. Ray Rosher

Wintertime Wahoo
Monday, December 15, 2014
Note: Monday Night Class!

Due to their somewhat nomadic and loner nature, wahoo are most often considered incidental catches. This class will teach anglers how to target and more consistently catch wahoo in the cooler months of the year.
Taught by Capt. Tony DiGiulian

Cost per class is $100 USD for IGFA members and $150 USD for non IGFA members.  The fee covers the cost of the class, course materials, and tackle used for activities during each class. For more details call Anthony Vedral at 954-924-4254 or e-mail avedral@igfa.org.

Multiple Class Discount Pricing!
Register for:
3 to 4 classes, take $10 off per class
5 to 6 classes, take $15 off per class

These promotional rates are only good through December 2014 so sign up now!
Register online and use promo code: F2014
(Must have current paid member status unless paying non-member rate; class credit good for amount paid)

Choosing the Right Hook: A Tip from the IGFA School of Sportfishing

Your hook can be the most important piece of tackle you use, but finding the right one for a given application can be a confusing proposition. Circle hooks are a great choice for most situations as they can be incredibly effective at increasing hook-up ratios, while also acting as a conservation tool. However, in order to maximize your success with them, it is important to understand a few things. One consideration is that, unlike J-hooks which are more standardized, the shape, style, and size of circle hooks can vary widely by manufacturer. A 5/0  hook from one manufacturer may not be the same dimensions as a 5/0 hook from another. Hooks can vary by gap size, thickness of the metal itself, and length of the shank. Some hooks are slightly offset at an angle, while others vary by the size of the eye.

It is also beneficial to know as much as you can about which hook works best with the fish you are targeting before you drop it in the water. For example, if you are targeting large tarpon- a fish with relatively thick jaw bones- you want to ensure that the circle hook you choose has a gap sufficiently large enough to fit around the jaw. Otherwise, the hook may not be able to find the “sweet spot” in the corner of the jaw and penetrate properly. All of these differences should factor into the hook you are choosing and the preferred hook will depend on what you are fishing for.

The IGFA School of Sportfishing is offering a new session of classes, beginning with the Fundamentals of Sportfishing on Tuesday, October 7th at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. Come learn the inside tips, techniques, and strategies that will allow you to catch more fish! 

Classes are taught in Dania Beach, Florida at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. Each course features printed curriculum on the session, equipment, demonstrations, and hands-on instruction from professional sportfishing captains.

Class sizes are limited to 24 anglers so register now! IGFA reserves the right to cancel a class if the minimum attendance of 10 participants is not met. You will be notified of a cancellation and a class credit will be added to your account.

Register Today!