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 Fishing

The reality is that, as fishermen, we all simply just want to go fishing. Committing the time and resources to actively staying involved with fisheries issues and protecting our interests as recreational anglers is becoming more costly and time consuming each day. This is time not being spent on the water with a rod in our hand. So we are faced with a choice. Take the time to personally become involved, research and understand the issues, and participate in fisheries meetings, or enlist the aid of organizations like IGFA to help us do those things instead. I suggest both. But from a practical standpoint, our biggest bang for the buck can be realized through meaningful support of angling organizations. Here at IGFA, we continue to stay on top of the complex issues that impact our industry and the game fish we pursue so as to allow you, as an angler, more time on the water.


Here at IGFA, we continue to stay
on top of the complex issues that impact our industry and the game fish we pursue so as to allow you, as an angler,
more time on the water.

Regardless of where you fish in the world, out of necessity, we all are having to give more attention (and time) today to how our game fish and their habitats are being managed.

Whether it’s reduced access, reduced stock sizes or competing interests for the same stock, it seems like there is always something that is negatively impacting our recreational fishing opportunities. In addition to the long-time services we provide with regard to rules, records and game fish information, the part of our workload at IGFA dealing with these issues continues to expand. This is particularly the case with regard to the “international” highly migratory fisheries which are constantly under threat from the overcapitalized commercial fleets around the world.

IGFA Mobile
The International Game Fish Association, the world’s foremost global authority on record-breaking fishing, brings you the App anglers have been asking for. The new IGFA Mobile App for the iPhone and iPad will amaze and inspire your fishing adventures. Search IGFA angling World Records, plan your trips, identify your catch with our Species ID section, log your catches, find the nearest IGFA Weigh Station, track your Slam Club progress and more all from this must-have App!

IGFA Fishing Clubs
Only three of the clubs require that the catch be weighed. They are the 10 lb Bass, 10 lb Bonefish and 25 lb Snook Clubs. An angler that catches that species weighing at least that much is eligible for the club. (more)
International Angling Rules
The following angling rules have been formulated by the International Game Fish Association to promote ethical and sporting angling practices, to establish uniform regulations for the compilation of world game fish records, and to provide basic angling guidelines for use in fishing tournaments and any other group angling activities.
(click here to download the International Angling Rules)
Catch Certificates
Got a catch you’re proud of, but isn’t quite big enough for a record? Now you can commemorate it with an IGFA Catch Certificate. IGFA now offers certificates for both fresh and salt water species and getting one couldn’t be easier. (more)