IGFA Hall of Fame Inductees

The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame recognizes extraordinary achievements in recreational fishing around the world by anglers, captains, scientists, conservationists, writers, or fishing industry leaders. The first class, honoring 29 of the sport's luminaries, was inducted in 1998. Since then, 76 additional fishing greats have been welcomed to the Hall at the annual induction ceremony in October of each year. Along with the biographical video produced by the IGFA, each Hall of Fame member is honored with a plaque at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Florida, USA. Additional information, documents, and photographs of Hall of Fame members may be found in the E. K. Harry Library.

To learn more about nominating a candidate for the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, please click here.

Hall of Fame Inductees' Bios


  Capt. Alan H. Anderson   John W. Anderson II   Stuart C. Apte
Sir Garrick Agnew   Alan H. Anderson   John W. Anderson II   Stuart C. Apte

Robert S.S. Baden-Powell   C. Alma Baker   Ralph Bandini   Carlos Barrantes
Lord Robert S.S. Baden-Powell   C. Alma Baker   Ralph Bandini   Carlos Barrantes

Dame Juliana Berners   Willaim C. Boschen   George Bransford   Joseph W. Brooks
Dame Juliana Berners   William C. Boschen   George Bransford   Joseph W. Brooks

Stewart Campbell   William K. Carpenter   Henry Chee   John R. Chibnall
Stewart Campbell   William K. Carpenter   Henry Chee   John R. Chibnall

Homer Circle   Pierre H. Clostermann     Bill Dance
Homer Circle   Pierre H. Clostermann   C.M. Rip Cunningham  

William G. "Bill Dance"


Jack Erskine     Roger W. Fagen   George C. Farnsworth
Jack Erskine   Thomas Evans, Jr.   Roger William Fagen  

George C. Farnsworth


  Sara C. Farrington S. Kip Farrington   Clive W. Firth   Walter W. Fondren III
  Sara C. Farrington S. Kip Farrington   Cilve W. Firth   Walter W. Fondren III

Thomas M. Gifford   Alfred C. Glassell Jr.   Peter Goadby   Theodore Gordon
Thomas M. Gifford   Alfred C. Glassell Jr.   Peter Goadby   Theodore Gordon

Curt Gowdy   Zane Grey   Yoshiro Hattori   Elwood K. Harry
Curt Gowdy   Zane Grey   Yoshiro Hattori   Elwood K. Harry

Guy Harvey   Van Campen Heilner   Ernest Hemingway   Charles F. Holder
Dr. Guy Harvey   Van Campen Heilner   Ernest Hemingway   Charles F. Holder

Jimmy Houston   Jimmy Houston   Steve Huff   Lynn Bogue Hunt
George Hommell, Jr.   Jimmy Houston   Steve Huff   Lynn Bogue Hunt

Ruben Jaen C.   John C. Johnston   James Jump   Brenard 'Lefty' Kreh
Ruben Jaen C.   John C. Johnston   James W. Jump   Bernard "Lefty" Kreh

Francesca LaMonte   Michael Leech     Helen and Michael Lerner    
Francesca LaMonte   Michael Leech     Helen Lerner               Michael Lerner    

Gary Loomis Darrell J. Lowrance Henry Lyman   Harlan W. Major
Gary Loomis     Darrell J. Lowrance Henry Lyman   Harlan W. Major

Mary Orvis Marbury   Eugene & Louis Marron   Roland Martin   Frank J. Mather III
Mary Orvis Marbury   Eugenie & Louis Marron   Roland Martin   Frank J. Mather III

George G. Matthews   Albert J. McClane   Jerry McKinnis   Allen and Buddy Merritt
George G. Matthews   Albert J. McClane   Jerry McKinnis   Allen and Buddy Merritt

Johnny Morris     Roy E. Naftzger Jr.   Frank M. O'Brien Jr.   Paxson
John L. Morris     Roy E. Naftzger Jr.   Frank M. O'Brien Jr.   Paxson H. Offield
Hidenori Onishi   Monty Padilla   Paxson   Ernest W. Palmer
Hidenori Onishi   Monty Padilla   Flip Pallot   Ernest W. Palmer

    William W. Pate Jr.  
George Parker   Hank Parker   William W. Pate Jr.   Neil Patrick

Al Pflueger, Jr.   William E. Poole   Marcel Prot   Lauri Rapala
Al Pflueger, Jr.   William E. Poole   Marcel Prot   Lauri Rapala

Charles C. Ritz   Luis R. Rivas   Helen & Webster Robinson    
Charles C. Ritz   Luis R. Rivas   Helen & Webster Robinson    

Kay and John Rybovich   Julio Sanchez   The Schmidt Family
Kay Rybovich   John Rybovich   Julio Sanchez   The Schmidt Family

Ernest Schwiebert   Ray Scott   Milton C. Shedd   Stephen Sloan
Ernest Schwiebert   Ray Scott   Milton C. Shedd   Stephen Sloan

J.L.B. Smith   Mark Sosin   James Wilson Strader   Dade Thornton
J.L.B. Smith   Mark Sosin   James Wilson Strader   Dade W. Thornton

Donald J. Tyson   Joan Vernon   Edward vom Hofe   Izaak Walton
Donald J. Tyson   Joan Vernon   Edward vom Hofe   Izaak Walton

Karl Wickstrom   Theodore S. Williams   John Wilson   Forrest Wood
Karl Wickstrom   Theodore S. Williams   John Wilson   Forrest Wood

Frank Woolner   Peter B. Wright   Lee and Joan Wulff
Frank Woolner   Peter B. Wright   Lee Wulff   Joan Wulff

Philip Wylie
Philip Wylie

 

To nominate a candidate for the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, please send a detailed submission letter to Rob Kramer, IGFA President, at 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004. This letter should describe the nominee’s significant and lasting contributions to the sport of recreational angling. Nominated individuals can be anglers, captains, scientists, conservationists, writers, or fishing industry leaders. Supporting documentation included with the letter -- newspaper articles, biographical information, photographs, etc. – is extremely helpful, and all materials sent will be retained in the E. K. Harry Library archives. Once a person has been nominated, he or she will remain in consideration. Each year the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Nominating Committee reviews the information submitted for all potential honorees. Their selections are then submitted to the IGFA Board of Trustees for final approval.