IGFA School of Sportfishing

The popular IGFA School of Sportfishing, brought to you by Mercury Marine, offers 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!


The IGFA School of Sportfishing just wrapped up a great session of eight classes covering topics from inshore fishing to catching monster swordfish! Classes were highlighted by hands on activities such as cast netting, making daisy chains, and bridling baits with step by step instruction from our expert captains.  

We will be taking a break while our building undergoes renovations, but check back in the fall for new class announcements! 

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.

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.


Classes are taught in Dania Beach, Florida at the IGFA headquarters. 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. 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.