Honors for Historic Clubs, Groups, and Individuals

The International Game Fish Association will now acknowledge the efforts of individuals and groups actively involved in the sharing, preservation, documentation and promotion of the sport’s past.  The IGFA will also honor fishing clubs that have been established for a significant period of time and made meaningful contributions to the history of the sport of angling, including the development of angling rules, taking a leadership role in conservation practices, promoting fair competition for organized events, sharing knowledge and skills with their members and the community, and maintaining accurate statistics and records.

“The preservation of recreational angling’s history is a major mission of the IGFA,” according to IGFA Historian Michael Farrior, “and although the collections in the E. K. Harry Library of Fishes and IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum are extensive, we know that anglers, fishing groups, and clubs have so much more local and international fishing knowledge and artifacts at their fingertips. Establishing these awards helps us underscore just how important those contributions are in understanding and preserving our sport’s past.”

To nominate an individual, group, or club for this honor, descriptions of the nominee’s historical contributions may be sent to IGFA Museum Manager Gail M. Morchower via [email protected] or in care of the International Game Fish Association at 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida, 33004 USA.


If selected, group and individual honorees will receive a Certificate commending them for the difference they have made, and recognition in a future issue of the International Angler magazine, IGFA E-Newsletters to members, and on the History page of the IGFA website. In addition to these acknowledgements, Club award winners will also be presented with a Certificate of Recognition as a “Historical Angling Club of the World” and be honored on a commemorative plaque housed at IGFA headquarters.