The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) maintains records for almost 400 Species of Sport Fish. They are the worlds leading authority on angling and the keeper of world records. Established in 1939 at the Museum of Natural History in New York, the Renowned Ichthyologist ( fish scientist ) William K. Gregory was the associations first President. Prior to this there was no universal code of Sporting ethics Governing Anglers or any sort of guide for Angling pursuit. Some of the founding fathers who obviously had great foresight were Michael Verner, Van Campen Heilner, Clive Firth and, Ernest Hemingway.
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The Headquarters for the IGFA is located in Dania Beach Florida and here can be found their International Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum. Nowhere else on earth can one find such a large assemblage of Exhibits, Sport Fishing Information, Educational Classes, Demonstrations and Interactive Displays. When you first walk into the main entrance it feels as if you are in an incredible Underwater World. Suspended before you are over 170 Species of Game Fish that have earned World Record Status with all the information on when, who, were and, how they were caught. One particular Mount is hard to miss, A 2,664 lb. Great White Shark.
Across the Globe there are many countries and local Anglers Clubs who adhere to and, participate in the IGFA. The true Sport Fish Angler will abide by the standards set forth to keep the records of their catch accurate, fare and, honorable. Many people will tell you they like to fish, some will tell you they Love to fish, others will tell you the Live to fish. Well, these people are in good company. The oldest Anglers Club in America is the Tuna Club of Avalon on Santa Catalina Island in California founded in 1898 and, it’s members through the years have include Zane Grey, Theodore Roosevelt, Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel, Cecil B. DeMille, Bing Crosby, George S. Patton and, Winston Churchill, just to name a few. So, yes, that’s pretty good company.
It is no wonder why Florida was chosen for the IGFA’s location as, some of world’s best fishing can be found here. However, more exotic locations for Angling are growing in popularity, at least for those who can afford it. One such example is the beautiful Nation of Costa Rica. Their Tropical Coasts offer rich, fertile fishing grounds for a potential World Record Catch. Costa Rica is a safe and friendly place and, they are a member in good standing with the IGFA. As most visiting Anglers are unfamiliar with the waters, a professional Charter Service or Guide is highly recommended. Ryanlindysportfishing.com/ is one of the best in the whole Country, look them up to see all they can offer for a great fishing trip. Billfish such as Marlin, Swordfish and Sailfish are in abundance down here and, it’s IGFA World Record waiting to happen. Any and all Anglers are encouraged to take the Bait, as it were and, get yourself down to Costa Rica,… you will get hooked!