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  • IGFA | Roger William Fagen
    Camp Education and Outreach Programs Release Recommendations Education Staff Volunteer Opportunities Resources Videos PHOTO GALLERY IGFA Publications E Newsletters Species Database Captains and Guides IGFA Mobile Weigh Stations Support Join or Renew Make a Gift Shop Upcoming Events Advertising Opportunities Contact Donor Opportunities Donor Societies Member Discounts Membership Benefits Roger William Fagen Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1904 1975 2002 Inductee Bill Fagen was one of the early pioneers of sportfishing in South Florida and the Bahamas In the 1920s Florida was in the midst of a land boom and wealthy and influential Northerners were flocking to this new tropical paradise It was in this decade that Bill Fagen and his contemporaries Buddy Carey the Cass brothers Bill Hatch Red Stuart began making history at Pier 5 Miami s preeminent charterboat dock These Pier 5 captains developed and refined the dropback technique for sailfishing spreader outriggers and strip baits and introduced their eager customers to the fabulous fishing off South Florida and a little island called Bimini Capt Bill Fagen soon earned a reputation as one of the best guides in the business His 38 Florida Cracker II purchased in 1928 and capable of doing 26 mph became the talk of the Gulf Stream In 1935 angler Tommy Shevlin caught a world record 636 pound blue marlin off Bimini aboard the Florida Cracker II And in 1940 Shevlin and Fagen took first place in the second Cat Cay Tuna Tournament with 11 fish weighing 4 633 pounds The long standing partnership of Tommy Shevlin and Capt Bill Fagen ultimately produced more than 114 blue marlin Bill Fagen was always eager to fish new venues After Oliver Grinnell caught the first broadbill on rod and reel in Atlantic waters in 1927 the most ambitious guides Fagen

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  • IGFA | George C. Farnsworth
    Record Application Angling Rules International Angling Rules Release Rules Catch Certificates Fishing Tips and Tactics IGFA Member Discounts IGFA Rules Questions and Answers SCALES AND CERTIFICATION Slam and Trophy Clubs Conserve Our Work FISHERIES RESEARCH MANAGEMENT IGFA Great Marlin Race Billfish Conservation Act Conservation News Resources Socioeconomic Resources Regional Fisheries Bodies Information Exchange Position Statements Educate IGFA School of Sportfishing Observer Training IGFA Junior Anglers Fishing Summer Camp Education and Outreach Programs Release Recommendations Education Staff Volunteer Opportunities Resources Videos PHOTO GALLERY IGFA Publications E Newsletters Species Database Captains and Guides IGFA Mobile Weigh Stations Support Join or Renew Make a Gift Shop Upcoming Events Advertising Opportunities Contact Donor Opportunities Donor Societies Member Discounts Membership Benefits George C Farnsworth Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1883 1959 1998 Inductee Tuna George Farnsworth was one of the most innovative pioneers of big game angling off Catalina Island in the early days of sportfishing Farnsworth is particularly noted for his development of the kite trolling technique and for his collaboration with angling great William Boschen to develop the internal star drag reel Farnsworth was born in Stafford Springs Connecticut His father was an engineer who moved the family to northern California while Farnsworth was very young In 1900 the senior Farnsworth went to work on Catalina Island surveying the road from Avalon to the isthmus and moved the family to Avalon That s where George became interested in fishing Farnsworth became a boat captain and charterman He was known for his taciturn ways his incredible navigational skills his deep personal loyalties and his ability to catch fish when everyone else was coming up empty handed He was involved with the Catalina Tuna Club from its inception and helped many of its members achieve record catches It was a

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  • IGFA | Sara "Chisie" Farrington
    AND CERTIFICATION Slam and Trophy Clubs Conserve Our Work FISHERIES RESEARCH MANAGEMENT IGFA Great Marlin Race Billfish Conservation Act Conservation News Resources Socioeconomic Resources Regional Fisheries Bodies Information Exchange Position Statements Educate IGFA School of Sportfishing Observer Training IGFA Junior Anglers Fishing Summer Camp Education and Outreach Programs Release Recommendations Education Staff Volunteer Opportunities Resources Videos PHOTO GALLERY IGFA Publications E Newsletters Species Database Captains and Guides IGFA Mobile Weigh Stations Support Join or Renew Make a Gift Shop Upcoming Events Advertising Opportunities Contact Donor Opportunities Donor Societies Member Discounts Membership Benefits Sara Chisie Farrington Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1908 1992 1998 Inductee Perfection The real record is to take the first one because if you catch the biggest fish someone eventually is going to catch a bigger one Ernest Hemingway cabled Sara Chisie Farrington when she became the first woman to catch a broadbill swordfish off the coast of South America Firsts became a hallmark of Farrington s angling career She was the first woman to catch a tuna on rod and reel Nova Scotia 1935 and the first woman to catch two marlin in one day South America 1939 At the time broadbill swordfish were widely considered saltwater angling s ultimate challenge When Farrington in another first for a woman took two swordfish in one day her accomplishment was considered among the greatest saltwater feats possible She hauled in a 396 pounder and a 659 pounder within hours of each other during that 1941 outing off the coast of Chile Born Sara Houston Chisholm she grew up in New York and traveled abroad for the first time when she was 17 In Paris she contracted polio and was bedridden for several months A weakness in her right leg and hand persisted throughout

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  • IGFA | S. Kip Farrington
    Trophy Clubs Conserve Our Work FISHERIES RESEARCH MANAGEMENT IGFA Great Marlin Race Billfish Conservation Act Conservation News Resources Socioeconomic Resources Regional Fisheries Bodies Information Exchange Position Statements Educate IGFA School of Sportfishing Observer Training IGFA Junior Anglers Fishing Summer Camp Education and Outreach Programs Release Recommendations Education Staff Volunteer Opportunities Resources Videos PHOTO GALLERY IGFA Publications E Newsletters Species Database Captains and Guides IGFA Mobile Weigh Stations Support Join or Renew Make a Gift Shop Upcoming Events Advertising Opportunities Contact Donor Opportunities Donor Societies Member Discounts Membership Benefits S Kip Farrington Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1904 1983 1998 Inductee Selwyn Kip Farrington Jr was a big game fishing pioneer a world record holder many times over and a prolific writer whose contributions to angling have made a lasting imprint on the sport Born in Orange New Jersey and educated in public schools Farrington worked for a time in his father s stock brokerage but left the company to devote himself to bluewater angling Farrington became the first man ever to land a 1 100 pound fish first to take three different species over 800 pounds first to take a broadbill swordfish in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans first to take a broadbill and a marlin in the same day and first to take a blue marlin in the now famous Cat Cay Bimini Bahamas grounds Following Ernest Hemingway he was the second to land a bluefin tuna there In 1937 Farrington founded the International Tuna Cup Match in Wedgeport Nova Scotia and was deeply involved in its management for many years He was decorated by the Republic of Chile in 1943 for his writings about saltwater angling off that country s coast and again in 1955 by the Republic of Peru Along with

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  • IGFA | Clive W. Firth
    AND CERTIFICATION Slam and Trophy Clubs Conserve Our Work FISHERIES RESEARCH MANAGEMENT IGFA Great Marlin Race Billfish Conservation Act Conservation News Resources Socioeconomic Resources Regional Fisheries Bodies Information Exchange Position Statements Educate IGFA School of Sportfishing Observer Training IGFA Junior Anglers Fishing Summer Camp Education and Outreach Programs Release Recommendations Education Staff Volunteer Opportunities Resources Videos PHOTO GALLERY IGFA Publications E Newsletters Species Database Captains and Guides IGFA Mobile Weigh Stations Support Join or Renew Make a Gift Shop Upcoming Events Advertising Opportunities Contact Donor Opportunities Donor Societies Member Discounts Membership Benefits Clive W Firth Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1895 1974 1998 Inductee Clive Firth one of Australia s top sportsmen in the 1930s was an early and ardent promoter of a standardized international game fishing code and was a key figure in organizing the International Game Fish Association Firth recognized that international cooperation would be essential for the development of sport fishing and pursued his vision with vigor and imagination In 1937 he was elected as one of two delegates from New South Wales to the newly formed Big Game and Rod Fishers Association of Australia later known as the Game Fishing Association of Australia Firth served two terms as president of the organization and was a prime mover in developing international cooperation between like bodies in other countries In fact the idea for the International Game Fish Association came out of meetings in Australia between Firth and key members of a 1939 expedition of the American Museum of Natural History Dr William Gregory a marine scientist of international standing and Michael Lerner an expert angler and amateur naturalist It was Firth s suggestion that the organization be based in the U S due to the threat of war in Europe and the

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  • IGFA | Walter W. Fondren III
    Benefits Walter W Fondren III Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1936 2010 2004 Inductee Walter W Fondren III has been a staunch proponent of marine resource conservation for more than a quarter century Born into a Houston family that played a prominent role in the development of the petroleum industry Fondren spent his weekends hunting and fishing along the Texas coast As his knowledge and skills grew he noticed his angling opportunities dwindling due to commercial overfishing In 1976 Fondren was one of 43 concerned recreational anglers who met in a Houston sporting goods store to discuss what they could do about the continued abuse of marine resources along the Texas coast The result of that meeting was the creation of the Gulf Coast Conservation Association GCCA The Texas chapter was officially founded on March 17 1977 Walter Fondren became chairman of the fledgling organization which focused its early efforts on redfish with the launch of the Save the Redfish campaign GCCA s grassroots efforts helped secure passage of the Texas Red Drum Conservation Act which imposed commercial bag limits quotas and mandatory reporting for individual sales of redfish as well as bag limits for anglers In 1981 thanks largely to GCCA red drum and spotted sea trout were designated game fish in Texas effectively prohibiting their sale throughout the state Word of the successes in Texas spread to anglers in other states who were concerned with these same issues By 1985 chapters had developed in Alabama Louisiana Mississippi and Florida In 1986 South Carolina became the first Atlantic Coast chapter and more states soon followed By 1997 15 state chapters from Texas to Maine were part of a national organization for the conservation of marine resources under the name Coastal Conservation Association CCA Since the mid 1980s CCA has been active in virtually every fisheries debate on local state and national levels With Walter Fondren as national chairman the organization has been involved in many impressive conservation victories including the banning of gill nets in several states establishing game fish status for species in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic implementing bycatch reduction guidelines for the shrimp industry and passing a 1994 constitutional amendment in Florida banning the use of any type of entangling net in state waters With more than 90 000 members in more than 180 local chapters in 15 states spanning the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic seaboard the impact of CCA s grassroots machine is unparalleled and the breadth and depth of their volunteer involvement is unmatched Determined not merely to halt the decline and conserve coastal game fish Walter Fondren and his fellow CCA members have focused on restoring our marine resources and bringing them back to healthy levels And since 1977 recreational anglers have embraced CCA s message of the sustainable use of marine resources Fondren served for nine years on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council including as Chairman from 1989 to 1990 and was

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  • IGFA | Thomas M. Gifford
    Questions and Answers SCALES AND CERTIFICATION Slam and Trophy Clubs Conserve Our Work FISHERIES RESEARCH MANAGEMENT IGFA Great Marlin Race Billfish Conservation Act Conservation News Resources Socioeconomic Resources Regional Fisheries Bodies Information Exchange Position Statements Educate IGFA School of Sportfishing Observer Training IGFA Junior Anglers Fishing Summer Camp Education and Outreach Programs Release Recommendations Education Staff Volunteer Opportunities Resources Videos PHOTO GALLERY IGFA Publications E Newsletters Species Database Captains and Guides IGFA Mobile Weigh Stations Support Join or Renew Make a Gift Shop Upcoming Events Advertising Opportunities Contact Donor Opportunities Donor Societies Member Discounts Membership Benefits Thomas M Gifford Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1896 1970 1998 Inductee Among the great charter skippers ever to guide anglers to the major game fishes of the sea Tommy Gifford became an American superstar Gifford developed a reputation as one of the most inventive bluewater anglers who ever lived and one of the most successful Gifford began his chartering career in Miami in 1920 at age 23 Within a few seasons Gifford had made a reputation for himself He was constantly innovative and his charters consistently caught record fish Gifford was the first to develop spreader outriggers for use in the Atlantic and the first to catch an Atlantic blue marlin with the new devices He was not the first to bring a kite to the Atlantic but was so innovative and so effective in his use of kites that he is widely miscredited with their East Coast introduction Over the course of his 50 year career Gifford developed an encyclopedic knowledge of game fish and techniques to catch them Anglers who use essential saltwater equipment such as the flying gaff and the star drag reel all owe a debt to Gifford s creative thinking Gifford served as

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  • IGFA | Alfred C. Glassell Jr.
    Fishing Summer Camp Education and Outreach Programs Release Recommendations Education Staff Volunteer Opportunities Resources Videos PHOTO GALLERY IGFA Publications E Newsletters Species Database Captains and Guides IGFA Mobile Weigh Stations Support Join or Renew Make a Gift Shop Upcoming Events Advertising Opportunities Contact Donor Opportunities Donor Societies Member Discounts Membership Benefits Alfred C Glassell Jr Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1913 2008 2001 Inductee Alfred Glassell s 1 560 pound black marlin is the all tackle and 130 pound line class record for the species and it remains the ultimate measure of the sport for every serious marlin fisherman But his contributions to sport fishing go well beyond that world record Although Glassell appeared on the cover of a 1956 Sports Illustrated few of today s billfishermen know much about him and even fewer are familiar with his other accomplishments He was the first to boat a black marlin over 1 000 pounds according to IGFA rules and when he lost the record within a few days regained it for the second time in a month with a 1 090 pound catch Although Glassell traveled the world hunting marlin bluefin tuna and swordfish his research convinced him he would find his giant quarry in the bait rich waters off Cabo Blanco Peru and on August 4 1953 he landed the 1 560 pound record fish that would withstand the test of nearly a half century of tackle and boat improvements Film footage of Glassell s jumping tail walking and greyhounding granders was used in the movie version of Ernest Hemingway s The Old Man and the Sea and his all tackle record fish hangs in the Smithsonian Institution Alfred Glassell has spent his lifetime pursuing his passions and excelling in many fields including the petroleum

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