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  • IGFA | Peter Goadby
    leading sportfisherman Norman Gow Since then he has traveled throughout the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans always anticipating another special location and another memorable fish Goadby is one of the world s leading big game anglers and his name is inscribed in the record books as the first person to catch both a shark and a marlin weighing more than 1 000 pounds Peter Goadby has successfully competed against the world s best fishermen in numerous international national state and club tournaments including as captain of the winning Australian team at the 1965 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament HIBT member of the winning Australian team at the 1983 HIBT and captain of the 1973 Australian team at the International Tuna Cup Match in Wedgeport Nova Scotia But Goadby is world renowned not only for his fishing expertise but also for his ability to pass on his knowledge to other anglers And no one is more knowledgeable about Pacific Ocean sport fishing than Peter Goadby He has written extensively for fishing magazines and as author of such classic and popular titles as Big Fish and Blue Water 1970 Saltwater Gamefishing 1991 Billfishing 1996 and Saltwater Game Fishes of the World 2000 written with the late Bob Dunn he has never failed to enlighten entertain and encourage saltwater anglers From his earliest works Goadby has shared his passion for the history the fish the tackle the tournaments and the tactics and to this day he considers it a privilege to do so Peter Goadby is acknowledged as the initiator and driving force behind tag and release fishing in Australia When he and friend John O Brien became aware of Frank Mather s cooperative game fish tagging program in the United States they were anxious to set up a similar voluntary system in Australia In

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  • IGFA | Theodore Gordon
    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 Theodore Gordon Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1854 1915 1998 Inductee Time moves slowly in fly fishing wrote John McDonald The last time it moved in a large way in the United States was with Theodore Gordon More than any other figure Gordon and his writings were the philosophical bridge between the British fly fishing heritage and the beginning of the American tradition Born into comfortable circumstances in Pittsburgh Gordon pursued a career in finance in New York City In the late nineteenth century Gordon began to publish articles about fly fishing in both British and American periodicals and was widely regarded throughout the U S and Great Britain as the leading American angling authority All the while he improved his knowledge of fly fishing Among his most important information resources was one of Britain s premier anglers and writers Frederic Halford Halford was known for his detailed studies of stream entomology and his techniques for creating dry flies that matched the hatch of various insects About 1900 Gordon abandoned city life to fish and write full time He first moved a few miles up the Hudson River to Haverstraw and later to the Catskill Mountains where he primarily fished the Big Three of Catskill

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  • IGFA | Curt Gowdy
    injury in 1944 after a stint in the Army Air Corps Gowdy was asked to cover a local football game in Cheyenne Wyoming He called that game his first atop an orange crate before 15 fans in sub zero weather In 1949 he became Mel Allen s assistant doing play by play for the New York Yankees and began broadcasting football on CBS radio with Red Barber From 1951 to 1965 he was the voice of the Boston Red Sox as well as the first announcer for the Boston Celtics During his 50 year career he worked for all three TV networks and covered 16 World Series eight Super Bowls eight Olympics 12 Rose Bowls and 24 NCAA basketball Final Fours It was the early 1960s when Curt Gowdy presented the idea of an outdoors show to ABC TV s Roone Arledge Arledge insisted that television viewers were only interested in competitive sports in watching competition in which there was a winner and a loser So Gowdy came up with the idea of a trout fishing championship Held in Argentina it featured an American team Gowdy and Joe Brooks vs two Argentineans It aired on ABC s Wide World of Sports was a tremendous hit and led to the creation in 1964 of the first TV fishing show The American Sportsman The American Sportsman began as four one hour specials then expanded to 13 shows during the winter season Gowdy served as the host for more than 200 episodes over 20 years traveling with celebrities to the best destinations all over the world to hunt and fish The concept was simple sportsmen were glued to their TV sets every Sunday afternoon from January to March and The American Sportsman went on to become the most popular outdoor show in TV history Thanks to his mother who insisted he get an education which included elocution lessons he became one of the finest sports broadcasters with a voice that is still easily recognizable to anyone who grew up with a radio or a television And thanks to his father Curt Gowdy began fly fishing at the age of 8 in his home state of Wyoming He was first introduced to saltwater fly fishing when he accompanied the Yankees to St Petersburg Florida for spring training When the Red Sox trained in Sarasota he began snook and tarpon fishing And through his friendship with Ted Williams Gowdy discovered fishing in the Florida Keys where he continues to participate in the annual Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series and the Boy Scout Backbone Celebrity Classic A recipient of a multitude of honors Curt Gowdy may be the only man in history to be inducted into eight Halls of Fame Wyoming named an 11 000 acre state park after him in 1971 In 1976 The American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers cited Gowdy as the man who had done the most to promote fishing in America He received the Ford C Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting in

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  • IGFA | Zane Grey
    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 Zane Grey Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1872 1939 1998 Inductee Best known for his Western novels Zane Grey was a pioneering angler a great innovator and one time holder of more than a dozen saltwater world records Just as significant as his fishing accomplishments is the fact that Grey was a superb storyteller who inspired countless anglers the world over with his tales of travels and encounters with fish As a boy in Zanesville Ohio Grey fished for bullhead and bass in the Muskingum River His first fishing mentor was locally known as Old Muddy Miser a man who fired Grey s imagination with tales of trout and salmon and great saltwater fish which he said no one seemed to go after Grey would eventually go after them but not until he d married tried dentistry and disliked it and begun writing after hours After struggling for some years as a writer the lean years ended with the 1910 publication of Riders of the Purple Sage a phenomenal seller that brought Grey fortune and freedom to do what he wanted Grey fished across the United States and around the world both salt and freshwater He was the first man to catch a 1 000 pound fish on rod and reel He pioneered methods for catching the elusive broadbill swordfish and successfully championed the use of light tackle for sailfish He was the first to use the

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  • IGFA | Yoshiro Hattori
    hooked a 10 pound flounder and from that day on the sport had its hooks in him Hattori attended the School of Law at Waseda University graduating in 1951 By this time party boats were quite common in Japan and he became a regular participant on these trips The vessels were captained by seasoned commercial fishermen and Hattori eagerly took advantage of their skills and knowledge to learn all he could about Japan s fish species and the best techniques for catching them In 1952 Yoshiro Hattori began writing for the monthly fishing magazine Mizu No Shumi Water Hobby He was allowed to choose his own topics as long as he kept his articles to four pages and he dedicated most of his pieces to the subject of boat fishing A full time job at the Yomiuri Movie Company soon followed The company was affiliated with the media conglomerate Yomiuri which was known for its newspaper interests and the position was a perfect fit for the young writer During the two years he spent there he directed and served as host of the new television program Fishing in Japan The 15 minute shows were broadcast on national television and were some of the first to highlight the exciting sportfishing opportunities available in the country The pioneering Fishing in Japan paved the way for the television program that made Yoshiro Hattori a household word in Japan the highly popular series 11 PM Every Friday evening beginning in 1965 and running until 1988 he brought detailed reports of his fishing adventures and travels in his native land and in many mysterious and remote overseas locales into peoples living rooms Viewers were enthralled by what they were seeing and what they were hearing from the enthusiastic and cordial program host An interest in

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  • IGFA | Elwood K. Harry
    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 Elwood K Harry Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1914 1992 1998 Inductee Elwood Harry is remembered most for the immense contributions he made to the international sport of game fishing through his work with the International Game Fish Association Harry was born in Lancaster Pennsylvania He grew up working in the family merchandising business and fishing the lakes and streams of eastern Pennsylvania and the waters of Chesapeake Bay After World War II he developed an international aviation supply business a vocation that gave him the means and the opportunity to fish extensively in waters throughout the world Harry became an expert tuna angler winning scores of world class competitions and awards In 1962 Harry became a Vice President of IGFA President in 1975 and was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees in 1987 He combined his knowledge and experience as an international angler and an international businessman to guide the IGFA through a major re structuring process transforming the organization from a small privately funded association into a not for profit worldwide membership association and information resource serving all types of anglers associations and the sportfishing industry throughout the world He also helped develop a voice for the IGFA

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  • IGFA | Guy Harvey
    eight he was sent to English boarding school where he became captivated by Ernest Hemingway s The Old Man and the Sea and found sketching scenes from the story helped with his homesickness In 1973 while studying marine biology at Scotland s Aberdeen University he began drawing the novel and within a year he had completed 40 pen and ink depictions of his favorite parts In the early 1980s Harvey earned his Ph D from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica The 119 illustrations he drew for his dissertation on the ecology of coastal fish generated such interest that in 1985 he put together a highly successful one man show of his Old Man sketches While Guy was juggling professorship duties with his growing reputation as an artist Fort Lauderdale tackle store owner Scott Boyd traveled toJamaica to see for himself what all the excitement was about Boyd s visit led to Guy s first U S trip in 1986 to his 1988 collaboration with Raleigh Werking s company T Shirts of Florida which was the beginning of Guy s now famous line of clothing and to his transition to full time professional artist Almost immediately he was named The Billfish Foundation s Artist of the Year the first of many honors to come and soon his work was leaping off covers of magazines and tournament programs Thus began Guy Harvey s aspiration to bring art into the lives of anglers Describing himself as a fisherman who paints not a painter who fishes his angling achievements include all nine billfish species and two granders released the same day off Madeira Drawing upon his angling skills scientific training powers of observation and natural gifts he transforms his subjects into colorful and precise biological representations Guy Harvey s reputation has grown worldwide and his approachability and ease and rapport with the public simply reinforce his popularity It was only a matter of time before Guy returned to the underwater observations that fascinated him as a child and in 1995 he began photographing free swimming fish for a truer perspective of their appearance and behavior In 2002 the opportunity for a television series came along and since that time Portraits From the Deep has been bringing exciting above and underwater encounters with magnificent fish into people s homes along with vital information about the challenges facing our resources and the sport The more Guy immersed himself in the marine world the more ardent a conservationist he became He has dedicated himself to programs that protect our oceans and to ensuring future generations have fish to catch The Guy Harvey Research Institute established in 2000 at Nova Southeastern UniversityOceanographic Center plays a leadership role in scientific inquiry and their shark program in particular is acclaimed For decades Guy has donated time and artwork to institutions organizations charities and tournaments worldwide raising funds for and public awareness about conservation This includes the IGFA Appointed International Representative in 1986 Harvey has been an IGFA

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  • IGFA | Van Campen Heilner
    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 Van Campen Heilner Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1889 1970 1998 Inductee Traveler hunter angler yachtsman naturalist explorer writer and filmmaker Van Campen Heilner was all of these and a great contributor to the collective knowledge of game fish around the world But most notably Heilner was a devoted surf caster and a towering figure in the development of the sport Born in Philadelphia the only child and heir to a mining fortune Heilner is said to have drifted from school to school trying to assign a goal to a life that was both prepaid and guaranteed During summers on the Jersey shore Heilner found his direction he fell in love with surf fishing Early on Heilner became something of a prodigy in outdoor writing While still in his teens he had stories published in America s major sporting publications including Field Stream At age 21 Heilner collaborated with friend and fellow angler Frank Stick to produce his first book The Call of the Surf Theirs was the first book ever published devoted exclusively to surf fishing After his second

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