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  • IGFA | Henry Lyman
    Cape Cod Colonial newspaper in Hyannis Massachusetts and then for the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield following his graduation from Harvard University in 1937 But World War II soon intervened and Lyman spent six years serving aboard Navy destroyers Released from active duty in 1946 he soon purchased Salt Water Sportsman Originally launched by Ollie Rodman Tap Tapply and Hugh Grey in 1939 the regional weekly cost five cents and covered the summer saltwater fishing conditions in New England Lyman started as editor then took over as publisher several years later the title he held for a half century When he was again activated for military service during the Korean War a young ex GI with a love of surf fishing Frank Woolner agreed to become Salt Water Sportsman s editor Eighteen months later in 1953 Lyman retired from the military with the rank of Commander and returned to the magazine As the years passed Salt Water Sportsman evolved into a monthly publication with coverage expanded from the Maritimes to the Bahamas then to the Gulf of Mexico then to the Pacific Hal Lyman and Frank Woolner had fulfilled the weekly s original slogan they had indeed created The Voice of the Coastal Sport Fisherman Always believing that fishing and conservation should go hand in hand Hal Lyman promoted marine conservation long before it became popular by printing some of the earliest pieces about the subject onSalt Water Sportsman s pages He was always interested in helping the good young writers and many of today s well known fishing authors and personalities credit Lyman for giving them their first break Fishing is not only Hal Lyman s business it is also his hobby He caught his first saltwater fish at the age of 6 Since then he has fished the world

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  • IGFA | Harlan W. Major
    man He also developed an interest in saltwater angling and this led to the perfect outlet for his mechanical skills repairing fishing tackle Before long he was making rods lures and kites which he sold to local fishing club members Once Harlan opened a shop it wasn t long before he was running the largest tackle business in southern California Armed with West Coast fishing techniques Major headed East in 1929 and was accepted immediately by the sportfishing fraternity there It was Major who introduced kite fishing to Montauk s anglers including Tommy Gifford And with Gifford as his guide he landed one of the first sailfish taken on 3 6 tackle in Florida Harlan thought everyone should have the opportunity to fish and he convinced Long Island Railroad executives and partyboat owners that special weekend trains running from Penn Station to Montauk would make money During the summer of 1933 four trains carried excited city folk to the outstanding fishing at the tip of Long Island The following summer more than 35 000 anglers were transported by these Fishermen s Specials which operated for more than 20 years In 1935 Major convinced Pan American Airways and the Grace Line to send him to Chile He was anxious to investigate reports of giant swordfish and he promised in return to fill his newspaper columns with stories guaranteed to entice affluent American anglers and spark travel to Chilean waters Convinced most anglers overfought their fish his technique consisted of short pumps steady pressure and planned strategies and the fighting chair he built and brought with him which became the prototype of the modern chair helped too Major quickly landed two impressive broadbill and his pioneering visit to Chile paved the way for the Lerners Farringtons and for Lou Marron whose 1 182 lb swordfish caught there in 1953 remains the IGFA All Tackle record Harlan Major constantly experimented with new ideas and techniques When successful he shared them with others and when they were successful he moved on to other challenges In 1937 Pan Am sent Major to the Pacific Their new clipper service was making fuel stops at Midway Wake and Guam and Major vowed the billfish spotted there could be caught again creating demands for flights from eager anglers At first unsuccessful he managed to put together a makeshift outrigger similar to the one Tommy Gifford was using in Florida and as he predicted he caught a marlin the second ever landed in Guam Stories of Major s travels frequently appeared in newspapers and major magazines and in 1939 Salt Water Fishing Tackle was published A comprehensive history of the development of fishing equipment it was the first book to detail technical aspects of tackle design construction repair and use and it remains a classic reference With the advent of World War II Major began a campaign to ship free tackle overseas The basement of his New York City home became the clearinghouse for huge amounts of donated equipment

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  • IGFA | Mary Orvis Marbury
    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 Mary Orvis Marbury Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1856 1914 1998 Inductee Mary Orvis Marbury through her book Favorite Flies and Their Histories was a powerful influence in the development of American fly fishing Mary Orvis was born in Manchester Vermont the year her father Charles founded The Orvis Company Mary took over the company s fly tying operation at age twenty The Orvis Company provided fine flies in 434 different patterns These flies helped drive sales of her father s invention the lightweight fly reel and other Orvis fishing accessories Mary Orvis quickly recognized the need to address the problem of standardization of fly names and types Anglers placed orders for professionally tied flies by name but often received something different from what they had in mind Charles Orvis surveyed anglers from the most concentrated fly fishing areas across North America soliciting information on the finest flies and how they were to be made and used Mary Orvis compiled the responses in an illustrated book Favorite Flies and Their Histories first published in 1892 This 500 page volume contained 32 color plates and illustrations of 290 regional patterns Orvis book became a best

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  • IGFA | Eugenie & Louis Marron
    while Genie became a noted artist sculptor and concert pianist who performed at Carnegie Hall Uncle Lou no one called him anything else was already a passionate fisherman when Genie began her angling career unexpectedly in the mid 1930s One evening Lou s skipper burst in on a house party shouting There s tuna near Shrewsbury Rocks Lou headed for the door and Genie in her black velvet gown followed The next day she caught a 430 pound tuna her first and the first landed by a woman off New Jersey During the 1930s and 1940s their boat Eugenie was often seen leaving Manasquan Inlet for the tuna grounds beyond At the age of 37 after much success with his Coastal Oil Company Lou suffered a severe heart attack Though his doctor told him he could go fishing when he was well enough he surely had no clue what Uncle Lou had in mind For more than 30 years the Marrons caught record and near record fish around the globe And it was no surprise that when they heard commercial fishermen were harpooning huge broadbill in Chile they headed that direction hoping to catch one on rod and reel On May 7 1953 Lou Marron aboard the Flying Heart III with Capt Eddie Wall captured his great swordfish in a battle that lasted just under two hours When the mate grabbed the leader the fish went wild damaging the boat s hull and breaking its bill yet it weighed a staggering 1 182 pounds 322 pounds heavier than the existing record measured 14 feet 11 ¼ inches and had a girth of more than six feet Caught on 39 thread it became the new IGFA All Tackle and 130 pound line class records and over the last 60 years no angler has come close to defeating either one When the Marrons learned about billfish research being conducted at the University of Miami they readily agreed to finance the three year Pacific Billfish Expedition In her book Albacora Genie explained After we had learned as much about deep sea fishing as we thought we ever would along came Luis Rivas to demonstrate how little we knew about the fish themselves or the waters in which they lived and died In June 1954 when their new custom built research cruiser Explorer set out from Iquique on the first expedition the Marrons played an integral role catching big fish ably assisting with data gathering and collecting giant squid for central nervous system research being conducted at MIT In addition that return trip to Chile in 1954 was a triumph for Genie personally for she set four IGFA world records catching three striped marlin on 20 30 and 50 pound line and a 772 pound swordfish that to this day remains the IGFA 80 pound record and the largest broadbill caught by a woman The contributions of the Marrons larger than life Uncle Lou and diminutive Genie endure They were generous philanthropists still hold

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  • IGFA | Roland Martin
    expected him to win his first event the 1970 Toledo Bend Invitational He didn t He finished second However he did win the second B A S S tournament he fished the 1970 Lake Seminole event followed by a second place finish in the third BASSMASTER tournament in which he competed No one previously had accomplished this From that point on this former Santee Cooper Reservoir fishing guide who caught his first fish at the age of 4 dominated the sport s early years and went on to become the star of competitive bass fishing In the past 33 years Roland Martin has amassed 19 B A S S tournament victories a B A S S record is the only nine time Angler of the Year title winner in B A S S history has appeared in 25 BASS Masters Classic tournaments and has 19 second place and 90 top 10 finishes in B A S S events And still Martin remains competitive Though he retired from the bass wars in 1992 to pursue other passions turkey hunting fly fishing for tarpon and bonefishing on the Islamorada flats he returned to the Tournament Trail 18 months later missing the camaraderie and competition and picked up right where he left off Everyone Martin included marvels at his longevity And all agree that the secrets to his continued success are his versatility his enduring fascination with fishing his enthusiasm and his love of the tournament scene Even his competitors admit that he keeps getting better Recognizing the importance of mastering the mental side of the sport Martin psychs himself up for every fishing day Determination and confidence are two of his greatest assets You can t even think about failure he says and he truly believes that with every cast he is

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  • IGFA | Frank J. Mather III
    Discounts Membership Benefits Frank J Mather III Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1911 2000 2004 Inductee Frank Mather educated the world about bluefin tuna was known worldwide for developing the first tagging program for large fish and never had a biology degree After studying physics at Williams College and naval architecture at MIT he worked for a New York City firm designing ships for the war effort But he had a passion for fish and in 1945 he became a Research Associate at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts Mather was a fanatical ocean angler He kept records of every fish he caught read everything there was to read about the tunas and billfishes worked on them in the lab and fished for them up and down the Atlantic coast When his notes and observations didn t agree with what he found in print about the migrations and growth rates of the large pelagic fishes especially bluefin tuna Mather resolved to replace the theories with facts He decided that marking and releasing fish that could be recaptured at a later date was the most obvious way to gather precise data He envisioned a tag that could be attached without removing the fish from the water something that laymen could use for if tuna research were left only to a handful of scientists it would take decades to tag the same number of fish that hundreds of volunteers could tag in just a few years By the early 1950s Mather had designed the dart tag and tagging stick The designs were simple but effective so effective that they have changed little over the past 50 years In 1954 Frank Mather initiated the Cooperative Game Fish Tagging Program at Woods Hole A joint effort between the general public recreational and commercial fishermen and scientists it was the first of its kind anywhere Initial tags were field tested on small bluefin in Long Island Sound in 1954 five years later two of the tuna were recaptured off the coast of France The author of more than 75 scientific papers Mather s voice was one of the earliest to warn of the bluefin s rapidly diminishing populations Much of his research was groundbreaking and played an important role in tuna management both domestically and abroad In the early 1970s Mather was asked to serve as a committee member for ICCAT the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas In 1973 at the International Game Fish Research Conference he presented an alarming report on the status of the Atlantic bluefin The data used to document the fishery s decline stemmed in large part from his network of scientists and fishermen who had tagged enough bluefin when they were relatively abundant to provide proof that they were overfished Mather s research also led to the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act of 1975 Since 1968 the Cooperative Game Fish Tagging Program has been under the direction of the National Marine Fisheries

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  • IGFA | George G. Matthews
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but Palm Beach Florida has always been home And it s hardly surprising since his great grandfather Henry Morrison Flagler is considered the town s founding father More than a century ago Flagler built the Florida East Coast Railway from Jacksonville to Key West and luxury hotels that attracted the nation s elite to the state Continuing that family tradition George has made his own indelible marks The first in the family to take part in town politics he served as councilman for 16 years and at the age of 34 became the youngest council president in Palm Beach s history Also in the 1970s he was appointed Everglades Region Commissioner of the Florida Game Fresh Water Fish Commission by then Governor Reuben Askew George s love of the outdoors and the sporting life extends beyond committee meetings and boardrooms to the actual playing fields Though he fished for many different species around the world bluefin tuna was his passion and he became an ardent and accomplished tuna angler Bluefin happened to be the favorite of Elwood Harry too and the two men became longtime fishing partners and lifelong friends During the 1960s and 1970s Matthews pursued these giants in the Bahamas and Canada and was a frequent participant in the tournaments and the tournament festivities at the Bimini Big Game Fishing Club and the Cat Cay Club George fished the prestigious Masters Angling Tournament six times placing third in the 1970 event and two International Tuna Cup Matches in Wedgeport Nova Scotia One day before the 1967 ITCM he landed a 735 pound bluefin while fishing on Capt Fidelis Boudreau s Lady Luck It was the first time George had fished Nova Scotia waters and the tuna was the largest of the 53 he had landed to that time Though that trophy fish didn t count in the tournament standings the U S Team nevertheless went on to win it all that year In the late 1960s Matthews made two memorable trips to Newfoundland He and Harry were fishing Conception Bay in August 1968 when they received a radio call from Capt Buddy Merritt reporting that another area Notre Dame Bay was alive with tuna and that they had better get up here They did and with the two anglers taking turns in the fighting chair over a seven day period they fought 78 giant bluefin and boated 57 of them tagging most and releasing all The next summer they hooked 139 bluefin boating and releasing 107 tagging 70 According to Joe Brooks who described the trips in a June 1970 Outdoor Life article those amazing catches opened a new fishing ground for one of the most mysterious giants of the salt Even then George had concerns about the pressure on the species and he became one of the first anglers and GGB George Gregory Betsy one of the first boats to release bluefin in the early 1960s In a letter dated

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  • IGFA | Albert J. McClane
    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 Albert J McClane Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1922 1991 1998 Inductee A J McClane Field Stream s fishing editor for over forty years made his mark on angling as an expert angler and popular writer whose depth and scope of fishing knowledge was unmatched by anyone else in the world McClane s name lives on most strongly in his masterwork McClane s Standard Fishing Encyclopedia and International Angling Guide One of McClane s great gifts was the ability to share his encyclopedic knowledge in entertaining prose which he did through thousands of magazine articles and more than 20 books including The Practical Fly Fisherman Spinning for Fresh and Saltwater Fish in North America and The Encyclopedia of Fish Cookery Trained in the kitchens of the Ritz Hotel in Paris McClane was the reigning authority on fish cookery Many of his short pieces have been collected and reprinted in anthologies Because of his own eminence as an angler cook and raconteur McClane was a favorite fishing companion of royalty heads of state and other celebrities He fished with the King of Afghanistan Soviet Prime Minister Kerensky Ernest Hemingway Bert

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