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  • IGFA | Ernest W. Palmer
    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 Ernest W Palmer Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1916 1991 1999 Inductee Ern Palmer carved a lasting place for himself among the all time greats of game fishing both through his prowess as a saltwater angler and his contributions as conservationist organizer and administrator Born in Adelaide South Australia Palmer began handline fishing at age six As a teenager he found a thrilling new experience fighting a strong fish on rod and reel The thrill though repeated countless times throughout his life never lost its effect Palmer received the Bachelor of Laws in 1939 at Adelaide University but the beginning of his career was interrupted by World War II Ern served as Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy eventually becoming Staff Officer to the Chief of Naval Staff After the war Palmer put together a stunning career as a barrister businessman university lecturer and as a bluewater angler Among Ern s more notable captures are a giant black marlin at 1 148 pounds and a white pointer shark at 1 344 pounds Ern won the Cairns Centenary Black Marlin Tournament in 1977 Palmer held high offices in the Game Fishing Club of South

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  • IGFA | George Parker
    Captain George Parker is a man of achievements He was the first person in history to catch a 1 000 lb blue marlin by IGFA rules He created a trolling lure that revolutionized billfishing He was a driving force in the proper identification of Pacific billfishes He was one of the fathers of Hawaiian charter fishing the longest active skipper in Hawaii history and he fished the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament HIBT more than any other captain Responsible for numerous successful lifesaving efforts he was honored in 1964 with the Coast Guard s Silver Life Saving Medal for his heroic solo rescue of two men and their disabled sailboat from heavy surf during high winds All this began in 1934 whenGeorge Parker relocated from California to Honolulu After 11 years in the sugar industry he moved to Kona in 1945 and began chartering on the 50 foot Mona H The renovation of the Kona Inn that same year spawned the modern billfish trolling lure At the construction site Parker found scraps of shiny chrome tubing cut from towel rods With the short chrome pieces wooden dowels red rubber inner tube strips for legs and vinyl upholstery material for the skirt Parker designed his simple yet novel lure which looked and acted like those popular today People were very skeptical but not George The first time he tried the lure he caught a 500 lb marlin just outside the harbor And on November 13 1954 while taking the Mona H 160 miles from Kona to dry dock in Honolulu Parker fought and landed his grander singlehandedly with no fighting chair just a wide bench with three rod sockets When he arrived in Oahu 50 hours later he had the fish of a lifetime onboard nearly 15 feet long 74 inches in girth and 1 002 lb when it was weighed the following day History had been made Parker s catch electrified the sportfishing world smashing the existing all tackle world record and putting Hawaii on the map as abig fish destination And it wasn t long before everyone was making the Parker bathroom fixture lures However the story of George Parker s record catch does not end there An ichthyologist in Hawaii identified the fish as a blue marlin When the claim was submitted to IGFA the fish was identified as a black marlin for the prevailing belief at the time was that blue marlin did not exist in the Pacific and that all big Pacific marlin were either black or silver One of these believers was Francesca LaMonte American Museum of Natural History ichthyologist and IGFA Secretary And so began Parker s greatest battle the fight to have his giant properly identified He spent years doing his own research compiling findings of scientists measurements notes and legal briefs He kept up an aggressive campaign finally convincing the Association to re examine its classification of billfish Four and a half years later the claim was accepted by IGFA appearing in print

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  • IGFA | Hank Parker
    it was the beginning of his fascination with the species At the age of 15 he became a member of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society B A S S and was captivated by their publication Bassmaster dreaming of one day owning his own boat and growing up just like his heroes featured on the pages of the magazine In 1976 Hank began his own career fishing the National Bass Association Tournament Circuit and winning their national championship his first season He added American Bass Association events and then the Bassmaster Tournament Trail Parker participated in his first Bassmaster Classic in 1978 and within a year at the 1979 Classic he captured his first world championship title It was the beginning of a 13 year professional career that had him competing in more than 120 B A S S events qualifying for the Bassmaster Classic every year and finishing in the money an amazing 76 of the time In 1983 Hank was named B A S S Angler of the Year And shortly thereafter Hank Parker became the first professional angler to be awarded the sport s prestigious Grand Slam acknowledging his Angler of the Year title and wins in the 1979 Classic with a second ten years later in the 1989 event and the Super B A S S 1985 Hank had become a member of bass fishing s elite and his name always appeared on the short list of pre tournament favorites In 1963 McKinnis traveled to Indiana to assist with a new TV show but once there he was convinced to do the show himself This was The Fishin Hole From the beginning Jerry struggled to keep the The Fishin Hole at a national level which in those years meant syndication which in turn meant constant negotiating with individual stations to carry it In 1979 the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network better known as ESPN began In the beginning ESPN had plans to show movies mixed with sports since no one would think of watching sports 24 hours a day but they soon learned they couldn t buy the movie rights Jerry saw an opportunity and met with the ESPN executives in their office a singlewide trailer By 1980 The Fishin Hole had joined the fledgling network and was on its way to becoming a permanent fixture in the national media His tournament successes led to his TV show Hank Parker s Outdoor Magazine The show was an immediate hit when it premiered in syndicated markets throughout the country in 1985 and later on the Nashville Network Outdoor Life Outdoor Channel Pursuit Channel NBC Sports and Destination America In 1990 at the age of 37 Parker retired from competitive fishing to focus on his TV series and other interests Currently in its 28th year the popular Outdoor Magazine continues to entertain and educate anglers of all ages and skill levels on tried and true angling techniques Hank s knowledge and engaging personality are evident and episodes often include

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  • IGFA | William W. Pate Jr.
    marlin on a fly rod But that is just the start of Pate s angling achievements He has held more significant saltwater fly fishing records than any other angler He was the first man to catch a black marlin on fly Australia 1972 And he was the first person to catch six billfish species on fly Pate began fishing South Carolina brooks at the age of 6 Eight years later he persuaded his parents to buy him a fly rod and from that point on he has fished almost exclusively with fly tackle During a trip to the Florida Keys in the early 1960s Pate became enamored with catching tarpon on fly and on his first day out he was hooked for life There is a complicated science to fly fishing for billfish and Billy Pate is a leader in this specialized sport Dr Webster Robinson pioneered the technique catching the first Atlantic sailfish Pacific sailfish and striped marlin When Pate caught a 146 pound striped marlin in Ecuador in 1970 a record on 15 pound tippet which stood until 1995 no one had as yet taken a blue black or white marlin on fly On his way home from Ecuador Pate resolved that he would be the first person to catch six billfish species on a fly rod He spent the next eight years doing just that catching a white marlin a black marlin and Atlantic and Pacific sailfish On August 21 1978 in Havana Cuba Pate finally caught a blue marlin the fish that had proven to be the most difficult fulfilling his long sought dream and also becoming the first to catch this species on fly An inveterate traveler Billy Pate has journeyed to 40 countries in search of his quarry He meticulously researches organizes and prepares for all trips and for each and every contest between man and fish Though Pate has actively sought records to him it is not just about filling up holes in the record book He fishes for the thrill pursuing species that are challenging and exciting Besides holding records for blue white black and striped marlin and Atlantic and Pacific sailfish he has set records for mako shark jack crevalle bonefish channel bass grouper and redfish But to Pate light tackle fishing for tarpon is the ultimate challenge His 188 pound 7 5 tarpon caught on 16 pound tippet on May 13 1982 in Homosassa Florida was a record for 21 years From Carolina to Brazil and from the Pacific coast of Panama to Sherbro Island off Africa s Sierra Leone Pate has fished for the silver king estimating that he has hooked more than 5 000 in his lifetime It was on a trip to Costa Rica in the mid 1960s that Pate and Islamorada fishing guide George Hommell came up with the idea for World Wide Sportsman World Wide became one of the most famous fishing tackle shops anywhere and is credited with opening up many new fly fishing

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  • IGFA | Al Pflueger, Jr.
    fishermen Sports Afield December 1974 was serious and dedicated and kept to a rigorous conditioning schedule During the 1965 66 Metropolitan Miami Fishing Tournament MET he set an unprecedented five new records was the youngest member to achieve the Miami Rod Reel Club s Master Angler rank and at one point held more than half of all records at both the Rod Reel and the Tropical Anglers Clubs When Al took over Pflueger Taxidermy following his dad s passing in 1962 the business was already well known throughout the world for its quality products and innovations In 1933 Al Sr had revolutionized the industry with a new technique that utilized a hollow mold and a putty like material called mache which produced more realistic looking and lighter mounts Also in place was a successful system of shipping catches from all over the U S Pflueger agents froze the catch or packed it in dry ice wrapped it in plastic and shipped the containers to a local airport to be picked up by the factory truck Under Al Jr s leadership the business continued to expand The bustling plant in Hallandale Beach reached an acre in size employed 200 workers and had as many as 8 000 pieces in progress at time It was easily the largest taxidermy company in the world and more than one million fish were ultimately mounted there many of which especially beginning in the 1970s were fiberglass replicas And though the fish were always remembered far better than the fishermen clients included Zane Grey Errol Flynn Ernest Hemingway Herbert Hoover and Ted Williams Pfluegerized fish including Alfred Glassell s All Tackle black marlin and Lou Marron s All Tackle swordfish were known for their painstaking detail and utmost quality In 1969 Al sold the business to

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  • IGFA | William E. Poole
    world s largest long range boats Bill learned how to fish at the age of six In 1947 after his wartime Navy service he became the youngest owner skipper in the San Diego fleet when he and his father Herb bought the 120 foot Lazy Daze anchored it off the coast and shuttled anglers from the pier to the barge Two years later they purchased the 50 foot Malida and began day trips to the Coronados Islands By the end of his first season Bill was carrying full loads almost every trip In 1951 Poole acquired the Polaris a 62 foot Navy boat Every day from April to September he took anglers out in search of yellowtail sea bass albacore and whatever else was biting working hard to make the Polaris passenger and catch numbers better than those of the other boats in the San Diego fleet That same year he made his first Wanderlust trip to Guadalupe Island 150 miles off Baja traveling seven days with 13 passengers who each paid 175 Onboard conditions were primitive with saltwater showers limited fresh water small fish holds and rudimentary navigation compass watch two band radio and the trip took place under the radar since Coast Guard licensing wasn t available at the time But the fish 60 pound yellowtail and 200 300 pound black sea bass were plentiful News of Bill s ability to find these fish spread quickly and during his 12 years at the helm of the original Polaris his well earned reputation as a top skipper and fierce competitor was established Two of the most notable All Tackle world records were caught on Bill s boats The first yellowfin tuna over 300 pounds 308 was taken by Jean Tolson aboard the Cape Polaris in 1973 and in 1977 aboard the Royal Polaris Curt Wiesenhutter landed a 388 75 pound yellowfin a record that stood for 33 years Bill Poole had the vision knowledge skill and marketing savvy to make long range fishing what it is today He expanded long range trips to the Cedros Islands Uncle Sam Bank Alijos Rocks and the Revillagigedo Island chain In the mid 1960s larger engines were approved for sportfishing boats and Bill began commissioning finer vessels with powerful engines plush quarters improved bait and fuel storage and state of the art navigation electronics He continued enlarging his boats adding improvements and innovations that enhanced their luxury speed safety comfort and fishability In 1964 the 65 foot Polaris II was launched in 1967 the 80 foot Polaris III and in 1970 the 90 foot Cape Polaris When Bill was ready for an even larger boat that would be better suited to long distance travel he joined forces with boat designer Todd Chaffee to produce the 113 foot Royal Polaris launched in 1974 The largest long range sportfisher ever built and the first produced by the Poole Boat Company the Royal Polaris all aluminum construction caused quite a stir To meet growing demand the

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  • IGFA | Marcel Prot
    Prot is a man and an angler of the world He was born in Reims France studied in France and Belgium and graduated from Harvard University s Advanced Management Program in 1960 For 32 years he served as the Mead Corporation s President for Europe Africa and the Middle East retiring from that position in 1997 Marcel began fishing at the age of five years old One of his grandfathers had a boat in Monte Carlo and introduced him to Mediterranean Sea sport fishing at a young age With his other grandfather he fished the rivers of Europe He learned to fly fish while in his teens and in the 1960s he began flats fishing for tarpon and bonefish in the Florida Keys with Capt Jimmie Albright as his guide For more than 25 years fishing with a fly has been his passion Over the last eight decades Marcel has visited more than 50 countries pursuing giant trevally jacks billfish snook roosterfish redfish permit trout salmon bonefish tarpon and other species in some of the most exotic and beautiful destinations in the world And though he was never keen on fishing for records he was one of the first to catch a milkfish on fly and he has tagged and released many white striped black and blue marlin and more than 200 sailfish Marcel considers his May 1997 trip to the Cape Verde Islands his most memorable fishing adventure There aboard The Hooker off Sao Vicente with Capt Trevor Cockle he released 15 blue marlin in one day a record at the time Over the course of five days in Cape Verde 38 blues estimated to weigh up to 400 pounds were released and a 367 pound blue marlin caught by his wife Annick remains the 16 pound IGFA world record Marcel is a long time member of the prestigious Big Game Fishing Club of France BGFCF Founded in 1965 by some of the biggest names in French sport fishing the Club focused on marine conservation issues from the very beginning and served as host of the first ever World Angling Conference at Cap d Agde in the south of France in 1984 In June 2003 the Club s General Assembly and Board appointed Marcel Prot President and the four years he held that position proved to be a revitalizing and noteworthy period for the BGFCF Membership grew and new programs including one for junior anglers were conceived Prot was responsible for the Club s newsletters and bulletins filled with Club history and news fishing techniques descriptions of exciting destinations important worldwide fisheries issues such as longlining and overfishing IGFA news tagging results and more they became increasingly informative and relevant Marcel s efforts during his tenure did much to enhance the Big Game Fishing Club s standing and reputation in France and around the world as one of the most influential fishing clubs in existence At the same time Marcel began working with scientists in the U S and

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  • IGFA | Charles C. Ritz
    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 Charles C Ritz Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1891 1976 1999 Inductee Charles Ritz is one of the very finest fishermen I know Ernest Hemingway wrote in 1954 He is not only a great flyfisherman for trout and salmon but he is an articulate writer and splendid technician Thus opened the foreword to Ritz s A Flyfisher s Life Arnold Gingrich famed angler and Esquire magazine founder called the book one of the great milestones of angling literature required reading for any serious fisherman Ritz was born in Switzerland the son of Cesar Ritz whose hotels set a world standard for elegance He grew up in the Ritz Hotel in the Place Vendome in Paris and it remained his home for most of his life But friends of Charles described him as un ritzy He was a down to earth incurable gadgeteer and inventor full of curiosity and enthusiasm for a vast array of subjects from food and wine to model trains to ski shoes to the design of fly fishing rods In fact Ritz held the original patent on the apres ski boot invented the prototype parabolic fly rod built by Pezon et Michel designed a Vario Power rod with

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