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  • IGFA | Dr. Luis R. Rivas
    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 Dr Luis R Rivas Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1916 1986 1998 Inductee Dr Luis Rivas was an enthusiastic angler and peerless marine biologist whose research has contributed invaluably to our understanding of saltwater game fish Rivas distinguished academic career spanned nearly 50 years focusing on the morphology ecology and taxonomy of fishes One of his many research contributions involved the definitive taxonomy of the snook Dr Rivas was born in Key West Florida Guided by his interest in the sea and its fascinating creatures Rivas completed a B S degree in Cuba continued graduate studies in Canada and the U S and received his Ph D from George Washington University in 1953 He was the recipient of several Guggenheim Fellowships during his career and taught in Cuba before becoming a professor at the University of Miami in 1947 In 1971 Rivas took a position as biologist for the U S National Marine Fisheries Service serving in Panama City and then in Miami until 1981 when he became Resident Adjunct Professor of Ichthyology at the Nova University Oceanographic Center in Dania Florida A friend and associate

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  • IGFA | Helen & Webster Robinson
    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 Helen Webster Robinson Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1900s 1998 Inductee Dr Webster Doc Robinson and wife Helen secured a place in the angling record books by landing the first sailfish ever caught on a fly The fish was caught using an innovative team technique the Robinsons developed together along with Captain Lefty Reagan The Robinsons technique now in use around the world involves one angler teasing the fish up with live bait while the other angler presents the artificial fly The record officially went to Doc who presented the fly and landed the fish For a couple who contributed so much to sport fishing it is astonishing that the Robinsons serious angling careers did not begin until later in their lives The Robinsons bought a home in Key West after Doc had survived a serious auto accident which temporarily interrupted his career as a financial analyst in New York Doc and Helen enjoyed wading the flats and angling for bonefish and permit Meanwhile Doc was reading the books of big game anglers such as Zane Grey and beginning to dream In 1959 when Doc was 63 he and Helen set out to fish the waters off Panama Peru and Chile Four years later among many other prizes Doc had caught 115 black marlin more than double the total ever before taken by an individual During the same period Helen took a women s world record in the 80 pound line class 796 pound black marlin

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  • IGFA | Julio Sanchez
    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 Julio Sanchez Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1899 1985 2001 Inductee Julio Sanchez made a lasting mark on sportfishing in an era when game fish were plentiful and good tackle was not He was born in Cuba in 1899 and raised on his father s sugar plantation where at a young age he hunted game and fished for tarpon in the Rio Encantado After earning a civil and electrical engineering degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Sanchez began making fundamental changes to his family s plantation to many of Cuba s farm and flood control programs and to the theories techniques and equipment of big game fishing As unofficial field tester for Tycoon Rods he proposed lengthening the rod butt thus enabling the angler to increase his leverage his pull and his odds for landing the big ones As a result of his input ball bearing roller guides were added to Tycoon Tackle s famous Bimini King rod a favorite of big game fishermen Sanchez was the first to increase the thickness of the reel spool when synthetic fishing line began replacing linen designed the first footrest for a fighting chair allowing anglers to remove their feet from the transom created a fishing harness that was a precursor of the bucket seat and devised a fishing technique for landing bluefin tuna unscathed by

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  • IGFA | The Schmidt Family
    The availability of surplus vessels enabled Pop to acquire his first boat East Wind in 1927 Otoque and Caiman followed Sons John Louis Jr and Theodore inherited his passion for the water and after Louis Jr landed Panama s second black marlin in 1933 marlin became the family s obsession They excelled at it collectively and individually and they traveled north to California and south to the Galapagos discovering some of the finest fishing grounds including Piñas Reef 130 miles south of Balboa which Pop called the marlin supermarket En route to Tahiti in 1937 Zane Grey stopped in Panama and fished with Pop and teenager Ted They caught little but Grey was impressed by a huge marlin carcass floating in the water and promised to return for an extended trip on the new boat Pop was designing Construction of the Caiman II began in 1939 the year Grey died Its design was innovative A true long range vessel it had accommodations for 12 extensive tackle storage three fighting chairs in the oversized cockpit and an aft end flush with the sea so fish could be hauled onto the deck easily It became the boys second home where they and many others caught lots of marlin As Americans the Schmidts weren t allowed to operate a for hire business but they were able to request special permission to accommodate the high profile anglers dignitaries and celebrities who traveled to Panama to fish with them All three sons became skilled guides John the eldest had a love of boats was a stand up fishing pioneer was the first to troll a whole bonito for marlin in the early 1930s and in 1939 guided Chisie Farrington to a world record with the first Pacific sailfish taken by a woman Theodore who passed away in 1961 at the age of 41 caught a 204 pound Panama record sailfish which remains one of the largest ever taken at Piñas Ted was a great teacher with perhaps the most marlin knowledge of all Louis Jr who lost an arm and leg in a train accident as a child in Baltimore was never thought of as disabled A mechanic by trade and a powerful fisherman he d nimbly hop down from the bridge on his one bare foot without his prosthetic leg when there was a marlin on On June 11 1949 Louis was trolling a bonito from a homemade lemonwood rod when a giant black took the bait During the nearly four hour battle one arm of the fighting chair broke off and then the chair began to disintegrate Louis brought the fish to leader but decided it was too green to boat When his custom kidney harness broke John replaced it with an ill fitting shoulder type harness while Louis held onto the rod Finally bleeding and exhausted he handed the rod to John Apparently during the harness switch the marlin had sounded and died and 37 minutes later John pulled it up The

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  • IGFA | Kathryn J. Rybovich
    angling world and prove they were worthy adversaries It was a radical concept Kathryn Jordan daughter of a Scandinavian sea captain moved to Palm Beach Florida from New Jersey in 1924 She met John Rybovich Jr at a Palm Beach Yacht Club function in 1941 and John invited her on a fishing date Kay was thrilled when she caught her first sailfish and anxious to show it off and John released it Billfish conservation was one of her husband to be s passions and it became one of hers as well During the 1940s and 1950s they spent many Sunday afternoons trolling for sailfish off Palm Beach but of the hundreds of sails she caught she brought in only two One of them topped the West Palm Beach Fishing Club s summer contest and earned Kay a gold button although the fish had a curved bill it measured eight feet six and a half inches an inch and three quarters longer than Bob Kleiser s standing record In January 1955 during the Palm Beach International Sailfish Tournament Kay Anne Denny Crowninshield and Ginny Sherwood experienced an epiphany They had grown weary of being excluded from the major tournaments of being relegated to ladies day when they were permitted to take the boats out provided the competitors i e the men were assured of three good days of fishing Clearly it was time for their own group and their own tournaments Sixteen women attended the first meeting of the International Women s Fishing Association in April 1955 and two months later membership had grown to 100 Helen Lerner and Chisie Farrington had been demonstrating their angling prowess for years yet most men still doubted women had the strength stamina and skill to handle big fish It wasn t long before the IWFA ladies set the record straight Receiving a last minute invitation in 1956 to fish the prestigious Hemingway Marlin Tournament Kay Denny and Ginny traveled to Cuba the first female team to compete in an international event They were indeed an oddity until they walked away with second place At the 1957 Hemingway the IWFA team had even more impressive results they won besting 194 of the world s top big game anglers by releasing four blue marlin In less than two years the IWFA had become a force and membership invitations were quickly accepted by women around the world While the members enjoyed challenging the men they were anxious to organize their own events and in January 1956 the first IWFA tournament was held Alternating between Palm Beach and Mexico anglers were introduced to different techniques and different species and before long events were being held worldwide Kay Rybovich instilled her personal conservation ethic in the IWFA and members promoted catch and release from the beginning at a time when most anglers were bringing everything back to the dock In 1965 the IWFA Scholarship Trust was established to further the group s dedication to advancing fisheries science and research

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  • IGFA | John Rybovich Jr.
    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 John Rybovich Jr Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1913 1993 1998 Inductee Boatbuilder John Rybovich imprinted his name in angling history by designing and building the first modern sportfishing boats and incorporating new technology He was also known for his enthusiasm for angling and his dedication to marine conservation The success of Rybovich designed boats is rooted in his company motto We are fishermen first and boatbuilders second Before the Rybovich and Sons Boatworks of Palm Beach created Miss Chevy the first modern sportfishing boat in 1947 sportfishing boats had been modified cruisers But Rybovich and his brother Tommy conceived of a boat designed from the keel up specifically for bluewater fishing After World War II longtime friend and customer Charles Johnson gave the Rybovich brothers carte blanche to build the boat of their dreams they created Miss Chevy II which featured two 8 cylinder Chrysler engines the first aluminum outriggers an oversized cockpit and the Rybovich fighting chair all packaged in the impeccable woodwork and finishes which were Rybovich trademarks Later refinements included the broken sheer resulting in a raised deck and a transom door both of which have become standard

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  • IGFA | Ernest Schwiebert
    influential writer and one of the sport s finest spokesmen Ernie was born in Chicago and at the age of five on a family vacation in Michigan he caught his first brook trout on the Pere Marquette River When he was six years old he saw a fly fisherman wading a stream sweeping line in graceful loops over the water and that was the beginning of his trout fixation A year later he received a fly rod for his birthday and by the age of 10 he was tying his own flies In his early teens he sought out top fly tiers and casters anxious to advance his skills and by 16 he had begun collecting and cataloguing stream insects When his father was appointed an adviser to U S forces in Germany following World War II Ernie spent two years overseas fishing the legendary streams of Bavaria and Austria Upon his return to the U S he enrolled in Ohio State University where he earned a BA in Architecture Ernie was a 24 year old college senior in 1955 when he published his book Matching the Hatch It was the first angler s guide to both eastern and western mayflies and in it he advised making artificial flies in imitation of just hatched insect nymphs that swim at the water s surface Detailed artwork of the insects a review of the history of fly fishing and thoughts on angling ethics also were included The book became a classic and matching the hatch became an integral part of the sport Following graduation Schwiebert was part of the architectural team that planned and built the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Colorado By 1966 he had received dual Ph D degrees in fine arts in architecture and planning and in philosophy in the history of architecture from Princeton University For 15 years he worked for a New York firm where he became an award winning architect and urban planner of airports and military bases Business took him to places like Chile Tibet and Malaysia and with the fly rod that always accompanied him he fished some of the world s great trout and salmon streams He traveled to South America for the first time in 1959 and was a pioneer of trout fishing there and later Atlantic salmon fishing on Russia s Kola Peninsula When Ernie decided in 1977 that he d just rather be fishing he left the firm Meanwhile he had continued writing In 1973 his acclaimed title Nymphs appeared and in 1978 the monumental two volume book Trout Ernie had spent 17 years in the planning and writing of the 1 745 page seven pound reference work Filled with hundreds of his own illustrations it is considered by many to be his masterpiece He authored more than a dozen books about fly fishing and architecture including three collections of short stories and his articles appeared in Fly Fisherman Field Steam Sports Afield Esquire and The New York Times

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  • IGFA | Ray W. Scott
    be interested Two months later in June 1967 106 fishermen from 13 states fished the All American Invitational Bass Tournament on Beaver Lake Arkansas And what began as four names on file cards in a metal box became the foundation of a new enterprise he called the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society B A S S Early on Scott realized there was a need to energize America s existing bass fishermen and to introduce the sport to others So he took to the roads of America with John Powell Roland Martin and Harold Sharp For a year they taught fishing and preached conservation at one night seminars from Maine to California Along the way Ray Scott established a legion of bass clubs and signed up thousands of members for the new Society B A S S launched in 1968 Just three years later 65 000 fishermen were wearing the B A S S patch and were joining the bass clubs he organized into State Federations to fight on the frontlines for environmental causes The rest is history With more than 600 000 members B A S S has become the largest fishing organization in the world a dedicated community of anglers who share a passion for bass fishing and for preserving protecting and improving their fishing resource and their sport That first tournament in 1967 has blossomed into the multimillion dollar Bassmaster Tournament Trail B A S S publications Bassmaster Southern Outdoors B A S S Times and Fishing Tackle Retailer and the award winning TV series The Bassmasters soon followed As the sport flourished it triggered a mighty stream of tackle and boating innovations and made black bass the nation s and the world s favorite game fish Not just a financial success B A S S has also played an important role in fisheries management and conservation Ray Scott was speaking publicly about the threat of water pollution in the early 1970s He is credited with establishing the rules for competitive bass fishing and promoting boating safety His Don t Kill Your Catch program was initiated in 1972 with weigh in deductions for dead fish it encouraged live release and prompted the design of live wells in tournament boats This program has evolved into a lasting legacy for Scott the catch and release ethic he championed is practiced today by nearly all bass fishermen and increasingly by other fishermen including those who fish saltwater Scott and B A S S were also instrumental in the passage of the Sport Fish Restoration Act commonly known as the Wallop Breaux Fund Since becoming law in 1984 a small tax levied on manufacturers of fishing tackle and related items has given hundreds of millions of dollars back to all 50 states for fishery restoration and enhancement In 1986 Ray Scott sold his interest in B A S S continuing as spokesman until 1998 But Scott in no way retired In 1998 he founded the Whitetail Institute of North America which researches develops

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