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  • IGFA | Lee Wulff
    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 Lee Wulff Click here for more IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame videos 1905 1991 1998 Inductee Lee Wulff s contributions to the world of angling are among the greatest of any single individual Wulff popularized fishing all of his life and reached millions through his books and magazine articles films and productions for the television series The American Sportsman In filming one episode he met champion fly caster Joan Salvato whom he married Wulff s career began in advertising in New York He had earned a civil engineering degree from Stanford wanted to be an artist but loved sport fishing best of all He soon bailed out of big business to pursue his passion In 1931 while Wulff was teaching anglers to tie flies he conceived and designed the fishing vest which is in popular use today Soon he was writing for fishing magazines as he pursued his passion for angling especially in the Canadian wilderness Wulff had a zeal for catching fish on light inexpensive equipment In 1967 off Ecuador he landed a 148 pound striped marlin on 12 pound test to set a long lasting IGFA record As satisfying to Wulff as the record was the fact that

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  • IGFA | Joan Salvato Wulff
    began taking her to his casting club Though competitive casting was big in the 1930s few females were interested in the physical sport But Joan was and Jimmy encouraged her She won her first title at 11 at 12 she caught her first trout on fly and started dancing lessons A year later she was competing in regional tournaments andteaching tap dancing At 16 Joan won the Women s Dry Fly Accuracy event the first of an extra ordinary 17 national casting titles she would capture between 1943 and 1960 Joan just wanted to dance and fly cast But it was 1943 and women were expected to make sensible career choices so she began working as a secretary for 25 a week In the fall of 1944 Joan and her former teacher opened a dance school and soon had 200 students Joan not yet 18 was earning 150 a week for three days work and had time to travel to tournaments In 1948 noted fly fisher Charles Ritz invited her to the first post war events in Europe Competing against professionals and amateurs of both sexes Joan won the baitcasting title in London a remarkable achievement for any 21 year old In 1951 she added five more national titles and casting 131 feet against all male competition became the first woman in history to win the Fisherman s Distance Event Joan Salvato was now the best female fly caster in America and was determined to make angling her career She became an audience favorite at shows trick casting in evening gowns and high heels Ashaway Line Twine Company appointed her their goodwill ambassador and in 1959 she signed with Garcia Corporation the first woman offered a salaried contract by a tackle manufacturer In 1960 Joan stopped competing but not before making an astounding 161 foot cast at one of her last events Though designated unofficial too few females had participated it was a new women s record By the mid 1960s Joan was based in Florida where she spread the Garcia word won tournaments Key Colony Beach Sailfish and Gold Cup and spent time with her growing family In 1966 Garcia sent her to Newfoundland to fish for bluefin with Lee Wulff someone who lived the life Joan dreamed about They married and for 25 years were America s most famous fishing couple At shows club dinners and clinics Lee talked about conservation and Joan demonstrated impeccable form with the Fly O an indoor practice rod with yarn invented by Lee When Joan was scheduled men brought their wives and women soon realized they could be part of this sport The introduction of flyweight waders and graphite rods helped too and were a cause for celebration after the years Joan had spent campaigning for women s clothing and gear In 1979 the Joan and Lee Wulff Fishing School opened its doors along the Beaverkill River Above all Joan is devoted to teaching and the school has become a world renowned

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  • IGFA | Philip Wylie
    Energy Wylie s best known non fiction work is considered by many the best known book of its time A Generation of Vipers a scathing denunciation of the American value system appeared in 1943 when such loud criticism was not widespread Vipers aroused much interest much controversy and Philip Wylie became famous Without criticism progress is impossible Wylie said and throughout his life he remained a consistent critic of society one who has both enthralled and irritated countless generations of American readers But Philip Wylie also was the writer who introduced deep sea angling to a majority of Americans with his Crunch and Des series Wylie loved to fish first as a boy in freshwater streams and later in the Gulf Stream It is surely his love of saltwater angling of Miami and of the people in the charter fishing business that were his inspirations for this series The main characters are Captain Crunch Adams and mate Des short for Desperate Smith who run their charter boat Poseidon out of Miami s Gulf Stream Dock Though Wylie admitted the fictional Crunch and Des were partially modeled after Harold Schmidt and John Smedburg with whom Wylie often fished out of Miami s Pier 5 all of his characters really were composites of many people he knew Crunch and Des was wildly popular From 1939 to 1959 forty nine stories appeared in The Saturday Evening Post 20 more were published elsewhere and all later appeared in hard cover Wylie became nationally famous with their publication and with the syndicated television series in 1956 Every aspect of the stories is textbook accurate the fishing boats the gear the behavior of the fish the mechanics of fishing Readers loved and continue to love the Crunch and Des stories where good people are rewarded for

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  • IGFA | 7th World Recreational Fishing Conference
    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 7th World Recreational Fishing Conference The 7th World Recreational Fishing Conference 7WRFC was held September 1 4 2014 at the Convention Center of the State University of Campinas São Paulo State Brazil It was expertly organized and chaired by IGFA Representative Prof Ezequiel Theodoro da Silva Brazil and was attended by 209 participants from 17 countries This year s conference focused on Change transformation and adaptation in recreational fisheries and was structured around four keynote speeches 70 presentations three workshops one round table and 23 posters IGFA Conservation Director

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  • IGFA | Bluefin Tuna Get a Much Needed Break
    Become a Corporate Partner Career Opportunities Fish World Records World 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 Bluefin Tuna Get a Much Needed Break The National Marine Fisheries Service NMFS has just released the Final Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan which provides much needed protection for western Atlantic bluefin tuna Most notably new seasonal closures will protect western bluefin tuna when they are in the northern Gulf of Mexico their only known spawning grounds Additional seasonal closures off of North Carolina provide further protection to the western stock that has declined by as much as 64 since 1970 These longline closures will also benefit billfish sharks and a myriad of other ocean life that are vulnerable to the indiscriminate nature of longlines Amendment 7 further controls the pelagic longline fleet by establishing an annual cap on the number of bluefin that are caught as bycatch Once this cap is exceeded the longline fleet must cease fishing for the remainder of the year This action will be enforced by electronic monitoring technology that is mandatory for all longline vessels The only downside to the

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  • IGFA | Little Fish Make Fish Big: The Importance of Forage Fish
    Fish Make Fish Big The Importance of Forage Fish Some of the world s largest fisheries are for small short lived species such as menhaden anchovies and sardines While some of these fish are consumed directly by humans most of these fisheries reduce their catch to fish and animal feed and fish oil for everything from vitamins to cosmetics Some of these species are managed and have sufficient data to assess the health of stocks and determine how much fish can be harvested Others have little to no data making sustainable management difficult However these small fish also have another important role in nature They represent a critical link in ocean food webs because they feed on plankton which produce energy from the sun and they transfer this energy to seabirds marine mammals and larger fish such as tuna salmon and cod As such fisheries managers need to consider not only how many of these forage fish can be extracted from the ocean for human use but also how many fish need to be left in the water as food for other fish New and emerging science has demonstrated that these little fish have a big impact indeed One study i reported that of all the ecosystems studied 75 had at least one key predator species whose diet consisted of at least 50 or more of forage fish 29 of the ecosystems studied had at least one major predator that had a diet that consisted of 75 or more of forage fish species Therefore when forage fish stocks decline from overfishing so do predatory species that feed heavily on them Globally commercial forage fish fisheries have an economic impact of 5 6 billion dollars annually However the supportive value of forage fish or their subsequent benefit to larger commercially important

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  • IGFA | New Record Species: European Perch and Florida Pompano
    World Records World 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 New Record Species European Perch and Florida Pompano While the IGFA keeps All Tackle records for just about any species that swims only certain species are eligible for the line class fly rod Junior Angler and All Tackle Length record categories These species typically have a large range and are generally considered popular game fish in the eyes of the international angling community The IGFA s Records Department keeps a running list of species that have received requests to be added to this group When sufficient demand is received for a certain species it is considered for addition to the list of species eligible for the additional record categories mentioned above The European perch Perca fluviatilis and the Florida pompano Trachinotus carolinus have received a considerable number of requests Geographically the European perch occurs throughout Eurasia and is extremely popular among the freshwater angling community The Florida pompano has long been a favorite of both boat and shore bound anglers fishing in the Atlantic Ocean from central Brazil to the eastern seaboard of the USA throughout the Gulf of Mexico and

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  • IGFA | IGFA Expands Freshwater Record Program
    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 IGFA Expands Freshwater Record Program In a monumental move that will create hundreds of vacancies and new opportunities for world records the IGFA has announced a change to its record categories that will go into effect April 1 2014 Freshwater line class and fly rod records will now be separated into men s and women s categories Unlike those kept for saltwater species IGFA line class and fly rod records kept for freshwater species have never before been separated into men s and women s categories When the new change takes place on April 1 2014 all current freshwater line class and tippet class records will be appropriately placed in their respective categories based on the angler s gender Retired records will not be reinstated when separating the records but rather vacancies will fill the voids created Catches made prior to this date will not be eligible for the new record categories IGFA Trustee Joan Wulff a famed fly rod angler voted to support the new opportunities for freshwater records This change will make world records more equitable across the saltwater and freshwater communities IGFA World Records Coordinator Jack

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