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  • IGFA | IGFA School of Sportfishing
    and small class size make the School of Sportfishing the best way to learn to catch bigger fish Along with the course materials each participant will receive complementary tackle and products including Yo Zuri lures and much more Every class also features door prizes such as lures rods and rod reel combos We also hold an end of session raffle for a grand prize that you will not want to miss The IGFA School of Sportfishing just wr apped up a great session of eight classes covering topics from inshore fishing to catching monster swordfish Classes were highlighted by hands on activities such as cast netting making daisy chains and bridling baits with step by step instruction from our expert captains We will be taking a break while our building undergoes renovations but check back in the fall for new class announcements Cost per class is 100 USD for IGFA members and 150 USD for non IGFA members The fee covers the cost of the class course materials and tackle used for activities during each class To receive updates on the upcoming session when they are announced click here Choosing the Right Hook A Tip from the IGFA School of Sportfishing Your hook can be the most important piece of tackle you use but finding the right one for a given application can be a confusing proposition Circle hooks are a great choice for most situations as they can be incredibly effective at increasing hook up ratios while also acting as a conservation tool However in order to maximize your success with them it is important to understand a few things One consideration is that unlike J hooks which are more standardized the shape style and size of circle hooks can vary widely by manufacturer A 5 0 hook from

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  • IGFA | Observer Training
    of the class is 150 00 which covers the OTC manual two DVD s and a one year IGFA membership The class will run from 9 00 am to 1 00 pm What is Observer Training Over the years billfish tournaments have transformed into big business enterprises Many prestigious tournaments now have enormous calcuttas and purses as well as large numbers of participating anglers With huge purses and egos on the line concern often arises whether all participants are adhering to the letter of the rules This causes turmoil for tournament directors and at its worst prevents tournaments from adopting release formats An obvious solution is to have observers on boats to ensure a level playing field But how do you know if observers have been properly trained and where do you go to find them The answer is simple IGFA The International Game Fish Association s Observer classes began as a conservation initiative to allow offshore billfish tournaments the option to go to a 100 release format with trained and experienced observers on board to verify catches and educate anglers about IGFA angling rules With the decline of many billfish stocks the importance of release formats in tournaments has increased As release tournaments become more common and cash payouts increase unbiased observers become vital in reporting rule infractions as well as for identifying billfish species Observers can often benefit anglers by preventing inadvertent rule infractions before they even happen Having observers that are trained to identify billfish species under frantic tournament conditions virtually eliminates the need to bring back dead fish to the dock for official scoring Observers also raise the prestige level and credibility of tournaments while contributing to conservation efforts with the safe release of tournament billfish With the aid of the National Marine Fisheries Service IGFA has had over 2000 individuals complete the IGFA Observer Training Course The IGFA Observer Training Course trains captains mates and experienced anglers worldwide in one day training classes During the class subjects covered include species identification IGFA saltwater angling rules boating safety and observer responsibilities and etiquette Once an individual has taken the course they have the ability to observe in numerous exotic fishing destinations Tournament locations that are presently utilizing Observers are Costa Rica Virgin Islands Mexico Panama Guatemala Bermuda Venezuela Dominican Republic Turks Caicos Bahamas and Florida Through contributions and sponsorship IGFA endeavors to provide more training opportunities so that more tournaments can utilize observers IGFA trained Observers and the tournaments that use them play a leadership role in billfish conservation and act as stewards of the sport The overall goal is to contribute to billfish conservation through the promotion of catch and release and to uphold IGFA angling and tournament rules Using observers that have been IGFA trained will provide prestige and credibility to any tournament encouraging more participation Interested in taking the IGFA Observer Course The half day session trains attendees on IGFA s International Angling Rules and billfish identification Additional topics covered in the class

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  • IGFA | IGFA Junior Anglers
    Light Tackle Gil Keech Heavy Tackle Conservation Award IGFA Chester H Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award IGFA International Committee of Representatives Partners Corporate Partners 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 IGFA Junior Anglers EVENT DESCRIPTION With the worldwide systematic decline of many fish species conservation and education have become important priorities for IGFA and environmentalists throughout the world EVENT DESCRIPTION With the worldwide systematic decline of many fish species conservation and education have become important priorities for IGFA and environmentalists throughout the world With the worldwide systematic decline of many fish species conservation and education have become important priorities for IGFA and environmentalists With the worldwide systematic decline of many fish species conservation and education have become important priorities for IGFA and environmentalists With the worldwide systematic decline of many fish species conservation and education have become important priorities for IGFA and environmentalists With the worldwide systematic decline of many fish species conservation and education have become important priorities for IGFA and environmentalists Fishing Summer Camp Children connect with science and the environment at the IGFA Fishing Summer Camp Designed for

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  • IGFA | Fishing Summer Camp
    each Friday Our Marine weeks offer campers the unique opportunity to discover our ocean environment They will learn about marine animals sharks creatures of the deep and their habitats and also explore the wetlands Marine camp field trips will have marine biologists exploring swimming and snorkeling with reef fish visiting coastal hammocks and they will also study the marine life while fishing aboard a drift boat each Friday These camps are remarkably hands on and teach young anglers and aspiring marine biologists to be stewards of the environment Every participant will also receive a T shirt and a free rod and reel combo compliments of Fish Florida Camper Counselor ratio is usually 1 8 and never more than 1 10 All of our counselors are CPR and First Aid Certified and most have either obtained or are working towards a degree in marine biology or a related field Still have questions Check out our FAQ click here Contact reservations igfa org or the education department landline at 954 924 4309 for more information If this is an urgent matter please contact the education camp counselors at 954 850 2820 Is your child a fishing enthusiast or a budding marine biologist Choose between angling and marine themed weeks in our 10 week camp schedule Camp sessions begin June 8 2015 and end August 14 2015 There will be no camp on Friday July 3rd in observance of Independence Day Fees are adjusted accordingly Daily schedule Monday Thursday 9 am 4 pm Fridays 7 30 am 4 pm Before care available 8 am 9 am free of charge After care available 4 pm 6 pm for 20 USD per hour Unless otherwise noted on field trip schedule Each week includes a variety of field trips to give campers a full experience in marine and aquatic habitats For the 2015 Field Trip Schedule click here For a printable list of what campers need to bring each week please click here IGFA reserves the right to change activities and field trip destinations if necessary Member price 300 USD per week for E Members Regular Family and Lifetime Members Non Member price 325 USD per week Multiple child multiple week and early registration discounts are available Meals and snacks are not included in camp fees campers must bring lunch snacks and extra drinks every day We do provide water throughout the day Before care is available free of charge from 8 am 9 am Monday Thursday and after care is available for 20 USD per hour from 4 pm 6 pm every day Cancellations made within 10 business working days prior to the camp week session will be charged a 60 USD processing fee Cancellations made 2 9 business working days prior to the camp week session will be charged a 75 USD processing fee No refunds will be processed with less than 24 hour cancellation notice If the program is cancelled by IGFA a full refund will be given NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE

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  • IGFA | Education and Outreach Programs
    Programs All aspects of IGFA s programs support FCAT and Next Generation Sunshine State Standards as well as Common Core and STEM Standards 1 Hour Programs Choose 1 Amazing Adaptations What does a seahorse flounder and a great white shark have in common They re all fish Learn about the different physical adaptations that make a fish a fish which helps them survive in their aquatic environment Grades 4 12 Creatures of the Deep How deep does the ocean go What lives down there Explore the different zones of our deep sea and discover what types of animals can be found at these depths Learn how they survive in such extreme conditions Using different materials provided students will then make a sea creature of their own to take home Grades K 5 FUNdamentals of Fishing Fishing is a popular recreational sport Learn the basics of fishing including equipment bait rules and regulations catch and release techniques safety and learn how to tie a proper fishing knot Actual fishing is not included Grades 3 12 Ins and Outs of Ichthyology Ichthyology is the study of fish What better way to study the anatomy of a fish than through a fish dissection Only by dissecting can you really appreciate the structural and functional role of the many organs fins and other parts of a fish in which some resemble those found in humans Grades 5 12 Otters to Orcas Join us for an in depth study of the adaptations allowing marine mammals to survive in the vast oceans Students get hands on with replica bones claws and teeth while rotating through different stations exploring baleen blubber and echolocation Grades 6 12 Testing the Waters Why is water quality so important to animals such as fish Dive into the chemistry needed for the proper water quality to keep our fish healthy Test the salinity temperature dissolved oxygen nitrate phosphate and pH of different water samples Grades 5 12 The Science of STEM What does it mean to observe the natural world What questions should be asked All grade levels share their information and review the importance of collaboration in science as one of the necessary skills in research and steps in the scientific method Grades K 5 Life Science Grades K 3 Observe and describe various sea creatures found in South Florida Physical Science Grades 4 5 Engage in experiments follow them through to completion and present the results The Shark Lab What makes a shark an apex predator Are sharks dangerous to humans Evaluate fact from fiction relating to our top predators of the sea Observe and identify different physical adaptations sharks use to help them successfully survive in their aquatic environment Grades 5 12 1 2 Hour Programs Choose 2 Enviroscape Using the Enviroscape model students become members of a coastal community where they learn how pollution affects the watershed The aquifer system of South Florida naturally provides clean drinking water but if the watershed becomes polluted what happens to our

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  • IGFA | Release Recommendations
    it is released When fishing with natural bait dead or alive IGFA strongly encourages the use of non offset circle hooks Extensive research on species from salmon to sailfish has demonstrated that circle hooks gut hook significantly fewer fish without sacrificing catch rates Lures that have treble hooks should have the barbs bent down or removed to facilitate easier hook removal Interested in the science behind circle hooks Read Circle hooks J hooks and drop back time a hook performance study of the south Florida recreational live bait fishery for sailfish Istiophorus platypterus published in Fisheries Management and Ecology in 2007 If you re not going to photograph your fish or document it for record purposes the best method is to not remove the fish from the water In water releases can be aided by the use of de hooking devices that eliminate the need to boat the fish and keep hands safe distances away from the fish If the fish has swallowed the hook it is much better for the angler to cut the leader as close to the fish as possible rather than trying to forcibly remove the hook If a fish needs to be removed from the water to remove the hook and or document it for record purposes anglers should use either their hands or knotless rubberized landing net Most small to moderately large sized fish can be landed by hand Ideally this should be done with wet hands or soft wet gloves to minimize slime and scale loss Lip gripping devices may be used to help subdue fish However they should not be used to hoist fish vertically out of the water as this can cause damage to jaw muscle and bone as well as to internal organs The best method for removing fish from the water is to grip the fish or the lower jaw and support the fish s underside Again the point is always to hold fish horizontally and not vertically Photo courtesy www sportfishimages com IGFA records require pictures measurement and or weighing of the catch All of this takes time so you should have the necessary equipment ready before landing the fish If a fish is to be weighed horizontal slings are preferred However scales that weigh fish vertically still provide a chance for survival if done quickly Fish should be measured on a smooth wet surface Never place fish on a hot rough surface as it can result in slime and scale loss which can make the fish prone to infection and death If the documentation process takes longer than several minutes periodically place the fish back in the water or in a live well to allow it to breath Although catches that are submitted for weight based records may also be released the IGFA All Tackle Length world record category is based exclusively on length and requires that the catch be released All fish submitted for this category must be measured and photographed on an Official IGFA Measuring

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  • IGFA | Education Staff
    Make a Gift Shop Upcoming Events Advertising Opportunities Contact Donor Opportunities Donor Societies Member Discounts Membership Benefits Education Staff Veronica Woods Education Manager 954 924 4309 Education history Graduated with honors from Hollywood Hills H S Hollywood FL DeVry University Currently earning a B A in Business Administration As the Education Manager Veronica manages all in house and outreach program reservations for children and adults Her responsibilities also include relaying program information including schedules and program availability building relationships with local schools payment reconciliations accounts receivables and payables creating and editing documents managing staff and maintaining a positive environment for others to learn and grow Veronica also serves as the primary point of contact between school groups and the IGFA Although she is not as passionate about the sport of fishing as her coworkers Veronica does share the passion of instilling conservation in today s youth and understands the importance of leading this movement through education When she is not hard at work taking education program reservations at the IGFA Veronica enjoys spending time with her family Joanna Olczyk Education Coordinator 954 924 4308 Education History South Broward HS Marine Magnet program University of Miami Coral Gables FL Majored in Biology Minored in Art Joanna teaches the IGFA s hands on lab programs for children and adults and is one of the IGFA s top wetlands guides With the collaboration of Lisa Morse we designed the educational identification signs in the IGFA s Wetlands She also serves as one of the head camp counselors for the IGFA s Summer and Day Camp and has been with the IGFA since 2001 Joanna is an accomplished artist and serves as the resident face painter at each Free Family Fishing Clinic the IGFA hosts In her free time Joanna enjoys fishing salt and

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  • IGFA | Volunteer Opportunities
    time Future opportunities will be determined in the upcoming months GIVE BACK TO THE FISH Volunteers are essential to the success of the International Game Fish Association IGFA Whether you are interested in fishing boating the environment or just giving back to your community your ideas and time can assist the IGFA Our volunteers share their knowledge and enthusiasm of the aquatic world with customers and other volunteers The shared experience expands your horizons Perfect way to complete service hours for high school Volunteers can pick and choose what events they would like to participate in depending on their schedule Several events get you back outside and interacting with nature while interacting with the community VOLUNTEER POSITIONS Jr Camp Volunteer Assist the Summer Camp Counselors with the day to day tasks of teaching our youth the basics of fishing and marine biology Participate in numerous field trips with the campers and encourage them to be good stewards of the environment Week long commitments are required Volunteer needs for Camp will be updated Spring 2016 Administrative Assistant Typing assembling data computer data input filing and answering phones binding manuals and assembling mailing packages Based on office work needs for all IGFA Departments Education Outreach Assistant Assist the Education Department staff with instructing school and youth programs and participating in different Community Outreach Events Family Fishing Fun Days NEW Assist staff with this new community event held once per month at a local Broward County Park Fishing experience is preferred but not required Community Events Attend local community events such as children and family events music festivals etc Help staff set up and tear down perform the activities at the booth and communicate with guests about the IGFA VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION TRAINING Attending an orientation training session is an important first step to

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