IGFA Adopts New Language for Electric Reels

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) recently announced that it is adopting new language to the organization’s rules pertaining to the use of power-driven reels, most commonly referred to as “electric reels.” These reels have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially within the recreational swordfish fishery. To preface the new language outlined in detail below, the IGFA would like to stress …

IGFA Record Set for Pacific Bluefin Tuna

A new record has officially been set for Pacific bluefin tuna on 30 lb line by Robert Webster of Southern California. Webster’s first record, the IGFA Men’s 15-kg (30 lb) Line Class World Record Pacific bluefin tuna weighed in at 215 pounds. On July 26, 2020, he set out off Southern California on his 40’ sportfishing yacht, Magellan, in search of …

IGFA 2020 Tommy Gifford Award

On October 29, 2020, the IGFA will bestow the prestigious Tommy Gifford Award upon five recipients in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the advancement of sport fishing through innovation, outstanding catches or noteworthy examples of leadership in their trade. The Tommy Gifford Award is named for one of the greatest saltwater charter skippers of all time and recipients are selected through …

Pat Ford’s Vigilance and Ron Hamlin’s Sternness Pay Off For a White Marlin Record on Fly

Photo Credit: Pat Ford Here’s the story behind one of many of Pat Ford’s IGFA fly-fishing records for white marlin, as told by Release Boatworks founder Jim Turner. Yesterday my friends Herb Rosell, Chris Sheeder and I were able to spend the day peacock bass fishing on the “world famous” E-Lake in Miami. We were hosted by our friend Pat …