HOT News from the IGFA – November 2007

IGFA mourns the loss of
Representatives DuVal and Goadby


            In October the IGFA lost two greats
of the fishing world, Mrs. William B.
(Gene) DuVal
and Peter Goadby.  Both were long time members of the
International Committee of IGFA Representatives and each shared the same passion
for fishing helping to devote their time and influence to strengthen and
instill the value of conservation at the IGFA.  

            Gene DuVal, who had been an IGFA
Representative for
Richmond, Virginia since 2000 and a
legendary angler, passed away on October 14, after a heroic, but brief illness.
Gene and her husband Bill DuVal, both known for their conservation efforts, founded
the Conservation Council of Angling Clubs of Virginia and funded it through its
infancy in the early 1970s.  The couple
spent their lives fishing the world. 

            Named after her father, Gene was a
keen light tackle angler and held 139 IGFA world records, the most for any female
angler.  She was also the first woman
ever to receive the IGFA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.  Gene joined the IGFA in 1973 and became a
Representative in 2000.  She and Bill
were very generous to the IGFA Junior Angler Program and the Junior Angler
World Championships.

            Gene was membership chairman of the
International Women's Fishing Association (IWFA) and was an active member since
1973. She also received the IWFA Hall of Fame Award.  Gene is survived by her husband Bill: her
partner, her traveling and fishing playmate, and her life. Her children and
grandchildren were her joy and she lived to spend time with them.  In remembrance of her please send donations
to the IWFA Scholarship Fund in the name of Gene DuVal,
P.O. Box 21066, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33335-1066.


            Peter Goadby, of Sydney, New South
Wales, Australia who was internationally known and respected for his dedication
to conservation and fishing ethics, passed away on October 30, after a long
battle with cancer.

            A deep-sea angler from the age of
16, Goadby was one of the world's leading big-game anglers, and was the first
person to catch both a shark and a marlin weighing more than 1,000 pounds.  He successfully competed in numerous tournaments,
including the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament and the International
Tuna Cup Match in
Wedgeport, Nova Scotia.

            No one was more knowledgeable about Pacific Ocean sport fishing than Peter
Goadby.  He
wrote extensively for magazines and was the author of such popular titles as Big Fish and Blue Water, Saltwater
, and Saltwater Game
Fishes of the World
.  From his
earliest works, Goadby shared his passion for the history, the fish, the
tackle, the tournaments and the tactics, and he never failed to enlighten,
entertain and encourage saltwater anglers around the world.

            Long before his appointment as an
IGFA Representative in 1977, Peter Goadby represented IGFA ideals, and he
continued to serve as a vital link between the organization and the fishermen
of the world until his death.  An expert
on rules and their administration in records, day-to-day fishing and
tournaments, he was admired and respected for his knowledge, leadership, and
integrity.  For 28 years Goadby served as
chief judge of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT).  And more than 30 years ago he was the
initiator and driving force, together with friend John O'Brien, behind
tag-and-release fishing in

            In 1990
the IGFA recognized his contribution with a Conservation Award.  He was inducted into the IGFA Fishing Hall of
Fame in 2004.
A tireless promoter of recreational angling, Goadby gave
the greater part of his life to the sport in all its aspects – fishing,
writing, conservation, judging and ethics – and will be sorely missed by the
international fishing community.



24th IGFA Auction & Banquet
slated for exciting evening

             Each week the “buzz” continues to build at the
IGFA headquarters as more donations arrive from around the globe for the 24th
Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet on
25, 2008
at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.  

            The eagerness is also building for
the kickoff in December of the on-line silent auction.

            Both are integral parts of the IGFA's
most anticipated fundraiser with hundreds of live and silent auction items up
for bid. Included in the evening which begins at
6 p.m., is a silent auction,
cocktail party, exquisite dinner and the highly anticipated “live” auction
conducted by Ed Phillips of
Houston, Texas

            The night will also feature the
presentation of the IGFA Conservation Awards.

this year's live auction will be a 2008 Mako 284 Express powered with twin 250
Mercury Verado super charged four-stroke engines.  

            The Mako 284
Express is a perfect boat for a fishing trip that turns into an overnighter, or
even a full weekend excursion with a large, comfortable cabin that easily
sleeps four adults, spacious decks for casting and all the offshore fishing
features you could imagine.  They include
a large transom fishbox, 50-gallon lighted baitwell, under-gunwale rod storage,
rod holders, four tackle compartments, rigging station w/sink, fresh & raw
water outlets, galley w/sink, microwave fiberglass hardtop w/spreader lights, electronics
boxes, and AM/FM/CD stereo w/four speakers.

            The event features renowned marine
artist Dave Baroncelli. For over 20
years his fine art has graced the walls of famous sportfishing institutions and
the covers of prestigious tournament publications. His offshore experiences,
coupled with his understanding of natural marine wildlife habitat, have
propelled Dave into becoming one of the most sought after marine artists in the
world. His original artwork “Walk the Line” is one of the highlights at
the auction and all guests will receive a signed and numbered limited edition
of Dave's featured piece. 

            More and more donations continue to
arrive at IGFA headquarters, including:

  • an original
    sculpture by past featured IGFA artist and world renowned sculptor David Wirth who was a hit at the
    Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show,
  • a week for two at
    the fantastic Tropic Star Lodge,
  • a fishing trip in
    the Indian Himalayas,
  • an original Guy Harvey painting,
  • a fishing and quail
    hunting package at Hacienda Las Palmas in
  • a fishing trip to
    Guinea Bissau,
  • an original bronze
    sculpture by Bill McGlaun,
  • fishing charters
    galore, rods and reels, tackle, jewelry, international resorts, and

            In addition and beginning the first
week of December, the very popular online portion of the auction will begin on
the IGFA website at
Check it out as new last-minute donations are added after the
“Write-In-Bidder's list” has been mailed to IGFA members.

            To make reservations, or for more
information or if you would like to donate to the 24th Annual International
Auction & Banquet, please contact Ms.
Lesley Arico
at (954) 924-4222 or email



Florida Fishing Weekly and King Release Mounts

Join IGFA Game Fish Conservation


            The IGFA's new “Campaign
for Game Fish Conservation” has two new reasons to celebrate for its new partnerships
with Florida Fishing Weekly and King
Release Mounts. Both organizations are offering great benefits to further the IGFA's
conservation and education efforts.

Fishing Weekly
has pledged a portion of new subscriptions to the campaign.
For each subscription ordered by IGFA supporters at the regular price of
$39.95, Florida Fishing Weekly will donate $20 to the campaign.
Supporters must enter promo code “IGFA“ to receive the offer.

            King Release Mounts in Pompano Beach, Fla., will in turn donate 5%
of the sales price from every KRM mount sold through IGFA certified captains,
certified weigh stations and discount program partners to the IGFA's Campaign
for Game Fish Conservation.

            “With the growing threats to our
fisheries and to the sport of fishing as well, the IGFA launched this campaign,”
said IGFA Development Director Eric Combast. 
He added there are four areas the campaign will focus on -- Education
and Outreach, Conservation, the International Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
and an Endowment.             

            “Not only do IGFA partners get
rewarded by the program,” said Combast, “these gifts from King Release Mounts
and Florida Fishing Weekly ensures
future funds are specifically designated for conservation and education

            For more information about how you
can support the IGFA “Campaign for Game Fish Conservation,” contact Combast, at
954-924-4325 or

            We'll also have more information in
the December edition of IGFA Hot News.



November Hot Catches

world records department of the International Game Fish Association provides
monthly highlights of selected documented fish catches made across the globe
submitted for world records. The IGFA world records coordinator Rebecca Wright provided the following
information on these 15 recent submissions now before the world records


International Representative Dr.
Iain Nicolson who holds numerous line
class and fly fishing records for the giant African threadfin (Polydactylus quadrifilis) landed a huge
weighing 39.1kg (86 lb 3 oz) on 8 kg (16 lb) class tippet
while fishing Barra Do Kwanza, Angola. The catch made on July
21 took Nicolson of Wirral,
Merseyside, United Kingdom one hour and10 minutes
to land.  He
was guided by Hakan Ekberg.  The current record on that men's tippet class
is 15 lb 13 oz caught last year. (Photo: giant African threadfin – 07100003)


fish many consider a common species but an obscure catch for a record was
landed by Gary A. Carter, of
Duluth, Ga., USA, when he hooked a
Pacific needlefish agujon (Tylosurus
) on August 26, weighing 7.17 kg (15 lb 13 oz). He used a goggleye
for bait while fishing
Panama's Pinas Bay, and was guided to the potential
IGFA All-Tackle record by Yoan Alcala.
The current record for the species is 11 lb 4 oz caught in
Golfito, Costa Rica in 2004. (Photo –
Pacific needlefish 07100001)


angler Bjorn Olovsson, of Ensuede,
landed an ocean perch (Sebasties marinus)
weighing 8.8 kg (19 lb 6 oz) on August 6 using a fish filet for bait.  The potential IGFA All-Tackle class record,
was caught while fishing
Soroya, Norway. Gamlembankien Norway was the site of the current record ocean perch of 18 lb 15 oz caught in 2004.
(Photo: ocean perch – 07100015)


Fishing Everglades National Park out of Flamingo, Florida, USA, 15 year-old Martini Arostegui, Coral Gables, Fla., USA, landed a gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus) on October 6 using a
live pinfish as bait. The catch weighed .91kg (2 lb 0 oz) on 10 kg (20 lb)
class line. Guided by Capt. Eric Hersted
he released the fish after documenting for a record that is currently vacant.
(Photo: gray snapper – 07100023)


6 kg (12 lb) tippet,
while fly-fishing Brazil's Iriri River, Peter A. Gibson, of Amersham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, landed a trahira (Hoplias spp.) on August 10. The fish
took eight minutes to catch and
weighed 6.35 kg (14 lb 0
oz). Gibson released the fish after documenting. The current record is 13 lbs. (Photo: trahira –


angler who holds numerous IGFA world fishing records, Theda C. Little, Baton Rouge, La., USA, guided by Jack Little, landed a crevalle jack (Caranx hippos) while fly fishing 8 kg
(16 lb) class tippet on Sept. 1. The fish weighed 12.11 kg (26 lb 11 oz). She
used a Theda Bunker fly while fishing the waters around Grand Isle, La. The
current IGFA record for the tippet class is 23 lb 1 oz caught in 2002 in Mobile
Bay, Alabama, USA (Photo: jack crevalle - 07100047)


by Fernando Roca Barva, while
fishing the
Mamore River in Bolivia, Alejandro Linares, of Medellin, Columbia, landed a red piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri) on Sept. 5.
Caught on 6 kg (12 lb) class line using an X-Rap lure for bait, the toothy fish
weighed .91 kg (2 lb 0 oz). The line class record is currently vacant.
(Photo:  red piranha – 07100049)


Fishing Flamingo Beach, Costa Rica, Canadian TV fishing
show host Henry Waszczuk, of
Campbellville Ontario, BC, guided by Luis
, landed an almaco jack (Seriola
) on July 23.  Using bonita
for bait on 15 kg (30 lb) class line it took Waszczuk 20 minutes to land the
fish which weighed 25.06 kg (55 lb 4 oz). The current IGFA men's record is 53
lb 1 oz caught in 2003 on the Argus Bank in
Bermuda. (Photo: almaco jack –


a streamer fly, young angler Yukio
, 11, of
Yonago Tottori, Japan, landed a madai (Pagrus major) on Sept. 14, weighing 3.1 kg
(6 lb 13 oz) on 10 kg (20 lb) class tippet. The youngster was guided by Toru Arahiki while fly fishing
Uragou Bay, Okinoshima, Japan.  The current men's tippet record is 4 lb 11 oz
caught last year in Akashi, Japan  (Photo:
madai – 07100042)


Norfolk Canyon along the Virginia, USA coast angler Dr. Julie Ball of Virginia Beach, Va., guided by Robin Ball, landed a blueline tilefish
(Caulolatilus microps) on March 31, weighing
8.48 kg (18 lb 11 oz for an IGFA All Tackle class record. She used squid for
bait and took five minutes to land. (Photo: blueline tilefish - 07100048) 


angler Jody Purnell, 10, of
Birmingham, Al, USA, guided by Jody Purnell, landed a spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus) on August 25
that weighed 1.25 kg (2 lb 12 oz). They were fishing
Lewis Smith Lake, Alabama, with the youngster
using a charteuse Zoom lure for his bait and released the fish for another day.
He has applied for the IGFA's male smallfry class record which is currently
vacant. (Photo: spotted bass - 07100069)


Perry C. Peace of Pawleys Island, S.C. USA found himself catching
and releasing a toothy predator when he hooked a tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus) on August 30 while
fly fishing the Kilombero River Tributary in
Africa.  Guided by Ryan Wienand, Peace took six minutes to land the aptly named fish which
weighed 10.21 kg (22 lb 8 oz) and was caught on 10 kg (20 lb) class tippet.  The current record for that IGFA tippet class
is 16 lb 5 oz at the Tiger Camp, Zambia 10 years ago. (Photo tigerfish - 07100067)


year old Christina Smith, of Park
Minn., USA, guided by Daniel Smith, landed a muskellunge
(Esox masquinongy) on Sept. 8, weighing 12.93 kg (28 lb 8 oz) while fishing
Big Lake, Minn. She used a Le Lure Front
Thumper for bait and took 10 minutes to land the muskie for a pending female
junior class record.  The fish was
released after documenting.  The current
IGFA mark is 22 lb caught in 2004 on
Lake St. Clair, Michigan, USA.  (Photo: muskellunge – 07100028) 


Saint Gilles, France, Renaud Milliet
of Notre Dame de Riez, France, guided by Fournier
Jean Yves
, may beat the current IGFA men's 24 kg (50 lb) line class record
by nearly three times the previous weight after landing a meagre (Argyrosomus
spp.) on September 8. Using mackerel for bait and a 10 minute fight, the fish
weighed 34.5 kg (76 lb 1oz). The current record is 27 lb 12 oz set in Vila Real,
Santo Antonio, Portugal last year.  (Photo: meagre - 07100043)


John Walters of Flin Flon Manitoba, Canada, landed a brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) while fishing Barbe Lake, Canada, October 21. He was
using a steelhead
for bait on 6 kg (12 lb) line and after battling the fish for 15 minutes it
weighed in at 5.19 kg (11 lb 7 oz).  The
current mark for the IGFA line class is 7 lb 10 oz in 1993 on Saskatchewan Canada's
Round Lake.  (Photo: brook trout - 07100076)



IGFA Now Offers
Catch Certificates


            Have you ever caught a fish that you
were proud of but it didn't quite weigh enough for an IGFA world record? 

            A world record might be out of the
question by a mere ounce or even a few pounds, but now anglers can commemorate
that special catch
with an IGFA Catch Certificate that
they'll be proud to display in any home or office. 

            The IGFA is now offering
certificates for both fresh and salt
water species and they're
easy to apply for.  

the IGFA's
anglers can simply do
wnload an application.  All that's needed is the angler's name,
species, date of catch, place of catch and estimated weight.  Each certificate features a beautiful selection
of fresh or saltwater fish species, a gold embossed IGFA logo and IGFA President
Rob Kramer's signature. 

            At a price of $15 each, it's a great
way to revere your catch or that of a loved one.

            In addition by going to the IGFA web
site and downloading the Certificate Application document non-members of the
IGFA can join up and save 25 % off the annual membership fee for both adults
and juniors.

            For a direct link to the certificate
application please go to: _Certificate_Application.doc



Five enter IGFA International
Fishing Hall of Fame


The ninth induction ceremony of five
members into the International Fishing Hall of Fame in
Dania Beach, Fla., USA, brought smiles and
laughs to hundreds in attendance in the IGFA's Great Room, the perfect setting
for fishing stories with hundreds of fish mounts overhead.

The October event was the highlight
of the weekend of activities as lady fly angler and
instructor Joan Salvato Wulff,
dean of outdoor writers Homer Circle, rod builder Gary Loomis, and two exceptional
Dr. Ruben Jaén
and Capt. Peter B. Wright were inducted.

The honorees are selected each year
for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through
angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, communications,
inventions or administration of fishery resources.

            Loomis, who is known for the
pioneering of graphite fishing rods, revealed he just wanted to make his own
fishing rods to fish for
Washington State's steelhead and salmon
and never had plans to start a company. But in a lively and humerous induction
speech he said angler after angler approached him after seeing him catching
fish on a river, offering him big bucks for his newest modified fly rod.

            Wright, a biologist by training and
a journalist with hundreds of magazine features to his credit, shared his
experiences of catching granders including a 1,442 marlin which still stands as
the Australian record.

            Dr. Jaen, a leading heart surgeon in
Venezuela and a member of the IGFA
for over 40 years has made over 2,000 fishing trips pioneering light tackle
fishing in his country. He said 70 % of his time was spent in the operating
room and 30% on the water releasing over 3,000 billfish. 

            Ms. Wulff was presented with a
standing ovation as she took the stage for her induction speech saying she was
“overwhelmed,” and describing herself as an ordinary woman who has had an extraordinary
life in the sport of fly fishing which began with the help of both her father
and mother at the age of five.  She later
went on to win a multitude of national fly casting titles.

Circle, who has written thousands of
articles on angling wasn't able to be at the induction but at age 93 still
continues to fish twice a week for bass near his central
Florida home.

The weekend also offered for the
first time additional opportunities to the public with fishing presentations
given by such IGFA Hall of Famers as StuApte, Mark Sosin, Roland Martin and Billy

The weekend not only honored the
five newest inductees but also paid homage to the 65 currently enshrined Hall
of Fame members including Ernest
Hemingway, Zane Grey, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Michael
and Helen Lerner, Lee Wulff, Philip Wylie,
Johnny Morris, Don Tyson
and John



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