IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame

The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame recognizes extraordinary achievements in recreational fishing around the world by anglers, captains, scientists, conservationists, writers, or fishing industry leaders. The first class, honoring 29 of the sport's luminaries, was inducted in 1998. Since then, 81 additional fishing greats have been welcomed to the Hall at the annual induction ceremony in October of each year. Along with the biographical video produced by the IGFA, each Hall of Fame member is honored with a plaque at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Florida, USA. Additional information, documents, and photographs of Hall of Fame members may be found in the E. K. Harry Library.

To learn more about nominating a candidate for the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, please click here.

To learn more about the 2017 Class of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame being honored at the 19th Annual IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on October 28, 2017 , please click here

Hall of Fame Inductees' Bios




Capt. Alan H. Anderson John W. Anderson II Stuart C. Apte
Sir Garrick Agnew Alan H. Anderson John W. Anderson II Stuart C. Apte

Robert S.S. Baden-Powell C. Alma Baker Ralph Bandini Carlos Barrantes
Lord Robert S.S. Baden-Powell C. Alma Baker Ralph Bandini Carlos Barrantes

Dame Juliana Berners Willaim C. Boschen George Bransford Joseph W. Brooks
Dame Juliana Berners William C. Boschen George Bransford Joseph W. Brooks

Stewart Campbell William K. Carpenter Henry Chee John R. Chibnall
Stewart Campbell William K. Carpenter Henry Chee John R. Chibnall

Homer Circle Pierre H. Clostermann  
Tim Choate Homer Circle Pierre H. Clostermann C.M. Rip Cunningham

 

Bill Dance Bill Dance Capt. Alan H. Anderson

William G. "Bill Dance"

Roy B. Dean

Deborah and Jerry Dunaway

Jack Erskine Roger W. Fagen George C. Farnsworth
Jack Erskine Thomas Evans, Jr. Roger William Fagen

George C. Farnsworth


Sara C. Farrington S. Kip Farrington John W. Anderson II Clive W. Firth
Sara C. Farrington S. Kip Farrington Chico Fernandez Cilve W. Firth

Walter W. Fondren III Thomas M. Gifford Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Peter Goadby
Walter W. Fondren III Thomas M. Gifford Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Peter Goadby

Theodore Gordon Curt Gowdy Capt. Alan H. Anderson Zane Grey
Theodore Gordon Curt Gowdy Dr. John Graves Zane Grey

Yoshiro Hattori Elwood K. Harry Guy Harvey Van Campen Heilner
Yoshiro Hattori Elwood K. Harry Dr. Guy Harvey Van Campen Heilner

Ernest Hemingway Charles F. Holder Jimmy Houston Jimmy Houston
Ernest Hemingway Charles F. Holder George Hommell, Jr. Jimmy Houston

Steve Huff Lynn Bogue Hunt Ruben Jaen C. John C. Johnston
Steve Huff Lynn Bogue Hunt Ruben Jaen C. John C. Johnston

James Jump Brenard 'Lefty' Kreh Francesca LaMonte Michael Leech
James W. Jump Bernard "Lefty" Kreh Francesca LaMonte Michael Leech

Helen and Michael Lerner Gary Loomis Gary Loomis
Helen Lerner         Michael Lerner Al Linder Gary Loomis

Darrell J. Lowrance Henry Lyman Harlan W. Major Mary Orvis Marbury
Darrell J. Lowrance Henry Lyman Harlan W. Major Mary Orvis Marbury

Eugene & Louis Marron Roland Martin Frank J. Mather III George G. Matthews
Eugenie & Louis Marron Roland Martin Frank J. Mather III George G. Matthews

  Albert J. McClane Jerry McKinnis Allen and Buddy Merritt Johnny Morris
  Albert J. McClane Jerry McKinnis Allen and Buddy Merritt John L. Morris
Roy E. Naftzger Jr. Frank M. O'Brien Jr. Paxson Hidenori Onishi
Roy E. Naftzger Jr. Frank M. O'Brien Jr. Paxson H. Offield Hidenori Onishi

  Monty Padilla Paxson Ernest W. Palmer
  Monty Padilla Flip Pallot Ernest W. Palmer George Parker

William W. Pate Jr. Al Pflueger, Jr.
Hank Parker William W. Pate Jr. Neil Patrick Al Pflueger, Jr.

William E. Poole Marcel Prot Lauri Rapala Charles C. Ritz
William E. Poole Marcel Prot Lauri Rapala Charles C. Ritz

  Luis R. Rivas Helen & Webster Robinson Kay and John Rybovich
    Luis R. Rivas Helen & Webster Robinson Kay Rybovich and John Rybovich

  Julio Sanchez The Schmidt Family Ernest Schwiebert Ray Scott
  Julio Sanchez The Schmidt Family Ernest Schwiebert Ray Scott

  Milton C. Shedd Stephen Sloan J.L.B. Smith Mark Sosin
  Milton C. Shedd Stephen Sloan J.L.B. Smith Mark Sosin

James Wilson Strader Dade Thornton Donald J. Tyson Joan Vernon
James Wilson Strader Dade W. Thornton Donald J. Tyson Joan Vernon

John W. Anderson II Edward vom Hofe Izaak Walton Karl Wickstrom  
Orri Vigfusson Edward vom Hofe Izaak Walton Karl Wickstrom    

Theodore S. Williams John Wilson Forrest Wood Frank Woolner  
Theodore S. Williams John Wilson Forrest Wood Frank Woolner  

Peter B. Wright Lee and Joan Wulff Philip Wylie
Peter B. Wright Lee Wulff   Joan Wulff Philip Wylie

 

To nominate a candidate for the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, please send a detailed submission letter to Nehl Horton, IGFA President, at 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004. This letter should describe the nominee’s significant and lasting contributions to the sport of recreational angling. Nominated individuals can be anglers, captains, scientists, conservationists, writers, or fishing industry leaders. Supporting documentation included with the letter -- newspaper articles, biographical information, photographs, etc. – is extremely helpful, and all materials sent will be retained in the E. K. Harry Library archives. Once a person has been nominated, he or she will remain in consideration. Each year the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Nominating Committee reviews the information submitted for all potential honorees. Their selections are then submitted to the IGFA Board of Trustees for final approval.