Anglers everywhere are encouraged to capitalize on the upcoming prime fishing periods around the world and compete for over 200 prizes in The International Game Fish Association’s Annual Fishing Contest, which concludes September 1, 2018.
Since the contest began on October 1, 2017, dozens of entries have been accepted as category leaders across the 74 designated species and three categories: conventional tackle, fly and junior. Many of these entries have been featured on IGFA’s social channels over the past few months. With four months remaining to enter, many of the categories remain extremely competitive with some of the best fishing for many desired species around the globe yet to come.
“The next few months are some of the best times to catch big fish in your local waters and compete directly with anglers from all over the world,” said IGFA President Nehl Horton. “Anglers should take time to understand the simple steps needed to enter their catch in the IGFA Annual Fishing Contest. The prizes from our sponsors and partners are incredible, as is the chance to be recognized by fishing enthusiasts from every end of the earth.”
The largest fish of each designated species caught during the contest will win prizes from IGFA partners Costa sunglasses and YETI. In addition to category prizes, there will also continue to be monthly drawings for fishing gear from YETI, Costa, Halco, Van Staal, Rapala and Mustad. The Annual Fishing Contest will culminate with three “Fishing Trips of a Lifetime” drawings for each of the three categories. Each winning species will earn an entry into the drawings
The three “Fishing Trips of a Lifetime” are trips for two to iconic fishing destinations including the Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, the Zancudo Lodge in Costa Rica and Miminiska Lodge in Ontario, Canada.
The Annual Fishing Contest began October 1, 2017, and concludes September 1, 2018. Interested anglers can find complete rules, check the real-time leaderboard and enter their catch at www.igfa.or/Contests/Fishing or follow IGFA social media channels to stay up to date on the latest entries and drawings for prizes from contest partners.All catches must be made in accordance with IGFA Rules, which are available at www.igfa.org/Fish/INTERNATIONAL-ANGLING-RULES.aspx. The IGFA strongly promotes catch and release of all fish entered in the contest, where possible.
Founded in 1939, The International Game Fish Association is a nonprofit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making, record keeping and recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the field of angling. The IGFA also maintains world records in freshwater, saltwater, fly fishing and junior angler categories. The IGFA has members in more than 100 countries.
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