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Curious about using an electric reel as a downrigger when you're daytime swordfishing? Check out these IGFA compliant tips from IGFA Captain Bouncer Smith in our latest how-to video! This is just one of the many tips and techniques you’ll learn during the classes, which are in session now at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.

The popular IGFA School of Sportfishing, brought to anglers by Mercury Marine, is back with the Spring 2014 session! Hands-on class activities include bait rigging, knot tying, bridling, cast netting, crimping, and more. Take your sportfishing to the next level by learning from the best!

Along with the course materials, each participant will receive complimentary 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 - a one year subscription to Hilton's Realtime Navigator!

Spring 2014 Class Schedule

All About Live Bait
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Having good live bait can be the difference between catching fish or not. We show you where and how to catch several different species of live bait and how to keep them healthy. When you leave this class you will be able to throw a cast net. 
Taught by Capt. Shawn Fairbanks


Dolphin and Wahoo Secrets
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Learn how to increase the size and quantity of the dolphin and wahoo you catch. Gain inside knowledge on the best strategies and techniques and learn to make the best rigs to catch more fish.
Taught by Capt. Mike Theis

Fishing Bimini and Cat Cay 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
These two Bahamian islands are close to home but require special knowledge on how to make your trip across the Gulf Stream safe, legal and as enjoyable as possible. Discover a different world just fifty miles away.
Taught by Capt. Bouncer Smith

Advanced Trolling Techniques
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Get the inside knowledge on how to get the most out of your trolling time. Learn many secrets that took years of trial and error to perfect. This class focuses on common game species as well larger fish such as marlin for the serious Big Game fisherman!
Taught by Capt. Tony DiGiulian

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. For more details call Anthony Vedral at 954-924-4254 or e-mail

Multiple Class Discount Pricing!
Register for:
3 to 4 classes, take $10 off per class
5 to 6 classes, take $15 off per class

Register online and use promo code: MLT14
(Must have current paid member status unless paying non-member rate; class credit good for amount paid)

Classes are taught in Dania Beach, Florida at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. Each course features printed curriculum on the session, equipment, demonstrations, and hands-on instruction professional sportfishing captains.

Class sizes are limited to 24 anglers so register now! IGFA reserves the right to cancel a class if the minimum attendance of 10 participants is not met. You will be notified of a cancellation and a class credit will be added to your account.

Register Today!