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IGFA Hall of Fame Inductees

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, 71 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 & Museum 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.

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   Bill Dance   Roy B. Dean
Homer Circle   Pierre H. Clostermann   Willam G. "Bill" Dance   Roy B. Dean

Jack Erskine   Roger W. Fagen   George C. Farnsworth   Sara C. Farrington
Jack Erskine   Roger William Fagen   George C. Farnsworth   Sara C. Farrington

S. Kip Farrington   Clive W. Firth   Walter W. Fondren III   Thomas M. Gifford
S. Kip Farrington   Cilve W. Firth   Walter W. Fondren III   Thomas M. Gifford

Alfred C. Glassell Jr.   Peter Goadby   Theodore Gordon   Curt Gowdy
Alfred C. Glassell Jr.   Peter Goadby   Theodore Gordon   Curt Gowdy

Zane Grey   Yoshiro Hattori   Elwood K. Harry   Guy Harvey
Zane Grey   Yoshiro Hattori   Elwood K. Harry   Dr. Guy Harvey

Van Campen Heilner   Ernest Hemingway   Charles F. Holder   Jimmy Houston
Van Campen Heilner   Ernest Hemingway   Charles F. Holder   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   Al Lindner   Gary Loomis
Helen Lerner   Michael Lerner   Al Lindner   Gary Loomis

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

Roland Martin   Frank J. Mather III   George G. Matthews   Albert J. McClane
Roland Martin   Frank J. Mather III   George G. Matthews   Albert J. McClane

Allen and Buddy Merritt   Johnny Morris   Roy E. Naftzger Jr.   Frank M. O'Brien Jr.
Allen and Buddy Merritt   John L. Morris   Roy E. Naftzger Jr.   Frank M. O'Brien Jr.

Paxson   Hidenori Onishi   Monty Padilla   Ernest W. Palmer
Paxson H. Offield   Hidenori Onishi   Monty Padilla   Ernest W. Palmer

  William W. Pate Jr.   William E. Poole   Marcel Prot
George Parker   William W. Pate Jr.   William E. Poole   Marcel Prot

Lauri Rapala   Charles C. Ritz   Luis R. Rivas   Helen & Webster Robinson
Lauri Rapala   Charles C. Ritz   Luis R. Rivas   Helen & Webster Robinson

Kay and John Rybovich   Julio Sanchez   Ernest Schwiebert
Kay Rybovich   John Rybovich   Julio Sanchez   Ernest Schwiebert

Ray Scott   Milton C. Shedd   Stephen Sloan   J.L.B. Smith
Ray Scott   Milton C. Shedd   Stephen Sloan   J.L.B. Smith

Mark Sosin   James Wilson Strader   Dade Thornton   Donald J. Tyson
Mark Sosin   James Wilson Strader   Dade W. Thornton   Donald J. Tyson

Joan Vernon   Edward vom Hofe   Izaak Walton   Karl Wickstrom
Joan Vernon   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 Rob Kramer, IGFA President. 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.