IGFA Representative Feature
Andrey Grigoryev, Russia
IGFA Representative Andrey Grigoryev was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1971. He started fishing with his father at the age of five during summer family vacations to the Don and Volga Basins in Russia. During these multi-week camping trips, Andrey spent most of his time on the rivers where his dad taught him how to fish for pike, perch, and more. As time went by, Andrey honed his fishing techniques while fishing for Atlantic salmon in the famed Kola Peninsula, and for taimen in the north of Russia.
The real gamechanger in Andrey’s fishing career, however, came during a vacation to the Pacific coast of Mexico where he experienced offshore fishing for the first time. He was instantly hooked! Since then, Andrey’s passion has taken him to some of the best offshore gamefish destinations around the globe including Cape Verde, Azores, Galapagos, Ascension Island, Hawaii, South Africa, and Australia, which he calls his ‘’adopted fishing country.” For the last 17 years Andrey has made the pilgrimage to the Great Barrier Reef to fish for black marlin along with his friend and famed captain Daniel McCarthy. Together they’ve caught and released several marlin estimated over the coveted “grander” mark, including a “sea monster,” which according to Andrey, pulled he and the crew around for five hours before he eventually released the giant marlin well after the sun had set.
Andrey was fortunate to be a regular competitor of the Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic Tournament, and to win various categories within the tournament. He also became a member of the Grander Tag & Release Club while participating in the IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR). His extensive big-game fishing experience has allowed him to become a free-lance writer for the Rybolov Elite magazine in Russia, and a host in a variety of videos about offshore angling.
Andrey has served as an IGFA Representative since 2005, during which time he has assisted with the translation of the IGFA Angler Rules into Russian, promoted the protection of the Pacific salmon population in the Northern Kamchatka Peninsula, and has fought against the sale of marlin meat in Russian grocery stores. Given his professional background in IT, Andrey has also been a great resource for IGFA HQ when redesigning the organization’s website.
The IGFA is fortunate to have Andrey as one of our Representatives, and we look forward to continuing our work together to promote ethical fishing and conservation.