IGFA Day 2022 Recap

Established on the IGFA’s 80th anniversary three years ago, IGFA Day is held annually on June 7th and is a global celebration of recreational angling.

Thanks to our passionate and dedicated supporters and our international network of representatives, IGFA Day 2022 events took place in eight different countries, reaching hundreds of young anglers and their families.

Additionally, the IGFA reached our initiative to teach 100,000 youth around the world to fish during an IGFA Day 2022 event – a fitting way to reach this major goal!  

Here is a recap from some of these great IGFA Day 2022 events held around the world.

Leading off the month of June were several summer fishing camps and clinics held in the United States where over 100 junior anglers were reached. IGFA Headquarters began its summer fishing camp on the east coast of Florida in both Palm Beach and Broward Counties, while at the same time IGFA partners with Saltwater Assassin Fishing Charters began their Angler’s Boot Camp on the west coast of Florida, US. Also, IGFA youth education partners at Reel Guppy Outdoors hosted fourth grade students on the Port Hueneme fishing pier in California, US.

For the first time ever, the IGFA hosted youth fishing education programs in the country of Iran. Focused around IGFA Day, IGFA Passports to Fishing events occurred in four different cities in Iran, where more than 60 children were reached. The major events occurred in Tehran and Mashhad, and IGFA Captain Arash Amini led the coordination of these events.

The second Kids’ School in Corfu, Greece, occurred on June 11,  after a two-year delay from the originally scheduled event. This event incorporated an IGFA Passports to Fishing kit and the coordinator, Spyros Thymis exclaimed, “I can assure you the fullness I felt was because of so many happy faces around, ready to start their ‘fishing trip’.”

On the same day in Cebu, Philippines, a Passports to Fishing event was held for 40 children and their families. The event coordinator, Arnel Prete, explained that the Passports to Fishing kit was, “very useful and brought excitement to eager families and their children with the bonus of catching their first fish.”

In Germany, a week-long Cub Scout fishing day camp occurred from June 13-17, 2022, in Kaiserslautern, Germany. In total, 49 children participated each day, and all went through the stations of the Passports to Fishing program.

On June 18, 2022, three sporting clubs with children aged 10 to 16 years went through the IGFA Passports to Fishing program in Hurghada, Egypt. IGFA Representative and President of the Egyptian Angling Federation, Mohamed Kaddah, stated on behalf of so many children fishing in Egypt, “I am happy because the children were very happy catching fish.”

In Malaysia, throughout the entire month of June, IGFA Representative Shamin Shaimah (The Milkfish Lady) and her team were busy working with families, teaching them to fish, and preparing for a major fishing expo in August. There is a lot more coming out of Malaysia in the near future, and we are thankful for the continuous work of Shamin to teach new generations of ethical anglers.

Finally, Club Nautico Rimini in Italy hosted 46 children for an IGFA Passports to Fishing event to celebrate IGFA Day! Check out this video from their event indicating that every child there was “one” of 100,000 children taught around the world to fish.


Stay tuned for more youth angling education events from around the world and more events that will happen for IGFA Day 2023!

Lastly, thank you to the following program supporters: