IGFA Recognizes Individual Angling Achievements

 
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IGFA Recognizes Individual Angling Achievements

Dania Beach, FloridaFebruary 22, 2018The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) recently honored Mark Davis with its Gilbert Keech Heavy Tackle Award, Tom Pfleger with its Bob Herder Light Tackle Award and Jason Schall with its Chester H. Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award

Created through the generosity of the Ocean City Light Tackle Club in 2000 and 2006, respectively, the Keech and Herder awards recognize outstanding individual angling achievements, including new heavy or light tackle IGFA World Records, outstanding catches on heavy or light tackle that are released and reported to IGFA, and outstanding innovations in fishing methods or equipment in heavy or light tackle fishing.
 
Established in 2011, the Chester H. Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award is given in memory of Mr. Wolfe and his love of sportfishing and the fellowship the sport promotes. Receipt of this award is based on merit, fair play, graciousness, respect and ethical behavior.
 
“The IGFA has a strong heritage of honoring individual angling achievements and sportsmanship," said IGFA President Nehl Horton. "Fishing is a lifetime passion for many anglers and by recognizing those who do remarkable things, we can inspire more people to enjoy the sport we love.  Congratulations to Mark, Tom and Jason on their angling accomplishments and leadership in our sport.”
 
Mark Davis claims the IGFA Gil Keech Heavy Tackle Award
No one in history has achieved more IGFA Billfish Royal Slams than Mark Davis. He has caught all of the world’s billfish species an incredible eleven times over. In addition to this feat, Davis has released blue marlin and bluefin tuna estimated at over 1,000 pounds. His most valued accomplishment has been introducing his family to the joys of big game fishing and leading each of them to accomplish their own IGFA Billfish Royal Slams. 
 
“I’ve been fishing since I could walk,” said Davis, “I love this sport and the IGFA and to receive this award after the people who have won it before me is beyond my wildest fishing dreams.”
 
Tom Pfleger wins the IGFA Bob Herder Light Tackle Award
Tom Pfleger’s first IGFA World Record came in 1988 when he caught a 15-pound Pacific cubera snapper on 12-pound line. Since then, Pfleger has set 19 IGFA World Records on light tackle and fly gear. His most recent world record came in 2017 with a 130 pound, 1-ounce Pacific bluefin tuna on 12-pound line. Among his other noteworthy records are a 42 pound, 13-ounce white seabass on 4-pound line, a 172 pound, 8-ounce Pacific bluefin tuna on 20-pound line, and a 22 pound, 3-ounce albacore on an 8-pound fly tippet.
 
Jason Schall honored with the IGFA Chester H. Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award
Jason Schall is a two-time winner of the IGFA Chester H. Wolfe Sportsmanship Award, first receiving the honor in 2014. Since then, Schall became an IGFA Representative for South Carolina and has taken on the voluntary role of Certified Fishing Instructor for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. He travels the state promoting angling and conservation, hosts fishing clinics and tournaments and shares his love for fishing with a new generation of anglers.
 
“We all have the capability of sharing our passion in a positive way and inspiring others,” said Schall. “Sharing the fun of fishing turns strangers into friends in just a few minutes.”
 
To learn more about past individual angling achievement award winners and the recently announced 2018 conservation award winners, please visit www.igfa.org.
 
About the IGFA
Founded in 1939, the IGFA 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. IGFA has members in more than 100 countries.
 
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