321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33004
October 31, 2024
The IGFA Tommy Gifford Awards Ceremony celebrates the captains, guides, and crew that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of sportfishing through innovation, outstanding catches, and other noteworthy examples of leadership in their trade.
Named for one of the greatest saltwater charter skippers of all time, Tommy Gifford Award recipients are selected through a rigorous nomination and vetting process conducted by the IGFA Legendary Captains and Crew Committee.
This year’s recipients include Captain Bobby Buswell, a pioneer of charter boat fishing on the Florida Gulf Coast; Captain Charlie Chambers, renowned for helping put the Cairns fishery on the map; Captain Jerry Black, a pioneer in the U.S. Virgin Islands, establishing the famed Lagoon Fishing Center; Captain Steve Huff, a legendary figure in saltwater inshore fishing, known by many as the “Godfather of Guides”; Captain Arch Bracher, widely regarded as the best white marlin captain in the Mid-Atlantic; and Captain John Batterton, whose global fishing experiences and record-breaking achievements showcase a lifelong dedication to the sport.
These industry legends will be honored later this year at the IGFA Tommy Gifford Awards Ceremony, taking place Thursday, October 31, 2024 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Additional event details will be released in the coming weeks.
For more information about the event, please or contact IGFA at [email protected] or 954-927-2628.