IGFA Events Calendar

Where in the world is the IGFA? The International Game Fish Association is involved in numerous events worldwide. The list below shows IGFA's upcoming signature events. For more information on IGFA events, please contact IGFA Headquarters at 954-927-2628 or email [email protected].

2024 IGFA Oceania Regional Meeting

The 2024 IGFA Oceania Regional Meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2024, in Sydney, Australia. The event will be held at the clubhouse of the historic Sydney Game Fishing Club (SGFC).  The current RSVP list includes IGFA Representatives from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji, IGFA President Jason Schratwieser and IGFA Chairman Roy Cronacher will also be attending the event.


IGFA Mediterranean Championship

Porto Rotondo, Sardinia, Italy

July 11-14, 2024

This IGFA Mediterranean Championship is an exclusive offshore fishing tournament that celebrates the incredible recreational fishery of the Mediterranean Sea and promotes responsible and ethical angling practices. 

The 2024 IGFA Mediterranean Championship will be held from July 11-14, 2024, and hosted by the renowned Yacht Club of Porto Rotondo in breathtaking Sardinia, Italy. Anglers throughout the Mediterranean and from around the world will converge in paradise to target bluefin tuna, broadbill swordfish, the elusive Mediterranean spearfish, albacore, dolphinfish, and more!

To learn more about participating in this event, please visit here or contact IGFA Marketing Director Jack Vitek at [email protected]


2024 IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Induction

September 14, 2024

Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium

The 2024 IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2024, at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri. In recognition of their extraordinary contributions to recreational angling around the world, The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) named five angling greats to the 2024 class of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame.

This year's inductees into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame represent angling luminaries who have made significant contributions to the sport. They include James A. Henshall, a pioneer in bass fishing who revolutionized angling techniques and fish culture; Tom Pfleger, whose four-decade career is marked by 24 IGFA World Records and pioneering environmental research; Nick Smith, whose billfishing prowess and conservation efforts have set global standards; Kevin VanDam, whose professional angling career resulted in unparalleled tournament successes; and Ralph "Agie" Vicente, whose half-century commitment to marine conservation and ethical angling practices has left a lasting impact on Latin American fisheries.

For more information about this event please click here or contact IGFA Development Manager, Kim Strong at [email protected] or 954-924-4315.  


Seventh International Billfish Symposium

The Symposium will take place over three days from October 8th to October 10th, 2024.

Hubbs – SeaWorld Research Institute
2595 Ingraham St
San Diego, CA 92109

Since its inception in 1972, the International Billfish Symposium is the only conference series of its kind that focuses on issues related to billfish biology and management.  The 7th IBS theme is, “Advancing Science and Management of Billfish in a Changing Ecosystem.”

The conference will highlight advances across all aspects of billfish science and management while examining evolving climate related impacts.

Conference topics will include:

•  Management
•  Assessment
• Movement and Habitat Utilization
• Basic Biology
• Recreational and Commercial Fisheries

This conference is not just for scientists and managers but is also open to the public and we encourage all interested billfish anglers to attend! In addition to daily sessions there will be numerous socials for networking with old friends and meeting new ones.  Stay tuned for more information on registration, abstract submission, and the meeting agenda.

For more information, contact the 7th International Billfish Symposium co-chairs:
• Bruce Pohlot: [email protected]  • Gerard DiNardo: [email protected]


The 2024 IGFA SoCal Swordfish Open

November 8 – 10, 2024

San Diego, Newport Beach, and Catalina Island

This exclusive two-day tournament will take place during prime swordfish season in the famed waters off Southern California, the birthplace of big game sportfishing! The tournament is open to the public and will include three tournament weigh stations: San Diego, Newport Beach, and Catalina Island, making this truly accessible to anglers throughout Southern California.

The entry fee for the IGFA SoCal Swordfish Open is $300 per angler, when paid before September 1, 2024. After September 1, 2024, the entry fee per angler increases to $350.

Your registration fee covers your tournament angler bag, as well as food and beverages at the awards ceremony on Sunday, November 14, 2021.

Guest tickets to the awards ceremony can be purchased at a fee of $75/ticket. The deadline for purchasing guest tickets is November 6, 2024. Guest tickets will not be available at the door. To purchase guest tickets, please contact IGFA  at [email protected] or 954-927-2628. 

Anglers/Teams are responsible for chartering or providing their own boats for the tournament.