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].

The health and safety of all IGFA staff, members, captains, anglers, and friends is always our top priority. As we continue to monitor the Coronavirus pandemic closely, all upcoming IGFA events are planned following official government regulations and CDC guidelines. Click here to see what we are doing to ensure your safety and check back often for updates regarding event details.

The 2023 IGFA SoCal Open

September 29 – October 1, 2023


This exclusive two-day tournament will take place during prime season in the famed waters off Southern California, the birthplace of big game sportfishing!


We are excited to announce a new format to this tournament in 2023, which will now include the five most prominent offshore game fish in Southern California: bluefin tuna, swordfish, striped marlin, dorado, and yellowtail. The tournament is open to the public and will include three tournament weigh stations: San Diego, Newport Beach, and Catalina, making this truly accessible to anglers throughout Southern California.

Please join us for this exciting new tournament, and to celebrate both the historic fishery of Southern California. We will see you there!

Tournament Registration

The entry fee after August 1, 2023, is $350 per angler. 

Your registration fee covers your tournament angler bag, as well as food and beverages at the awards ceremony on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

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

Please click the icon below to register online. For any questions on registration, please contact IGFA at 954-927-2628 or email [email protected].

The online auction begins on Sunday, September 24, 2023, at 6:00 PM EDT, and ends Sunday, October 8, 2023, at 6:00 PM EDT.

For information on how to donate to the online auction, please contact IGFA Events Manager Rachel Sylvester at [email protected] or 954-924-4222. You can also see our sponsorship levels here



The IGFA Tommy Gifford Awards

The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33004

 October 26, 2023

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.

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


The 40th IGFA International Auction

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale

The IGFA International Auction is LIVE!

Make 2024 your BEST fishing year yet and place your bids now on world-class fishing trips, tackle, artwork, apparel and more in the 39th Annual IGFA International Auction!

All funds raised will support the IGFA's mission of promoting ethical angling practices and the conservation of game fish.

Angling enthusiasts from around the globe will gather at the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale, on Saturday, January 27, 2024, to attend the 40th Annual IGFA International Auction. Guests will bid on exciting trips, artwork, tackle, jewelry, and more to support the IGFA’s initiatives in the fields of conservation, youth education and angler recognition. The evening begins at 6:00 pm with a cocktail reception and silent auction. Dinner will commence at 7:30 pm with the close of the silent auction and the start of the live auction.

For more information please contact IGFA at 954-927-2628 or [email protected]


The 2024 IGFA Light Tackle Open

Sailfish Marina, Palm Beach Shores, FL
January 31 - February 2, 20234

The International Game Fish Association invites you to the 2024 IGFA Light Tackle Open!

This exclusive two-day tournament will take place during peak sailfish season in South Florida. With a maximum line class of 12-pound and strict adherence to IGFA Angling Rules, the IGFA Light Tackle Open is a great platform for light tackle anglers from around the world to showcase their skills and sportsmanship. 

We are excited to once again host this premier event out of the celebrated Sailfish Marina Resort, located in beautiful Palm Beach Shores, Florida. All proceeds from the IGFA Light Tackle Open will benefit the IGFA Great Marlin Race, the world’s most extensive billfish satellite tagging program, securing the future of billfish stocks across the globe through productive science.