IGFA Captains & Guides

The IGFA has maintained its standing as the foremost authority on game fish and angling related matters with the help of our IGFA Captains & Guides. The IGFA Captains & Guides Program was developed to help connect ethical anglers and IGFA Members with likeminded professional fishing captains and guides around the world, and to help spread the IGFA’s mission and vision.

Listed below are the benefits and obligations associated with the IGFA’s Captains & Guides Program. For more information, please contact Denise Hartman, Membership Development Manager, at [email protected] or 954-924-4243.


1. Official designation and recognition as an “IGFA Captain or IGFA Guide”
2. Listing on the IGFA’s website/interactive map and in the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book
3. Official IGFA Captain/Guide Membership Package including:

  • One (1) annual membership to the IGFA and all associated member benefits
  • One (1) IGFA Captain's Performance shirt
  • One (1) IGFA Trucker hat of your choice
  • Two (2) IGFA Captain/Guide decals
  • Your official IGFA Captain/Guide ID card
  • Your official IGFA Captain/Guide certificate, suitable for framing
  • Your official IGFA Captain/Guide embroidered patch

5. 10 complimentary IGFA Catch Certificates for your clients' top catches
6. An exclusive 30% discount on IGFA Captain's apparel through Bluefin USA/IGFA collaboration
7. A 15% discount on scale certification performed by the IGFA, per year (maximum weight of 100 pounds).
8. Referrals from IGFA Headquarters when inquiries are received in regards to the captain’s or guide’s area
9. Authorization to use the official IGFA Captain/Guide logo to promote your business
10. Eligible to participate and be listed in the IGFA Member Discount Program

*IGFA Captain's are also eligible for receiving an advertisement in the annual IGFA World Record Game Fishes book for trip donations or contributions that exceed $500 in value. For more information on advertisement opportunities, please contact IGFA Membership Development Manager Denise Hartman at [email protected]

  1. Complete, sign and date the IGFA Captain/Guide application form and oath
  2. Complete and pass the IGFA Captain/Guide open-book test at a score of 80% or higher
  3. Provide a copy of your current and valid U.S.C.G. Captain’s License (if applicable), or a similar document proving that you are an active professional captain or guide
  4. Once their application is approved, the IGFA Captain/Guide is required to pay an annual fee of $150 (USD) OR agree to donate a trip/charter with a value of at least $300

Once credentials are vetted and applicant is accepted as a potential IGFA Captain, IGFA may also require up to three letters of recommendation, letters or email, verifying your ethical angling practices, ability, reputation, etc. IGFA agrees to keep strictly confidential and not disclose or share, directly or indirectly, any information pertaining to the references.

After receipt of the completed application form, oath and test, the IGFA will review qualifications and inform the applicant of their status. The IGFA has the right to deny any applicants that do not meet the criteria at its own discretion.