IGFA Representatives
North America Region


Robert W. Rego
Hamilton, Bermuda
"Bobby" Rego has been a member of the Bermuda Anglers Club (BAC) for over 45 years, serving twice as president and holding other executive positions. He was director of the BAC's International Light Tackle Tournament where he helped introduce minimum release weights for blackfin and yellowfin tuna. Rego has participated in various light tackle tournaments in Bermuda and Key West, Florida. He was a member of the 2003 winning team at the Rolex Offshore Tournament in Cabo, Mexico.
John A. Barnes
Hamilton, Bermuda
John Barnes was Bermuda's Assistant Director of Fisheries and later the director of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Parks. He represented Bermuda and the United Kingdom on behalf of its overseas territories at the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) as Chair of several species committees. He also serves as secretary to the Bermuda Game Fishing Association--the organization responsible for keeping Bermuda game fish records. A trained fisheries scientist, he is often called upon to verify catches and potential world record applications.


Mark Melnyk
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Mark Melnyk has been in the fishing television industry for over 20 years-- now host and producer partner of "The New Fly Fisher" series dedicated to education and conservation of our waterscapes while promoting ethical angling practices.


America Samoa

William Sword
Pago Pago, American Samoa
William Sword is a former member of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). He has attended various recreational fisheries summits conducted by the National Marine Fisheries Service to represent the interests of recreational anglers in American Samoa. As an IGFA Representative, Sword is focused on conserving marine resources and promoting the economic value of sustainable fishing practices in the local angling community.


Mal A. Linthwaite
Tucson, Arizona
Mal Linthwaite has been sport fishing all over the world for 78 years. He competed in the Bisbee Black and Blue Marlin Tournament, the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, and numerous other tournaments in the United States, Africa, Central America and Europe. A lifetime IGFA member, Linthwaite has been an IGFA Representative from Alaska since 2002, residing in Tucson, Arizona since 2013. He is a member of both the Billfish Royal Slam Club and the Salmon Royal Slam Club. He is dedicated to protecting recreational fishing and maintaining the sustainability of all game fish populations. Linthwaite is a staunch supporter of IGFA rules for sport fishing, and continues to work to strengthen IGFA and protect natural resources.


Steven M. Wozniak
Alamo, CA
After catching more than 1,800 fish species as of August 2018, it's safe to say that Steven Wozniak is a true fishing fanatic. He has travelled to 91 countries to pursue his passion and has earned over 180 IGFA world records. Wozniak is passionate about the IGFA mission of conservation and ethical angling, and has had the opportunity to speak on these topics to numerous angling groups across the globe. He also writes for several fishing publications and produces his own blog. Wozniak is a senior executive in the software industry and lives in Alamo, California with his wife, Marta.
Dale A. Miles
Elk Grove, California, USA
Dale Miles fishes as many as 200 days a year in the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic, Alaska, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Gulf of Oman, and several U.S. states. In his 25 years of competing in billfish tournaments he has recruited many new IGFA members. Through his membership in IGFA, The Billfish Foundation, Tournament Anglers Association, Curry Sport Fishing Association, and Kokanee Power Association, Miles has contributed to IGFA's vision and mission by recruiting new IGFA members and promoting catch-and-release, tag-and-release, and ethical angling.
Wendy Tochihara
Southern California, USA
Wendy Tochihara hosts the popular "Rod and Reel Radio" fishing show and works as national sales manager for Izorline International. An avid angler, Tochihara is an IGFA world record holder and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Fishing Ambassador where she is working on a project to engage young anglers. Tochihara can often be found fishing freshwater and saltwater as well as conducting seminars and representing the interests of the local fishing community at industry-related meetings.
Sally L. Kurz
Laguna Niguel, CA
Sally Kurz has been fishing for more than 45 years in Australia, Bahamas, Mexico, Ecuador, Panama and both coasts of the United States. A former world record holder and current trophy club member, she regularly fishes in billfish tournaments in Hawaii and California. Kurz has consistently been a top recruiter of new IGFA members. She works Southern California tackle shows and performs outreach at local angling clubs-- including knot tying seminars. She co-chaired the Celebration of California Angling, a fundraiser for IGFA California youth education and conservation projects. She developed the IGFA California youth education fishing program that includes both classroom and on-the-water fishing experience.
Gary C. Graham
Lake Elsinore, California, USA
Gary Graham has an extensive resume of achievements in the recreational angling industry that stretches back decades. The Southern California native is a highly-regarded offshore captain, inshore fly fishing guide, outdoor writer and photographer with vast knowledge and expertise in the Southern California and Baja Peninsula fisheries. Graham is also an ardent conservationist and has held top positions in a variety of angling clubs and conservation groups.
James Gowans
Southern California, USA
James Gowans enjoys fishing for many pelagic species, but his passion is billfishing. He is an accomplished angler, a student of angling history, and continues to learn and teach angling techniques worldwide. As a conservation advocate and IGFA Representative, he supports the International Game Fish Association's Great Marlin Race and has worked with NOAA's Billfish Tagging Program and Hubbs SeaWorld Institute's White Sea Bass Program. Gowans continues to promote the IGFA mission through his participation at tournaments, trade shows, conferences, symposiums and other angling-related venues.
John L. Campbell
San Diego, California, USA
John Campbell's first memories of fishing were on the banks of the Skykomish River in Washington State. He assisted with the production of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament from 1989 to 1996 and fished the tournament twice. Campbell worked for South Coast Sportfishing magazine and became the executive director of the Catalina Classic Marlin Tournament. As an IGFA Representative, he has acquainted himself with the fishing clubs in San Diego and has become the IGFA advisor for each club. He co-founded the IGFA Young Anglers tournament on Shelter Island Pier.
William Boyce
Saugus, California, USA
Bill Boyce's career began working 16 years as a fisheries biologist. Four of those years were with the United States Forest Service in California, Colorado, Alaska, and Oregon, and 12 years were with the Inter- American Tropical Tuna Commission at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, where he was involved in the management of the tuna, billfish, sharks, and dolphin populations in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. A passion for marine underwater photography led Boyce into photo-journalism, doing assignments for the most prominent sport fishing publications in the world. This lifestyle progressed into TV production and, to date, he has produced and hosted six different fishing and travel series which have won nine Telly Awards, his favorite being IGFA Anglers Digest. These productions took Boyce to some of the world's most famous fishing locations, to fish with the world's finest captains and crews. Boyce is still active in fisheries conservation efforts as an IGFA Representative in California and an active board member for Wild Oceans and the Coastal Conservation Association of California.
Chris Wheaton
Southern California, California
Chris Wheaton grew up in Southern California where he started fishing at age four with his grandfather. The avid angler fishes mainly Pacific waters from Baja Mexico up to Alaska. Wheaton is a 15-time IGFA World Record holder and meticulous documenter of his fishing pursuits and research on social media-- often cataloging fish species by common name, scientific name, range, current world record and other interesting facts accompanied by photos to help with identification and raise awareness of IGFA.
Steven Yatomi
Simi Valley, California, USA
Steven Yatomi has worked with remote international fishing destinations for 25 years where he has witnessed the big need to educate the local populations about conservation of natural resources. Over the past four years, Yatomi has worked with the Apoteri village in Guyana's Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo Region developing sustainable fishing eco-tourism to ensure the village's future prosperity. In 2018 he received the IGFA Conservation Award for his work in the development of sustainable fisheries.
Martin Firestein
Los Angeles, California
A lifelong angler from Southern California, Martin Firestein has a passion for promoting game fish conservation, particularly billfish. Firestein has been an active participant and promoter of the IGFA Great Marlin Race, which he won in 2014. Firestein is an active member of the Balboa Angling Club (BAC) and uses his skills as an attorney on legislation to promote responsible angling and marine resources conservation.