IGFA Inducts New Members into Fishing Corridor of Fame

The Worldwide Sport Fish Affiliation has introduced the 2017 inductees to the Fishing Corridor of Fame. This 12 months’s 2017 inductees embrace Rick Clunn, Larry Dahlberg, Peter Fithian, Mike Levitt, and Dr. Eric Prince.

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The Worldwide Sport Fish Affiliation Inducts New Members into Fishing Corridor of Fame

Dania Seaside, Fla. – Nov. 1, 2017 – The Worldwide Sport Fish Affiliation (IGFA) Fishing Corridor of Fame Class of 2017 was honored on Sat., Oct. 28, in a ceremony held on the new IGFA Fishing Corridor of Fame situated in Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife Nationwide Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Mo. The 2017 inductees embrace Rick Clunn, Larry Dahlberg, Peter Fithian, Mike Levitt, and Dr. Eric Prince. These 5 anglers be part of 116 fishing greats within the IGFA Fishing Corridor of Fame and have been acknowledged for his or her extraordinary achievements in leisure fishing all over the world.

The 19th annual IGFA Fishing Corridor of Fame ceremony featured remarks from IGFA Chairman Charles W. Duncan III, IGFA President Nehl Horton and Bass Professional Retailers Founder and CEO Johnny Morris, who can also be an IGFA Trustee Emeritus and a member of the IGFA Fishing Corridor of Fame. IGFA Trustee Andy Mill served as Grasp of Ceremonies because the Class of 2017 inductees shared their appreciation and keenness for leisure angling with these in attendance.

The 2017 IGFA Fishing Corridor of Fame honorees have been acknowledged for his or her contributions to the game fishing neighborhood and are highlighted under.

2017 IGFA Corridor of Fame Inductees (L-R): Dr. Eric Prince, Peter Fithian, Mike Levitt, Rick Clunn, Larry Dahlberg

Rick Clunn is a four-time Bassmaster Basic winner (one in every of solely two anglers to attain the honour) and is a member of the Bass Fishing Corridor of Fame. When he’s not fishing, Clunn shares his love of the game with youngsters in faculties throughout America. He’s acknowledged by the IGFA Fishing Corridor of Fame for his infinite enthusiasm for the game of bass fishing, his unmatched 4 a long time of profitable B.A.S.S. occasions and his superb bass fishing prowess.

Larry Dahlberg has fished for greater than 50 years in 80 international locations and is the host of The Hunt for Huge Fish. He created the distinctive “Dahlberg Diver” fly and is chargeable for many different fishing improvements. He’s acquired the Henshall Award by the Federation of Fly Fishers, is a member of the Freshwater Fishing Corridor of Fame and was the recipient of the 1999 IGFA Conservation Award. Dahlberg is acknowledged for his lifetime of fishing improvements, his awarding profitable tv profession and his conservation efforts.

Peter Fithian is finest generally known as the founding father of the Hawaiian Worldwide Billfish Match (HIBT), the “Grandfather” of all billfish fishing tournaments. With greater than 50 years of wealthy historical past, the HIBT is among the longest working tournaments of all time and the birthplace of numerous improvements in angling ways, match administration and billfish conservation. Fithian additionally based the Pacific Ocean Analysis Basis (PORF) to study extra about Pacific blue marlin, and was instrumental within the basis of the Japan Sport Fish Affiliation (JGFA). Fithian is acknowledged by the IGFA for his lifelong dedication to enhance the match sport fishing expertise and for his efforts within the conservation of sport fish throughout the globe.

Mike Levitt developed a ardour for gentle deal with angling within the 1960s, which led him to the IGFA. He has held 16 world information, together with gentle deal with information for black and white marlin. A former Chairman of the IGFA, Levitt spearheaded efforts to construct the IGFA Headquarters in Dania Seaside, Fla. Levitt led the design and financing of a succession of customized sport fishing boats, which helped to develop the prototype for the massive sport fishing boats extensively used as we speak. The IGFA acknowledges Levitt for his angling achievements, charitable acts and improvements in sport fishing.

Dr. Eric Prince is taken into account one of many world’s high fisheries scientists, and is an angler, researcher and proponent for the game of fishing. He’s had an illustrious 35-year profession as a billfish biologist with the Nationwide Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and his analysis, totally on billfish, has been printed over 100 instances. Dr. Prince has been a driving power within the Undertake a Billfish satellite tv for pc tagging program and a number one researcher and proponent of the usage of circle hooks. He’s served conservation by way of his analysis and serving to to create The Billfish Basis, which earned him the IGFA Conservation Award in 2016. Prince is acknowledged by the IGFA for his intensive analysis on essential leisure species to make sure their sustainable administration and a lifetime of fishing.

To study extra concerning the IGFA Fishing Corridor of Fame, its members, or to submit a nomination, please go to the IGFA web site, http://www.igfa.org/.

Concerning the IGFA Fishing Corridor of Fame
The IGFA Fishing Corridor of Fame acknowledges extraordinary achievements in leisure fishing all over the world by anglers, captains, scientists, conservationists, writers, or fishing business leaders. The primary class, honoring 29 of the game’s luminaries, was inducted in 1998. Since then, 87 extra fishing greats have been welcomed to the Corridor on the annual induction ceremony in October of every 12 months. To study extra concerning the 110 present members of the IGFA Fishing Corridor of Fame, please go to the IGFA Corridor of Fame  webpage for biographies of earlier IGFA Fishing Corridor of Fame honorees.

Concerning the IGFA
Based in 1939, the IGFA is a non-profit group dedicated to the conservation of sport fish and the promotion of accountable, moral angling practices, by way of science, schooling, rule making, file retaining and recognition of excellent accomplishments within the subject of angling. The IGFA additionally maintainsworldwide sport fish information in freshwater, saltwater, fly fishing and junior angler classes. IGFA members are situated in over 100 international locations.

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