Bay of Is­lands Sw ord­fish Club wins In­ter­na­tional Awa rd

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The Bay

of Is­lands Sword­fish Club has been recog­nised with a top in­ter­na­tional award for its pro­mo­tion of the sport and its work to­wards the preser­va­tion of game species. The pres­ti­gious His­tor­i­cal Angling Clubs of the World Award was pre­sented to the club by the Florida-based In­ter­na­tional Game Fish As­so­ci­a­tion (IGFA).

The IGFA hon­our is given to fish­ing clubs that have been es­tab­lished for a sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod of time and made mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tions to the his­tory of the sport of angling.

Michael Far­rior, IGFA his­to­rian, said the award was “well de­served”.

He de­scribed it as an “out­stand­ing club” and says the award recog­nises the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions it has made in pro­mot­ing the sport of fish­ing and its work to­wards the preser­va­tion of game fish­ing species through­out the years.

Club pres­i­dent Bruce Smith said the award was spe­cial, given the long and proud in­ter­na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion of the Bay of Is­lands with game fish­ing, which dates back to the early 20th cen­tury, when leg­endary Amer­i­can writer and fish­er­man Zane Grey made it fa­mous around the world with his book The An­gler’s El Do­rado.

“It’s a huge hon­our and a re­flec­tion of the ef­forts of many peo­ple over the years to en­sure that the Bay of Is­lands re­mains at the fore­front of the sport of game fish­ing world­wide,” said Mr Smith.

With twin bases at Rus­sell and Pai­hia, the club joins a very se­lect group and re­ceives a cer­tifi­cate, a pro­file in the In­ter­na­tional An­gler mag­a­zine and a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque to be housed at the IGFA head­quar­ters.

This lat­est hon­our fol­lows the in­duct­ing of North­land sports fish­er­man Snooks Fuller to the IGFA’s Leg­endary Cap­tains and Crews Hall of Fame ear­lier this year, the third mem­ber of the Bay of Is­lands Sword­fish Club to be in­ducted, af­ter Alma Baker in 2006 and John Chib­nall MNZM in 2012.

The IGFA was es­tab­lished in 1939 and counted leg­endary writer Ernest Hem­ming­way among its ear­li­est of­fi­cers.

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