Bay of Islands Sw ordfish Club wins International Awa rd
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.