Keith Lockwood, Fisheries Biologist
- Oxford, MD
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Posted on January 25, 2012 | Permalink
Visit to IGFA Headquarters and Museum
Location: IGFA Headquarters
Recently the opportunity presented itself to pay a visit to the IGFA headquarters in Dania Beach, Florida which is just south of Ft. Lauderdale. Anyone who has ever aspired to catch a world record fish surely knows about this organization that was founded in 1939 and whose mission is the conservation of fish resources and to promote responsible and ethical angling practices. The building is pretty impressive and contains a museum of fishing tackle, hall of fame as well interactive educational exhibits focused on young anglers. The exhibits covering some of my angling heroes such as Zane Grey and Lee Wulff were a step back in time as I hung onto every word written about their adventures when I was a young angler. The library within the building is the largest fishing library in the world and I felt like I could have spent the entire day there. The exhibits of fishing tackle and their evolution brought back a lot of memories of hand me down fishing reels in my younger years and the exhibits of tarpon flies struck some special memories of “jumping tarpon” in the Florida Keys in the 1970’s. If you find yourself anywhere near Ft. Lauderdale you will not be disappointed with a visit to this marvelous tribute to sport fishing.