The International Game Fish Association will conduct its first observer training course in New England in almost 10 years. The course will be conducted at the Westbrook Elks Club in Westbrook, CT, on June 17, 2017. The New England Salt Water Fishing Club and the International Game Fish Tournament Observers are co-hosting the event.
The course has been conducted at IGFA headquarters in Dania and other Florida locations for the past decade but officials now think it is time to include fishing enthusiasts from New England states. Current demand from tournament directors outstrips the supply of qualified observers.
The course trains captains, anglers, and mates to participate as observers in national and international billfish tournaments. Tournaments and our fisheries benefit by promoting billfish conservation through an all release venue.