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March 15, 2010

IGFA World Record Achievement Awards set for April 10

Two IGFA Lifetime Achievement Awards will also be presented
By Igfa

Award winning anglers from as far away as Australia and Costa Rica are expected April 10, for the IGFA's seventh annual World Record Achievement Awards (WRAA) celebration, presented by Mercury Marine.

Tickets are now available for the ceremony which recognizes men, women, junior anglers and professional captains for the most world records in 2009. The records were compiled from the Top 10 list in the IGFA's 2010 World Record Game Fishes book published in January.

Also to honored with the anglers and guides, will be tackle, scale, lure and line manufacturers based on the number of computer printouts of the anglers using their products in setting the new records in 2009.

Two IGFA Lifetime Achievement Awards will also be presented; to Rapala and Captain Andrew Parsons.  

Rapala Lures:

Rapala lures are responsible for more IGFA World Records than any other lure manufacturer in history. 

"Created by a fisherman, Rapala lures have been a mainstay of our sport for more than 70 years," said Mike Myatt, Chief Operating Officer of IGFA. "We are excited to showcase this historic company and its products."

The company was officially founded in 1936 when Lauri Rapala invented the Rapala fishing lure.  Rapala has grown from humble beginnings to a market leader in the fishing tackle industry.  The Rapala brand's functionality and high quality are known by fishermen around the world.  Rapala maintains its strict standards of craftsmanship while delivering its fishing products to anglers in more than 130 countries.
 
"We are extremely honored by this recognition from the IGFA," said Tom Mackin, President of Rapala USA. "We are always excited when our lures land a record and it's a privilege to be a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award."

 Captain Andrew Parsons:

Andrew Parsons has 100 records as a guide and nine as an angler.  A native of South Africa, Andrew has fished all over the world.  Although fly fishing is his specialty, he's equally adept at inshore and offshore fishing with both heavy and light tackle. 

Andrew has fished all his life and was chosen to represent Natal in surf fishing competitions at the age of 23 and began guiding full time in 1995 in Benguerra, Mozambique.   Most recently Andrew has been traveling the world with, and guiding fellow Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Jodie Johnson.  Andrew enjoys fishing for virtually all species of fish, but claims that sharks are his favorite.  His most notable shark catch was a 550 lb bull shark that he caught surf fishing on the beach.  His favorite record experience is Johnson's 60 lb barracuda on 16 lb tippet because, not only is it the heaviest barracuda ever caught on fly, but because they had to tease the fish for close to an hour before it would bite the fly.

The ceremony will be held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. For reservations and tickets for the ceremony please call Ms. Lesley Arico 954-924-4222 or email: larico@igfa.org .