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November 05, 2010

Popular IGFA School of Sportfishing returns with fall classes

The IGFA's school continues to grow each year in popularity
By Igfa

The IGFA's popular School of Sportfishing, brought to anglers by Mercury Marine is underway with its 16th session of diverse classes and an all-star lineup of instructors. 

The IGFA's school continues to grow each year in popularity based on the on-the-water success of the anglers attending past sessions.

"Anglers who have taken previous classes continue to report greatly improved catch ratios after putting their newly gained knowledge to practice on the water," said IGFA Education Director Dave Matagiese. "We continue to hear excellent feedback from past students on how they've become more efficient in finding fish faster and making each strike count."

Here's a topic list with course titles, dates, descriptions and instructors:

Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs - Tuesday, October 19, 2010:  If you have ever had a slow day trolling and wished for some serious rod bending action, then this is the class for you. Techniques for snapper and grouper are just some of what you will learn. Taught by Capt. Bouncer Smith

Successful Swordfishing - Tuesday, November 2, 2010:  From tackle to location, find out everything you need to know to make your next swordfish trip a huge success. Taught by legendary Capt. Bouncer Smith you'll learn hands-on squid rigging and inside information from one of South Florida's best swordfishermen.

Kite Fishing Techniques - Tuesday, November 9, 2010:  One of the easiest ways to catch more fish is with a kite. This class will touch on the basics but also introduce more advanced techniques with the kite fishing system. Learn to target several different species with this ancient method of enticing fish to bite.  Taught by Capt. Bouncer Smith.

Trophy Snook and Tarpon - Tuesday, November 16, 2010:  From the backcountry to the beaches, learn how to successfully target and find monster snook and tarpon.  Snook to 30 lbs and tarpon to 200lbs, these are the fish that will test your gear and your nerve.  You'll want to have a good camera to back up your stories.  Taught by Capt. Mike Holliday.

Understanding Your Onboard Electronics - Tuesday, November 23, 2010:  Today's marine electronics are capable of some amazing things if you know how to properly utilize them. Learn some new tricks for making yourself a more efficient angler as we show you how to make your electronics work for you.  Taught by Capt. Karl Anderson.

Wintertime Wahoo - Tuesday, December 7, 2010:  Due to their somewhat nomadic and loner nature, wahoo are most often considered incidental catches. This class will teach anglers how to target and more consistently catch wahoo in the cooler months of the year.  Taught by Capt. Josh Brown.

Advanced Big Game Trolling Techniques - Tuesday, December 14, 2010:  Ever wonder why some boats catch more big game fish like blue marlin than others? Get the inside knowledge on how to get the most out of your trolling time. Learn many secrets that took years of trial and error to perfect. For the serious Big Game fisherman.  Taught by Capt. Tony DiGiulian.

IGFA Education Coordinator Jeff Mackin said each of the classes is limited to the first 24 anglers to sign up and held Tuesday nights from 7 - 10 p.m. at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida

The cost is $100 for IGFA members and $150 for non-members per class.  For more information please contact Mackin at 954-924-4340 or via, or on the IGFA website at