Today marks the 75th anniversary of the IGFA, the beginning of fishing as we know it.
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) has been around for three quarters of a century, a testament to the importance of the group and the sport fishing record keeping, rule-making, science, and education.
The IGFA has been committed to the conservation and celebration of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices since its inception in 1939.
The E. K. Harry Library and the IGFA Museum in Dania Beach, Florida hold and display countless items of historical significance, and help promote the IGFA's objective into the future.
Combining recreational angling with science, research and volunteer work has helped the IGFA reach this point, and we now know more than ever about the creatures we catch with a hook and line than ever before. With plenty more to do, and new obstacles presenting themselves regularly, the IGFA should easily be around for another 75 years and beyond.
The next time you reel in a fish, grab your scale or ruler, and smile for a photo, thank the IGFA for creating the angling world we live in.
And wish them a happy 75th birthday while you're at it.