Dania Beach, Fla. – The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) approved the addition of five new members to IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame at their Annual Meeting that was held at IGFA Headquarters on Jan. 28, 2017. The Class of 2017 will include individuals from recreational angling, the marine science community and tournament anglers: Rick Clunn, Larry Dahlberg, Peter Fithian, Mike Levitt and Dr. Eric Prince.
This year’s inductees bring an array of talents and contributions to the angling community. Rick Clunn is the only four-time Bassmaster Classic winner and one of the all-time bass tournament money winners. Larry Dahlberg has fished for more than 50 years in 80 countries and is the host of The Hunt for Big Fish. Peter Fithian founded the iconic Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament in 1959 and the tournament has been used as a model for many of today’s most successful tournaments worldwide. Mike Levitt is a former Chairman of the IGFA, holds several IGFA line class records for marlin, and helped develop the large sportfishing boats so widely used today. Dr. Eric Prince is a world-renowned marine scientist with over 35 years working on Atlantic blue marlin.