Registration

We’re looking forward to welcoming you as a new IGFTO observer. This application asks a lot of information about you so it’s only fair that we should provide you with some information about us.

IGFTO is made up of many different people, but they all have two things in common – a love of game fishing and a desire to preserve our precious resource of bill fish. Our members are also experienced fishermen. Most have captained their own boats and participated in tournaments as anglers so they know their way around boats and what to expect at sea in tournament conditions.

We all take observing as serious business. After all, an observer’s job is to see that all boats participating in a tournament play by the same rules so that no boat has an unfair advantage over the others. Many tournaments have high stake cash prizes and an observer’s behavior has to be beyond reproach.

Tournament directors especially value the services of IGFTO observers because-to put it simply, we are the best in the business and we are dedicated to keeping it that way.

Please be sure to give us complete information regarding your experience as a fisherman, boater, and tournament participant. We want to welcome you to join us in maintaining the highest level of professionalism for our sport.

After you complete the application we will send you an email to confirm your email address and then send you to a page where you can pay your application fee ($100) and your first year’s dues ($100). A small convenience fee is added for credit card payments so the total amount for your first year as a member is $206. Going forward, the annual dues are just $100.

Registration Form

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Part I: Applicant Information

Applicant Information
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Preferred Method of Contact:

Preferred Phone Number (select the best phone number to contact you):

Emergency Contact Information
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Part II: Training and Capability

Have you successfully completed the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Observers Training Course?:

Have you fished offshore before?:

If Yes, what is the approximate number of times?:

Are you physically capable of observing from the cockpit?:

Have you ever been seasick in normal sea conditions?:

Are you willing to travel to tournaments outside your local area?:

Part III: Billfish Observing Experience

Have you fished offshore for Billfish?:

Approximate the number of times you have fished offshore for billfish:

Approximate the number of Blue Marlin you have seen caught:

Approximate the number of White Marlin you have seen caught:

Approximate the number of Black Marlin you have seen caught:

Approximate the number of Striped Marlin you have seen caught:

Approximate the number of Sailfish you have seen caught:

Approximate the number of Spearfish you have seen caught:

Do you feel you have the experience and knowledge to correctly identify the different species of billfish?:

If the above answer is Yes, can you provide the name of a professional Captain, Tournament Director, or Tournament Observer Coordinator who can attest to your experience?:

Are there any IGFTO members who can attest to your character, experience, and ability to perform the required duties?:

Part IV: Observers Oath of Responsibility