Welcome to the International Game Fish Tournament Observers, Inc.

Thank you for your interest; we’re looking forward to welcoming you as a new IGFTO Observer. IGFTO is made up of many different men and women that have two things in common – a love of fishing, and a desire to preserve our precious resource of Game Fish. Our members are experienced Fishermen. Most have captained their own boats or participated in tournaments as Anglers so they know their way around boats and what to expect at sea in tournament conditions.

There are limitations to membership in the IGFTO. Members are expected to be experienced, knowledgeable, and physically-able to actively participate in the demands of Tournament Fishing – including heavy seas. Furthermore, members must not be prone to medical conditions that would interfere with Tournament participation, including seasickness. Our members are expected to be able to climb ladders to observe from the bridge in addition to safely maneuver in the cockpit while fish are being fought. Seas and weather conditions cannot be an obstacle to performing your duties.

We take observing as serious business. An Observer’s job is to ensure 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 must be beyond reproach. IGFTO has a reputation among Tournament Directors and Captains as being the best in the business and we are dedicated to keeping it that way.

For a list of our Frequently Asked Questions, click here: IGFTO FAQ

Please click on the appropriate link below and complete the form it will take you to. The information will be reviewed by our Membership Committee. We look forward to welcoming you to join us in maintaining the highest level of professionalism for our sport.

Thanks in advance & Best,
Evan A. Hipsley, Jr.
President and Director

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