Dania Beach, Florida,U.S.A. – The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) starts the new year announcing  its third year of the ROLEX/IGFA Inshore Championship Tournament series, an international fishing competition that draws anglers from various worldwide locations. The  Inshore Championship Tournament (ITC) will take place in the spring of 2003 in the Florida Keys, and is expected to include 2002 ITC qualifying event champions. The 2001 Rolex/IGFA ITC took place May 5-9, 2002 at the Cheeca Lodge, Islamorada, Florida with 35 champions from ITC qualifying events vying for the championship.

The IGFA welcomes the Chuck LaMar's Mercury Grand Slam Celebrity Fishing Tournament as a qualifying event for the ITC, with the winner being invited to compete in the ITC held in 2003.  Alan Higbee of Tampa, Florida, represented the 2001 tournament at the championship in Islamorada in May of 2002. As an ITC qualifying event each participating angler will receive a one-year membership in IGFA. For more information on the Chuck LaMar's Mercury Grand Slam Celebrity Fishing Tournament scheduled for November 15-17, 2002 in St. Petersburg, Florida, please contact Barb Rebold at (813) 269-0955, Fax: (813) 269-8016, or Email:

Tournament directors involved in offshore, inshore, light tackle and fly-fishing tournaments are invited to contact IGFA for more information on the Rolex/IGFA championship series. There are plans in the future for a freshwater world championship event. Up to date information on tournaments, IGFA news and more can be found on the IGFA website

IGFA is a nonprofit membership supported conservation and record keeping organization, founded in 1939, with members in over 120 countries.  The association’s headquarters are in the 60,000 square foot IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida.

For further information, contact Michael Myatt at the International Game Fish Association, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004 · (954) 927-2628 · Fax (954) 924-4299 ·