NEW SMYRNA BEACH BILLFISH INVITATIONAL

"Approved By IGFA for Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship"

Dania Beach, Florida, USA - The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is in its fourth year of the Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship Circuit, an international fishing competition that is expected to draw teams from all corners of the earth.  The event will take place May 11-17, 2003 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  The New Smyrna Beach Billfish Invitational Tournament has been named by IGFA as a qualifying event for the championship, and the winner of this tournament will be invited to bring their team of up to four anglers to compete in the championship.  As a qualifying event, each participant in the tournament will receive a one-year membership in IGFA.  The  New Smyrna Beach Billfish Invitational Tournament is scheduled for September October 3-6, 2002 in New Smyrna, Florida.  For further details, please contact John Zeller, phone: 904-428-3215, fax: 904-423-9480 or web: fishinstore.com

This is IGFA's fourth year in sponsoring a tournament series, and there is no doubt that it will be an exciting event that will attract international interest.   The  2002 championship tournament was represented by 81 tournaments from 26 countries and 12 U.S. states representing over 20,000 anglers.  We anticipate an even greater participation in 2003 based on the success of  the 2002 championship.

IGFA is a 63-year-old nonprofit, membership-supported conservation organization best known for maintaining world gamefish records in freshwater, saltwater, fly fishing, and junior angler categories. IGFA members are located in approximately 125 countries.  IGFA welcomes visitors to its 60,000 square foot Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida.

For further information on the Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship contact IGFA, phone: (954) 927-2628, fax: (954) 924-4299, email: Lwilson@igfa.org .