DANIA BEACH, FL The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) today announced a return to hosting fishing tournaments after an eleven-year hiatus with the IGFA Light Tackle Invitational. This exclusive two-day tournament will take place on February 6-8, 2020, during peak sailfish season in South Florida.

With a maximum line class of 12-pound (6-kilogram) and strict adherence to IGFA Angling Rules, the IGFA Light Tackle Invitational is a genuine angler’s tournament and a platform for light tackle anglers from around the world to showcase their skills and sportsmanship.

“A return to running tournaments reflects the organization’s commitment to remain relevant to the angling community,” said Jason Schratwieser, IGFA Acting President. “With this light-tackle tournament, we are focusing on the sport and several important facets of our mission: the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices, and angler recognition.”

The IGFA Light Tackle Invitational will be based out of Sailfish Marina Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. It will recognize the top angler and top boat, based on the total number of points accumulated through billfish releases. Catch and release species include blue marlin, white marlin, spearfish, and sailfish. There will be additional weight-based categories awarded to the anglers who register the heaviest dolphinfish, tuna (blackfin and yellowfin), and wahoo.

All proceeds from the inaugural IGFA Light Tackle Invitational will benefit the IGFA Great Marlin Race, the world’s most extensive billfish satellite tagging program, securing the future of billfish stocks across the globe through productive science.

For more information, please visit https://igfa.org/tournaments/.