Founded in 1961 and originally known as The Barbados Game Fishing Club, this club was put together by a group of enthusiastic anglers.
The late Dennis Atkins, former West Indies Cricket Captain
The late Richard Nicholls, Attorney-at-Law
The late Keith Murphy
The late Jim Kellman
Eventually others saw the fishing potential around Barbados and started organizing tournaments guided by the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) rules and regulations.
Initially there were 6-8 National One-Day Deep Sea events between January and April each year. Later it was realised that between May and December the Club was inactive. In an attempt to encourage social activities and to accommodate anglers who either did not fish in the deep sea events or could not expose themselves to the sun for health reasons, the Club introduced a number of inshore night events (5pm to midnight) in open boats fishing for Goggle-eye, Crevalle Jack, Snapper, Sennets and other small inshore fish.
These events proved to be extremely successful and well attended, and as a result, it was decided to introduce a number of Barracuda and Wahoo Fun events between November and January, from 5am to 12 noon.
The Barbados Game Fishing Club then changed its name to the Barbados Game Fishing Association (BGFA), which allowed it to become a member of the National Sports Council and the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA), with the Deep Sea and International fishing events guided by the Rules of the IGFA.
In 1990 the BGFA International Tournament was first staged, and is known today as the Sagicor/Mount Gay Rum International Tournament, attracting regional boats and anglers from Europe, U.K., Canada, North & South America. This event has been accredited as a Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship qualifying event, which allowed Barbados to send a team in 2003 to Cabo, San Lucas, Mexico.
Throughout the years, the BGFA have establishedenjoyable relationship with our contemporaries in Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, St. Lucia, Martinique, Antigua and, most recently, Dominica, St. Vincent and Guadeloupe.
Today, the Barbados Game Fishing Association (BGFA) practices conservation in all of its events, either by minimum weight or length and encourages tag and release with pain of penalty for landing undersized fish.
Barbados now boasts one of the premier marine facilities in the Eastern Caribbean at Port St. Charles, where Customs and Immigration also have offices.
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