Award Descriptions 2019.01.01 Print

IWFA AWARD DESCRIPTIONS

Monthly Awards
Monthly awards are earned by the member who scores the most points in each division (General, Spin, Plug, Fly)  for each eligible species.

  • A member can win as many as 4 awards per individual species if fish are turned in for each of the possible divisions (General, Spin, Plug and Fly)
  • A Regular Member will be placed on the Honor Roll once they earn a total of 25 monthly awards.
    • Member Award Level
      • Regular Member– 0 to 24 monthly awards
      • Honor Roll Member– 25 to 499 monthly awards
      • 500 Club – 500 or more
      • Master Angler
  • Member Award Levels are calculated and posted at the end of the monthly reporting period. When a member moves up to the next Award level. They will begin competing at the new level on the month following their advancement.
  • Members only compete with other members in their Award Level.
  • Regular Members: Regular Members (R) are those who have earned less than 25 monthly awards. They are listed as (R), Regular Member and the letter "R" is beside their name on the monthly progress report.
    • Regular members compete against one another for monthly awards and do not compete against the Honor Roll Members.
    • Ties are possible between Regular Members and each tying member receives an award.
    • Regular Members receive certificates at their 1st, 10th and 25th monthly award
  • Honor Roll Members: Honor Roll Members (H) are those members who have earned 25 to 500 monthly awards. They are listed as (H), Honor Roll members and have the letter "H" beside their name on the monthly progress report.
    • Honor Roll Members compete against other Honor Roll Members.
    • Ties are possible between Honor Roll Members and each tying member receives an award.
    • Upon earning 50, 75 and 100 monthly awards, the member may choose to purchase a sterling silver or 14kt gold small disc, medium disc, or large disc, respectively, to commemorate these achievements.
    • Members earning 150, 200, 300, 400, or 500 monthly awards may purchase a small diamond, an emerald, a ruby, a sapphire, or a large diamond, respectively, to be placed in their 100th disc.
  • 500 Club Members: 500 Club Members (5) are those members who have earned 500 monthly awards. They are listed as (5), 500 Club Member and have the number "5" beside their name on the monthly progress report
    • Members having won 500 monthly awards will no longer be eligible for monthly awards; however, the may still compete for annual awards.
    • 500 Club Members are eligible to earn the Master Angler Award

Annual Awards
The annual award winners will be honored at the annual meeting/luncheon.

  • Sponsoring members and/or companies that sponsor an annual award may, at their discretion, create and design such award.
  • Yearly award winners will be posted at the close of the fishing year on the website, www.iwfa.org and in any and all electronic publications.
  • Any protests must be filed in writing to the Affidavit Committee Chairman and emailed with a delivery date not later than 10 days after the award list is published. Protests will be settled by the Officers and the Affidavit Committee Chairman within 10 days of receipt or January 31 of the current year, whichever comes first.
  • Beginning in the 2006 fishing year, a member can only win one of the top trophies. The order will be the Crowninshield followed by Rybovich
  • IWFA Club Records are exempt and may be won more than three times.

Anne D. Crowninshield Award
Awarded at the end of the year to the top angler who accumulates the most points from the entire IWFA General Species List.

  • There is a 2000 point maximum per species from release points accumulated from all four divisions (general, spin, plug & fly)
  • The Crowninshield winner is not eligible to win the Rybovich award during the same award year. The next highest point angler will win the Rybovich award.
  • The award winner is eligible to win individual Annual Species Awards for species that qualified toward the Crowninshield Award and will receive the certificate other club sanctioned awards, including the option of purchasing an award disc. In the event the same member has won, wins or in the future wins the same species annual award outside of the Crowninshield Award, that absorbed annual species award is included as part of the 3 times you're out rule. The award winner is qualified to win all other annual awards not specified above, during the year of winning the Crowninshield Award.
  • A member can only win the Crowninshield award a maximum of three times.
  • The award winners name is inscribed on the Crowninshield trophy and is given the Crowninshield disc the first year the award is won. In the event of subsequent wins by the same member, the winner, in their second and third year, will receive a diamond on their disc in addition to their name being inscribed on the trophy.
Kay Rybovich Award

Awarded at the end of the year to the top angler who releases the most variety of fish from the IWFA General Species List. This honors those ladies that fish in a number of different areas catching a number of different species, but not necessarily to any great number of points.

  • There are no minimum point requirements and fish can be caught from any of the four divisions (general, spin, plug & fly)
  • In the case of a tie, the angler who caught the most species first will win.
  • The Rybovich winner is not eligible to win the Crowninshield Award during the same Award Year.
  • The award winner can also win individual species and other annual awards during the year of winning the Rybovich Award
  • A member can only win the Rybovich Award a maximum of three times.
  • The award winners name is inscribed on the Rybovich trophy and is given the Rybovich disc the first year the award is won. In the event of subsequent wins by the same member, the winner will receive a diamond on their disc in addition to their name being inscribed on the trophy.
  • A minimum of 50 species is required to win this award.

Annual Species Awards
Given to members who score the most accumulated release points within all divisions (General, Spin, Plug, Fly) for each individual species.

  • Minimum Points are required to receive each of these awards. The point minimums are determined by which point category a species falls:
    • Point Columns 1, 2, 3 - 7000 point minimum
    • Point Columns 4, 5, 6 - 6000 point minimum
    • Point Columns 7, 8, 9 - 5000 point minimum
  • If the species falls into multiple size categories due to weight or length parameters, then the minimum is determined based on the greater of the two in which it falls. For example, there are species that bridge this gap, i.e., Greater Amberjack, falls in to point columns 3 and 4. When this occurs, the point column minimum will be the greater of the two in which it falls. In this example, 7000 minimum points (which is point column 3) is required for an annual award, not 6000 (which is point column 4).
  • Members may only win this award up to 3 times per species.
  • Award winners will receive a certificate commemorating their accomplishment and will have the opportunity to purchase an IWFA sanctioned award disc or other award items as offered by the association.
  • Members who win annual awards for more than one species in the same year will have the option of purchasing one IWFA sanctioned disc listing the species, the number of species, or individual species award discs.

Kay Young Memorial Trophy
To honor Kay Young’s love of marlin fishing, this award goes to the angler who released the first marlin of the year. This award is sponsored by Gillen Diesel & Marine for the 2019 to 2024 fishing years.

  • It is a time sensitive award with the time being local time of the geographic area/time zone where the fish was released. For example, a 9:00 am fish in the Bahamas will beat a 9:05 am fish caught in Australia and will be determined once the 24 hour period has passed in all time zones.
  • The angler will have their name inscribed on the trophy and will receive a certificate.
  • A member can only win this award a maximum of three times. 

Ann C. Kunkel Newcomer Award
This award is sponsored by the family of Ann Kunkel who was one of the founding members of the IWFA. This award is given to the member who accumulates the highest number of release points during her third year of membership. Exception: Any member who allows their membership to lapse will not be eligible for this award regardless of when they rejoin.

  • There is a 5,000 point maximum per species 
  • This award is based upon the accumulation of points from Jan 1 through December 31 in the members’ third calendar year of membership 
  • The member is awarded an IWFA sanctioned gold disc sponsored by the Ann Kunkel family

Fleming Tournament Award
This award is presented at the end of the year by Molly Fleming in honor of her parents, William and Kathleen Fleming, to the angler who amasses the most Fleming points in IWFA tournament competition. This award does not apply to IWFA Funaments.

  • Fleming points will be awarded based on how an angler places at the end of each tournament, with 50 Fleming points allocated to the winner, 49 points to second place position, continuing down, by one point respectively, to the 50th place or last place position. The winner will be the angler who accumulated the most total Fleming points at the end of the year.
  • In the case of a tie, the tiebreaker will be determined by the person who attains the greatest Fleming points first. In the scenario where there are 3 tournaments, the winner is determined by the angler who had the most points after the second tournament.
  • The winner of this award must have participated in at least two IWFA tournaments during the fishing year.
  • There is no limit on how many times this award may be won. The award winner receives a disc. Subsequent award winners will receive a diamond in their disc.

Vernon Fly Award
This award, sponsored by Joan Vernon, is presented to the angler who accumulates the highest release points using fly tackle.

  • The award is calculated by accumulating the points from the top three point values of each species of fish. As an example, the three highest point bass which were caught and released on fly would be added to the same of each of the species.
  • The eligible fish are taken from the entire IWFA General Species List.
  • The angler that has accumulated the highest total points wins this award.
  • The award can be won a maximum of three times 

McManus Total Fly Award
This award is sponsored by Gail Kennedy-McManus to the member who accumulates the most points scored throughout the year on released fish using IGFA approved fly tackle and rules.

  • There is a maximum cap of 5,000 points per species.
  • The award can be won a maximum of three times.
  • The award winner will receive an award to commemorate this accomplishment

Texas Plug Award
This award is presented by Connie O’Day to the angler who earns the most points for all species from the IWFA General Species List using approved plug casting tackle.

  • There is a 5,000 point maximum cap per species from release points accumulated from the plug division.
  • There is a minimum of 20,000 points required to win this award.
  • This award may only be won a maximum of 1 time.
  • The winner of this award receives a plug reel.

Arostegui Trout Fly Fishing Award
This award is sponsored by Roberta Arostegui. She has chosen Trout because it is the primary species for her son’s thesis research for his Ph.D. This award is in honor of him and his work. Roberta has committed to sponsor this award for a period of five years from 2019-2024.

Award Criteria:

  • Highest point total from the following trout species on the IWFA General Species List:
    • Brook
    • Brown
    • Bull
    • Cutthroat 
    • Golden
    • Lake
    • Rainbow
    • Tiger
  • All fish must be caught on fly tackle
  • Angler must catch at least 4 of the designated trout species
  • There is a maximum of 5,000 points per species
  • Minimum points required to win the award is 10,000
  • This award may only be won a maximum of three times.

Sture Olsson Billfish Award
Lisa O Everett is sponsoring the Sture Olsson Billfish Award in honor of her father. Lisa has committed to sponsor this award for a period of five years from 2019-2024.

Award Criteria:

  • Highest point total from the following billfish on the IWFA General Species List.
    • Atlantic Sailfish
    • Pacific Sailfish
    • Swordfish
    • Spearfish
    • Black Marlin
    • Atlantic Blue Marlin
    • Pacific Blue Marlin
    • Striped Marlin
    • White Marlin
  • Minimum points required to win the award is 20,000
  • Minimum number of different species of billfish required to win the award is 3 
  • This award may only be won a maximum of three times.

Master Angler Program
The IWFA Master Angler Program is a single lifetime achievement designed to recognize a member’s ability to master the catch and release of a sub-set of the IWFA General Species List, of significant size, using lighter and more challenging tackle. To participate in this program an angler must have already reached 500 monthly awards.

  • Members must first receive 500 monthly awards to be eligible to participate in the program. 
  • In the month following eligibility, a member may begin submitting Master Angler affidavits.
  • Only fish caught after reaching the 500 monthly award status will qualify.
  • Member must be current with their dues prior to the recorded date of the release. A member who allows their membership to lapse by more than 90 days must forfeit their previously reported releases.
  • Angler must successfully catch 12 fish from the Master Angler Program Species List – three from each of the four tackle categories – Fly, Spin, Plug and General – for a total of 12. There is no set time limit for this to occur.
  • Each species may only be entered in one tackle category and cannot be repeated in another. In addition, the angler may only count one fish from a group of species. As an example, the angler may only count one fish from the Bonito group of fish.
  • All IWFA rules and tackle requirements must be followed. All fish must be measured, photographed and released alive.
  • Each catch must be measured and photographed with a measuring device and submitted to the designated chair with the Master Angler affidavit. Exceptions to the measurement rule apply to fish listed as “Any Size”, tarpon and sharks. These lengths should be estimated due to fisheries rules and/or safety concerns. In these cases, a photograph in the water will suffice, provided the species of fish can be identified in the photo.
    Note: In the event that the angler was unable to record the catch with a photo, a signed and notarized statement from the angler and witness will be considered.
  • The Master Angler will receive an award disc to be presented at the Annual Meeting, Luncheon, and Awards Ceremony.

Club Records
To win a yearly weight or length award for any of the fish on the IWFA General Species List, members must top the current IWFA Club Record and hold the IGFA Club Record for that fish at the end of the calendar year. NOTE: Refer to IWFA Club Records rules for details.

  • A certificate will be issued to members who set or break an IWFA Club Record during the year.
  • Member can purchase an IWFA sanctioned award upgrade to commemorate a club record. If she exceeds her record for the same type of fish, she may purchase a disc or a diamond to be placed in her original disc.
  • IWFA Club Records may be won more than three times. A revision as adopted by the Board of Directors, March 2009

Distinguished Lifetime Membership Designation

  • This award gives lifetime membership to a member that has been a member for 45 years and, or a member for 35 years and 85 years old, whichever comes first.
  • A certificate will be given to the member and the member will be notified of her award prior to the next annual membership renewal date.