Big Game Fisherman – 2013
Michael Farrior is a world-renown figure for his volunteer work with the International Game Fish Association, Tuna Club of Catalina Island, historian and benefactor for wounded soldiers and youth. Yet his scope of adventures includes 15 years in Alaska, across much of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and many countries, including Africa, Australia, New Zealand. He is a member of the IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Committee and was appointed as the first historian in IGFA history.
His passion is big game fishing for giant tuna, the history of the sport in California and around the world, and sharing that passion with others. Farrior was among the first to privately fund fishing trips for wounded soldiers returning from Iraq. In the past 10 years, he was the catalyst for launching a series of Junior Angler Tournaments from San Diego to Northern California.
Farrior has contributed to fishery management around the world. In 2009, the IGFA honored Farrior with a special proclamation that declared him a “National Treasure.” In Washington D.C., Congressman Brian Bilbray entered into the Congressional Record that Farrior is “Sport Fishing’s Own National Treasure.”