• The best auction for exotic fishing trips

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    Three days chasing tarpon and snook at a top lodge in Costa Rica, five days’ big-game fishing in Madeira with accommodation and a week’s peacock bass fishing on the Amazon are just some of the lots in the International Game Fishing Association’s annual auction. Other items include books, tackle, art and clothing, as well as a wealth of one-day trips with top guides, fishing everything from sailfish to tarpon, bonefish and permit. The auction is linked with the association’s annual banquet, but all the lots are now open to online bidding and offer a buy-it-now price. If you’re feeling lucky, there are also 200 tickets at $100, with the winner taking $10,000. If you’re smart, you can collar some spectacular items here. Non US-bidders must register before bidding. Full details at the IGFA website here. Bidding closes a day before the banquet, which takes place on January 25.  It’s a spectacular occasion at the IGFA’s headquarters in Florida, with tickets costing $250.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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