Rapala recieves the IGFA Lifetime Achievement Award
MINNETONKA, Minn. - Rapala®, the world's foremost manufacturer of fishing lures and accessories, was presented with the International Game and Fish Association's (IGFA) 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award on April 10, 2010 at IGFA headquarters in Dania Beach, Florida.Rapala lures are responsible for more IGFA world records than any other lure manufacturer in history, holding word record catches on every continent except Antarctica. In fact, Rapala is only the second manufacturer to receive the LifetimeAchievement Award by the IGFA, proving how effective its lures are on a global basis. Essentially, all over the world, big fish are eating little fish that swim like a Rapala.The Seventh Annual World Record Achievement Awards honor those individuals with outstanding angling achievements for 2009. Taken from this past year's World Record Game Fishes book "Top Ten" list, awards were presented to men, women, juniors and fly anglers for the most world records set this past year. IGFA also recognized tackle manufacturers whose products have captured the most world records in 2009.At the ceremony, Rapala also received the following awards:* 1st place for lures: 29 new world records caught on Rapala lures in 2009* 2nd place for scales: 47 new world records weighed on Rapala scales in 2009* 3rd place for line: 10 new world records caught on Sufix Line in 2009The IGFA Lifetime Achievement Award for Rapala presented to Tom Mackin, president of Rapala USA, was in the form of a granite circle hook sculpture custom-created by well known artist David Wirth."We are extremely honored to have received the IGFA 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award," said Mackin. "We are always excited when our lures land a record and it's a privilege to be recognized by the IGFA with this award.""Created by Lauri Rapala, a fisherman, Rapala lures have been a mainstay of our sport for more than 70 years," said Mike Myatt, chief operating officer of IGFA. "We are excited to showcase this historic company and its products."Rapala was unofficially founded in 1936 when Lauri Rapala invented the Rapala fishing lure. Rapala has grown from humble beginnings to a market leader in the fishing tackle industry. The Rapala brand's functionality and high quality are known by fishermen around the world. Rapala maintains its strict standards of craftsmanship while delivering its fishing products to anglers in more than 130 countries."There are a number of new and exciting products on the horizon and as 2010 unfolds, we look forward to hearing more world record stories from anglers across the globe," said Mackin.