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ABU's Dream Trips!
The longest running international fishing competition surely
must be from the 50's when ABU requested fishermen world wide to submit
their captures for recognition
Simple rules saw fisherfolk trying to earn Gold Silver Bronze awards
(Certificates and lapel pins) and entry into this competition.
The certificates are hard to find, but the 2 editions of the badges do appear on auction sites and both are highly sought after for display on jackets or in a frame.
I believe the issuing of these Record Fisken started in the 60's (exact date to be determined)
I won the Gold and Silver versions in 1979 , so if any one has an image or actual badge to add here, I would be very greatful.
The second edition with same award rules etc began in the mid 70's
Many awards were made throughout numerous countries where fish captured had
to reach minimum sizes to attain each award. an>
If a fish was of a metitorious size, one might win a Golden Ambassadeur and
get the nod to join a very select group of anglers from around the world to
fish a location that would for most of us be the place of dreams only. I am
unsure how long these rules remained the same, but I was only ever fortunate
enough to win a local Gold and Silver word personally, without going on to be
selected for a Dream Trip.
These trips ranged from the more normal European locations of Sweden, Norway
and Ireland through to the more exotic and frozen wastes of Greenland and
Iceland as well as the steamy tropical waters of Africa. I have no
present knowledge of whether the trips extended to the Australia, Asia
or South America. I would appreciate hearing from you if you have knowledge
of these matters. Below I will soon link the ABU Tight Lines Catalog pages
documenting these wonderful Dream Trips.
you will be able to Click on the image-map (Courtesy of and with permission
from Clustrmaps) above to read about these fabulous world fishing trips.
More to follow, when all the scanning of image-filled pages from Tight Lines Catalogs is complete! Please return to read and wonder how wonderful these trips would have been. Still looking for Tight Lines 5 and 60. Would love to buy a copy of each.
Personal Dream Trip to Lord