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January 15, 2013

Michael Farrior Honored by the California Outdoors Hall of Fame

Noted Fishing Historian Recognized for His Volunteer Work with Youth-Angling Events

Michael L. Farrior, 62, Rancho Santa Fe, California, has been elected and installed into the San Mateo-based California Outdoors Hall of Fame (COHF) by a committee of his peers, the Hall of Fame Circle of Chiefs.

Farrior was recognized by the COHF for his volunteer work on behalf of the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and the Tuna Club of Avalon. He was described as a catalyst in arranging tournaments at fishing piers for the youth of San Diego, as well as the Michael Farrior/IGFA Junior Anglers Tournament, hosted by the Marlin Club of San Diego.

He regularly donates fishing reels to the Make-A-Wish Foundation drawings as well as funding fishing trips for military patients recuperating at the San Diego Naval Hospital.

Farrior has also dedicated himself to researching and uncovering fishing history to share with anglers in California and around the world – bringing it alive for today's junior anglers and generations to come.

A long-time member of the oldest fishing club still in existence, the Tuna Club of Avalon, Farrior was appointed historian for the organization and subsequently wrote The History of the Tuna Club 1898-1998. In 2012, he was appointed the IGFA’s first official historian and will record significant catches, statistics and notable events of the organization.

He has shared portions of his vast antique tackle collection in a variety of venues including the Tuna Club, IGFA, boat show displays, maritime museums, cultural centers, and California historical museums. He even shipped rare Hemingway artifacts to Japan for a fundraiser benefiting the Kobe earthquake victims.