BountyFishing was founded by Richard M. Shafter in January 2007 to provide the world's largest fishing tournament, giving anglers the opportunity to compete throughout the year against other anglers from across the continent. The BountyFishing platform is web-based, but the fishing and the cash rewards are real. BountyFishing leverages technology that has made the internet and digital photography accessible to everyone. State-of-the-art digital imaging forensics, unique patent pending codes and technology for measuring fish will ensure the legitimacy of images supplied by contestants. BountyFishing is a trusted resource for anglers as a leader in promoting responsible catch-and-release fishing techniques. BountyFishing aims to be the number one meeting place for the global fishing community.