Anglers on the north coast of Puerto Rico see their share of sailfish and white marlin later in the year, but September brings blue marlin. The International Billfish Tournament, hosted by Club Nautico de San Juan, is the world’s oldest continuously running billfish tournament, marking it’s 58th year this past September 4 through 9.
This year’s tournament was cut short by Tropical Storm Maria. In just three days of fishing instead of the typical four, 51 boats released 84 blue marlin, including a spectacular finish when Mayte came from fourth place to top boat by releasing three blue marlin on the last day.
While it’s a prestigious event, this is a yacht club tournament. Entry fees are $1850 per angler — low by billfish tournament standards. That money goes toward trophies and a solid week of parties. Modest cash prizes come only from the optional Calcutta. The IBT is about competition and fun, not cash.
Next year’s tournament is scheduled for September 23 through 30. (www.sanjuaninternational.com).
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