World Cup Blue Marlin Championship
July 4, Locations Worldwide
The World Cup Blue Marlin Championship (World Cup) is entering its 24th year. This one-of-a-kind tournament is fished annually every Fourth of July at prime marlin grounds around the world. The winner-take-all award goes to the angler landing the biggest blue marlin over 500 pounds. In 2007, the total winnings of $343,000 went to a Bermuda team for their 728-pound blue. Anglers may register online and fish wherever they believe they have the best shot at catching a marlin over 500 pounds. Competitors from Angola to Tahiti and many places in between fished the 2007 event. Registration fee is $3,000 with an optional $5,000 Big Blue challenge. For more information, contact tournament director Mike Leech at 954-566-2813, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.bluemarlinworldcup.com.
The 4th Annual Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament
"I fished the Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament last year, and it was a great tournament involving a combination of strategy, luck and skill," said Mike Standing, director of the Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout. "Every night the tournament provided live entertainment and great food. It's a steal for the entry fee of only $400, so it's sure to be a hit again this year." Last year, the Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament paid out over $92,000 in cash. The tournament has a 100-percent return of entry fees and calcuttas. There are two official scales, one in Lynnhaven and one in Rudee Inlet. For more information, contact Bob Sinclair at 757-222-2983, email@example.com, or visit www.vbtuna.com.
Bermuda Big Game Classic
The Big Game Classic is Bermuda's largest billfish event and the centerpiece of the Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship. Boats fishing in the Classic will automatically be entered in the Bermuda Triple Crown Series. With cash and prizes estimated at $500,000, come join the excitement! The coveted Marlin Magazine Manufacturers Cup offers anglers another opportunity to showcase their talents. Marlin magazine and the leading manufacturers of sport-fishing yachts have put together this very unique division within the tournament. All teams fishing in boats produced by sponsoring manufacturers will be eligible to win the cup. The winning team will be awarded cash and prizes and will also receive a special trophy, recognition in Marlin magazine and a plaque on the perpetual Bermuda Big Game Classic trophy. For more information, contact tournament director Dan Jacobs at 407-571-4680, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.bermudabiggameclassic.com.
Riviera Nayarit Marlin and Tuna Tournament
The inaugural event in 2007 was a huge success for this new tournament. Thirty teams competing for over $100,000 found fantastic fishing for marlin and tuna. The bite started early as Mario Becerra spent five hours in the chair on Acal on the first day ultimately landing a 648-pound black to lead the tournament and take the daily. It took a 137-pound yellowfin on Martuni to win the daily tuna category. On day two it was all about the fish caught by Alejandro Herrera on Sirena. Rumor was the black looked to be larger than Acal's fish; the scale confirmed this with the fish coming in at 710-pounds, ultimately winning the tournament.
With such a successful start the second annual event will surely see more boats and prize money. Riviera Nayarit is the closest location to the fishing grounds that are producing yellowfin tuna to 300 pounds and large black and blue marlin nearing 1,000 pounds. One lucky group will win a free fishing vacation compliments of Riviera Nayarit Tourism and Hotel Association. To enter log onto www.freefishingvacation.com. The tournament throws great parties and makes sure everyone has a wonderful experience. For more information on the tournament, visit www.rivieranayaritfishingtournament.com.
Key West Marlin Tournament
The Key West Marlin Tournament, featuring more than $250,000 in available cash prizes, is set for July 16-19, coinciding with the annual Hemingway Days Celebration. Anglers fishing aboard the first 75 boats to register for the tournament are eligible to win $100,000 for the heaviest marlin weighing more than 784 pounds and $100,000 for the heaviest dolphin weighing more than 62 pounds. The four-day event will again feature the popular Drambuie tasting, live auctions, a fish fry and Island Pig roast, as well as a spectacular awards ceremony. New this year will be a celebrity charity dinner for our benefactor, Mote Marine Laboratory.
The $50,000 in additional guaranteed cash prizes is to be distributed among the Marlin and Fun Fish (dolphin, tuna, wahoo) divisions. The top-three Marlin Division winners are to garner a combined total of $40,000, with $25,000 offered as the top prize. The three heaviest dolphin in the Fun Fish division will win a combined total of $7,500 with a $5,000 first prize. The top three tuna and wahoo in the Fun Fish division will win a combined total of $2,500. The Marlin division has a tag-and-release format. All marlin caught weighing less than 600 pounds must be released.
This year's tournament promises to be an exciting, fun-filled event in beautiful Key West during the Hemingway Days Festival. Space is limited to the first 75 boats.
35th Annual Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament
The Sea Horse tournament serves as the third and final leg of the Bermuda Triple Crown Championship. In 2007, the Sea Horse recorded an all-time high of 32 boats for a record $190,000 in cash and prizes. The Sea Horse is Bermuda's oldest-running billfish tournament and is a perfect finish to the Triple Crown. For more information, contact David Pantry at 441-292-7272, email@example.com, or visit www.seahorseanglers.com.
Barta Boys & Girls Club Billfish Tournament
It is hard to believe that five years ago Capt. Tred Barta descended on the Beaufort Town Docks with a unique idea to have a charity family billfish tournament in North Carolina. At this crossroad, most tournaments would talk about how much they had grown over the five-year period, but the Barta Boys & Girls Club Billfish Tournament has maintained an average of 125 from the start. Once word got out that this was a family-friendly event, focusing on children catching game fish and releasing billfish, parents were hooked. Seeing a 6-year-old cradling a dolphin in her arms as she brings it to the weigh-in is priceless. Having your son or daughter thrown into Taylor's Creek by Tred because they released their first billfish is a Kodak moment. You sometimes wonder who enjoys the tournament most: the kids or their parents. For those who have never fished the Barta Boys & Girls Club Billfish Tournament, we cordially invite you to enter, and for those who have previously fished the tournament, the countdown has begun. And remember, in order to secure a boat slip at the Beaufort Town Docks, you must be entered into the tournament. For more information, contact tournament director Cynthia Barber at 252-808-2286, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.bartabillfish.com.
White Marlin Open
"The world's largest billfish tournament," as White Marlin Open officials call it, will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year. Over 400 boats and 2,500 anglers are expected to compete for over $3.2 million in prize money. Participating anglers fish for white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, dolphin, wahoo and shark, and pick three out of five days. The registration fee is $950 per boat before June 1 and $1,050 per boat thereafter. Additional skill levels are offered and range from $50 to $5,000. A new Daily Meat Fish category has been added for this year's event. Boats participating in the Open may leave from Ocean City, Maryland, Indian River Inlet, Delaware, or Cape May, New Jersey. The White Marlin Open is also a great spectator event, drawing huge crowds nightly during the weigh-ins. For more information, call 410-289-9229, or visit www.whitemarlinopen.com.
Islamorada Swordfish Tournament
The 5th annual Islamorada Swordfish Tournament will be held at the beautiful Cheeca Lodge and Spa in Islamorada, Florida. The tournament is the first leg of the prestigious Florida Swordfish Series sponsored by Southstar Development Partners. Anglers from across the country come to vie for points towards the overall series championship and a check for $10,000. There will also be a $5,000 bonus check for the largest swordfish caught in the series. This event is sanctioned by the World Billfish Series and provides an opportunity to gain points towards the southeast division championship. Also, for the first time the Islamorada Swordfish Tournament will be carbon neutral. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to buy carbon credits to offset bad carbon the tournament produces. Environmental stewardship and swordfish conservation is important, and some tournament proceeds support The Billfish Foundation, International Game Fish Association and the Recreational Fishing Alliance. For more information, contact Rick Peeples at 305-282-1006, email@example.com, or visit www.islamoradaswordfish.com.
Mid-Atlantic $500,000 Tournament
The Mid-Atlantic $500,000 has become a summer priority for marlin tournament anglers fishing the U.S. Atlantic seaboard. "We fish them all, but the Mid-Atlantic is our favorite," says Mark Granville-Smith of the Phat Mann. "There are more ways to win; it's in a relaxing setting; and we get a chance to unwind." Phat Mann took top overall honors with a tournament-record payout of over $750,000, so no wonder Granville-Smith is thrilled. Overall, anglers reeled in more than 300 marlin last year. Ninety-five percent of those fish were released. The biggest fish was a 536-pound blue marlin caught by the crew on board Island Girl. Tournament officials hope to keep the good times rolling in 2008, as the event celebrates its 17th year. It promises to be an exciting event once again. For more information, contact Bob Glover at 609-884-2400, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.ma500.com.