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April 14, 2008

2008 Tournament Time

Whether your favorite species is blue marlin, dolphin or redfish, this special section has you covered with all the latest news and contact information.

Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament
Aug. 20-23
Any way you look at it, from participation, cash awards, fishing and just plain fun, the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament is a top-notch event to have on your summer calendar. All one has to do is look at last year, where anglers combined to catch and release over 190 billfish, including 13 blue marlin, seven sailfish, four spearfish and 166 white  marlin. In addition, there were awards for yellowfin tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Prize-winning paychecks aren't bad either, with the top crew taking home over $200,000. And then there's the    auction, which raised over $61,000 for the Recreational Fishing Alliance, The Billfish Foundation and local charities. For more information, contact Paula Owen at 757-652-8409, deidre@vbbt.com, or visit www.vbbt.com.

Miami Swordfish Tournament
Sept. 11-14
The 6th Annual Miami Swordfish Tournament will be held at the Miami Beach Marina with an awards banquet at Texas de Brazil. It is the final leg of the Swordfish Series, sponsored by Southstar Development Partners. Anglers will vie for the beautiful C.R. Randy Buck bronze swordfish and a check for $10,000. The largest swordfish in the series is also worth $5,000. The Miami Swordfish Tournament will award $50,000 in cash and prizes based on a 50-boat turnout. The winner's boat will be painted into next year's artwork, as well as on T-shirts and the cover of next year's magazine. The World Billfish Series is sanctioning the tournament as part of its southeastern division. Many of the top WBS anglers compete for points towards the series championship, as the Miami tournament usually determines the winner of the southeastern  division. For the first time, the event will be carbon neutral. Proceeds for the tournament will be used to buy carbon credits to offset the carbon produced from the tournament. The Miami Swordfish Tournament is a proud supporter of The Billfish Foundation, International Game Fish Association and the Recreational Fishing Alliance. For more information, contact Rick Peeples at 305-282-1006,  freeways@aol.com, or visit www.miamiswordfishtournament.com.

New Smyrna Beach Billfish Invitational
Oct. 9-12
The 9th annual New Smyrna Beach Billfish Invitational awarded over $100,000 in cash and prizes to tournament winners, with sponsorship proceeds again being donated to benefit local high-school  scholarship programs. Twenty-five teams released 143 sailfish during the tournament, but the Grand Slam prize of a new automobile from Mercedes-Benz of Daytona went unclaimed. Hopefully, the 2008 tournament will see the award of a Grand Slam prize!
 
From Oct. 9-12, anglers will once again converge on New Smyrna Beach for the 10th Annual NSBBI tournament. The 2008 NSBBI is a qualifying event for the World Billfish Series and the Cabo Cup Championship Series.
 
With its ideal location just south of Daytona Beach and with easy access to Ponce de Leon Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean, New Smyrna Beach offers some of the best offshore fishing on the East Coast. Outstanding lodging, dining and recreational facilities make the NSBBI one of the most desirable tournaments of the season while offering world-class billfishing.
 
Please explore www.nsbbi.com to learn more about this fantastic event! We would also invite you to check out our Sponsor Page for information about and links to our sponsors who help make the NSBBI such a special and successful event.

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament
Oct. 14-18
The 10-year anniversary of the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament will take place this October in Cabo San Lucas, an area renowned for an abundance of blue, black and striped marlin. Anglers come from all over the world to compete in a tournament whose great format offers both billfish and game-fish divisions, providing lots of ways to win. The hosts and sponsors make sure anglers have a great time at the Playa Grande kickoff party and awards banquet, providing the usual fine food, drinks, entertainment and door prizes galore. Come fish the wealthy waters of Cabo San Lucas, the "Marlin Capital of the World." For more information, contact tournament director Dan Jacobs at 407-571-4680, dan.jacobs@bonniercorp.com, or visit www.loscabosbillfishtournament.com.

53rd Annual Puerto Vallarta Marlin and Sailfish International Tournament
Nov. 12-15
This tournament is one of the oldest fishing events in the world in one of the hottest fishing destinations available. With an average field of over 70 boats and $250,000 up for grabs, the Puerto Vallarta Marlin and Sailfish Tournament represents the largest event in mainland Mexico. The tournament throws great parties, finishing with an awards banquet second to none that includes live entertainment and a   fireworks show. The Club De Pesca de Puerto Vallarta are your hosts for this great event and have been the stewards of the tournament for over half a century.
 
The 2008 tournament promises to be the best ever with international teams starting to mix it up with the locals. If you have a boat or need to charter one, the Puerto Vallarta area has many options for you. For more information, contact www.fishvallarta.com.

Bahamas Wahoo Championship
November/December, Opening Leg, Grand Bahama Island
February 2009, Second leg, Chub Cay
February 2009, Final leg, Grand Bahama

The Bahamas Wahoo Championship is a series of four wahoo tournaments held in Bahamian waters. It enters its 12th year of competition as the premier series of wahoo tournaments. The overall winner of the Bahamas Wahoo Championship is crowned each year as the Wahoo Champion of Champions.  The Bahamas Wahoo Championship  promotes scientific wahoo research, including the use of pop-up satellite tags to track the migration patterns of these fast-moving fish. Also, the championships contribute to a continuing project on genetic wahoo research. Conservation of the species is promoted through high minimum weights at the tournaments. The winner of the 2006-2007 Championship was Basil Goulandris on the Bahamas-based sport-fishing vessel Zephyros. For more information, contact tournament director Raul V. Miranda at 305-234-7386, rvmiranda@hotmail.com, or visit www.portlucaya.com.

Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament
April 2009
The 2009 Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament is gearing up to    celebrate another successful year, replete with marine-conservation support and awareness. The weekend festivities   commence with a kickoff party, final  registration and captain's meeting. The next three days will be all about fishing for cash awards, prizes and trophies, along with arts, crafts and fun for spectators and families. It's free and open to the public; everyone is invited to attend     the tournament's daily Baywalk Festival, weigh-ins and dock parties. The festivities culminate Sunday afternoon with exciting events at the tournament's 10,000-square-foot, air-conditioned tent. It begins with our huge silent auction, offering opportunities to bid on exotic trips, fine jewelry, artwork, fishing tackle and marine electronics. Also, our tournament awards ceremony will be held with a Yamaha Motors dinner, hosted by Texas de Brazil. Total cash awards should be over $255,000 to top anglers, along with trophies and prizes valued at over $60,000. The finale culminates with our famous raffle drawings. The first drawing is for a 250 hp four-stroke Yamaha engine valued at $21,000, followed by a drawing for a 25-foot Contender complete with a 350 hp Yamaha four-stroke, Bluewater Towers T-top and leaning post, and a Continental Trailer, valued at $107,000. For more information, contact Judy Layne at 305-598-2525, fish@miamibillfish.com, or visit www.miamibillfish.com.