500+ Club – August 2010

A pretty phenomenal month, all things considered, for billfishing around the world.  Even though some of the August headlines were stolen by an
incredible White Marlin Open – which included a grander beating out a 790-pound blue for the title – as well as some incredible numbers of white marlin up and down the US East Coast, there was some pretty terrific fishing all around the world.

All told there were some 83 500+-pound billfish caught around the world in August.  Some headlines…

Return of the black marlin.  Much larger numbers of large blacks were caught in August.

Fifth straight month with a grander caught, when none were caught prior to those months.  Only one however – Ocean City’s.

Kona finally got hot, with 36 – almost half – of the large billfish caught around the world.  Late bite this year.

As expected, the Azores saw a number of large blues, as did Madeira.

And lastly, Cairns saw a stray large female black – very early for fish of size on the reef, and we sure hope a sign of great things to come.

The roundup of large billfish catches from around the world in August…

Ocean City, MD – 1,010 blue, 790 blue

Madeira – 990 blue, 800 blue, 800 blue, 700 blue, 600 blue, 500 blue, 500 blue

Canaries – 700 blue, 700 blue

Azores – 800 blue, 800 blue, 750 blue, 700 blue, 700 blue, 600 blue, 550 blue, 500 blue

Kona – 800 blue, 779 blue, 707 blue, 700 blue, 690 blue, 690 blue, 687 blue, 681 blue, 650 blue, 648 blue, 600 blue, 600 blue, 600 blue, 600 blue, 600 blue, 600 blue, 592 blue, 590 blue, 567 blue, 557 blue, 550 blue, 550 blue, 546 blue, 532 blue, 531 blue, 525 blue, 517 blue, 513 blue, 510 blue, 506 blue, 500 blue, 500 blue, 500 blue, 500 blue, 500 blue, 500 blue

Bahamas – 790 blue

Portugal – 750 blue, 600 blue, 600 blue

Maui – 706 blue

Puerto Vallarta – 700 black, 500 black

Port Aransas – 670 blue, 442 sword

Cabo – 600 black, 500 black, 500 black, 500 blue, 478 black

Panama – 600 black, 600 black, 600 black, 600 black, 500 black, 500 black, 500 black, 500 blue

Cape Verde – 600 blue, 600 blue, 600 blue

Cairns – 550 black

South Florida – 515 sword, 456 sword

About John

John Harmeling is the co-founder of billfishreport.com and granderwatch.com. Having traveled to and fished the major billfisheries across the globe, he counts Kona and Cairns as his favorites, and the black marlin to be the ocean's supreme pelagic specimen. He believes the very best and most enjoyable place to find tuna is in a marlin's stomach.

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