500+ Club – May 2010

A somewhat disappointing May for big billfish around the world – the totals equaled the April number of large billfish caught, which is a bit of a surprise given that May usually produces its fair share of big fish.

Unsurprisingly Hawaii tops the charts with seven 500+ blues in the month of May – typically this is one of the top months for the large girls.  Madeira’s bite got an early start, the Canaries are starting a bit slowly, and South Florida saw a good number of large broadbills this month.

But no doubt the highlight for May was the grander caught in the Ivory Coast (see granderwatch.com for more information).

World’s second grander of the year was caught in May – in the Ivory Coast

Here are May’s big billfish:

Ivory Coast – 1098 blue

Kona – 850 blue, 725 blue (Maui), 719 blue, 650 blue, 609 blue, 602 blue, 500 blue

Madeira – 850 blue,770 blue

Canaries – 800 blue, 500 blue

Florida – 693 sword, 640 blue, 485 sword, 334 sword

US East Coast – 600 blue, 530 blue

Cape Verde – 500 blue

And the odds for the world’s next grander…

Madeira – 2/1

Kona – 5/1

Bermuda – 5/1

GBR- 10/1

Cape Verde – 20/1

US East Coast – 30/1

All other – 4/1

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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  1. Aaron Adkins says:

    These reports are great! Keep them coming.

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