500+ Club – September 2010

The month of September certainly wasn’t far off the pace of August in terms of large billfish caught around the world – we had reports of some 75 500+-pound billfish from around the world, including the world’s 13th grander of the year – and Cape Verde’s fourth grander this year for that great fishery.

In all, we saw an early bite of large blacks in Australia, a huge number of large girls in the Azores, and the typical share of large blues in Kona in the month of September…mixed in with a smattering from the East Atlantic and Latin America, notably some large marlin caught in Panama and Cabo.

The count for September:

Cape Verde – 1,024 blue, 750 blue, 600 blue, 600 blue

Kona – 954 blue, 750 blue, 630 blue, 625 blue, 550 blue, 544 blue, 537 blue, 525 blue, 500 blue, 500 blue, 500 blue

Australia – 950 black, 950 black, 900 black, 850 black, 800 black, 750 black, 700 black, 700 black, 700 black, 600 black, 600 black, 600 black, 550 black, 550 black, 500 black, 500 black, 500 black, 500 black

Azores – 900 blue, 850 blue, 850 blue, 850 blue, 800 blue, 800 blue, 750 blue, 750 blue, 700 blue, 700 blue, 700 blue, 650 blue, 600 blue, 600 blue, 600 blue, 600 blue, 550 blue, 550 blue, 550 blue, 500 blue, 500 blue

Canaries – 800 blue, 500 blue

Panama – 800 blue, 600 black, 600 blue, 550 blue, 500 blue, 500 black, 500 black, 500 black

Cabo – 780 blue, 500 blue, 500 blue

Portugal – 700 blue, 500 blue

Madeira – 700 blue

Bermuda – 600 blue

US East Coast – 582 blue

Puerto Vallarta – 500 blue, 500 black, 500 black

In all, a really decent month…but watch out for the numbers the reef is about to post in October…at least we all hope.

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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