2010 Billfisheries of the Year – #3 Cape Verde Islands

The Billfish Report is counting down its top 10 Billfisheries of the Year, and coming in at #3 is Cape Verde.  Criteria for our top 10 include numbers, variety, and size of fish – and Cape Verde, which came in second in last year’s billfisheries of the year, had about 15% more fish caught in 2010, according to our reports…all told some extraordinary numbers.

Here are some highlights from 2010 for Cape Verde…

2010 World Cup Winner - Happy Hooker

– Cape Verde captured more granders than any fishery on earth save Australia – this extraordinary billfishery captured five all told.

– The 2010 Blue Marlin World Cup winner came from Cape Verde, with the Happy Hooker catching a 1,097 blue to win the tournament.

– Countless multi-fish days, with a consistent run of two-, three-, four-fish days on the boats that fished the Cape Verde Islands.

– A season that started in April and went through the end of the year – with the concentration of fish, as is typical, in the summer months.

And given that Cape Verde had a better season this year than last – and last year finished #2 in the rankings – watch for our top two, coming shortly!

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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