500+ Club - : 2010

Largest marlin caught in 2010?  We say so.

Largest marlin caught in 2010? We say so.

We have a late report from the great Australian Captain Brad Craft, who has sent us a photo of a fish he modestly called “1,000+.”  Fish was caught on Spur Reef on a small tuna, circle hook.  70 minutes of fight time, and the fish had some runs in her – one had her taking 250 yards of line with…

500+ Club – December 2010

500+ Club – December 2010

Blue Marlin Ascension Island – “Harmattan” – 700 lbs. Cabo SanLucas – Capt. Julio Gonzalez on Bill Collector – 850 lbs. Penas Bay, Panama – Miss Panama – 750 lbs. Kona, HI – Capt. Chip Van Mols on Monkey Biz II – 500 lbs. Penas Bay, Panama – Miss Tropic Star – 500 lbs. Kona, HI – Top Shape –…

500+ Club – November 2010

500+ Club – November 2010

Blue Marlin Mauritius – “Brueder” 500 lbs. Samoa – Capt. Chris Donato on Southern Destiny – 750 lbs Cape Verde Islands – Anonymous – 750 lbs. Pinas Bay, Panama – Miss Island Star – 500 lbs Black Marlin GBR, Australia – Capt. Tim Richardson on Tradition – 900 lbs. Coiba, Panama – Capt. Geovanny from Coiba Paradise Sportfishing – 650…

500+ Club – October 2010

500+ Club – October 2010

Not surprisingly, the October Billfish Beast report is dominated by fish caught in Australia – in fact, of the 57 500+-pound billfish caught around the world in October, 40 of them were on the Great Barrier Reef.  Eight granders in all – and obviously still counting – in the first full month of the season on the reef – not…

500+ Club – September 2010

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…

500+ Club – August 2010

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…

500+ Club – July 2010

500+ Club – July 2010

    July proved to be an incredible month for big fish around the world, with some 58 billfish over 500 pounds being caught.  To benchmark this, consider two things – one, June saw 39 bills over 500 across the globe, and two, the typically hottest billfisheries – Kona, Bermuda, and Madeira – saw below-average fishing in terms of number…

500+ Club – May 2010

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…

500+ Club – April 2010

500+ Club – April 2010

The best month this year for big fish – not only did we see the year’s first grander (1104-pound blue in Kona), we saw some 23 billfish clear the 500-pound mark around the world in April.  The vast majority of these fish were in Kona – unsurprisingly as we’re coming upon their big fish season – but there were some…

500+ Club – March 2010

500+ Club – March 2010

Last month was a typical March in the billfishing world – several seasons slowing down, others just kicking off.  We round up the beasts – 500+-pound marlin – caught around the world last month here… Kenya – 950 blue, 700 blue, 700 blue, 500 blue Kona – 800 blue, 650 blue, 570 blue, 500 blue, 500 blue, 500 blue, 500…