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2011 Top Billfishery of the Year – The Azores

2011 Top Billfishery of the Year – The Azores

For the last month The Billfish Report has been counting down its 2011 Billfisheries of the Year, and coming in at #1 is the Azores. Criteria for our Top 10 list – taken from the daily billfish reports we receive from hundreds of captains around the world –  include the following: fish numbers, variety of billfish species, average size of fish and length of season.  These…

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2011 Billfisheries of the Year – #2 Cape Verde Islands

2011 Billfisheries of the Year – #2 Cape Verde Islands

The Billfish Report is counting down its Top 10 Billfisheries of the Year, and coming in at #2 is Cape Verde Islands. Criteria for our Top 10 list – taken from the daily billfish reports we receive from hundreds of captains around the world –  include the following: fish numbers, variety of billfish species, average size of fish and length of season.  These are then compiled,…

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2011 Billfisheries of the Year – #6 Great Barrier Reef

2011 Billfisheries of the Year – #6 Great Barrier Reef

The Billfish Report is counting down its Top 10 Billfisheries of the Year, and coming in at #6 is the Great Barrier Reef. Criteria for our Top 10 list – taken from the daily billfish reports we receive from hundreds of captains around the world –  include the following: fish numbers, variety of billfish species, average size of fish and length of season.  These are then…

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Lizard Island – Day 2

Lizard Island – Day 2

Lizard Island, Australia – Some decent fishing today, with the highlights being a 950 on the Calypso and a 700 on the Hattitude.  Standings after two days of fishing… 1 – Amokura – 2 releases (200, 400) 2 – Kanahoee – 2 releases (850, 150) 3 – Viking II – 2 releases (200, 400) Viking II remains hot after this…

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Bite continues to be hot in Kona

Bite continues to be hot in Kona

Kona, HI – As if weighing the only three qualifying fish weren’t enough – Kona has continued to both see and catch huge fish and big numbers.  The Monkey Biz II, captained by Chip Van Mols, led the way today with three releases.  More to come with a Kona trip report..    

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Kona the undebatable winner of Blue Marlin World Cup!

Kona the undebatable winner of Blue Marlin World Cup!

After a pretty extraordinary day of fishing all around the world – with some false alarms on qualifying fish on several occasions – Kona proved to be the only fishery in this year’s tournament to find a qualifying fish…three, in fact, with the Maui Jim boating a 729 blue to take the winner-take-all prize.  Sea Genie won the Big Blue…

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Grander in the Bahamas!

Grander in the Bahamas!

One of the largest fish caught this year – the world’s sixth grander – caught in the Bahamas, in the 2011 Bahamas Billfish Classic.  Fish went 1,119 pounds, and broke the tournament record of 1,060 pounds, held since 1979, and was caught on the Double Dog, angler David Albury. “When we saw the fish in the spread, we could not believe…

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Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic – results

Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic – results

Some very good fishing ending this past weekend at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic.  Seven qualifying blue marlin were caught, with the largest weighing in just over 702 pounds.  The final standings in the blue marlin category… 1 – Patron – 702.5 blue.  Cole Casaday angler, Capt Joe Lyall. 2 – Tico Time – 591 blue. 3 – Testing…

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