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.

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

2011 Billfisheries of the Year – #9 (Tie) US Mid-Atlantic

The Billfish Report is counting down its Top 10 Billfisheries of the Year, and coming in tied at #9 is the US … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Hot fishing continues in Azores

  Azores - Some incredible fishing today. Brasilia caught an 800, 650, and 300 Blue Marlin; Xacara got a … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic – results

Some very good fishing ending this past weekend at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic.  Seven qualifying blue … [Read more...]

Big Rock Day 2: a slow one

After some pretty hefty excitement yesterday, with two 500+-pound blues weighed on Day 1 of the Big Rock, Day 2 saw much … [Read more...]

Happy Hooker the best grander boat in the world?

Happy Hooker, this past week, captured a 1,065-pound blue marlin - the fourth grander caught in the world this year.  … [Read more...]

Hatteras Village Offshore Open – Day 3 results

36 boats participating in the HVOO this year, and results of this first tournament in the NC Governor's Cup series have … [Read more...]

Not something you see every day…a beached marlin!

Justin Roper with Makaira Fishing Lures shares a report of a beached marlin in Lousiana - a stark reminder to what might … [Read more...]

World Sailfish Championship – Day 2

A great day on the water off Key West, as the 71 boats entered in the World Sailfish Championships doubled their tally … [Read more...]

World Sailfish Championships this week

Reporting will begin on April 12 from Key West, site of the World Sailfish Championships.  Last year saw 75 teams … [Read more...]

FishMonster trip report: Day 2, Sailfish Bay

Another incredible day of fishing out of Sailfish Bay today, where Capt Marlin Scott and Capt Seth Hopp fished on the … [Read more...]

FishMonster trip report: Day 1, Sailfish Bay

  FishMonster is on the scene in Guatemala...Captain Marlin Scott and Captain Seth Hopp of FishMonster … [Read more...]

Daily Reports from Sailfish Bay – Coming Up

FishMonster is on the scene in Guatemala this week, with reports from Capt Marlin Scott and Capt Seth.  They'll be … [Read more...]

Mako eating a marlin

All we have is a grainy picture on this - but a picture of an estimated 400-pound blue being attacked by a mako...is … [Read more...]

Yasi devastates NE Australia

We, like the rest of the world, have obviously been charting closely the progress and impact of Yasi.  Fishing on the … [Read more...]

Pending blue marlin world record in New Zealand!

We've got reports of a pending 8kg blue marlin world record.  Fish was caught off Whangaroa, NZ, and went 215kg (474 … [Read more...]

2010 Billfisheries of the Year – #1 Panama

Over the course of the last month the Billfish Report has counted down its top 10 Billfisheries of 2010.  Last year we … [Read more...]

Republic of Panama, the billfish thank you!

In a huge victory for the thousands of billfish in Panamanian waters, the Republic of Panama has banned longliner … [Read more...]

South Florida on fire!

No better place in the world to catch sailfish than South Florida right now - reports coming out of boats seeing 100+ … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

2010 Billfisheries of the Year – #5 St. Thomas

The Billfish Report is counting down its top 10 Billfisheries of the Year, and coming in at #5 is St. Thomas.  Criteria … [Read more...]

2010 Billfisheries of the Year – #7 Mid-Atlantic USA

The Billfish Report is counting down its top 10 Billfisheries of the Year, and coming in at #7 is the Mid-Atlantic USA.  … [Read more...]

2010 Billfisheries of the Year – #9 South Florida

The Billfish Report is counting down its top 10 Billfisheries of the Year, and coming in at #9 is South Florida.  … [Read more...]

2010 Billfisheries of the Year – Honorable Mentions

The Billfish Report is kicking off its second annual Billfisheries of the Year countdown.  Though we report on notable … [Read more...]

South Florida Sails

South Florida -  The weather is getting cold up north, pushing the sails along the reefs. We have been getting plenty of … [Read more...]

500+ Club – October 2010

Not surprisingly, the October Billfish Beast report is dominated by fish caught in Australia - in fact, of the 57 … [Read more...]

Epic season in St. Thomas

St Thomas,USVI - So with the passing of the moon this past week we've seen the last of the major fishing in St. Thomas … [Read more...]

Ascension season kicks off!

Ascension Island - Seems hard to believe that they're back to fishing in Ascension, but the season has kicked off - and … [Read more...]

Bisbee’s Black and Blue – Day 1

Overall a slightly subpar day on the water for the boats participating in the world's richest billfish tournament - the … [Read more...]

Lizard Island tournament – Day 4 results

Fishing slowed down a bit on Day 3, with the 20 boats releasing eight black marlin.  All fish were caught on Ribbon Reef … [Read more...]

Lizard Island tournament – Day 2 results

Fishing's already started on Day 3, but fishing's still going strong at the Lizard Island.  Some highlights thus … [Read more...]

Sails are arriving in South Florida

Key West, FL - We received a report live on the radio airwaves from Captain Marlin Scott today...increasing numbers of … [Read more...]

Bisbee’s week begins Friday!

The richest fishing in the world begins on Friday, with Los Cabos kicking off on Saturday with the two-day tournament … [Read more...]

Yet another Australian honorable mention…

Captain Billy Billson on the Viking II today released a 950+ - certainly not the first time this fishery's seen a fish … [Read more...]

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 - … [Read more...]

Multiple blacks behind the boat!

Not something you see very often - a couple of black marlin behind the boat.  This is from the back of the Tradition, … [Read more...]

Cabo bite consistent in runup to Bisbee’s

Boats are seeing a consistent and pretty decent bite in the runup to Bisbee's...for example, today the Picante fleet saw … [Read more...]

Top Shot nabs six black marlin – in a day – on the Reef…

Ross Finlayson's Top Shot saw about as great a day as you'll ever see on the Great Barrier Reef yesterday, with seven … [Read more...]

Azores season wrapping up…

A pretty terrific season in the Azores this year, with by our count some 23 blue marlin released over 500 pounds in the … [Read more...]

Billfisheries: BUY/SELL/HOLD

Some interesting times lately in the billfish world, with some fisheries seeing some unusually weak results, some seeing … [Read more...]

If you had to fish for marlin in one place in the world (not called Australia) right now…

...it'd have to be the Azores.  Huge fish in some numbers right now, with multiple reports of big blues on a daily … [Read more...]

JR's Hooker wins Kona September Challenge

As if Kona didn't have enough tournaments on its prolific summer calendar, this year it added another - the 1st Annual … [Read more...]

Reef off to a flyer!

Captain Billy Billson on the Viking II reports some fantastic fishing the first few days of the season - with seven … [Read more...]

The only thing that can stop that white marlin bite…

...is Hurricane Earl.  Fishing's gone quiet on the East Coast as ports recover from the storm, which thankfully has … [Read more...]

500+ Club – August 2010

A pretty phenomenal month, all things considered, for billfishing around the world.  Even though some of the August … [Read more...]

Show support for HR 5804 – the Billfish Conservation Act of 2010

The Billfish Report strongly urges readers to support a bill proposed in the US House of Representatives (HR 5804 - the … [Read more...]

New state record sword in Texas

We've got reports on a new state record caught right on the full moon.  The Loca Mia weighed a 442-pound sword off Port … [Read more...]

What's hot, and what we're watching…

As the Atlantic marlin season begins to wind down (but don't tell the fish), there are a number of billfisheries we're … [Read more...]

500+ Club – July 2010

    July proved to be an incredible month for big fish around the world, with some 58 billfish over 500 … [Read more...]

White Marlin Open – Final results

Ocean City, MD - So a fantastic week of fishing has come to a close in Ocean City, MD, with an amazing 255 boats having … [Read more...]

HIBT update – Day 4

A decent day on the water in Kona yesterday, with less action and fewer fish of size.  One of the smaller striped marlin … [Read more...]

HIBT update – Day 3

Another stellar day off the legendary Kona coast, where 17 billfish in all were caught by the fleet of 31 boats.  Four … [Read more...]

HIBT update – Day 2

Some continuing good fishing from the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament Tuesday, with the fleet of 31 boats … [Read more...]

HIBT Day 1 results

A good day for the 31 boats in the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament.  All told 14 billfish were caught - 12 … [Read more...]

Billfish tournament calendar: a big next two weeks

A lot going on around the world on the billfish calendar, with a number of tournaments - some big-money ones - slated in … [Read more...]

Bisbee's East Cape: final results

Congratulations to the Dreamweaver, which saw its 581-pound black marlin from the tournament's first day hold up to win … [Read more...]

First Bisbee's tournament kicks off

A good day on the billfish calendar, as today witnessed the first day of the first of the Bisbee's tournaments this … [Read more...]

Something going on in the Canaries…

Canary Islands - Something going on in the Canaries...when a boat goes 2 for 16 on Spearfish.  But that's exactly what … [Read more...]

Bisbee’s to go all circle hooks this year

Press release as of yesterday... Bisbee's tournaments this year will require circle hooks when fishing with natural … [Read more...]

Midsummer: where's hot, and where's not

Right now's prime time for world billfishing - though some fisheries definitely have their better times of year, … [Read more...]

World Cup – final results

Congratulations to the Happy Hooker, the first repeat winner of the Blue Marlin World Cup.  Captained by Berno Niebuhr, … [Read more...]

Blue Marlin World Cup update

Some headlines with about five hours to go in the World Cup... - Very few fish brought to the scales today, with only … [Read more...]

Blue Marlin World Cup update

An update as of three days ago on where the boats are for Blue Marlin World Cup - the most international of all fishing … [Read more...]

June billfish tournaments in full swing..

Some recent action out of the Big Rock in NC (two 500+ blues), not to mention a number of blues caught in the Bahamas … [Read more...]

Record marlin caught in Big Rock Tournament

Minutes ago the largest blue marlin in the 52-year history of the Big Rock tournament was weighed - an 883-pounder … [Read more...]

500+ Club – May 2010

A somewhat disappointing May for big billfish around the world - the totals equaled the April number of large billfish … [Read more...]

Not too early to talk about Australia!

Although this talk is a great recap extracted from Blue Water Magazine - posted on blackmarlinblog.com - a terrific … [Read more...]

World's largest sword to date this year – caught in South Florida

We've got the largest sword on rod and reel caught this year - a 693-pounder caught in Ft. Lauderdale yesterday.  … [Read more...]

Black marlin v. blue marlin – the debate

Very rare is the circumstance where the angler can target both black and blue marlin in the same fishery - Panama, a bit … [Read more...]

How many places can you catch a marlin a month?

Not many, for sure...only in some of the world class fisheries can you really hope to catch a marlin every month of the … [Read more...]

Summer Atlantic billfishing kicking into gear

Starting to see some action in places we expect, now that summer is upon us...some exciting times for blue marlin … [Read more...]

Some reports from Louisiana…

Though fishing on the east side of the Mississippi has been closed and is anticipated to be for a while, there's still … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Marlin drags a kayak out 11 miles

Check out this recent footage of a blue marlin dragging a kayak fishing on 20-pound test - takes him 11 miles out to the … [Read more...]

Plan your May billfishing

Tournament locations are always a good way to see where the fish are - so if you're looking for where to find the … [Read more...]

Incredible footage of striped marlin!

You've got to check this out - incredibly clear video of striped marlin feeding on bait balls off Mexico.  The action … [Read more...]

500+ Club – March 2010

Last month was a typical March in the billfishing world - several seasons slowing down, others just kicking off.  We … [Read more...]

We're anything but treehuggers, but…

As a matter of policy, it's unusual for us to post pictures of dead marlin.  The rare instances when we do, it's either … [Read more...]

What's going on in Cabo?

Cabo San Lucas is a world-renowned marlin fishery - and one of the few places on earth where one can catch a marlin … [Read more...]

What a marlin's really doing when it's about to strike…

Check out this video clip, from "Blue Marlin of Ghana."  Makes you wonder how many marlin come into your spread and do … [Read more...]

February 2010 Report

One look at the reports and one would think all that's being caught these days are huge numbers of sailfish and striped … [Read more...]

Where the Billfish are in late February

So where are the Billfish showing up these days? Well, for starters Ascension Island is heating up - seeing fish as … [Read more...]

Who says you have to go offshore for marlin?

Two incredible stories from the last week on marlin - both seeing marlin caught INSHORE. The first comes from … [Read more...]

Billfishing Report – Week of February 8

A quick update on where the fish are and are not right now in the world of billfishing... Cabo San Lucas is seeing a … [Read more...]

Blues already off North Carolina!

Hatteras, NC - In one of our earliest reports of blues ever off NC, Hatteras has seen its first blue of the season … [Read more...]

Cape Verde is off and running!

Season already kicking into high gear in Cape Verde - where the fishing last year was ridiculously hot.   Captain Zak … [Read more...]

About due for a billfish world record soon…

In spite of the number of big fish we continue to see in fisheries all around the globe, the world hasn't seen an IGFA … [Read more...]

When a black marlin goes crazy…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-wwpS0gOTc Some footage from the Lizard Island tournament from 2008...amazing video.  … [Read more...]

Where's the best February billfishing? Follow the tournament locations

The period between December and February can be one of the slower times on the calendar for world billfishing.  Without … [Read more...]

"Best place to catch a…" – Atlantic edition

The Billfish Report reports every day on the notable catches on marlin, sailfish, and swordfish from around the world.  … [Read more...]

"Best place to catch a…" – Pacific edition

The Billfish Report has reported the notable catches from every billfishery on the planet last year - and having ranked … [Read more...]

2009 Billfisheries of the Year – #1…Great Barrier Reef

We have reached the top of the Billfish Report’s Top Billfisheries of 2009, and coming in at #1 is the Great Barrier … [Read more...]

2009 Billfisheries of the Year – #2…Cape Verde Islands

The Billfish Report is counting down the top billfisheries of 2009 – and coming in at #2 is the Cape Verde … [Read more...]

2009 Billfisheries of the Year – #3…St. Thomas

The Billfish Report is counting down the top billfisheries of 2009 – and coming in at #3 is St. Thomas. The blue … [Read more...]

2009 Billfisheries of the Year – #5…Kona

The Billfish Report is counting down the top billfisheries of 2009 – and coming in at #5 is Kona. Kona’s widely … [Read more...]

2009 Billfisheries of the Year – #6…Panama

The Billfish Report is counting down the top billfisheries of 2009 – and coming in at #6 is Panama. There’s no … [Read more...]

2009 Billfisheries of the Year – #8…Guatemala

The Billfish Report is counting down the top billfisheries of 2009 – and coming in at #8 is Guatemala. Obscene.  … [Read more...]

2009 Billfisheries of the Year – #9…Canary Islands

The Billfish Report is counting down the top billfisheries of 2009 – and coming in at #9 is the Canary … [Read more...]

2009 Billfisheries of the Year – #10…Costa Rica

The Billfish Report is counting down the top billfisheries of 2009 – and coming in at #10 is Costa Rica. Costa … [Read more...]

Youngest Royal Slam winner!

Congratulations to Wes Davis, a 10-year-old from Malibu, CA, who has achieved IGFA's Billfish Royal Slam - catching all … [Read more...]

Looking For a Big Blue Marlin?

If you're looking for large blue marlin right now, there's no better place in the world than Kona.  The fleet is seeing … [Read more...]

Coming soon!

Top 10 Billfisheries of the year...we'll be counting them down, starting with #10.  Who had the most extraordinary … [Read more...]

Charleston's Sailfish Slam concludes: Houdini wins

The world's longest billfish tournament - the month-long Sailfish Slam, out of Charleston City Harbor, concluded this … [Read more...]

Ocean City White Marlin

Ocean City, MD – Just when you thought the season was winding down, the white marlin showed up in Force! Fish are being … [Read more...]

San Juan Blue Marlin

The IBT in San Juan, Puerto Rico released 99 Blue Marlin in 4 Days of fishing. Rum Bum won the tournament with 6 Blue … [Read more...]