Top Billfisheries - 2009

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

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 Reef, Australia. The reef is a world-renowned fishery, inarguably amongst the world’s best year-in and year-out.  Ask any international angler or captain and Australia will always be counted among the top billfisheries in the world.  And whilst this…

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

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 Islands.

A blue marlin in Cape Verde. Picture courtesy Ingrid Vincent.

The Cape Verde Islands – located in the East Atlantic off the coast of Africa, at about the same latitude as Senegal – are well known for their blue marlin.  A year-round fishery (they caught a 300-pounder last week, and just missed a 600), the best marlin fishing in Cape Verde is from April through July.

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

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 marlin season – the highlight of the St. Thomas fishing calendar – runs from May through October.  What’s unique about this fishery is bite’s correlation to moon phase: no other billfishery on earth sees such connection between the…

2009 Billfisheries of the Year – #4…Madeira

The Billfish Report is counting down the Top Billfisheries of 2009 – and coming in at #4 is Madeira. Madeira is a blue marlin fishery known for extremes. It can have extraordinary fishing with obscene numbers of large blue marlin, and it can have seasons that leave a lot of captains empty handed. As one of the northernmost blue marlin…

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 considered to be one of the best, if not the best, billfishery on the planet.  Nowhere else can you catch a grander marlin any month of the year.  It is the best fishery in the Pacific for blue marlin. …

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 fishery in earth that’s better named than Panama – it literally means “place of abundant fish.”  And if there’s one overriding characteristic of Panama, it is precisely that: waters teeming with life, and plenty of billfish feeding on it.  …

2009 Billfisheries of the Year – #7….U.S. East Coast

The Billfish Report is counting down the top billfisheries of 2009 – and coming in at #7 is the US East Coast. We define the US East Coast as far north as the Canyons off New Jersey and as far south as North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  Given that the migration patterns of so many of the billfish seen on the…

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.  That’s the only word to describe the fishing in Guatemala, year after year.  The obscenity is in the sheer numbers of sailfish – without a doubt the best place on the planet to catch Pacific sails, and huge numbers of…

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 Islands. Geographically, the Canaries share the same area of water as Madeira, which also had a tremendous 2009.  Located off the northwest corner of Africa, the Canaries typically have a consistent summer bite on three species of billfish: blue marlin,…

2009 Billfisheries of the Year – #10…Costa Rica

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 Rica is well-known for its mixed bag of billfish – one can see Pacific sailfish, blue marlin, and black marlin on almost any day of the year…with some occasional appearances of striped marlin.   Typically the best months for marlin…