The period between December and February can be one of the slower times on the calendar for world billfishing. Without a doubt this season sees the lowest number of big fish – to wit, there hasn’t been a grander caught in the world yet this year – and there are fewer places seeing big numbers of billfish than in other seasons.
But that’s not to say fish aren’t being had. Taking a look at the billfish tournament calendar gives us a good look at where some of the best billfishing is this February…
FLORIDA – for sailfish
- Gridiron Greats Billfish Bowl, Key Largo. February 4-6.
- Sailfish Open at Hawks Cay. February 7-9.
- Islamorada Women’s Sailfish Tournament. February 12-14.
- Poor Girls Sailfish Tournament. February 16-17.
- Sailfish Challenge. February 18-21.
- Billfish Challenge – part of the Miami Open Billfish Series. February 25-28.
GUATEMALA – for sailfish, blue marlin
- IWFA Annual Billfish Release Tournament. February 6-9.
- Fishin’ Blue Tournament. February 15-20
- Elite Sportsman Series. February 15-May 2.
AUSTRALIA – for black marlin, blue marlin
- Sunshine Coast Game Fishing Classic. FEbruary 4-7.
- Luhr’s Billfish Shootout. February 20-21.
AFRICA – for black marlin, blue marlin
- Marlin Masters Mauritius. February 5-8.
- SADSAA (S Africa) Billfish Classic. February 10-13.
- IV Big Game De Aniversario Do CNIL. February 13-20.
- South Indian Ocean Billfish Competition. February 14-21.
- Marlin World Cup. February 25-March 3.
Some great fishing – without tournaments – coming out of Panama, with seasons heating up in Ascension Island, Venezuela, and New Zealand as well. And Kona and Cabo, of course, have the daily shots at striped marlin.
Some great clues on where to catch your February billfish!