May 2017 – 500+ Club Recap

It was a good month if you were looking for large Billfish throughout the World. We had eighty-two (82) Billfish reported to us in May with seventy-six (76) Blue Marlin, five (5) Swordfish and a Black Marlin.

The Cape Verdes lead all fisheries with thirty-one (31) Blue Marlin reported to us over 500 lbs. The Top Boat was Sambo with five (5). We did not get any Granders (again) but we did have five (5) 900 lbs class fish reported to us, with one (1) on Smoker in the Cape Verdes, two (2) in Madeira on Blue Makaira and Sorted and two (2) in transit to Bermuda on Es Mucho.

Any Billfish over 500 lbs. is truly a great catch, but Swordfish over 500 lbs. are something special. We had five (5) reported to us in May, keeping a very positive trend line alive for large broadbills. Largest reported to us was a beast of a fish, weighing in at 784 lbs. on the Lady Shanler fishing out of Tutukaka, New Zealand.

It is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, so that means Blue Marlin. We should expect to see quite a few reported to us. Good luck to all and would someone please catch a Grander!

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