500 Club – 2010

500+ Club – December 2010

500+ Club – December 2010

December 2010 SpeciesLocationBoatWeight Blue MarlinAscension Island“Harmattan”700 lbs. Blue MarlinCabo SanLucasCapt. Julio Gonzalez on Bill Collector850 lbs. Blue MarlinPenas Bay, PanamaMiss Panama750 lbs. Blue MarlinKona, HICapt. Chip Van Mols on Monkey Biz II500 lbs. Blue MarlinPenas Bay, PanamaMiss Tropic Star500 lbs. Blue MarlinKona, HITop Shape600 lbs. Blue MarlinRoyal Charlotte Bank, BrazilCapt. Antonio Amaral500 lbs. Blue MarlinGalapagosBig Fish  500 lbs. Black MarlinAustralia“Kekoa”850…
500+ Club – November 2010

500+ Club – November 2010

November 2010 SpeciesLocationBoatWeight Blue MarlinMauritius“Brueder”500 lbs. Blue MarlinSamoaCapt. Chris Donato on Southern Destiny750 lbs Blue MarlinCape Verde IslandsAnonymous750 lbs. Blue MarlinPinas Bay, PanamaMiss Island Star500 lbs Black MarlinGBR, AustraliaCapt. Tim Richardson on Tradition900 lbs. Black MarlinCoiba, PanamaCapt. Geovanny from Coiba Paradise Sportfishing650 lbs. Black MarlinGBR, AustraliaCapt. Tim Dean on Calypso900 lbs. Black MarlinGBR, AustraliaCapt. Tim Richardson on Tradition800 lbs. Black…
500+ Club – October 2010

500+ Club – October 2010

Not surprisingly, the October Billfish Beast report is dominated by fish caught in Australia – in fact, of the 57 500+-pound billfish caught around the world in October, 40 of them were on the Great Barrier Reef.  Eight granders in all – and obviously still counting – in the first full month of the season on the reef – not…

500+ Club – September 2010

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 – we had reports of some 75 500+-pound billfish from around the world, including the world’s 13th grander of the year – and Cape Verde’s fourth grander this year for that great fishery. In all, we saw an early…

500+ Club – August 2010

500+ Club – August 2010

A pretty phenomenal month, all things considered, for billfishing around the world.  Even though some of the August headlines were stolen by an incredible White Marlin Open – which included a grander beating out a 790-pound blue for the title – as well as some incredible numbers of white marlin up and down the US East Coast, there was some…

500+ Club – July 2010

500+ Club – July 2010

July proved to be an incredible month for big fish around the world, with some 58 billfish over 500 pounds being caught.  To benchmark this, consider two things – one, June saw 39 bills over 500 across the globe, and two, the typically hottest billfisheries – Kona, Bermuda, and Madeira – saw below-average fishing in terms of number of fish. …

500+ Club – May 2010

500+ Club – May 2010

A somewhat disappointing May for big billfish around the world – the totals equaled the April number of large billfish caught, which is a bit of a surprise given that May usually produces its fair share of big fish. Unsurprisingly Hawaii tops the charts with seven 500+ blues in the month of May – typically this is one of the…

500+ Club – April 2010

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 some 23 billfish clear the 500-pound mark around the world in April.  The vast majority of these fish were in Kona – unsurprisingly as we’re coming upon their big fish season – but there were some…

500+ Club – March 2010

500+ Club – March 2010

Last month was a typical March in the billfishing world – several seasons slowing down, others just kicking off.  We round up the beasts – 500+-pound marlin – caught around the world last month here… Kenya – 950 blue, 700 blue, 700 blue, 500 blue Kona – 800 blue, 650 blue, 570 blue, 500 blue, 500 blue, 500 blue, 500…