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51st Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (Aug. 2-6)


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Anglers from around the world will once again gather in Kona, Hawaii for the 51st annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT). An unforgettable week of deep-sea fishing excitement await as teams fish the near-perfect Kona Coast for five days in search of a prized Pacific blue marlin and a chance of capturing the HIBT’s prestigious Governor’s trophy.

The 2010 tournament, Aug. 2 – 6, is built on prestige, trophies and strict International Game Fish Association (IGFA) rules for big game fish world records.

Kona is host to the five-day HIBT. No other tournament offers the unique blend of Kona’s perfect weather, the noted deep, calm waters and the ever present possibility of hooking-up just off the starting line. Kona, where marlin granders are year-round residents, also holds IGFA records for Pacific blue marlin on 30, 50 and 130lb test line.

During the tournament week, there are plenty of fun-filled events including a long-standing tradition loved by all, the Opening Day Parade down the main street of Historic Kailua Village. Anglers meet the captains of Kona’s fishing fleet and get to know their crews at the Opening Ceremonies and the Meet the Teams party, where party goers can sample regional and exotic island products and savor culinary creations made by some of the island’s best chefs as well as talk fishing strategy amongst each other.

Toward mid-week, the tournament’s Science Night offers an opportunity to learn about the habits of Pacific blue marlin and work being done to sustain pelagic fish from the expert scientists of NOAA. Family members and fish widows traveling to Kona with anglers are not forgotten! There are excellent shopping and activities throughout the week to keep the entire family busy.

The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament list of participating teams continues to grow. This year’s team roster include Alii Brothers Marlin Hui and Team Lantana both top ten finishers from last year’s golden HIBT. Additional teams include anglers from California, Hawaii, Florida, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. The 2010 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament team registration continues through June, 2010.

The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is underwritten by the generosity of the County of Hawaii and sponsored in part by Oceanic Time Warner, KWXX Radio and numerous corporate and community donors.

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