International Billfish Tournament: July 13 – 15, 2018

The 71st International Billfish Tournament takes place from July 13 – 15, 2018.

Registration starts at 5:00pm on July 13 at the Yacht Club or register online. Enjoy a welcome cocktail at 6:00pm. The registration fee is $200 USD.

The event is hosted and sponsored by Ernesto Zaragoza Charity Foundation. Funds raised from the tournament help local charities in their endeavors.

The tournament is conducted under International Game Fish Association rules.

For more information, contact:
Phone: 011-52-622-855-9000 or 622-103-0006

2018 International Billfish Tournament: Program

July 13
5:00 pm – registration of participants at the San Carlos Yacht Club
6:00 pm – welcome cocktail
9:00 pm – end of registration

July 14
7:00 am – opening and opening notice
3:00 pm – start of weighing
4:00 pm – lines up
6:00 pm – close of weighing

July 15
7:00 am – beginning of the last day of fishing
2:00 pm – start of weighing
3:00 pm – lines up
5:00 pm – close of weighing
6:00 pm – Dinner (courtesy of Hotel Armida), awards and closing at the Yacht Club
7:00pm – Awards Ceremony

2018 International Billfish Tournament: Awards

Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 teams or boats that scores the most total points (catch and release) during the two days of the tournament, and:

  1. $1,000 USD cash to the first place
  2. $800 USD cash to the second place
  3. $500 USD cash to the third place

Trophies will also be awarded for biggest fish, best captain and best female angler.

There will also be awards for the biggest Dorado, Sailfish and Marlin … and daily jackpots.

2018 International Billfish Tournament Results

The 71st International Billfish Tournament was last weekend with 26 boats competing. Mornings were pretty nice and cloudy, with afternoons a little sunny and warm. You need to wear breathable shirts that you sweat through to keep cool. Either that, don’t work at all, or bring a dozen cotton shirts. Still, we are getting a lot of nice ‘cool’ and cloudy weather. Just watch out for a hot bite!

The tournament boasted some great prizes this year, drawing a crowd and revamping the popularity of this historical tournament. Strangely, all the big dorado stopped biting for the weekend, leaving the $2,000 USD dorado jackpot to roll into next year.

A few met the minimum weighable weight, with the biggest at 24 pounds. We did catch a handful of 8 – 16 pound dorado each day. There have been some big sails at times, and not a lot lately, but no one weighed a sailfish over 70 pounds for the motor.

The grand prize was for a truck with a 200+ pound marlin. We had the big gear and 16 – 20″ lures out. We ran a lot of skirted ballyhoo too, which got the bites, but our catch ratio was off. The dorado were stuffed with crab, and the billfish too were dropping baits and just not taking them down. Still, I had one good fish that I slowly cranked in before strapping on the chest and bucket harness. I inched it up to a stalemate 50′ under the boat before the hook pulled.

I heard of one other good fish lost, and I’m sure there were others. There were a few reports of Blues lost and released last week. The radio communication was tough with the humidity, our stereo was up, and I haven’t seen the results, but Telamon won with about four marlin and a sail release.

International Billfish Tournament boat winner Kryptonite

2016 International Billfish Tournament Final Results

Overall boat releases:

1. Kryptonite with 8 (pictured right)
2. Predator with 7
3. Cortezano with 3

Winning Anglers: (pictured below)

1. Eleanor North on Predator with 6 released billfish
2. Ken Diaz on Caroline E and David Rothschiller on Kryptonite each released 3 billfish
3. Casey Hayes on Cortezano, Wade Earl and Steve Calvert on Kryptonite each released 2 billfish
International Billfish Tournament winning angler Eleanor North on PredatorInternational Billfish Tournament Ken Diaz on Caroline E and David Rothschiller on KryptoniteInternational Billfish Tournament Casey Hayes on Cortezano, Wade Earl and Steve Calvert on Kryptonite

2014 International Billfish Tournament Final Results

The 67th Annual International Billfish Tournament took place July 4 – 6, 2014.

The final results are as follows:
1st Place: Bryan Replogle
2nd Place: John King
3rd Place: Ron Cooper
4th Place: Theodore Dake
5th Place: Adan Goldring
6th Place Robert Gilbert William
7th Place: Ken Diaz/Dan Boone/Rich Norquist

Ladies Division:
1st Place: Connie Ward
2nd Place Tamra Williamson

Thank you to everyone who participated. This event is hosted by the Ernesto Zaragoza Charity Foundation.

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