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2011 Big Game Tournament Listings

Are you ready to wet a line? Is your crew prepared to compete against the best? If the answer is yes, then we have a tournament here for your team. Actually, we have about 50 events to choose from. Everywhere from the marlin-rich waters of Cabo San Lucas to the Mid-Atlantic’s tuna-filled canyons, we have included a big payout event for you. Gentlemen, start fishing.

{ MARCH }

March 11-13
Key West Fishing Tournament Kickoff 2011
Location: Key West & Lower Keys, FL
Contact: Doris Harris, Box 2514,
Key West, FL 33045
Phone: 305-295-6601
Web site: www.keywestfishingtournament.com
Purse: $5,000 in cash, $3,000 in merchandise

March 17-20
Florida Billfish Masters Tournament
Location: Miami Beach Marina, Miami, FL
Contact: Captain Dan Kipnis, 3156 Royal Palm Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140
Phone: 305-672-3807
Web site: www.floridabillfish.com
Purse: $100,000 in cash

March 24-27
Presidential Challenge of Costa Rica
Location: Carillo, Costa Rica
Contact: Joan Vernon, 205 East Enid, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Phone: 305-361-9258
Web site: www.preschallenge.com
Purse: not available

March 27-April 2
International Sailfish Tournament
Location: Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica
Contact: Alberto Laurencich, Apdo 3530 - 1000, San Jose, Costa Rica 3503-1000
Phone: 506-222-4121
Purse: merchandise

March 31-April 3
Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament
Location: Miami Beach Marina, Miami, FL
Contact: Judy Layne, 7400 SW 50th Terr., Ste. 103, Miami, FL 33155
Phone: 305-598-2525
Web site: www.miamibillfish.com
Purse: $160,000 in cash

{ APRIL }

April 27-30
Bahamas Billfish Championship Central Abaco Championship
Location: Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
Contact: Brenda Fletcher, 2 Oakwood Blvd., Ste. 195, Hollywood, FL 33020
Phone: 954-920-5577
Web site: www.bahamasbillfish.com
Purse: $10,000 in merchandise

{ MAY }

May 2-5
24th Annual Green Turtle Yacht Club Fishing Tournament
Location: Green Turtle Club, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
Contact: Sue Graves, Box 22604,
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33335
Phone: 954-675-6782
Web site: www.greenturtleclub.com
Purse: $10,000+ in merchandise

May 8-13
IGFA Offshore World Championship
Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Contact: Dan Jacobs, 460 N. Orlando Ave., Ste. 200, Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: 407-571-4680
Web site: www.igfaoffshorechampionship.com
Purse: $100,000 in merchandise

May 11-14
Bahamas Billfish Championship Cape Eleuthera Championship
Location: Cape Eleuthera, Powell Point, Eleuthera, Bahamas
Contact: Brenda Fletcher, 2 Oakwood Blvd., Ste. 195, Hollywood, FL 33020
Phone: 954-920-5577
Web site: www.bahamasbillfish.com
Purse: $10,000 in cash

May 20-21
Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic
Location: Miami Beach Marina, Miami, FL
Contact: Judy Layne, 7400 SE 50th Terrace, Ste. 103, Miami, FL 33155
Phone: 305-667-0399
Web site: www.maddogclassic.com
Purse: $30,000 in cash

May 25-28
Bahamas Billfish Championship Harbour Island Championship
Location: Harbour Island, Bahamas
Contact: Brenda Fletcher, 2 Oakwood Blvd., Ste. 195, Hollywood, FL 33020
Phone: 954-920-5577
Web site: www.bahamasbillfish.com
Purse: $10,000 in cash

May 25-28
44th Annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament
Location: Georgetown Landing Marina, Georgetown, SC
Contact: John Horton, 432 Marina Dr., Georgetown, SC 29440
Phone: 843-546-1776
Purse: $25,000 in cash

May 26-29
35th Annual Striker Tournament
Location: Barr’s Park, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Contact: Dan Jacobs, 460 N. Orlando Ave., Ste. 200, Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: 407-571-4680
Purse: $75,000 in cash and merchandise

May 31-June 5
International Cap Cana Billfish Shootout
Location: Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
Contact: Rick Alvarez, Box 960656,
Miami, FL 33296
Phone: 305-213-5521
Web site: www.intlbillfishtourns.com
Purse: $150,000 in cash, $50,000 in
merchandise

{ JUNE }

June 2-4
Bacardi’s Tuna Round-Up
Location: Pirate’s Cove Marina, Manteo, NC
Contact: Barry Wickre, 2000 Sailfish Dr.,
Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: 252-473-3906
Web site: www.fishpiratescove.com
Purse: $50,000 in cash

June 2-5
Ladies’ Annual Fish Off
Location: Hillsboro Inlet, Lighthouse Point, FL
Contact: Mike Leach, Box 5779, Lighthouse Point, FL 33079-5779
Phone: 954-351-8849
Web site: www.ladiesfishoff.com
Purse: $27,000+ in cash

June 8-11
Bahamas Billfish Championship Guana Cay Championship
Location: Guana Cay, Bahamas
Contact: Brenda Fletcher, 2 Oakwood Blvd, Ste. 195, Hollywood, FL 33020
Phone: 954-920-5577
Web site: www.bahamasbillfish.com
Purse: $10,000 in merchandise

June 9-12
31st Annual South Jersey Shark Tournament
Location: Cape May, NJ
Contact: Bob Glover c/o South Jersey Tournaments, 1231 Rt. 109, Cape May,
NJ 08204
Phone: 609-884-2400
Web site: www.southjerseytournaments.com
Purse: $300,000 in cash

June 10-11
28th Annual Reedville Fishing Derby
Location: Buzzard’s Point Marina, Reedville, VA
Contact: Russ Bertino, Box 555,
Ophelia, VA 22530
Phone: 804-453-3660
Web site: www.smithpointsearescue.com
Purse: $25,000 in cash

June 10-18
The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
Location: Morehead City, NC
Contact: Crystal Hesmer, Box 1673,
405 Evans St., Suite E, Morehead City,
NC 28557
Phone: 252-247-3575
Web site: www.thebigrock.com
Purse: $1,000,000+ in cash

June 16-18
25th Annual Star Island Shark Tournament
Location: Star Island Yacht Club, Montauk, NY
Contact: Richard Janis, Box 2180, Montauk,
NY 11954
Phone: 631-668-5052
Web site: www.starislandyc.com
Purse: $600,000 in cash, $5,000 in
merchandise

June 21-26
9th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin
Location: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, FL
Contact: Shawna Meisner, 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W, Destin, FL 32550
Phone: 850-267-6168
Web site: www.fishecbc.com
Purse: $1,500,000 in cash

June 22-25
Bahamas Billfish Championship Treasure Cay Championship
Location: Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
Contact: Brenda Fletcher, 2 Oakwood Blvd., Ste. 195, Hollywood, FL 33020
Phone: 954-920-5577
Web site: www.bahamasbillfish.com
Purse: $10,000 in merchandise

June 22-25
Presidential Papagayo Cup
Location: Marina Papagayo, Costa Rica
Contact: Joan Vernon, 205 East Enid, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Phone: 305-361-9258
Web site: www.preschallenge.com
Purse: not available

June 24-26
Bermuda Billfish Release Cup
Location: Dockyard, Bermuda
Contact: Dan Jacobs, 460 N. Orlando Ave., Ste. 200, Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: 407-571-4680
Purse: $45,000 in cash and merchandise

{ JULY }

July 3-7
Bermuda Billfish Blast
Location: Hamilton Bermuda
Contact: Dan Jacobs, 460 N. Orlando Ave., Ste. 200, Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: 407-571-4680
Purse: $75,000 in cash and merchandise

July 4th
26th Annual World Cup Blue Marlin Championship
Location: Worldwide
Contact: Mike Leech, 2118 NE 14 Ct., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Phone: 954-561-9116
Web site: www.bluemarlinworldcup.com
Purse: $500,000 in cash

July 6-9
HMY-Viking Megadock Billfishing Tournament
Location: Charleston City Marina, Charleston, SC
Contact: McKenzie Hutaff Estes, Box 759, Charleston, SC 29042
Phone: 843-278-4920
Web site: www.megadocktournament.com
Purse: $600,000 in cash

July 13-17
22nd Annual Viking-Ocean Showdown
Location: Cape May, NJ
Contact: Bob Glover c/o South Jersey Tournaments, 1231 Rt. 109, Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone: 609-884-2400
Web site: www.southjerseytournaments.com
Purse: trophies, merchandise

July 13-17
Bermuda Big Game Classic
Location: Hamilton Bermuda
Contact: Dan Jacobs, 460 N. Orlando Ave., Ste. 200, Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: 407-571-4680
Purse: $90,000 in cash and merchandise

July 15-17
24th Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament
Location: Ocean City, MD
Contact: Jennifer Blunt, Ocean City Fishing Center, 12940 Inlet Isle Ln., Ocean City, MD 21842
Phone: 410-213-1121
Web site: www.octunatournament.com
Purse: $500,000 in cash, $10,000 in merchandise

July 20-23
10th Annual South Jersey Mid-Atlantic Tuna Tournament
Location: Cape May, NJ
Contact: Bob Glover c/o South Jersey Tournaments, 1231 Rt. 109, Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone: 609-884-2400
Web site: www.southjerseytournaments.com
Purse: $250,000+ in cash

July 20-23
Key West Marlin Tournament
Location: Key West, FL
Contact: Scott T. Greene, Box 5590, Key West,
FL 33045
Phone: 305-292-2710
Web site: www.keywestmarlin.com
Purse: $50,000 in cash

July 20-24
Bermuda Triple Crown
Location: Hamilton, Bermuda
Contact: Dan Jacobs, 460 N. Orlando Ave.,
Ste. 200, Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: 407-571-4680
Purse: $40,000 in cash and merchandise

July 26-30
12th Annual Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Tournament
Location: Buenavista, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Contact: Wayne Bisbee, 2300 McDermott Rd., Ste. 200-382, Plano, TX 75025
Phone: 214-557-8108
Web site: www.bisbees.com
Purse: $400,000 in cash

{ AUGUST }

August 4-6
19th Annual Star Island Mako-Thresher Tournament
Location: Star Island Yacht Club, Montauk, NY
Contact: Richard Janis, Box 2180,
Montauk, NY 11954
Phone: 631-668-5052
Web site: www.starislandyc.com
Purse: $100,000 in cash, $2,500 in merchandise

August 8-12
White Marlin Open
Location: Harbour Island Marina, Ocean City, MD
Contact: Jim Motsko, Box 737, Ocean City, MD 21843-0737
Phone: 410-289-9229
Web site: www.whitemarlinopen.com
Purse: $2,500,000 in cash, $5,000
in merchandise

August 15-19
28th Annual Pirate’s Cove Big Game Billfish Tournament
Location: Pirate’s Cove Marina, Manteo, NC
Contact: Barry Wickre, 2000 Sailfish Dr.,
Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: 252-473-3906
Web site: www.fishpiratescove.com
Purse: $850,000 in cash, $5,000 in merchandise

August 21-26
20th Annual Mid-Atlantic $500,000
Location: Cape May, NJ
Contact: Bob Glover c/o South Jersey Tournaments, 1231 Rt. 109, Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone: 609-884-2400
Web site: www.southjerseytournaments.com
Purse: $2,000,000+ in cash

August 24-27
8th Annual Virginia Beach Billfish
Tournament
Location: Rudee Inlet–Virginia Beach, VA
Contact: Paula Owen, Box 568,
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: 757-652-8409
Web site: www.vbbt.com
Purse: $325,000 in cash

{ SEPTEMBER }

September (Dates TBA)
Avalon Billfish Classic
Location: Avalon, Catalina Island
Contact: Rod Halperin, 1795 Harvard, Ste. C, Irvine, CA, 92614
Phone: 714-258-0445
Web site: www.catalinaclassic.com
Purse: $75,000 in cash, $50,000 in merchandise

September (Dates TBA)
Catalina Classic
Location: Avalon, Catalina Island
Contact: Rod Halperin, 1795 Harvard,
Ste. C, Irvine, CA, 92614
Phone: 714-258-0445
Web site: www.catalinaclassic.com
Purse: $250,000+ in cash, $50,000
in merchandise

September (Dates TBA)
Zane Grey Invitational
Location: Avalon, Catalina Island
Contact: Rod Halperin, 1795 Harvard, Ste. C, Irvine, CA, 92614
Phone: 714-258-0445
Web site: www.catalinaclassic.com
Purse: $250,000 in cash, $25,000
in merchandise

September 29-October 1
U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament
Location: Southport Marina, Southport, NC
Contact: Brad Fisher, 4841 Long Beach Rd. SE, Southport, NC, 28461
Phone: 910-457-5787
Purse: $100,000+ in cash

{ OCTOBER }

October 1-8
25th Annual Lizard Island Black Marlin
Classic
Location: Lizard Island Far North
Queensland Great Barrier Reef,
Australia
Contact: Bob Lowe, 8/765 Princes Hwy., Blakehurst, NSW Australia 2221
Phone: (61) 2 9546 8540
Purse: not available

October 11-15
Los Cabos Billfish Tournament
Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Contact: Dan Jacobs, 460 N. Orlando Ave., Ste. 200, Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: 407-571-4680
Web site: www.loscabosbillfishtournament.com
Purse: $75,000 in cash and merchandise

October 14-16
10th Annual Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament
Location: Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Contact: Wayne Bisbee, 2300 McDermott Rd., Ste. 200-382, Plano, TX 75025
Phone: 214-557-8108
Web site: www.bisbees.com
Purse: $350,000 in cash

October 19-23
31st Annual Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament
Location: Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Contact: Wayne Bisbee, 2300 McDermott Rd., Ste. 200-382, Plano, TX 75025
Phone: 214-557-8108
Web site: www.bisbees.com
Purse: $3,000,000 in cash

October 20-23
Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup
Location: Varadero Marina, Aruba
Contact: Joan Vernon, 205 East Enid, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Phone: 305-361-9258
Web site: www.preschallenge.com
Purse: trophies

{ NOVEMBER }

November 10-13
Presidential Challenge of Guatemala
Location: Casa Vieja Lodge, Guatemala
Contact: Joan Vernon, 205 East Enid, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Phone: 305-361-9258
Web site: www.preschallenge.com
Purse: not available

This article originally appeared in the March 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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