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The 57th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament
Saturday July 30, 2016 - Saturday August 6, 2016

Malibu Marlin Club Goes Wire to Wire for the Win
Henry Chee Award For Top Captain Goes To Oskie Rice

Kona, Hawaii (Friday Final, August 5, 2016) - Malibu Marlin Club wins the 2016 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, a decade after their first HIBT win in 2006. Malibu Marlin Club, put points on the scoreboard on Monday and, while other teams were close, they sealed the win when the reel sounded today just 35 minutes after start fishing.


Happy Malibu Marlin Club anglers poses for winning photo Friday evening! LtoR: Team Captain Steve Spina, Angler Buzz Colton and Angler Stephen Chow.

On this last day of the 2016 HIBT, Malibu Marlin Club fished aboard the Northern Lights captained by Oskie Rice. Veteran angler Buzz Colton fought an estimated 150-pound Pacific blue marlin in just 15 minutes before tagging and releasing the fish. This tag gave Malibu Marlin Club an additional 300 points, securing the 57th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament Governor's Trophy for first place.

"It's a lot of fun to come to Kona and fish this tournament. I have longstanding ties to Hawaii, and have been coming to Kona to fish since I was a youngster. My father first fished the first tournament in 1959 with Peter Fithian, and it's a testament to this great man who has been running this tournament so well for 57 years," said Buzz Colton of Malibu Marlin Club. "To catch a fish here in Kona is everyone's dream, to win the HIBT is such an honor and we are all very excited."

Australia's Redcliffe Peninsula Game Fishing Club moved up the leaderboard to hook a second place finish with 902.6 points. Third place was settled by count back or first to get to the points, and went to Old South Marlin Club - International with 900 points.

"For 57 years this great community has given gracious hospitality and aloha to the teams who travel from all around the world to come to Kona to fish. From all of us at HIBT we send a sincere thank you to everyone who helped make it happen. As the anglers travel home, each has a fishing tale that will long be remembered," said HIBT founder Peter Fithian. "To the talented and hardworking captains and crews of Kona's fishing fleet who work with us to showcase Kona's fishing, thank you for being an integral part of the success of this tournament."

Northern Lights Tops Charter Boat Standings Captain Oskie Rice of the Northern Lights will be added to the coveted list of Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament Henry Chee Award recipients earning 1300 points. The perpetual Henry Chee Award was established in 1965 to honor the charter boat captain upon whose vessel the most number of billfish points have been scored at HIBT. The award's namesake, a pioneer fishing captain who set an unprecedented number of gamefish catch records, helped establish the Kona coast as a world-famous fishing destination.

This is a first Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament Henry Chee Award win for Rice although this captain comes from a long line of Kona fisherman including his grandfather Freddie Rice and father McGrew Rice.

Silky's Captain John Bagwell took second by count back earning 900 points and Northern Lights II Captain Kevin Nakamaru earning 900 points took third.

Next year, the 58th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is scheduled from September 9 through September 17, 2017. Anglers and teams are invited to apply for entry as a full tournament is anticipated.

2016 FINAL SCOREBOARD

TEAM STANDINGS POINTS
(inc bonus)
Malibu Marlin Club 1200
Redcliffe Peninsula Game Fishing Club 902.6
Old South Marlin Club – International 900
Ahipara Game Fishing Club 900
New Britain Game Fishing Club 850
Team Fantasia – (JIBT Champion 2015) 801.4
Mermaid Anglers Club – Kalaoa Garden 800
Perth Game Fishing Club 700
TOP BOATS CAPTAINPOINTS
(inc bonus)
Northern Lights I Oskie Rice 1300
Silky John Bagwell 900
Northern Lights II Kevin Nakamaru 900
Maverick Trevor Child 850
Bite Me 6 Deneen Wargo 801.4
EZ Pickens Chuck Wigzell 700
Sapo Chris Choy 600
Rod Bender Kerwin Masunaga 600
Ihu Nui McGrew Rice 600
Foxy Lady Boyd DeCoito 600

Too Close to Call Leading into Final Day of HIBT Fishing
Three Teams Now Tied for Top Spot on Leaderboard

Kona, Hawaii (Thursday, August 4, 2016) - Highly competitive anglers from around the world gathered this week at the 57th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament to fish Kona's famed waters alongside some of the most experienced fleet of charter boat captains. So it's no surprise that the battle for the top of the scoreboard is anybody's game leading into the final day of this iconic five-day tournament. The fight for first place, a three-way tie at the end of Day Four, is extremely close. Just 300 points, or one tag and release, separate the top eight teams on today's leaderboard.

California's Malibu Marlin Club has held on to their lead since Monday. Old South Marlin Club - International, with its full team of anglers, nudged up the scoreboard on Day Three to share the top spot. Today, New Zealand's Ahipara Game Fishing Club scored enough points on an estimated 175-pound Pacific blue marlin tag to join the leaders. Team captain and angler Robbie Matthews, fishing aboard Northern Lights captained by Oskie Rice, was able to tag and release his fish in 25 minutes.

Other Day Four action included angler Peter Davis from New Zealand's Tatapouri Game Fishing Club boating a 101.2-pound ahi aboard the Maverick, captained by Trevor Child. Tag and release points were earned by China's Tsinghua University Team, USA's Pajaro Valley Gamefish Club, Japan's Kona Game Fishing Club - Osaka and Papua New Guinea's New Britain Game Fishing Club.

"While we do have a three-way tie, it's important to note that 21 of our 28-team roster have points on the board. I can assure you that every HIBT team knows exactly how close the standings are and what it will take to win this tournament tomorrow," said HIBT Founder Peter Fithian. "Every boat captain and angler will tackle tomorrow's final day of fishing with everything they've got." HIBT fishing wraps on Friday at 4:00 p.m.


New Zealand's Ahipara Game Fishing Club Robbie and Lynda Matthews
with Miss Billfish Tina Fear.

HIBT Day Four Results

TEAM STANDINGS POINTS
(inc bonus)
Malibu Marlin Club900
Old South Marlin Club – International 900
Ahipara Game Fishing Club 900
Mermaid Anglers Club – Kalaoa Garden 800
Perth Game Fishing Club 700
Geraldton & Districts Offshore Fishing Club 600
Port Moresby Game Fishing Club 600
Tsinghua University Team 600
TOP BOATS POINTS
(inc bonus)
Northern Lights I Oskie Rice 1000
Silky John Bagwell 900
Northern Lights II Kevin Nakamaru 900
Maverick Trevor Child 850
Sapo Chris Choy 600
Rod Bender Kerwin Masunaga 600

MIDWEEK TIE FOR FIRST WITH TWO DAYS TO GO
OLD SOUTH MARLIN CLUB - INTERNATIONAL AND
MALIBU MARLIN CLUB TOP THE SCOREBOARD

Kona, Hawaii (Wednesday, August 3, 2016) - The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament saw plenty of action as Day Three of this five-day fishing marathon came to a close, a sharp contrast to Day Two results. With two teams tied for first midweek, just one fish separates the top five teams and top four charter boat rankings. Although frontrunners Malibu Marlin Club (tied for first) and Mermaid Anglers Club - Kalaoa Garden (third place) did not put points on the board today, the battle for positioning remains very tight.

Old South Marlin Club - International scored enough points today to place them in a two-way tie for the top spot. Fishing aboard Bite Me 6 skippered by Deneen Wargo (this year's sole female charter boat captain), angler Dan Briggs fought an estimated 150-pound Pacific blue marlin in just seven minutes before tagging and releasing the fish.

Rounding out the top four places, Australia's Perth Game Fishing Club also scored points today. Fishing aboard Sapo, captained by Chris Choy, angler Phil Volich tagged and released an estimated 120-pound Pacific blue marlin in an impressive four minutes.

Papua New Guinea's Port Moresby Game Fishing Club shot up the scoreboard to a fourth place tie with today's two tags. Fishing aboard Rod Bender, captained by Kerwin Masunaga, team captain and angler Joanne Crosby tagged and released an estimated 250-pound Pacific blue marlin. Almost an hour later, angler Anthony Trueman-Farrell tagged and released his first Pacifc blue marlin of the tournament in just three minutes. These valuable tags put Port Moresby Game Fishing Club in a three-way tie with Australia's Geraldton & Districts Offshore Fishing Club and New Zealand's Ahipara Game Fishing Club.

HIBT ties are settled by count back, meaning place is given on time or more simply, the team and or captain and crew that scores first will have the higher place. But with two full days of tournament fishing to go, there could be many changes still to come.

The prestigious five-day Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament continues through Friday, August 5, 2016.


Anglers from Australia's Geraldton & Districts Offshore Fishing Club together
with Miss Billfish Tina Fear enjoy their tag and release.

HIBT Day Three Results

TEAM STANDINGS POINTS
(inc bonus)
Old South Marlin Club - International 900
Malibu Marlin Club 900
Mermaid Anglers Club - Kalaoa Garden 800
Perth Game Fishing Club 700
Geraldton & Districts Offshore Fishing Club 600
Port Moresby Game Fishing Club 600
Ahipara Game Fishing Club 600
TOP BOATS CAPTAINPOINTS
(inc bonus)
Silky John Bagwell 900
Nortdern Lights II Kevin Nakamaru 900
Maverick Trevor Child 850
Nortdern Lights I Oskie Rice 700
Rod Bender Kerwin Masunaga600
Waiopai Kai Hoover 502.6

MALIBU MARLIN CLUB HOLDS ONTO LEAD

Kona, Hawaii (Tuesday, August 2, 2016) – Day Two of the 57th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament was relatively quiet. Four Pacific blue marlin were tagged and released today as teams continued their battle for valuable scoreboard points.

Tuesday's tournament action keeps Malibu Marlin Club in the top spot.

Mermaid Anglers Club–Kaloa Garden, a husband and wife team from Japan, scored with two tags. Fishing aboard Maverick, captained by Trevor Child, team captain and angler Sachiko Saegusa fought an estimated 200-pound Pacific blue marlin for 11 minutes before tagging and releasing to put the first points on the scoreboard for HIBT Day Two. Just over an hour later, Kohichiro Saegusa tagged and released a Pacific blue marlin estimated at 275 pounds, his second fish of this tournament. Mermaid Anglers Club–Kaloa Garden jumped into second place by day's end, just 100 points behind the leaders.


Mermaid Anglers Club ­– Kalaoa Garden Sachiko and Kohichiro Saegusa with Miss Billfish Tina Fear.

New Zealand's Ahipara Game Fish Club also scored. Fishing aboard Foxy Lady, captained by Boyd DeCoito, angler Lynda Matthews tagged and released an estimated 120-pound Pacific blue marlin in 18 minutes.

The fourth fish of the day went to Laguna Niguel Billfish Club #1. Fishing aboard Bomboy's Toy, captained by Bomboy Llanes, this veteran HIBT father and son team has fished this tournament many times and know how valuable tag and release points can be. In an impressive 9 minutes, team captain and father, Martin Firestein tagged and released an estimated 150-pound Pacific blue marlin, the last of the day.

Strikes, hook-ups, tagged and weighed fish for the first two days of tournament action include 60 strikes, 45 hook-ups, 21 tagged and 1 weighed fish.

As the Wednesday mid-week approaches, HIBT teams, boat captains and crews are gearing up for another great day of Kona fishing.

The prestigious five-day Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament continues through Friday, August 5, 2016.

HIBT Day Two Results

TEAM STANDINGS POINTS
(inc bonus)
Malibu Marlin Club 900
Mermaid Anglers Club – Kalaoa Garden 800
Old South Marlin Club – International 600
Redcliffe Peninsula Game Fishing Club 502.6
Yorkeys Know Game Fishing Club 400
Perth Game Fishing Club 400
TOP BOATS POINTS
(inc bonus)
Silky 900
Maverick 850
Northern Lights II 600
Waiopai 502.566
Northern Lights I 400
EZ Pickens 400

57th HAWAIIAN INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT UNDERWAY
MALIBU MARLIN CLUB TOPS DAY ONE SCOREBOARD

Kona, Hawaii (Monday, August 1, 2016) - Twenty-eight teams representing some of the world's most competitive big game anglers hit the starting line on Kailua Bay as Day One of the 57th Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT) got underway this morning. "Start fishing, start fishing, start fishing!" rang out from tournament control following a traditional Hawaiian blessing.


Malibu Marlin Club Tops HIBT Day One Scoreboard
L to R Buzz Colton, Miss Billfish Tina Fear, Steve Spina, Fred Duerr and Sam Spinello

Teams from Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South Africa and the USA dropped their lines into Kona's famous fishing grounds and the first points were on the scoreboard within an hour and a half. The first points awarded in 2016 were posted by angler Bobby Jenkins of Old South Marlin Club - International who tagged and released an estimated 120-pound Pacific blue marlin in just 21 minutes fishing aboard the Northern Lights II.

The pace quickened just after the noon hour with six Pacific blue marlin (tag and release), three Short nose spearfish (tag and release) and the first Pacific blue marlin boated. The 302-pound Pacific blue marlin was caught aboard the Waiopai, captained by Kai Hoover. Australia's Redcliffe Peninsula Game Fishing Club team captain and angler David Trask fought the fish in an impressive 37 minutes, putting valuable points on the scoreboard.

But it was USA's Malibu Marlin Club and their three tag and release Pacific blue marlin that set this long-standing HIBT team on top of the Day One scoreboard. Fishing aboard Silky, captained by John Bagwell, Malibu Marlin Club team captain and angler Steve Spina scored with two Pacific blue marlin. Teammate Buzz Colton brought the three-pack home with his fast and furious 11- minute battle with a Pacific blue marlin estimated at 125 pounds.

A bit of perspective. The worldwide average of tournament teams who actually hook up is about 30% for an entire tournament. At HIBT Day One, already 11 of 28 teams have points on the board. "As the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament welcomes anglers from around the world, we are reminded how great the fishing is here and how Kona's reputation is well known around the world," stated Peter Fithian, HIBT Founder.

Note: To preserve the thrill of big game fishing for future generations, HIBT teams do not receive points for any Pacific blue marlin under 300 pounds that are boated. Teams are awarded points for these billfish that are tagged and released.

The prestigious five-day Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament continues through Friday, August 5, 2016.

HIBT Day One Results

TEAM STANDINGS POINTS
(inc bonus)
Malibu Marlin Club, USA 900
Old South Marlin Club–International, USA 600
Redcliffe Peninsula Game Fishing Club, Aust 502.566
Yorkey’s Knob Game Fishing Club, Aust 400
Perth Game Fishing Club, Aust 400
South African Deep Sea Angling Assoc., S. Africa 300
TOP BOATS POINTS
(inc bonus)
Silky 900
Northern Lights II 600
Waiopai 502.566
Northern Lights 400
EZ Pickens 400
Maverick 300

Meet Miss Billfish 2016 Tina Fear!

hibt Christina 'Tina' Fear is a local girl, born and raised in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. She considers the ocean her playground and enjoys all water activities including fishing, surfing and swimming - Miss Billfish was actually on a surfboard before she even could swim!

Tina just returned to the Big Island after receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Travel Industry Management from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. With a deep appreciation of community together with the natural beauty of Hawaii Island, Miss Billfish 2016 wants to put her travel degree into action and pursue her dream in opening her own tour company.

Her lovely spirit exemplifies the 'aloha' found here in Hawaii and Tina is excited to be a part of this iconic tournament.

Miss Billfish 2016 Tina Fear wishes everyone a successful and wonderful time at the 57th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament. Let's fish!

 

57th Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament Starts Fishing July 30 - August 6, 2016

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Kona, Hawaii - The highly anticipated 57th annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT) gets underway starting Saturday, July 30 through Saturday, August 6, 2016. Built on prestige, trophies and strict International Game Fish Association (IGFA) rules for world records, teams from around the world gather to fish the world-famous waters off the Kona Coast and a chance of capturing the HIBT's prestigious Governor's trophy.

HIBT event headquarters, retail and tournament control will be at Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach. Kailua Pier is a great place to watch the iconic Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament start each morning at 8:00 am (except Wednesday 7:00 am) as boats line up across Historic Kailua Bay. Spectators can expect to see lots of scoreboard action as teams weigh in their big fish at the end of fishing each day at 4:00 pm (except Wednesday 3:00 pm).

Last year, USA's Team Likeke captured the HIBT win with an impressive 2296 points on the leaderboard. Australia took second and Japan finished the top three.

For inquiries, questions and information, please contact the HIBT office at or phone 808-836-1723