Miss Billfish Application

The 56th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament
Saturday August 8, 2015 - Saturday August 15, 2015

HIBT Final Day
TEAM LIKEKE CLUB WINS HAWAIIAN INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT

Bucket list win for Rich Wilson as Team Likeke Club wins 2015 HIBT

Kona, Hawaii (Friday, August 14, 2015) – Team Likeke Club hit the leaderboard in second place on Day Two, grabbed the top spot on Day Three and didn’t let go. "Tears were streaming down my face as we pulled into Kailua Pier today," said Rich Wilson, this year’s HIBT champion. "I was the youngest HIBT angler back in the '60s. We moved away, but I never lost my passion for HIBT fishing. Hawaiian fishermen have the deepest passion for fishing."

Wilson continued, "I was told I wouldn’t make another Christmas and I knew I had to come back. And we did and gave her one last hurrah!"

Australia’s Sunshine Coast Game Fishing Club took second place followed by Japan's Kona Game Fishing Club – Kusatsu. Illusions, captained by Tim Hicks with crew members Chris Kam and Jordan Kilkenny, was the top boat scoring the highest number of points over the five days of tournament fishing.

"This was a memorable year at the 56th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament," said HIBT Founder Peter Fithian. "All 31 teams and every charter boat in the fleet put points on the board. I’d say that is pretty close to perfect."



HIBT Day Four
TEAM LIKEKE CLUB HOLDS ONTO SLIM LEAD

Claire Duke, angler with Gold Coast Game Fish Club, boated the largest ahi (yellowfin tuna) of the week so far, tipping the scales at an impressive 191 pounds.

Kona, Hawaii (Thursday, August 13, 2015) — The world's most competitive anglers gathered in Kona for Day Four of the 56th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament and succeeded in tagging and releasing another 16 Pacific blue marlin and 1 spearfish. Claire Duke, Gold Coast Game Fish Club angler, fishing aboard Vixen, caught and boated the largest ahi (yellowfin tuna) of the week so far, tipping the scales at an impressive 191 pounds. With one more day of tournament fishing remaining, all but one of 31 teams have posted points on the scoreboard.

Team Likeke Club, on a bucket list quest, held their 207 point lead over Australia's Sunshine Coast Game Fishing Club.

"The fish have been hungry all week and who knows what tomorrow will bring? The teams are very aware of how close the standings are and what it will take to win the tournament," said HIBT Founder Peter Fithian. "HIBT anglers and the highly skilled captains of Kona’s fishing fleet will tackle tomorrow's final day of fishing with everything they’ve got." HIBT fishing wraps on Friday at 4:30 p.m.


2015 HIBT Day Four Results

LEADERBOARD POINTS (inc bonus)
Team Likeke Club2,195
Sunshine Coast Game Fishing Club1,988
New Britain Game Fishing Club1,700
Kona Game Fishing Club — Kusatsu 1,614
Nanhai Lang Tao Club1,600
TOP BOATSPOINTS (inc bonus)
Hooked Up1,658
Illusions1,645
Northern Lights II1,600
Ihu Nui1,564
Kona Blue1,550

HIBT Day Three
TEAM LIKEKE CLUB TAKES LEAD

New Zealanders celebrate 408-pound Pacific blue marlin caught by angler Darryl Bradly, Ahipara Game Fish Club, New Zealand

Kona, Hawaii (Wednesday, August 12, 2015) — After three days of action-packed tournament fishing, 29 of 31 teams have already posted points and several teams are within striking distance of the top spot on the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament leaderboard.

Today's catch, smaller in number than days one and two, netted 13 fish tagged and released, one boated 408-pound Pacific blue marlin and one boated ahi (yellowfin tuna). The top two teams exchanged scoring positions today with Team Likeke Club jumping ahead of yesterday's leader Sunshine Coast Game Fishing Club by a mere 207 points.

"International representation at our tournament brings folks with a passion for fishing together to fish in Kona’s famous waters," said HIBT Founder Peter Fithian. "HIBT anglers from Japan, Australia, China, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu unite with teams from Hawaii and several states on the mainland for a week-long tournament that celebrates the spirit of amateur big game sportfishing." HIBT fishing continues through Friday.


2015 HIBT Day Three Results

LEADERBOARD POINTS (inc bonus)
Team Likeke Club1,895
Sunshine Coast Game Fishing Club1,688
Kona Game Fishing Club – Kusatsu1,564
Nanhai Lang Tao Club1,300
New Britain Game Fishing Club1,150
TOP BOATSPOINTS (inc bonus)
Illusions1,745
Ihi Nui1,564
Northern Lights II1,300
Hooked Up1,050
Kona Blue950

HIBT Day Two
CHANGE UPS IN DAY TWO LEADERBOARD
SUNSHINE COAST GAME FISHING CLUB NUDGES INTO LEAD

Miss Billfish, Cheri Lavoie with Team Likeke Club, who boated largest fish of day two.
Photo by: Karin Stanton/Hawaii247.com

Kona, Hawaii (Tuesday, August 11, 2015) — With near perfect conditions, scoreboard action continued to heat up on this second day of the 56th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT). The top teams are locked in a very tight race witnessed by incredibly dynamic fishing. Afternoon action put Australia’s Sunshine Coast Game Fishing Club in the lead.

"Twenty seven of 31 teams have already posted points on the scoreboard — and we’ve only just completed Day Two of fishing," said HIBT Founder Peter Fithian. "With so many fish taking the bait, any team could pull ahead in the days to come."

Nearly all fish caught are tagged and released throughout the tournament. HIBT tag and release strategy captures valuable points for teams and boat captains. Fithian explained, "Captains, crews and teams must be able to quickly estimate the weight of the fish, often during a heated battle reeling in the fish. This is where experience and knowledge come into play." HIBT fishing continues through Friday.


2015 HIBT Day Two Results

LEADERBOARD POINTS (inc bonus)
Sunshine Coast Game Fishing Club 1,688
Team Likeke Club 1,495
Kona Game Fishing Club — Kusatsu 1,264
Nanhai Lang Tao Club 1,000
Mermaids Anglers Club — Team Kalaoa 900
TOP BOATSPOINTS (inc bonus)
Illusions 1,645
Ihi Nui 1,564
Northern Lights II 1,000
Topshape 900

For more tournament information, including daily fishing video recaps, IGFA world-records, rules, and entry information, log onto www.hibtfishing.com

HIBT Day One
2015 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament Underway

Makoto Yaegashi, Kona Game Fishing Club–Kusatsu weighs in largest fish of the day and gets a photo with Cheri Lavoie, Miss Billfish 2015

Kona, Hawaii (Monday, August 10, 2015) — Thirty-one teams from around the globe were on the starting line as Day One of the 56th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT) officially got underway in Kona, Hawaii. With the legendary "Start Fishing Start Fishing Start Fishing" seven teams from Japan, six teams from Australia, three teams from New Zealand, two each from Africa and China joined teams from Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu plus nine U.S. teams (including two from Hawaii) to begin a five-day fishing marathon in Kona's famous waters.

According to HIBT founder Peter Fithian, "Thirty-six fish added points to team totals making this the best first day of Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament fishing in over a decade."

2015 HIBT Day One Results

LEADERBOARD POINTS (inc bonus)
Kona Game Fishing Club — Kusatsu964
Laguna Niguel Billfish Club — Team 3 800
Nanhai Lang Tao Club 700
Mermaids Anglers Club — Team Kalaoa600
Kona Game Fishing Club — Olympian Dream550
Queensland Game Fishing Association550
Sunshine Coast Game Fishing Club550
TOP BOATS POINTS (inc bonus)
Ihi Nui 964
Topshape800
Kona Seafari 700
Northern Lights II700
Hooked Up550
Bite Me 6 550
Bite Me 3550
For more tournament information, including daily fishing video recaps, IGFA world-records, rules, and entry information, log onto www.hibtfishing.com


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