Miss Billfish Application

The 58th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament
Saturday September 9, 2017 - Sunday September 17, 2017

SURFSIDE MARINA-TEAM MISS BEHAVIN TAKES THE LEAD ON DAY TWO

Surfside Marina-Team Miss Behavin capture their two-tag and release and top of the scoreboard.

Kona, Hawaii (Tuesday, September 12, 2017) - The leaderboard continued to heat up on this second day of the 58th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT) as a new leader emerged. USA's Surfside Marina–Team Miss Behavin surged into the lead with 700 points.

It was a near perfect Day Two of fishing in Kona's waters. The top teams are locked in a very tight race with almost every team logging points on the leaderboard.

"Eighty three percent of our HIBT teams have already posted points on the leaderboard and we’ve only just completed two days of tournament fishing," said HIBT Founder Peter Fithian. "With so much angler action, any team could pull ahead in the days to come."

New Leader After Day Two
Surfside Marina–Team Miss Behavin moved to the top of the leaderboard with the only double tag and release of the day aboard 45-foot Ihu Nui I. Angler and Team Captain David Finkelstein fought an estimated 250-pound Pacific blue marlin for only 8 minutes before tagging and releasing the fish.

Surfside Marina angler Steve Weitzen tagged and released a second Pacific blue marlin estimated at 150 pounds in 15 minutes. The team chose this second blue marlin to launch an electronic satellite tag as part of the International Game Fish Association's (IGFA) Great Marlin Race. This partnership between the IGFA, HIBT and Stanford University pairs recreational anglers with cutting-edge science to learn more about the basic biology of marlin and how they utilize the open ocean habitat. These pop up archival tags increase understanding of where these animals go and how they use the pelagic ecosystem.

"I'm from New York and as a child growing up on the East Coast I looked at black and white photos of the anglers fishing in the HIBT," said angler Stephen Weitzen. "My whole life, where other kids wanted to be an astronaut or fireman, I always wanted to go fish the HIBT! And I'm just so happy to be here." The Surfside Marina–Team Miss Behavin team strategy going into mid-week is to have a good time fishing no matter what happens.

Tag and Release
Day Two saw eight Pacific blue marlin tagged and released. The tag and release strategy captures valuable points for teams and boat captains. Through two days of HIBT fishing, all billfish have been tagged and released. With conservation in mind and no points awarded for fish boated under 300 pounds, quick action, estimations and measurements are made by captains, crew and angler to garner the most points.

First Ahi Caught
Fishing aboard the 38-foot Bomboy's Toy, Pajaro Valley Gamefish Club reported a hook-up a little after noon and boated the first ahi of this year's tournament. Angler Tony Campos successfully boated a 111.8-pound ahi in just 37 minutes.

Mission Bay Marlin Club angler Heidi McBride put her team on the scoreboard with a tagged Pacific blue marlin estimated at 175 pounds. Heidi fought the fish for 17 minutes before deploying the second electronic satellite tag in the tournament. She holds the distinction of being the first woman angler to score team points at this year's HIBT. Mission Bay Marlin Club's husband and wife team fished aboard the 53-foot Kila Kila.

HIBT Day Two

TEAM STANDINGSPOINTS
(inc bonus)
Suraside Marina-Team Miss Behavin , USA 700
Core Marlin Club, Japan 600
South African Deep Sea Angling Assoc. 550
Pajaro Valley Gamefishing Club, USA 300
Olympian Dream Fishing Club, Japan 300
Old South Marlin Club-Masters, USA 300
Old South Marlin Club-International 300
Newport Game Fish Club, Australia 300
New Britain Game Fishing Club, Papua New Guinea 300
Moreton Bay Game Fish Club, Australia 300
Mission Bay Marlin Club , USA 300
Kona Game Fishing Club-Osaka, Japan 300
Bay of Islands Swordfishing Club, New Zealand 300
Malibu Marlin Club, USA 100
Hilton Grand Vacations Fishing Club-Ohana, Japan 100
TOP BOATSCAPTAINPOINTS (inc bonus)
Humdinger Jeff Fay 850
Northern Lights II Kevin Nakamaru 600
Lightspeed Rob Ellyn 600
Ihu Nui I McGrew Rice 600
Anxious Neal Isaacs 600
Kila Kila Brian Wargo 400
Topshape Al Gustavson 300
Silky John Bagwell 300
High Flyer Guy Terwilliger 300
EZ Pickens Chuck Wigzell 300
Rod Bender Kerwin Masunaga 100
Kona Concept Steve Spina 100

58th HAWAIIAN INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT STARTS FISHING
JAPAN AND SOUTH AFRICA BATTLE FOR FIRST

2017 Miss Billfish, Kelina Wolfe and Core Marlin Club of Japan enjoy the team's tag and release on Kailua Pier.

Kona, Hawaii (Monday, September 11, 2017) - After an unusual early morning light rain in Kona, Kahu Danny Akaka began with a moment of silence to honor those lost on 9/11 and a Hawaiian blessing.

Teams from around the world gathered on the starting line as the 58th Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT) got underway with their legendary call to "Start fishing, start fishing, start fishing!" And with that, competitive teams representing Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, and the USA began a five-day fishing marathon in Kona's famous waters.

Early Morning Action
By the mid-morning radio round-up, six teams reported Pacific blue marlin and spearfish tagged and released. The first tag on the scoreboard arrived in just over 60 minutes after the start when Pajaro Valley Gamefish Club, fishing aboard the 47-foot Light Speed, reported its first tagged Pacific blue marlin. Angler Tony Campos successfully tagged the estimated 225 pounder in just under 18 minutes. Four minutes later, defending champion Malibu Marlin Club put valuable points on the scoreboard when angler Stephen Chow tagged a spearfish estimated at 30 pounds.

Japan's Core Marlin Club Leads After Day One
As the fishing continued throughout Day One, it was Japan's Core Marlin Club who landed on top of the leader board with 600 points. Fishing aboard the 47-foot Northern Lights II, angler Toshihiro Honda tagged and released an estimated 160-pound Pacific blue marlin in an impressive 20 minutes. Just after the noon round-up angler Kenkichi Miyauchi scored this team’s second tag and release with a Pacific blue marlin estimated at 120 pounds.

Day One yielded a tight race with only 50 points separating first and second places.
Claiming second place with 550 points, South Africa's Deep Sea Angling Association Team spent the day fishing aboard the classic 37-foot Humdinger. Team Captain Phillip Marx tagged and released an estimated 175-pound Pacific blue marlin on 80-pound test line, putting priceless points on the board. Nearly two hours later, angler Mike Ross tagged another Pacific blue marlin estimated at 175 pounds using 50-pound test line in just 12 minutes.

As Day One of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament wrapped, nine teams were on the scoreboard with 11 Pacific blue marlin and short-nosed spearfish.

The prestigious five-day Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament continues through Friday, September 15, 2017.

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.

For more tournament information, including IGFA world-records, rules and entry information, log on to www.hibtfishing.com.

HIBT Day One

TEAM STANDINGSPOINTS
(inc bonus)
Core Marlin Club, Japan 600
South African Deep Sea Angling Assoc. 550
Pajaro Valley Gamefishing Club, USA 300
Old South Marlin Club-Masters, USA 300
Moreton Bay Game Fish Club, Auguststralia 300
Bay of Islands Swordfishing Club, New Zealand 300
Surfside Marina-Team Miss Behavin, USA 100
Malibu Marlin Club, USA 100
Hilton Grand Vacations Fishing Club-Ohana, Japan 100
TOP BOATSCAPTAINPOINTS
(inc bonus)
Northern Lights Kevin Nakamaru 600
Humdinger Jeff Fay 550
Topshape Al Gustavson 300
Silky John Bagwell 300
Lightspeed Rob Ellyn 300
Anxious Neal Isaacs 300
Rod Bender Kerwin Masunaga 100
Kona Concept Steve Spina 100
Kila Kila Brian Wargo 100

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