The 52nd Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament
July 25-29, 2011

Press Releases

July 29, 2011
HIBT Day Five

Port Vila Game Fishing Club of Vanuatu Wins 52nd Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament

Marlin Parker Top Charter Boat Captain

KONA, HAWAII—“Stop fishing, stop fishing, stop fishing,” rang out at exactly 4:30pm for the final time this week, and with those iconic words the 52nd Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament came to a close. Read More (pdf)

July 28, 2011
HIBT Day Four

Port Vila Game Fishing Club of Vanuatu Retains HIBT Lead
540lb Pacific Blue Marlin Propels New Zealand

Kona, Hawaii (Thursday, July 28, 2011) Two hours into Day Four of the 52nd Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament and Kona’s Captain Marlin Parker heard the reel scream. Fishing in sector Juliet, just north of Kailua, Bay of Islands Swordfish Club #2 of New Zealand boated a major catch to propel the team into second place on the current leaderboard. Read More (pdf)

July 27, 2011
HIBT Day Three

Leader Board Changes as Port Vila Game Fishing Club-Vanuatu Moves Into First Place
Kona, Hawaii (Wednesday, July 27, 2011) Midway through the five-day running of the 52nd annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament and the leaders are vying for key points. Fishing pace skyrocketed on Day One and, while a bit more relaxed, anglers kept the tempo brisk on Days Two and Three. Read More (pdf)

 

July 26, 2011
HIBT Day Two

Old South Marlin Club #1 Holds On To HIBT Lead

Kona, Hawaii (Tuesday, July 26, 2011) The Old South Marlin Club #1 retained its two-day lead with another two fish adding valuable points to their overall total. Angler Susan Ward, fishing aboard Anxious, a 33-foot Bertram, tagged an estimated 180-pound Pacific blue marlin using 50-pound test line. “That was a tough fish and a tough fight. I can’t reel as fast as the guys, and the teamwork of Captain Neal Isaacs and his crew made all the difference,” said Susan Ward. Read More (pdf)

 

July 25, 2011
HIBT Day 1

Billfishers Ready to Fish and Fish Ready to Fight

Kona, Hawaii (Monday, July 25, 2011) As the sun rose over Mount Hualalai, 27 teams were already gathering at Kailua Pier in excited anticipation of the first day of fishing at the 52nd annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament. Danny Akaka, son of noted U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, delivered the traditional Hawaiian blessing and the teams were given the go-ahead start fishing signal at precisely 7:30 a.m. HIBT anglers were ready to go as all teams were loaded aboard the impressive fishing fleet and on the starting line with 15 minutes to spare. Read More (pdf)

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Future HIBT dates:
2012 HIBT August 12-18, including five days of tournament fishing August 13-17
2013 HIBT August 4-10, including five days of tournament fishing August 5-9
2014 HIBT July 27-August 2, including five days of tournament fishing July 28-August 1

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