The Presidential Challenge-Costa Rica

The Presidential Challenge in Costa Rica has come and gone with team High Hook taking the win this year, reeling in 1500 points. This tournament, which is in its 16th year, took place March 1-4, with the other tournaments to follow in June, October, and November throughout Central America. This tournament is a qualifier for the IGFA Offshore World Championship, and the proceeds help conservation efforts in Costa Rica. Tournament Director Joan Vernon had this to say about the event:
The Presidential Challenge of Costa Rica presented by the ICT is one of the few fishing events that truly give back to the resource. While promoting tourism in the Guanacaste Region, we are also raising money to give to The Billfish Foundation for continued conservation work in Costa Rica. This makes everyone participating in this event a partner in conservation with TBF.

The 2012 dates for the Presidential Challenge Conservation Series are: PCCA Costa Rica, March 1-4; Presidential Papagayo Cup, June 6-9; Presidential Caribbean Cup (Aruba), Oct. 11-14; and PCCA Guatemala, Nov. 15-18, 2012.

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Annual IGFA International Auction & Banquet on the Horizon

On January 27, 2012, the Annual IGFA International Auction & Banquet will take place at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. As is customary every year, there is an auction full of a wide range of items, with some bidding already taking place online. Included in the auction, is a ScaleMaster MiniPro, so go check out all the fun fishing gear and place your bid. Along with the auction will be the prestigious Conservation Awards, recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation of sport fish, will be accompanied by a multi-media production of highlights.
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A One Million Dollar Catch

Want to know what winning over a million dollars feels like? Ask the boys from the boat Tiger Spirit. Although their blue marlin was not the biggest in the Bisbees Black & Blue Tournament a couple of weeks ago, we don’t think they are complaining about the 14 lb differential between their blue marlin and the marlin caught by the winners of the tournament, Bad Medicine.

“It earned a whopping $1,162,842 since it was the only fish entered in all three daily $5,000 and $10,000 jackpots. Tiger Spirit owner Ned Wallace of Newport Beach, California, has been a long-time participant in the Black & Blue, but this is the first time his team has scored the tournaments top cash prize.

Not a bad day at the office for the boat Tiger Spirit.

Bad Medicine had a great run at this tournament also, reeling in a 409 lb blue marlin to kick off the first day of fishing netting them $394, 090.

This tournament never fails in the thrills and excitement category, and tournament Director Wayne Bisbee knows this competition brings a great experience for anglers every year. “Even second place can win a million bucks in the Black & Blue. So thanks to all our anglers and crews, plus our fantastic sponsors, we are the big enchilada of sportfishing. We’re the World Series, Super Bowl, and Triple Crown all rolled into one wet and wild ride.

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Salud! Chupacabra Takes Big Purse in Cabo

The docks of Cabo San Lucas were buzzing with competitors who turned out October 11-15 for the 13th Annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament. The big winner of this event was Team Chupacabra, who reeled in a 543 pound blue marlin, pictured here. There isn’t anything quite like seeing those numbers flash up on the ScaleMaster Scoreboard and knowing you got the big catch of the tournament, right guys?

Chupacabra’s blue marlin also won the team, including Capt. Jesse Scarbrough, mate Bobby Cline, and anglers Mike Mullen, Robert Cline, Timothy Donnelley, Horace Barge and Michael Thompson, tourney honors of Largest Blue Marlin, Days One through Three Daily Marlin Jackpots, and the Winner-Take-All Marlin Jackpot to bring Chupacabra’s total tournament prize money to $364,764.25. The team also holds a unique distinction of being one of few teams to fish every year of the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament.

We are sure these numbers got the blood pumping for these fishermen. 42 boats competed in the tournament, catching and releasing 2 black marlin, seven blue, 16 striped marlin, and 26 sailfish.

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California Billfish Series: Slow Fishing, But Successful Tournament Series

California Billfish Series

After a last minute change in venue, the Zane Grey Invitational, the first tournament to kickoff the California Billfish Series presented by Typhoon Polarized Optics, began with a move to Dana Point. The striped marlin everyone was looking for weren’t biting off Catalina. The decision was made, and everyone in the tournament agreed, it was the right call.  Shark’s Parlour was the victor in this tournament, taking close to $80,000 in prize money.


The team on Shark’s Parlour, including Jim Sloan, Tom Sloan, Eric Hermann, Bryce Hermann, Rick Triguiero and Jesse Henry took the lead on Day One and held the position the entire event.

Fishing continued on Catalina Island on September 18-20 with the Catalina Classic and the Avalon Billfish Classic running simultaneously. Fishing was tough for all of the participants, and with no one landing a fish; a decision had to be made as to what to do with the prize money.

With no fish caught in these two events, Hussainy decided to roll the prize money over to the 2012 events and give back all of the optional jackpot cash minus the tournament’s operational cut. It was either that or fish for one more day. It was a popular decision with the participants.

Despite the lack of bites, overall the tournaments were successful and the new owners were praised for a job well done.

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