Due to popular demand of our current regional awards in South Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, TBF is excited to announce the expansion of our regional competitions to include Cape Verde and the Hawaiian Islands. These two locations are known to have great marlin fishing and a passionate sportfishing community, where several past award winners come from or have fished.
These competitions will focus on who reports the most total marlin to TBF before the end of the competition season. The season will run concurrently with our overall awards (November 1st – October 31st of the following year) and just like our past regional competitions, those who participate in the regional, will also compete and can receive awards in the overall competition as long as their billfish numbers exceed the minimum amount required for their respective category, and they are active TBF members. One difference is that the Cape Verde and Hawaiian regions will be further separated into a charter and private boat category.
The Billfish Foundation is proud to honor and recognize the captains, anglers and crews for their effort to tag, release and report their catches every year. These conservation heroes report the most tagged and released billfish annually, and our newest regional competitions will further engage and excite crews, and increase participation in TBF’s Tag & Release program. In creating these additional categories, we acknowledge those who are faced with unique fishery/fishing conditions and celebrate them for their conservation ethic and will be driven by their competitive spirit.
TBF’s regional competition offers several opportunities for participants to be recognized for their outstanding fishing accomplishments, contribution to billfish conservation and a chance to win great prizes including trophies from King Sailfish Mounts, Costa Sunglasses, and much more. To learn more about these regional competitions, eligibility, their varied categories, and the overall competition check out our website or contact us.