|Tourney Fishin' Pics and article in All At Sea magazine|
In most cases, the bait and the pelagic species of gamefish that consume them begin to stir in May and stay active all summer long. Participation in billfishing tournaments are a great way to get recreational anglers involved in the offshore game. What better way to test your metal than loading up a sportfisher boat with fishing gear and fishing friends in order to pursue a blue marlin on the open ocean.
|Here's the tourney list on a .jpg|
While some billfish tournaments are steeped in rich tradition such as this year’s 47th Annual Blue Marlin Tournament in Georgetown, South Carolina. Others have a more modern face with the best possible website and entertainment value such as the Blue Marlin Grand Championship in Alabama.
|Cover of the May 2014 issue|
These friendly competitions do turn serious when the big money is on the line, but for the most part everyone is competing for the right to hoist a burgee flag once back in port. The upside down representation of a billfish signals that a billfish was hooked up, handled and released on that day, and it generally takes multiple flags to indicate the kind of success that might lead to a tourney WIN.
To view the Offshore Tournament Calendar click on All At Sea.
To view a past blog entry about the S.C. Governor's Cup Billfishing Series click 25th Anniversary.