Continuing in the tradition of hosting world-class sportfishing tournaments, Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina has announced the details of the 2014 tournament season. Located at the center of one of the top fishing destinations in the world, the resort has long played host to some of the most highly anticipated sportfishing competitions in the region, and the upcoming season is no exception. Beginning with the Custom Shootout in May and concluding in July with the Abaco Marlin Outboard Series, each of these five tournaments promises to deliver exceptional fishing, lucrative prizes and memorable events.
“For years the Abacos have ranked among the top sportfishing destinations in the world, and it’s easy to see why during tournament season,” said Kevie Thomas, guest relations manager at Abaco Beach Resort. “After last year’s memorable catches, which included a 727-pound blue marlin, we are more excited than ever to see what’s in store for anglers. One thing is for certain, and that’s a season filled with more unforgettable catches, great entertainment and the signature atmosphere that one can only find in the Abacos.”
Abaco Beach Resort 2014 Fishing Tournament Schedule:
- The Custom Shoot-Out – May 14-17, 2014
An exclusive invitation-only billfish tournament, The Custom Shoot-Out is limited to custom-built inboard sportfishing boats. Trophies and merchandise will be awarded for several categories including the tournament’s perpetual trophy that will be awarded to the top custom boat manufacturer and displayed year round at the IGFA. In the interest of fishing conservation the tournament will be an “all-release” billfish format. The highly-anticipated tournament is a 501c3 non-profit corporation which has contributed over $700,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 9/11 Fallen Heroes and other charities. www.customshoot.com
- Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Invitational – June 11-14, 2014
With some of the best marlin fishing in the world located within 10 miles of Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina it’s no wonder one of the most exclusive and competitive sportfishing tournaments is taking place where the fish are. The Bahamas’ richest fishing tournament is back for a second year, bringing with it the chance of up to $1,000,000 in cash prizes (based on 25 boats and multiple optional jackpot divisions entered).__ www.abacomarlin.com
- The Bahamas Billfish Championship – June 18-21, 2014
The Bahamas Billfish Championship will once again wrap up the final leg of the series in
Marsh Harbour. Since 1973 this world-class tournament has brought together seasoned anglers from around the world for a series filled with record-setting catches and celebrations. www.bahamasbillfish.com
- Abaco Marlin Outboard Series Leg I – June 25-28, 2014
Abaco Marlin Outboard Series Leg II – July 9-12, 2014
This new series will feature a number of boat builders who have added versatile offshore center console models to their fleets as well as outboard motor manufacturers with new high-tech, lightweight, fuel efficient and quieter engines. Combined, these new machines are impressive and will make for a thrilling tournament series. Prizes will be awarded to the winner for both legs one and two as well as the overall winner of both legs. www.skipstournaments.com
As home to one of the Bahamas’ largest marinas with 198 slips, Abaco Beach Resort is able to accommodate vessels up to 200 feet in length. The resort staff provides all the necessary amenities to assist anglers with preparations for a successful day on the water. Marina services include 24-hour security, Internet, TV, full detailing and cleaning, electricity and fueling services seven days a week, 365 days a year as well as on-site customs and immigration clearance.
For more information on the 2014 tournament schedule and registration, please visit http://www.abacobeachresort.com/marina/tournaments.html.
About Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina
Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina is situated on 40 scenic acres of white sand beaches and lush tropical gardens in the Out Islands of the Bahamas, overlooking surrounding cays and the beautiful Sea of Abaco. The largest hotel in Abaco’s Marsh Harbour, the resort features 89 oceanfront guestrooms, suites and villas, 8,750 total square feet of indoor and outdoor event space and is home to one of the to the largest marinas in the Bahamas. Abaco Beach Resort offers a total vacation experience with endless opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Guests can island hop, fish and explore underwater marine life or enjoy the resort’s fitness center, tennis facilities, swimming pool or dining outlets. The resort is located just five miles from the Marsh Harbour Airport and is only a 50-minute plane ride from Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach and Tampa. Alongside the marina, the Harbour Residences feature private verandas overlooking Elbow Cay, the Sea of Abaco and Boat Harbour. Interiors range from 1,800 to 3,500 square feet and full ownership sale prices start at $1,142,000. For resort or real estate information, visit www.AbacoBeachResort.com or call 1-800-533-4799.