International Billfish Tournament Announces New 2017 Date

The popular Puerto Rico tournament was rescheduled after Hurricane Maria hit the island on Sept. 20

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Predator rips through the waters off Puerto Rico during the International Billfish Tournament of Club Nautico de San Juan. The 64th edition of the popular two-day competition is now set for December 7-10, 2017.Courtesy International Billfish Tournament

The International Billfish Tournament of Club Nautico de San Juan has been rescheduled for December 7-10, 2017, to support Puerto Rico's recovery efforts and continue a 64-year tradition, the longest consecutively held big-game fishing tournament in the world.

“We are moving forward with our favorite sport and giving a boost to the local economy that needs all the support that we can give,” said Salvador Egea, Jr. chairman of this year's tournament, rescheduled after Hurricane Maria hit the Island on Sept. 20.

The tournament in itself is a booster to the local economy. Boat owners and anglers will spend money on fishing equipment, supplies, provisions, fuel as well as restaurants, hotels and other expenses as part of the tournament preparation.

Registration and pre-event meetings will be Dec. 7-8, followed by a two days fishing competition. The awards ceremony will be held on the final evening to the tune of “Boricua” Christmas Party.

“We are ready to fish and continue with Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts”, said Egea. For more information, please visit www.sanjuaninternational.com or send an e-mail to chairman@sanjuaninternational.com.