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Malibu Anglers Club Wins Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament

Strong international competition marks this year’s event

Anglers come to Kona, Hawaii from all over the world to fish the prestigious Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament. The calm Pacific Ocean waters are always a pleasure to fish and the ever-lurking giant blue marlin also makes this event so unique, knowing that the fish of a lifetime is just a heartbeat away. The HIBT has now been going strong for an incredible 57 years, making this one of the longest-running marlin tournaments in the world.

2016 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament

The welcome ceremony for the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament includes island drummers and more.

Courtesy John Ashley

Right from the start, the Malibu Marlin Club team started brilliantly, releasing three blue marlin on 50-pound tackle aboard the 45-foot Viking Silky, skippered by Capt. John Bagwell. Hot on their heels was the Old South Marlin Club International, fishing aboard Northern Lights II skippered by Capt. Kevin Nakamaru with two blue marlin tagged. The Australian team from the Redcliffe Peninsular Game Fishing Club fishing aboard Waiopai boated the first blue marlin for the tournament; the blue weighed 302 pounds and was the heaviest marlin in this mostly tag and release event.

The Malibu Marlin Club team, rotating boats and now fishing aboard the 37-foot Merritt Northern Lights, skippered by Capt. Oskie Rice, took back in the lead when they tagged another blue marlin. The Redcliffe Peninsula GFC Team tagged another blue and, along with the marlin they weighed, gained enough points to edge out the USA Old South Marlin Team by just 2.6 points for second place. The USA Old South team finished third overall. Capt. Oskie Rise won the award as the Champion Charter Boat Captain.

2016 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament

The Malibu Marlin Club team from the United States emerged victorious in a strong international fleet.

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2016 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament

The American angling contingent at the welcome ceremony.

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2016 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament

Hooked Up wires a blue marlin in the tournament.

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2016 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament

It's a blue marlin release for the Australians on Bite Me 3. Teams rotate among charter boats throughout the tournament.

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2016 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament blue marlin jumping

With deep waters close to shore and nearly flat calm seas, Kona is a terrific marlin destination.

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2016 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament

Capt. Oskie Rice on Northern Lights was the tournament's Top Charter Boat Captain.

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2016 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament

High Flyer returns to port with a blue marlin release flag.

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2016 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament

The anglers representing the Perth Game Fish Club had a great time in this year's HIBT.

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