East Cape, Mexico — Since 1984, members of the Tournament Anglers Association have ventured south of the border for the East Cape Billfish Tournament, but even the longtime veterans of this event were pleasantly surprised by the outstanding fishing that awaited them at this year's 28th anniversary event. Twenty-three participating anglers released a total of 142 billfish: 137 striped marlin, two blue marlin and three sailfish. At 6.17 billfish per angler, this is the highest per-angler release statistic in the history of the tournament (the previous record was set back in 1987 when 33 anglers released 163 billfish). Every participating angler was able to release at least one billfish during the three-day event and one Grand Slam was recorded by angler Dale Miles, who let go a blue marlin, two striped marlin and a sailfish on the tournament's first day. The striped marlin were found in good numbers less than 30 minutes' run by boat from the tournament's host resort, Palmas de Cortez, and were attacking live and dead bait as well as lures with great abandon during the event. The first day of fishing saw the fleet releasing 71 billfish, with another 39 coming on Wednesday and 31 on Thursday.