Team King and I Wins the Guatemala Billfish Invitational

4th annual tournament features hot sailfish bite

Team King and I at Guatemala Billfish Invitational
Team King and I takes first place with 4,400 points.Courtesy of Pacific Fins

For the fourth consecutive year, the Guatemala Billfish Invitational delivered spectacular sailfish action while bringing together recreational fishing interests and the scientific community for a fun-filled, mutually beneficial three-day event.

The Billfish Invitational's pro-am format allows anglers from around the world to fish with a select group of celebrities, with the proceeds benefiting Guatemala's national commission for the protection of sailfish. Along with bragging rights and a prize package from sponsors, the winning team has their names added to the beautiful perpetual trophy that's displayed prominently at Pacific Fins year-round.

Team Sirena at Guatemala billfish invitational
Team Sirena takes second place with 4,200 points.Courtesy of Pacific Fins
Team Fishy Business at Guatemala billfish invitational
Team Fishy Business takes third place with 3,700 points.Courtesy of Pacific Fins

The bite was as hot as ever this year with the 15 boats in the tournament totaling 446 sailfish and 3 blue marlin released during the three days of non-stop action on the water. With 44 sailfish releases worth 4,400 points, team King and I took this year's top honors. Team Sirena was a close second with 4,200 points from 42 sailfish releases. Finishing in third place was team Fishy Business with 3,700 points from 34 sailfish releases and one blue marlin.

A double sailfish bite at Guatemala Billfish Invitational
Team Knotwork with a sailfish double header.Courtesy of Pacific Fins

Dr. Nelson Erhardt and Bruce Pohlot from the University of Miami were on hand to present a lesson in sailfish conservation efforts and review data collected from satellite tagging of 8 of the 10 sailfish that were tagged during last year's tournament.

Dr. Nelson Erhardt presenting at Guatemala Billfish Invitational
Full house for Dr. Erhardt's presentation on his sailfish research.Courtesy of Pacific Fins

This year's celebrity guests included NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, MLB Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, Food Network star chef Terry French and fishing television personalities Peter Miller, Scott Walker and George Gozdz.

jumping sailfish at guatemala billfish invitational
Team Uno Mas with a feisty sailfish release.Courtesy of Pacific Fins