HIBT Leader Board 2011
Fish SponsorDistance

"West Marie"


West Marine 2188 nm
7 Laguna Niguel Billfish Club #1&2 1752 nm
5 Kona Game Fishing Club - Taiyo 1053 nm
4 Louisiana Hot Sauce Club 1028 nm



Patricia Steele and Sherry Vann 522 nm
2 Bay of Islands Swordfish Club #1&2, and Stephen Chow 515 nm
San Juan IBT Leader Board 2011
Fish BoatDistance (nm)
3 Sea Born 4,776
4 Bolita 589
6 Lucky Dog 497
5 Amirita 419
2 Batichica 206
1 Islamar 178
Lizard Island Leader Board 2011
Fish Boat Distance
5 Castille 111 2,739 nm
3 Castille 111 2,325 nm
2 Reelistic 334 nm
1 Moana 111  267 nm
4 Allure 204 nm
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The Great Marlin Race Goes Global

This note is long overdue! As many of you know who will be reading this, last year our team here at Stanford University began working with Jason Schratwieser, Conservation Director at the International Game Fish Association, to expand the Great Marlin Race beyond its birthplace at the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament. Our shared vision in this effort was to create a series of Great Marlin Race events all around the world, culminating in a meta-competition wherein the tagged marlin traveling the furthest, in all of the events of a given year, would be recognized at the Annual IGFA International Auction & Banquet held each January at the IGFA Headquarters in Dania Beach, Florida.

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This first year if the IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR), was an incredible success. Events were held in San Juan, Puerto Rico;  Richard's Bay, South Africa; Exmouth, Australia; Madeira, Portugal; and Spain's Canary Islands. A total of 23 satellite tags were deployed on black and blue marlin in three ocean basins. These fish covered a total point-to-point distance of 11,484 nautical miles - including one spectacular track originating off Puerto Rico and winding up off the coast of Angola, 4,776 miles away from where it was tagged! The team who sponsored that tag will be honored at this year's annual IGFA Banquet, and will celebrate the memory of the late Mike Benitez, the angler who tagged that winning marlin, who passed away just two days before the tag popped up.

We are already well into the second year of this fantastic collaboration, with tags having been deployed at the 2012 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament in August, the 2012 San Juan International Billfish Tournament in September and the Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic in October. More events are currently being planned for South Africa, Kenya and Australia, with other possibilities being discussed each week.

So rather than trying to keep two sites current and updated, we are focusing our efforts on the growing IGMR site at the IGFA, which you can find here. As always, you can feel free to contact us here at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if we can be of assistance, and we'll be keeping this site alive as an archive of the initial Great Marlin Race events and outcomes. Best wishes!