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
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Preparations Under Way for the 2011 Race

July 4th has just passed and we're turning our full attention on preparations for the 2011 Great Marlin Race!  With just a few weeks to go, the tags are being set up and programmed, the tagging poles are being checked and packed, and reservations are being booked for the third annual event.

Combined 2009 and 2010 tracks

In 2009 and 2010 we had great success in tagging several marlin, and following their movements across a broad swath of the Central Pacific.  The combined dataset illustrates not only the tremendous distances these fish can swim in just a few months - but also the variability from animal to animal and year to year.  It will be very interesting to see what the tags from this years' race reveal!

One of the most exciting developments going into this year's race is that th Stanford Team has joined forces with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) to run the Great Marlin Race - and to help this research project to expand and grow so we can learn more about billfish biology around the globe.  We'll be sharing more news about this new partnership with all of you during the tournament, and in the weeks and months ahead as all the details are put in place.  

If you are interested in learning more about the Great Marlin Race, or in sponsoring a tag for this year's event, please contact either This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at Stanford or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the HIBT and we'll make sure you have whatever you need!