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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Five Tags Out, Five More to Go


The last day of fishing was the most successful yet for the Great Marlin Race, with three more tags deployed on marlin. The first tag of the day was placed on a 165 pound marlin caught by Rolf Czybayski of the Game Fishing Club of South Australia, fishing on board the Kona Blue.

Two hours later, another tag was put out - this time on a 90 pound marlin caught by Allen Stuart of the Louisiana Hot Sauce Angling Club, fishing on board the Marlin Magic II.  

A third tag was deployed just as the fishing day ended, on a 175 pound marlin caught by angler Masuhara Matsushita of the Kona Game Fishing Club - Taiyo, fishing on board the Strong Persuader.


So at the end of the 2011 HIBT, a total of five tags have been put out of the ten that were sponsored.  As has been the case in years past, the remaining tags will be distributed among boat captains in Kona to deploy as soon as possible in the days following the race.  Because the race is about distance (rather than time), and all tags are programmed for the same 120-day deployment period (which starts as soon as they are placed on a fish), all the participants have the same shot at winning the race.

It will be fascinating to see where the marlin go in 2011!