August 12, 2010
International Billfish Tournament of Club NÁutico de San Juan to be held August
15-22 with nine competing countries Availability of fishing "hot spots" metrics
The 57th International Billfish Tournament of Club Náutico de San Juan, to be
held August 15-22, will have nine participating countries, 45 boats and over
200 deep-sea fishing anglers that make San Juan their favorite fishing destination
at this time of year.
"We are the capital of deep sea fishing in this part of the world, with true
sportsmanship and camaraderie. Last year we had 300 strikes among 46 competing
battlewagons. Virtually all boats had action," said Frankie Mirandes, chairman
of the 57th edition of the longest consecutively held, big game fishing tournament
in the world.
"In most places you have to sail out to sea for hours to reach the fishing area,
but here in San Juan you arrive in 10 minutes," said Mirandes. He explained that
in less than two miles offshore you can raise for the Big Blue in this June-September
Blue marlin, as its name suggests, prefers the clear blue waters of the open
ocean and are known as one of the largest billfish in the Atlantic Ocean. They
weigh about a ton when they are fully grown, and spent most of its life behind
the warm ocean currents (ranging from 75ºF - 84ºF) and migrate thousands
of miles, since they are migratory in nature.
Mirandés alongside Ricky Jaen and other members of the Organizing Committee,
will provide fishing "hot spots" metrics after a careful data collection
daily procedure to pin point water temperature, water quality (clear, free of
algae), currents and tides to identify areas most prone to good bite. Such metrics
include areas rich in nutrients and will be provided to participants each night
before fishing days.
"With available technology and an adequate assessment you can provide participants
with critical information to maximize the thrill in the quest for the Big Blue.
No other fishing area has the many virtues that San Juan is able to offer," said
Atlantic vs. Pacific
Central and South American anglers, who will participate in this edition and
who fish in the Pacific Ocean fish, will find "new" species for them such
as the Atlantic white marlin. On the other hand, when anglers who fish the Atlantic
travel to the Pacific Ocean they also "discover" stripe marlin and black
marlin, which are never to be seen in the Atlantic.
Mirandes recently traveled to the Galapagos Islands and brought his own bait.
"We showed them conservation practices, how to release, and return to the sea.
It was a unique experience to fish with people from other places with their own
vision and practices," said Mirandes.
Of the nine competing countries in 2010, three are from the Pacific: Panama, Guatemala and Ecuador. United States will also participate, Dominican Republic, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bermuda, France and Puerto Rico.
The group "Regimiento Fijo," which recreates the history of Puerto Rico
in the late 18th century and dress themselves in a historic way, will “shoot” a
historic cannon shot to official inaugurate the Tournament, during Flag Ceremony
Tuesday August 17 at 6:00 p.m. They will shoot two "guns", one from a moving
boat on the San Antonio Channel and another from the ground. They will also participate
in the famous "Shootout" from historic San Felipe del Morro castle on the
first day of competition.
First fishing date of this 57th edition will be on Wednesday August 18 until Sunday August 22, with a day off on Friday, August 20. Registration and activities begin on Sunday 15 August.
Blue marlin along Puerto Rico typically weight 300 pounds and reach 10 feet long, although plenty of 600 plus marlin have being hooked, as well as 700 and 800 pounders.
The Tournament follows the "All-Release" format, and the tag and release
practice is not encouraged to protect the species for future generations. In
fact, the Organizing Committee encourages anglers to quickly return their catches
to the water and to fish with 50# test line for greater competitiveness. Participants
receive 400 points for each release. Female anglers also fish.
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