Fishing Tournaments in the Bahamas

There’s a year-round series of competitive fishing events designed to make things as interesting as possible for all participants, novice and veteran alike. The best-known and most popular is the Bahamas Billfish Championship Tournament, held during the spring and early summer each year at five different locations. Anglers are welcome to take part in all or as many legs as they wish. The first two legs are held in April at Bimini and Walker’s Cay. In May, the tournament moves to Treasure Cay and Boat Harbour, and then ends at Chub Cay in June. For details and registration, phone 305-923-8022.

The Bimini Big Game Club sponsors a number of tournaments. These include the mid-winter Wahoo Tournament in February, the Annual Bacardi Rum Billfish Tournament in March, the Bimini Festival in May, the Family Tournament in August, the Small B.O.A.T. Tournament for boats under 27 feet in September, and another Wahoo Tournament in November. The Bimini International Light Tackle Bonefish Tournament consists of two legs – one in January, the other in February. phone 800-327-4149 for more information and reservations.

The Penny Turtle Billfish Tournament is held at the Great Abaco Beach Resort each May; phone 800-468-4799. The Billfish Foundation’s Tag Tournament is held in May at the Walker’s Cay Hotel and Marina on Abaco; phone 800-WALKERS. The Green Turtle Cay Yacht Club hosts a fishing tournament in May; phone 242-365-4271. The What’s Out There Tournament is held at Great Harbour Cay in April; phone 800-343-7256. The Boat Harbour Billfish Championship is held at the Marsh Harbour Resort in Abaco in June; phone 305-920-7877.

The Bahamas Bonefish Annual Bash is held in February at the Club Peace and Plenty on Exuma; phone 800-525-2210. The Andros Big

The Yard Bonefishing and Bottom Fishing Tournament is held in June; call the Bahamas Tourism Office at phone 800-32-SPORT. There’s also a bonefishing tournament held in mid-July at the Staniel Cay and Yacht Club on Exuma; phone 242-355-2011. Bonefishing, as well as big game fishing, is a part of the Bahamian Outer Islands

The International Gamefish Tournament held in March; phone 800-426-0466 for location, details and registration.
For a full listing and schedules, contact the Bahamas Tourism Office, phone 800-32-SPORT, or the Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board at phone 800-688-4725.


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