It was 1959.
Peter Fithian, Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament founder, remembers being in his car, having just finished a meeting when he heard on the car radio Hawaii had become the 50th State.
Ask him what draws him back to that time and Fithian will say he was launching the idea of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, the first sportfishing tournament of its kind.
What Fithian did not know was that 50 years later, the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament would become the iconic sportfishing tournament in the world and would still be welcoming teams from around the world each summer to fish Kona’s now famous waters.
This year, HIBT will generate more great fishing stories as it prepares to welcome almost 50 teams on its 50th anniversary in the 50th state.
Kona’s famous fishing waters will once again be filled with enthusiastic anglers as teams return to be a part of the Golden Anniversary tournament.
International interest is stirring with six teams alone coming from Australia. The Australian teams will have competition as six teams are from Japan, eight teams from California and three teams from Papua New Guinea prepare for this year’s tournament.
Also returning to the competition are the Tahitians from Haura Club de Tahiti.
— Find out more:
Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament: www.hibtfishing.com