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HIBT 2013 Day 5

The 2013 HIBT Governor’s Trophy for first place went to Old South Marlin Club East Coast 1 but the entire club gathered to celebrate the club victory. (Photo courtesy of HIBT)

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“Stop fishing, stop fishing, stop fishing” rang out at exactly 4:30 p.m. for the final time this week and with those words the 54th running of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament came to a close.

The 2013 HIBT Governor’s Trophy for first place went to Old South Marlin Club East Coast 1 (Team #27) in a come from behind victory with a total of 1,488 points. Having scored 600 points on the first day of fishing, this team – who was skunked over the next three days – kept their lines tight and their heads in the game.

With several teams in contention, Old South was sitting on the bottom half of the scoreboard as the final morning of fishing got underway.

Angler CJ Dugan boated a 588-pound Pacific blue marlin in a fighting time of 54 minutes today and gained additional points for biggest fish of the day and largest fish of the week-long tournament.

These bookend points cinched the win for Old South.

In a tight race, second place went to Balboa Angling Club California (Team #9) with 1,200 points and third to Solitary Islands Game Fishing Club (Team #15) of Australia with 1,150 points.

“What a thrill ride this week has been. Several teams were lurking on the upper end of the HIBT leaderboard, yet it was too close to call until the very end of the final day,” HIBT Founder Peter Fithian said. “I think that’s what makes Kona and HIBT the best fishing venue in the world.”

Top Captain

John Bagwell, captain of the 45-foot Silky, won the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament’s coveted Henry Chee Award that honors the charter boat captain with the highest number of billfish points scored at HIBT.

“Mahalo to the entire Big Island community for extending such warmth and aloha to all the HIBT anglers from around the world who came to Kona in search of big game fish,” Fithian said.

China’s three-time Olympic gold medal gymnast Chen Yibing competed at HIBT with Hui Hai Hu Fishing Club (Team #20) and tagged and released two Pacific blue marlin Friday. (Photo courtesy of HBIT)

China’s three-time Olympic gold medal gymnast Chen Yibing competed at HIBT with Hui Hai Hu Fishing Club (Team #20).

HIBT angler Chen Yibing tagged and released two Pacific blue marlin Friday, with estimated weights of 180 and 175 pounds both on 50-pound test line.

Next year’s 55th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is scheduled Aug. 23-30. Anglers and teams are invited to apply early as a full tournament is anticipated.

The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is underwritten by the generosity of the County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The tournament is further supported in part by KWXX Radio and numerous corporate and community donors.

— Find out more:
www.hibtfishing.com

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