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Guatemala Billfish Invitational Results

The 4th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational was by all accounts an overwhelming success. When Pacific Fins started to put this year's tournament together, they knew that it was going to be a good one. Competitive anglers from the United States and neighboring countries made the journey to Guatemala wanting to be a part of it. 

Tournament highlights included fishing with celebrity guests such as Hall of Famers Warren Sapp and Wade Boggs, Uncharted Waters television host Peter Miller, Into the Blue host Scott Walker, and Unfathomed host George Gozdz. 

The week's festivities kicked off with Pacific Fins hosting the first night's event - the welcome party. Anglers got the opportunity to get educated by Dr. Nelson Ehrhardt and Bruce Pohlot of the University of Miami. Guests in attendance got a lesson in billfish conservation and an understanding of satellite tagging results. Eight out of 10 tags that were deployed in the 2018 tournament generated valid data. 

The three-day tournament, with a fleet of 15 boats raised a total of 1,163 sailfish, tallied 915 bites, and released 446 sailfish and three blue marlin. Niels Erichsen and his staff did an amazing job in making the tournament run smoothly. 

Team King & I won the top overall honors in the 4th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational with 4,400 overall points. The team raised 107 sailfish, got 92 bites and released 44 fish. Team Sirena was hot on their heels and finished in second place with 4,200 points. Third place honors went to Fishy Business with 3,700 points. Dan Bernstein took top blue marlin honors fishing on the Knot Work. The team on Makina caught the biggest dorado. 

The overall first place winners will have their names added to the Guatemala Billfish Invitational Perpetual Champions trophy created by King Sailfish Mounts. 

"We want to thank all our participating anglers for making this the best tournament yet. We were happy to see all having a great time, meeting and making new friends. From the kick-off party and poolside celebration to the neighboring lodges who took part in the Invitational, to the awards presentation at the final dinner and all the parties and fishing in between, this is definitely a tournament that any novice or serious angler needs to be a part of. We are pleased to support the Sailfish Commission and the week-long festivities that generate much needed funds for a worthy cause," said tournament organizers. 

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