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It's that time of the year again when vast numbers of blue marlin start gathering on and around Venezuela's famed La Guaira Bank, and that usually signals that the prestigious all release INTERNATIONAL LA GUAIRA BILLFISH SHOOTOUT is getting near. This is where 118 anglers fished on forty boats for 3 days in March of 1999 and released a world record 256 blue marlin.

A field of over one hundred anglers from six countries, the majority from about 12 different U.S. states, is registered to compete for cash, prizes, prestige and fame when the SHOOTOUT celebrates its eighth annual edition from March 12th through 17th, out of the Best Western Puerto Viejo Airport Inn & Marina on La Guaira's Coast.
Among the incentives, is a $25,000 cash award to the first individual angler able to release a Super Grand Slam consisting of a blue marlin, a white marlin, a sailfish and a spearfish in one of the three days of competition.  All anglers must fish with the "official tournament line", SUFIX, to ensure equality for all teams.  And if you think it can't be done, think again, because last year all four species of billfish were caught during the event, although not by one single angler in one day!

Observer Coordinator, Michelle Zelones, reports that a highly qualified group of Official Observers has signed up for the event, several are graduates of the Certified Observer Program, and each observer has been sponsored by at least one captain member of the tournament's very demanding Honorary Board of Captains.
If you haven't signed up yet, you better do so.  There are still a couple of charter boats available to help you get in on the action.  For registration, visit , or call Shootout Headquarters at 800 882HOOK (4665) or 305 279-3252.  We'll see you in Venezuela!



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