WELCOME to the homepage of the Budget Marine Spice Island Billfish Tournament (BMSIBT)
Grenada Yacht Club
, a prestigeous event held off the beautiful island of Grenada.
A qualifying event for the IGFA Offshore Championship the SIBT was first held back in 1964 and has been run annually since then (except during the revolution years).
Since its inception the event has attracted boats from nearby Islands such as Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique etc, as well as anglers from all over the world who want to come and experience Grenada’s great fishing.
The Budget Marine Spice Island Billfish Tournament is based at the Grenada Yacht Club located in the lagoon, St. George’s. The Yacht Club boasts an excellent dock with water, power and fuel available and is conveniently located close to the west coast fishing grounds.
The Tournament consists of three fishing days separated by a lay day and is held at the end of January each year. The event normally boasts plenty of game fish action as it is positioned in the peak of the billfish season with sailfish, white marlin and blue marlin available.
In line with modern conservation practices, the Budget Marine Spice Island Billfish Tournament is run as a modified release event where teams are encouraged to release the majority of the billfish they catch (a camera is provided to confirm the capture). Points are awarded for released billfish by species not by weight. Any billfish that are boated will score points only if they exceed the minimum weight limit for that species (points will be deducted for underweight fish). At the end of the Tournament the boat and angler with the most points are the winners.
Cash prizes are awarded to anyone who breaks these records during the competition. Additional prizes are given for other species and for the most released billfish (angler and boat). A boat pool is also in operation but is optional. Emphasis is on fun, sportsmanship and good fishing. Without the support of boats from the neighbouring Iislands, many of which have been coming since the Tournament first started, this event could not take place and the organising committee would like to thank all of you for that support!
The current Tournament records demonstrates the quality of fish available:
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