As the world takes measures to manage and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT) officials announced today that it will postpone its 2020 tournament and return to Kona for big game tournament fishing in summer 2021.
“Our concerns remain focused on the health and well-being of all involved in our fishing tournament including our volunteers, anglers from around the world, Kona’s finest captains and crews, and our tournament officials and team members,” said Peter Fithian, HIBT Founder. “We will be back next summer, ready to welcome all of our old and new friends from around the world to fish Kona’s now-famous waters.”
The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is the second oldest big game sport fishing event in the world. The five-day tournament is built on prestige, trophies and strict International Game Fish Association rules for world records and does not include cash prizes.
Since its inaugural start in 1959, the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament has attracted a worldwide audience and elite fishing enthusiasts from around the world including Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Isles, China, Fiji, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Tahiti, Palau, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu. The iconic tournament has actively promoted the Kona coast as a world-class big game fishing destination for six decades and provides a long-term economic foundation for Kona’s charter fleet.
A team of dedicated volunteers and a committed Board of Directors successfully manage the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament each year. HIBT is credited with creating the standards and operating procedures now widely accepted by big game fishing tournaments worldwide.
The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is setting its sights on 2021 for the 61st annual tournament when once again elite fishing enthusiasts from around the world will gather in Kona, Hawaii to fish this iconic tournament. Stay tuned for updates and 2021 tournament information including summer dates.