Catalina Billfish Series Presented By Typhoon Polarized Optics

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The first marlin ever caught on rod and reel occurred just off the coast of Catalina Island in the early 1900s. The island is full of history and charm and makes a great backdrop for the California Billfish Series.


You never know who you might meet at the opening day festivities at Descanso Beach on Catalina Island. We almost let them keep that trophy…


Hey, check out this great beer holder I found.

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Many of the top offshore crews in Southern California came out to Catalina to support the California Billfish Series. Pictured here is the “Good Karma,” a beautiful Donzi.


Each morning, the boats lined up outside of Avalon Harbor for the Shotgun Start. Watching the boats take off for the fishing grounds is always a treat.


The guys from Hot Liquid Lures showed off dozens of unique lure designs that they make using hand-blown glass.


It was great to have the folks from Typhoon at the event to answer questions about choosing the best polarized lenses for fishing.


Anglers got the chance to mingle with the sponsors of the California Billfish Series at the Vendor Village. They also took advantage of some great deals and prizes.


Capt. Brett McBride, who fished with the crew on the “Shannon Rose,” tried his luck in the casting contest sponsored by Phenix Rods. Yup, he nailed the target.


Anglers got a chance to load up on all of the great swag that was custom designed by BD’s own Derek Redwine. Each tournament in the series, including the Zane Grey Invitational, Catalina Classic and Avalon Billfish Classic featured unique graphics that were a big hit with participants.


“Rickdiculous” was the first team to sign up for the Catalina Classic, but they weren’t the last. A total of 21 teams took part, hoping to win a chunk of the $140,000 up for grabs.


The opening-day landside contests get everyone’s competitive juices flowing. Each team member got a chance to show their stuff at the casting platform and the fighting chair.


BD took over the California Billfish Series this year and asked past participants how we could improve the series. Everyone asked us to bring back the prime rib dinner. How’s medium rare sound?


The team on “Shark’s Parlour” jumped out to an early lead on Day One of the Zane Grey Invitational. Jesse Henry released a striped marlin at 10:55 a.m. and the crew went on to sweep the dailies, winning more than $79,000!


The crew on the 75-foot Titan “C-Bandit” took part in the series opener, the Zane Grey Invitational.


Tournament Director Ali Hussainy decided to move the Zane Grey Invitational to Dana Point to take advantage of a striped marlin bite right off the beach. It was a popular move with the fleet, who all fished to the south.


Here’s an early-morning photo of the gorgeous 61-foot Viking “Lisa Kay,” which fished the entire series.


The team on “Shark’s Parlour,” were the big winners in 2011. The crew walked off with more than $79,000 in cash, custom trophies, a bunch of lures, sunglasses and an arm full of great swag from the event’s sponsors.

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Catalina Billfish Series