Going 10 years strong, The Belize Game Fish Association’s longest running tournament, the Blue Water Classic, was hosted once again at Blue Marlin Lodge on South Water Caye. Building on the success of last year’s tournament, the BGFA increased the tournament’s prize money. This year first place was set at $10,000! With over $30,000 in prizes, the stakes were higher than ever! This year 6 boats from Honduras made the journey from Omoa, Puerto Cortes and Roatan to compete in this fast-growing tournament.
Blessed with beautiful weather, the fleet of 23 boats headed offshore with eyes set on catching Belize’s elusive Blue Marlin, as well as a host of other species. It didn’t take long before the first Blue Marlin was released by Honduras Team ‘Boatweiser’ near to Gladden Spit. Team ‘BenAvi’ out of Belize City followed quickly behind them. They released an estimated 250lb Blue Marlin north of Glover’s Reef. The third and final Blue Marlin release came from Team ‘Jolly Mon’ out of Belize City who released another big Blue Marlin estimated at 250lbs only 6 miles from South Water Caye. Back at the dock, boats came in with plenty Dorado for the scale. A total of 21 Dorado and 5 Wahoo had been weighed along with the three Blue Marlin releases.