We are happy to say that we won the 4th of July Blue Marlin Worldcup 2006 on the Happy Hooker 1 with our angler Christopher Brand and Captain Berno Niebuhr. We caught the winning fish of 850 lbs ! Here you can find more infos about the Blue Marlin Worldchampionship, hold every year on the 4th of July from Australia to Hawaii: www.bluemarlinworldcup.com
World Cup Blue Marlin champion honored at the IGFA
It was a trip to the United States that Christopher Brand of Portugal would love to make again and again.
Brand was presented with a check for $375,000 during an awards luncheon at the IGFA headquarters after winning the 22 nd annual World Cup Blue Marlin Championship held worldwide July 4th. Out of a record 150 boats entered in the tournament, World Cup commissioner Jim Hardie said the winning marlin was caught near Cape Verde an archipelago off the western coast of Africa. The marlin weighed 850 lb, 9 oz. The World Cup is one of the 100 plus qualifying tournament events for the Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship Tournament (OCT) attracting winning teams from more than 40 countries. IGFA President Rob Kramer was on hand to present Brand with an invitation for his winning team, which included Berno Neibuhr of Germany, the owner of the Happy Hooker on which Brand caught the marlin, to participate in the eight annual Rolex/IGFA OCT in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico next May.
The one-day global marlin tournament was started by Hardie and the late Tex Schramm of the NFL Dallas Cowboys.
Teams from around the globe fish in areas like Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Hawaiian Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Canary Islands. Hardie and Lynda Wilson of the IGFA said Brand was excited to travel to the IGFA for the awards presentation and to have a chance to tour the huge and prestigious Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum. Dom Siano of Ft. Pierce, Fla., who won the World Cup in 1991 in Costa Rica, was also at the ceremony. Hardie said he hopes to make the awards ceremony at the IGFA an annual event. He added he plans to cap the 2007 tournament to the first 200 boats entered and if so present a check for $500,000 to next year’s winner.