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Master Angler Billfish Tournament and the Great Marlin Race



88% Raised of $9,000 Goal

Master Angler Billfish Tournament and the Great Marlin Race Photo

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EVENT DATE: Sep 12, 2014

DEADLINE TO GIVE: Aug 29, 2014


For the first time ever, Balboa Angling Club’s Master Angler Billfish Tournament (MABT) will be part of the International Game Fish Association’s (IGFA) Great Marlin Race.  Through the use of satellite tags, researchers at Stanford University will be able to track Striped Marlin migrations for up to 180 days.  The cost of each tag is $4,500.  All donations are tax deductible since IGFA and Stanford University are both 501(c)3 organizations.


If you’d like to be part of the 2014 MABT Great Marlin Race this is your chance to be involved in a cutting-edge billfish research program.  This effort will help improve our understanding of the distribution, population structure and biology of Striped Marlin while involving recreational anglers and the general public in the research process.  Ultimately, this data will help fishery managers make informed decisions about managing billfish populations in a way that will ensure their long-term survival.  Once satellite tag(s) have been deployed you'll be able to track your marlin online at the IGFA website.

Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated.   Every dollar raised will be applied towards deploying one or more satellite tags on behalf of the Balboa Angling Club.  Individuals, MABT teams and anglers, tournament sponsors, etc. are all welcome to participate.  And, remember your donation is TAX DEDUCTIBLE.


For more information, contact JD Doughty at or call 949.723.0883, or Bob Kurz, IGFA Representative, at or call 949.495.7272.  To see past results from other worldwide Great Marlin Race events go to the IGFA website


You can download entry forms and more information on the 2014 MABT and the Great Marlin Race at