The Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic is hosted by Cypress Cove Marina, located in Venice, Louisiana. The tournament runs from May 27-June 1, 2014 and features a modified-release format for billfish, along with BIG prize money for Blue Marlin, Tag or Release, Dolphin, Tuna, and Wahoo; something for everybody. The tournament is named for the deepwater canyons off the Gulf coast of Louisiana: the Mississippi Canyon (named after the mighty Mississippi River, not our neighboring state) and the Green Canyon, both home to true, world-class sportfishing. Louisiana is home to the 1st “Grander” Blue Marlin caught in the Gulf of Mexico (1018.50 lbs.), along with monster Dolphin (state record 71.25 lbs.), 200 pound-plus Yellowfin Tuna (state record 240.19 lbs.), and 100 pound-plus Wahoo (state record 139.25 lbs.).
The mixed bag of big pelagics found here can rival anywhere in the US. In addition to the great fishing, the Cajun Canyons Billfish Tournament is known for its great food and wonderful hospitality. The lineup of pretournament events provides reason enough to register. These include the Kickoff Party featuring Acme Oyster House Seafood, a hangover clinic the next morning with dockside bloody maries for those so inclined, an auction benefiting The Billfish Foundation, and a blessing of the fleet. Boats may leave out of any port in the Gulf at 4 pm on Thursday. Fishing starts Friday at 12:01 am, with lines out at Saturday at 4 pm. Overnight fishing is allowed.
The Weigh In includes more Acme Oyster House food and more bloody maries and, if you haven’t spent too much time down south, some pretty good fish stories. Folks from Louisiana are not only great hosts, but have a penchant for the art of relating a story…
In 2013 it was the Done Deal, with Captain Jason Buck, taking home nearly $186,000 for a 372.4 pound blue marlin. The top release team was the Smooth Finish, led by owner Brad Aery, turning loose two blues and a white, receiving a custom inlaid teak step box from Release Marine.
We hope to see you there.
For more information, or to register, check out: www.comefishLa.com or call 985 732 7280