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50th Anniversary Tournament

Countdown to 50th Anniversary Tournament & Australian International Billfish Touranament, 25-30 September, 2016

Incorporating the 2016 AIBT event

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We hope to see you there! Entries are still open. Get your entry in now!

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50th Anniversary Celebrations

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Early bird entry closes 31st March 2016. Boat numbers are limited to 50 boats to signify the 50th anniversary so get in early.

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The unveiling of the monumental commemorative sculpture will take place on 25 September 2016.

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The tournament briefing will be held on the evening of 25 September 2016.


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4 days of fishing on September 26, 27, 28 and 29th, 2016. Boats will depart from the Cairns Marlin Marina on the morning of 26 and return the evening of 29th September.

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A rest day will take place on September 30 before the presentation dinner that night.

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The Presentation Dinner and Hall of Fame awards ceremony, a combined evening, to be held on 30th September 2016.


Commemorating the anniversary of the first 1000lb black marlin capture
which put the Cairns black marlin fishery onto the world stage.

The 50th Anniversary Tournament will be held:

25 – 30th September, 2016

As this is expected to be a hugely popular event, teams are invited to express their interest in participating to the association by email.  You may also subscribe to event announcements and updates via the subscription form on the right.

Download the 50th Anniversary Tournament announcement flyer here. 

Incorporating the Australian International Billfish Tournament (AIBT) for 2016