|Since 1959 almost 50,000 angler-days have been spent fishing; about 136 years of angler fishing time. The 1959 and 1960 tournaments were slightly different in that there were fewer anglers (120 and 225 respectively and fewer fish caught (6 and 4 respectively). Since the 1961 tournament however team, angler (and fish) numbers have been much as they are now. The average number of teams has been 70 with an average of 5 members of each team. Of the 1791 anglers who caught fish, 71.6 % have had a single catch, 14.6% have had 2 catches while 5.6% have had three and 3.7% have had four catches.|
The top anglers of the HIBT since 1959 are an elite group.
Only 51 anglers have had more than 1 catch on any single day (2.6%). A single case is recorded of four catches by a single angler in one day. Kevin Crosbie caught three blue marlin and one yellowfin tuna on the second day of the 1970 tournament. Winston Hoshino caught three yellowfin tuna on day 5 in 1975 while back in 1962 Nort Norton caught two blue marlin and one yellowfin tuna on day 2.
HIBT Blue Marlin Catch 1959 -1994
|With a couple of exceptions, anglers with multiple T&R catches on different days, often in different years, appear not to have significantly lower capture times. This suggests that capture times are largely determined by the fish rather than angler or gear. Of the 51 people with multiple catches in a single day, not necessarily T&R, capture time on average is shorter for the second fish, down from 20.5 to 14.8 minutes and clearly an experience factor is present, at least in the short term.|
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