Billfish Championships Coming

World-class fishing event to be held at El Cid in Mazatlan

By: Lisa Jennings

The World Billfish Series Grand Championships are scheduled for Dec. 9-11 in Mazatlan, an event that is expected to draw offshore anglers from all over the world.

The El Cid Marina Beach Hotel and Yacht Club is hosting this year’s event.

“We are very excited to bring this event to the El Cid resort,” said Jim Simons, World Billfish Series president and chief executive officer. “This will be the perfect location for the Grand Championships, one that our anglers will want to visit again in the future.”

The fishing tournament is sponsored by the World Billfish Series Anglers Club, a membership-based organization for billfishing enthusiasts. Anglers qualify for this event by competing in seven divisions on the World Billfish Series world tour, which includes more than 40 tournaments. An estimated 30,0000 anglers participate throughout the year.

Anglers accumulate points at the world tour events for a shot at the title of World Champion of Billfishing. The winner this year will also receive a new Mercedes-Benz, the gold championship ring, the Grander Marlin trophy, and a custom bronze sculpture by marine artist Geoffrey Smith.

The coastal waters off Mazatlan are fertile with Pacific sailfish as well as blue, black and striped marlin. The Grand Championships are a 100 percent release event, with points scored by each angler based on the species of billfish, line-class and bait or lure type.

The El Cid offers Mediterranean-style accommodations overlooking either the marina or the ocean. The resort is designed to reflect the atmosphere of a yacht club. One- and two-bedroom suites are available, as well as junior suites (one bedroom with two double beds) and presidential suites (three bedrooms), all with private balconies and some with kitchenettes.

Visitors who come by yacht will find 90 full-service slips, including wireless Internet access and 24 hours security. Two types of all-inclusive plans are available one with golf and one without as well as a European plan.

The El Cid resort offers fishing packages starting at $486 per person, double, including accommodations in a junior suite with a kitchenette, two days of deep-sea fishing and taxes. Special rates are available for the World Billfish Series by calling 888-733-7308.

El Cid 727-319-3449