Results of the 34th Annual MABT

Fishing During a Heat Wave…aka…The 2015 Master Angler Billfish Tournament!

The 34th Annual Balboa Angling Club’s Master Angler Billfish Tournament, the most prestigious and oldest marlin tournament on the west coast, was held September 11th and 12th in 100+ degree hot weather!

The Kick-Off Party and Captain’s Meeting was standing room only on September 9th at The Tee Room in Newport Beach.  Since 129 Marlin were caught and tagged/or released by BAC members or on BAC boats BEFORE the MABT even started, the atmosphere was electric and the anglers were ready to go!

The fishing started on Friday at 6:30 am with the first fish hooking up two minutes later!  Sadly, that fish was lost, but by the 11:00 am roll call, 8 marlin had been caught and released!  Boats were fishing mainly in the northern section of the area in Grid 10 and 11 near Santa Cruz and Anacapa Islands; some boats were even flying Kites like in the old Zane Grey days!

The BAC once again teamed up with the IGFA (International Game Fish Association) and had 9 Great Marlin Race satellite tags purchased and assigned to boats in this year’s MABT.  Two tags were deployed:  one by Black Fin, fishing for the Dana Angling Club, and one by Magellan, fishing for the Tuna Club of Avalon.  You can track their paths by visiting the IGFA-IGMR website at

Overall, it was light line marlin fishing at its finest, a great success for the Balboa Angling Club, and the anglers are ready to come back in 2016!

Here are the results of the 2015 Master Angler Billfish Tournament:

Clubs = 7

Boats = 41

Anglers = 170

82 Hook Ups   &   54 Releases

Total Fish    

1st Day        34 Released

2nd Day      20 Released

High Club

1st    Dana Angling–Team 1               1950 pts.

2nd   Tuna Club of Avalon–Team 1     1620 pts.

3rd    Light Tackle Marlin Club             1140 pts.

High Boat

1st    Black Fin                 1080 pts.

2nd   Kelsey Lee                720 pts.

3rd   Good Karma              720 pts.

High Angler

1st    Shane Hurt              1080 pts.

2nd   David Herrera             660 pts.

3rd    Greg Stotesbury         450 pts.

4th    Barry Brightenburg      450 pts.

5th    Bob Petrina                420 pts.

6th    Larry Coots, Jr.           360 pts.

7th    Don Butts                   360 pts.

8th    Erik Landesfeind         360 pts.

9th    Don Goodwin              360 pts.

10th  Bobby Leinau              360 pts.

Tuna Division

The Tuna won this year.

Bob and Sally Kurz Perpetual Circle Hook Award

Chase Offield, Calen Offield, Sawyer Jones, Hunter Heatly

Kelsey Lee


1st Place    Team Andreya

Fishing for

Balboa Angling Club

2nd Place   Jock Albright

Fishing for

Tuna Club of Avalon

3rd Place   Team Hooked

Fishing for

Dana Angling Club