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Madeira Island Lifetime Achievement Award

Captain Anibal Fernandes of Balancal was recently honoured by receiving a lifetime achievement award for his services to big game fishing in Madeira.  It was an emotional night for Anibal as shortly after receiving his award he was given another award for best captain of the competition!
The tournament was held at Marina da Calheta – Madeira – 11th to 13th June 2010

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Foreword: The second Madeira Blue Marlin tournament is organised by the Big Game Clube de Portugal and Marina da Calheta in order to honour and perpetuate the name of the physician and surgeon Dr. António Ribeiro that is actually 96 years old, probably the oldest living legend of all blue marlin fishermen. 
Due to the great success of the first tournament, this year about 20 boats are expected to enter the competition with teams from Madeira, Azores, Portugal Continental, England, Germany, Luxemburg, Spain and Canary Islands, South Africa and USA.

General information: This trophy is exclusively a Blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) “ALL RELEASE” tournament. It is qualifying for IGFA – Offshore World Championship and is also integrated in the BGCP – Big Game Fishing Circuit whose winner will represent the BGCP in the HIBT – Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament in Hawaii.

Madeira Island is considered one of the best spots in the world for blue marlin fishing. 

Be welcome in this beautiful Marlin Paradise.

Visit Madeira Marlin – Balancal here.

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