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July 12, 2011

THE Billfish Foundation: Canary Islands added to The Billfish Foundation’s TBF Experience prize trips

25th Anniversary membership drive adding billfish adventures worldwide 

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. USA. – Located off Europe’s southern coast the pelagic fisherman’s paradise of the Canary Islands has been added as one of the prize trips – among them Panama, Guatemala and the U.S. -- for The Billfish Foundation’s TBF Experience’s membership drive.    “And who better than England native Captain Jason Pipe and his Bocinegro Blue Marlin Fishing Charters with 25 years of action in the Canaries, to take you fishing for two days off the island of La Gomera,” said TBF Science and Policy Specialist Elliott Stark.
 “The island is a highly productive big blue marlin and big tuna fishery, blessed by calm seas and short runs. It’s in an unbelievably action-packed area and a trip of a lifetime. We’re saying thank you to our membership base worldwide,” said Stark, ”there’s never been a better time for anglers in Europe to join TBF and experience billfishing at its best.
Stark, who is coordinating TBF’s 25th anniversary events, said the science-based foundation’s global effort is aptly named The TBF Experience, in the spirit of highlighting conservation through sportfishing in some of the best billfishing destinations in the world. For the traveling European angler, these trips provide a great chance for an ultimate fishing getaway.
The La Gomera trip is available to Europe’s residents who join or renew their TBF membership (starting at $40) by January 15, 2012 when the winner will be drawn during the meeting of the Sportfishing Club of the British Isles. During 2012 the winner with a guest, will join Capt. Pipe on his customized Bertram. For more on the European TBF Experience visit:
“Besides our three previously announced trips in the U.S., Guatemala and Panama which can be won by TBF members across the globe we’re adding more exciting sportfishing trips off continents around the world like Australia, Brazil in South America, Kenya in Africa and Hawaii.”
“For more details of these exciting trip giveaways and the membership premium program visit the TBF website at,” said Stark.   

Win Trips in U.S., Guatemala and Panama
“We have three prize trips open to TBF members worldwide who join at certain levels. These trips, all with expert captains, are in three of the world’s greatest billfishing destinations.” 
“At the $75 membership level there’s a one day Atlantic Sailfish trip with Capt. Bouncer Smith in Miami, Fla. USA. Those joining at the $250 level will be entered to win a two day, three night fishing package for Pacific Sailfish and blue marlin with Capt. Brad Philipps in Guatemala. 
“And the winner of the $500 or higher member level (one chance per $500, two chances for $1,000, etc.) can be joined by three guests for a three day sportfishing trip off Panama’s Pearl Islands for black and blue marlin, Pacific sails, big dorado and yellowfin. That trip includes four nights and three days accommodations at the beautiful Hacienda del Mar on San Jose Island.” 
“We’re pretty excited how this drive is turning out,” said Stark. “Simply joining or renewing your TBF membership between now and Oct. 26, at the levels listed, gets you in the running.” 
Winners of the global trips will be drawn in October at TBF’s 25th Anniversary Dinner during the Fort Lauderdale Intl. Boat Show and trips will be scheduled for 2012. For more details on the trips, visit the TBF website at  or contact Elliott Stark at 954-938-0150 ext. 101.

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