The 2016 Hemingway International Billfish Tournament Takes Shape

Hemingway Billfish Tournament

The Hemingway International Billfishing Tournament hosts fishermen from around the world in pursuit of marlin and other large deep sea fish, including tuna and wahoo, using 80-pound fishing line.

It will be held at Marina Hemingway, nine miles west of Havana, on June 13th-18th 2016.

First held in 1950, this year’s tournament enjoys its 66th year as one of the oldest fishing tournaments in the world. For four days, fishermen will battle with large ocean fish in Hemingway style in near-shore Cuban waters.  The event is a tag-and-release tournament.

A new relationship will add even more participants from the US.  As part of Stuart Sailfish Club’s 75th anniversary, members of the club have been invited to fish the tournament in Cuba.

Event Schedule:

June 13: Registration and accreditation of the digital cameras in Snack Bar El Dorado.  18.00: Captains´ Meeting and Welcome cocktails.

June 14: First fishing day.

June 15: Second fishing day

June 16: Day off

June 17: Third fishing day.

June 18: Fourth and last fishing day. Closing and award ceremony of the 66th tournament and the launching of the 67th Ernest Hemingway International Billfishing Tournament.


First, second and third prize consisting on medals for the team and trophy. Prize to the first capture and prize to the biggest dolphin.

Tournament rules and regulations:

Rules according to IGFA, Tag and Release method. The line for the “Ernest Hemingway” Tournament is up to 36 kg (80 pounds). Only the Captain and one team representative will attend the Captain´s meeting. Tag and Release reports or capture reports must be given to the Control Tower of our marina indicating the time, team number and location. The Jury from Cuba Sport Fishing Federation will take irrevocable decisions regarding the validation of Tag and Release capture previously printed in the photograph.


450.00 CUC* per team from 1 to 3 anglers and 100.00 CUC per an additional angler. Registration fee includes free mooring if you come in your own boat, personal invitations for the Welcoming Cocktail, Closing Dinner and Awarding Ceremony for the teams.

US citizens and resident aliens will need to comply with US OFAC rules for travel to Cuba under one of the 12 approved categories.

Boat price: 3000.00 CUC (do not include the registration)

The 2016 Hemingway International Billfish Tournament Takes Shape was last modified: December 20th, 2015 by Cuba Journal