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Bahamas Billfish Championship returns in May

The Bahamas Billfish Championship returns for its 43rd year with four tournaments, a new point structure and bigger cash prizes.

Tournament directors have brought back the popular Million Dollar Marlin prize for an angler who catches a blue marlin that breaks the current Bahamas record of 1,119 pounds. Dave Albury set the record at the Treasure Cay Championship in 2011.

“It’s going to be exciting to see if someone catches that million-dollar marlin,” tournament director Jennifer Dudas said. “It’s been done before at Treasure Cay. It’s possible that this year at Treasure Cay we can see it happen again.”

The previous two blue marlins over 1,000 pounds — Sam Jenning’s 1,060.5 and Rick Smith’s 1,030-pounder — also were caught at the Treasure Cay Championship.

Catching that blue marlin is not the only way to win big at this year’s BBC. The first team to catch a grand slam — a sailfish, a white marlin and a blue marlin — in one day in any of the BBC tournaments wins $5,000.

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