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Bacardi billfish

tourney back in March

The Bacardi Rum Billfish Tournament, ranked as one of the top 10 billfish tournaments in the world, returns to Port Lucayas Marina in Freeport, Grand Bahamas from March 6 to 11.

The marina is located adjacent to the Port Lucaya Marketplace, Our Lucaya Resort and Port Lucaya Resort and Yacht Club. Together, the three facilities provide visiting anglers with over 1,500 rooms for accommodations, over 50 bars and restaurants, duty-free shopping and free nightly entertainment. The newly opened Isle of Capri Casino at Our Lucaya is a five-minute walk from the marina.

Contact Raul V. Miranda, tournament director, at (305) 234-7386, . www.

MarineMax-Hatteras Billfish Invitational

The International Game Fish Association is in its seventh year of the Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship, an international fishing competition that will take place in May 2006.

The MarineMax-Hatteras Billfish Invitational has been named by IGFA as a qualifying event for the 2006 championship. The IGFA fishing competition draws teams from all corners of the earth.

As a qualifying event, the MarineMax-Hatteras Billfish Invitational, scheduled April 27-30, 2005 in Boat Harbour, Bahamas, will be invited to send its winning team of up to four anglers to compete in the championship. Each member of the team will receive a one-year membership in IGFA.

For details, e-mail: Shannon. . www.