What Is a Billfish Grand Slam? Full Explanation

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A Billfish Grand Slam involves a single angler catching three different Billfish species within the same 24-hour period.

As with all International game fish association grand slams, the fish must be caught and registered in line with IGFA regulations.

What Billfish Species Qualify for a Billfish Grand Slam?

Any of the following billfish species can make up a Billfish Grand Slam:

  • Atlantic Blue Marlin
  • Pacific Blue Marlin
  • Black Marlin
  • White Marlin
  • Striped Marlin
  • Atlantic Sailfish
  • Pacific Sailfish
  • Swordfish
  • Spearfish

How Many Billfish Grand Slams Have Been Registered?

There have been more than 400 Billfish Grand Slams recorded!

The most popular regions for recording Billfish Grand Slam have been Venezuela and Costa Rica by a considerable margin.

Several slams have also been recorded in Panama, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas.

Of course, many states in the US have also been on the scene of billfish slams, including Texas, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Australia and New Zealand have also accounted for several Billfish Grand Slams.

The most popular configuration for the slams has probably been two marlin species – either a black marlin, a white marlin, a blue marlin, or striped marlin – along with a sailfish or swordfish.

What Is the Billfish Super Grand Slam Club?

A Billfish Super Grand Slam Club involves a single angler catching four members of the approved billfish species in the same 24-hour period.

Super slams have proven a lot harder, with only 25 or so anglers registering their membership.

Venezuela again tops the rankings in terms of destinations for Billfish Super Grand Slams, with Costa Rica and Mexico not too far behind.

What About a Billfish Fantasy Slam?

A Billfish Fantasy Slam involves catching five of the Billfish species in the same 24-hour period. There have only been two of these registered, with the most recent being logged on April 23- the details are yet to be posted, but it was caught in US waters.

The only other fantasy slam was taken off Venezuela and involved a Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Spearfish, and Swordfish.

What About a Billfish Royal Slam?

Royal slams involve an angler catching all members of a particular class of fish in their lifetime. So for Billfish, this involves catching all nine IGFA-approved Billfish.

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