Spring Fishing Tournaments to Catch in the Caribbean & Bahamas

Fishing for Marlin | credit: Lunamarina

With thousands of marine species in its warm waters, the Caribbean is known for year-round big game sportfishing. From the Bahamian archipelago to the Caribbean islands, boaters can join annual tournaments that celebrate anglers’ passion for a prize-winning catch. 

The region’s open waters are home to an abundance of Spanish mackerel, yellowfin, tuna, billfish and tarpon — and fishing enthusiasts flock to the Caribbean for its world-renowned white and blue marlin. With no off-season, the sky’s the limit on what you pull aboard. Check out the following tournaments that run from March through June.

3rd Annual Chub Cay Classic 

Bahamas, March 7 – 9

Kick off The Bahamas billfish tournament season at Chub Cay Resort & Marina located at the southern tip of the Berry Islands. Last year’s event attracted 17 boats competing for prizes. 

The Sir Charles Williams International Fishing Tournament

Barbados, April 9 – 13 

The Barbados Game Fishing Association hosts this annual competition at Port St. Charles Marina in St. Peter. Go after prizes and record-breaking blue marlin in the five-day event.

Chub Cay Marina | Courtesy of George Damianos

4th Annual Chub Cay Invitational

Bahamas, April 11 – 13 

Chub Cay Resort & Marina and Fly Zone Fishing hold another fishing competition at this gorgeous venue following the March tournament. 

Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament

Cayman Islands, April 23 – 30 

Hosted by the Cayman Islands Angling Club, this has been the island’s premier sportfishing tournament for more than 25 years. Eligible species include wahoo, yellowfin, tuna, dolphin and billfish. 

Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament

Antigua, May 16 – 19

This 56th annual event invites regional and international sportfishing fans to compete for prizes. The tournament takes place at Falmouth Harbour Marina on the south shores of the island. 

Courtesy of Abaco Beach Resort

The Shootout: Production vs. Custom

Abaco, Bahamas, May 1 – 4

Head to Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour Marina to catch this annual competition that challenges the skills of production line boats vs. custom-designed vessels. The event hosts 50 inboard teams of boats 33-feet or larger. The marina also hosts the exclusive Custom Shootout tournament May 15 – 18, featuring teams by invitation only. 

Baker’s Bay Invitational

Bahamas, May 8 – 11

The Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club hosts two days of offshore fishing and a one-day golf tournament at this exclusive event. This competition is limited to the first 30 boats to register.

Walker’s Cay Blue Marlin Invitational

Bahamas, May 22 – 25

Carl & Gigi Allen, owners of this northernmost Bahamian island, are hosting their 4th annual fishing tournament at Walker’s Cay Marina. The event is open to 50 boats and offers jackpots for marlin, dolphin, wahoo and tuna. 

Elbow Reef Classic Fishing Tournament

Abaco, Bahamas, May 29 – June 1

Hope Town Inn & Marina hosts this community-driven event on the island of Elbow Cay. All proceeds go to preserve and protect the Elbow Reef Lighthouse.

Battleground Bahamas Yellowfin Tuna Fishing Tournament

Freeport, Grand Bahama, June 13 – 15

Founded in 2020 by native Bahamian fishermen, this family-friendly tournament donates to the Rotary of Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Committee. Reel in the heaviest tuna, mahi, blackfin or wahoo to win prizes.

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