World Cup Blue Marlin Championship Names New Tournament Director

by / Friday, 06 November 2015 / Published in Latest News

West Palm Beach, FL: It’s one of the most unique fishing tournaments in the world and now the World Cup Blue Marlin Championship has named a new tournament director. Robert “Fly” Navarro, a seasoned fisherman with experience in managing fishing tournaments, will succeed Mike Leech as the new World Cup Tournament Director.  Mike will continue to work with the World Cup in his new capacity as the “Managing Director.”  Navarro is only the third tournament director in the event’s long and exciting history.  The World Cup organization believes Navarro is a worthy successor who will continue to build and enhance the World Cup legacy.

The World Cup format allows teams to fish anywhere in the world for eight hours in their respective time zones on July 4th each year. It’s a one-day shootout for one species—blue marlin only—and it’s also winner take all. There is no second place. The base entry fee is $3,000 per team, while the optional $5,000 Big Blue Challenge jackpot further raises the stakes. Teams may fish on their own boats or may charter a vessel anywhere in the world, and both amateur and professional anglers are welcome. A 500-pound minimum ensures that most blue marlin are released to fight again another day. In fact, in the 2015 World Cup just one qualifying blue marlin was caught; the 652-pounder landed by angler Anthony Johnson aboard Capt. Frothy DeSilva’s Pesca Grossa brought the title back to Madeira. Johnson’s big blue earned the team a record World Cup purse of $660,000.

Navarro’s passion for fishing and competition provides him with the drive to continue to pursue the tradition of excellence established by the World Cup.  One of Navarro’s goals will be to continue to expand the use of technology to enhance the Tournament.  When the World Cup started in 1985, it was essentially a cyber-event before there was such a thing. It ran in multiple time zones relying only on faxes and phone calls from fishermen around the world. Today the World Cup has so much more to offer through its use of technology to communicate via Facebook, Twitter, Real Time Results, Instagram and streaming video clips.  All of this makes the Tournament much more accessible and enjoyable, for both the participants and virtual spectators. These continuing advances are going to make the World Cup even more memorable.


The World Cup is a qualifying event for both the Offshore World Championship and the InTheBite Captain of the Year Cup International Division. A portion of the proceeds go to support the IGFA and The Billfish Foundation.

Contact Information

Robert “Fly” Navarro, Tournament Director
Phone: (954) 561-9116

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