MAZATLÁN, Mexico (April 1, 2009) – The 29th Big Game Trolling Sport Fishing World Championship takes place, Oct. 24 "“ 29, in Mazatlán, Mexico.

Sanctioned by the International Angling Confederation (CIPS), this five-day tournament is expected to draw more than 200 competitors representing 21 countries in the organization's worldwide membership. Participating countries include the United States, Greece, France, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa, Italy, Costa Rica and Egypt. An estimated 5,000 spectators will watch as teams compete in Mazatlán's calm, azure waters for a prize-winning catch and the prestige of the championship title.

"Our city is delighted to host this international tournament," says Carlos Berdegué, vice president, Mazatlán Hotel Association and Tourism Board. "Mazatlán is known worldwide as a premier sports-fishing destination. The waters here teem with swordfish, Pacific sailfish, dorado, yellow fin tuna and striped, black and blue marlin. Anglers will certainly not go away empty-handed."

The Big Game World Championship is presented by the National Federation of Sports Fishing of Mexico, in partnership with the International Sea Sport Fishing Federation (FIPS-M). Participating members of FIPS-M and CIPS are allowed three teams from each representative country, with a maximum of four sport fishers per team. Points are scored based on fish species and weight. Medals will be awarded to international teams finishing in first, second and third place overall on behalf of the International Sea Sport Fishing Federation. Additional tournament trophies and catch division medals will be awarded by the National Federation of Sports Fishing of Mexico.

The Marina Mazatlán and Marina El Cid will set the stage for reel action and adventure throughout the Big Game Trolling World Championship. More than 50 boats will depart from the Marina each day of the tournament, as teams set out for the designated fishing zones located 50 nautical miles from the main navigation channel. Onshore, participants and spectators will enjoy a full schedule of daily activities, ranging from cocktail receptions to weigh-in festivities, award ceremonies and more.

As the tournament's official resort host, the luxurious El Cid Marina Beach Hotel & Yacht Club will offer a world-class setting for additional event festivities in the state-of-the-art Marina El Cid. The full-service facility accommodates 120 vessels, from catamaran sailboats to international yachts spanning 25 "“ 120 feet in length. Amid this cosmopolitan atmosphere, competitors will be treated to a welcome cocktail reception following team registration, Sat., Oct. 24. The upscale La Marina restaurant will serve up authentic seafood specialties, cocktails and stunning views of the Pacific during the resort's Mexican Night celebration, Wed., Oct. 28.

Located in the heart of Mazatlán's Golden Zone resort area, El Cid Marina Beach Hotel & Yacht Club offers anglers plenty of opportunities to relax after a day at sea. The Mediterranean-style hotel houses 204 suites overlooking the marina. Guests will enjoy a new adults-only beachfront Mediterranean day lounge with massage tents, mega Jacuzzi and expansive sun deck surrounded by palm trees.

A full schedule of activities for the 29th Big Game Trolling Sport Fishing World Championship is listed below:

Sat., Oct. 24

— 6:00 a.m. "“ Competitor practice runs
— 4:00 p.m. "“ Registration and Inscription of Teams at El Cid Marina, El Cid Beach Hotel & Yacht Club
— 4:00 p.m. "“ Tournament welcome cocktail reception, El Cid Beach Hotel & Yacht Club

Sun., Oct. 25

— 10:00 a.m. "“ Captain's Meeting and Boat Drawings, Marina Mazatlan
— 11:00 a.m. "“ Opening Ceremony, Marina Mazatlan
— 4:00 p.m. "“ Boat Drawing, Marina Mazatlan
— Captain's Meeting, Marina Mazatlan

Mon., Oct. 26 "“ Wed., Oct. 28

— 6:30 a.m. "“ All the teams on board, Marina Mazatlan
— 4:00 p.m. "“ Lines out
— 6:00 p.m. "“ All boats in Marina Mazatlan
— 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. "“ Nightly cocktail reception and weigh-in festivities for competitors, Marina Mazatlan
— 4:00 p.m. "“ Wed., Oct. 28 only "“ Mexican Night, El Cid Beach Hotel & Yacht Club

Thurs., Oct. 29

— 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. "“ Tournament awards and closing ceremonies, Marina Mazatlan

For more information about the FIPS-M 29th Big Game Trolling Sport Fishing World Championship in Mazatlan, please visit

About the International Angling Confederation (CIPS)

The International Angling Confederation (Confédération Internationale of Pêche Sportive) is the maximum organization representing a worldwide community of sport fishermen with the goal to promote, coordinate and improve all aspects of competitive fishing. ?Currently, 115 National Federations represent 50 million members from the different FIPS belonging to CIPS.

The organization's congress includes one representative of each nation's membership in the following international federations: the International Fresh Water Sport Fishing Federation (FISP-ed), the International Fly Sport Fishing Federation (FIPS-Mouche), the International Sea Sport Fishing Federation (FIPS-M) and the International Casting Sport Fishing Federation (FIPS-Casting). Each year, the International Federations organize World Championships, European Championships or cups and others international events. An average of 30 "“ 40 countries spanning all continents take part in these events, with teams comprised of up 4 to 6 athletes by nation.

About Mazatlán

Mazatlán is located on Mexico's Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. As Mexico's second largest coastal city, Mazatlán has nearly 600,000 inhabitants. The city is divided into two main areas: Old Mazatlán and Zona Dorada or Golden Zone, with a seven-mile coastal road between the two. Mazatlán has an international sport-fishing reputation. Sites of interest include: the Angela Peralta Theater, Archeological Museum, Republic Plaza, Ocean Museum, Botanic Garden, San Jose Chapel and the world's second-tallest lighthouse. Transportation is available via the local "pulmonías" or four-person open-air vehicles that have become a symbol of the city. Visit Mazatlán on the World Wide Web at

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