Hemingway-Lerner Trophy for Guy Harvey’s Inaugural Billfish Invitational Unveiled

The Hemingway-Lerner Trophy, designed by Kent wildlife sculptor Kent Ullburg.

Check out the trophy designed by wildlife sculptor Kent Ullburg that will go to the winning team of the inaugural Guy Harvey Billfish Invitational. According to tournament organizers, “The ‘Hemingway-Lerner Trophy’ will not only go to the overall winning team at the upcoming Billfish Invitational, it was designed to commemorate the ideals of friendship, teamwork and the pursuit of sportfishing achievement.”

Celebrated artist and conservationist Guy Harvey will host The Billfish Invitational, which is slated for May 18-21 at the historic Big Game Club located in Bimini’s Alice Town.

With the Hemingway-Lerner Trophy, Ullberg has cast a perpetual ‘Fighting Blue Marlin’ trophy commemorating the achievement of the tournament’s top billfish team. Ullberg is the sculptor of the IGFA’s (International Game Fish Association) signature monument, “Sword Dance”, which graces the IGFA’s museum fountain in Dania Beach, Florida.

The Frank Johnson Trophy, designed by noted Hawaii-born artist Ed Pang, has also been created for the Billfish Invitational to celebrate personal achievement in the advancement or recreational sportfishing/billfishing.

Host to numerous major sport fishing tournaments for more than half a century, the Billfish Invitational marks the Bimini Big Game Club’s return to world-class bluewater tournament angling, after a decade long hiatus.

The all release tournament will feature three days of fishing, and target all billfish species. In addition to individual prizes, the tournament format will include the award of the two perpetual trophies, to be displayed in the Club’s new trophy room lounge.

Eligible species for the Billfish Tournament include Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Spearfish and Swordfish.

Administered by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and the IGFA, net tournament proceeds will be reinvested in Bimini and surrounding waters. For registration and further details, contact Captain Ned Store at nstone@guyharveyoutpost.com, call 954-524-2225 (office) or 954-205-9595 (cell) or visit www.billfishinvitational.com.