Built on prestige, trophies and strict International Game Fish Association rules for world records, HIBT attracts elite fishing enthusiasts from around the world who come to Kona to fish these famous waters for their chance of capturing the HIBT's prestigious Governor's trophy. HIBT’s tag and release point program has been a winning strategy for teams finding their way to the top of the leaderboard for many years and is also in step with IGFA’s mission for the conservation of game fish, something HIBT is deeply committed to. Kailua Pier is a great place to watch the iconic Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament start each morning at 7:30 am as boats line up across Historic Kailua Bay. Spectators can expect to see lots of scoreboard action as teams weigh in their big fish at the end of fishing each day at 4:30 pm. HIBT event headquarters, retail and tournament control will be at Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach.