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Zane Grey Invitational

Zane Grey Invitational Facts:

  • Held September 11th-13th
  • Fishing will take place on Monday, September 12th and Tuesday, September 13th
  • Awards ceremony scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, September 13th
  • Largest Striped Marlin and Striped Marlin release divisions

Zane Grey Invitational

The Zane Grey Invitational is one of the three events that make up the California Billfish Series. The Zane Grey Invitational is a modified-release tournament with cash prizes for the heaviest fish caught and top release team. Striped marlin must be a minimum of 165lbs to be weighed.

Teams fishing the Zane Grey Invitational must use circle hooks when casting natural live baits and dead baits. There are no recreational circle hook requirements outside of billfish tournaments. The National Marine Fisheries Service defines a circle hook as a hook originally designed and manufactured so that the point of the hook is turned perpendicularly back towards the shank of the hook to form a generally circular or oval shape. The unique curved shape of a circle hook, essentially like that of a capital "G" helps prevent it from catching in the gut or throat of a fish, where it can cause significant internal injury.

For more information refer to the official tournament website-

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Zane Grey Invitational Forecasts and Fishing Data

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Zane Grey Invitational Fishing Tips

  • Check for 7 day wind and swell forecasts for the area Catalina Island. This will give you a good idea of what conditions to expect and where to fish during the tournament.

  • Striped Marlin can often be found feeding close to the surface in water temperatures above 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Check SST and Altimetry charts to find temperature breaks within the tournament boundary. Current breaks hold bait and serve as natural migratory pathways for bait and the striped marlin that feed on them

  • In windy conditions trolling smaller 7 and 9inch jigs is an effective strategy for catching striped marlin during the Zane Grey Invitational.

  • During calm conditions striped marlin in Southern California waters can often be seen tailing on the surface with a good pair of gyro-stabilized binoculars. Teams can then cast live bait to these fish, often resulting in multiple hook-ups.