Check out this video of Karen Wright record fishing.
Interesting things from the Miami Boat Show:
Electronics: New Axiom UAV integration by Raymarine –
This new technology allows boaters to connect to their UAV, where they can control and view images directly from the Axiom display. The unique features of the UAV integration now brings a hands-free, aerial view to the water, creating innovative video possibilities for anglers and boaters.
Hook–Eye is a sportfishing underwater camera designed to shoot full HD videos in extreme conditions. It’s advanced design allows the camera to swim like a teaser, staying on top during trolling. The camera is stable up to 10 knots speed and waterproof (case-free) up to 590 feet depth.Engine: New V-6 FourStroke Outboard Lineup by Mercury –
The new Mercury FourStroke and SeaPro outboards are constructed on Mercury’s new 3.4-liter V-6 platform. They’re built to be powerful, light, compact and fuel-efficient. The new engine group features 175hp, 200hp and 225hp FourStroke outboards and a V-6 200hp SeaPro commercial outboard.
Artwork: Custom Fish Mounts by Artist, Kelly Reark –
Native Florida Marine Artist, Kelly Reark, showcased her hand-painted fiberglass fish mounts. These “tattooed” pieces feature detailed work of wildlife and landmarks. Each mount is a one-of-a-kind design, delicately crafted in sepia tones and timeless Floridian style.
Boat: Hatteras Yachts introduces its new GT45X with Flybridge –
The new boat features a state-of-the-art upper helm, full tower, battle-ready outriggers and top-end speed in the mid-40s. It’s quality specs include next-generation electronics, vast storage, and a relaxing and spacious cabin/galley.
The End Game – An Expert Breakdown
By Jarad “Dingo” Boshammer
Whether it be tournaments, record fishing or straight up fishing for fun, sportfishing is a team sport. When all goes according to plan and the time comes for the end game, the wireman’s job begins. The approach and techniques best applied to the leader depend on the species, tackle, and line class. The approach also depends on the goal of the encounter—whether a release, tag or gaff shot is the end game.
Photos courtesy: Kelly Dalling Fallon
A Wireman’s Supplies
Sunglasses are a must before engaging in any sort of leadering! I don’t care how much saltwater is on my glasses, they never come off when I’m on the leader. A couple guys I know have had a glass lens shatter, leaving shards of glass in their eyes. For this reason, I prefer polycarbonate. Footwear is also important. While you might get by without it for sailfish on light leaders (it is still a good idea), when it comes to gaffing fish on heavy leaders it is 100% necessary.
Another necessity is a tool belt. At the bare minimum you’ll need a release knife. You should never cut one off with an open blade – one head shake or wave and the result can be messy (slashed arms or thighs have happened). I always have an open bladed knife on my belt – it could turn into a backup release knife in an emergency only. Having two mates is always ideal and coaching each other is important. Regardless of skill level, I will always ask the other mate to carry the release knife in the center of their back. It is crucial that a release tool may be reached with either hand when you are on the leader.
The boat’s impact on leadering technique
My style of leadering will change depending on the boat. Most Aussie boats are in the 40-50-foot range. Australian boats have a minimum gunnel height that is required for surveyed vessels. The height minimum is relatively high. My knees generally fit below the covering board and touch the sides of the hull easily. Thighs should be placed against and below the gunnels for added security and leverage. This is the ideal situation for doing serious work.
When boats get bigger – with wider covering boards – I can’t find the hull side effectively. Without a hard surface for my knees, I am much more reliant on footwork for leverage. The sleek design of most modern boats causes the covering boards to hit right on, or slightly above, the ball of the knee. This allows for a solid contact but leaves nothing for you to tuck under and press your thighs against.
In the event of a bad wrap, swallow your pride and let everyone know. Once that’s done, tuck in deep. Even 550-pound leader will usually break before anything serious happens if you get deep, below the gunnels and lock on. For this reason, it’s important to know your boat and cockpit well.
It’s also important to know your tackle. Know the limits of every crimp, knot and connection. Crimpers should be dialed in and every connection broken on a line testing machine. When gear is being pushed to the limits, it pays to have confidence and know your gear inside out.
In the event that a fish goes under, a drastic decision needs to be made. In some cases, it is better to hang on rather than to dump. If your leader is much heavier than the main line, it could be better to have the stronger of the two make contact with the boat. If the fish makes a sprint, goes under the boat and you dump, the captain needs to use the outside engine in reverse and throw the wheel to the fish. Trying to drive forward out of this situation will run the main line over almost every time. It is crucial to reverse and spin away from the main line and leader putting the fish of your bow.
Fish Behavior: The effect of the fight on your approach
Paying attention to the fish during a fight is very important. The behavior can give an idea of hook placement – or lack thereof. Taking photos of jumping fish can also help. When zooming in and seeing good hook placement, my confidence and the drag both go up.
What signs in a fight tell you to be careful? A couple indicators are radical head shakes or abnormal behavior. These could be signs of a hootered fish or where the hook point has hit a sensitive bony position at the base of the bill. In this case your best option is light drag, staying behind the fish and using gentle hands on the leader. Try to stay low; don’t encourage the fish to jump.
A fish that has done nothing at all is another concern, especially on bait. This often means the hook has not found a home and it is only a matter of time before the fish will gag out the bait. In this case, stay behind the fish, use light drag, be gentle on the leader and pray the fish does all the wrong things.
Heavy leader, big fish
Pulling hard on leader is a blast – making fish jump and do crazy stuff is what I love. This, however, is not always the right practice. When getting close enough for a photo release, tag or kill shot during a tournament, the ability to take the leader smoothly and take wraps without the fish noticing is a great skill to have.
On heavy leader with big fish, the back wrap is a must-have in your arsenal. When taking a back wrap, you would start by pulling the leader down with one hand and wrapping with the other. The hand taking a back wrap will be thumb down, with the leader hitting the outside of your hand (nearest your pinky finger).
When the leader breaks over the outside of your hand, take it with all four fingers and rotate your hand until your thumb is on top. With the other hand bring the leader between your thumb and forefinger. This completes the first wrap and then the standard technique is required for the second wrap. This technique allows you to make your first wrap (instead of taking it against the pressure of the fish). The back wrap technique known very well by any heavy tackle expert especially when large marlin or giant bluefin tuna are involved.
Standard wraps are taken after you pull the leader down with one hand – with the other palm up and thumb out. The leader should hit between thumb and forefinger first. Start taking your hand up and then rotate outwards, bringing it down in a circular motion. Try not to take large windmill-like wraps, focusing rather on tight wraps with equal pressure. Take a second wrap on the same hand as soon as possible. If the fish is digging, use your spare hand over the one with wraps and pull with two hands. Then use the spare hand to do the same thing.
Taking wraps, however, is not always the first move. If the fish is up high and you’re backing down fast, the best thing to do is hand-over-hand, anticipating when the weight will come. Take your first set of wraps when the time is right. Often that time is when the boat is slowed down or when you are already close enough to the fish.
When preparing for wraps, keep your arms bent with your hands low and close to your body. This will provide a shock absorber, buffering against leaders breaking, hooks pulling or getting straightened. If the fish jumps on the leader, you’ll have a little give and might not need to dump the line. There is nothing worse than dumping a fish and the double line not even leaving the rod tip. That being said, hanging onto smaller fish too long and flipping them over is very dangerous.
Anglers should back off the drag on heavy tackle as soon as you have wraps. If you have to dump the leader and the drag is up high, the pressure on the reel will go from nothing to a lot in a split second. This can reef anglers out of the chair or turn them into frogs – with knees behind their ears. With wind-on leaders, the most common mistake is cranking a mate’s hand up and trapping wraps on the glove. The lighter drag, in this case, will enable the wireman to pull his hand down to a comfortable and safe height. Be careful, however, not to backlash the reel when doing so.
The Kill Shot
Securing a trophy fish with gaff is one of the most challenging in most events in sportfishing. When preparing to harvest a fish, safety comes first— no matter what. No matter how big the fish may be or how much money is on the line, it isn’t worth losing an eye ball or joining the underwater wireman’s club. Accidents can happen to anyone and we all must have respect for the fish and the ocean. When it comes to getting hurt (or worse), the first saying I was taught was, “There are those who have and there are those who have not, yet.”
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Guatemala Ballyhoo Rig
Skill Level 3 star
The following rigging technique is used widely among the Guatemala deckhands rigging ballyhoo. As you can see, floss is used as an added measure against Sancocho’s. In addition, the popularity of Guatemala fly-fishing for billfish has an influence on this technique in which a similar rig is common as a teaser without a hook.
Step 2. Secure your ½ ounce sinker to your ballyhoo as pictured in the next step.
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The Tribute 37’ features a state of the art design. The video showcases an in-depth look at the cutting edge step-hull bottom, offering unparalleled sophistication in looks and ride.
See for yourself!
If you liked the first video, you’ll enjoy this extensive walk-thru interview with John Gaza on the Tribute 37′:
Pristine engineering and design of the Tribute 37′ step-hull bottom.
This year’s 55th Annual Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament was definitely one for the books. Over the course of the two-day event, twenty-two of Florida’s top teams departed from Palm Beach, battling wind speeds up to 30 mph to release hundreds of sailfish. Despite the unruly conditions, the 2018 Buccaneer Cup presented great fishing!
The top finishing boats were Viking 68 taking first, Two Cats in second, and trailing in third, Sandman. The InTheBite Top Captain Trophy Cup was awarded to Captain Ryan Higgins, who lead the Viking 68 to victory.
The following photos show the action…
Jan 28, 2018 Final Results
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Photographer Pepper Ailor and Los Suenos Resort and Marina invite you on a backstage pass of Leg 1 of the Los Suenos Signature Series. Here is a sample of the boats in the gallery. Check out this world class event. For the entire gallery, click here.
The Premiere Tournament in Costa Rica January 18,19,20 2018
Jan 21, 2018 Final Results
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2018 LOS SUEÑOS SIGNATURE TRIPLE CROWN ENJOYS A STRONG MARLIN BITE
For the second year in a row, the first leg of the Los Sueños Triple Crown is all about the marlin Los Sueños Resort and Marina, located at Playa Herradura on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast, held the first leg of the 2018 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown billfish series, presented by Chantilly Air January 17‐20. A total of 49 of the world’s most competitive billfishing teams comprised of 236 individual anglers challenged each other over three days of fishing, releasing a total of 598 billfish, including 457 sails and 141 marlin. Nearly one out of every three fish released was a marlin.
DAY 1 It was Family and Friends that got the tournament started, calling in a marlin hook up at 8:03 am on the first day of fishing, releasing it just two minutes later. It took On Location a little more effort to achieve the same 500 points though, releasing five sailfish at 8:06 am, followed by a double sailfish release at 8:12 am for an early lead. By 1:12 pm Geaux Fly had taken over the lead with a marlin release, fish number 157. The fish numbers called out by tournament control represent the total number of billfish released to that point and by 2:00 pm the fleet had released 133 sails and 45 marlin to take them to fish number 178. At the end of the day Geaux Fly remained in top position with 2,700 points(2 sails, 5 marlin), Wire We Here wasin second with 2,100 points (6 sails, 3 marlin), and Tag Team II finished third with 2,000 points on time (5 sails, 3 marlin), over Tuna Trappe.
DAY 2 Fittingly, it was First Light to call in the first fish of Day 2 at 8:07 am. By 10:00 am the fleet had released a two‐day total of 281 billfish, including 208 sails and 73 marlin. Geaux Fly still commanded a strong lead with 3,200 points, 800 points ahead of Wire We Here in second with 2,400 points and Shoe now in third with 2,300 points. Agitator though, the Series Champion from both the 2016 and 2018 Triple Crown tournaments, gained momentum after releasing the last fish of Day 1, a marlin, at 4:27 pm; by 12:00 pm on the second day of competition had plucked away at the fish to take second place with 2,800 points on time, over Wire We Here. By the end of the day Tag Team II managed to squeeze Geaux Fly out of their top position, releasing a marlin at 3:32 pm and ending the day with 3,300 points (8 sails, 5 marlin). Geaux Fly finished second with 3,200 points (2 sails, 6 marlin), over Agitator in third with 3,100 points (6 sails, 5 marlin). DAY 3 Going into Day 3, Geaux Fly was not taking second place well and released the first two sails of Day 3 by 8:08 am, overtaking Tag Team II by 100 points. Wire We Here wanted back on the leaderboard and released a marlin at 8:55 am to overtake first. Tag Team II, up for the challenge, released a marlin at 9:50 am to move Wire We Here down the ladder. Wire We Here wasn’t backing down though and released a marlin at 10:05 am to take first once again. By Noon Wire We here was still in first with 4,200 points, followed by Tag Team II with 4,100 points, and On Location in third with 3,600 points. On Location found the fish, releasing a marlin at 1:05 pm and moving to second, then releasing a sail at 2:01 pm for first. Alpha Bravo, a silent contender, moved to third position at 2:27 pm with a sailfish release. By 4:00 pm on the last day it was Wire We Here finishing in first with a three‐day total of 4,700 points (17 sails, 6 marlin), On Location in second with 4,300 points (23 sails, 4 marlin), and Tag Team II in third with 4,100 points (11 sails, 6 marlin). With a strong marlin bite, the stakes are much higher. It gives nearly any team in the top 10 a chance to win, and plenty of opportunity to all the teams to make big jumps in the standings. Take for example, Blue Eagle; they finished 10th on Day 2 and moved to 4th in the overall standings. Dealer’s Choice finished 26th on Day 1 and moved to 7th overall. One marlin more or less makes all the difference.
BACK STORIES 3rd $34,000 Tag Team II: 4,100 points, 11 sails and 6 marlin Tag Team II, a 55’ Viking captained by Victor Julio Lopez, with anglers Dan Lewis, John Sercu, Rick Nelson, Fred Michanie, Hector Moreno Muñoz, and Emilio Munkel, finished participated for the first time in the 2018 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown. The new boys on the dock finished 3rd on Day 1, and 1st on Day 2, and ended the competition on 3rd place. Not too shabby for their first go in the tournament and on a new boat to boot. 2nd $51,000 On Location: 4,300 points, 23 sails and 4 marlin On Location, a 57’ Capps Sportfisher, captained by Drake Sawyer, has been participating in the Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown since 2015. This is their first podium finish. Anglers Paul Knowles, Darrell Atkins, David Bullock, Cameron Roberts, and Katie Coeckelenbergh fished their way to 7th place on Day 1, remained at 7th on Day 2, and finished 2nd overall.
1st $85,000 Wire We Here: 4,700 points, 17 sails and 6 marlin Wire We Here, a 61’ Garlington captained by Scotty Bob Jones, finished on the Triple Crown podium for the second time in their Los Sueños tournament career, having previously won 2nd place during the second leg of the 2015 series. Anglers Hunter “H Bone” Fleming, Steve “Bebo” White, Stephen Fleming, Mike Wells, and Arturo Nuñez López garnered the enthusiastic praise of owner, JR Fleming at Saturday night’s awards ceremony. Wire We Here finished 2nd on Day 1, 4th on Day 2, and came in 1st for the overall tournament. On behalf of the tournament committee, congratulations to all winners!
CASH PRIZES & AWARDS Over 700 guests came together under the stars at the Los Sueños Beach Club to enjoy a phenomenal buffet dinner and an interesting live musical performance by the electronic band, Patterns. Immediately preceding the presentation of trophies, prizes and checks to the tournament winners, guests enjoyed the highly anticipated dock show filmed and produced by Rich Christenson and Adam Moffat. The ceremony was closed out by a spectacular fireworks display by Faisa and a jam‐packed after party hosted for the first time at the Hook Up. Tournament winners took to the stage to receive a total of $170,000 in cash, as well as other prizes provided by tournament sponsors, including trophies by Gray Taxidermy, apparel by Tunaskin, framed prints of this year’s tournament art by Steve Goione, YETI coolers, and Flor de Caña aged rum. TOP ANGLER Congratulations to Eduardo Mata, otherwise known as “Macho”, the Top Angler for this leg. Fishing on Geaux Fly, Macho achieved a total of 2,700 individual points over the three days competition after releasing 2 sails and 5 marlin, finishing 700 points ahead of the closest runner up.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The entire tournament organizing committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who came together to support this event. Our gratitude goes out to all the anglers, captains, mates, observers, technical advisors, cameramen and videographers, spectators, Los Sueños staff and of course, our sponsors(in alphabetical order): BLP Legal, Bristol Marine Supply, Canvas Designers Costa Rica, Caterpillar/Matra, Chantilly Air (presenting sponsor), Clinica Herradura, Costa, Costa Rica Dreams Sport Fishing, CR Luxury, CR Marine/Gato Gordo, Cummins, FishTrack official weather provider, Flor de Caña, Galati International Yacht Sales, Gray Taxidermy, Marriott, Maverick Yachts, MTU/Tractomotriz, Los Sueños Resort and Marina, Poms & Associates, Promerica Bank, RK Creative Productions, Seakeeper/A.G. Marine Services, Sevenstar Yacht Transport, Steve Goione Marine Artist, Tito’s Vodka, Tunaskin Aquatic Apparel, Vanmark Inc., Viking Yachts, Yeti Coolers. For more about our sponsors, please visit www.LStournaments.com and click on Sponsors. OWC QUALIFYING EVENT The top team from each leg of the Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown will be eligible to compete in the 2018 Offshore World Championship. For further information, please visit www.offshorechampionship.com. ABOUT THE LOS SUENOS SIGNATURE TRIPLE
CROWN 2018 marks the 5th Annual Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown billfish tournament series. The Triple Crown consists of three annual tournaments, in January, February and March each year, and is fished out of the world class Los Sueños Resort and Marina in Costa Rica. The dates for the next two legs in 2018 are Leg II:
February 28 – March 3, and Leg III: March 21‐24. ABOUT LOS SUEÑOS RESORT AND MARINA Los Sueños Resort and Marina is the premier luxury real estate resort in Costa Rica. Nestled on the Central Pacific Coast, Los Sueños is an 1,100‐acre oasis offering incredible ocean, rainforest and golf course view properties; a gorgeous waterfront Marina Village commercial area with restaurants, shops and lively entertainment; a large private beach club for residents; an 18‐hole championship golf course; a superb 201‐room Marriott Hotel; and much more, all within close proximity to world record‐setting sport fishing waters. Information on Los Sueños Resort and Marina is available online at www.lossuenos.com. Information on Los Sueños real estate properties is available online at www.lossuenosproperties.com. For further information, please contact Ashley Bretecher, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, Los Sueños Resort and Marina, Toll‐free: 1‐866‐865‐9759, Direct Tel: 011‐506‐ 2630‐4005, or e‐mail: email@example.com.
Captain Chris “Kiwi” Van Leeuwen runs the Allure II, a 40′ Caps, in Guatemala. Kiwi and his wife Liz own and operate the Sailfish Oasis Lodge, an upscale, boutique operation. Van Leeuwen and the Guatemalan tourism board hosted InTheBite Magazine in November 2017. The great fishing and hospitality provide the backdrop for a feature in the January/February Issue of InTheBite and this Dock Talk Video. Hope you like watching it as much as we enjoyed making it….
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