May 17, 2022, Loreto B.C.S —Sunday concluded the third Marina Puerto Escondido Fishing Tournament as 51 Teams competed for over a half-million dollars in cash prizes, the highest ever awarded for a fishing tournament in the Loreto area. According to Stenson Hamann, marketing manager of the event, “The attendance has grown 85 percent over its short three-year history, beginning in 2019.”
James Roberts of Midway landed the 68-pound, 1.6-ounce dolphin on April 26. He was fishing over Deli Ledge approximately 80 miles east of St. Catherines Island, according to DNR’s Coastal Resources Division, which administers the Georgia Saltwater Game Fish Records Program.
Bluewater Movements, April 14—Record Breaking. That’s the best way to describe the 2022 Final Sail tournament weekend in Miami on April 6-9, 2022. 479 releases across a 41 boat fleet and the top 5 teams combined released 121 fish! Going into Final Sail, all eyes were on the five teams in contention to win the coveted burgundy jacket and this year Michael Jordan’s Catch 23 team was in the mix, going neck and neck with Contender One/Costa. Throughout the two day long competition, stakes and tensions ran high with a $600,000 purse and burgundy jackets on the line, two teams would emerge victorious at Miami Beach Marina on Saturday.
March 24 – 27, 2022 – Quepos, Costa Rica—Hosted by world class Marina Pez Vela, in Quepos Costa Rica, International anglers from Australia, Costa Rica, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and South Africa joined those from across the United States including Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas, to participate in the first Bluewater fishing tournament of its kind.
Valhalla Boatworks, April 13, 2022—The eighth annual Viking Key West Challenge (VKWC) was a smashing success, with 50 boats and more than 500 people attending the three-day event. “The Viking Key West Challenge is an amazing event that just keeps getting bigger and better, with more boats and more people participating every year,” says Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “It’s now the largest tournament on the island. Key West is really the perfect location where everyone can thoroughly enjoy the boating and fishing lifestyle that we all love.” Valhalla Boatworks has become an important part of the festivities as more owners are discovering the great family fun and fishing camaraderie of the VKWC. Trust Fun features triple Mercury 600s, a custom Palm Beach Towers gap tower and a host of accessories for live bait fishing.
March 31, 2022, Dolphinfish Research Program— Last November marked the third field expedition for the Dolphinfish Research Program to Tropic Star Lodge to determine the horizontal and vertical movements of dolphinfish in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP). This field expedition and research is funded by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
During the most recent expedition, a total of 12 satellite tags were deployed, and the program received data from 9 so far with 2 more scheduled to report in May. Since 2018, researchers have deployed 20 satellite tags on dolphinfish ranging in size from 36″ to 56″ fork-length. When combined with TSL’s conventional tagging participation, which has amounted in the tag and release of 572 dolphinfish, of which 20 have been recaptured, a preliminary dataset is taking shape that shows both fine scale and broad movements, habitat use, and fishery dynamics in this part of ETP. Detailed updates on the progress of the research and program expansion in the ETP are available here. A special thanks goes out to the entire TSL staff as well as the captains and mates for their help in making this effort possible!
2022 Sailfish Challenge—In standard fashion, the 2022 Sailfish Challenge saw teams battling on both ends of the 100-mile boundary for the chance to grab the ‘W’ at the second leg of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. 56 teams turned out to compete for a $583,700 purse. Contender boats had the hot hand on Day 1 with team On Sail, on their 39ST, trading places at the top of the leader board multiple times with team Contender One, on their Yamaha powered 44ST. Fishing off of North Palm Beach, On Sail held the lead with 12 releases with only 45 minutes before lines out.
February 6, 2022—Marina Pez Vela, Quepos Costa Rica—Who is the top blue marlin fishing team in the world? Pelagic is proud to present a new tournament celebrating the rich history of Blue Marlin fishing in Costa Rica. The Pelagic Pura Vida Blue Marlin Classic, is the first and only tournament in Costa Rica to focus on the most highly regarded gamefish in the world—the Blue Marlin.