The 2018 Buccaneer Cup provided great fishing for any brave souls who left the dock. The following is a gallery of tournament boats leaving Lake Worth Inlet. How many can you name?
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Jan 28, 2018 Final Results
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2018 Silver Sailfish Derby West Palm Beach Fishing Club January 11-13, 2018 Final Results
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Tournament Runs Jan 10-14, 2018. 24 Teams, Ft. Pierce, Florida
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Congratulations to Captain Glenn Cameron and the Floridian crew for winning the event.
12 teams entered in the tournament.
December 16, 2017 Day 1 Results
Final standings – Day 1 of the Fish Heads of Stuart Sailfish Invitational
Pretty work Glenn Cameron and team on the Floridian who clenched the daily!
Nice work to the entire fleet, slow fishing day but we have the best out there hunting!
Lo Que Sea 3
Tighten Up 3
Martha D 2
Lisa K 1
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Dave Astras- Pres-Stuart Sailfish Club Foundation, Keith Mayfield, Kevin Hawken, Patrick Price, Geoff Mayfield, Dave Dalfo, Marshall Busha, Chris Lazzara, Charlie Conigliaro – 1st Vice Pres – Stuart Sailfish Club Foundation
The 6th Annual Operation Sailfish tournament made landfall on December 6th in West Palm Beach at host venue, Sailfish Marina. A total of 42 teams showed up to compete for a purse in excess of $720,000 and pay tribute to our United States military. The tournament got underway with its signature ‘Take a Hero Fishing Day’ where 30 veterans, wounded warriors and active duty military had the opportunity to pair up with the best sailfishing teams in the world for the fishing trip of a lifetime. For many, it was a bucket list trip catching their first sailfish ever. Captain Skip Dana and his crew aboard Sir’ Reel won the ‘Take a Hero Day’ with an impressive tally of nine releases. Tyler Wells caught his first two sailfish ever while fishing together with his brother-in-law Chris Lemieux on board Advanced Roofing/Sailsmen. His two sailfish releases were enough to earn him the Top Hero trophy as well. Gator One won the trophy for the heaviest meatfish with a 14.6-pound dolphin.
On Friday December 8th, the tournament action kicked off when the 8am lines-in call was made for Day 1 as teams looked to kick start the first leg of the Quest for the Crest with a bang. Team Doing it All/Hard Way found the fish early in their 39’ Contender. They released five sails before noon to take the early bite and a bonus $1,000. Team Kona Blue and their 39’ Mercury powered SeaVee was hot on their heels at the midday turn with four releases of their own. With just an hour to go on Day 1, Captain Chris ‘Zig’ Zelienski and his Weez in the Keys team caught fire releasing five fish to propel themselves into a first place daily and the late bite worth $77,950.
Day 2 fishing was postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to severe storm warnings associated with an approaching cold front. A forecast for winds off the north and temperatures in the mid-forties on the backside of the front had teams fired up for the potential of an epic bite on Sunday. The morning started slower than expected for most, but newcomers to the tournament, team MDALA, got into a groove early releasing five sailfish before 11am to claim the early bite. As the day pressed on, teams Free Bird and Utopia got on the fish and continued climbing the leader board as well.
The first half of Day 2 had to seem like an eternity for Day 1 leaders, Weez in the Keys. By noon they had not called a fish in and their lead was rapidly diminishing. Sure enough, at 12:54pm team Utopia called in release number 12 and took the lead in the tournament with only two hours of fishing to go. Shortly after that, Free Bird released another fish to leap frog Weez in the Keys for the second place spot with 12 releases. At 2pm Captain Zig knew he needed to make an aggressive move. He did just that and Weez in the Keys went on a tear releasing three fish in the last hour to reclaim the lead and win the tournament with 14 releases and a $210,000 payday! Utopia finished in second with 13 releases and $75,150 in prize money. Team Seraphim finished strong on Day 2 releasing 10 fish to win the daily. Their 13 fish two-day tally was enough to bump them into third place overall in the tournament with total winnings of $122,180. The Top 5 were rounded out with Free Bird in fourth with 12 releases followed by Advanced Roofing/Sailsmen in fifth with 11 releases.
Doing It All/Hard Way cruised through the first two rounds of the Release Roundup competition in the tournament releasing five fish in the first round and three in the second round, although they only needed one release in the second round to advance. On the start of Day 2 and Round 3, lucky number two was pulled and the $196,200 jackpot was getting closer and closer to a reality for the team. Unfortunately, they ran out of steam releasing one fish in the third round. So the jackpot rolls forward into the next leg of the series, Sailfish 400, where it is expected to exceed $225,000 for a $1,000 buy in!
Captain Ray Rosher and his Miss Britt II crew put Stephanie Choate on the fish once again as she claimed the Top Lady Angler title for the second year in a row with seven releases. Wes Stevens took the Top Male Angler title aboard Weez in the Keys with seven releases as well. Stephanie edged Wes out on time to earn the Master Angler title in the tournament and a beautiful handmade American flag trophy.
In addition to the great payouts to teams, a check for over $7,000 will be presented to the tournament charity, Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting military families as they transition from service back into civilian life. To learn more about how you can help support their mission, visit www.operationhomefront.org.
Three more legs remain before the top sailfishing team in the world is crowned. Leg 2, Sailfish 400, takes place January 17-21 in Miami, with a third stop in Fort Lauderdale on February 21-25 and the grand finale in Key West on April 17-21. For a complete breakdown on the tournament results for Operation Sailfish, visit www.operationsailfish.com For a complete list of the point standings in the Crest race, visit www.questforthecrest.com
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18 Teams Competing
November 28, 2017 Stuart, Florida The Fish Heads “Quickie” is underway with 17 boats. Stay tuned for updates and what we all hope is the beginning of a great Florida sailfish season.
November 29, 2017
Thank you to all that participated in Fish Heads of Stuart Quickie! It was a great few days! Cheers to the entire fleet for your tireless efforts. 3rd place goes to Challenge, 2nd place Miss Victoria and 1st Showtime! Nice work and cheers to the kickoff of the season!!
3:30PM update for the 2nd Day of the Fish Heads of Stuart Quickie Total 28
Fa La Me 1
Lisa K 1
Lo Que Sea 1
Miss Victoria 1
Martha D 3
Sea Hag 2
Old No. 7 1
3PM update for the Fish Heads of Stuart Quickie Total 35
Old No. 7 1
Lisa K 2
Miss Victoria 7
Sea Hag 2
Martha D 1
Champagne Lady 2