Current standings for Day 1 of the Viking Yachts Key West Challenge:
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Current standings for Day 1 of the Viking Yachts Key West Challenge:
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Congratulations to Destin, Florida Team Lucky Dog for winning 1st Place Aggregate and 2nd Place Largest (50.8 lbs Cobia) in the 2018 Outcast Cobia Invitational this past weekend.
Leg three featured 43 boats. For the third leg, the Gunsmoke (3800 points) out dueled the Geaux Fly (3700), catching the winning sailfish with 20 minutes of fishing remaining. The Geaux Fly’s second place finish was highlighted by a grandslam on day two– a black, two blues and a pair of sails. The Jaruco, the new 90′ Jarrett Bay, rounded out the top three with 2800 points.
Leg three also decided the Triple Crown winner for 2018. With all said and done, it was Tarheel (10,600 points) with Captain John Bayliss taking home top honors. The Agitator and Capt. Jon Duffie, 2016 and 2017 series champions, fell a sail and a marlin short of a third straight crown, with 10,100 points. Geaux Fly wins third place honors in the series with 10,000 even.
InTheBite congratulates the winners. Please enjoy the following photos and videos from the 2018 Triple Crown.
Congrats to all the winners of leg III of the Los Suenos Signature Series Billfish Tournament in Costa Rica this past weekend. Here were the top teams for Leg III.
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March 4, 2018 Congrats to all the winners of leg II of the Los Suenos Signature Series Billfish Tournament in Costa Rica. Here are the top teams for Leg II.
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Fifty-eight teams competed for a purse in excess of $581,000 in the 15th Annual Sailfish Challenge, leg 3 of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. With a 3-inlet format and a boundary from south of Miami to north of Jupiter, teams were stretched out from end to end looking for the best conditions and the hottest bite. As it turns out, the bite was fairly spread out on both ends of the boundary, however, team Ice Box/High Gear landed in the fish in a big way on Day 1. Fishing out of Hillsboro Inlet, they ran north on their 37’ SeaVee and got into a red-hot bite off Boynton Inlet. They won the early bite and the late bite on Day 1 with a total of 13 releases and a commanding lead in the tournament.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes on Day 1 were split between the three different inlets in the tournament. Fishing off Miami, team Sandman released 9 sailfish to secure the second place position on Day 1 and $43,600 in daily winnings. Fishing out of Palm Beach, team Good Call released 7 sails and put themselves in contention heading into the final day of competition. Miss Annie had 7 releases on Day 1 in 4th place and De-Bait-Able rounded out the top 5 with 6 releases.
Coming off their 2017 world title in the Quest for the Crest, there were no doubts about whether Captain John Dudas and his Sandman crew could handle pressure when the money is on the line. They stayed hot on day 2, releasing 8 fish to win the daily and a grand total of $189,380 in prize money. Sandman needed just 18 minutes on one of their sailfish releases to run the table in the winner-take-all Release Roundup Jackpot and win an additional $244,800! The pot remains unclaimed and will roll over to the final leg in Key West on April 17-21 where it is expected to exceed $275,000!
Ice Box/High Gear finished the tournament with 15 releases in second place and a $16,675 payout. Team Priceless charged hard on Day 2 in their 39’ Contender, releasing 8 fish to jump into 3rd place overall and claim a $63,265 payout! Team Blue Moon Fish Company weighed the heaviest meatfish of the tournament, a 42.3-pound kingfish, to win the Bluewater Bonanza and $14,770 in prize money. Sandra MacMillan, team Sandman, was the top female angler with 6 releases and her teammate, Alex Castellanos, won the top male angler and master angler trophies with 6 releases as well. Fishing on board Lisa L/The Fishing Experience, Tyler Walsh won the top junior angler division with 1 release. Branch Office was the top non-pro team with 3 releases and a $2,000 bonus payout. They also landed an 18.6-pound blackfin tuna that was the heaviest tuna of the tournament for an additional $1,000.
With 1 leg remaining in the 4-leg series, all eyes are on the burgundy jacket and the #1 title in competitive sailfish tournaments around the globe. Team Free Bird, posted another strong 4th place finish at the Challenge with 11 releases. They remain in first place overall with 85 points followed by Sandman in second with 82 points. Weez in the Keys finished in 9th place at the Challenge with 9 releases to maintain the 3rd place spot overall with 76 points heading into the final leg of the series. It will be a true ‘clash of the titans’ in Key West, FL as we determine who has what it takes to don the coveted burgundy jacket and become the new world champion of competitive sailfishing.
The grand finale of the Quest for the Crest, Final Sail, takes place April 17th – 21st in sunny Key West, FL at the Margaritaville Resort & Marina where a world champion will be crowned. To register for this event visit www.finalsail.com
Congratulations to Brad Wachowiak and the crew of the Katherine Anne, a 63′ Spencer, for winning the Island Time Tournament in Isla Mujeres. The Virginia Beach-based crew won the tournament by a minute. The Island Time Tournament raises much needed funds for the Little Yellow School House.
All of the proceeds from the Island Time Fishing Tournament go towards the Little Yellow School House, providing services, free of charge, to special needs children on Isla Mujeres. The Little Yellow School House began with one room and six students and a really big dream. Because of generous donations and the Island Time Fishing Tournament the school now has six classrooms, full-time teachers and over 50 students. The school has a 70% success rate at getting special needs children back into regular school.
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: email@example.com.