Costa Rica never disappoints; calm seas, a world class fleet and fast billfishing for 30 Master Anglers who gathered together at Los Suenos on January 24th for the annual boat draw. Veteran anglers welcomed five “freshmen” into the club and after greeting old friends, the Rules Committee reviewed a new scoring procedure for fighting marlin. Marlin scores were first introduced in 2022, and the anglers embraced the change.
Featured Boat: War Party
When Clearwater, Florida, native Paul Lokey picked up his new 64 Viking Convertible at the end of 2021, he knew he’d found a winner. Lokey had been looking for a boat that could work as a fierce tournament boat and just as easily switch to an on-the-water viewing area for college sports.
And it was Carmine Galati who led Lokey to the 64.
Capt. Ronnie Riebe and the HT Hook
Team Galati Wins Leg II of Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown
Los Sueños Resort and Marina — The second leg of the seventh annual Signature Triple Crown billfish series, presented jointly by Los Sueños Resort and Marina and Chantilly Air, was held at Los Sueños February 26-29, 2020. Forty one team comprised of two hundred two individual anglers worked through the heat and the adrenaline of competition to release a three-day combined total of 870 billfish, including 703 sails and 67 marlin.
The tournament kicked off with a sailfish release by Shoe eight minutes after lines in was called at 8:00 am. Gallo Pinto took an early lead with a marlin release at 8:24 am, but HT Hook moved into first at 9:05 am with a striped marlin and three sails and stayed there until after 11 am, ahead of Team Galati and Gallo Pinto. By noon the field had released 164 sails and 8 marlin, and it was HT Hook still in first, but on time only, with 1200 points, followed by Tarheel also with 1200 points, and Team Galati with 1100 points. Off Duty made their first appearance on the leaderboard, moving to first with a marlin release at 12:44 pm, but were bumped out by Team Galati with a double sailfish release at 1:28 pm, only to take the lead back at 1:44 pm with another marlin release. Game Changer entered the fray, moving to second with a marlin release at 3:06 pm. War Party plucked away at the sailfish all day long, finishing with 16 sails, the most releases of any boat on Day 1, but secured their second place finish for the day with a marlin release at 3:12 pm. As the sun set Thursday evening, the official scores showed Off Duty in first with 2200 points (12 sails, 2 marlin), followed by War Party in second with 2100 points (16 sails, 1 marlin), and Team Galati in third with 2000 points (15 sails, 1 marlin).
D.A. Sea started the day off with a sailfish release at 8:07 am and by 10 am the 41 participating teams had released a two-day combined total of 415 sails and 20 marlin with Off Duty in first with 2300 points, War Party in second with 2200 points and Game Changer in third with 2100 points. Between 10 am and noon, War Party went on to release three more sails, taking first with 2500 points as of the midday update. Reel Joy enjoyed the top spot with two marlin releases at 12:30 pm, which they kept until Team Galati released their second marlin at 1:17 pm, taking them to the front of the pack, where they remained for the rest of the day. At 4 pm, it was Team Galati in first with a two-day total of 3500 points (20 sails, 3 marlin), followed by Reel Joy in second on time with 3000 points (15 sails, 3 marlin), and Tarheel in third, also with 3000 points (20 sails, 2 marlin).
Outage started the day off with a marlin hook up at 8:04 am, which they released five minutes later. In under an hour, seven more marlin had been release by the fleet and by 10 am the leaderboard looked almost completely different, with Off Duty in first with 4100 points, Team Galati in second with 4000 points, and Outage in third with 3300 points. Team Galati was in first at noon, over Off Duty and Fish Tank. Outage went on to bump Fish Tank out of third just before 1 pm and then moved to first with a marlin just 20 minutes later. Team Galati took the top position back with a double sailfish release before 2 pm. At 2:21 pm Team Galati, Off Duty (who had just released a triple), and Outage were all tied on points. No sooner had this report been shared on the official tournament radio, Outage released a double and moved ahead of the pack. Team Galati then took first with a marlin just before 3 pm and stayed there until the end, where they finished with a three-day combined total of 5000 points after releasing 25 sails and 5 marlin. Team Galati was followed by Outage in second on time, with 4800 points after releasing 23 sails and 5 marlin, and Tarheel released 33 sails and 3 marlin, also for 4800 points and third place.
On behalf of the tournament committee, congratulations to all winners!
TOP ANGLER LEG 2
The top angler award is usually always a surprise and it was so much so this time around that the man of the hour, Mike Ivancevic of Fish Tank, wasn’t present to receive his award. Mike achieved the highest score out of all the non-professional anglers after releasing 8 sails and 2 marlin for 1800 individual points. Congratulations!
Going in to Leg 3 Outage has the highest score, with a two-leg total of 8400 points, 400 points ahead of Tarheel, in second position, and 900 points ahead of Team Galati, rounding out the top three.
Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown 2020, Leg 1 Results
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The Winning Spread: Los Cabos Offshore Tournament
After 13 years, team Predator strikes gold in Cabo. Predator was the Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament champion and day 1 overall winner with a 522-pound blue marlin reeled in by angler Jarrod Smith. After a forty-seven minute fight, Smith landed the huge fish. Hundreds watched as the 522-pound billfish was lifted as teammates Morgan North (boat owner), Jarrod Smith (angler), Gary Willmott and Jose Grejeda watched.
Uno Mas Wins 2nd Leg of Costa Rica’s Los Suenos Tournament
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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Photo Gallery: Los Suenos Leg 1
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.
Video: Costa Rica Leg 3 Tournament
Video: Costa Rica Los Suenos Triple Crown Leg II Dock Show
The final leg of Los Suenos Triple Crown is fast approaching. Check out this Leg II video.