Costa Rica’s Record-Breaking Event

On April 23rd, 2014, posted in: India by Comments Off on Costa Rica’s Record-Breaking Event


Want to know where the best saltwater sportfishing and some of the world’s best charter captains are? And the best chance of catching that trophy billfish you have been lusting after? Look no further than Costa Rica.

Two important international billfish tournaments have been held in Costa Rica so far this year, both off the country’s Central Pacific coast. One was the first Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown (a melding of two previous and very successful annual tournaments). It took place out of the highly-acclaimed Los Sueños Marina, over three legs, each with three fishing days, in January, February and March. Nine days total. Forty-two boats took part.

The second was the recent Offshore World Championship out of the Pez Vela Marina in Quepos. There were four days of fishing between April 7-10, in which 64 teams from 24 countries were entered. A team all the way from Angola (below, right) in Africa won!

Almost eight thousand billfish are released

Offshore World ChampionshipIn a total of 13 days fishing Costa Rican waters, the boats released a total of 7,805 – that is not a typo: seven thousand, eight hundred and five – billfish, an extraordinary number. The Signature Triple Crown accounted for a record-breaking 5,070 billfish, the Offshore World Championship tallied 2,735.

A mixture of private and commercial charter boats were entered in both events. A boat from the private side (Enjoy) won the Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown; a charter boat (43ft Frenzy – left, with Captain José Fernández, Quepos) finished first at the Offshore World Championship.

Americana Sportfishing/FishCostaRica has long been chartering many of the boats and sportfishing captains who did themselves proud and placed high in both tournaments.

Luanda  winning teamTo name just a few: Captain James Smith (42ft Dragin Fly, Los Sueños) was second overall in the OWC, for instance. Captain Franklin Arrieta (34ft Sea Hawk, Quepos) and Captain MJ Alligood (34ft Epic, Los Sueños) placed among the top ten. Captain Carlos Arguedas (on the 26ft Wing Man, Los Sueños – one of the smallest boats entered) was right up there as well. Adding to the difficulty – and suspense – of the OWC, each boat fished four different teams, each team selected at random for one day.

Captain Daniel Espinoza (42ft Spanish Fly, Los Sueños), and Captain James Smith again, both placed very high up in the Signature Triple Crown, which carried an awesome $100,000.00 grand prize for the overall winner.