I just returned from fishing the Presidential Challenge of Central America tournament in Carrillo, Costa Rica, where my team members and I enjoyed some great fishing for sailfish, blue and striped marlin, and large dorado. Joan Vernon runs the PCCA, and it's a great series — a lot of fun, and also for a good cause, since she donates the proceeds from the tournaments to The Billfish Foundation to support conservation efforts in Central America.
My team included Dr. Russell Nelson, chief science advisor to TBF, and Texan Steve Orr, fishing with Capt. Sonny Kocsis on the Wetass II, a beautiful 31 Bertram. We were in third place going into the last day of the tournament and feeling pretty good about our chances, but the entire field got smoked by the crew on the Sea Angel the last day, when that boat caught two marlin and 11 sailfish to run away with the top prize. What a performance by a great crew.
No matter, we all had a great time, and supported conservation, two worthy goals. To learn more about PCCA, log onto http://www.preschallenge.com.