After setting a world record for most billfish released in a tournament, it wrapped up with a total of 2,735 billfish releases, which included 2,726 sailfish, seven blue marlin, one black marlin, one striped marlin. There were 79 qualifying dolphin weighed over the 25-pound minimum by the time the scales closed on the final day.
The Angolan team qualified by winning the Luanda Sailfish Classic. The team caught 76 sailfish and two dorado for a grand total of 15,263.6-points to win the 15th Annual 2014 Offshore World Championship (OWC). The anglers include Jan Jongschaap, Roderick Jongschaap, Kevin Jongschaap and Jose Manuel Cardoso.
For their accomplishment the teams received custom Championship rings from Vanmark Jewelry, Geoffrey Smith Bronze Trophies, Shimano Reels, Garmin Elite Virb Cameras, Guy Harvey limited edition prints, AFTCO Championship Apparel, Flor De Cana Premium Rum and a Yeti Cooler. As champions, they will also have the opportunity to apply to compete in the tournament for many years to come.
The team is mostly made of family members. Jan is father to Roderick and Kevin — they might be family, but there’s still competitiveness within the group.
“My brother only beat me by a 30.9-pound dorado,” said Kevin, the 17-year-old angler. “We had a great time and I feel really good. I’ve never seen so much fish before. Including our practice days before the tournament, we released over 100 sailfish in a week.”
Roderick, who also came in 3rd place in the Top Angler category, saw the tournament as a learning experience.
“This tournament was an education,” said Roderick, the 29-year-old angler. “When fishing in Angola, we continued to sharpen our skills for catching sailfish for this tournament. We learned even more while fishing during this tournament.”
The bite was steaming hot — so much that Luanda Sailfish Classic team beat out the 2013’s first place team nearly threefold in points. But, the fishing isn’t done for this year’s winning team.
“I go back home to Angola on Sunday,” said Kevin. “I can’t wait to go home to go fishing. I think there are some smaller tournaments going on.”
The second place team from Brazil, which qualified for the OWC by winning the Torneio Marlin Azul do Rio de Janeiro Brazil, scored a total of 13,400 points from 67 sailfish releases. Teammates included Evandro Soares and his father, Eliseu — both have qualified to fish the OWC for 11 of the past 15 years. Eduardo Castro, Gustavo Santos and Paulo Picarelli Lucas also competed in previous years. Their experience paid off this year and earned them second place honor and prizes that include Geoffrey Smith Bronze trophies, Guy Harvey limited edition prints, Tycoon Tackle custom rods, Flor de Cana Rum, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Garmin Virb Cameras and a Shimano Reel and a Yeti Cooler. The second place team will be eligible to apply to compete in the 2015 Championship.
In Third Place, a team of American anglers from North Carolina qualified by winning the Presidential Challenge of Guatemala. For the OWC, they scored a total of13,258.2-points from 66-sailfish releases and two weighed dorado. Anglers Bill Pino, Kenneth Cofer Sr., Dennis Barbour and Amanda Cofer relied on their experience of catching pacific sailfish and took advantage of their shots each day. The team’s prizes include Geoffrey Smith bronze trophies, a Garmin Virb camera, Guy Harvey limited edition prints, an Accurate Reel, Flor de Cana Rum and a Yeti Cooler. The third place team will be eligible to apply to compete in the 2015 Championship.
1st Place 15,263.6-points, Luanda Sailfish Classic
2nd Place 13,400-points, Torneio Marlin Azul do Rio de Janeiro
3rd Place 13,258.2-points, Presidential Challenge-Guatemala
1st Place Frenzy - Captain Jose Fernandez and Mates Marco Solano Jimenez and Alonzo Jimenez Montero , 13,800-points wins King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Print, Flor De Cana Rum, Yeti Cooler, AFTCO Belt.
2nd Place Dragin Fly – Captain James Smith and Mates Albert Ramos and Mardonio Obando Obando, 12,777.6-points wins King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Print, Flor De Cana Rum
3rd Place Dream Girl – Captain Pedro Caballero and Mate Brainer Gonzalez, 12,200-points wins King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Print, Flor De Cana Rum
Based on best three days of fishing out of four.
Top Six Anglers
1st Rafael Brigham, Billfish Kifofo Express of Angola, 8,625.4-points from 43-sailfish releases and a 25.4-pound dolphin. Prizes: Accurate Reel, King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Guy Harvey Limited Edition Print.
2nd Dario Marijan, Kup Prvaka-Vodice of Croatia, 6,645.6-points from 33-sailfish and one 45.6-pound dolphin. Prizes: Accurate Reel, King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Guy Harvey Limited Edition Print.
3rd Roderick Jongschaap, Luanda Sailfish Classic of Angola, 5,630.9-points from 28-sailfish and a 30.9-pound dolphin. Prizes: Accurate Reel, King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Guy Harvey Limited Edition Print.
4th Kevin Jongschaap, of Luanda Sailfish Classic of Angola, 5,600-points from 28-sailfish releases. Prizes: King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Guy Harvey Limited Edition Print, AFTCO Rod Belt.
5th Michal De Fritas, of Trinidad & Tobago Game Fishing Association Marlin Madness Tournament, 5400-points from 27-sailfish releases. Prizes: King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Guy Harvey Limited Edition Print, AFTCO Rod Belt.
6th Marco Roberto De Silva Couto of Big Blue Cup of Angola, 5200-points from 26 sailfish releases. Prizes: King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Limited Edition Print, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, AFTCO Rod Belt.
Top Three Dorado
1st Place Dorado with 55.6-pounds is Brendan Bernard representing the Tobago Int'l Game Fishing Tournament Team. Prizes: King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Print.
2nd Place Dolphin with 52.7-pounds is Igor Franceschi representing the Kup Prvaka-Vodice of Croatia. Prizes: King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Print.
3rd Place Dolphin with 50.6-pounds is Rocky Steven Franich representing International Roosterfish Tournament held in Mexico. Prizes: King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Print.
The tournament is presented by the Costa Rican Tourist Board (ICT) and Marina Pez Vela, along with many sponsors including Accurate, AFTCO, Costa del Mar, Eat Me Lures, Flor de Cana, Garmin, Geoffrey Smith Galleries, Guy Harvey, Hidden Bay Realty, IWS Scales, King Sailfish Mounts, Lazer Sharp Eagle Claw, Marlin, Maverick Sport Fishing Charters, Maverick Yachts, Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, Ocean LED, Parador Resort and Spa, Salt Water Sportsman, Shimano,Sport Fishing, Toyota Rent a Car, Tycoon Tackle, Vanmark Jewelry, and Yeti Coolers.
To see the full results go to the official online scorekeeper site: http://owc14.catchstat.com/
The Awards Gala at Marina Pez Vela will be tonight, April 11, which will honor the top teams, boats and anglers.