A total of 1,412 billfish were released by 38 boats during the First Leg of the 10th Annual Los Sueños Signature Billfish Series. That's a heck of a lot of fish! All told, a total of 1,412 billfish were reported, including 6 marlin. The first leg of the 2013 Los Sueños Signature Billfish Series was held from January 16 to 19 at Los Sueños Resort and Marina in Costa Rica.
Thirty-eight teams and 147 individual anglers kept the radios busy, reporting an incredible average of one billfish per minute. Over the course of three fishing days, 1,406 sailfish and 6 marlin were released, breaking the standing record of 1,282 billfish releases by 46 boats in 2006.
Day 1 Results
Eight sailfish releases by 8:10 am was a promising sign of things to come. By 9:45 am, Rebel had taken an early lead with 800 points, followed by Boo Looand Tijereta with 700 points each. Two hours after lines in a whopping 97 sailfish had already been released. The bite continued to heat up and just past noon the tally was up to 206 releases. By the end of Day 1, 415 sailfish were released and HT Hook had won first place, on time, over Dragin Fly, each with 2,200 points. Family & Friends placed third for the day with 1,900 points. With no marlin yet in play and the incredible bite, teams were anxious to get out again and see what Day 2 would bring.
DAY 2 Results
Day 2 started where Day 1 left off. The radio was running hot, as teams called in doubles and triples galore, with some even reporting quadruples. Within the first 120 minutes of the day, 120 billfish were called in to Tournament Control. The first marlin of the tournament was released by Da Bait at 9:29 am. By 10:00 am Dragin Fly already had 7 sailfish releases for the day and had moved into the lead with 2,900 points. A second marlin was released by Tijereta at 12:52 pm. Fishing was off the charts with boats seeing 40 fish or more! Dragin Fly was able to maintain their lead with 4,400 points by day’s end, followed by HT Hook in second and High Hook in third. The total fish tally for Day 2 added up to an incredible 523 sailfish and 2 marlin, bringing the two‐day total to 940 billfish. Seafix took the day though, after releasing 27 sailfish, the most out of all the boats in Day 2. Seventy percent of the participating boats reported catches in the double digits on day 2.
DAY 3 Results
Going into Day 3, everyone was wondering if the bite would cooperate for yet another day. Conditions could not have been better. The skies were gorgeous, temperature warm (not too hot), seas were calm and clear. Shortly after lines in was called out over the tournament radio, it was clear that the third and final day would be a busy one indeed. Just after 9:00 am the 1,000th fish was released by Miss Behavin. By 2:05 pm it was official! A new tournament record was set with a double by Uno Mas. What a way to celebrate the first leg of the 10th Anniversary Series! At 3:03 pm Dragin Fly released the third of the four marlin reported during Day 3, giving them a very comfortable lead. They secured their first place finish with 1,000 points more than their closest runner up‐ Rebel. Rebel quietly worked their way into second place overall with an astounding 27 sailfish releases on Day 3, ending the tournament with a total of 5,700 points. HT Hook followed in third place and showed amazing stamina over the three fishing days, ending with 5,200 points.
1st: $47,500‐ Dragin Fly, 6,700 points: 62 sails, 1 marlin
2nd: $28,500‐ Rebel, 5,700 points: 57 sails
3rd: $19,000‐ HT Hook, 5,200 points: 52 sails
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