The fleet of 64 international teams from 24 countries went on the charge out of Marina Pez Vela into gin-clear, Costa Rican waters on April 8 for Day Two of the 15th Annual Offshore World Championship. In total, anglers had released an 826 sailfish, three blue marlin and 18 dorado, this took place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30p.m.
Video Edited by Dan Grissom
Day Two beat out the first day’s releases, which shows that these waters are jam-packed with billfish action. Team Washington Tuna Classic representing the United States of America caught-and-released 35 sailfish to take the lead with 7000 points. The Championship Anglers are mainly targeting Pacific sailfish worth 200-points per release, but should they release a blue, black or striped marlin — they will earn 500-points per release. Game fish, which includes tuna, wahoo and dorado, also scores team points and counts for individual prizes.
Standings for Day Two Only
1st Place 7000-points, Washington Tuna Classic
2nd Place 6500-points, SADSSA Columbia Billfish Classic
3rd Place 6400-points, Perth Game Fishing Club 2013 Betram Marlin Cup
Frenzy – Captain Jose Fernandez and Mate Marco Solano Jimenez
The 1st Place dorado leader weighed in at 52.7-pounds, caught by Igor Francesch representing Kup Prvaka-Vodice.
Following each day of fishing, the anglers enjoy themselves at the daily Dockside Socials at Marina Pez Vela with complimentary Flor de Cana Rum, local Costa Rican beer, food provided by Runaway Grill Restaurant and live entertainment while the anglers check-in their release videos.
The tournament is sponsored by the Costa Rican Tourist Board (ICT) and Marina Pez Vela, along with 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.
Follow all the action live on the official online scorekeeper site: www.owc14.catchstat.com
The tournament fishing will continue throughout the week, ending on April 10. The Awards Gala at Marina Pez Vela will be April 11, which will honor the top teams, boats and anglers.