Incredible release of over 16 fish per boat
COSTA RICA, Playa Herradura (March 30, 2012) – The second leg of the 9th Annual Los Sueños Signature Billfish Series, sponsored jointly by International Special Risk Insurance, Smith Merritt Insurance and Traveler’s, was held March 21‐24 out of Los Sueños Resort and Marina. Registration increased from the 37 participating boats in January to 41 boats in March. The 156 participating anglers caught and released a total of 668 billfish, including 20 marlin and 648 sailfish. With sailfish worth 100 points each and marlin worth 500 points, each marlin bite made all the difference.
The first day of fishing the teams had already released 49 billfish, including 1 marlin release by Let it Ride. The fishing was hot throughout the day, with an incredible spurt around 10:30 am when 10 fish were released in under 3 minutes and 2 teams hooked up to marlins. Before noon, the fish count was already at 159 and C'est Tout Bon had just moved into first place after releasing the fifth marlin of the tournament. After countless doubles, triples and even a quadruple by Fuujin around 12:30 pm, the final fish tally for the day ended at 362, including 6 marlin. Bandolera took first for the day with 2700 points after releasing 27 sails in just 8 hours of fishing, C’est Tout Bon reached 2300 points with 13 sail and 2 marlin releases and Southern Pride ended in third with 1900 points after releasing 19 sails.
Never Say Never started the day off right by releasing a sail at 8:07 am, just 7 minutes after lines in. At 10:13 am Miss Judy released a marlin, Team Norby was hooked up (they proceeded to release it at 10:28 am) and the two‐day fish count had risen to 429 billfish. Pescadora brought in a not uncommon triple just before 3 pm, bringing the total billfish releases to 528. It was Never Say Never who ended up winning the day, but Bandolera remained in first place for Leg II going into DAY 3, as well as for the Series Champion. C'est Tout Bon placed second at the end of Day 2 for Leg II with 2900 points and Southern Pride was in 3rd with 2500 points on time, tied for with Never Say Never. The final fish count for the day was 184 billfish, including 4 marlin with a two‐day total of 546 billfish, including 12 marlin.
It was Sea Angel with the first sail of Day 3 at 8:11 am. As always, the action kept onlookers and fellow competitors on their toes. Miss Judy caught the first marlin of the day before 10:30 am, just before Rum Runner released fish #595 Silver Asset Management Corporation, c/o Corporate Office, Los Sueños Resort and Marina and Never Say Never hooked up to a marlin. By 2:14 pm the teams had released 648 billfish and by the time Never Say Never released the last fish of the tournament, a sail, at 3:56 pm for third place with 3300 points, the final tally was at 668 billfish, including 20 marlin and 648 sails, for an average of over 16 fish per boat. Bandolera secured a solid first place finish for Leg II with 4600 points and also took the coveted title of Series Champion with a two tournament total of 8200 points. C’est Tout Bon finished second for Leg II with 4200 points.
The top angler this time finished with a 100 point lead, or one sailfish release, over three anglers who tied for second. Although not angling on one of the winning boats, Francis Johnson Jr. represented his team, Sea Fix, proudly, having released 16 sails over the three days of fishing for 1600 points. Francis received an invitation from Chris Martin to the 2012 World Billfish Series World Championship, to be held out of Los Sueños Resort and Marina in December.
CASH PRIZES & AWARDS
Participating anglers, captains, crew, sponsors and friends put their best flip‐flops on for a romantic awards dinner on the white sand beach at the Los Sueños Beach Club. There they witnessed the delivery of $152,000 in cash prizes being presented to the winners, plus additional prizes provided by our sponsors. A special recognition was given to John Treat, founding member of the International Game Fish Tournament Observers association, who received a frame print of this year’s tournament art by Rick Bogert.
- 1st and Series Champion $101,000 ($51,000 for first place and $50,000 for Series Championship)‐ Bandolera: 4600 points, 41 sails, 1 marlin
- 2nd $30,600‐ C’est Tout Bon: 4200 points, 22 sails, 4 marlin
- 3rd $20,400‐ Never Say Never: 3300 points, 23 sails, 2 marlin
Trophies by Gray Taxidermy
Other prizes and awards by: Tunaskin ‐ shirts; Rick Bogert‐ framed prints of the tournament art; Vanmark, Inc.‐ gold pendants; Costa del Mar ‐ sunglasses for winning anglers; Flor de Caña‐ aged Rum; and IK Yacht Design‐ Gift certificates for all winners.
The entire tournament organizing committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who came together to support this event. Our gratitude goes out to all the anglers, captains, mates, observers, technical advisors, Los Sueños staff and of course, our sponsors (in alphabetical order): BLP Abogados, Caterpillar/ Gregory Poole, Costa del Mar, Costa Rica Dreams Sport Fishing, Costa Rica Luxury, Costa Rican Store, Dockwise, Durman, Flor de Caña, Gray Taxidermy, Inc., IGFA, IK Yacht Design, International Special Risks, Lewis Marine Group, Marriott, MTU/Tractomotriz, Purdy Motors/Toyota, Rick Bogert, Scotiabank, Smith Merritt Insurance, Stewart Title, Tom George Yacht Group, Traveler’s Insurance, Tunaskin Aquatic Apparel, Vanmark, Inc., Viking Yachts, WBS. For more on our sponsors, please visit www.LStournaments.com.
WBS SANCTIONED EVENT
The Los Sueños Signature Billfish Series presented by Viking Yachts is sanctioned by the World Billfish Series (WBS). Anglers competing in the Los Sueños tournaments are automatically enrolled in the WBS and compete for points in the Pacific Rim Division. The top angler from each leg of the Signature Series is presented with a plaque and invitation to the 2012 WBS Grand Championship, to be held in Los Sueños Resort and Marina in December 2012. For further information, please visit www.worldbillfishseries.com.
IGFA SANCTIONED EVENT
The top team from each leg of the Los Sueños Signature Series will be eligible to compete in the 2012 IGFA Grand Championship. For further information, please visit www.igfaoffshorechampionship.com.
ABOUT THE LOS SUENOS SIGNATURE BILLFISH SERIES
2012 marks the 9th Annual Los Sueños Signature Billfish Series. The Signature Series consists of two annual tournaments, one in January and the second in March each year, and is fished out of the world class Los Sueños Resort and Marina in Costa Rica. Entries for the second leg of the 2013 Signature Series Leg I: January 16 ‐ 19 and Leg II: March 13 ‐16 can be made by contacting Tournament Director, Ashley Bretecher, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling toll‐free 1‐866‐865‐9759. For more information, visit www.LStournaments.com.
ABOUT LOS SUEÑOS RESORT AND MARINA
Los Sueños Resort and Marina is the premier luxury real estate resort in Costa Rica. Nestled on the Central Pacific Coast, Los Sueños is an 1,100‐acre oasis offering incredible ocean, rainforest and golf course view properties; a gorgeous waterfront Marina Village commercial area with restaurants, shops and lively entertainment; a large private beach club for residents; an 18‐hole championship golf course; a superb 201‐room Marriott Hotel; and much more ‐ all within close proximity to some of the world’s best sport fishing waters. Information on Los Sueños Resort and Marina is available online at www.lsrm.com.
For further information, please contact Ashley Bretecher, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, Los Sueños Resort and Marina, Toll‐free: 1‐866‐865‐9759, Direct Tel: 011‐506‐2630‐4005, Fax: 011‐506‐2630‐4010, or email: email@example.com
1st Place & Series Champion
Boat Name: BANDOLERA
Model: 66, CAT engines
Team from: Puerto Rico and Florida
Captain: Ronnie Fields
Angler 1: Manuel Batlle
Angler 2: Luis Fernandez
Angler 3: Gray Ingram
Angler 4: Jimmy Fields
Mate 1: Ben Horning
Mate 2: Newt Cagle
Boat Name: C'EST TOUT BON (Boat name means “It’s All Good” in French)
Model: 64, CAT engines
Team from: Louisiana
Captain: Shannon Pecot
Angler 1: Joey Arcenaux
Angler 2: Mark Callais
Angler 3: Andy Martin
Angler 4: Dayrl Rousse
Boat Name: NEVER SAY NEVER
Team from: Florida
Captain: Dennis Ward
Angler 1: Jim Carr
Angler 2: Terry Styles
Angler 3: Roy Merritt
Angler 4: Kenny Styles
Mate 1: Hanz
Mate 2: Sheldon