This year was the 20th anniversary of the Offshore World Chamionship and we were lucky enough to participant here in Quepos, Costa Rica. Marina Pez Vela really knows how to put on a tournament. They showed their support with the participating nations flags being flown as the boats were headed out for day one. Team Oregon Tuna Classic (USA) started the tournament off with 3500 points for the first day of fishing. Releasing 15 Sailfish and 1 Blue Marlin, taking the first place spot early on in the competition. Placing second was team Mississippi Gulf Coast Big Game Spring Tournament (USA) with 2830.2 points. Day one started this tournament out on fire with 274 Billfish being released from 45 teams.
Day two we had the pleasure of fishing with team #19 the Torneio Cabo Frio Marlin Invitational (Brazil). Captain Cachi took them to the fish enabling the team to release 1 Blue Marlin and 2 sailfish. This helped Fernando Almeida climb to #10 in the angler points standing. Team Oregon Tuna Classic still held on to the lead with an additional 1800 points for the day.
Day three gave us the opportunity to fish with team #18 Torneio de Peixes de Bico (Brazil). This was a stellar day for the team releasing 3 Blue Marlin and 2 Sailfish, landing them in 2nd with 1900 points for the day. Captain Cachi was definitely turning heads at the dock once he returned. The Marina Pez Vela Open team placed first for the day with releasing 10 Sailfish and giving them 2000 points for the day.
Day four brought us team #39 from New Smyrna Beach Striker Tournament (USA). These anglers were in last place, that is until they fished on the Sea Hag. The team hooked a marlin however were unable to get it to the boat for a legal release but managed to release 3 Sailfish bringing up their score a few notches.
Captain Cachi brought our Sea Hag to the 11 spot overall. He really tried hard for a top 10 finish but I know next year he will have it for sure. Congraulations to Team Oregon Tuna Classic for the First place finish. We look forward to fishing in the Offshore World Championship 2020.