June 4, 2023
The fleet departs from Marina Pez Vela for the primary day of fishing within the 2023 Pelagic Rockstar Match.
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Representing 16 completely different nations, a file fleet of 94 boats and 553 anglers descended upon the central Pacific Costa Rican group of Quepos for the seventh annual Pelagic Rockstar Offshore Match, which additionally provided the biggest prize purse of any occasion in Central America at $1.3 million. With a sizzling chew underway simply offshore, the members had been handled to an exceptionally thrilling and action-packed weekend of fishing, reside music, meals, and enjoyable.

By the decision for strains out on Day One, Capt. Ben Horning and Group Galati/Fish Tank held down first place with 25 sailfish and a pair of,500 factors. Clay Time was second with 2,400 factors, and NsatiaBill was third with 2,100 factors. In the meantime, Capt. Lance Hightower and his group on Vaquero, the winners of final yr’s Rockstar, managed to tally simply 11 sailfish releases on the primary day, but additionally scored a pair of blue marlin releases for angler Kristina Warshauer. Vaquero would land in eighth place, however because the occasion unfolded, these two marlin would grow to be essential within the last standings.

Woman anglers took middle stage on this occasion, with a number of proving an infinite distinction of their group’s general standings. By the tip of the event, woman anglers would maintain three of the highest 10 angling positions, together with the highest general angler.

The second day of the two-day event began very similar to the primary, with the radio alive with billfish launch calls. In truth, not even a full minute glided by at any time through the event with out a billfish launch. Because the day wore on, the highest eight groups jockeyed for place and traded locations a number of instances, battling it out till the very finish. With time working brief simply earlier than strains out at 4 p.m., Group Galati/Fish Tank held a slim ­margin on the high of the leaderboard.

A sport-fishing team standing on a stage during a fishing tournament awards ceremony.
Group Galati/Fish Tank emerged victorious with 42 sailfish releases.
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Then, with lower than one minute ­remaining, the defending champions on Vaquero rallied with a quadruple sailfish hookup, getting within the name and affirmation previous to the strains out name. The group launched all 4 fish, transferring from eighth place into second. These last-minute heroics got here with a verify for $251,300.
When the ultimate video critiques had been submitted and authorized, Group Galati/Fish Tank and their 42 sailfish releases had been in first place with 4,200 factors. It was an accomplishment worthy of the $303,940 in prize cash. Vaquero scored second with 3,900 factors, and the group aboard Recreation Plan rounded out the highest three with 3,800 factors.

The gamefish weigh-in took on a complete new which means this yr, due to Marina Pez Vela’s new event coverage and group outreach efforts. This yr, the Pelagic Rockstar was proud to accomplice with Brujas Del Mar—Witches of the Sea—a bunch of entrepreneurial ladies who noticed a necessity to offer work for different ladies and their households who had misplaced their jobs as a result of pandemic and different financial components. These ladies supplied a group of skilled fish cleansing and processing professionals, made up of the husbands and brothers of the group’s founders, to fillet, bag, and get rid of all of the carcasses of the fish harvested through the event. The members had been very beneficiant and donated greater than 300 entire fish to this effort. This generosity and willingness to contribute helped to feed greater than 400 households. The fish had been supplied to an orphanage, a homeless shelter and to a bunch that helps these affected by meals insecurities. As well as, each single worker of Marina Pez Vela went house with luggage of contemporary fish to feed their households.

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Congratulations to Adriana Finkelstein from Miss Behavin for her 14 sailfish and two blue marlin releases for two,000 factors, incomes her high angler and high woman angler honors. She is the second feminine to win as high general angler within the occasion’s historical past. Jonah Smith from Southern Delight repeated as the highest junior angler this yr with 20 ­sailfish releases and a pair of,000 factors. He fell simply wanting the general angler honors by time of launch. The fleet tallied a complete of 1,131 billfish—1,048 sailfish, 78 blue marlin, three black marlin and two striped marlin— in two days of competitors.