June 4, 2023
Pat Healey, middle, with trophy, as soon as once more topped the Masters in Costa Rica.
Courtesy Masters Angling Event

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With calm seas, a world-class fleet and quick fishing for the 30 anglers collaborating within the 2023 Masters Angling Event, Costa Rica’s Los Sueños Resort as soon as once more proved to be an incomparable host. With 5 freshman anglers competing this 12 months, the stage was set.

This occasion abides by almost the identical guidelines that John Rybovich and his dock companions first penned in 1963: Two anglers fish two rods every and by no means fish with the identical accomplice twice, rotating boats every day of the occasion. Upon hookup, captains can provide one bump in reverse and are permitted to solely spin the cockpit towards the fish on the angler’s path—anglers struggle from a useless boat whereas a stopwatch ticks away the seconds.

Scores are based mostly on ­30-second fractions; a fish launched in underneath 30 seconds scores 100 factors, and an additional time fish (greater than 10 minutes) earns simply 5 factors. The addition of marlin as an eligible catch earns the angler the identical rating as sailfish if he fights with boat ­help (backing down), and doubles the rating in the event that they struggle the marlin from a useless boat.

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Ending the match with 12 releases and 815 factors, the 2023 Grasp Angler John Rybovich Award was offered to Viking Yachts president and CEO Pat Healey, who additionally scored essentially the most fish on time. This was his third win, having completed in first place on this match back-to-back in 2011 and 2012. Healey was offered with the normal custom-designed bronze sculpture of Ernest Hemingway’s iconic character, Santiago, which epitomizes Rybovich’s imaginative and prescient for the Masters and the true coronary heart of the struggle, now greater than 60 years within the making. Chris Lazzara was the second-place angler with 790 factors, whereas Karen Comstock completed in third place with 730 factors, a Masters first for a girl angler. Mike Ivancevic was the highest freshman angler with 535 factors.