June 4, 2023
Staff Trilo Chew
Courtesy Pelagic

The Pelagic Pura Vida Blue ­Marlin Traditional featured a number of modern twists as the primary occasion of its type in Costa Rica to deal with blue marlin as the first species. First, the match had a “no boundaries” rule, placing the offshore seamounts in play for the primary time. Groups have been allowed to depart at midnight on the primary day and will stay at sea at some point of the occasion in the event that they elected to take action, slightly than fish throughout the typical 50-mile boundary. There was additionally a separate division for these boats utilizing omni sonar versus those that weren’t, making this one of many first tournaments to distinguish between the 2 lessons of vessels. Blues could be price 500 factors per launch, adopted by black marlin at 250 factors, striped marlin at 100 factors and sailfish at simply 1 level every. Marina Pez Vela in Quepos hosted the occasion, proving itself as soon as once more to be a premier ­vacation spot for match anglers.

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After two days offshore, the staff fishing on Trilo Chew tallied 5 blue marlin releases and claimed first-place honors as the highest nonsonar boat. Additionally they added prime girl angler honors for a number of ­IGFA-world-record holder, ­Stacey Parkerson. Putting second was the Tuna Trappe staff with a blue marlin and 5 sailfish, adopted by Pelagic in third within the ­nonsonar division.

Regardless of having a sluggish second day, the staff fishing on La Belle, captained by John Cochrane, held on to victory because of their Day One whole of six blue marlin. Sadly, Cochrane was killed in an vehicle accident in Texas shortly after returning dwelling from the match.

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Vaquero had a powerful Day Two, releasing 17 sailfish and a blue marlin to complete with three blues and 43 sailfish for second place. Eight Eights was third with two blue marlin, a striped marlin and 16 ­sailfish, additionally incomes prime angler honors for Kyle O’Connor.