June 4, 2023
Fireworks mild up the evening on the awards presentation for the 2023 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown in Costa Rica.
© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor

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It’s grow to be a ceremony of passage for a lot of anglers­—and a dream alternative for ­others—to fish within the prestigious Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown match sequence, hosted by Los Sueños Resort and Marina in Costa Rica. With three occasions from January to March every year, this has grow to be the world’s best dead-bait match sequence. It’s in no way uncommon to search out the winners decided by only one launch, and even by the point of the final launch within the case of a tie, and it additionally attracts among the sport’s prime expertise, each on the helm and within the cockpit. If you wish to do nicely right here, you’d greatest deliver your A recreation.

Every of the three match legs begins with a one-day ladies-only match. This yr, 37 anglers on 12 boats kicked off the 2023 sequence with some nice fishing, releasing 158 billfish previous to the beginning of Leg One. Outage gained the day with 25 sailfish and one marlin, good for 3,000 factors and the early lead. They had been adopted by Uno Mas in second with 5 sails and 4 marlin (2,500 factors), and Max Guess in third with seven ­sailfish and three marlin (2,200 factors).

Previous to the beginning of Leg Two, the women occasion showcased the angling expertise aboard DA Sea, whose group emerged victorious with 2,000 factors from 4 marlin. Vaquero was second with 1,600 factors, and Uno Mas third on time, additionally with 1,600 factors. The ultimate-day shootout previous to Leg Three would come right down to the wire to find out the winners.

And that final day didn’t disappoint in any manner, with a back-and-forth battle between the groups on Outage and Uno Mas almost all day for the title of Collection Champion. Nonetheless, ultimately, it was Outage in first with 2,000 factors, adopted by Max Guess in second with 1,200 factors, and Billfisher in third with 1,100; for the 2023 Women Solely sequence, Uno Mas was first with 5,100 factors, Outage second on time with 5,100 factors, and Vaquero third with 4,200 factors. Uno Mas is a 60-foot Bayliss captained by proprietor Brooks Smith, with anglers Maria Smith and Yendry Zúñiga Jiménez within the cockpit; the women launched 11 sails and eight marlin within the three days of competitors. Maria Smith was the highest angler for the ladies-only sequence with 2,600 particular person factors.

If you wish to have an opportunity to do nicely within the Signature Triple Crown, it’s greatest to get off to a quick begin in Leg One, which is simply what the group on Max Guess did. With six marlin releases and the day by day win on the primary day of the match, they went on to win the primary leg with a three-day whole of 10 marlin and 21 sailfish for 7,100 factors. Austin Robins captains the 66-foot Spencer, which is owned by Matthew and Kelly Weber.

Team Galati at the awards ceremony of the 2023 Signature Triple Crown.
Staff Galati, victorious as soon as once more.
© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor

By no means one to be discounted, the 64-foot Viking Staff Galati, captained by Tony Carrizosa, pulled off a quad sailfish launch within the closing minutes of Leg One to leap into second place.

Anglers Pat Healey, Carmine Galati, Drew and Eric McDowell, and Thomas Garmany launched 34 sails and 6 marlin to attain 6,400 factors over three days, getting them off to a quick begin as nicely.

Capt. Luke Hickey put the 68-foot Viking Ohana in third place for Leg One. Anglers Ed Burr, Austin Burr, Denny Doyle, Nick Galati, and Jake Graves gained the day by day on the third day, and launched a complete of 33 sailfish and 6 marlin for six,300 factors. This additionally marked their first podium end within the Triple Crown.
Leg Two in February noticed a lower within the variety of sailfish releases, leaving most everybody scratching their heads and questioning the place the sails had gone. Happily, the marlin motion remained constant, and for this three-day slugfest, it was Eight Eights, a 72-foot Viking captained by Sean Gallagher, rising victorious. They began off sizzling with a day by day on the primary day, and ­completed their run with 18 sailfish and 4 marlin for anglers Scott and Jill Yates, Zac Yarbrough, Jaclyn Tenuto, Susan McCart, and Ronnie Fields, additionally successful the day by day on Day Three. The group aboard DA Sea was regular over the three days, ending in second with 2,800 factors (18 sails and two ­marlin), ­adopted by Grand Slam in third place on time with 2,500 factors (10 sails and three marlin) over Teuseas and Billfisher, who each additionally achieved 2,500 factors for the leg.

Wetter climate and cooler water temperatures had the sailfish returning to the waters off Los Sueños in time for the third and last leg in mid-March, with 43 groups releasing 681 billfish, together with 553 sails and 128 ­marlin. On Day One alone, the fleet launched 262 billfish, together with 206 sails and 56 marlin—a foreshadowing of the competitors to observe.

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With Brooks Smith again on the helm, Uno Mas streaked out to an early lead with 5 sailfish and 5 marlin releases on the primary day of fishing, good for 3,000 factors. With 13 sails and three marlin, Staff Galati was within the hunt in second, and the group on Mama Seata was third with 2,400 factors from 14 sailfish and two marlin. On Day Two, it was Miss AC’s time within the solar, successful the day by day with 5 sails and 5 marlin. By the point the decision for traces out echoed over the VHF on the third and last day, Staff Galati had moved into first place with 6,500 factors from 25 sailfish and eight marlin, whereas Uno Mas was second with 5,900 factors (14 sails and 9 marlin), and Miss AC third with 5,000 factors (25 ­sailfish and 5 marlin).

For the general sequence championship, Staff Galati gained for the third time since 2014, ­tallying 15,200 factors and a complete of 77 sailfish and 15 marlin over the 9 days of aggressive fishing. That is their 14th podium end over the course of the Signature Triple Crown, together with seven first-place wins, three second-­place wins, one third-place win, and their three Collection Championship titles. Uno Mas earned 13,400 factors over the identical interval to complete in second place; Maria Smith was not solely the highest angler for the third leg, but in addition the highest general angler for the sequence with 6,000 particular person factors.