Gamefisher II Sweeps Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo

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Gamefisher II Sweeps Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo

Flamingo, Costa Rica – Hosted by the newly-opened, world-class Marina Flamingo, the seventh annual Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo saw an action-packed two days of fishing amid perfect weather conditions in the seas off Flamingo, Costa Rica. With 18 boats and 80 anglers, the event continues to grow in popularity each season, thanks in part to its focus on fun and family fishing rather than intense high-stakes competition. Most of the teams represented families with either ladies or junior anglers aboard.

The team aboard Gamefisher II with Capt. Junior Bustos at the helm swept the awards for Top Offshore Boat, Top Billfish Boat and Top Angler with a great first day of fishing, although they were sweating it out on the final day with just one sailfish release. Ultimately though they ended the event with three blue marlin and four sailfish releases plus one dorado and two tuna. Team angler Karl Klus was the tournament’s top angler, releasing two of the blues and one sail, and landing one tuna and the dorado.

Finishing in second place in the Offshore Division was Capt. Skeet Warren’s Bushwacker, followed by Harambe by just a single point. The team on Harambe did win Top Inshore Boat for the second year in a row, followed by Bushwacker in second and Yellowfin III in third place. The tournament’s multi-species focus allows teams to fish for a wide variety of game fish, including billfish, tuna, dorado and wahoo offshore as well as roosterfish, snapper and grouper inshore. Yellowfin III’s junior angler, Allan Suarez, won the trophy for most roosterfish releases with three, while Bryan Murray won for the longest dorado at 56 inches, caught on the Wetass II. Karin Wiggins had the longest tuna on Grateful and Ian Oporto had the longest and only wahoo of the tournament, caught aboard Pacific Fly.

The family team divisions were also hotly contested this year. The Wiggins family on Grateful walked away with the prizes, thanks in part to Karin’s longest tuna, which earned her the top lady angler award as well. Parker Jones on Georgiarican was the top junior boy angler, followed by Allen Suarez and Chasen Carney in second and third; in the top girl standings it was Brianna Con winning first place.

The tournament kickoff party was hosted by Marie’s Restaurant in Flamingo and the awards celebration was at Hemingway’s, with afternoon scoring at the presenting sponsor, Marina Flamingo. For the tournament there were 18 marlin and 32 sailfish released; 18 dorado, 14 tuna and one wahoo were landed.

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