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Fishing Report August 2014

Team XTASEA First Place

Exciting News in From the XIII Flor de Cana Tournament (August 14- 16th)

Fishing report by Sharon Mora 

TEAM SEA ANGELThis past week was the XIII Flor de Cana Fishing Tournament held out in the Marina Puesta del Sol in Nicaragua.

The Flor de Cana is well known as one of most fun tournaments in the area. And this edition broke all records as there were 616 fish released; average of 38.5 fish released per boat that participated.

Some of our friends and boats of Los Sueños Marina participated and did an awesome job. In fact, teams from Los Sueños came in to place in the top 4 winning boats.


Here are the results of this tournament:

  • 1st XTA-SEA 78 SAILS
  • 2nd Sea Angel 62 sails 1 Blue Marlin
  • 3rd Rum Runner 52 sails 1 Blue Marlin
  • 4th Pelese 55 sails
  • 5th Tranquilo 55 sails
  • 6th Spirit of Mukul 46 sails  and 1 Blue Marlin
  • 7th Capt. Hook 40 sails  and 1 Blue Marlin
  • 8TH Finest Kind 38 sails
  • 9th Fortuna 34 sails
  • 10th Monique 33 sails
  • 11th Mis Peanuts 25 sails and   1 Blue Marilin
  • 12th Rumline 30 sails
  • 13th Showtime 27 sails
  • 14th Big Sugar 15 sails
  • 15th Guanaco 10 sails
  • 16th El Caba III 6 sails..


I want to give a special shout out and big congratulations to Captain John LaGrone , and  Anglers : Emilio Munkel, Alexis Chamorro and Julio Chamorro from The XTA- SEA as  they released 78 sail fish for a total of 7,800, wining the first place of the tournament. Well done guys!

Also I am very happy and proud to announce that the SEA ANGEL Fishing Team took the second place.  As always, Captain BC Angel did a great job along with his team Greg Angel, Austin Angel and Andrea Hoke.  They 62 sails and 1 Blue Marlin during the 3 days of fishing

Last but certainly not least, congratulations to Johnnie Bankston from PELESE for taking the prize for best angler of the tournament.

Great job, everyone; tight lines! We are looking forward to seeing a repeat performance in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!



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Fishing Tournaments in Costa Rica

Sport Fishing Tournaments Are Held in Costa Rica Each Year

 And the Fishing is Phenomenal!

Costa Rica is known internationally for its rich coastal and deep-sea marine wildlife. Sport fishermen from around the globe come to the international tournaments. Local tournaments are held by Ticos (local residents of Costa Rica) as well. The fishing never slows down. Catches are consistent throughout the year allowing tournaments to be held consistently as well.

The Los Suenos Signature Billfish Series, was held in January and March for the 10th year in a row. This Signature Series Tournament is held in two parts; both from the Los Sueños Resort and Marina and both are exclusively catch and release.

The World Billfish Series (WBS) as well as the International Game Fish Association have sanctioned this tournament. This means that anglers who have competed in the Los Sueños Billfish Series are enrolled automatically in the WBS and have the option of competing in the Pacific Rim Division for points.

The target species for the Los Sueños Signature Billfish Series are all species of marlin as well as Pacific sailfish. Marlins are the greater point-catch, bringing in a full 500 points, while the sailfish bring in just 100 points.

The entry fee for this tournament has been $7,000* per boat per tournament. You can save by entering both tournaments at once, bringing your cost down considerably per boat for the Series. With your entry fee you’ll receive seven social tickets to the tournament events, T-shirts and caps for your anglers and crew, and four angler bags. Your boat is then qualified to win cash prizes and trophies.

In March 2013, the Billfish Foundation and The Presidential Challenge of Costa Rica was held in Samara, Costa Rica. This tournament was in its 17th year in 2013. You will be part of the fish conservation movement when entering this annual tournament. The entry fee was $2,900* per team consisting of three anglers this year. A fourth angler could be entered for an additional $500*. The entry fee generally includes ground transfers, a gala awards dinner, and cocktail parties, T-shirts for the crew, a captain’s bag and more. Tournament observers pay a $300* observer fee to offset their costs of lodging and travel.
The Los Suenos Marlin Invitational. This tournament will be held December fourth through the seventh as a qualifying event for the IFGA Offshore World Championship. It is a local tournament held exclusively for residents of the Los Sueños Community as well as their friends and family. This will be the 6th year that this qualifier has been held.

Los Sueños Resort and Marina is the perfect place to stay while sport fishing. The luxurious accommodations will pamper you after a long day in the hot sun. Whether you are staying in the Marriott Hotel or one of the many rental condominiums available here, you will have many dining and relaxation options to choose from. You can really work up an appetite while fishing for catch as big as you will find in the Costa Rican waters. Choose from our many eating establishments that offer a variety of food themes. We offer gourmet dining such as our Bambu sushi and Asian cuisine, traditional Italian cuisine, and Latin American flavours. We also offer more casual eateries like The Hook Up Bar and Restaurant, The Terrace Lounge and Dolce Vita Coffee and Sweets.

Schedule a relaxing massage to ease your tired muscles at the Marriott’s Sabo Rainforest Spa. However you spend your evening hours, be prepared for some of the best sport fishing in the world during your tournament days here in Costa Rica!

* Note: entry fees are prize winnings are listed as per past amounts. These numbers do no necessarily reflect next year’s tournament entry fees or prizes.