Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Costa Rica World Championship fishing tournament gets underway in Quepos

December 29, 2019

The 2017 Lucas Oil Offshore World Championship billfish tournament got underway Monday with 50 teams from 29 countries competing for the honor of top angling team in the world.

Fishing takes place out of Marina Pez Vela in Quepos and is co-sponsored by Bonnier Corp, which among many ventures publishes one of the most popular magazines among people who chase pointy-nosed fish. To qualify for the tournament, you must have won another major tournament in the past year.

Video: A (very) quick look at the start of the tournament (Courtesy of Marina Pez Vela)

 

The first day of the competition echoed this year’s fishing season in Costa Rica. The numbers of fish caught the first day of the four-day tournament were down from the record number of fish seen the last few years. Even though the numbers of sailfish were noticeably absent, the numbers of marlin caught were much better.

A total of 58 billfish were caught and released, with 21 of them being marlin, eclipsing total marlin caught each year of previous tournaments the first day of fishing.

The leaders after the first day were teams called Oregon Tuna Classic and 2016 OWC Champions. Five teams are just one fish behind, so it is far from over. The tournament ends Friday, with awards presented at Marina Pez Vela that evening.

To keep track of the tournament live, click on http://owc17.catchstat.com/?dom=owc&loc=mainnav&lnk=live-scoring.

You may be interested

Chirripó National Park to reopen October 30
Costa Rica
1704 views
Costa Rica
1704 views

Chirripó National Park to reopen October 30

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 28, 2020

Chirripó National Park will reopen for tourists on October 30, the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) announced Monday. Visitors…

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Monday, September 28
Costa Rica
5566 views
Costa Rica
5566 views

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Monday, September 28

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 28, 2020

Costa Rica announced 49 new coronavirus-related deaths since Friday for a total of 861, according to official data released Monday…

SJO airport improvements delayed, report says
Costa Rica
6709 views
Costa Rica
6709 views

SJO airport improvements delayed, report says

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 28, 2020

The operator of Costa Rica's Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) will suspend planned improvements for several years due to the…