Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo Presented by Marina Flamingo
Hosts Near-Record Turnout
Highlighting the summer fishing conditions in northern Costa Rica
Flamingo, Costa Rica: Now in its sixth season, the Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo continues to spotlight the excellent fishing opportunities in northern Costa Rica during the summer months. This year’s event, held August 6-8, 2021, in Flamingo Beach, also had near-record participation numbers: 15 boats in the inshore and offshore divisions hosted 70 anglers, many of them families, lady anglers and kids.
Emerging victorious in the Maverick Yachts Offshore Division was the team aboard La Luna with 293 points. They were followed by Secario with 253 points and Casa Marlin/Bushwacker with 241 points. Secario also had Most Billfish Releases with 120 points, an award sponsored by Wet Ass II Sport Fishing. For their efforts the team will receive an invitation to fish in the prestigious Offshore World Championship event in Quepos, Costa Rica, in April, 2022.
In the Bluewater Properties Inshore Division, the top boat was Harambe with 167 points. Casa Marlin/Bushwacker scored 161 points, and the team on Yellow/Papachulo was third with 143 points. The Top Family award, sponsored by Go Fish, was presented to the Con family from Curacao, fishing on Permit III, with 238 points.
Their daughter, Briana, was the Top Junior Female angler as well. The Top Male Angler was Matt Garrett on Coyote Tres with 162 points, while the Top Female Angler, sponsored by Marie’s Restaurant, was Olga Diaz. She caught the longest dorado at 49 inches aboard Senuelo del Pacifico to win that award sponsored by Pure Fishing. Catarina Suarez had the Most Roosterfish Releases.
“We’re going back to the basics with this tournament,” says Flamingo Fishing Rodeo founder Joan Vernon. “It’s time we put the fun and family back into sport fishing, as well as a more focused appeal to the charter boat angler.” In fact, she says the tournament’s mission statement is to publicize Flamingo as the fishing destination that it used to be by helping charter captains book clients to fish this event. “It’s been very exciting to work with the charter captains as well as the business owners in Flamingo, many of whom have been friends of mine for many years,” she says. “And we will also benefit not only marine conservation in Costa Rica but also a local charity called Abriendo Mentes, which is a nonprofit organization to help provide assistance to people in that part of Costa Rica to have access to enhanced education and employment opportunities.”
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The team Casa Marlin/Bushwacker won the overall Flamingo Fishing Rodeo Perpetual Trophy
2021 FLAMINGO FISHING RODEO FINAL STANADINGS
FUNFISH DIVISION SPONSORED BY PURE FISHING
Heaviest Dorado: Olga Diaz 49”
Most Roosterfish Releases: Catarina Suarez
The Con Family from Curacao Permit III
Top Female Angler Sponsored by Marie Yates/Marie’s Restaurant
Olga Diaz 140 points Senuelo del Pacifico
Top Male Angler Matt Garret 162 points Coyote Tres
MOST BILLFISH RELEASES SPONSORED BY WET ASSII SPORT FISHING
Secario 120 points
BLUEWATER PROPERTIES INSHORE DIVISION
1st Place: Harambe 167 points
2nd Place: Casa Marlin/Bushwacker 161 points
3rd Place: Papachulo/Team Yellowfin 143 points
MAVERICK SPORTFISHING OFFSHORE DIVISION
1st Place: La Luna 293 points
2nd Place: Secario 253 points
3rd Place: Casa Marlin/Bushwacker 241 points
GAMEFISHER II SPORT FISHING JUNIOR DIVISION
1st Place Junior Boy: Allan Suarez 88 points Papachulo
2nd Place Junior Boy: Maverick Moretti 67 points Seacario
3rd Place Junior boy: Gregory A. Pappas 30 points Papachulo
1st Place Junior Girl: Briana Con 64 points Permit III
2nd Place Junior Girl: Catarina Suarez 25 points Papachulo