Less than One Sailfish Release Separated Top-Three Teams at 2021 Costa Offshore World Championship
First Place Team, Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo Scoring 3500-Points
The Costa Offshore World Championship held April 11–16 once again gathered anglers from many different countries who earned the special invitation by winning one of the qualifying events. The teams spend four days on the water fishing out of Marina Pez Vela aboard a different Costa Rica charter boat, including the world class Maverick Yachts Game Boats. The tournament anglers follow IGFA angling & tackle rules targeting marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado and wahoo using video verification to earn billfish release points. Game fish must be 25 pounds or more and limited to two per species per day to earn additional team points and awards. The competitors represent an international group of offshore teams competing in a demanding format requiring great angling skill to convert the bites into catches. The Costa Offshore World Championship represents one of the most exclusive titles in tournament fishing.
In 2021 that achievement went to a group of American anglers representing the Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo Costa Rica Scoring 3500-Points from 15 sailfish and one blue marlin release. Anglers Michael Moretti, Dwight Wolf, JP Rodrigues and Dell Dembowsky received Championship Rings by VanMark Jewelry Designers, Bodo Muche Studio bronze trophies, Guy Harvey limited edition prints, Guy Harvey Championship Apparel, Costa sunglasses, YETI Rambler Tumblers, Garmin Quatix Watches, Shimano Reels, Flor de Caña Rum, Big T Lures, AFTCO Tackle and Soundview Millworks custom cutting boards. Dell Dembowsky was top angler for the tournament releasing 8 sailfish and one blue marlin for the team. As 2021 Champions the team has the opportunity to apply for the Championship for many years to come.
A new group of anglers representing the Oregon Tuna Classic took advantage of the invite and came to Costa Rica for their very first time. They wisely communicated with the 2019 winners for advice and practiced for several days heading into the tournament. The team quickly adapted scoring 3433.32-points releasing 14 sailfish, one blue marlin, and weighing a 54.44 tuna, 47.90 dorado and 30.98 dorado earning second place team honors for anglers Jason Ford, Josh Cloke, Troy Grasseth and Chris Mayeda. The 2nd place team received gold pendants by VanMark Jewelry Designers, Guy Harvey limited edition prints, Costa sunglasses, YETI Rambler Tumblers, Garmin Quatix Watches, PENN Reels, Flor de Caña Rum, Big T Lures, AFTCO Tackle and Soundview Millworks custom cutting boards. For their finish, the team also received an invitation to compete in the 2022 Championship.
This year’s third place team qualified by winning the San Carlos Hammer Down Tournament in Mexico. The team of U.S. anglers including Pete Finocchiaro, Alex Hammer and Frank Kastl brought Captain Gilberto Lachica of Mexico who helped them earn the invitation to make up the team of 4 angler team scoring 3400-points from 7 sailfish and 4 blue marlin releases. Kastl also earned fourth place angler honors with Lachica taking second place angler position. The third place team received silver pendants by VanMark Jewelry Designers, Guy Harvey limited edition prints, Costa sunglasses, YETI Rambler Tumblers, Garmin Quatix Watches, PENN Reels, Flor de Caña Rum, Big T Lures, AFTCO Tackle and Soundview Millworks custom cutting boards. For their finish the team also received an invitation to compete in the 2022 Championship.
Top Six Anglers
1st Angler – scoring 2100-points from 8 sailfish and 1 blue marlin, Dell Dembosky - Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo Costa Rica
2nd Angler – scoring 1600-points from 2 blues marlins and 3 sailfish, Gilberto Lachica - San Carlos Hammer Down Tournament Mexico
3rd Angler – scoring 1500-points from 1 blue marlin and 5 sailfish, John Domanic - Costa OWC 2019 second Place Team USA
4th Angler – scoring 1400-points from 2 blue marlin and 2 sailfish, Frank Kastl - San Carlos Hammer Down Tournament Mexico
5th Angler – scoring 1400-points from 7 sailfish, Bojan Cestar from Slovenia - Big Game Fishing Tournament Big OM Croatia
6th Angler – scoring 1300-points from 4 sailfish, 1 blue marlin, Lee Kennedy - Savanah S.F. Blue Water Inv. USA
Top Game Fish
Dorado 1st Place – 50.84-pounds representing the Int. Roosterfish Tournament Mexico, Brad Kaplan
Dorado 2nd Place – 50.00-pounds representing the Martinique Int. Billfish Tournament, Kimber Francis
Dorado 3rd Place – 47.90-pounds representing the Oregon Tuna Classic, Troy Grasseth
First Place Tuna – 54.44-pounds representing the Oregon Tuna Classic, Josh Cloke
Second Place Tuna – 33.32-pounds representing the Savanah Sport Fishing Club Bluewater Invitational, Ben Wall
Top Boat & Crew Based on best three days of fishing out of four.
1st Place Boat & Crew– scoring 3447.90-points from 12 sailfish, 2 blue marlins and 47.90 dorado. Frenzy - 42 Maverick Express with Captain Jose Fernandez, Mate Marcos Solano
2nd Place Boat & Crew – scoring 3300-points from 7 sailfish and 5 blue marlins. Dragin Fly - 42 Maverick Convertible - Captain James Smith, Mate Alberto Ramos
3rd Place Boat & Crew – scoring 2700-points from 11 sailfish, 1 blue marlin. Raven 38 Bertram Express. Captain Marcos Obando, Mates Angel Duvan & Johnny Salas
The Costa Offshore World Championship is sponsored by many industry leading companies including; Costa Sunglasses, Marina Pez Vela, Guy Harvey, YETI, Garmin, VanMark Jewelry Designers, Parador Resort & Spa, Flor de Caña, Bodo Muche Studio, AFTCO, King Sailfish Mounts, Maverick Yachts, IGFA, Pacifico Travel, 2Costa Rica Real Estate, Soundview Millworks, Marlin, Salt Water Sportsman, Sport Fishing, IWS Scales, Heineken, Shimano, PENN, Big T Lures, Out Your Front Door & CatchStat Live Scorekeeper.
Please save the date for next year’s championship tournament
Sunday, April 24 – Friday, April 29, 2022