Miss Judy won first place at the 2018 Marina Pez Vela Open, scoring 2,300 points over two days.
Miss Judy won first place at the 2018 Marina Pez Vela Open, scoring 2,300 points over two days. The winners are now qualified for the 2019 Offshore World Championship in Quepos, Costa Rica.
Marina Pez Vela hosted the annual Marina Pez Vela Open with a record-setting field for this warm-up tournament for the 2018 Offshore World Championship. The MPV Open is a two-day tournament, open to both participating teams in the OWC as a warm-up event and to general entry from local or other international anglers looking to compete against some the international visiting anglers. This year, a total of 19 teams participated in the angling action which featured some intense competition between the top teams with the leaderboard changing every hour in a tight two-day race.
During the two day event, there were a total of 89 Pacific Sailfish released, 8 Blue Marlin, 18 Yellowfin Tuna and 10 Dorados. The Tuna and Dorado required a minimum size of 15 pounds to be validated and all were weighed at the docks at the end of each day of fishing. Pacific Sailfish were worth 200 points and Blue Marlin scored 500 points. The results came down to the last minutes of the tournament with an epic battle which had the first six positions all separated by just one fish.
- First Place: Miss Judy with 2,300 points
- Second Place: Team Fatherz and Sonz team on the Double Nickel boat with 2,200 points
- Third Place: Team Whardafukarwee on Billfish with 2,100 points
- Fourth Place: Caliente (winners of the Quepos Billfish Cup) with 2,100 points
- Top Captain went to Orlando Jimenez
- Largest fish weighed went to Brazilian Angler Flavio Oliva with a 61-pound dorado.
The Marina Pez Vela Open is a qualifying event for the Offshore World Championship so in addition to the prize money, trophy and awards, the team from Miss Judy has qualified for the 2019 Offshore World Championship with their last-minute heroics.