2017 Offshore World Champions - Team Torneio de Peixes de Bico
At the Lucas Oil Offshore World Championship April 23-28, the world’s best anglers gathered for the opportunity to earn the most exclusive title in international tournament fishing. But of the 50 elite teams in the competition, only one could be crowned 2017 Offshore World Champions: Team Torneio de Peixes de Bico (Brazil).
After years of coming close to a win, including a second-place finish in 2016, victory was especially sweet for anglers Evandro Soares, Ricardo Pedrosa, Joao Paulo Da Costa, Eduardo Castro and Antonio Villarejo. Soares also took home the prize for sixth-place angler with 1,200 points.
As champions, the team received coveted OWC champion rings by VanMark Jewelry and the opportunity to apply for the Offshore World Championship for many years to come.
Another of the 11 Brazilian teams competing in the tournament, Team Torneio Marlin do Rio de Janeiro, followed in second place. Anglers Luis Carlos Bulhoes, Lucas Fonseca, Alberto Quintaes, Vicente Arruda and Vicente Luis Arruda each received a gold VanMark pendant and a one-year extension to compete in the 2018 championship.
The 2016 OWC Champion team—Richard De Vertile, Manuel Merino, Alan Fitzwilliam and Jerome McQuilkin—kept last year’s momentum with a solid third-place finish. This is a big accomplishment for a defending champion team, and it earned them an invitation to the 2018 tournament and silver VanMark pendants.
The top angler award was presented to angler Brian Walley of the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament team. Walley released three blue marlin for 1,500 points. Anglers Luena Amaro (Angola), Conrad Skinner (Trinidad and Tobago), Gene Sauers (U.S.A.) and Hunter Barron (U.S.A.) followed in second through fifth place, respectively.
The world-class charter boat crews of Costa Rica led the Offshore World Championship teams to success all week. Captain Johnny Cerpas Vanegas and his crew on Macushla earned the top prize in their category for assisting with the release of thirteen billfish for 2,700 points.
Throughout the tournament, 256 anglers from 29 countries released and video-verified 202 sailfish, 49 blue marlin, two black marlin and one striped marlin for a total of 254 billfish overall. In an unexpected turn of events, the sailfish were slow but the marlin made a big showing. Anglers released more blue marlin in four days than the past four tournament years combined.
Four dorado and one tuna over the 25-pound minimum were also brought to the scales during the week.
The tournament came to a close April 28 with food, drinks and live entertainment at an awards gala at Marina Pez Vela. Winners were presented with King Sailfish trophies, VanMark Jewelry pieces and prizes from industry-leading companies.
Final results and editorial media resources below. For more information, visit the website at offshoreworldchampionship.com and the official Facebook page.
1st Place: Torneio de Peixes de Bico (Brazil) – 2,900 points
2nd Place: Torneio Marlin do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) – 2,400 points
3rd Place: 2016 OWC Champions (Trinidad & Tobago) – 2,300 points
1st Place: Brian Walley, Los Cabos Billfish Tournament (Mexico) –1,500 points
2nd Place: Luena Amaro, Tavira Offshore Classic 2016 Marlin Cup (Portugal) – 1,400 points
3rd Place: Conrad Skinner, Marlin Madness Game Fish Tournament (Trinidad and Tobago) – 1,300 points
4th Place: Gene Suares, Savannah Sport Fishing Club Bluewater Tournament (U.S.A.) – 1,300 points
5th Place: Hunter Barron, 2011 OWC Champions (U.S.A.) – 1,200 points
6th Place: Evandro Soares, Torneio de Peixes de Bico (Brazil) – 1,200 points
Top Boat / Captain
1st Place: Macushla (Los Suenos, Costa Rica): Captain Johnny Cerpas Vanegas – 2,700 points
2nd Place: Spanish Fly (Los Suenos, Costa Rica): Captain Juan Carlos Zamora – 2,500 points
3rd Place: Sea Fly (Los Suenos, Costa Rica): Captain Carlos Espinosa – 2,400 points
1st Place: Denis Seiveright, 55th Montego Bay International Marlin Tournament (Jamaica) – 47.3 lbs.
2nd Place: Rafael Sasso, Torneio de Peixes de Bico – Clube Icarai (Brazil) – 37.7 lbs.
3rd Place: Omar Derbas, Fujairah Offshore Fishing Tournament (U.A.E.) – 31 lbs.
1st Place: Joseph Rahman, Casa de Campo International Blue Marlin Classic (Domincan Republic) – 35.7 lbs.
See full results, photos and videos on the official online scorekeeper: owc17.catchstat.com