• Published:March 29, 2018
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The fleet released 2,241 billfish over the three legs of the 2018 Los Sueños Triple Crown.

Crews headed back to Los Sueños Resort and Marina on Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coast for the third and final leg of the 2018 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown billfish series,
presented by Chantilly Air, which took place March 21?24.  
A total of 43 of the world’s most competitive billfishing teams comprised of 207 individual anglers challenged each other over three days of fishing, releasing a total of 564 billfish, including 518 sails and 46 marlin.


Jaruco, a 90-foot Jarrett Bay, captained by Tyler Andresen, with anglers Ralph de la Torre, Mike Hardy, Zach Ferrell, Justin Petrelli, and Jim McGrath, took an early lead, releasing a sail at 8:41 a.m. and a marlin at 9:43 a.m. They stayed at the top of the leaderboard nearly all day, but Geaux Fly wasn’t going to let them have it that easily and took over top spot at 3:27 p.m. with a sailfish release. Geaux Fly, a 43 Maverick captained by David Mesen released another sail at 3:49 p.m. to secure their first place finish for Day 1 with 13 sails and one marlin, 100 points ahead of Jaruco, which finished with seven sails and two marlin. Gunsmoke,  a 42 Maverick captained by Warner Porras sat in third with 1,200 points, releasing seven sails and one marline.

The talk of the day however, was the 750-pound black marlin that Caramba released at 4:53 p.m., nearly an hour after lines out. It was almost a six-hour battle, having called in their hook up at 11:04 a.m. that morning. The marlin release moved Caramba from 25th to 10th place, ending the day with 700 points for two sails and one marlin.
DAY 2, LEG 3

By 10:30 a.m. on Day 2 there were already eight marlin released. By 12 p.m. on the same day Jaruco had taken over first place with 2,000 points, followed by Geaux Fly with 1,900 points and Outlaw with 1,400 points.

If there was a battle to be had, it seemed to be for third place, with Tarheel, a 44 Scarborough / Bayliss captained by John Bayliss, bumping Outlaw off the leaderboard and taking third with 1,800 points by 2 p.m. That’s the way it seemed, anyhow. Outlaw showed that they weren’t going anywhere, taking second with 2,100 points at the end of the day, releasing 11 sails and two marlin. Jaruco led the pack with 14 sails and two marlin, only 100 points ahead of Geaux Fly which had 15 sails and one marlin.

DAY 3, LEG 3

The last day of any Triple Crown tournament series is a tough go for those teams competing in the “Triple Crown Showdown.” Stakes are high and tensions even higher, with teams yearning to earn bragging rights and a beautiful take‐home trophy by artist Sean Tuttle out of Hampton, Virginia.

By 9 a.m. on Day 3, Jaruco was still in first, followed by Outlaw, and then Geaux Fly. Just one hour later, Geaux Fly moved into second and was followed by Reel Screamer. Less than five minutes after the 10 a.m. update, Geaux Fly released a sail to take first place, moving everyone down. Gunsmoke had only released three sails in the same amount of time, but seemed to pick up steam after releasing a marlin at 10:30 a.m., going on to release nine sails and a second marlin at 2:39 p.m., earning them the top position for Day 3 and a three‐day combined total of 3,800 points for 18 sails and four marlin. Geaux Fly finished in second for the tournament with 3,700 points, releasing 17 sails and four marlin. Jaruco won third with 2,800 points, catching 18 sails and two marlin.   


The team on Tarheel fished all three legs, amassing 10,600 points for 81 sails and five marlin. Their combined total over the three legs earned them Series Championship honors for 2018 and a paycheck of $100,000. 


Eduardo Espinoza won the Top Angler award for Leg 3, fishing on Geaux Fly. Eduardo achieved a total of 2,800 individual points over the three days of competition.   

Carlos Maria Gonzalez won the Top Angler award fishing on Gunsmoke for scoring the most points over the three legs of the 2018 Triple Crown, finishing with 6,600 points over nine days of fishing. He went home with the 2018 Top Angler Ring, designed by Vanmark Jewelers.

Congratulations to Jackie Kopp of Family and Friends, for finishing 12th out of 325 individual competing anglers. Jackie achieved the highest number of points out of all participating female anglers, finishing with 2,500 individual points. Jackie has been competing as an angler since 2009 and will certainly enjoy the Grand Slam necklace with pearl pendant, designed by Vanmark Jewelers.

For more tournament information visit LStournaments.com and for marina information visit lossuenos.com.