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Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo Scores Big in Costa Rica Fishing Report - August 19, 2019

Date of trip: August 19, 2019
Posted August 19, 2019 by FishTrack Member
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Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica: With a record fleet of 20 boats and 91 participating anglers, the fourth annual Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo posted some amazing numbers. Held August 10-11, 2019, the tournament's anglers released 81 sailfish and 14 blue marlin amid near perfect weather conditions. There were also 17 family teams participating in this year's event, thanks in large part to a very family-friendly format that favors lady and junior anglers in a low-stress fun environment.

Taking an early lead on the first day of fishing was Team Top Fly. The husband/wife team of Anki and Kurt Forsberg released seven sailfish in one action-packed day of fishing off Flamingo. However, Team Lupo came on strong with a blue marlin and two sailfish plus the addition of a 46-pound tuna to top the Day One fleet.

Day Two belonged to Seacario. Michael Moretti and team got into the sailfish and pulled out a win in the Top Billfish Division, topping Huntress on time.

Huntress was not to be denied the Top Offshore Award, though. The Huntress team released six sailfish, two blue marlin and weighed a whopping 61-pound mahi to sweep the Top Offshore prize. Fishing on Huntress, Lori Schroeder captured the Top Lady angler award and clinched the Top Family for the Schroeders.

Parker Jones Junior Master Angler
three yellowfin tuna, which put them in a strong third place at the end of Day One. The father, son and friend team went on to win the Inshore Division over the Suarez family on Yellowfin III and Parker Jones was the Top Junior Boy for the tournament. Seven-year-old Catalina Suarez became our first ever Top Junior Girl angler and released a nice roosterfish to claim the Roosterfish Release trophy. Scott Dunlap, fishing aboard the Fish Tale II, pulled in an 84-pound yellowfin tuna to win the Heaviest Tuna of the tournament.

The event's social functions were also well-attended this year, starting with the great kickoff party at Marie's Restaurant in Flamingo, complete with live music. The awards celebration, auction and party was hosted by the newly refurbished Margaritaville Beach Hotel. The Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo benefits several important charities, including Abriento Mentes, a group that assists local residents in the Guanacaste Province with employment opportunities and continuing education, as well as The Billfish Foundation, promoting conservation in Central America and throughout the world.

The Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo features a low entry fee and a family-friendly atmosphere that's perfect for ladies and junior anglers to experience the fun of tournament fishing without the stress associated with a big cash prize. The event also highlights the outstanding summer fishing in the northern Pacific around Flamingo, Costa Rica, one of the world's top angling destinations.

The participants were also excited to learn that construction is scheduled to begin on Marina Flamingo within the next few months. This will greatly expand the opportunities for fishing and boating throughout the region.

The 2020 dates of the Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo are August 7-9,2020,so make plans now to attend. For more information, visit www.preschallenge.com
Photos by Perry Carlile
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