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2018 Flamingo Fishing Rodeo

The 2018 Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo is set to kick off August 10-12, 2018, highlighting the outstanding summer fishing off northern Costa Rica. A record number of entries are already on the books for this year's third annual event.

New for this year is a Billfish Division, with prizes for billfish release points as well as dorado, tuna and wahoo, with a $500 USD entry fee per team. The Funfish Division includes prizes for dorado, tuna, wahoo, snapper and roosterfish for just $100 USD per team. As always, families and junior anglers are encouraged to fish this event. The tournament is also the second leg of the Billfish Tournament Series of Central America.

The tournament kickoff will be held Friday, August 10 at Marie's Restaurant in Flamingo. Registration will take place at 6 p.m. with a rules meeting followed by a welcome party with live music at 7 p.m. On Saturday, August 11, the Mariner Inn will host after-fishing cocktails; the plans for the new Marina Flamingo will also be introduced. On Sunday, August 12, the gala awards celebration will be held at the Paradise Hotel, along with a charity auction with fishing equipment, accessories, jewelry, art and clothing.

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.

Recently, the fishing has been outstanding, with great reports coming from both offshore and inshore waters. Last year's Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo saw 56 participating anglers, fishing on 14 boats, releasing 91 sailfish and four blue marlin in the two-day event. Among the participants were seven family teams, five junior anglers and three lady anglers.

The Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo benefits several important charities, including Abriendo 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.

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