Anglers from around the world tried their hand at catching marlin, sailfish, tuna and mahi-mahi for four days in Puerto Vallarta. In an effort to help to protect and preserve these incredible fish, weight qualifications have been put on each category of competition, and marlin and sailfish teams are encouraged to participate in catch-and-release.
Team “Guanatuna” took home first place in the catch and release category.
In the main category, Marlin fishing, the winner was team “Opequimar” headed by Luis Carlos Verján Ocaranza, who remained on top from the first day of the tournament with a 148.8 kilos marlin catch. Coming in second place was “Monkey Business” with 139 kilos, and in third place was “Team 007” with 128 kilos.
In the Sailfish category the first place team was “Cheos” finishing the tournament with 33 kilos, second place went to “Lucina III” with 30 kilos, and third place was “San Gabriel” with 28 kilos.
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In the Tuna category, “Animal House” took first place with a 97 kilo catch, second place went to “The Master” with 83 kilos, and “Animal House” also took the third place with another 81 kilo catch.
In the Mahi Mahi (Dorado) category, “Miss Adventure” won first place with 11.6 kilos catch, “Mercury Vallarta” took second place with 11.4 kilos, and “Esmeralda” came in third with 10.8 kilos.
The tournament rewarded more than $2 million pesos in cash and prizes.