Team Caliente takes home first place in the 2018 Quepos Billfish Cup.
In total, 12 teams competed in 2018’s 3-day Quepos Billfish Cup, with daily prizes for total billfish releases, as well as largest mahi-mahi and tuna caught during each competitive day of fishing. Top professional and amateur anglers, on some of the most iconic fishing vessels in the country, competed in the world’s richest fishing grounds to crown the winning team. Huge prize money and the coveted invitation to the 2019 Offshore World Championship were on the line.
Special guests at this year’s Quepos Billfish Cup were Team Hatteras, led by the CEO of the Hatteras Yachts, Kelly Grindle. Grindle was accompanied by COO Wade Watson and the sales director for the Americas, Troy Hogan. Team Hatteras fished on Sante, Marina Pez Vela’s own Hatteras GT60, and closely missed the final leaderboard. Marina Pez Vela is a dealer for Hatteras Yachts in Costa Rica.
The final results after three intense days of fishing, with teams jumping in and out of the leaderboard, included 149 releases — 9 blue marlin, 1 black marlin and 138 Pacific sailfish. Team Caliente, led by Captain Keith Banks, took home first place with a total of 19 sailfish releases and 1 marlin during the tournament. Second place went to the team Fish Tank with 20 sailfish releases. Game Plan, an early leader, came in third place with 17 sailfish releases and one marlin.
The Quepos Billfish Cup has two divisions: one for large boats and another for small boats.
The final results:
Large Boat Division
- Fish Tank
- Game Plan
Small Boat Division
- Shake n Bake
- Good Day
- Queen Bee
The Quepos Billfish Cup also recognizes individual excellence. The following individual prizes were awarded:
- Top Captain: Keith Banks
- Top Angler Big Boat Division: Topher Wightman
- Top Angler Small Boat Division: James Brown
- Top Lady Angler: Samantha Mumford