Marina Pez Vela hosted the annual Marina Pez Vela Open with a record setting field for this warm up tournament for the Offshore World Championships, which are being held this week at the marina. The MPV open is a two day tournament, open to both participating teams in the OWC as a warm up event and to general entry from local or other international anglers looking to compete against some the international visiting anglers. This year, a total of 19 teams participated in the angling action which featured some intense competition between the top teams with the leaderboard changing every hour in a tight two day race.
During the two day event, there were a total of 89 Pacific Sailfish released, 8 Blue Marlin, 18 Yellowfin Tuna and 10 Dorados. The Tuna and Dorado required a minimum size of 15 pounds to be validated and all were weighed at the docks at the end of each day of fishing. Pacific Sailfish were worth 200 points and Blue Marlin for 500 points. The results came down to the absolute last minutes of the tournament with an epic battle which had the first six positions all separated by just one fish.
- First Place: Miss Judy with 2300 points
- Second Place: Fatherz and Sonz team on the Double Nickel boat with 2200 points
- Third Place: Whardafukarwee on the Billfish Boat with 2100 points
- Fourth Place: Caliente (winners of the Quepos billfish cup) with 2100 points
- Top Captain went to Orlando Jimenez
- Largest fish weighed went to a Brazilian Angler Flavio Oliva with a 61 pound Dorado
The Marina Pez Vela Open is a qualifying event for the Offshore World Championship so in addition to the prize money, trophy and awards, the team from Miss Judy has qualified for the 2019 Offshore World Championship with their last minute heroics.