December 7, 2008

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Here are the day 2 updates for the WBS Billfish tourney going on at Los Suenos Marina.  www.fishwbs.com

Los Sueños—The second day of the WBS Grand Championships World Tour Qualifier was definitely one for the history books. The fleet of 32 anglers aboard 16 amassed a total of 108 billfish on Day Two alone, including three marlin. This brings the total for the two days to 198 billfish, with every angler competing in the tournament releasing at least one marlin or sailfish in the event.

The top five anglers move on to today’s final shootout, where they will fish with one competing angler per boat. The top angler by points will be named the 2008 WBS World Champion and will receive the Grander Marlin bronze trophy, a gold champion’s ring and the keys to a new Mercedes C-300 automobile. The event is being filmed by Barrett Productions as part of the ongoing WBS television project. Barrett has multiple cameras aboard each boat today.

Leading the way during the two-day qualifying event was Costa Rica’s native son, Mainor Oporto, fishing aboard the Dragin’ Fly. He was able to release ten sailfish yesterday alone, for a grand total of 1800 points over the course of the past two days. Mainor is the defending champion and is certainly a favorite. The Dragin’ Fly is the newest addition to the Maverick Sportfishing fleet based out of Los Suenos—the 42-footers are built locally and are a favorite among both anglers and skippers for their speed and maneuverability.

Finishing the qualifier in second place is Pat Logue, fishing aboard the 1st Strike. Pat is a Cape Coral, Florida resident and was last year’s runner-up in this event, so he certainly has the tournament experience and drive necessary to bring the championship trophy back to the Sunshine State. The 1st Strike is a 74-foot Viking based in Panama and captained by Craig Clark.

In third place was Larry Drivon from Napa Valley, California. Drivon fished the qualifier alongside Oporto and rang up an impressive total of 1300 points during the two-day qualifier. Because two anglers on the same boat made it into the top five, Drivon will remain aboard the Dragin’ Fly with Capt. James, while Oporto will shift to the Spanish Fly, captained by Daniel Espinosa. This is Drivon’s first championship experience but he’s not to be discounted, having fished for many years in these waters.

the guys that are not in the tournament have been giving the tournament guys room to roam…several guys fished to the south yesterday.

Captain Jeremy on the R&J caught more than 30 mahi mahi and captain Dana on the Hoo’s your Daddy caught a bunch of mahi as well including 4 on the fly.

The photo above was sent to me by Captain Elliot…it’s a 600 plus pound marlin they caught last year about this time.

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