QUEPOS, Costa Rica (April 27, 2017) — Day three of the Lucas Oil Offshore World Championship, the world’s premier saltwater fishing tournament, brought new species and intensified competition for the 50 international tournament angling teams fishing out of Quepos, Costa Rica.
The 2016 OWC Champions team from Trinidad and Tobago fought their way to first place overall with two sailfish and a blue marlin, all caught by angler Richard De Vertile. They head into the final day of fishing with a slim 100-point lead over Team Torneio Marlin do Rio de Janeiro, at 2,300 and 2,200 points respectively. In third place, Team Torneio de Peixes de Bico follows just as closely with 2,100 points.
Three dorado were brought in to be weighed during the dockside social at Marina Pez Vela at the end of the day. The largest—a 47.3 pounder caught by Denis Seiveright of the 55th Montego Bay International Marlin Tournament—leads the category overall.
While the teams were lines-in, a group of 80 local students walked the docks at Marina Pez Vela during a special workshop on sport fishing and sustainability hosted by the Costa Rican Fisheries Federation (FECOP), the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and Marina Pez Vela.
The workshop covered sustainable fisheries, marine environment and resource conservation in an effort to educate Quepos schoolchildren on the importance of sport fishing and its impact on the economic, social and environmental development of coastal communities.