Los Sueños 2019 Signature Triple Crown Photo Gallery

Costa Rica’s offshore fishery shines brightly this season

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Fishing days begin well before the sun even rises over Los Sueños Resort and Marina in Costa Rica.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina/Pepper Ailor

Los Sueños Resort and Marina, located on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, once again proved that it’s worthy of the many accolades as a world-class billfish destination as the third and final tournament of the 2019 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown wrapped up in March.

The season kicked off with the inaugural Los Sueños Ladies Billfish Tournament, won by Laura Jessen and Michelle Keeney on Fish Tank. It was the start of a serious competitive stretch for the Fish Tank team, who went on to take first place in Leg I of the series with 31 sails and three marlin for 4,600 points. The season opener saw 583 sails and 67 marlin caught by the fleet—par for the course, with more marlin earlier in the season.

Leg II got underway just as the bite was heating up in the deep blue waters off Los Sueños. Team Galati emerged victorious, with marine industry notables Carmine Galati of Galati Yacht Sales and Pat Healey, president of Viking Yacht Company, among the team's anglers. They scored 81 sailfish and one marlin in three days, good for 8,600 points. The fleet tallied 2,042 sails and another 21 marlin in what proved to be the best fishing of this year's three-tournament series.

The wrap up event, Leg III, saw continued good angling action though. Brooks Smith put Uno Mas into first place with 40 sails and two marlin for 5,000 points, while Fish Tank won the prestigious title of Overall Top Boat with17,400 points in the 2019 series.

The Triple Crown fleet released an incredible 3,821 sailfish and an additional 126 marlin during the nine total days of Triple Crown competition in 2019.

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Early bird gets the worm: departing the marina at first light.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina/Pepper Ailor
boat captain looking at navigation console
One of any captain's most important decisions — where to start the hunt for billfish.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina/Pepper Ailor
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With a 50-mile boundary, there's plenty of Pacific Ocean to cover.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina/Pepper Ailor
a sport fishing boat out on the water
The new Bayliss, Game Changer, trolls past.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina/Pepper Ailor
sport fishing lures in the water
Right teaser!© Los Sueños Resort and Marina/Pepper Ailor
marlin striking a lure and jumping out of water
A lit-up sailfish takes to the air.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina/Pepper Ailor
angler looking at a marlin boatside
Ready for a quick release.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina/Pepper Ailor
marlin leaping out of rough waters
This blue marlin was released by the team fishing on Bill Royster's Numero Uno during the first leg of the 2019 Signature Triple Crown.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina/Pepper Ailor
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Running home after a long day offshore.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina/Pepper Ailor
fishing team celebrating on boat deck
Laura Jessen and the Fish Tank team, victorious in Leg I as well as the inaugural Ladies Billfish Tournament. They went on to win the overall series championship as well.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina/Pepper Ailor
three men holding up a first place check
Team Galati, winners of Leg II. Capt. Tony Carrizosa, Carmine Galati and Pat Healey celebrate at the awards.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina/Pepper Ailor
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Heavy hitters: Uno Mas owner Brooks Smith, Los Sueños president Bill Royster and Pat Healey, president of Viking Yacht Company.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina/Pepper Ailor
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Smith and the Uno Mas team celebrate their win in Leg III at the dock.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina/Pepper Ailor
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The traditional fireworks show following the awards presentation for Leg III signals the end of another season of the Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina/Pepper Ailor