Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown, Leg II On the Docks

Photos from the action at second leg in Costa Rica

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During the second leg of the 2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown, there were 1,635 billfish, including 1,592 sailfish like this one, successfully released by the fleet of 52 boats.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor

The Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown has become one of the most competitive events found anywhere in fishing. Each season, approximately 50 top-flight teams gather in beautiful Los Sueños, Costa Rica, for a battle royale: three tournaments, from January through March, with hundreds of thousands of dollars (not to mention pride and bragging rights) on the line. Every bite counts, and the difference between winning and losing can come down to just one extra billfish release.

During the first leg in January, 2017, Alexis Chamorro's Xta-Sea team, fishing aboard Reel Doc, emerged victorious. They also took an early lead in the standings for the overall championship team of the series but with two more tournaments remaining, it's far too early to call. Last year's series champions, Capt. Jon Duffie's Agitator, placed second in the first leg, so they too are in the running for series champions. And while the first leg in January was marked by a phenomenal marlin bite, the fishing for Leg II looks like it's returned to normal, with plenty of Pacific sailfish found within the 50-mile tournament boundary.

Los Sueños Resort and Marina, located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, is perfectly situated to take advantage of the terrific action just offshore. The resort serves as not just host of the event but a stunningly scenic backdrop for the week’s festivities. Founder and president Bill Royster is more than just a developer, though, he’s also a passionate angler who participates in this event each year. Enjoy the incredible action and beautiful scenery captured by photographer Pepper Ailor.

Day Three Photos

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The rising sun lights up the marina at Los Sueños.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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The Singularis team, ready for action.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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Smooth Move heads into the sunrise.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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Tournament director Ashley Bretecher checks the boats out of the marina from The Hook-Up restaurant.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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Carlos Pellas' Rum Runner departs the marina.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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Dealer's Choice heads to sea.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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Jon Duffie led his family team to victory in the second leg.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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The team celebrates a hard-fought second-place finish in the tournament.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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The First Light team celebrates their finish with a champagne shower.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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Agitator's Jon Duffie says a few words during the awards presentation.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor

Day Two Photos

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Determining where to fish is the first critical choice of the day.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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The Uno Mas team gets to work. They had a great Day Two.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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Many captains are now using intercom systems to communicate with their crews and anglers in the cockpit.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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A squid daisy chain and chase bait, ready to hit the water.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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Daniel Spencer from Spencer Yachts gets hooked up in the tournament.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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A sailfish takes to the air.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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Gyrostabilized binoculars help captains locate birds and bait on the surface, and also to keep tabs on their fellow competitors around them.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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Gunsmoke trolls the rip.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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A sailfish crashes the party.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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Miss a bite in the tournament and your teammates can be merciless.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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Certified observers verify releases and keep things fair for everyone on the water.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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This sailfish gets stretched out in a jump.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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A daisy-chain teaser at work.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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While this looks like an underwater shot, it was actually taken from high above the surface.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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Back ashore, the lovely ladies at Flor de Caña kept everyone well-supplied with rum drinks.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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Los Sueños Resort is simply stunning.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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Checking the scores after a long day of fishing.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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After a cocktail and a quick bite to eat, everyone's ready to fish again tomorrow.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor

Day One Photos

2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
The resort awakens early on tournament mornings.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Sunrise in Los Sueños is simply spectacular.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Soon the docks will be bustling with activity.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Los Sueños Marina is one of the finest anywhere in the world.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Fishing legends John Bayliss and Bobby Brown share a laugh on the docks.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Jaruco heads for open water.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Family and Friends departs the marina after a quick stop for fuel.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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Just outside Herradura Bay, it's time to open up and run for the horizon.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Los Sueños serves as a beautiful backdrop for this shot.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Gray Ingram's Big Oh on the hunt for sailfish.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
When the sailfish are located, boats will circle in tight.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
A tail-walking sailfish puts on a show.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
D.A. Sea is hookedup.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Another shot of D.A. Sea with their sailfish.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
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En Joy waits for a bite.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Chris and Laura Jessen's Fish Tank maneuvers on a sailfish.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Los Sueños visionary and founder Bill Royster and his Numero Uno team go to work on a fish.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Multiple hookups are the norm in Costa Rica. This sailfish was one of four released at one time.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Pescadora, Bob Burnside's beautiful Gamefisherman, trolls the rip.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Most anglers will use 30-pound-class tackle for Pacific sailfish during the tournament.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Singularis cuts a stunning sight.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Capt. Bubba Carter and the Tijereta team head home after the call for lines out.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Another day of fishing comes to a close with the setting sun as a picturesque backdrop.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg II
Nightly fireworks cap the evening's festivities.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor