Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg III On the Docks

A photo recap of this year’s final tournament

sailfish jumping
Over 460 sailfish like this one were released by the 50 participating teams in the third leg of the 2017 Los Sueños Signature Tournament Series.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor

Once again this year, all eyes were on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica for the 2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown. This tournament series has become one of the most competitive in all of sport fishing, with teams battling it out for not just big money but also bragging rights. Making a top-three podium appearance in the Signature Series is incredibly tough, given the high level of talent in the fleet.

The fishing slowed down a bit for the third and final leg of the series but that didn't stop 50 teams from giving it their best shot on the water over the course of the three tournament fishing days. The slower-than-usual fishing meant that every bite could mean the difference in thousands of dollars in prize money. In the end, just 400 points separated the first-place team, Sea Angel, from the third-place finishers on Fish Tank, and only the time of the last billfish release separated third from fifth place. It was incredibly tight fishing by any standard. By the call for lines out, there had been 509 billfish released: 462 sailfish and 47 marlin.

Photographer Pepper Ailor captured all the action from the third leg of the 2017 Signature Triple Crown during his time there, from the festivities ashore to the beautiful scenery and incredible offshore action. Enjoy this photo gallery from the event.

Check out the photo galleries from the previous two tournaments this year:

los suenos sunrise
Sunrise on the docks in Los Sueños is a magical time of day.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
los suenos resort
The resort is tucked alongside Herradura Bay, on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
captain heading out
Heading for the deep blue in search of billfish.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
alpha bravo boat
Alpha Bravo departs Los Sueños.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
tijereta bubba carter
Capt. Bubba Carter hosted a team from Brazil on Tijereta.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
big deal boat
Big Deal heads out of the bay.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
checking drags
Attention to detail is critical for tournament success at this level. Drags are checked and re-checked, reels are spooled with fresh line, and nothing is left to chance. Except the fishing.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
boat leaving los suenos
Peeking around the corner of the jetty guarding the entrance.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
john bayliss tarheel
Capt. John Bayliss leads the Tarheel team to sea on Day One.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
first light boat
First Light cuts a strong image as she prepares to run.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
smooth move boat
Smooth Move heads out.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
frigate bird
Frigate birds like this one can lead the way to good fishing.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
spreader bar teaser
Spreader bars create a sailfish-raising ruckus.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
sailfish jumping
A sailfish leaps away from the boat.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
tournament observers
Qualified observers keep an eye on things during the tournament.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
pat healey viking yachts
Viking's Pat Healey enjoys a day offshore with Team Galati.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
sailfish jumping
Sails are known for their acrobatics.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
fighting a doubleheader
It's a doubleheader of sailfish for these anglers.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
sailfish jumping
Teams target sailfish using circle hooks and natural bait like ballyhoo.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
boats returning
The boats return to Los Sueños at the end of the day.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
los suenos with boats
The resort's natural beauty and great fishing just offshore make it perfect for those seeking marlin and sailfish.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
bill royster numero uno boat
Bill Royster's Numero Uno returns to her slip.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
paul spencer
Paul Spencer from Spencer Yachts.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
jaruco team
The boys from Jaruco always have a good time in Los Sueños.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
sea angel
Sea Angel shows her Lone Star colors.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
ted smith southern pride
Ted Smith's Southern Pride team.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
wire we here
Wire We Here, always tough competitors.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
caramba
With the setting sun as a stunning backdrop, Caramba heads to the fuel dock as another day comes to an end.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor