Miss Judy Tops the Fleet in Quepos

Winner of Marina Pez Vela Open crowned in Costa Rica

2018 Marina Pez Vela Open first place
The Miss Judy team celebrates their victory during the awards presentation.Courtesy Marina Pez Vela Open

Marina Pez Vela hosted the annual Marina Pez Vela Open with a record-setting field of 19 teams, which featured some intense competition between the top teams with the leaderboard changing every hour in a tight two day race.

During the two-day event, there were a total of 89 Pacific sailfish and eight blue marlin released, while 18 yellowfin tuna and 10 dorado were weighed, each with a minimum qualifying weight of 15 pounds. The results came down to the last few minutes of the tournament.

In the end, Miss Judy was the winner with 2,300 points, followed by the Fatherz and Sonz team fishing aboard Double Nickel with 2,200 points.

Billfish was third with 2,100 points. The largest game fish weighed was Brazilian angler Flabio Oliva's 61-pound dorado.

The Marina Pez Vela Open is a qualifying event for the Offshore World Championship so in addition to the prize money, trophy and awards, the team from Miss Judy has qualified for the 2019 Offshore World Championship with their last minute heroics.

2018 Marina Pez Vela Open second place
Team Fatherz and Sonz, fishing on Double Nickel, finished in second place.Courtesy Marina Pez Vela Open
2018 Marina Pez Vela Open third place
Billfish landed in third place.Courtesy Marina Pez Vela Open
2018 Marina Pez Vela Open largest game fish
Flabio Oliva’s 61-pound dorado was the largest game fish of the tournament.Courtesy Marina Pez Vela Open