The official kickoff to the 2011 Presidential Challenge fishing tournament season, the Presidential Challenge of Costa Rica, is scheduled for March 24 to 27 in Playa Carrillo.
Teams depart from Carrillo, spending their days in some of Costa Rica’s most productive fishing grounds, especially for marlin. In the weeks leading up to the tournament, the fishing has been nothing short of spectacular, with several local charter boats reporting double digit shots at sailfish plus three different billfish species, multiple blue and striped marlin releases and even a 200-pound class yellowfin tuna, said the tournament organizers.
In addition, Carrillo resident Gary Carter recently battled a blue marlin he estimated to be well in excess of 800 pounds in his quest for the 8-pound test world record for the species–unfortunately, the marlin won this fight after a three-hour battle.
As with all Presidential Challenge events, the tournament kickoff will require the use of non-offset circle hooks, with the Eagle Claw 2004EL the preferred hook of the tournament. Berkley Big Game 20-pound test line is also mandatory and will be supplied to the participating anglers by the tournament staff. Observers will be in place on each boat to ensure that all tournament rules are followed.