Golfito will be host in April of major sports fishing tourney

The Presidential Challenge sport fishing competition plans a three-day tournament where anglers seek out game fish with a base in Golfito.

The dates are from April 24 to 27 with Hotel Casa Roland Marina Resort being the headquarters.  Boating action will be at two nearby marinas, Fish Hook and Banana Bay, said the Presidential Challenge Charitable Foundation, Inc.

This is the first time in 18 years, that the tournament will be based in Golfito, an announcement said. The former banana port is on the Gulfo Dulce in the southern Pacific section of the country.

The event is not for the weekend angler.  The entry fee is $5,000 a team, which can be from two to four persons. The three most successful teams win cash prizes, according to the tournament format.

Proceeds from the Presidential Challenge Events will benefit The Billfish Foundation’s Central American and Caribbean conservation projects as well as the Adopt-A-Billfish Satellite Tagging Program and the International Game Fish Association, the foundation said.

The tournament is likely to give a tourism boost to the area.

The Golfito tournament is followed by the Presidential Papagayo Cup June 5 to 8 from Marina Papagayo in northern Costa Rica. Both are part of a series of sport fishing tournaments.

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