2021 Pescadora Quepos Costa Rica
Story by: Steve Hargett
Vessel Agitator wins the 2021 Pescadora Billfish Championship
February 18, 2021, Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Costa Rica: The Pescadora Billfish Championship kicked off with a meeting of captains and observers, followed by a welcoming party. The ladies only tournament donated a portion of the proceeds to local organizations that support women.
Some of the best woman anglers in the world competed in this two-day, all-release tournament. Twenty-six teams comprised of 104 anglers released 471 billfish, including 457 sailfish and 14 marlin. That is an amazing average of more than 18 billfish per team over the two days.
On day one, the vessel Agitator and its team, the Agitator Babes, took a commanding lead by releasing 16 sailfish and one marlin. On day two, the vessel Outage gave them a run for their money, but Agitator was able to hold on and win the tournament. The Outage team, Billfish B*tches, finished in second place.
The top female anglers and teams were recognized at the awards dinner and ceremony. All the participants were encouraged to continue to pursue all-release bill fishing and to have fun while doing so.
All IGFTO members should put this tournament on their schedules. The 2022 tournament is tentatively scheduled for February 17 and 18.