Over 59 teams and nearly 300 anglers from more than 25 countries gathered in Cabo San Lucas,Mexico recently for the IGFA Offshore World Championship. Marlin were the most popular fish taken during the tournament,with over 280 caught,but there were also 6 sailfish,2 of the rare blue marlin,and for the first time ever,2 swordfish.
The first swordfish was a record 250-pound monster,caught on the first day by Fernando Garcia of Brazil. The second was also 250-pounds caught on day two by Jean Robin Dubouchet from Sengal. In addition,another Brazilian by the name of Flavio Campios Reis caught a 262-pound yellow fin tuna. These catch and releases were truly remarkable,especially when you consider that the anglers were using 30-pound IGFA class Momoi line,all while being videotaped.
There was some confusion during the Championship due to communication problems with the charter boat assigned to the 2010 IGFA Championship team. However after much review and discussion about circumstances that were outside the written rules,last years’ winners were awarded the co-championship for 2011 with the Islamorada Fishing Club. All of the teams affected by the decision were in agreement and accepted the resolution by the tournament committee. Naturally both teams were recognized at the awards banquet as being the 2011 IGFA Offshore World Champions. This very generous act of sportsmanship is to be admired and hopefully repeated everywhere. All of the participants honored the Islamorada team with a standing ovation that was quite deafening.
During the tournament the anglers got together at Captain Tony’s Bar and Restaurant to enjoy yellow fish tuna tacos,old-fashioned pizza and plenty of beer in the heart of Cabo San Lucas real estate. As always when their type gathers,there were tall tales told by all and much merrymaking,with pictures taken outside the restaurant in front of an enormous blue marlin statue.