Costa Rica’s First Ladies-Only Billfish Tourney
Lady Anglers to compete at Los Sueños, Costa Rica just minutes from Croc’s
The first-ever Ladies Only Tournament in Costa Rica takes place Jan. 15, 2019. The purse for the one-day billfish tourney will award $13,750 to 1st place; $8,250 to 2nd place, and 3rd place will receive $5,500. The action takes place at Los Sueños Marina, which is only minutes from Croc’s Resort & Casino. The all-inclusive resort is right on Jacó Beach, including its massive pool and terrace.
The catch and release competition is open to amateurs only. Four woman per boat, plus captain, crew, and observer, will follow International Game Fish Association rules to accumulate the most points. Pacific sailfish net 100 points while black, striped, and blue marlin are worth 500. In addition, each woman’s individual points count toward her individual points in the Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown that begins the following day. Team registrations are due before the welcome cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 14.
Competition begins at 6 a.m., Jan. 15, and boats leave the marina once their observer is aboard. Fishing begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Teams must be turned in by 7 p.m. The following night is the awards ceremony at 5 p.m.
After a day fighting billfish, Croc’s Carara Spa & Salon offers a luxurious haven to pamper and restore a weary body after a day on the water fighting billfish. Treat yourself to a massage or facial to repair any damage from the sun and salt water.
While you’re waiting for the awards ceremony the following night, consider a special dinner at Croc’s premier restaurant, Adacus, followed by trying your luck in the Las Vegas-style casino at the resort. Or, have a night on the town; Jacó’s bar scene is a lively one. Clarita’s is action-packed, with music, large screen TVs, pool tables, and darts to keep everyone entertained. The Backyard Bar is popular with locals and tourists alike for its laid-back atmosphere.
On the 16th, spend the day at Manual Antonio National Park. Its three white-sand, tree-lined beaches have good public facilities, including showers, toilets, drinking water, paved trails, plus security. Only a limited number of people are admitted each day, so arrive early to be sure of getting in.
If you don’t fancy your chances in competition, you can book a fishing charter. There are plenty of game fish in Herradura Bay: dorado, yellow fin tuna, snapper, wahoo, and roosterfish to name some of the more common species. Not to mention the sailfish and marlin.