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Fifth Annual Stu Apte Fly Fishing Sailfish Tournament

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:11 pm    Post subject:  Fifth Annual Stu Apte Fly Fishing Sailfish Tournament Reply with quote

Pre-fishing days - 19 & 20 January:

* The Pelagian (37 ft Rybovich) with Capt. Chico Alvarenga and the Eshelman brothers (Tim & Pete – Roanoke, IN) on board. Chico and the Eshelman's won last year and are hoping to repeat. Out of the frozen Indiana prairies (Joseph Decuis Restaurant) come the two brothers on their jet right to the local airport in Pto. San Jose armed to the teeth to win again this year! Two days of pre-fishing yielded fair results 29-14-5 releases.

* The Intensity (37 ft Gamefisherman) with Capt. Mike Sheeder and the Team of Stu Apte & Dale DePriest (Aleknagnik Mission Lodge) hoping to win one, spent the two days working out the kinks with 25 raised, 12 bites and 3 releases. You guys have to do better than that.

Pre-fishing day, 20 January:

* The A-Fin-Ity (38 ft Billy Knowles Express )with Capt. Gilfredo Lopez and the team of Tim Wade (North Fork Anglers, Cody) and Kenny Gaskell (HD Supply, Gillette) on board in 1m seas. Out of the frozen Wyoming plains into the sunshine, high humidity and 10 kt breezes my intrepid friends ventured. Gilfredo says they got a real Guatemalan workout with 16 raised, 7 bites and 4 released sails!

* The Release (37 ft Merritt) with Capt. Nico Melendrez and the team of Drs. Jon Dee (Hollywood FL vet) and Steve Updegraff (St. Pete Lasix specialist) did better than the other boats with 18-10-7. I expect good numbers from them.

* The Allure (39 ft Bertram) with Capt. Chris “Kiwi” Van Leeuwen and the team of Drs. Scott Smith (Painless Dentist from MI) and Eugene Kolassa (Econ prof – MS) had a lot of free time on their hands as they couldn’t get the routine down pat. Plus the jitters when they had a blue free jumping! But that’s why they have pre-fishing days. Raised 7, released 2 sails

* The Finest Kind (40 ft Whiticar) with Capt. Ron Hamlin and the team of Wynn Cowan (Supply Chain Mgmt) and Dr. Jay Howington (Savannah Neuro) had 4 bites and 2 releases
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:11 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

First Day Stu Apte Tournament Report

Today Casa Vieja Lodge kicked off the Fifth Annual Stu Apte Fly Fishing Sailfish Tournament. Seven teams from across the country competing for the coveted Golden Sailfish Award. The morning bite was on fire!!! Doubles, triples and quads of sailfish were covering up every game boat. The radio was ablaze with the captains chatter of what promised to be a typical Guatemalan fishing day. Unfortunately, releases were hard to come by as the pressure of the sailfish coming into the spread mounted. By mid morning the releases started coming in to tournament headquarters. Rum Line, Pelagían, Release and Finest Kind were all in a head to head battle for first place. When the spray finally settled it was the Release as the official days victor.

Official Tournament Standings – Day 1:

Release 440 – Drs. Updegraff & Dee each had two releases
Finest Kind 330 – Cowan with two releases and Howington with one release
Pelagian 220 - Tim Eshelman with one release, brother Pete scoreless
Rum Line 220 – Drs. Smith & Kolassa one release each
Intensity 110 – Stu Apte one release and partner DePriest scoreless
Afinity 110 - Gaskell one release and partner Wade scoreless
Circle Hook - Capt. Eddie raised 17 with 3 bites. Two broke off and the fly reel broke on the third, rendering the Swisstack's scoreless - Que Lastima!

More fish were seen yesterday than in the previous tournaments held in Costa Rica!
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