The Ship of Fools Tournament is the annual throw-down between the local boats based out of our home port of Garza, CR.
Twelve boats entered the hotly contested tournament this year and the fish cooperated with a record number of release over the two day affair.
FishingNosara was represented by returning Three-time Hall of Famer Bob Pease and his hard-fishin’ crew from Northeast Georgia.
These guys are sharp anglers and more importantly brought a fun attitude to the competition.
April 16, 2015 – Pre-Fishing
The boys hit town just in time to get a day of pre-fishing in to get reacclimated to the fishery.
They tried to ask this Sailfish where the rest of his friends hang out.
They made it back to shore just in time to catch the Captain’s Meeting at Marlin Bill’s.
April 17, 2015 – Day 1
The Wanderer was fueled, iced, and primed for battle when Bob and the boys came aboard at 6:15am.
Late night rains swept through the area on the night of the 16th, and Captain William knows that this pushes the nutrient-rich blue water offshore. The Master Captain slammed down the throttles and wasted no time getting to the fishing grounds.
First Mate Alex was on his “A” game as the FishingNosara flagship scored 11 Sailfish releases on the first day, bringing the Wanderer‘s total to 1100 points.
April 18, 2015 – Day 2
The pressure to perform was on as the final day of the tournament found the Wanderer in a dead heat for First Place with the Mojito.
Right behind the leaders were Garza stalwarts Sportsman and High Roller.
The blue beauty kept lighting the lamp with five releases in the morning, starting bright and early at 7:45am.
The afternoon brought more good action as the Wanderer pushed the total to 20 Sailfish released.
Bob and the boys were all smiles back on the beach.
Once the scores were tabulated and the photographs verified, the results of the 2015 Ship of Fools Tournament were posted:
Mojito first place. 21 Sailfish
Wanderer second place. 20 Sailfish
High Roller third place.11 Sailfish
Sportsman fourth place. 14 Sailfish
April 19, 2015 – Fiesta
This year’s tournament was the best in recent memory with a dozen paid entrants making the trip.
Playa Garza was lit up for the Sunday night fiesta featuring food, live music, and the awards ceremony.
Great work by the mighty Wanderer to bring home the hardware, and special thanks to the ladies of Fish N Chicks to put on this excellent tournament.
We’ll be back for the 2016 Ship of Fools Tournament!