Axel Valdez and Omar López de Jesús, Coordinator FONMAR.
Some teams targeted a single species, billfish, dorado, or yellowfin tuna.
Those Teams targeting billfish complained that they found the dorado to be a nuisance. However, most billfish hooked did not meet the Tournament's minimum weight of 300-pounds, so they were released.
While one billfish was brought to the scale, that didn't meet the 300-pound minimum.
Some of the Teams were targeting black marlin, deep dropping down in the southern sector of the Grid.
Ninety-seven boats crossed the starting line determinedly – with a plan. Although, admittedly, some looked like they had no "plan" in mind
Day One Final Results
Rank Team Angler Species Points
1 Tiger Spirit Gilberto Castro Dolphin 52.5
2 Macana Luis Martinez Dolphin 49.5
3 Navima Marlin Hunters Mauricio Martinez Dolphin 42.2
4 Reel Quest Zach Loth Dolphin 41
5 ARDOR Todd Berardi Dolphin 40.4
6 Let's Go Tom McLaughlin Dolphin 39.1
7 Encantada Patrick Hoppe Dolphin 38
8 Juanpi Miguel Abaroa Dolphin 32
Top Tournament Team – Billfish
1 Bajaus Bad Influence Jorge Lazo de la Vega Blue Marlin -279
Black Marlin 0
Blue Marlin 14 Released
Sailfish 14 Released
Striped Marlin 17 Released
Catch Count 72
$2k Release Category
1 ONO 600
2 Bandito - Karma Sportfishing 400
3 El Suertudo 400
4 Reina Linda 300