The crew of the No Way, captained by Marcos Rosales, claimed the Lps. 276,000 grand prize by finishing first in the billfish competition in the 13th annual Roatan International Fishing Tournament.
Rosales and his crew landed a blue marlin and a sailfish, both on the first day of the tournament, for a total of 700 points.
The three-day tournament raised Lps. 42,000 for the Little Friends Foundation, which works to improve public health on Roatan.
For the third consecutive year, the tournament was conducted under “catch and release” rules to conserve the declining stocks of highly prized billfish, such as marlin, swordfish, sailfish and spearfish (see Conservation Notes, page 24).
Second place in the billfish competition, with a cash prize of Lps. 165,000, went to Captain Landen, captained by Eric Galindo. Ice Cube, captained by Raul Ruiz, took third place, worth Lps. 110,000. Each of those crews caught a blue marlin, worth 500 points, on the first day.
In the “rodeo” competition, for fish other than billfish, the first-place trophy was awarded to Knot Tide, captained by Ken McNab, for landing a 41.9-lb. wahoo. That trophy carried a cash prize of Lps. 69,000. The second-place trophy, with a cash award of Lps. 41,000, was won by Wahoo Retriever and its captain, Terren Borden. Third place, worth nearly Lps. 28,000, went to Billy Kai, skippered by Justin Workford.
In the junior division, first and second place went to Captain Nige, captained by Eddie Miller. The Miller crew caught a 15.8-lb. wahoo and a 10.1-lb. barracuda. [/private]