The Inaugural Pura Vida Inshore Classic Goes Off in Costa Rica!

Pelagic Pura Vida Inshore Classic_2019

INAUGURAL PELAGIC PURA VIDA INSHORE CLASSIC | MAY 24-26, 2019 | MARINA PEZ VELA [Costa Rica]

¡Pura Vida! – The simple life, or a “pure” life… Pura Vida is the Costa Rican lifestyle: it’s both hello & goodbye; it’s a way to say everything’s cool, or everything’s great; it means taking it easy while enjoying life. It’s more than just a saying, it’s a way of life. Life is good, enjoy it…

The Pura Vida Inshore Classic is a fun event for all ages that capitalizes on the bountiful inshore fishery available along the shores and rugged coastline of Pacific Costa Rica. The main tournament is a 1-day shootout where teams can win awards & cash prizes by scoring the most roosterfish release points, and/or weighing-in the heaviest trio of coastal gamefish. This tournament also offers a half-day Kid’s Fishing Derby where tournament teams are encouraged to support the youth fishing movement by taking a kid fishing in a fun, tournament atmosphere.

The rugged reefs and coastlines near Marina Pez Vela offer the chance at a roosterfish or snapper of a lifetime Pelagic Pura Vida Inshore Classic_2019-1

Saturday, May 25, 2019 – Pura Vida Inshore Classic – MAIN TOURNAMENT

There are two divisions in the Pura Vida Inshore Classic: Roosterfish Release & Inshore Slam. Awards are presented to teams and anglers for their performance in releasing the most aggregate roosterfish points (measured by a custom tournament release ruler) and/or weighing the heaviest three-fish total of the following species: Snook, Snapper, Corvina, Tripletail, Sierra Mackerel, Grouper, & multiple Jack species (Amberjack, Jack Crevalle, Bigeye Jack).

PelagicGIRL, Michelle "Bombchelle" Dalton, scores a 300-point pez gallo during the tournament Roosterfish_Michelle Dalton Bombchelle_Pelagic_Pura Vida Inshore Classic

As a means of protecting one of the country’s most-iconic gamefish species, Costa Rica fisheries law states that all roosterfish must be released. In the tournament’s Roosterfish Release Division, teams were asked to document their catch by measuring with a custom-made ruler prior to releasing the fish back into the Pacific. Teams could score as many roosterfish possible and accumulated points based on different levels of length, measured by the official tournament ruler:

Under 24” = 0 points | 24” – 36” = 100 points | 36” – 48” = 300 points | 48” – 60” = 500 points | 60” & up = 750 points

Pura Vida Inshore Classic trohpies ready for the taking & custom release rulers on display during registration Pelagic Pura Vida Inshore Classic_Release Ruler

At the end of the one-day tournament, sitting at the top of the Roosterfish Release Division leader board and taking home first place was Team Good Day. They scored three 36”- 48” roosterfish for a total of 900-points, while also securing the daily roosterfish jackpot, earning them a check for $4,190.00.

Team GOOD DAY celebrates their victory Good Day_Marina Pez Vela_Costa Rica

The second-place roosterfish trophy went to Team Montauk, fishing aboard a 19’ Boston Whaler. This team released the largest “pez gallo” of the event, a brute 55-incher that waged a multi-hour battle on light tackle. Combined with a 37” fish, Montauk amassed 800-points.

Big fish, small boat... Jeff Duschesneau of Marina Pez Vela battles a monster roosterfish Pelagic Pura Vida Inshore Classic Costa Rica 1 Pelagic Pura Vida Inshore Classic Costa Rica 2

Chloe Frijole was awarded the third-place roosterfish release division trophy with a score of 400-points.

The Inshore Slam Division allowed teams to score points by weighing a three-fish total of a wide variety of Costa Rican favorites, with a two-fish maximum per species category, and a five-pound minimum. Snook and snapper were the main targets, while jacks, corvina, grouper, and much more rounded out the catch.

Awarded first-place in the slam category was Dream II. This team scored a brace of snapper weighing a cumulative total of 34.0 lbs., including the tournament’s largest cubera snapper at 26.8 lbs. Their top finish earned them $1,950.

A solid cubera snapper hits the scales for DREAM II Cubera Snapper_Pelagic Pura Vida Inshore Classic

Team Stress Reliever took second place with a combined weight of 21.2 lbs. Hatta Dream scored the daily Inshore Slam Jackpot while earning a third-place finish and cash prize of $2,700.00.

They "Hatta Dream" and it came true... Pura Vida Inshore Classic_Pelagic_Hatta Dream

Sunday, May 26, 2019 – Pura Vida Inshore Classic – KIDS FISHING DERBY

The morning following the conclusion of the main event, the Pelagic Pura Vida Inshore Classic hosted its inaugural kids fishing derby. The half-day tournament witnessed fifteen local youth anglers (ages 5 to 16) fish aboard five boats in this fun-filled occasion.

The kids are alright... good vibes supporting the next generation of anglers Kids Fishing Derby_Pelagic Pura Vida Inshore Classic

Smiles were had by all as each jr. angler caught multiple fish ranging from small snappers & groupers, to hard-fighting jacks & roosterfish, and toothy sierra mackerel. Every participant was awarded participation medals, while trophies were awarded to first, second, and third place teams.

Smiles all-around during the Inaugural Pura Vida Inshore Classic Kids Fishing Derby Pelagic Kids Fishing Derby_Pura Vida Inshore Classic-1 Pelagic Kids Fishing Derby_Pura Vida Inshore Classic-2 Pelagic Kids Fishing Derby_Pura Vida Inshore Classic-4 Pelagic Kids Fishing Derby_Pura Vida Inshore Classic-3

Huge thanks to Marina Pez Vela for providing an incredible tournament venue, as well as iFish Quepos, Z Gastro Bar, Double Hook Bar & Grill, & Flor de Caña in adding to the exciting atmosphere. We hope to see you at the 2nd Annual Pelagic Pura Vida Inshore Classic next Memorial Day Weekend – May 22-24, 2020!

Marina Pez Vela is Pelagic's Central American home away from home Marina Pez Vela_Costa Rica_Pura Vida Inshore Classic

Next stop on the 2019 Pelagic Tournament Series Circuit is Cabo San Lucas [Mexico], for the 6th Annual Pelagic Triple Crown of Fishing Tournament: June 6-8, 2019.

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