The 2017 No Sancocho Sailfish Shootout was held November 16-18th at Casa Vieja Lodge. Nine teams managed to release 112 Sailfish and 4 Blue Marlin during 3 days of fishing. A grand total of 93 Sancochos, or missed bites, were accumulated for a donation of $1,860 to local primary schools in Puerto San Jose.  Team Spindrift, of South Florida’s Neptune Impact Windows, matched that amount raising the grand total to $3,720.

The first day of fishing had the Finest Kind in the lead with 12 releases, Decisive with Team Bamboo in second place with 10 releases, and third place Intensity with 7 releases.

On the second day of fishing, team El Cadejo pulled into the lead releasing 7 sailfish and 2 blue marlins aboard the 35- ST Contender! The only all-family team consisted of Grandpa Vic, Son-in-law John, and grandson JB (10 years old).

After a night of Karaoking and fishing for Tilapia, a hard-fought battle on the third day was instore. Capt. Rick Murphy of Finest Kind grabbed a fly rod, after some coaching from Capt Salazar, and released the last sailfish of the day on the FLY which bumped their team to first place, a mere 5-point lead ahead of the second-place team! A fantastic win on the fly!

The 2017 No Sancocho Sailfish Shootout Results

  • First Place: Finest Kind- Joe Neber, Rick Murphy, John Cooper, Juan Manuel Cobar
  • Second Place: El Cadejo- Vic Wickman, John Mosher, JB Mosher
  • Third Place: Intensity- Jimbo Thomas, Rick Thomas, Harry Vernon, Jim Jacobs
  • Largest Dorado: Kathy Murphy, 48 inches
  • Top Lady Angler: Kathy Murphy; won by time
  • Sancocho King: Vick Wickman and John Mosher- 8 each
Santa Cecilia School

While the anglers were out fighting fish, our non-angling ladies went to Monterrico for a morning session of Yoga, released baby turtles, visited the colonial capital of Antigua, hiked Volcano Pacaya, and even had time for massages and relaxed by the pool!

A very BIG thanks to our sponsors: Cummins Engines, Costa del Mar, YETI, Contender BoatsCapt Harry’s, Sufix, VMC Hooks, AFTCO, Casa del Jade,  Zacapa Rum, and The Billfish Foundation.

Everyone departed with huge smiles, great stories, renewed friendships, and of course a few headaches!

Photos from the 2017 Tournament (36 pics)