Saturday night, August 8th concluded this year's tournament in style with the awards banquet beachfront at the Holiday Hotel. All of our teams, captains and supporters were on hand to witness the conclusion of this historic event. But before we get to that, here's a recap of the fishing days.
Day one saw probably the best weather we have fished since this events inception. Beautiful skies, tide and wind would make day one the best ever, as anglers left the beach into a rising sun. Last years champions YELLOW DOG would come home with the first daily slam of the tournament. Not to be outdone, ANGLERS ABROAD also got the slam, putting the pressure right back on the champions. Jerry Lappier of SIZE MATTERS came home with an absolute monster of a permit, making everyone a little jealous. Our good friend Jenn Parker landed the only other tarpon on the day and put the ladies up near the front of the leaderboard.
Later that night the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour kicked off with a cocktail party hosted by COSTA and OCEANA. Everyone showed up, finished the free beer and won some sweet swag. We raised $1255USD for Project Permit here in Belize.
Tarpon were the catch on day two, as nine fish made length and points. Weather was not a factor. Hot and sunny, but still no change at the top as YELLOW DOG and ANGLERS ABROAD continued to lead the way with tarpon landed. Our friends from the north Alejandro 'SandFlea' Vega and his partner rallied to capture third place on day two with a great permit late in the day. The third annual pig roast would conclude day two, as all teams enjoyed some spectacular Belizean hospitality with pork and all the trimmings.
Tired and sunburnt, several teams were in the hunt, as anglers embarked on day three looking to finish their slams. A long hot day would produce the toughest fishing of the tournament, as calm winds and slack seas made the fishing tough. In the end YELLOW DOG would come home with two more tarpon and the win. Haywood and the boys would finish 600 points behind in second place. SIZE MATTERS spent all day trying to complete their slam and did so with one scoring bonefish. Nice work fellas!! Jenn Parker would grab FEMALE ANGLER and Daniel Smith won JUNIOR ANGLER for the second straight year.
Now back to the awards banquet. With the leaderboard set in stone, it was time to give away prizes, say some thank yous and have a good time. This year the tournament raised $15,000 for our friends at OCEANA, to help with their campaign to ban gill-nets in Belize. This is a good thing for sport fishing in our community and we feel, along with our teams, that this presents a major step in protecting the sport fish of Belize.
First Place: YELLOW DOG - $5000
Second Place: ANLERS ABROAD - $3000
Third Place: SIZE MATTERS - $2000
Top Female: ISLAND GIRL - Jenn Parker
Top Junior: BELIZEFLY - Daniel Smith
Thank you to all our anglers, captains, sponsors and supporters for making this event a success. Without you this tournament would not exist. From all of us here in San Pedro, we look forward to seeing you again next year for the 8th Annual Tres Pescados Slam Tournament, August 4-6th, 2016.
Long live bonefish, permit and tarpon. -Wil
**ALL PICS BY BRETT SENG PHOTOGRAPHY**