The over­all se­ries win goes to Tarheel


Ask any suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment team and they will say per­sis­tence is an im­por­tant in­gre­di­ent in the recipe for a big win. Phil Arklin’s Gun­smoke team has been fish­ing in the Los Sueños Sig­na­ture Triple Crown since he built the 43-foot Mav­er­ick in 2010, and he will be the first to say that they have had their ups and downs on the leader­board. How­ever, it all seemed to come to­gether for the third and fi­nal leg of the 2018 Los Sueños Sig­na­ture Triple Crown, held in Los Sueños Re­sort and Ma­rina on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

Gun­smoke an­glers Arklin, Cur­tis White and Car­los Gon­za­lez caught nearly all their bites, and Capt. Warner Por­ras kept them in the fish over the course of the three-day event. Af­ter re­main­ing in strik­ing dis­tance, the team held off a late charge by Geaux

Fly to emerge vic­to­ri­ous in the fi­nal min­utes of the tour­na­ment. In three days, they re­leased 18 sail­fish and four mar­lin.

Geaux Fly, another 43-foot Mav­er­ick, fin­ished in sec­ond place this year. Capt. David Me­sen and the fam­ily team of boat owner Will Drost; his fa­ther, Mitch; daugh­ter An­naleigh Richard­son; and new son-in-law Cullen Richard­son fought hard this year, top­ping the stand­ings on the first day of the event and re­main­ing in con­tention for the win through­out the three-day tour­na­ment. They slipped to sec­ond but were un­der­stand­ably ec­static with the fin­ish, es­pe­cially given the in­tense level of com­pe­ti­tion. They re­leased 17 sail­fish and four mar­lin.

Prov­ing that a 90-footer can be just as com­pet­i­tive as the smaller boats, Capt. Tyler An­dresen led the Jaruco team to third place over­all; his team of an­glers re­leased 18 sails and two mar­lin on the big Jar­rett Bay. This is their first topthree fin­ish since they started fish­ing this event in 2015.

Capt. John Bayliss and his Tarheel team were crowned the over­all se­ries cham­pi­ons this year, ac­cu­mu­lat­ing a to­tal of 10,600 points. Fish­ing aboard the 44-foot Scarborough/Bayliss, the team of Smyth McKis­sick, Rob Shore, Car­roll Brizen­dine, Jorge Car­rillo and John Bayliss Jr. de­flected a late-day charge by Geaux Fly and sev­eral others for the $100,000 bonus prize awarded to the top team of the three-tour­na­ment se­ries.

“The Los Sueños Triple Crown is a big deal for me and for the guys we fish

with,” says Bayliss. “There are so many tal­ented teams and great boats there, and it’s ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive; it’s very dif­fi­cult to pull off a daily, let alone a se­ries win. We feel pretty damn lucky to wind up where we did this year.” teams earned $210,000 and $60,000 in cash, re­spec­tively.

A $1.5 mil­lion to­tal purse for the Jimmy John­son Fish­ing Cham­pi­onship Week makes it the world’s rich­est guar­an­teed tour­na­ment purse, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­niz­ers. The mul­ti­day event at­tracted 99 boat teams and more than 730 an­glers, who re­leased 318 sail­fish.

The event raised over $100,000 for char­i­ta­ble re­cip­i­ents, which in­clude the Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tives Foun­da­tion, Quan­tum House and Tran­quil Shores Chil­dren’s Foun­da­tion.

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