GUNSMOKE SHOOTS TO VICTORY IN LOS SUEÑOS
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.