Tres Pescado Slam
Dates: Aug 12, 2010 to Aug 14, 2010
Location: Ambergris Cay, Belize
Contact: Jim Oliver
Caye Caulker Angler Wins Tres Pescados
Team Anglers Abroad, Haywood Curry and guide Ken Coc from Caye Caulker take 1st place in the 2nd annual Tres Pescados Slam Tournament held Thursday August 12th through Saturday August 14th. Along with winning the event’s 1st place trophy, Ken Coc won the “Top Guide” trophy and Haywood Curry will be going to
Opening day brought calm winds and hot weather with low morning tides. The take-off from the starting line was just that, a take-off. The guides hit the throttle and jumped on step with 14 boats flying east into the sun with a huge spray before turning north or south trying to beat the other anglers to best fishing spots.
With volunteers Ben Popik and Tina Winkler checking in anglers and reviewing release photos on the fly, day one results produced over 466 inches of Bonefish and 27 inches of Permit. No tarpon were released on the first day although several were caught and either not landed or under the tournament limits. One team, Shake-N-Bake, had a grand slam this first day that would make anyone proud but unfortunately the tarpon were under the tournament limit.
In the Pro Division, team Shake-N-Bake guided by George Bradley edged out the Anglers Abroad team with guide Ken Coc by 29 points to take the day 1 lead. Both teams had two of the needed species for a slam with a permit and several bones each. Team TFO guided by Cesar Acosta took 3rd place for day 1.
From 3:00 until 6:00 pm tournament events in the park included the Cast-Off ran by Dick Gentry with the community, team members and guides competing for the chance to win a custom built
Marcie and Ken Schinnour resurrected last year’s mini-rod fly fishing game for the kids with 27 inch miniature fly rods and working reels. This event was free for all to enter and ran by Jovan Ayuso and Pablo using a piece of Velcro attached on the end of the fly line and the opposite sticky piece on “fish” cards in the “table pond.” The mini casters tossed the mini rods hoping to snag a card in the pond and win one of many prizes provided by Supper Buy, Casa Pan Dulce, D Sea Store, A&R, Tech Transylvania, and Tres Pescados Fly Shop - a great game to introduce the kids to fly fishing.
The evening event for Day 1 was the presentation from Green Reef by Mito Paz on the efforts Green Reef has undertaken during the past year with creation of the new Sport Fish Program designed to conduct research, educate, and provide recommended management methods to help protect and preserve the sustainable sport fishing of the 3 grand slam fish. Green Reef has partnered with the international organization Bonefish Tarpon Trust.
Day 2 presented a similar weather pattern with many Tarpon hooked but not landed except for one team. With 355 inches of Bonefish released and 55 inches of Permit released team Anglers Abroad closed out the Grand Slam on this day with 3 tarpon and had just become the team to beat. With Team Anglers Abroad taking over the lead with 311 points, team Fly Guyz moved up to 2nd with 246 points while team Shake-N-Bake’s 180 points edged out team TFO for 3rd place on day 2.
Day 3, the final day and the pressure is on to perform to take down team Anglers Abroad. With four other teams having both Permit and Bonefish on the board, day 3 was all about Tarpon. A tarpon release for any of the four teams would mean the win would come down to total inches released. All of the teams still had a chance as seen in 2009 when team Fly Treks came in with a Grand Slam the last day to take second place.
As the teams returned to tournament headquarters in
In the Amateur Division we only had one entry this year, team Bad Boyz and they hooked several big tarpon but none were landed but bonefish were their release fish.
The Awards Banquet was hosted by the San Pedro Lions Club at the Lions Den. With sponsors, anglers and guides attending the trophies and winnings were handed out. Team Anglers Abroad (Haywood Curry and guide Ken Coc) took home $3,500 for the Pro Division
The Pro and Amateur names and the Top Guide name will be added to the Perpetual Tres Pescado Slam Tournament located in the San Pedro Town Council office.
One of the key areas of this event is to raise awareness and funds to help the protection, education, research and enforcement of the catch-and-release for the bonefish, tarpon and permit. All of the team members in the event helped gather census data for the tournament. The funds raised from the many sponsors that supported this event allowed the tournament to hand over a $6,000 check to Green Reef in support their ongoing Sport Fish Program effort needed to protect the over $60 million dollar resource that these 3 fish represent to Belize.
To see the complete 2010 tournament results, to sponsor or sign up for the 2011 event, or to learn more about sustainable sport fishing in Belize got to www.tres-pescado-tournament.org.