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ARUBA TEAM RUNS AWAY WITH VICTORY ABOARD ALINA AT THE 13TH ANNUAL LA GUAIRA SHOOTOUT

ARUBA ‘TEAM ALINA’ RUNS AWAY WITH VICTORY AT THE 13TH ANNUAL LA GUAIRA SHOOTOUT IN VENEZUELA

In a tournament marked by excellent blue marlin fishing, where the average catch ended up at 5 blues per boat, things started out slow for the winning team. At the end of day one Team Alina was in 11th place with only 900 points. Team Mojito of Puerto Rico finished the day with 2,000 points for the four blues they’d released taking home the daily and placing them atop the leader board, closely followed by U.S. teams aboard Vintage and Sniper.

Not until the afternoon of day two did Team Alina make their move when the Mansur brothers, Christian and Eric Jr, released a total of 4 blues and two sails not only giving them top boat for the day but allowing them to ‘leap-frog’ over half of the tournament fleet to take the first place spot on the leader board with Vintage and Sniper respectively hot on their heels and setting the stage for an exciting finish on the third and final day.

The last day started out slow with few releases registered in the morning hours. But in classic La Guaira fashion the bite went off in the afternoon. Vintage released two blues and a sail while Sniper released two blues, both adding points to their scores, but Alina widened their lead by releasing two blues and two sails and sealing their victory with a total of 4,700 points for the three days and taking home trophies, a bundle of cash and very nice prizes from Solera Beer, Hook & Tackle, Pescador Brand and Gameface Gear.

In the individual angler standings it was, Leur Lomanto, Jr, of Salvador-Bahia, Brazil, fishing aboard local charter boat Not For Rent, who took home the Mustad Hooks Silver Hook Trophy as the Shootout’s top angler. He was followed by Bernardo Bastardo of Caracas, Venezuela, aboard Catch 22 and Larry I’anson of Virginia Beach, Virginia, who took Third Place High Point Angler for the second year in a row fishing aboard Guarimba, another local charter boat with famed Captain Wilmer Alvarado.

Eighty five blue marlin, twenty four sailfish and a lone white marlin were released in 3 days of fishing at the “Lucky 13th” edition of the prestigious International La Guaira Billfish Shootout, held in Venezuela March 21st thru 26th. This year’s Shootout was also the first leg of the new SPANISH MAIN CARIBBEAN SERIES in which 5 boats participated with Vintage Team Affinity in the lead with 4,100 points, Guarimba in second with 3,500 points and Bandolera in third with 3,000 points. Next leg will be held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic at the end of June. Also coming up from October 4th thru 8th will be the 4th Annual Venezuelan International Super Slam. For complete scoreboard, photos and details about these events visit www.intlbillfishtourns.com or call 305 213 5521.