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Playa Grande Super Slam 2004

RIGHT DOWN TO THE WIRE AT THE VENEZUELAN SUPER SLAM

It was South Floridians Ricky Benitez and Mauricio Escobar, both from Miami, teaming up with Anthony Cerase of Connecticut and Patrick Oborne of Ohio that took top honors at the all-release Viking Yachts Playa Grande Yachting Club Venezuelan International Super Slam October 21st to 25th  . . . but it came down to the last ten minutes of the tournament to seal the victory.

Fishing aboard the popular local charter boat 35’ Bertram, Joropo, of the Coral Way Fleet, with proven tournament captain, Wilmer Alvarado, angler Ricky Benitez released a white marlin with only nine minutes left in the tournament to break a tie and guarantee first place for his team.  The entire afternoon of that last day was a neck and neck race between the winners and the team aboard the Puerto Rican flag 55’ Viking, Apache, guided by another tournament proven captain, Venezuelan,Nestor Peña, along with the team made up of boat owner, Luis Fernandez, his son Luis Jr. of Puerto Rico, and Venezuelan Ivan Cadiz.  Apache started their run shortly after lunch releasing four whites that afternoon, the last two were a double header at 3:35pm putting them in first place with only 25 minutes to go in the tournament, but Joropo, which up to then had held the lead since early on the first day of the tournament countered with four whites of their own that afternoon, the last and decisive one coming at 3:51pm, just nine minutes before lines out and the conclusion of the event.

Not to be outdone, Naples, Florida anglers Angelo and Linda Carmignani, together with Rich Samuels and Kevin Paul, aboard 72’ Donzi, Hog Wild, with  Captain John Munford, gave it their all releasing 3 whites and a sail that afternoon, but their valiant effort only served to hold them in third place, as Joropo and Apache matched them fish for fish.  

Fourth and Fifth place respectively belonged to 54’ Bertram Kichitica and 32’ Hatteras Tropical Pleasure. Two fine teams out of the host club Playa Grande, the latter carrying tournament sponsors “Team ConFerry”, who had generously guaranteed the Grand Prize to the first individual angler to release a Super Slam (blue, white, sail and spearfish).  No Super Slams were registered this time,   although there were three angler Grand Slam released during the tournament.  

All in all 25 boats with 74 anglers from 6 different countries competed in the Super Slam.  94 billfish were released in the two days of fishing, comprised of 11 blues, 27 sails and 58 whites all caught on 20-pound-test Ande Monofilament.

Dates are set for 2005 from September 21st to 25th.

The team aboard S/F Joropo took top honors at the Playa Grande Venezuelan International Super Slam but it was a tight race to the finish...