Solera Open 2005
JORORPO STRIKES AGAIN AT THE SOLERA OPEN
INTERNATIONAL LA GUAIRA BILLFISH SHOOTOUT
APR 26TH TO MAY 1ST
Anglers Orlando Hernandez of Miami, Florida and Julian “The Terrible” Bernal of Lakeland, Florida, better known as TEAM FISH ON! aboard the popular local charter boat, Joropo, with Captain Wilmer Alvarado, took the lead 10 minutes into the tournament on the first day in a field of 20 boats and never relinquished it! In addition to Top Team honors TEAM FISH ON! earned the right to participate in next year’s ROLEX/IGFA Tournament of Champions in Cabo San Lucas, received a hefty cash award as Top Boat on day one, and angler Julian Bernal brought home trophies for Top Individual Angler in the tournament, Most Blue Marlin in the tournament, and First Blue Marlin of the tournament.
In an unusually slow bite by La Guaira Standards, with lots of fish seen but few aggressive feeders, final release totals produced 24 blue marlin, one white marlin and 15 sailfish. Team FOUR C SONS of Puerto Rico came in second edging out third place TEAM POLAR ENTERPRISES fishing aboard Another Weekend, on time. Attached is the complete scoreboard.
Continuing a tradition that began last year, the lay day featured a picnic/softball game pitting Venezuela vs The Rest. Despite their long standing Major League Baseball pride, the gracious Venezuelan hosts were defeated for a second year in a row, this time by a score of 9 to 3. Better luck next year guys! Great hamburgers and hot dogs were provided by the kitchen at the Eduard’s Hotel, and sponsors Pepsi, Gatorade and Solera Premium Beer made sure players and fans alike were never thirsty. Additionally, a new tradition, the Pirates of the Caribbean Santa Teresa Rum Bash was started by our sponsors at Santa Teresa Rum, hosting what has been praised by all who attended “the bash” at Mango Marina as “the best tournament party they’ve ever been to”!
A very Special Thanks go out to our major sponsors, Eduard’s Hotel, Hook & Tackle, Mustad Hooks, Murray Products, Parker Pens, Pompanette, Pro-Soft Lures, Santa Teresa Rum, Sufix Fishing Line, Viking Yachts and of course, Polar Enterprises and all their products, Solera Beer, Pepsi, Minalba Water, 7 UP, Gatorade and Evervess mixers.
Dates are set for next year’s Solera Open La Guaira Shootout which will be held March 8th to the 12th. Mark your calendars. Pictures and other news will be up shortly on our web site www.intlbillfishtourns.com . You can also order T-Shirts and Hook & Tackle tournament shirts online.
Don’t forget coming up in just a few short months is the all-release VENEZUELAN INTERNATIONAL SUPER SLAM being held In La Guaira September 21st to 25th. Also a qualifying event for the Rolex/IGFA Tournament of Champions. Teams have already started booking charter boats and registering. For registration information visit our tournament web site mentioned above, or call our offices - In Miami 305 213-5521 Fax: 305 471-9643, and in Venezuela 58 212 951 0433 Fax: 212 951 5706. If you’re interested in observing contact Michelle Zelones at firstname.lastname@example.org telephone 561 310 FISH (3474). For charter boat, hotel and airfare information contact FishQuest Sportfishing Adventures toll free in the U.S. 888 891 FISH (3474), web site www.fishquest.com