We got settled in at our villa in Quepos and the Offshore World Championship started on Monday.
It is a an interesting format where every team draws 4 different boats for the 4 days of fishing and your success is largely based on what boats you draw.
Team Shake N Bake, of course, drew 4 of the bottom 15 (by their first day's performance) boats.
Quepos does not have nearly enough charter boats, so boats come from all over Costa Rica.
Unfortunately, team Shake N Bake drew 3 of 4 boats from other ports, including two who had never fished in Quepos. The first day the out of town charter was out of the fish until the end of the day and the team went 5 for 8 on sailfish.
Day two was a little better. We drew a boat from Los Suenos with a captain from Boston. We ended up going 7 for 12 on sailfish.
The bummer of the whole thing is that there are some boats getting 40-50 shots at fish a day and boating 20-25, so even if we landed every take down, we have zero chance of placing.
Today I am sitting out and the team is fishing on a boat from a surf camp pretty far from Quepos. I hope they get lucky, but I am not holding my breath.
Tomorrow is our local boat, a 53' Spencer. I am fishing and can't wait to fish on a big Carolina boat.
Today us shore bound people are going to head to the beach and fees some monkeys.
Shake N Bake is in the yard right now getting her bottom stripped and having a new barrier coat put on and having new bottom paint put on. It was pretty rough and peeling off, so it will be interesting to see if performance improves.
Clark, my deckhand, loves fish and loves water, so he jumped in and swam with the sailfish after we released them. As soon as the video is uploaded (internet is painfully slow here), I will post some video of Clark and the sails.