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The Results are in for the Presidential Challenge of Guatemala

Team OBX Repeats as PCCA Guatemala Winners!

Billfishing is always unpredictable. No one can say with any certainty whether the fish will bite or not during a given period and despite the best intentions, even the world’s finest destinations can turn cold. But the anglers of the 2012 Presidential Challenge of Guatemala managed to persevere despite the tough fishing conditions. Maybe it was the extra cocktail or two after dinner, or a good laugh shared with a new friend, but at least the fun was plentiful during the week. 

And when the fishing is this challenging it’s important to make every shot count. That was the key to victory in this year’s event for Team OBX, fishing with Capt. Chris Sheeder on the Rum Line. The team of Dell  Dembosky,

Team OBX, winners of the PCCA Guatemala tournament.

  Mike Viveiros and Craig Johnson missed just two sailfish bites during their three days of tournament fishing, emerging victorious for the second year in a row in this tournament with 1,200 points and 12 sailfish releases.  
In second place, the Day One leaders on the Release with Capt. Chico Alvarenga, Team Priority: Hans Kaspersetz, Jim McCord, Ed Arnold and Herbert Merryweather. They scored a nice marlin release on Day Two and picked away at the sails, finishing with 1,000 points from seven sailfish releases and a marlin kicker. Gary Carter, Tim Mossberg and John Richardson rounded out the top three, fishing with Capt. Brad Phillips on the Decisive. They finished the tournament with 1,000 points and ten sailfish releases. Carter was the top daily angler on Day Three.

 

Dell Dembosky, Top Angler.

 In the angler standings, Dembosky had the hot hand almost from the start, vaulting himself into Top Angler status with 800 points. He was followed by Hans Kaspersetz from Team Priority with 600 points. Kaspersetz was aided by his blue marlin release on Day Two, the team’s only points for that day. In third was Dana Thomas, representing Team Pelese and fishing on the Makaira with Capt. Jason Brice, with 400 points. Thomas released a blue marlin and a sailfish to emerge as the top daily angler on the second day of fishing as well.

The PCCA Guatemala tournament also wrapped up the season-long points race for the Costa Grand Champion Team and Eagle Claw Grand Champion Angler awards. Winning the Costa Grand Champion Team was the Sea Angel, owned by Greg Angel. His team fished the PCCA Costa Rica and Papagayo Cup tournaments and tallied an impressive 3,500 points (teams must fish at least two Series tournaments in order to qualify). In second place was the Marc Stanley’s Pelese, with 3,300 points, followed by Team Priority in third with 2,400 points. In the Eagle Claw Grand Champion Angler standings, Marc Stanley was first place with 2,200 points and Austin Angel second with 1,900 points. Rounding out the top three was Hans Kaspersetz with 1,350 points..

 

The Presidential Challenge Conservation Series is an internationally-recognized tournament series with events in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Aruba. In 2012 alone the series raised in excess of $25,000 for The Billfish Foundation’s conservation initiatives and projects in Central America and throughout the world. For more information on next year’s tournaments please visit www.preschallenge.com.

 

Final Standings
First Place Team: OBX, 1,200 points
Second Place Team: Priority, 1,000 points

Third Place Team: Decisive, 1,000 points

First Place Angler: Dell Dembosky, 800 points
Second Place Angler: Hans Kaspersetz, 600 points

Third Place Angler: Dana Thomas, 400 points

First Place Boat: Rum Line, 1,200 points
Second Place Boat: Release, 1,000 points

Third Place Boat: Decisive, 1,000 points

PCCA Grand Champion Standings
Costa Grand Champion Team: Sea Angel, 3,500 points
Costa Second Place Team: Pelese, 3,300 points
Costa Third Place Team: Priority, 2,400 points

  Eagle Claw Grand Champion Angler: Marc Stanley, 2,200 points

Eagle Claw Second Place Angler: Austin Angel, 1,900 points

Eagle Claw Third Place Angler: Hans Kaspersetz, 1,350 points

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