At the end of the three-day tournament, the team with the most points wins. You and three teammates choose the combination of bait and fly casting that you think will earn you the most points based on the scale below:
Marlin released on fly—100 points
Marlin released on 20 lb.—75 points
Marlin released on 50 lb.—50 points
Sail released on fly—25 points
Sail released on bait—10 points
But if you can’t seal the deal, there’s more than just your pride on the line—every missed bite costs anglers $20.
Money from every missed bite, or sancocho is then donated to a local school in Puerto San Jose. Even with some of the best anglers in the world participating, the past tournament was able to donate $5,240 from 262 sancochos.
Sign up for the glory, for charity, or just for the fun of it. But if you want a spot in the tournament, you’d better reserve your spot at Casa Vieja Lodge soon—boats are extremely limited.