Eighteen million women went fishing in the USA in 2019. Fishing is no longer just a man’s sport. The skill of women anglers has been proven over and over again on ponds, lakes, and the deep blue sea.
Wanting to give women who love to fish the opportunity to compete for a title with the same prestige and class as their male counterparts, Samantha Mumford, co-owner of Premium Marine in Quepos, Costa Rica, founded the Pescadora Billfish Championship, which is an all-women offshore fishing tournament, crowning the World’s Top Lady Anglers.
Mumford conceived of a tournament created for women, by women, that would cater to experienced and non-experienced female anglers from around the globe, giving every skill level the ability to be competitive, and she succeeded.
There is no other fishing tournament in the world with this competitive groundbreaking format. The uniqueness of the “hook and hand/ IGFA Release” rules of Pescadora Billfish Championship allows for anglers to compete, not only awarding the overall teams but the top females in two separate categories: amateur and non-amateur division.
Women from around the world participating in this tournament on February 20-22, 2020, will have a chance to share in this incredible experience and compete to become THE PESCADORA!!!
Join the Pescadora Billfish Championship – the Ladies World Championship of Fishing!
The Pescadora Billfish Championship
Marina Pez Vela
Quepos, Costa Rica
February 20-22 2020
This year we have 34 boats, over 400 people and the action is just starting! The leaderboard for the tournament can be found here:
Pescadora Billfish championship – February 20-22, 2020Wrap-up
In·spire: to influence, move, guide, find impressive
The definition of inspire is one of the best ways we could describe the anglers, marketing partners, and spectators that participated in the 2020 Billfish Championship, crowning the World’s Top Female Anglers. 34 teams released 341 billfish in this two-day competition proving that women represent the largest emerging market in the fishing industry. Over 400 people representing 8 different countries descended on Marina Pez Vela, in Quepos, Costa Rica to celebrate the accomplishments of these female anglers.
With a combined 19 billfish released, the Female Angler’s of the Year, Camilla Ingram (IFGA Release Division) and Lori Bagliore (Hook & Hand Division) took home the top honors in this year’s women’s world championship of fishing. Both received an important tool for any angler, a pair of Costa’s provided by our presenting sponsor Costa Sunglasses, along with the coveted pink sailfish trophy provided by Gray Taxidermy, an Accurate reel and fighting belts from C&H Lures.
In team competition, Team Big Oh came on strong with an early lead and continued to dominate, taking home an impressive 1st place finish. The battle for 2nd and 3rd was close for both days, but in the end the ladies on Vaquero managed to pull ahead for 2nd place, followed closely by the ladies on the Grand Slam with their 3rd place finish.
After finishing just mere points off the podium for the last two years in the Offshore World Championship, Tournament Director Samantha Mumford, surprised the fleet with a 4th place award. With a last-second Blue Marlin on day two, Team Outage took the 4th place honor.
Team Stress Reeliever 1 won the Tuna Division with an impressive 184.4 points! Good Day and Grand Slam battled it out for the Dorado Division, with one pound giving the win to the Grand Slam with 28.6 points. Good Day’s team had some very exciting “firsts” this year…. Brandi Froelich caught her first marlin, Grethel Fernandez, Sofia Solis and Shauna Froelich caught their first tuna, and boat owner Cathy Gilmour caught her first dorado!! Alex Voges fishing for the first time offshore, on Mi Novia, caught not only her first fish, but also the first marlin of the tournament at 8:39am.
Gray Fish-Tag Research, continued to show their support for the Pescadora Billfish Championship and female anglers worldwide, by awarding the top tagging teams and top tagging angler with a full-size sailfish mount provided by Gray Taxidermy. The ladies fought hard for these prizes tagging an impressive number of fish. Congratulations to Team Pesacadora and Team Shoe who tied for Top Tagging Team with 20 tags and to the Top Tagging Angler, Britney McCrae, on the Kelly Dawn.
Thank you to everyone for a successful 2020 Pescadora Billfish Championship! Don’t forget, you only live once… so you might as well be a badass! See you next year!
Final Official Results for 2020 Pescadora Billfish Championship
- Thursday, Feb 20– 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Team registration will be held in the Pelagic Captains Lounge (ground floor). 5:00 p.m. The kick-off party starts on “A” dock, which is in front of the Marina office (next to the boatyard).
- Friday, Feb 21– 6:00 a.m. Boats can leave the dock; you are more than welcome to watch them depart from the seawall or wish them luck from the docks. Fishing ends at 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Dock social Party dock in the center of the Marina – so we expect the boats will begin arriving back to the marina from 4:15 to 4:30 p.m. Live music, light appetizers, open bar, and some very excited women to follow.
- Saturday, Feb 22 – 6:00 a.m. Boats can leave the dock; you are more than welcome to watch them depart from the seawall or wish them luck from the docks on their second day of fishing. 7:00 p.m. Awards Celebration – Pesca Seafood House, Marina Plaza (2nd level).
A portion of all proceeds goes to the non-profit organization Seeds of Hope https://www.seedsofhope.international/costa-rica, which focuses on the education and empowerment of at-risk youth.
BDoutdoors.com will be providing daily updates during the two-day event beginning on Thursday.