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Costa Rica Surprises in Inaugural Pan-American Bass Tournament, Earns Bronze

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Costa Rica Surprises in Inaugural Pan-American Bass Tournament, Earns Bronze

Old 02-14-2018, 03:01 PM
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Default Costa Rica Surprises in Inaugural Pan-American Bass Tournament, Earns Bronze

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San Jose, Costa Rica
February 14, 2018
Contact: Todd Staley, [email protected]

When FECOP sponsored three teams to compete in the first Pan-American Delegation bass tournament on Lake Okeechobee in Florida last week, it was akin to David meets Goliath. The Jamaican bobsled team participating in prior Winter Olympics is a similar analogy. The Pan-American anglers were fishing against experienced pros like Roland Martin and his son, Scott, in a tournament hosted by USA Bass and Fishing League Worldwide. Teams representing the United States, Canada and Mexico also competed, yet Costa Rica was the only country without its own bass fishery and local knowledge.

Henry Marin is a project manager and sociologist for FECOP. FECOP is a conservation association representing sport-fishing interests in Costa Rica. Marin fully understands the socio-economic aspects of the sport and its value to the men and women who work in the industry. But the expert academic had no prior experience actually fishing, so he was quite surprised when he was asked to join a team.

Marin partnered with Carlos Cabero, FECOP’s president and an avid angler. The other two Costa Rica teams were from the National Fishing Club, which is a FECOP member organization. Marin read up on largemouth bass and watched videos before departing for Florida. Upon arrival the team stopped off at Bass Pro Shops and Marin bought his first fishing rod. “When we were not fishing, I asked a lot of questions of the other an-glers. They were extremely helpful about the habits of bass,” Marin says.

The two practice days improved Marin’s casting, although he was still not as accurate as he thought he needed to be. “I knew I could not hit the spots I wanted, so my strate-gy during the tournament was to cast beyond and bring my lure back to the spot.” That technique paid off. Marin ended up catching more bass than his partner, but Cabero landed the largest fish.

Once all the catch logs were tallied, Team Cabero and Marin had scored enough points for a fourth-place finish. The team of Ronny Villalobos and Mauricio Monge came in ninth and the combined scores allowed Costa Rica to take the bronze medal or third place overall in the competition. Roland and Scott Martin earned first-place honors and the gold for the USA, while Canada won the silver medal for its second-place finish.

When the teams returned to Costa Rica there were no screaming fans flooding the streets like after a soccer match. Still, this little country is proud of its anglers. When FECOP was asked to represent Costa Rica in the Pan-American delegation last November, the goal was to first include sport-fishing in the Pan-American Games before eventually being added to the Olympic roster. And in the process, FECOP’s Marin now appreciates the emotional and competitive aspects of the sport, too.

For more information, contact: www.fishcostarica.org or [email protected]


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Thank you, that’s cool as hell.
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They need to add Brazil and do a peacock bass tournament. Those things fight like salt water fish.
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