At dawn on May 18th, a tremendous group of 115 fishermen in 33 boats arrived at the Gamboa Tarpon Club marina for the 6:00 a.m. launch of the first version of the Gamboa Fishing Tournament in 2014, hosted by the Gamboa Rainforest Resort.
The categories that were awarded were Sergeant 1st, 2nd and 3rd place; Common Snook 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place; Tarpon 1st place; Ladies 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place; Best Team in Sergeant species 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place; and Best Team in Common Snook species 1st and 2nd place. All children who participated were recognized for their efforts.
"The tournament generated camaraderie and an opportunity for healthy recreation. We are truly excited by the turn out we have achieved tournament after tournament; it's not only just the common lake fisherman who participates, but also sea fishers who come out to try their luck in Lake Gatún," commented Mario Ramírez, General Manager.
The winner of the Sergeant category took home the Mr. Popper trophy, while the best team catching the Sergeant species was awarded the Papajan Cup. This year Century cups were also awarded for the top individual and team in the categories of Common Snook species.
The event was sponsored by the following businesses: Coca Cola Femsa: Coca Cola, Powerade, Dasani, Fuze, and Jugos del Prado; Yamaha, Timberland, National Brewery Group, S.A. with Miller Lite Beer, Abernathy, Altapesca, Nautica Watches, Clarins, Turtle Cay Marina, Tzanetatos with Seco SL and Lorenz, Royal Card, Tuna Coast Magazine, Scuba Panama, Panama Fishing, Navigator TV, Felipe Motta with his product Bacardi Mojito, Sportline, and Asics.
The winners were:
1st Horacio Clare, Team Yamaha - 6.0 lbs.
2nd Luis Shirola, Arrepinche - 5.6 lbs.
3rd Jose Russo, La Más Querida - 5.4 lbs.
1st Tatiana de Azcarraga, Just Fishing - 4.2 lbs.
2nd María de Tem, 1014 - 3.8 lbs.
3rd Tatiana de Azcarraga, Just Fishing - 3.8 lbs.
1st Alejandro Tapia - 11.8 lbs.
2nd Fernándo Pinto, Lopez, co -8.4 lbs.
3rd Peter Chan, Nitro - 5.8 lbs.
Best Team - Sergeant Species
1st SAAVID - 18.6 lbs.
2nd Lopez, Co - 16.0 lbs.
3rd Panchet - 14.0 lbs.
1st Roger Alvarado, Century - 21.4 lbs.
2nd Century - 6.0 lbs.
Best Team - Common Snook Species
1st SAAVID - 7.2 lbs.
Photos: Benicio Gonzalez