Jake Jordan 2011 Invitational Sailfish Fly Challenge

January 11, 12, 13 – 2011

Casa Vieja Lodge, Guatemala

January 13, 2011

Greetings from Casa Vieja Lodge, Guatemala:

January 13, 2011, the third and final day of the tournament produced another spectacular day of fly fishing for sailfish, with the 5 boats (teams), releasing a total of 33 sailfish caught on 20 pound class tippet on fly. The total for this tournament is 128 sailfish and one blue marlin caught on fly during the 3 day tournament. That is an amazing average of 8.5 sailfish released per boat per day. In this tournament the anglers managed to get the hooks and fly back without breaking the tippet from 86 of the 128 sailfish caught in this tournament. The anglers in this three day tournament managed to catch and release close to 70 percent of their bites these are incredible percentages. I have never heard of any billfish fly tournament with numbers like these, only in Guatemala! The final tournament results are as follows:

Rum Line: Captain Chris Sheeder

  • Danny Cline: Day 1, 950 points; Day 2, 700 points; Day 3, 400 points, (2050)
  • Don Butler: Day 1, 800 points; Day 2, 650 points; Day 3, 450 points, (1900)

Total Team Points = 3950 (Tournament Champion)

Intensity: Captain Mike Sheeder

  • Lucien LaFond: Day 1, 1050 points; Day 2, 600 points; Day 3, 400 points, (2050)
  • Tony Weaver: Day 1, 700 points; Day 2, 450 points; Day 3, 550 points, (1700)

Total Team Points = 3750 (Second Place Team; Most Sailfish Released)

Lucien LaFond = Second Total Point Angler

Makaira: Captain Jason Brice

  • George Maybee: Day 1, 900 points; Day 2, 650 points; Day 3, 1050 points, (2600)
  • Sharon Maybee: Day 1, 500 points; Day 2, 0 points; Day 3, 0 points, (950)

Total Team Points = 3550 (3rd place Team)

George Maybee = Total Point Angler

Old Reliable:

  • Nick Smith: Day 1, 600 points; Day 2, 450 points; Day 3, 750 points, (1800)
  • Mike Smith: Day 1, 300 points; Day 2, 600 points; Day 3, 700 points, (1600)

Total Team Points = 3400

Decisive:

  • Joe O'brien: Day 1, 900 points; Day 2, 350 points; Day 3, 0 points, (1250; first fish)
  • Scott Lund: Day 1, 900 points; Day 2, 300 points; Day 3, 0 points, (1200)

Total Team Points = 2450

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Tournament Champions, L to R (top row), Jake Jordan, Danny Cline, Don Butler, Captain Chris Sheeder, Antonio Valdez, (bottom row) Mates, Ricardo de Leon, Zonder Melendrez

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Second Place Team, Most Sailfish, Intensity, (L to R) Jake Jordan, Lucien Lafond, Tony Weaver, Chris Sheeder (accepting for Captain Mike Sheeder), Antonio Valdez

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Third Place Team, Makaira, (L to R) Jake Jordan, Captain Jason Brice, Sharon Maybee, George Maybee, Antonio Valdez

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Top Point Angler, George Maybee, Makaira

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Second top point angler, Lucien LaFond

Points in the "Jake Jordan, Invitational, Sailfish Fly Challenge" are accrued at 100 points for winding the leader through the tip top of the fly rod. If you fight that fish until the mate gets the fly back without breaking the class tippet, that fish gets 50 bonus points. Any marlin caught and released equals 500 points. In my opinion the top fly anglers, with the top captains, mates and boats in the world, who fly fish for billfish participated in this event to produce the best scores ever in a fly fishing for billfish tournament. Next year the dates for the third annual "Jake Jordan, Invitational sailfish fly Challenge" are January 10, 11, 12, 2012, with a practice day available on January 9, 2012. Contact Jake Jordan if you would like an invitation to be part of the 10 team limit next year.

I would like to thank the 10 anglers who fished in this event, along with our sponsors for helping make this event possible. Casa Vieja Lodge, Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO Rods), Mako Fly Reels (Jack Charlton), Cam Sigler Company (Flies), RIO Products (Fly Lines), Habervision (Sun Glasses), The Fly Fishing Show, Coastal Carolina Fishing Report are all tournament sponsors. Thank you all for your continuing support for my tournament and for the great products which you supply for our industry. Also thank you to Antonio Valdez and his Casa Vieja Lodge staff for the world class hospitality and service at our event. If you need high resolution pictures please E-mail to me and I will send them to you.

Jake Jordan
Tournament Director

January 12, 2011

Greetings from Casa Vieja Lodge, Guatemala:

Today, January 12, 2011, the second day of the tournament produced another spectacular day of fly fishing for sailfish, with the 5 boats (teams), releasing a total of 41 sailfish caught on 20 pound tippet on fly. The two day total for this tournament is 95 sailfish and one blue marlin caught on fly, an average of 9.5 sailfish caught and released on fly per boat over the two days. I have never heard of any fly tournament with numbers like these, only in Guatemala! After 2 days of fishing the tournament results are as follows:

Rum Line: Captain Chris Sheeder,

  • Danny Cline: Day 1, 950 points; Day 2, 700 points, (1650)
  • Don Butler: Day 1, 800 points, Day 2, 650 points, (1450)

Two Day Total Points = 3100

Intensity: Captain Mike Sheeder

  • Lucien LaFond: Day 1, 1050 points; Day 2, 600 points, (1650)
  • Tony Weaver: Day 1, 700 points, Day 2, 450 points, (1150)

Two Day Total Points = 2800

Makaira: Captain Jason Brice

  • George Maybee: Day 1, 900 points; Day 2, 650 points, (1550)
  • Sharon Maybee: Day 1, 500 points; Day 2, points, (950)

Two Day Total Points = 2500

Decisive:

  • Joe O'brien: Day 1, 900 points; Day 2, 350 points, (1250)
  • Scott Lund: Day 1, 900 points; Day 2, 300 points, (1200)

Two Day Total Points = 2450

Old Reliable:

  • Nick Smith: Day 1, 600 points; Day 2, 450 points, (1050)
  • Mike Smith: Day 1, 300 points; Day 2, 600 points, (900)

Total Team Points = 1950

Points are accrued at 100 points for winding the leader through the tip top of the fly rod, then if you fight, that fish until the mate gets the fly back without breaking the class tippet, that fish gets 50 bonus points. Any marlin caught and released equals 500 points. I would like to thank the 10 anglers who are fishing in this event, along with our sponsors for helping make this event possible. Casa Vieja Lodge, Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO Rods), Mako Fly Reels (Jack Charlton), Cam Sigler Company (Flies), RIO Products (Fly Lines), Habervision (Sun Glasses), The Fly Fishing Show, Coastal Carolina Fishing Report are all tournament sponsors. Thank you all for your continuing support for my tournament and for the great products which you supply for our industry. More reports to follow, I love my job, wish you were here.

Regards:
Jake

First Day Report – January 11, 2011

Greetings from Casa Vieja Lodge in Guatemala:

January 11, 2011: After a fun anglers meeting and a great dinner at the awesome Casa Vieja Lodge, all 10 anglers, their 5 captains, and 10 mates went to sleep thinking about tomorrow and the first day of the tournament. This is the second year for this 20-pound tippet, fly fishing, catch and release, tournament. Due to weather back in the states and the economy we only have five teams this year.

Vessel "Decisive", with last year's winning anglers Joe O'Brien and Scott Lund are back to protect their title, with captain Brad Philipps.

Vessel "Rum Line" with captain Chris Sheeder has return anglers Danny Cline and Don Butler aboard.

"Makaira" with captain Jason Brice has new tournament anglers Sharon and George Maybee competing this year.

"Old Reliable" returned with anglers Nick and Mike smith fishing the tournament with captain Chip Shafer.

"Intensity" with captain Mike Sheeder is fishing the tournament with return tournament angler Tony Weaver and his new fishing partner Lucien LaFond who came all of the way from Normandy France to participate in this event.

The first day January 11, 2011, started out with calm seas and quite a few sailfish were spotted, after the first hour of fishing the five teams combined had reported releasing 11 sailfish on fly. After that the fly fishing for sailfish just got better. After 7 hours of tournament fly fishing with all five teams using IGFA rules, the final score was 54 sailfish and one 300+ pound blue marlin caught and released by the five teams. A new one day tournament record, where every team in the tournament averaged 11 billfish released in a single seven hour fly fishing day.

Intensity:

  • Lucien LaFond: 1050 points,
  • Tony Weaver: 700 points,

Daily Total Points = 1750

Rum Line:

  • Danny Cline: 950 points (Including a big Blue Marlin)
  • Don Butler: 800 points

Daily Total Points = 1750

Decisive:

  • Joe O'brien: 900 points
  • Scott Lund: 900 points

Daily Total Points = 1800

Makaira:

  • George Maybee: 900 points
  • Sharon Maybee: 500 points

Daily Total Points = 1400

Old Reliable:

  • Nick Smith: 600 points
  • Mike Smith: 300 points

Daily Total Points = 900

Points are accrued at 100 points for winding the leader through the tip top of the fly rod, then if you fight that fish until the mate gets the fly back without breaking the class tippet, that fish gets 50 bonus points. Any marlin caught and released = 500 points. 37 of the 54 sailfish released got the fly back without breaking the leader, 7 more got the fly back but broke the leader trying (no bonus points) and 10 lost the fly after they got the release (also no bonus points). The second day of this tournament starts in 15 minutes, more reports to follow.

I would like to thank our sponsors for helping make this event possible, you are all great. Casa Vieja Lodge, Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO Rods), Mako Fly Reels (Jack Charlton), Cam Sigler Company (Flies), RIO Products (Fly Lines), Habervision (Sun Glasses), The Fly Fishing Show, Coastal Carolina Fishing Report. Thank you all for your continuing support for my tournament and for the great products which you supply for our industry. More reports to follow, I love my job, wish you were here.

Regards:
Jake

Jake Jordan’s Fishing Adventures
Captain Jake Jordan
P.O. Box 309
Havelock, NC 28532
Phone: (252) 444-3308

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