Jake Jordan Invitational Sailfish Fly Challenge

January 12, 13, 14 – 2010

Casa Vieja Lodge, Guatemala

Below are the final results of the Jake Jordan, Invitational, Sailfish Fly Challenge.

There where eight boats in the tournament, with eight teams of two anglers (16 anglers total), in this three-day event. Here are the results: During the three-day tournament there were a total of 88 sailfish caught and released, of which 56 had the hooks and fly removed while under control of the mates for extra points. This is an average of 11 sailfish caught and released per team on fly, or 3.6 sailfish released per team per day on fly.

The seas were brutally rough for the whole three days, which made fishing hard for Guatemalan standards. All teams caught some sailfish on fly, which is a statement to the awesome fishery and crews at this Casa Vieja Lodge event.

AA Winner

Tournament Champions: Anglers Scott Lund & Joe O'Brien, aboard "Decisive," with Captain Brad Philipps. 3,650 points.

AAA Second Place

Second Place: Anglers Nick Smith & Jim Gill, aboard "Old Reliable," with Captain Chip Shafer. 1600 Points.

AA Third Place Team

Third Place: Anglers David and Mark Schifrin aboard "Pelagian," with Captain Chico Alvarenga. 1550 Points.

AA Top Angler, Scott Lund

Top Point Angler: Scott Lund with 2350 points. Make Reel and TFO Rod!

The first fish of the tournament: by Nick Smith on "Old Reliable"

The last fish of the tournament: by Gerry Coates, on "Intensity"
First Place Captain: Brad Philipps
Second Place Captain: Chip Shafer
Third Place Captain: Chico Alvarenga

“Canaso," Captain Jason Brice, anglers Tony Weaver and Lenny Moffo
“Captain Hook," Captain Ron Hamlin, anglers Rick Pope and Bobby Jones
“Decisive," Captain Brad Philipps, anglers Joe O'Brien and Scott Lund
“Intensity," Captain Mike Sheeder, anglers Gerry Coates and Chuck Laughridge
“Old Reliable," Captain Chip Shafer, anglers Nick Smith and Jim Gill
“Pelagian," Captain Chico Alvarenga, anglers Mark and David Schifrin
“Release," Captain Nico Melendrez, anglers Bill Anderson and Andy McKittrick
“Rum Line," Captain Chris Sheeder, anglers Don Butler and Danny Cline

Team Day One Points Day Two Points Day Three Points Total Points
Canaso 0 300 300 600
Captain Hook 100 250 0 350
Decisive 650 1900 1100 3650
Intensity 250 750 500 1500
Old Reliable 500 700 400 1600
Pelagian 500 500 550 1550
Release 0 350 550 900
Rum Line 150 750 550 1450

The Awards Banquet party at Casa Vieja Lodge was an awesome evening. We had live rock music, open bar provided by Casa Vieja Lodge, Awards Banquet with Captains, Mates, and Anglers socializing, and then a wonderful six-course dinner provided by Antonio and his staff at the Casa Vieja Lodge. I would again like to thank our sponsors for making this world-class event possible: Casa Vieja Lodge, TFO Fly Rods, Mako Fly Reels, Cam Sigler Products, Sea Level Fly Fishing products, Rio Fly Lines, Haber Vision Sun Glasses, Pat Ford Photography, Gamakatsu hooks, Mason leader material, Coastal Carolina Fishing Reports, The Fly Fishing Show, and Jake Jordan’s Fishing Adventures.

A special thank you to Jim Turner, our host here at this wonderful Casa Vieja Lodge; Merijo Atong for her help with all of the details in the U.S.; Antonio Valdez, the general manager of Casa Vieja Lodge; all of the staff at the lodge (best service ever); and last but not least all of the captains and mates who insure that the anglers catch lots of sailfish on fly. The fleet of vessels and crews here is the best that I have ever seen anywhere in the world.

Of course, thank you to all of the anglers who fished our event. This could not happen without the fly fishing passion and generosity of this group of awesome fly anglers.

Next year the Second Annual, "Jake Jordan, Invitational, Sailfish Fly Challenge" will again be held at the Casa Vieja Lodge in Guatemala in January 11, 12, 13, 2011. More reports will follow shortly with more pictures.

Thank You:
Jake Jordan:
Tournament Director

January 13, 2010

Below are the results from the first two days of the Sailfish Fly Challenge.

The seas were rough, (reminded me of Venezuela, Saint Thomas, or North Carolina in the winter) 7- to 10- foot seas at times, with blue sunny skies, and temperatures in the mid 80’s. Now, I have been fishing here for 15 years and never saw it this rough.

Pat Ford Jumper

There are eight boats in the tournament, with eight teams of two anglers (16 anglers), in this three-day event.

“Canaso," Captain Jason Brice, anglers Tony Weaver and Lenny Moffo
“Captain Hook," Captain Ron Hamlin, anglers Rick Pope and Bobby Jones
“Decisive,"Captain Brad Philipps, anglers Joe O'Brien and Scott Lund
“Intensity," Captain Mike Sheeder, anglers Gerry Coates and Chuck Laughridge
“Old Reliable," Captain Chip Shafer, anglers Nick Smith and Jim Gill
“Pelagian," Captain Chico Alvarenga, anglers Mark and David Schifrin
“Release," Captain Nico Melendrez, anglers Bill Anderson and Andy McKittrick
“Rum Line," Captain Chris Sheeder, anglers Don Butler and Danny Cline

Team Day One Points Day Two Points Total Points
Canaso 0 300 300
Captain Hook 100 250 350
Decisive 650 1900 2550
Intensity 250 750 1000
Old Reliable 500 700 1200
Pelagian 500 500 1000
Release 0 350 350
Rum Line 150 750 900

After two days of fly fishing for sailfish in very rough conditions the 16 anglers aboard 8 boats have caught and released a the great captains and total of 58 sailfish on fly. The fly with both hooks and the 20 pound class tippet intact were removed by the mates from 34 of those 58 sailfish for extra points.

AA Chuck Laughridge nice fish

Today January 14, 2010 is the final day of the tournament. The wind has dropped and the seas are calmer, and I am sitting here at the radio getting ready to begin the announcement of “Begin Fishing Now” Our sign up party at Casa Vieja Lodge was awesome, and each evening's “cocktail and fish tale” party went well. I would like to thank our sponsors for making this world class event possible: Casa Vieja Lodge, TFO Fly Rods, Mako Fly Reels, Cam Sigler Products, Sea Level Fly Fishing products, Rio Fly Lines, Haber Vision Sun Glasses, Pat Ford Photography, Gamakatsu hooks, Mason leader material, Coastal Carolina Fishing Reports, The Fly Fishing Show, and Jake Jordan’s Fishing Adventures.

A special thank you to Jim Turner, our host here at this wonderful Casa Vieja Lodge; Merijo Atong for her help with all of the details in the U.S.; Antonio Valdez, the general manager of Casa Vieja Lodge; all of the staff at the lodge (best service ever) and, last-but-not-least, all of the captains and mates who insure that the anglers catch lots of sailfish on fly. The fleet of vessels and crews here is the best that I have ever seen anywhere in the world. Also thank you to the anglers who are fishing in our event, this could not happen without the fly fishing passion and generosity of this group of awesome fly anglers.

I will try to get the final results out onto a fishing report tomorrow however I will send a complete report to all on January 16 when I am at home. I will have access to lots of pictures available for publications, feel free to copy this content to websites, and please include all of my contact information. I love this job, wish you were here.

Captain Jake Jordan
Tournament Director

January 12, 2010

Greetings from Tournament Headquarters:

Yesterday was the first day of the Tournament, where we have 16 anglers fly fishing for billfish on 8 boats for 3 days. The wind was howling all day and the seas were very rough for Guatemalan standards. It was also sunny and hot with 5- to 7-foot seas most of the day. A sailfish caught (leader inside of tip top) counts 100 points, if the mate controls the fish and removes the hooks and fly from the fish without breaking the tippet then that angler is awarded 50 bonus points. Any marlin caught and released counts 500 points!

Yesterday in those rough seas there was 17 sailfish caught and released and 9 of them got extra points. The first day results, by boat, team, follow below:

1. Anglers Joe O'brien and Scott Lund aboard "Decisive" 650 points, Captain Brad Philipps

2. Anglers Jim Gill and Nick Smith aboard "Old Reliable" 500 points (time) Captain Chip Shafer

3. Anglers Mark and David Schifrin aboard "Pelagian" 500 points (time) Captain Chico Alverenga

4. Anglers Chuck Laughridge and Gerry Coates aboard "Intensity" 250 points Captain Mike Sheeder

5. Anglers Danny Cline and Don Butler aboard "Rum Line" 150 points Captain Chris Sheeder

6. Anglers Rick Pope and Bobby Jones aboard "Captain Hook" 100 points Captain Ron Hamlin

7. Anglers Tony Weaver and Lenny Moffo aboard "Canasa" — Captain Jason Brice

8. Anglers Bill Anderson and Andy McKittrick aboard "Release" — Captain Nico Melendrez

Pat Ford is here taking pictures and we will have good ones later in future reports. I will try to keep up with tournament results daily.

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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