THE 2015 PRESIDENTIAL PAPAGAYO CUP




 
May 28-31, 2015

NEW FOR 2015

PAPAGAYO FUN FISH CHALLENGE
May 28-30, 2015

PRESIDENTIAL PAPAGAYO CUP FUN FISH CALCUTTAS

RAFFLE & AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE BILLFISH FOUNDATION
WORK IN COSTA RICA

In addition to the three day Presidential Papagayo Cup, we will have a two day Papagayo Fun Fish Tournament on May 29-30th.  Species will be dorado, tuna and wahoo!  The awards for this event will be Sunday, May 31st.  The teams in the Papagayo Cup will also have the opportunity to win prizes for fun fish catches during the three day event.   

The Presidential Papagayo Cup has become the hottest new tournament in Costa Rica, combining the finest in luxury at Marina Papagayo with a competitive, high-energy format and the opportunity for the top teams to fish for tens of thousands of dollars.

Marina Papagayo, in the northern Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a master-planned, full-service state-of-the-art marina with 180 slips accommodating every size of sportfisherman with the finest in amenities. The marina itself is sheltered within the towering cliffs of Culebra Bay yet itís a reasonably short run to some of the most productive fishing grounds in the country. Just a short distance away, located on the exclusive Papagayo Peninsula, is the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica.Marina Papagayo is also easily accessible, just 30 minutes by car from the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica.

The Presidential Papagayo Cup is scheduled for May 29-30-31, 2015, in order to take advantage of both the calm summer season weather as well as the outstanding billfishing for which northern Costa Rica is famous during these months. Itís not uncommon to encounter blue, black and striped marlin as well as sailfish in June, so the opportunity for a Grand Slam also exists. The entry fee will be $5,300 per team, and will include angler bags for each participant as well as an opening night kickoff cocktail party and awards ceremony and dinner at the close of the tournament. Additional optional jackpot levels will also be available for those who wish to participate, with 100 percent of the proceeds from the jackpot levels benefitting The Billfish Foundationís vital conservation work in the country.

As with all Presidential tournaments, the competition will be intense but fair, with multiple layers of security including onboard observers to ensure a level playing field for all participants. There will also be a Perpetual Trophy awarded to the team with the highest point total from the Presidential Challenge of Costa Rica and the Presidential Papagayo Cup, which will be presented at the conclusion of this yearís tournament. For 2014, the Perpetual Trophy was presented to Team Tranquilo.




 

To review the rules for this exciting event, please Click Here. Please remember that the area surrounding the Bat Islands is a National Park and is off-limits to sportfishing of any kind.

PRESIDENTIAL PAPAGAYO FUN FISH CHALLENGE
MAY 28-30, 2015

Open to all boats that want to fish inshore. Also open to boats fishing the Presidential Papagayo Cup for an additional fee.  See below for details:

DATES: Registration May 28. Fishing May 29-30, 2015.
ENTRY FEE:  $600.00 per team of 4. Additional anglers up to 6 may be added for $50.00 per angler.
            Teams fishing the Papagayo Cup can enter for an additional $300.00
SPECIES:  Dorado, Tuna, Wahoo-Minimum weight 25 pounds.  
LINE: 30 pound test
PRIZES:
Heaviest Fish of Each Species: Trophy & $1000.00 (based on 5 boats entered)
2nd & 3rd Heaviest Fish: Merchandise
ENTRY DEADLINE:  AFTER MAY 20, 2015, THE ENTRY FEE GOES UP TO $700.00.

RAFFLES & AUCTION TO BENEFIT COSTA RICA CONSERVATION
Artwork, jewelry, Costas, Household fun stuff, Clothing
All proceeds go to The Billfish Foundation to fund their conservation work in Costa Rica



 



SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

May 28:
Registration, 3PM-4PM in Tournament Office (look for signs or ask marina staff for directions)
Observer Meeting, Crew Lounge, 4:30PM
Rules Meeting, Crew Lounge, 5:30PM (one member from each team MUST attend)
Welcome Party Sponsored by Marina Papagayo, 6:30PM-9PM. Live music, appetizers and a complimentary Flor de Cana bar!

May 29:
Free night. Flor de Cana Rum Bar open at the end of the dock. The Andaz Hotel restaurants are open and there is live music in their bar.

May 30:
Costa Awards Party & Auction at the Marina Pool for the Papagayo Fun Fish Tournament: Snacks, complimentary Flor de Cana Rum Bar and live music at the head of the main dock starting right after the boats return from fishing. Proudly sponsored by Costa Sunglasses and Flor de Cana Rum! Cash bar for other cocktails will be available.


May 31:
Awards Cocktail Party and Presentation around the pool at Marina Papagayo. Complimentary Flor de Cana Rum Bar, cash bar for all other cocktails.
7PM-9PM:  

LODGING OPTIONS:
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In order to avoid confusion and streamline the reservation process, and in order to receive the discounted tournament rates, all participants must reserve their rooms at either the Andaz Hotel, Four Seasons or the Casa Conde in Playa Panama through the tournament staff. The tournament staff can be reached at joan@preschallenge.com.
 
For teams wishing to stay in a condominium, we also have options to rent private condos and homes on the Peninsula so contact the tournament staff today for that information.


PAYOUT STRUCTURE
One stated goal of the Presidential Papagayo Cup is to become one of the top tournaments in the region by putting as much money as possible back into the prize structure. Additionally, there will be optional jackpots available: $1,000 Daily for each of the three days of fishing and $2,000 for the overall winner, for a total "across the board" amount of $5,000 for the jackpots. . These jackpots would be cash only, winner take all, and would substantially add to the potential winnings available in the tournament.

In addition to cash prizes, there will also be trophies and artwork presented to the top three teams and the top angler of the event.


TOURNAMENT ENTRY FEE-PAPAGAYO CUP ONLY
The Entry Fee is $5,000 per team (from two to four anglers). There will be an additional $300 billed per team entry to cover the cost of the tournament observers. These funds are used to directly offset the cost of observer lodging during the tournament. The TOTAL AMOUNT to enter the tournament is $5,300.
To also enter the PAPAGAYO FUN FISH CHALLENGE there will be an additional $300.00 entry fee.

MARINA INFORMATION
The Marina Papagayo will offer special discounts and free dockage for tournament days. Contact the marina staff for more information.


FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information on rules, lodging or to request an entry form for the tournament, please email tournament coordinator Joan Vernon joan@preschallenge.com.


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