Washington fishermen win world title in Costa Rica

Washington fishermen win world title in Costa Rica
Courtesy: Michelle Gaylord, Out Your Front Door

Five fishermen from Washington state have earned a big title in the fishing industry.

Team Oregon Tuna Classic won the 2019 Costa Offshore World Championship over the weekend, a saltwater fishing tournament. They tallied 6,100 points over the four-day championship.

The team consisted of Dan Sullivan, firefighter from Pasco and Stan Brogdon from Richland. Matt Olson, Matt Rowland and Erik Jutila from Vancouver.

During the final day of fishing, they had a 1,400-point lead over the competition. Points were based off a release system. Marlins were worth 500 points and sailfish 200, once released. The highest points after four days won the tournament.

They entered to fish for marlin, sailfish and dorado.

The competition rallied some of the world’s best anglers. Most of the fish they go for is albacore tuna here in the northwest. But the team caught Pacific sailfish and one blue marlin, which is what put them ahead to win the world title.

The team won the Albacore Tuna Tournament series last summer. That win got the team an invitation to the World Championship.

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