4th Annual Marina Casa de Campo Open Set for March

January 30th, 2020

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The 4th Annual Marina Casa de Campo Open kicks off March 12-14, 2020, at the Marina Casa de Campo in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Tournament Director Robert “Fly” Navarro says the contest will feature two days of fishing for blue and white marlin, plus sailfish, using a release format. There will also be weight divisions for tuna, wahoo and dolphin. The tournament is presented by the Marina Casa de Campo and Fly Zone Fishing.

“This tournament will highlight all that Marina Casa de Campo has to offer,” says Navarro, president of Fly Zone Fishing. “There are plenty of slips available for visiting boats and lots of offshore action. Boats are already catching blue marlin off the FADs (fish-attracting devices).”

The entry fee will be $3,000 per team with no limit on anglers. Contestants will fish by International Game Fish Association rules with a maximum of six rods. Blue marlin releases will score 400 points, white marlin count 100 points and sailfish earn 50 points, along with unidentified billfish. The heaviest game fish (10-pound minimum) in each division are judged by weight. Prizes include trophies and bragging rights.

“The Marina Casa de Campo Open is intended to be a fun event. We’ll have plenty of social activities and the fishing is laid-back. We just want the boats to go out and have a good time,“ Navarro says. Cobalt-blue water and the depths necessary for billfish are only a short run from the Marina Casa de Campo.

Located on the southeastern corner of the Dominican Republic, Marina Casa de Campo is a favorite destination for boats visiting from the United States and other areas of the Caribbean. The facility is a state-of-the-art operation with all the amenities and services necessary to fully support visiting yachts, including a laundry, ship’s chandler and 300-ton travel lift.

The Casa de Campo Resort & Villas is equally accommodating. Offering golf, tennis, a world-class shooting facility, fine dining and spa, other options include sugar-sand beaches, horseback riding, snorkeling and excursions.

For more information on the tournament, contact Fly Navarro at 561-310-9214 or email: fly@flyzonefishing.com.


Builder’s Choice Repeats as Winner in 3rd Annual Marina Casa de Campo Open

March 2nd, 2019

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The warm tropical hospitality of the Dominican Republic really seems to suit one North Carolina sportfisher. Builder’s Choice, a 64 Jarrett Bay based in New Bern, took top honors at the third annual Marina Casa de Campo Open last week at the luxurious resort in La Romana, DR. This marks the second year in a row that the boat has finished atop the Open leaderboard, which is co-sponsored by the marina and Fly Zone Fishing.

Led by Capt. Brent Gaskill, Builder’s Choice released five blue marlin the first day of fishing and added two more the next. Cabana, a 64 Spencer run by Capt. Eddie Wheeler, claimed second place with a two/one split of blues. Auspicious, an 80 Viking with Capt. Cookie Murray at the helm, made a last-day charge by releasing three blue marlin within a 45-minute span. Ties are broken by the time of release.

Blue marlin count for 400 points in the Open’s all-release format. White and hatchet marlin, plus spearfish, score 100 points while sailfish are worth 50. There are no line class rules in this event, but boats are limited to six rods. Lures and baits are both allowed, with ballyhoo the most common offering in the spreads.

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“This is a full-fledged boat tourney,” explains Tournament Director Robert “Fly” Navarro. “The teams just go out, have fun and catch fish. We’ve gotten positive feedback on the simplicity of our rules.

“We co-host with Marina Casa de Campo to showcase the facility and celebrate these visiting boats spending time in the region,” he adds. “It’s a world-class resort and the fishing isn’t too bad, either. The marina and Casa de Campo take care of the hospitality aspects and event details while we run the tournament. We had live updates on social media throughout the tournament.”

Lainey Jones, competing aboard Mama Who, a 77 Jarrett Bay, was named the top lady angler for 2019. Jones tallied 800 points for two blue marlin released.

The dates for next year’s Marina Casa de Campo Open are set for March 14-16, 2020. For more information on registration and dockage, please visit flyzonefishing.com

Contact: Robert “Fly” Navarro, 561-310-9214; fly@flyzonefishing.com