The International Masters Angling Tournament will again be held in beautiful Costa Rica for the 2019 tournament, its 56th year.

On April 2, 2019, the anglers of the Masters will leave the dock at Los Suenos Resort in search of Pacific Sails and Striped Marlin.

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2019 will be the third Masters Tournament held in the Pacific.

The beautiful Los Suenos Resort and Marina will be the site for the 2019 Masters, the third ever held in the Pacific where anglers will be seeking, not Atlantic Sailfish, but Pacific Sailfish and Striped Marlin.

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Welcome To The Masters

The International Masters Angling Tournament, or The Masters as it is called,  is truly a unique sailfishing tournament founded in 1963 by John Rybovich and a group of friends. It is often described as the ultimate test of an individuals angling skills.

Anglers compete individually

in a sailfishing tournament with unique rules designed to test the skills of each angler against fellow competitors.

Perhaps Steven Sloan said it best in the book celebrating the 25th anniversary of the tournament, The Mastery 1986, 25th Anniversary where he wrote the following.

The Masters Angling Tournament is one of America’s top amateur sporting events.  . . . It is physically tiring, it is mentally exhausting, and  it is socially demanding.  The foundations laid by John Rybovich, Charlie Johnson, and Pete Benoit in the 1960’s are still standing today.  The challenge has been put to us.  Do it without the help of the boat, without help of a barb, with the lightest of lines and with severe penalty for miscues.  Then do it all with a stop watch, and then do it all within 10 minutes or get nothing for your efforts.  Do this all day for 4 days, sometimes in huge seas, and if you do it better than anyone else, step up for your winning jacket.