2022 Masters Angling Tournament: January 19 – 22

The 59th International Masters Angling Tournament will be held January 19 – 22 of 2022 in beautiful Costa Rica!

2022 Schedule of Events, Rules, and Entry Form now available.

Make your plans to fish today! Entry forms, Schedules, and the Concierge service information are located right here on the website and electronic forms can be sent by contacting Heather at [email protected]

Masters 2022 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, January 19 – Angler Meetings, Boat Draw and Kick-Off Dinner
Thursday, January 20 – Saturday, January 22 – Fishing Days
Saturday, January 22 – Awards Presentation and Dinner

Calling all Freshmen – if you have an eligible Freshman in mind please contact us for a 2022 Freshman Application. We would love to host an exceptional Freshman Class this year!
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2021 Masters Angling Tournament Recap & Results

58th International Masters Angling Tournament Scores Again in Costa Rica

Playa Herradura, Costa Rica – The International Masters Angling Tournament wrapped up on March 5, 2021, and made history once again. Top Angler, Chase Offield of Laguna Beach, California, accepted the Old Man and The Sea trophy for the fourth time since 2013 making him the most proficient angler and establishing a record that will be tough to beat.

“This tournament was the most special for me,” says Offield. “My family has been here with me this week and we have proven that my wife Jena is good luck”. The Offield Family was not the only one in tow at the event; the tournament caters to all of the spouses with organized excursions and plenty of time to get to know one another. “Los Suenos is the perfect location for family to join in,” says Tournament Director Heather Maxwell. “The Masters is a put on a lovely dress (men in jackets of course!) and enjoy kind of event. We also invite the families for breakfast with the anglers and dockside fun after fishing. The tournament speaks to the traditions of the past and I love that.”

A covid cancellation in 2020 and travel restrictions in 2021 created an atmosphere of gratitude for the field of 17 anglers fishing three days from Los Suenos Marina. The Tournament Committee also chalked up the event, although smaller than normal, as a true success. “Our anglers released 197 sailfish,” states Masters Chairman Carmine Galati. “We had a wonderful group of anglers and their fishing skill was impressive.”

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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.