The Masters Tournament was envisioned by John Rybovich and his dock partners in the early sixties. The first event was held out of Palm Beach in 1963 and over the years moved from there to Isla Mujeras, Mexico and again to Los Suenos, Costa Rica. The rules, however, have remained the same over the decades. Dead boat, stop watch, man vs. fish.
Release scores are based upon fight time. Overtime fish (10 plus minutes) earn a flat score and broken line or strike receive hefty penalties. Trophies for fastest fight time and most sailfish released are presented as well as the top three boats and crews. The format includes two anglers per boat with two lines each, anglers switch sides of the cockpit on the hour and the Masters boasts a 2 to 1 ratio of private local boats vs. the local charter fleet.
2021 Winners Follow:
Fastest Fish – Lach Cheatham 29 seconds aboard Ragin Cajun on Day Two
High Freshman Angler – Brian Kirkpatrick with 11 fish and 700 points
Top Boat Overall – Mjolmer Capt Dave Harris 27 fish on time
Second High Boat – Vaquero Capt Lance Hightower 27 fish
Third High Boat – Goose Capt Bob Watson 25 fish on time
Master Angler 2021 – Chase Offield with 1175 points
Second High Angler – Frank Bongiorno 910 Points
Third High Angler – Chris Lazzara 835 points