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Tournament News


Tournament fishing is like a Porsche and...there is no substitute. If you're looking for one of the best and most exciting challenges the ocean has to offer, try fishing an offshore sportfishing event. If you win, you'll enjoy a memory that will last a lifetime...if you lose, you'll enjoy a memory that will last a lifetime! Tournament fishing is an absolute blast. Team Castafari has been fishing tournaments in the northeast since the company started. If there's an event up here worth fishing, we try to fish it. We've endured thrilling 1st place wins...and heartbreaking losses. We missed a weigh-in with a winning fish by 6 minutes. We were knocked out of 1st place by a pound. We were knocked out of 2nd place by an ounce! Yes...that's ounce...on a tuna fish! But there's one thing we never miss out on...the fun that's involved. My crew and I always take tournament fishing very seriously. We fish like we're competing for the gold! When the start whistle blows, the sport of big-game fishing becomes a relentless obsession, a pursuit of glory that pushes some captains and crews to do things far and beyond the norm. Team Castafari falls into this category. I've run the Castafari back to the weigh station on fumes more times than I care to remember. When it comes to tournament fishing, we go whenever and wherever we need to go to find the fish, and more importantly, we always have a blast doing it. I enjoy the comradery that takes place when you get a group of determined souls together all in search of the same thing, and all willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Some of my best memories on the water are from tournament fishing adventures.

On the Castafari the standard set-up is a crew of 4 guests, 2 mates, and one captain. If we're not fishing overnight we can go with more crew members, but I strongly recommend not exceeding 5 as crowding in the cockpit is the enemy! The Castafari is a very stable platform, and a great tournament fishing vessel. She is outfitted with all the bells and whistles needed to get the job done correctly. Not to mention she is a fish raising machine! My crew and I always make the effort to prepare ahead of time for each event. We continually have an excess amount of bait on hand, and our tackle inventory is always far more than necessary. We are very confident in our approach, so much so that the boat always contributes into the calcutta. Betting on yourself is the best bet as far as I'm concerned. I always fish with my top mates, and they are more than accommodating when it comes to helping anglers conquer winning fish.

For those of you who are unaware, a calcutta is simply an optional cash side bet (tax deductible) that every boat has the opportunity to participate in. The Castafari always enters into the calcutta. In some events, the calcutta winnings can be in the hundreds of thousands! The last thing you want to do is participate in a fishing tournament and not enter the calcutta...especially if you win! If that happens you're shmuck number one. The Castafari has a more than generous set up when it comes to calcuttas. The way it works is you get back what you put in. The boat doesn't claim any percentage of the calcutta like some other charter boats do. If you contribute 10 percent of the calcutta bet, you get 10 percent of the winnings if the boat places...very simple. As far as regular prizes go, the boat splits the prizes 50/50 with the charter.

The Castafari has placed 14 times in the top three positions including almost all of the major sportfishing events up here in the Northeast. In 2007 the boat placed in the top 3 in every event it fished. In 2009, 2012, and 2015 we secured first place finishes, including a 140,000 pay day at the Block Island Tri-state. Our most recent tournament achievement was placing 2nd place overall in the 2016 Northeast Offshore Cup. The Castafari was featured on national television 4 years in a row in the Oak Bluffs Monster Shark Tournament, and we caught the biggest shark of the event 2 out of the 4 years the show was filming. Our goal is to continue working hard at maintaining our success rate and to keep up the momentum team Castafari has created over the passed several years. We've enjoyed some very fortunate runs...and some unfortunate slumps as well. But all in all, Castafari tournament fishing is always a positive experience.

If you're interested in possibly fishing a tournament with us, please check the Tournament Schedule link on the Castafari Trips And Prices Page for more information on upcoming events. Maybe we'll see you in 2017!

Tight lines!

Capt. Damon Sacco

Team Castafari

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