Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico



June 6, 2004, Gary Graham, Baja On The Fly, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico Fly Fishing Tournament Information.:

Abel Products will be a Lead Sponsor for Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico Roosterfish and Sailfish Fly Fishing Tournaments.

Abel Quality Products has been named a lead sponsor of both the “Jacks or Better” catch-and-release roosterfish tournament, Oct. 6-11, and the “Sails and Tails” sailfish tournament in Dec. at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.

Abel joins the Oficina de Convenciones Y Vistantes de Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, A.C. (Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Convention & Visitors Bureau) and Hotel Association of Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo as major players in the events.

Abel will donate two Super 10 reels and 10-weight rods as 2nd and 3rd prizes in “Jacks or Better” and two Super 12 reels and 12-weight rods for “Sails and Tails.” Each Super 10 Abel reel and matching 3-piece rod is valued at $1,135; the Super 12 reels and 12-weight rods are $1,200.

First prize in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo “Jacks or Better” tournament is an all-expense paid trip including airfare to “Sails and Tails” plus a qualifying spot the IGFA Rolex Tournament, being made available by the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Other prizes include polarized designer sunglasses, Spectra backing and assorted fly-fishing tackle.

Both events will offer one pre-competition and two tournament days at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo plus assorted receptions, Margarita parties and an awards dinner.

A portion of the proceeds will be designated for Ixtapa Zihuatanejo’s orphanage Casa Para Ninos del Pacifico (I.A.P.)

Concurrently with the fly fishing tournament, there will be an opportunity for selected guides to compete among themselves. The Guide Challenge will consist of competitions to demonstrate each participant’s skill as a saltwater fly fishing guide.

Zihuatanejo was used as a beach retreat by Aztec kings before being discovered by the Spanish in 1522. Today, it is a picturesque pueblo nestled on the northern corner of Bahia de Zihuatanejo. This once sleepy Mexican village is now a master-planned tourist center of approximately 50,000.

For Ixtapa Zihuatanejo tournament information, contact Baja on the Fly at zihuatanejo@bajafly.com or www.zihuatanejoflyfishing. For information and a registration application for the Guide’s Challenge, contact bajafly.com/guidechallenge.htm.

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