Fish of the Month –– Snook (Robalo)
Snook are caught year round in all the river mouths that run into the Pacific Ocean in the Jaco area. An IGFA World Record Pacific Black Snook was caught just south of Quepos in the Naranja River and there was a 50 plus pound Snook caught last month by the “Terry Lee” that is rumored to be a new world record on 12 pound test.
There are lots of 20 to 40 pound Snook caught every year in the Jaco area. Snook are generally caught casting live bait, jigs and lures in and around the river mouths. Not many tourist or charter boats target Snook. Most Snook are caught by locals with hand lines and live bait. Live bait is best for the big Snook and small white jigs are best for the smaller Snook.
World Record: 53 lbs. 10 ounces (Common Snook) Parismina Ranch, Costa Rica
Fish image courtesy of www.saltwatersportsman.com
April Fish Forecast --The offshore bite will be above average in April. Boats will continue to catch good numbers of Sailfish and more Marlin and big Tuna than usual.
The Sailfish bite has continued to stay steady during the month of March. Boats are catching anywhere from 4 – 20 Sailfish a day, mixed in with the Sailfish there have been good numbers of big Tuna, Marlin and Dorado.
Congrats to the captain and crew of “The Bite” for winning the 2nd leg of the2007 Los Suenos Billfish Series. They released 4 Black Marlin and 20 Sailfish.
Congrats to Captain Dave and Sara from the “Predator” on the birth of their new baby boy Cameron.
Captain RJ on the “Predator” took a couple Police Officers from Miami out and they went 3 for 5 on Sailfish and released a 600 plus pound Blue Marlin. The big Marlin hit on a ballyhoo with circle hook. The fish fought for more than 2 hours before being released.
Our prayers go out to the family and friends of Joe from Costa Rica Dreams. I‘ll miss seeing him on the charter dock…rest in peace.
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