Fish of the Month – Marlin (Marlin) Above average Marlin bite expected in January.
September, October and November are normally the best months for Marlin. But, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin and Striped Marlin are always around and the boats that target them usually have some success. You may need to go a little farther and fish a little harder, but Marlin fishermen are familiar with that.
Generally caught 20-50 miles out while trolling lures and/or ballyhoo with circle hooks. The “bait and switch” with teasers and pitch baits is the most popular method on the big boats. Live bait is best if you are lucky enough to have your live bait and hungry Marlin in the same area.
World Record: 1402 lbs. 2 ounces Vitoria, Brazil (Atlantic blue) and 1376 lbs. Kona, Hawaii (Pacific blue)
Fish image courtesy of www.saltwatersportsman.com
Captain Dave and RJ on the “Predator” caught six 30 plus pound Dorado and an 80 pound Roosterfish on a recent half day trip with one lucky Texas angler.
The “Red Baron” had a big group from Vancouver; they caught 4 sailfish and two big Dorado. The Canadians were so happy they almost drank the boat dry.
Johnny the Italian caught a 10-pound Snook in front of the Lowtide Lounge in Esterillos Oeste. He said it was “delicioso”.
Give me a call or send an email with your fish story for the next “Costa Rica Fishing Report”.
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