Archive for December, 2009

December 31, 2009 – Sailfish bite continues

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

The sailfish are slowly but surely getting in closer.  Most boats are still averaging 4 or 5 sailfish and 3 or 4 mahi mahi per day but a couple guys had really good days.

The guys on the 36′ Topaz found a hot spot a couple days ago and caught 10 sailfish in a couple hours.

The guys on the 28′ center console went out today and caught 6 sailfish and a couple 30 pound yellowfin tuna.  They were 25 miles out.

December 29, 2009 – Sailfish bite picking up.

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

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I went out with some friends on the 42′ Maverick yesterday and we had a pretty good day going 8 for 8 on sailfish with 3 mahi mahi for the fish box.  We fished 35 to 40 miles out with a handful of other boats and everyone seemed to be catching fish.

The guys that did not run so far also had luck the past few days.  The guys on the 32′ Maverick caught 6 sailfish and a striped marlin less than 30 miles out and the guys on the 38′ custom caught 8 sailfish and a couple mahi mahi…also less than 30 miles out.

The weather was nice, the seas were flat and It does seem like the sailfish bite is starting to come around.

December 28, 2009 – Costa Rica fishing sailfish bite

Monday, December 28th, 2009

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I went fishing out by the craters yesterday with some of my buddies.  The craters are about 25 miles to the west, they are 6000 ft deep and usually have some good action…but not yesterday. 

Actually we had our chances but the fish seemed to be biting short and we had guys working on hooking their own fish.  We raised a few sailfish and about a half dozen mahi mahi and ended the day with a couple mahi.  It was still a great day with good tunes, calm seas, lots of sun, cold beers and hanging out with the boys.

The bite has been out past the craters and that’s were we were headed except I had to borrow a prop from someone last week and it was not the right pitch for our boat.  Normally we can cruise at 30 mph but yesterday with the borrowed prop it was more like 20 mph so we didn’t push out as far as we would have normally.

We went west and we should have gone south.  My buddy in the 32′ Irwin Forbes was down south and he went 7 for 8 on sailfish plus a handful of mahi mahi.  Several other boats were down there catching fish but they got their late and didn’t do as well as the 32′ Irwin Forbes.

Everyone is going south today for sure.

December 25, 2009 – Costa Rica marlin fishing

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

The guys on the 28′ center console went out 25 miles yesterday and caught 6 mahi mahi and 2 blue marlin.  The marlin were in the 200 to 250 pound range.  Two marlin is pretty good for a smaller boat and a 25 mile run.  My friends and I are going offshore several times in the next few days so hopefully the fishing is just about to get hot.

December 25, 2009 – Merry Christmas from Costa Rica

Friday, December 25th, 2009

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And So This Is Christmas;
And What Have We Done?
Another Year Over; A New One Just Begun;
And So Happy Christmas;
I Hope You Have Fun;
The Near And The Dear Ones;
The Old And The Young.

John Lennon

 

December 22, 2009 – offshore fishing Costa Rica

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

All the guys I talked to yesterday had the same report…lots and lots of mahi mahi from 30 to 45 pounds, a couple sailfish a day and a couple guys saw marlin.

My friends wanted to take their Mom out for some fishing yesterday so I set them up with the guys on the 42′ Maverick.  The weather was a little rainy and the ocean a little choppy at the start of the day but the rains stopped and the oceans flattened out by midday.

The ended the day with a few sailfish and more than a dozen mahi mahi…they fished 30 to 35 miles out.

December 21, 2009 – costa rica deep sea fishing

Monday, December 21st, 2009

The fishing the past week out of the Los Suenos marina continues to improve.  The boats going offshore are still catching all the mahi mahi they want.  Every captain I have talked to says they have never seen them so thick.

My buddy that runs a private boat said they found a old milk crate out there and there were 500 to 1000 mahi mahi under it.  He said the ocean around the crate was green because there were so many mahi.   They caught a bunch and moved on.

There have also been more sailfish and marlin caught in the past week.  Boats seemed to be averaging anywhere from 3 to 8 sailfish per day and a handful of boats caught some marlin.   The bite also seemed to move in a bit and boats are fishing 30 to 40 miles out.

We have had some unusual weather for late December with a few evening and early morning showers…it should not hurt the fishing and actually is a nice break from the usually hot and sunny weather this time of year.

December 18, 2009 – Tarpon fishing Nicaragua

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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My friends and I just returned from a couple days tarpon fishing on the San Juan River in Nicaragua.  The weather was nice, the food was great and the beers were cold.  All the tarpon virgins caught a fish over 100 pounds and all of the tarpon we hooked were released unharmed to fight another day.

The fishing was a little slower than the last time I was up there but the reality is big tarpon up there are similar to marlin almost anywhere in the world.  If you really want to catch one you may have to have patience and troll all day, you are lucky if you get a couple chances and you are even luckier if you can get a hook set and get the fish to the boat.

Just like my trip last month those big tarpon straightened out hooks, broke big lures in half and really tested the limits of our rods and reels.

I am getting caught up on emails today and will have a local fishing report after I get back from the marina later on this afternoon.

Both fish in the photos above were over 100 pounds.  One had several jumps that were 8 feet out of the water…some powerful fish.

December 13, 2009 – gone tarpon fishing

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Some friends and I are getting out of town for a quick tarpon and snook trip the next 3 days.  We are heading up to the same area I fished a month ago and have described in the fishing reports at the bottom of the page.   My goal this trip is to get a tarpon on a circle hook with dead ballyhoo.  Everyone uses Rapalas up there but I hate all the hooks and attached to a 150 pound tarpon it can be dangerous. Circle hooks work better and are much better for the health of the fish…I just hope they work.

The offshore fishing here has been amazing for mahi mahi.  Several old timers told me they have never seen the mahi mahi so thick.  Boats going 30 plus miles out are catching all the mahi mahi they can handle as well as a few sailfish each day and there have also been some marlin caught.

I will have net access from Nicaragua and will try and update the fishing reports.

December 10, 2009 – Costa Rica fishing

Friday, December 11th, 2009

The fishing the past few days out of the Los Suenos marina has improved for sailfish.  The boats going offshore are still catching lots of mahi mahi and the past few days they have been catching more sailfish.  The hot bite today was 35 to 40 miles out and there were lots of mahi mahi and everyone caught a handful of sailfish.  Most of the boats out there were private boats but a couple charter boats made it out there.

The guys on the 28′ Carolina Classic took 1 angler out for a full day offshore and they caught a dozen mahi mahi all in the 30 pound range and 4 sailfish over 100 pounds.   The mahi mahi were so thick they had 6 on at the same time.  The angler flubbed a cast and it landed 5 feet behind the boat and he still caught a mahi mahi.

Another captain told me they mahi were so thick they had to drive away from them because they were running out of ballyhoo and still wanted to catch sailfish.  They ended the day with 20 mahi mahi and 3 sailfish.

It’s full summertime down here with 90 degree weather and flat seas.  I’m from Omaha and it was minus 11 degrees there this morning so I count my blessings everyday that I am in Costa Rica and not shoveling and scraping my way through a Nebraska winter.   If you are somewhere cold come visit Costa Rica for some hot weather and great fishing.