Archive for February, 2010

February 11, 2010 – Costa Rica Sailfish

Friday, February 12th, 2010

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The rumors a few days ago of a big bite 45 miles out were true and the bite has been steady out there for the past couple days.  The bigger charter boats and many of the private boats were out there and everyone was raising 10 to 20 sailfish along with a couple mahi mahi per boat.  A couple boats saw marlin and I heard about one boat catching a 500 pound blue.

The boats that can’t get 45 miles out and the boats that did half day trips were fishing the corners and pocket and the full day trips averaged 4 to 8  sailfish bites per day as well as a mahi or two.  The half day trips were doing good if they caught 1 to 3 fish.

The bite moved into 30-35 miles yesterday so hopefully that is a pattern that will continue.

I am working on getting caught up with emails…it’s been a crazy week and today I wasted all day in the local electric company office because my neighbor didn’t pay his electric bill and they accidentally turned off my power instead of his.  It took me 6 hours to get that fixed…oh the joys of Costa Rica.

The above photo is a really fat mahi mahi caught by Dan on the 35′ Bertram recently.

February 10, 2010 – Costa Rica fishing

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

The bite overall  seemed a little average for most boats yesterday…everyone I talked to caught 2 to 6 sailfish and a mahi mahi or two.

I went out with some friends from Texas on one of the 42′ Mavericks and we had a good day.  We went 7 for 9 on sailfish and 1 for 2 on mahi mahi.  The highlight of the day was the triple header we got on sails…3 sailfish at the same time.

A private 35′ Carolina Custom went way out and ended the day with 11 sails and a couple mahi mahi.

There were a couple private boats yesterday that were 45 miles out and they got into the sailfish with 20 to 25 bites each.

February 8, 2010 – sailfish bite slows a bit

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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We had our first rain in 2 months last night and I wonder if the oncoming weather front had anything to do with a little dip in the fishing yesterday.

Everyone I talked to caught fish…a couple guys caught 1 or 2 sailfish and a couple guys caught 3 or 4 sailfish.  Some of the private boats that were out 50 plus miles caught 5 or 6 sails.  Most of the boats caught a mahi mahi or two for the dinner table but even the mahi mahi bite seemed to slow the last 2 days.

The fish are still out there…lots of boats had 10 plus sailfish releases just last week so the sails couldn’t have gone too far.  Fishing is fishing and even in high season we are going to have peaks and valleys with the bite.

We usually don’t encourage pulling too many sailfish out of the water for photos…but when a 13 year old catches his first sailfish we make an exception.   95 pound Nathan Mesher AKA “the soccer professor” caught a monster sailfish last week on the 60′ Bertram…congrats Nathan.

discount boat offer

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

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One of the best charter boats in the marina had a few last minute cancellations and is offering the boat at $1500..instead of $1750…for any of these days February 10, 11, 12 and 13.  if you are interested let me know they will not last long.

February 7, 2010 – sailfish bite continues

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

The sailfish bite continues to be steady offshore with everyone catching 4 to 8 sailfish and a mahi mahi or two on full day trips.

The 36′ Topaz had some guys go offshore and they released 5 or 6 sailfish but one idiot decided to jump off the boat when the Captain was running in from the fishing grounds at 25 plus miles an hour.  Having some beers on the boat and even catching a buzz is ok but acting like a drunk idiot is not.

A private guy with a 35′ went 5 for 7 on sailfish with two mahi mahi.

Half day trips have not done so well with 1 or 2 sailfish being a really good day.   Sometimes it takes us 4 or 5 hours to find the fish and then you catch 4 or 5 fish in a couple hours.

February 5, 2010 – sailfish bite steady

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

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The weather near Los Suenos has been 90 degrees and sunny everyday and the sailfish bite continues to be steady…it hasn’t blown up like yet like we are expecting but everyone I talked to caught 5 to 10 sailfish today.

The guys on the 32′ Irwin Forbes released 7 sailfish.

The guys on the 28′ Carolina Classic released 8 sails today.

My buddy on a 53′ private boat had 5 sails before noon…not sure where they ended up at the end of the day.  Those boys were eating steak and shrimp grilled right on the back of the boat and catching fish…oh the good life.

February 3, 2010 – charter boats

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

We have had a lot of calls about fishing this month and I wanted to share a story of what not to do when you charter.

I had a guy send me emails for a month…first he wanted charter info, then info on shared charters and then info on inland fishing.  I gladly responded to all of his emails and gave him the best options for his budget.

A couple days ago he sends me a email saying that he went fishing, got skunked and that Costa Rica fishing is all hype and the fishing in Costa Rica sucks and he is going to tell all his friends.  I ask him some questions like who did you fish with, how far out, full or half day.  It turned out he booked his trip through his hotel, he booked a half day on a crappy boat and they fished 15 miles out even though the bite is 25 miles out. The hotel he stayed at is very nice but they are not fishermen…they have 2 small paragraphs on their website dedicated to fishing.

I am still trying to figure out why he complained to me when I had absolutley nothing to do with his fishing trip.

Everyone and their brother tries to book charter boats in Costa Rica.  I am always amazed when people book a trip with someone who knows nothing about fishing and sometimes nothing about Costa Rica.

Here are some of the people you will find trying to sell fishing trips in Costa Rica..travel agents in the USA that have never been fishing, guys that don’t even live in Costa Rica, guys that don’t live at the beach, guys that don’t have a boat but still call themselves captain, guys that hang out in bars looking to find charter clients, real estate agents, hotel clerks, golf caddies, taxi drivers, condo owners, street vendors, waiters, bartenders, ATV tour operators and the list goes on.

February 2, 2010 – sailfish bite Los Suenos

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

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The sailfish bite has been heating up the past few days and everyone I talk to expects it to get even better as we get further away from the full moon. The bite seemed to be all over with guys catching fish to the west and to the south.

A 43′ Custom has been the hot boat the past couple days…they released 15 sailfish today and 14 yesterday.  They were fishing less than 30 miles out.

I talked to a couple of the 42′ Mavericks captains and they have been averaging double digit sailfish releases everyday…35 miles plus offshore.

One of my buddies on a 53′ custom released 9 sailfish today…they were 35 miles out by the craters.

The guys on the 36′ Topaz had a slow day inshore today but had been catching 5 or 6 sailfish, some mahi and some nice yellowfina tuna the days prior.

I hope this bite holds up…I have friends coming in town and I’m going to be fishing for the next few weeks and a hot bite would be great.

January 31, 2010 – good sailfish and mahi mahi bite

Monday, February 1st, 2010

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The fishing was good today considering it was a full moon.  There were lots of sailfish and mahi mahi around and everyone was averaging a half dozen sailfish releases and 2 to 5 mahi mahi.  I heard a rumor of a good marlin bite from some private boats but too far out for the charter guys.

The 32′ Irwin Forbes took two guys offshore and released  6 sailfish and kept 2 nice mahi mahi for the griddle.

The 28′ Carolina Classic took a couple guys out and released 7 sailfish and a few mahi mahi.

The 26′ Regulator took a couple out yesterday and they released 10 sailfish and caught a few mahi.

The 60′ Bertram took 5 lucky guys out yesterday and raised a dozen sailfish and caught 3 nice mahi mahi for their dinner. I’ve been 30 miles out on this boat catching yellowfin and sailfish while watching Texas play Oklahoma in college football…it’s like heaven.

My buddies took our boat out and caught 4 nice mahi mahi and a couple sailfish…they were 18 to 24 miles out.