I picked up some sort of flu virus Saturday night and have been down for the past 2 days. I thought it was Dengue fever until I felt a little better this morning. I am still about 25% but at least was able to get out of bed today. I am hoping to get caught up and emails and fishing report and I apologize for the delay.
Archive for June, 2010
I talked to a couple guys today at the Los Suenos marina and they did pretty good yesterday offshore. They were about 30 miles out and they got into some good numbers of yellowfin tuna in the 30 to 40 pound range.
If the weather would cooperate we were going to go offshore and try our luck this weekend.
Tropical storm Alex near Belize seems to be changing our weather down here a little. When we get these storms in the Caribbean they tend to pull moisture from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. This usually results in grey skies and light showers for us sometimes all day long.
Still pretty quiet around the charter dock in Los Suenos with only a couple boats going out here and there…mostly private boats. I’ll be at the charter dock today working on our boat so hopefully I’ll hear some good fishing reports.
One of my buddies that runs a private boat went offshore a couple days ago and went 5 for 8 on sailfish…he was less than 30 miles out.
The 28′ center console has done a few half day trips this week down at the 26 rock. They averaged 4 or 5 wahoo and a couple small yellowfin tuna.
The 42′ custom in Los Suenos marina went out today and caught 3 wahoo, a sailfish, a blue marlin, 2 cubera snappers and a blue jack. That’s a good mix.
Not many boats going out offshore the past few days. The 42′ Custom took the same group for 3 days last week they did ok with a few sailfish and some mahi mahi every day. They were out today and things were better… they caught 3 sailfish and a blue marlin and they jumped off a stripe marlin. They also caught 6 wahoo and a mahi mahi for some good eating.
I just returned from a few days tarpon and snook fishing on the San Juan river in Nicaragua. It was all fishing and almost no catching. We did manage one 15 pound snook but the tarpon would not cooperate. We saw dozens of big tarpon every day but they just wouldn’t bite.
This lodge is not a place you go expecting to catch 10 fish a day. If you get 2 or 3 bites and get one or two to the boat you have had a good day. You may catch fewer fish here but they are big, powerful fish that will test your angling skills and equipment. My goal is a 200 pounder and this area is my closest and best spot to get a fish that big.
99% of the tarpon caught up here are caught on Rapala type lures. These lures with duel treble hooks are the only thing that the tarpon will bite on but trying to safely release a upset 150 pound tarpon is not so easy with all those treble hooks. The tarpon needs to be really worn out before you can get the lure out and all those treble hooks are very dangerous for the person releasing the fish.
I decided after my first trip up here that it would best to catch tarpon on a circle hook. If you could catch tarpon on the circle hook you would never have to handle the fish. You could fight the fish to the leader and then just cut the line as close to the hook as possible with a release stick. The fish would not be worn out and it would be much safer for the person releasing the fish.
The problem is getting the tarpon to bite. They seem to be tuned into the Rapala type bait and motion. What would they bite on that I could rig with circle hook?
I tried small bally hoo the last time and that didn’t work. This time I experimented with a soft bodies shad bait with J hook and head weight molded inside the soft plastic. These soft body shad when trolled have action similar to that of the Rapala.
I modified the shad body by cutting off the exposed part of the J hook and I used floss to tie a circle hook to the eyelet of the bait. It looked great and when I tested it on the beach in front of my house it swam great and had a good wobble…a wobble similar to a Rapala. Would it work on the river for big tarpon?
I got my answer the first day when an 80 pound tarpon smashed my bait, flew 5 feet out of the water but did not come tight. Even though I did not hook the fish it was a victory for my circle hook rig…it proved that something other than a Rapala will work. It proved that it is possible to catch tarpon up there on the circle hook.
The numbers were in my favor this trip. We trolled 2 Rapalas and 1 of my soft body shad with circle hooks at all times. The 2 Rapalas ended the trip with 2 good bites but 0 hook ups. My 1 soft body bait ended the trip with 2 good bites but 0 hook ups.
My goal is to change the way they sport fish for tarpon up there. Treble hooks and fighting a fish to near death before releasing are not good for tarpon. This is a beautiful area with big powerful fish and it needs to be preserved.
I am doing laundry, watching golf and getting caught up on emails today. I should have a local fishing report by the end of the day.
I am out of here at the crack of dawn and driving up to Nicaragua to do some tarpon and snook fishing.
I will have internet…it’s very slow but better than nothing considering I will be in the middle of a jungle river. Martha my assistant will also be here everyday checking emails.
The above photos are from our last trip up there.
I have been doing some research for my fishing vacation and now I see why people tell me they are confused after being on the internet. There is almost too much info out there. You can waste hours on the internet and really not get any info you trust.
I checked some websites were travelers post reviews but they didn’t help…one guy says a hotel is great and another guy says it’s terrible. It also seems like there are a lot of fake reviews on those sites because only about 50% of the info was correct about the town I live in.
There is an all inclusive resort not far from where I live and it is an old resort on a crappy beach with below average food, rooms and service but it has a hundred good reviews and is ranked #1 in that town.
There has not been much fishing out of the Los Suenos marina the past couple days. I did talk to a couple guys that went offshore and they report some green water and a slow bite. One of the 42’s went out and released 1 marlin and 1 sailfish and the other 42′ went out and raised 3 sailfish with 1 release. We have some clients going on the 42′ for 3 days this week so hopefully the offshore bite turns on.
The inshore roosterfish bite has been average with guys getting 2 or 3 fish on a half day trip. The near shore bite down at the 26 rock remains unchanged with boats catching wahoo, tuna mackerel, small yellowfin and more.
I am going on a fishing trip this week but not sure where yet. I will more than likely go up to the San Juan river in Nicaragua and go for big tarpon and snook.
There is a small fishing lodge up there and you don’t catch many fish but you do catch big fish. All of my tarpon have been 100 to 180 pounds and the snook have been 5 to 20 pounds. My goal this trip will be to catch a tarpon on circle hook instead of lure with treble hooks and my goal as always is a 200 pounder.
The lodge is nice with river view, comfortable lodging, great food, cold beers and friendly people. It’s a 5 hour drive to the border and then 2 hours in water taxi but it’s well worth it.
My other option was to go south down to the Golfito/Zancudo/Puerto Jiminez area of Costa Rica and bounce around down there and do some inshore fishing and surf fishing for wahoo, roosterfish and cubera snapper.
I will probably go for tarpon since I can fish for wahoo, rooster and snapper anytime in my own backyard.
The above marlin photo was sent in by the guys on the 30′ Express in Tamarindo. The fishing up there has been pretty good since the storms last week.
It’s a sad day for soccer fans in Costa Rica because the World Cup soccer tournament starts today without the Costa Rican team.
I never watched soccer until I moved down here and I still don’t understand it, but the Costa Ricans love it and it would have been great to see their team qualify.
I am from Nebraska and for sports we have one thing…Corn Husker football. Costa Rica is very similar…soccer is all they have down here and they are more hardcore than any Nebraska fan.
The bars will still be packed and people will still be partying but it won’t be the same without CR playing.