August 4, 2010 – weather normal…fishing the same

The weather is back to sunny days and some evening showers along the central Pacific coast.  The boats that have gone out the past couple days report the fishing unchanged.  There are some sails, mahi, tuna offshore and some roosters, jack and wahoo inshore and near shore.  Everyone was catching 3 or 4 fish of some type.  I did not hear about any marlin bites and I didn’t talk to anyone that was skunked.

I want to remind people that it’s ok to wait until you get down here to book a trip in “green season” but be careful who you charter through. 

I had a guy send me emails for several weeks and he decided to wait until he saw how the weather was and how the fishing was.  Once he got to the area he was hit up by all of the people that sell fishing trips. 

He booked his trip through his hotel, he thought he was getting a good deal and he paid for a 36′ sportfisher for 6 people…the day of his charter a 26′ center console showed up so their trip was ruined… two guys had to stay home, the others didn’t catch any fish and the guy had to fight with the hotel to get some of his money back. 

 So instead of a relaxing fishing trip it ended up being a hassel and instead of saving $200 he basically wasted $600.

I posted this last high season after several similar incidents. 

“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.

 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.”

Last week I found real estate website that had copy and pasted all of my charter boat info and photos directly to their website.  I sent them an email and they denied it until I pointed out that 8 of the photos they had on their website were photos I took with my camera.  I also found a ATV tour website that was copying and pasting all of my fishing reports as if they were their own. 

Don’t trust a non fisherman with your fishing trip.

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