Archive for March, 2008

March 14, 2008

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Today was day two of the Billfish Tournament out of the Los Suenos Marina.  There have been over 400 sailfish and more than 20 Marlin caught.

The boats in the lead are the guys that have caught a few Marlin.  The big “Missbehavin” is in 1st place, “Primetime” is in 2nd place and “The Penguin” is in 3rd place.  “The guys on “The Penguin” caught 16 Sailfish today to move up in the pack.

March 13, 2008

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Today was the first day in the second leg of the Los Suenos Signature Billfish Tournament. Forty two boats will battle it out in the 3 day event for over $200,000 in cash and prizes.

As of 1:00 this afternoon there had been 120 Billfish caught. The majority were Sailfish with only a handful of Marlin.

Howie and his friends from Baltimore went out for a half day with one of the local guys on the “Barrilata” they trolled over to Tortuga Island and caught 5 nice Dorado. They swam and hung out on the beach at Tortuga and trolled home.

Final count for the first day of the tourney was 220 ish Sailfish and 14 ish Marlin.

March 11, 2008

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Groover Sail

A month ago a guy from Atlanta sent me a email about fishing…he ended his letter like this:
Greg Groover (a person who badly wants to catch a sailfish)

He wasn’t greedy, he didn’t ask for 10 Sailfish, a Marlin, some Tuna, a few Dorado, a Wahoo and a Roosterfish all on a half day trip like some people do. He was just a person that badly wants to catch a Sailfish…just one.

I’m happy to report Mr. Groover and his folks went 2 for 4 on Sailfish on a half day trip on the “Scorpion”. He called me after the trip and I could hear the excitement and happiness in his voice.

I almost forgot what it was like to catch the first Sailfish. I grew up in Nebraska where a big fish was a 10 pound Carp so when I caught my first Sailfish in Quepos in 1998 I was instantly hooked. I went home and within a year sold everything I had, left a good job and took a chance on Costa Rica.

Ten years later and there have been some good times and there have been some bad times but I’ve caught hundreds of Sailfish and I’ve help hundreds of friends and tourist catch Sailfish…I love this country and I love my job.

To say that one Sailfish in Quepos back in 1998 changed my life is a understatement. Will it have the same effect on Mr. Groover? Will he sell everything he has and move down here because Costa Rica has great fishing and beautiful women? Probably not, but I hope he at least reads this and send me some photos of his first Sailfish and I hope he visits Costa Rica again.

Congrats Greg…and thanks for the reminder.

March 10, 2008

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

The Sailfish bite is so good I think the captains and crew are starting to get bored with it. Usually if someone catches 10 sailfish I get a call and a fresh fish report…but when everyone is catching 10 fish it’s no big deal and nobody calls.

Everyone going out is catching fish…the number of fish caught ranges from 4 to 14 Sails and a Dorado or two. Not many Marlin or Tuna being caught.

Captain Dave and his group on the “Missbehavin” released 6 Sailfish and caught a nice Dorado for the grill. Dave also reported seeing one Marlin.

costa rica dorado

March 9, 2008

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Captain Brandon on the “Fish Whistle” called in a early fishing report. He had some customers that wanted to take advantage of our bottom fishing. They went to the “26 rock” and caught 6 Snapper, 3 Roosterfish and 2 Yellowfin Tuna and where home by 3 pm.

Offshore reports haven’t changed…lots of boats out there and everyone is catching Sailfish and a few Dorados.

March 8, 2008

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

The fishing report for offshore reads like a carbon copy of the past few days. The Sailfish bite is still booming 15-25 miles offshore. There’s 30-40 boats going out everyday and almost all of them are catching double digit Sailfish and a couple Dorado. The Tuna and Marlin bite seems to have slowed a little but that may because everyone is fishing on the inside. There seems to be more Marlin and Tuna caught the farther out you go.

With all the attention on the Sailfish bite in Los Suenos some folks forget that we have some incredible inshore fishing in the area. There are the well known inshore spots like the island, guapinol, conejo, punta mala and the 26 rock. We fish these spots for Roosterfish, Snapper, Grouper, Wahoo and more. Then there are the secret spots…for these you need to know the right guys with the right GPS numbers.

Captain Roberto recently went to secret spot and caught 2 huge Broom tail Groupers…using butterfly jigs.

I would have kissed her to.

pucker up

March 7, 2008

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Lots and lots and lots of Sailfish in the water today. Thanks to Rich the owner of the R&J for inviting me along for a great day on the water.  The weather was perfect the water was perfect.  We had really cold beers and some good grub.  We went 20 miles out saw 50 Sailfish, raised 20 and released 10 and caught a Dorado for dinner. I was amazed at how many fish I saw in the water. Small schools of 5 and 6 Sailfish were everywhere.  Thanks again Rich, Captain Jeremy and the crew of the R& J for a great day of catching.

The fleet was spread out from 15 to 25 miles and everyone seemed to be catching fish like we were.

Big Sailfish numbers are what we need…get em while they are hot.

March 6, 2008

Friday, March 7th, 2008

The bite is still steady and close in front of Los Suenos.  All the boats are catching fish and only going 15 miles to do it.  The average seems to be 6-8 Sailfish and a few Dorado.

I went fishing today with a television news crew from Channel 6 in San Jose.   They did a story on sportfishing in Costa Rica.  Unfortunatley we only got to fish a couple hours.  We raised a Sail and missed 2 Dorado…but we saw dozens of free jumpers.

March 4, 2008

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

The bite has slowed a little but the fishing is still good and moving closer in.   Lots of the bigger boats are still raising double digits Sailfish and the boats staying on the inside are  averaging 5 or 6 fish.

Captain Dave on the “Miss Behavin” fished 15 miles out and went 4 for 6 on Sailfish and picked up a nice Dorado.

If your vacation budget only allows for a half day fishing trip and you have always wanted to catch a Sailfish then go fishing now.  The bite has moved in so even the smaller less expensive boats can get out there and catch Sailfish.

March 3, 2008

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

The second leg of the Los Suenos Signature Billfish Tournament is March 12th – 15th. More than 50 boats are expected to compete for over $200,000 in prizes.

Captain Marvin and the crew of “The Bite” won the first event in January by releasing 6 Striped Marlin and 22 Sailfish. With the Maverick boats finishing 1st,2nd and 3rd in that tourney expect one of those boats to be the favorite for the second go round.

The bite has been good so I’ll guess the winning boat will release 50 plus Sailfish and a half dozen Marlin in the 3 day event. Sailfish are worth 100 points and any Marlin is worth 500 points. All fish are released.

Stop by bubba’s and have a fish taco and listen to the “live” fish reports on the VHF radio.