Archive for April, 2008

April 30, 2008

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008


It’s been a tough couple days fishing out of the Los Suenos Marina. There has been some green water move in and it seems to have scattered the bite. The fish are obviously still out there if boats were raising 40 Sailfish 3 days ago. But the past few days the guys have been lucky to raise 5 or 6 Sailfish offshore.

Part of the problem is not many boats have gone out this week. The guys in the marina do a good job of communicating with each other where the fish are. But if only 5 boats go out that day they are not going to cover much ground and there is not going to be any reliable info on the bite and it’s going to take longer to find the fish.

Captain Kevin on the “Hoo’s Up” tells me he has a new idol and his name is Larry. Larry is 81 years old and fished with Kevin for 3 days. Kevin was amazed at how he moved around the boat for 3 full days…especially since it’s been choppy and a little rough out there. Larry’s 3 day total included 13 Sailfish, 2 lost Marlin, a 60 pound Mahi Mahi and some Snapper, Roosterfish, Amber Jack, Jack Crevalle, Moray Eal and a few other I don’t remember…I think we all hope to be like Larry when we are that age.

The big Marlin in the photo above was caught on the “Agwe” with Captain Tom during the first week of April.  The fish was caught on 20 pound test by Andy from England was the angler…cheers mate.

April 28, 2008

Monday, April 28th, 2008

The bite yesterday was slow for almost everyone.  I heard rumors of a couple boats doing well 45 plus miles out but the majority of the fleet struggled to find the fish.

On Saturday there were couple boats that raised over 40 Sailfish…and then yesterday those same boats raised only 10 Sailfish.

The Sailfish are out there…it may take a day or two for the fleet to get back on the bite.

Captain Kevin on the “Hoo’s Up” went 3 for 5 on Sailfish and added a big Dorado for the grill.

April 27, 2008

Sunday, April 27th, 2008



The fishing the past few days out of the Los Suenos Marina continues to be good.  The bite has moved in to between 25 and 30 miles and everyone is catching fish.

The James B. party bottom fished with Captain Bill  in the morning but the bite was slow so they went offshore and released a half a dozen Sails.  They were Sailfish virgins when they came to Costa Rica…not anymore after 2 great days with Bill.

The Hix Party had a strange day on the “Sailfish”, they raised 20 Sailfish before noon but could not get a fish to the boat.  The had several multiple hook ups but couldn’t get a hook to stay.  The finished the day with 3 Sailfish releases and a big Dorado for the dinner table.

The Buckners went out with Captain Bill yesterday and went 8 for 12 on Sailfish.  I don’t think they had ever caught a Sailfish before…the captain said they were pleased.

Captain Kevin on the “Hoo’s Up” went 3 for 5 on Sailfish, they also caught a nice Dorado and a nice Striped Marlin…they fished 25 miles out.

Captain Dave on the “Missbehavin” averaged 6 Sailfish and one Dorado per day last week.

Captain Tim on the “Tres Amigos” may have the catch of the week…maybe even month with a 750 plus pound Black Marlin.  Tim and the buys were fishing the “26” when the hawg came tight.  They estimated the fish at 17 plus feet.   The “26” area has a history of big Blacks…this is one more for the list.

Captain George on the “Barrilata” went 3 for 7 on Sailfish with a nice Dorado.

Captain RJ on the “Predator” is back in the water with a new engine.


April 22, 2008

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008


A couple days after the full moon and the bite is still good out of the Los Suenos Marina. The bite moved out some so the guys are having to run a little farther…about 40 miles yesterday. Everyone is catching fish and it’s been a mixed bag of mainly Sailfish with a few Marlin and Mahi Mahi.

Captain Bill on the “Sailfish” went 8 for 12 with the James B. party fishing 40 miles out. I think they were all Sailfish Virgins…not any more. They are fishing with Bill again on the 24th…go get em boys.

Captain Jeremy took Willis and some friends out offshore…they had a OK day. They released 2 Sailfish but lost 3 more Sails, a big Mahi Mahi and a Marlin. Ifs and buts were candy and nuts.

Captain George on the “Barrilata” went out about 30 miles with Mike and his wife from North Carolina. They caught 2 Sailfish, a “3 foot long” Mahi Mahi and a 300 pound Black Marlin…not bad for some panga guys.  Mike said a 20 inch Grouper was the largest fish he has ever caught.  Mike was very very happy, showing everyone in the hotel lobby his photos…he admitted that Marlin whooped his ass.

Captain Kevin on the “Hoo’s Up” released 7 Sailfish lost a nice Mahi Mahi and raised a little Blue or Striped Marlin.


April 20, 2008

Monday, April 21st, 2008


There has been some rain showers in the area and it’s full moon time but it hasn’t seemed to slowed the bite out of the Los Suenos Marina. It’s Sunday night so the reports are slow to come in but early news is good news. Most of the boats are fishing 30-35 miles out, still mainly to the South. Almost everyone is raising double digit Sailfish numbers, there were also a few Tuna reported, some Dorado and some Marlin sightings.

Captain Daniel and the guys on the “Spanish Fly” took some buddies from Jaco out and went 8 for 13 on Sailfish and caught a 40 pound Yellowfin Tuna. They cooked up fresh grilled Tuna with a garlic sauce right on the boat…mmm. This was the trip I was going to go one but Karma bit me in the ass and one of my employees didn’t show up for work so I couldn’t go fishing…that’s for all the times I pulled that crap when I was 18 years old.

Captain Jeremy and the guys on the “R&J” fished about 30 miles out and released 7 Sailfish and raised 2 Marlin.

Captain Dave on the “Missbehavin” went 7 for 10 on Sailfish and bagged a nice Dorado for dinner.

Captain Bill on the “Sailfish” went 9 for 21 with the same family he took out on Friday. Bill said they were a family of good fisherman. The father said that in his 50 years of fishing all over the world he just had his 2nd and 3rd best fishing days ever. The daughter said she wanted to take Bill and his crew back to Florida with them they were so good.

Captain Kevin was on the “Hoo’s your Daddy” today fishing with his family. They started doing some live bait fishing about 15 miles out…they raised a big Black Marlin but couldn’t get a hook up, they did release 4 Sailfish using “live bait”…after that they ran offshore a bit and caught 4 more Sailfish trolling.

If you have never used “live bait” for Sailfish before try it sometime. The boat is in slow slow troll and your bait is like a top water bait…you have to be really patient setting the circle hook. The bite is usually close to the boat so you get hard runs and a great air show. It’s like bobber fishing for 100 pound crappie that jump all over.


April 18, 2008

Saturday, April 19th, 2008


1.2 million pounds of Sailfish and Marlin was processed though Costa Rica fish wholesalers in 2006.

Now there is a group in Costa Rica that wants to allow commercial fishing boats to kill more Sailfish and Marlin.

We need people to speak out and send a fax to the President of Costa Rica.

We helped save the Dolphins, we helped save the Turtles and we need to help save the Billfish.

Please take 5 minutes and send a fax encouraging the Costa Rican President to prohibit the commercial fishing of Sailfish and Marlin.

Oscar Arias – President of Costa Rica – personal fax

Fax in Costa Rica # 2253-9078

From the USA  #011-506-2253-9078 

Thanks for your time,


April 18, 2008

Friday, April 18th, 2008

The bite out of Los Suenos has moved back in around 30 miles and is still solid. Most of the boats were raising double digit Sailfish and picking up a Dorado or two. Some of the lucky ones got a shot at a Striped Marlin or two. I heard of one or two boats that were in reverse all day long backing up on fish…so that means big Sailfish numbers…25 plus releases.

Captain Kevin on the “Hoo’s your Daddy” went 8 for 14 on Sailfish about 30 some miles South.

Captain Bill on the “Sailfish” went 9 for 18 on Sailfish with Kelly, her husband and her folks. Pops said he went fishing for 2 days in Florida and didn’t get a Sailfish….so going 9 for 18 was a special day and all were pleased.

I am lucky enough to be going out fishing with Captain Daniel and the guys on the Spanish Fly tomorrow.  The Spanish Fly is one of the most famous boats in Central America.  They consistently place in the money in more fishing tournaments than any boat I know.  I can’t wait to watch them work and I’m sure I’ll piss them off when I ask to hook my own fish with my 20 pound spinning rod.

There was originally going to be 6 on the Spanish Fly but a couple people are thinking of canceling..It may be bad Karma but I hope they don’t show up…mo fish for me. 🙂

April 16, 2008

Thursday, April 17th, 2008



The incredible bite that was rumored down Quepos way was verified. The boats that were running the 40-45 miles were releasing double digit Sailfish numbers. Guys like the Dragon Fly and Stephanie Lee were really stroking it…Seeing 40 and 60 Sail per day.

Captain Dave on the “Mimi” was 32 miles out when they caught a huge Yellowfin Tuna…220 pounds…it’s been awhile since anyone I know has caught a pig like that…photos to come.

Then yesterday the bite just stopped. The boats that had been pulling good numbers for days struggled to catch a few fish.

Captain Bill on the “Sailfish” started out good with a Striped Marlin, Sailfish and big Mahi Mahi in the first hour and then nothing…they raised a half dozen more fish but no hook ups…the bite turned soft.

Today was a different story. The bite moved back in to 30 miles and everyone was raising double digit Sailfish.

Captain Bill on the “Sailfish” went 8 for 16 on Sailfish…pretty good for a half day trip.

Captain Tim on the “Tres Amigos” went 12 for 20 on Sailfish…plus a nice Striped Marlin.

The guys on the Iron Trader were rumored to release more than 25 Sailfish today…30 ish miles out.

Captain Dave on the “Missbehavin” went 5 for 10 on Sailfish.

Captain Tom on the “Sweet Dream” was rumored to have a 20 Sailfish day.

April 15, 2008

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

The US dollar ain’t what it used to be. CNN did a recent article on getting the most for your vacation dollar by vacationing where the dollar is strong. They had Costa Rica listed as #3…this is what they said:

Incredibly, Americans now have about a third more buying power in this natural wonderland than they did five years ago — a dollar equals around 500 Costa Rican colones today vs. 360 then.

You can explore beaches good for surfing, then go snorkeling in coral reef-filled bays.Don’t miss the rainforests, which teem with wildlife — including rare quetzals with spectacular plumage.

They forgot to mention that we have world class fishing in Costa Rica.

Here is an example of some airfare values to Costa Rica.

Atlanta atl   $365  spirit

Atlantic City acy  $333  spirit

Boston bos  $412  spirit

Detroit dtw     $333 spirit

Ft Laud Miami fll    $299  spirit

Vegas las    $404  spirit

Los angeles lax   $404  spirit

Myrtle beach myr   $336 spirit

New york lga   $326  spirit

Orlando mco   $313  spirit

Tampa tpa   $313  spirit

DC dca     $329  CONT

Chicago orp  $349  CONT

NY jfk             $319 DELT  

Washington iad      $333 DELT  

Miami mia               $333 LACS  

April 14, 2008

Monday, April 14th, 2008

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On my first trip I arranged a fishing trip through my hotel. The boat was a 14 foot homemade commercial fishing boat that trolled daisy chains of 400 pound test mono with about a dozen hooks with feathers. We fished over the reef in huge swells, I was wet all day, the motor kept shutting off, there were no life jackets, no radio, no water…the only thing on that boat that would have floated was the gas tank.

It would have been a horrible experience but we caught a bunch of fish. The 12 pound spinning rod I brought may have been the only rod and reel on the island. I caught 40 to 50 Yellowfin Tuna in the 10-15 pound range in 4 hours. We did the same thing the next day and it was incredible fishing but I honestly felt like I cheated death twice so I looked for bigger boat. I found a bigger boat and I snorkeled, fished and explored inshore the next 3 days…catching good numbers of Snapper and more.

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You and up to 7 other guest will depart from the Los Suenos Marina aboard a 100 ft Yacht with captain, crew and gourmet chef.

You will live aboard this luxury yacht as you and your friends chase Sailfish, Marlin, Tuna and Mahi Mahi up and down the Pacific Coast. We follow the bite anywhere from 10-50 miles offshore. You can also use the tender or 26 footer to go inshore and catch Roosterfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Grouper and more.

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