Archive for January, 2009

January 31, 2009

Saturday, January 31st, 2009


Marlin, marlin, marlin seems to be the name of the game the past few days out of the Los Suenos Marina.  We had the one or two good days with sailfish and mahi around but those numbers have dropped some.  At the same time everyone is raising marlin…so nobody is complaining.

Captain Dave has  raised 4 marlin in the past few days…unfortunatley a couple didn’t take the bait and a couple broke off…Dave did manage a few sailfish and a few mahi mah.  The photo above is the black marlin Dave caught a couple days ago.

Captain RJ raised 2 blue marlin yesterday and released one, he also had 3 sailfish releases.

Captain Jorge took someguaro drinkers out for a half day…they fished 10-15 miles ou and caught a couple big mahi mahi.  They wanted to catch some fish for a fish fry…they go their wish.

Captain Marino did a half day with a group of non serious fisherman…they ended the day with 3 sailfish.  none of them had every caught a fish more than 5 pounds so they were excited.

Captain Dana caught a few sailfish, a mahi mahi and a marlin.

Captain Brandon  has been fishing with the boss and mixing up the inshore and offshore…they have caught some sails, roosters, mahi and marlin.

January 27, 2009

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009


The lazy fish out of the Los Suenos marina started to turn on the past couple days.  There are more sailfish being caught and a good number of blue and black marlin being raised and some caught.  Most of the boats are fishing in and around the corner area…about 25-30 miles offshore.

Captain Bill caught 6 sailfish and a marlin yesterday and 9 sailfish and a marlin today.

Captain Dave caught 6 sails and a 50 pound mahi mahi today…they raised 2 marlin but did not get a hook up.  Dave said one of the marlin was in the 600 pound range and it was lit up like a Christmas tree.

Captain Simon caught a grand slam today with a blue marlin, black marlin, a couple sailfish and a few mahi mahi.

Captain RJ caught 3 sailfish and a big mahi mahi today…he also raised a marlin.

Captain Jeremy caught a few sailfish, a few mahi mahi and a black marlin.

The fishing was good all around today…the fish have been in the area they just haven’t been aggressive feeders…hopefully that has changed.

Tourney final results

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

The fishing slowed down on the final day in the Los Suneos Billfish tourney.  There was only181 fish caught compared to 279 yesterday and 229 on Thursday.

As expected no one was able to catch the Clean Sweep on the final day of the Los Suenos Billfish tourney.  The Clean Sweep had a solid day with 9 sailfish…their 3 day total was 31 sailfish and 4 marlin.  The 2nd place boat was the Super Fly…they had a big final day with 10 sails and 1 marlin.  Their 3 days total was 24 sailfish and 3 marlin.  3rd place went to the Dealers Choice they caught 7 sailfish and one marlin to move up and place in the money.

Elliot on Da Bait, Joe on the Rum Runner and James on the Dragin Fly all finished in the top 10…congrats guys.  4 of the top 10 boats were 42 Maverick yachts…now I really want one.

Tourney update day 2

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

There was a total of 279 sailfish and marlin caught on day 2 of the Los Suenos Billfish tourney.   The guys on the Clean Sweep are still in 1st place…they caught 10 sails and 2 marlin on day two.  The Spanish Fly moved up into 2nd place with 12 sailfish and 2 marlin.  Da Bait dropped to 3rd place with 8 sailfish on day two.

Clean sweep has a total of 4200 points…the next closest boat is the Spanish Fly at 2800 points so the Clean Sweep has a nice cushion going into the final day.  Someone in the top 10 is going to have to have 2 or 3 marlins and some good sailfish numbers to catch the Clean Sweep.

Tourney update

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

The first day of the Los Suenos fishing tourney went well with 40 ish boats catching 217 sailfish and 14 marlin.  The top boat today was the Clean Sweep…a 36 ft cape…they caught 12 sailfish and 2 marlin.  De Bait is in 2nd place with 7 sailfish and 2 marlin and in 3rd place is the Super Fly with 1 marlin and 9 sailfish.  Marlin are 500 points and sailfish are 100 points.  All of my friends say there are some really big marlin around.  Dana on the Hoo’s your Daddy said he raised one in the 700-800 pound range, Dave on the Missbehavin raised a big marlin yesterday, RJ on the Predator raised a nice marlin yesterday, the Super Fly released a big marlin and several other guys in the tournament reported the same but are being hush hush about the location.

January 22, 2009

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009


The first leg of the Los Suenos Billfish tourney starts today…There are 40-50 boats participating in the 4 day event.

It seems like the sailfish and marlin bites are heating up just in time.  The boats that went out yesterday caught more sailfish than they have the past week and there were many boats that raised and released marlin.

Captain Bill on the Sailfish went 6 for 9 on sailfish and raised a marlin.

Captain Dave on the Missbehavin released 3 sailfish and raised a marlin.

There were lots of guys prefishing the tournament and they keep pretty tight lipped about what they caught and where but the word I get is boats were averaging 5-8 sailfish and a shot at a marlin or two.

The fishing also seems to be picking up in other parts of Costa Rica.

The Blue Pearl in Quepos released 6 sailfish, 1 blue marlin and they kept a mahi mahi for the grill.

Captain Lee on the Kingpin in Tamarindo raised 7 striped marlin yesterday and released 2.  It seems like the striped marlin that were here last month have started to make their way up north.

Above is a photo sent to me by Todd Staley at Crocodile Bay.  This is called a “release photo” and we are encouraging everyone to take this type of photo instead of pulling the sailfish and marlin out of the water and overstressing or possibly killing them just for a photo.

January 20, 2009

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

The fishing out of the Los Suenos Marina the past few days hasn’t changed much.  There are still lots of sailfish out there…boats are seeing dozens and dozens of fish but they are still being picky eaters.  Most boats seem to be catching 2 or 3 sailfish and a couple of mahi mahi.  A couple boats found tuna in the 30-40 pound range the other day and several boats have raised blue and black marlin in the past couple days.

The fish are out there we just need them to turn on…the big Los Suenos fishing tournament starts on Thursday and everyone wants good sailfish and marlin numbers for that.

Captain Dave on the Missbehavin took a couple out for a couple days offshore..the first day they released 4 sails and kept a couple big mahi mahi.  The second day they released 2 sailfish and caught a couple mahi mahi…they also raised a big blue marlin.

Captain Brandon on the Fish Whistle was at the “26” rock and they saw a school of skipjack…they trolled through the school with spoons and picked up a couple live baits to use near the rock.  Brandons mate told Brandon he thought he saw a big shadow under the water…a couple minutes later a black marlin in the 400 pound range was crashing through the school of skipjacks.  Brandon said they fish washalf way out of the water several times feeding on the skippys less than 50 yards away.  They put out their live baits and trolled toward the bait ball and the big marlin came up on the shotgun… boiled the water and left a big hole behind the boat.  The marlin didn’t take the bait.  A few minutes later he was shadowing the live bait on the outrigger. the marlin followed the bait for 4 or 5 minutes and then disappeared.



January 18, 2009

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

There have been some recent changes in the laws governing the fishing industry in Costa Rica.  This is good news for the future of Costa Rica sport fishing.

The commercial fishing industry can longer export sailfish meat, boats are allowed only a 15% sailfish by catch, boats cannot sell anything over 15%… it must be donated to local hospitals and schools and boats can no longer use live bait on long lines.

The sportfishing industry  has also been ask to make a change.  Please copy and paste the link below to read my fishing column at the Tico Times Newspaper website.  We appreciate your help in preserving the future of sport fishing.

January 17, 2009

Sunday, January 18th, 2009


The fishing out of the Los Suenos Marina was more of the same today.  It seemed like the boats were averaging 2 or 3 sailfish and maybe a mahi mahi or two.  There were a couple boats that had really slow days and saw 1 or 2 fish.

Captain Dave on the Missbehavin released 3 sailfish and kept a mahi mahi.

Captain RJ on the Predator released 4 sailfish.

These guys seemed to have better days than most.

January 15, 2009

Friday, January 16th, 2009

The fishing out of Los Suenos Marina today seemed like a repeat of yesterday.  Everyone I talked to said there are lots of sailfish out there in big pods but there are still being lazy full moon feeders.  The average boat seemed to be raising 10-12 sailfish and releasing 2 or 3…not a very good percentage.  Most boats are picking up a mahi mahi or two and a couple guys released blue marlin.

Those big numbers of sailfish offshore is always a good sign…once we get away from the full moon they will have to start feeding in the daytime again.