Archive for February, 2009

Costa Rica Fishing Tournament final day

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Unfortunately I was in San Jose all day so I just got back and turned the radio on.

At the end of yesterday there was 6 or 7 boats within striking distance of the Let it Ride that opened up the tourney with 18 marlin on day 1 but then just had 1 marlin and 1 sailfish on day 2 allowing the pack to catch up.

At 3:15 pm the overall fish count was 553.  I will update the leader board asap.

The last I heard Let it Ride caught 2 marlin today and that looks like it may have been enough to get the win.  D Flawless is still in 2nd place, Game On is in 3rd place and Clean Sweep is in 4th.

Unofficial results Let it Ride is the winner, D Flawless in 2nd and Game on took 3rd….congratulations.

I will update the final fish count when available.

There were 44 boats and in 3 days they caught 563 fish.

The big story is there was 391 marlin caught and 172 sailfish.

Day 2 Costa Rica Fishing Tournament

Friday, February 27th, 2009

The big talk last night was the amazing marlin bite on the first day of the Los Suenos Signature Billfish series.  The leader released 18 marlin…there were 166 marlin and 97 sailfish released by the 45 boats.  Those are some amazing marlin numbers for anywhere in the world.  When the marlin numbers are like that you expect them to all be striped marlin since they run in packs…but I heard there were a lot of blue marlin caught yesterday.

Will day 2 be a repeat of day 1?…we all hope.

It’s 8:45 am on day 2 and they are at #289 on the total fish count.  The Clean Sweep has a triple header on and the Lady Columbo has a double marlin bite on.

It’s almost 10 am and the radio is little quite compared to yesterday but yesterday was an unbelievable day.  Currently the Dragin Fly has a triple marlin bite on and the Spanish Fly has a double marlin bite on.  My buddy Brandon just released fish #311 at 9:57 am.

The 10 am  overall standings are in and Let it Ride is in the lead with 9000 points…there are 6 or 7 boats in the 4500 to 6500 point range…so a big day of marlin by one of those boats could get them caught up with the leaders.

The Clean Sweep is leading with fish today…they have 4 marlin.  the Clean Sweep won the 1st leg of this fishing tourney in January and they sound like they are in the marlin early and often.

By the 2 pm report it is anyone’s tournament.   D Flawless has 2500 points today to pull up almost even with the leading boat Let it Ride.  Let it Ride is still in the lead with 9500 but are struggling today with only 500 points.   D Flawless is in 2nd place with 9000 points and the Spanish Fly is in 3rd with 6300 points and a triple header marlin bite on right now.

The fish totals right now at 2:15 pm is 383 fish total.  Today they have caught 91 marlin and 24 sailfish.

It’s 4:00 pm just about lines out of the water time for day 2 of the billfish tourney in Costa Rica.   Although there were less fish caught than yesterday it was still a very good day offshore.

The Let it Ride is still in the lead with 9600 points.  9000 points on day 1 and 600 points on day 2…that proves that everyone has good days and bad days out there.  The D Flawless is in 2nd place with 9000 points, the Clean Sweep has moved up to 3rd with 6700 points and the Spanish Fly is in 4th with 6300 points.

There has been 421 fish released so far in 2 days of fishing.

Tomorrow is the final day and the big money day and it’s still anyone’s contest to win.

Day 2 saw 120 marlin released and 36 sailfish released.

Billfish tournament starts with hot marlin bite

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Todays unofficial final count was 166 marlin and 97 sailfish.  The leading boat is Let it Ride and they have 18 MARLIN on day 1!

The fishing stopped at 4:00 pm and the fish count was over 250.  I think everyone is surprised by the large number of marlin caught today.  I am waiting to hear some final numbers for day one but I’ll bet 75% of the fish caught were marlin.  It was an amazing day 1 at the Los Suenos Signature Billfish series.  It almost made me sick sitting at home listening on the radio.  It was like February in Nebraska and watching fishing shows on television…just jealous.

This is the 2:00 pm update…the marlin bite continues…they are 210 fish total with about 70% being marlin.  There have been lots of double, triple and quadruple hook ups.

Noon update for the tournament…Let it Ride is in the lead with 11 marlin…11 marlin before noon!  the fish count is at 145 fish with more marlin than sailfish.  The striped marlin and blue marlin bite is off the hook.

Today is day one of the Los Suenos Signature Billfish series and the marlin fishing has been red hot.  It’s now 10;34 am and there have been 85 fish caught with almost half of them marlin.  One boat has already caught 8 marlin…at 500 points each, thats a money day.

Los Suenos Signature Billfish Series

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

February 26th is the first day of the 2nd leg of the Los Suenos Signature Billfish Series out of the Los Suenos Marina.  There are about 45 boats competing in the 3 day event.  Sailfish are worth 100 points and marlin are worth 500 points.

Good luck to all the captains, crews and anglers…go get em boys.

Although the bite has been mainly south for the past few weeks the sailfish seem to be moving back north because the fishing out of the Los Suenos marina has been better and closer the last few days.

Just like the last tournament in January…he who catches the marlin win the big bucks.  Look for boats to average 8-12 sailfish a day but the guys that win, place and show will be the guys that can average a marlin or two per day.

The Clean Sweep lead start to finish in the January tournament but today is another day and anything can happen offshore.

Captain Dave has had a good week…yesterday he released 11 sailfish and kept a couple mahi mahi.  Dave has averaged 8 sailfish and mahimahi each day this week.

Captain RJ released 7 sailfish and kept a couple mahi mahi yesterday.

Captain Bill on raised 15  sailfish yesterday and released 10-12.

Captain Jerry released 4 sailfish and a black marlin a couple days ago.

February 22, 2009

Monday, February 23rd, 2009


The fishing out of the Los Suenos marina seems to have improved the last couple days.  The boats are not running as far and they are catching more sailfish.

Captain Dave  had back to back days with 7 sailfish and 2 mahi mahi.

Captain Dana caught a couple sailfish, a mahi mahi and a 500 plus pound marlin.

Captain RJ caught 2 sails and a mahi mahi and 2 sails and a marlin on recent half day trips.

Captain Brandon took the boss for some bottom fishing and caught a 70 plus pound broomtail grouper,3 nice cubera snapper, a amberjack, a mahi mahi and about 9 small grouper.

The above photo is of the Mazek family in Quepos last week with an interesting catch and release method.

February 18, 2009

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

The fishing out of the Los Suenos marina the past few days has been hit and miss.  The boats having the most success are still running south 40 plus miles to fish.  The boats that are fishing within 30 miles of Los Suenos are grinding it out and averaging 2 to 4 sailfish a day, a couple nice mahi mahi and maybe a marlin if they are lucky.  The boats fishing 40-50 miles south of Los Suenos are making the long run and averaging 6-10 sailfish a day, a couple mahi mahi and maybe a marlin if they are lucky.  The big news the past few days has been the bite about 80 ish miles south of Los Suenos.  Lots of the big private boats packed their bags this week and made the run down south in the Drake Bay area.  There are rumors of boats getting 30 plus sailfish bites per day as well as some big marlin numbers.   I heard one boat went 7 for 14 on marlin…with a fly rod!

February 15, 2009

Monday, February 16th, 2009


The hot bite the last few weeks has been south of the Los Suenos Marina but it seems to be moving back in our direction.  The fishing yesterday out of Los Suenos was better than the day before and the boats were only running 30-35 miles instead of 40-45 miles…we hope that trend continues.

The biggest surprise is the steady marlin bite…there are still good numbers of blue marlin, black marlin and striped marlin in the area and many boats are getting a chance or two at marlin everyday.  I heard yesterday that there were lots of boats with marlin releases and several with grand slams.

The marlin photo above was sent to me by Mark Janzen on the Mar 1 in Quepos…nice marlin pic.

February 14, 2009

Saturday, February 14th, 2009


Happy Valentines Day…don’t forget.

The fishing the past few days out of the Los Suenos marina seems to be on an upswing.  For the past couple weeks the best fishing has been about 40-50 miles south of Jaco in the Quepos area.  Only the boats that can and will run 45 miles have been catching good numbers of fish.  The past couple day the bite seems to have moved a little closer, hopefully that continues.

Captain Dave fished about 30 miles out yesterday and caught 7 sailfish, a striped marlin and a nice mahi mahi.

Captain James fished way south and got into a good bite…I heard they released more than a dozen sailfish.

Captain Rich fished way south and released 4 sailfish, missed a marlin and caught a mahi mahi for the grill.

Captain Jeremy caught a couple tuna, a couple sailfish and raised a marlin.

The photo above is courtesy Captain Chris on the Kinembe 2 in Quepos.  He release two 500 plus pound black marlin and a nice blue marlin a few days ago.

February 10, 2009

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009


Sorry for the lack of fishing reports this week.  it’s a combination of me being lazy and the fishing being just average.  When captains have big days they call in reports, when the fishing is just average nobody calls.

The fishing out of the Los Suenos marina hasn’t been great and it hasn’t been horrible.

Everyone that is going offshore is catching some fish…boats are averaging 3-5 sailfish per day and maybe a couple mahi mahi.  A few blue marlin have also been caught this past week so the maarlin are still out there.

Captain Bill caught a marlin 3 days in a row as well as 4 or 5 sailfish each day.

Captain Dave released 5 sails and kept a 40 plus pound mahi mahi for the grill.

Captain RJ release 2 sailfish and caught 2 nice mahi mahi on a recent half day trip.

The Horn group from Texas came down for a few fishing days last week and ended their trip with 28 sailfish and 6 mahi mahi.  The weather was nice, the seas calm and the beers cold…good times had by all.

February 5, 2009

Friday, February 6th, 2009


The marlin seem to have gone into hiding the past 4 or 5 days…last week there were blue and black marlin around and most boats were seeing 1 marlin per day…this week there were very few marlin sightings.

The sailfish and mahi mahi bite has also scattered some with most of the sailfish being reported way to the south.  The boats fishing out of Los Suenos Marina have been running south to find the fish.  An average day on the water seems to be 2 -4 sails and maybe a mahi mahi or 2.

I went out with Captain James yesterday with some friends from Texas.  We had a great day…the weather was perfect, the ocean calm, the beers cold and we ended the day with 6 sailfish.  We started fishing about 30 miles south and ended up in a spot about 40 miles south.  We didn’t see a fish all morning but when James found the fish the bite heated up and we caught 6 fish in 2 hours.  We had a couple big mahi mahi come up in the spread but they just came and went.

I went out with the same group of guys on Wednesday for a 1/2 day inshore with Captain Jorge.  We ran about 15 miles south and found some big schools of jack with some roosterfish mixed in.  We had live mullet and caught a few fish on those but most of the fish preferred a blue Yozuri popper.  We caught 15 jack in the 15-30 pound range and one 20 pound roosterfish.  Topwater action for anything is some of the best fishing and those big jack pull like a freight train on light tackle.