Archive for August, 2009

August 30, 2009 – Good bottom fishing Costa Rica

Sunday, August 30th, 2009





The offshore fishing the past week out of Los Suenos Marina has been a little hit or miss.  The boats still seem to averaging 2 or 3 fish per day…usually a sailfish or two and a couple mahi mahi.  The boats that are fishing at the “26” rock are getting some 10 to 15 pound yellowfin tuna, some 20 pound mahi mahi and a few wahoo in the 20 pound range.

We did some meat fishing Friday with my buddy on the 28′ Carolina Classic and had a great day.  We fished 5 to 15 miles in front of Los Suenos and caught some nice amberjack, grouper, snapper and more.  We probably caught 40 fish total.  The big fish took live blue runners in 180 ft of water and we caught most of the smaller fish we caught on squid rigs.

August 23, 2009 – big mahi mahi Los Suenos Marina

Monday, August 24th, 2009


We had some unusually heavy rain the middle of last week and that slowed down the fishing a bit.  The charters boats that went inshore were averaging a couple roosterfish on a half day trip.  The boats that went bottom fishing near the “26” rock picked up some small tuna, small mahi mahi and maybe a wahoo.  The boats going offshore were catching a few mahi, some tuna and maybe a sailfish or two.

The guys on the 42′ Maverick caught a nice yellowfin tuna in the 150 pound range.

Captain RJ took our boat the 26′ Seaswirl out with a couple friends from Cuba and they raised a sailfish and caught a couple mahi mahi including the big fish in the photo above…about 50 pounds.

The crew on the 28′ center console went to the “26” rock and caught some yellowfin tuna, a mahi mahi and a couple other fish in the 35 pound range.

The captain on the 28′ Carolina Classic took a couple guys for some inshore and offshore fishing.  They each caught a nice roosterfish in the 35 to 40 pound range and they also caught a nice mahi mahi, a sailfish and a big triple tail.

August 19, 2009 – Costa Rica tarpon fishing

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009


Costa Rica has some of the best tarpon and snook fishing in the world.  September and October are coming up and those are the 2 best weather and tarpon months on the Caribbean.

We fish with the most famous tarpon captain in Costa Rica.

If you want to catch big tarpon and snook give us a call

August 15, 2009 – los suenos bottom fishing

Saturday, August 15th, 2009


One of our best kept secrets is the bottom fishing we have in the Los Suenos area.  If you pick the right guy you can have some great fishing and great eating with snapper, grouper and more.

The guys on the 36′ Topaz went out to 350 ft of water and did some deep dropping.  They ended the day with almost a dozen grouper in the 5 to 25 pound range and a half dozen silky snapper in the 10 to 20 pound range.

The 28′ Carolina Classic went out less than 4 miles from the Los Suenos marina and caught a couple dozen fish including some grouper, snappers, corvina and more.

The photo above was my 90 plus pound broomtail grouper caught on the 28′ Carolina Classic about 6 months ago.  The photo is appropriated titled 2 big belly.

August 14, 2009 – good inshore fishing and some tuna

Friday, August 14th, 2009



I still seem to be stuck on vacation time for some reason.  I am finally getting caught up on emails and return phone calls but it ain’t easy.  I miss my island routine of fishing, motorcycle, food, nap, rinse and repeat.

The roosterfish bite was red hot while I was out of country.  Both Los Suenos and Quepos charter boats have been banging around the rocks on the inside and catching some nice roosterfish…even on the half day trips.

My buddies and Captain RJ took our 26′ Seaswirl out for a half day and caught 4 nice roosterfish close to home…see photo above.

The guys on te 36′ Topaz caught 5 roosterfish with a family group from Florida.

The guys on the 26′ Regulator caught 3 big roosterfish in the 40 to 50 pound range over by Negritas.

The captain of the 28′ Carolina Classic has had the boss in town so they have been going offshore for some tuna and doing some bottomfishing.  Offshore they ran 30 to 35 miles and into some 40 to 50 pound tuna and caught a handful.  While bottom fishing they caught amberjack, painted grouper, broomtail grouper, silky snapper and more.

The crew of the 28′ Center Console took a couple out the other day and caught 2 nice mahi mahi and missed a 400 pound black marlin.  The guy has the big marlin fever because he immediately called and wants to go again tomorrow.

August 10, 2009 – back to work

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009








I needed an extra day to recover from my Caribbean vacation to Old Providence Island, Colombia.  I could easily have stayed another week or three on the island but it is good to be home and almost back to work.

My trip was a lot of fun.  I fished everyday, rented a motorcycle for the week, ate a bunch of great seafood, snorkeled, read a couple good books, lost some money playing Dominoes with the locals.  I also went to an island festival with sailboat races, horse races, palm tree climbing contest, pretty girls, local food, cold beers and shots of whiskey.

The fishing was good.  The winds blew pretty hard all week so the seas were big.  Being in a 14 ft boat in 15 ft swell is not for everyone.  We caught some small tuna offshore but it hardley seemed worth the effort.  We spent most of our time anchored up and fishing the bottom for a variety of fish including, snapper, shark, barracuda, margarita, yellowtail, oldwife, butterfish and my favorite fish…”the grunt”.

Grunts are about a pound or two and put up a great fight on light tackle.  We used cut bait and fished in 25 to 50 ft of water and caught dozens of grunts everyday.  Grunt fishing is kin to perch fishing…you catch dozens of fish, drink lots of beer and have a great time.

This is a fast and cheap trip for people who live in Costa Rica so my main goal was to explore the fishing on the island.  I took some photo’s of my target species and I talked to a bunch of the local fisherman about weather, seasons and species.

They do have bonefish on the island…most are in the protected east side of the island near the mangroves but there are some bonefish on the backside of the island in Southwest Bay and Freshwater Bay.  I found out about the bonefish late in my trip so I only fished for them one afternoon.  I did see a couple bonefish finning about 20 yards offshore…I chased them up and down the beach and was only able to get a few cast at them.  I did not catch one but I am sure they are there.

They also have some snook and tarpon on the island.  I talked to a spear fisherman and was a little skeptical when he told me they have snook and tarpon.  He then said the only time they see them is when there are heavy rains coming out of the river mouth into the ocean.  I knew he was telling the truth because that’s what snook and tarpon do in Costa Rica.

They have marlin and some big tuna in the area.  None of the locals fish for them and they don’t hook them very often but every once in a while someone hooks a marlin or big tuna offshore.   The local fisherman use only hand lines and small boats so they are no match for a marlin or big tuna.  The guys that hook these big fish usually lose all their tackle.

The also have wahoo in the area but they call them longmouth kingfish.  They do catch regular kingfish and the occasional wahoo as well.

I’ll have a Costa Rica fishing report for everyone by tomorrow afternoon.

August 1, 2009 – gone fishing

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.


So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  


Mark Twain



July 31, 2009 – yellowfin tuna

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009


The fishing the past week has been more of the same out of the Los Suenos Marina.  Everyone is catching fish…mainly at the “26” rock for mahi mahi, tuna and wahoo.

Several groups did half day trips and they all caught some good eating fish at the “26”.

There were a couple boats this week that found the yellowfin tuna offshore.  The guys on the 28. Carolina Classic caught a handful of tuna in the 60 to 80 pound range.  We all hope that is a sign of things to come.

I leave in the morning for my first vacation in 4 or 5 years.  I am going to a small island in the Caribbean called Old Providence.

It’s a beautiful little island with incredible water, great seafood, friendly people and 50 cent beers.

I will gone from Sunday to Sunday and I am going by myself and fishing for 5 days.  The last time I went to Providence I caught 40 yellowfin tuna per day…all in the 10 to 20 pound range.   This time I am going after wahoo, kingfish, yellowfin, yellowtail, snapper, grouper and hopefully some bonefish and blue marlin…we shall see.

There is one internet cafe on the island so I am hoping to check emails and update my blog a couple times while I am gone.

If you need anything please contact Martha at our email or phone number.