Archive for September, 2009

September 25, 2009 – Tarpon Fishing Costa Rica

Saturday, September 26th, 2009




One of my friends just got back from a couple days of tarpon fishing out of Los Chilis, Costa Rica.

They actually fished the San Juan River in Nicaragua.  They averaged 3 tarpon hook ups and one tarpon release per day.  The fish were all 100 to 150 pounds.

The area is very beautiful and very remote.  I fished there a few years ago and hooked up with a 200 plus pound tarpon for 15 minutes before she spit the lure.

September 23, 2009 – Costa rica fishing

Thursday, September 24th, 2009


Not many boats going out this week. The guys I did talk to were catching some sailfish, mahi mahi and small tuna.  I didn’t hear about any marlin bites but we all know they are out there.

The guys on the 28′ Carolina Classic took a fly fisherman out for a half day of roosterfishing…they had a couple chances but no luck.  If your a fly fisherman you would rather catch one on the fly than 5 by conventional tackle.   The payoff can come with just one nice fish.

We took some friends from Holland out into the bay Tuesday for some kayaking and boating (beer drinking).  It was a little windy but still sunny and nice.  The visitors spent most of their time swmming and kayaking but did manage to catch a couple nice mackerel.

My friends and I were just talking about how nice the weather has been for rainy season.  October is our wettest month so we still have to get through that but we have really had a nice rainy season with warm days, light winds and below average rain.

Today I woke up thinking we may have spoke too soon.  It’s dark and rainy…like late September should be….good tuna weather.

September 20, 2009 – fish Costa Rica…mahi mahi, tuna and amberjack

Monday, September 21st, 2009


Today my friends and I ran down the 26 rock for a day of fishing.  The ocean was flat, the water was a nice blue and the weather was almost perfect.

The bonita were everywhere…we must have caught 30 of them while trolling.  We used the little ones and did some live bait and dead bait fishing around the rock.  I caught a 30 pound mahi mahi and my buddy caught a 60 pound amberjack and we also caughta handful of 10 and 15 pound yellowfin tuna.

We probably could have stayed there and caught more but we heard rumors of a decent sailfish bite out by the corner so we trolled out that direction.  At the end of the day we got covered up by 30 pound mahi mahi and we caught a double and came home.

Everyone I know is eating good tonight.

September 18, 2009 – Tarpon fishing Costa Rica

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

The good weather and the good tarpon fishing should continue for the next month or more on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.

Our tarpon captain has been averaging 5 or 6 tarpon releases per day in the Tortuguero area.  The tarpon are running between 125 to 150 pounds.

I am still planning on getting over there in the next few weeks.

September 16, 2009 – Marlin fishing in Costa Rica

Thursday, September 17th, 2009


What a difference a day makes…yesterday my buddies and I went out and caught 10 sailfish and 1 dorado.  Today we went out and caught just 1 fish…but it was a 300 pound blue marlin.

We got an early start and fished the same spot as yesterday.  The ocean was calm but there was no sailfish.  About an hour in we trolled past a log and hooked up a 20 plus pound dorado. He swam right to the boat and spit the bait out.

We saw another boat working some spinner dolphins for yellowfin tuna, so we joined in.  We worked the dolphin pack for an hour but never had a tuna bite.  There must have been 300 plus spinner dolphin in the pack.  We saw a couple 50 pound tuna and a couple 100 pound tuna crashing baits but they were not interested in our cedar plugs and Hawaiian eyes with ballyhoo.  Live bait would be best but we didn’t have any.  I didn’t see any boat catch a tuna.

We tired of chasing the spinners without getting any tuna so we stated to troll back toward the outer crater.  We had been trolling about 30 minutes when the 300 pound blue marlin crashed our spread.  He came up on our brand new Pakula teaser.

Most billfish make an big initial run…this marlin didn’t.  He was less than 100 yards from the boat the whole time.  He would go deep for 5 minutes and then come rushing for the surface…then he would greyhound a bit and then go deep again.  This went on for 45 minutes.  I was using a TLD 20 with 30 pound line so I could not put too much pressure on him.  I finally got him to the boat, thanks to some good driving by my buddy RJ, and we got a safe release.  I must admit that fish kicked my butt.  He was so fast and never showed signs of being tired…I can’t say the same.

Before the marlin the ocean was beautiful…within 10 minutes of having that fish on the waves picked up and the rain started to move in.

When the rains came they came hard and it was dumping cats and dogs out there.  After the marlin release we pulled everything in and made for home.   It was a long, bumpy, wet drive home but a 300 pound blue marlin made it all worth it.

September 15, 2009 – Costa Rica Deep sea fishing…HOT bite continues.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009


My friends and I just got back from a great day of deep sea fishing on our 26′ Seaswirl.  The morning started out cloudy but we didn’t get any rain and the ocean was flat.  We ran out 25 miles to the craters and 6000 feet of water.  Within 30 minutes we had our first sailfish and it never really slowed down.  We raised 20 sailfish, hooked 15 and got 10 to the boat.  We also caught a 15 pound mahi mahi that my maintenance guy and his family will be enjoying tonight.

There was about a half dozen boats out there but only a couple charter boats…it was mostly smaller private boats.   A couple times all 5 or 6 boats were hooked up at the same time…it was like the good old days.

I already have my bags packed for tomorrow and more deep sea fishing.

September 14, 2009 – Good tarpon fishing in Costa Rica

Monday, September 14th, 2009

My tarpon captain just called and the weather and fishing has been very good on the Caribbean side.  They have been jumping 10 to 15 tarpon per day and getting anywhere from 3 to 10 releases per day.  I am going to try and get over there is the next few weeks for some of those “silver kings”.

September 14, 2009 – Hot sailfish bite and a last minute Costa Rica fishing vacation

Monday, September 14th, 2009

The sailfish bite has been RED HOT the past few days just 25 miles in front of the Los Suenos marina.  If you can take a last minute Costa Rica fishing vacation now is a good time.  Not many boats are going out but the ones that do are raising 10 to 20 sailfish a day as well as getting a few tuna and mahi mahi for the grill.

The guys on the 60′ Bertram went out on Saturday and raised 15 sails.  My buddy on the 36′ Topaz went Sunday and raised 20.  The guys on the 42′ Maverick called me at 2 pm today and they already had 4 nice tuna and had released 10 sailfish.

I’m heading out there at 6 am tomorrow with some buddies and hopefully we’ll get in on the hot bite.

September 13, 2009 – inshore and bottom fish Costa Rica

Monday, September 14th, 2009

The one day of heavy rains has left the inshore waters around the Los Suenos Marina a dirty brown.  It will probably take a few days of regular weather before things get back to normal.   The brown water can make it difficult to find live bait and without live bait it can be difficult to find the roosterfish.

My buddy on the 28′ Carolina Classic did some inshore and bottom fishing despite the brown water.  They fished a couple spots close to Jaco Beach and had one roosterfish bite.  They did some bottom fishing and caught a grouper in the 10 to 15 pound range.  They ran over to a spot called Negrita’s across the bay.  Negrita’s is a local hotspot for inshore fishing…usually for big roosterfish.  The captain said even though the water was brown there was still plenty of bait around.  They ended the day with almost a dozen jack crevalle in the 20 to 40 pound range.

Jack crevalle  are really no good to eat…but they are hard fighters and lots of fun to catch.  One of my best days was in my kayak when I caught a half dozen jack in the 10 to 20 pound range.  A 5 pounder can pull a kayak 100 yards…someday I would like to get one of those 40 pounders on the line.

Not many boats went offshore today but that may change if they heard the same reports I did.  The guys on the 32′ Maverick went out and released more than a dozen sailfish.  I am hoping for a similar report for today’s fishing so we can head out there tomorrow and get in on some good offshore fishing.

September 12, 2009 – Costa Rica fishing charters…tuna and sailfish

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

We had a bunch of rain yesterday afternoon and evening and the ocean near the coast was brown like mud.  The heavy rain will probably slow down the inshore fishing but it didn’t seem slow down some of the Costa Rica charter boats that went offshore.

The guys on the 42′ Maverick went out with a single angler today and had a very good day.  They started at the 26 rock and caught some live bait and then went out towards the “corner” area.  The angler wanted some yellowfin tuna and he got his wish.  They ended the day with 3 yellowfin tuna from 40 to 80 pounds and a handful of sailfish all over 100 pounds.