Archive for September, 2009

September 11, 2009 – sea sick and fishing in Costa Rica

Friday, September 11th, 2009


We went down to the “26” rock today for some trolling and bottom fishing for wahoo, snapper, yellowfin tuna and maybe some mahi mahi.  The rock is about 18 miles from the marina.

We slowed down about a 1/4 mile from the rock so we could get our spread out.  We had been trolling about 10 minutes when my buddy got sea sick.

He was white as a ghost and had a serious case of rubber legs.  The best color to describe him was probably sea foam green.

We turned the boat around and headed back to the marina.  By the time we got close to home he was feeling better so we stopped by some inshore rocks, caught a couple live bait and tried our luck.  We had one good roosterfish bite that pulled the hook.  We fished about an hour and then the rains came…so we headed home.

I always recommend that people take precautions against sea sickness even if you have never been sea sick and even if the ocean is calm..   I almost always take Dramamine the night before I go fishing…maybe it’s a mental thing but better safe than sorry.

Being sea sick is no fun and it can ruin a good day on the water…especially if you are the one that is sick.

A few other personal hints…don’t eat a big breakfast but make sure you eat something.  Water is best to drink in the morning…orange juice and sodas before a 25 mile boat ride can cause stomach problems.

September 11, 2009

Friday, September 11th, 2009


September 10, 2009 – Tarpon fishing Costa Rica

Thursday, September 10th, 2009


Costa Rica is famous for it’s sailfish but we also have some of the best tarpon fishing in the world.

September and October are 2 of the best fishing and weather months on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.  While the rest of Costa Rica suffers from heavy rain and scattered fishing the Caribbean side enjoys nice weather, calm seas and the best tarpon fishing in Costa Rica.

I just got a call from my tarpon captain and they have already released 10 tarpon today.

10 tarpon in one day is about as good as it gets down here.  Tarpon have very hard mouths and fight like crazy once hooked.  If you are lucky you get 25% of the fish you hook to the boat.

Now I am trying to figure out how I can get a couple days off and get over there while the gettin is good.

The photo above is from a few years ago when I had more hair and less belly.

September 9, 2009 – Fishing Costa Rica

Thursday, September 10th, 2009



The inshore and bottom fishing out of the Los Suenos marina near Jaco Beach continues to be steady.  Most boats are getting 2 or 3 roosterfish and maybe a jack or two on half day trips.  The bottom fishing down at the “26” has been good for small yellowfin tuna, some snapper and some wahoo.

Not many boats went offshore today but the one I talked to had a OK day.

The 38′  Topaz went offshore 35 miles today and worked hard to catch 2 sailfish and 3 mahi mahi.

September 8, 2009 – Costa Rica deep sea fishing

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009


There have been a few boats go out from the Los Suenos Marina for some deep sea fishing the past couple days.  One of the 42′ Mavericks took 3 guys out and they each caught a sailfish and a mahi mahi and were very happy.  The 38′ Topaz took a group out and they caught 4 mahi mahi and 3 sailfish.  The 28′ Carolina Classic did a half day deep sea fishing and caught a sailfish and 2 mahi mahi.

A couple captains I talked to said there are more mahi mahi moving in and that’s always good news because the sailfish, marlin and tuna are usually soon to follow.

September 7, 2009 – Happy Labor Day from Costa Rica Fishing Report

Monday, September 7th, 2009


September 6, 2009 – Costa Rica bottom fishing

Monday, September 7th, 2009


Captain RJ and my buddies took our 26′ SeaSwirl out today and went down to the “26” rock for some trolling and bottom fishing.  The trolling bite was a little slow in the morning with just a couple small yellowfin tuna so they stopped at the rock and dropped down a couple dead baits.  Within a couple minutes they hooked up a couple nice mullet snapper…the one in the pic above was about 27 pounds.  The other one was probably larger because it broke the hook and got off.  Later in the day they did some more trolling and caught a couple nice wahoo.

September 4, 2009 – Costa Rica fishing and whale watching

Saturday, September 5th, 2009



Things have been pretty quiet around the Los Suenos marina the past week.  There have not been many boats going out and the ones that have gone out have been doing inshore and bottom fishing.  The boats that did go offshore reported a scattered bite for sailfish, tuna, mahi mahi with 3 or 4 fish per day.  The boats that have been going inshore have been doing half day trips and picking up some roosterfish and the guys going bottom fishing have been getting some grouper, snapper, wahoo, small tuna and small mahi mahi.

We went out today and fished the “26” rock south of Jaco Beach.  We fished about 5 hours and ended the day with about a dozen yellowfin tuna in the 10 to 20 pound range.  I just ate a big plate of sashimi with soy and wasabi.

The highlight of the day had to be the whales.  It is whale season in Costa Rica and we saw several mother humpback whales with their babies.