Archive for November, 2009

Happy Turkey Day!

Thursday, November 26th, 2009


The fishing the past week has been about average our of the Los Suenos Marina.   The billfish bite has been a little disappointing compared to last year but people are still catching fish.  The boats going down to the 26 rock have been getting mahi mahi, small tuna and some bottom fish.  The boats going offshore have been getting some mahi mahi, tuna and a sailfish or two.  The guys going bottom fishing have been doing good on smaller grouper and snapper.

We all think the late arrival of Hurricane Ida may have pushed back the billfishing a few weeks so look for December to be a good month.

Turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, cocktails and football on tap for today….fishing tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

November 21, 2009 – Los Suenos Marlin Tournament

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

The Los Suenos Marlin tournament ended today with few changes on the leader board.  Congrats to the crew of the Clean Sweep, they took first with 4 marlin and 11 sailfish. Captain James and crew on the 42″ Maverick finished 2nd with 3 marlin and 13 sailfish and the guys on the Drum Roll finished 3rd with 3 marlin and 11 sailfish.   About a dozen boats competed in the event and overall there were 25 marlin caught and 123 sailfish caught in the 3 day event.

November 20, 2009 – Los Suenos Marlin Tournament

Saturday, November 21st, 2009




My friends and I went out on the 60′ Bertram today…it was sunny and calm and we had action all day long.  We ended the day going 3 for 3 on sailfish with 8 or 9 mahi mahi in the 30 to 40 pound range.  We also came across a shrimp boat and traded them a bucket of sodas and beers and a couple packs of smokes for 3/4 bucket full of jumbo shrimp.  They cooked up some on the boat and we had shrimp cocktail and then we brought a bag home for bacon wrapped shrimp on the grill…lots of good eating tonight.

The 60′ Bertram has direct tv and there is nothing better than watching espn while you are fishing 30 miles offshore with fresh shrimp cocktail…the good life.

The Los Suenos Marlin tournament wrapped up it’s second day and the fishing has been about average.

The Clean Sweep is in the lead with 3 marlin and 7 sailfish, The 42′ maverick with Captain James is in 2nd palce with 3 marlin and 6 sailfish, and another 42′ maverick with Captain Ronnie is in 3rd place with 3 marlin and 4 sailfish.

November 18, 2009 – Costa Rica marlin fishing

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

There is some hope for the marlin tournament that starts tomorrow at the Los Suenos Marina.  The guys on the 38′ custom went out less than 30 miles yesterday and caught 2 blue marlin, 1 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 6 tuna to 50 pounds and 6 mahi mahi to 50 pounds.

Most of the people pre fishing the tournament have been pretty tight lipped about the fishing…we are all hoping for some good numbers.

November 17, 2009 – Costa Rica fishing

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

There were some rumors of a good bite out around 50 miles offshore in front of Los Suneos Marina.  One boat raised almost 20 sails, one bought caught a marlin and 3 sails and another caught 3 marlin.  These are all big private boats…there are only a few charter boats that can push out to 50 miles on a regular charter.  The guys on the 32′ Irwin Forbes did go 2 for 3 on sails less than 30 miles out and they also caught a half dozen nice mahi…so there is some hope that these fish are moving in.

We all expect these fish to start moving in closer as the rains end and the water continues to clear up.

The Los Suenos Marlin tournament starts this Thursday so I am sure those boats will be going far and wide to catch the fish needed to win the big money.

There are still plenty of mahi mahi around in the 35 to 40 pound range.  1/2 day and full day trips have been catching fish.

November 16, 2009 – Costa Rica sailfish and tuna

Monday, November 16th, 2009




I talked to a couple friends today that fished the past few days.  The 32′ Irvin Forbes went 2 for 3 on sailfish and caught a handful of 35 plus pound mahi mahi today….25 to 30 miles out.  The crew from the 28′ Carolina Classic caught a few 100 plus pound tuna and 3 sailfish and they were way out about 45 miles.

Above are some client photos from the past two week.

November 15, 2009 – back to work…kinda

Sunday, November 15th, 2009







I am still recovering and getting caught up from my trip to Nicaragua for some tarpon and snook fishing.  Laundry, cleaning house, getting caught up on emails and watch some NFL is my plan for the day.

The fishing out of Los Suenos Marina the past week seems to have been similar to the weeks before.  The boats going offshore have been getting good numbers on mahi mahi, good numbers on tuna when they find the pack and a few sailfish and marlin here and there.  The boats going down to the 26 rock did good on mahi mahi, snappers, jacks and small yellowfin tuna.  The inshore fishing has been decnet for roosterfish with boats averaging 2 or 3 fish…usually on half day trips.

My tarpon/snook trip to Nicaragua was just about perfect.  I took a water taxi from Costa Rica up to Nicaragua a couple hours and fished the San Juan river near a colonial British Fort called El Castillo.  The area in rich in history and has been home to pirates, colonial armies and steamboat trips by Mark Twain.  The area is also home to a huge nature reserve that has thousands of species of birds, reptiles and mammals.

The lodge was clean, comfortable and very peaceful.  My cabin was nice and had a big deck overlooking the river.  The food was great and made to order, omelets, pancakes,  fish, river lobster, imported steaks and the beers were cold.

I fished tarpon in the morning and snook in the afternoon and ended up with 5 tarpon from 80 to 150 pounds and 10 snook from 5 to 10 pounds in the 3 days of fishing.  These tarpon are big and very powerful and will find any weakness in your tackle.  They broke 2 brand new lures and ruined a good Penn reel.  The water is only 10 to 15 ft deep so the fight is mainly all top water.  It’s amazing to watch a 150 pound tarpon jump 6 feet out of the water a few yards from the boat.

I really enjoyed the snook fishing with light tackle.  Snook are one of the best eating fish there is and there are plenty of nice snook up on the Rio San Juan.  Snook fishing is also good for beer drinking and there was plenty of cold bottled Victoria beer in the cooler.

There are many misconceptions about Nicaragua.  I can tell you from my experience that it is a safe place, with very friendly people, beautiful scenery and some great fishing.  Getting across the border was a breeze and everyone greeted me with a smile and a friendly hello.  The government has made many improvements in the area with paved road, parks, new buildings, less pollution, protected areas, restrictions on commercial fishing and English classes to help the locals increase their tourism potential.

I am already planning my next trip and making my wish list from Bass Pro.  If you are looking for an adventure, beautiful scenery and great fishing in a unspoiled area then the Rio San Juan is great spot.

Viva Rio San Juan!

November 14, 2009 – Nicaragua tarpon and snook fishing

Saturday, November 14th, 2009



I just back back from tarpon and snook fishing on the San Juan river in Nicaragua.  We fished for tarpon in the morning and snook in the afternoon and I ended up with 5 tarpon between 80 – 150 pounds and 10 snook from 5 to 10 pounds.  The weather was great, the food and lodging was great and the fishing was great…I couldn’t have ask for a better trip.

My shuttle van did get in a car accident on the way home…no one was hurt but the 3 hour wait for police and the insurance people made for a long day.

I’ll post more info and photos from my trip, get a local fishing report and get caught up on emails hopefully today.

November 7, 2009 – Costa Rica fishing

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

The fishing the past week has been good for mahi mahi and some tuna…there have not been many sailfish or marlin around that I have heard of but they should be here soon.

We had some rain and winds because of Tropical Storm Ida pulling moisture off the Pacific side but that seems about over and summertime is just around the corner.

I am leaving in the morning for a no frills type tarpon trip up on the San Juan river in Nicaragua.  I’ll be on a bus and water taxi all day so I have my new Dan Brown book and my ipod ready for a long travel day.

The San Juan river has some big tarpon and snook…I am hoping to get into a few.

October 31, 2009 – Happy Halloween

Monday, November 2nd, 2009



 My buddies took our 26′ Seaswirl down to the 26 rock on Friday and caught 4 wahoo, 1 mahi mahi and 5 small yellowfin tuna.  The highlight of the day may have been the 300 pound black marlin that crashed the spread but refused to stay hooked.

Today we went back down to the 26 rock and caught 3 nice mahi mahi, 2 yellowfin tuna and 2 jack.  The highlight of today was the 400 pound black marlin that came up and charged the moldcraft teaser and then disappeared.   I looked back in time to see him charging the teaser with the whole front of his body out of the water and his mouth wide open.

We had a great day and everyone we know is eating fish for dinner.  I have my sashimi, soy and wasabi ready with a few beers for the baseball and football games…life is good.

There always seem to be some black marlin at the 26…especially during the full moon….maybe next time.