Archive for January, 2010

January 13, 2010 – Costa Rica fishing tourney

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

The first leg of the Los Suenos Signature Billfish Series starts tomorrow so everyone is fishing and everyone is keeping tight lipped on what they are catching.  I heard there were 70 boats in this years event.

The ocean has started to calm down after a couple days with unusually strong winds.  The strong winds forced the majority of the boats to fish south the past few days so there is a lot of water that has not been pre fished for the tournament so that means anything can happen in this tournament.  Even the smaller boats with rookie fisherman have a chance at the big money if they are in the right place at the right time.

The guys I did talk to that are not fishing the tournament are averaging 5 sailfish a day and 2 or 3 mahi mahi.  They are fishing south and closer in so there are fewer blue and striped marlin around.  There are some big blacks down south.  Last month we raised two nice blacks fishing the 26 rock at the full moon.

January 10, 2009 – the winds blow

Monday, January 11th, 2010

The northern winds blew hard today and made it rough going for anyone going offshore today.  The Papagayo winds are common this time of year up in the northern Pacific but it is very rare when they are blowing so hard that it kicks up on the central Pacific.  The guys I talked to up north have had to postpone trips for a couple days.

Everyone I talked to still caught fish today despite the weather.   Most guys averaged 3 or 4 sails and I heard one boat caught 6 or 7.   One guy I talked to went half day inshore and they caught a roosterfish, a jack and a half dozen smaller fish.

January 9, 2010 – Costa Rica fishing

Sunday, January 10th, 2010




The fishing the past couple days has been up and down.  Thursday was good with everyone getting 6 to 8 sailfish and 3 or 4 mahi and then yesterday slowed down and boats were getting 2 or 3 sailfish and 1 or 2 mahi.  Today it seemed to pick up again.

My friends and I went out today on a 42′ Maverick and went 4 for 5 on sailfish and caught 3 nice mahi mahi…including a 35 pounder on my hand line.  Had we stayed closer we probably would have caught more sailfish but we wanted to go for marlin so we went way out hoping for a chance a marlin but it didn’t happen.  The guys had a caught a 400 pound black marlin, 4 sailfish and a couple mahi mahi yesterday in the same area…so we were hoping for a marlin. It was still a great day with homemade banana bread, chicken lasagna and cold beers for lunch.

My buddy on the 36′ Topaz borrowed my kayaks and took some guys kayak fishing for sailfish.  They caught 6 on Thursday and 3 yesterday…all fighting the sailfish from a kayak.

Another friend went out today and I won’t mention his name…he knows who he is. They had one of those days that just happens sometimes…they went 1 for 14 on sailfish.  He said they had hooks in at least 10 fish and they still kept coming off.  I understand…I took a friend and his dad out a few years ago and we went 1 for 10 on sails the fist day and 8 for 10 the second day and I did the same thing both days.

January 8, 2009 – sailfish bite moves in

Friday, January 8th, 2010


The sailfish seem to be moving in closer and most of the boats did pretty well today.  I talked to several guys and they all were getting 5 to 8 sailfish releases as well as a few mahi mahi…the good bite was less than 20 miles out.

The guys on the 35′ bertram caught 6 sailfish and a mahi mahi on a half day trip.

A couple guys from Louisiana went out on the 28′ Carolina Classic today and the went 7 for 8 on sailfish and caught a nic mahi mahi as well.

The photo above is from a group that fished in Quepos last week…they all caught their first sailfish.

Time for a few cold beers and the Texas/Alabama game.

January 7, 2009 – sunny and hot in Costa Rica

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Costa Rica will be 85 and sunny everyday from now until mid April…so for all my friends back home in the sub zero temps and blowing snow…come on down to Costa Rica.

The fishing the past couple days has remained steady.  All the bigger boats have been fishing 40 plus miles out past Cabo Blanco and catching sails, mahi, marlin and some smaller tuna.

Yesterday it was really rough once you got past the 30 mile mark…the north winds were blowing down from Papagayo.  Most of the boats moved into the crater area…25 or so miles out to get out of the chop.  The guys I talked to all did pretty good at the craters averaging 5 or 6 sailfish a piece and 3 or 4 mahi’s.  I also heard talk of a few smaller marlin.

The guys on the 28′ Center console fished at the corner…25 miles out with a couple friends and caught 3 sailfish and 6 mahi mahi.  They had so much fun they are going out again today.

A family that caught tarpon on the Caribbean side last week went out on the 46′ Guthrie in Quepos a couple days ago and caught 6 sailfish, a wahoo and a triple tail….sounds like a good trip.

It’s a good sign when we are catching fish at the craters and the corner. means the fish are moving in closer at least for a while.

January 4, 2010 – Costa Rica marlin fishing

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010



I went out today with some friends on the 42′ Maverick.  My buddies Dad is in town and he likes to fish.  We started at 35 miles out..picked up a couple sailfish and a couple of mahi mahi.  We got a call on the radio about a cargo net that was loaded with fish.  We ran another 10 miles caught some live bait and had a great day.

We ended the day going 2 for 5 on blue marlin…most of the fish were 200 to 250 pounds but the second bite we had was a big un…maybe 400 pounds.   It peeled off a bunch of line and spit the bait.

We also caught 20 or so yellowfin tuna…most were small so were used as bait.  We did keep a couple of the nicer ones and i just had a  big plate of seared tuna, wasabi and say sauce.  yum.

We caught at least a half dozen mahi mahi and we could have caught 50 if we wanted to.  I was happy to get a 30 pounder and a 45 pounder old school style with my hand line (yoyo).  I did get a couple burns on my hand from the big one but it was well worth it.  I also caught a 10 pound triple tail on my hand line.

We had a couple wahoo bites and a couple mystery bites.

The weather was perfect, 85 and calm seas, the beers were cold and the fishing was good.

The owner of the boat fished with us so we got the VIP treatment and didn’t get back to the dock until 6 pm.  I am having a cocktail and relaxing and will get to my emails in the morning.

January 3, 2010 – Costa Rica fishing

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010


The past couple days have been good but not great offshore.  Many of th eguys are blaming the full moon for a lazy bite.  Everyone agrees there are a lot of sailfish offshore and not far offshore so the next couple weeks looks to be good.

Most the boats yesterday were raising 10 to 12 sailfish and releasing about 50%.  Some of the fish are coming up inthe spread going for baits and then dropping away with barly a nibble.

The crew of the 38′ Custom took some St Louis people offshore and went 3 for10 on sailfish, raised a marlin and jumped off a couple mahi mahi.

The guys on the 42′ Maverick have caught a marlin 2 of the last 3 days as well as a handful of sails and some mahi mahi each day as well as a wahoo offshore.

The crew on the 32′ Irwin Forbes has been averaging 5 sailfish and a few mahi mahi the past few days.

January 1, 2010 – Happy New Year!

Friday, January 1st, 2010