Archive for August, 2010

August 8, 2010 – redtide to the north

Monday, August 9th, 2010

After a long summer of baseball, golf, cycling, tennis and soccer it’s so nice to see some American football on the TV…a preview of good things to come.

I talked to one guy that inshore fished across the bay at Negritas and the bite was slow…he said there was a lot of red tide in that direction.   

A group went out today with the guys on the 36′ express in Los Suenos and they ended the day with 5 nice mahi mahi and they raised a marlin but it did not bite.

The fish are out there.  The problem this time of year is we just don’t have enough boats fishing.  During high season there are 20 to 30 boats out there so we all know where the fish are.  If you have 5 boats going out you cover a lot less ocean so it does make it harder to find the fish.

August 7, 2010 – sailfish bite slows

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

We had a couple days with a good sailfish bite about 30 miles south of Los Suenos…boats were getting anywhere from 3 to 8 sail releases per day.  The good bite lasted 2 days and then it slowed on Thursday.  

The 42′ went out Thursday and managed 1 for 2 on sailfish and they are one of the best boats and crew in the marina.  I heard one boat that day caught 4 sailfish and everyone else caught 1 or 2 if they were lucky.

On Friday the 28′ center console went out and released 3 sailfish…he said everyone he talked to caught 1 or 2 sailfish.  

August 5, 2010 – good sailfish bite

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

The guys on the 28′ center console went 6 for 6 on sailfish yesterday about 35 miles south of Los Suenos near a spot called the pocket.  One of the 36′ released 8 sailfish and kept one mahi mahi.  Several other boats caught 3 or 4 sailfish each.  It’s nice to see the fleet find the sailfish packs…we may go chase sails this weekend if the bite holds up.

August 4, 2010 – weather normal…fishing the same

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

The weather is back to sunny days and some evening showers along the central Pacific coast.  The boats that have gone out the past couple days report the fishing unchanged.  There are some sails, mahi, tuna offshore and some roosters, jack and wahoo inshore and near shore.  Everyone was catching 3 or 4 fish of some type.  I did not hear about any marlin bites and I didn’t talk to anyone that was skunked.

I want to remind people that it’s ok to wait until you get down here to book a trip in “green season” but be careful who you charter through. 

I had a guy send me emails for several weeks and he decided to wait until he saw how the weather was and how the fishing was.  Once he got to the area he was hit up by all of the people that sell fishing trips. 

He booked his trip through his hotel, he thought he was getting a good deal and he paid for a 36′ sportfisher for 6 people…the day of his charter a 26′ center console showed up so their trip was ruined… two guys had to stay home, the others didn’t catch any fish and the guy had to fight with the hotel to get some of his money back. 

 So instead of a relaxing fishing trip it ended up being a hassel and instead of saving $200 he basically wasted $600.

I posted this last high season after several similar incidents. 

“Here are some of the people you will find trying to sell fishing trips in Costa agents in the USA that have never been fishing, guys that don’t even live in Costa Rica, guys that don’t live at the beach, guys that don’t have a boat but still call themselves captain, guys that hang out in bars looking to find charter clients, real estate agents, hotel clerks, golf caddies, taxi drivers, condo owners, street vendors, waiters, bartenders, ATV tour operators and the list goes on.

 Everyone and their brother tries to book charter boats in Costa Rica.  I am always amazed when people book a trip with someone who knows nothing about fishing and sometimes nothing about Costa Rica.”

Last week I found real estate website that had copy and pasted all of my charter boat info and photos directly to their website.  I sent them an email and they denied it until I pointed out that 8 of the photos they had on their website were photos I took with my camera.  I also found a ATV tour website that was copying and pasting all of my fishing reports as if they were their own. 

Don’t trust a non fisherman with your fishing trip.

August 2, 2010 – morning rains

Monday, August 2nd, 2010


We have had 2 weeks of sunny days with some evening showers.  Today it is grey and rainy morning.  A couple guys I talked to fished the past couple days and report that little has changed.  Not many boats going out but everyone catching 3 or 4 fish…some sails and tuna offshore, some rooster, cubera and jack inshore.

The photo above is from a couple lucky guys on the 42′ in the Tamarindo area.  They had some good inshore and blue marlin action last week.

July 31, 2010 – costa rica sport fishing

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Not many guys fishing the last few days and the guys that did go out said it was a little slow.  My buddies on a private boat went half day down to the 26 rock and caught 3 smallish wahoo.   Another group went offshore on the 32′ Express and ended up with 2 sailfish and a missed mahi mahi. 

The 42′ Custom caught 5 nice yellowfin tuna on Thursday.  A couple weeks ago the 42′ Custom did a 3 day trip down to Drake Bay with some clients and they had a great trip.  They caught sail, wahoo, cubera, mahi and more.  The captain said the inshore fishing down there is very good.