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June 24, 2010

Central Costa Rica, 3 Marlin 300 Range and Fat Grouper

Central Costa Rica, 3 Marlin 300 Range and Fat Grouper

Its seems hard to believe the time has gone by so quick since our last report
2nd week of June
Fly and Fish Costa Rica team decided to fish a special location we call "location x" onboard the Dream Catcher out of Los Suenos Marina in search of some tasty bottom fish. But first we went to the "26" were we soon found large schools of about 50 Jack Cravelle In the 10-16 lbs range cruising the surface and occasionally tailing. We had seen the large schools earlier in the year (February) inshore around Quepos. We cast vertical jigs into the school and hooked up on a nice 12 pounder who gave a really rewarding fight and was quickly released. Next we moved on to "Location X" that quickly gave up its bounty with a nice 25 -30 lbs grouper and several keeper snapper and one large Almaco Jack that got released. Shauntele also did something that we had never seen or done before she caught two snapper on each of the two assist hooks. Check out all the action at
It was getting late and needed to make one more stop, a shrimp trawler to exchange a six pack for some shrimp to complete the dinner plans. With grouper, snapper, and shrimp dinner on our minds and the sun setting it was time to head home.
3rd Week of June
Jon of and his friend flew in from Fort Lauderdale and Headed out on "Carolina Magic" with Capt. Gregg Penley (mates Garrett & Men). Left Los Suenos at around 7:00 and headed South along coast and offshore. The captain and mate put out a spread of 4 teasers up short and 3 rigged ballyhoo farther back. Around 11:00 we raised a Pacific sail around 90 pounds and caught him then raised a slightly smaller sail about an hour later.

As we trolled south we saw a floating tree we appropriately, called the "Tree of Life". Which we circled and quickly brought in a 6-7 pound Bonita. The mate hooked him up and let the line out. As he was twisting the line to put it on an outrigger, the pole almost popped out of his hand. Seconds later a 250 pound Marlin started to "gray hound" across the flat calm sea. We fought the Marlin around 15 minutes before he jumped several times again eventually landing on the line and breaking it.

We continued to circle the tree and shortly thereafter we landed a nice Mahi on a small Bonita and then caught a Wahoo on one of the lures we were using to catch Bonita. (That was a bonus.)
Still circling the tree we eventually hooked another Bonita up and raised a second marlin on it. After a nice fight, we got him to the boat and released him. Captain guessed 350+ pounds. After that we hooked one more marlin that I fought for 40 minutes or so before the hook popped out.

4th week of May
With the recent full moon and a falling high tide at sunset really turned the inshore bite into a feeding frenzy. The recent rain caused huge amounts of water to spill into the ocean at an extremely high velocity. With all this moving water powerful currents sweep the seafloor. Food organisms and juvenile crustaceans that live on or near the bottom become part of this mass exodus of water that is rapidly flushing out to sea. Baitfish feed on these organisms, bigger fish feed on the crustaceans, even larger fish feed on the bigger fish?and you can follow the food chain up from there. The result was an amazing site. Huge schools of bait fish pinned against the beach as, what seemed to be hundreds of Snook and Jack Cravale made the surface boil. The trapped bait fish jumped over the backs of each other desperately trying to find deep water and cover. The bite lasted around an hour the water boiled as the local and I into the frenzy. It was truly amazing to watch and take part in.
Snook fishing is best just off the many of the river mouths along the coast, up the Sierpe River and in the big lagoon on the Sierpe. The world-record Pacific Black Snook was taken a couple years ago in July just off the mouth of the Río Naranjo Although it is a new fishery, the best months seem to be from July through November during the heavy rainy season.
Tuna have been the big news a solid run has started about 30-35 miles out with most boats coming back with a half dozen or more in the 20 to 30 pound range with a few on the 50-60 lbs side. The Marlin bite has continued with a couple of Blues and Stripped Marlin in the 175 lbs range released this week.
The Biggest Tuna this week goes to our friend Mr Kilsong who caught a 220lbs Bluefin on a FCL Labo jig while fishing out of the North East Coast of the United States.
Well done and nice job!

MAY 1 2010
First we would like to thank all of you for voting for our own team member Shauntele Who has won the Saltwater Sportsman Magazine fish babe for the month of March. She certainly could not have done it with out you!
The last couple of weeks have been mostly sunny and really nice. The classic weather pattern is playing out for this time with 3 o'clock showers that last a few hours. It seems that inshore the rain water and river run-off along with strong tides have agitated large schools of sardines to move along the beach some schools I witnesses as big as 50 rds end to end. Obviously, the inshore bite has followed with several rooster caught south of los Suenos. Meanwhile, offshore the water has cooled a little and a steady current is in place. Out of the boats that have gone out this past week not one of them came back with less than 5 sailfish releases and one had up to 9 sailfish released. Likewise the Dorado have been out in full force producing a great bite. One of our fleet boats caught 9 cows and had a bull up to 35 pounds. With the Dorado running the Marlin have not been strangers either with one of the boats releasing a nice blue. As well as several others raised but not committing to the drop back bait. The yellow fin are around but not yet in solid numbers however one of the boats did boat a nice one yesterday. We certainly look forward to a solid Tuna run over the next two months.

Pura Vida