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June 03, 2010

Los Suenos - Central Costa Rica - Tuna Bite Heats Up!

Tuna Bite Heats Up!

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.
We have to say that the biggest Tuna this week goes to our friend Kilsong(Pictured)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!