Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Great fishing continues in Costa Rica

Consistent double digit days
Good tournament fishing, check out the report at www.draginflycostarica.com 
Thankfully some are willing to come and jump through the hoops, which are really not that bad and Anna made easy. 

Friday, January 15, 2021

Roanoke River Striped Bass Season one week only at Weldon

 Upper River open season (above 258 Bridge at Scotland Neck): April 24th – April 30th.

Lower River open season (below 258 Bridge at Scotland Neck): April 10th – April 16th.

 These weeks (Saturday through Friday on the calendar this year) were picked because the harvest in each zone on these dates is the highest we’ve seen on average over the last nine years. The season changes were made because the quota was reduced from 68,750 pounds to 12,800 pounds.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

more hoops. Epic fishing

 More hoops through which to jump but EPIC fishing awaits those who are willing


 After 9 months of pointless Costa Rica travel restrictions the USA is now taking the lead in dumb ass rules that do nothing but stifle tourism and small business. 

As of Jan. 26 a negative COVID test is required to enter the USA.   No problem making that happen on our end down here.  Testing is on site and available here at Los Suenos with results within 24 hours. 

This unfortunate restriction will not slow the ongoing spread of the China virus in the US but it is very effective at discouraging travel, which I guess is the point? 

As a result of this new bone-head restrcition, we have plenty of last minute openings on the Dragin Fly. 

Book 3 days and get a 4th day FREE. 

Friday, January 8, 2021

short day in Costa Rica

 



Short day quit fishing at noon catch 4 sailfish 1 mahi mahi 2 yellow fin tuna and 1 blue marlin


Our calendar is like playing "Whack A Mole"  .  Coronapanic cancellations and vaccine rebookings have given us very rare scattered openings during the peak season. 

Great deals on conods, stay a week but only pay for 5 nights at reduced Green Season rates. 

Seamount season is looking good, we are completely booked for seamount trips from mid-june through mid-August but we still have openings May/early June and later in August through mid-November which is typically the peak of our seamount season and opporutnity for double digit days on blue marlin. 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Costa Rica reports, wish you were there? Don't let the Coronapanic slow you down.

  Jan. 2 "slowed down for us a little, we catch 2 sailfish and 3 doroadon and 2 yellowfins and had a blue marlin on for a few minutes but pulled him off". 

Jan. 1 "we just fished a half day, raised 6 blue marlin and caught 2 and a bunch of dorado" 

Dec. 31  "What a way to end the year, 6 for 6 on blue marlin and 6 for 8 sailifsh and 2 mahi mahi" 

Dec. 30  "we catch 3 blue marlin, 5 sailfish and 3 mahi mahi" 

Dec. 29  "A little better today, catch 2 blue marlin and 6 sailfish and 6 tunas" 

Dec. 28 "Not too good with the hooking today, we missed 2 blue marllin and raised 10 sailfish, caught 4 of them" 

Dec. 27 "fishing seems to be picking up, we were 8 for 9 on sails today" 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

One day of blue marlin fishing
















 

December Report from the Seamounts:

 

December Report from the Seamounts:

We released our first blue marlin with the sun only three fingers over the horizon of Costa Rica’s seamounts.  After chugging all night, we had hopes of great things that can happen during the hours on either side of twilight.

Prior to departing the afternoon before, Capt. James and crew introduced our clients to a  blue marlin, sailfish and a bunch of tunas.   Had we traveled all night for something that can be found right out front?    

 

That question was answered halfway through my first cup of coffee when something sipped the ballyhoo on the right long and the line fell out of the clip.   When everything came tight with a 300 plus pound blue marlin jumping into the sunrise it was absolutely certain that we were in the right place at the right time.  

 

 Halfway through gallo pinto, local salsichas, and scrambled eggs another smaller blue was on the left teaser and eagerly switched to a bonito pitchbait.  An hour after this release, a triple header of blue marlin was chewing baits in the spread.   We hooked two, but only landed one of them.  

 

By 10 am we had seen 9 marlin, gotten bites from 7 and landed 5.   The afternoon bite slowed a bit, but we did catch a couple more.    The nighttime show on and above the water was amazing.   We caught a couple of buckets of calamari under a moonless sky, bright with stars, both fixed and falling.    

 

No bites from the swordfish on our overnight drift of about 12 miles.  The water pushing us along was at least 5 degrees cooler and greener from when we pulled lines out the evening before.   Nonetheless we put out our marlin spread and headed back to the underwater mountain tops.   Apparently the marlins from the day before had moved on and so did we.  After three hours of pulling lines during prime time without seeing a billfish we loaded the live well and bait tubes in search of a school of tuna on the ride home.   We found them.

 

Nothing in fishing is certain, not even in Costa Rica and not even at the seamounts or any other must do destination.   For this reason we recommend booking multiple days.   We got lucky.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020


 

Monday, December 7, 2020

Costa Rica: OPEN for business

 Great trip down.  No lines.  No hassle.  No traffic. 

Off the hook tuna fishing and some marlins around.   Pat caught two and I got mine, plus some sails and a bunch of dorado.   

some pics from this weekend. 









Thursday, November 26, 2020

Hiding out up in the hills

 It's been a long time since I've posted, primarily because I have been up in the woods of Virginia.  Deer tags are almost full and so is the freezer.       I'm coming back Down East to hop on a plane and finally get back to Costa Rica and the Dragin Fly for a couple of weeks but will be back for the last day of deer season.

It's not hard to see what the fishing has been like on the coast this fall.   Simply EPIC 

The best albie fishing in more than a decade and the trout fishing is off the hook. 

this picture tells a lot of stories of my time up here


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Thursday, October 15, 2020

best albie year in a long time

 Good weather. Good fishing and lots of bait balls. 

I think that I'll miss it this year, back in the hills waiting for the election to be settled and get to Costa Rica. 

Hopefully some reports coming in from there and our first upcoming charter for the season on Nov. 7. 

Sunday, October 4, 2020

yup, for the most part they've gone

 still good light tackle action. 

On other notes, Costa Rica is opening to all US tourists from all 50 states on Nov. 1. 


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Going to give these slots a ride to Brant Island


 This was the pic and report that I got from Justin after catching the pups and off to search for the mass of big drum which literally disappeared through a moon lit night.   He did not find them 

Yes, there are still some around, kind of like a reverse coronacurve, but the peak has passed.   Hopefully the Coronapanic will also disapear as abruptly as the drum, my prediction is a dramatic decrease on Nov. 3. 

Go vote.   Early voting starts in NC on Oct. 15-31.  

Sunday, September 27, 2020

full moon coming

 and just like that, Houdini 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

yes they do bite in the wind



 

Epic bite continues

 but may dramatically fall off on our side of the sound on the next full moon. 

Will still be some big uns around and the light tackle action is incredible and should remain so through the rest of this screwed up year. 

Guide Day Off

 When the customers say it's just too rough......the guides go fishing

 













Sunday, September 20, 2020

this past week with Justin

 Yes, it was rough. 

Yes, it was epic. 

Yes, you missed it. 










Excellent fishing continues despite the blow.