Saturday, February 27, 2010

No tsunami here in Costa Rica

I was on the way to go snook fishing this morning when the tsunami warning came up. I can just see it, me, standing in chest deep water, fishing rod in hand on my head that wide-brim funny hat with the lures hanging off of it, staring up at a 20 foot wave breaking over my head.

I went yesterday and saw him, crashing bait and jumping completely out of the water, reminded me of a tarpon. I never got a bite, also reminding me of tarpon, but I felt that I was really close. I was supposed to pick up customers at 9:45 am, but the snook sucked me in and when I got to the van it was 10 am and the phone was ringing. Anna chewed me out pretty bad, but all was well, she got the guys a cab and I met them at the canopy tour, everyone was happy. I was determined to be back after him today, but the tsunami warning kept me off the beach.

It must have also shut down the bottom fishing, no luck there and another slow bite offshore. Some tuna showed up to the west, with some marlin mixed in, we'll be heading that way tomorrow.

Anna has me in the penalty box, it may be a few more days until I get another chance at the snook.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We caught 6 sails today

Maybe things are beginning to change.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I caught a wahoo

....and that was about it. I think that it's being chalked up to El Nino....same reason for the crazy winter at home? On day 3, 43 boats failed to catch 100 billfish, we didn't help the tally and scored a big goose egg......although I did catch a nice wahoo and dolphin.

In 3 days of fishing, we saw only 14 sails, got bites from 10 and caught 9, normally a decent day of fishing. To say the least, things are off a bit.

On the positive side, the roosterfishing remains good and offshore there is a lot of bait, maybe this upcoming full moon will help pick things up just like it did in January.

Congratulations to the Big Oh who won this leg of the tourney and the overall, taking about $100k.

The Spanish Fly was right there with us going into day 3, but they got the right bite, landing a marlin which was enough to move them up to 3rd place where they held by getting there first.

I see a little snook fishing in my future.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Day 2

We’ve caught everything that’s bit, just ain’t getting enough bites, but there aren’t many to go around. Caught 9, 2nd place has 12, but I’m looking at first which is just a marlin bite away. See about that mojo tomorrow, I did a little dance this afternoon and caught one with 30 seconds left on the clock. Gonna dance a lot tomorrow, I need my white boots.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

First day report

How are we doing? I guess it depends on how you look at it..... We caught all that bit, but we only got 5 bites and saw 3 more that didn't. First place after Day 1 is the Big Oh with 13 sailfish releases, then it drops off from there with the 3rd place boat with 8 sails. James said something about concentrating on the 500 point marlin tomorrow.....we'll see how that goes.
Checking back in.....the rains from the night before dirtied our water, so the roosterfishing/jacks on the fly didn't work out, but we did beat down a sail on a fly, followed by a handfull of sailfish releases/day over the last couple of days. Tourney starts today and I hopefully will have a positive report this afternoon.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Roosters continue to chew

We had another great day with the roosters yesterday, plus about 30 jacks, many on the fly. It was good enough on the pangas, we are planning to check it out with the Dragin Fly today. Sailfishing the next couple of days and getting ready for the Tourney at the end of the week.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Overnighter Report

Great trip on the way out there with a steady bite of sails out to 75 miles, catching 3 on the fly, plus another 10 on bait. The sails were really aggressive, often with 2 or 3 fish coming on the teasers with great bites on the fly. Chela fixed up a dorado for dinner, then when it got dark there was a steady supply of squid coming to the lights. We understood why everyone wanted us to bring back fresh squid, a little butter and about 1 minute in the microwave....Que rico.

We ending up with about 150 squid, sending them back down on hooks and glow sticks in hopes of a sword, but no luck. We did catch 2 deep water sharks, black with big eyes, and 3 sailfish at night, the sails were 3 inches long and came up to the lights, catching them in a dip net. Very cool.

Nice trip back home with a wahoo bite, several dolphin and a couple of grouper that couldn't resist the fresh squid.

We didn't see the marlin that we were looking for, but congratulations to Chad and thanks for the pic of the marlin he caught on another boat that we booked for him out of Los Suenos.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Strange things

The good sail fishing that we had around the full moon has fallen off to a consistent bite of 5-7 sails and a couple dorado/day.....with the exception of Sunday, which was a strange day. It was the first day that I can remember that the Dragin Fly failed to land a billfish. It happens sometimes when you're trying to be the hero, sometimes you end up the zero.....also, it rained that night. I mean it really, really rained, more than I've ever seen in February.

Monday morning was dreary, rainy, cloudy and a bit breezy. At daylight, myself, Pat and Wayne were standing in chest deep water trying for my snook. No bites. Our panga picked us up from the beach and we headed to Punta Mala with a dozen live mullet and a couple of rods rigged with poppers. After about 30 minutes of slow trolling mullet and casting poppers, someone turned on the switch. For two hours we had spectacular topwater action on the roosters, hooking a dozen BIG roosters, catch 5 and about a dozen jacks, mostly on poppers, with vicious bites from multiple roosters competing for the popper.

By mid day the skies cleared and the bite died, offshore it was back to normal, with the daily quota of 6 sails and a dorado. Same today.

Tomorrow we're heading offshore to spend the night, maybe we'll find something really good.

Here's a picture of the groupers that we bagged on the way home the other day, nice to have something to eat other than dolphin each day.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Getting it done with a triple header

From Tag-A-Long Dan

Hope to do some of this next season, details to follow in the upcoming newsletter.

Rooster fishing

I've hated to jinx the streak, but we've had some really good inshore fishing, casting poppers for roosterfish. Typically, it's pretty inconsistent, but this year, out of a dozen trips, trophy roosters have been landed every day.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

NC reminiscing

Caught a couple of jacks in my snook hole today. Wayne R. showed me that they will bust a zara spook, he had 4 great topwater snook bites, but never landed one.....I imagine he'll be trying again very soon.

Here are some clips of Capt. Ray from the past year, check him out, flounder gigging, puppy drum fishing, dolphin, bottom fishing, even ribbon fish.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Got him

I got snooked again

The big toe has healed and I've started to venture into the surf again. I went with Pepe from the hotel two days ago and he gave me a clinic on how to catch 10 pound snappers on mirror lures. I went back yesterday and fished about an hour, just as I was leaving I saw a big snook running foot long mullet in a foot of water, pushing a heck of a bow wave as the terrified mullet would jump ahead of it, only landing in a pile of white water. I regrouped, caught a mullet with the cast net and after about 45 minutes, I got the bite.......and missed it, pulling the mullet out of a 15-20 pounders mouth only to have him attack his lost meal again, missing it in the breakers.

Heading back to the beach now, maybe today is the day, officially I am 0 for 1 on bites and 0 for 3 on attempts, but I received a little motivation yesterday.

On the sailfish front, good stead fishing, catching 100 sails this week. That is a welcome change to the 2-5 daily bites that we were getting. Who says that they don't like a full moon?