Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
.....and while Anna was rafting......
One from Anna
Monday, January 28, 2013
George and Anna,
Thanks for another great fishing trip to Costa Rica. It's unbelievable what I just did in only 2 days of fishing.
Friday 1/2 day inshore: 2 Roosters (one 20 plus pounds)
Saturday offshore: 22 grouper (cranked up from 400 feet) and 18 sailfish (including 2 doubles and 1 quadruple!)
I do have just one question for you though. Does your insurance cover Chiropractor visits or Massage Therapy for Fishermen who may accidentally overfish?
'Till next trip and thanks again, Stan
Sunday, January 27, 2013
snook, surf competitions and boring fishing
Anna was a little bummed out at the Saturday surf competitions at the Backyard. She doesn't have much interested in surfing, but sure does enjoy the sunset....when the competition is over and the surfers come out of the water to shower in front of the crowd.......This Saturday was "Seniors Saturday"....only over 50 surfers allowed in the competition......Sorry Anna
The sailfishing remains super consistent to the point that guys are getting "bored". After several sailfish releases per person, they're looking for dinner, taking advantage of the great bottom fishing that we're having this year. Tomorrow, they're heading out for a marlin. No telling what they'll run into, hopefully some tuna. I'm ready for sushi.
Friday, January 25, 2013
On the Dragin Fly, no double digit day yesterday, after plenty of sails, these guys went looking for a marlin. They found it and were not disappointed by the show, even though they jumped him off as he finished it's circle, most of it in the air, crossing all other lines in the water and looping back towards the boat, narrowly missing the transom.......then they joined the sailfish fleet and chalked up a release for all 6 guys before heading in. It's that good.
How is the weather where you are?
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Los Suenos Press Release
The first leg of the 2013 Los Sueños Signature Billfish Series, presented jointly by Smith Merritt Insurance, Travelers Insurance and International Special Risks, held from January 16‐19 at Los Sueños Resort and Marina, Costa Rica, welcomed 38 participating teams and 147 individual anglers. It was a record breaking tournament.
The tournament radio never went silent with boats reporting an incredible average of one billfish per minute. Over the course of the three fishing days 1,406 sailfish and 6 marlin were released, breaking the standing record, set during the first leg ofthe 2006 Series, of 1,282 billfish releases by 46 boats.
Rumor had it that the fishing was fantastic leading up to the tournament. Eight sailfish releases by 8:10 am was apromising sign of things to come. By 9:45 am, Rebel had taken an early lead with 800 points, followed by Boo Loo and Tijereta with 700 points each. Two hours after lines in a whopping 97 sailfish had already been released. The bitecontinued to heat up and just past noon the tally was up to 206 releases. By the end of Day 1, 415 sailfish were released and HT Hook had won first place, on time, over Dragin Fly, each with 2,200 points. Family & Friends placed third for the day with 1,900 points. With no marlin yet in play and the incredible bite, teams were anxious to get out again and see what Day 2 would bring.
Day 2 started where Day 1 left off. The radio was running hot, as teams called in doubles and triples galore, with some even reporting quadruples. Within the first 120 minutes of the day, 120 billfish were called in to Tournament Control. The first marlin of the tournament was released by Da Bait at 9:29 am. By 10:00 am Dragin Fly already had 7 sailfish releases for the day and had moved into the lead with 2,900 points. A second marlin was released by Tijereta at 12:52 pm. Fishing was off the charts with boats seeing 40 fish or more! Dragin Fly was able to maintain their lead with 4,400 points by day’s end, followed by HT Hook in second and High Hook in third. The total fish tally for Day 2 added up to an incredible 523 sailfish and 2 marlin, bringing the two‐day total to 940 billfish. Seafix took the day though, after releasing 27 sailfish, the most out of all the boats in Day 2. Seventy percent of the participating boats reported catches in the double digits on day 2.
Going into Day 3, everyone was wondering if the bite would cooperate for yet another day. Conditions could not have been better. The skies were gorgeous, temperature warm (not too hot), seas were calm and clear. Shortly after lines in was called out over the tournament radio, it was clear that the third and final day would be a busy one indeed. Just after 9:00 am the 1,000th fish was released by Miss Behavin. By 2:05 pm it was official! A new tournament record was set with a double by Uno Mas. What a way to celebrate the first leg of the 10th Anniversary Series! At 3:03 pm Dragin Fly released the third of the four marlin reported during Day 3, giving them a very comfortable lead. They secured their first place finish with 1,000 points more than their closest runner up‐ Rebel. Rebel quietly worked their way into second place overall with an astounding 27 sailfish releases on Day 3, ending the tournament with a total of 5,700 points. HT Hook followed in third place and showed amazing stamina over the three fishing days, ending with 5,200 points.
All told, a total of 1,412 billfish were reported, including 6 marlin.
Art Mc Donald, one of the IGFTO certified observes, made a quick calculation; 1,412 fish released, divided by 1,440 minutes of fishing equals a fish a minute.
Congratulations to all of the participating teams on an outstanding job well done!
CASH PRIZES & AWARDS
The awards ceremony was held under the stars on the white sand in front of the Los Sueños Beach Club. The weather was perfect, and about 500 anglers, captains, observers and sponsors were treated to a delicious buffet dinner, a marvelous fire show by Cirko Vivo and incredible fireworks. Tournament winners took to the stage to receive a total of $95,000 in cash, as well as other prizes provided by tournament sponsors.
1st $47,500‐ Dragin Fly, 6,700 points: 62 sails, 1 marlin
2nd $28,500‐ Rebel, 5,700 points: 57 sails
3rd $19,000‐ HT Hook, 5,200 points: 52 sails
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Good fishing continues and the snook
Did the same thing yesterday. Really, really good sailfishing and bottom fishing. I have noticed a lot of smaller sails.....is this an indication of new fish joining the adult population? There are still those 100+ pound bruisers out there, but it's good to see some little guys.
As many of you know, I've got this thing about fishing for snook from the beach.....and I'm not very good at it, but boy was I close today. I got there a little late and as I was making my way down the beach I saw some pelicans working glass minnows. Outside the pelicans were some huge explosions. I got an up close show.
By the time I got there things had settled down, I had a couple of little bites, swats at the Mirror Lure. There were lots of little jacks and unidentified tropical species that were cutting through the glass minnows which were flickering and flashing all through the dirty water, inside the breakers.
On the edge of the occasional breaking waves was a sharp color change where schools of mullet cruised back and forth down the beach. This is where I was casting and this is where I saw a coordinated attack by 3 really nice snook, each well into the teens. One of them somersaulted through the bait 30 feet in front of me, it's pack mates showering mullet and glass minnows caught up in the fray.
One time I thought I got a good bite, but it was brief and I didn't connect. What I felt on the other end of the braid was.....heavy.......other than that, no bites.
I will be there at daylight in the morning.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Pamlico Sound Great White Shark!!!!!
Mary Lee is now out of Pamlico Sound:
Saturday, January 19, 2013
On the way to the awards ceremony.......
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Day 1 Report
It's going to be a real shootout tomorrow now that our "secret spot" is public......hopefully James can find another one.
To stay in the action, check out the below link:
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Trout Report from Capt. Joe Ward
The weather has been gorgeous the past couple of weeks…and the bite has been on strong. I’ve never seen the trout so thick in the Trent river. Your Dad even had a double limit of fish with Wayne last Saturday ! LoL ! I’m wide open date wise. Hope you and Anna are having a blast. Take care.
Capt. Joe Ward
Drop us an e mail or give us a ring and we'll help get you out on the water.......in North Carolina or Costa Rica
Practice, practice, practice
Los Suenos Tournament Series starts tomorrow with Leg 1, hope to have some daily reports coming in from the tournament.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Pretty helpless feeling.......
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Really excellent fishing in Costa Rica
As with the fishing reports in North Carolina, when the fishing is really good, I don't like to get into the numbers. It's not a competition out there and a good day on the water should not be defined by the numbers or the weight of your cooler at the end of the day......usually fish in the cooler should outweigh beers out of the cooler as a general indicator.....
With an average of 4 people on the boat, a "double digit day" means that everyone caught a couple of fish. Good enough, but sometimes it gets better. When it does happen, it's even more fulfilling when you have people on the boat who appreciate a great day.
Right now we're having some great days........good enough that today we had one customer on the boat and he wanted a marlin. Instead of opting for the steady sailfish bite, Capt. James and crew of the Dragin Fly gave our single angler a double digit day on sails, dorado for dinner and his first blue marlin. We didn't fly as many flags (we don't fly flags....again, it's not a competition....until next week), but we gave our guy a trip of a lifetime today.
Crocs and Friends
We stumbled down to the river mouth and I gave the speech about the crocs, keep an eye out. At least you can survive an attack if you are in less than waste deep water.....if you have friends around, because the shallow water and wave action will give clue to the presence of a struggling surf fishermen and a 8-18 foot crocodile......OK, if an 18 footer gets ya, you're done, but an attack from an 8 footer is survivable.....if you got friends......and as my dad says, "keep your rod tip up"
I advised my "friends" that the rip tides could sweep you out to sea even in knee deep water and wading more than waste deep would put you in range of the bull sharks.......remember, it's frigging pitch black dark.
So some of this may have been "guide talk", but as I was of course, the furthest off the beach, in chest deep water and in range of the best fishing, I had it to myself......almost. My "friend", Maxi was about 30 feet away off my flank throwing a big popper.
As I was untangling line from around my tip, trying to keep my reel above the waves, not an easy feat in the dark, in waste deep water with a 8 foot spinning rod......Maxi yelled something to me. I couldn't hear him and he didn't have much of an alarmed reaction, so I assumed that he was commenting on the breaking dawn, the blanket of fading stars or the sliver of a moon that was rising ahead of the sun........I should have paid more attention.
As I untangle my tip and took up the slack, off my bow about 10 feet I saw a tail dissappear in a large swishing motion heading down the beach. At first I thought it may have been a snook, but the tail was jagged and lingered above the foam between breaking waves for far too long. I took a couple steps towards Maxi and said:
"Hey dude, I just saw something and I'm not sure what it was".
My "friend" Maxi's reply......"That's what i was yelling at you a couple of minutes ago when you were getting your shit untangled, there was a croc that swam right up on ya, his head was about 2 feet accross, but I guess that he didnt' like the way you looked so he turned and headed down the beach"
My incredulous look was followed by Maxi with: "What? I didn't think crocs was no big deal the way you was talking about them this morning, anyways, you was between me and him, so I didn't think much of it"
Sunday, January 6, 2013
From Capt. Richard Andrews
Capt. Joe Ward report
Capt Joe Ward
Even though we're in the tropics, let us know if we can help get you out on the water a little closer to home.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Red Wine and Computers
Found this out first hand. Recovering and rebuilding for the next couple of days now that I have a new computer here in CR.....to replace the new computer that I just fried. Kind of smells like Sonomoa County...
With several groups here, we've been busy. The fishing is red hot, with customers hooking their own, most days are "double digits" with as many as 30-50 sailfish bites/day. Really good stuff.
If I can ever get caught up and get out there......