Blue Marlin on fly, School
Report, Los Suenos CR
June 17, 18, 19, 20, 2014
Greetings from Costa Rica:
I just got in from spending from Tuesday at noon to Friday at 4:00 PM fly fishing for Blue Marlin aboard "Dragin Fly" With my friend and Marlin School student Paul Lombardi. I have not had time to down load the pictures or video yet, however here is a preliminary report on my first Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School, in Costa Rica, which I typed during the trip and on my way in to the dock at Los Suenos.
I am 109 miles out from Los Suenos marina resort in Costa Rica, as I type this part of my report, it is now 12:00 noon on June 18. On Monday I arrived and met my student Paul Lombardi at our condo at the Los Suenos Resort, we hooked up with Captain James and mates Alberto and Marcos, our crew, aboard Dragin Fly for the next 4 days of fly fishing for Blue Marlin. We had a great dinner in the Italian restaurant in the resort, got a good night sleep, and loaded our gear aboard Dragin fly.
On Tuesday June 17, we left Los Suenos marina at 10:30 AM, ran 25 miles out and then we began trolling teasers, looking for Marlin. At 2:30 we raised a 450 pound Blue Marlin which refused to tease, and then at 5:00 PM Paul caught our dinner, a 20 pound Yellow Fin Tuna, on fly! We arrived at destination "Blue Marlin-X-1", (BM-X-1) at 10:00 PM, put out our sea anchor and slept well in a 2 foot swell with calm seas and bright moonlight.
We awoke, then showered and ate breakfast at 4:30 AM on June 18, at 5:10 we deployed our teasers, and at 5:20, I cast my fly to a 175 pound Blue Marlin. By 5:40 AM I had caught and released my first Blue Marlin of the day, a 175 pound red hot fish, which ate a pink and white Cam Sigler popper fly, the fish was caught on 20 pound tippet. By 7:00 AM, Paul had hooked a 250 pound Blue marlin which came unhooked after a 5 minute battle. Next Paul hooked and landed a 150 pound Blue Marlin on fly, his first ever Blue Marlin and his first Marlin on fly. By 8:00 AM we had raised 5, got 3 bites and Caught 2 Blue Marlin on fly, then the fishing turned on.
So far today We have raised, 12 Blue Marlin and two sailfish, we had 5 bites from 5 Blue Marlin, I caught a 175 and a 250 pound fish from 2 bites, Paul caught a 150 pound marlin from 3 bites. We also went 1 for 2 on sailfish on fly.
At 6:00 PM we quit fishing, what a day, I got 3 Blue Marlin to eat my fly, and caught all three, (A new personal best for me) and I caught a sailfish on fly today. Paul who had never done this and is wanting to learn, hooked four Blue Marlin and caught his first Blue Marlin ever on his first day, he also caught a sailfish on fly. Our team, "Dragin Fly", raised 21 Blue Marlin, and 3 sailfish, we got 7 Blue Marlin and 3 sailfish to bite, our total score was four blue Marlin and two sailfish caught and released, on fly, on June 18, 2014.
June 19, 2014: Slept great, woke up at 3:30 AM, had sausage and eggs for breakfast, took a shower, put on sun screen, pulled in the sea anchor, and began fly fishing at 5:30 AM in dead calm seas. By 8:30 we hadn't seen a fish so we decided to head to destination "BM-X-2", about 40 miles away, we trolled over there, and arrived at 11:30 AM. By 11:50 AM I had caught and released my first Blue Marlin of the day, a 175 pound fish. Paul hooked, fought, and pulled the hook on a 200 pounder within the next 20 minutes, then he hooked another 150 pound Blue Marlin which came off at 1:00 PM.
At 1:30 I hooked a Big Blue Marlin, this fish was tough, I applied maximum pressure for just over an hour, before catching and releasing a 275 pound Blue Marlin, on 20 pound tippet. (After 1 & 1/2 days of fly fishing for Blue Marlin on this trip I have hooked five and caught five Blue Marlin on Fly), by the way, this fish was my 25th Blue Marlin caught on fly during my career as a Marlin fly angler.
Paul Lombardi, then hooked a big Marlin, over 300 pounds, on his next cast, it ate the Cam Sigler (pink) fly, and ran off 200 yards from the drag on my Mako #9700 fly reel, before it jumped, showing us that it was a big Black Marlin. Paul worked hard and followed directions well, James did a great job menuvering the "Dragin Fly", and 20 minutes later, Paul Lombardi, had released his first ever Black Marlin on fly. a fish which was close to 350 pounds. At 5:00 PM we left destination "BM-X-2 and started to putt back over to destination "BM-X-1", where we deployed our sea anchor and slept until 4:00 AM. The total score for today, raised 5 Blue and one Black Marlin, got bites from 4 Blue Marlin and one Black Marlin, and we caught 2 Blue Marlin and one Black Marlin.
Today, June 20, 2014, we had breakfast in dead calm seas, and deployed our teasers at 5:30 AM, we fished this spot for an hour and then began our long trip home to Los Suenos, after my first, Costa Rica Blue Marlin on fly school. During our two days of fly fishing on destination BM-X-1 and BM-X-2, we had raised a total of 25 Blue Marlin, one Black Marlin, and four Sailfish. We got bites on fly from 11 Blue Marlin, one Black Marlin, and 3 Sailfish, and we caught and released, 6 Blue Marlin, one Black Marlin, and two Sailfish on fly "Dragin Fly". Paul had caught some Sailfish on fly with me at a Sailfish School in Guatemala, last year but no Marlin. During our two days of fly fishing he managed to catch a Blue Marlin on fly, A Sailfish on fly, and a Black Marlin on fly. Meanwhile I was lucky enough to catch and release five Blue Marlin on fly, from 5 bites, during our two days along with a sailfish on fly.
All fish during my Blue Marlin Costa Roca School were caught while using TFO Blue Water HD rods, Mako #9700 fly reels, Rio Livathan fly lines, and Gamakatsu Octapus hooks. Stay tuned for more Fly Fishing school reports shortly, I love my job, wish you were here. Pictures later.
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