Tuesday, September 30, 2014

more Costa Rica tarpon porn

Some shots need to be cropped, the below does not.  Very lucky with that one, check out the fly.  Elephants do eat peanuts


 Double header on the below shot, Pat with his 2nd for the morning on the fly, me picking up the pieces on bait.  Actually we did better on the fly, fishing 4 bait rods and 1 fly rod, we were 3 for 4 on the fly and 2 for 3 on bait......this morning.

Monday, September 29, 2014

More tarpon pay back

waiting for us on the other side

"Raised seven sailfish catch 5 and two mahi mahi" ---Capt. James

How about some drum pics?

"Mitch couldn’t have been better and  my ladies had the experience of a lifetime.  
Mitch was smart (trailering his boat around so we didn’t have to pound through heavy seas), enthusiastic, encouraging, patient- and put us on fish like it was a movie script!   My two daughters and my wife each caught nice reds in the 24-26” class (in addition to some smaller fish) while working around the edges- then we anchored out on a “honey hole” for sundown and they let me reel in a 47 pounder that hit right on schedule.  When we pulled in to trailer the boat after dark, there were some very happy folks  stepping ashore!
Mitch expertly filleted  the fish, made arrangements at the Toucan to cook our catch for dinner- and then made us feel like members of the family when he joined us for the event.  Turns out yesterday was his birthday so we had a quick one-day-early birthday celebration complete with candle.  
We’ll be back!"


More Capt. Mitch praise: 

"I have to chime in to sing Mitch's praises! I wasn't planning to go on this trip...in fact I arrived in my shopping clothes to drop them off and head back to town.  I just wasn't sure I would feel comfortable on the boat, having never spent 5 hours at a stretch at sea. Would I get seasick? Sunburned? Have to go to the bathroom?

15 seconds talking with Mitch and I changed my mind. He was so confident I would have fun, so capable, answered all my questions and addressed all the fears with a calm sense of humor. Then we took off and he made good on all the promises of fun. He worked so hard to make sure everything was perfect for us....and it was.

I told him at the end that I felt like I had been part of a movie script. Each one of us “girls”  caught a nice big fish at one of the places he took us.  I think Mitch knew we all really wanted Bob to catch something special, so headed for the big water at sunset in search of the "big fish”.  He wasn't going to be satisfied unless our day ended with a bang, and it sure did. He worked so fast and hard to bait and cast out 6 lines and, just before sundown, Bob caught the monster fish! The pictures and video we have of this are family treasures!!

As Anna whispered to me as we were pulling in...”Mom, this was the perfect, perfect, perfect day.”  It was. Thank you, Mitch, for helping my daughters talk me into going along. I will never forget it!"

Ready to go fishing with Capt. Mitch?   Give us a ring or send an e mail to info@downeastguideservice.com 

How to bow to the king

Did you see that, here it is again:

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Double digit day on the tarpon

Wow, that is refreshing to get a little payback on those jokers.   This afternoon we got into a nest of little ones, landing 3 double headers, each time a little 30 pounder and the other half of the double would be more than twice that size, up to about 100 pounds.  Thankfully, no monsters.   In total 8 for the afternoon and 3 this morning, so a double digit day.   Extremely good tarpon fishing.

Report from Capt. Chris

Thought you could appreciate this cobia story. . .King fishing today, guy trolling almost straight at me because we kept getting bites I guess...He gets about 50' from my port side and this cobia was paddling right beside his boat (they never saw it) I grabbed my prop bait pitched right beside his boat and well, dinner is served! Coolest part cobia tail walked all the way to my gaff! 
Had several kings one 34#

view from the lodge

....not the first time that a couple of jack asses have been messing around in a boat that was too small.

It took about 20 minutes........

....to get the first rod bent with a tarpon on the other end of the line.   3 for 3 this morning.   From the reports of other anglers at the lodge, the afternoons are on fire, Big Jim Never Enough had a double digit afternoon yesterday.