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   Friday, April 14, 2017  

A change is a coming

Well, I have to admit that I have been slack on posting reports this year, but we have been super busy and honestly, the fishing has been about the same, every day for the past month or more:     Tunas, tunas, more tunas and a few sailfish, like 5 bites/day is a good day, but almost daily shots at marlin.   Dolphin have been rare this year.

I have heard other people comment on the "slow" fishing this year and I have to chuckle.   Yes, the sailfish bite has been "off" from the epic years that we have had the last three.   You can check out our catch stats and see it all right there.   However, this year the marlin fishing has been really consistent.

Consider this, last year from January through May, we only caught 4 marlin.  This year in  just the first three months of the year, the Dragin Fly has landed close to 40 marlin.

On the other hand, from January through March we have caught less than 400 sailfish, whereas the same 3 months last year we landed over 1100 sails.

I blame the less than average sailfish count on a strong La Nina.   I blame the excellent tuna fishing on Tico Atun, a program designed to protect Costa Rica tuna by forcing commerical purse seiners outside of 50 miles.    Even with slack enforcement, the difference has been incredible with daily catches of tuna often saving the charter.

Each of the last three days the Dragin Fly has had a dozen or more bites from sailfish which is definitly a change for the better.   Captain James believes that this Green Season is going to be really good on day trips and the seamounts are already firing off.    We are looking for a very busy summer with a lot better fishing than we have had during the "peak" season.

Anytime that you want an up to date report, in case I have been slack, you can send me an e mail at info@downeastguideervice.com 

posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 10:40 AM

   Saturday, March 25, 2017  
Dead Last Doesn't Taste Too Good Either

But I will go with Capt. James anywhere he takes us.   We probably would have caught more fish if we weren't trying to win, but for two and a half days we were on the hunt for the winning bite that BC Angel found this afternoon.   Congrats to the Sea Angel on their victory.  For us, regrouping and strategizing for next year.
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 6:47 PM

   Friday, March 24, 2017  
Is that a skunk I smell?

Why yes, it is.   Wow, I did say that I was happy that we caught one yesterday.  Looking to be the hero and ended up the zero.
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 6:41 PM

   Thursday, March 23, 2017  
Day 1 Report.....page 2

Wow.  We saw 6 fish, one was a blue marlin that didn't eat.  one was a sail that didn't eat and our team caught only 1 of 4 sailfish bites.  To be honest, after today, I'm glad to at least be on the board without a zero.  Hopefully hero tomorrow with the lead within reach of every boat in the tournament.
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 9:11 PM

   Tuesday, March 21, 2017  
Report and Nicole's grand slam

Tunas and marlins have often saved the day, still waiting and waiting for those big numbers of sails to materialize but we are still catching a few each day.   Tournament time again this week and will try and post updates.  Enjoy this video of Nicole's black marlin on the Fire Fly.  She finished her slam yesterday on the Dragin Fly with a nice blue marlin and a sailfish.
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 9:48 AM




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