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   Saturday, January 30, 2010  

double digits again

maybe this is a trend, 14 again today, plust the dolphins and PLENTY of tuna.
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 6:40 PM

   Friday, January 29, 2010  
a trend?

Hopefully a trend is developing with 14 sailfish releases yesterday.
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 11:10 AM

   Monday, January 25, 2010  

posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 7:11 PM  
tough fishing, but we're getting it done

Fishing has been tough, no doubt, the last week has yielded a daily average of 2-5 sails and 2-5 dorado. James did have 6 nice grouper yesterday by deep dropping on some good looking marks. Should steadily improve with the filling moon.
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 7:08 PM

   Tuesday, January 19, 2010  
Fishing since the tournament

has been a lot like fishing the last 2 days of the tournament, a little slow on the billfish, catching 2-4/day, plus 5 or 6 big dolphin, several tuna on both of the last two days and a 50 pound wahoo yesterday.
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 2:43 PM

   Sunday, January 17, 2010  
Day 3

Have a cerveza for the Cerveza, congratulations Butch and crew from Pirate's Cove, they had another great day with 7 or 8 sails and sealed the deal. Ronnie, on The Hook, the most recent 42' Maverick, finished second, just ahead of Lady Columbo.

Congratulations go out to Mark Jones who lost a 5 way tie for top angler in the tournament, losing to Bill Royster on time.

Team Dragin Fly caught 4 out of 10 sails and PLENTY of dolphin. The next guys fishing love to catch dolphin.........

Back to the grind of returning e mails and phone calls for a couple of days....
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 9:01 AM  
Day 2

Not too good.....

We won the daily yesterday, 13 sails and a marlin. Thanks to the South Carolina guys, Cam (shown below), Mark and Maxi, my body guards, and my favorite Yankee, Jim. They helped us get rid of all the bad hooks before the tournament.

Yesterday we missed 5 fish. Today we missed 5 fish, but today we only saw 8, so do the math, with only 3 sailfish releases, we let 5 boats get ahead of us, led by the Cerveza who added a dozen sails to their tally. Dolphin fishing was most excellent, caught 14 very aggrivating gaffers.

We need to see a couple of these tomorrow, wish us luck.....

posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 9:00 AM  
Day 1 Los Suenos January Tournament

Tournament Report Day 1.

We done good.
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 9:00 AM

   Wednesday, January 13, 2010  
Where did this wind come from?

Oddly enough, it's been windy here on the coast. Fortunately, where we've been fishing the past week is shielded by the mountains and seas have been calm and fishing has been good, raising about a dozen/day. Nothing red hot, but decent fishing. The tournament starts tomorrow, I'll keep you posted. This crazy weather may just fire off another marlin bite.....
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 12:37 PM

   Sunday, January 10, 2010  
Dragin Fly pics from the past few days

Berto is looking at a 2nd sailfish that is about to eat Ken's fly that is trailing behind the boat.....now that's Dragin Fly

posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 1:27 PM

   Friday, January 8, 2010  
Fly fishing

Perhaps some day I'll elaborate on the ins and outs of offshore fly fishing for those who have never experienced it. We've been doing it the last two days and both days were very typical.

Yesterday, we're pulling 5 teasers/hookless baits to raise sailfish, tease them to the boat and switch to the fly rod. It's pretty cool fishing, because it all happens right there at your feet, but it's not always easy to do, especially when the fish aren't biting, therefore not very aggressive. All day we raised 4 sails, got one of them to bite the fly and missed it, but with a spinning rod, I talked it into eating a ballyhoo on a circle hook. One for one. We also raised 4 dolphin and got no bites. The other boats around us caught 5-8 sails and a few dolphin, which we feel like we could have done if we were fishing with bait. Pretty slow day.

This morning we start off raising a dolphin that got aggressive enough for us to get a good look at, but not hot enough to eat the fly. Then we raised a sail and another sail that we did get a really good bite out of, but missed. Things were starting to look a lot like the day before, then we got the call.

Danny on the Spanish Fly found another tuna attractor, 7 miles to the south. Within 30 minutes, we were doubled up on 20-30 pound dolphin on the fly. It was pretty incredible, casting a hookless ballyhoo to get the dolphin fired up, then teasing them to the boat where they READILY ate about anything presented. All in all we landed 15 big dolphin, all on the fly. Also about 20 of those pesky yellowfins, from 5-25 pounds, all on the fly. And a nice tuna, wahoo and another big wahoo lost on the deep jigging spinning tackle.

Danny and Marvin each caught a couple of marlin within site of us while live baiting. We only live baited one malin, eating a tuna off of the fly line.

We need a billfish tomorrow......
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 7:33 PM

   Wednesday, January 6, 2010  
Good to be in Costa Rica

Every day for over a week we've had shots at marlin, catching at least one most days, but each day is different.

Typically, we're trolling up a marlin bite and 3-8 sails with several dolphin/day, HOWEVER, on the days that we find a huge tree or tuna attractor, it is nothing less than epic. I was able to ride along on the boat yesterday and this is my quick description to one of my guide buddies at home:

"Really cool fishing here, found a tuna attracter yesterday, Danny on the Spanish Fly found it the day before. Bait was tough to catch because of all the dolphin and small yellowfins and the surrounding acre of 5 pound triple tails. When we were able to scrap up enough live baits(live bonito) to fish with, we got away from the little stuff and would immediately have a marlin bite, ending up 2 out of 5 blues on the live bait . Found the bigger yellowfin and wahoos underneath it all by deep dropping. I would have loved to have spent the night on that thing. See you soon, George"
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 10:18 AM




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