Saturday, February 27, 2010
No tsunami here in Costa Rica
by Capt. George Beckwith at 9:09 PM
but the bottom fishing did shut off today.
......and a marlin
by Capt. George Beckwith at 8:52 PM
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
......a marlin and 3 sails, but things are still a bit tough....we're working for them.
We caught 6 sails today
by Capt. George Beckwith at 8:07 PM
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Maybe this is the beginning of a trend.
I caught a wahoo....
by Capt. George Beckwith at 2:12 PM
Friday, February 19, 2010
....and that was about it. I think that it's being chalked up to El Nino....same reason for the crazy winter at home? On day 3, 43 boats failed to catch 100 billfish, we didn't help the tally and scored a big goose egg......although I did catch a nice wahoo and dolphin.
In 3 days of fishing, we saw only 14 sails, got bites from 10 and caught 9, normally a decent day of fishing. To say the least, things are off a bit.
On the positive side, the roosterfishing remains good and offshore there is a lot of bait, maybe this upcoming full moon will help pick things up just like it did in January.
Congratulations to the Big Oh who won this leg of the tourney and the overall, taking about $100k.
The Spanish Fly was right there with us going into day 3, but they got the right bite, landing a marlin which was enough to move them up to 3rd place where they held by getting there first.
I see a little snook fishing in my future.
by Capt. George Beckwith at 8:26 PM
Thursday, February 18, 2010
We’ve caught everything that’s bit, just ain’t getting enough bites, but there aren’t many to go around. Caught 9, 2nd place has 12, but I’m looking at first which is just a marlin bite away. See about that mojo tomorrow, I did a little dance this afternoon and caught one with 30 seconds left on the clock. Gonna dance a lot tomorrow, I need my white boots.
First day report
by Capt. George Beckwith at 8:05 PM
Friday, February 12, 2010
How are we doing? I guess it depends on how you look at it..... We caught all that bit, but we only got 5 bites and saw 3 more that didn't. First place after Day 1 is the Big Oh with 13 sailfish releases, then it drops off from there with the 3rd place boat with 8 sails. James said something about concentrating on the 500 point marlin tomorrow.....we'll see how that goes.
by Capt. George Beckwith at 10:43 AM
Great trip on the way out there with a steady bite of sails out to 75 miles, catching 3 on the fly, plus another 10 on bait. The sails were really aggressive, often with 2 or 3 fish coming on the teasers with great bites on the fly. Chela fixed up a dorado for dinner, then when it got dark there was a steady supply of squid coming to the lights. We understood why everyone wanted us to bring back fresh squid, a little butter and about 1 minute in the microwave....Que rico.
We ending up with about 150 squid, sending them back down on hooks and glow sticks in hopes of a sword, but no luck. We did catch 2 deep water sharks, black with big eyes, and 3 sailfish at night, the sails were 3 inches long and came up to the lights, catching them in a dip net. Very cool.
Nice trip back home with a wahoo bite, several dolphin and a couple of grouper that couldn't resist the fresh squid.
We didn't see the marlin that we were looking for, but congratulations to Chad and thanks for the pic of the marlin he caught on another boat that we booked for him out of Los Suenos.
by Capt. George Beckwith at 10:43 AM
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The good sail fishing that we had around the full moon has fallen off to a consistent bite of 5-7 sails and a couple dorado/day.....with the exception of Sunday, which was a strange day. It was the first day that I can remember that the Dragin Fly failed to land a billfish. It happens sometimes when you're trying to be the hero, sometimes you end up the zero.....also, it rained that night. I mean it really, really rained, more than I've ever seen in February.
Monday morning was dreary, rainy, cloudy and a bit breezy. At daylight, myself, Pat and Wayne were standing in chest deep water trying for my snook. No bites. Our panga picked us up from the beach and we headed to Punta Mala with a dozen live mullet and a couple of rods rigged with poppers. After about 30 minutes of slow trolling mullet and casting poppers, someone turned on the switch. For two hours we had spectacular topwater action on the roosters, hooking a dozen BIG roosters, catch 5 and about a dozen jacks, mostly on poppers, with vicious bites from multiple roosters competing for the popper.
By mid day the skies cleared and the bite died, offshore it was back to normal, with the daily quota of 6 sails and a dorado. Same today.
Tomorrow we're heading offshore to spend the night, maybe we'll find something really good.
Here's a picture of the groupers that we bagged on the way home the other day, nice to have something to eat other than dolphin each day.
still getting 'em
by Capt. George Beckwith at 7:38 PM
Slow morning, but things picked up in the afternoon and the good fishing continues with another double digit day. Nothing for dinner today, but tuna and dolphin yesterday in addition to a dozen sails.