Friday, February 28, 2014
Day 2 Report
by Capt. George Beckwith at 8:37 PM
Thursday, February 27, 2014
The greasy slick calm days with sailfish fanning the surface in quads is just a memory after the last couple of days. It's not rough for NC standards, but for Costa Rica, two days of 15 knt winds make it a bit choppy and the bite has definitely changed.
James on the Dragin Fly and Danny on the Spanish Fly charged out to the west today looking for all of those fish that disappeared before the tournament. Neither of us found them. We did have one bright spot when we were running through a squall line with torrential rain and water spouts lined up and down. When we punched through we were greeted by thousands of birds picking the water. James pulled back and set the spread and we caught a quick double header, missing a couple others, then it just evaporated. Five hours later the radio fired off and the fleet tightened up, fortunately we were only about 5 miles away and made a short run to the edge of the crowd and had 10 quick bites, catching 5 of them. 7 for today and 12 for yesterday, each day we had 15 bites. The top boat had 15 sails today with the rest of the leaders within a couple of fish.
Our friend Capt. Tony's consistency on Team Galati has got him in first place for this leg of the 3 tournament series with a total of 3300 points, followed by the HT Hook, also a 43' Maverick like the Dragin Fly, but everyone is still way behind the Xta Sea who one the first leg and now has over 10,000 points.
It only takes a couple big days to be right back in the thick of it, we're looking for one tomorrow.
Day 1 Report
by Capt. George Beckwith at 8:51 PM
Saturday, February 22, 2014
In the first day of the 2nd leg of the Los Suenos Triple Crown......we started the day off with a steady pick for the first couple of hours while the rest of the fleet struggled, then it just died. We are in the middle of the pack with a dozen sailfish releases, way behind the leader, Uno Mas with 20 sails and a striped marlin. Although we never landed on the motherload, we did catch most of what we saw and that is a huge improvement over our performance in the last leg. Hopefully our hook up ratio will hold together when James puts us on the big bite.
by Capt. George Beckwith at 5:32 PM
Monday, February 17, 2014
Sailfishing has been good and consistent. Some days are better than others, but the slow days are still pretty good fishing. Everyone is getting a turn or two. We're gearing up for the tournament this weekend, hopefully James will get us the bites and we can do a better job of turning those bites into releases.
fishing this past week
by Capt. George Beckwith at 9:08 PM
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Things have been very busy for us, not much time even to ride along on the boat, let alone catch a snook. Fishing has remained really consistent, both on the bottom for some quick drops for dinner and on top with the sails. I did have the pleasure to ride along with some friends this week, some of them old friends who I just met. Enjoy the pics....
Pics from this week
by Capt. George Beckwith at 9:50 PM
The bite has been close, the other day we put lines out at 12 miles. You can see the mountains in the background. Enrique, who many of you may have fished with on his panga for roosterfish, he was out rubbing elbows with the big boys and hooked a black marlin right beside us, jumping him off but catching some sails and dorado.
Picking back up
by Capt. George Beckwith at 5:40 PM
Monday, February 10, 2014
double digit day yesterday and 22 sails today plus a couple of tuna that strayed up onto the bank.
by Capt. George Beckwith at 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Sailfish bite slowed a little today, still double digit shots and everyone gets a turn or two plus dorado for all.
"All the black marlin you ever want on a 30"
by Capt. George Beckwith at 10:31 PM
That's how James described the black marlin that refused a bonito on a 50 and ate a dink bait on a 30. After getting hooked, she just swam along on the surface, James backed right down to her and got the release. When Berto tugged a little on the leader, a conservatively estimated 500-600 pounds of fury was unleashed, bolted off 200 yards in the air then turned and charged the boat. The Dragin Fly doesn't blow smoke but James did give her the gas trying to get out of the way of that big marlin. Also a double digit day with the sails.
by Capt. George Beckwith at 10:51 AM
The boys tried some of that bottom fishing after giving each angler on the boat a double digit day with the sailfish. Bobby and Tom are pretty tough, they cranked up 10 groupers a piece out of 300 feet of water. Yesterday the sailfish bite slowed, but the Dragin fly still got everyone a turn on the boat and absolutely Mohawked the groupers. Crew, families and customers are eating good.
Talk about eating good, Bobby, Teresa, Tom and Ruthie have had fish that they caught for dinner every night this week, dolphin, tuna, grouper and last night snook. Bobby let his roosterfish go and said he would take grouper two nights in a row.