Wednesday, April 30, 2014
by Capt. George Beckwith at 8:00 AM
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Couple of sails and a 9 small dolphin, but it sounds like the sports threw in the towell before the afternoon bite fired off and instead went inshore where they got a cubera and congrill. Sometimes it's hard to do it all in a day.....
With the tunas, come the marlin
by Capt. George Beckwith at 10:22 AM
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Ten sailfish, one for two on blue marlin and one yellowfin tuna today
by Capt. George Beckwith at 8:36 PM
Thursday, April 10, 2014
"Yellowfin Tuna are back these guys had a great time today (double digit) sailfish, two yellowfin tuna and miss a striped marlin twice????" ----Capt. James
by Capt. George Beckwith at 9:59 PM
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Sorry for the lack of report yesterday, for the 2nd day in a row, TEAM Dragin Fly returns to the marina on a different boat from which we left, more engine problems on our designated boat for the day, but at least this time the break down was on the run home and we had gotten the best of the day on the water and the bites we had.
TEAM Dragin Fly had a great hook up rate and managed to squeek 12 releases out of 15 bites.
Our boat, the Dragin Fly also had 12 sails, but we beat them on time. At the end of the day, the TEAM was pretty far down the list, but the boat Dragin Fly was still in the hunt, 2nd place behind another Maverick from Quepos, the Frenzy.
Today, the last day of the tournament, was memorable. We were on a boat that was born well before I was, but the crew was doing the best they could with what they had to work with and they wanted us to be successful. They were also good mechanics. With about 30 minutes left, we do something on the Black Topper Fly (seriously, that was the name of the boat), that we have not done yet on the Dragin Fly, catch a quadruple header in a tournament. As we're backing down on the 4th fish, we blow a water hose on the engine and smoke is pouring out, but we get the release. Team Dragin Fly has now broken the 3rd boat in as many days......but the mates/mechanics did get the water hose changed and an impeller replaced and got us home safe and sound before sunset.
Meanwhile, the Dragin Fly and the Frenzy are scrapping for first place. When it's all said and done, after 4 days of fishing, the Dragin Fly and the Frenzy have the same number of billfish points, but the Dragin Fly caught and weighed 2 dorado, worth a point/pound. The Frenzy only had one dorado, so after 4 days of fishing, the boat Dragin Fly had more points. Unfortunately for us, the Top Captain/Boat award is given to the captain with the most points for his best 3 of 4 days of fishing.
Congrats to the Frenzy for winning Top Captain/Boat over the Dragin Fly in 2nd place.
Bragging rights for a day
by Capt. George Beckwith at 9:41 PM
Monday, April 7, 2014
Yesterday, Team Dragin Fly had bragging rights over boat Dragin Fly, we beat them by one sailfish.
Today, the boat Dragin Fly has bragging rights over the entire fleet. They had nearly 100 sailfish in the baits and their South African fishing team caught 36 of them, enough to win the daily. To make sure they had the daily secure, they added a blue marline
Team Dragin Fly, representing Costa Rica, well, we had a little trouble staying in the meat. Although we had bites throughout the day and ended on a double header, our boat was having electrical problems and we were trolling towards home without a radio and had no idea what was happening offshore.....but even if we did know about it, if we had to have a GPS to get there, we would have never found it. We caught 12 sails and a 40 pound dorado. I have no idea what place Team or Boat Dragin Fly is sitting in.
Day 1 report
by Capt. George Beckwith at 10:37 PM
Saturday, April 5, 2014
James would be proud, we were OK with our hook up ratio, catching 19 on a boat that we had never fished before......I guess the numbers don't matter unless you are in a tournament. I have no idea what place we are in as Team Dragin Fly or boat Dragin Fly, but we've got to be pretty close together in the standings. The Dragin Fly cuaght 18 and a dorado today......
Gearing up for the OWC
by Capt. George Beckwith at 10:01 AM
Offshore World Championship is hosted by Bonnier Group, the publishers of Marlin Magazine, Saltwater Sportsman, etc. This is a 4-day invitation only tournament in Quepos starting on Monday. We received our invite for winning the Los Suenos Signature Series Leg 1 last year. All the other teams participating, 70 in all, have also won fishing tournaments from around the world. To level the playing field, each team fishes on a different boat each day of the tournament. Although the Dragin Fly is one of the charter boats in the tournament, Team Dragin Fly will not be fishing with our familiar crew.
The fishing has been excellent and we have had a team from Brasil and two teams from Europe practicing with the Dragin Fly.
I'll keep you updated on how Team Dragin Fly and The Dragin Fly fare next week. Stay tuned.
by Capt. George Beckwith at 9:53 AM
"XX sailfish one mahi four groupers and some verry happy customer today" --Capt. James