Thursday, June 26, 2014
100 pound tunas busting poppers......
by Capt. George Beckwith at 8:54 PM
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
.....is about as exciting as it gets. I had it happen to me a couple of times this week, but I have not stayed connected with the big one yet. We caught a bunch of 40-60 pounders today, one about 80 on conventional, but I had a Volkswagen air out on my Ranger that was skipping on top of the waves at the end of my spinning rod, a new Shimano Tallus with Saragosa 20,000 and 65 pound Power Pro. I had what I needed to give it a good try, but after showing me how big she was, then coming back and eating it, she just pulled a little drag, but didn't stay connected.
The tunas have arrived. .......
by Capt. George Beckwith at 5:09 PM
Saturday, June 21, 2014
..... and along with them a good wave of blue marlin. Casting poppers at busting 40-100 pound yellowfins is one of my favorite things and I got a good dose of it yesterday afternoon.....after we caught our blue marlin. Of the 6 charter boats fishing day trips out of Los Suenos, I think that everyone saw or caught least 1 marlin. The FADs continue to be firing off and the Dragin Fly has PLENTY of openings over the next month if you want a quick trip and take advantage of the Green Season rates or maybe man-up and take multi-day trip to the sea mounts.
Complete Report from Capt. Jake Jordan
by Capt. George Beckwith at 5:52 AM
Blue Marlin on fly, School
Report, Los Suenos CR
June 17, 18, 19, 20, 2014
Greetings from Costa Rica:
I just got in from spending from Tuesday at noon to Friday at 4:00 PM fly fishing for Blue Marlin aboard "Dragin Fly" With my friend and Marlin School student Paul Lombardi. I have not had time to down load the pictures or video yet, however here is a preliminary report on my first Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School, in Costa Rica, which I typed during the trip and on my way in to the dock at Los Suenos.
I am 109 miles out from Los Suenos marina resort in Costa Rica, as I type this part of my report, it is now 12:00 noon on June 18. On Monday I arrived and met my student Paul Lombardi at our condo at the Los Suenos Resort, we hooked up with Captain James and mates Alberto and Marcos, our crew, aboard Dragin Fly for the next 4 days of fly fishing for Blue Marlin. We had a great dinner in the Italian restaurant in the resort, got a good night sleep, and loaded our gear aboard Dragin fly.
On Tuesday June 17, we left Los Suenos marina at 10:30 AM, ran 25 miles out and then we began trolling teasers, looking for Marlin. At 2:30 we raised a 450 pound Blue Marlin which refused to tease, and then at 5:00 PM Paul caught our dinner, a 20 pound Yellow Fin Tuna, on fly! We arrived at destination "Blue Marlin-X-1", (BM-X-1) at 10:00 PM, put out our sea anchor and slept well in a 2 foot swell with calm seas and bright moonlight.
We awoke, then showered and ate breakfast at 4:30 AM on June 18, at 5:10 we deployed our teasers, and at 5:20, I cast my fly to a 175 pound Blue Marlin. By 5:40 AM I had caught and released my first Blue Marlin of the day, a 175 pound red hot fish, which ate a pink and white Cam Sigler popper fly, the fish was caught on 20 pound tippet. By 7:00 AM, Paul had hooked a 250 pound Blue marlin which came unhooked after a 5 minute battle. Next Paul hooked and landed a 150 pound Blue Marlin on fly, his first ever Blue Marlin and his first Marlin on fly. By 8:00 AM we had raised 5, got 3 bites and Caught 2 Blue Marlin on fly, then the fishing turned on.
So far today We have raised, 12 Blue Marlin and two sailfish, we had 5 bites from 5 Blue Marlin, I caught a 175 and a 250 pound fish from 2 bites, Paul caught a 150 pound marlin from 3 bites. We also went 1 for 2 on sailfish on fly.
At 6:00 PM we quit fishing, what a day, I got 3 Blue Marlin to eat my fly, and caught all three, (A new personal best for me) and I caught a sailfish on fly today. Paul who had never done this and is wanting to learn, hooked four Blue Marlin and caught his first Blue Marlin ever on his first day, he also caught a sailfish on fly. Our team, "Dragin Fly", raised 21 Blue Marlin, and 3 sailfish, we got 7 Blue Marlin and 3 sailfish to bite, our total score was four blue Marlin and two sailfish caught and released, on fly, on June 18, 2014.
June 19, 2014: Slept great, woke up at 3:30 AM, had sausage and eggs for breakfast, took a shower, put on sun screen, pulled in the sea anchor, and began fly fishing at 5:30 AM in dead calm seas. By 8:30 we hadn't seen a fish so we decided to head to destination "BM-X-2", about 40 miles away, we trolled over there, and arrived at 11:30 AM. By 11:50 AM I had caught and released my first Blue Marlin of the day, a 175 pound fish. Paul hooked, fought, and pulled the hook on a 200 pounder within the next 20 minutes, then he hooked another 150 pound Blue Marlin which came off at 1:00 PM.
At 1:30 I hooked a Big Blue Marlin, this fish was tough, I applied maximum pressure for just over an hour, before catching and releasing a 275 pound Blue Marlin, on 20 pound tippet. (After 1 & 1/2 days of fly fishing for Blue Marlin on this trip I have hooked five and caught five Blue Marlin on Fly), by the way, this fish was my 25th Blue Marlin caught on fly during my career as a Marlin fly angler.
Paul Lombardi, then hooked a big Marlin, over 300 pounds, on his next cast, it ate the Cam Sigler (pink) fly, and ran off 200 yards from the drag on my Mako #9700 fly reel, before it jumped, showing us that it was a big Black Marlin. Paul worked hard and followed directions well, James did a great job menuvering the "Dragin Fly", and 20 minutes later, Paul Lombardi, had released his first ever Black Marlin on fly. a fish which was close to 350 pounds. At 5:00 PM we left destination "BM-X-2 and started to putt back over to destination "BM-X-1", where we deployed our sea anchor and slept until 4:00 AM. The total score for today, raised 5 Blue and one Black Marlin, got bites from 4 Blue Marlin and one Black Marlin, and we caught 2 Blue Marlin and one Black Marlin.
Today, June 20, 2014, we had breakfast in dead calm seas, and deployed our teasers at 5:30 AM, we fished this spot for an hour and then began our long trip home to Los Suenos, after my first, Costa Rica Blue Marlin on fly school. During our two days of fly fishing on destination BM-X-1 and BM-X-2, we had raised a total of 25 Blue Marlin, one Black Marlin, and four Sailfish. We got bites on fly from 11 Blue Marlin, one Black Marlin, and 3 Sailfish, and we caught and released, 6 Blue Marlin, one Black Marlin, and two Sailfish on fly "Dragin Fly". Paul had caught some Sailfish on fly with me at a Sailfish School in Guatemala, last year but no Marlin. During our two days of fly fishing he managed to catch a Blue Marlin on fly, A Sailfish on fly, and a Black Marlin on fly. Meanwhile I was lucky enough to catch and release five Blue Marlin on fly, from 5 bites, during our two days along with a sailfish on fly.
All fish during my Blue Marlin Costa Roca School were caught while using TFO Blue Water HD rods, Mako #9700 fly reels, Rio Livathan fly lines, and Gamakatsu Octapus hooks. Stay tuned for more Fly Fishing school reports shortly, I love my job, wish you were here. Pictures later.
Jake Jordan's Fishing Adventures
PO Box 309
Havelock, NC 28532
FAD Fly Report
by Capt. George Beckwith at 5:51 AM
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Dragin Fly just got back from a 3 night/2 day trip to the FADs in attempts to catch a blue marlin on the fly. Congrats to Capt. Jake Jordan who caught 5 blue marlin and one sailfish on the fly in two days. His fishing partner Paul caught an impressive grand slam with one blue marlin, one sailfish and one very rare black marlin on the fly in two days of fishing.
The report was that they had 30 hot blue marlin on the transom and never threw anything at them but the fly. Some refusals, broken lines, and hot bites yielded an amazing 6 blue marlin, 1 black marlin and 2 sails on the fly in only two days.
Here are a few pics from the trip, the complete report and video coming from Capt. Jake Jordan.
by Capt. George Beckwith at 7:18 AM
Saturday, June 7, 2014
After a slow start, we squeeked out a few marlin and climbed up to 3rd place and our own table at the awards ceremony.
One for one
by Capt. George Beckwith at 7:07 AM
Friday, June 6, 2014
Sounds like that slow fishing off of Los Suenos has creeped up the road to Papagayo, the guys caught 1 sailfish on Day 1 of the tourney, the only one that they saw. They did have a blue marlin, worth 300 points, come into the spread, but it faded away. Lead boat is the local favorite, Gamefisherman 2 with 6 sails. Two days left and with no more fish caught on day 1, everyone is still in the hunt for this tournament.
Green Season, Blue Skies
by Capt. George Beckwith at 6:46 PM
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
On the way to Papagayo
by Capt. George Beckwith at 6:18 PM
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Pat got a little practice, catching a blue marlin and 2 sailfish.
Unusually slow billfish bite
by Capt. George Beckwith at 12:54 PM
Well, after the best season on record, we seem to be between waves of billfish. The best of the bite has been around floating logs, live baiting for marlin, usually getting 2-4 marlin bites IF you can find a log....otherwise, it's been pretty slow. The water is clean and blue and the fish should be there, especially more of the tunas which is why I go down fishing in Costa Rica in June. Not only are the tuna great eating, but with them the marlin show up in greater numbers. Hopefully a change will be coming soon.
This week we are getting a change, taking the Dragin Fly up to Papagayo to defend our title.