Tuesday, June 30, 2015
blue marlin payback
by Capt. George Beckwith at 6:11 PM
From today's trip:
Late start today, but we got that marlin we lost yesterday, also some good bottom fishing and a sail.....
Mixed reports on day trips
by Capt. George Beckwith at 7:43 AM
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Had a decent wave of fish before our last couple of trips to the sea mounts that made for good day trips out of Los Suenos but that dried up, hopefully temporarily. Our first day trip was very slow, catching only one sail, but a couple of days later, this is the report I get from James:
a few sailfish today raised 7 catch 4 we did had a big blue marlin one for a
while jump him off"
That doesn't sound too bad....
by Capt. George Beckwith at 6:20 PM
Friday, June 26, 2015
Blue Marlin Fly Fishing Report Costa Rica
Greetings from Los Suenos Costa Rica:
friends Lee Smith and Mikko Hautanen, both students of this fly fishing
for billfish game, arrived here in Los Suenos, at my condo, on June 21, where
we shared fly fishing stories, Cuban cigars, and a couple of fine meals.
On June 22, I delivered Mikko and Lee to the "Dragin Fly" ,
where Captain James Smith along with mates Marcos and Berto loaded
their equipment, and headed out to Blue Marlin world.
They arrived at the secret spot at 5:00 AM and began fly fishing, these men are hard core fly anglers, and
they fished for over 40 hours during the next three days. During this awesome
trip to Marlin World, They raised 20 Blue Marlin, and one Sailfish, the
team got a total of 8 Blue Marlin bites and one Sailfish bite, Mikko
caught his first Sailfish on Fly, along with his first and second Blue Marlin
on fly. Mean while, Lee, who is and expert at catching Billfish using fly
tackle, caught four Blue Marlin on fly. This team had a great trip,
catching six Blue Marlin and one Sailfish, all on fly.
Lee stayed here in my Condo last night , and left with a big grin
on his face this morning, Mikko is sitting out at my pool, and will head back
to Finland, tomorrow morning. I really love my job, wish you were here. This is
the best Blue Marlin fly fishing in the world, I hope it lasts! Stay
Tuned for more reports to follow.
Jake Jordan's Fishing Adventures
PO Box 309
Havelock, NC 28532
More blue marlin on the fly
by Capt. George Beckwith at 7:06 PM
Friday, June 19, 2015
fished 3 days, raised 19 blue marlin, got 8 bites on the fly rod using heavy tippet and caught 6 blue marlin on fly rods. That is pretty cool stuff.
by Capt. George Beckwith at 4:32 PM
Saturday, June 13, 2015
"CR Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School"
Report, June 15-19, 2015
June 15, 2015: My
anglers (Students) Craig Machado and Hugh Chatham, joined me aboard “Dragin
Fly” today at 3:00 PM, to head off shore with Captain James Smith along with
crew Marcos and Berto. We are headed to a spot that I call Blue Marlin
Destination X-2 (BM-X-2) which is well over 100 miles from any land mass. We
ran for just over one hour, and then began to troll our teasers, waiting for a
billfish to come up and allow us to catch it on a fly. At 4:30 PM, a hot
sailfish, about 90 pounds, came up on the bridge teaser, Craig Machado, made a
great presentation with the Cam Sigler, pink and white, tube fly. That Sailfish
piled all over that fly and at 4:39, we released our first billfish of this
trip, and got the skunk off of the boat. Our fishing continued until dark, and
then we kept running at trolling speed until we reached our destination at 4:00
AM. After dinner we went to sleep around 8:00 PM and slept through to 4:00 AM.
June 16, 2015, after
washing up, having a couple of cups of awesome Costa Rican coffee, along with
sausage and eggs, we deployed our teasers at 5:30 AM. At 6:27 AM we raised our
first Blue Marlin, My friend Hugh Chatham, who has landed all other species of
billfish in the Pacific ocean, on fly, except the Pacific Blue Marlin, made a
great cast, popped the fly, and that small (100 pound) Blue marlin ate that fly
at high speed. Unfortunately, when Hugh made the fly pop, the fly line rapped
around the rod tip, (tip rap) and immediately the 20 pound class tippet broke,
we lost that red hot fish. Fortunately the 20 pound broke, if we had heavier
line, the rod and reel would have been pulled out of his hand and lost
overboard! At 8:15 we raised a 200 pound Blue, it came in hot, but never bit
the fly, then at 8:35 AM we raised the third Blue of the day, this fish did not
tease in for us to cast at.
We continued to raise
Blue Marlin at a rate of about one fish per hour, however until 2:30 PM none of
these marlin came in close enough to see the fly. Then between 3:30 and 6:00 PM
we found a log floating with lots of bait around it. Hugh cast to a 250 pound
Blue Marlin, it ate the fly and headed straight down toward China, after a 250
yard straight down, it headed to the surface and put it into over drive, when
that big marlin jumped the tippet broke and it was gone. Next we raised a
Striped Marlin which did not eat, and at sun down Hugh hooked a nice 200 pound
Blue, again red hot fish, did the same thing, really deep long run before
breaking the leader.Today we raised 10 Blue Marlin, and one Striped Marlin, got
3 Blue Marlin to eat our fly, and caught none, What a great day of Marlin Fly
June 17, 2015, After
breakfast and some good hot coffee, we deployed our teasers, and began to fish
at Destination BM-X-2 at 5:30 AM, and at 6:15 we raised our first Blue Marlin
of the day, that fish did not eat our fly. Now it is Craig’s turn. At 8:30 we had not seen another marlin, we got a call from another
location 30 some miles away, we steamed over to Destination BM-X-1 and
arrived there at just after 9:30 AM, we put out our teasers right away. Between
9:45 and 10:30, we raised two more Blue Marlin, they were finicky and would not
tease in for a cast. Between 11:00 and !2:00 noon, we raised another Blue
Marlin which ate a fly cast by Craig, it was a small 100 pound Blue, and gave
us a great bite, unfortunately we lost it after a couple minute battle. We
fished here until dark, raised a couple more marlin however none would tease in
for a bite at our fly. After we deployed our sea anchor at 6:30 PM, we had a
great dinner, and went to bed at 8:00 PM. Today we raised 6 Blue Marlin, one
ate the fly, still no Marlin caught on this trip.
June 18, 2015: I awoke
at 4:30 AM to the smell of bacon, eggs, and great coffee, after cleaning up,
and pulling in the sea anchor, we began trolling teasers while heading back up
the 7 miles that we had drifted during the night. These marlin are finicky, and
hard to tease up, the other two boats in the area trolling with baits or lures
have caught several fish each, however we choose to do it the hard way, by
casting flies, on 20# class tippet to these big fish, if it was easy
everyone would do it. That is why there is so few anglers who chase Blue Marlin
(within the IGFA fly fishing rules) because it is really hard, and it is much
easier, for anglers who use heavier line class.
We raised one Blue
Marlin at 8:00 AM, it never came to the boat so at 9:00 AM, we headed back
north to another FAD, Destination BM-X-2 where we would try to catch the bite
on this spot until dark. We arrived at 10:15, put out our teasers, seas were
calm, lots of bait,only one other boat here, he was also trolling teasers.
Slow, fishing until noon, then we raised 3 Blue Marlin during the next 40
minutes, they would come in red hot, then swim around under the fly, only one fish
attempted to eat the fly, just as Hugh striped the fly to make it “Pop” the
marlin made it’s move and missed the fly completely by about two inches, one
PM, still no bites today! At 2:30, we raised another Marlin, it never came
anywhere near our fly, this is frustrating when you see them but they will not
eat the flies! As it got dark, the third and final day of this trip came to an
end, we had raised 21 Blue Marlin, one Striped Marlin, and one Sailfish, we had
four Blue marlin and one sailfish bite our flies, Craig caught a 90 pound
Sailfish on fly, and for the first time on one of my Blue Marlin Fly Fishing
Schools, here in Los Suenos, we did not catch any Blue marlin on fly.
Fly" is being cleaned and fueled up for another “Sea Mound” trip beginning
on Monday, while I have a couple of days off to heal up before my next
"Blue Marlin fly fishing School” beginning on June 24. Stay tuned for more
reports to follow from here in Los Suenos, CR, and Blue Marlin World! I love my
job, wish you were here!
Jake Jordan's Fishing Adventures
PO Box 309
Havelock, NC 28532
Jake Jordan report
by Capt. George Beckwith at 5:36 PM
Blue Marlin Fly Fishing
School, report, June 9-13, 2015
June 9, 2015: My good
friend and client, Danny Cline and I boarded “Dragin Fly” at Los Suenos Marina,
met up with Captain James along with his crew Berto and Marcos, and headed out
toward a place I call Blue Marlin Destination - X- #7 and #8 (BM D-X-
#7). We left the dock at 1:30 PM ran straight out for an hour, then deployed
our teasers and set up our fly rods for billfish. At 3:00 PM we raised a big
Sailfish, it teased in quickly, Danny Cline made a good cast, and six minutes
later we released a 100 pound plus sailfish on 20 pound, class IGFA tippet.
We continued running at trolling speed all night and arrived at our destination
at 4:00 AM.
June 10, 2015, Danny and
I woke up at 4:00 AM smelling sausage and eggs, and a pot of great Costa Rican
coffee brewing, while we were over 140 miles from the marina, out in the ocean.
After breakfast, we cleaned up, and began deploying our teasers, and getting
the fly tackle ready for some Blue Marlin fly fishing. By 10:00 AM we had
raised six Blue Marlin, Danny Cline was the angler, he got three Blue Marlin to
bite his pink and white “Cam Sigler” tube fly. The first fish ran 50
foot, stopped, shook it’s head and the fly fell out, the second bite was not a
legal bite as the Marlin ate the fly before Danny could make his cast, this
fish went deep, and Danny broke the class tippet as he didn't want to waste
time fighting a fish which would not count, the third Blue Marlin which ate
Danny’s fly, hit the fly with it’s bill, however it never came tight so, even
though we call it a bite, it was never hooked. Fishing slowed down between
10:00 and 2:30 and then between 3 PM and 3:30 PM, we raised 3 more Blue Marlin,
One ate the teaser, and jumped before letting go of the teaser, the other two
didn't tease into casting range. As the sun set and it began to get dark,
we have raised 9 Blue Marlin and had three bites today, that is an awesome day
of fly fishing, even though we have not caught a Blue Marlin yet on this trip.
We will sleep aboard out here in Marlin World, between 8 PM and 4 AM, and then
start all over again tomorrow.
June 11, 2015, After a
shower, a great Breakfast, and a couple cups of coffee, we deployed our teasers
at 5:00 AM. Our first Blue Marlin raised was at 5:50 AM, it came in hot, swam
past my fly, and up under the boat before fading away without eating my fly. At
70:30 we raised a Striped Marlin, this fish never came to the fly, and we never
saw another fish that morning. At 9:05 AM, Captain James and I decided
that we would leave and steam about 130 miles to the southwest, to a sea mount
which I call "Destination, Blue Marlin - X - #1” (“DBM-X-#1). We never
raised another fish until 4:15 PM when we came onto a piece of floating
stuff, at which time we raised, two Blue Marlin, and a big Wahoo, none of which
teased in for a bite on our fly. We arrived at our destination at 11:00 PM and
went to sleep, No Fish Today!
June 12, 2015, After a
hot shower and a good breakfast between 4 AM and 5 AM, we deployed our teasers,
and got the fly tackle ready. James spoke with the captain of “Fish Tank” who
had fished here yesterday, he raised 20 Blue Marlin between 9 AM and 3 PM on
June 11th here, so we feel that this is the best location to spend the last day
of this Blue Marlin School. We raised a Blue Marlin at 5:35 AM which did not
tease into range, we saw Fish Tank catch three on bait before 7:00 AM, The
conditions are good, with relatively calm seas, lots of bait, but slow fishing
for the fly boat. There were five boats fishing on this spot, with only the
boat which was fishing with live bait getting any fish. At 10:00 AM Captain
James and I decided to pick up and run about an hour to a sea mound (BMD-X-2),
which is a little closer to shore and on which there were no other boats
We arrived and put our
teasers in the water at 11:00 AM, Fish Tank had run past us on the way over and
hooked a Blue Marlin just as we arrived. Three minutes later we raised a red
hot 150 pound, Blue Marlin, which teased in, and ate Danny Cline’s well
presented pink and white tube fly, and the battle was on (for a short time),
when that Blue Marlin kicked in the after burner and as he was 150 yards out
and flying away, the 20 pound tippet broke and this Marlin was gone. Then at
11:42, a red hot, 250 pound Blue charged in on the bridge teaser, Danny
cast the pink and White CS popper fly on 20 pound class tippet, and that Marlin
ate it big time! At 12:01, Danny Cline released his first Blue Marlin of this
trip, and his sixth Blue Marlin on 20 pound class tippet, on fly, in his
lifetime. By 1:15, we raised 8 Blue Marlin, including 2 double headers, at this
location, (BML-X-2), We got a total of four bites of which three flies came out
on a jump, while Danny caught and released that nice fish. It is now 5:30 PM,
we never raised another fish today.
As we pull our
teasers out of the water, and begin our 13 hour trip back to Los Suenos Marina,
the final score from this, my first, “Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School” of
the 2015 season is as follows. We raised 20 Blue Marlin, one Striped Marlin,
and one Sailfish, We had 7 Blue Marlin bite the fly and jump at least
once, and one Sailfish bite the fly, Danny Cline caught and released a 100
+ pound Sailfish, and a 250 pound Blue Marlin, both on 20 pound test,
class tippet, on fly tackle, while using IGFA rules. Two years into my Costa
Rica Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School Series, all of my Students (Anglers) have caught
at least one Blue Marlin on fly! 100 percent success!, I love my job!
Today, June 13, 2015 I
am in my condo at the world class, Los Suenos Resort, Danny is on his way
home to West Virginia, my good friend and client Hugh Chatham is here with me
and Craig Machado will arrive tomorrow. My buddy George Beckwith, (Dragin Fly
owner) is here until tomorrow. We are planning the rest of our Summer season
for my "Costa Rica, Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School" series fro June,
July, August of 2015. We do still have one week available during the first and
possibly second week of August, other than that we are sold out during this
season. We are heading back out on Monday, stay tuned for more action from
"Blue Marlin, Fly Fishing World"!
Jake Jordan's Fishing Adventures
PO Box 309
Havelock, NC 28532
fly fishing for blue marlin
by Capt. George Beckwith at 12:44 AM
The boys left 3 days ago with Jack Jordan and his good friend Danny on a multi-day trip fishing for blue marlin. If you don't know already, catching a blue marlin is a pretty big deal. It's HUGE to catch a blue marlin on the fly.
Sounds like congratulations are in order, I got the call on the SAT phone this morning that with another half day of fishing, they had raised 15 blue marlin, got 5 bites on the fly and caught at least 1 blue marlin on the fly. That's pretty cool stuff.
Complete report when Jake Jordan returns.