Sunday, April 30, 2017
Still waiting for that change, but it is a coming.
by Capt. George Beckwith at 1:51 PM
Friday, April 14, 2017
Four sails and easily a double digit day on 40-100 pound yellowfins with a lot getting caught, then released.
We finished in 16th in the OWC tournament last week, proudly handing over to Capt. Johny on the Macushla with heartfelt congratulations to 2nd and 3rd place crews on the Spanish Fly and Sea Fly.
Congrats also to "Dudo" and his Brasilian team, after finishing in 2nd place on four different occasssions, they finally won this presigeous tournament.
Although the fish count was down, the marlin count was up with the 50 boat field releasing more than 50 blue marlin and 200+ sailfish.
A change is a coming
by Capt. George Beckwith at 10:40 AM
Well, I have to admit that I have been slack on posting reports this year, but we have been super busy and honestly, the fishing has been about the same, every day for the past month or more: Tunas, tunas, more tunas and a few sailfish, like 5 bites/day is a good day, but almost daily shots at marlin. Dolphin have been rare this year.
I have heard other people comment on the "slow" fishing this year and I have to chuckle. Yes, the sailfish bite has been "off" from the epic years that we have had the last three. You can check out our catch stats and see it all right there. However, this year the marlin fishing has been really consistent.
Consider this, last year from January through May, we only caught 4 marlin. This year in just the first three months of the year, the Dragin Fly has landed close to 40 marlin.
On the other hand, from January through March we have caught less than 400 sailfish, whereas the same 3 months last year we landed over 1100 sails.
I blame the less than average sailfish count on a strong La Nina. I blame the excellent tuna fishing on Tico Atun, a program designed to protect Costa Rica tuna by forcing commerical purse seiners outside of 50 miles. Even with slack enforcement, the difference has been incredible with daily catches of tuna often saving the charter.
Each of the last three days the Dragin Fly has had a dozen or more bites from sailfish which is definitly a change for the better. Captain James believes that this Green Season is going to be really good on day trips and the seamounts are already firing off. We are looking for a very busy summer with a lot better fishing than we have had during the "peak" season.
Anytime that you want an up to date report, in case I have been slack, you can send me an e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org