Friday, January 19, 2018
Day 1 Grand Slam
by Capt. George Beckwith at 5:42 AM
Monday, January 15, 2018
The Dragin Fly caught a grand slam plus a couple of sails on day 1 of the Los Suenos Triple Crown.
We are good for about 10th place and within striking distance with a big day today.
Wish us luck.
by Capt. George Beckwith at 6:21 AM
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
I went down to Quepos to make sure that the Dragin Fly arrived and got checked into the marina prior to the 2nd Annual Rock Star tournament. Turns out that the team who chartered the boat needed and extra angler......I just happened to be availalbe. As we signed up for the tournament I suggested that we also sign up for the tuna money.
Day 1 we only caught a blue marlin and a sail which kept us in the running for the billfish division but the 30 pound tuna we caught was good for 3rd place in that category.
Day 2 we start off with a pair of sails and a blue marlin. After catching the blue, James picks up and runs to a school of tuna to catch a quick fish before heading back to the billfish. This is a brave move, but considering that only 5 boats caught tuna the day before, with another 30 pounder, we could lock up that tuna cash. We quickly caught another 30 pounder, this one the only tuna weighed for the day, so good for the tuna daily and the agregate tuna money.
Back on the billfish grounds, 5 minutes after putting them out, we caught a 2nd blue marlin which temporarily put us in the lead for the billfish division. Our lead evaporated in the afternoon and our fate was sealed with the striped marlin that I missed late in the day, potentially good for 2nd place, instead we settled for 7th.
The tuna we had for dinner that night was pretty good, worth about $750/pound.
That sums up the fishing, good tuna fishing, daily dorado and a couple shots/day at blue marlin. Yesterday we had two blues, two sails, tuna and dorado.
Thank you for ten great years---Anna Beckwith
by Capt. George Beckwith at 9:48 AM
This week marks a decade since we splashed the Dragin Fly.
It has been an incredible ride…sometimes nerve racking but also incredibly
satisfying to see what we have all built together.
I first met Captain James in 2007 while the Dragin Fly was
being built. I was 30 years old and had little idea of what was coming around
the corner. We had frank and honest discussion about who we were and what we
were trying to accomplish and I remember asking James to treat the Dragin Fly
as if she was his. My hopes and
expectation were not only met but they were surpassed over and over again. When
the great recession hit during our first season and the pressure felt
overwhelming Capt James stood beside us as a true partner and helped establish
the Dragin Fly as a superb charter boat. James’s professionalism and friendship
where instrumental in making it all work out.
Berto our first mate and alternate Captain has also been
with us since the beginning. His compulsion for perfection has kept the Dragin
Fly and her equipment looking brand new from day one to today. I have often sympathized with Berto that he
has the hardest job on the boat. As first mate he is responsible for the care
and maintenance of the equipment, he trains our second mates (which typically
go on to be first mate on other vessels due to their excellent experience), and
as alternate Captain he also has to fill some big shoes and does it very well. He also continues to help me improve my
sailfish hooking skills (a job forever in process).
Their wives and children have also been an integral part of
the team giving James and Berto the support they need to work as hard as they
do. Jacqueline’s and Glenda’s efforts deserve independent recognition!
In general I tend to be a shadow in the background Dragin
Fly operations. I am involved in almost every aspect but George tends to be the
face where the two of us are concerned. While the last ten years seem to have
gone by in a flash one thing is clear, James and Berto are not our employees,
they are our partners, our friends and a significant part of our family. I want
to clearly express to them and their families that their efforts and
contributions are immense and central to the success of the Dragin Fly and that
my respect and affection for them is heartfelt and deep.
I am also thankful for the ten years of community that we
have found here at Los Suenos Marina. The people we have met and have the good
fortune to call friends and the facilities have made this experience all the
I can honestly say that George brought (dragged) me into
this with significant reservations, helped calm me down during plenty of
stressful moments and was at the ready with a glass of Champaign when we
realized that the light at the end of the tunnel was NOT A TRAIN. I am
extremely proud of what we have all built together and hope that all involved
know how thankful I am to have them in my life.