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   Saturday, July 28, 2018  

Jakes complete report at Customer Comments

along with some more pics
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 10:28 AM


   Friday, July 27, 2018  
add 5 more blue marlin on the fly to our tally

Raised 28 blue marlin in 3 days, got 15 bites on the fly and caught 5 blues and a sail, all on 20# fly tackle
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 9:14 AM


   Thursday, July 26, 2018  
Good day trip fishing

 
 


posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 10:37 AM


   Sunday, July 22, 2018  
Day trip


After a great trip to the seamounts, we had a couple of day trips, yesterday was a little slow, but today was much better, raised 7 blues catch 3  / 1 mahi mahi / 1 wahoo and 4 sailfish. 
Back to the seamounts tomorrow for some more blue marlin on the fly

posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 2:28 PM


   Friday, July 20, 2018  
two days at the seamounts

47 blue Marlin 36 bites catch 22 blues 3 sailfish and 8 really nice mahi mahi 
 
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 10:25 AM


   Tuesday, July 17, 2018  
pics from the last fly trip to the seamounts with Dr. Lee







posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 10:28 AM


   Saturday, July 14, 2018  
Another fly trip and day trip report

3 days, 1 angler, 7 blue marlin releases on heavy fly tackle, raised 3 times that morning

Day trip today with 6 sailfish, 2 dorado and 3 nice tuna.
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 9:08 PM


   Monday, July 9, 2018  
day and a half at the FADs seamounts

13 blue marlin releases
1 striped marlin release
4 sailfish
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 5:21 PM


   Saturday, July 7, 2018  
back from the seamounts

Our total score for this trip from 55 total Billfish raised during three days is as follows, 47 Blue Marlin, 1 Striped Marlin, and 7 Sailfish, raised with 18 Blue Marlin, 1 Striped Marlin, 4 Sailfish bites, of which Bucky and John caught 6 Blue Marlin and 3 Sailfish. This Blue Marlin fly fishing is definitely the best, I love my Job, stay tuned for more reports to follow, I will be in Orlando at the ICAST show next week, if you are there give me a call or come by the TFO booth to say hello.  Complete report at customer comments section of this website
Regards:
Jake












posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 10:04 AM


   Tuesday, July 3, 2018  
double digit day

Actually, well into the double digits on sailfish releases.   Back at the seamounts today.  Still room for a seamount trip in August.
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 7:59 AM


   Sunday, July 1, 2018  
day trip after the seamounts

not bad fishing, caught 6 sails and a couple of dorado for dinner
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 10:56 AM  
seamount report

 The total score for my first of 2018 “Costa Rica, Blue Marlin Fly-Fishing School” was 33 Blue Marlin and 1 Striped Marlin raised, 15 Blue Marlin and 1 Striped Marlin bit the fly, and these awesome fly anglers fought, leadered and released 3 Blue Marlin, of  160+, 250+, and 300+ pounds, all caught on IGFA 20 pound class tippet. Thanks to: Dragin Fly, TFO rods, Mako Reels, RIO fly lines, Gamakatsu Hooks, Los Suenos Resort Marina, and all of my awesome clients for making this all possible. I love my Job, wish you were here, Stay tuned for more fly fishing reports to follow.
Regards:
Jake





Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School Report
June 24-30, 2018


Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Day one of “Jake Jordan’s Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School” began on a sea mount about 150 miles from the Los Suenos Marina, aboard the awesome vessel “Dragin Fly” with Captain James Smith, mates Berto and Bernie, with fly anglers/students Forrest Young and Danny Cline.  At 5;00 am the mates put out the teasers while anglers were eating eggs, bacon, toast and some awesome Costa Rican coffee, then at 6:45 we raised the first blue marlin, no bite!
The next fish was raised at 9:45 am Forrest made a very good cast, the marlin pounced on the pink and white tube fly, and put on a great show. At 7:06 Forrest had the leader inside the fly rod tip making it a caught fish, this Blue Marlin was estimated to be between 160 and 180 pounds.  Forrest then proceeded to fight the fish which was a relatively small marlin, for another 30 minutes, trying to get a good picture of it with one of the mates holding the bill which didn’t work out, 
it was a very, very, tough fish he got close but Forrest wasn’t going to give back any further line to it so he was just holding the spool of my Mako 9700-B fly reel and reeling then holding the spool and reeling until class tippet finally broke. He should have been more patient because there was only about 20 yards of line left before landing it but he didn’t want to waste any more fishing time, the fly popped to the surface for a good release.

Danny hooked a much bigger Blue Marlin at 10:30 am, he fought this big girl like a pro, after a long hard battle using my new prototype TFO Blue-Water Heavy Duty fly rod, with the Mako #9700-B fly reel, a RIO Leviathan 550 grain fly-line, and 8/0 Gamakatsu Octopus hooks with a 12 inch pink and white CS Marlin tube Fly, at 11:04 he wound the leader inside of the tip top of the fly-rod. After Berto released this 300 pound plus Blue Marlin, everyone on board was high fiveing, after five and a half hours of my Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School, both anglers had accomplished their goal, they both caught and released big Blue Marlin in fly using IGFA rules and 20 pound class tippet.

At 12:01 pm Forrest hooked another Blue Marlin, which hung around close to the boat for a very short period of time, he tried to get the leader in quickly, as James was backing up toward the fish, however that red hot marlin took off as the boat approached and Forrest was winding in while the marlin was heading away at high speed. As the line came tight the 20 pound class tippet broke easily and that big marlin took off heading toward Hawaii. As usual when the tippet separated the fly (with the large tube) came off and floated to the surface. There was one more fish that came into the spread but it never teased in, we never got to cast to it. At 6:30 pm the removed the teasers from the water as it got dark, they made a great meal, and the Anglers went to sleep at 8:00 pm. While the anglers slept, Captain James Smith headed west and chugged close to 100 miles to another sea mount where he was to raise more fish tomorrow.
  
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 
After breakfast at 5:20 am the teasers were deployed, and fishing began, our first Blue Marlin raised at 6:45, Danny made a good cast, he hooked a nice fish that quickly sounded.  That fish went down at least one hundred yards, it then kicked in the overdrive, when the marlin got to the surface it jumped and took off at a high rate of speed. The twenty pound class tippet broke as the marlin pulled the deep loop of fly-line out to the surface and that fish was gone.  At 7;20 am  we went back to fishing, then at 7:25 a 300 pound blue came up, teased in, and tried to eat a well cast fly cast by Forrest. That marlin ate his fly and spit it out without taking any line. Berto cast a teaser back out and the fish immediately grabbed the teaser, Berto reeled in the teaser and brought the fish close to the boat however it would not eat that fly again. Raised another marlin at 8:05 am, no bite! 8:10 raised another blue, it grabbed the teaser but no fly bite, at 8:30 another blue raised, did not tease in, then finally At 9:45 a nice fish came in following the teaser; Forrest made a good cast and that marlin sucked the fly right down. Forrest must have loosened the drag and when the fish took off at warp speed he ended up with a bit of a “birds nest” on the reel and broke off that big marlin.
At 11:05 we raised a fish estimated between 250 and 300 pounds, that fish grabbed the teaser hard and then came towards the boat, however that marlin would not bite the well placed fly. At 11:30 we raised another blue marlin, Danny made a good cast, that fish ate the fly and promptly spit it.  The fish hung around for a while, but no more eats. At 11:55 we raised another fish but it didn’t come close to the fly. At noon Danny made a great cast and hooked a blue marlin of about 225 pounds, he fought it for 15 minutes it surged, and broke the 20 pound class tippet, Awesome jumping marlin. We raised three marlin in very quick succession at 1:10, 1:15, and 1:20 pm, one marlin grabbed the fly but spit it, no other bites, we have calm seas with nice conditions, no action and no sign of fish.
We stopped on the top of a Sea Mount and caught some small yellow-fin tuna for dinner at 4:45 a small striped marlin teased in and bit Forest's well placed fly, he pulled the hook and the fly came back. At 6:30 pm the crew set out the sea anchor, cooked dinner, and by 8:00 the crew was sound asleep.

Today we raised 16 Blue Marlin, got bites from seven, we pulled the hooks on four and broke the tippet on 3 hopefully we will have better luck tomorrow.
 
Thursday, June 28, 2018 
At 5:00 while eating sausage, eggs, and toast, with awesome Costa Rican Coffee, Berto put out the teasers and started fishing. The first Blue Marlin of the day teased in at 6:15 am. Forrest made a perfect cast which that marlin climbed all over he hooked it and that marlin made a good run but about five minutes later the hooks pulled. At 7:00 am we had a nice fish up Danny made a great cast and what a spectacular strike. Danny did an excellent job hooking and fighting that big marlin which was gray hounding  away from the boat then went deep, and then came up to the surface again.  Danny was able to gain almost all of the line back, he got the fish within two feet from the leader and then the fish swam off underneath the boat and got wrapped up in the running gear, This is a game of inches, this was a really big marlin, 2 inches from a caught fish.
At 7:55 am Forrest hooked a 150 pound fish, unfortunately he made the mistake of trying to strip strike that marlin just to make sure he was hooked. Of course  that marlin took off just as the “strip strike” came tight and popped the 20 pound class tippet. “I have done that at least a dozen times, rule #1, never touch the line when the fish eats the fly “ which is exactly why we use Mako Reels! At 1;45 pm Danny hooked and fought a marlin for quite a while, had it very close to the leader but couldn’t close the deal, that marlin took off on a long run and broke the 20 pound class tippet. There were two fish raised between 2:00 and 2:20 no bites, then at 2:40 raised another fish showing a little more interest but no bite, at 2:44 raised fish and again at 2:53 we raised another fish which did not bite.
At 3:00 pm Forrest got a bite but the fish spit the hook, at 3:10 another one no bite.  At 3:40 Forrest hooked a big one as the fish bit the fly he had the line accidentally wrapped around the rod and got lucky and cleared it before the marlin did its first big run.  It was a very tough fish he slowly increased pressure to about 6 lbs, Capt. James maneuvered the boat expertly and we got ahead of the fish to see if we could raised him up to a shallow depth. Once the angle was good It worked, the marlin came to the surface and Forrest wound the leader inside of the tiptop and released that awesome Blue Marlin, estimates at 300 pounds at 4:45 PM. On day three we raised 14 Blue Marlin, had six bites, and landed a 300 pound Blue Marlin on fly using 20 pound IGFA class tippet.  At 6:00 PM the crew of the awesome vessel Dragin Fly pulled in the teasers, Captain James headed towards Los Suenos Marina while mates Berto, and Bernie cooked dinner, by 8:00 pm the anglers were asleep in the air conditioned cabin, Dragin fly was tied up at the dock at 7:30 AM.



posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 10:54 AM

 

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