Wednesday, July 31, 2019
jake's complete report fromt he last trip
by Capt. George Beckwith at 3:50 PM
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Quick report from Jake
by Capt. George Beckwith at 8:53 AM
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School Report
July 21 - 25, 2019 Hepburn
Greetings from Los Suenos Costa Rica:
My old friend Austin Hepburn and his lovely daughter Elizabeth Hepburn just got back in to the dock after spending 3 days at my “Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly-fishing School “ aboard the vessel “Dragin Fly” . They fly fished 3 days in choppy and cloudy weather with Captain James Smith along with Mates Berto, Bernie, and Danny, with rain and 84 degree water.
The total score for this school was 61 Blue Marlin Raised, 33 Blue Marlin bit the fly, Elizabeth and Austin Caught and
released 17 Blue Marlin on fly, while using IGFA rules with 20 pound test class tippet. I love my Job! More fly fishing reports to follow. #tforods #makoreels #fishseigler #jake_jordan_fishing
Jake Jordan's Fishing Adventures
PO Box 309, Havelock, NC 28532
openings in September for seamount trips
by Capt. George Beckwith at 4:41 PM
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Congrats Dragin Fly.
11 blue marlin releases on 20 # tackle in one day.
Raised 30 blue marlin in one day.
Openings in September.
“Costa Rica, Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School” Report July 13-19. 2019
by Capt. George Beckwith at 8:45 PM
Los Suenos Costa Rica:
July 14, 2019: my
friends / students Smith and Suzy Ragsdale, arrived here in Costa Rica, to
attend their first “Costa Rica, Blue Marlin, Fly-fishing School” here out of
Los Suenos, aboard the vessel “Dragin Fly” with Captain James Smith along with
his mates Berto and Bernie. We had a great dinner at the Lanterna Restaurant in
the marina village, then went to bed early.
July 15, 2019.
Smith and Suzy
Ragsdale woke up at my Condo here in Los Suenos, Costa Rica, then after coffee
we went to the Hook-up restaurant for a great breakfast, took a tour and then
cane back to the condo for a swim and a nap. At 3:30 we headed over to the
Pelican restaurant where we all had fresh whole fried snapper for late lunch.
We then left Los Suenos Marina aboard the vessel “Dragin Fly” at 5:00 pm and
then trolled until dark, after a cocktail we went to sleep at 8:00 pm.
July 16, 2019, it
got light at 5:00 am, we circled the first FAD for an hour, not much bait so
James headed out about 35 miles to the next FAD. After a breakfast of eggs,
sausage, cheese, ranchero sauce and toast with great Costa Rican coffee, we
arrived at FAD #2. Shortly at 8:00 am we raised a Blue marlin which did not
eat. Then a big Blue Marlin crashed the right teaser, charged the boat then ate
Suzy’s well-placed fly. That big marlin ran out 300 yards then began jumping
until the 20-pound class tippet broke. We trolled out 30 more miles and at
10:40 am a hot 250-pound Blue marlin charged in and pounced on Suzy’s
well-placed Fly. At 11:09 she wound the leader into the Rod tip and Berto
released Suzy’s first Blue marlin on fly, using IGFA 20-pound class tippet. We
stopped at 11:50 am so we could catch half a dozen 3 to 5-pound yellowfin tuna
for lunch. At 12:14 pm Suzy Ragsdale hooked another hot Blue Marlin this one
was over 250 pounds. It jumped around in a large circle then jumped over the
fly line, Suzy was palming the spool when that marlin took off and backlashes
the Mako Fly Reel. We quickly cleared the backlash while James followed the
fish, when it came tight Suzy applies 6 pounds of drag on the marlin and at
12:47 she wound the leader into the tip-top of my TFO HD Fly Rod. Before Berto
grabbed the leader, removed the fly, and then released that awesome marlin. At
1:38 a hot 160-pound Blue Marlin came charging in on a pink soft head flat
line, Suzy made a good cast and the fish climbed on her Pink and white large
tube JJ fly with a single 8/0 Gamakatsu octopus hook. 17 minutes later Berto
grabbed the leader, removed my fly, and let that marlin swim away, unharmed. At
4:12 pm Suzy hooked a 150-pound Blue, this was one of the toughest marlin that
I ever saw, after 2hours and 6 minutes we caught it in the dark with the lights
on. We had steak and mashed potatoes for dinner with ice cream for dessert.
After showers we all went to bed at 8:00 pm. Today we raised 6 Blue Marlin, got
5 bites, and Suzy Ragsdale caught and released 4 Blue Marlin on fly.
July 17, 2019: at
5:00 am we awoke to the crew pulling the sea anchor while we had our awesome
coffee. We had lots of current and drifted 16 miles away from the (FAD). At
about 6:00 am we got back up to the sea mound, there were three other boats in
the area split by several FADs a mile apart. The coffee was especially good
this morning, when for the second day it was calm with less than 10 knots.
Teasers are swimming while my TFO Heavy Duty fly rods with Mako #9700 reels,
are all set with big popper pink marlin flies, and ready for a Blue Marlin. At:
6:17 we raised a double of Sailfish, Suzy hooked one which ran out and broke
off, the second one did not eat. At 7:00 am we are watching Chris Sheeder’s
client fighting a Blue Marlin. Then we raised another sailfish, smith hooked.
It but the fly came out. We moved 12 miles to a different FAD, we are 145 miles
from Los Suenos and at 9:20 am we raised our first marlin of the day. Smith
Ragsdale made a great cast and that marlin piled on the Pink and White JJ
marlin fly. That 150-pound fish jumped 43 times during the next 17 minutes and
then Smith caught the marlin, Berto removed the fly and we let that awesome
Blue Marlin swim away. One for one so far today, so at 11:45 we pulled up on
top of the FAD and broke out the 10 weight TFO Axiom ll fly rod with a TFO
Atoll fly reel, a Cortland WF-10-F fly line and a Chartreuse / white Clouser
fly tied on a 2/0 Gamakatsu hook, and proceeded to catch, filet, and release a
half dozen 5 to 6 pound yellowfin tuna for lunch. The tuna Burritos were served
to captain, crew and anglers by 12:30 pm. Nothing like fresh tuna! We are
marking lots of bait however not many marlin around so far today then at 2:30
pm we raised a Blue, it ate suzy’s fly, ran 50 foot and the fly came out. 10
minutes later we raised a marlin that would not eat the fly, and then at 3:00
pm Suzy hooked a marlin, which ate the fly good, she had tip wrapped the fly
line around the rod tip, it came off but it was too late, the marlin was gone.
At 4:00 pm Suzy hooked a 140-pound Blue marlin that went crazy, jumping and
running 300 yards from the boat then reversing and charging the boat. At 4:24
pm she reeled the marlin in and Berto grabbed the leader, in-hooked the fly and
released our second marlin of the day. At 4:56 we raised a large Blue Marlin on
the long teaser, it charged in, passed the fly and swam under the boat, it went
deep, and we never saw it again.
The weather was
mostly sunny, hot, with calm seas, at 6:15 it was too dark to fish. The crew
deployed our sea anchor, and 15 minutes later Bernie served jumbo shrimp in a
coconut cream sauce over linguine, with ice cream for dessert. Today’s
scorecard shows 6 Blue marlin raises with 4 bites, Smith and Suzy Ragsdale each
caught a Blue Marlin on fly, using IGFA rules of Fly-fishing and 20-pound class
tippet. 12/9/6 for 2 days.
July 18, 2019:
The Dragin Fly engines started at 4:55 am and the crew began pulling in the sea
anchor. The crew was making coffee and breakfast as it got light at 5:30 am, we
deployed the teasers and breakfast was served by 5:45 am The first fish that we
raised today was a 175-pound Blue Marlin that Suzy Ragsdale cast my pink &
white marlin fly at 6:14 am. This marlin stayed on top and jumped dozens of
times but never went deep, then 14 minutes later Suzy wound in the leader,
Berto grabbed the leader and we released our first Blue Marlin of the day. 7:48
we raised a marlin, it teased up within casting range but would not bite. At
8:39 Smith hooked a hot 200-pound marlin, he fought it for 12 minutes with just
two jumps then at 8:51 the marlin surged and broke the 20-pound class tippet.
At 10:30 as we are traveling down an underwater ridge line when we raised a
Striped Marlin that teased in and ate Suzy’s well cast pink and white fly.
Unfortunately Suzy turned her rod on the wrong direction when she was getting
ready to cast, and wrapped her fly line around the fly rod between the reel and
the first stripping guide, so the tippet broke as soon as that Striped Marlin
ate the fly and took off breaking the leader. We started a 20-mile run to a FAD
much closer to life Los Suenos at 1:00 pm, then at 1:36 our next fish came up
and pounced on Suzy Ragsdale’s well-placed fly. She fought this 200+ pound Blue
marlin for 26 minutes then at 2:02 pm the marlin came boat side, Berto removed
the fly, and released another Blue Marlin, Number 7 for Suzy for this trip. At
2:14 a big blue hit the long flat line teaser, Smith Ragsdale made a good cast,
but that marlin just swam away with no bite. Now at 4:30 pm we are fishing
about 80 miles from home, there are a few boats around this FAD marking bait
and expecting a bite at any time. So far today we have raised 4 Blue Marlin, 1
Striped Marlin, and 1 Sailfish, 1 Sailfish bit, 1 Striped Marlin, and 3 Blue
marlin ate our flies, we caught and released 2 Blue Marlin on fly today. Our
total for this School was as follows: 16 Blue Marlin, 4 Sailfish, and 1 Striped
Marlin Raised, 12 Blue Marlin, 3 Sailfish, and 1 Striped Marlin bites, we
caught and released 8 Blue Marlin on fly, all while using IGFA 20 pound class
tippet , following IGFA rules of fly fishing. Suzy caught her first seven Blue
Marlin ever on fly (Congratulations). I love My Job, Stay tuned for
more fly-fishing reports coming shortly!
Jake Jordan’s Fishing
PO Box 309
Jake Jordan July 1-5 Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School
by Capt. George Beckwith at 7:54 PM
“Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School”,
July 1, to 5, 2019
1, 2019; My fiend/client, Forrest Young, along with his son Frank Young, and
Frank’s wife, Chelsey Young, all from Marathon Florida, arrived here at my
condo, in the Los Suenos Resort, yesterday to join one of my “Costa Rica Blue
Marlin Fly Fishing Schools”. This will be Forrest’s 4th trip out to
the FADs, here aboard the vessel “Dragon Fly” with Captain James Smith, along
with his Mates Berto & Bernie, however it will be the first trip for
Chelsie and Frank. We had a swim in the pool this morning, then had lunch down
at the marina village, and then we arrived at the marina at 2:45 pm. The boat
was running and after my anglers boarded, they headed offshore at 3:00 pm.
Captain James began trolling 30 minutes later, then at 6:15 pm it got too dark
to see the teasers and by 7:00 pm dinner was served, everyone was asleep by
2, 2019; Breakfast and hot Costa Rican coffee was served at 5:15 am and teasers
were deployed at the same time. Fishing felt slow however at the end of the day
the total score was 6 Blue Marlin raised, producing three bites, with 3 Blue
Marlin caught and released, which is an excellent bite to catch percentage.
3, 2019; Fishing started at 5:15 with the first Blue Marlin raised at? There
was a lot of action today with 15 Blue Marlin raised, 7 bites, with 6 awesome
Blue Marlin caught using TFO Blue Water Heavy Duty fly rods, Mako #9700 fly
reels, Cortland fly lines, my 14-inch large pink & white floating tube
marlin flies, with IGFA 20-pound class tippet. Another great percentage of
bites to catch ratio.
4, 2019; Today after breakfast, Forrest caught the first bite, a red-hot Blue
Marlin. Then later Chelsey and Frank each caught a hot Blue Marlin. At 6:15 it
was too dark to fish and the Dragin Fly started heading back to the Los Suenos
Marina, dinner was served, and at 8:00 everyone was asleep. The final score
today was 6 Blue Marlin raised, 3 total bites, with 3 Blue Marlin caught and
total score for this three day “Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly-Fishing School” was
27 Blue Marlin raised, 13 of them bit, while 12 total Blue Marlin were caught
and released using IGFA rules with 20-pound test class tippet. Congratulations
to Frank, Chelsey, and Forrest Young on catching 12 out of 13 bites, excellent
percentage, also to Captain James Smith, along with his awesome Mates Berto and
Bernie, one of the best fly-fishing crews I have ever seen. Stay tuned for more
fly-fishing reports from Costa Rica coming soon, I love my Job, wish you were
Jordan’s Fishing Adventures
Box 309, Havelock, NC 28532
July 8 pics
by Capt. George Beckwith at 1:02 PM
by Capt. George Beckwith at 11:48 AM
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
plus a marlin and sailfish
sat phone report
by Capt. George Beckwith at 9:04 PM
Sounds like a pretty good start to the trip, released 3 blue marlin on the fly today. Saw a few more.
We have openings for two seamount trips in August and we will fish for them however you want to catch them!
Aug. 10-15 and Aug. 17-21 are open on the Dragin Fly