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   Wednesday, July 31, 2019  

jake's complete report fromt he last trip


posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 3:50 PM

   Saturday, July 27, 2019  
Quick report from Jake

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

posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 8:53 AM

   Wednesday, July 24, 2019  
openings in September for seamount trips

Congrats Dragin Fly.

11 blue marlin releases on 20 # tackle in one day.

Raised 30 blue marlin in one day.

Openings in September.
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 4:41 PM

   Sunday, July 21, 2019  
“Costa Rica, Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School” Report July 13-19. 2019

Greetings from 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 Adventures
PO Box 309
Havelock NC, 28532

posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 8:45 PM  
Jake Jordan July 1-5 Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School

“Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School”, July 1, to 5, 2019

July 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 8:00 PM.

July 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.

July 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.

July 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 released.

 The 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 here.

Jake Jordan’s Fishing Adventures
PO Box 309, Havelock, NC 28532
Phone 305-872-6060

posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 7:54 PM  
July 8 pics

posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 1:02 PM  
July 13

plus a marlin and sailfish 

posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 11:48 AM

   Tuesday, July 2, 2019  
sat phone report

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
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 9:04 PM




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