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Costa Rica's peak billfish season (Dec-Apr) continued to be feast or famine last month. The sailfish bite has been incredibly hard to predict as some days boats are seeing double digit sailfish and then the next week it'll be just one or two per boat. Fortunately Costa Rica isn't about a one-trick-pony so the offshore days have been saved by the continued presence of yellow-fin tuna and dorado and by one of the best marlin bites in the past decade. Plenty of days with boats throwing 5-10 tunas on the deck, most in the 10-30 lb range but a few 50-100 lbs were landed too. Near Quepos it's almost a guarantee to catch as many peanut dorados as you want near the commercial set ups, but a few 50+ pound trophy bulls were also boated last month. The inshore fishing was good all month long for roosters, mackerel, jacks and snapper. The snook bite on the Pacific Coast hasn't been as wide open as years past, but we kind of expected that with the bait situation this year.

Over on the Caribbean Coast the tarpon fishing was fantastic whenever the weather and sea conditions cooperated with our anglers. All these late-season winter snow storms in the US made the Caribbean a bit of a mess when April is normally quite calm, so there were quite a few days when anglers couldn't navigate the river mouths to get out into the open ocean where the best tarpon fishing is done. It was very odd weather and probably the wettest April I've ever seen, but we did have a few anglers that managed to hook up with some 100+ lb sliver kings early in the month.

Last but not least, the sport fishing world had it's eyes on Costa Rica from April 15-20 as the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos hosted the Offshore World Championship for the sixth year in a row. Fifty-one teams from around the world fished on Costa Rican flagged charter boats, rotating boats each day to level the playing field. The best boats were able to release 5-6 sails a day and there were several marlin released too, but the sub-par sailfish count combined with the lack of experience of many teams having to fish with circle hooks led to many teams coming back in with no fish at all. The final tally showed 328 sailfish and 24 marlin released by 51 boats over 4 day. Our friend Captain Mike Alligood won the Offshore World Championship for the second time (2013)!

As we enter our green season (May-Oct) the marlin bite should continue to be spectacular and the yellow-fin tuna & dorado bite will be at it's peak. This is also the best time of year for the overnight trips out to the FADs, home of the best marlin fishing in the world.

Below are the highlights from the Costa Rica April 2018:

April 1 - Sea Fly - 3 sailfish, 2 dorado
April 2 - Constellation - SLAM 1 black marlin, 4 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 1 dorado
April 3 - Spanish Fly - 3 blue marlin and 1 sailfish
April 3 - Good Day Too - 2/4 on blue marlin and 2/3 on sailfish
April 4 - Constellation - 2/3 on sails and 5 yellow-fin tuna
April 6 - Good Day Too - Released 4 Sailfish
April 7 - Reel Escape - 1 blue marlin, 4 tuna, 1 bull dorado
April 8 - Geaux Fly - 1 blue marlin and 7 tuna
April 9 - Super Fly - 4 sailfish released
April 9 - Stress Reeliever II - 1 black marlin, 4 tuna, 2 dorado
April 11 - Capullo - 1 blue marlin and 6 dorado
April 12 - Sea Fly - 1 blue marlin, 1 sail, 3 dorado
April 13 - Geaux Fly - 2 blue marlin & 2 dorado
April 14 - Epic - 2 for 2 on blue marlin and 2 for 5 on sailfish
April 16 - Epic - Released 6 sailfish
April 18 - Super Fly - 1 blue marlin, 6 sailfish, 1 dorado
April 18 - Epic - 1 blue marlin, 7 sails, 55 lb dorado
April 19 - Mako - 1 blue marlin and 4 sailfish
April 20 - Spanish Fly - 6 for 8 on sails and 8 tuna
April 21 - Good Day - 3 blue marlin and 3 tuna
April 22 - Captain Tom - 4 for 8 on sails and 1 dorado
April 23 - Spanish Fly - released 10 sailfish
April 23 - Permit III - 2 for 3 on blue marlin and 6 for 9 on sailfish
April 24 - Spanish Fly - 1 blue marlin and 9 sailfish
April 25 - Good Day Too - 0/2 on marlin and 7 tunas
April 26 - Super Fly - 1 sailfish, 5 tuna, 2 dorado
April 28 - Epic - SLAM - 1 blue marlin, 1 striped marlin, 1-3 on sailfish
April 29 - Gamefisher II - 0/1 on striped marlin, 5/6 on sails, 1 dorado, 2 roosters
April 30 - Circle Hook - 1/2 on marlin and 3 tuna
 

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I am glad to see more is happening out of Quepos. I'm sure more and more boats will become sick of the situation at the "other" marina and slide down there most boats work there way down towards Quepos anyway.
 
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