Costa Rica Fishing Report - July 2018

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  1. Central America Fishing

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    Last month was served as another example of why Costa Rica has earned the nickname "the billfish capital of the world" as the sailfish bite remained steady and the marlin bite phenomenal. Most anglers and travelers know by now that Costa Rica's peak billfish season and dry season run from December through April, so they assume that coming to fish in the green season, or rainy season, is a waste of time and money. They'd be wrong as the below numbers can attest to. The sailfish numbers in the northern region of Guanacaste rivaled reports from the peak season, and boats from Los Suenos and the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos found marlin just about every single day. These aren't overnight trips to the FADs or seamounts either, these are regular day charter boats that are seeing multiple marlin bites on a daily basis. Traditionally Dec-Feb are the peak marlin months here, but we often refer to June-Aug as our 'second season' and this is exactly why.

    All year long Costa Rica has been able to do more than just serve up billfish as the new tuna laws put into affect a couple years ago seem to be paying off. Combine that with the best mahi bite in the past several years and the meat fishing has been almost a guarantee. Normally only found in our rainy season, there have also been plenty of wahoo that have completed the journey from the gaff to fish box to dinner plate.

    July 1 – Bushwacker – 1 blue marlin, 3 dorado, 8 yellow-fin tuna
    July 2 – Wet Ass II – 1 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 14 tuna
    July 3 – Good Day – 1 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 1 tuna, and 6 mahi
    July 4 – Epic – 3 for 3 on blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 1 wahoo, 4 mahi, and 15 tunas
    July 5 – Captain Tom’s – 9 sailfish released and one mahi
    July 6 – Gamefisher II – 7 for 9 on sailfish, 1 tuna, and 5 dorado
    July 7 – Good Day Too – Released 3 blue marlin and 2 sailfish
    July 8 – Reel Escape – 20 tuna, 1 wahoo, and 1 mahi
    July 9 – Pescadora – 6 dorado, 3 tuna, 2 wahoo, and 1 sailfish
    July 10 – Circle Hook – 1/3 on marlin, 10/15 on sails, 7 mahi, 1 wahoo
    July 11 – Pescadora – 8 yellowfin tuna, 1 Wahoo, 11 dorado
    July 12 – Captain Tom’s – 5 tunas and 2 dorado
    July 13 – Good Day Too – 4 sailfish released, 10 dorado, and a tuna
    July 14 – Good Day – 2 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 2 tuna, 1 mahi
    July 14 – Super Fly – 4 blue marlin released and 5 dorado
    July 15 – Reel Escape – 20 tuna, 3 wahoo, 1 mahi and 1 roosterfish
    July 15 – Super Fly – 7 blue marlin, 2 sailfish, and 6 dorados
    July 16 – Captain Tom’s – 2 blue marlin and 10 mahi
    July 16 – El Jefe – 11 sailfish released
    July 17 – Gamefisher II – 3 for 4 on sails and 8 dorado
    July 18 – Captain Tom’s – 3 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 5 mahi, 4 yellow-fin tuna
    July 18 – Sea Fly – 6 Blue Marlin, 2 Sails and 7 Mahi
    July 19 – Super Fly – 1 blue marlin and 4 sailfish released
    July 20 – Good Day Too – 1 sailfish, 6 tuna, 6 dorado
    July 21 – Gamefisher II – 5 for 6 on sailfish, 0 for 3 on marlin, 8 dorado, 3 yellow-fin tuna
    July 22 – Bushwacker – 1 sailfish, 1 blue marlin, 1 tuna, a dozen dorado
    July 23 – Epic – 2 for 2 on blue marlin and 4/5 on sailfish
    July 24 – Permit III – 4 for 7 on sails
    July 25 – Spanish Fly – Released 2 blue marlin, 4 sailfish, and a mahi for dinner
    July 26 – Epic – 2 for 5 on marlin, 2 for 2 on sails, and 2 tuna
    July 27 – Gamefisher II – 2 for 2 on marlin, 7 for 11 on sailfish, 5 dorados
    July 28 – Sea Fly – 2 blue marlin and 2 sailfish
    July 29 – Good Day – 1 for 1 on blue marlin, 4 dorado, and 1 wahoo
    July 30 – Talking Fish – 2 sailfish and 6 mahi
    July 31 – Wet Ass II – Released 7 sails and 2 dorado for dinner

    Speaking of the FADs, they continued to live up to their lofty expectations with most boats reporting double digit marlin on every single 2-day trip. While the main target out here is certainly blue marlin, this year there have been quite a few grand slams with sailfish, stripeys, and even a few black marlin taking bait out there.

    Open Fly – July 5 – 19 for 26 on blue marlin in 2 days
    Double Nickel – July 9 – 18 for 30 on blue marlin, 1 striped marlin, 1 sailfish in 3 days
    Tranquilo – July 14 – 24 Blues, 1 Black, 2 Sails, and 1
    Chaser – July 15 – 31 marlin bites & 20 dorado
    Geaux Fly – July 19 – 12 blue marlin, 2 sailfish, and 4 tuna
    Spanish Fly – July 22 – 14 blue marlin
    Tranquilo – July 23 – 16 Blues, 1 Black, and 1 Striped Marlin
     

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