After several months of planning and anticipation, it was finally time to head to Costa Rica. We had booked 3 days of fishing with Sporfishing Unlimited, out of Playa Zancudo, CR Rick showed up at the house Friday afternoon, Betsi and I loaded up our gear and headed to the airport to start the journey. We arrive in San Jose, and head to the hotel.. It was pretty dead there, so we took a taxi to the Casino in Alajuela.. (We went to a karaoke bar that sucked first) We took in the scenery and I donated some money to the slots.. Rick came out a little ahead.. Back to the hotel for a little shut-eye and up at 4am for the flight to Golfito. Somehow Sansa air, had lost Betsi and Rick’s reservations… no problem, there was a flight leaving 15mins later and we were off to Golfito.(Side note:: if you ever fly Sansa airlines, double check all reservations) After a 5 min taxi and a 25min water taxi, we arrived in Playa Zancudo.. Daniel, met us at the dock and gave us a ride to his hotel. It is now 8am.. Daniel and Patricia whip us up a fantastic breakfast, then Rick and I decide to put our rods and reels together and get ready for fishing in the morning. We walked up and down the only street checking things out, went to the dock to see how the fishing was and to meet up with John and Mark (capitanmarcos). They said it was a little slow.. We had a good dinner and a few drinks and off to bed with much anticipation.. Day one: We fished with John on the first day. He decided to head north towards Canos Is..away from the other fleets of Croc Bay, Sailfish Rancho, Roys.. We hit some high spots and try jigging a while with no bites.. so off we go back on the search for sails.. I think we were 0 for 5 to start the day. The sails were interested but not real aggressive. Betsi finally gets one hooked up on live bait, and does a great job of getting her fish to the boat. I am up next and we have one come up and strike the bait. John puts out a live herring, but the fish is still on the right short.. So I crank it a few times, stop and set the hook, not 10ft off of the stern.. Cool!!! The fish makes an impressive first run and gives us an aerial display. As the fish gets near the boat, he goes nuts, does a summersault, and starts greyhounding towards the boat. Someone yells, “He’s coming in the boat” John gets on the throttles, but its not enough. That son of a gun comes right between the motors and up onto the fish Box.. If that fish box hadn’t have been there, he would have been flopping around on the deck.. John bills this sail and brings him boatside for the release. After the hook comes out and he’s ready for release, we notice that he lost a couple of inches off of his tail, but otherwise unharmed. Rick gets a sail that day as well. We went 3for 10 sails that day. We should have been 5 for 10, but we had some tackle issues.. Day two: We fished with Mark, Betsi stayed home to rest up and hang out by the pool. We see some free swimming sails about 5 miles off of Punta Matapalo. We head out a few more miles and put the spread out. Soon after that, we have on one the long left. I put out a livie and the fish goes for the short right.. Rick grabs the rod, sets the hook and he’s hooked up. He makes short work of this fish and Mark makes the quick release. We see some porpoise and head over to get a better look. Hoping for the right kind of porpoise the ones that hold the tuna… but it wasn’t them.. We heard some reports on the radio that some of the white bellied porpoise were spotted and had small tunas with them. We searched a long time and only found pilot whales and the big porpoise. So no tuna.. I caught one 18-20 lb dorado.. We then decided to put out two belly strip hookless teasers and try to bait and switch with the OTI poppers. We had one come up and hit it but didn’t take. We stopped on the way in jigged some high spots.. we caught a bunch of black skipjack for Mark( he needed belly stips for his flyfisherman) and Rick and I both caught some Jacks.. one amber and one almaco. It was getting late so we made the quick run across the Golfo dulce back to Zancudo. After dinner that night, we got to hear some live music from some of the guys in town for the Taj Majal fishin-blues concert.. I think we were like 1 for 5 for sails that day. We would have had a better hookup ratio if we fished using their methods. Day Three: Fished with Mark again. Betsi was onboard today.. I farmed a couple of livies to the first two sails that come up and finally get one hooked up for Betsi… We see a group of boats in the distance running and chunking live bait.. (must be porpoise with tuna) We left a hot sailfish bite to look for tuna.. We ease over there and no one has hooked up.. we see the tuna 10-30lbrs jumping out of the water. Tried jigging to no avail, put out live bait, Nada.. after a couple of hrs we give up and head off with teasers, and chunking poppers.. next fish up , Rick hooks up he makes a couple of jumps but the spectra gets in his bill and snap… goes the line.. WE did get the popper back. We put a short flouro leader on to prevent this from happening again.. but we never got the chance .. WE did have two marlin come in and crash our teasers, but never hit any of our hook baits.. I know I have probably combined some of the days events or have them on the wrong days.. Maybe Rick can fill in the blanks.. Rick, Thanks for coming with us this year.. It was fun having you with us, and look forward to the next trip down there. Rick had to head back Wednesday morning.. We were done fishing, so we could kick back, relax and listen to some awesome blues in a surreal atmosphere.. Oh Yeah, we ran in to Cindy Garrison from Espn’s Get wild at the airport, going and returning.. . She is a really nice Chica. WE have the sailfish charging the boat on video, but its too large to post.. I will post a link after I get it loaded on a video site..