Sailfish Bite is On! Fishing Report (19-26 Jan 2017)

Discussion in 'South of the Border' started by Zancudo Lodge, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. Zancudo Lodge

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    For decades, Costa Rica has been well known for the epic billfish bite that usually occurs every year from around January thru May and this year is no different. We are very happy to report that the annual 'Pez Vela' run has begun at Zancudo Lodge. We have been experiencing great Sailfish action just 5-8 miles offshore with some captains reporting up to 15 sails per day. The conditions are absolutely perfect along the Pacific coast with lots of free jumpers so our expert crews are having little trouble keeping our eager guests on the action.

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    There has been a few days when the bite has been really crazy, with multiple hookups especially during the morning periods. Inshore action has also been outstanding and both Roosterfish and Cubera Snapper have been willing to tug on the lines. Several guests had some amazing action with some pretty hefty 'pez gallos' in the 40-50 lb range.
    Yellowfin Tuna have also been showing up offshore on a few days, but it seems like getting a hook in them has been difficult lately. We did however manage to get on a few nice fish in the 40-70 lb. range. Out on the seamounts, the action has slowed to a crawl, but there are a few blues around and some guests did manage to score a few.

    Jim Brannon and Scott Baird had an epic fishing experience at Zancudo Lodge. It was a bucket list trip for these guys and they had an absolute blast. Both Jim and Scott caught lots of fish including many sails, roosterfish, including Scott's 50 lb. monster, a few snapper and several other inshore species. Jim had his GoPro handy and shot some really cool footage. Here's a short video of their trip.




    Tom and Julie Magardino from Naples, Florida were also here at Zancudo Lodge last week. It was their second time to the lodge and they also had a fantastic experience, releasing 7 Sailfish from 9 bites. Tom hooked into a nice Blue Marlin but unfortunately it threw the hook during the fight. Better luck next time Tom; you'll get them next time. Steven Kelva celebrated his 80th Birthday at the lodge, and no better way to celebrate it than by catching a Blue Marlin. Congratulations Steven, we look forward to seeing you guys again next season and will be sure to have another cake ready for you. Tony and Tawnya Reid also joined us at the lodge last week and it was quite a first experience, especially for Tawnya who released both her first Blue Marlin estimated at 300 lbs. and first Pacific Sailfish. Tony also released a Blue Marlin that went 280 lbs.

    There's always so many fish tales to tell but as they say, a picture is worth 1,000 words. I hope you enjoy them and remember to keep checking us out from time to time for more reports. I'm sure we'll have lots to write about in the next few months.

    Tight Lines,

    Albert Battoo
    The Zancudo Lodge

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