Friday, November 16th, 2012
This superb photo (see below) of a 350lb Blue Marlin is catch-and-release at its best, and a great omen for Costa Rica’s Pacific coast billfish season that is just getting underway in the south. It was taken a couple of days ago on a charter boat belonging to Crocodile Lodge in Puerto Jiménez, considered the top sportfishing lodge in Central America, and provided to Americana Sportfishing courtesy of our long-time friend Will Briegel at the lodge.
Costa Rica’s peak billfish season is starting now in the South Pacific. Among the first ‘benefactors’ were the clients of one of Costa Rica’s top captains, Bobby McGuinness, who fishes out of Golfito, across the bay from Puerto Jiménez. Bobby not only has more International Game Fish Association world records than any other captain fishing here; the IGFA also chose Bobby as the world’s top captain in 2006 and 2010.
This specific trip last weekend was a two-day, one-night overnighter on Bobby’s 37ft Cazador. Fishing about 35-40 miles south of Golfo Dulce, the anglers went 5-7 on Blue Marlin, most in the 250-300lb range, on Day 1, and followed that up with a 4-6 tally on Day 2.
There are always sails and marlin off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, but the main billfish bite is starting to peak right now in the south, and will move north to begin in earnest off the Central Pacific coast (Quepos and Los Sueños) in mid-January through April. Then in mid/late-May, the bite usually peaks again in the North Pacific (Tamarindo/Flamingo/Papagayo), lasting through September. There is also a great peripheral marlin bite off Samara/Carillo on the Nicoya Peninsula in January and February.
The North Pacific is always a top inshore destination. Fishing a half day on the 27ft Salsa with Captain Maikel Rodriguez, Americana Sportfishing client Ryan McInerney and his wife released a 55-60lb rooster, among others. And in the Central Pacific, Captain Alex Holden on the 32ft Miss-Behav’in out of Los Sueños bagged a couple of Dorado (mahi-mahi), and released a Sail.
January-April is Costa Rica’s main sportfishing season. The weather is perfect off the Pacific Coast. For those thinking of a fishing trip here during that time, start arranging it now – the top boats and captains’ calendars are filling up, so move quickly to get the days you want.
Richard Krug is the owner of Americana Sportfishing. If you have any questions, want to book a charter or a sportfishing vacation, or have anything else on your mind related to Costa Rica fishing, Richard can be reached at 1-800-407-9438 from the US or +506 2282-7215 or +506 8394-3629 in Costa Rica. You can also email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, don’t miss A Fish out of Water in next Friday’s edition of Inside Costa Rica.