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A Fish out of Water

Friday, January 25th, 2013

For the past month, sportfishing off Costa Rica’s Central and South Pacific coasts has been excellent, the Central Pacific being nothing short of spectacular!


The highlight of this past month was the first leg of the 10th annual Los Sueños Marina Signature Billfish Series, in which 38 boats released an amazing 1412 billfish (1406 Sails and six Marlin) over three days of fishing last weekend (January 17, 18 & 19). This averages out to 37 billfish per boat (almost 13 per day) and smashes the former tournament record of 1282 billfish released by 46 boats in 2006.


Congratulations go to Captain James Smith, 42ft Dragin Fly, who captured the first leg of this prestigious tournament with 6700 points. The Dragin Fly released 62 Sails and one Marlin. Second was Rebel, with 5700 points (57 Sails), and third was HT Hook with 52 Sails released. Not at all shabby!


It isn’t only the big boys – boats 42ft and larger – who are turning in great results. One of the top mid-size boats out of Los Sueños Marina is the 32ft Miss-Behav’in with Captain Alex Holden and mate Russ Nixdorf. Alex and Russ are also putting up some excellent numbers. Americana Sportfishing client Daryl Rautiainen from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and his three buddies went 11-16 on Sailfish and caught a Dorado on the boat’s most recent charter, after going 8-14 on Sails and catching a Dorado the day before.


Another captain on a small boat – Dave Dobbins of the 28ft La Manta, which recently moved up from Quepos to Herradura Bay opposite Los Sueños – has had some pretty good days as well. Fishing on La Manta, Americana client Ron Bonadeo and his buddy released eight Sailfish, and caught a Dorado.


And we can’t end without a mention of Captain Bobby McGuinness, the International Game Fish Association world’s top captain of 2006 and 2010, who fishes out of Golfito in the South Pacific. On his most recent charter, Bobby came in with a tally of 9-17 on Sailfish – okay, but not as good as he would have liked: ‘a couple of rubber hooks today’, he commented.


The bite is expected to continue, so don’t miss out. If you have some free time in the next while, are in desperate need of a vacation, have a bit of spare cash to dole out, and the thought of relishing some great action, come down to Costa Rica. You’ll enjoy sportfishing at its best!


FishCartoon1 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 [email protected]   And, don’t miss A Fish out of Water in next Friday’s edition of Inside Costa Rica.

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