Costa Rica - Dog Fleet report
Five boats comprise the Dog Fleet, owned and operated by my good friend Fred DeRewal - his final report for 2007:
The new year is only two days away, and the fishing looks good for 2008 season. The inshore fishing off Flamingo has been good. Two of our boats went bottom fishing last week each boat boated 40 plus grouper in the 4 to 6 lb range. Yesterday Crazy Dog fished a half day and came back with 17 Grouper in the 25 to 40 lb range. As you can guess I'm eating grouper twice a day. The rooster fishing is good and this is right along the shore line so you have no wind problem.
As expected the marlin are here. The water is clean with a lot of bait in the water and January February and March have always been the good marlin months.For the past several weeks all of our charters have released marlin along with a few sailfish. We don"t expect much sailfish action until after March. The weather is holding good so far, no rain and very little wind. We expect the wind to increase before the end of January and the 31 ft boats have a difficult time fishing very far off shore.
Our larger boat "Scorpion" (58ft Bertram) has never missed a day fishing due to the wind. Early in January we will send our boat "Mad Dog" south to Corrillo where there is very little wind and the sailfishing is very good. By the second or third week in January we will send two of our boats down to Quepos. The end of January and February are the hot sailfish months.
My son Freddy just returned from Quepos and reported they are starting to see some marlin action.
Now that the season is starting I will report more often. Thank you. Fred
Al "Legend" Schaefer
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