The fishing in March was incredible. The month started with a solid Sailfish bite 15-20 miles out in front of Jaco. All the boats were catching 7-10 Sailfish and lots of delicious Dorado.
From March 13-15th was the Los Suenos Signature Billfish Tournament. Congrats to the guys on the “Muy Caliente” for taking first place with 4 Marlin and 23 Sailfish in the 3 day event…pretty good for a 31 foot boat in a tournament with lots of big boats. The “Spanish Fly” was 2nd place and the big “Missbehavin” finished third.
The Sailfish bite exploded following the full moon with everyone catching double digit Sailfish just 20 – 30 miles out. The Dorado bite dropped off a bit but when your catching 12 -28 Sailfish a day who cares.
The month ended with a big Marlin bite. It seemed like everyone I talked to raised Marlin and several boats had multiple hook ups and multiple Marlin releases just 20- 30 miles out. Boats were averaging 3 to 5 Sailfish, a Mahi Mahi or two and a Blue, Black or Striped Marlin sighting.
Captain Bill on the “Sailfish” caught 10 Sailfish and a 450 pound Blue Marlin on St Patty’s Day. Captain Bill later went 12 for 20 on Sails one day and 22 for 33 the next.
Captain Dana on the “Hoo’s your Daddy” went 19 for 26 on Sailfish and had a couple nice Mahi Mahi. Towards the end of the month he caught a Striped Marlin, 4 Sailfish and a 50 pound Bull Dorado with a lucky couple from Florida.
Captain Dave on the “Missbehavin” took a family from Pensacola fishing and they went 5 for 9 on Sailfish. Everyone on the boat caught their first Sailfish…congrats.
Captain Jeremy on the “R&J” released 15 Sailfish with the Mike Horn party. Mike had a great time and sends his thanks to Jeremy and the crew. Toward the end of the month Captain Jeremy on the “R&J” caught a Blue Marlin, a Striped Marlin, 2 Dorado and 2 Sailfish.
RJ fished with the guys on the “Iron Trader” and released 3 Marlin, a few Sails and a couple Dorado.
Captain Roberto recently went to secret spot and caught 2 huge Broom tail Groupers…using butterfly jigs.
Captain Tim on the “Tres Amigos” caught a couple Marlin, five Sailfish and a few Dorado.
April Fish Forecast --
Hopefully the big Sailfish numbers will continue through April. Sailfish is our most important fish and we need another great month.
The Marlin fishing will get most of the attention just because the guys caught so many Sailfish last month that they are ready for something new. The Striped Marlin bite will continue to be above average.
There will also be lots of big Dorado and Tuna caught by boats going offshore for Sailfish and Marlin.
April Fish of the Month – Sailfish
The Sailfish and Marlin bite made thousands of tourists happy in March. Those happy people will go home and tell everyone how great the fishing is in Costa Rica. Healthy Sailfish and Marlin populations are important to the future of Costa Rica.