Excellent fishing Los Suenos Costa Rica april report/ marlin video
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the High tourist season has passed, which most people seem to think is the only good time to fish here. But this is so wrong. green season/ offseason is excellent fishing here with lots of options.
the past week of so has been red hot easy fishing. especially offshore. lots of fish swimming around just waiting to bend a rod
we are starting to transition to green season now, and are starting to find lots of stuff floating offshore, loaded with life. weather has been very good, the worst of it being a some morning wind a few days, and some scattered cloud cover some days with a little rain. but it usually can be avoided offshore. most days are sunny and calm seas. we were having a problem with an unusually strong red tide here through mid feb-early arpil, causing us to have to get out 40+ miles to fish offshore, but that is all cleared up now and we have been having some fantastic days 20-30 miles from the marina. and in the past few days boats are easily getting 10-20 bites or more. there have been a couple days where the top boat of the day (charter or private) reported 20+ caught Billifish out of 35-50 bites
a little detailed report of the past week aboard La Vida My 31 contender. ( I do have a 33' L&H walk around on the way for next high season)
saturday 4/21 we had planned to go offfshore with some guests from CA, as their emails mainly spoke about wanting to catch a marlin, but when they showed up they asked if we could catch a rooster fish too.
I try to discourage fishing in and off the same day as the best rooster spots are 15-20 miles in different directions from the offshore grounds, and if you try to accomplish to many different goals in one day, you often may not achieve any.
I got lucky and found a school of blue runners right in front to isla herredura on the way out of the bay, and the spot looked good with lots of bait and current so we put one out while we continued catching. or luck continued, as we got bit a few minutes later, and Marie got the rooster she wanted. so we began to run offshore.
we made a quick stop at a grouper rock for some meat, catching about 4 or 5 in 10 minutes, Mike caught this one on a butterfly jig in 240 ft.
we started to run to the previous days bite, and as we we running, I saw a free jumped to the side, a few small white birds, and another free jumper ahead about 50 yards, which looked like a marlin, so I pulled back the throttles and we starter to put out the spread, but before we got half of it out, the marlin comes paddling up on the squid chain. a short while later, Marie had her marlin on the leader. while Mike hopped in for some underwater photos.
the rest of the day we trolled around, saw a big pod of spinner dolphins with some yellowfins on that i couldn't get to bite a popper of live bait (first ones i have seen in a couple months) and caught 1 sail from 6 bites.
4/22 I took TA Martinez and friend on a free dive spearfishing trip. It was a little tough day as the fish were staying about 60' deep in 100-120ft of water, but his group still managed to put a few nice fish in the cooler. 3 nice snappers on the spears, 1 on the popper and some other stuff.
4/24 I took Mike and Marie out again for a quick (I had a tortuga trip in the PM)half day inshore looking for roosters. we puled the hook on a nice fish after about 10 minute fight, and over the next couple hours, caught a mixed bag of bonitos, hound fish, mackerels, big jacks, and some other stuff, but the big roosters did not cooperate.
4/25 TA and his friend and family came back for a day offshore.
beautiful calm day, started off with a nice 47 pound dorado. we found more spinners & could see yellowfins swimming alongside of them, but they still had lockjaw not caring for live bait or poppers. found some big old float nets loaded with small yellowfins, small dorados, and some tripletails, tried live baiting with small tunas for a marlin, but did not get a bite. a boat near us did catch one on the same net. we did catch 2 out of 4 sails.
4/26 a little bumpy in the morning but smoothed out by noon. we fished with a couple from Boston, looking for the same net the day before, we did not find that one but did find a few others loaded with life, we caught 3 for 6 on sails, a bunch of small tunas, several dorado up to 15 pounds (you could catch hundreds if you wanted to) and ended the day with this nice blue that ate a small yellowfin we put out as bait.
4/29, took another Family from Texas out. they really wanted to catch a sail for one of their sons' birthday. we had a very slow morning with only on dorado bite, a decent sized one which quickly spit the hook. By noon I said a quick prayer as they reminded me they just needed to catch one for their son. it turned into an awesome day as we caught 14 sails out of 20-22 bites from 12:30 until 4 pm. including 2 doubleheaders- that was some good fishing just 28 miles from the marina.
5/1 headed offshore again with two couples from utah- we started about 18 miles out from the marina in the area know as the craters. we had steady action all day. raised 3 or 4 doubles, had at least 20 sail bites, caught 10, plus 1 for 1 on a nice blue marlin about 350 or so. (trying to post video clip of it at the boat). stopped 8 miles from LS on the way in around a bunch of scattered debris and quickly caught 6 small dolphin for the guest's dinner.
It good to see the floating debris wood, beaches, logs, trees, nets and pallets starting to show up. plus they have been loaded with life which provides allot of opportunities to take a break from trolling and jig, cast poppers and live bait around them. for the more adventurous I carry a few spearguns to hop in an shoot tripletails and dorado off the
Captain Michael MJ Alligood Reel Intense Adventures, Los Suenos Costa Rica La Vida Sportfishing