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Sep, 2018

Costa Rica Fishing Report – August 2018

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Sport fishing in Costa Rica along the Pacific Coast served up yet another fantastic month of action for anglers last month.  Sailfish were found nearly every day, there were still a few blue marlin around, and and the meat fishing continued to be off the charts good.  Boats out of the Los Suenos Marina enjoyed hot sailfish bite the first half of the month with many boats seeing 5-8 sails a day, including a couple of double digit days by the gorgeous new Super Fly boat.  The fleet at the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos also enjoyed the billfish action fishing most days around ‘The Corner’.  The boats in Guanacaste never saw double digit sailfish bites last month, but they traded that for a steady and consistent 3-5 sailfish a day just about every day.  Throughout the country the marlin bite tapered off a bit from the torrid pace set in June & July, which was expected, but there were still several blues released last month – including one more from yours truly!

The meat fishing for mahi, yellow-fin tuna, and wahoo has been fantastic all green season, but what really stood out last month was the sheer size of some of the mahi caught.  Just about every week some lucky angler hauled in a 50+ lb dorado, which is a nice change from the peanut and bailer mahi we were seeing in July.  Great fighters on light tackle, beautiful coloring, and delicious table-fare have made mahi (dorado in Central America) a favorite for a long time, but when you can land 50 lb trophy fish it’s a real treat.  On the days when the birds and super pods of spinner dolphins could be found the yellow-fin tuna was also fantastic throughout the month.  While most fish are in the 20-50 lb range, a few beasts pushed triple digits.  Below are the daily highlights from the Costa Rica fishing report – August 2018.

Aug 1 – Good Day – Raised 8 sailfish, released 2 fly fishing
Aug 2 – Wet Ass II – Released 4 sailfish and kept 5 dorado
Aug 3 – Gamefisher II – 1 blue marlin, 3 for 5 on sails, 4 tuna, and 15 dorado
Aug 4 – Bushwacker – 7 sailfish and 1 dorado
Aug 5 – Good Day Too – Released 6 sailfish and kept 5 yellow-fin tuna
Aug 6 – Good Day – 1 for 3 on sailfish and 4 dorado
Aug 7 – Bushwacker – 1 blue marlin, 2 sailfish, and several mahi for dinner
Aug 8 – Big Eye – 2 blue marlin, 5 Sailfish, 9 mahi, 4 yellowfin tuna
Aug 9 – Epic – 1 blue marlin, 5 for 6 on sails, 50lb dorado
Aug 10 – Muy Caliente – 8 for 11 on sailfish from Quepos
Aug 11 – Gamefisher II – 1 blue marlin, 4 for 6 on sailfish, and a dorado for dinner
Aug 12 – Super Fly – 1 blue marlin, 15 sailfish, 2 mahi
Aug 13 – Good Day – 4 tuna, 4 dorado, 1 sailfish
Aug 14 – Super Fly –  9 sailfish and 2 dorado
Aug 15 – Super Fly – 15 sailfish + 1 mahi
Aug 16 – Captain Tom’s – 0 for 1 on marlin and released 5 sailfish
Aug 17 – Gamefisher II – 1 blue marlin, 2/5 on sails, 6 dorado, and 2 tuna
Aug 18 – Double Nickle – 1 blue marlin and 8/10 on sails
Aug 19 – Sunny One – 1 sailfish, 5 tuna, 1 dorado
Aug 20 – Seacario – 2 blue marlin and 1 dorado
Aug 22 – Talking Fish – 1 sailfish, 4 tuna, 6 dorado
Aug 23 – Spanish Fly – 9 sailfish and 1 mahi
Aug 24 – Open Fly – 3 sails released and 2 dorado in the box
Aug 25 – Runaway – 4 sailfish and 8 dorado
Aug 26 – Bushwacker – released 7 sailfish
Aug 27 – El Jefe – 4 sails and 6 mahi
Aug 28 – Wet Ass II – 2 dorado and 6 yellow-fin tuna
Aug 29 – Open Fly – Released 5 sailfish
Aug 30 – Sea Lady – 12 yellow-fin tuna
Aug 31 – Nautiventures – 3 sailfish and 3 tuna

The marlin fishing out at the FADs, or seamounts, continued to produce staggering numbers with most boats on 2-3 night trips reporting 20+ marlin.  A few striped marlin and sailfish were also found out there, making Grand Slams a possibility for the fortunate anglers.  Below are some of our best FADs fishing reports from last month.

Open Fly – Aug 6 – 32 blue marlin in 2 days
Geaux Fly – Aug 10 – 12 Blue marlin, 2 Striped marlin, 150 lb tuna
Geaux Fly – Aug 16 – 25 marlin and 3 mahi