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Jan, 2019

Costa Rica Fishing Report – December 2018

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December officially kicked off another fishing season here in Costa Rica as the dry season weather, and the incredible offshore fishing, have made a most-welcome return.  The rainy season typically ends sometime in November, which means that it is a transition month from the green season to the dry season and every year the weather and the fishing is slightly different.  Fortunately this November, much like November 2017, featured great weather, all the mahi you could gaff, and lots of marlin.  In fact we knew 2019 fishing season was going to be phenomenal when our four-time repeat guests, the Weston’s, started off the new season on Nov 1st by completing a Grand Slam on an absolutely epic day with our buddy Captain Mike Alligood – 3 for 5 on blue marlin, 3 for 3 on striped marlin, 1 sailfish, and 9 mahi for dinner!  Other highlights from November included the Super Fly releasing 5 blue marlin & 2 striped marlin on Nov 10, the 50′ Open Fly with 8 blue marlin on Nov 29th, and too many double digit mahi days to count from both Quepos and Los Suenos Marinas.

While that is following script for our fishing seasons, it’s far from a guarantee so it’s always nice to acknowledge it to keep the Fishing Gods happy. December 1st through April 30th is officially high season for Costa Rica’s tourism industry, the dry season has settled in, and the fishing typically ratchets things up a notch.  That was definitely the case last month as the weather was gorgeous, the marlin were still biting, and best of all the sailfish have returned!  The 2017 and 2018 seasons featured an uncharacteristically slow sailfish bite with very few boats reaching double digits and many struggling just to catch 3-4 sailfish a day.  For a country that has earned the nickname of ‘the billfish capital of the world‘ you can be sure that hands were hovering over the Panic Button.  With December officially marking the first month of the 2019 peak fishing season things are looking very promising for another epic year of sportfishing in Costa Rica as marlin were caught just about every day, sailfish numbers are back, and the yellow-fin tuna and dorado bite that has improved so much over the past couple of years remains steady.  Read below for our full Costa Rica Fishing Report – December 2018.

 

Dec 1 – Epic – 3/4 on blue marlin + 2/3 on sails
Dec 2 – Super Fly – 2 marlin, 2 sails, 6 dorado
Dec 3 – Open Fly – 3 blue marlin, 2 sails, 7 dorado
Dec 4 – Double Nickle – 1 blue marlin, 3 sailfish, 7 mahi
Dec 5 – Constellation – SLAM! – 1 blue marlin, 1 striped marlin, 4 for 6 on sailfish
Dec 6 – Good Day Too – 1 blue marlin, 3 sails, 3 dorado
Dec 7 – Super Fly – 1 marlin & 5 sailfish
Dec 8 – Epic – 1 marlin, 1 sail, 3 dorado, and 100 lb tuna
Dec 9 – Good Day Too – 1 blue marlin, 2 sailfish, 3 dorado
Dec 10 – Stress Reeliever II – 2 marlin, 5 dorado, 5 tuna
Dec 12 – Fire Fly – 2 for 5 on marlin, 1 sailfish, 3 dorado
Dec 13 – Epic – 1 for 3 on blue marlin, 1 striped marlin, missed two sailfish for the grand slam
Dec 14 – Geaux Fly – 1 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 10 mahi
Dec 15 – Captain Toms – 8 for 10 on sailfish and a blue marlin
Dec 16 – Reel Escape – 1 marlin, 1 sailfish, 7 tuna 3 dorados
Dec 17 – Spanish Fly – 3 striped marlin, 10 sails, 2 dorado
Dec 18 – Big Eye II – 1 sailfish and 9 dorado, all within 7 miles of Quepos!
Dec 19 – Open Fly – 8 sails & 1 dorado
Dec 21 – Geaux Fly – 2 sailfish, 6 yellow-fin tuna, 1 mahi
Dec 22 – Epic – 6 sailfish. 5 mahi, and 1 tuna
Dec 23 – Spanish Fly – 8 sailfish and 3 mahi
Dec 24 – Good Day Too – 9 sailfish and 2 dorado
Dec 26 – Wing Man – 7 sailfish and 11 mahi
Dec 27 – Spanish Fly – 8 sails and 3 dorado
Dec 28 – Good Day Too – 1 blue marlin, 8 sails, 7 mahi
Dec 29 – Constellation – 2 blue marlin and 8 for 10 on sailfish
Dec 30 – Epic – 1 blue marlin, 9 for 14 on sails, 3 dorado for dinner
Dec 31 – Constellation – 9/13 on sails and 3 dorado