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Mar, 2018

Costa Rica Fishing Report – February 2018

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For the most part it could be said that the peak billfish season in Costa Rica continued to follow the normal trends into February.  After a stellar December and January for marlin action, the sailfish numbers increased last month as expected.  While not a common, every day occurrence across our fleets we did finally see several double digit sailfish days.  Most boats from Quepos and Los Suenos averaged 5-6 releases a day, which is good but not great, but there were a few boats that raised 15-20 sailfish – which is what we’ve become accustomed to here in Costa Rica.  There were still plenty of marlin around as well, with some boats getting multiple bites and releases.  The marlin last month were mainly blues, but a group of repeat CAF anglers managed to release a BIG black marlin on the Super Fly – the first for the newest of the venerable Maverick Yachts fleet.
An odd month with no full moon in it this year, the offshore fishing in Costa Rica continued to supply anglers with a bevy of dorado and yellow-fin tuna.  While not normally common this time of year, all of this meatfish has been a welcome surprise to anglers so they are going home happy having caught dinner for a night or two.

Inshore fishing for roosters continued to be solid but not spectacular as finding baitfish is still a challenge most days.  There have been lots of jacks and mackerel around, but the big snook we love to see are still few and far between.  On the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica the strong winds made tarpon fishing a bit of a challenge but anglers still managed to do battle with plenty of silver kings.  Most days the seas were too rough to exit the river mouth and get out into the ocean, but even fishing the river mouths of Rio Colorado and Parismina produced lots of action most days. The highlights of the best days for this Costa Rica Fishing Report – February 2018 are below:

Feb 1 – Tranquilo – 1 black marlin, 8 sailfish, 6 tuna
Feb 1 – Good Day Too – 1 black marlin & 3 sails
Feb 1 – Reel Escape – 14 sailfish and 14 tuna
Feb 2 – Geaux Fly – 1 for 2 on blue marlin, 5 sails
Feb 2 – Good Day Too – 2 blue marlin, 3 sails, 2 dorado
Feb 3 – Reel Escape – 1 for 3 on blue marlin and 12 tuna
Feb 4 – Dream Girl – 1 blue marlin, 9 sails, 1 dorado
Feb 5 – Captain Tom – 1 blue marlin, 7 sails, 1 dorado
Feb 5 – Chaser – 13 sails
Feb 5 – Dream Girl – 1 blue marlin, 5 sailfish, 4 tuna, 3 dorado
Feb 6 – Good Day Too – released 6 sailfish
Feb 6 – Dream Girl – 1 sailfish, 3 dorado, 21 tuna
Feb 7 – Spanish Fly – 1 blue marlin and 10 sailfish
Feb 7 – Good Day Too – 1 blue marlin, 5 sailfish, 3 dorado
Feb 10 – Spanish Fly -  3 sailfish, 1 blue marlin, 5 tunas and 1 dorado
Feb 12 – Spanish Fly -  3 blue marlin and 5 sailfish
Feb 15 – Dream Girl – 8 sailfish and 1/2 on blue marlin
Feb 18 – Sea Fly – 10 sailfish released
Feb 19 – Captain Tom – 5 sails, 1 dorado, 3 tuna
Feb 20 – Stress Reeleiver – 2 sails and 14 yellow-fin tuna
Feb 20 – Spanish Fly – 6 sailfish and 3 tuna
Feb 21 – Constellation – 7 for 10 on sails
Feb 22 – Good Day Too – 6 sailfish, 2 tuna, 2 dorado
Feb 23 – Open Fly – 2 blue marlin, 13 sailfish, 2 tunas
Feb 23 - Good Day Too - 12 sailfish, 2 dorado, 1 tuna and 0/2 on marlin
Feb 24 – Constellation – 14/21 on sails, 0/1 on marlin, 1 dorado
Feb 25 – Spanish Fly – 1 blue marlin + 5 sailfish
Feb 26 – Geaux Fly – 3 blue marlin
Feb 27 – Stress Reeliever II – 5 sails and 2 dorado
Feb 28 – Sea Fly – 1 blue marlin, 4 sailfish, 1 dorado