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Aug, 2018

Costa Rica Fishing Report – July 2018

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The hot fishing in Costa Rica continued last month as the marlin bite surged and the great meat fishing continued.  Our fleet in Quepos and Los Suenos raked in marlin all month while the boats up in Guanacaste put up impressive sailfish numbers.  Throughout the country the great yellow-fin tuna and mahi bite continued, and we saw more and more of the elusive wahoo.  On average the size of the dorados seemed to be much smaller than earlier in the year as there were days boats would catch 20+ schoolies and bailer sized mahi, but there were certainly a few 50+ lb trophies landed as well. The meat fishing was particularly good at The 26, a long high spot off the coast of Quepos, as wahoo and small dorados were caught on most days.  Marlin were caught all over the country, but boats out of the Los Suenos Marina and Marina Pez Vela did particularly well there were several days of multiple marlin bites.  As is normal for this time of year the sailfish bite moved up to Guanacaste as boats from Tamarindo and Flamingo enjoyed many double digit days.

On the rare days when the billfishing was slow our best captains took matters into their own hands and put anglers on literally boatsful of snapper and snowy grouper bottom fishing.  The inshore fishing remained steady, with the roosterfishing being particularly good.  A lack of bait affected the consistency of the bite, but plenty of anglers went home happy after having caught their first ‘pez gallo’.  As the numbers below display, July served as yet another example for why we no longer refer to ‘peak seasons’ and ‘off seasons’ in Costa Rica, there really is no off season here! Check out the numbers from the Costa Rica Fishing Report – July 2018:

July 1 – Bushwacker – 1 blue marlin, 3 mahi, 8 yellow-fin tuna
July 2 – Wet Ass II – 1 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 14 yellow-fin tuna
July 3 – Good Day – 1 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 1 tuna, and 6 dorado
July 4 – Epic – 3 for 3 on blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 1 wahoo, 4 mahi, and 15 tunas
July 5 – Captain Tom’s – 9 sailfish released and one mahi
July 6 – Gamefisher II – 7 for 9 on sailfish, 1 tuna, and 5 dorado
July 7 – Good Day Too – Released 3 blue marlin and 2 sailfish
July 8 – Reel Escape – 20 tuna, 1 wahoo, and 1 mahi
July 9 – Pescadora – 6 dorado, 3 tuna, 2 wahoo, and 1 sailfish
July 10 – Circle Hook – 1/3 on marlin, 10/15 on sails, 7 mahi, 1 wahoo
July 11 – Pescadora – 8 yellowfin tuna, 1 Wahoo, 11 dorado
July 12 – Captain Tom’s – 5 tunas and 2 dorado
July 13 – Good Day Too – 4 sailfish released, 10 dorado, and a tuna
July 14 – Good Day – 2 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 2 tuna, 1 mahi
July 14 – Super Fly – 4 blue marlin released and 5 dorado
July 15 – Reel Escape – 20 tuna, 3 wahoo, 1 mahi and 1 roosterfish
July 15 – Super Fly – 7 blue marlin, 2 sailfish, and 6 dorados
July 16 – Captain Tom’s – 2 blue marlin and 10 mahi
July 16 – El Jefe – 11 sailfish released
July 17 – Gamefisher II – 3 for 4 on sails and 8 dorado
July 18 – Captain Tom’s – 3 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 5 mahi, 4 yellow-fin tuna
July 18 – Sea Fly – 6 Blue Marlin, 2 Sails and 7 Mahi
July 19 – Super Fly – 1 blue marlin and 4 sailfish
July 20 – Good Day Too – 1 sailfish, 6 tuna, 6 dorado
July 21 – Gamefisher II – 5 for 6 on sailfish, 0 for 3 on marlin, 8 dorado, 3 tuna
July 22 – Bushwacker – 1 sailfish, 1 blue marlin, 1 tuna, 12 mahi
July 23 – Epic – 2 for 2 on blue marlin and 4/5 on sailfish
July 24 – Permit III – 4 for 7 on sailfish fishing from Playa Flamingo
July 25 –  Spanish Fly – Released 2 blue marlin, 4 sailfish, and dorado
July 26 – Epic – 2 for 5 on marlin, 2 for 2 on sails, and 2 tuna
July 26 – Gamefisher II – 1 for 2 on marlin, 5 for 6 on sailfish, 15 dorados
July 27 – Gamefisher II – 2 for 2 on marlin, 7 for 11 on sailfish, 5 dorados
July 28 – Sea Fly – released 2 blue marlin and 2 sailfish
July 29 – Good Day – 1 for 1 on blue marlin, 4 dorado, and 1 wahoo
July 30 – Talking Fish – 2 sailfish released and 6 dorado
July 31 – Wet Ass II – Released 7 sails and kept 2 mahi

The marlin fishing at the FADs continued to obliterate what most anglers think of as a ‘good day on the water’ as nearly all two day trips came back with double digit marlin.  The secret has long been out by now, but the FADs fishing in Costa Rica continues to be the best marlin fishing in the entire world with reports like the following:

Open Fly – July 5 – 19 for 26 on blue marlin in 2 days
Double Nickel – July 9 – 18 for 30 on blue marlin, 1 striped marlin, 1 sailfish in 3 days
Tranquilo –  July 14 – 24 Blues, 1 Black, 2 Sails, and 1
Chaser – July 15 – 31 marlin bites & 20 dorado
Geaux Fly – July 19 – 12 blue marlin, 2 sailfish, and 4 tuna
Spanish Fly – July 22 – 14 blue marlin
Tranquilo – July 23 –  16 Blues, 1 Black, and 1 Striped Marlin