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Jul, 2018

Costa Rica Fishing Report – June 2018

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The internet is an amazing place – it gives us so much information, so quickly, on just about any subject imaginable.  The problem is when so much of the information on one particular topic is out of date, or simply incorrect, people start to believe it and misconceptions are formed.  In this case we are talking about sport fishing in Costa Rica and the best time of year to fish here.  Too many people hear and read that Costa Rica’s peak fishing season is from December through April and that the rainy season starts in May and they incorrectly come to the conclusion that the fishing must be bad the other seven months of the year.  That of course couldn’t be farther from the truth, and there are scores of happy anglers who fished Costa Rica last month who would vouch for that.

It’s true that Costa Rica’s peak billfish season runs from December through April, but that doesn’t mean the fishing shuts down come May.  May through November are what we like to call the peak variety season offshore or the peak ‘meatfish season’ as it’s the best time of year for yellow-fin tuna, dorado, and wahoo offshore as well as bottom fishing for snappers & groupers.  As anglers experienced last month, there are still plenty of sailfish out there and June-August is what we like to call our ‘second season’ for marlin as blues and blacks return to the area with all the bait around.

Fishing last month saw three different phases.  The first third of the month featured a few tuna & sailfish, dorado most days, and plenty of wahoo.  There was a slight dip in action around the dark moon phase, then the middle third of the month saw the sailfish numbers explode to the point that it was every bit as good as the best week in our tradition peak season with multiple boats raising double digit fish.  The month ended with sailfish numbers coming back down to normal but seeing the yellow-fin tuna, and not by coincidence, the blue marlin numbers ratchet back up. A few days boats fishing from Guanacaste caught over 25 yellow-fin tunas so they released most of them.  Below is your Costa Rica Fishing Report – June 2018 :

June 1 – Good Day – 3 tuna & boatfull of small dorados
June 2 – Gamefisher II – 1 blue marlin, 3 for 5 on sailfish, 2 dorado, and 5 grouper
June 3 – Sunny One – 6 wahoo and 3 dorado
June 4 – Wet Ass II – 3 sailfish released and 3 dorado
June 5 – Good Day – 2 wahoo and 9 dorado
June 5 – Capullo – 4 for 5 on sails and a couple of tuna
June 6 – Pacific Fly – 1 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, and 3 yellow-fin tuna
June 7 – Captain Tom’s – 1/2 on black marlin and 2 mahi
June 9 – Gamefisher II – 4 for 7 on sails and 5 dorado
June 10 – Geaux Fly – 4 yellow-fin tuna
June 11 – Sea Lady – 2 blue marlin
June 12 – Super Fly – 6 sailfish and 2 yellow-fin tuna
June 13 – Sea Lady – 1 marlin, 2 sailfish, 10 mahi
June 14 – Wet Ass II – 1 black marlin, 1 sailfish, 5 yellow-fin tuna, 3 dorado
June 15 – Super Fly – 8 sailfish and 2 dorado
June 16 – Good Day – Released 13 sailfish!
June 17 – Wing Man – 20 dorado, 10 roosterfish, 5 silky snappers
June 18 – Super Fly – 21 sailfish and 1 black marlin
June 19 – Pacific Fly – Released 5 sailfish and boated 2 dorado
June 20 – Good Day Too – Raised 8 sails and put 4 mahi in the box
June 21 – Gamefisher II – 3 for 4 on blue marlin, 5 yellow-fin tuna, 6 dorado
June 22 – Super Fly – 5 sailfish and 5 yellow-fin tuna
June 23 – Bushwacker – 3 for 5 on blue marlin and 28 yellow-fin tuna!
June 24 – Wet Ass II – 25 yellow-fin tuna!
June 25 – Wet Ass II – 1 sailfish and 28 yellow-fin tuna
June 26 –  Bushwacker – 1 blue marlin and 6 mahi
June 27 – Gamefisher II – 3 blue marlin and 4 tuna
June 28 – Straight Up With a Twist – 3 for 6 on sails, 3 tuna, 4 mahi-mahi
June 29 – Capullo – 1 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, plus several YFT and mahi
June 30 – Double Nickle – 1 blue marlin, 15 dorado, 3 yellow-fin tuna

 

This time of year is also the best time to go marlin fishing out at the FADs, or seamounts.  Thanks to all the dorado, bonito, and yellow-fin tuna around some of our top boats have come back with some epic fishing reports from the FADs.  If you want to experience the best marlin fishing in the world give us a call!

 

June 6 – Tijereta – a three day seamount trip raised 41 had 32 bites caught 22
June 17 –  Open Fly – raised 24 blue marlin, got 19 bites, and released 12.
June 20 – Open Fly –  9 Blue Marlin, 2 Striped Marlin, 1 Yellowfin and 1 Mahi!
June 21 – Tranquilo –  39 for 44 on blue marlin in two days
June 23 – Pacific Fly – 11 Blue Marlin releases and one Sailfish
June 28 – Constellation –  9/13 Blue Marlin, 6/8 Sailfish, 1 Dorado and this Yellow Fin Tuna