May kicks off our green season weather, which also means it’s peak variety season and peak meatfish season in regards to offshore fishing. The 2018 year has been the best dorado year in the past decade and the second consecutive year of wide open tuna fishing, so I was extremely confident that this green season is going be a great one.  Below is our Costa Rica Fishing Report – May 2018.

The first week of May started off with a flurry of billfish bites, in fact it was some of the best numbers we saw in all of 2018 with many boats seeing double digit sailfish.  After that the offshore fishing returned to what is normally does this time of year – the occasional marlin, a couple of sailfish each day, and just about as many dorado and tuna as you can handle. CAF guest Hal wanted his wife to catch her first sailfish, and instead they caught 12 fishing out of Los Suenos. Repeat guests the Neisel’s wouldn’t let a newborn baby stop them from coming back as they landed sailfish and their first yellow-fin tunas.  Honeymooners April & JW caught just about everything in the ocean as they finished their week with 8 sailfish, 4 roostersfish (including one beautiful trophy fish), 2 dorado, and 8 grouper. Finally 3x repeat guests the Mott’s visited Costa Rica for the first time after fishing Belize with us twice, and they were both feeling ‘pura vida’ after a week of fishing in Guanacaste.  They caught rainbow bass in front of Lake Arenal, a lot of big yellow-fin tuna, grouper, and a couple of beautiful roosters.

Below is our full day-by-day Costa Rica Fishing Report – May 2018.

May 1 – Stress Reeliever II – 1 sailfish, a 50 lb mahi, 7 tuna
May 1 – Gamefisher II – 7 for 11 on sails
May 2 – Permit III – 1 blue marlin and 7 sailfish released
May 3 – Good Day Too – FLY FISHING – 1 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 5 dorado
May 4 – El Jefe Too – 1 blue marlin and 8 sailfish released
May 5 – Wild Lady – 1 blue marlin and 4 sailfish
May 6 – Geaux Fly – 9 yellow-fin tuna
May 7 – Gamefisher II – SLAM 1 striped marlin, 1 blue marlin, 2 for 6 on sailfish
May 7 – Good Day Too – 5 for 12 on sails
May 8 – Epic – 1 blue marlin and 2/5 on sailfish
May 9 – Good Day – 1/2 on sailfish, 10 dorado, 11 yellow-fin tuna
May 10 – Captain Tom’s – 3 sailfish released, 1 mahi-mahi, 1 YFT
May 11 – Gamefisher II – 3 for 9 on sails and 40 lb dorado in the box
May 11 – Good Day Too – 6 sailfish released
May 12 – Gamefisher II – 7 for 12 on sailfish and 3 yellow-fin tuna
May 13 – Captain Tom’s – released 12 sailfish from the Los Suenos Resort
May 14 – Runaway – 8 for 12 on sails and missed a marlin
May 15 – Wild Lady – 13 YFT and 1 dorado
May 17 – Good Day – 1 sailfish, 4 tuna, 7 dorado
May 18 – Epic – 2 for 2 on sailfish, 2 dorado, and 13 yellow-fin tunas
May 19 – Good Day – 3 tunas and 20+ dorado
May 20 – Predator – 3 sailfish and 3 dorado
May 21 – Good Day Too – released 3 sailfish and 15 dorado
May 22 – Good Day Too – 1 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 1 dorado, 4 tunas
May 23 – Runaway – 1 dorado and 7 yellow-fin tuna
May 24 – Good Day Too – 1 blue marlin and 6 sailfish released
May 25 – Chaser – 12 dorado
May 26 – Chaser – 32 dorado!
May 27 – Sea Lady – 1 marlin, 1 sailfish, 20 mahi
May 28 – Wet Ass II – 6 tuna & 6 dorado
May 29 – Gamefisher II – 2 for 4 on marlin, 1 for 3 on sailfish, 4 yellow-fin tuna
May 30 – Double Nickel – 7 for 9 on sailfish
May 31 – Pacific Fly – 1 sailfish, 2 tuna, 7 dorado

Sailfish Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report - May 2018
Grouper fishing Costa Rica
Guanacaste Fishing

 

Roosterfish Costa Rica
Costa Rica Tuna Fishing
My parents got tired of all the April blizzards in Wisconsin so they paid us another visit early last month.  My dad has never caught a tarpon before, so our first stop was to head to Tortuguero and get out fishing with my good buddy and legendary guide, Primo. I’ve fished our Caribbean Coast enough to know a perfect day when I see one, and the conditions could not have been any better.  Glass clam seas, sunshine, not a drop of rain, and all the tarpon you could handle.  In eight hours we saw well over 100 tarpon rolling near the Rio Colorado rivermouth, and we were lucky enough to trick a dozen of them into biting our jigs.  As is always the case with tarpon fishing, you lose at least as many as you actually land, but that’s part of the fun. We finished our day with 12 tarpon jumped and 3 released, including one right a the final buzzer as we released him at 5 PM right outside of Tortuguero.
Tarpon fishing in Tortuguero
Costa Rica Tarpon Fishing