Post By: Anteroman Posted: 2/2/2023 10:53:55 AMPoints: 6489
My wife and I had the pleasure.of a CR trip with a longtime fishing buddy last week at Los Suenos, Costa Rica on the West coast. Amazing fishing with lots of dorado 20-60#, tuna in the 40-60# range and released six sailfish of ten bites over the three days. We did lose one wahoo next to the boat, a tough fish to catch with mono leaders, also raised a blue marlin that didnít want to play. A fantastic trip that any angler would enjoy. The boat is a 71í Garlington powered with twin 1900 HP Man diesels, it cruises at 35 mph and runs 45 mph on the pins, an incredible offshore fishing machine. A few shots from the trip. Bill
The one Kendra is holding was sixty pounds, thatís the largest Iíve personally ever seen and the one Iím holding was 45#. They are tough on 20# stand up tackle when they get that big, I believe the smallest we had was twenty pounds. Kept several and released forty plus over the three days. Bill
Nice going Bill. That mahi is certainly a special fish. Davidís boat is pretty special too. What you told me about the boats sonar is crazy. It has the ability to pick up fish miles away. Incredible technology though out the boat. I had to chuckle when you told them how I use my little fish finder. LolÖ what did you say his sonar cost him like150k. damÖ
I have to mention the outside AC to cool you while you watch the lines. Extremely posh for a sport boat. Last but not least 3days of incredible fishing too. Sounds like you and Vera had an excellent time.
Dang Mr Bill!! Me n Dawns 1st bucket list trip is gonna be AK, after that, that type of salt water trip would be second, I have watched so many fishing vids about tuna and mahi and such, catching would be off the charts but I would enjoy the ultra fresh kill n cook even more! Thanks for sharing your experience! -A
Reply by: Anteroman Posted: Feb. 11, 7:55:57 AM Points: 6489
A dub, You are correct, the mahi as well as the tuna are excellent table fare. The mahi are iced immediately and cleaned,then put in ziplocks within an hour of coming out of the water. We bleed the tuna as soon as they hit the deck and then packaged and iced immediately. The eating is for me the best part of the journey. Bill
A couple shots of fresh tuna the mates prepare on the boat, yes the Pacific stays pretty calm as opposed to the Atlantic side so very pleasant fishing conditions.
My wife and I are looking for something maybe next year but she wants something all-inclusive and i mostly want the option to go chase some deep sea action while being able to relax on a beach on the other days. Any recommendations down in Costa Rica?
Reply by: Anteroman Posted: Feb. 15, 9:35:47 AM Points: 6489
Panfishin Itís an amazing place for offshore fishing but it is also a hit on the wallet. You can charter anything from a smaller Panga boat with an outboard on the less expensive end, up to full blown, sport fishing rigs with all of the amenities. Half day trips start about $600, the big boats for full days can run anywhere from $2-4k with up to six guests. The most popular spots are all West coast Pacific side locations, Flamingo to the North, Los Suenos, Quepos, and Golfito heading south. Tons of info and pricing info with a simple web search. Friendly country, nice people and quite safe for tourists. Inshore fishing and fishing from the beaches is available Iíve just personally not done this as we always fish offshore. Many of the beaches are black sand Flamingo and some other areas have white sand beaches. Good luck and hope this helps. Bill