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Costa Rica winter trip.

Post By: Anteroman      Posted: 2/2/2023 10:53:55 AM     Points: 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.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Feb. 2, 11:01:12 AM     Points: 6489
A few boat pix.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Feb. 2, 11:04:17 AM     Points: 6489
The Sea Cloud was anchored just outside the marina on our first day, a magnificent sailing yacht built for Merriweather Post in 1931
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Feb. 2, 4:06:25 PM     Points: 7808
Congrats and thanks for sharing with us. That's a trophy mahi, how much did he weigh.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Feb. 2, 4:33:11 PM     Points: 6489
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.
 Reply by: RPG      Posted: Feb. 2, 4:58:48 PM     Points: 13143
Were those 1/2 day charters or full day?
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: Feb. 2, 7:49:55 PM     Points: 2900
Pretty sure I would blow out both my rotator cuffs fighting one of those things.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Feb. 2, 8:19:19 PM     Points: 6489
We were fishing with a long time fishing buddy of mine, so not a charter.
We fished about six hours each day.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Feb. 2, 10:51:39 PM     Points: 10238
Man some guys get to have all the fun. Haha. Sounds like a heck of good time to say the least. Thanks for sharing. Kind of warms the toes from standing on the foot of ice. Lol
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Feb. 3, 9:42:15 AM     Points: 722
Bad ass. Good hustle
 Reply by: VINNIE      Posted: Feb. 3, 4:35:14 PM     Points: 753
Tightwork Bill.. You did much better than we did of course we were in a 21' panga. WTG
 Reply by: bron      Posted: Feb. 3, 6:07:04 PM     Points: 45076
Awesome catches Bill!
 Reply by: Gurnman      Posted: Feb. 3, 6:49:34 PM     Points: 597
Thanks for sharing. Great pics.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: Feb. 3, 8:03:07 PM     Points: 2181
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.
 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: Feb. 3, 8:18:30 PM     Points: 431
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.

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.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Feb. 11, 9:07:55 AM     Points: 7808
Looks really yummy, we had fresh Mahi ceviche on the boat down in Mexico and that was great. I'm glad you had a good time and thanks for sharing.
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: Feb. 12, 1:22:32 AM     Points: 394
those are some unreal mahi! 60 lbs?! very well done! need some salt action...
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: Feb. 14, 3:38:05 PM     Points: 9003
That looks like an awesome trip Bill!!

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
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.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: Feb. 15, 12:25:57 PM     Points: 286
Sweet! Looks like you a great trip! Congrats! 🎣👍🍻

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