The late-night rains have helped to stir up the sea life in the near-shore area. The fresh cool water rushing out of the mountains creates a perfect estuary for boiling balls of baitfish.
Captain William found this bait pod on April 23 with client Claire Casazza and her friends. They worked this bait school hard and caught this excellent Cubera Snapper:
In the early afternoon they added a nice 20lbs. Rock Snapper to the menu:
The final fish of the day was the biggest…this whopper Snapper tips the scales way over 30lbs.
Excellent work by these ladies!
Captain Fico has his game dialed-in on the Adventurer and finished the season on a high note. Check out this wide array of inshore species pried up by the 23-foot pocket knife:
Rock Snapper and Yellowtail Snapper
Amberjack and Snappers
Cierro Mackeral and Ponpano.
That’s a heck of a lot of varietey for just one week of fishing. Masterful work by Captain Fico and the Adventurer!
Captain Carlos has been very active on the Explorer with excellent catches of Rock Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna and Cubera Snapper.
The Explorer consistently proves that you don’t need a big boat to catch big fish in Costa Rica.
David Washburn brought the kids along for an inshore fish hunt, and the mighty Wanderer reaped the rewards with a wide variety of filets in the box.
This respectable Rock Snapper kicked off the action, and several more of the tasty red morsels found their way on board.
After the early flurry of action, Mr. Washburn got a strike from a BIG fish and had to use the fighting chair to battle this fish with spinning tackle.
Usually we use this thing for skyrocketing Marlin, so everyone was looking forward to seeing what kind of monster was tied to this reel.
BOOM! This 50+lbs. Rooster fish was live released after a few quick pictures.
Great fishing from a great family on the mighty Wanderer.
Sweet Rooster Fish score on the Adventurer today for client Maciek Sabodacha. The 23-footer stayed inshore and nabbed this handsome fellow:
As usual, this fish was released after the photo. But don’t think these boys didn’t get any filets on the straight razor.
These nice Snappers will make for a festive dinner for sure…Great work!
Steve Mullen is a tough-as-nails angler from Atlantic Beach, FL and a lifelong friend of Craig, even once serving as First Mate on the legendary Fishtastic.
One year Craig and Steve fished 15 major tournaments, so it’s no surprise that Steve signed up for 5 straight days of fishing in Costa Rica.
At long last he and his family have made it down to Nosara and they blistered a wide variety of inshore species with Captain Carlos on the barroom brawlin’ Explorer.
Yellowfin Tunas were abundant as well as an array of Rock Snappers, but the highlight was this monster Rainbow Runner:
The IGFA World Record for this species is 37 lbs. 9 oz., caught back in 1991 by angler Tom Pfleger…all I can say is good for Tom that we don’t have and IGFA approved scale down here!
Captain Carlos also coaxed in the first Congrio of the season (left):
This oddball combination of eel and fish yields a Lobster-like filet that is arguably the best tasting thing to come out of the ocean.
This crew had a blast and we can’t wait to see them again!
Katrisha Seata blew into town for one night, stayed at Nosara Paradise Rentals and went straight to Garza for a full day of fishing on the battleship Discoverer.
The elected to stay near shore and check the bottom for reef-dwellers, and were rewarded with this mammoth Rainbow Snapper:
They also scored on Yellowfin Tuna and small Dorados.
Nice haul from the fish market by Captain David and the Discoverer.
The Wanderer took her reign of supremacy to the inshore reef and reports a wide variety of tasty fare in the fish box for client Ivan and his group. The Penn Spinfisher 7500 was the weapon of choice this trip and First Mate Alex deployed a cloud of fresh Bonita chunks that the bottom fish could not resist.
A small Snapper and an Amberjack were the first casualties and unlike it’s Atlantic brethren these AJs are very good to eat. Not to be out done the ladies got into the fight and conquered an even bigger Snapper. Way to go!
The big score of the trip as far as weight goes is this lovely Broomtail Grouper estimated at 20lbs. This is some of the best-tasting fish in the world and is certainly a treat for these anglers.
Lastly this Rock Snapper is one of the best examples we have seen of such a specimen and believe me it tastes just as good as it looks.