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BIG YELLOWFINS HERALD SECOND HIGH SEASON IN COSTA RICA By Craig Sutton

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he second high-season here in northwest Costa Rica is in full effect. Big schools of yellowfin tuna have swept into the Nosara area, and for the next three months we will be chasing them up and down the coast. May, which is a slow month, saw a record 79 trips for FishingNosara. Better still, the calendar for the rest of the summer is full of top-flight anglers. Despite the momentary lull in trips, the crews delivered the goods with multiple marlin releases backed-up with some big yellowfin tuna. Capt. William on the flagship Wanderer led the way this month with 20 trips, edging out Capt. Carlos on the battleship Discoverer by two trips. Right behind them was 2019 Ship of Fools winner, Capt. Alex on the Harvester, aka the People’s Champion, with 17 trips. In mid-May we endured a few rainstorms, but the weather has been mostly nice and perfect for fishing. In early May we welcomed a fun group of Texans for a fierce week of fishing. Merritt and Brian Wruble, Nicole and Bubba Miles, Glenn and Dahni Bloomfield posted this on social media: “We had such an amazing trip! Thank you to the staff, captains and deck hands. You all went above and beyond to make sure we had a great trip with great memories! Thank you, and we can’t wait to start planning our next trip down to Nosara!”

We also welcomed Cameron Frowick’s group of Tyler, Texas-based anglers to the blue water. Capt. William braved the mid-month rains and delivered a wide array of meat fish for these hungry folks. Meredith Frowick wrote this post: “The day was amazing! Went out in the Pacific Ocean and we all caught something. Got three yellowfin tunas and one mahi-mahi. Thank you for the fun time.” May was also a time for reunions; back in 2012 we hosted the Ganoe family, of Jacksonville, Fla., as winners of the initial FishingNosara Family Cup kayak tournament. That family trip made a huge impression because Maegan Ganoe chose Nosara as the spot to get married to her now-husband Jose Morales. No trip to Nosara is complete without a fishing mission, and the newlyweds joined the Harvester on May 17 for an incredible day of action. The headliner was a big Blue Marlin (pictured) that snagged three baits simultaneously. Mate Wilson took command of the cockpit and kept all three anglers on the same page. After the fight we safely released this monster alive and well. “Thank you Alex for putting us on this huge Blue Marlin to celebrate Dad’s birthday and wrap up our wedding week here in Nosara! It took Jose, Daniel and me over 30 minutes to reel it in! Blue Marlin off our bucket list,” wrote Maegan. Call Craig Sutton ASAP at 904-591-2161, so they can fit you into the summer schedule. Visit blog.fishingnosara.com for daily catch reports.

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elcome to Costa Rica’s only magazine dedicated exclusively to the country’s Fishing and Watersports Tourism Industry. This issue is packed with information on Water and Fishing Tourism within Costa Rica. From the best of the best in charter operations, to getting your boat service work completed, the magazine is full of great information. This issue is filled full of great information about fishing in Costa Rica. The magazine’s format consists of a United States National Section on the outside pages, with a robust thirty-six-page Costa Rica Section in the center. Every two months look for the newest issue as we bring the world class Costa Rican Fisheries to the forefront of tourism. July and August in Costa Rica puts us in the heart of the rainy season. This time of year, known as Green Season, brings the rains and cooler temperatures, along with the green lush country side, but it also brings on a very good offshore marlin bite. Check out the local fishing reports for more detailed and up to date information on the FADS fishing in Costa Rica, along with the great inshore bite going on during this time of year. Coastal Angler Magazine Costa Rica has coverage of all the fishing tournaments in Costa Rica. This issue highlights the results of the 1st Annual Pelagic Pura Vida Inshore Classic held at Marina Pez Vela. This was a fun-filled tournament, but it also helped that my boat, Dream II, ended up winning the Inshore Grand Slam category with a really nice cubera snapper. Marina Pez Vela, along with the great people from Pelagic, put on a really fun tournament. I would also like to extend a thank you to the crew and my fellow fishermen on Dream II, along with our sponsors Raymarine, Fish Monkey and St. Croix Rods for all their support. This issue also highlights the upcoming Flamingo Rodeo Tournament in August and announces a Marina Pez Vela Rooster Rodeo scheduled for March of 2020. If you’re looking for fun, yet competitive fishing, check out the upcoming tournaments in our tournament calendar section. The July/August issue also includes a nice article by Cpt. Willy from Fish Drake Bay on tips for catching big yellowfin tuna in Costa Rica. Also don’t miss Todd Staley’s update on some of the projects that FECOP is working on, including a really cool app. If you’re interested in fishing while you’re in Costa Rica, the regional directories are filled with the best of the best charter operations for each area and the listed contact information will put you directly in touch with the operators. Fishing club news and tournament results, along with bait and tackle shops, marine service providers, resort destinations and much more can be found throughout these pages. Don’t miss the BragBoard pictures either. Get involved with our BragBoard where you have the opportunity to show off your catch in print, with all the bragging rights that come with it. Send your photos to mike@coastalanglermagazine.com to get your catch in future issues. Not in Costa Rica to get a print copy? You can also see the digital version of the magazine or check out even more information about Costa Rica Fishing at our website www.coastalanglermag.com/costa-rica I hope you enjoy the read.

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IN THE NEWS . . . THE INAUGURAL PURA VIDA INSHORE CLASSIC GOES OFF IN COSTA RICA!

Marina Pez Vela is Pelagic’s Central American home away from home

¡Pura Vida! – The simple life, or a “pure” life…

Pura Vida is the Costa Rican lifestyle: it’s both hello & goodbye; it’s a way to say everything’s cool, or everything’s great; it means taking it easy while enjoying life. It’s more than just a saying, it’s a way of life. Life is good, enjoy it… The Pura Vida Inshore Classic is a fun event for all ages that capitalizes on the bountiful inshore fishery available along the shores and rugged coastline of Pacific Costa Rica.

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The main tournament is a 1-day shootout where teams can win awards & cash prizes by scoring the most roosterfish release points, and/or weighing-in the heaviest trio of coastal gamefish. This tournament also offers a half-day Kid’s Fishing Derby where tournament teams are encouraged to support the youth fishing movement by taking a kid fishing in a fun, tournament atmosphere. Saturday, May 25, 2019 – Pura Vida Inshore Classic – MAIN TOURNAMENT There are two divisions in the Pura Vida Inshore Classic: Roosterfish Release & Inshore Slam. Awards are presented to teams and anglers for their performance in releasing the most aggregate roosterfish points (measured by a custom tournament release ruler) and/

or weighing the heaviest three-fish total of the following species: Snook, Snapper, Corvina, Tripletail, Sierra Mackerel, Grouper, & multiple Jack species (Amberjack, Jack Crevalle, Bigeye Jack). As a means of protecting one of the country’s most-iconic gamefish species, Costa Rica fisheries law states that all roosterfish must be released. In the tournament’s Roosterfish Release Division, teams were asked to document their catch by measuring with a custom-made ruler prior to releasing the fish back into the Pacific. Teams could score as many roosterfish possible and accumulated points based on different levels of length, measured by the official tournament ruler: Under 24” = 0 points | 24” – 36” = 100 points | 36” – 48” = 300 points | 48” – 60” = 500 points | 60” & up = 750 points At the end of the one-day tournament, sitting at the top of the Roosterfish Release Division leader board and taking home first place was Team Good Day. They scored three 36”- 48” roosterfish for a total of 900-points, while also securing the daily roosterfish jackpot, earning them a check for $4,190.00. The second-place roosterfish trophy went to Team Montauk, fishing aboard a 19’ Boston

Whaler. This team released the largest “pez gallo” of the event, a brute 55-incher that waged a multi-hour battle on light tackle. Combined with a 37” fish, Montauk amassed 800-points.

Chloe Frijole was awarded the third-place roosterfish release division trophy with a score of 400-points. The Inshore Slam Division allowed teams to score points by weighing a three-fish total of a wide variety of Costa Rican favorites, with a two-fish maximum per species category, and a five-pound minimum. Snook and snapper were the main targets, while jacks, corvina, grouper, and much more rounded out the catch.

Smiles Inshore A solid cubera snapper hits the scales for DREAM II

Awarded first-place in the slam category was Dream II. This team scored a brace of snapper weighing a cumulative total of 34.0 lbs., including the tournament’s largest cubera snapper at 26.8 lbs. Their top finish earned them $1,950.

They “Hatta Dream” and it came true...

Team GOOD DAY celebrates their victory

Team Stress Reliever took second place with a combined weight of 21.2 lbs. Hatta Dream scored the daily Inshore Slam Jackpot while earning a third-place finish and cash prize of $2,700.00.

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IN THE NEWS . . . Sunday, May 26, 2019 – Pura Vida Inshore Classic – KIDS FISHING DERBY The morning following the conclusion of the main event, the Pelagic Pura Vida Inshore Classic hosted its inaugural kids fishing derby. The half-day tournament witnessed fifteen local youth anglers (ages 5 to 16) fish aboard five boats in this fun-filled occasion. Smiles were had by all as each Jr. angler caught multiple fish ranging from small snappers & groupers, to hard-fighting jacks & roosterfish, and toothy sierra mackerel. Every participant was awarded participation medals, while trophies were awarded to first, second, and third place teams.

MARINA PEZ VELA ROOSTER RODEO SET FOR SPRING OF 2020

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arina Pez vela has announce they will be producing a new Rooster Tournament for the spring of 2020. Flagged as “the Marina Pez Vela Rooster Rodeo”, the one day catch and release tournament will take place on March 7, 2020.The entry fee is $250 per boat for up to four fishermen. Prizes and awards will be given for the top boats that accumulate the most points in the tournament.

The kids are alright . . . good vibes supporting the next generation of anglers

Publisher Mike Erickson of Coastal Angler Magazine Costa Rica

Smiles all-around during the Inaugural Pura Vida Inshore Classic Kids Fishing Derby

Huge thanks to Marina Pez Vela for providing an incredible tournament venue, as well as iFish Quepos, Z Gastro Bar, Double Hook Bar & Grill, & Flor de Caña in adding to the exciting atmosphere. We hope to see you at the 2nd Annual Pelagic Pura Vida Inshore Classic next Memorial Day Weekend – May 22-24, 2020! Next stop on the 2019 Pelagic Tournament Series Circuit is Cabo San Lucas [Mexico], for the 6th Annual Pelagic Triple Crown of Fishing Tournament: June 6-8, 2019.

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oastal Angler Magazine Costa Rica and Tres Niñas Tours have opened a permanent office on the North end of Main Street in Jaco, Costa Rica. With the move we now have a new Costa Rica office number (506) 4700 3384. Next time you’re in the area, stop in and say hello. If you would like additional copies of the magazine, we should always have a few available in the office.

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How to Catch Big Yellowfin and Bigeye Tuna Offshore in Costa Rica By Capt. Willy Atencio • Reel Escape - Drake Bay, Costa Rica

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hanks to the tremendous efforts of FECOP and other organizations that protect the waters of Costa Rica, the Tuna are back with a vengeance for sport fishermen. My fellow Captains and I can remember just a few years ago catching a Tuna was a big deal and a real treat for our clients. Nowadays, the Tuna are plentiful and we hope and expect it to stay that way for many years. Having said that, it’s not so easy to consistently catch these beauties. Often times traditional Tuna lures like cedar plugs simply don’t work. As more people fish for Tuna, the fish get smarter and more selective (especially the bigger ones). However, because we are in such a remote location in Drake Bay, the fishing pressure here is virtually non-existent. When trying to locate the big schools of fish, it’s imperative to have state-of-the-art technology. The Garmin Radar on the Reel Escape can spot birds and other activity many miles away. When these huge schools of Tuna are either south or north of Drake Bay, we will get a few more boats on the school. Unlike the big fishing destinations in Costa Rica where 50+ boats could be in the same area, we may get 8 to 10 boats. When this occurs its imperative that all the Captains work together to stay “around” the fish. One amateur Captain can ruin the day for all the boats and their clients. This happens when the inexperienced Captain plows right through the middle of the school instead of staying on the edges of the school. Imagine one inexperience driver in a NASCAR race. Now to the catching part, the most important thing to remember is that the Tuna don’t act the same way everyday and it’s important to have a lot of different clubs in the bag. Just like us, our favorite meal may be a steak, but that doesn’t mean we want to eat it everyday. We have all heard the expression “match the hatch”. This means you have to watch the behavior of not only the Tuna but also the baitfish, birds and other marine life that may be in the area. Everything offshore has a symbiotic relationship, when one hunts and feeds everyone hunts and feeds. The main thing to watch is the surface activity. Are the Tuna busting baitfish on top or are they feeding below the surface? When the Tuna are feeding on top, which is an amazing sight, the Tuna literally will jump 5-10 feet out of the water in their pursuit. When this happens it’s clearly a good time to cast top water baits like big colorful Yozuri plugs. When the fish are a little less active, it’s time to switch to jigs or other similar baits that will run below the surface. For clients that may be less experienced or find it difficult to cast the top water plugs, this is an exciting way to fish. Our clients actually hold

spinning rods slowly jerking the rod back and forth. This method can produce some ferocious bites that the client can feel firsthand instead of grabbing a rod where the fish has already been hooked. While the above-mentioned methods produce fish, we probably catch the lion’s share on livebait. It’s always tough for a Tuna to resist a large sardine or small Bonita dropped in front of their noses. When fishing with live bait, it’s important to move the boat very slowly. We are not really trolling but occasionally bumping the boat into gear. This will keep the bait looking as natural as possible in the water. We use only circle hooks when fishing with live bait. This means DO NOT SET THE HOOK when the fish hits. You have to give the Tuna time to eat the bait, less time for small baits and more time for larger baits. For many clients who grew up Bass fishing where you set the hook as hard as possible – “not” setting the hook is really hard to do. Once the Captain or mate thinks the “time is right” the angler simply closes the bail and reels, nothing else. The circle hook is perfectly designed to hook the fish in the corner of the mouth and as an added benefit do the least amount of damage to the fish. Once again, thanks to FECOP and INCOPESCA for their efforts to protect the Tuna population in Costa Rica. My fellow Captains and I look forward to many more years of a healthy Tuna population for the sport fishermen. I hope this article has offered some good information for the incredibly exciting Tuna bite in Costa Rica.

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On The Water with FECOP By Todd Staley

Angler’s App Getting Closer to Reality

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o help Anglers fish smarter not harder, the free App Fecop is designing for INCOPESCA is marching forward. Here are a few details of the App being designed by Dra. Marina Marrari for Fecop. As part of the activities included in an agreement signed earlier this year between FECOP and Incopesca, Fecop is developing a platform to distribute satellite and model oceanographic information, among other products, to the community. This platform will include a free mobile application and a website where near real time information on the ocean’s surface temperature, concentration of chlorophyll, currents, altimetry, fronts and eddies, as well as bathymetry and other products will be served daily or weekly depending on the product. In addition, important information on the most common fish species will be provided, along with current fishing regulations for all species, interactive maps with the location of fishing zones, national parks and marine protected areas. Information on tides and moons will also be included, as well as a link to Incopesca’s online purchase system for sports fishing licenses. The platform will also be used to reach out to the community with important information and advisories; for example, the start of an El Niño event, the presence of red tides at a particular location, or the start of a fishing ban. This project represents a big effort from FECOP and Incopesca to produce and serve information currently unavailable to communities in Costa Rica. There is a pressing need to advance our capacity for monitoring ocean conditions and assessing the effects of changes in climate on ecosystem dynamics and fisheries. The results from these activities will contribute to further develop ocean sciences in Costa Rica while ensuring more sustainable fishing practices.

Fishing Logs Showing Positive Trend

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tatistics are beginning to show what Anglers on the water already knew. Fish stocks are getting better in areas tuna purse sein boats are prohibited. Purse seiner boats are large foreign vessels that fish Costa Rica waters with nets for yellowfin tuna. Often their bycatch (incidental capture) is marlin, sailfish, wahoo, dorado, sharks, turtles and marine mammals. In 2014 the Federacion Costarricense de Pesca (FECOP) drafted and later was passed by President Solis, a Tuna Decree that pushed tuna seiners out 45 miles from shore and protected other important areas for a total of 200,000 square kilometers of territorial waters. A study done in 2018 by FECOP analyzed bycatch data from previous observer onboard records of the protected areas and discovered 25 tons of what would have been marlin bycatch were saved. The tuna boats were recently pushed out to 60 miles. Dra. Marina Marrari Phd, a specialist in marine biology and satellite data spent part of her career

working with NASA. She also recently embarked in an ambitious project in analyzing previous catch data from sport fishing fleets. FECOP has already received thousands of daily fish reports from, Crocodile Bay, Marina Pez Vela, Los Suenos, Club Amateur de Pesca and several private charters like Dragon Fly, and Gamefisher II. Some of the information goes back 20 years or more. She welcomes as many as she can get. In science, the more data, the more accurate the results. Specializing in satellite data, she will also look at historic ocean conditions against catch records with a focus on historic el Nino and El Nina periods. The analysis of the data is just beginning with only data from the southern zone complete. Working north the Central Pacific is showing similar trends. Some very interesting things are starting to appear. Fishing for pelagic species is much better without purse seiners in the area. It takes a little time to recover but with management fish stocks can recover. Also, preliminary results show El Nino periods affect some species differently. When sailfish numbers are down after an El Nino, marlin numbers are up. Preliminary results from Pacific Central follow similar patterns to the southern zone, (see graph). Fish stocks are recovering in areas foreign tuna purse sein boats do not operate. This is a good case for stronger controls over this sector. Stronger fish stocks will allow Costa Rican commercial fleet to fish profitably with more selective gear like green sticks reducing incidental catch of species of interest to the sport fishing industry which generates over $500 million annually to the Costa Rican economy.

Help Needed in Tuna Campaign

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ecop is actively collecting signatures for support so the government will act more responsible concerning foreign purse sein boats. If you could assist by placing a signature book in your place of business to help reach our goal of 125,000 signatures, it would be greatly appreciated. Many of the places where Costa Angler Magazine can be found already have them, if not we will be happy to send on. Anyone who is involved in a business that serves sport fishing tourists should have one. Hotels, restaurants, transportation services that cater to fishermen are all part of the equation. To get one sent to you email, todd@ fecop.org or call Fecop office 2291-9150

Todd Staley has managed sportfishing operations in Costa Rica for 25 years. He has been involved with FECOP since its inception and is former President of the group and was co-recipient of IGFA’s Chester H. Wolfe award in 2015 for his conservation efforts in Costa Rica. He is currently Fishing Columnist for the Tico Times and works fulltime with FECOP as Director of Communications. Contact Todd at todd@fecop.org

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reetings Anglers! As I write this report its mid-June and this is my favorite forecast of the year as July-August are the two best months for fishing our local waters. The bite for marlin, sailfish, yellowfin, dorado, snapper, wahoo and roosterfish are all excellent for the next two months. So far this season we’ve been hitting BIG roosters, many beautiful sailfish in the 125-pound range, a 220-pound yellowfin and large schools of ‘footballs’, huge numbers of dorado and probably the best wahoo season I’ve seen. The dorado right now are abundant, although small. By the time you read this they’ll be double their current size. The marlin bite has been strong and should be in full swing by July. People often ask about fishing during July and August with this being our ‘Green Season’ or rainy season. Most of the rain occurs late afternoon and over night. Also, it doesn’t rain very much over water, rather, over land. On the water we can avoid the rain for the most part or, being aft-deck covered on ‘Dream On’ &

‘Loretta’, we can plow right through it and often hit a strong bite. Dream On Sport Fishing has entered a promotional relationship with Moosehead Brewery and are now offering FREE Moosehead Beer on all ‘Dream On’ and ‘Loretta’ charters! #TheMooseIsLooseInCostaRica I’m also proud to announce that Dream On Sport Fishing has earned tripadvisor “Certificate of Excellence” for the 6th straight year and their “Hall of Fame” award for the 2nd straight year. #DreamTeam #GreatCrew Drop me a line at info@DreamOnSportFishing to book your charter and mention Coastal Angler Magazine to receive a $100 discount on your charter! Until next time anglers, tight lines and pura vida! Rick Rick Graham represents Dream On Sport Fishing in Playas del Coco. After a lifetime of fishing as a hobbyist Rick decided one day to live his dream. He sold everything, quit his job and bought a sport fishing business in Costa Rica. Rick has a full time crew with a combined 60+ years experience fishing these local waters. He also represents several other top notch local operators through his website www. DreamOnSportFishing.com. Dream On ranks #1 in area boats by TripAdvisor and Rick personally responds to every inquiry received. Contact Rick at dreamonsportfishing@gmail.com

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FLAMINGO REPORT By Captain Skeet Warren • “Bushwacker Sportfishing”

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uly and August are right in the middle of our rainy season, now known as the “green season”……but we don’t get much rain in the Flamingo area, especially offshore fishing. The land heats up 20 to 30 degrees during the day, then it clouds up and we get afternoon showers over the land. We very seldom get wet while out fishing offshore because the water temperature only warms up 3 to 4 degrees during the day. The fact that you can charter a boat and fish all day without getting rained on is a big advantage of fishing in northwest Costa Rica during the “green season”. It is still a good idea to bring a rain jacket while fishing, just in case.

Brett releasing a nice sailfish

As of this writing the sailfish and marlin bite is decent in the Flamingo area. Inshore there are wahoo and yellowfin tuna. There are plenty of mahi around, inshore and offshore. The currents are reversed offshore but when they get back to normal, the fishing will get back to normal, which is very good during the summer months. The wind has stopped blowing and the clean water has pushed north to stay for quite a while. That will make the fishing much more consistent. The sailfish and marlin bite should be very good in July and August. The mahi-mahi should A happy young be around through the summer and the angler with a seas should be nice and calm to make for nice mahi some pleasant fishing. Inshore fishing will improve with the clean water. There should be plenty of roosterfish running around and a few sailfish inshore as well. Come take advantage of our “green season” with very little rain, and very little wind. In fact, it is normally very pleasant fishing with plenty of fish to catch.

Captain Skeet Warren owns and operates the Bushwacker, a 42’ Bertram out of Flamingo, Costa Rica. After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1980 he captained boats, fishing extensively, including Hawaii, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Madeira and Bermuda. He won the 2013 Top Tagging Captain in the Pacific Ocean for Sailfish. Some other notable catches include 13 blue and black marlin over 1000 lbs., 51 giant bluefin tuna in one day and 53 sailfish in one day. Contact Skeet at captskeet@bushwackercr.com or visit www.bushwackerCR.com 10 COSTA RICA I JULY / AUGUST 2019 I COASTALANGLERMAG.COM

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NICOYA WEST REPORT By Rick Ruhlow • Kingfisher Sportfishing

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he rains came really hard in May so the water has now turned green and the bait has come in to the islands bringing the bigger predators with it. The jigging has been good, producing some XXL sized jacks up to 30 lbs. With bait the roosters are on fire. We are having 2-8 bites a day from roosters ranging from 20-70 lbs. There has been some smaller mahis around as well as small schools of big skipjacks which are a riot on light tackle or the fly.

A group of ladies with a whopper roosterfish. They traded off on it to bring it in. A rarely caught pacific spadefish. This one fell for the sabiki rig.

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will have to say my crystal ball fell short of the mark. Late April and May were tough months for us. We were not without fish, but not nearly the number of billfish we were hoping for. I suspect this is in part to a predominantly south current that we are currently experiencing in our area. Still plenty of tuna if you find the right schools of porpoise (spinners and spotted have been best) with boats all the way up to Flamingo getting some good catches. My predictions (hope) for the remainder of June was that we will have seen the north current that had been blasting Carrillo since late December come back. If it does you can count on some good catches of sails, marlin, dorado and tuna. We found at least a dozen fish aggregating devices (FADS) floating in with the blue water since December, while most of them come with the northerly current, and few have been found heading south, and when we find one, it is usually GAME ON!. To clarify, typically FADS are buoys or floats tethered to the bottom of the ocean with cement or large chunks of steel, that create havens for all sorts of marine life (tuna, marlin, sails, mahi mahi, bonitas, turtles and much more). Conservatively there are at least 25 located up to 140 miles from local marinas in the central to southern region of Costa Rica, most too far out for the average charter boat (that’s us). The FADs I’m referring to are deployed by large tuna boats or commercial vessels. They have a low profile satellite beacon attached to a small bamboo raft covered with netting, and move with the current, sending an array of information back to the boats tracking them. The action found off of them can be nothing short of amazing! We have had stellar fishing during July and August in the past, and with a little help from mother nature, hopefully we will again this year….FADS or NOT!

The water should continue to stay green with bigger baits hanging around. July and August are normally good popping and jigging months along with live bait. Roosters will be on the prowl around most of the rocks and islands. Snappers, seabass, smaller tunas, trevallys, mackerel, needlefish and smaller mahis are all fish that should be ready to put up a fight now matter how you choose to fish them. Offshore has stabilized with the water returning to normal again. Expect the yellow tuna school to be around and closer in than in the dry season. Marlin will be lurking around as well and sails in certain areas. There should be some chances at bigger mahis and wahoo if you can find current lines. The more trash in the line the better.

Originally from California, Rick Ruhlow moved to Costa Rica over 33 years ago. While exploring the country he fished Playa Naranjo (gulf of Nicoya), Quepos, Drakes Bay and Flamingo, before discovering Playa Carrillo almost 28 years ago. He was the Fishing Manager/Captain for the newly re-opened Hotel Guanamar for three years, before venturing off on his own. He has been owner/operator of Kingfisher Sportfishing since 1995. Contact Rick at kingfish@racsa.co.cr

A big sailfish right before the release

Nice yellowfin. 1 hour and 5 minute fight on 30 lb line A good roosterfish that hammered a live bait

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LOS SUENOS OFFSHORE REPORT By John Brownlee • Anglers Journal TV and Sport Fishing TV

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s we get deeper into the green season on the central Pacific Costa Rica coast, the fishing just gets better offshore. Months like July and August, once considered the “off season,” now attract fishermen from all over the planet who come to target blue marlin on the seamounts. These underwater mountains offshore of Los Sueños hold tremendous schools of bait, mostly small tunas. This bait attracts larger predators, including a surprising number of blue marlin, along with some striped marlin, sailfish and an occasional black marlin. Most of the fish (but not all) run under 300 pounds, making them prime target for those who like to fish with relatively light tackle. Thirty-pound-test works great on most of these fish, a tackle size you can easily fish as standup gear without wearing yourself out. As of this writing, the 50foot Maverick Sea Fly had just returned from a two-night trip to a distant seamount. They had an incredible adventure, posting some spectacular numbers. In a day-and-a-half of fishing, the crew caught and released 30 blue marlin out of 43 bites, including six double-headers in a row. Nowhere else in the world can match these numbers. But while the marlin fishing on the seamounts dominates the news, that’s not the only story. The day-to-day offshore action much closer to home can be awesome as well. The Pacific sailfish bite remains strong in July and August, and

in addition, the yellowfin tuna action can be off the chain. School tuna are most common, but a lot of big fish get decked this tie of year as well. Throw in some steady mahi mahi fishing and reasonably reliable encounters with blue and striped marlin closer to chore, and you have a wide variety of options to choose from. The fishing out of the Los Sueños Resort and Marina provides outstanding action year-round, a fact knowledgeable anglers have discovered in increasing numbers. There’s no off-season here!

John Brownlee is the former editor-in-chief of Marlin and Salt Water Sportsman magazines, and the host of the Anglers Journal TV and Sport Fishing TV television shows. You can reach John at jbrownlee@maverickcostarica.com

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LOS SUENOS INSHORE REPORT By Captain Carlos Arguedas • Wing Man

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ishing out of Los Sueños in Central Pacific has been unbelievable. Lots of big roosters being caught around the area compared to years past, along with good numbers of median size fish. On the other hand, the cubera snappers have been a bit slow this year. We are however, still catching them every now and then, including some big ones, along with some very nice size amberjacks at the reef, and mullett snappers and tuna. With more bait showing at the reef as the rainy season comes in, we are expecting the reef to get better for July and August, along with some wahoos showing up already. Big roosters keep showing up around the Los Sueños Marina in the Central Pacific area of Costa Rica. This prehistoric rooster has a big wound in his head that looks like it’s been there for a very long time. Florida’s Mike Peckham shares a big smile alongside his wife with the fish of a lifetime!

Wing Man Sportfishing Charters continues to put anglers on trophy fish like the gigantic rooster measuring 58-inches long and 38-inches in girth, caught in May by Florida’s Matt Chandler, fishing with his buddy out of Los Sueños Central Pacific.

The end of April was good for nice cuberas and amberjack like the ones caught by Justin Cooper and his wife Linda that caught this monster cubera and a huge amberjack on their first trip to Costa Rica on Wing Man, which prompted the couple to start making plans for next year’s trip already. Congratulations to Danny Crossley on his Jurassic rooster that measured 56 inches long and 32 inches in girth. He was proud of his first rooster on his first trip to Costa Rica, along with his friend Rufus Wakeman. We’ve been catching some huge roosters out of Los Sueños Central Pacific the last few months and we expect July and August to be more good fishing due a mellow rainy season this year. Captain Carlos Arguedas of the Wing Man and been fishing the area of Herradura Bay since 1990, fishing along the shore for roosters, bluefin trevally, etc. and the reefs near us for big Cubera, Goliath groupers, Amberjacks and Broom Tail groupers. Now based at Los Sueños Marina, the Wing Man boasts being the boat with the most trips inshore, making Carlos a specialist when it comes to keeping track of inshore bait and fish. Contact Carlos at hihook1@hotmail.com or visit www.wingmancr.com

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There is no wrong way, I’ve tried and it seems they all taste good! Just some better then others. We offer a taco night through our catering company here in Los Buenos Costa Rica. We make fresh crunchy corn shells and make fresh soft flour and corn tortillas. Toppings can be endless, beans, rice, pickled onions, garlic, cilantro and sour cream. Proteins can be prepared in several ways, grilled, fried, or raw! We have chosen to offer two components that you may use for your taco station. Happy Taco dining . . . COLE SLAW 1 kilo shredded white cabbage 400 grams shredded carrot 70 grams cilantro Half cup rice wine vinegar 1 cup sour cream Half cup heavy cream Half cup mayonnaise Half cup white sugar Tbsp salt

Mix together the cabbage, carrot, and cilantro In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients to a dressing Then fold both together and mix well. Let stand for at least 30 minutes, up to 3 days to combine flavors

NEXT IS TARTAR SAUCE 2 cups mayonnaise Half cup relish, sweet or spicy 2 tbsp rice vinegar 2 tbsp red wine vinegar Grind fresh pepper or cajun spice Happy Eating - Chef Jimmy T

As a former chef on a megayacht, Jimmy T’s owner Jimmy Tancrell, often had difficulty finding local suppliers who could provide the foodstuffs and condiments necessary for the gourmet meals expected by his clients. During long days at sea under star-filled skys, the crew and staff would talk about their dreams of ‘life after yachting’. And for Jimmy Tancrell a dream was born … to provide a service for other ‘yachty’ chefs who were in the same boat as Jimmy so far as the need for adequately stocking their galleys with condiments, spices, good beef, fresh vegetables, fruits and cheeses. Life after yachting led him to Los Suenos at Herradura on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast where Jimmy had already discovered the year ’round availability of wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables offered on Fridays at Jaco’s Mercado Movil or farmers market. A store became available dockside at Los Suenos and Jimmy T’s Provisions and Gourmet foods opened in May 2007.

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QUEPOS INSHORE / OFFSHORE REPORT By Benn Gilmour • Jackpot Sport Fishing

OFFSHORE BITE REPORT May & June seen some good action off Quepos with good numbers of both sailfish and marlin being caught from our local hotspots such as ‘The Corner’. The yellowfin tuna bite cranked up to new levels during June, with a very good grade of fish in the 40-100lb range being caught regularly on both livebaits and artificial lures such as Fat Daddy Squids, Bass worms, Bucktail Jigs and Tuna Bullets. With lower water temperatures caused by the start of the seasonal rains, dorado numbers have been steadily increasing and should continue to do so through July and August before peaking Cubera Snapper for this in November when the young gun aboard Good Day” larger fish are here in great numbers. The wahoo fishing has been superb recently over the offshore reefs where they have been plenty of 20-30lb wahoo, with some larger fish mixed in also. Livebaiting or jigging the offshore reefs has also been very productive recently and can provide opportunities for some mixed bags of species including several snapper species, tuna, dorado, wahoo, jacks, rainbow runners, pompano, amberjacks and more. July is a great time for bottom fishing out of Quepos where grouper, snapper, tilefish and more can all be targeting during offshore deep drop trips, fishing in depths of 200-400’.

INSHORE FISHING July is an excellent time to target big roosterfish and there have been some real trophy roosterfish caught in recent weeks out of Quepos. Every year at this time there are 70-80lb roosterfish caught with the occasional larger fish in the 90-100lb range also . . . fish of a lifetime stuff for sure! Cubera snappers, yellowtail snappers, mackerel, jacks, corvina and more are all possible during inshore trips. Snook can be targeted close to the rivermouths, and when conditions are right there is a chance of some very large fish at this time of year. Naranjo rocks area is a firm favorite for large roosterfish while the Parrita and Savegre Rivermouths provide some great sport for snook, snapper, jacks and small to mid-sized roosterfish. Livebaits are a firm favorite of Quepos area captains, however, there are several charter boats catering to jigging and popping enthusiasts should that be your preference. Be sure to check out this publication’s Charter Directory for some of the great boats available here at the Marina Pez Vela, ready to take you fishing. Tight lines & good luck out there! Benn Gilmour runs Jackpot Sport Fishing out of the beautiful Marina Pez Vela in Quepos. His boat Good Day is a Costa Rican custom built 31-foot Sport Fisher. Jackpot Sport Fishing specializes in offshore, inshore & fly fishing. They cater to serious anglers who come to fish with them for a week, as well as families and honeymooners looking for a day on the water during their vacation in Quepos/ Manuel Antonio. Look for the British guy! Contact Benn at info@jackpotsportfishing.com or visit www. jackpotsportfishing.com

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FLY FISHING REPORT

TOURNAMENT CALENDAR July 6, 2019 PENINSULA PAPAGAYO CLASSIC Marina Papagayo, Peninsula Papagayo A family-friendly, one-day team fishing competition. Questions: gofish@peninsulapapagayo.com August 9-11, 2019 PRESIDENTIAL FLAMINGO FISHING RODEO The tournament’s mission statement is to publicize Flamingo as the fishing destination that it used to be by helping charter captains book clients to fish this event. Charter Boats are Encouraged! For more contact info@preschallenge.com or visit www.preschallenge.com November 14 - 17, 2019 24TH EL SALVADOR INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT Bahia del Sol, El Salvador

November 16, 2019 DORADO DERBY Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Puntarenas Costa Rica Contact: tournaments@marinapezvela.com January 11 & 12, 2020 PELAGIC ROCK STAR Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Puntarenas Costa Rica The PELAGIC Rockstar! Offshore Tournament is a team event with cash, prizes, and awards estimated to over $200,000. 2 Day Tournament Big and Small Boat Divisions Contact: jerry@ifishquepos.com JANUARY 14, 2020 LOS SUEÑOS LADIES ONLY TOURNAMENT JANUARY - MARCH 2020 LOS SUEÑOS SIGNATURE TRIPLE CROWN 2020 Leg 1: January 15-18 Leg 2: February 26-29 Leg 3: March 25-28 February 21 & 22, 2020 PESCADORA BILLFISH CHAMPIONSHIP 2 Day Ladies Only Tournament Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Puntarenas Costa Rica Contact: tournaments@marinapezvela.com

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2020 MARINA PEZ VELA ROOSTER RODEO Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Puntarenas Costa Rica Contact: tournaments@marinapezvela.com March 20, 21, 2020 9TH ANNUAL QUEPOS BILLFISH CUP As the fist leg of the Marina Pez Vela Championship Series, the Quepos Billfish Cup is a two day billfish team event with top-team honors going to the team that tallies the most billfish points during the tournament. Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Puntarenas Costa Rica Contact: tournaments@marinapezvela.com April 17 & 18, 2020 MARINA PEZ VELA OPEN As the second leg of the Marina Pez Vela Championship Series, the Marina Pez Vela Open is a two day billfish team event with top-team honors going to the team (s) that tallies the most billfish points during the tournament. Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Puntarenas Costa Rica Contact: tournaments@marinapezvela.com

By Mark Evans

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he rains are here and that means machaca are feeding like mad! Guide Michah Baly of 506Outdoors. com and clients have been boating over 20 fish per trip recently in the San Carlos region so the bite is back in full swing for this freshwater beast! With the rains come more food being washed off the banks and small creeks that feed the main rivers, and when this happens the machaca move up into the now deeper waters to gorge themselves on the extra food sources. To catch these toothy beasts the best flies are grasshopper patterns in lime green solid foam with a strong 1/0 saltwater hook. On the trout front we have had some higher waters due to the new rains which has made it a little more difficult to get any numbers just yet, but we expect that to change very soon and levels to normalize for July and August giving us excellent trout fishing in the Mountains! Keep it simple and go with a Prince Nymph and Caddis for Tico trout or try anything else you may have in your box, they will feed on most all offerings. Our man Benn Gilmour with Jackpot Sport Fishing out of Quepos has been hooking up the clients on the saltwater fly action recently and that should continue well through August for both inshore and offshore. Pack that fly rod and get out on the water! Keep’em wet!

April 19 & 24, 2020 2020 OFFSHORE WORLD CUP Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Puntarenas Costa Rica Contact: tournaments@marinapezvela.com April 23 & 27, 2020 5TH ANNUAL GUATEMALA BILLFISH INVITATIONAL Puerto San Jose, Guatemala https://givebacksports.com/experiences/3rd-annual-guatemalabillfish-invitational/ May 23, 24, 2020 PELAGIC 2020 PURA VIDA INSHORE TOURNAMENT Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Puntarenas Costa Rica Contact: tournaments@marinapezvela.com

Having graduated from cane pole fishing as a kid to more technical equipment these days, Mark Evans prefers floating the many rivers of Costa Rica in his kayak, with a fly rod in hand. Mark is one of the founding members of the Costa Rica Association of Fly Fishers (CRAFF) and the Costa Rica Asociación Deportiva de Pesca en Kayak (ADPK) Contact Mark at: Mark@ stonemountainoutdoors.com and www.506outdoors.com

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DRAKE BAY REPORT David and Mason from Texas with a nice double header on the Reel Escape

By Captain Willy Atencio

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reetings from the remote and beautiful waters of Drake Bay on the Southern Pacific coast. This time of year the fishing largely depends on the weather conditions. For the angler who doesn’t mind a little chop on the water and the passing shower, the rewards can be well worth it. For clients who prefer to stay closer to shore, there is currently a good wahoo and tuna bite around Cano Island. Drake Bay is the closest town in Costa Rica to this famous island and it’s amazing reef system. Since the island is a National Park, fishermen must remain 3 miles away from the shore. This helps protect the reef and the health of the fish population. This massive structure allows our clients to catch wahoo, tuna, mahi and other species that are typically found much farther offshore. We typically put lines in the water about 30 minutes from shore. For those who prefer to target the magnificent roosterfish or “Gallo”, Drake Bay is one of the best spots in the world. I have personally marked hundreds of spots in my 20+ years of fishing in the Drake Bay and Osa Peninsula area. We have virtually no fishing pressure here and because roosterfish are not considered good table fare they are not targeted by local fishermen. Those who do fish for roosterfish practice catch and release with circle hooks so our population is very healthy. Although they are not good to eat, they are a blast to catch! Once hooked, hold on tight and listen to your drag sing as they make their first of many “runs”. A few weeks ago two lucky anglers caught and released a dozen roosterfish on the Reel Escape in one afternoon. I am convinced Drake Bay has a good shot at producing a record roosterfish. As we approach the later summer/early fall months the Humpback Whales migrate through our waters. This magnificent sight is a bonus for our fishing clients. Personally, this is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather is cooler, the whales are here and the fish are biting. We offer trips for all anglers from beginners

to professionals. We are already taking reservations for next year so I would encourage you to book your fishing adventure as soon as possible. Until next time, tight lines ! The Captain of Fish Drake Bay, Willy Atencio is a native of the local area. Fish Drake Bay is the premier sport fishing charter service in Drake Bay, the surrounding Osa peninsula and Corcovado National Park. Captain Willy is considered one of the best Captains in Costa Rica with over 20 years experience. Willy has captained sport fishing yachts ranging from 31-47 feet in the USA, Caribbean and Costa Rica. He has also fished in numerous big game fishing tournaments including the Offshore World Championships for 5 consecutive years. Contact Willie at info@fishdrakebay.com

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GOLFITO REPORT By Captain German Bustos

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uckily most of the rain falls at night in our southern zone. That leaves plenty of time for some good fishing in daylight hours. July and August are big time marlin months down south. There are plenty of fish coming in range on day charters and the offshore seamounts will be stacked with fish. Both trolling large lures or slowing down with live tuna or bonito will produce fish. Plenty of tuna for those that like a good tug-of-war will be around also. Inshore is the time for big roosterfish. Some of the biggest of the year come at this time. There is a chance at an honest 60 to 70lb fish. Most trophy hunters start at Matapalo Rock. Some nice snapper, amberjack, and grouper can be found for those wanting to make deeper drops. Nice black marlin by Oldemar Lopez of Crocodile Bay

German Bustos has been head captain at Crocodile Bay Resort for the last dozen years after working on prestigious sportfishing boats all throughout Central America for nearly 20 years. He is one of the most requested captains at Crocodile Bay.

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FRESHWATER REPORT By Alberto Gutierrez • Pura Pesca Costa Rica

The Fishing of Snook in Pacific Rivers

This beautiful fish is found in most rivers that flow into the Pacific Ocean, from mangroves to upstream. They can be found in rivers with a normal sand bottom or in more broken parts upstream that have a lot of stone. This fish feeds on sardines, shrimps, mullets, crustaceans and other small fish. In our rivers we can find sea bass of minimum size, up to very large snook of 20 kilos and more. Fishing them allows the use of a wide variety of lures. In the rivers near the sea it is recommended that you fish when the tide is rising, and as always in any fishery, it is also good to fish in the cool hours of the day, whether it is morning or afternoon. It is also good to look for exits of tributaries to the main river, and locate areas with many trunks, structures and places where there is enough shade. Once hooked the fish will jump, so it is very important to maintain the tension in the line so that the fish does not come loose.

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CLUB AMATEUR DE PESCA 70 TORNEO DE SABALO • May 17-18-19, 2019

PARTICIPANT DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 TOTAL Paez Carlos R. 825 125 – 950 Rudelman Melvin – 375 500 875 Liberman Luis 450 250 – 700 Vives Mario – 475 125 600 Schifter Addy 300 100 125 525 Montealegre Rolando 225 100 200 525 Saenz Mario 200 225 100 525 Schifter Jose 225 225 225 – 450 Schifter Julio 125 125 125 125 375 Schifter Daniel 125 125 – 250 Gutierrez Jorge 125 125 – 250 Harris Ray – 125 125 250 Molina Jaime – – 250 250 Saborio Alvaro – 200 – 200 Gomez Mario 125 – – 125 Alvarenga Franco 125 – – 125 Rodriguez Andres – 125 – 125 Matera Rafael _ _ 100 100 FLY CATEGORY Evans Mark 0 Vojt Fred 0 TOTALS 2850 2700 1650 7200

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he Club Amateur de Pesca made the first date of the Sabalo Tournament last May, in the Atlantic of Costa Rica. The anglers were housed in Barra del Colorado and Barra del Tortuguero. The climate favored fishing. We invite you to our next tournament dates. August 23 to 25, September 13-14-15 International Sabalo October 18-19-20 The CAP is very happy with the recent participations of associates in different International Tournaments. Offshore World Championship: Samantha Munford, Carter Takacs, Jorge Moreno and Manuel Merino. Made in Marina Pez Vela Pan American Championship: Mark Evans who got the bronze medal in the Category Bass kayak • Made in Tennessee. International Light Tackle Tournament: Orlando Soto • Done at Cabo San Lucas.

For more information: Club Amateur de Pesca de Costa Rica tel (506) 2232-3430 clubamateurpesca@racsa.co.cr clubamateurpesca@gmail.com facebook - Club Amateur de Pesca

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ased on recent trends, fisheries managers are predicting a record year for walleye anglers on Lake Erie. If you’ve ever wanted to get in on the action, now is the time to go. According to the Ohio DNR, the summer months typically provide the best walleye fishing of the year, and this summer could surpass last summer’s record success for anglers. In 2018, walleye were harvested at the highest rates recorded in nearly 40 years. More than 40 percent of walleye trips produced a limit for anglers. On average, anglers caught and kept a walleye for every 75 minutes of fishing. “Walleye anglers can expect fishing that rivals a boom that began in 2006 and lasted several years following the exceptional 2003 hatch,” said Scott Hale, administrator of fisheries management for the Division of Wildlife. “The recent procession of good hatches points to an outstanding decade that has just begun.” Four excellent walleye hatches between 2014-2018 point to a bright fishing season for Lake Erie, the “Walleye Capital of the World.” The 2019 walleye population is estimated to be 45 million fish ages 2 and older, with a projection exceeding 120 million fish for 2020.

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“If you have ever thought about going out fishing on Lake Erie, now is the time,” said Capt. Paul Pacholski, president of the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association. “With the recent walleye hatches we have had the past few years, fishing has been incredible.” Walleye anglers are mostly catching abundant 4- to 5-year-old fish that average 19 to 21 inches and are as large as 26 inches. Anglers should release sub-legal fish with as little handling as possible so they can contribute to the fishery in the future. The daily walleye limit is six fish with a 15-inch minimum length limit. Updated Lake Erie fishing reports are available at wildohio.gov or by calling 888-HOOKFISH (888466-5347). For more information, visit wildohio.gov.


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resentation holds the key to catching fish. That cardinal rule proves just as valid for critters that hunker down on the sea floor as it does for more glamorous denizens in the upper level of the water column. If a bait isn’t in the zone where the fish happen to be or if it doesn’t behave in a natural and realistic manner, it will be ignored. Sinkers are a vital aspect of fishing success. Their mission goes well beyond the task of simply dragging a bait to the bottom or some midpoint in the water column. View them as part of the total presentation package. That includes such factors as sink rate, whether it anchors a bait or allows it to drift, and as an aid in casting. If you’re going to troll, sinkers help to adjust the depth at which each bait or lure is moving through the water. With very few exceptions, select the lightest sinker that will carry your offering to the bottom or the desired depth. Don’t assume that if 1 ounce does the job, 2 ounces are better. Not only do heavier weights keep the bait or lure from looking like a tempting morsel, they make the hook-up process more difficult. Remember that when an unsuspecting fish inhales an offering, it must drag the sinker along before the hook will embed in its jaw. Line diameter plays a major role in determining the weight of the sinker you will need. Generally, the finer the diameter of the line you are using, the less weight you need to achieve the same results in a given situation. As an example, the bottom bouncer who insists on using 30-pound test line needs a heavier sinker than someone using 20-pound test. Sinker shape helps to determine sink rate. The fastest, freefalling sinkers have the weight concentrated at the bottom, tend to be very compact and are streamlined. It’s important to note, however, that fast-falling sinkers have a tendency to cause the

hook and tag end of the leader to wrap around the standing part during the drop. In most situations, it proves more effective if the sinker will drift across the bottom rather than anchor the rig in one place. If you’re trolling, sinker choice should include enough weight to keep the bait or lure at the preferred depth. No assortment of sinkers is complete without split shots, bullet weights, pinch-ons, and twist-ons. These can be added very easily to make minor adjustments to the weight of the primary sinker. Sinkers come in many different shapes, and each shape has a specific purpose. It’s important to choose a shape designed to do the job you expect. The right sinker for the task at hand will increase your catch rate significantly, and that’s the easiest way to turn an average day on the water into a memorable one.

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ou don’t see a brown trout like this one every day. This massive and battle-scarred bruiser was caught and released by Paden Flippen on Arkansas’ White River below Bull Shoals Dam on June 14. The 36.7-pound monster was a fitting present for the angler, who celebrated his 24th birthday that day. The White River is well known for producing gigantic trout. This system of hatchery-supported tailwaters has the food sources and habitat for rainbow, brown, brook and even cutthroat trout to reach almost unbelievable sizes. Flippin guides for Cotter Trout Dock and said he and other guides had been tracking this big brown for more than a year. If he had decided to keep it for certification, Flippen’s big trout would have fallen just shy of the state record, which is held by a 40-pound, 4-ounce beast that was caught from the Little Red River back in 1992. That fish, caught by Rip Collins, was the world record up until 2013, when an angler in New Zealand caught a 42-pound, 1-ounce brown trout.

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THE BASIC SALTWATER LEADER: THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT The leader is the connection between fisherman and fish. If tied incorrectly, not only will it be difficult to cast, it will also be responsible for losing saltwater gamefish. I prefer a 9-foot leader when fishing saltwater, although there are occasions when a 10-foot leader is needed. A good leader can turn over the large, heavy flies used in saltwater fly fishing. I will often start my day with a longer leader, and reduce its length depending on the demands of weather conditions and efficiency in properly delivering the fly. The leader is a simple equation: 4x3x2. I have found this the preferred method to construct a solid saltwater leader: • 4 feet of 40-pound stiff mono; • 3 feet of 30-pound mono, and • 2 feet of 20-pound mono. This system works well with lighter tippets as well. If I need to add a lighter tippet, I shorten the heavy 40-pound butt section to keep the overall leader length 9 feet, adding the light tippet to the 20-pound test on the fly end of the leader. How the fly lands on the water is important. You want the fly to land as softly as a whisper. If, however, your leader is too long, a heavy fly will hit the water as loudly as a thrown rock. The noise will alert every fish in the vicinity. I usually solve this problem by shortening the leader and cutting off a

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COLEMA

ITEM 623

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BEATS HONDA* 2000 WATT SUPER QUIET INVERTER GENERATOR

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4.7 HOURS

RUN-TIME

3.4 HOURS

2000

MAX. STARTING WATTS

2000

1600

RUNNING WATTS

61 dB

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48 LBS.

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ITEM 62523

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79.7 cc

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98.5 cc

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LOW OIL ALERT

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WEATHERPROOF PROTECTIVE RIFLE CASE

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SUPER BRIGHT LED /SMD WORK LIGHT/FLASHLIGHT

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299

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8 GALLON OIL-LUBE AIR COMPRESSOR

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99

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RELATIVE TANK SIZE @ 125 PSI, 8 GALLONS

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114

$

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8 GALLON OIL-FREE AIR COMPRESSOR

125 PSI

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88 dBA

99

85 dBA

129

$

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HUSKY

MODEL: 300816

$

99

149

124

$

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*Based on other compressors in its class

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159

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290

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$

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