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Micron WA (Water-Activated) is the latest addition to the AkzoNobel’s Interlux industry leading Micron Technology product range. It is a showcase antifouling paint that offers longlasting, multi-seasonal protection in a waterbased formulation. Micron WA combines powerful antifouling performance while reducing impact on the environment, leaving a smooth, clean hull. It is easy to apply with low odor that makes application and clean up easy. This paint is ideal for cruise, power and sailboats and suitable for all waters. Using a novel paint technology called Water Activated Matrix, Micron WA delivers a crisp, vibrant color and uniform appearance to provide a striking, attractive finish, while at the same time efficiently delivering powerful antifouling performance. More information is available at: https://interlux.com/en/us/boat-paint/antifouling/micron-wa

The Vortex lubrication system for marine trailers is designed with towing in mind. Vortex on your trailer axles mean years of service without the hassle of replacing the grease. A great feature that comes with the Vortex is the 100,000-mile or 5-year limited warranty. And, if you are a trailer owner that likes to work on the trailer in the off-season, the Vortex threaded cap screw on/off cap makes it easier than ever to check the bearings. You never have to use a hammer to remove or install the cap. We fill the Vortex hub with Lucas Oil Products Marine Grease, a superior bearing grease that has high heat qualities and is water resistant… even in saltwater! Vortex is available from select OEM trailer manufacturers pre-installed on your new trailer with disc brakes or idler hubs. Vortex hubs can be purchased from marine dealers and marine parts suppliers to replace the old hubs on your trailer. Vortex replacement hub kits are available pre-greased, pre-assembled in clear clamshell packaging, perfect for taking with you in your truck or boat as a spare hub. Depend on quality Dexter Vortex hubs for your trailering experiences.

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If you own a boat, you know the stress of ParkIt360 Force 10K backing your trailered pride and joy into a tight space. With this in mind, we took it upon ourselves to take Parkit360’s Force 10K electric trailer dolly for a test spin. Right off the bat, we were impressed. Assembly was easy, and by connecting the trailer’s power harness to the Force, we were able to control the trailer’s brakes with the Smart Brake Control System, which provides control and safety on a steep grade. Also, the Bosch-designed electric motor supplied more than enough power to maneuver with little to no effort on the part of the user. The heavy-duty 4”-wide tires maintained traction on concrete as well as gravel and even in wet grass when loaded. The Force dolly proved its functionality regardless of terrain, and that could come in super handy for those parking boats, campers or anything else with a trailer ball where the concrete ends. But the most striking feature of the Force electric trailer dolly was how easy it made maneuvering the boat. With precise and easy-to-use controls, all the stress was taken out of navigating tight corners and turns in forward and reverse. We put the boat into spots we wouldn’t even attempt using a truck. Built of quality materials, powder-coated and compact enough to fit in the trunk of an SUV, Parkit360’s electric trailer dollies are a great tool for anyone who pulls a trailer.

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With its Gen II Standard and Xtreme jackplates, SeaStar Solutions brings to market improved jackplates that handle up to 300 and 400 hp outboards, respectively, and are easier to install and adjust and stand up better to the marine environment. To handle heavier loads, advanced composite bushings allow for smoother movement of the hydraulic rams when the jackplate is raised or lowered, making SeaStar a superior performing jackplate at all speeds and loads. Both the Seastar Standard and Xtreme are available with 4”, 6”, 8”, 10” and 12” setbacks. Redesigned engine brackets allow mounting of shallow-water anchors on both models without the use of adapter plates. Redesigned engine brackets also improve access to the mounting bolts. Side access has been introduced to make it easier to get a wrench on engine mounting bolts while clearance to access transom mounting bolts has also been opened up, making it easier for one person to install the plate. Installing a SeaStar Jackplate with SeaStar’s ProTap system allows for precise, standardized height adjustment. Key to the ProTap system is the SmartStick sensor, which can easily be installed along the side of the plate. While adding strength and improving access, the new design uses less material for weight reduction of 15 percent over the originals. Thicker MilSpec anodizing of the aluminum frame and lift and effective sacrificial anode mounting points provide improved protection against corrosion.

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“At some point, I guess Dad decided, ‘If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,’” Barrett said. In June of 2014, Barrett and Mike set out to build what became the first Mag Bay Yacht. Working with hull designs by Michael Peters, one of the most respected designers in the industry, they started work to produce a high-quality 33’ center console that is the embodiment of elegance and function. It took almost a year to get everything the way they wanted it before the first Mag Bay hit the water in 2015. Since then, a lot of travel, hard work, attention to detail and customer support have brought recognition to Mag Bay Yachts for what it is. The Mag Bay 33’ is a high-end, expensive center console, and customers expect and receive the best. Early success allowed Mag Bay to reassemble much of the experienced crew from Cabo, who they consider family. One of those employees changed Barrett’s diapers nearly 30 years ago. They are the same employees who presented Mike with a plaque that hangs in the shop and reads: “I will always build the very best boat—at a profit if I can, at a loss if I must—but I will always build the best.” Barrett said that’s the philosophy for every Mag Bay that leaves the shop. “We’ve always tried to build the highest quality boat on the water,” he said. “We’ve always prided ourselves on using the absolute best products. If there’s not anything out there that’s up to par, we’ll make it. Being a family boatbuilder, it’s not about numbers for us. It’s about building the absolute best boat.” In the near future, the family at Mag Bay Yachts has plans to go back to its Cabo roots in designing a new 42’ inboard express. It’ll be exciting to see what they produce. For more information on Mag Bay Yachts, see their website at www. magbayyachts.com.

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s there anything more exhilarating than scrambling to recover line that’s buzzing off your reel and then landing a well-deserved bonefish? Believe it or not, there is: landing that bonefish and finding it has been tagged. Not only are you having the time of your life, you’re contributing to Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s (BTT) ongoing bonefish research. Take it from renowned angler Meredith McCord, who recently caught a tagged bonefish off of South Andros while fishing with the Eleven Experience. Many are familiar with the term “tagging” due to projects like the Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Project, but BTT and collaborating scientists employ more than one type of “tag” when studying saltwa-

ter flats species. Research involving acoustic telemetry helps identify movement patterns and spawning sites, in addition to regional population and habitat connections that inform flats conservation. These acoustic tags do not, however, track health indicators like growth rate and sexual maturity—those data are found using something called tag-recapture. This particular type of tag resembles a small post with a diameter similar to that of a toothpick. Each individual tag is marked with a unique serial number and is inserted just below the dorsal fin. Scientists record the tag’s serial number and measurements specific to the individual fish—weight, fork and tail length, gender and any other observations about its condition. In keeping with best handling practices, researchers release the fish in hopes of another encounter. That hope was fulfilled when McCord caught a tagged bonefish in the Bahamas. She was able to record its serial number and length measurements before releasing it again. According to Dr. Aaron Adams, BTT’s director of science & conservation, and Bahamas Initiative manager Justin Lewis, bonefish spawn during full and new moons from October through April. The bonefish McCord recaptured was first tagged at a pre-spawning aggregation site in January 2015. Its recapture, over three years later, occurred 34 miles from the initial tagging location, which is not uncommon, since bonefish typically remain in or near their home ranges except when they leave the flats to spawn in deeper water. BTT thanks McCord and all anglers, guides, researchers and partnering organizations for their participation in research. Their enthusiasm, not only in tag-recapture studies but in all BTT research projects, is vital to the pursuit of specific and science-driven conservation outcomes for our saltwater flats fisheries.

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Boats: They/You Have Arrived B ack in the mid-1980s, Scout Boats founder and CEO Steve Potts was a plant manager with boat builder American Sail. He had been in the industry since the age of 14, and he knew that one day he would be building his own boats. Scout is a true American success story. Working side-jobs, weekends and nights, Potts managed to save up $50,000 and launched his company in South Carolina. The first boat he built was a modest 14-foot fishing boat. It was a simple, functional skiff-like craft. What set it apart was extreme attention to detail and craftsmanship. Dealers and boaters noticed the fine fit-and-finish, even on a little fishing boat. It became very popular across the Carolinas and beyond. With those first boats, built in garages and barns, Potts began constructing the reputation that followed Scout Boats as it became one of the world’s most successful boatbuilders. From humble beginnings, Scout Boats has grown immensely and now offers a full line up of finely crafted and innovative inshore, bay and luxury offshore boats. Throughout the company, a culture of integrity ensures quality products and outstanding customer service. Take, for example, Scout’s flagship, the 420 LXF. It is a 42-foot luxury center console that is truly a landmark for the marine industry. No stone was left unturned in the design and development of this beauty. Its EpoxyInfused hull using Carbon/E-Glass provides improved superior structural stability, strength and a Class A finish for unsurpassed performance. There are countless unique features never before seen on a model like 420 LXF. With quad outboards and up to 1,675 max hp, it is a fishing machine laid out with the luxury of a yacht. That’s the idea behind Scout’s entire line, to build fishing boats with meticulous commitment to craftsmanship and design that allows them to be extremely functional fishing platforms that are low-maintenance, durable and as comfortable and beautiful as they can possibly be.

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The commitment to excellence paid off as the world climbed out from under the Great Recession of 2008. While the boating industry was reeling due to the economic instability of its customers, Scout Boats launched 18 new high-end models. The company saw multiple years of 25 percent annual growth. With today’s economy chugging away and growing, the customer base for world-class boats is stronger than ever. That’s good for Scout, and it’s good for you—the angler who is finally in a position to purchase that dream boat. A decade ago, taking on boat payments was a frightening thought. Now that things have stabilized, buying a boat is a worthwhile investment in your quality of life. And when it comes to producing quality on the water, Scout Boats has the market cornered, whether it’s a 17-foot bay boat or a 42-foot center console. To see all of Scout Boats’ finely crafted vessels, go to www.scoutboats.com. For more about Scout Boats’, go to

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elcome to the fourth issue of Costa Rica’s only magazine dedicated exclusively to the country’s fishing and watersports tourism industry. This June/July issue is filled with 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 our new issue as we bring the world class Costa Rican fisheries to the forefront of tourism. With the High Season over and the Green Season here, we thought we would add an article about the “Fads” fishing in Costa Rica. Who better to contribute to the story than our own Larry Drivon, owner of Maverick Boats here in Costa Rica! Larry shares with us the story of FADS fishing in Costa Rica based upon his own experiences and those of the world famous Fly Fleet out of Los Suenos. If you’re looking for some fishing while you’re in Costa Rica our Regional Directories are filled with the ”best of the best” charter operations for each area. The contact information will put you directly with the operators, rather than a tour desk operator who’s booking for a commission. Coastal Angler Magazine also includes tournament calendars, tournament results, fishing club news, along with tide charts, bait and tackle shops, marine service providers, resort destinations and much more. You won’t want to miss the BragBoard fish 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. You can also see the digital side of the magazine at www.coastalanglermag.com/costarica. I hope you enjoy reading. Tight Lines and Good Times Fishing Costa Rica!

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FAD FISHING by Larry Drivon, Maverick Sportfishing

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o understand why the very best marlin fishing on earth is offshore Costa Rica, read on.

The big fish eat the little fish. A law of nature. It follows that if you want to find big fish, look for little fish first. As is often said, “find the bait, find the fish”. So, it’s a big ocean. Where do you look for the little fish? The answer is, where there is even smaller food. Every fisherman learns where to look from experience, study and luck. We do know a lot about it. Look around the river mouth where nutrients washing from upstream create the environment we are looking for. Look around the rocks, at the edge of a drop off where shallow goes to deep in a hurry. Lots of places to look. What if the proper environment could be created? Actually, the idea has been used for centuries to aggregate marine life. Various kinds of baited and un-baited traps such as the man-made shelters used in the Bahamas and elsewhere to provide cover for spiny lobster. This shelter is then visited by the fisherman whose prey has aggregated there. Easy pickings. There are lots of examples around the world. If you place a few rocks on the bottom of a lake, you may attract aquatic life. In the context we are discussing here, two structures are relevant. One natural, seamounts, and one man made, FAD’s. Seamounts are just that. Undersea mountains. The currents push against these structures creating an upwelling from the depths. This water, while rising up to the surface, carries a wealth of nutrients with it creating a great food source closer to the surface where many fish stay. FAD’s on the other hand, are man made structures that are tethered to the bottom of the ocean, but on top of the mountain. For use by recreational anglers, these are usually an array of some sort of material that will provide cover for bait fish. This can be canvas stirps, netting, tarps, or whatever works. This is held under the surface by submerged buoys. Local conditions dictate the exact strategy to be used. 50’ down is common. Enough about the history, biology and other such boring stuff. FAD fishing is fun because that is where the big fish come to eat the little fish. Placing FADs for recreational use in Costa Rica is only a few years old. In one form or another, they are found all along the Pacific Coast with Guanacaste now coming into the hunt. The FAD capitals of Costa Rica have to be Golfito in the South, and Quepos/Los Suenos on the Central Coast. Farther “North” in the area of Guanacaste the wind can cause problems in both maintaining and

fishing the FADs. This time of year. however, the winds have subsided, and the calm seas beckon anglers looking for great off shore fishing. I don’t think anyone knows how many FADs there are off shore Costa Rica. New ones are put out from time to time, and these devices have a life span that will cause them to be lost for one reason or another after a period of time especially if expensive maintenance is not done. These devices are usually between 80 and 150 miles off shore making them somewhat difficult to use. Experienced private sportfishing boats make great use of this resource, but the casual boat owner should be cautious before engaging in this sort of fishing. Although there is no secret as to where many of these FADs are located, they are still not that easy to find, and most of these trips are multi-day affairs which to me means a quality boat, and an experienced crew. Luckily, there are a number of opportunities to find such boats, and FAD opportunities are almost always available. One reason for that is that Costa Rica is now an almost year around fishing destination. To go along with the world class sail fishery, the great fishing for Yellow Fin Tuna, Mahi, Rooster Fish, bottom fish and etc., the seamounts now provide a dependable Marlin bite. Especially in the “Green” season which, until this new Marlin fishery took off due to the seamounts becoming more popular, used to be called the “Low”season. No more. Trips the seamounts have resulted in documented Blue Marlin catches many, many times in the double digits per day of fishing, and trips have been recorded where 30 or more Blue Marlin were released over a couple of days. Unbelievable but true. I have personally been there and done that. We are totally a catch and release crowd down here in Costa Rica with circle hooks being mandated for bait fishing. I need to say that there is another structure also called a FAD being used in this area. The use of drifting structures to attract tuna have been in widespread use several places in the world for many years. Technology has made it even more effective as a commercial fishing strategy. A number of studies have been done documenting the potential damage this does to the target population. Use of GPS tracking now allows the owners of these floating bait farms to quickly locate their drifting FADs. Purse seiners then arrive, surround the device and take everything that is there. This is all catch and no release. Everything in the purse net is killed. Some of it is tuna, some other fish, and some is porpoise, turtles and other “bi-catch”. Brutal. Until you have seen it in action, you can not imagine. A couple of years ago, Costa Rica was very progressive in banning commercial tuna fishing closer than 45 miles from shore. It has helped a lot, but they are still there. Just farther out. The devil with all that, let’s go fish the FADs, and release a bucket list of Blue Marlin.

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On The Water with FECOP By Todd Staley

FECOP’s Director of Science Appointed to Head INCOPESCA

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hat is surely a loss for FECOP is a gain for Costa Rica. President Carlos Alvarado picked Moises Mug to head the fisheries department of the country for the next four years. Mug is a Fishery biologist with 32 years of professional experience in sustainable fisheries, and ocean conservation and development. His experience includes high-level policy work and advice, strategic planning and implementation of complex fishery programs, teaching and research. For the last 15 years, he has worked in international fisheries focusing on several aspects of oceanic fisheries including policy, governance, capacity building, markets and livelihoods, and sustainable finance. He holds a Master’s degree in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University (OSU) in a joint program with The University of Washington (UW). Fulbright – LASPAU scholar (1990-1993). Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Stakeholder Council Member (2015 to present). He grew up in Limon, where he worked in his father’s store and surf cast for snook in his free time as a youngster. Best known lately for his Moises Mug, new President of INCOPESCA research working on the “Tuna Decree” created in 2014, protecting a total of over 200,000 square kilometers of territorial waters from tuna purse sein operations including moving tuna boats out 45 miles from the coast to eliminate conflicts with both Costa Rican commercial and sport fishing fleets. In 2017 his researched convinced the government to reduce tuna licenses issued to foreign fleets from 43 to 13. According to observer on-board catch records, this saved 25 metric tons of what would have been marlin by-catch as wells as dorado, wahoo, sailfish, turtles, sharks and marine mammals. Mug has also been spearheading a co-project with INA (Costa Rica’s technical institute), INCOPESCA and FECOP, supplying technical and scientific support

for the “greenstick” project, a method of fishing tuna with almost zero bycatch. One thing is for certain, INCOPESCA now has a leader who truly understands fisheries management, understands the value of sport fishing to Costa Rica and the number jobs it supplies to Costa Ricans, and the contribution sport fishing is to tourism. Best of luck Mr. Mug, and Congratulations

PanAmerican Picks Costa Rica for First International Roosterfish Tournament

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uis Miguel Garcia, president of the Mexican Sport Fishing Federation and Ben Blegen and Sean Warner from USA Angling, all board members of the PanAmerican Delegation recently visited Costa Rica in search of a place to hold the First International Roosterfish Tournament. The PanAmerican Delegation is made up of anglers from North, Central and South America. FECOP represents Costa Rica in the Delegation. The goal is to one day include sport fishing in the Pan American Games and eventually make it an Olympic sport. “We chose the southern zone because of the vast area of inshore fishing, and looked at some beautiful properties including Casa Roland in Golfito, Gofito Marina Village, Zancudo Lodge and Crocodile Bay,” commented Blegen, head of USA Predator Fishing team. “It being the first tournament and not being exactly sure of the participation, we think we will have between 20 and 30 four-person teams to fish the event. Logistically it made more sense to use Crocodile Bay to host but we will most likely be using boats from other operations as well.” Costa de Mar sunglases has already committed to sponsor two women’s teams. Private boats can also fish the tournament. The tournament is scheduled November 16 to the 19th. For more details contact BenBlegen@USAPreatorTeam.org or todd@fecop.org

FECOP Kicks Off Social-Economic Study

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enry Marin, FECOP’s project manager is looking for all captains, mates, and boat owners to help demonstrate the impact of sport fishing on local communities and Costa Rica as a whole. A study done in 2009 estimated sport fishing added $600 million to the Costa Rican economy but those numbers have been challenged on several levels. Marin wants to show the value in eight different coastal communities, as well as the entire country. He has chosen Golfito, Puerto Jiménez, Quepos, JacóHerradura, Tamarindo, Flamingo, Playas del Coco and Barra del Colorado. That way he can show the effect on the livelihood in each coastal region separately. His methodology is to focus on captains, mates and boat owners and will

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measure five big areas: Social, economic, financial, environment and governance characteristics around that population. FECOP will use this information to show the government, local and national authorities, other non-profit organizations, civil organizations and general public; the importance of sportfishing to Costa Rica in two levels, macro and mico economically. This information will show how different families and communities around the country are being included in the dynamics of sportfishing and how they are being impacted. Local goverments of Quepos, Garabito and Santa Cruz are being involved in the process and CANATUR, as part of the tourism industry. If interested on being part of the research and helping demonstrate the value of sport fishing in your community, please contact Henry Marin at hmarin@ fecop.org. This email should include phone number and if possible the contacts of others working in the industry who could also take the survey. You can also leave you name and number at the FECOP office, telephone 2291-9150. If you are an owner please encourage your crews to participate. FECOP staff will be calling to apply the surveys. All personal information is confidential and will be used only for research. Marin will give all participates a fishing cap in appreciation for taking the survey.

FECOP is giving away fishing caps for your help in study

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 full-time with FECOP as Director of Communications. Contact Todd at todd@fecop.org

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PAPAGAYO REPORT By Rick Graham • Dream On Sportfishing

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reetings Anglers! This past April and May were spectacular in our northern waters and our prime months (June-August) are shaping up to be awesome. All local species of game fish are here in these months including wahoo. Looking towards June & July, as we enter our ‘Green Season’, the billfish bite will continue to increase. The marlin fishery over the last couple months was great and the sailfish (which arrived a little late) are now big and hungry. Throughout April/May we were catching (and releasing) dozens of 20ish-inch mahi mahi on light gear every day . . . what a blast! Those fish are growing at a rate of about 1.5 inches/week right now and by July they will be beauties! Yellowfin tuna seem to have become a year-round species in our waters. We’ve already been catching five to ten 20+ pounders and the hot months don’t start until June. We’re expecting one of the best tuna seasons in years. The roosterfish . . . what can I say? We have a world-class fishery here that peaks June through August. These unique looking predators fight hard and make for some great pictures. We fish them using live bait and release them always, as they’re not a tasty fish. We catch plenty of roosters over 50 pounds, some 80 pounders and bigger. This could be the season for the 115 pound record breaker!

Onto the wahoo! This is about the only time of year we target wahoo. We have caught them as by-catch throughout the year but in June and July they are aggressive and more numerous. Wahoo are one of the fastest fish in the ocean reaching speeds of 50 mile/hour or more! Their first run after hooking up can peel off 200-300 yards of line in a matter of seconds. By next issue Dream On Sport Fishing will be adding another boat to the fleet. Looks like another Cabo Express 35 will be here by the end of June! Until next time anglers . . . tight lines & Pura Vida! 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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y new favorite recipe I have been using is a combination of local and seasonal product. Fresh fish, shrimp, lobster in our region should be a staple on every plate if possible. The other product we simply love is plantains, either maduro, ripe, or verde, green and hard. The green ones we double fry crispy and use as a side chip or presentation piece, the ripe one are cooked down sweet to a sauce that’s creamy and thick from the starch of the plantain.

FRIED PLANTAINS First The Crispy: • Cut the plantain into one-inch pieces, heat oil to 350. Make sure the product is dry before dropping in the oil to prevent splatter and burns • Fry for 8 minutes • Drain on paper towel, let cool • Between plastic wrap, press flat with a sauce pan or bottom of a glass. This is not an aggressive movement, press with your hand to get extra thin • Drop back in oil and fry to golden brown and crispy

For The Sauce: • 3 cloves of thinly sliced garlic • 1 ripe tomato, chopped • 1 ripe plantain, diced • 1 can coconut milk • 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce • Jimmy T’s Hot Sauce • Olive oil, salt and pepper Method of Prep • Sauté garlic in a generous amount of olive oil over medium high heat • When golden brown, add tomatoes, cook for 5 minutes until well blended, and soft • Add plantain, cook 2 minutes • Add coconut milk • Add sweet chili sauce, turn off heat and allow to cool and thicken • When ready to serve over fish or chicken, reheat and season with Jimmy T’s Hot Sauce to your preference It’s that easy! Enjoy

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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FLAMINGO REPORT By Captain Skeet Warren • “Bushwacker Sportfishing”

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he rainy season, now known as the “green season”, will be in full swing by June and July . . . 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 on land. 600 pound black marlin that my angler caught on 30# line. His first marlin!

We very seldom get wet while out fishing 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 wet 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. As of this writing the sailfish and marlin bite is very good in the Flamingo area.

It should stay that way through the summer and into the fall. 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 June and July. The mahi-mahi should be around through the summer and the seas should be fairly calm to make for 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” without a lot of rain, nor very much 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

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Kingpin Fishing “Kingpin II”

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Flamingo Sportfishing “Guerrero Del Mar” (CR) 506-8389-5992

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(US) 706-993-3959

www.bushwackercr.com

Brindisi Sportfishing (CR) 506-8432-5430

info@brindisigroup.com

www.brindisigroup.com

Yellow Fin Charters (CR) 506-2653-9024

info@yellowfinsportfishing.com

www.yellowfinsportfishing.com

“Senuelo Del Pacifico”

(CR) 506-8301-1991

(CR) 506-85675246

(US) 404-424-9270

olgamdiaz2011@hotmail.com

info@WetAssSportfishing.com

www.WetAssSportfishing.com

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NICOYA WEST REPORT By Rick Ruhlow • Kingfisher Sportfishing

NICOYA EAST REPORT By Thomas Jones • Bahia Rica Fishing & Kayak Lodge

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would be less than honest if I said the fishing was hot, but if you put your time in and be patient, you can still have some great days. There might even be that surprise wahoo bite! The offshore fishing has been up and down between Cabo Blanco and Punta Guiones. Most of the boats are fishing anywhere from 6 to 40 miles he fishing has really picked up in March when the sardines came in and from their mooring, stayed around. Wild surface action on small surface lures, and almost all looking for that you could care to catch. Mostly jacks up to 15 pounds, but also ladyfish, sierras, something extra corvinas and roosterfish. (bluer water, a current line, objects floating, bait, mammal life, birds, temperature change etc.). Charter boats have been getting two or three shots at a billfish, whether that be a sail or a marlin, almost every day. There was a brief run of black marlin, but that was short lived. The spinner dolphin continue to be plentiful, and they all seem to be holding tuna, but getting the bite is not always easy. Water remains a nice blue/ green color, with a steady slow current. We had been seeing lots of flying fish, especially closer to the edge (600ft), but no significant marks on the sounder. The end of April and first part of May has been showing a lot of promise. As is normal, boats to the north were consistently seeing sails in the double digits, as well as a few marlin. It has started to rain again, and the run outs of debris are The rainy season is starting, which will murky up the water. This is great for us, creating havens for the dorado to hide under, those often becoming the “star” of as runners move in to shore. The roosterfish start getting quite active, as well as the the day. bigger snappers. Top water will produce along with jigging and live baiting. More July and August (green season) is a favorite time for fishing in Guanacaste. mackerel will move in and smaller dorados are usually around floating objects and The billfishing, along with other pelagic species is generally good. The climate in the currents. In this area green water means good chances at nice fish. is a tad cooler, everything is a lush tropical green, and airfares reasonable! The The offshore has been on and off and it is hard to say how it will be during outlook is good so grab your passport and book a fishing trip, You won’t be the rainy season. Sails have been scarce and the bite has been fairly far out. With disappointed!! good conditions the marlin bite can pick up, as well as the tuna action. Mahis are around but the bigger fish tend to show up a littler later in the season.

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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

Thomas Jones is a marine biologist with an extreme passion for sport fishing. Born in Norway, Thomas have been fishing since the age of 6. His fishing experience encompasses fly fishing, trolling, popping, jigging and bait fishing. Currently Thomas is the owner of Bahia Rica Fishing and Kayak Lodge on the Nicoya Peninsula. Contact Thomas at post@bahiarica.com or visit www.bahiarica.com

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Peninsula and Gulf of Nicoya Kingfisher Sportfishing

“Kingfisher” 506- 8358-9561

kingfish@racsa.co.cr

www.costaricabillfishing.com

Fishing Nosara “Wanderer” (CR) 506-2682-0606 (US) 904-591-2161

craig@fishingnosara.com

www.fishingnosara.com

Fun In The Sun “Ticorette”

On The Fly Charters “On The Fly”

(CR) 506-8682-9495 (US) 541-383-5108

(CR) 506-8891-3853 (US) 385-313-0079

info@nosarafishingtrips.com

captain@costacaptain.com

Samara Deep Sea Fishing

Nosara Fish and Surf “Sunset 420”

(CR) 506 8683-8743

(CR) 506-6131-6215

www.nosarafishingtrips.com

samaradeepseafishing@gmail.com

www.costacaptain.com

joel.juarez.cr@gmail.com

www.samaradeepseafishing.com

ww.nosarafishandsurf.com

“Reel Deal”

Nosara Sea Saw Tours “See Saw”

(CR) 506-8396-9894

cbarrantes1411@hotmail.com

www.reeldealcostaricasportfishing.com

(CR) 506-8627-0139

nosaraseasawtours@gmail.com

www.nosaraseasawtours.com

Fishing Nosara “Adventurer”

Fishing Nosara “Discoverer”

(CR) 506-2682-0606 (US) 904-591-2161

(CR) 506-2682-0606 (US) 904-591-2161

craig@fishingnosara.com

craig@fishingnosara.com

www.fishingnosara.com

www.fishingnosara.com

Bahia Rica Fishing Lodge

Bahia Rica Fishing Lodge

“El Mono Congo”

“The Conquistador”

(CR) 506-2641-0811

(CR) 506-2641-0811

post@bahiarica.com

post@bahiarica.com

www.bahiarica.com

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All Of The Sudden We’re Seeing Black!

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urt & Anki from Sweden visit us quite often annually. They both have a passion for fishing, especially for Billfish in Costa Rica! Recently they went out and released four sailfish and one dorado. Not too bad you might say. Well for them this was just a warm up for what was yet to come. The next day they raised the bar, releasing three very large black marlin!! I recall Anki telling me that their family’s all-time fishing record was a 400lb marlin. They blew that record out of the water by releasing a 400lb, 450lb & 600lb black marlin. I think this one is going too be hard for anyone in the family to beat, however after spending some time with Kurt and Anki, I’ve learned they don’t just go accross the finish line and stop. They take an extra lap to be sure! My suspicion is they’re going to try and keep raising the bar, looking for that grander! CONGRATULATIONS Kurt & Anki!!

Check us out at: http://costaricadreams.com

LOS SUENOS OFFSHORE REPORT By Captain Daniel Espinosa • Maverick Sport Fishing

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he real story this year in Costa Rica fishing is that the entire season is a couple of months late. In my 30 plus years of fishing these waters, I have seen this before. No telling why it sometimes happens that way. What is means for the summer is really yet to be seen. My partner Larry Drivon remembers one of his best fishing days ever was in late June. With a late season, that could easily extend into July and August. That is for “day trip” fishing. The kind that you get with a regular charter or out on your own boat to about 30 to 40 miles off shore for the day. Of course, for spectacular marlin fishing an overnight, or several-day, trip to the sea mounts could easily produce double digit blue marlin. Two-day trips have produced between twenty and thirty blues many times. A three or four-day trip can produce over 50. Back to earth. Most such trips produce 8 to 12 per day if the fishing is good. With a late season year, I have seen great sail fishing along with mahi and tuna stretch well into the months of July and August. My crystal ball is not reliable in predicting fishing in the future (sorry about that), but I can say it will probably be much better off the central coast of Costa Rica than most other places. We will need to see how much rain we have, how clean the water can stay, and what mood the fish are in. Whatever they decide, we are ready. One thing about the “Green Season” is that it is often cloudy with rain in the late afternoon. The cloud cover sure makes hanging in the cockpit all day a lot more pleasant. Experience always counts, but when the fishing is changing day to day like at this time of year, experience counts even more. There are many competent and experienced captains and crews available in the area, but not everyone can be described this way. Take a good long look at the boat. In person if possible, and on the web if not. You can tell a lot by the condition of the boat and equipment. Good crews take good care of their boats and equipment as well as their guests. This time of year, there is less pressure on the fishing fleet, meaning that there is more boat availability for short notice trips. You might be surprised that the boat you could not book for January/March is available tomorrow morning. There is also less pressure on the restaurants, accommodations and transportation. Sometimes the prices are even a little lower this time of year. It is also true that times are changing, and Costa Rica is becoming a year round destination for fishing, and there are solid reasons for that.

Captain Daniel Espinosa has been fishing these waters for almost 30 years, starting at the age of 14. Born in Quepos, Daniel first fished as a Captain at age 17, and has not finished yet. Currently General Manager of Maverick Sportfishing Yachts, Daniel is owner of the Spanish Fly which he ran full time for 12 years, releasing a documented count of over 10,000 bill fish releases. His lifetime total exceeds 22,000. A pioneer in sportfishing in Costa Rica, Daniel has captained tournament winning boats in several Central American countries. His wins include the Los Suenos series and the WBS World Championship. He lives with his wife and family in the Los Suenos area. 14 COSTA RICA I JUNE / JULY 2018 I COASTALANGLERMAG.COM

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LOS SUENOS INSHORE REPORT By Captain Carlos Arguedas • Wing Man

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he last two months has seen Wing Man enjoying great action catching fish at the reef, including cubera snappers and a good bite of mullet snapper. This allowed Wing Man to set a new record of 52 releases in one day, including a few amberjacks, three cuberas, and who knows how many jacks. This year we also enjoyed a great black marlin bite, catching a few monsters while bottom fishing. How cool is that!! LOL.

The broomtail groupers have been a little hard to catch this year but we still happened to catch a couple this past April.

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 SueĂąos 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. Along the years he has found a knack to being very productive catching big fish, including goliaths and broomtails. Contact Carlos at hihook1@ hotmail.com or visit www.wingmancr.com 16 COSTA RICA I JUNE / JULY 2018 I COASTALANGLERMAG.COM

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The 2018 Los Suenos Triple Crown is in the books

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eg three featured 43 boats. For the third leg, the Gunsmoke (3800 points) out dueled the Geaux Fly (3700), catching the winning sailfish with 20 minutes of fishing remaining. The Geaux Fly’s second place finish was highlighted by a grandslam on day two– a black, two blues and a pair of sails. The Jaruco, the new 90’ Jarrett Bay, rounded out the top three with 2800 points.

Leg Three also decided the Triple Crown winner for 2018. With all said and done, it was Tarheel (10,600 points) with Captain John Bayliss taking home top honors. The Agitator and Capt. Jon Duffie, 2016 and 2017 series champions, fell a sail and a marlin short of a third straight crown, with 10,100 points. Geaux Fly wins third place honors in the series with 10,000 even. photos by Pepper Ailor

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Los Suenos / Herradura Wing Man Charters “Wing Man”

Maverick Tours “Spanish Fly”

(CR) 506-8305-5051

(CR) 506-8787-9314 (US) 866-888-6426

hihook1@hotmail.com

http://wingmancr.com

christian@maverickcostarica.com

Costa Rica Dreams Sport Fishing

Maverick Tours “Geaux Fly”

(CR) 506-2637-8516 (US) 337-205-0665

(CR) 506-8787-9314 (US) 866-888-6426

info@costaricadreams.com

christian@maverickcostarica.com

www.costaricadreams.com

www.maverickcostarica.com

Tres Amigos Sportfishing

“Tres Amigos”

Maverick Tours “Sea Fly”

(CR) 506-8898-5323 (US) 508-720-0077

(CR) 506-8787-9314 (US) 866-888-6426

gggiampapa@hotmail.com

christian@maverickcostarica.com

www.tresamigossportfishing.com

www.maverickcostarica.com

“Dragin Fly”

Maverick Tours “Open Fly”

(CR) 506-2643-5310 (US) 252-671-3474

(CR) 506-8787-9314 (US) 866-888-6426

info@pamlicoguide.com

christian@maverickcostarica.com

www.draginflycostarica.com

www.maverickcostarica.com

Epic SportFishing “Epic”

Maverick Tours “Super Fly”

(CR) 506-8718-2357 (US) 561-459-5355

(CR) 506-8787-9314 (US) 866-888-6426

epicfishingcr@gmail.com

christian@maverickcostarica.com

Dragin Fly Sportfishing

www.epicfishingcostarica.com

“Tijereta” (CR) 506-8650-2203 (US) 843-547-0341

captbubbacarter@yahoo.com

www.captbubbacarter.com

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www.maverickcostarica.com

www.maverickcostarica.com

Sunny One Sportfishing

“Sunny One” (CR) 506-8510-7427 (US) 866-439-5922

info@stayincostarica.com www.stayincostarica.com/sunnyone

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IN THE NEWS . . . Marina Flamingo Gets Final Approval For Construction

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oncession Granted and concession agreement executed! After three and a half years of diligent effort the Marina Flamingo Development Group SA (MFDG) was awarded the concession for the Marina in Potrero Bay. Numerous studies were required in order to comply with the governmental entities that approve this complex process. This mega project, projected to be almost $35 million dollars in investment, will be the rebirth to a now state-ofthe-art marina in the Costa Rican Gold Coast. Marina Flamingo will encompass wet and dry slips, commercial retail spaces, hotel and governmental offices. The new development will generate direct and indirect jobs to the surrounding communities resulting in an economic growth.

All fish were tagged and released for Gray FishTag Research including three roosterfish with satellite or electronic tags. The satellite tag will pop off within 5-8 months and will release important data to help us understand the fish’s movements, depth range, preferred water temperatures, etc. There are now seven roosterfish swimming along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica with electronic tags in them and there are some nice prizes from Costa Sunglasses up for grabs for anyone that catches a tagged fish. If you are lucky enough to catch a roosterfish with an electronic tag close to its anal fin, please retrieve the tag, ensure the fish is released quickly, and return the tag to Gray Fishtag Research. A huge thanks to Gray FishTag Research, Gray Taxidermy, Los Gatos, Shadow Graphics, Big Oh, Dolphin Electric Reels, FECOP, Marina Pez Vela, Costa Sunglasses, Seaguar Flurocarbon, Southernmost Apparal and everyone else that came together to make this project a huge success. If you would like to get involved in sponsoring a research project of your own for roosterfish, or any other important species, the Marina Pez Vela or Gray Fishtag Research would love to hear from you.

Matlack Hands Over Helm of Gamerfisherman

Marina Flamingo partners Frank Arata, Joaquin Gamboa, Dr. Sam Shaheen, along with Mayor Maria Rosa Lopez

The principal partner, Dr. Sam Shaheen, is the President of Shaheen Development a family-owned, real estate development company in Michigan. They invest in communities with a strategy of project success blended with community success. The other principal partners in the development include Costa Rica’s Frank Arata of Liberia and Joaquin Gamboa of Sardinal. With an extensive group of consultants including architects, attorneys, engineers and environmental engineers, MFDG achieved its success on April 26, 2018 when the concession agreement was executed. This concession agreement grants the rights to operate, manage, and care for the area for 35 years. Marina Flamingo’s mission is to deliver an impeccable product that will become an asset to the community and a destination for international travel. The highest priority will be to preserve, protect and enhance the natural beauty of Potrero and Flamingo beaches. The group now moves into the construction design phase of the project and permits are expected by first quarter of 2019 when ground breaking and construction are planned.

Supporting the Los Gatos Roosterfish Satellite Tagging Project

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n April 28, there was an amazing collection of boats and people working together in support of the Los Gatos Roosterfish Satellite Tagging Project. The team worked together to attach satellite & electronic tags to roosterfish that were caught and released along the Quepos coastline out of the beautiful Marina Pez Vela. The participating boats Los Gatos, Good Day, Pacific Fly, The Hooker and Double Nickle managed to catch nine roosterfish up to 35-40lbs, plus some mackerel, jacks, snapper and shark.

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ike Matlack, owner of Gamefisherman, Inc. has recently announced the sale of his company to Erwin Gerards and Scott Dunnuck. Matlack has been at the helm of Gamefisherman since it was formed in 1985 and has built many legendary sport fishing boats; many of these boats are currently traveling the world over. Matlack is currently in the process of finishing a 50foot Express and will remain with Gamefisherman to supervise and finish the project, and ensure a smooth transition. Gerards, who, among other high profile builders, has designed for Matlack since 2008. Dunnuck has owned, operated, and maintained many custom sport fishing boats. They are working on releasing a new line of composite Sport Fishing boats purposely designed and built for today’s demands. The Next Generation Gamefisherman’s are a perfect blend of sport with all the creature comforts. Simple, but functional with clean lines and ultimate performance. Gerards and Dunnuck are both very grateful to Matlack for this opportunity to keep his line of legendary sport fishing boats accessible for many years to come. To connect with them on social media, like Gamefisherman on Facebook, and begin following them on Instagram - @gamefishermanboats.

Maverick Sportfishing and Retail Center Opens

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averick Costa Rica, a leader in both custom yacht building and charter and private yacht management, is proud to announce the opening of it’s new Sportfishing and Retail center. The Maverick Center has the latest Costa Del Mar products, Yeti, Sun Bum Sunscreen, as well as Aftco “Fly Boat™” branded merchandise. Come see our Gray Taxidermy “Grander” Blue Marlin mount as well as some of our highlight fishing videos. While in the Center, book a fishing trip on one of our beautiful boats.

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We specialize in expert repair and service for all production and custom boats With Bristol, we offer the entire boating community attention to detail, expert care, and customer service that current clients have been enjoying for years in Marina Pez Vela, Los Sueños and all around the world. • Cockpit &mezzanine retrofits • Full paint service • Bottom paint removal & painting • Exterior & interior wood working and refinishing

• Teak decks, covering boards, & custom teak fabrication • Running gear & prop speed • Customized cockpit & flybridge fabrication • Tuna tube & livewell system design and fabrication

“When Only the Best will do!” - Ben White, President CR: (506) 8919-7644 US: (954) 278-7412 lsbristolyacht-refinishing@yahoo.com • boatworksint@yahoo.com

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Quepos Tres Niñas Tours & Boat Rental “Tres Ninas”

Jackpot Sportfishing “Good Day”

(CR) 506-8305-0041 (US) 561-427-1306

(CR) 506-8458-4997

info@jackpotsportfishing.com

info@tresninasboatrental.com

www.jackpotsportfishing.com

Carib Sea Sportfishing

iFish Quepos “Frenzy”

www.tresninastours.com

(CR) 506-8895-3975 (US) 352-227-1882

booking@caribseasportfishing.com

(CR) 506-2774-9006/9010

info@ifishquepos.com

www.caribseasportfishing.com

www.ifishquepos.com

Idra Fishing “Idra 2”

Boomerang Luxury SportFishing & Charters

(CR) 506-2777-1774 (Cell) 506-8881-9494

(CR) 506-8730-5654

booking@idrafishing.com

kenincostarica@yahoo.com

www.idrafishing.com

Wyrica Adventures “Amys Dream” (US) 888-499-7422

www.wyrica.com

“Boomerang”

www.fishboomerangcr.weebly.com

Tranquilo Charters “Tranquilo” (CR) 506-6208-7620 (US) 910-338-3474

info@tranquilocharters.com

www.tranquilocharters.com

Big Eye Charters “Big Eye & Big Eye II”

Costa Mar Fishing “Fishing Machine”

(CR) 506-8379-1702 (US) 251-752-0235

(CR) 506-8396-5092

funfishingcostarica@yahoo.com

www.fishingcostarica.net

fishraulquepos@hotmail.com

www.costamarfishing.com

G-Fly Sport Fishing “Chloe Frijole”

Maverick Tours “Pacific Fly”

(CR) 506-6426-3964

(US) 866-888-6426

(US) 419-349-8069

captainkozak@gmail.com

info@mavericksportfish.com

www.maverickcostarica.com

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

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e have some fantastic Marlin fishing opportunities out of Quepos over the coming months. Blue marlin are the most common at this time of year and most fish are in the 150-300lb range with there always being the opportunity for a big marlin, with 500lb plus fish not uncommon. You can target marlin during a day trip out of Quepos or on a multi-day trip to our FADs/Seamounts around 100 miles offshore, widely known as the best blue marlin fishery on the planet. May produced a good sailfish bite with some boats experiencing double digit release days. Anglers should stand a good chance of some sailfish action through June and July where we typically see sailfish on most offshore trips. Good sized yellowfin tuna can be caught using live baits or various forms of jigs and dorado have been present every month this year. With cooler water temperatures in the coming months this should continue. It is a great time to target wahoo over our offshore reefs and an early morning departure can prove successful for wahoo . . . the early bird catches the worm! Inshore, there are some big roosterfish to be caught at this time of year. We have released roosterfish estimated at 80lbs & 100lbs aboard my boat Good Day this year, and in June 2017 we released a rooster estimated at 90lbs. To put that into perspective, the 58-year-old world record is 114lb so anglers do stand a real chance of catching a fish to challenge that when inshore fishing out of Quepos. Our afternoon rains are pushing more freshwater out of the rivermouths, creating some very fishy looking color changes where the fresh and saltwaters meet.

We find some nice fishing along the color changes with snook, snapper, jacks, mackerel, tripletail and more caught here just outside of our rivermouths. The 59lb 12oz world record snook was caught out of Quepos and every year during these months the Parrita, Savegre, Baru and Naranjo rivermouths produce some really big snook. Check out the charter directory for details of some of the great boats and captains here at the Marina Pez Vela, Quepos. We have boats in the fleet to suit every taste and budget from pangas/center consoles for inshore snook and roosterfish trips, to large sportfishers for multi-day offshore FAD trips. I hope to see you on the water! 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. Benn says hello to you if you are down at the Marina Pez Vela. Look for the British guy! Contact Benn at info@jackpotsportfishing.com or visit www.jackpotsportfishing.com

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TOURNAMENT CALENDAR August 10-12, 2018 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. It will also create an increased awareness of Flamingo and the northern Pacific region of Costa Rica as a world class fishing destination. Charter Boats are Encouraged! For more contact info@preschallenge. com or visit www.preschallenge.com

November 9-12, 2018 24TH EL SALVADOR INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT 2018 Where: Bahia del Sol • Kilometro 78 Ave.Costa Del Sol, Costa Rica Cost: Entry Fee Complete: $2,500.00 Entry Fee Funfish only: $1,250.00 Contact Paco Saca Email: paco@farmaciabeethoven.com For info visit: www.facebook.com/ESIBT November 16 & 19, 2018 1ST INTERNATIONAL ROOSTERFISH TOURNAMENT For more details contact BenBlegen@USAPreatorTeam.org or todd@fecop.org November 17 & 18, 2018 DORADO DERBY Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Puntarenas Costa Rica Contact: tournaments@marinapezvela.com January - March 2019 LOS SUENOS SIGNATURE TRIPLE CROWN COSTA RICA The triple crown consists of three annual tournaments, in January, February and March each year, and is fished out of the world class Los Sueños Resort and Marina in Costa Rica. LEG I January 16 – January 19 LEG II February 27 – March 2 LEG III March 27- March 30 Email: info@lossuenos.com For info call: 506-2630-4000

January 12 & 13, 2019 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

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February 22 & 23, 2019 NEW PESCADORA BILLFISH CHAMPIONSHIP 2 Day Ladies Only Tournament Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Puntarenas Costa Rica Contact: tournaments@marinapezvela.com March 15 & 16, 2019 8TH ANNUAL QUEPOS BILLFISH CUP 2 Day Tournament Big and Small Boat Divisions Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Puntarenas Costa Rica Contact: tournaments@marinapezvela.com April 26 & 27, 2019 MARINA PEZ VELA OPEN 2 Day Tournament Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Puntarenas Costa Rica Contact: tournaments@marinapezvela.com May 3, 4 & 5, 2019 4TH ANNUAL GUATEMALA BILLFISH INVITATIONAL $3500 per person - 4 per boat (light tackle) $3995 per person - 3 per boat (fly fishing) For info visit: www.guatemalainvitational.org

TOURNAMENT RESULTS Offshore World Championship Top Teams 1st Torneio Marlin do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 3955.7 points 2nd Torneio De Peixes De Bico, Brazil, 3300 points 3rd Torneio De Peixe De Oceano, Brazil, 2700 points 4th Torneio de Canavieiras, Brazil, 2658.9 points 5th XXV Torneo De Pesca De Aturo Puerto Calero, Spain, 2649.6 points Top Anglers 1st Juan Cabrera Pena, XXV Torneo De Pesca De Aturo Puerto Calero (Spain), 2649.6 points 2nd Pina, XIV Billfish Challenge (Angola), 1700 points 3rd Miro Vrlja, Kup Grada Hvara (Croatia), 1700 points 4th Nilo Cottini Filho, Torneio De Peixes De Bico (Brazil), 1500 points 5th Matheus Assad, Torneio Marlin do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 1400 points 6th Sam Worden, 2011 Offshore World Championship (U.S.A.), 1362.6 points Top Boat / Captain 1st Epic, Michael Alligood (Los Suenos, Costa Rica), 3555.7 points 2nd Mako, Mike Springer (Los Suenos, Costa Rica), 3000 points 3rd Super Fly, Rudy Arguedas (Los Suenos, Costa Rica), 2789.8 points

2018 Marina Pez Vela Open Marina Pez Vela hosted the annual Marina Pez Vela Open with a record-setting field of 19 teams, which featured some intense competition between the top teams with the leaderboard changing every hour in a tight two day race. During the two-day event, there were a total of 89 Pacific sailfish and eight blue marlin released, while 18 yellowfin tuna and 10 dorado were weighed, each with a minimum qualifying weight of 15 pounds. The results came down to the last few minutes of the tournament. In the end, Miss Judy was the winner with 2,300 points, followed by the Fatherz and Sonz team fishing aboard Double Nickel with 2,200 points. Billfish was third with 2,100 points. The largest game fish weighed was Brazilian angler Flabio Oliva’s 61-pound dorado. The Marina Pez Vela Open is a qualifying event for the Offshore World Championship so in addition to the prize money, trophy and awards, the team from Miss Judy has qualified for the 2019 Offshore World Championship with their last minute heroics.

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reetings from the beautiful and uncrowded waters of Drake Bay, Cano Island and the Osa Peninsula. We are pleased to report that the Reel Escape finished in 13th place out of 51 boats in last month’s Offshore World Championships held in Quepos. We hosted two teams from Brazil and also teams from Trinidad and Australia. Much of the fishing for the months of June and July in our area is weather dependent. This time of year we can see flat sunny days with clear water, and the next day could see rain and some waves. In general the rain will typically move in around late afternoon and subside very early in the morning. The good news is that the water is cooling, which means more marine activity and lots of wahoo close to the bay. These fish are a blast to catch as they swim at very fast speeds and destroy your bait with a violent strike. It’s not uncommon to have four fish on at the same time where anglers will have to “dance” around each other to avoid getting tangled up. Wahoo, or Ono as they are called in Hawaii, are considered a delicacy, either grilled or as sashimi. The offshore bite remains good, not great like it was a month ago. Anglers are likely to catch tuna, mahi, sailfish and the occasional blue or black marlin. Inshore roosterfishing is always good in Drake Bay, as is snapper and grouper. As an added bonus this time of year, the humpback whales begin to move into Drake Bay and stay for about three months. This is a beautiful site and our fishing clients really enjoy this added benefit. It’s hard to beat a day on the water catching fish, seeing whales and having fresh fish for dinner. 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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ishing in the Golfito/Puerto Jimenez is one thing. Unpredictable. Fish that are usually seasonal have hung around the whole season and more. The tuna bite never stopped, prompting Greg at Zancudo Lodge to call it “The Year of the Tuna�. And the June run of yellowfin is just arriving! Boats out of Crocodile Bay are reporting marlin bites and have experienced a flurry of double digit sailfish days in May. Dorado have been here all year and, typically by now, they are usually scarce. The rainy season which brings showers mostly at night, bring in the big roosterfish. Oscar Villalobos filmed with Diego Torion from Pescando en Los Cayos TV and took a couple of nice roosters at Matapalo.

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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here to begin! So many good things are happening in the Costa Rica fly fishing community. CRAFF, the Costa Rica Association of Fly Fishers, is now an official entity and the first project is on the board. If you would like to get involved please contact at: craffacpm@gmail.com. So let’s get to the good stuff! The fly-fishing has been EPIC! Recently, Jesse For more info contact clubamateurpesca@racsa.co.cr or visit www.facebook.com/Club-Amateur-de-Pesca-284789318306410 Males, Micah Baly, and myself of 506 Outdoors had our Texas buddy, Aaron Gates down for 6-day coast-to-coast tour starting in Tortugero. We caught he Club Amateur de Pesca held the I edition of the Sabalo Tournament everything the on May 11, 12 and 13, 2018. 20 anglers participated and 51 Sabalos were Caribbean had to released. Each Tarpon released is equal to 100 points, and this year a bonus offer! machaca, of 25 points will be given to the fisherman who removes the hook. guapote azul, guapote tigre, Friday 3 / Saturday 29 / Sunday 21: Total 53 mojarra, snook, POSICIONES giant jack crevalle Franco Alvarenga 850 points and finished off the Melvin Rudelman 750 points 3rd morning with Ricardo González 750 points three tarpon! Orlando Soto 625 points We had two Orlando Sesin 575 points tarpon hooked up Rolando Montealegre 500 points in kayak and one Ricardo Seevers 500 points Saúl Bibas 450 points landed from the Allan Montero 375 points mother boat with Mario Gómez 375 points Roberto Brown! Michael Sobrado 250 points From there we made our way to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui with Wilmer Alberto Laurencich 125 points Porras of Sarapiqui Fishing for two days of hardcore machaca fishing, landing Mario Vives 125 points more than we could keep count of. We then set our CATEGORÍA FLY: Paul Frande 350 points sights on trout! Off to San Gerardo de Dota to add tico trout to the list! Aaron was able to hook up the high mountain beauties of Costa Rica and then we were off to the Pacific for rooster action! Jesse and Micah have continued to hook up tuna, dorado and roosters in Guanacaste with clients and friends. Looking ahead, the rainy season could be very promising for those willing to get out there at the right times!

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hooked up another big sailfish, which put on an aerial display on the way to a safe release. Other boats on the FishingNosara team accumulated eight marlin releases during the month of April, including a two-release day for anglers Craig Sutton and Marino Lora on April 22. We are just beginning to see multiple marlin release days and expect things to ramp up as we approach the summer months. Speaking of summer, this is a great time to pack up the kids and get them down to Costa Rica for some sportfishing. As much fun as it is to spend three months playing video games and screwing around on the Internet, let the words of North Carolina angler Dan Bowman change your mind. “Best fishing trip EVER,” he wrote, “and I got to enjoy it with Chloe and Sophie, my 4- and 5-year-old daughters! We fought through a slow morning with a huge cubera snapping off on the reef to landing three sailfish in the early afternoon (the first two being a double hookup which was super exciting) to be followed up with a monster dorado on the way home. My girls had the best time ever, as did I! Memories to last a lifetime. Thank you and your crew for being so accommodating! Can’t wait to come back and go out again!” It’s a great feeling to see youngsters get their first taste of blue water action; it means that our sport has a bright future.

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ith federal approval of Exempted Fishing Permits (EFPs) for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico, the five Gulf states will manage red snapper seasons in state and federal waters for the 2018-2019 seasons. The bag-limit in federal waters remains 2 fish per person per day, with a 16-inch minimum length. Every state except Texas has the same limit for its state waters. Federally permitted for-hire vessels have their own June 1-July 22 season. State permitted for-hire vessels will generally follow the state seasons, but they will only be allowed to harvest red snapper from state waters. Here’s a quick look at what each state has come up with to manage Gulf red snapper fisheries for 2018. FLORIDA The sunshine state has announced a 40-day recreational red snapper season in state and federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico to run June 11-July 20. This season is for private recreational vessels. For-hire operations without a federal reef fish permit must have a State Gulf Reef Fish Charter on their license, which can be obtained from a tax collectors office free of charge. All Gulf reef fish anglers are required to sign up for the Gulf Reef Fish Survey. Sign up at the Gulf Reef Fish Survey page at myfwc.com. ALABAMA The recreational season in Alabama for private recreational vessels is slated for 47 days in state and federal waters. Red snapper harvest will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 1-Sept. 2, plus July 2-5 and Sept. 3. Alabama’s season length could change based on when the 985,000-pound recreational quota is met. The catch will be closely tracked through the state’s mandatory Snapper Check App. LOUISIANA In Louisiana, the recreational red snapper season for private recreational vessels opened May 25 in state and federal waters. The season will remain open until the recreational quota of 743,000 pounds is met, according to estimates from the LA Creel program. The state might consider amending the season to weekends only if necessary. A free Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required for all offshore anglers. It is available through www.wlf.louisiana.gov/rolp. All anglers will be subject to LA Creel dockside surveys and associated online and phone surveys. These surveys are voluntary, but participation is strongly urged. MISSISSIPPI Recreational red snapper season opened May 25 in state and federal waters off Mississippi. The season is projected to run through Sept. 3, Labor Day, with a possible season closure from July 9-22. The reason for the potential closure is to remain within Mississippi’s 137,949-pound quota, which will be divided between the recreational and for-hire sectors. The recreational quota is 135,149 pounds. The state for-hire quota is 2,800 pounds. Recreational catches will be monitored through the mandatory Tails N’ Scales reporting program, accessible through the app, as well online at tailsnscales.org or through the call center at 1-844677-6277. TEXAS Texas recently projected an 82-day recreational red snapper season in federal waters starting June 1. Harvest of red snapper in state waters is expected to remain open year-round. Texas has its own 4 fish per day, 15-inch minimum bag limit for state waters. Once Texas’ allotted poundage is reached, the season will be closed. Download the iSnapper app to report red snapper landings. COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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