Their fishing adventures began when we fished the rocks and islands in the Naranjo & Manuel Antonio area and our guests were treated to some stunning views of the Costa Rican coastline.
The first fishy action of the day was when one of our Blue Runner live baits was picked up by a fish that peeled 30 yards of line off the reel during the bite only to cut the 80lb leader with its teeth. Culprit likely a decent Mackeral or Barracuda.
We then had a second explosive bite which turned into a 5 minute fight which gave all the signs of a nice Roosterfish before the line popped on a rock close to the boat.
Fish 2 - Us 0!
As we entered into the final half hour of fishing trip, it was looking extremely likely that we would end the day without the fish and no sooner had we started to accept that possibility, the line from Jims reel started screening out as the circle hook was set into what was obviously a mighty fish.
Captain Manuel Gabuardi did an excellent job to get the boat off the rocks and out into deeper water. Jim spent the next 20 minutes in a tug of war which saw the fish go on blistering runs that emptied the reel of line over and over again. Many times throughout the fight you had the feeling that the pressure was too much & the hook was going to pull but Jim was clearly an experienced Angler & no stranger to big fish and did an excellent job of working the fish towards the boat & into the waiting landing net of our first mate Michael Ponce.
A 20 minute battle with every emotion possible thrown in and the biggest Roosterfish that our crew had seen for several years lay before our eyes. The fish measured approx 55 inches from nose to tail and we estimated it at 70lbs which aligns with length v's weight conversion tables which put a fish of this length at 72lb. After a very quick photo the fish was released as a different mood swept the boat as to what had just happened. A real fish of a lifetime & we are so pleased that Jim got to catch this aboard the 'Good Day'!
We still have some dates available during April & May and please contact us if you would like to arrange a fishing charter with us.