June was all about the Inshore fishing for us here in Quepos and on the final day of the month we caught the biggest Roosterfish we have caught during 2016 & 2017. A fish that we estimated at 60 inches in length and a weight of 80-90lb. We always estimate Fish conservatively and never want to say that they are bigger than they are but if this fish was actually weighed, we would not be surprised if it tipped the scales to 100lb, it was a monster. The World Record set in Mexico in 1960 was 114lb.
There are some big Roosters out there right now and a slow trolled ‘Lookdown’ livebait is the best way to catch the big guys. We had several other Roosters around the 40-50lb mark and the guys at JP Sport Fishing also released a huge fish during June which looked in excess of 80lb. On the 20th July aboard GOOD DAY we will be working with Gray FishTag Research to attempt to put a satellite tag into a Roosterfish to help us better understand their movements here in Costa Rica. Exciting stuff!
There was not many Sailfish about in June, there were good numbers of Blue Marlin showing but they were a long run from us in Quepos and easier for the boats at Los Suenos (70km’s north from us) to access. So we focussed our trips on Inshore Fishing for Roosterfish and other species and when we did head Offshore we primarily fished around the Offshore reefs where there is always an abundance of bait which attracts the larger predators. Fishing close to these Offshore reefs means that we have various options and can keep the Fishing varied for our groups. We can start the day off Trolling, then spend some time Live Baiting over the Reef and then do some bottom Fishing/Jigging to finish up the day. This has proved to be the most successful approach for us when the Billfish bite is slow.
A summary of our June Trips as follows:
2 June – Very slow Offshore chasing Billfish & caught nothing
3 June – 2 nice Dorado 54lb & 20lb and 2 Yellow Fin Tuna
4 June – slow day Inshore, just 1 Mackerel landed
5 June – 1 Dorado, 0 for 2 on Sailfish
6 June – 1 Roosterfish, 1 Needlefish
11 June – Lost a Blue Marlin & then a nice Wahoo at the gaff, caught 2 Yellow Fin Tuna & 2 Silky Snappers plus other bottom dwellers Tilefish, Devil fish etc
15 June – 4 Roosterfish 50lb, 30lb, 18lb, 10lb & various other species (Snappers, Grunts, Triggerfish, Grouper, Barracuda, Scorpionfish)
16 June – 1 Tuna, 7 Grouper, 7 Snapper, 11 Rainbow runners, 4 Jacks, 2 Tilefish (our group Fished aboard Caribsea today)
18 June – 1 Roosterfish 15lb
19 June – (Drake Bay, species fishing) - 12 species today including an 18lb Roosterfish, Jack, Snappers, Groupers, Grunts, Triggerfish & other bottom dwellers
20 June – (Drake Bay, species fishing) – 15 species today including a Roosterfish, 2 Yellowfin Tuna, Silky & Yellowtail Snappers, Groupers, Triggerfish, Pufferfish, Needlefish, Grunts, Margaritas & more
21 June – (Drake Bay, species fishing) – 9 species today, Lost a Sailfish, caught Groupers, tons of Margaritas, Triggers, splittail Bass, rainbow wrasse, grunts, devilfish, gobys
22 June – 25lb Roosterfish, 1 Jack
24 June – The guys wanted Roosters & Snook – they got both! 2 Roosterfish, 1 Snook, 1 Bull Shark, 2 Jacks, 1 Needlefish
25 June – 1 Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Needlefish, Grunts, Margaritas. Lost 2 Roosterfish!
29 June – 20lb Roosterfish, 3 big Mackerel
30 June – 2 BIG Roosterfish 80-90lb & 45lb, 1 nice Mackerel
The Marlin FAD Fishing 100 or so miles Offshore really kicked into gear during June and our friends aboard Caribsea & Tranquilo have released some great numbers of Blue Marlin during their recent multi-day FAD trips.
July has already got off to a great start with the arrival of the Humpback Whales Offshore and we have caught Sailfish, Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Amberjack, Snapper, Grouper, Pompano + other species in the past week.
If you would like a Fishing Adventure of your own, we would love to hear from you!