They guys have fished together back in the UK for many years and now travel further afield to foreign lands in search of the weird & wonderful species that warmer climates have to offer. This years expedition to Costa Rica includes 5 days Fishing aswell as some guided Wildlife trips to National Parks & Nature reserves.
After their first 2 days fishing out of the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos aboard boats GOOD DAY & CARIBSEA they had landed a total of 16 different species. With 3 days remaining, the competition was on to see who would be crowned the 2017 Costa Rican Species champion and take the all important 5 quid from the other two guys!
Day 3 – Osa Peninsula
We departed the Marina Pez Vela bright & early and set off for the 60+ mile journey down the coastline to Drake Bay, Osa Peninsula. We spent time fishing some of our favourite inshore marks in the Dominical area and the guys enjoyed the wonderful scenary as we cruised down through the Ballena National Park at Uvita then down past Ojochal, Sierpe & onwards to Drake Bay and to our accommodation for 3 days, Poor Mans Paradise, a fantastic little Jungle Lodge just south of Drake Bay. A nice Roosterfish on Popper was certainly one of the highlights of the day whilst Jon tried to get to grips with what looked like a nice sized Cubera Snapper which had him in the reef twice before finally coming off. Roosterfish, Jacks, Lane Snappers, Silky Snappers, Groupers, Grunts, Trigger Fish, Spanish Mackerel, Lookdowns & Sardines made up the catch of the day and it was great to finally reach the lodge where we were provided with a sumptuous dinner and fantastic Costa Rican hospitality.
Day 4 – Osa Peninsula
Sometime in life there just is not enough time to pack in all the things that you want to do! The guys really wanted to visit the Corcovado National Park whilst they were down in the Osa Peninsula but decided to hit the water and go fishing again instead of visiting the park. We focussed todays efforts around the Inshore marks of Osa & then headed out to Cano Island where we made some drifts jigging & bottom fishing a couple of miles off the island. Yellow Fin Tuna on Jigs, good sized Silky Snappers, Yellow Tail Snappers, Groupers, Grunts, 2 species of Trigger Fish, Puffer Fish, Porcupine Fish, Margarita Fish, Panamanian Sergeant fish, Blue Runners & Needlefish made up todays catches. Keith was the top rod today with 7 species and was now firmly in the lead with just one days fishing remaining. We had a fantastic seafood dinner at the lodge including Tuna Sashimi, Snapper & Triggerfish Ceviche and a selection of fried & steamed Snapper & Grunts for main course. Nothing more rewarding than enjoying a great meal with good company with the fish that you have caught that day.
Day 5 – Osa Peninsula
We waved goodbye to our wonderful hosts at Poorman’s Paradise and boarded GOOD DAY to head offshore to fish whilst making our way back to Quepos before sunset. Our first stop was at Furuno Bank where we quickly caught some Live Bonitos and set out some livebaits to see if we could encounter a Black Marlin. A Sailfish took one of our Livebaits and threw himself into the air as Keith hooked into his first ever Billfish. Unfortunately it was shortlived and the Sail threw the hook just seconds into the fight. After another unsuccessful stint with the Live Bonitos we decided to try some more bottom fishing and had some good success with Margarita fish, Grouper, Rainbow Wrasse, Devil fish and other bottom dwellers. Winding up leads in 400 feet of water can get a bit tiring so we decided to head Inshore and see what we could catch closer to Quepos on our way home. On our first drift a Roosterfish chased down a live 1lb Bonito that we had out and twice was hooked before he managed to get off. There were some nibbles and life to be seen on the sounder but with the jet black rain clouds looming close by we decided to call it quits and head for a nice cold beer at the Double Hook Bar at the Marina.
This brought an end to 5 fantastic days on the water with Jon, Mick & Keith, 3 in the OSA Peninsula and 2 days in Quepos. A great bunch of guys, passionate about the ocean, the Fish and the Wildlife, a real joy to have them fish with us here in Costa Rica. A total of 39 species were landed during the 5 days including 6 Roosterfish up to 50lb and many weird and wonderful species that we had not seen too much of previously. Keith was the champion with 23 species whilst Jon & Mick each ended on a respectable 21 species apiece.
So whether you want to chase trophy Marlin, Tuna, Roosterfish or Snook or if testing your skills and techniques at catching the most species possible is your thing, we would love to hear from you to help you plan your own Fishing adventure in Costa Rica!