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That’s Fishin’ – July 2016

Fishing on the Good Day

Fishing on the Good Day

By Sarah Munro

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This is the promised land of fishing. I remember my first few trips to Guanacaste, Costa Rica. I was always disappointed. Where was the green? Where was the epic bite that we heard of? Through a friend, I found the right spot and changed my plans to come here, 4 years ago. Of course my first trip included days on the water, and that’s all it took. Three months later, I had moved here. People always ask, why did you move here? The answer is always the same—for the fishing.

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That’s Fishin’ – May-June 2016

Catch your own monster

Catch your own monster

By Sarah Munro

It’s that time of year where the buzz and the bite are equally hot. For instance, the recently completed third leg of the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown brought in 832 more fish than last year. During the 9 days of competition, this tournament brought in 6570 fish, and released them all. Coming up before this article goes to print, is the Offshore World Championship, held here at Marina Pez Vela April 16-23. Tight lines to all competitors!

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That’s Fishin’ – March 2016

Winning Team, FISH TANK

Winning Team, FISH TANK

By Sarah Munro

The fishin’ is HOT out there, and so are the anglers.  Summer is here, and the first tournaments of the season have happened. Officially opening the tournament season, Leg I of the Signature Triple Crown in Los Sueños, was January 20-23. Local boat, Tranquilo took top spot with 8100 points, Agitator with 7600, and Fish Tank with 7300. Total catch over three days was 1946 Sailfish and 15 Marlin. Leg II of the Signature Triple Crown takes place this February 24-27, and expect the competition to start boiling over.

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That’s Fishin’ – February 2016

Sharks have sharp teeth

Sharks have sharp teeth

By Sara Munro

The ‘funnest’ thing in the world is taking rookies out fishing. It can also be the ‘not-so-funnest’ thing in the world. What’s even crazier, is that it can happen at the same time.  Seriously. All you have to do is take one Tico river fisherman and a granola girl—neither of whom have been offshore fishing before—fishing on one of the top boats in the country. Welcome to my world.

We got up early that day, 4am to be sure, and packed up the marine cooler in expectation of filling it with fresh fish, and made our way to Los Suenos. It was nothing but sheer excitement all the way there for me; not only was it my first real ‘tuna hunt’ but it was my friend’s very first time fishing. We got there with plenty of time to meet Captain Franklin and the rest of the gang on the Fire-Fly for our departure; it’s funny how fishing excitement can turn into drinking beer at 8 am in the morning. Again, welcome to my world.

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That’s Fishin’ – January 2016

Sky and ocean view from boatBy Sara Munro

I think I gave away all my fish mojo to my friends. Seriously. I’ve been out fishing twice in the past week and the only bites I got were baitfish! They didn’t even bite; they nibbled at my bait until it was gone. Do you know how frustrating that is?! All of us say that any day on the water is a good day and that’s true. However, when you’re a very competitive person, and fishing runs in your veins, when you go out and get skunked, more than once in a row, well, you go a little crazy.

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That’s Fishin’- December 2015

Team Tranquilo's triumphant return.

Team Tranquilo’s triumphant return.

By Sarah Munro

Imagine yourself receiving an email from a friend, and when you read it, it’s an invitation to fish the Bisbee’s tournaments in Cabo San Lucas Mexico with Team Tranquilo. You are immediately floored because this is the biggest paying tournament in the world and an invitation to fish with one of the best teams in the world. You throw caution to the wind, and say sure to the $80,000 entry fee. Months later, you head out from your home marina, Marina Pez Vela, for Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to the SUPERBOWL of fishing—The Bisbees Black and Blue Tourament™. You take shelter from a hurricane on the way there, and just as luck would have it an earthquake triggers a tsunami warning in the marina you took shelter in. Fortunately, things work out and you arrive in Cabo San Lucas. Your team decides that if you’ve come all this way, you may as well enter another tournament before the two Bisbees tournaments you came for.

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That’s Fishin’- November 2015

Sarah fishingBy Sarah Munro

Can you feel it?  It’s coming. Not winter. The Fish. Actually, thanks to El Niño, the waters have stayed unseasonably warm and the bite has been good year round. Not the world=record-breaking kind of bite that we have during dry season, but there are plenty of fish out there right now.

I went out with friends at Gran Gallo Sportfishing this past month on a bottom hunting trip for snapper, grouper, runners, and amberjack. Lucky for us, we had some awesome co-ordinates from our Captain, Merlin, and we struck fish gold most of the day. Well, Merlin, Jim and Gerrardo did. I can’t remember when I lost so many fish off the bottom. The guys can’t remember laughing so hard at my attitude when I lost fish. It was very, very, hard seeing lines bite and fish brought in all around me and, well, I was just feeding the fish. It’s funny how sometimes your luck can change when you talk to the Fish Gods. I got to the point where I knew that I had done something to upset them, so I poured my beer into the ocean to give them a drink as I made my apologies and prayers to them. The mate grabbed me some fresh hunks of meat for my hook and down down down went my line to the bottom of the ocean. (Not too deep, we were mostly at 2-300 feet.) I felt it hit the bottom, I flicked it up and found my tension and lo and behold!!! The Fish Gods had listened! Right away I knew that this was a big one and I was in for a fight. He ran, straight for some rocks and my friends were yelling ‘keep him up Sarah, he’s running for the rocks.  You don’t keep him up he’s gonna break that line’. Of course, there is a fine line here in fishing. If you put too much tension and reeling in at the same time, you will pull the hook right out of the fishes mouth or snap the line. Keep it loose and the fish runs or spits the hook. Lucky again for me this was a big fish. I put my all into it and pulled up and worked that reel hard on the way down. Sweat was pouring down my face, my knees braced on the back of the boat, back and hips working the fish to the surface. The Fish Gods had answered, but I needed to show my worth and bring this fish in. This fish was tough and smart, but on this day I was smarter. He fought hard, taking the line out more than once, but I managed to boat a 25lb Amberjack in under 10 minutes with no help from the boat—other than the good advice—which is indeed priceless now as I will always remember that fight, that conversation with the Fish Gods, that day of fishing.

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That’s Fishin’- Sept/Oct 2015

Octopus catch

Octopus catch

By Sarah Munro

It’s some kinda wonderful out there, and it’s waiting for you… You’ve managed to land yourself in one of the most epic fishing hot spots EVER. If you need any convincing, how about considering that The Offshore World Championships are held here at Marina Pez Vela yearly, and the catch for the past three years has broken world records each time. That’s just point one.

It’s quite unbelievable actually. Any time of year you can come and catch fish. While the sailfish bite has tapered off right now, they are still here, and the 100+ mile mark is teeming with marlin right now. Check out local Captain, Pete Rae, who just shattered 1000 catch and release marlin this year. Hat’s off to Pete. And it’s only August. Just think, those marlin are out there waiting for you. Point two.

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That’s Fishin’ August 2015

Sarah and roosterfishThis is my favorite time of year here. The rains have come back, essentially cooling things off a bit and making everything super green again. Plants are flowering and fruiting, and we should soon see an overabundance of baby animals. In the ocean, whales are returning on their migratory paths, and we shall soon see them playing right out front of Manuel Antonio.

Costa Rica is exceptional. Manuel Antonio has no rival. The diversity of flora and fauna here are unlike any other in the world. National Geographic rates our beach as one of the 10 most beautiful in the world.

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That’s Fishin’ – July 2015

Offshore World ChampionYou can feel the energy before you get there.  You can smell it. You can taste it. And when you arrive at Marina Pez Vela, you can experience it. ‘IT’ is The Offshore World Championship.

Wonder why there’s energy? Why you can taste the competition and the fish in the air? It’s because each of the qualifying 67 international teams had to WIN a qualifying tournament the previous year. Then, they had to get sponsors and get here–with all their gear.

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That’s Fishin’ – May/June 2015

Sailfish rising

Sailfish rising

By Sarah Munro

I’m insane kind of stoked you know. The Offshore World Championship happened HERE April 11-17. Of course, that was just after the deadline for my article, so you’re going to have to check back in July to find out what happened. The past month has been VERY exciting, and the next one looks to be even more so!

We are in the thick of Tournament Season, and the fish have been co-operating very nicely. When I say very nicely I mean WORLD RECORD CATCH! Leg III of the Los Sueños Triple Crown finished up March 28, with a fight to the very end. The average catch was 2 fish per minute, and the fight for 2nd and 3rd was amazing, it went down to the last 2 minutes of fishing.  The Signature Champion, Tarheel finished all three legs with 27,300 points and a big fat cheque for $100,000.00. Ok, so to put that 27,300 points into perspective, each sailfish is worth 100 points. That’s 273 fish for one boat in one tournament. That’s A LOT OF FISH, no matter which way you look at it. If you’re not familiar with tournament fishing, you might be thinking that we’re all a bunch of killers. Alas, not true. All billfish are identified by an observer on the boat, and then released again into the ocean. Sport-fishing is just that, a sport, and we respect our opponent.

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That’s Fishin’ – April 2015

Patti & her Rooster fish

Patti & her Rooster fish

By Sarah Munro

Welcome to the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area. Did you know that this is bar-none one of the richest fishing grounds in the WORLD? And you’re here during the HOTTEST, SEXIEST, MOST TALKED ABOUT TIME OF YEAR!!!

My gosh, I bet you’re thinking what is this girl saying? HOT and SEXY used to describe fishing in the same sentence? Yup I mean it, totally.  Let’s just get right into it.

First up, Sexy Patti Wilson of Fort Myers, Florida and her Whopper of a Roosterfish. She out fished the boys that day, brought that big ass fish in all by herself and managed to swill a beer while doing it. Now you tell me, what’s not HOT and SEXY about THAT??!!! What a fish girl! This fish was caught inshore, within 5km south of Marina Pez Vela, with Captain Roy of Aguas Azules Watersports. (See their ad in Quepolandia for contact information; tell them Sarah sent you).

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That’s Fishin’- March 2015

Team Tranquilo

Team Tranquilo

By Sarah Munro

Welcome to the Promised Land. Well, more correctly, the promised sea. The fishing here off of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is bar none, some of the best in the world. It attracts anglers of all types. Professionals, rookies, and bucket-list-crosser-off-ers. Consider me all of the above. Also consider me extremely lucky, for this past month, I’ve had some of the best fishing experiences of my life.

Firstly, if you’ve read my previous articles, you know about the boat Tranquilo. If you haven’t, Tranquilo is a 57’ Spencer Yacht, now registered for Sport Fishing Tours that has only previously been here as a competition tournament boat. So, lucky me being lucky me, I got to go out twice this month on Tranquilo, the first as a Photographer/Videographer during the first leg of the Los Suenos Triple Crown Tournament Series, and the second as a fun-day, breaking ‘billfish cherries’ per say.

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That’s Fishin’- February 2015

By Sarah Munro

True Fisherwoman

True Fisherwoman

I am definitely one of the luckiest women in the world. This article celebrates the last year of fishing here in Quepolandia. Off of the pier, the mangroves, Marina Pez Vela. You are in the Shangri-La of fishing. So……….when are you going?

Month after month is special here. As are the people. It’s what makes a great community, a great experience – a bucket list line crossed off. And remember, if you don’t see Costa Rica from the Sea, well, then you don’t really see it.

 

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That’s Fishin’ – December 2014

Mahi mahiBy Sarah Munro

Fishing here in the waters off of Quepos is amazing. Year round you can go out and catch something. I can honestly say I have never been on a boat here that went out and didn’t catch a fish. And if you’re here, right now, in December, reading this article, know that you’re here during one of the best fishing months in the year. I went out in November for a half day, and we boated 12 mahi-mahi in 4 hours. Even better for me, I had never caught a mahi mahi before.

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