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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.

So, while drinking a beer on the back of the boat as we made our run to the fishing grounds, I got an opportunity to chat up Heiner, our first time Tico fisherman. I about choked on my beer when he said that he thought that catching a tuna would feel about the same as catching a river fish—a.k.a. trout. I laughed, took another swig of my beer and told him I would ask him the same question after he brought in a tuna. He smiled, as only someone who doesn’t know can smile, and I waited.

Where sashimi comes from

Where sashimi comes from

It didn’t take long to find the tuna, the spinner dolphins hunt them, and the rule is on the water, you find the dolphins—you find the tuna. You also find sailfish and marlin, depending on how and what you’re using to fish. We were on the hunt for tuna and it didn’t take long for a line to hit. Just because I’m the freak show that I am, of course I was the first one to have a fish on the line. The excitement was extra because my friend who had never been fishing before was with me. The fish wasn’t that big and only took 5 minutes or so to bring in; a 25 pound tuna. The fish gets gaffed and brought into the boat. The mates do what is supposed to come next—kill it.

Now, this was all pretty normal for us but for my friend the granola girl, who had never witnessed this activity, it was all pretty overwhelming. Off to the head (front bathroom) she ran. It took about 20 minutes for her to compose herself, all while our Tico fisherman was bringing in his very own tuna—if I remember correctly, it was the catch of the day. So at the very same time, we’re experiencing one person who is upset by fishing, and one who is loving every moment of it. Tarantino couldn’t have directed it better.  Seriously graphic.

So, how do you react? My advice? Pour your friend a vodka, tell them to sit in the a/c and read their book and when sashimi is served, don’t tell them where it came from. Then you can continue to fish your epic day of fishing, bring in 9 of 10 tuna, and just as luck would have it a black tip shark.

Happy Heiner

Happy Heiner

Ahhhh, but what of the question of Tico fisherman and his belief that bringing in a tuna should be much like bringing in a river fish? This is exactly what you think. Here is what he said: “There is NO COMPARISON. I was so wrong. My arms are sore already. When are we going again?” So, it’s up to you. Are you the granola girl who wants to sit in the cabin and read a book or are you Heiner, the Tico fisherman who has sore arms and is already talking about the next time before the first time is over?

When you decide, let me know. I’ll hook you up with my very best recommendations for your personalized day on the water. Call Sarah direct 8729-4000 or email sarahjmunro@gmail.com.

Looking for a place to cook your catch and share your fish story? Find Sarah at The Hawg ‘n’ Bill Bar and Restaurant, located beachfront in Manuel Antonio. It’s also the best place to cook your catch.

Tight Lines friends and see you next month.  Check out Captain Franklin and the rest of the team at: www.mavericksportfish.com.

P.S.—the bite is SMOKIN right now.

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