Heading in to Los Suenos fishing tournament time, we are starting to transition into prime billfish season offshore.
About 25 to 40 miles out there has been a steady marlin bite - most boats are getting one to three shots at marlin per day. Most of the marlins are blues and stripies in the 200-300lb range. The marlin bite should improve over the next few weeks. December is often a great month for marlin, we sometimes see up to 10 per day.
The sailfish bite has been slow and steady. Boats are seeing two to six sails per day using the same trolling spread we use for the marlin. The numbers should be improving over the next month as we move into prime sailfish season when you can expect to see 10-20 per day on average.
The offshore meat - tunas and dorado - have been getting caught in consistent numbers, giving anglers bonus fresh fish to take home for dinner. Most boats are catching a couple dorados (mahi-mahi) per day while trolling for billfish (sailfish and Marlin). Larger dorados (over 50lbs) have been caught, but the average size has been a respectable 20-40lbs.
Yellowfin tunas in the 30 – 60lbs. range have been around as well. I heard of a couple yellowfins over 100lbs caught in the past couple weeks.
Inshore, the fishing has been good - steady roosterfish bite on both sides of the gulf of Nicoya, and lots of snappers getting caught.
Until Next Week – Tight Lines!
Los Suenos Fishing with the 32’ 2005 Contender FA