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Late Summer 2020
Yes we're still here! Yes we're still fishing and the bite has been spectacular. Double digits of sailfish and yellowfin tuna are the common theme, it's been a few years since we've had this great of a sailfish bite this late in a year. The yellowfin tuna are still under the "spinner" dolphins which is an amazing sight in its own. The tuna are continuously getting bigger and bigger every year. The average catch being around 60 lb with several over a hundred pounds coming to the dock each day! Large Marlin are mixed in, as well, catching and releasing 3 to 4 a boat, per week. Mainly blues with the occasional black mixed in. The seamounts "FAD's" have been overwhelmed with large blacks and blues, as well as 100 + pound yellowfin tuna!! Mahi-mahi are starting to show up, "schoolies" mostly, but a few gaffers mixed in. Which is exciting and very encouraging for our upcoming big mahi run!!
January 2020 Fishing Report
Fishing gets better every month out here! We have been consistently seeing several schools of Yellowfin Tuna out there every trip. The schools are awesome because the Yellowfin run with dolphin (flipper) and birds, so it's just a huge area of life. The Yellowfin are usually hungry, maybe 5 days a week the tuna will eat, a few schools are feeding on squid at nights and won't bite, but usually we can get as many as we want. Sailfish season is also in full swing, with several bites per trip, and then there are a ton of Dorado around as well, even if it is later than we would have expected. And then we are getting maybe 2-3 Marlin per boat per week as well, mostly blue but there are some black ones mixed in. We get striped Marlin here as well, but haven't seen too many lately. I'd say average Marlin size has been around 250 pounds. Great fishing out here offshore in Quepos Costa Rica!
Quepos Fishing has been on fire lately. Lots of variety out there, big Black and Blue marlin, Sailfish, schools of Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado / Mahi Mahi. Every day we are seeing 2-3 different types of fish and usually a few of each type! Since they outlawed the Tuna Seiners a few years back, it seems like every month is a little better than the month before, Quepos Fishing in 2019 was the best year we have ever had here (started 2007), and if things stay on course, 2020 should be AMAZING!
I don't remember fishing ever being this busy and diverse here. There has been a school of Yellowfin Tuna just making laps out in front of Quepos for the last few years it seems, they probably bite 5 days a week, but they are there everyday. And they have been growing up! I remember a year back a 100 pounder were the very biggest, now we are seeing 100 pounders several times a week and the big ones are way over 200. And then with the Yellowfin Tuna making laps out there, the Sailfish, Marlin and Dorado circle the Tuna. Everyday out there has had fish, and usually quite a few! Great off fishing, some of the best offshore fishing I can remember, right now in Quepos Costa Rica!
There has been a big school of Yellowfin Tuna just making circles out in front of Quepos most of last month and pretty much all of June so far (I'm writing this on the 17th of June). Around the school there have been some nice billfish, and then we are sometimes catching dorado (and a wahoo, but just a few), but the big story is the Yellowfin. I would say we have seen them from the 40 to 150 pound range, maybe a hair bigger, and somedays it's as many as you want to catch. The schools of Yellowfin Tuna are also really neat things to see, as there will be hundreds if not thousands of spinner dolphin jumping up out of the water and spinning. And then when you look down you can see the huge school of Yellowfin run under the boat, it straight out of NatGeo! Great fishing offshore, I expect to see more and more dorado as we get later in the summer and then the peak dorado season usually hits somewhere between September and November. Great fishing offshore here in Quepos Costa Rica!
Seeing mostly Sailfish and Yellowfin Tuna out there lately. The schools of Yellowfin are pretty much always around, but they end up being hungry about half the trips. Even when they don't eat, it's still an amazing site though! Usually about an acre of dolphin jumping up out of the water and spinning around. Thousands and thousands of dolphin out in the dark blue water. And then when they come across bait, like flying fish or little offshore sardines, the schools will explode and you will get what we call the Tuna Boil, because the water has so many fish jumping up out of it that it looks like it's boiling. We are also seeing a dorado on 5 trips a week, sometimes a few, and getting maybe a Marlin each week out there, although they have been shy for the last month. That is about to change though, last May we saw ALOT of Marlin around. Great fishing out here in Quepos Costa Rica!