Posted by Colin on Jan 20, 2010

 

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known the world over for its killer surfing and tremendous Sailfish fishery. Lying just north of the equator in Central America , it is a very tropical location. The terrian varies but is generally mountainous along the coast. Think of Costa Rica as a present day Jurassic Park. Costa Rica is home to a rich variety of plants and animals . While the country has only about 0.1% of the world's landmass, it contains 5% of the world's biodiversity. Around 25% of the country's land area is in protected national parks and protected areas, the largest percentage of protected areas in the world.

The coastal town of Jaco lies right on the Pacific Ocean. It is a highly visited location for both surfing and fishing... Local surf contest attract much media attention. But the fishing is outstanding. Sailfish, Roosterfish, and Dorado roam these deep waters just off the coast destroying anything they come in contact with. Sportfishermen flock to these waters for their fruitful stock and a chance at catching many quality fish per trip.

 

The Waterman's Journal would like to thank Ryan for allowing the Waterman's Journal to post up on their great adventure. Here is the journey in his own words...

 

 

Timing could not have been better, record low temps were busting pipes across Texas while my vacation was just getting started in sunny Jaco Costa Rica.

I was joined by my friends Brandon, Leon, and Matt along with Capt. Dana aboard the 'Hoo's Your Daddy' for a few days of fishing.  Plans called for your typical day of trolling with a little spice thrown in for the fight....



Leon is first to fight one from a kayak...

 



On day 3 we decided it would be cool to let our deckhand Javier take the next ride. It would be this fish that would make the trip so memorable...and almost sorrowful.


The fish bolted out of the water towards Javier who had just enough time to react and miss becoming a shish ka bob. He later told us he felt the bill graze his neck.

Mahi Mahi made more than a few appearances...


On day 4 we joined Capt Matt aboard the 'Dreamcatcher'

After several hours of nothing we were more than a little surprised when we saw our first and only double.  The stomach of one of the sails had expelled during the fight, since the fish was popped off boatside Leon jumped in the lend a hand.


He was able to quickly reposition its stomach...

Revive...

And successfully release this sailfish. We head inshore late afternoon to kill off some time and torture the bonita we've kept alive all day. It doesn't take long and I'm hooked up on a solid fish, after a good struggle I'm able to pull it to the surface.

A massive roosterfish.  I can't help but think a little karma came my way after passing off that sailfish to Javier days earlier.

We quickly get back to fishing and its then Matts turn...

...and he gets his "Pez de Gallo"

Our final day on the water allowed plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying the scenery...

...and the end to a perfect fishing trip.

 

Thanks to Ryan and crew   for contributing another great adventure to the Waterman's Journal. Check back in for more killer Offshore and Kayak Reports.