All Marlin, All Tuna, ALL THE TIME !!
Capt. Bob Baker
December 7, 2009
Boca Chica - Saltwater Fishing Report
Here we are in December, getting ready for summer here in our Panama and Costa Rica fishing grounds.
All signs point to another fantastic season in both venues, with more tuna expected on the Panama side while Costa Rica, outside our home port of Golfito/Zancudo Beach will dominate in numbers of sailfish releases.
November was a fantastic month in Panama, with a lot of black marlin taken, and many, many yellow fin tuna caught. Surface poppers and butterfly jigs remain the best for tuna, while nothing beats a couple of slow-trolled live bonitos, rigged with a circle hook bridle rig and a patient angler in the Hot Seat.
Here in Costa Rica, due to the far greater concentrations of Pacific sailfish here, we don't troll for our marlin with these bonito rigs, but rather drag plastics at about 1800 to 2100 rpm's, using live sardina's, caught fresh every morning, and when a billfish comes up we " bait n' switch" them into a strike on the sardine.
Wahoo outside Isla Parida, on the west side of Isla Ladrones, and all around the structures that make Islas Secas such a great spot.
Dorado continue strong to round out the offshore targets.
Inshore, roosters, snappers, grouper, and corvina continue to produce good catches, along with a lenthy list of other species.
Off Punta Burica the other day, we had a great time on small tunas on feathers, then went in around the reefs and found a very nice, and hungry, school of African pompano. Used up all our sardinas on them, but what a BLAST!, and what a treat at the table.
Boca Chica Fishing Forecast:
Look for good numbers of billfish and tuna offshore, maybe a slight decline in wahoo numbers during late December.
Ishore will remain , as always, fantastic.
Don't forget your FLY RODS !!!
Good Fishing! WHEREVER You Are In The World !! Capn Bob
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