Panama - Boca Chica
Capt. Bob Baker
September 1, 2005
Boca Chica - Saltwater Fishing Report
Golfito to Punta Burica and Panama OFFSHORE
September is BLACK MARLIN time here in the Southern
Zone of Costa Rica. Right now until the end of
November, huge schools of squid bring the tuna close
to shore and the marlin and tuna both feed on these
creatures. As we also have a much cooler surface temp. until summer arrives in December, there are many nice wahoo taken at this time ,some up
to 100 lbs., with the average at 50. Yellowfin tuna
to 400 lbs. are 10 miles off and holding ,with good
tuna catches daily.Mahi are present, but in small
numbers. A light rainsuit will take care of afternoon
showers, but the fish feed no matter what!
For anglers seeking their first marlin, or a bigger one than their last, now is the time to hunt them.
Golfito to Punta Burica and Panama INSHORE
Although WAHOO are found offshore, the structure close to the continental shelf offers the best angling for this species. Trolling large rapala's or
Braid Marauders close to the stern in the early morning or late in the day will produce.
Bottom fishing with live sardines, blue runners, and whole ,live bonitos will take our huge CUBERA, MULLET,
and RED SNAPPER, along with many types of GROUPER,
African POMPANO,and many other species. Low fishing
pressure leaves the fish less spooky. Cubera to 60 lbs. and much larger are possible.
Deep JIGGING is another very productive method for all these species, sometimes catching at least as many fish as live bait users.
Large surface poppers, like the Yo-Zuri 'surface cruiser' can provoke mind-boggling strikes from snappers, roosterfish, and large Pacific jack crevalle.
Now is also the time for big SNOOK and CORVINA in our river mouths and estuaries. Snook from 20 to 40 lbs. and larger are a definite possibility. Corvina are hittingright now and will continue to mid-October . After the spawn is over, they are still available all year round.
Trolling live bonitos or football size tuna had two very large black marlin behind our boat when Canadian CASEY VANDEPUTTE took a one day trip with us on completion of his cellular phone related business. The blacks only followed the baits and did not strike, but Casey assured me that just seeing the size of those fish, and his other successes, will have him back , with his wife, for a trip in January.
Casey had 14 WAHOO to 70 lbs., 1 mahi of 25 lbs., and two beautiful MULLET SNAPPER of 30 lbs. that made up a triple header strike along with a large wahoo. The world record was almost broken with those snappers!
I will try to post those pics. along with any other
current photos we take, in the photo section of this
site. Contact me at, [email protected] ,or
[email protected] ,with any questions you have, or to book your future trips. Check us out at http://www.costaricafishing.com ..GOOD FISHING !!!
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