Panama - Boca Chica
Capt. Bob Baker
September 25, 2005
Boca Chica - Saltwater Fishing Report
Temporary "RITA' Shutdown in Panama/Costa Rica
Until the rains and low pressure move off, now is NOT the time to head to Panama, or Costa Rica for that matter.
Charters out of DAVID experienced very slim pickings outside Isla Parida and as far as Isla Ladrones. High seas kept all boats from venturing to Montuosa or Coiba. A few sierra mackeral were caught on trolled rapala's, but nothing else. Even the wahoo, which are present in great numbers, had lockjaw.
According to commercial fishermen, BLACK MARLIN and YELLOW FIN TUNA are still offshore off of PUNTA BURICA, but reaching them in this inclement weather is not wise. We're closer to that area, which we call the "High Spot", from here in Costa Rica, but one of the local boats tried to get a client out yesterday and couldn't make headway, and returned. Better to wait until it clears , and then phone Capt. Baker for a report.
Thinking on to summer, here are some 'things to bring' that will help your hookup rates. For the inshore bottom angler, remember to bring along an arsenal of heavy JIGS for deep-jigging over the reefs and volcanic structure. We've got bait, but due to a lack of tackle stores, we run slim on jigs and things sometimes. Better to be prepared. Look at Gamakatsu 'SPRO' jigs. They work great here.
FLY anglers-- CHAOS is the word. Find these lures on the net or in your area store, and bring a half dozen along. Pink/white and blue/white. You will bring more billfish to the transom using this lure as a teaser. We put one short, second wave, and one long, fourth wave, and the sails love them. The sound emitting from the 'turbo' in the head is the trick!Great gift for your captain when you leave with an impressive release record!
Big Game lures-- We use MOLDCRAFT almost exclusively in Panama and in Costa Rica, but if you can find a good price on PAKULA lures, specifically the LUMO SPROCKET, bring at least one, if not two , down with you. I'll buy them before you leave(so you don't have to carry them back home--lighter luggage).
This is one of the best BLUE MARLIN lures you can have in the water down here, right up there with a green/yellow/pink Moldcraft WIDE RANGE.
ALL Fishing! Circle hooks !! Mandatory in Costa Rica with live and/or dead bait. When you and your friends are ready to book, e-mail me with your questions , and I'll give you a list of manufacturers and sizes.
To remind you- I have LOWERED my package prices, as this gas thing has everybody spending their paychecks just to fill the tank and get around. So, I lowered my profit margin to try and keep prices at bay and make a fishing trip possible for more anglers. Call or write for prices and open dates. If you act as moderator/group 'boss', and get me 5 paying anglers, YOU only have to pay for your international airfare and the in-country air, which is around $160, if they don't add another fuel surcharge. The rest of your trip is on me. GOOD FISHING !!! Capt. Bob
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