Costa Rica Kayak Fishing Report January 2016

Costa Rica kayak fishing has been red hot! Check out the report below from Pablo Hein with Sea Kayak Adventures in Santa Teresa.

2016 has started off with a lot of action at Sea Kayak Adventures. New Years is the busiest time of the year in Playa Santa Teresa, receiving families from all over the world. Kayak fishing started off very good with lots of clients and lots of fish. Large schools of sardines gathering close to the beach brought hungry fish right up to the shore. In December top water action was slow, but so far in January fishing has been producing good results.

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Big robalo (snook) caught off of Playa Santa Teresa.

January 12th was one of the most successful mornings fishing in the kayaks. This was our second day out with Jason from California and after some barracudas and mackerel the first day, we decided to try some top water action this day. Some jacks were following and hitting poppers constantly, but lost all of them in the first two hours of fishing. After landing around 5 medium sized jacks, Jason’s technique was improved producing better action and keeping tension in the line when the fish was swimming to us. We changed poppers to rangers for easier action and suddenly we see this giant red ball jumping out of the water as soon as the lure hit the water. There was no doubt what kind of fish this was! I saw it clear, a 30 pound cubera snapper one meter over the surface and Jason’s rod bending and reel running! This was an image I will not forget in a while! After 20 minutes of very intense fighting, Jason finally landed and released this beauty. Does fishing get any better than that??

January 13th was the last day out with Jason, our arms were pretty tired from so much fishing and we decided to relax this morning and do some live bait fishing. Low expectations brought us big rewards! The first 30 minutes of fishing produced corvina, big snook and big jacks on soft plastics lures. Then we caught a pretty big moonfish (lookdown) and used him for live bait, expecting to hook up roosterfish. For the last day out, we thought nothing was going to beat a 30 pound cubera snapper on top water, but a 50 pound snapper on live bait quickly changed our minds! Catching big snapper on two consecutive days on the kayaks is not an easy deal, but the only way to make it is fishing day by day!

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Jason with his monster 50 lbs Cubera snapper!

From Sea Kayak Adventures we wish everybody lots of good fishing this year and tons of fish released.

Check out some of our videos of monster snapper releases here in Santa Teresa:

Pura Vida,

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