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If you are dreaming about catching large Pacific sailfish, a trip to Costa Rica must be on the top of your Bucket List. The Pacific coast of Costa Rica has, unquestionably, some of the finest and most diverse fishing experiences you’re likely to find anywhere on the planet. If you’re in search of marlin, then you’re also in the right place. The waters off Los Sueños are at the top of the list for blue, black, and striped marlin—pick your flavor.
If you have spent any time involved in the sport of conventional saltwater fishing, you will have observed, I’m sure, that the best anglers on a charter boat will always bring their fish to gaff with as little fanfare as possible. These guys move fluidly, keeping constant pressure on the fish as it takes them around the boat, sometimes twice, all the time keeping one thing in mind, bringing that fish in quickly.
My son Charles and I are always looking for giant roosterfish— one of my favorite fish of all. It has a dorsal fin that kind of looks like the tail feathers of a rooster, thus giving it the name roosterfish. It is a member of the jack family and fights as hard as any jack does.
The anglers who headed out in mid-October aboard the 90-foot American Angler, out of Point Loma Sportfishing in San Diego, with Captain Ray Lopez at the helm, experienced multi-species Nirvana on an eight-day Penn Fishing University excursion. This October eight-day trip is known as the Fall Variety Special, and it more than lived up to its billing, with 27 different species of game fish caught.
For years, seven to be exact, I’ve been chasing redfish around the state. That includes both coasts and the panhandle. I’ve even ventured into Alabama and have made the run as far as the Pascagoula River in Mississippi. This was all part of fishing three different redfish tournament series with my long time tournament partner, Captain Jay Withers.
The guide wore the worst poker face ever. His cautioning instruction was almost laughable. His wry grin totally gave away his hand. For a fleeting moment, and as line hopelessly disappeared into the tannin-stained water, the angler’s day passed through his memory the way a near-death experience flashes one’s life before his eyes. He almost—almost—wished he hadn’t tangled with that pre-dawn 100-pound tail-walking tarpon. He nearly regretted the two tackle-testing tugs of war against snook topping 30 pounds. He came close to wishing he hadn’t been compelled to cast a topwater plug into a raging school of daisy-chaining 40-pound jack crevalles.
Drone footage shows sharks approaching surfers and paddle boarders near the Fort Pierce Inlet in Fort Pierce, Florida. At one point a big shark nearly attacks a smaller shark right next to a surfer.
This finesse tactic arose from the Midwest and took the tournament world by storm. It has held the spotlight for about four years now, and it doesn’t appear to be losing any steam. Although it’s not the most exciting tactic for the angler to fish, catching fish is exciting, and the Ned rig is an excellent bait for big numbers of spotted bass and smallmouths.