Sea Mount Fishing Forecast and Report September/October 2015

Sea Mount Fishing Forecast and Report

Motoring out on the “Tranquilo”, a custom 57′ Spencer sport fishing yacht, heading offshore to the sea mounts is an adrenaline rush in itself.  This is for one reason and one reason only, the anticipation of having a shot at ten to twenty blue marlin a day! The itinerary is to leave Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, Costa Rica at dark and head to the sea mounts over night, fish the next two days for about 12 hours from sunrise to sunset, and begin heading back at that evening to arrive at the marina in the early morning hours the next day. These trips can be two, three, or even four full days of fishing.

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In Costa Rica, it is standard practice to release all marlin and other billfish species. (Photo courtesy of Tranquilo Charters)

On a recent trip, after a night of navigating to the fishing grounds, we began the day at sunrise by pulling two dredges, two teasers, and four lures. The bite was hot in the morning! We had already released two of the first three marlin raised in the first hour of fishing! About halfway through the day, we came across some tuna, which we like to call “marlin candy”. So we switched up our strategy by hooking up the live bait and kept trolling. The live bait bite is much more exciting because you can usually see the fish prior to it attacking the bait. On day one, we released seven of eleven marlin we raised.

On the second day, we started off with the live bait and the bite was hot again! By 11:30 AM, we had already caught and released five of the six marlin we raised! Our release ratios are normally much better with the live bait opposed to lures. We were looking forward to a great second half of the day, but unfortunately the action died and we didn’t have any more bites for the rest of the day. Costa Rica is home to the best marlin fishing in the world and the months of September and October are normally red hot for marlin fishing at the sea mounts and should not be missed!

Tight Lines & Pura Vida,

Amanda Cofer

Tranquilo Charters