My Costa Rica Fishing Trip – A Fish Story

Sumbitted by a recent vacationer who went offshore fishing with us.

Recently I visited some friends at Grampa Ninja’s B&B (www.paraglidecostarica.com) in Costa Rica. They took me deep sea fishing on the Predator, out of Los Suenos marina, just north of Jaco Beach. I had never before been deep sea fishing. I had only been shad fishing on the Delaware River. What a great time. There was not a lot of fish action due to some rain the previous days. But a fun and memorable trip none the less. We hopped on board and left the dock in Los Suenos around 7 in the morning. On board was the Captain and First Mate. Also on board was plenty of bait and  also lunch, snacks, and beverages, including beer. (You can’t go on a fishing trip without two things on board – beer and bait.) We rode out about 10 or so miles and waited patiently for a bite. We felt a few hits but could not snag them and then finally it happened. The first fish was on the line and I was first in line to bring in the fish. Since we had waited so long for the hit, I was a little nervous that I was going to mess up and lose it. I quickly put the fighting belt on and settled in my position and began to reel. And reel, and reel, and reel and reel….

That's a big fish!
That's a big fish!

The first glimpse of the fish was amazing. As I began reeling, it tried to get away with a giant leap out of the water. Unsuccessful, it jumped again. Determined (and probably lucky) I triumphed and continued to reel it in. As I continued to reel, swearing that I could not carry on, the First Mate and Captain continued to work it for me. I brought it in closer to the boat, and then it swam away, I brought it again closer to the boat and it swam away. The entire catch lasted just over 9 minutes. Finally the fish made it to the boat within the First Mate’s reach. He instructed me to sit on the edge of the boat, for a photo op with the fish. He plopped the monster fish on my lap for all to take photos and video and then let the fish back into the water.

The fish jumping out of the water, trying to break free.
The fish jumping out of the water, trying to break free.

We were able to catch one more for the day and then head back to Los Suenos marina. All in all a memorable trip – my first but certainly not my last sport fishing frip in Costa Rica on the Predator.

Check out the video on YouTube.com/CostaRicaFishingTrip or on Facebook at Costa Rica Sport Fishing on the Predator.

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