Golfito, Costa Rica – It really is not a secret, so don’t act like we are giving away your spot. While we don’t plan on giving out latitude and longitude numbers, this tremendous blue marlin heaven is getting quite the reputation and for good reason. Whether you are fishing the FAD’s or underwater structure, if you have a line in the water, you are bound to get bit. What they are lacking in size, these Blue Marlin make up in numbers where seeing 10+ Blue Marlin in a day is the norm. We will call it the Dominican Republic of the Pacific, or maybe it is the other way around?
We get a lot of “not for public consumption” reports, so you may not see as many reports as there are fish. Most recently though, we received a number of reports, which has prompted yet another reminder of how good the fishing can be. We were fortunate to get a little more detail out of the boys on Patron who recently returned from a 3 1/2 Day Trip which yield an eye-popping 48 Blue Marlin and 5 Sailfish. They hooked into 67 Blue Marlin and raised 82. I have said it before and I will say it again, these are Blue Marlin folks, not bonita.
Capt. Darrell Weigelt was doing the driving with Allen Smith, Leandro Matarrita and Johnny “Pulpo” Marin working the deck and doing some reeling as well. Owner Tom Shumate did most of the winding, but when you get a number of triples and doubles, you need an extra hand. They were picking most of the fish off on lures with Black Bart’s and Moldcraft’s doing the trick. They fish mostly 50# and 30# tackle which proved to be plenty of tackle on these 175-225 lbs. fish releasing most of them in 10-15 minutes. The morning bite was the best, having gone 7-10 on Blue Marlin before 9:30 AM.
The Patron was not alone however as we got a number of other reports including a 36 Blue Marlin & 2 Sailfish effort out of Capt. Brent Moyer on the Chaser. They fished 3 1/2 Days as well to rack up that many fish. De Mako was out there trolling as well, going 16-32 on Blue Marlin and 3-4 on Sailfish on a 2 1/2 Day Trip. Consistent double digit raises on Blue Marlin? Not even the Cape Verdes can boast those type of number.
If you interested in getting in on some of this red-hot Blue Malrin action, there are a number of boats out of Golfito, Quepos and Los Suenos that can take you out there, just leave you personal GPS at home!