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June 24, 2010

Los Suenos Costa Rica , 3 Marlin in the 300lbs Range and Fat Grouper

Los Suenos Costa Rica, 3 Marlin in the 300lbs Range and Fat Grouper

Its seems hard to believe the time has gone by so quick since our last report

2nd week of June
Fly and Fish Costa Rica team decided to fish a special location we call "location x" onboard the Dream Catcher out of Los Suenos Marina in search of some tasty bottom fish. But first we went to the "26" were we soon found large schools of about 50 Jack Cravelle In the 10-16 lbs range cruising the surface and occasionally tailing. We had seen the large schools earlier in the year (February) inshore around Quepos. We cast vertical jigs into the school and hooked up on a nice 12 pounder who gave a really rewarding fight and was quickly released. Next we moved on to "Location X" that quickly gave up its bounty with a nice 25 -30 lbs grouper and several keeper snapper and one large Almaco Jack that got released. Shauntele also did something that we had never seen or done before she caught two snapper on each of the two assist hooks. check out the grouper at
It was getting late and needed to make one more stop, a shrimp trawler to exchange a six pack for some shrimp to complete the dinner plans. With grouper, snapper, and shrimp dinner on our minds and the sun setting it was time to head home.

3rd Week of June
Jon of and his friend flew in from Fort Lauderdale and Headed out on "Carolina Magic" with Capt. Gregg Penley (mates Garrett & Men). Left Los Suenos at around 7:00 and headed South along coast and offshore. The captain and mate put out a spread of 4 teasers up short and 3 rigged ballyhoo farther back. Around 11:00 we raised a Pacific sail around 90 pounds and caught him then raised a slightly smaller sail about an hour later.

As we trolled south we saw a floating tree we appropriately, called the "Tree of Life". Which we circled and quickly brought in a 6-7 pound Bonita. The mate hooked him up and let the line out. As he was twisting the line to put it on an outrigger, the pole almost popped out of his hand. Seconds later a 250 pound Marlin started to "gray hound" across the flat calm sea. We fought the Marlin around 15 minutes before he jumped several times again eventually landing on the line and breaking it.

We continued to circle the tree and shortly thereafter we landed a nice Mahi on a small Bonita and then caught a Wahoo on one of the lures we were using to catch Bonita. (That was a bonus.)
Still circling the tree we eventually hooked another Bonita up and raised a second marlin on it. After a nice fight, we got him to the boat and released him. Captain guessed 350+ pounds. After that we hooked one more marlin that I fought for 40 minutes or so before the hook popped out.