Offshore Fishing Nicaragua

Black marlin and Pacific sailfish highlight this lightly-fished Central American destination

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Marina Puesta del Sol is situated on a protected bay on the northwest coast of Nicaragua, three hours by car from Managua. We fished this up and coming destination recently to sample the facilities and the fishing potential.
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Assembled on 600 acres of remote former farmlands, the resort is entirely self sufficient.Glenn Law
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The level of luxury and service at this resort belies its remote location. A full service marina, restaurant and luxury rooms are second to none.Glenn Law
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Fully equipped Ocean 40, a competent tournament-proven captain and crew and all the necessary tackle stand ready to head offshore.
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Our boat was well equipped and loaded, with Shimano 50s and 80s and a complete selection of lures, leaders and necessary rigging.Glenn Law
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Nicaragua boasts the same bottom as is found off Costa Rica to the south and Guatemala to the north: the continental shelf drops off into the deep Pacific, and in this case we would end up fishing a sub-canyon that cut through the shelf about 40 miles offshore.
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The first morning we had action almost as soon as we put out the lures, when a sailfish crashed the spread.Glenn Law
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Angler and crew bear down for a fast releaseGlenn Law
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Once near the boat the sailfish shows its stuff.Glenn Law
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Shortly after the sailfish release we leader the first black marlin of the tripGlenn Law
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Careful resuscitation sends them to fight another day. The crew was diligent about releasing our fish in good condition.Glenn Law
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Sunset over the PacificGlenn Law
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The local lifestyle and economy is very much built on artisanal fishing, as well as agriculture.Glenn Law
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Day Two, and we’re fast into the sailfish once again. They liked the green lures.Glenn Law
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And another black marlin followed a short time later.Glenn Law
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The sails put on a lively show once they neared the boat.Glenn Law
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As if a repeat of the day before the black marlin provided variety to the sailfish action. All the marlin were black marlin on this trip, though our host indicated 50-50 blues and blacks was the expected ratio.Glenn Law
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We did pretty well with two blacks and three sails a day. The area is so lightly fished the boats that go out are without the advantage of others in the area to help locate concentrations of fish. Another boat that fished a few miles away on our second day boated 7 sails, but no marlin. At tournament time the number of boats makes finding fish easier for everyone.Glenn Law
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Again careful handling assured good survival after a slug-out.Glenn Law
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Puesta del Sol has been up and running for about five years and every year hosts the Flor de Cana tournament.Glenn Law
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As we were leaving boats began arriving for the tournament the following week.Glenn Law
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Once farmland, the resort grounds have replanted with thousands of native trees, shrubs and flowers.Glenn Law
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Local ingredients, from excellent beef to fresh fish and vegetables and local cheese leave nothing to be desired at dinnertime.Glenn Law
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The road back to Managua offers a look at the local agricultural-based economy that dominates.Glenn Law
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Tradition is great, but the ice cream must be delivered as well.Glenn Law
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Looks like the furniture store offers delivery service.Glenn Law
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Just three of the more than dozen volcanoes visible at any one time from Chinandega.Glenn Law