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Hey guys boy did I time this right, I am looking at the weather and hope everyone is SAFE, stocked up and ready to weather what looks like a crazy storm. Be safe don't over shovel! Many MI's (Heart Attacks) during this kinda of crap.

I jumped on an invite to Costa Rica (Howard/Good as Gold) has a really nice condo in Los Suenos there - that he rents out and has availability (hint hint) and I thought it was a great opportunity to test my new line of Holographic Minnow Jigs, put the new HPA Popperstore and other tackle bags through their paces, get some photos and get to check out C/R and Los Suenos. First of all its a fantastic place, its like fishing disney land.

The new road from San Jose to just outside of Jaco is finally open and it’s a very nice modern hwy with their own ez pass system.

The boats in the marina are probably one of the best sportfishing fleets in the world. Lets put it this way if you have a '50 you get lost in the crowd here, so many mega ships, '71 Vikings, '68's, etc its just mind blowing. One boat is nicer than the next and they are all nice.

Cape May is well represented down here!

As I started to research C/R, which was mainly posting and reading on various boards, the general opinion was "there is no jigging or popping to be had in C/R" I wondered, how could this be, its 150 nm from Panama and we know the Jigging and Popping is insane there, so why not? Still everyone insisted it was sailfishing and the marlin.

Today, Friday we where invited by Matt at Jersey Cape to join him and his buddy for some jigging. We left very late (10:30AM) we had no numbers, we had no lunch - had planned to head out for a few hours and check out two rocks about 10 miles from the marina. As we headed out there was a stiff breeze so we decided to head directly across the bay from Suenos and low and behold - rocks ! Structure, dramatic depth changes. Was I in Costa or Panama - you would not know other than the rocks looked "more mature" with more trees and greenery.

So we started the routine, run and gun throwing the Poppers and Salas Swimbaits at a 1/4 mile of weed line we found coming out of a river mouth, hoping for a dinner Mahi. Not a one, put we picked off a few Jacks.

We moved to the leedward side of a small island and continued to pick at the jacks and had a Cuba on for a few seconds. Then we came across a cove that was loaded with bait. We decided to break out the Sabiki's and after a lot of effort managed three blue runners.

We darted back out to the line of rocks and started slow trolling two of the live runners while Tom worked the White/Blue Salas.

I was using my J/M Custom (300g from JPR/Blank Kil Song) jigging rod to troll the bait, which was connected to #180 Flour and a 16/0 Circle hook. Since we had only three baits, when mine took off I let him eat it good, then slowly moved the lever to strike and reeled like crazy. Then I connected, this thing was soooooo strong, he took line effortlessly at #20 drag on the J/M PE 4.


I saw him come up behind the boat and it was pretty late in the day and I thought I had a very large Cubera but it didn't fight like one - ran straight away and didn't try to go deep at first. Bob threw the boat in reverse and at about that moment Tom hooked into a monster Horse Eye'd Jack. It was chaos. The Rooster surfaced but it had its doral tucked down so at first I thought I had a very large Jack like Tom's.


It was a crazy fight the fish went under the boat, around the boat, around the outboards - but Matt did a great great job. The Rooster went left the Jack went right, its was nuts.

As Tom screamed leader - get up here, his Jack took off again - as I yelled for Howard to forgot the Jack and grab the Rooster - he took off - just peeling off line like crazy.


This circus act was repeated a few time and Matt was in his glory - mayhem!!!

The good news, Rooster's don't have teeth - Matt yelled at Howard to grab him in the mouth, which he did but he couldn't lift him over the rail, I put down the rod and together we heaved the kicking beast into the boat! Touchdown.

















Both Matt and Howard are pretty big guys - we never got a tape on him but I'd say an easy 70+ lbs













This Rooster was a very strong fighter and we kind of rushed the pictures to get him back in the water safely.



Thank you Howard / "Good as Gold" for the fantastic week at Los Suenos &
Matty @ Jersey Cape for the great day on the water, love the new boat!


Used today:

1) Blue White Salas
2) Triple Surgeon's knot for the loop to loop connection.
* you can tie this not in ten seconds flat its so simple and strong, then loop on the wind one ONCE, done less than a minute and you are casting. Far superior to PR knot IMO.

Equipment used today:

JM 4 reel with Varivas Tuna Max PE5 line (Spooling by Basil)
J/M 300g 6' custom by Paul at JPR - blank Kil Song
Streamline Casting Leader
CMT #7 Ball Bearing Swivel
#180 Yo-Zuri Flou.
#16/0 Circle Hook
 

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Dashing Dan the new jig man

Hello Dan: Great report and pictures. I just looked outside the house a few minutes ago (It is still dark)and WOW the snow and wind and you could not have picked a better weekend to be where you are at. Very nasty where I live in South Jersey this am. Enjoy and that is one big Roosterfish
 

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Nice job Dan,no wonder you didn't answer your phone. I am going to Los Suenos on the 20th. Wish I was there now as there is about 10" of snow on the ground with blizzard condtions here in south jersey.
Enjoy the rest of your stay :thumbsup:
 

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Dan,

Thats a beautiful Pez Gallo:p......Awesome report keep them coming.

Did you try to pop any sails/Marlin?
We did try to bait and switch the sails the first day Thursday. But really the crews down here are die heart trollers. We where catching nice Bonita all morning we asked them three times to save the Bonita for cut bait for a Cubera - nope didn't happen.

That's why I really like what we did yesterday, we mated, we drove the boat, we did everything down to washing her down. I am working on the network down here, by next week I'll have enough contacts to do a jigging popping trip here. The fish are here, they had us feed Roosters in the marina with cut scraps and old ballys. The Jacks and Roosters just swimming in the marina - is nuts.

You just need to find a boat like Matt's and go out and explore - like I said we had no numbers and really very little clue where to go. Its ashame they have a killer inshore fishery here.
 

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Nice job Dan,no wonder you didn't answer your phone. I am going to Los Suenos on the 20th. Wish I was there now as there is about 10" of snow on the ground with blizzard condtions here in south jersey.
Enjoy the rest of your stay :thumbsup:
John - you'll really like it here, top notch everything, We'll talk my friends have been coming down here for 4 years so they are taking us to all their favorite eateries and bars. Food is excellent and inexpensive if you go "off campus" its a 10 minute / $10 cab ride into town.

I've been speaking with the tackle shop owner here and maybe you can bring down some odds and ends for me. They are VERY impressed with our gear. The tackle shop here just changed hands and the new owner is a young guy, true fisherman, loved the Acid Jigging Rod, was dropping over my Smith, Popperstore, Jigs.
 

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Good-sized rooster, Dan. Basking in the tropics beats shovelling this blizzard stuff. Can't wait to toss my blue and white Salas and that OTI Wombat in mahi looks awesome. Continue with your informative reports from your sunny locale.
 

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Hey Dan

U picked the rite time to go! Ill be there on the 27th-bringing the family this time. My buddy owns a place in LS and I love it there. Stay out of the Casino there-no Casino Control Com its like the wild west...I cant wait to do some Rooster fishing and your pics got me stoked for sure.

Enjoy!!!
 

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Hey Gary you guys will have a blast fishing has been improving they are saying as its been windy last week.

Yes you have to get out popping or target the Roosters on blue runners - it was a fantastic fish - very strong very exciting fight - touch and go baby it was mayhem.

I'll post the names of some of the places we hit for dinners - excellent and inexpensive if you go off campus. We had a meal last night at Lemon Zest - in Jaco, amazing. Four guys, drinks, apps, 4 dinners, desert - bill was $48 pp and it was le bec fin quality. Go there, get the duck, the tuna and the panco breaded lobster tail - we are going back on Sunday night or Monday it was that good.
 

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Dan-I've only fished live Sardines for Roosters there, I def will try an alternate as well this time. Were u fishing near the river outfall over the Beach?

Gary - we just headed out and across the Bay - its like 15 miles wide, so we just cut across it and started throwing but yes we'll talk I can't post spots but yes it was close to there. Who do you plan to fish with ?

I am sure sardines would be good, we saw them busting and threw sabikiis but didn't get any but these blue runners were big ones, so maybe that helped. No weight, just very slow trolling, keep the rod in hand, around the rocks and semi submerged rocks.

I would even consider bringing down an 8' fast sinking cast net :) I am sure any tackle you bring and don't want to take home they will buy off you. I visited three tackle shops there and nice stores, but the shelves are bare - they litterally have nothing to sell you.

We busted a rod and went hunting for spare no es nada
 

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Dan,

Let me know if you make it to Quepos-- it looks like you don't really have a reason to though:thumbsup: We caught the same species there off of similar offshore rock piles.

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John - you'll really like it here, top notch everything, We'll talk my friends have been coming down here for 4 years so they are taking us to all their favorite eateries and bars. Food is excellent and inexpensive if you go "off campus" its a 10 minute / $10 cab ride into town.

I've been speaking with the tackle shop owner here and maybe you can bring down some odds and ends for me. They are VERY impressed with our gear. The tackle shop here just changed hands and the new owner is a young guy, true fisherman, loved the Acid Jigging Rod, was dropping over my Smith, Popperstore, Jigs.
Dan take a note of your favorite eateries and let me know. I'm leaving the 20th so get whatever it is you want me to take down before then.I have one open day,so let me know of any good ideas when you return.:wave:
 

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Hey Dan

Mike here.
Looks like you are having fun!!!!!
I have been to Los Suenos 6 times out of the last 7 years.
We fished with the CR dreams fleet.
I won't go back becuase no one wanted to fish inshore!!!!!
My complaint was they only wanted to troll for sails. 4 days in a row each trip and it was very boring. We could not find anyone to take us fishing inshore like you did. With all the structure it must be a great inshore fishery for jigging/casting/popping, but no one wanted to do it. I would think a good charter fleet of small center consoles would be a great addition to all the fancy trolling rigs down there.
Maybe I should move the 26 reg down there?????
Mike.
 

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Hey Mike

I found the same thing when I looked online and internet, but I really felt that is being close to my favorite hunting grounds in Panama it would hold the same fish and boy it ever. The earth looks "older" less volcanic but similar.

The real problem was this was a very bad week for fishing, didn't have the right moon, tides where strong and dramatic as they are in Panama.

There are excellent jigging and popping capts here. But it was work and a little hope and trust but I am very glad we did it and I really liked who we fished with here. The fuel is very pricey but we did find some very reasonable rates on perfect boats, with Capts that know how to do it.

I was offered a condo rental here the last week in March and I'd love to go back if I could find a couple or two to rent it with us. P/M me if you guys have any interest. March is reported to be a very good month in C/R....
 
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