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Sails, marlin, tuna on Pacific; tarpon and flat seas on Caribbean

Fishing is still strong on the northern Pacific coast. Roy Quirós reports sailfish and marlin taking baits off northern Guanacaste, not in great numbers but with enough frequency for tourists to bring home a great fishing memory. He also reports that anglers looking for inshore action are finding it wide open near Baja Mango.

On the central Pacific, captains are working hard off of Los Sueños to find sailfish, but tuna have been bending rods regularly. Boats fishing out of Quepos are finding some sails and catching some nice reef fish, including some big amberjack.

Down south, only a few sails are appearing, and only one marlin was reported last week. Lots of tuna are being found either at the mouth of Golfo Dulce or just a couple of miles offshore all the way to Caño Island. Roosterfish have helped keep anglers busy to make up for the lack of steady action offshore. Jani Schulz of Rainforest Radio caught and released her first roosterfish.

Over on the Caribbean side, Eddie Brown reports flat seas and lots of tarpon. Fish have been biting well in Tortuguero and Barra del Colorado, and he said the action is also good down toward Parismina. In the Tortuguero river mouth, snook have been cooperative lately; Brown and other local fishermen have been catching them in the 10- to 20-pound range.

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