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Action is north on both Pacific and Caribbean coasts

The best bite this week has been north. It doesn’t matter which coast you choose, Caribbean or Pacific, the bite is on.

Anglers fishing the river mouths at Barra del Colorado and Tortuguero on the Caribbean are catching good numbers of snook in the surf, casting bucktail and hand-tied jigs. Capt. Eddie Brown reports that trolling Rapala lures at the Tortuguero river mouth has also produced some nice snapper, just inside the river.

Reports say the seas are flat and big schools of tarpon are easy to find. They are hanging just outside the breakers or outside a ways at the color change. The tarpon biting lately have been averaging 100 pounds, but a couple of fish pushing 150 pounds have been taken this week.

Over on the Pacific side, Tamarindo has been the hot spot. The Gamefisher II with Capt. Richard Chellemi found the sails this week, scoring six for 10 one day offshore and getting Chris Saul a 50-pound dorado. The inshore bite has been strong in the same area with jacks, amberjacks, wahoo, roosterfish and big snapper making up most of the action. A 60-pound cubera snapper was the fish everyone was talking about.

Fishing has improved some on the central and southern Pacific coast, with a few sails showing up offshore. Casey McCartin was looking for more action than size, so he opted to fish inshore with Capt. Anthony Rhoden. Throwing poppers and jigs, his mixed bag included snapper, roosterfish, jacks and yellowfin tuna.

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