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Tarpon, sails biting in Costa Rica; radio fishing show goes on air

Same old broken record, though a good one, on the Caribbean. The tarpon are chewing and the seas are flat. A group spent the week at Silver King Lodge and fished out of kayaks. Joe Lynberg, a kayak guide here in Costa Rica, was along on the trip and said everyone got towed around the ocean in tarpon-powered kayaks. On the third day, the fished moved into the river mouth. There they also caught lots of jacks, barracuda and a 73-pound cubera snapper that ate a ribbonfish used as bait.

Up at Playas del Coco on the northern Pacific coast, “Jimbo” had a good day on sailfish and reported that a good number of marlin can be found in the area. He also saw a good-size school of tuna but didn’t have a chance to fish them because a foreign tuna seiner moved in on the school.

On the central Pacific coast, Los Sueños boats are starting to see sailfish in the double digits. Several boats have had days of raising 10-12 fish, with the top boat of the fleet raising 18 one day. Inshore fishing has slowed due to the amount of silt being pumped out of the rivers by heavy rains.

The fish haven’t moved into the Quepos area in big numbers yet, but anglers there are taking a few sails and dorado. Dorado are a good sign now. Last year the dorado fishing was slow; seeing a few now might mean good news when the season starts in November.

Down south, the offshore action has been quiet, although the roosterfish fishing has been decent in the cleaner water away from the rivers. The slower tides have been good for Pacific yellowtail and cubera snapper and some smaller 10- to 15-pound amberjack have been taking jigs inside the Golfo Dulce.

This Saturday, Costa Rica fishing goes on the radio. “Wet Line Costa Rica,” with yours truly as host, will premiere at 8 a.m. on Rainforest Radio, 960 AM. The show can also be heard live online at, 7 a.m. Pacific and 10 a.m. Eastern time. This week’s guest will be Joe Lynberg, who has taken billfish, giant roosterfish and now tarpon from a kayak.

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