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More action on the Pacific

Fishing has greatly improved on the Pacific coast this week, with reports of marlin coming in from all areas. Guanacaste has still been the most consistent, with marlin and sails hitting offshore when the wind isn’t blowing. Inside, roosterfish, wahoo and dorado are keeping anglers busy. 

A 400-plus pound marlin was top fish of the day out of Los Sueños at press time, and captains are working hard to raise fish. Down in Quepos, boats are seeing a few marlin, but the sailfish action picked up on Wednesday with four to six sails being brought up in the teasers.

Down south off the Osa Peninsula, it has been one or two sails a day and a few marlin. Two boats out of Crocodile found a log five miles off the beach loaded with fish. Besides tuna, bonito, rainbow runners and dorado, marlin loomed in the area. A floating log that has been in the water for a while creates an unbelievable ecosystem below it. (That is why FAD’S are effective but illegal in the tuna industry.)

In the course of one day, the two boats raised 13 marlin, several blue marlins in the 200-300-pound range and a 450-pound black that took Casey McCartin three hours to best.

Rain continued to wash out most of the fishing on the Caribbean, although some snook up to 20 pounds were taken inside the river mouths.

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