San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Jacó Happenings

It is that time of year, and the fishing scene has been heating up in the Central Pacific zone. The conclusion of the 5th Annual Los Sueños Marlin Invitational was held in mid-December with more than 11 teams and 37 anglers participating. A total of 240 billfish were released, which is many more than the year before.

First Place went to the Spanish Fly captained by Daniel Espinoza and crewed by Robert Hehenberger, Tobin Wiener, Bill Caldwell and Bob Burnside, second place went to HT Hook captained by Ronnie Riebe and crewed by Harry Shufflebarger, David Bertolozzi, Karen Finnieston and Alan Finnieston; third place went to Uno Mas captained by Tom Lynskey and crewed by Brooks Smith and Mark Willis.

Marc Stanley from the boat Pelese tied with Brooks Smith from the boat Uno Mas for the top angler awards. This weekend marks the first leg of the 10th Annual Signature Billfish Series out at Los Sueños. For more information about the tournaments at Los Sueños Marina in Herradura, email Ashley Bretecher at or call toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-866-865-9759, ext. 4005 or 2630-4005 from Costa Rica. They also have a LIVE Tournament Radio feature on the home page

Next month, the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos is hosting its 2nd annual Quepos Billfish Cup tournament of the Costa Rica Big Game Series 2013. It is scheduled for Feb. 6-9. Entry costs $700 per angler with a minimum of two and a maximum of six angler teams. For more information, visit

Ronald Sandi C. has opened La Osrta #2 in Jacó, at the corner of Calle Bohio and Avenida Pastor Díaz. Both the food and the service are excellent and they are specializing in steaks and seafood at reasonable prices. La Ostra is open every day from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., reservations can be made at 2643-3326 or 8888-0102. More information at

–Christina Truitt

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