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Tamarindo Fish Biting Steadily

July 16, 2004

SPORTFISHINGboats on thenorthern Pacificcoast are enjoying asteady bite in front ofTamarindo, in thenorthwestern provinceof Guanacaste,in 150 feet of water,scarcely 20 minutesrunning time fromthe beach.Capullo skipper Steve Curtis saidboats are raising about 15 sails a day, getting6-10 to the boat for release, but thewind came on Sunday and he ran southraising three marlin, with one caught andreleased along with some sails and a fewtuna up to 35 pounds.“The Dorado IV braved the winds andstayed off Tamarindo and went six for 15on sails for the day in 200 feet of water,”Curtis said.He predicted the winds will go downby mid-week, with the bite continuing hotalong the northern coast.Curtis also reported a lot of trash-linesthat the dorado like to lie under in thewater off Tamarindo. Anglers are pickingup one or two of the colorful and mightygood eating mahi-mahi on nearly everypass.We look for the bite to continue steadyalong the northern coast through July andAugust if things follow their normal pattern,likely with increased marlin actionthat often continues into September.I also heard from Bruce Hankins, whooperates the Bahia Langosta Condos. Hesent guests Sandi May and Ruth AnnCook out on Brock Menkings’ OspreyJuly 4 and in only four hours they releasedfive of the six sails raised and broughthome four dorado and four tuna. Not tooshabby for a half-day trip.No reports from any of the skippersworking out of the Playa Carrillo area andmy son Rick Ruhlow, who skippers theKingfisher there, was out of the country,but fishing has to be much the same in thatregion.Further to the south, Julie Kieldsensaid Susan Tharp of Bradenton, Fla. had agreat day on her first try for sailfish, on the35-foot Sailfish, skippered by Capt. BillKieldsen out of Los Sueños Marina, hookingnine sails and bringing six to the boatfor release, all 90-130 pounders.“The water is blue all the way up thecoast line and we have been catching tuna,wahoo and dolphin along with the salfish,”Kieldsen said.Further south, the reports have beenless cheerful. Veteran skipper BillGannon’s boat the Unique has been out ofthe water for an overhaul, but he obliged usby making a few calls when we couldn’ttrack down any reports.The best catch in that region Gannonheard of was on the Swordfish, which onSunday released four sails and severalsmall dorado.No reports at all from the Golfitoregion in the Southern Pacific, and yourguess is as good as mine as to what’s happeningon the Caribbean coast. Our onlyreports from that region seem to comefrom the Rio Colorado Lodge. The owner,Dan Wise, is still out of the country andphone at the lodge goes unanswered.For more info on fishing or assistance inplanning a trip to Costa Rica, contact Jerryat jruhlow@costaricaoutdoors.com orvisit www.costaricaoutdoors.comSkippers, operators and anglers areinvited to e-mail or call Jerry with fishingreports by Wednesday of each week. Call orfax: 282-6743 if calling from Costa Rica, orthrough the e-mail address above.

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