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Guanacaste has best bite; inshore action good down south

August 18, 2011

The bite is still best in the Guanacaste area on the northern Pacific coast. Rick Argudo, who is visiting from Florida this week to work on his project to put skateboard parks for the less fortunate in various locations in San José, took a day off to fish on the Scorpion I with Capt. Daniel. Looks like good deeds get rewarded. He had a bang-up day, going four for 10 on sails, catching 15 yellowfin tuna and raising two marlin. The sails came on ballyhoo, and the tuna took cedar plugs. He reported similar action from other boats in the area. You can find out more about Argudo’s project at www.gruposkateurbano.com.

The Central Pacific area is producing a few sails and dorado, although nothing like the north. The inshore action, however, seems to be steady with lots of roosterfish and jacks.

Down south, the only thing happening offshore is tuna. The fish caught this week have run to about 60 pounds. Sailfish are still hanging to the north and will head this way as the bait migrates. Again, inshore fishing has been really good, with the added attraction of humpback whales in the area to watch. There have been several sightings around Drake Bay and in the Golfo Dulce.

Now through November is my favorite time over on the Caribbean coast. The sea is usually flat, and the tarpon and snook action is very good. Eddie Brown says he landed eight tarpon yesterday and is averaging about 12 bites a day. He also reported a good snook bite at Samay Lagoon.

Skippers, operators and anglers are invited to email fishing reports by Wednesday of each week to todd@crocodilebay.com. To post reports and photos on The Tico Times’ online fishing forum, go to ticotimes.net/Weekend/Fishing/Fishing-Forum.

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