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Old 07-01-2014, 12:02 PM
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Hey Guys, I getting married in 2nd weekend in Sept and the future wife is allowing 2 days of fishing. That being said, Im really after blue/white marlin and tuna.... I need some guideance! Im thinking Los Suenos in costa rica? Has anyone ever been there?
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You can get a threesome for your honeymoon gift there!
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:28 PM
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"Allowing"?...and single turns into married.

Have a good trip and congrats.
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Originally Posted by Geauxfish1 View Post
Hey Guys, I getting married in 2nd weekend in Sept and the future wife is allowing 2 days of fishing. That being said, Im really after blue/white marlin and tuna.... I need some guideance! Im thinking Los Suenos in costa rica? Has anyone ever been there?
You both will enjoy Suenos. I recommend Mike Alligood on the Epic for the fishing
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Geauxfish1 View Post
Hey Guys, I getting married in 2nd weekend in Sept and the future wife is allowing 2 days of fishing. That being said, Im really after blue/white marlin and tuna.... I need some guideance! Im thinking Los Suenos in costa rica? Has anyone ever been there?
The Marriott in LS is really nice.
My wife and I were there a couple of years ago (the last week in Sept.), and we fished on "Hoo's Your Daddy" with Capt. Dana. https://www.facebook.com/hoosyourdaddyfishing

The LS Marina had a few nice restaurants overlooking the docks. One night the Asian restaurant made us a ton of sushi from the yellowfin tuna that we caught, and it was also the special of the night because I gave them so much.
The next night, I brought some mahi to the "Hook Up Bar & Grille", and they prepared it 3 different ways.
The Italian restaurant was good too.

There is also the tourist things do close by, and right outside Los Suenos there's a pretty cool zip line.

You guys should really enjoy Los Suenos and the area. We used Adventure Tours http://www.adventuretourscostarica.com/ to book our airport transfers, a rafting trip, horseback riding, and the zip lining. They were very reasonable and took care of all the scheduling.

Jaco is around a 5 minute cab ride from LS, and has quite a few restaurants and too many "gift shops" to count.
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Old 07-02-2014, 03:49 AM
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There's no white marlin off Los Suenos, but they do have blue, black, striped marlin, and big pacific sails there which I'm sure would work for you.

Congrats and good luck!
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:26 AM
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You should have a great time. Marriott is nice w/ a small casino, but I'd also recommend renting a condo on the resort. My son and I were there about 5 years ago and it couldn't have been better. We fished three days on Hoo's Your Daddy and Mis'Behaving, in late December....plenty of blue and striped marlin, sails, and dorado. Carried a dorado filet to the Pelican Restaurant in the small town below the resort (don't remember the name of the town) and they fixed it up for us; restaurants on the resort will also do the same. The resort restaurants were all top notch, IMHO. Everything on the resort is walkable, so don't waste $$ on renting a golfcart for your stay, even though recommended. There's plenty to do offsite from surfing near Jaco, ziplining, general touristy-things. Enjoy.
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:06 AM
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Yeah, Los Suenos is awesome, and if you fish out of there, Mike on the Epic is first class. If you get bored and want to travel down the coast a bit, I'm an hour south and the road is brand new

September would be a great time to get into the marlin out here, and there would be a shot at Tuna (both Quepos and Los Suenos fish similar grounds). Sounds like you guys are going to have an awesome honeymoon!
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"Allowing" LOL
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Originally Posted by SailFishQuepos View Post
Yeah, Los Suenos is awesome, and if you fish out of there, Mike on the Epic is first class. If you get bored and want to travel down the coast a bit, I'm an hour south and the road is brand new

September would be a great time to get into the marlin out here, and there would be a shot at Tuna (both Quepos and Los Suenos fish similar grounds). Sounds like you guys are going to have an awesome honeymoon!
So the "oh shit" bridge has been repaired? It's been years since I've been to Quepos. Need to get back soon.
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Lazy Bones View Post
You both will enjoy Suenos. I recommend Mike Alligood on the Epic for the fishing
X10, I went there on my honeymoon and fished two days with Mike, you will get every penny worth and a great guy to fish with, along with his mate. I will be going back!
He also has tons of contacts for other things to do, if you go with him ask him about his tour buddy Harold, he was awesome when we wanted to get out. PM me if you have any questions.
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:54 AM
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So the "oh shit" bridge has been repaired? It's been years since I've been to Quepos. Need to get back soon.
Oh, the road has changed entirely. The crazy bridges are gone, and there is a new toll road that goes from San Jose to here, it only take a little more than two hours to get here now from the airport, and the road is brand new and straight and mostly flat. Like a real US interstate, it has come so so so far from what it was when I moved here!
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Originally Posted by SailFishQuepos View Post
Oh, the road has changed entirely. The crazy bridges are gone, and there is a new toll road that goes from San Jose to here, it only take a little more than two hours to get here now from the airport, and the road is brand new and straight and mostly flat. Like a real US interstate, it has come so so so far from what it was when I moved here!
Wow, that's great, is it as scenic as the old route? My Girlfriend has never been down there so we really need to save up a few bucks and plan a trip. I'll be in touch with you when we start planning and get out for some fishing.
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Wow, that's great, is it as scenic as the old route? My Girlfriend has never been down there so we really need to save up a few bucks and plan a trip. I'll be in touch with you when we start planning and get out for some fishing.
I think it's better. To keep the road straight, they made some awesome bridges that go across some valleys and the views from those are incredible.
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We found the best food outside of los suenos, hang a right out of the gate.
Another place was called rancho Manuel toward jaco, a local place with gates out front but a funny bartender with crazy eyes!, good cheap food rustic.

If you go to Manuel Antonio which is kinda of a waste, be sure to stop at
Lamariposa inn, great views and good lunch

Also we hired a driver for a volcano tour and also stopped at the lapaz water fall gardens,
Was the highlight of our trip, having the personal tour guide was well worth the $250.

We booked the fishing part of our trip through butch
http://www.captbutch.com/costa-rica-dream-planner.html

I would do one day of sailfish and one day of bottom fishing, you want to think about February to March time frame too.

If you bottom fish make sure they are catching false albacore as bait otherwise it's kinda a waste, mike on the epic is the guy for this,

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Had a tremendous time last I visited! Fishing was fantastic and food was amazing! Hope you like iguanas.....
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Originally Posted by Reelintime View Post
We booked the fishing part of our trip through butch
http://www.captbutch.com/costa-rica-dream-planner.html
Captain Butch doesn't own any boats here, he just up sells other people's stuff. You can call Mike directly at 561-459-5355 in the evenings, no need to book Mike or anybody else through a third part middleman.
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as mentioned there are no white marlin in the pacific, but there are striped marlin which behave pretty similar. we also have blues which are the most common and occasional blacks here on the central pacific of CR. (Los Suenos/ Jaco)
the best and most consistent months for marlin over the past few years seem to be May- December.
even though my best single day trip (not overnighter) for marlin was 8 marlin and 1 sail in February 2009

this past May and June have been awesome, we released 26 blue marlin in 16 trips offshore in May aboard EPIC.

of course if you read anything about the FAD fishing here it is some of the best blue marlin fishing in the world but the FAD's are only fishable by overnighters as they are all 85 to 150 miles offshore

the mantra for marlin fishing this time of year May- December is look for floating debris loaded with bait - bonitos and small yellowfins. this scenario all give you the best chance for multiple shots at marlin in a few hours if you are fortunate to find the right piece.
it can be wood, logs, or trash such as rope, plastic chairs or even free floating FAD's the purse seiners set out with satellite gps tracking bouys with traducers in them to come back to later ( I will try to post some pics tomorrow)
it is very common to get 5 to 10 marlin bites around flotsam in a few hours on a good day. either by live baiting with bonitos and small tunas or trolling teasers around the perimeter,
there were even a few days in the past couple months that boats reported up to 20 marlin bites around floating debris
if you don't find any floating debris it is still very common to see 1 to 3 marlin, possibly even more, in a day trolling during these months. in fact we have been seeing more marlin than sailfish lately.
off course there will always be a few off days scattered about.

yelllowfin tuna season here is May- October, the past few years, May june july have been very consistent for schoolies in the 40-80 pound range last couple years we would catch them pretty much every day these three months, if you had a well full of blue runners and a couple poppers on spinning rods you could easily catch 10 or 12 and not have any more room for fish in the boat.

after that, august-October they would not every day but 70% of the days, but the bigger tunas 100+ lbs ,even 200+ possible on odd occasions. would be more common of a possibility.

but this year so far they have been very scarce and I am not sure why, maybe the El Nino is affecting them, maybe the purse sieners, but not just the tunas, I have not seen the big schools of blue runners along the coast and have only seen one humpback whale so far , whereas the humpbacks are usually very common starting in late may and we often see multiple packs of them within a few miles of the coast most days this time of year. hopefully all these speices are just late for some reason and will show up in force soon.it is odd because there are lots of juvenile yellowfins (under 10 pounds) around flotsam and the marlin fishing has been excellent and on schedule, and i don't see any difference in water temp over previous years.

you are welcome to contact me with any questions you may have planning your trip
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I can't recommend Capt Mike Alligood enough. He runs a world class operation and is willing to share all of his knowledge. When fishing with him, I stayed up on the bridge most of the day and he patiently explained his techniques and methods throughout the trip. He is a great guy, with a great deckhand, boat and equipment.
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