Fishing Report / ZANCUDO LODGE REPORT

The fishing has simply been nothing short of AMAZING.  It’s been a month of EPIC fishing where we’re able to locate big TUNA schools daily AND they have been biting.
The always fun crew from Mustad (Jay Harris, Sam Root and Magnus Gunnarsson) was here for a visit and they quoted that they had the best fishing day of their lives.   They had daily double digit hook ups on tuna and the inshore action with roosters and pargo was red hot as well. In his blog, Sam wrote:
“I just got back last night from my first Costa Rica fishing trip. I was fortunate enough to fish out of The Zancudo Lodge – Costa Rica Fishing and lucky enough to hit the waters just right this time around. 
Usually when the cameras come out, the fish often goes into hiding. I don’t say this lightly but the yellowfin tuna fishing was the best I have ever seen it. Fish on bait balls, skyrocketing tuna, hitting bait as well as poppers and jigs. It was NatGeo out there.
The staff, food and service was over the top, surpassing expectations by 3 folds. 
I was so excited about the trip and footage, I felt I had to put a teaser video together while it was still fresh in my memory. 
Life is about your experience and this one I will always remember.

Yellowfin Tuna on Baitball video I got from Zancudo Costa Rica by Sam Root

We also had a great corporate group from the Mid-West. Most of these guys had never been fishing offshore before and they were so happy as most of them caught their share of tunas, snappers and roosters!

Travis and Bill from Gray’s FishTag Research came down to specifically study the migration of Rooster fish. The Zancudo Lodge is one of their research centers and we are so proud to be a part of this great conservation program.   On this visit, the goal was to insert a GPS tag into a 40inch Rooster and the mission was accomplished during the first hour of fishing. We also tagged a bunch of roosters as well as some Yellowfin Tunas.

The McCrays fished only one day the boys were on one boat with the rest of the gang fishing on one of our Contenders.

 “I fish a lot and this was one of my best fishing days of my life”.  
The father and son team of Amour and Henry Mellon are here now to close out our season in grand style!  On Day 1, they caught, tagged and released a double digit number of Yellowfin tunas in the 30lb-60lb class. On the second day, they both caught, tagged and released big roosters as well as some jacks and rock snappers. Day 3, they rang the bell with an ultimate fishing adventure GRAND SLAM…….. a Sailfish, Blue Marlin and Tuna.
Thank you Mellons for sending us off on such a screaming high note!

Shane Steen brought a bunch of clients down for a quick trip. They all caught tuna and Roosters for a memorable trip.

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Fishing Report (3-11 March 2017)

As we begin the month of March we are running at full capacity at the lodge and although the bite has been a bit tough going at times our crews are keeping the rods bent and our guests happy. March is considered ‘prime time’ for sailfish in Costa Rica and the fish are definitely here. We’re seeing countless free jumpers offshore and there are days that we had no trouble getting them to bite, while other days they seem to have a serious case of lockjaw.

There’s always something to catch here and when the billfish aren’t cooperating, we focus on Yellowfin Tuna, and there’s been some really explosive days when our guests get to feel the might of these hard fighting ocean predators. Let’s just say that there is no shortage of fresh tuna steaks/sashimi at the dinner table. There’s also been a few Dorado around and one angler, Matt Buckingham caught an absolute monster. (Above)

We have had our share of Blue Marlin too and that is a welcome bonus.  Inshore, its business as usual; roosterfish aka  “Pez Gallo” are always willing to play and we’ve got plenty to go around.

Last week Zancudo Lodge  hosted 14 guests from Smith & Wesson (USA) and we thought it would be great fun to have a fun tournament. (See Video) Anglers paired up for five days (7 boats) of friendly competition amongst friends and it turned out to be a huge success. James Debny, Tripper Dickson, Brian Murphy, Matt Buckingham, Lane Tobiassen, John Dineen, Jeff Forsberg, Jim Gianlandis, William Green, Chris Cole, Brian Phillips, Flint Virgets, Larry Massimo and Wylie Smith all had a wonderful time fishing with us.

The group released 3 Blue Marlin, 29 Sailfish, several good sized  Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Roosterfish and Snappers during the tournament. Brian Murphy and Chris Cole took 1st place (800 points) during the tournament while Matt Buckingham and Bill Green finished a close 2nd place (750 points), followed by James Debby and Brian Phillips in 3rd place (700 points).

Most of these guys had never been to Costa Rica before but I suspect that many of them will be thinking about returning with their families in the near future to enjoy the best fishing available is Costa Rica.This week we’ve got lots of great photos to share and as they say a “a picture tells a thousands words”. There is still lots of fishing to do this month so please keep on checking our fishing reports and we hope to see you down at Zancudo Lodge soon.

Tight Lines,

Albert Battoo
Zancudo Lodge, Costa Rica

Fishing Report (20 February – 2 March 2017)

As we approach the end of February there has been very noticeable improvement offshore with more Sailfish showing up between 10 and 15 miles from the Matapalo Point. The bite has been a bit sporadic on a few days but our captains are very persistent, searching the seemingly endless ocean for temperature breaks, rips or anything unusual that may hold fish. I recall a particular day that there were so many free jumping sailfish that I lost count after twenty. Nonetheless, we were able to get the hook in several sails and we’re sure that any day now the bite will explode.

We have also noticed that the billfish are not teasing very well, and the majority of bites, with the exception of a couple all came on the long, chin-weighted swimming ballyhoo baits, fished on very light leaders. When these critters get finicky sometimes its the little things that make all the difference. Scale down the terminal tackle, 50 lb. fluorocarbon if you have to and smaller circle hooks,  and I promise you that your odds will improve. The water temperature seems to be returning to normal, currently 84-85 however it still remains a bit too high, and although the tuna schools were around, the bite was a bit tough. Captain Coco and Javier found a few nice sized fish early last week.

There marlin action was not very explosive last week but a couple guests got lucky on a some blue marlin. Rick Sullivan and his wife Sharon were here along with buddy Pete Sails and Amy Spring. Rick’s dream was to catch a marlin and he accomplished just that. The fish was estimated at around 200 lbs. His buddy Pete also released a number of Sailfish too. Congrats Pete on your bucket list fish!

Blue Marlin-Release

The inshore bite has remained very consistent over the past few months and we are surely grateful for that. Costa Rica touts some of the best rooster-fishing available along the eastern Pacific and not to mention a wonderful Cubera Snapper fishery. You can pretty much run through 40 baits on a typical inshore day here which makes for some really great fun on light tackle. Grouper, Yellowtail  and Colorado Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Snook, Sierra Mackerel and Bluefin Trevally are just some of the variety available inshore, and there’s usually plenty to go around. I’d like to give a special mention to Patrick and Julie Nye who came to visit us at  Zancudo Lodge to celebrate Julie’s 60th Birthday. This couple are certainly no strangers to Costa Rica and have been returning to the land of ‘pura vida‘ for many years. Julie’s birthday wish was a Roosterfish and on the day, captain Tito put her on a really nice fish; mission accomplished! Congratulations Julie, we know that this was one special trip for both and we are sure we will see you again in the future. Next week we expecting a full house with 8 boats fishing for 5 days so stay tuned in for our next fishing report. I’m sure i’ll have some great stories to tell.

Tight Lines!
Albert Battoo

The Zancudo Lodge, Costa Rica