Alan Ferguson with a superbly marked 29lb 8oz pike from one of the big lakes in South Holland. Alan is a regular visitor to Holland and has had many 20 pound plus pike to his name. Great lure and deadbait sport.
Costa Rica has long been one of my all time favourite sport fishing destinations. Not only is this idyllic Central American country amazingly beautiful, but it is safe to visit and really does have something to offer everyone. On this latest trip I travelled along with five other anglers to Samara, a small and mostly underdeveloped town on the Pacific coast just south of Nicoya, Guanacaste Province, in the north of the country.
The weather during our first two days made for tricky conditions but by day three we enjoyed breakfast under clear blue skies, and the mercury was already well on the rise by the time we boarded our respective boats a little after 7 in the morning. As we headed out of the bay in which Samara is located we soon spotted large shoals of surface feeding tuna and bonito, which provided as much sport as we wanted on small casting jigs fished on light tackle. And the day just got better and better. By the time we returned to Samara that afternoon each of our two boats had caught around half a dozen very nice roosters, a bunch of jacks, and several large dorado.
On day four the fishing was incredible. For me it was one of those days when whatever I tried not only worked, but worked well. I personally boated three roosters casting surface poppers, best fish around 30lb, along with numerous jacks and small tuna. I also caught a stunning 30-40lb dorado that inhaled the casting jig I had been using right at the rod tip. That fishes first run, one of several, ripped more than 200 yards of line from the reel.
Not only was the fishing throughout the remainder of the trip equally productive, but it got even better, especially for dorado. On the fifth morning we located a weed line that included several large trees, and the sea in the area was thick with feeding dorado. By 10 in the morning the three of us fishing on our boat had already caught in excess of 20 dorado in the 10-25lb class. Throughout that day we located several dense bait balls of brown minnows that were being demolished by feeding frenzy of roosters, jacks, small tuna, Sierra mackerel and dorado. Any lure that was cast in the vicinity of these bait balls was immediately smashed by whichever species managed to grab it first. It was a truly awesome sight.
That afternoon as we headed back towards Samara we came across a whale shark. It was totally unperturbed by our presence and after several minutes watching this incredible animal swim around the boat I could no longer contain myself, and I stripped off, dived in and swam down to it. It wasn’t the slightest bit bothered by my presence, even allowing me to gently stroke one of its fins; what an experience.
Our sixth and final day was another cracker. Plenty of dorado, roosters, tuna and as many jacks as we wanted to catch. Around lunchtime we located a few large bait balls that were being harassed by a shoal of well in excess of 1000 jacks. We could have caught as many of these as we wanted, but settled for a couple of dozen before moving on to try something different.
Samara is one of the most exciting Central American destinations I have had the privilege to fish, and I can’t wait to return. Unlike many other areas of Costa Rica this remote area remains largely undeveloped, with as yet minimal sport fishing pressure. During numerous previous trips to Costa Rica never have I seen so many roosterfish, with at times up to half a dozen fish chasing the lure right back to the boat. The standard of fishing for these most prized of inshore game fish was so good we barely tried fishing for other species such a cuberra and grouper, and I know that given the right conditions the offshore fishing for billfish and tuna is incredible.
A limited amount of tackle is available for hire at nominal cost by our partners in Samara, but most anglers like to supply their own popping and jigging outfits. I recommend two casting/popping rods, one rated for lures from 20-80g, a second suitable for fishing heavier lures from 100-150g. These I match with an 8000 and 14000 size fixed spool reel respectively, loaded with 60 and 80lbBS braid.
Carry a selection of lures to include small to medium size poppers, stick baits, diving plugs and casting rigs. Most colours will catch a few fish, but pink is absolutely essential in these waters, it was certainly the most productive colour lure during our trip. As always, be sure to use only strong hooks, split rings, links and swivels.
Jigging is also productive, both speed jigging and the increasingly popular slow jigging. Rods suitable for fishing jigs between 50-200g are perfect, matched with either a fixed spool or multiplier reel loaded with braid. Again pink is a highly effective colour. All of my rods, casting and jigging, are Shimano STC multi-piece travel rods that fit easily inside my hold luggage. I honestly cannot remember the last time I travelled with a rod tube.
If you would like to join me on a hosted trip to Samara or arrange a private trip, contact Anglers World Holidays on Tel; 01246 221717 or visit: http://anglersworld.tv and search for ‘samara’
Islamorada, Florida Keys…. October 2017.
Dave Plummer reports of great weather and excellent bait fishing for Shark, Tarpon and big Jacks. Post Hurricane much is back to normal for Dave and his guests who are catching well.
The rest of this year and early season next year are fully booked but he has places next autumn. For great fishing in the Florida sunshine call us now..
William Turnbull Chisholm… Bill to his many friends.
21 October 1935 to 11 October 2017
It is with great sadness I announce the passing of a great friend and angler. Bill loved his fishing adventures whether it was on his local river, the lakes in Ireland or the wilderness of northwest Canada.
I first met Bill as a client on a trip some 30 years ago. He became a firm friend and a valuable asset to my company.
He became part of our family and we enjoyed 27 Christmas’s together in addition to thousands of miles of travelling to many great places.
Bill fished with some of the worlds best anglers and he caught many big fish from Salmon to Halibut, Bream and Sturgeon.
He often said he was lucky but we both knew that with determination and hard work you make your own luck. Bill was a successful engineer and businessman and fishing was his passion along with his/our German Shepherd dogs.
He loved them and they him. His favourites Duke and Ruby pre both deceased him by a few weeks.
If there is an afterlife with rivers and lakes, you can be sure Bill will be fishing away with them by his side.
The end of an era.
Kodiak Island Alaska is home to the finest fly fishing for big, fit, fresh run Coho Salmon. They are aggressive “takers” and will readily hit surface poppers in addition to clouser patterns. The wildlife is as exciting as the fishing.
Both Sam’s and Dick’s Camps provide comfortable, basic accommodation with excellent food, amazing wildlife and the best fly fishing for salmon on earth. Rods are limited and Dick’s Camp is fly only with only 12 rods per year!. Big runs of fresh Coho on every tide in September. We are talking quantity and quality with Coho reaching 20 pounds and as bright silver and fresh as it gets.
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Just returned from a great 3 day trip to Skjervoy to meet the new manager Roger and his assistant Frank. Dave Lewis put the new Jeanneau boat through its paces and it passed with flying colours. With a 115 hp 4 stroke Yamaha engine these excellent boats will offer high levels of safety, reliability and manoeuvrability.
They will be the best fishing platforms in Northern Norway and the full compliment of 10 boats will arrive June 1st. A limited number will be available from March onwards.
The weather was unseasonably good, 2 perfect and 1 good day out of 3.! Temperatures were slightly higher than average and we caught Cod to twenty pounds plus coalies and mackeral. Good off season fishing using both shads and pirks in 30 to 40 metres.
Booking up fast for 2018… call now on 01246 221717.