Papagayo Bay, Costa Rica

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  1. KaiChung

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    Just got back from an amazing trip to Costa Rica. Took the kids and wife for 1 day fishing (if I was alone, I would have taken the entire trip to do fishing :-). Anyway, we did an inshore trip with an excellent local captain. Slow trolling with live bait for roosterfish and mahi, casting for snook and cubera snapper, chunk bait fishing for bonito and skipjack tuna. Caught a little bit of everything and lost more than we caught.
     
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    Help. I can't seem to upload a picture file. It keeps saying it's too big, despite my resizing to less than 200kb. (Yeah - that's what she said...)
     
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    Must not have happened. LOL
     
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    And snorkeled with a whale shark!
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    Very nice, great family pics too!!?

    Costa Rica is on my wish list. got some info on your charter?
     
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    la vida Now I love our Prezzz!!!

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    Great day. What was a inshore trip cost up there?
     
  11. KaiChung

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    Capt Danny on Mi Reina Grace. Great captain and so much fun. Lot better than just trolling all day. Went through northpacifictours.com to arrange and Lisa connected me with Capt Danny. All day (8 hrs) was $600 on a panga with a 175hp outboard. Good inshore boat but probably too small to do something big like Marlin or big yellowfin tuna. I gave him a $140 tip - he and the mate were pretty ecstatic. They worked hard. getting live bait in the morning. Casting all day while slow trolling since I kindof sucked at throwing the surface iron and big rapalas.
     
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    la vida Now I love our Prezzz!!!

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    Ecstatic, I'm sure you made his month.
    That was nice of you, money us had to come by down there and everything cost$$$.

    Anyway sound like s great time.
    I'll be down there for May and always bounce around the country.
     
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    EJ Swanny I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Sounds nice....so six bennies for eight hours? Nice, was this a catch and release trip, or did it include processing as well? Snorkeling included (Bring own gear)? Meals & beverages were decent? Just show up with sunscreen, and a bottle of rum huh? We're looking at going there in the next year or two....

    Thanks for the report....
     
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    Floatflyer Hope to Catch a Fish!

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    Wow! After 17 full time winters on the East Cape of Baja, I find that is some pricey fishing from a panga. Your generosity for a tip certainly made the captain happy, probably help make up for the low riders that abound.

    Glad you were able to get away from our not so nice winter and have some fun. Costa Rica had some of the prettiest women I have seen anywhere!!
     
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    Nice assortment! We also paid six-large for a full day inshore on a panga equivalent. Tipped a little more than half what you did though! We should have hooked up and split an offshore trip on one of those badass sport fisher yachts!
     
  16. KaiChung

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    The roosterfish was catch and release. And if we had caught in billfish, also C&R. The other fish was kept - although since we were at a hotel for only two more nights, we only kept the large snapper and the large "spanish mackerel". I still don't know what the species is in my first picture above. They called it a spanish mackerel (which is different than the ones that I knew from the East Coast). Looks more like a skipjack or bonito tuna but coloration a bit different. We went to a great restaurant that cooked the fish amazingly well. For the trip, they supplied snacks (chips, pineapples), lunch (fried chicken, plaintains), beer, soda, and water. They also had snorkel gear aboard. I went into the water three times. First to swim with a whale shark, second to swim with a school of small manta rays - literally hundreds of them., third to cool off from the 95 degree temperatures.
     
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