Learn how to catch giant Pacific Blue Marlin on a Fly Rod with Captain Jake Jordan at Los Suenos Resort, in Costa Rica
Danny Cline Catching Blue Marlin on fly aboard Dragin Fly, June 2014
CR Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School
August 11, 12, 13, 14, 2014
Greetings from Los Suenos Costa Rica:
On August, 10, 2014, I arrived in Costa Rica, met up with my friend Danny Cline from West Virginia, at the airport, collected our baggage, met up with my driver and headed down to Los Suenos resort. We arrived and checked into our condo at 2:30 PM, jumped into the golf cart, drove to the marina and had a good lunch. After lunch we headed back to the condo where George Maybee from Denver Colorado, met us as the second student/angler to fish in this "Blue Marlin on fly School". We had a great dinner in the Italian restaurant at the marina came back to the condo and got a good night sleep.
August 11, 2014, after we had breakfast at "The Hook Up" at the marina, we went to the provision store in the marina, bought some groceries, took them over to "Dragin Fly, where Marcos and Alberto put them aboard. We went back to the condo, showered, packed light for the boat trip, and headed back to the boat at 12:30 PM. We boarded Dragin Fly, then Captain James Smith headed out of the marina about 1:PM. After an hour, roughly 24 miles offshore, we slowed to 8 knots and deployed our teasers. Danny Cline is here to improve his skills as a great fly angler, before this trip he had caught three blue marlin (all in Guatemala), while George Maybee, at 76 years of age, has caught plenty of Sailfish on fly along with several Striped Marlin on fly, however this trip is for George to catch his first Blue Marlin on fly. As we headed out to "Destination Blue Marlin X" (destination BM-X), we raised four sailfish, two of them teased in and bit the fly as presented by Danny, the first one pulled the hook, while the second one, Danny caught and released a nice 80 pound sailfish.
August, 12, 2014, We arrived at BM-X at 6:00 AM, deployed our teasers after breakfast, and then began looking for Blue Marlin. At Noon we had raised 2 Blue Marlin, both did not tease in and we had no bites so far today. James and I decided to head over to BM-X-2 which is over 20 miles away, we arrived there at 1:30, fished until dark and never saw a fish. When it got dark, we began chugging back to the original destination BM-X, while we had a great dinner, took showers and went to bed, two fish raised, no bites, no fish, today! (My worse day here ever)
August, 13, 2014, At 4:30 AM we woke up to the smell of hot Costa Rican coffee brewing and sausage cooking, after breakfast we pulled in the sea anchor, and deployed our teasers. Before sunrise Danny cast to the first Blue Marlin of the day, it ate the fly and headed straight down. After that fish had taken out 400 yards of drag, it kicked in the after burner and headed straight up to the surface, on the way up the 20 pound class tippet broke. Later we raised another fish that didn't tease in then George hooked, fought , and then Broke off our second fish of the day. After another Blue Marlin that didn't bite, Danny Cline hooked, fought, caught, and released a 125 pound Blue Marlin on 20 pound class tippet, His fourth Blue Marlin on fly in his career. After noon, we raised a hot fish, it was cloudy and was hard to see the fish, it ate the fly and jumped, turned out that George Maybee caught this 90 pound Sailfish on fly and first of this trip. Later in the day, we raised 3 more Blue Marlin, two didn't bite, while the third ate a well placed pink Cam Sigler fly, cast by George Maybee. That 175 pound Blue Marlin ate the fly just before sunset, and put on a great show, jumping dozens of times, and fighting very hard for 25 minutes before George wound the leader inside of the tip top and catching our second Blue Marlin of the day, on Fly. For the day, we raised 8 Blue Marlin, George and Danny each got two bites, and each student/angler caught and released a Blue Marlin on Fly. So far, during the first year of my "Blue Marlin on fly Schools" held aboard the "Dragin Fly" in Costa Rica, every angler/student has caught and released at least one Blue Marlin on fly!
August, 14, 2014, We awoke at four AM near destination BM-X-2, after a hot shower, some good coffee, and breakfast we deployed our teasers. At six AM we raised the first Blue Marlin of the day, Danny Cline made a good cast, the Marlin ate the fly, took off like a rocket, got out several hundred yards and broke the 20# tippet, then we raised another fish that didn't eat, after which George hooked a big Blue Marlin, it jumped many times then "pow" the tippet broke. The guys then allowed me to make my first cast of the trip, my fish was red hot, he took out 200 yards, stayed on the surface, and jumped around in a big circle. I don't know how, however that Big Blue Marlin, changed directions, jumped again, and the fly fell out of his mouth. Let me tell you, this 200 pound Blue Marlin broke my streak, prior to this fish I had caught 13 marlin in a row from 13 bites, oh well, just have to start over and catch the next one! By 8:00 AM we had raised 5 Blue Marlin, got bites from three of them, two were broken off, while my only cast spit the hook and came un-hooked. We pulled the teasers in and ran for 30 miles to a spot we call destination BM-X-3 arriving at 11:00 AM where we slowed down and deployed our teasers. At 11:30 we raised a red hot Blue Marlin which teased in quickly, then very aggressively, that 250 pound fish attacked the fly, which was presented perfectly by Danny Cline. This was the best Blue marlin of the trip, he stayed on top, jumped dozens of times, and by 12 noon Danny had caught and released that wonderful Blue Marlin on fly, (His second of this trip and 5 in his lifetime). At 1:00 PM we pulled in the lines and headed back toward Los Suenos Marina for a hot shower and a good dinner before a good night sleep.
The total score for this Blue Marlin fly fishing School was: 5 Sailfish raised, 3 bites, two caught and released, 16 Blue Marlin Raised, 8 Bites, and 3 Blue Marlin caught and released on Fly! George Maybee caught his first ever Blue Marlin on fly along with a sailfish on fly, while Danny Cline caught a Sailfish and Two Blue Marlin on fly. Another successful Blue Marlin fly fishing school, I love my job, wish you were here, stay tuned for the next fly fishing for Blue Marlin report in a few days, I am heading back out! By the way I ran into my old friend Gary Carter, out at BM-X-2 this morning on his beautiful vessel "Silverado", I hope that Gary and his buddy's have a great Blue Marlin adventure.
Roy Cronacher First Blue Marlin on Fly, CR Blue MArlin fly fishing school, Jake Jordan, Dragin Fly, Captain James Smith
Blue Marlin Fly Fishing, School Report
July 27, 28, 29, 30, 2014
Greetings from Los Suenos Costa Rica:
July 27, 2014: Roy Cronacher, and I, met up with mates Marcos and Alberto, along with Captain James, at the Los Suenos marina, at about 12:30 PM. We boarded "Dragin Fly", and headed out of the marina at about 1:00 PM, the plan was to run for an hour at twenty four knots and then slow down to 7 1/2 knots and troll to "Destination Blue Marlin-X" (BM-X), which we should reach just before daylight the next day. As we put out our teasers shortly after 2:30, we raised a sailfish, Roy made a good cast (pink and white Cam Sigler popper fly) and ten minutes later we released a 70 pound sailfish on fly to get the skunk out of the boat. Later, We raised a small Blue Marlin, it teased to the boat, however it refused to bite on the fly which Roy presented. At 7:00 PM we had homemade Lasagna for dinner along with Ice Cream for our desert, and then went to sleep.
July 28, 2014: We awoke at 4:30 AM to the smell of sausage, eggs and freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee. At six AM we put out our teasers, Roy hooked his first Blue Marlin at 7:00 AM, fought it for 5 minutes then broke it off. Next at 7:45, Roy asked me to show him how it's done, I made a good cast and right away that 250 pound Blue Marlin came out of the water and gobbled my pink and white Cam Sigler fly, 23 minutes later I caught and released that awesome fish. On the 9th fish that we raised, Roy got a good bite from a 150 pounder, it ran way out, went deep, and stayed there for about 6 minutes. Then the marlin charged to the surface, jumped and broke the 20 pound class tippet. after a couple more raise with no bites, a red hot 200 pound Blue Marlin charged in and ate a great cast which Roy made, unbelievable but the class tippet got cut by the gill plate of marlin on the eleventh jump, it was gone. We continued to raise marlin however, they were spooky and hard to get a bite from, then at 2:30 PM I caught and released a 125 pound Blue. The total score for today when we quit fishing was 24 Blue Marlin raised, five of them bit our flies, and we caught and released two awesome Blue Marlin on fly. We got a hot shower, ate fresh yellow fin tuna, shrimp scampi, along with fresh green vegetables for dinner, went to sleep at 8:00 PM.
July 29, 2014: After breakfast at 4:30 AM, we pulled the sea anchor, we had drifted six miles over night, so we had to run back to (BM-X) and we deployed the teasers at 6:00 AM. Today it was Roy's turn to achieve his goal, to catch a Blue Marlin on fly during this trip, we raised 5 blue marlin before 7:30, then Roy hooked, fought and released his first Blue Marlin on fly before 8:00 AM. At 8:40, Roy caught and released his second Blue marlin of the trip, and of his life. Then by 9:40 AM we had raised 16 Blue Marlin, and I released a 140 pound Blue on fly, my third of the trip from three bites. We kept raising marlin but they were finicky, hard to get them to bite, at 1:30 I raised, cast to and caught a red hot sailfish on fly. Next after a couple of misses, Roy caught a nice 200 pound Blue Marlin on fly, his third of the day and third of our trip. Later we raised another sailfish, I made the cast and caught my second sailfish of the day. Today the final score was 37 fish raised, Roy caught 3 Blue Marlin from 7 bites, while I caught one Blue Marlin and two Sailfish on fly from 3 bites. After a great meal and hot shower we went to bed at 8:05 PM.
July 30, 2014: We headed in early in the morning, it is a long trip but we had enough fuel to run at cruising speed for close to four hours, which got us back to the dock here in Los Suenos Marina by 3:00 PM. Our trip was awesome, James is an awesome captain, while Alberto and Marcos not only are very good fly fishing mates, this crew loves their job. George and Anna Beckwith run a first class operation and we have developed a world class team here to operate my Blue Marlin fly fishing schools. The Blue Marlin were finicky at destination BM-X, however, we fished two full days, with two travel days spent heading out and getting back in to the marina,. During our two days of fly fishing for Blue Marlin, we raised 61 Blue Marlin, and 3 Sailfish, We managed to get bites from 12 Blue Marlin, Roy caught and released three Blue Marlin on fly from 9 bites, and one Sailfish from one bites, I got 3 bites from Blue Marlin, and caught all three, also I got 2 Sailfish bites and caught them all. Total trip Score 6 for 12 on Blue Marlin on fly, and 3 for 3 on Sailfish all on 20 pound test tippet on fly. Now Roy and I are going to hit one of the great restaurants here at the Los Suenos Resort, and then get a good night sleep. I love my Job, wish you were here, stay tuned for more fly fishing reports and pictures from this trip. This fishing should remain good for at least one more month, if you have dreamed about catching a Blue Marlin on fly, this is the best opportunity ever, give me a call I have a few days still available.
Greetings from Los Suenos CR:
Yesterday I left North Carolina at 6:00 AM and arrived here at the Los Suenos Resort at 2:00 PM. After checking into my condo, I loaded the repaired radar, which I brought down on the plane, into my golf cart and took it over to the marina where captain James installed it on "Dragin Fly". My friend and fellow fly angler, Roy Cronacher from Jackson Hole WY arrived here at the condo around 10:00 PM last night and we got a good nights sleep.
Yesterday my friend Nick Smith got back her to the dock after three days of fly fishing for Blue Marlin aboard his 43 foot vessel "Old Reliable", during which time he raised more than 100 Blue Marlin, got bites from over 20, while he caught and released 14 Blue Marlin, on fly during this three day trip. Congratulations to captain Chip and Nick, along with the crew, for a world class fly fishing trip.
This morning, Roy and I headed over to the marina to the "Hook Up" restaurant, where we had a good breakfast along with some awesome Costa Rican coffee. We are now back at the condo packing our gear for our up and coming fly fishing for Blue Marlin adventure aboard "Dragin Fly". Our plan is to leave Los Suenos marina around noon, then head south for over 130 miles at trolling speed (8 1/2 knots) to a spot where we think there will be a lot of Marlin. We will sleep while tied to a sea anchor, and then begin Fly Fishing for Marlin on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, arriving back here at the dock late Wednesday evening. I plan to send out a fishing report either on Wednesday evening or on Thursday morning July 31, stay tuned for my next report. I love my job, wish you were here.
Fly Fishing Report,
"The Blue Marlin School"
Los Suenos, CR, June 17, 18, 19, 20, 2014
Greetings from Havelock, North Carolina:
I arrived home from one of my best fly fishing for Marlin trips ever, late at night on Saturday, June 21, 2014. After a full day of unpacking, resting, and gathering my thoughts, I decided to try to compose a factual trip report, regarding my recent "Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School" trip aboard the 43 foot vessel "Dragin Fly", out of Los Suenos, Costa Rica. I will include a couple of still pictures, however the quality is not good as most of the action was filmed on a Go-Pro video camera (many hours), and I do not know how to edit that footage yet, so I am waiting for my editor to have a day off to show it to her.
Paul Lombardi from southern California was my student for this my first, of many to come" Blue Marlin fly fishing School" in Los Suenos, Costa Rica, aboard Dragin Fly. Paul and I arrived at the world class, Los Suenos resort, on Monday, June 16, where we checked into our luxurious three bedroom condo after traveling from home today. We had dinner in one of the six great restaurants, the Italian one, and then, back at the condo, we prepared our tackle for our fly fishing adventure.
My gear included four TFO, Blue Water heavy duty (billfish) fly rods, four Mako #9700 Fly Reels, with 700 yards of gel spun backing, and Rio Leviathan, 550 grain shooting head fly line. I also brought one hundred Cam Sigler, pink and white popper head, tube flies, along with plenty of 16 and 20 pound mason hard class tippets, with 100 pound shock (bite) tippet material, and several hundred Gamakatsu 6/0 and 7/0 octopus hooks. Paul and I went through the tackle, sunscreen, and packed light for our 4 days at sea.
On Tuesday morning June 17, after visiting with some friends of boats at the marina, we had breakfast at "The Hook-up" restaurant at the marina, loaded our gear into mu golf cart, and headed down to "Dragin Fly" at 10:00 AM. We were greeted by Captain James, along with his mates Alberto and Marcos. The crew has fueled the boat and stocked all food and provisions aboard, so after loading our gear we pulled out of the Las Suenos Marina at 10:30 AM, and ran an hour offshore. We then deployed a couple of teasers and began trolling out to a spot about 109 miles from the marina, I call this spot : Destination Blue Marlin - X-1 or (BM-X-1). We raised one 450 pound Blue Marlin in the after noon but id did not tease in for a shot. Then at about 4:30 PM we found a school of yellow fin tuna, Paul caught a 20 pound yellow fin which we would have for dinner. At 10:00 PM we arrived at (BM-X-1), deployed our sea anchor, took a hot shower, and went to bed. The wind was under 10 knots and the seas were calm to a light chop, partly cloudy skies.
Wednesday Morning, 3:30 AM we woke up, washed up, ate great hot a breakfast of sausage, eggs, toast, and good Costa Rican coffee around 4:30. The crew then pulled the sea anchor and began deploying our teasers at about 5:10 AM. I caught my first Blue Marlin of the trip less than 20 minutes later, about 175 pounds, (showing Paul the technique of hooking and fighting these big which I use while fly fishing for billfish). By 7:00 AM, Paul had hooked a 250 pound Blue marlin which came unhooked after a 5 minute battle. Next Paul hooked and landed a 150 pound Blue Marlin on fly, his first ever Blue Marlin and his first Marlin on fly. By 8:00 AM we had raised 5, got 3 bites and Caught 2 Blue Marlin on fly,so far so good.
As the day went on , I caught a second Blue Marlin, (about 250 pounds), then Paul pulled the hook on another Blue Marlin. By the time that we quit fishing and put out the sea anchor, Paul had caught his first blue Marlin (ever) on fly, from 4 bites, and he caught a sailfish on fly, My score was three Blue Marlin on fly from three bites, along with one sailfish, all on fly. Three Blue Marlin on fly was my personal best ever day of fly fishing for Blue Marlin. The total Boat fly fishing score after day one of my Blue Marlin fly School was: 21 Blue Marlin and 3 sailfish raised, 7 Blue Marlin and three sailfish bites, while we caught and released 4 Blue Marlin and two Sailfish on fly in one day, a new daily boat record aboard "Dragin Fly". James, Alberto, and Marcos, are a great crew, the boat is perfect, smiles all around, fresh tuna Sashimi appetizers, Pasta and meat sauce for dinner, sleeping at 7:30 PM.
Thursday, June 19, We awoke to the smell of hot coffee along with eggs and sausage cooking, at 4:00 AM, took a shower, had breakfast, and went fishing at 5:30 AM. The wind died over night and the seas were dead calm, we fished for three hours and never saw a fish. There is another sea mound with FAD, close to 40 miles further out to sea, we decided to fish our way over to that spot, I call it "destination Blue Marlin-X-2 (BM-X-2).
At about 11:30 AM as we approached the area, we raised a 175 pound Blue Marlin, I cast my Cam Sigler fly to it, and 15 minutes later I had released our first Blue Marlin of the day. During the next hour Paul hooked two more blue Marlin, a 150 and a 200 pound fish, both pulled the hooks after a good fight, and then I hooked a big, 275 pound, really tough, Blue Marlin. This fish fought really hard for over an hour, and finally I got it to the boat for a release and my fifth Blue Marlin on fly during the two days of fly fishing (my 25th Blue Marlin on fly during my lifetime).
Paul Lombardi, then cast to a big Marlin, (over 300 pounds), it ate the fly and the battle was on, when that fish jumped, James yelled out, "It is a Black Marlin" close to 350 pounds. Paul did a great job, and just over 20 minutes later he released his and the boars first ever Black Marlin on fly! Our total score today was 5 Blue and one Black Marlin raised, four Blue and one Black Marlin bites, with "Team Dragin Fly" catching two Blue Marlin and a Black marlin on fly by 5:00 PM. WOW!
We left "BM-X-2, at 5:00 PM and trolled back over to the inside FAD, "BM-X-1", arriving and setting the sea anchor at 10:00 PM. We woke up at 4:00 AM fished for an hour or two, without raising any Marlin, and then began fishing our way back at
toward Los Suenos Marina. We arrived back at the marina at 2:30 PM with a happy and tired crew, what a great trip. During our two days of fly fishing, at my first "BLUE MARLIN FLY FISHING SCHOOL" Costa Rica, while fly fishing on destinations BM-X-1 and BM-X-2, our team raised a total of 25 Blue Marlin, one Black Marlin, and four Sailfish. We got bites on fly from 11 Blue Marlin, one Black Marlin, and 3 Sailfish, and we caught and released, 6 Blue Marlin, one Black Marlin, and two Sailfish aboard fly "Dragin Fly".
My friend Nick Smith was also fly fishing in the area, aboard his vessel "Old Reliable", with Captain Chip Shafer at the helm. Nick caught nine Blue Marlin on fly during the same time period. Congratulations to Chip and Nick, in my opinion they are the best at this fly fishing for marlin of any team that I have ever ran into.
There is no Question that, as of right now, we are experiencing really good fly fishing for Blue Marlin. I have openings available for anyone who would like to experience the thrill of catching a Blue Marlin on fly, here at my "Blue Marlin Fly School" this summer while the fishing is red hot and the seas are calm.
Between Operating My "Sailfish Schools" out of the world class "Casa Vieja Lodge" in Guatemala, with the best Sailfish on Fly in the world, and my "Blue Marlin on Fly Schools" , out of Los Suenos resort in Costa Rica, we have you covered. I still have a few openings during prime season at both destinations. Call me now and lock in your prime time dates, you won't be sorry! Stay tuned for more Fly Fishing Reports to Follow shortly. I will post video to you-tube when it is edited.
CR Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School Dragin Fly Jake Jordan Los Suenos 2014
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