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Good morning! The fishing wasn't fast and furious (we caught 3 total fish) , but the day was still awesome. I caught my first sailfish ever, and we enjoyed some extremely fresh yellowfin tuna: pictures attached.  Your crew was top shelf, attentive, and extremely professional. I'll recommend the Dragin Fly to anyone who asks. And I'd like to charter a trip out of NC sometime next year as well. I'll be in touch. 

Thanks for checking in, and for helping to make our trip so awesome. 


Jake Jordan report July 26-30

“Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School” Report 
July 26-30, 2019
July 26, 2019:
Danny Cline arrived at my condo at 2:00 pm today to begin his second Costa Rica Blue Marlin fly fishing School, of this season. We had a late lunch at the Parrot Restaurant then after a swim in my pool went to bed early.
July 27, 2019:
We rested up, rigged our fly tackle then had lunch at the Hook-up restaurant. I have been working on my computer, trying to get the corrupted files out of my OneDrive account, unsuccessfully. At 4:00 pm we arrived at the marina where Captain James Smith with Mates Berto and Bernie had the awesome vessel “Dragin Fly” provisioned, full of fuel and ready to head out on our adventure. We pulled teasers until dark but raised no fish. At 7:00 pm Bernie served us fried chicken and then we went to bed at 8:00 pm.

July 28, 2019:
We woke at 5:30 and smelled the coffee brewing, still 13 miles to the FAD which we are going to fish. Cleaned up, put on sunscreen, got dressed came out to dead calm seas, blue skies, sunshine, 5 knot wind, and 84-degree water temperature. Sausage, eggs, and pancakes were served as our breakfast, then at 7:00 am we raised our first Blue Marlin of the day, it did not bite. Our next fish came in at 7:28 but would not tease, then at 7:40 Danny got his first bite. It was a big fast Blue Marlin that pulled off 400 yards than jumped 3 times before breaking the 20-pound test class tippet. At 7:54 we raised another Blue Marlin which did not even look at Danny’s fly. Next fish came in hot at 8:15 before it got to the fly it ate the big teaser and jumped over the fly and was gone. At 8:24 a 175-pound Blue ate Danny’s fly and put on quite a show, Danny Caught and released that fish at 9:02 am.
Our next Blue Marlin was at 9:15 we raised a double, the 350-pound fish ate my fly, ran 30 feet and dropped the fly, I wound it in and made another cast this time a red hot 150-pound Blue ate my fly. After 45 minutes Berto grabbed the leader and we released our second Blue Marlin of the day. At 10:15 I got out my Axiom LLC rod and Atoll fly Reel and Danny Caught 6, 3 to 5-pound yellowfin tuna for lunch. At 10:38 Danny hooked a great, red hot, Blue marlin, I counted 47 jumps before we got the leader, then while Berto was trying to release that marlin it jumped 9 more times before we got the hook and fly back and released the marlin. At 10:50 am we raised a marlin that tried but missed the fly. At 11:05 Danny pulled the hook on a big marlin, and then at 11:50 we raised a Blue Marlin that did not tease in for a bite. At 12:40 we raised a double, they swam around the fly, which I recasted 5 times, they would not eat a fly? At 12:50 we raised a marlin that did not tease then at 12:55 I hooked a hot 200-pound Blue. I fought that fish for 12 minutes and I was 6 inches away from catching that marlin, when it went straight down 12 feet, turned toward me and shook it’s head and we all saw the fly and hook come out of that marlins mouth and he was gone. This is truly a game of inches. At 1:14 and 1:21 we raised 2 separate marlin that would not tease in for a bite. At 2:05 we raised another fish that did not bite. We raised another marlin at 2:40, no bite. We changed to a Blue and white fly and then we raised fish at 3:00, 3:15, and 3:35. This is crazy, these marlin are swimming around the flies but will not bite??? Back to pink & white fly, and drink some rum, we will see? 4:01 marlin raised however there was no tease. 5:31 raised a marlin with no bite. At 6:00 pm we have raised 26, got 7 bites and only caught 3 Blue Marlin on fly. At 6:15 pm as it got dark, we quit fishing and the crew deployed the sea anchor. Bernie prepared tenderloin steak with mashed potatoes with a little ice creams for dessert. At 7:30 the squid showed up by the hundreds, Berto and James caught a five-gallon bucket full in about 15 minutes, fresh calamari for lunch tomorrow. At 8:00 pm we were exhausted and ready to sleep.

July 29, 2019:
We awoke this morning at 5:00 am. Breakfast was sausage, cheese, eggs, bacon, coffee, and bacon. We raised a sailfish at 6:00 am but it did not bite, then we raised a Blue Marlin, it tried to eat the fly but got it stuck on the bill, ran 50 feet and the fly fell off. At 6:25 I cast to a big Blue that ate my fly and put on a spectacular jumping show, at 6:54 we released that 300+ pound Monster, (This is my biggest Marlin of the season, well over the world record). At 7:05 Danny hooked a hot fish that jumped in a big circle around the boat then reversed direction, jumped, and broke the 20-pound class tippet.  At 7:12 am Danny hooked a hot 250-pound Blue Marlin, he almost got it 6 different times but that big fish would not give up. Finally, at 8:01 am an exhausted Danny Cline caught & released that exhausted 250-pound Blue Marlin. Our next fish teased in at 8:30 am, looked at the fly but would not bite. At 8:46 I hooked a 200+ pound Blue Marlin, this fish stayed on top and jumped over 50 times, never went deep, at 9:14 am Berto got the fly back and we had released our third Blue Marlin of the morning. 9:28 am Danny hooked a 150-pound Blue Marlin, it fought hard and deep but at 9:59 am Danny wound it into the Rod tip and Berto got the fly back and released our fourth Blue of the day. 10:19 raised a Blue That did not tease. At 12 noon as Bernie served an exquisite lunch of fresh calamari sauté in butter, garlic, salt and pepper, along with rice & beans, with a fresh lettuce and tomato salad, I noticed the sun was gone and it became overcast. The air temperature dropped from the low 90s to about 82 degrees, the water temperature remains at 84 degrees, however there is no wind and calm seas. At 3:45 pm there is a 10-knot wind with a one to two-foot chop on the water, we have not seen a fish in 5 1/2 hours, still marking fish and bait on the fish finder, they stopped eating. Finally, at 4:36 we raised a Blue Marlin, it didn’t tease in. So, at 6:00 pm it got dark and the crew deployed the sea anchor, our score today was: Raised 11, got 6 bites, and caught 4 Blue Marlin on fly. Dinner tonight was grilled chicken breast, with mixed veggies, very good, went to bed at 8:00 pm. For first two days we raised 37, got 13 bites, and caught 7 Blues.

July 30, 2019:
Danny Cline and I awoke at 4:45 am when Captain James started the engines and the crew pulled the sea anchor. By 5:30 we had the teasers out and we were fishing. The wind came up overnight and we are now fishing in 2 to 4-foot seas with a short chop. At 7:15 we have not raised a fish.
Then at 7:27 am we raised a 200+ pound Blue Marlin which ate my pink & white “JJ large tube marlin popper fly” and it took off running and jumping. At
8:01 am this exhausted fly angler wound the leader into the tip-top of my TFFO BW-HD fly rod, then Berto grabbed the leader, removed the hook and fly, then let that marlin go. At 8:19 we raised a marlin that tried to eat Danny’s fly, it was hooked on the bill and after 30 feet the hook fell off. At 8:25 and 8:30 we raised marlin that would not bite than at 9:34 Danny hooked a hot Blue Marlin, and at 9:59 Danny released that 140-pound marlin. At 10:02, and 10:14 we raised marlin that did not bite then at 10:35 we raised a marlin that did not tease, it is raining and overcast, there are storms to the west of us. We had fresh sweet pineapple and watermelon as an early snack, then at 11:00 Bernie served special tuna carpaccio, it was awesome! At 12:00 noon we pulled in the teasers and Captain James shoved the throttles down and headed to another FAD 46 miles away. Bernie served us fresh calamari for lunch while we were traveling, then at 2:00 pm we arrived at a FAD where it was calm and sunny. The teasers were deployed at 2:05 pm and never raised a fish, at 4:15 pm we began trolling and raised a Striped Marlin that did not eat, we continued the 98 miles toward home.  Then at 6:15 we quit fishing, ate a great dinner, had fun discussing this wonderful adventure and went to bed at 8:00 pm Our total score today was as follows: we raised 8 Blue Marlin, 1 Striped Marlin, we got 3 bites, of which we caught and released 2 hot Blue Marlin.

Our total score for this my seventh “Costa Rica Blue Marlin fly fishing School” of this season was: we raised 45 Blue Marlin, 1 Striped Marlin, we got 16 of the Blues to bite our flies, we caught and released 9 Blue Marlin on this trip. Remember we only fly fish, using IGFA rules of fly fishing, all fish are caught using 20-pound test breaking strength IGFA class tippets (leaders)!

We arrived back at my condo in Los Suenos early in the morning, relaxed, had great meals and drank some 25-year-old Flor de Cana Rum, then packed for our trip to the US early on August first. Danny is heading home to West Virginia while I will be attending a meeting at TFO rods in Dallas on August 2 & 3, instead of fly fishing for marlin!! I will be back home in Los Suenos on August 4 for my next “Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School” beginning on August 5.

I love My Job, wish you were here to experience the best fly fishing for Blue Marlin “EVER”. Stay tuned for more reports to follow shortly. I still have a couple of dates available during August and September, give me a call if you can make it.
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Jake Jordan’s Fishing Adventures
PO Box 309,
Havelock, NC 28532

July sea mount trip

The flight into San Jose, Costa Rica was uneventful, and Jake’s driver was waiting for us outside the airport exit. He drove us down the mountains to a beautiful enclave perched on the Pacific Coast. Los Suenos is a planned community, surrounded by lush palm groves with residential, retail and fine dining centered around a beautiful resort with large marina and a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course. We gave our names to security and entered a gated community. Jake was waiting to greet us. Tile floors, ten foot ceilings and handsome furnishings create living accommodations that are comfortable to say the least. Jake showed Elizabeth and I to our rooms and invited us to change into our bathing suits and relax by his infinity pool. Overlooking the Marriot Hotel complex with a view of the Pacific Ocean, we decompressed in the pool from a day of travel. That evening Jake took us to dinner at a local seafood restaurant: octopus sautéed in garlic, fresh tuna and deep fried snapper. Saturday was a beautiful day. Jake gave us a personal tour of the entire resort and then showed us a local town named Jaco and the famous surfing beach at Playa Hormosa. Jake capped off the day by taking us to The Bamboo Asian Restaurant in the Los Suenos Marina Complex. The fresh seafood was again spectacular. Sunday morning we rose to delicious Cost Rican coffee with real cream and discussed our afternoon departure on Dragin Fly. Jake explained everything we needed to know about casting flies to Marlin and fighting these magnificent fish to a successful release. At 4:45 Jake drove us to the marina. Berto, Danny and Bernie, mates on the Dragin Fly, introduced themselves and took our bags. We stepped onto the 42’ Maverick and were greeted by James, one of the premier billfish fly fishing captains in the world. A large man with a calm demeaner and a warm smile, James instills confidence. James showed us around our home for the next three days and made sure we knew how to work the facilities and where we would be sleeping. Our bunks were spacious and comfortable. We stowed our bags and went up to the saloon to get comfortable. James cranked up the powerful engines, Jake wished us good luck and the mates casted off the lines. At 5 pm, the Dragin Fly headed out into the Pacific Ocean. The sky looked threatening. Dark clouds were overhead and outside the cove we encountered a light chop. Inside the saloon, Bernie served us a beverage and prepared a light supper of chicken quesadillas. Bedtime followed soon after dark. Elizabeth and I each had a large berth to stretch out on. The air-conditioning was turned to 68 and we had clean sheets and warm blankets. James was on the bridge, guiding the Dragin Fly out to the FADs. We would awake at dawn, 90 miles off the coast of Costa Rica and start fishing. Mother nature had other plans. We could hear rain drops hitting the skylight above our head. Random flashes of lightening became rapid and then thunder started booming. Five of us were laying down in our bunks around the boat, assuming everyone else was sleep. We all laughed about the storm the next day. We could feel the boat gliding across the waves, occasionally hitting a big wave that made the boat shudder. The lightening became so intense that the skylights were flashing like disco balls. The rain, pelting the boat and the thunder booming above us continued for about three hours. James was on the bridge all night, skillfully driving the boat through the storm. During the last few hours of darkness, the storm died out and we managed to get some sleep. As soon as dawn broke, we were awakened by the powering down of the engines and the preparations of the mates for a day of fishing. Coffee was brewing in the galley as the teasers were being deployed off the stern. The coffee tasted great as did our breakfast. Little did we expect that today would be an epic day of fly fishing for Blue Marlin aboard the Dragin Fly. The fishing actually started off slow. Our first fish raised was about 90 minutes after dawn. Then the fish came in faster and more aggressive. Every time we finished fighting a fish and deployed the teasers again, we had another Marlin in the spread. Sometimes it was two or three Marlin. They attacked the teasers; they attacked our flies. Several just raced through the spread of teasers, then under the boat not to be seen again. Did I mention that the fish were hot? The mates are expert at teasing the fish up to the transom. That day, the Marlin were not shy about taking the fly. Blue Marlin characteristically raise up, with the tops of their heads slightly out of the water to pounce on the fly. These big beautiful fish are graceful and fast. With the pink and white fly in their mouths, they become unpredictable. Lightening fast, they jet ski away from the boat, pulling line off the Mako 9700 fly reels so fast that any misplaced fingers will feel the sting of the handle. Then in an instant, they turn and jump clear out of the water, or dive, only to surface in a series of jumps on the other side of the boat. Sometimes they peel off 500 yards of line in what seems like seconds, headed toward the horizon. Angler error usually results in a broken tippet. Back and forth from the port side aft to the starboard side aft and then back again. James keeps the boat positioned properly with respect to the Marlin. The adrenalin and excitement of being connected to these amazing fish, by a thin fly line, is what we do this for. Graceful, powerful and dangerous, these 200-pound, silver and blue rockets are built for speed. Occasionally a Blue Marlin decides to come across the top of the water aiming right at the boat. People who know better take cover when one of these missiles takes aim at the cock pit. We had non-stop action under dark skies until the raindrops started to fall. We put on our rain gear and continued to fish. The Marlin didn’t seem to mind the weather, so neither did we. Like children playing in the rain, we laughed and screamed through an hour of an absolute downpour. When the rain subsided, we took off our rain gear and continued like the storm never happened. As the light waned and the fragrance of dinner drifted out of the cabin, we took stock of the day. Thirty-one Blue Marlin raised, elven released. My daughter, Elizabeth, who had asked for this trip to celebrate her recent graduation from the business school of the University of Pittsburgh, had released her first Blue Marlin on fly. She also released her fifth. We settled into the saloon and ate one of Bernie’s fine meals: pasta with a creamy shrimp sauce. The mates put out the sea anchor and we were all asleep before long. Our second day was more of the same, although at a slower pace and without the weather. Six releases equally divided between Elizabeth and me. For a rookie, she had picked up the sport of Marlin on fly rather quickly. God given talent for sure, but also a healthy dose of Jake’s coaching stayed with her throughout the trip. By the third day, the Blue Marlin seemed to be worn out. Lethargic and sloppy, they refused the fly or made halfhearted attempts to eat. Only one good bite at the end of the day. We enjoyed another great dinner as the Dragin Fly headed back to Los Suenos. We would get some much needed sleep. A following current cut our running time down by three hours. At 3:30 am the Dragin Fly reached it’s slip and there was Jake, all smiles, to bring us back to his condo. We said goodbye to Captain James, clearly a man at the top of his profession. Danny was smiling and congratulating us on our success. Berto took time out from his chores to shake hands and give hugs. Bernie rushed up from down below to thank us. Elizabeth and I both knew that we were in the company of incredibly capable and talented people who perform at the top of their profession. They are a team; Jake’s team and an excellent team at that. We thank them for giving us a once in a lifetime experience…at least until next summer!

Back at Jake’s condo we caught a few more hours of sleep and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast prepared by Jake. We recounted all the details we could remember, even though Jake seemed to know everything that happened. As I write my thoughts on Jake’s computer, Elizabeth and Jake are sound asleep. 1 am is a peaceful time and a good time to reflect. This has been a terrific adventure and good father – daughter bonding experience. Elizabeth and I will cherish these memories forever. Jake is my friend. He has been good to both my daughters and they appreciate him. Thank you; Jake. I owe it all to you. Your friend, Austin

four more fly rod blue marlin

 Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly Fishing” Report, June 23-28, 2019

 June 23, 2019: Danny Cline, my friend and client from West Virginia arrived at my condo in Los Suenos at 2:30 today. This week will be his first of two “Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School” trips to fly fish for Blue Marlin on the FAD’s here in Costa Rica. We swam in my pool, used the hot tub took a nap, and ordered dinner from the Hook-up delivered to the condo. We went to sleep by 9:00 pm. 

June 24,2019: Breakfast at Hook-Up at 8:00 am then 30 minutes in the hot tub before 4 hours in my office catching up on business and phone calls. Danny and I packed, I checked out and rigged tackle, and then we had a late lunch. At 2:45 pm we arrived at the vessel “Dragin Fly” at the Los Suenos Marina where Captain James Smith along with mates Berto and Bernie had the boat running and ready to depart. We pulled teasers until dark as the “Dragin Fly” plowed along at 9 knots heading out to sea. We ate dinner at 7:00 pm and were in bed by 8:00 pm.

June 25, 2019: 
We awoke at 4:55 to the smell of fresh brewed Costa Rican coffee and breakfast cooking. We cleaned up and by 5:20 am we had the teasers out, we were fly-fishing for Blue Marlin on a FAD, 115 miles at sea. At 7:30 am, after not raising any marlin, we began trolling southwest along a ridge line toward another FAD about 7 miles away. At 9:01 we raised a fish but no bite, stayed at this FAD, no other boats, for 45 minutes then began trolling our teasers southeast along a ridge line toward a FAD 38 miles away. At 11:59 we raised a big blue marlin; I made the cast and that fish ate it at full speed. The marlin went deep and kept taking line for almost a minute, when he jumped 250 yards away, he went 15 foot in the air and upon re-entry broke the 20-pound class tippet and was gone. At 12:14 pm Danny hooked a red hot, Blue Marlin, his fish stayed on top, kept jumping and again broke the class tippet far away from the boat. Raised a marlin at 12:50 that would not bite. At 1:17 we raised another Blue Marlin, it teased in but would not eat our fly. Then at 1:38 we raised a double, a marlin and a sailfish, the sailfish ate my fly and then we tried for Danny to hook the Blue. After a minute or two the marlin left, and we chased the sailfish, then the sailfish went crazy jumping and dislodged the hook and I lost him. Feeling snake bit . The next fish to come up was a Blue Marlin at 3:02 pm, it swam around the fly long enough for me to re-cast 5 times however would not touch my fly. We raised two more Blues in the next 15 minutes, but they again would not eat, getting frustrating, changed to a Blue fly and changed hats, see what happens. At 4:42 we raised a Blue which teased halfway to the boat, Danny made a good cast, but that fish faded away with little interest. All day today the wind was under 10 knots, the seas were calm with a 3-foot swell twenty seconds apart, with blue skies, no clouds and bright sunshine. The water temperature was 84.5 degrees and the air temperature 85 degrees, perfect, beautiful, day, however at 5:00 pm we have not yet caught a marlin. At 6:02 pm we are experiencing the most awesome sunset 150 miles offshore from Costa Rica, still fishing until we can’t see the teasers. Tonight, Bernie prepared from scratch a delicious tomato based, meat sauce for our linguine, served with garlic bread. Went to bed in calm seas at 8:00pm, today’s score was 9 Blue Marlin and 2 Sailfish raised, 3 bites, and no fish caught, (tough day) better Tomorrow!

 June 26, 2019:
Danny Cline and I woke up at 4:50 am to the engines starting up to pull the sea anchor. Bernie already had coffee brewing and eggs cooking as we deployed the teasers at 5:15 am. At 7:05 a red-hot Blue Marlin came up on the left long teaser, Danny made a good cast and that marlin climbed all over the fly. Danny fought that marlin valiantly for 43 minutes on IGFA 20-pound class tippet, before catching it at 7:48 am. Berto grabbed that marlin, removed the hook & fly, then released a magnificent 150-pound Blue Marlin, our first of this trip and first of today. At 10:02 we broke out the TFO Axiom, 10 weight fly rod, rigged with a TFO #3 Atoll, fly reel, and a TFO WF-10-F fly line by Cortland, with a 12 pound IGFA class tippet and a chartreuse/ white Clouser minnow fly. James put the “Dragin Fly” directly over the FAD so I made a 40-foot cast. Bam a 4-pound yellowfin tuna was caught; Danny Cline was next, and we rotated with each tuna until we had 8 for sashimi and fresh tuna for lunch. Danny, on his last cast hooked and landed a 3-pound fish, called Bonita (locally) or Albie in NC, anyway by 10:20 am Danny has landed a 150-pound Blue Marlin, a Yellowfin Tuna, and an Albie, on fly using all IGFA rules and class tippet. Maybe some kind of slam?  We continued to fish this location until 11:30 am, lots of bait and marlin on the machine but they would not rise. We began to troll to a new sea mount about 40 miles away so we fished the ridge then would run fast as we crossed the canyon to this new FAD, hopefully they will be more aggressive. We found a floating log at 2:50pm circled it and found lots of Dorado, a red hot 250-270 Blue charged in and ate Danny’s fly at 3:01, forty-two minutes later Danny Cline landed his second marlin of the day. After the release we proceeded to catch 3 nice dorado on fly, they were between 10 and 20 pounds each. The next Blue Marlin we raised was a smaller one, it ran down 50 feet and shook its heat, the hook came out at 4:10 pm. At 4:20 while Danny was resting, I hooked a 250-300-pound Blue Marlin, it was a hot fish and stayed up doing a lot of jumps. We chased it and I got within 10 foot of the leader then it went down. After15 minutes more it came up jumping, again I wound several hundred yards of backing and running line onto my #9700 Mako fly reel and was pumping and winding while James backed down. We were 10 foot from the leader, the big marlin was lit up on the surface, and as I closed that distance to the catch, the marlin surged and I watched the 20-pound leader break, my big marlin was gone at 5:00 pm. I was tired and weak, but my back held up fine. At 6:25 pm it got too dark to see our teasers, so we stopped fishing, deployed the sea anchor, and took our showers. Dinner tonight is grilled ribeye steaks with garlic mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables, excellent meal. At 8:00 pm we went to sleep! Today’s score was 4 Blue Marlin and a Striped raised, all 4 Blues ate our fly, we pulled the hook on one, broke off a big one, Danny Cline caught and released 2 awesome Blues. We each caught several nice sized Dorado and small yellowfin tuna on fly also.

 June 27, 2019:
Again, we woke up to calm seas, as Captain James fired up the engines at 4:45 am. The coffee was brewed, and breakfast was cooking. We deployed the teasers at 5:20 am and began our third and final day of fly fishing for Blue Marlin. Bernie served English muffins toasted with fried ham, scrambled eggs and cheese with a side of local link sausage. We raised our first marlin at 7:24 am, it teased in fast and ate Danny’s well placed, fly. That fish went 30 feet and the fly came out, it circled around and followed the fly but lost interest and faded away. Today the weather is changing with dark clouds approaching from the east, air temperature is 78 degrees the wind is from the southwest at 10 knots. It is now 10:00 am, we have not seen a fish since 7:30, it is pouring rain for the last 30 minutes, we are marking bait & Marlin on the machine, but they will not come up for our teasers. Our next fish that came up was a Sailfish at 10:45, it ate Danny’s fly, but the hook came out with only one pound of drag. At 11:50 am a red hot 300 + pound marlin skyrocketed as it ate Danny’s fly, great jumps for 300 yards before the hook came out. As Danny wound the fly back in a small Bonita ate it and Danny landed a one-pound Bonita, on a marlin fly, the fly was longer than the fish!
At 12:05 we raised another Blue, it would not tease in.  At 12:30 Danny hooked a nice blue that jumped over 40 times, he got really close to that fish 3 times and then at 1:44 pm Danny Cline landed that awesome 200-hundred-pound blue marlin. 
At 2:19 pm while Danny was resting, we raised a Blue Marlin of 130 pounds, I cast my fly to the fish and it ate the fly and took off at warp speed, gray-hounding as it peeled off backing. I wound the leader into the rod tip at 2:28 pm then 2 minutes later Berto removed the fly and released my awesome marlin. At 3:50 we raised a Blue Marlin that did not bite. At 6:15 it got too dark to see the teasers, so we quit and started our 12-hour trip back to Los Suenos. Beautiful weather since the storm passed early this afternoon, clear and calm for the ride home. Our score today was 6 Blue Marlin raised, 4 bites, with 2 caught & released. 

The total trip score was 20 Blue Marlin raised, 12 bites, we caught & released 4 awesome Blue Marlin, plus we missed 2 out of 3 sailfish, raised a striped marlin, which did not eat, caught 3 Dorado and 6 Yellowfin Tuna, all on fly. We had a great trip, Danny will be back in about a month to do it again. I love  My Job! Stay tuned for more fly-fishing reports coming soon.

Jake Jordan’s Fishing Adventures 
PO Box 309
Havelock, NC 28532

Jake Jordan first blue marlin on the fly seamount trip 2019

Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School Report June 17–23, 2019

Greetings from Los Suenos Costa Rica:

June 18, 2019: Welcome to my first "Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School" of 2019. I am again in my condo for the 6th year in the Los Suenos Resort, where we will be fly fishing at least ten, 3 day trips from Monday to Friday during the summer months aboard George and Anna Beckwith's Maverick vessel, "Dragin Fly" with Captain James Smith along with his mates Berto and Bernie. My first student/client team is Bill and Nikki Wilson from Texas. After a easy morning in the pool, a good breakfast, and some touring, we boarded "Dragin Fly"and left the marina at Los Suenos about 3:00 pm heading out into the pacific ocean toward a FAD which would take all night to arrive by the time it got light the next day. By 8:00 PM we were sleeping in the air conditioned cabins so we would be ready for the next three days of thirteen hours of fly fishing for Blue Marlin.

June 19, 2019, Bill and Nikki Wilson began my “Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly fishing School” aboard the vessel “Dragin Fly” out of Los Suenos Costa Rica. We woke up at 5:00 am and ate Bernie's home made sausage, egg, & cheese McMuffin and good Costa Rican coffee. We arrived at Fad #130 at 6:40am and Nikki hooked first Blue at 7:01, it went , straight down and pulled the hook 6 minutes later. We raised a Blue at 7:30 which Bill cast to, it did not eat. At, 9:30 am we have raised 2 Blue Marlin with one bite and it slowed down. Cloudy skies, 80 degree air temperature with 84.5 water temperature with a 2-3 foot chop. Only one other boat on this FAD, the sun is coming out, marking fish around fad. We got out a 10 weight rod at 10:00 am, pulled up to the fad, and Nikki proceeded to catch 4 yellowfin tuna on 4 casts we got lunch.At 11:02 am we raised a hot marlin which came in close, Bill made several good casts but we could not get that marlin to switch and eat the fly. At 12:30 James decided to move SW down a ridge line, past 2 other FADs to a new location 40 miles away. At 2:30 we haven’t seen a fish in the last 3 1/2 hours. At 4:55 Bill cast to a 150 pound Blue Which inhaled the fly and fought for 24 minutes before  winding the leader into the Rod tip then at 5:26 Berto grabbed the bill of that marlin, took pictures , removed the hook and then released our first Blue Marlin of the day. At 6:30 pm we stopped fishing and deployed our sea anchor. Dinner was pork chops, rice and beans,with a salad and a Flor de Cana rum for desert, went to bed at 8:00 pm. Today's score: 4 raised/2 bites/1 Blue Marlin caught & Released.

June 20, 2019: We woke up at 5:00 am to the smell of hot Costa Rican coffee with eggs and bacon cooking. We started fishing at 5:30 am, James was marking bait and lots of marlin, however we could not get them to chase our teasers. At 8:30 am we left that fad and trolled down a ridge line toward a different FAD. At 9:32 we raised a red hot 150 pound Blue Marlin which charged in and ate Nikki Wilson’s well placed pink and white marlin tube fly. That marlin jumped over 30 times, went crazy and took out 250 yards of Cortland braid backing, at 9:49 am Nikki wound that marlin in and Berto grabbed the leader, got back my fly and then released that awesome fish. At 10:40 we headed down a ridge to another FAD and at 1:20 we raised a marlin, Bill Wilson made several good casts but that fish just swam away. Then at 1:35 Bill hooked a 200 pound Blue Marlin, it jumped twice, then stopped and tried to shake the hook out, after which it jumped going the other way and broke the 20 pound IGFA class tippet. We raised a 250 pound marlin at 5:01 pm, Nikki made a perfect cast and that fish headed away jumping at full speed. She fought that marlin for nine minutes and over 25 jumps, as the fish jumped the last time while charging the boat I saw the hook fall out. Dinner tonight is fresh shrimp in a cream sauce over linguine with garlic toast with Ice Cream for desert after a couple cocktails we went to bed at 8:00. Today our score was: 6 raised, 3 bites, and 1 Blue Marlin caught and released.

 June, 21, 2019. We woke up at 5:00 am and as everyone was getting ready for breakfast we raised a hot blue marlin. At 5:31 Bill Wilson made a great cast, using one of his Mako Reels, filled with Cortland braided backing and a Cortland marlin line, TFO BW-HD fly rod, and one of my pink and white marlin tube fly, and that marlin ate it instantly. Only 16 minutes later Bill caught that marlin on IGFA 20 pound class tippet, our first of the day. At 5:50 am a hot 200 pound fish came in on the long teaser, Nikki made a great presentation and the fish gobbled that pink fly and headed away at high speed. At 7:01 Nikki caught that awesome 200 + pound marlin, and all of the sudden we were 2 for 2 by 7:01 am for today. After breakfast, at 8:24 Bill hooked a marlin which pulled the hook after 3 minutes, then at 8:32 we raised a big Blue Marlin, Bill cast to and hooked a 200 pounder which took less than 25 minutes to catch and release, then at 9:15 Nikki hooked a hot fish that got out 200 yards, then went deep. As her marlin swam to the surface and jumped we saw the 20 pound class tippet part and her fish was gone. At 10:01 we raised a Blue marlin that did not bite. Our next fish was at 12:55, Nikki hooked this 175 pound speedster, this Blue marlin Jumped a lot and fought hard for 29 minutes. She put the leader inside of the tip top and Berto wired, got the fly back, and released our fourth Blue Marlin of the day. At 1:59 pm Bill hooked a hot marlin, big one over 250 pounds, it began jumping instantly and then jumped over the long teaser which was being retrieved, the fly line tangled with the teaser and as that marlin jumped toward our boat, the hook and fly fell out of its mouth, it was gone. At 2:15 we raised a marlin but it never teased in for a cast. Nikki hooked a marlin at 4:30 but the hook fell out 9 minutes later. Then at 5:55 pm we raised a 200 pound Blue, Bill hooked that fish and wound catching our fifth marlin of the day under the lights as it got dark. Our score today was 11 Blue marlin raised, 8 bit the fly, while we caught and released 5, all using IGFA 20 pound class tippet on fly. We had chicken, rice & beans for dinner, Bill and I had Flor de Cana rum and coke while Nikki had gin and tonic to celebrate the good trip and our new friendship, we went to sleep at 8:30 pm Awesome day!!!

June 22, 2019, We arrived back at the Los Suenos Resort  Marina at 7:00 am and moved  back into my condo, took a nap, swam in the poll and caught up on phone calls, e-mail, and text. We enjoyed a great meal at Lanterna restaurant here inside the resort and went to bed early. Bill and Nikki left at 4:00 am and will be home on their ranch in Texas, early this afternoon. A very special fun beginning to my summer here in Costa Rica. During this fly fishing trip for Blue marlin, we raised 21, had 13 bites, Nikki and Bill Wilson caught and released 7 awesome Blue Marlin all while using IGFA fly fishing rules and 20 pound test class tippet. I Love my Job, stay tuned for more fly fishing reports to follow shortly. We still have available for 2 FAD trips here in CR aboard "Dragin Fly" during late August and early September, contact me at 305-872-6060 if you are interested in the best Blue Marlin fishing in the world!


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