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Jake's weekly report

Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly School Report 
August 5, 11, 2018

Greetings from Los Suenos CR:

Sunday, August, 5, 2018; my old friend George Maybee arrived at my condo in the Los Suenos Resort at 2:00 pm, to begin his 4th “Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly Fishing School” aboard the vessel “Dragin Fly”. We took a ride to Jaco to look for mini micro chip memory for my GoPro cameras however the Radio Shack is closed on Sunday, we then took a tour of the area, came home and took a dip in my pool. At 6:00 pm we went over to a local restaurant had some octopus saviche and fresh grilled sea bass for dinner then home to an early night sleep.


Monday,  August, 6, 2018; spent some time in the pool and then went to Radio Shack in Jaco and got some micro chips, had brunch then home to pack. Dragin fly fished a day trip charter today so it took a while for the crew to fuel up and get ready to head out. George and I were greeted by Captain James Smith along with mates Berto and Bernie as we boarded at 5:25 pm and we were at sea heading out at 5:30. It got dark at 6:20 so we unpacked and relaxed, we had dinner before leaving the marina so we read some, rigged tackle and cameras, and went to bed at 8:00 pm.

Tuesday, August, 7, 2018; woke up this morning at 5:00 am to the smell of fresh brewed Costa Rican coffee and bacon cooking. Bernie cooked breakfast while Berto deployed the teasers, George and I got washed up and we were ready to fish. Before breakfast was served we raised our first marlin at 5:25, it ate the fly then the hook came out. George hooked second Blue Marlin at 5:45 and got the line wrapped around the rod butt and broke it off. Next we raised a marlin at 5:55 which would no bite, then at 6:26 George hooked a hot fish, he fought it close to the leader several times, it jumped a lot and then went deep and at 6:55 the marlin broke the 20 pound IGFA class tippet and was gone. At 7:02 a 120 pound blue came in hot George made a good cast and hooked that marlin. The fish went crazy and jumped 19 times then reversed and charged the boat while jumping at full speed, after that we got really close to that marlin 4 different times but it would race away while jumping all of the way. George finally got the leader inside of the rod tip at 7:16 and soon after Berto removed the fly and let that fish go, first caught fish of the trip, and George Maybee’s 13th Blue Marlin of his life. Our next Marlin teased in at 8:12 and George made a good cast and hooked a 400+ pound monster which was a crazy jumping machine. George fought that big marlin for an hour and twenty minutes and got within 30 foot from the fish 4 different times then that fish would go deep and keep swimming away. At 9:18 am George (80 years young) was whipped and exhausted, he handed the rod to me, I put max pressure 11 pounds of drag on that Mako reel and the fish finally swam to the surface. As James gradually backed up toward that Marlin I wound the running line onto that reel and got to the fly line, (I was now 15 foot from the catch) when that magnificent animal stuck it’s head out of the water, shook it’s head, and the hook point broke, the fly fell out of the marlin’s mouth and it just swam away, Congratulations to that marlin on winning this awesome fight at 9:45 am. George’s next marlin teased up at 10:01 but did not bite, then at 10:24 a blue teased up hot George made the cast and the marlin ate his fly, unfortunately that marlin stopped 60 foot from the boat and spit the hook back at us. We raised 3 more marlin by noon however none of them ate the fly, fishing here 110 miles from land has slowed down we are fishing in 3 to 5 foot seas with white caps with pouring down rain. Last night on the way out we came through 3 major thunder storms it got pretty rough but I mostly slept through it and by the time it got light the seas were choppy to rough but the thunder and lightning had stopped. Now it is bouncy with steady rain, there are two other boats fishing on this FAD, they are doing ok trolling bait but fly fishing is slow, Gorge is taking a nap while I am watching the teasers and hoping for some tired, weak, and small Blue Marlin, at 1:15 pm. The sun came out and it got hot around 2:00 pm George woke up and began fishing at 2:15 and then at 2:20 and 2:36 we raised marlin which would not bite. At 3:45 James pulled up on top of the FAD and I got out the 9 weight TFO Axiom fly rod and we caught several yellowfin tuna in the 5 to10 pound class, I caught one which was right at 10 pounds, then at 4:00 pm we started marlin fly-fishing again. The seas have laid down a little, 2 to 4 foot chop but it is much more comfortable with the bright sunshine and diminishing wind. We fished until 6:05 when it started getting dark and we never saw another marlin, our score for George was raised 13, 6 bites, and 1 Blue Marlin caught and released today. (13-6-1) The crew put out the sea anchor and began cooking dinner by 6:30, we had hot showers, ate chicken linguine in a cream sauce served with a fresh green salad and garlic. At 8:00 we went to bed.

Wednesday, August, 8, 2018; George and I woke up at 5:00 am as the crew was pulling in the sea anchor then Bernie made coffee and cooked breakfast, bacon, fried eggs, French toast, excellent. At 5:49 am George hooked a hot 110 pound Blue Marlin that hot fish jumped a lot then gave us several chances to get the leader, then it went deep. After a 21 minute battle, George wound the leader into the rod tip, Berto grabbed the leader then after removing the hook released that marlin, George’s first of the day and his second of the trip. At 6:16 George hooked a 180 pound blue marlin, it took half of the backing off of the MAKO #9700 B fly reel then it began surging and jumping way out there. George had the drag set at 1.5 pounds but between the line drag and the erratic jumps the hook came out and that fish swam away happy and free. The rain stopped at 8:10 and the sun came out at 8:45 the sea conditions are a three foot chop on top of 5 foot swells 24 seconds apart with water temperature at 83.5 degrees. We haven’t seen a marlin in the last 2 1/4 hours, then at 8:46 George hooked a Blue Marlin which teased in really hot, this fish piled on the fly and 15 minutes later we released that 180 pound Blue Marlin. At 9:03 George hooked a 150 pound Blue Marlin and we released that fish at 9:15 am that marlin tired itself out with dozens of surface jumps. Then at 9:17 we raised another marlin which would not bite, the sun is shining bright and the marlin are here. At 9:44 am we raised a hot blue marlin, George made a good cast but he had the line wrapped around the rod so when the marlin ate the fly instantly the tipped broke and the marlin was gone. At 10:21 we raised a blue marlin, it came in hot but would not eat Georges well placed pink and white, large tube, popper fly. At 12:29 we raised a hot fish, George hooked it and it hung around and let us almost wind to the leader then it took off and began jumping. When that marlin got 250 yards from the boat it put on an awesome aerial display, George had almost 2 pounds of drag on the reel and the tippet broke, another lost fish! We had fresh caught Dorado (Dolphin fish)  for lunch with ice cold pineapple, the traditional recipe mahi-mahi is a Dorado filet grilled with a pineapple ring, cinnamon, butter, and a maraschino cherry grilled on top, it is awesome. I first saw Dorado cooked using this recipe called Mahi-mahi at the King  Kamehameha hotel in Kona Hawaii in 1959. Our next Blue Marlin came up at 2:02 pm however it never even looked at the fly. At 4:10 we raised a Blue Marlin, it ate Georges pink fly and we were off to the races, this was a fast and powerful 150 pound marlin. After a 25 minute battle in choppy seas George Maybee caught his fourth Blue Marlin of the day and his fifth of this trip. At 5:30 we stopped on top of the sea mount and I got out my TFO Axiom 9 weight fly rod with a TFO #3 Atoll reel and a RIO WE-9-F fly line and a 3/0 Half and Half white fly. First cast I got a 7 pound yellowfin tuna, then a couple more and a big Albie (10 pounds) all to be used as bait tonight as we try to catch a swordfish. At 6:15 we set the sea anchor, took our showers, and began sword fishing, Bernie cooked the shrimp and rice dinner and George had a beer. Our score today was 10-7-4. We were sleeping by 8:00 pm.

Thursday, August, 9, 2018; the diesel engines started at 4:59 am and as George and I washed up and got dressed the crew pulled the sea anchor while James headed back toward the FAD, we had drifted 3 miles during the night. Bernie cooked the eggs, sausage, plantains, and made a pot of awesome Costa Rican coffee while Berto put out the teasers and prepared the TFO-HD fly rods with Mako #9700-B fly reels, RIO products 550 grain Leviathan fly lines and my 12 inch pink and white large tube popper flies and Gamakatsu octopus 8/0 hooks, to catch some Blue Marlin. Seas are still choppy and there is lightning, thunder, and rain to our north however we are currently under clear skies. At 7:15 we raised our first fish, it was a large sailfish which ate George’s well cast fly, however with the light (1pound) marlin drag setting, which should be 6 pounds for sailfish, as it jumped the fly fell out of that sailfish’s mouth and it was gone. It is now 8:00 am the sun is shining brightly with choppy sea, there are 3 new boats here fishing (four boats total counting us) on these two adjoining FAD’s but the marlin are not biting yet. At 8:40 we raised a hot 160 pound Blue Marlin to which George Maybee made a good cast, that marlin piled onto the pink and white tube fly with the big popper and the battle was on. 16 minutes later George wound the leader into the tiptop of my new TFO-MD fly rod and Berto grabbed the leader, then the bill, and took the fly back before releasing that awesome Blue Marlin at 9:01 am. We never saw another marlin this morning so at 11:10 am James had us pull the teasers in and we ran for 45 minutes to a FAD which was 18 miles away. At 12:31 we raised a hot fish which ate George’s fly swam quickly around in a full tight circle, then jumped completely out of the water over the fly line, and spit out the fly and hook while in mid air. At 2:03 we raised fish that did not eat, then at 3:49 we raised a sailfish that hooked the fly on its bill, then when it jumped the hook fell off. We raised our next blue marlin at 4:30, great hook-up then as that marlin took off at full speed and jumped 200 yards from the boat the 20 pound IGFA tippet broke and it was gone. At 5:05 pm another Blue Marlin teased in but would not eat the fly, Then at 5:30 George hooked a nice fat short 200 pound Blue Marlin, they both fought well but George won the battle at 5:55 pm Bernie released that awesome fish. This was 80 year young George Maybee’s second of the day, his seventh of this trip, and his 19th lifetime Blue Marlin all of which were caught with me, while using IGFA 20 pound class tippet and IGFA fly fishing rules.

Our Score today was 7-4-2, and for the trip the total score was 30-17-7. We also missed 2 sailfish. Congratulations to George on his great trip, this is what makes me Love My Job, Stay tuned for more reports to follow, Heading back out on Monday


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Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly School Report
July 29, to August 4, 2018

Greetings from Los Suenos CR:

Sunday, July 29, 2018; my old friend/client Paul Lombardi from CA. arrived at my condo at 9:30 am after taking the red eye from LAX. Paul fished with us on one of our first Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly Fishing Schools back in 2013, where we caught 6 Blue Marlin, a Black Marlin, and a Sailfish; Paul got a Billfish Fly “Grand Slam” on his first marlin trip ever. Danny Cline my buddy from WV. Arrived at 2:00 pm, we went to the Pelican for a fresh seafood lunch, and then I took Danny and Paul for a tour of Jaco and Hermosa Beach. We had a leisurely evening and went to bed early.

Monday, July 30, 2018; woke up and made coffee, then took a swim in my awesome pool and packed light for our up-coming days at sea, then went to the Hook-up for brunch, and took the long tour of Los Suenos Resort and the awesome golf course. At 2:30 we headed down to the marina and loaded our gear aboard the vessel “Dragin Fly”, we were greeted by Captain James Smith along with mates Berto and Bernie, after which we headed out to sea at 3:00 pm. At 3:30 we deployed our teasers and began fly fishing, then at 4:05 we raised a small Dorado, it did not eat the fly. At 6:15 we stopped fishing, Bernie cooked a great dinner of spaghetti and meat sauce, with ice cream for dessert, and we had a cocktail and were sleeping by 8:00 pm.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018; Woke up at 5:00 am to brewing coffee and breakfast cooking, Berto deployed our teasers while I prepared the TFO BW HD fly-rods, rigged with Mako #9700-B fly reels, RIO Fly Lines, and Cam Sigler tube flies with Gamakatsu  hooks. Danny is the first angler as we arrived at the FAD at 5:45 am. Our first Marlin came in red hot at 6:15, Danny made a great cast the 160 pound blue marlin ate the fly and ran out 200 yards while jumping 21 times, then the fish made a u-turn and charged the boat on the surface and jumping the whole time. Danny did a great job and had the marlin at the boat in 9 minutes; at 6:26 am Berto removed the fly and let that awesome marlin swim away. 6:31 am Paul cast to a 200 pound Blue Marlin which ate the fly and headed away fast, unfortunately in his haste to make his cast, Paul had the line wrapped around the rod, and then around the reel handle, when the line came tight the marlin broke the 20 pound IGFA class tippet and was gone. At 6:40 we raised a fish which did not bite, and then at 6:01 am we raised our biggest Blue Marlin of the season, this fish chased the teaser up to the boat but would not eat Paul’s fly, James estimated that fish to be well over 500 pounds. 6:09 am raised another marlin we got no bite, then at 6:31 Paul hooked, fought, and released a 250 pound Blue Marlin, that fish took 24 minutes until the release. We raised a fish  at 7:01 that did not eat the fly, then at 7:20 I hooked a 150 pound Blue Marlin, it was a hot fish which took me 34 minutes to catch, Berto got the fly out of the marlin and it swam away, 3 Blue Marlin caught on Fly before 8:00 am. Danny hooked the next Blue Marlin at 8:21, it was a 250 pound beast, at 8:51 we released our fourth Blue Marlin of the day. Paul hooked the next Blue Marlin of the day, it grey hounded away with 6 minutes of acrobatics, the fish ate the fly at 9:09 am and what a great battle, then at 9:24 as we were closing in on that fish, the hook fell out. Another Blue came in at 9:37, it ate the fly, came tight and the tippet broke on the bite. We raised another Marlin at 9:45, it did not bite. At 9:55 am a hot 200+ pound Blue Marlin ate my well placed pink tube fly, it fought hard and jumped a lot however at 10:29 am I caught our fifth fish of the day. We raised another fish at 10:40 which did not bite, and another one at 10:40, also no bite, at 11:00 our score was 17-8-5. We raised a couple more fish which would not bite and then at 11:45 am we stopped on top of the “Sea Mount” and got out the 9 weight TFO fly rods and reels, coupled with white 4 inch half & half flies. Both Danny and Paul caught a few three to six pound yellowfin tuna that Bernie prepared for our lunch. We raised another Marlin at 12:10 that did not eat then at 12:29 Danny hooked a 200 pound Blue Marlin, it put on an awesome display of acrobatic jumps, fought hard for 15 minutes then came unhooked as we were close to catching it. At 1:30 pm Paul hooked a 180 pound fish which stayed on top and jumped a lot for 18 minutes before going deep for a 25 minute tug of war, at 2:26 pm Paul landed that marlin, Roberto got the fly out and we released our 6th Blue Marlin of the day. Just wanted to mention that it has been overcast and raining almost all day, we were all soaking wet while fighting our marlin today. After 2:30 the marlin stopped biting, we can see them on the machine but we never raised another fish and wound up the day at 6:15 pm with a daily score of 23 Blue Marlin raised, 10 off them bit the fly, 2 came un hooked, 2 broke off from angler error, and we caught Blue Marlin on IGFA 20 pound class tippet on the fly. We also caught and ate 6 Yellowfin tuna on 12 pound tippet on fly, I sure love my job. At 6:20 we deployed our sea anchor, took hot showers, Bernie cooked awesome shrimp and rice in a coconut cream sauce for dinner and we were asleep by 8:00 pm. 23-10-5

Wednesday, August 1, 2018; we awoke at 5:00 am as Captain James started the engines and the crew pulled and stowed the sea anchor, coffee was ready at 5:15 and we were marlin fishing at 5:30 as we ate bacon, fried eggs, plantains, and toast, for breakfast. The sky was clear and the sea is calm when we woke up but by 7:00 the clouds moved in. Our first Marlin popped up at 7:20 am Danny made a good cast but the marlin refused the fly, then the next marlin was at 8:45 am, it was about 350 pounds and climbed all over Danny’s well placed fly. Danny had that fish on for about 2 minutes, then the marlin shook its head and the fly came out, that big fish was gone. At 9:14 am a 250+ pound Blue Marlin came in hot on the short teaser, Paul made a quick cast which landed where the teaser had been ½ of a second before, that big marlin circled and ate that pink fly at full speed. What a show of jumps and runs while Paul held on for the ride, then after 20 minutes he had that marlin on the surface, we backed up and got within  5 foot of catching it but the fish took off straight down. At 10:22 am the fish was back on the surface and Paul caught our first marlin of the day, his third of this trip and his forth all time. At 11:26 a marlin came in but would not eat the fly, ten at 11:31 Danny cast to a hot 200+ pound fish which ate the well presented fly and began grey hounding away at warp speed. After two attempts to go deep that fish came to the surface and put on a jumping clinic that was awesome. Then at 11:59 am Danny wound he leader into the tiptop of his TFO fly rod and Berto grabbed the leader, got the fly  back and we had released our second fish of the day and 8th of the trip. We raised several more fish with no bites and 3:30 we left and headed to a FAD about 60 miles away, when it got dark at 6:20 pm w pulled in the teasers and continued to steam toward the next FAD. For the day our score was 6 Blue Marlin Raised, four of them bit the fly, Danny and Paul each caught their third marlin of the trip, we also caught 8 sashimi grade 4 to 6 pound yellowfin tuna on fly. (6-4-2) At 7:00 our crew served an awesome dinner with sashimi appetizer, with coconut chicken, mashed potatoes, and salad. Danny and I had some 25 year old rum; whole Paul had a glass of bourbon. Tomorrow will be awesome, went to bed at 8:00 pm.

Thursday, August 2, 2018; we woke up at 5:00 am as James started the engines and the crew pulled the sea anchor and stowed it below, the sky is dark and it is raining. Berto deployed our teasers while I got the TFO fly rods with Mako reels ready. Bernie began cooking breakfast while we drank some awesome Costa Rican coffee we were marlin fishing at 5:30 am in pouring down rain. Overnight Captain James had moved us to a sea mount which was 62 miles away from where we had been fishing during the last two days. At 5:50 am we raised a 120 pound blue marlin, Paul Lombardi cast my pink and white tube fly rigged with a single Gamakatsu 9/0 hook, and that marlin gobbled the fly then put on a great show. At 6:16 Berto grabbed the leader, removed the fly and released our first Blue Marlin of the day. Our next fish turned out to be a big (350-375 pound) Blue Marlin, at 7:04 Danny Cline cast the fly and the marlin ate it and took off heading away from the boat. This big fish jumped around in a circle as big as 2 foot ball fields then charged at the boat and jumped 11more times, after 26 minutes Danny had the fish close with 5 more feet to the leader but it took off again. at 7:59 Berto grabbed the leader and released that awesome fish. At 8:04 we raised a double and Paul hooked a nice Marlin this 200 pound beast jumped a lot then came toward the boat. Paul fought this fish perfectly, and he wound the leader into the tiptop and then Berto released that awesome Blue Marlin, our third of the day and eleventh of this trip. At 8:30 we raised another marlin which did not bite and then Danny hooked fish which fought great and jumped a lot, and at 8:51 am had that marlin within 3 foot of the catch, and then took off and made a series of jumps before the hook fell out. Paul hooked a 130 pound red hot jumping fish at 9:54 am and fought it quickly to the boat. At 10:14 Berto removed the fly and hook and that awesome Blue Marlin swam away, we had our 4th blue marlin of the day and 12th of this trip released by 9:15 am. At 10:05 Danny hooked a hot Blue of 120 pounds this fish was close several times but kept on fighting. Finally at 10:49 Danny caught his second blue marlin of the day and his fifth of the trip. This was our 13th Blue Marlin of the trip. At 11:07 we raised another marlin which did not eat, then at 11:13 Paul hooked a 220 pound Blue which took out 300 yards of backing while grey hound jumping all the way, then around in a big circle before charging the boat while jumping all the way. After a quick 12 minute battle, Alberto removed the fly from hat Blue Marlin and released it unharmed to fight again another day. The Next fish was a 160 pound beauty which Danny hooked at 2:48 pm this fish fought hard and only jumped once then went deep. The next time I saw that marlin it was jumping 150 yards out ten we backed down as Danny Cline put line back on my Mako Reel. At 3:14 the leader came into the tiptop of the TFO BW-MD fly rod then Berto got the fly back and released the 15th Blue Marlin of our trip. We raised a marlin at 3:29 and another at 3:44 both fish refused to eat the fly, our next bite was at 4:30, Paul made a great cast and the Marlin ate his fly. That big fish jumped lot and raced away then went deep, tug of war for 35 minutes, then it came up and jumped11more times after which it went deep again. At 5:24 Paul backed the drag all of the way off to less than a pound, that marlin swam to the surface and jumped several times ten just laid there. We backed up and Paul wound fast, we were 2 feet from getting the leader in when the fish surged, Paul froze and forgot to take his hand off of the handle, the 20 pound test IGFA class tippet (leader) broke and we all watched that awesome Blue Marlin swim away free. Wow, what a day, (17-9-7) we raised 17 Blue Marlin, got 9 bites, we caught and released 7 Blue Marlin on fly. (46 23-15)  Most of our fish were caught in the rain all were caught using IGFA Fly Fishing Rules with 20 pound class tippet. At 6:00 pm we finished up in pouring down rain and headed toward Los Suenos marina. I love my job wish you were here please stay tuned for more reports to follow next week.

These 15 Blue Marlin caught from 23 bites is a new record for the number of Blue Marlin caught on IGFA 20 pound class tippet during one of my “Blue Marlin Fly Fishing Schools” aboard the vessel “Dragin Fly”. Congratulations to The Dragin Fly Crew (James, Berto,and Bernie) on a great job, and to Danny and Paul for winding the marlin on those Mako Reels!!

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Costa Rica Blue Marlin Fly School Report
July 22 to 28, 2018

Greetings from Los Suenos CR:

Sunday, July 22, 2018; my friend/client David Taylor arrived here at my condo at 10:00 pm tonight after flying for several days from his lodge in Alaska. His fishing buddy Tim Gunderman however did not make the trip as he came down with Gaul Bladder problems and had to have his removed and is in good shape, we hope Tim makes it down here next season to experience the best fly fishing for Blue Marlin in the world. David had dinner, drank some good rum, and went to sleep.

Monday, July 23, 2018; David and I got some good rest last night and woke to a beautiful Costa Rican morning, we had some of the world’s best coffee, and I took a dip in the pool and got my equipment ready to go. At 3:00 pm we showed up at the vessel “Dragin Fly”, loaded our gear, and boarded, mates Berto and Bernie untied the “Dragin Fly” then Captain James Smith backed out of the slip and headed out towards “Blue Marlin World”. The crew put out the teasers at 4:30 pm and we began fly fishing, at 5:20 pm we raised a Sailfish which teased in and quickly ate the pink & white Cam Sigler tube fly which was cast perfectly by David Taylor. After a short 6 minute battle on my new Temple Fork Medium Duty Blue Water fly rod and David’s new Wes Seigler, Lever Drag, fly reel, we took pictures and video of this first fish of the trip and then released it to fight again another day. At 6:20 pm it got too dark to see the teasers so we called it a day, enjoyed a hot dinner, took a shower, and went to bed at 8:00 pm.

Tuesday July 24, 2018; David and I woke up at 5:00 am to the smell of hot Costa Rican coffee brewing, while Bernie cooked eggs, bacon, sausage, and toast, meanwhile Berto deployed the teasers and I got the TFO Blue Water-HD fly rod with my Mako #9700 ready to catch some Blue Marlin. The swell is 5 foot high and 100 yards apart, light west wind with a 1 foot chop on the water, sunny with white puffy clouds, just a beautiful day. We worked around the sea mount marking lots of bait and some marlin on the fish finder, then at 7:00 am after raising no fish, Captain James headed away toward the south and another sea mount 18 miles away. We raised our first Blue Marlin of the day at 8:59 am, it did not bite, and then another blue came up at 9:06 am, that fish did not eat the fly either. The next Blue Marlin at 9:34 am was about 300 pounds, David made a good cast and the marlin climbed all over that pink fly, within 5 or 6 seconds the marlin was jumping away from us about 50 yards away from the boat as we backed down and Dave began to put line back on the big Mako fly reel. After a 12 minute battle with many more jumps, we were on the fly line about 30 foot from the fish, at that minute that great fish surged, jumped away from the boat, and broke the 20  pound test IGFA class tippet. Wow what a great fish, we are ready for the next one. The next marlin came up at 11:56 am (no bite) then another one at 12:20 pm, (no bite), at 12:30 we raised a fish (no bite), and then at 12:40 pm David got a bite and the marlin went deep, 12 minutes later that marlin broke off with at least 400 yards of backing out. At 1:05 David hooked another fish which ran out lots of line then jumped 3 times and broke the tippet. We raised 1 more marlin which bit the fly, David fought it until the marlin went deep, surged, Jumped, and the tippet broke. At 3:29 pm we raised another shy Blue Marlin, it teased halfway to within casting range and faded off I did not bite. At 6:05 it was getting dark, we stopped fishing for the day, our score was 10 Blue Marlin raised, David got 4 bites, and broke the tippet on all four 10-4-0. James is heading about 60 miles to the east tonight so we will wake up on a different fad tomorrow morning. We just had an awesome dinner with smoked sockeye salmon from Alaska which David caught last Thursday, along with pasta with cream sauce and jumbo prawns. Tomorrow should be better, I love my job.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, Woke up on a new location at 5:00 am, with coffee brewing and bacon cooking, we had drifted almost 7 miles with a brisk wind and a strong current. After pulling and stowing the sea anchor and heading back toward the FAD it was light enough to put out the teasers and begin our hunt for Blue Marlin on fly. 5:24 am we raised a 200+ pound blue marlin, David made a good cast, and the marlin ate the fly and took off for a short run on the surface. Within several seconds that marlin reversed course and raced past the boat on the port side, Dave saw the slack in the line, raised the rod and moved to the center of the cockpit, while trying to get the slack out of the line, at the same time the marlin made a great jump as he passed the boat, with slack at each end of the fly line the fly fell out of the fishes mouth and it was gone. Great way to start the day with a pre-sunrise  blue marlin bite, as the sun came up we found that we were surrounded by rain and clouds the wind was from the south at 10-15 with scattered rain showers. The air temperature and water temperature are the same at 83.5 degrees and there are two other boats on this spot, at 7:00 am each boat has had one bite, only one marlin caught here in the first 2 hours. 7:30 the wind slowed down and the sun came out with mostly blue skies, and at 7:40 a hot blue marlin teased in and ate the fly. That bite was awesome (text book) as the backing melted off of that big Mako fly reel the fish hit overdrive, jumped about 200 yards out and let go of David’s fly, it was all over in less than four minutes. Dave’s next bite came at 8:10 am this marlin ate the fly, went straight away, then stopped and shook its head and was gone, spit the hooks and we got the fly back. At 10:01 am a hot blue marlin charged in and ate the black and silver streamer fly, Dave did a great job using the new TFO BW-MD fly rod combined with my Mako #9700-B fly reel, this classic 200+ pound fish ran out then made a circle while jumping and charged the boat, jumping all the way. The marlin then went down for 20 minutes then with steady pressure, Dave, along with the excellent boat handling by Captain James Smith forced that marlin back to the surface where it jumped 7 more times at 36 minutes into the battle we got to within 20 foot of this awesome fish, then it took out a hundred yards of backing and we started over again, at 10:47 as a rain storm was getting close David caught his first Blue Marlin of the trip, while using IGFA rules and 20 pound test class tippet, we removed the fly and then released that awesome fish. During the next hour we were in a squall with hard rain and a cold 20 knot wind, the rain stopped but the seas were still choppy. We didn’t see another blue marlin during or after that storm and at 2:30 pm I rigged a TFO Axiom 9 weight fly rod with a TFO Atoll-3 fly reel, a RIO 9 weight floating fly line with a 16 pound class tippet and a 3/0 white half and half fly. James put the “Dragin Fly” directly on top of the FAD, and David proceeded to cast to and catch 6 Yellow-Fin Tuna, and a small Dolphin (Dorado), all on IGFA legal fly tackle. This 10 minute stop gave David Taylor an off shore Fly “Grand Slam” with a Blue Marlin, Dorado, and Yellowfin Tuna in the same day. At 3:15 pm we raised a blue marlin which did not bite. At 4:01 we raised a nice big blue marlin on the long rigger, it teased in and when my first cast of the trip landed, that marlin grabbed the pink fly and got the hook under the bill, he ran off 50 feet, stopped, and shook his head until the hook fell off, we got close to a quick release but not close enough. At 5:01 we raised a marlin but it did not bite, then at 6:05 pm while it was getting dark, and the almost full moon was bright, a 175 Blue Marlin came in hot. I made a quick cast and that marlin came out of the water as it ate my fly, this fish was red hot, Jumped and took out 200 foot of line and reversed direction and charged the boat while jumping the whole time. At 6:13 pm I had the leader inside of the rod tiptop, and 2 minutes later Berto had the bill and removed the hooks and fly, after a few pictures in the water we released that awesome marlin. By the way my spine is working perfectly. Today the score was 8 Blue Marlin raised, 6 bit the fly, of which we caught and released 2 Blue Marlin, 6 Yellowfin Tuna, and 1 Dorado using IGFA fly fishing rules and class tippet. (8/6/2 on Blue Marlin.) During the day we had some smoked sockeye salmon which David caught and smoked last Thursday in Alaska, we also had some fresh tuna and Dorado sashimi, for dinner Bernie made some grilled chicken with fresh vegetables, I was asleep after hot shower by 8:00 pm.

Thursday, July 26, 2018; James started the engines at 5:00 am while Berto and Bernie pulled and stored the sea anchor. David and I woke up, cleaned up, and came up for our first cup of coffee. At 5:25 am Berto deployed the teasers while Bernie cooked breakfast and at 5:30 we are fly fishing for marlin. We raised a hot marlin at 7:40 am and Dave made a great cast, the marlin ate his fly and then within 15 minutes we were 20 foot from landing that fish when it took of straight down. It is now 9:15 and Dave has had the running line in several times, however that fish has not jumped since the first 10 minutes of the fight. At 9:41 am Dave Taylor released his second blue marlin of the trip, it weighted over 250 pounds, Berto took the hooks and fly out of its mouth and it swam away, nice work Dave. We raised 3 more marlin by 10:15 that did not bite, then at 10:20 I hooked a 300+ pound crazy fish, which I had on for 9 minutes and got to the running line twice then it went crazy jumped in a big circle, then charged the boat ad broke the 20 pound class tippet. 10:42 raised a blue, ate a teaser but not the fly, in pouring down rain, then at 11:12, I hooked a hot 150 pound blue marlin, I put the heat on it and within 6 minutes had the leader into the tip of my fly rod for a technical release, I then fought that fish for 12 more minutes before Berto grabbed the leader and removed the fly from that awesome Blue Marlin and released it at 11:31 am. David hooked a nice blue marlin at 12:10 pm in the middle of a rain storm that fish took out 400 yards of backing after jumping 11 times, then put on a well fought battle as we kept closing the distance between marlin and boat. After a 50 minute fight, we saw that 270+ pound marlin explode into a series of jumps before Dave finally finished her off at 1:20 pm when Berto took the fly back and let her swim away. Between 2:00 and 4:00 pm we raised two more Blue Marlin; one would not eat while the other marlin bit the fly and stayed on for 5 minutes then jumped, put on a show, and then spit the hook and fly back at us as he swam away. Seems like the marlin stopped biting, after that, we never saw another marlin the rest of the day, it is a beautiful full moon tonight for our ride home. Looks like steak, mashed potatoes, and salad for dinner tonight, with ice-cream for desert. Today our score was; raised 8, got five bites, and caught 3 Blue Marlin on fly, for the trip, we raised 26 Blue Marlin and a Sailfish, we got 15 Blue Marlin and a Sailfish to bite the fly, of which we caught and released 5 Blue Marlin and a Sailfish, all on 20 pound test IGFA class tippet on fly. Yesterday David Taylor caught 6 yellowfin tuna, and 1 Dorado, on 16 pound class tippet on fly, that combined with his big Blue Marlin gets him an IGFA fly offshore Grand Slam.

As usual The “Dragin Fly” team of Captain James Smith along with mates Berto and Bernie did a great job and served awesome meals along with the world class fly fishing. Thanks to TFO Rods, Mako Reels, Gamakatsu Hooks, RIO Products, Cam Sigler Flies, George and Anna Beckwith, Los Suenos Marina, and all of my awesome clients/students, who make all of this possible. I will be heading back out on Monday afternoon, stay tuned for more fly fishing reports. I love my Job, wish you were here.

Jake Jordan's Fishing Adventures
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july 25, 2018

Hey Cap,

Flew from CR to Austin and now I’m in San Fran. I’ll be home Friday. Let’s catch up then. 

Unreal trip!! Great time. 

Anna did a phenomenal job setting this up. I can’t wait to go back. Your Capt JAMES is a solid dude.


Thank you so much for making this possible. On this trip I’ve raised my lifetime total to 20 marlin caught with a fly-rod. On this trip I hooked 11 fish and boated seven. Awesome trip on Dragin Fly with Captain James Smith, along with his mates Berto and Bernie!!!




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