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December trip


Good morning-


Just wanted to report that our 1st ever trip on your boat was a fantastic experience for my wife and I even though fishing was slow.  Super nice, friendly and professional crew!  My wife and I were very impressed.  This was also our 1st ever trip to Costa Rica and will not be our last!  Los Suenos is simply an amazing place!


FYI- I spent some time with James up top and he could not say nicer things about you guys!




Mark and Pam Harman

Fredericksburg, TX

Dec. 27


Sorry for the late email - it got crazy after returning home with such a big family.


I’ve had the opportunity to fish in a number of places, but CR has topped them all! I say that in spite of breezy, overcast weather (our normal) 😂 but it was made special by your crew.


We stepped on board the first day greeted by who I now consider friends. They want to catch fish as much as anyone, but the care they showed my group was paramount.

My poor brother in law and his kids laughably were one and done, yet they devoured the food prepared earlier once they stepped foot on land. They all said it puts an Oregon Inlet charter to shame!


My 10 year old, who puked his guts out each morning then rallied (even though he’s offshore with us EVERY trip) made it clear it was the best time of his life- 3 blue marlin!


He absolutely loved James - what a wonderful man, and a very passionate fisherman.


My son Carson is the epitome of an introvert, yet he wanted to send a Christmas whats app video (yes I learned that shit as well while there) to him yesterday which James promptly replied. I can count the men on one hand that Carson will open up to so you can imagine how it made me feel to see him running in staring at the plotter asking questions.


I spent some time on the bridge with James running in each day. He’s an example…Digging deep he really expressed a bucket list wish of coming to our coast. I needed Rick to answer all of his white marlin questions! If you guys ever want to make that happen, please come up to VB for a few days offshore on me.


Don’t change a thing - we’ll be back soon, and good luck in the series!


Dec. 10

 Hello George and Anna,


We got back late last night.  Thanks for setting us up on the Dragin Fly!  That was my son’s 1st time fishing offshore and he loved it.  Capt James and the crew helped him and his 8 year old friend, also his 1st time offshore, catch their 1st sailfish and dolphin.  The crew made it very easy for the kids to get the fish in and we great with them as well and the trip that much better.  My buddy, Matt “Cookie” Daniels was hoping to catch his 1st bill fish and within the 1st hour of the lines hitting the water, he had released a stripped and blue marlin!  We all had a great time and I can’t wait to see the crew again next month.


Thanks again,


June 26

 "One of the best days on the water ever.  Not the most fish in one day but we had so much fun.  3 sails, 3 tuna, Bonitos, and a shark.  Weather was great.  

 You should know that you have the best crew and captain I’ve ever fished with.  "


June, 2021


Dear Jake,

 I wanted to write and thank you again for the outstanding adventure that my son and I had at your June 2021 Marlin School in Costa Rica.  Prior to our departure from home, Anna with Down East Guide Service provided excellent travel information including entry and customs requirements, cell phones, safety tips, money and tipping. Anna was particularly helpful with the strict COVID documentation necessary for entry into Costa Rica and personally coordinated all of the testing requirements for re-entry into the US. We were well prepared.

 The moment we cleared customs, we were met by one of your courteous drivers who recommended an excellent restaurant for lunch on the way to your beautiful condo at Los Suenos.  Los Suenos is very safe and secure and we appreciated your generous hospitality.

 The “Dragin Fly” was an extremely comfortable ship due to the recent installation of the Seakeeper Stabilizer.  The boat just did not roll.  This made for a very comfortable ride as did the great A/C, and comfortable beds.  The food was outstanding. Captain James and crew are consummate professionals. It was a joy to watch their close teamwork when a fish hit one of the teasers. Captain James' and first mate Berto's 14 years of experience with the Dragin Fly in these waters certainly paid off for us.  Their expertise in locating and teasing-in fish combined with your vast knowledge, flawlessly designed equipment and expert instruction proved to be the winning ticket for us.  As first time marlin fishermen, we experienced phenomenal fishing.  Over the three days we raised 34 blue marlin and one sailfish.  10 marlin and one sailfish hit our flies of which we caught seven marlin and 1 sailfish.

 This was truly a “trip-of-a-lifetime.”  It exceeded all of our expectations.  Not only was the fishing superb but so was the camaraderie between captain, crew and clients.  Above all, the trip was fun and a great bonding experience with my son. I would recommend your marlin school to anyone wanting the challenge of catching one of the world's greatest salt water trophy fish on a fly.  Please feel free to use me as a reference.



Richmond, VA




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1907 Paulette Road
Morehead City, NC 28557


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