I have been slack in getting this e-mail to you. Back from CR on the 12th and reentry has been a bear. We had two wonderful days fishing with James, Chela and Alberto on the Draggin Fly. The conditions could not have been more perfect: calm seas, sunny skies, and snapping fish. April 3rd saw 18 Sails to the boat with my two daughters catching their first billfish that day, to go along with several double hook-ups. We had about six to eight other bites that resulted in mashed baits but no hookset. To top the day off, we had a nice dolphin hit which yielded several meals for us. April 4th got off to a slower start with the first bite coming about 9:45 AM, but after that, we had a steady pic on the Sails culminating in a husband/wife double at about 2:45, and the ever- gracious Capt. James kept working on one last Sail for us even though it took us beyond the normal 3:00 PM lines-out time. The total for day two: 11 Sails, one very nice cow dolphin and one very nice 'hoo (35-40 no BS pounds), came to the gaff (lost two others to the dreaded meeting of the hinged-jaw and mono leader). We now had enough meat to give some to James and the guys, and transport a cooler full down to Quepos for the landlocked portion of our trip. (during this same time, the "high hook" boats in Quepos were getting two to four Sails/day as were told in several restaurants).
I can't express how impressed I was with Capt. James, Alberto, and Chela. Those guys are consummate pros. They were a blur of motion from the time we pulled away from the dock until we were deposited back on the dock in the afternoon. Prior to becoming a boat owner myself, I did a lot of charter fishing out of Oregon Inlet, Morehead, and Wrightsville, and I can say without reservation, I have not seen a better crew in action. Your guys fish with the precision of an Indy pit crew while preparing snacks and meals, cleaning fish, and keeping the boat squared-away. I could not have been more impressed with their skills or their attention to the comfort of our party (no mean feat considering our party was me and three females ranging 11 years, 15 years, and age withheld upon threat of severe beating). I have no idea how you managed to assemble those guys, but I do hope you can keep them together for a long time to come. I know the fishing is not always as hot as we experienced, but I know nobody that could walk away from a day with those guys feeling like they didn't put maximum effort into trying to catch the party fish. I look forward to returning and fishing on the Draggin Fly. In the mean time I have about three hours of HD video to review and edit to remind me of a couple of epic days fishing in CR.
Jim Mitchell---April 1
All worked smooth as glass on the trip. Accommodations were great, my brother-in-law and I caught nice jacks and two roosters on poppers on the panga trip, we released 11 sails and put two nice dorado in the box. Had fresh fish for dinner at the Cocal. What a treat. Can share pics of the sails/dorado/rooter if you like. Had a very nice ice stay at Los Lagos and topped it off with a Sky Tran zip line tour. My wife chickened out but my sister, brother-in-law and I had a great time on the zip line.
Kennny also did a great job for us. Finally got to meet Mauricio. My sister thought he was Tico mafia!
Thanks for setting this up for us. My sister and brother-in-law were awe-struck!
Best to you and Anna. Maybe we’ll bump into you on the river.
Don Marx March 31
I just wanted to tell you that Terry Hitch and I and a great 2 days fishing out of the Dragon Fly. Caught several large sail and Mai Mai. The first sail on the first day caught by Terry was the largest sail fish I have ever seen …over 9 ft long. Captain James and crew worked like a precision click. It was a pleasure being in the boat with them. I am gonna try and do this again next year!
Wishing you flat water and screaming reels!
PS the Veranda condo was like the Ritz Carlton…outstanding!
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