As fishermen, we see a lot of weather. Some of the most stunning visuals of my memory are days on the water. Mornings with rainbows and lightning to left and the sunrise to the right or a day like these in this past fishing trip. We’d be plotting the next trip, but the weather was not cooperating. Everyday brought a wind from the north east and cold currents along with it. Then we spotted a break, a complete change. Winds from the south and warm currents with them. Over the course of 2 days (more stories coming soon) we boated 25 big fish and numerous baits, which we never ended up getting a single bite on — All artificial!
The water was electric blue, visibility was coming in around 50 ft if not more around the rock formations! The ocean was alive and we were desperately wishing we brought some more muscle as we were hooking up one after another and often 2 or 3 lines all at the same time! The usual jacks, pargo, and groupers were around and hungry, but to our surprise so were some yellowfin tuna! Most of the tuna were between 15-30 pounds, perfect size for shashimi on the boat.
The top water action was unbelievable, just about every popper we tried something would hit it. If you’ve never had the pleasure of throwing some poppers on a beautiful day, add it to your bucket list. Seeing the fish come out of his cave and dart as fast as a bullet to strike your popper in an explosion of splashes at the water line is not only awesome to watch, but when you’re at the other end it is equally intense to feel the strike.
Arguably the best part of every successful fishing expedition is eating the catch of the day, and eat we did. Our first night we had shashimi as an appetizer with grouper in garlic & butter sauce for an entre. Paired with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables dinner was great, Mar y Coco restaurant in playa del coco made some outstanding food throughout the trip.