As the sun set on Playa del coco, and the big catches and big misses fresh on our minds, we pressed forward in our adventure to our next destination, Manuel Antonio to fish out of the nearby town Quepos for our blue water shot for the trip, generally this time of year the sailfish are out en’force, The weather was on our side so all things were a go as we drove down down the Costa Rican coast a picturesque drive through tree covered highways that, while at times, can be a little hectic through the middle of the country. When you reach the coast a serene drive awaits you through acres of date palms and open roads ahead.
Manuel Antonio is a unique and beautiful section of costa rica accompanied a national park, a must do, hike when traveling through Manuel Antonio, the side trails to waterfalls, and a wide variety of wild life including; monkeys, sloths, racoons, and a plethora of birds will keep you entertained for more then a few hours… Throw in a few pristine white sand beaches and a little slice of heaven awaits. Did we mention the food?
The cuisine in Quepos/Manuel Antonio is top of the charts in costa rica with a wide variety of chefs from various places around the world there is an abundance of restaurants to choose from that should sate any pallet. All this beauty however didn’t serve a distraction for our main purpose in the area… fishing. The ride out was a joyful one as the fishing to this point in the trip was fantastic! Breakfast of champions in hand we joked about immediate hookups and with a good morning cheers out the way we were upon the fishing grounds, about 15miles out that day.
Rigged and ready we dropped lines, everyone settled in, anticipation ripe in the air, 3 minutes, 4 minutes, 5 minutes, line screaming.. a cheering captain directed our attention to a jumping sailfish in the distance… a big one… before he could jump again a second line strikes, another large sail, after a 30 minute battle one large pacific sail is in range tired and unhappy he fought and fought and fought some more, but ultimately was caught and released. The first bill had made the boat, and it wouldn’t be the last!
We came in contact with 6 sails throughout the day and a Dorado that put on quite a show, taking a cue from the mahi we got our show rolling once again and made our way down through the south western region of Costa Rica, driving down through the entire Osa Peninsula to Mata Palo, where we’d be fishing for our last stop on the trip, but getting there was a bit more interesting – The River Crossing – was quite the event, after yelling across the river for the boat man a younger Tico shows up via horse back and fires up a small dingy boat and maneuvers a huge steel barge across the pick us up. It was a David v Goliath looking scene as this tiny dingy slowly but surly moved that barge with its tiny little engine across the Rio Sierpe, but he landed on a dime and delivered us across in the same fashion. The Osa is an incredible drive all the way down to Golfito, across the Golfito Dulce, the last port before Panama.
It also hosts some pretty solid in shore and off shore fishing along with some of the longest surf breaks in the world. Whenever Addictive Angler makes its way down to Golfito we always stay at the very unique and always welcoming Casa Roland Resort. The art decor, all Costa Rican made, creates very rich environment and an incredibly well designed lounge/bar create an ambiance that will keep a smile well engraved on every fishermans’ face! Happily aching bones found a comfortable landing in the plush and relaxing rooms of Casa Roland, reinvigorating us for one more fishing trip.
Lindor Sr. and Lindor Jr. Were running the boat, great fisherman out of Golfito who we really enjoy fishing with! The weather was a bit on the wet side for part of the day, but it didn’t do much to slow down the bite, and before long we had fish in the boat, the day would be a little slower the up north, but we caught more then enough to fill our plates for the evening! A 3 course meal that was first class, and good enough to earn a sweet ass from Addictive Angler, 1.5 for the pie! It was an incredible trip, one that wont ever be forgotten, or as our great friend Porsche would say:
There is a saying in Costa Rica:”Pura vida” meaning pure life and that is exactly what they have there as the country is untouched with its natural beauty and abundance of wild life everywhere.The hospitality of the people are second to none.The fishing,both on sea and land [muchas chicas],was extreme to say the least.We did both inshore and offshore charters and caught such a wide variety of fish that knocked many “firsts” off of my personal list.Before the trip I was feeling as if I was stuck in a rut and this vacation has given me a renewed vigor for life and put a spring back into my step.Gaff and I would like to make it an annual event.Thanks again guys.May all your lines be as tight as Jeff in the morning after his breakfast of champions.We are now friends for life.Your good buddy respectfully, Porsche
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