Amberjacks in Gulf of Nicoya
Trip Start Jul 18, 2011
23Trip End Aug 08, 2011
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Where I stayed
Casa San Roco
What I did
Buena Vista Sportfishing
We arrived at a small beach south of Samara and met his first mate, Jason, and took a rowboat out to the fishing vessel, a 25' penga boat. He reported that he had been having very good luck this week, so we were optimistic for an excellent day of fishing.
Christian is a French expat who is married to a Costa Rican woman named Clarisa. Christian's French is, of course, perfect. His Spanish is excellent, but has kind of a funny, French accent that I had some trouble understanding
After hours of jigging that pushed Mike's forearm to the point of cramping, we decided to troll for a while. Still, no luck. We headed in closer to a reef and they used top water plugs. That was the ticket, we started catching amberjack's again. The next one was Alex's and the largest of the day at about 20lbs. That might not sound like much, but those 'jacks really know how to fight. Mike had to help Alex hold onto the pole while Alex did the reeling. All total we caught seven fish; not the giant yellow tuna we had been hoping for, but a respectable day out.
When we got back to shore Christian introduced us to his wife and daughter and invited us back to visit their home
Christian and Clarisa were kind enough to invite us back for dinner, so we walked home, rinsed off the salt and gave the kids a snack in case they were offered fish for dinner. I was kicking myself that I didn't bring any gifts with me. I usually like to bring Virginia peanuts or some such thing that is special to home to share with folks we meet, but I never got them into the bag this time. Luckily, I had stashed away a bag of Starburst Fruit Chews for the kids so we wrapped up a handful of those to bring to Nicole.
We seemed to do a little better with conversation when we returned. Mike brought along his iPhone and we used the translator when we got really hung up for a word or phrase. We also used Google Earth to show each other where we grew up. Clarisa got a huge charge out of showing us where her other family members live. She was able to pinpoint the houses and we were able to see exactly where we were because it is so sparsely populated. As Christian cooked dinner he told us about his time cooking as a chef aboard a cruise ship
The swordfish was fabulous. Dad, Mom and Kate all enjoyed it immensely. Josh and Alex were very polite, tried a little fish and quietly moved portions of theirs over to Dad. All in all, it was an excellent day. Christian and Clarisa even sent us home with a little of their yellowfin tuna to have at dinner (boys will get pork chops) on Friday. They are very kind and generous hosts.