Angler Dispatches: Golfito, Costa Rica

Christian Hampl catches and releases 17 blues in one day.

17 blues

17 blues

From Christian Hampl on August 6th:

We started really early since we had been sleeping offshore the past two days. There were smooth seas, but we truly did not know what to expect since the day before had been a little "slow" as we had managed to release just five (Incredible fishing under worldwide standards but we've been too spoiled by this season!).

So, we thought it was going to be another so, so day. At 6:30 in the morning, we had the first one on the leader, and since then it was non-stop.

We raised about 30 fish, many doubles, a triple and at one time we counted five blues in the spread! I was the only one fishing, so we had a pretty low hookup ratio compared to how many we raised. At about 4:15 p.m., we caught fish 17, after that we had a couple hours left of sunlight, but the bite shut down.

We stopped fishing around 6:00 p.m. and made the long run back to port at night. The first 13 fish were caught with pitch bait. The last 4, as the fishing got harder, took live bait. _ __ _