As with any new destination, the learning curve can be steep. Off Nicaragua, the bite depends largely on the current. “I think the currents are the most important thing in deciding where and how to fish in the north and the south,” says Crawford. “It is very current sensitive in the south due to the large areas, with little or no structure to hold the bait, so the current really needs to be coming in from the south for San Juan del Sur and Mukul to work well. Up north, it’s all about the bait. In August, the bite has been on the west-facing edge the last four years, with the current predominantly pushing north to south.” Most everyone is pulling a spread of circle-hooked ballyhoo over dredges and squid daisy chains, with the new breed of artificial and mudflap-style dredges becoming very popular and productive. Thirty-pound tackle is the norm, but with the abundance of sailfish, it’s fun to scale down to 20 or even 12, keeping a heavier outfit handy in case a blue one shows up on a teaser.