Benn GilmourThat's Fishin'

That’s Fishin’ – September/October 2018

That's Fishin' headerWelcome to our Dorado special edition of That’s Fishin! Dorado, Mahi Mahi, Dolphin Fish, three names but yes guys, it really is just one type of fish! No matter what you choose to call it, this magical fish has been capturing the attention of Sports Fishing enthusiasts around the world for a long long time. In fact, Costa Rica is home to the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) World Record Dorado, a huge fish measuring 69.5 inches and tipping the scales to 87lbs! The fish was caught in the Papagayo area of Guanacaste in northern Costa Rica back in September 1976! So we are no strangers to large Dorado here in Costa Rica and in fact in recent months there have been some pretty special Dorado landed by the Quepos fleet.

man with dorado

In July 2018 a 70lb Dorado was caught aboard the 31’ GOOD DAY by Charlie Rogers from ‘Against the Grain Charters’ (check them out!) in Key Largo Florida, whilst vacationing in Costa Rica. This was the largest Dorado caught aboard GOOD DAY for some years. Just 2 weeks later on August 8th, Jordan Gilchrist from Texas caught another HUGE Bull (male) Dorado measuring 65 inches which also tipped the scales to 70lbs! Jordan had also caught a 50lb Cow (female) Dorado the day earlier! These are just huge fish by Dorado standards. Many of the Quepos captains have caught 50lb plus Dorado in recent weeks which is just fantastic fishing.

woman with 2 huge mahi mahi as big as herCasting our minds back to April 2018 and the Offshore World Championship here in Quepos, all tournament records were broken for the size of the Dorado caught with the largest Dorado weighing 62lbs with the top six fish all being over 45lbs!

So why all the fuss about Dorado? Well not only are September, October, & November our peak Dorado fishing months here in Quepos but we eagerly await the very first Marina Pez Vela DORADO DERBY which is set to take place on November 17th. We are really excited about this one! The tournament really is open to all, tourists, locals, novices, pros, with just a $250 team entry fee and a one day heaviest fish format, meaning literally everyone that enters could stand a chance of winning the event. Charter boats, private boats large and small are all eligible to enter the DORADO DERBY and this event marks the start of the 2018/2019 Marina Pez Vela tournament season, for sure it is one that you will not want to miss! This will be a fun event with Weigh-in, dock social, fish fry and prize presentation following the fishing. Come down and join the fun at the Marina on November 17th, all are welcome!


We had some excellent fishing here in Quepolandia during August with good numbers of Blue Marlin released by the fleet. Most of the Marlin are in the 150-250lb range, with occasional larger Marlin also. Many of the boats in the fleet enjoying some GREAT Marlin action. Releasing 1 Marlin in a day is already the perfect day but many of the boats have released 2, 3, or even 4 Marlin in a day which is simply incredible fishing wherever you are in the world. Capt. Franklin on the Big Eye had a day releasing 4 Blue Marlin and another day with 2 Blue Marlin and 5 Sailfish, simply incredible. There were some great Sailfish days also with the guys on DOUBLE NICKLE having a few great days with more than 20 Sailfish raised. CARIBSEA broke all of their own boat records during multi day overnight trips to the Marlin FADS & Seamounts during July & August producing some really impressive numbers of Blue Marlin. One husband and wife duo releasing 12 Marlin of the 18 that they raised in just one day of fishing and another group releasing 29 Marlin in 3 days of fishing!


There has been some great Wahoo fishing in July & August over the Offshore reefs and underneath floating debris. The fleet experience a slammer Wahoo day during early August with the 44’ MAKAIRA & 31’ GOOD DAY catching 5 Wahoo each and several other boats also getting in on some great Wahoo action. Captain Junior & Captain John from Quepos Fish Adventures have enjoyed some great Tuna fishing with some really nice sized Yellow Fin Tuna caught recently up to 150lbs.

man with mackerelINSHORE FISHING

If you want to experience a short trip on the water, then a half-day Inshore trip is your best option. With the seasonal rains at this time of year there are days that the Inshore conditions are not ideal and on occasions getting live bait which is important for a successful trip can be tricky. When we get good bait there are some nice sized Roosterfish to be caught at this time of year in addition to some Mackerel, Jacks, Snappers and occasional Snook. If conditions are not ideal for inshore then your Captain can take you 8-10 miles Offshore on a half-day trip looking for the current and debris lines that are common this time of year. Find a floating log, tree or similar and there is a good chance that the Dorado/Mahi Mahi will not be far away!


Nov 17, 2018, Dorado Derby
Jan 12-13, 2019, Pelagic Rockstar
Feb 22-23, 2019, The Pescadora Billfish Championship
Mar 15-16, 2019, Quepos Billfish Cup
Apr 26-27, 2019, Marina Pez Vela Open
Apr 28-May 3, 2019, Offshore World Championships

See for further details!

See you on the water!

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Benn Gilmour, Jackpot Sport Fishing
Marina Pez Vela, Quepos
Cell: 8458 4997
[email protected]