Benn GilmourThat's Fishin'

That’s Fishin’ – March 2024

Thank you for joining us for the latest instalment of That’s Fishin! Calm seas, blue skies and tales from the high seas—you have come to the right place!


This year’s Roosterfish Rodeo took place on February 3rd and witnessed 21 boats head out along the beaches, rocks and islands along the central pacific coast in search of the greatest number & largest Roosterfish of the day. Our friends from GRAY FISHTAG RESEARCH were in attendance and were on hand to educate and promote the importance of their Roosterfish tagging program. A total of 67 Roosterfish were caught over the weekend and tags were deployed on 29 of these fish which was a fantastic result and gives us a great head start to our 2024 ROOSTERFISH TAGGING PROGRAM. A huge shout out to Capt. Greivin aboard FLY CATCHER whose Anglers landed the largest Roosterfish of the day a 57” stunning fish, taking home the largest Roosterfish Jackpot as well as a stunning Roosterfish trophy and prizes from our great sponsors.

Taking overall top honours in the tournament was TEAM SALTY BUCKEYES aboard GOOD DAY who were representing OHIO STATE. They put in a great performance releasing 8 Roosterfish with tags being deployed in 7 of those Roosterfish. Taking top female honours was Kim Davis, top first time Angler was Jay Davis and top Junior Anglers was Ainoha Araya aboard ASI O MAS. 2nd place in the event was last year’s winners, TEAM ASI O MAS and never far from the podium on our Inshore tournaments was Capt. Roy Zapata aboard SKY II taking 3rd place. A huge thanks to all sponsors, boats and teams that took part and made sure that this event continues to go from strength to strength.


GOOD DAY 8 Roosterfish – 1000 points
ASI O MAS 650 points
SKY II 650 points


Sailfish dominated the Offshore catches during February as we are now in the midst of peak Sailfish season. Many boats in the fleet got to experience double digit Sailfish days with lots of happy anglers getting a chance to enjoy the incredible fishing and make memories for a lifetime. Blue Marlin were fairly scarce with the odd Blue Marlin showing but not so many in terms of overall numbers. There have been some EPIC BLACK MARLIN caught at the Offshore reefs over the past fish, true lifetime catches with fish over 500lbs being released by several boats in the fleet. There have been some huge Bull Dorado running and both GOOD DAY & SWORDFISH caught Trophy Sized Bull Dorado during mid-February. These opportunities should continue through April. There have been lots of Wahoo getting caught by the fleet in recent weeks, what a truly great fish they are, Wahoo look good, fight hard and taste awesome, what is not to love! Huge congrats to GYPSY GIRL for several great WAHOO catches this past month.

There have been lots of tuna and spinner dolphin schools 25+ miles offshore, we have had days where we have caught lots of tuna and other days when there are clearly lots of tuna there but they do not want to bite a thing. That’s Fishin! Huge congats to MONKEYSHINE, BIG EYE 2 and MOONWALKER who have all caught WICKED TUNA style yellowfin Tuna this past month with several fish way over 100lbs.


There has been some excellent Inshore fishing along the coastline these past few weeks with some of the largest Snook of the year making an appearance recently. Some huge 30-40lb Snook have been getting caught at our local river mouths. We are now entering the time of year when it is a real possibility to catch one of our 50lb plus Snook that Costa Rica is famous for and every year we wait with baited breath to see if a world record will be caught. Our Roosterfishing has been fantastic also with lots of Roosters in the 10-30lb range with regular catches in the 40-60 range also.
Snappers, Corvina, Tripletail, Jacks and Mackerel have all been biting consistently also during Inshore charters.

We have some great Inshore boats available for charter here at Marina Pez Vela, check out Good Day, Asi O Mas, Fly Catcher, The Bite, Cocodrillo, Idra 2, Sky 2, Mucho Fisho, Mirse Azul, Chloe Frijole & Isabella. All of these boats provide excellent Inshore charters & will do their best to put you on the fish!


Our next tournament to look forward to is the SAILFISH SLAM taking place at the Marina Pez Vela on March 9th. This is one of our low-cost, 1-day family friendly, fun tournaments and it would be great to have you join us for this one! Our full tournament event schedule is at

March 9 Sailfish Slam
April 13 Marina Pez Vela Open
April 14-19 Offshore World Championships
July 6 Summer Shootout

Tight Lines, see you out there!
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Benn Gilmour
Jackpot Sport Fishing, Marina Pez Vela, Quepos
Cell: 8458 4997
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