Epic pre-fishing day on the Sea Angel
We’re just a few days away from the beginning of the last Leg of the Los Sueños Triple Crown Billfish Series annual fishing tournament, and the fishing teams are getting ready to give their best during this last chance to take the crown. Some boats have already started their pre- fishing practice.
I was lucky enough to get out on the Sea Angel on their second day of pre-fishing. I got really excited when I got the invitation, as I’ve recently heard some really good reports of clients and friends that got over 60 bites per day.
We decided on an early 6:00Am start, and the first thing I noticed when we were out was the massive number of birds in the air above us. We started getting consistent bites throughout the morning, but the craziness started after 12 noon, when we were getting 4 or 5 bites at a time. It was an amazing feeling to see that everyone in the boat that had a fish hooked on his or her road, and this happened more the once!
I’ll never forget- at one point when we were in the middle of a “fivesome”, Sea Angel first mate Nolan Raunswinter looked over at me incredulously, as if to say, “this is for real?”
In that moment I realized that if a person like Nolan, who has more than 15 years working on fishing boats, were reacting like that, it was because we were having an EPIC day of fishing.
Around 3:30 in the afternoon,Captain BC Angel told us that we would need just 6 more bites so we could beat the boat’s previous record of 76 sailfish in one day. I was thrilled to be able to be part of the experience.
James and Nolan looked at the bait left and told us that everyone needed to give 100% in order to have enough bait to get the job done. A few minutes after that we got a triple, and Shelby (who, by the way, was only on her 4th ever fishing trip) released the last fish for a total 82 sailfish in. We’d done it. The bite was still on and we really wanted to keep fishing but it was getting dark so we had to head back to shore.
There where other boats fishing near us and having just as exciting time as we were. I heard later that Howard Lynch from the Tuna Bite how got around 80 bites that same day.
What an amazing fishing season we are having so far and the fishing down here in Los Sueños, Costa Rica just keeps getting better and better. We are so lucky to be part of this and we are all looking forward to the tournament starting later this week on March 25.