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Jerry's Fishing Report

October 20th

by Jerry Ruhlow

Tarpon action continues hot and heavy on the Caribbean coast, but no reports from any skippers, marinas or lodge operators on  the Pacific coast this week, so we have to assume that fishing on the Pacific has been mighty slow and your best bet for scraping up something for on the west coast  might be fishing from the beach.

Case in point is the 45-pound snook caught fishing from shore at Playa Hermosa  last week  by Dan Gibson, who lives in Jaco Beach (see photo).

Dan said the big snook hit a Laser Eye  lure  he was throwing on 20-pound line wth a 40-pound test leader in only three feet of water and he had it to the beach after  only a 15 minute battle.

That is a monster Pacfic snook, and particularly  noteworthy having been caught from the beach and in so short a time.   The all-tackle record for the species is 57 lb. 12 oz. caught trolling trolling the breaker line off the Rio Naranjo by Gerorge Beck on a boat out of Quepos in August, 1991.

Other Pacific Snook records from Costa Rica waters in the record book are 31 lb. 10 oz. on 6-pound line at the Bongo River by Alberto Gutierrez Aruna, May 1, 2005; 55 lb. 8 oz. on 12-pound line at Rio Parrita, May 23 of 1992 by Jose Brenes J.    49 lb. 13 oz. on 16-pound line at Rio Tulin, May 20, 1990 by Gerardo Cespedes.

Pacific snook run larger than the more abundant Atlantic variety, but the Atlantic snook taken on Costa Rica´s  nortern Caribbean coast are apparently far more abundant since we have a vastly greater number of anglers coming down for snook that fish that area out of the lodges at Parismina and Barra Colorado.

Keep in mind that a the Fat Snook, a much smaller variety of the species, will begin their annual run on our Caribbean within the next few weeks.  They offer a rare opportnity to get your name in the record book  as the only world mark for that species is the all-tackle record and the line-test records will be included withn the International Game Fish Association gets a few more entries for the species.

George is trying to contact the manufacturerers of the Laser Eye lure to tell them about it, but no luck and I tried an email search and came up with zip.  If anyone has their email address, contact George at villasdepaloseco@racsa.co.cr.

To submit fishing reports, for more information on fishing or assistance planning a trip, fishermen, skippers and guides can call Jerry at 282-6743 or email him at jruhlow@racsa.co.cr.  Fishing reports should be submitted as early as possible by  Monday of each week.

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