This past winter my wife Lauren and I guided two awesome groups of MFCC anglers and their wives in Costa Rica. We explored the jungle together, saw sloths and monkeys, and of course went fishing!
If you'd like to learn more about the area of Costa Rica we visited, then please head over to https://arenaalta.com.
The fishing from the beach in the days leading up to this kayak trip had been unusually slow. However, when I woke up on the morning of February 4th 2019, I saw huge topwater explosions about a mile offshore.
I hustled to get my gear together, and within minutes I was dragging a small $5/hour rental kayak down to the beach.
I paddled offshore and encountered what was arguably the most heart-pounding fishing experience of my entire life.
Giant roosterfish and monster jack crevalles were smashing sardines all over the surface. The roosterfish were all huge.
At times I could actually see them cruising beneath my kayak.
The fish would erupt on sardines, then settle and relax for 15 minutes, before erupting and crashing on sardines on again. IT WAS WILD!
About a dozen frigate birds were circling in the sky above, watching the roosterfish and the sardines. I paddled hard to keep up with the frigates and the fish, which were traveling at a good clip.
Heart-Pounding Rooster Blitz
The roosterfish moved so fast that keeping up proved to be quite the challenge. I would paddle like a maniac in order to get a cast into the fish, only to have them disappear and pop up a half mile away.
In between feeds the roosters would "relax" and mill about my kayak, sometimes even swimming circles around me. It was surreal seeing giant roosterfish calmly swimming just a yard or two away.
I could almost touch them!
Finally, at the 18:14 mark in the video below, I was able to place my popper into the middle of a blitz. I pumped and chugged the popper through the water, and elicited a monstrous topwater hit from a roosterfish which I'm guessing weighed around 50 pounds.
The fight was incredible, and I did as good a job as possible reviving and releasing the fish. I hope, and have a good feeling, that she survived
You can watch the full 40 minute video below, or you can watch a quick 60 second recap here.
One roosterfish was sufficient for me.
Roosters are incredible creatures and unbelievable sport fish. I'm confident I could of hooked up several more times, but I was content, and saw no point in harming another rooster.
But you can bet a million dollars I was back out there the next morning!
The next day I paddled back out and experienced action which was just as intense - but I'll save that for next Saturday's video...
If you'd like to learn more about the area of Costa Rica we visited, then please head over to arenaalta.com.
I’m fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I’ve been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!