With the Cape Cod saltwater fishing season about to kick-off, this will be the last "Costa Rica Saturday" blog post for quite some time.
However, I'm going to continue blogging about Costa Rica, but over at MFCC's new "sister website" https://arenaalta.com.
Lauren and I are helping Costa Rica's Arena Alta Wildlife Village & Reserve with their online marketing. We haven't purchased property yet at Arena Alta (which is right next to the beach where I do all my fishing in Costa Rica) but we are saving up our pennies and seriously thinking about it. Definitely check out the Arena Alta website and let me know what you think!
Using Circle Hooks On Topwater Plugs
If you watched the roosterfish kayak video from last weekend, then you may of noticed how difficult of a time I had removing two sets of razor sharp treble hooks from deep in the mouth of a huge roosterfish which was thrashing at the side of my kayak.
When I prepared my tackle for Day #2, I made a decision to swap out the treble hooks with one big single hook.
In addition, I decided to use one big single circle hook on the tail end of the Halco Roosta Popper. I hoped this would make releasing the roosters much easier and far less dangerous for the fish, and for me!
I was not all that concerned about potentially missing a fish or two due to size 9/0 circle hook, because there were literally hundreds of roosterfish feeding off the beach.
Sure enough I would end up missing two giant roosterfish during this trip because I did not have treble hooks on the lure.
However, the third big rooster of the day got hooked perfectly in the corner of the jaw. Releasing that fish was 100x easier than dealing with the trebles, as you will see below. 👇
Giant Roosterfish Snaps Travel Rod In Half
Unfortunately, I had broken the tip off my 7'6"ft St. Croix travel rod while paddling into shore during my previous trip. This was devastating, because now my only option was my 9ft surf rod, which would be much more challenging to use from my kayak.
So what I (in hindsight) foolishly decided to do was take the tip section of the 9ft surf rod and electrical tape it to the 7ft travel rod. It actually looked good and the "Frankenstein" setup cast exceptionally well. It would be much easier to use from the kayak than the big surf rod.
This second kayak trip for roosterfish was pretty much just as nutty as the first. Big roosters were exploding on sardines all around me, and I could see giant roosters cruising beneath my kayak. I even got the chance to follow a manta ray around for a few minutes.
At around 7:30am I hooked a monster roosterfish on my "Frankenstein" rod, which exploded in half about midway through the fight. Fortunately I was still able to land the fish, revive the big rooster, and enjoy a successful release despite the shattered rod!
You can watch it all unfold and learn more about how to catch roosterfish from a kayak by clicking play below.
Chasing down full grown adult roosterfish from the kayak this past winter in Costa Rica was definitely one of the most exhilarating fishing experiences of my entire life.
Roosters are incredible creatures and unbelievable sport fish. Plus the people, the wildlife and the beach, make this area of Costa Rica very special. It's really become a home away from home for Lauren and I.
As mentioned at the beginning of this post, with the Cape Cod saltwater fishing season about to kick-off, this will be the last "Costa Rica Saturday" blog post for quite some time.
However, I'm going to continue blogging about Costa Rica, but over at MFCC's "sister website" https://arenaalta.com.
Thank you for following along with our 2019 adventure to Costa Rica, and I will see you over at the Arena Alta Wildlife Village & Reserve website!
Tight lines 🎣
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!