It was sunrise, all my equipment was ready, birds were starting to fly from their nests into the ocean and Captain Leonel was waiting for me at Arenal Beach for a day of fishing. The ocean was a bit rough, mainly because of the changes of currents that we have at this time of year, we were heading to Playa Lagarto because he had a tip that we could find 50 pound tuna around the area. Incredibly, a group of dolphins joined us on the way to the spot, there were about 5 of them, including two little ones that were just learning to glide next our boat.
We trolled around the area for a couple of hours and had no bites, so we decided to move down to Isla Iguana to see if we had better luck there. On our way we saw a couple of sting rays jump out from the water! This is something I had only heard of but had never seen before. It was quite impressive to see these massive animals that you usually see on Discovery channel, just jump out of the ocean right there within eyesight. It was a beautiful day, blue skies, wild life everywhere we looked and I almost forgot that I was fishing…until that magical sounding alarm, the reel, went off!
After a whole day of fishing, I finally got one Pacific Mackerel in my cooler. When we returned to the beach, some locals asked what I had brought back and when they saw my catch replied, “Sorry you didn’t do so well”. This response was interesting to me, because in a couple of hours I had seen dolphins, sting rays, birds and I even got to catch something!
When people ask me, “When is a good day to go fishing?” one phrase that I heard from a fisherman comes to mind: “Any day is good day for fishing, some days are just better than others.”