Capt. Erickson brings a nice yellowfin tuna aboard his "Reel Pleasure" in Costa Rica.
As some anglers await the breaking of the ice and the first salmon runs on the Kenai River, other fishers are joining Captain Mel Erickson, Soldotna Kenai River guide, in Costa Rica for a Central American fishing adventure. This is the first year that Erickson has offered the exotic fishing adventure. "I took a fishing vacation last winter to Costa Rica and was aboard a Costa Rica Dreams vessel in Los Suenos having a great time and later ran into a boat for sale, so we partnered up and I added my boat to his fleet and have started offering winter fishing adventures to Alaskans," said Erickson.
Erickson says that fishing in Costa Rica is an entirely different experience. "You have a lot of warm water with water temperatures in the 80's and air temperature in the 90's, so you run around the boat in shorts and have to be careful about getting sunburnt, but one can quickly adjust to differences from Alaskan fishing," said Capt. Erickson. The species of fish are also very different, but equally large. "Our most predominant catch is sailfish, and they average 80 to 100 pounds and occasionally we'll land one up to 150 pounds and typically we catch 5-15 sailfish a day, along with an occasional yellowfin tuna or dorado mixed in and an occasional blue or black marlin," added Erickson.
While some fishers await the breaking of the Kenai River ice jams, other try fishing Costa Rican waters.
The "Reel Pleasure" is located at the Los Suenos Marina near the town of Jaco, a 90 minute drive from San Jose. There is an 18-hole championship golf course surrounded by lush jungle nearby. While a Costa Rican fishing adventure may sound like an adventure that only the rich and famous can afford, Erickson says that's not necessarily the case. "It's actually quite reasonable, especially if you team up with some of your buddies. If you have four or five people you're looking at around $250 to $300 bucks per person for a day of fishing, and airfare from Alaska is very reasonable. You can usually find a flight from Anchorage for around five or six hundred bucks round trip, and living expenses are really reasonable. Ocean front hotel rooms go for $100 dollars or less and food is very inexpensive, with a filet mignon dinner going for about $10 dollars. Ground transportation by taxi is also really cheap, so it's actual very economical and a guaranteed cure for cabin fever," said Capt. Mel.
The "Reel Pleasure" is managed by Costa Rica Dreams, the Los Suenos Resorts official charter company. The nearby town of Jaco has many tourist attractions and fine restaurants, hotels, shopping, surfing, rainforest trips, and of course the world famous Beatle Bar. The charter office is located at the marina and is professionally staffed 7 days a week 7am-6pm. You can contact Capt. Mel Erickson locally at 262-2980, or check out the website at www.Fish-Costa-Rica.com
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