You know, there are many things related to the outdoors that I enjoy but very few of those compare to my love for fishing. You never know if a cast is going to result in a snag, a bite, or a fish. If it’s a snag, will it steal your lure? If it’s a bite, will you get to see it happen or just get that little “rush” thinking you might be able to set the hook? If it’s a fish on, will this be another tiny one or something that you will remember the rest of your life.
Well, I was blessed with an opportunity to go down to Costa Rica on vacation with my lovely wife last week. Between the stresses of work, being Scoutmaster, or just being a father, it was time to relax. I can’t think of a better way to relax than going fishing, right? Well, I was able to coordinate a deep sea fishing excursion in the Pacific Ocean while we were down there. We booked it on Sunday and the trip was not going to take place until Wednesday. How was I possibly going to wait three days to go fishing? Ahhhh!!!!!
Wednesday came and we got picked up on the beach at the hotel at 7AM. We quickly got transferred to the fishing vessel “Navegador” and we started heading to deeper waters. After an hour, we landed on the fishing grounds and the first mate quickly started getting the gear ready. We had our bait in the water for only 5 min when the first fish hit. It was a Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish- about 4′ long! This was to be the start of the most epic day of fishing I have ever had. In the 7hrs we were fishing, we caught 17 fish in total. We ended up with 10 Pacific Sailfish, 5 Mahi Mahi, and 2 blackfin tuna. Of those 10 sailfish, 4 of them were over the 96″ length putting them in the “trophy” category. The largest of them all was a 116″ monster that took two of us to land.
I was able to capture some of the action on camera and if you have 15 minutes of your life you never plan to get back, check it out:
Fishing is something that was introduced to me at a young age by my Uncle Ken. Every campout I went on as a young scout, I brought my fishing pole and tested my skills. My passion for the Boundary Waters stemmed from my High Adventure trip we took up there in 1989 and was fueled largely by this fishing obsession.
I now have a new obsession- deep sea fishing. I can’t wait to get back and do it again.
But now that the vacation is over and I’ve recharged my batteries, it’s time to get back to the real world and keep moving the troop forward. We have a strong group of young scouts and I know a number of them are hungry to go fishing, and I can’t wait to help make that happen! Luckily, our next two months have activities where we’re on the water and I’ll get the chance to light that passion in the young men of Troop 73!