Teach a Man to Fish

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
Trip End Mar 05, 2011

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Deep sea fishing was a big success. We ran out from the harbor for about 20 minutes to Cabo Blanco where we put out 2 rods with minnow plugs and started trolling. It was pretty quiet at first but a boat of Tico's had apparently caught 7 yellow-fin jigging, so our guide started to roll in our trolling rods to do some jigging. As he reeled in the rod on Remee's side we had a hit and brought in a nice Red Snapper. Whole fish on the BBQ for dinner. Yum yum.
Well no luck jigging so we started trolling again and before long we had a small black tuna in the boat. We picked up another 3 Black's and a fish he called a Jack which was the biggest fish of the day. Maybe around 10 pounds.
After a couple of hours off the rocks at Cabo Blanco he rolled in the lines and we headed to a point where we were to catch barracuda and mackerel. It was just off the harbor and off our beach as well. We picked up a couple of small barracuda's right away but that was all the fishing action we were going to see.
On the way to the mackerel spot he took us over what appeared, as we came on it a shallow spot, but was actually bubbles coming to the surface from an underwater vent from a sub-sea volcano. Pretty cool, I guess it has "always been there" and the guide obviously wasn't concerned about an eruption. I can't find anything about it on google so I guess from a Costa Rican standpoint, a country with an incredible amount of seismic activity it doesn't hit the radar screen.
We took the snapper to cook whole and some of each of the other 3 kinds of fish to taste and left the rest with our guide for his family. It was good fun and a beautiful way to spend our morning. Contact information is 8820-0969/ 83119-9009/ or 2640-0014. The Propietario is Gerardo Castrillo Barrantes but we talked to Douglas who is the son in law of the caretaker here and our guide was Toto who is Douglas's brother. I am not sure if he is  a friend of Dorothy's or not.
After we got home and had a little down time I went out for a walk. As it was mid-day and the tide was high I opted for a walk up the hills in the jungle rather than on a soft unshaded beach. I took a route that Ryan and I had taken when we wee here 2 years ago and from a different starting point I headed up on the wrong road from the beach. At the top of the hill it was apparent that I was on the wrong road and I coincidentally ended up outside the house of Stephen, the property manager from the first house we stayed at, who set me on the proper track. It ended up being close to a two hour walk and a dip in the pool was certainly a feel good experience once I made it back to the house. Really a beautiful walk though that I will take again before we are done with our trip. I expect without the starting detour it would be more like a 90 minute walk.
We had another beautiful sunset that we enjoyed from the deck chairs by the pool.
Rather than cook the fish we caught for dinner we served the kids up spaghetti and Tricia and I went out for a date to Milarepa as it was sushi night. Along with the kids sushi we did have a little bit of pan fried barracuda as protein and a little taster. It was quite good.
Sushi night at Milarepa is quite popular so we couldn't get a reservation until 8PM which is getting pretty close to my bed time but we took it as the kids were keen on pasta and a date seemed to be in order. When we arrived the place was packed as we expected but they took us to our special table right away. It was two pool lounge chairs with place mats at the end and a large 4 candle candelabra in front of them for illumination. A little different but it did the job. The sushi was great and the experience was great although the service was a little slow. 
We found the kids in good spirits and ready for sleep when we got home after a lovely night out. Today we are going back down to Nalu Surf Shop to pick up a couple of boards and get Tricia and Remee set up for some more lessons. I have decided that my flexibility, or lack thereof, is a big enough impediment that surfing will not be added to my repertoire and Christoper is a little cool to the concept after taking a couple of surfboards to the head. Remee, as expected is gung ho.

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JB on

Doesn't sound like you are in Kansas so that may be an entirely different Toto.

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