Season 4 Episode 15: The
Ultimate Kayak fishing experience.
The past two weeks have
provided a number of epic outings here in Costa Rica with the most impressive
being towed around the Gulf of Dulce by monster Roosterfish in a Kayak.
This post will feature several photos that attempt to capture the Kayaking
Experience along with some scenic shots from DroneBoy and other outings.
OK… When I say “attempt to
capture the Kayaking experience,” it’s just that because it’s hard to describe
the whole process in words – you need the photos to understand how incredible
the undertaking actually is.
To begin with, the whole experience
is a sensory overload beginning with loading up gear in the Kayaks on the beach
at 5:10 am, followed by a slow paddle out to the center of the bay with an
incredible sunrise appearing over the mountains in Panama in the
distance. The low angle but intense sunlight, sounds of the birds and
subtle noise of the water hitting the bow of the Kayak as you paddle out is the
calm before the storm begins when you get hooked up to something REALLY
BIG. By Big, I’m referring to 40 and 50 pound class Roosterfish and 30
Of all the fishing I’ve ever
done around the world (including the most remote parts of Alaska and the
Rainforest mountains of Bolivia), this is the most physically demanding.
Over the course of this particular morning, these impressive creatures managed
to tow my Kayak a total of 7 miles around the gulf. Whereas I haven’t
measured the speed the Kayaks hit while being towed, I estimate that it could
actually be in excess of 6 Knots. My Garmin fitness watch also recorded
the mornings effort expending 2,400 calories and achieving over 27,000
Then there is the MINOR
problem you face when you actually tire the fish out enough, to reel them into
the Kayak before being unhooked and released. It’s at this point that you’re
most vulnerable to A). Getting a large hook impaled into your hand
B). Getting Capsized by the fish and Dumping your craft into the
gulf C). Getting wacked in the head by the fish (aka BEAST) when it
proceeds to go ballistic as you try to do something really stupid – like
take a photo.
Sound like fun? It is
if you actually enjoy inflicting significant pain upon yourself. Which I
tend to do - on a daily basis.
On this morning, Captain Tosh
and I managed to steer/guide/encourage/pull and finally tow a 45 pound
Roosterfish to the beach to get a few close up photos. The highlight of this
fishing experience is having a close encounter IN THE WATER with one of
nature’s most impressive species and THEN gently releasing it into the gulf to
continue its life at sea.
When I release a fish, I try
to leave them with… 1. A sore lip 2. A little lactic-acid build-up and
3. A memorable and lasting experience.
Enjoy the photos and as
always… Plan your trips.
PS: Unique Species Count for
Fish is now up to 59.
Photos of the day... Sunrise over Crocodile
Captain Tosh catching
Some shots of Tosh in the
incredible low angle light of sunrise over Panama.
Say Hello to My Little Friend. Several shots of Roosterzilla’s. These Jacks pound for
pound may be the most powerful gamefish in Costa Rica. DroneBoy photo of the Gulf
at low tide. Da Beach. Sunrise over our pool.
Froggggy! Tony Thompson and I
managing a rare Double catch of Cubera Snapper. Captain Cory with the
Cubera of the Day.
48 Pound Yellowfin Tuna.