Saturday, June 18, 2011
It is with great excitement that Frenzy Sportfishing announces that Marc Montocchio has released the video of his photoshoot "Shades of Gray." Back in April Frenzy Sportfishing hosted renowned underwater photographer Marc Montocchio and cutting edge filmmaker Luke Pearson for a week of shooting sailfish teased up behind the FRENZY. Some stunning images and video were the result of our team's efforts.
Shades of Gray is a stunning portrayal of sailfish behavior as they are teased into casting range right behind the transom of the boat. The video can also be seen on Frenzy's website at this LINK.
Come join us for some spectacular summertime fishing for huge yellowfin tuna and some really whopper dolphin!
Come on down and join us in July!
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The Frenzy continues...
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The Occhio Frenzy continues...
What a day!!! We raised a few, jumped in the water on some, but nothing panned out on the sails today. However in typical Frenzy Sportfishing fashion the day provided some treasure in the form of a huge log floating about 25 miles offshore of Quepos. We jumped in and filmed the remarkable array of life swimming around the log. There must have been hundreds of fish of all descriptions calling the log home. We even saw dorado (mahi) down about 25 feet. There were yellow fin tuna down about 50 feet. Simply spectacular! Watch the video for a mere sense of the frenzy that was available to us.
See it on You Tube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ7_YUVG7YY
The Occhio Frenzy continues...
Monday, April 11, 2011
|Marc coming out of the water after getting the shot!|
Follow us this week as we continue to pursue what has never been done before. www.occhioinc.com/blog
And when you have a chance ask me about the marlin that would have gobbled up a fly today. The Frenzy continues...
Sunday, April 10, 2011
We ended up raising a few more, getting our timing down and getting Marc and Luke in the water. While we didn't get the shot that Marc is looking for we felt like our day was a success. We just need a bit more cooperation from the fish!
Upon our arrival in Quepos we were greeted by an afternoon rain shower. This gave Marc a chance to jump in the pool, rinse his cameras off and see if there were any sails in the pool.
We're back at it tomorrow as the Occhio Frenzy continues...
|And Jose thinks I bring a lot of camera gear on the FRENZY!|
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
|A sail trails the fly line as he leaps away.|
|Ber holds his fish at boatside while Mako prepares to grab the leader.|
|Mako shows off a sail for my camera!|
"Hello Jamie, I am off and running this morning, but wanted to take the time to send this quick note to you. Myself and my clients were amazingly impressed with your Frenzy crew yesterday. I have fished all my life, the last 12 years here in Costa Rica and the15 years before that in Guatemala, learning how to fly fish for sails and marlin. Your crew was leaps and bounds above every other crew I have ever fished with. Marco is a jewel of an individual and made us all tired just by watching him work! Mako is also awesome, and along with the captain Jose, they make a great team. I think I will give up on competing in the fly tournament, we don't have a chance against that team, haha. Anyway, what a great day, thanks so much and I will be working hard to book you guys some more.
Dan Ross - Owner
Dan Ross Sport Fishing"
It is always great to hear from clients and booking agents that they have had a great time fishing with us on the FRENZY. A successful day on the water takes a lot to put together and our team is always working hard for our clients.
There are a huge pile of fish hanging around Quepos so come on down! Contact Willy Jimenez for reservations.
The Frenzy continues...
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
|Lance's sailfish takes to the air.|
Nat was up next and didn't have to wait long for a fish to be raised. While Nat prepared himself for the cast, Johan teased the fish into casting range. The call "cast the fly" came and Nat slapped the fly down beside the teaser. Johan yanked the teaser out, the fish ate the fly going left to right and Nat gave a hard left sided hook set. Somehow, and I'm not sure how, the fly came right out of the fishes mouth. Go figure.
I'm up and it's quite raining. Nice! Then it starts again. Bad! A hungry sail shows up, eats the fly and after a short fight is released at boatside.
Lance catches another one. But this time with a little more style. Before the fish is raised Lance lights a stogie. The fish shows up on the left short teaser and Lance casually walks to the transom, tosses his fly in the water, casts the fly and hooks the fish. Simple, except that it was raining and a bit choppy. Lance caught the fish in about 7 minutes and throughout it all he never lost the fire in his stogie!
Nat's back at it again. After some discussion between us about hook setting strategies Nat gets a shot at a hot fish. I am not lying when I say that Nat set the hook with a wild look in his eye and makes quick work of the sailfish. Our mate Rudy announces that the fish has a very short bill. At boatside I lean over to stick a tag in the fish and see that Nat has sunk both hooks to the hilt. Now that's a tournament style hook set if I ever saw one. Pretty work Nat. And by the way we have this fly fishing tournament coming up next year if you're interested...
We ended the day with 4 sailfish released on the FRENZY II, two of which I tagged with Billfish Foundation tags which I am hoping will get reported back to us when the fish are re-captured.
On the 43' FRENZY they had a big day catching 6 on fly. Lee apparently caught two back to back in a total elapsed time of no more than 6 minutes. He mentioned something about the other guys not wanting to get out in the rain.
|A beautiful sail shows its colors at the boat.|
One more day at it as the Frenzy continues...
Monday, March 14, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
At about the same time these guys appeared, the howler monkeys cranked up. The males declared their dominance as their howls resonated across through the rainforest. It is amazing how loud they can be at 6 am.
The day ended as usual with a beautiful sunset and drinks in the pool. Now it is time for some grilled chuletas (pork chops), a glass of wine and time with family and friends.
Tomorrow we're back on the water as the FRENZY continues...
Monday, March 7, 2011
Oh yeah, Happy Birthday as the Frenzy continues...
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Tomorrow we're fishing with Rafa and Rudy on the Frenzy II. I'll file a report when we get back to the dock.
Pura Vida as the Frenzy continues...
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
We're headed back down for a week of fishing on the Frenzy. I am taking my wife Jenny, seen above with a whopper of a fly caught yellowfin tuna. Our oldest son is bringing a college buddy and wants to do nothing but fish, and I'm guessing drink beer! No problem... They return to the US on the 12th but I am staying down and hosting a group of fly fishermen at Casa Carolina. I'll be teaching them the basics of fly fishing for billfish as well as some advanced tactics for sea monsters as I call the big ones.
The way the bite's been we could be in for a great two weeks of fishing. But fish have tails so we'll see. Check the blog, website and Facebook for regular updates.
The Frenzy continues...
Saturday, February 26, 2011
What a time we had in beautiful Quepos last week! Casa Carolina is an awesome place and we all enjoyed staying in this lovely, lovely home. Willy was always right on top of anything we wanted to do and also had great advice for activities and things to do in the area. We ate at some fabulous restaurants and loved our outings to the beach, Manuel Antonio, the National Park, etc. Ziplining was a favorite of everyone! We spent two days fishing, the first on the Frenzy (43) and the second day, on Frenzy II (35). These were such adventures for us. Both days we had perfect weather and the crews were incredible! The boys caught seven sailfish, four tunas, mahi---unbelievable!! The second day we got the girls to fish. We caught Spanish mackerel and the girls caught amberjack. Woody's already talking about "our next trip" on the The Frenzy. I'm enclosing some fishing pictures. Thank you! BETH"
Hey Beth thanks for the kind words. We're glad you and your family had such a good time in Costa Rica. Your pictures tell the story.
We have a few open dates remaining this year. Contact us to Catch the Frenzy!
The Frenzy continues ...
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
|Nice work on the sushi folks!|
We have a few days open so come on down and enjoy a day on the water with our tournament winning crew. Contact Willy Jimenez to book a trip.
The Frenzy continues ...
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
|Willy catches a sailfish on a 10 lb spinning rod!|
That was the question I received this past Sunday from a fellow who was planning his trip for some billfishing in Costa Rica on the FRENZY and couldn't get in touch with Willy. So I started looking for Willy and couldn't find him either. Not by e-mail or by telephone. Sometimes the e-mail and phone service goes down and I can't get in touch with him for a day so I suspected that was the problem.
But then late that afternoon Willy called me from the dock. It appears that Willy had used his day off to go sailfishing on a boat we have taken under management, the 28' Bertram "Front Row". More on this boat in a later post but back to Willy. The boat owner, Rusty Cullum, was running the boat, Willy was fishing and our maintenance man from Casa Carolina, Saul, was the mate for the day.
They found pretty blue water about 20 miles from shore and began fishing. Willy, being the man that he is, decided that he would try to catch one on a spinning rod. Not just any spinning rod but one that we would normally use for fishing for bass in a pond or for jigging up bait. We're talking 10 pound test! Willy didn't have to wait long for a hungry sailfish to come screaming into the teasers Saul had set out. Willy pitched the ballyhoo to the sail who ate it immediately and commenced to doing the sailfish thing by jumping all over the ocean. After a 10 minute battle on the spinning rod, Willy and Saul had the fish boatside and gently pulled it in for a quick hero shot! I must say "Pretty Work Guys!"
|Willy and Saul on their day off!|
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I have just returned from another wonderful time in Costa Rica and wanted to share part of my most recent Frenzy experience. Jamie has covered our tournament days in other posts. I wanted to add some of the other happenings during the 2011 GIFT.
During our first two practice days, I got to know more members of the Frenzy team. Dr. John Dean who is our scientific advisor, was joined be his lovely wife Robin. While Jamie, John and I spent hours in discussion of our upcoming sailfish tagging program, Robin and Jenny Walker enjoyed the on-shore activities in the area. I think the highlight for them was watching a family of three 3-toed sloths in a tree just out the front door of Casa Carolina. Also having the little Titi monkeys crawling all over Saule who works at the house was quite a thrill.
Dr. Dean is a remarkable person and a wealth of knowledge about the science of many species of fish. I had a great time talking with him especially since my undergraduate degree was in Biology and I actually participated in some research in my day. He caught me up with some of what has happened in the field since my minor involvement some 30 years ago.
The three of us are very excited about team Frenzy developing a tagging program for the Pacific Sailfish. Our plan is to place some satellite tags to gather information about the life cycle of this beautiful fish throughout the year. Then, working closely with colleagues of John both at home and at the University of Costa Rica in San Jose, we will collect biological data on age and reproduction characteristics of this fish. Our ultimate goal will be to add knowledge about the life cycle of this remarkable fish so that the population can be managed and maintained for years to come. I’m looking forward to participating in the scientific aspect of this project and John will be sending me some prior research papers on work so I can get myself up to speed on the hard science.
We finished off our visit with the Deans when they treated us all to a gourmet dinner at Kapi Kapi, another of the great restaurants in the Manuel Antonio area. I want to thank the Deans for the wonderful time we spent together and for all the great things to come as we work together.
The Frenzy continues….
Saturday, January 29, 2011
|New mate Mako's skills really made a difference this year.|
|Kerwin puts the finishing touches on a billfish.|
|Kerwin's practice day Black Marlin. Nuff said...|
|Marco enjoys the results of the watermelon slicer!|
|The first sail of the GIFT Tournament dances across the water|
Friday, January 28, 2011
As I have said many times before there is nothing more meaningful in this business than hearing from folks who have come down to fish with us and take the time to write and say what a wonderful trip they have had. I just received the following from the Keillor's who were just here:
It was really good to hear that the Keillor family had such a fine time fishing with us. And many thanks for the great photos!
Now I have to go write up my blog entry for the GIFT Tournament. You bet it was a FRENZY!!!
The FRENZY continues.
Friday, January 21, 2011
It’s a travel day for me. I’m sitting in the airport in Houston waiting to make the second leg of my journey back to Costa Rica for the 2011 Gray Invitational Fly Tournament.
Jamie called me a couple of nights ago concerned about if we had the proper flies and just what we needed to do to be ready for this years contest. I guess I wasn’t exactly polite when I asked him “Are you just starting to think about this? I’ve been working on this for the past 360 days!!!.” Just joking!
I’ve been working for the past few months with several of our friends whose expertise in different aspects of fly-fishing that has proven to be invaluable to the past success of the FRENZY team.
I’ll be trying out a new reel from our friends at Waterworks-Lamson in Ketchum Idaho. We have been sold on the Waterworks reels for several years now. The new Vanquish is supposed to be even better so I’m excited to give it a good test.
Brian Thielke (our own personal world class fly tying master), knew the tournament would be coming up and he called us last month just to make sure we had what we needed. Since there have been so many marlin being caught this year, we have had Brian prepare some special marlin flies in addition to our usual sailfish fly order.
Garry Sandstrom, our equipment and tackle expert, has provided me with three new fly lines that he wants tested. One of the lines is experimental and Garry feels it will be a definite improvement over what we have used in the past. Garry is one of the best fly-casters I have ever seen. Because of his reputation, he is constantly testing new lines for the various manufacturers. Overall the lines coming out are stronger, and yet much thinner than what we have used previously and should cut down on the dreaded drag created by the weight and size of the line. This is important when a big fish takes out several hundred yards of line or when we intentionally let one fish run when we hook up a double and then have to work each fish individually.
Garry and I spent a good deal of time preparing equipment and lines at Puget Sound Fly Co. It’s owner, Anil Srivastava, is constantly on the phone to make sure that we get everything we need from the various companies in a timely manner and he is gracious enough to allow us to use his shop equipment as we load reels and build fly-lines. Anil also provided me with some flies that he developed over 10 years ago, the Shock and Awe. I hope to soon cast these to Mahi, sailfish, and tuna. It is a great fly that is used a lot in the Northwest for sea-run cutthroat and salmon although in a smaller size.
All these friends, Brian, Garry, and Anil, are world class fly-fisherman in their own right and we are grateful for the information and assistance that they provide as part of Team FRENZY.
Well it's time to catch that plane. The Tournament Starts Monday!!!