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….