Costa Rica fishing for Bait

Catching bait in Costa Rica and Panama can be the easiest thing on this list of things to do for the day of fishing or it can be a night mare ! We do a lot more live baiting in Panama because of the amount of Black Marlin throughout the region of the Hannibal Bank and the Island of Montousa we are much more equipped in the morning for live bait success! We have small spinning rods with chunks of ballyhoo on circle hooks ready to go, 30 lb tackle with giant hand made sabiki riggs ready for the morning trip out to the fishing grounds and we also have this little guy pictured here rigged on a 50w penn international! We rigg them on 50’s well…. because they also have caught wahoo, mahi mahi, tuna and large skip jack witch we like the most!  Both Costa Rica and Panama are great for live baiting so now a days we are always rigged and ready but, when it really comes down to it and the water is super clear and the sun is high this is our go to lure for the surface live baits. Small yellow fin tuna, big skip jack and bonita are our go to baits!  My favorite is the skip jack! Whenever we seem to have a healthy skip on the line for bait it seems to produce some sort of Marlin whether it be blue, stripe or black!  For this amazing product pictured here check out or Legend Lures on Facebook for more info about these lures and an enormous inventory of other lures for all kinds off offshore big game.  They have a countless selection of different heads and skirts to choose from for Marlin, tuna, sail fish, mahi mahi, Wahoo. Get back out on the water and dont leave the dock without a legend lure!




the bullet bait killer

the bullet bait killer

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Mr Trigger takes kids fishing, Quepos

Weather your going for a giant tuna or a huge Marlin getting the young guys and gals out on the water is truly the best when it comes to the Mr trigger crew!  This trip happened to be on our little stint back in Panama where we fished for Black Marlin Mahi Mahi and big Tuna!  We had an amazing time going out and teaching this guy different lure techniques, live baiting for marlin and tuna, and pulling dead baits for some sail fish that where around!  Fishing between Panama and Quepos Costa Rica has given the Mr Trigger crew lots of experience to further exceed their customers expectations for an amazing fishing trip!  We will now be residing in Marina Pez Vela located in Quepos Costa Rica for the remainder of our carrier! The bite is truly amazing with season holing numbers in Sail fish by the 20’s 30′ even release numbers in the 50-60’s !!!  The Marlin bite is really good as well with all the structure around that holds the bait all season long!  Marina Pez Vela is an amazing new marina truly blowing away the neighboring marinas in Costa Rica!  It has very accessible docks for the clients and crew, a huge fuel dock for just about any vessel, and 5 amazing restaurants around the campus!  In die time there will be an amazing hotel on the campus and when it does we will be offering packages from there no dought! It will truly be the top place in the world to fish for guest world wide that want to see an array of pelagic fish !  Yellow fin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Stripe Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Sail Fish and Wahoo are the major fish species that people get a chance to target! Along with Rooster fish, 10 different types of grouper and Cubera snapper are there in plenty as well!




taking the kids on their first trip is truly the best

Taking the kids fishing in Panama or Costa Rica is always a great day on the water!

Quepos Sport fishing for Blue Marlin

Fishing this past season has been amazing for us out of Quepos, Costa Rica! We pulled a lot of lures and we had an amazing out come raising 25 Blue Marlin 6 Black Marlin and over 100 Sail fish un just a month of solid fishing! This is a underwater shot on the GOPRO!  We are taking a lot more pic this year and making sure our clients get them by email so they can enjoy their trip to Costa Rica! Blue Marlin like this are rare we usually get a shot a day or up to 10 a week depending on how much bait is around water temp and clarity of the water! We have had up to 10 shots a day and landed over 20 a week in past history! ” see past fishing reports” Black Marlin on the other hand I think are just as common but they don’t thrive on the surface as much as their counter [parts the Blue Marlin, Stripe Marlin and sail fish! And because we are usually trolling small live baits or dead bait we don’t see them as much but, on cloudy over cast days we have seem them more on the surface and have raised up to 6 in one day in the past!


We are closed as of now due to re-fitting the boat with a new generator, paint job and brand new Penn fishing gear! We look to reopen this November to be ready for our season of 2016-17!  We reside in Panama at this time but will be headed back to the beautiful Marina Pez Vela in late November to get started!



Quepos Costa Rica

Using the GoPro to get a nice underwater shot for a client!

Sport fishing Marina Pez Vela

For the months of November through July Mr Trigger Sport fishing will be fishing Quepos,Costa Rica out of Marina Pez Vela !!! We are still in our newly refit 34ft Black Fin Combi and are looking forward to the future of fishing in Central America!! We are also doing 5 fishing day all inclusive packages out of Boca Chica Panama and will be there for the months of August and September!  In both countries we will have a three man crew of 2 deck hands with over 20 years experience and a Captain that has been all over the world working as a mate and Captain and has now returned to help out his crew perfect their craft! Sport fishing in different areas is what Mr Trigger strives in! We have fished pretty much all of Costa Rica except the Golfito coast and now most of the Northern coast of Panama has been fished by our boat!

For more info please check out Panama Sport fishing.

Yellow Fin Tuna

Yellow fin tuna ready for dinner. Sport fishing the coast of Quepos.

Black Marlin Quepos Costa Rica

Black Marlin Quepos Costa Rica.

Black Marlin Quepos Costa Rica.


Although Black Marlin are not as common as there brother the Blue Marlin Mr Trigger has a unique style and gift when it comes time to targeting these monsters!! We average a few a week when targeting them in the months of December, July and August when the rains are slow but constant! Sport fishing out of Panama and Quepos Costa Rica gives us a ton of opportunities to target these amazing fish!

Marlin living Costa Rica

Blue Marlin boat side with a under water gopro shot

Blue Marlin boat side with a under water GoPro shot

GoPro has for sure changed the way the Mr Team has looked at advertising!  After a week of Marlin fishing off Quepos Costa Rica we released 12 Blue marlin and got this amazing shot of one of them in the 400 pound range just before a tag was placed and she was set free!


Sport Fishing Tuna Panama & Costa Rica


Yellow Fin Tuna are in a huge abundance in the Costa Rica and Panama pacific waters and Mr Trigger splits his time in between both!  In Costa Rica we leave a little earlier than the other boats in the morning to catch those timid tuna first thing in the morning when they are on the surface and then the rest of the day we target them with small live baits or even chum for them!  In Panama we target them a little different. W leave just as early as in Costa Rica but we go for them with live bait the entire day looking for them on the surface and down deep!

Mr Trigger Marina Pez Vela

Mr Trigger is a fully equipped 34 ft Black Fin Combi with all the trimmings!  We started fishing back in 2005 with a 24 ft Morgan designed out of Boca Raton Florida. We now race around central america fishing in this beautiful fish raising machine for the last 4 years!! We have released over 2000 sail fish and over 1000 marlin since the new boat was introduced to the business in 2011.  Mr Trigger sleeps 3 with a gen set, ac, tuna tubs, live well, tower, and Garmin electronics! Safety gear is our top priority and we have a 2015 epurb and life raft that will accommodate all on board!  We now have an amazing new venture and new destinations we fish. We fish Marina Pez Vela and the Los Suenos areas of Costa Rica December through June then head to Boca Chica Panama for July and August! The boat now is closed for business September through mid November for reconditioning for our guest the next season!

34 ft Black Fin Combi

34 ft Black Fin Combi

Sail fish Quepos Costa Rica

Marina Pez Vela

Marina Pez Vela

Mr Trigger prides his self in targeting these Sail fish off Quepos Costa Rica.  For the months of December through April is an absolute amazing time to target Sail fish in Quepos. There are times when Mr trigger has released 70-100 in just 3 days and many other days we have raised 50 in a day.  Mr Trigger has raised them on lures and dead baits like ballyhoo but we have also gotten them chunking dead and live bait when they are around the surface.

Blue Marlin Panama

Blue Marlin jups off Montousa Island

Blue Marlin jumps off Montousa Island

Montuosa can argue that it may have some of the best marlin fishing in the world because on any given outing you can get a Blue marlin , Black marlin, Stripe marlin and Sail fish in a day!  Today we headed out with the Brown family and on our third hour of the first day on a 3 pound bonita’s got this beautiful Blue Marlin 200 feet of Montousa island 30 miles from Boca Chica Panama last July! “Awesome experience”