Mr Triggers Fishing Over Night Trips April & May

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Jason “Mr Trigger” Coffrin working the cockpit with Bart “ Black Bart Lures Miller

Fishing the Pacific Coast of Golfito, Costa Rica is really changing for Mr. Trigger.  We are now based in Golfito Costa Rica ,for er through May the heart of Costa Ricas Tuna and Marlin season!  With the charming, quaint hotel/Marina Fish Hook for superior lodging, plus the incredible five star fishing offered by Mr. Trigger Charters, we are the perfect choice for your next fishing experience in Golfito, Costa Rica.

Golfito, Costa Rica fishing is so highly desirable because only Australia, one  month out of the year has a better Black Marlin bite. Panama fishing is at it’s best December through April targeting Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Stripe Marlin, Dorado, Yellow Fin Tuna, Rooster fish and Pacific Sail fish.


Our Over night trip season, April & May is really the perfect time to plan your trip.  Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sail fish, Yellow Fin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Stripe Marlin, Rooster Fish and Wahoo are plentiful. Boats are getting 10-30 shots a day on Sail Fish and we are getting 2-5 shots a day with Black Marlin and Blue Marlin any given outing on the Hannibal Bank, Panama. Most of our clients on Mr. Trigger Sport Fishing Panama usually fish multiple trips so they are given a great chance to catch that pesky Marlin or Rooster Fish that everyone needs to have under their fishing carrier belt.

The Golfito, Costa Rica area is a smaller version of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Conveniently, it’s a quick 25 mile run from our hotel partner Fish Hook Marin aGolfito Costa Rica. A trip with Mr Trigger Sport Fishing to the cannons off Golfito can help cross almost all of your Pacific Fish off that bucket list! There are many different strategies we  use to attack the Golfito coast on each outing whether its fly fishing, deep jigging, deep dropping, spinning gear, heavy tackle with live bait, heavy tackle trolling lures or Capt “J”s favorite Bait ‘n Switch! We are targeting so many different species in Costa Rica it’s crazy says Capt. ‘J’. On any given day we’re getting trolling bites from Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sail Fish, Stripe Marlin, 200 pound plus Yellow Fin Tuna, Mahi Mahi over 50 pounds and Wahoo that trip 80 pound tackle no problem. Then on the way in from the quick 25 mile trip from the Hannibal Bank back to Bocas Del, we stop and drop down for huge Cubera Snapper in the 50 pound plus range and often we bring in some over 100 pounds!

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Fishing seasons based on Fish, and Fishing Locations in Golfito, Costa Rica:

Fishing the Pacific coast of Costa Rica is really changing for us.  We are now based in Golfito,Costa Rica for December through May!! Fishing the Golfito Costa Rica by far is the place to be! With our small quant hotel with a 5 star taste, not to mention the 5 star fishing makes us the perfect place to be for your next fishing experience in Costa Rica.

Another attribute to Panama fishing thats only in Panama is this amazing Black Marlin bite!!!Black Marlin around the Hannibal Bank can come in by the 10’s and 20’s! There have been record numbers of Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, and Stripe Marlin caught on the Hannibal bank at any given time of the year along with Mahi Mahi, Rooster Fish, Wahoo, huge Yellow Fin Tuna and 100 plus pound Cubera Snapper!

Our season or in the US “the summer season” July & August has just about everything you want to target. It really is a great time for Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sail fish, Yellow fin tuna, Mahi Mahi, Stripe Marlin, Rooster fish, and Wahoo. Boats are getting 10-30 shots a day on Sail fish and we are getting 2-5 shots a day with Black Marlin and Blue Marlin any given outing on the Hannibal Bank, Panama. Most of our clients on Mr. Trigger Sport Fishing Panama usually fish multiple trips so they get a great chance of catching that pesky Marlin and a shot at a Rooster Fish that everyone needs to have under their fishing carrier belt.

The rest of fall we are closed from September through November and reopen for the beginning of season in Quepos, Costa Rica in December through June.


Taged Blue copy  Blue Marlin:Blue marlin fishing is amazing in Panama because of the season! A season of 365 days a year makes it one of the top places in the world, another reason is the hook up ratio! You can get multiple shots on Blue Marlin in the 200 pound range and up in one trip! Panama is also a great place to fish different types of fishing for Blue Marlin. Trolling, bait & Switch, live bait, and hooking them on Fly are the most popular methods we use in Panama because of the multiple shots a day we get at Blue Marlin. The Hannibal Bank provides an amazing habitat for these Blue Marlin. Blue Marlin are attracted to this area because of the abundance of small bait fish like bonita making them an aggressive target while fishing the Hannibal Bank off Boca Chica in Panama.

Description: The biggest females are more than four times as heavy as the biggest males. Males rarely exceed (350 lb) in weight, and females commonly weigh over (1,200 lb). The longest females can reach a length of(16 ft) with the bill, from eye to tip, constituting about 20% of the total body length. Body mass in the largest female specimens has been reported from (1,200 to 1,800 lb), depending on the source (few large specimens are scientifically verified).The all-tackle record weight verified for the species was (1,402 lbs). The Hannibal Bank species are usually in the 300 lb to 800 lb range and most are caught away from the Hannibal Bank in deeper water on large live baits!

The body is colored with blue-black faded on top with a silvery white underside. It’s a great camouflage while searching for prey around the Hannibal Bank in Panama. It has about fifteen rows of pale, cobalt-colored stripes, each of which has round dots and/or thin bars, located on both sides of the fish. The first dorsal fin membrane is dark blue or almost black and has no dots or marks. Other fins are normally brownish-black, sometimes with a hint of dark blue. The bases of the first and second anal fins have a hint of silvery white. Marlin can rapidly change color and usually appear bright blue when hunting. The coloration results from pigment-containing iridophores and light-reflecting cells.The body is covered with thick, bony, elongated scales that have one, two, or three posterior points, with one being the most common form. Making them a very hard to see target along the Hannibal Bank while fishing the bait ‘n’ Switch style. Site fishing for these predators is no easy treat but a favorite for the Crew of Mr Trigger SportFishing and Boca’s Del Mar hotel, Panama.

The bill is long and stout with a very rough sandpaper like texture for paralyzing its prey along with the massive force it can excel on large bait fish and large Yellow Fin Tuna. . Both the jaws and the palatines (the roof of the mouth) are covered with small, file-like teeth. The lateral line system is a group of neuromasts rooted in lateral line canals that can sense weak water motions and large changes in pressure.

black copy  Black Marlin: These marlin are around all year long but, Mr trigger Sport fishing likes to really target them when we are up north in Flamingo Panama between the months May through November. Different styles for targeting them are live baiting large bonita, trolling lures, bait & switch, or trolling ballyhoo. In Mr trigger Sport fishing’s opinion and like many Captain’s the Black Marlin just fights a little harder and if one little thing goes wrong they get away!

Description: BLACK Marlin now known as Istiompax indica, after formerly being known as Makaira indica, are considered by many authorities to be amongst the world’s premiere game fish and the fastest divers of the sea reaching speeds of over 40 mph straight down. They certainly have size on their side, with the all tackle world record black marlin weighing in at 1560lb taken by “Alfred Glassell” way back in 1953 off Cabo Blanco, Peru. Some of the top skippers have reported seeing, and sometimes becoming connected to, black marlin that were probably even larger than the worlds record ( one that got away), Even the biggest ones can get 10 – 15 feet in the air when the Black Marlin gets closer to the boat. Especially when the mate puts pressure on the leader these huge fish most likely take to the air. Black Marlin perhaps even approaching the size of some of the biggest Blue Marlin. The Blue Marlin have been caught on rod and reel up to 1805lb and are known to grow to the magic tone range calling them a TONER a skippers dream in the twilight. Some of these TONNER fish have been caught by commercial fisherman on heavy electricle equipment. Black Marlin have been know on the Great Barrier Reef to be seen as TONNERS and are also a sought after dream by skippers everywhere! Here in Panama fishing off the Hannibal Bank you get fish in the 200 lb to 600 lb range and can get shots in some days of over 5 to 10 a day on live bait and Bait ‘n’ Switch!

We have now found that black marlin are more closely related to striped/white marlin than blue marlin with further research and technology, and the Blue Marlin being more closely related to sailfish. Compared to other marlin, black marlin are more solidly built with a relatively short bill and a lower, rounded dorsal fin. Black marlin can also be easily distinguished from other marlins as they are the only marlin that have rigid pectoral fins that cannot be folded flat against the body.

This oceanic pelagic species is all over the Hannibal Bank and other areas offshore in Panama.Other areas around the world are the tropical Indian Ocean . In Panama Mr Trigger targets surface waters above the thermocline at temperatures from 15 to 30°C. Black marlin migrate huge distances and relatively small tagged fish have been recaptured after traveling over 8000 km. Occasionally they will enter temperate waters, and small numbers sometimes stray into the Atlantic Ocean by way of the Cape of Good Hope, although the existence of Atlantic breeding stocks is unlikely. Despite their oceanic environment, large back marlin can sometimes be encountered very close to land, particularly near offshore islands and coral reefs, while juveniles commonly range closer inshore and can even be caught by land based game anglers at specific locations when conditions are right. Although the a lot of Panama fish are resident fish for most of the year a lot of them are recaptured in Costa Rica north and South America.

Like other billfish, black marlin are apex predators that feed mostly on small tunas,Mahi Mahi, needle fish, Ballyhoo, mackerel, skip jack, bonita and other sea creatures like squids, cuttlefishes, octopods, crustaceans, small sail fish, turtles, and have even spotted jumping through a school of Spinner Dolphin. What is defined as “smaller fish” is relative, especially when you consider that large marlin over 500kg have been found with tuna over 100 lbs in their stomachs. “We like targeting these Black Marlin around the full moon and the week afterwards” (Capt J) as its prey species move deeper out of the surface layers, forcing the marlin to forage over a wider area.

Black marlin grow very rapidly. Juveniles reach around 40 lbs in their first year, 120 lbs in their third year, and given sufficient food supply, a “grander” female black around 1000 lbs is possibly as little as 10-12 years old. Males and females are indistinguishable externally, but females attain a much larger size with males seldom growing more than 2.7 meters long and 400 lbs. Marlin do not change sex like some other fish, but sex ratios vary with area and season, suggesting that movements of male and female black marlins may differ. Age at first maturity is not known exactly, but from Taiwanese data the length of males at first maturity is around 140cm (approximately 2 years old), for females around 230cm (4-5 years old).

Because of the Hannibal Bank being like the Great Barrier Reef but much smaller in size gives Panama fishing a year around fishery for Back Marlin and you can contact Mr Trigger SportFishing or Isla Parida Lodge for 12 month booking for these amazing creatures and Capt J’s favorite fish. Why is that Capt J? They are just a little tougher! 🙂

Sport fishing Panama's Montousa island

Sport fishing Panama’s Montousa island


Stripe Marlin: they are so quick and come and go in a second” that’s what he says make them interesting. ” You never know how they are coming in the spread.  July & August is our favorite time around the Hannibal Bank off Boca Chica, Panama to target them.  “We caught them every month of the year in 2009” off Costa Rica.

Tetrapterus audax, the striped marlin is part of the family of billfish. The striped marlin are in blue color, with light blue and lavender vertical stripes. Its dorsal fin may include dark-colored spots as well. Its belly is white and, like other billfish, its upper jaw extends out to form a spear. This bill is twice the length of its lower jaw. They are not as common on the Hannibal Bank as Black Marlin or Blue Marlin we catch them quite often in the blue water trolling ballyhoo on light tackle 20 to 30 lb test.

Although not quite as large as its sibling the blue marlin, the striped marlin can grow to be as long as 9.5 feet (2.9 meters) and may weigh up to 500 pounds (230 kilograms). The marlin family of fish is among the biggest in the ocean and has no real predators — other than sharks and the worst of all humans.

You’ll find striped marlin in tropical and warm waters in the Panama area off all of the islands that protrude offshore like Isla Parida where Mr Trigger SportFishing is located. They prefer open, deep water and will feed at the surface. They’re mostly solitary unless breeding. The striped marlin likes to eat fish, squid, crab and shrimp. A striped marlin will circle a school of small fish and then dart through it, using its bill to slash and stun its food. We target them offshore trolling mackrel, ballyhoo, and mullet and Bait ‘n’ Switch is a great way to get the guys pumped up in the cock pit because of the Strip marlins speed in the spread!

mahi1resize copy  Mahi Mahi aka Dorado: Panama has the biggest dorado I have ever herd of.  It is not uncommon to catch 50 plus pound fish in one full day trip.  Mr. Trigger has landed 50’s 60’s and 70 plus pound fish in the months May through November but, they are caught all year around! Mahi Mahi are also one of the fastest growing fish in the world with growing an average of an inch a month! They like warm waters in the 75-85 degree range and love to attack on the surface pinning their prey to the surface and running them down when they are exhausted. Mahi Mahi feed on ballyhoo, bonita, Spanish Mackerel, and Spanish Sardines. We at Mr Trigger SportFishing catch them on fly rods, spinning, and trolling ballyhoo on 20 -50 lb tackle.Fishing with us in Boca Chica Sport Fishing Panama has such an advantage because we are only 15 miles and we are already looking around for these Mahi Mahi on the 32 foot Mr Trigger SportFisher!

profilepicYellow Fin Tuna: Yum Yum tuna, fishing Panama has the best tuna fishing by far. The reason for this is the Hannibal Bank located just 17 miles off Isla Parida, Panama. The Hannibal Bank is a great place for them to slide off and school up and find huge bait schools .  Tuna in Hannibal Bank, Boca Chica, Panama can exceed over 200 pounds and can be taken trolling lures or slow trolling live baits, deep dropping butterfly jigs. Most of the time on Mr Trigger we look for the Spinner Dolphin schools that are bunched up or when they are in a tight group traveling in one direction moving very fast!! Hannibal Bank the top place for Yellow Fin Tuna in Panama is located just 17 miles from Mr triggers home base Isla Parida, Panama fishing. Some times you can be trolling for bill fish and different species and come across miles of foaming white water and most likely in Panama fishing it will be a huge school of Yellow Fin Tuna chasing sardines on the surface and it is an amazing site says veteran capt Jason of the Mr trigger located just 17 miles from the Hannibal Bank Panama. Another very cool way to catch big tuna is Bait ‘n’ Switch. “ we have had them on teasers and it an amazing site to have one eat a marlin pitch bait and scream off 200 – 300 yards of line in seconds while grey hounding away from the Mr Trigger a 32 foot Black Fin home based in Boca Chica Sport fishing Panama.” Here at Sport Fishing Panama we really target these huge fish on a consistent basis catching them 12 months out of the year!!

Sailfish Sport fishing Panama

Sailfish Sport fishing Panama

  Sail Fish: Sail fish in Panama is not a popular fish to target but, here at Sport Fishing Panama Hannibal Bank we disagree!  Mr Trigger coming from Costa Rica fishing many tournaments knows all about Sail fish and having days there in the 20 – 30 day fish it can be fun for any anglers just looking for a hot bite!  So we have brought those techniques to fishing Hannibal Bank, Panama.  We usually run 5 – 7 lines rigged with 20 – 30 pound test rigs and a 50 -80 pound set up with a large lure or pitch bait incase that huge Blue Marlin or Black Marlin comes around!!  Most of the time we are trolling 6 – 10 knots with ballyhoo or mullet swim baits.  Here at Mr trigger Sport fishing the Hannibal Bank, Boca Chica Panama we take Sail fishing very seriously and have a huge respect for these creatures and in that we never take them out of the water because wants lifted they are like a new born baby and are very fragile!! “ Mr Trigger”

Description: “Both species of sailfish grow quickly, reaching 1.2–1.5 metres (3 ft 10 in–4 ft 10 in) in length in a single year, and feed on the surface or at mid-depths on smaller pelagic forage fish and squid. Individuals have been clocked at speeds of up to 110 kilometres per hour (68 mph), which is the highest speed reliably reported in any water organism.[2][3] Generally, sailfish do not grow to more than 3 metres (9.8 ft) in length and rarely weigh over 90 kilograms (200 lb).The sail is normally kept folded down and to the side when swimming, but it may be raised when the sailfish feels threatened or excited, making the fish appear much larger than it actually is. This tactic has also been observed during feeding, when a group of sailfish use their sails to “herd” a school of fish or squid.” (Wikipedia)

“Ernest Hemingway in Key West, Florida, USA, in the 1940s, with an Atlantic sailfish he had caughtSailfish are highly prized game fish and are known for their incredible jumps and great speed.They can swim the 100 meter olympic in 4.8 seconds. They can appear in a startling array of colours, from subdued browns and grays to vibrant purples and even silver. Their body colours are often highlighted by stripes of iridescent blue and silver dots. Sailfish can change their colours almost instantly – a change controlled by their nervous system. The sailfish can rapidly turn its body light blue with yellowish stripes when excited, confusing its prey and making capture easier, while signalling its intentions to fellow sailfish.” (Wikipedia)

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