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Thought I would share with you some video of my fishing buddies boat in Los Suenos Costa Rica. Some very neat drone and underwater shots.
Two day trip ended up with 22 marlin released out of 36 bites......World Class fishing for sure.
Bill
http://vimeo.com/118580370
 

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The title should have been: “What to Do When Time and Money Are Not an Issue.” If those two criteria were met, South Park would be nothing more than a distant third or fourth thought for me… Honestly, I don’t know how much I would be thinking about South Park when I am retired. And only one of those two variables would be met by then: time. I don’t plan on being in Colorado when I am retired, period.
 

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Did they f***ing just cut that line around the 3 minute mark? I have never deep sea fished so maybe that's something that happens on the regular that I am just not aware of but what in the hell is the point in fighting a fish that long and not even looking it on the side of the boat? Is it just a marlin thing because they are so dangerous? Also x2 what ao said
 

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Billfish information.

When fishing for billfish, after the hook-up, the angler and crew work very hard to release the fish as quickly as possible. (Note the speed Capt. Jose backs down on the fish) The reason for this is the fish has a much better chance of survival, if released quickly. In tournaments, once the leader, which is 20' long, touches the rod tip the fish is considered "caught" . The mate then cuts the leader as close to the fishes mouth as possible. For the past 10 years or so only circle hooks are allowed in this fishery and they normally will be discharged or disintegrated within a short period of time. Survival rates with properly handled billfish approaches 98+ %.

As regards living in South Park, we are there 6 months of the year and my wife and I do not know of a better place in the US that WE want to spend our retirement. We come down to Florida for the winter as I am not a big fan of ice, no dig on you folks who walk on the "Bourbon Chiller".
See ya'll in April.
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When fishing for billfish, after the hook-up, the angler and crew work very hard to release the fish as quickly as possible. (Note the speed Capt. Jose backs down on the fish) The reason for this is the fish has a much better chance of survival, if released quickly. In tournaments, once the leader, which is 20' long, touches the rod tip the fish is considered "caught" . The mate then cuts the leader as close to the fishes mouth as possible. For the past 10 years or so only circle hooks are allowed in this fishery and they normally will be discharged or disintegrated within a short period of time. Survival rates with properly handled billfish approaches 98+ %.

As regards living in South Park, we are there 6 months of the year and my wife and I do not know of a better place in the US that WE want to spend our retirement. We come down to Florida for the winter as I am not a big fan of ice, no dig on you folks who walk on the "Bourbon Chiller".
See ya'll in April.
Bill
Sounds like you guys got it just the way you want it! Sounds good!
 

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As regards living in South Park, we are there 6 months of the year and my wife and I do not know of a better place in the US that WE want to spend our retirement. We come down to Florida for the winter as I am not a big fan of ice, no dig on you folks who walk on the "Bourbon Chiller".
See ya'll in April.
Bill
You are a trout guy, so it makes sense for you. I plan to do the North/South annual migration in my later years too. For the southern location, it's probably going to be Florida. For the northern location, there are plenty of other places I would rather be than South Park.
 

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AO,
You are correct, after 40+ years of saltwater fishing I have turned into a "Trout Nut". I still enjoy the salt occasionally and fortunately, through several business contacts, have boats available to fish with. The big game thing has gotten insanely expensive over the years and I am not one of the guys who can afford it. Again I am able to do it with other peoples boats which is a good thing.
Trout are simple for me, living in South Park gives me access to all three reservoirs within a 10-20 minute ride from the house, not to mention the streams and rivers.
My "Boat" burns 12-15 ounces of fuel per outing and the clean-up time for tackle and boat is about 5 minutes........an hour and 1/2 shorter than most saltwater operations and we won't even talk about the fuel.
All fishermen have their preferences and mine obviously are the trout.
Bill


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AO,
You are correct, after 40+ years of saltwater fishing I have turned into a "Trout Nut". I still enjoy the salt occasionally and fortunately, through several business contacts, have boats available to fish with. The big game thing has gotten insanely expensive over the years and I am not one of the guys who can afford it. Again I am able to do it with other peoples boats which is a good thing.
Trout are simple for me, living in South Park gives me access to all three reservoirs within a 10-20 minute ride from the house, not to mention the streams and rivers.
My "Boat" burns 12-15 ounces of fuel per outing and the clean-up time for tackle and boat is about 5 minutes........an hour and 1/2 shorter than most saltwater operations and we won't even talk about the fuel.
All fishermen have their preferences and mine obviously are the trout.
Bill


http://s222.photobucket.com/user/whadleyco/media/GIGBOBAntero_zps0395c458.mp4.html?sort=3&o=0
I have family in Minnesota, Wisconsin and eastern Pennsylvania. Walleye and pike are what I would like to chase, so any of those states would be better than Colorado. As for salt, those trips offshore cost serious money in gas. Not to mention the gear. I'm thinking about the flats instead. I have always preferred fishing and casting close to shore anyway.

I know someone who knows you. Based on what he's told me, my pockets won't be as deep as yours when I retire. :'( But I have a long-term financial budget for myself and, hopefully, I can retire the way I plan to.

Southpark is really a nice area. I spent a weekend at my former boss' $2.5M house in Frisco in the winter of 2006. It was cozy being holed up in a nice house on a snowy weekend, but I can't afford anything like that...
 

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When fishing for billfish, after the hook-up, the angler and crew work very hard to release the fish as quickly as possible. (Note the speed Capt. Jose backs down on the fish) The reason for this is the fish has a much better chance of survival, if released quickly. In tournaments, once the leader, which is 20' long, touches the rod tip the fish is considered "caught" . The mate then cuts the leader as close to the fishes mouth as possible.
Bill
So how do they know who caught the biggest fish in the tournaments?
 

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Boby,
The way most of the tournaments are set up, each boat has an IGFA certified observer on board. They check the tackle, line test, and insure that all the rules are followed. They normally stay up on the bridge of the boat so they can easily see what's going on in the cockpit. These tournaments are 100% release so size isn't a factor.
Generally sailfish are scored at 100 points per release and marlin, black or blue are 500 points each. As you may have noticed in the January tournament, 2170 billfish were released and only 11 of these were marlin.
The video that I posted was not a tournament but a private group "Fun Fishing".
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AO,
My little toon is called a Gig-Bob, dumb name but great little boat. When I contacted the MFG. NRS, they told me that I couldn't put a gas engine on the boat.....too heavy etc. I asked what a good size series 29 battery weighs, answer 55-58#. I told them the motor with fuel weighs 30# and I sent them video of the rig. They loved it but said they couldn't sell it as a motor boat according to their legal department. Unfortunately they stopped making the toons in 2011. It's really nice having the motor when the wind gets up out on the South Park Lakes!!
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Thought I would share with you some video of my fishing buddies boat in Los Suenos Costa Rica. Some very neat drone and underwater shots.
Two day trip ended up with 22 marlin released out of 36 bites......World Class fishing for sure.
Bill
http://vimeo.com/118580370

EFFIN A MAN!
That is freakin sweet!
 

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Boby,
The way most of the tournaments are set up, each boat has an IGFA certified observer on board. They check the tackle, line test, and insure that all the rules are followed. They normally stay up on the bridge of the boat so they can easily see what's going on in the cockpit. These tournaments are 100% release so size isn't a factor.
Generally sailfish are scored at 100 points per release and marlin, black or blue are 500 points each. As you may have noticed in the January tournament, 2170 billfish were released and only 11 of these were marlin.
The video that I posted was not a tournament but a private group "Fun Fishing".
Bill
Thanks for the info, never heard of that before. Also haven't gotten out of Colorado much:cool:
 

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AO,
You are correct, after 40+ years of saltwater fishing I have turned into a "Trout Nut". I still enjoy the salt occasionally and fortunately, through several business contacts, have boats available to fish with. The big game thing has gotten insanely expensive over the years and I am not one of the guys who can afford it. Again I am able to do it with other peoples boats which is a good thing.
Trout are simple for me, living in South Park gives me access to all three reservoirs within a 10-20 minute ride from the house, not to mention the streams and rivers.
My "Boat" burns 12-15 ounces of fuel per outing and the clean-up time for tackle and boat is about 5 minutes........an hour and 1/2 shorter than most saltwater operations and we won't even talk about the fuel.
All fishermen have their preferences and mine obviously are the trout.
Bill


http://s222.photobucket.com/user/whadleyco/media/GIGBOBAntero_zps0395c458.mp4.html?sort=3&o=0

Nice lil' set-up you got there Whadleyco.
 

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CF,
Thanks for that. I originally started fishing the reservoirs with a Outcast float tube and worked up to the motorized Gig-Bob. A bit more expensive than the float tube but a whole lot less hassle and money than a boat. It also lets me go pretty much anywhere I want to on the three, (Soon to be two) South Park Lakes without having to worry about getting back to the car!
Bill
 
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