I am new to trolling fishing, fishing out of the coast of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
We have been going fishing monthly for the last 6 months or so, usually catching black fin tuna, needlefish and some snapper.
We normally use Rapala X-Rap lures (like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Rapala-Saltwat...dp/B000EYW70I/) for this and we always catch something, never going too far away from the coast.
Right now there's a lot of Mahi Mahi in the area but we haven't been able to catch any, and we were trying new lures to try and improve that.
Yesterday we tried the Ballyhoo for a couple of hours, it comes set up with just one big hook and stays on the surface. But didn't get anything with that one.
We also tried the other ones (by themselves), which come with only one hook also, and we only caught one black fin tuna. But it wasn't nearly as effective as the Rapala lures with which we got more than a dozen tuna.
We even got a Mahi Mahi bite on the Rapala lure (when it was close to the boat it moved under it and cut the line with the motor, but we saw it close enough to be certain that it was a mahi), at the same time we were trolling with the Rigged lure.
So, I was wondering what do you guys think?
Should I keep using only the Rapala Lures?
Should I use the Ballyhoo and set it up with more hooks (they have several holes as if for getting lots of hooks on them)?
Should I mix the ballyhoo and the rigged one? (There are some lures that combine them such as this one: http://www.amazon.com/Williamson-Bal...dp/B001NXC1VO/).
Should I try mixing the rigged one with a rapala?
Down here we don't get real ballyhoo to use as bait, that's why we always use lures.
What would you guys recommend? We have had some people also catch some sailfish here, but usually with live bait (usually small red snappers). I was wondering if there's something in particular that we can do to get one of those.
Thanks a lot for the help and let me know if you guys ever come to Costa Rica
I caught Mahi in the Marianas for 40 years. The flying fish is the primary bait fish in the area and there is squid. Since I don't know much about the bait fish in your area I can only suggest whatever you get supplies a lot of action. Mahi love a lure that's active. We also found Mahi love it rough. If there is a land point where the swell wraps and it's rougher, I'd fish there. Like all fishing, you have to know what the fish are eating in your area and duplicate color and action the best you can. We used to keep chopped fish for chum and when we'd reel in the first one we'd start chumming and all his buddies would come to the boat. You can then use bait on a hook and they'll hit it. Good luck and enjoy the fishing.