2011, the Ultimate Fishing Season in Costa Rica
Global weather patterns have brought what could be great news for anglers heading to the Central America region this year. According to the experts, 2011 is going to be off the charts when it comes to sport fishing. Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and Yellow Fin Tuna are expected to take the bait in record numbers.
The active sport fishing season is attributed to El Niño and La Niña weather patterns. Both have a big effect on fishing and allow global experts to predict the season. La Niña is defined as cooler than normal sea-surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean that impact global weather patterns. La Niña conditions recur every few years and can persist for as long as two years. El Niño and La Niña occur on average every 3 to 5 years. However, in the historical record the interval between events has varied from 2 to 7 years. According to the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, this century's previous La Niñas began in 1903, 1906, 1909, 1916, 1924, 1928, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1964, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1988, and 1995.
These events typically continued into the following spring. Since 1975, La Niñas have been only half as frequent as El Niños. Scientists predict their evolution through Sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean that are monitored with data buoys and satellites. Observations of conditions in the tropical Pacific are essential for the prediction of short term (a few months to one year) climate variations. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates a network of 70 data buoys along the equatorial Pacific that provide necessary data about conditions at the ocean's surface such as temperature, currents and winds in the equatorial band. These buoys transmit data that is available to researchers and forecasters around the world in real time. The data is complimented and calibrated with satellite data collected by NOAA's Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellites, NASA's TOPEX/POSEIDON satellite and others.
In 2009, the El Niño effect produced unusually warm waters in the Central and Eastern Pacific that had a tendency to send the Billfish to the bottom in search of cooler temperatures. In 2010 the sea surface temperatures in some areas were measured at and above 90's. Although the fishing in the region was good compared to most places, this warm current was bad news for anglers who are used to non-stop fishing action.
As we enter the 2011 season Costa Rica's Sport Fishing seems poised for a strong rebound from last year's less than spectacular catch results. The current data from NOAA Satellite Imagery clearly points to cooler water temperatures in the region this year and that is expected to remain at least until April of next year. Local charter captains are optimistic about the prospects on the open seas.
Normally, it is not uncommon for Costa Rica's charter boats to raise 20 + Pacific sailfish in one day in addition to the Marlin, Tuna and plentiful Dorado found in those waters. Captain Walton Smith who has 15 years experience and captain's Stay In Costa Rica's flagship called Sunny One, says he has already noticed a change in the bite heading into this season. "Fishing is our business and our passion and when we have good success in finding fish for our anglers it makes the job exciting and rewarding." Stay in Costa Rica.com President, Larry Savage is gearing up for a spectacular fishing season with excellent deals on accommodations and fishing charters and boasting Costa Rica’s largest portfolio of luxury properties for rental. “Here in Los Sueños, sport fishing is a huge attraction and our anglers have world class expectations. In addition to the local knowledge and reports shared by the captains within our own fleet, we also utilize information like water temperature currents to make sure we find the bite for our clientele.
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