May 2020 Marlin Mag Feature

“Thumper is like a grand old Southern dame: aging gracefully, showing a few wrinkles here and there, but still able to dance with the best of ’em.” Marlin Magazine May 20220_Golfito Gold


Food Chain Fishing Challenge 3 – Flying Fish to Blue Marlin

Marlin Porn: Coming in HOT 7.30.20

Angler: Alex Stevens

Marlin Mayhem now off Golfito

In the last few weeks there have been 2 major tourneys in Pacific Costa Rica: the first leg of the Sueños and the Rockstar out of Quepos. Approximately 50 professional boats in each, fishing 3 days or 300 boat days. The reported Marlin catch was about 70 total or 1 fish per 4 boat days. If this was, for example, the Big Rock or one of the Gulf Coast tourneys that might seem like a lot of Marlin, but this is Costa Rica where daily double digit shots on Blue/Black Marlin is the norm. In fact, these results are the reality in the dry season (January, February, and March). The water begins to warm, which the Sails will abide, but the main body of Marlin seek cooler water. Understanding this historic reality, in conjunction with my Capt. Tommy Lynskey, last November we took a shot and deployed a deep offshore FAD on a remote seamount. This week, leaving Fishhook Marina here in Golfito at 5 pm, we cruised all night to arrive at this virgin locale at first light… The sonar showed massive schools of bait in the area and as we set out our bait rigs they were immediately covered with Bonito, rainbow runners and YFT, with flying fish scattering about. This alone does not guarantee the Marlin are present as our inshore FADs that produce April thru Dec. are also full of bait but only produce Sails with few Marlin bites… However, this time, after loading up on a day’s bait and setting out our standard bait and switch spread, within 15 minutes we had our first Blue Marlin crashing a short rigger teaser. Over the next 2 days we raised over 30 Marlin, fought 14, released 10 plus 9 Sails. We leave again tomorrow night with Josh Jorgensen and his BlacktipH team to return to the spot for 4 days to test the best of the new spinning rigs on the bite. Watch for the videos over the next few weeks. Also the story of our Marlin Hunt last October with Sam White, editor of Marlin magazine, will hit the newsstands with video links in the upcoming March Issue.

True happiness does not come with spending money on things, it comes from spending money on experiences. Contact us now and come get some…

Spring Pacific Sailfish Special

Pacific Sailfish in Costa Rica

Spring Pacific Sailfish Special
FLY or Conventional 20 lbs stand-ups

January and February 2020

2-day overnight trip: $5,500

3-day overnight trip – SUPER SAILFISH SPECIAL: $7,000

Overnight trips allow us the opportunity to explore a myriad of seamounts that exist exclusively off Golfito with our award-winning crew and Captain Tommy Lynsky. Our anglers enjoy a minimum of 12-hours per day on the grounds or double the hours actually billfishing as opposed to day trips. This value proposition is why serious anglers choose Thumper Bluewater Expeditions when they think of billfishing. NO BILLFISH – NO PAY!

Overnights are all-inclusive, including licenses, 3-hot meals/day, all drinks (including beer), bait and tackle, plus exciting night fishing under lights for monster sharks and swords.

For serious inquiries, email

Thumper Awarded The Billfish Foundation’s #1 Blue Marlin Release Team/Pacific 2018

Congratulations to Captain Tommy Lynskey and the awesome Golfito watermen who work with us on Thumper. Our team is dedicated to providing the premier Marlin fishing experience in the world. Some of this seasons high lites included angler Jim Czaban’s new boat one man record with 1 Black,16 Blues and 1 Striped in January.In May, Dale Schroeder and his Texas ILTTA team completed Thumpers first successful Triple on Blue Marlin fishing 20 lbs..Two weeks later Michael Del Torto and his Ocean City MD. light tackle club team had our first Black on 20 lbs. And then came September….In 15 days we released 122 Black and Blue Marlin for a world record average of over 8 per day with Marlin up to the 500 lbs. class.If catching Marlin on stand up gear or FLY is what you crave, Charter a 3 or 4 day overnight with Thumper and experience the thrill of the hunt. See You Tube: BlacktipH….episode Epic Marlin..shot Sept.2018.



Share Marlin trips available dates

Nov.27,2018 1 angler needed..3 day overnight.
Jan.20 2019 2 anglers…3 day overnight
Feb.3…2 anglers..FLY and stand up combo,3 or 4 day

contact me here or with preferred date and I will forward details.

EPIC Blue Marlin

released 122 Black and Blue Marlin in 15 fishing days during Sept.

Tag & Release: Join the Movement

As a proud member of the Billfish Foundation, Thumper Bluewater Expeditions supports tag & release billfish expeditions. We are one of the top tag & release yachts in the world. One of our frequent anglers, Jim Czaban, received a release certificate for his trip aboard Thumper this January (shown below).

Our captain, Edgar Montero, in addition to being the 2010 IGFA captain of the year, has also received the following Billfish Foundation awards.

  • Top Overall Tagging Captain
  • Top Release Captain for Blue Marlin Pacific Ocean
  • Top Tagging Captain for Blue Marlin Pacific Ocean

To celebrate our adventure together, we are excited to offer a free $100 1-year membership to the Billfish Foundation for anyone who fills out our contact form and books an expedition with us. As a member of the Billfish Foundation, you too will receive an official frameable certificate that will serve as an enduring reminder of your Marlin expedition in Golfito, Costa Rica.


Tag & Release Certificate

An Open Letter to Peter Pakula

Repost from Facebook:

Open letter on behalf of Marlin fishermen..

Dear Peter…
As you are aware, afflicted Marlin anglers pay me big money to assist them in realizing their dream of a SLAM..My ability to achieve their ambitions is disrupted if I have to spend 2/3 hours battling giant yellowfins…Please consider putting your considerable engineering and design expertise to coming up with an effective Tuna repellent technology (TRT) for your awesome Marlin lures.
Thumper Bluewater Expeditions
Golfito, Costa Rica

Peter Pakula’s Response:

Hi Harry, I’m sorry you and your crew had to go through this and hope they aren’t permanently traumatised.
I spent years trying to do as you asked as I agree catching giant yellowfin is such a waste of time and energy.
In the early 1990’s I thought I cracked it to the extent we put a full page add in a magazine about a lure we made called ‘The Animal’ which we had trolled through many schools of Tuna and pulled out great Blue Marlin.
The add appeared on the left page and on the right was a report that the Animal had recently got a record yellowfin. I was shattered. We discontinued the Animal, updating it to the Warlord which sadly also caught giant yellowfin so we updated it to the Warlord Jet, which is also a fail in that regard.
Fear not Harry, the quest continues.
I apologise for the inconvenience and hope that Bill will offer you a warranty replacement and send the lure back to me for further studies..

Thoughts shared by fellow anglers…

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