From Jerry Ruhlow of "The Tico Times"
10/19
Tarpon action continues hot and heavy on the Caribbean coast, but no reports from any skippers, marinas or lodge operators on the Pacific coast this week; we have to assume that fishing there has been mighty slow, and your best bet for scraping up something on the west coast might be fishing from the beach.
Case in point is the 45-pound snook caught fishing from shore at Playa Hermosa last week by Dan Gibson, who lives in nearby Jac?, on the central Pacific coast.
Gibson said the big snook hit a Laser Eye lure he was throwing on 20-pound line with a 40-pound test leader in three feet of water, and he had it to the beach after only a 15-minute battle.
Snook for the Record Book: Jac? resident Dan Gibson with a 45-pound snook he caught fishing from shore at Playa Hermosa using a Laser Eye lure. Photo courtesy of Dan Gibson

That is a monster Pacific snook, and particularly noteworthy having been caught from the beach and in so short a time. The all-tackle record for the species is 57 pounds, 12 ounces, caught trolling the breaker line off the R?o Naranjo by George Beck on a boat out of Quepos in August 1991.
Other Pacific snook records from Costa Rican waters in the record book are 31 pounds, 10 ounces, on six-pound line at the Bongo River by Alberto Guti?rrez, May 1, 2005; 55 pounds, 8 ounces, on 12-pound line at R?o Parrita by Jos? Brenes, May 23, 1992; and 49 pounds, 13 ounces, on 16-pound line at R?o Tul?n by Gerardo C?spedes, May 20, 1990.
Pacific snook run larger than the more abundant Atlantic variety, but the Atlantic snook taken on the northern Caribbean coast are apparently far more abundant since we have a much greater number of anglers coming down for snook who fish that area out of the lodges at Parismina and Barra Colorado.
Keep in mind that fat snook, a much smaller variety of the species, will begin their annual run on our Caribbean coast within the next few weeks. They offer a rare opportunity to get your name in the record book, as the only world mark for that species is the all-tackle record and the line-test records will be included when the International Game Fish Association gets a few more entries for the species.