April Fishing Reports


April so far has been a pretty fair month for fishing in Costa Rica, and we’ve had some great success stories to go along with my own fishing adventure ‘with the boys’. More about that later…

Jim Tyson took a few days between business in San José and in Panama City to fly to Golfito in the South Pacific to fish first on the 28-foot Sweet Dream, and then on the 38-foot Cazador with Captain Bobby McGuinness. Jim has caught local species around the world, but had never caught a rooster before. Let him tell the story through his (edited) e-mails: “Caught 18 rooster fish yesterday (on the Sweet Dream)… Body hurts… need a really good massage tonight in Golfito”.

Then after a day’s well-earned rest, Jim went offshore on the Cazador with Bobby, and another e-mail. “Had an absolutely great day fishing yesterday”, he wrote. “It’s tough when you lose count of how many sailfish you caught. Eight or nine is close enough. Almost had one with a fly rod… will learn how next time!

“I will be in touch to schedule (another) trip with Bobby when our schedules will permit. Also, look forward to having friends or family come down and ‘GO CATCHING’. Absolutely great captains, friendly and very knowledgeable mates and unbelievable fishing. I really expect to return in the near future. Thanks for all of your help.”

Earlier, Kurt Hoffman fished on the 33-foot Unique out of Quepos in the Central Pacific with another of our world-class captains, Bill Gannon. Kurt obviously enjoyed the trip; catching fish always helps. “Thanks for hooking us up with Captain Bill Gannon and Dempsey his mate”, he wrote. “We landed six sailfish and fought and saw many others. Bill is a great guy and expert fisherman and we highly recommend him. Thanks for a great time”.

Bobby and Bill are just two of the many world-class captains whom you can fish with on either the Pacific (north, central or south) or Caribbean coast when you book with Americana Sportfishing.

Now, my trip. I just took a couple of days off to fish with my San Diego high-school buddies Dean (Dino) Burriston and Kip Ives, plus Dan Corcoran, a retired Miami firefighter (see photo at right – from left to right: Dino, Kip, me, Dan). The four of us fished a day on the Tranquilo II with Captain Francisco Barrantes, and a day with Bill on the Unique, both boats out of Quepos. Although the tally wasn’t exactly what we had hoped for (three sails brought to the Tranquilo, two to the Unique), we fought a bunch more and had lots of fun. I have to admit that yours truly got skunked: I didn’t bring one fish to the boat, even though I had my chances, but Dino did (see photo above) and so did the other two guys. What we can be proud of is our firewater tally – Guinness Book of Records quantities.

There’s lots of great fishing to be had in Costa Rica year-round. The tarpon season is coming up on the Caribbean side, and the tuna season (along with the ever-present billfish) on the Pacific. Inshore fishing is good everywhere. We have the captains who know how to catch them. Take time off from the rat race and spend some enjoyable days fishing in Costa Rica. Call or e-mail me to book a Costa Rica fishing adventure like Jim and Kurt enjoyed. I’m waiting!
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The first three months of 2012 were pretty successful for Americana Sportfishing/FishCostaRica. We almost doubled the number of boat days booked for the same period of 2011. It could mean that there is a faint glimmer of light at the end of the troubled economic tunnel, or simply that more people wanted to – and could – fish this year. Hopefully this trend will continue throughout 2012, with your help. Keep it up!

Anyway, having said that, I would like to remind you to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more current Costa Rica fishing updates and news. Second, our address is now ‘americanasportfishing at gmail.com’ if you want to e-mail us directly. Our toll-free numbers from the U.S. and Canada are still 1-800-407-9438 and 1-800-399-8532

We are  now offering three days, two nights; and two days, one night overnight fishing excursions with Captain Bobby McGuinness on the 37ft Cazador (right) out of Golfito (or Puerto Jiménez) in the South Pacific. Bobby McGuinness is one of the top captains in Costa Rica; the International Game Fish Association has twice named him world’s top captain (2006 and 2010). He is an IGFA Ambassador Captain. He has set more IGFA world records than any other captain fishing in Costa Rica. And not only is Bobby a unique captain/guide, he’s also a superb raconteur who will keep you entertained and amused when not fishing.

Go to Bobby’s favorite spots where the billfish are

The overnighters give Bobby (and the anglers) the chance to get out to some of his favorite humps 40-60 miles offshore where the sails and marlin tend to congregate and where he has raised up to 35 billfish a day. Also, you get more fishing time; on the days that you stay on the ocean, you can fish later into the day and perhaps, if everyone is up for it, do a little night fishing as well.
Bobby will take up to four anglers, perhaps even five or six under certain circumstances. The accommodation isn’t the Ritz Carlton, and the food won’t be Cordon Bleu, but everything will be more than adequate, and you will have a fishing experience you will never forget.

Here’s your typical three-day overnighter fishing trip

A simple itinerary with a three-day, two-night overnighter with Captain Bobby McGuinness out of Golfito will look something like this:

Day 1: Arrive San José, minivan transfer to, and overnight at, a downtown San José hotel – almost always the Sleep Inn – in Single accommodation.

Day 2: Morning free in San José, afternoon flight to Golfito. Transfer to a Golfito hotel, with accommodation for three/four anglers in a two-bedroom Bungalow sleeping up to four anglers.

Day 3: Early morning start from Golfito on the Cazador, full day fishing, overnight on the Cazador (or perhaps another boat).

Day 4: Full day fishing, overnight on the Cazador (or perhaps another boat).

Day 5: Full day fishing, afternoon back to Golfito. Overnight at Golfito hotel.

Day 6: Transfer to Golfito airstrip for flight to San José. Minivan transfer to, and overnight at, the same downtown San José hotel in Singles.

Day 7: Minivan transfer to San José international airport for flight home.

The cost will vary, depending on the number of anglers and the type of accommodation. We will tailor every trip to your specific requests, we can add days, subtract days, etc. Up to you – you might want to take another day to do some inshore fishing for big roosters or snapper, like the one Bobby and his daughter Christina are showing off (above left).

The sportfishing adventure of a lifetime

Embark on a unique Costa Rica sportfishing adventure with Bobby McGuinness, one of the world’s finest captains. Experience the fantasy and exhilaration of being on the high seas overnight.

Call 1-800-407-9438 or 1-800-399-8532 toll-free from the U.S. and Canada (+506 2282-7215 from anywhere else) or e-mail us to book a fabulous overnight Costa Rica fishing trip with Captain Bobby McGuinness on the Cazador. Enjoy the sportfishing experience of a lifetime. And don’t forget – we book fabulous fishing vacations and top-notch boats and captains in every Costa Rica sportfishing destination, from the North Pacific to the Central Pacific and the Caribbean coast as well. Tight lines. Anchor

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