January Fishing Reports by Costa Rican Fishermen

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FishCostaRica/Americana Sportfishing offers the world’s finest deep sea fishing charter service. Here’s my mid-January Costa Rica fishing report on the success of our anglers.

Richard Krug
FishCostaRica/Americana Sportfishing



It’s now the time of year that you’re probably going to begin exploring how to escape the ice, snow and the February blahs.

Costa Rica’s a great place for a getaway. February, March and April are among the nicest months here: temperatures in the mid-70s to low 80s; hardly a drop of rain; and for the avid angler, one of the world’s premier sail bites off the Central Pacific coast.

The sails have started to come in. Just a few days ago we put Brian Hughes, one of our close friends and associates from just north of Toronto, Canada, and his long-time buddy and award-winning homebuilder – another Brian – on the 38-foot Macushla out of Los Suenos marina.

The two Brians had a great day with Captain Johnny Cerpas, going five for eight on sails and hooking a nice-size dorado as their culinary prize for the evening. Johnny and the Macushla continue to show that they’re among the best in the marina.

Which leads into my theme: the top captains fishing out of both Los Suenos and Quepos in the Central Pacific – Johnny Cerpas, Dana Thomas, Bill Kieldsen, Bill Gannon, Melvin Mora and a host of other world-class skippers too numerous to name them all – have very few open days left between now and the end of February. Same goes for Bobby McGuinness down in Golfito.

Speaking of Bobby, our client Zack Eastman and a friend fished with him for a couple of days. Said Zach: “No doubt Bobby is the best captain I’ve ever fished with. On the first day we raised almost 30 sails, and if I had been a better angler, I would have landed more than just the six I did… Also caught some dorado.
“On Day 2, we went after marlin. We hooked one, about 400lbs and I got him to pass by the boat four times before finally bringing him in on the 5th try. I’ll be back!”

So, if you want to fish with the best for the spring sail bite, call me now 1-800-634-0012, 1-800-399-8532 and 1-866-978-5198, or by e-mail at info@americanacr.com and we’ll begin putting your Costa Rica fishing trip together. My straightforward recommendation: try to schedule your visit down here, if at all possible, during March and/or April, when the guys have more open days, and both the weather and the sail fishing on the Central Pacific are still great. Just remember to stay away from Easter week (March 15-24 this year) which is crowded and expensive!

If you can’t avoid February, consider the option of fishing in the South (Golfito or Puerto Jiménez) where there are excellent captains alongside Bobby McGuinness such as Chuck Tilton, Mike Hennessey and Mark Corn. It’s not quite as sophisticated (and not as many distractions) down there as in other places in Costa Rica, but the offshore/inshore fishing combo can’t be beat.

During January-May the weather’s great, so you’re certain to avoid this situation: ‘Saturday morning I got up early, put on my long johns, dressed quietly, made my lunch, grabbed the dog, slipped quietly into the garage to hook the boat up to the truck, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour.

‘There was snow mixed with the rain, and the wind was blowing 50 mph. I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad throughout the day.

‘I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed. There I cuddled up to my wife’s back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, “The weather out there is terrible.”

‘My loving wife of 20 years replied, “Can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that crap?”

‘I still don’t know if she was joking.’

As I write this I just received a call from Bill Gannon who has the 33-foot Unique out of Quepos. Bill confirmed a booking and also told us that has a couple of holes at the beginning of February. So if you and up to three of your buddies or family members are flexible, and can do a last-minute Costa Rica fishing trip, call me – Bill Gannon is one of the top captains around, a great guy to fish with.

Some of the world’s best fishing and one of the most beautiful countries anywhere are just a simple phone call away: 1-800-634-0012, 1-800-399-8532, 1-866-978-5198, or e-mail me at info@americanacr.com for the Costa Rica fishing trip of a lifetime.

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