Fish with Master Captain Bobby McGuinness



FishCostaRica offers saltwater sportfishing enthusiasts the fabulous opportunity to fish Costa Rica with acclaimed Captain Bobby McGuinness. IGFA award-winning captain Bobby McGuinness is our featured Costa Rica sportfishing captain. We handle his calendar, and coordinate his bookings.

The entire sportfishing world knows Costa Rica saltwater charter Captain Bobby McGuinness. Bobby has twice received the International Game Fish Association’s award as the World’s Top Captain. He was given the award in both 2006 and 2010, when he set more IGFA-sanctioned world records than any other captain. As of the beginning of January 2022, he had registered more than 320 IGFA world records!

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Bobby set sixteen IGFA world records in two days

The prestigious Billfish Foundation has recognized Bobby McGuinness as the world’s top tagging captain for Pacific Blue Marlin. In 2016, for instance, he tagged and released more Pacific Blue Marlin over that year than any other captain in the world!

In addition, Saltwater Sportfishing magazine named Bobby McGuinness one of the world’s top 50 saltwater sportfishing captains. Bobby has also set more IGFA world records than any other captain fishing in Costa Rica. In just two days alone in June 2009, Bobby set an astonishing 16 IGFA saltwater sportfishing world records. Along with winning other IGFA honors, Bobby McGuinness is also one of the few IGFA Ambassador captains. 

If you want to target Marlin on your Costa Rica fishing adventure, Bobby is the captain for you. On one of his most notable Costa Rica fishing days – September 14, 2010 – Bobby released 28 Blue Marlin, plus three Striped Marlin and four Sailfish.

Cazador and Thumper customized to fish Costa Rica

Bobby McGuinness fishes out of GolfitoMarlin fishing with Bobby McGuinness out of Golfito Costa Rica on Costa Rica’s South Pacific coast. He has two boats. One is the Cazador, a 37ft Merritt, specially customized to fish Costa Rica on conventional full-day charters. The other is the Thumper, a 60ft Loa Luxury Yacht (right, below), built and customized for multi-day overnight charters.

Golfito has a rich Costa Rica sportfishing history. Bobby’s father Robert McGuinness came to Golfito from the USA in the 1950s to work for the United Fruit Company. An avid saltwater angler, Robert saw the potential of the South Pacific as a world-class sportfishing venue.

Robert McGuinness began a small fishing charter operation in Golfito, where he had settled permanently. His teenage sons Bobby and Donald were also among the recruits he conscripted for his nascent endeavor.

40 years as a Costa Rica fishing captain

Bobby McGuinness has been a full-fledged, active Costa Rican sport fishing charter captain since the age of 18. He has been fishing out of Golfito for 40 years. In addition, Bobby has fished Quepos and Flamingo in Costa Rica. Boat owners have contracted Bobby to captain their boats in Panama, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and the USA as well.

Fish with Bobby McGuinness on overnighters for Marlin

Bobby’s native South Pacific coast offers arguably the best offshore/inshore combination of all the Costa Rica fishing regions. Anglers travel 20 minutes to the mouth of Golfo Dulce, and then 15-20 minutes more to blue water. They can run either south towards Panama, or north toward the Furuno Bank. Once offshore, they can catch Blue, Black and Striped Marlin; Sailfish; Wahoo and Dorado (Mahi-Mahi).

Captain Bobby McGuinness also offers overnight Costa Rica deep sea fishing trips to the FADs for Marlin. May-October is especially good. But trips can be arranged at any time.

FADs are Fish Aggregating Devices, or buoys, that are positioned near natural seamounts. Bobby has placed buoys on the ocean surface or just underneath, at distances of 20, 40 and 80 miles out. Bobby McGuinness raised and released most of the Marlin that he tagged in 2016 fishing the FADs.

Fish, especially Marlin and even Shark, tend to congregate around these FADs. On overnight Costa Rica fishing trips with Bobby, anglers can also jig at night for squid. Spending nights on the water is magical! One to three anglers can fish on the Cazador, and one to five on the Thumper, with Bobby on overnighters for two or three consecutive days.

Dazzling array of inshore Costa Rican fish species

Bobby McGuinness' boat the Cazador out of Golfito Costa RicaFurthermore, the South Pacific coast has an incredible array of Costa Rica nearshore fishing species. Feisty Roosterfish are a huge attraction. In addition to anglers from the USA and Canada, FishCostaRica has booked anglers from Australia, Latvia, the Ukraine, Russia, Nicaragua, Uruguay, France and Sweden, to name a few, to fish for Roosterfish with Captain Bobby McGuinness.

Inshore, there are also a dozen members of the Snapper family: Red. Cubera, Mullet, Yellow, Rock, Gray, Spotted Rosy… Furthermore, anglers can also catch delicious Common, Broomtail, and huge Goliath Grouper. Jack and Amberjack abound, as do Pompano, Parrot Fish, Mackerel, Shark and Barracuda.

Don’t miss the opportunity of Golfito fishing or Puerto Jiménez fishing with IGFA award-winning captain Bobby McGuinness. Contact FishCostaRica today. Offshore or nearshore, or at the FADs, a Costa Rica fishing adventure with Bobby McGuinness will be unforgettable. Not only is Bobby one of the world’s top saltwater sportfishing captains. He is also one of the nicest guys in the Costa Rican sportfishing business. An incomparable raconteur, Bobby with keep you entertained during and after your charter on the Cazador.

Book a Costa Rica fishing vacation package to the FADs with Bobby McGuinness

Another Roosterfish caught with Bobby McGuinessContact us for more information about how you can fish Costa Rica with Captain Bobby McGuinness. If you are already staying in the Golfito or Puerto Jiménez areas, we can book you with Bobby on full-day conventional offshore or inshore charters on the Cazador (maximum six anglers), or even more exciting – a multi-day overnight trip to the FADs on the Thumper.

We will arrange complete Costa Rica fishing packages with Captain Bobby McGuinness from San José. A typical, compact four-day, three-night trip, with two full days of fishing at the FADs, goes like this:

Day 1: Arrive San José international airport. Get here as early as possible! Enjoy a comfortable a/c minivan transfer from the San José airport to Golfito, or a 55-minute commuter flight. Board the Thumper (maximum five anglers) that evening. Set out for the FADs.

Day 2: Full day fishing with Captain Bobby McGuinness at the FADs. Overnight on the Thumper.

Day 3: Full day fishing with Captain Bobby McGuinness at the FADs. Return late afternoon or early evening to Golfito, arriving late that night or in the wee hours of the morning. You can stay on the Thumper until 5:30 AM.

Day 4: Take a cab from the dock to the Golfito airport for the 6:40 AM commuter flight to San José. Walk to the international terminal to connect with any flight departing after 10:30 AM.

Fish with Bobby McGuinness out of Golfito or Puerto Jiménez

This is the very basic Costa Rica overnight fishing trip with Bobby McGuinness. You can add a day’s fishing, making it five days, four nights, with three full days at the FADs. Like every one of our complete Costa Rica sportfishing packages, FishCostaRica can tailor your trip to your exact preferences.

We can also put together packages on the Cazador with conventional full-day charters, and accommodation at a Golfito hotel. Fish one or two days, or even more. You can even add a relax day between Cazador charters.

You can also arrive in San José, and instead of immediately leaving for Golfito, overnight in San José. Then travel to Golfito the next day, and fish with Bobby starting Day 2 (FAD trips) or Day 3 (full-day Cazador charters). Or, instead of leaving Costa Rica immediately you fly back to San José, and spend one or more days there. Stay in San José or anywhere else. FishCostaRica can arrange your entire vacation.

Please note. We can also book fishing charters and complete sportfishing fishing vacations with Bobby McGuinness out of Puerto Jiménez, or at an additional cost, FAD trips on the Thumper out of Quepos.

So contact us now to fish Costa Rica with one of the world’s acclaimed saltwater sportfishing captains. Fish with Captain Bobby McGuinness. and enjoy the Costa Rican sport fishing adventure of a lifetime.

Catching Grouper with Bobby M and the Cazador

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