Go Fish Costa Rica 30’ Panga

Jacó PU, Costa Rica

Dan Ross - Go Fish Sport Fishing Costa Rrica

I moved here 14 some years ago from the state of Oregon, Alaska, and living a lot of my time in Zihuatanejo Mexico. I was born in Ilwaco, WA, and I must have come out with a fishing rod in my hand. I started out in our local trout pound, which just happened to be in our backyard. I caught my first salmon and steel head in the creek on our property, and spent all of my younger years fishing the mighty Columbia river. My mother always told me that I had drowned 3 or more times in the creek catching Crawdaddies, but I think that was because she didn’t like cooking them. As the years went on, I owned a large fishing camp in Alaska on the Nushagak River for many years, and from there I fished and traveled all over the state of Alaska. My travels with my clients and fishing took me from Alaska, Oregon Washington, Mexico, to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, and as far south as Colombia.

Dan Ross - Go Fish Sport Fishing Costa Rrica

I moved here 14 some years ago from the state of Oregon, Alaska, and living a lot of my time in Zihuatanejo Mexico. I was born in Ilwaco, WA, and I must have come out with a fishing rod in my hand.

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Boat Specs

Mako (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2012, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 200HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 28 knots.

30 ft
4 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Targeted Species
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag)

Jack Crevalle
Marlin (Blue)


Snapper (Red)
Tuna (Yellowfin)
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Beer, soft drinks & water
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Jacó to departure site is available and included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

15% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard.

About the Charter Operator

Go Fish Costa Rica
Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Member since December 2013
I started guiding at age 19 and for 40 years have operated boats from Alaska to Panama. I love my work as it really has never been a job. I get to go fishing everyday. Please come and join me to share some of the noliage I have acquired over the years.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

Jacó Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews

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We booked a trip at least a month ahead of time. We had confirmation emails for the charter. We arrived a day before our scheduled trip and called “Capt. Dan”, he had no idea of the following days trip despite the confirming emails. Capt. Dan said he would rearrange things to get us out on the boat. He would only take cash or PayPal. He picked us up at our hotel(the only thing he did for us) took us to the beach and we were shuttled to a boat. Not his boat. The crew greated us by telling us we were not his charter but he would rather take us 2 than the 3 he had scheduled. We paid Capt. Dan 950$ cash for trip. After looking at charter boats afterwards ,the boat he put us on was 200$ Less. We spent over 8 hrs fishing catching 1 sailfish in the first hr and nothing the rest of the day until the crew wanted to catch dinner for themselves on the way in. We deep dropped and caught 10-12” groupers, bout a dozen until I had to ask them several times to bring us in. We called Dan, he has’nt responded. We thought he should at least reimburse the 200$ for putting us on a less expensive smaller boat.

Fished April 16, 2017
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2 experienced Anglers, 2 Novice. Full moon, slow bite. Captain & Mate (Tony) worked very hard and were very knowledgable. No action on top. Ended the day on a deep drop.
Fresh Grouper for dinner!
We had a great time and will be repeat customers! Gracias!

Fished February 12, 2017
Go Fish Costa Rica (The Captain)
Replied to this review on February 14, 2017

Thank you much and was great meeting you.  Dan

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I will start off I have gone bill fishing in both Costa Rica and Mexico 4 times and Guatemala and Panama 1 time each. These trips were exclusively for those purposes. This trip was an for a Bachelor party. The crew consisted of 5 individuals including myself that had been going hard for two days and two nights. This is an ideal charter for a group that is on a budget. I would recommend no more than 5 and ideally 4 individuals per boat. This is per the fact you will not have enough opportunites for everyone to potentially have a shot at a billfish. Specifically, if you are fishing any month outside March, April, May. There is no head(toilet) on the boat if you have women joining or someone suffering from “bad ice.”

Fishing in the rainy (green) season can be a shot in dark. We avoided storms nearly all day until around 2:00 when they started pushing us inshore and a way from the deeper waters. Subsequently, away from the better fishing areas. Despite this we raised 8 sails and landed 3 of them. We landed the first two sails and raised seven by 12:00. Thus, don’t be late as the fish bite earlier in the day. We also brought in a single Skipjack Tuna that hit right out of the gate. Notably, the last Sail we picked up was at 3:30. Ironically, this occurred when the next angler up uttered “I guess it will only be two” in defeat per the hour of the day. All in all 3 lost their respective billfish virginity. We headed in after this to return to shore at around 5pm.

I will note going in June is not the ideal time to go for billfish. I was down for a bachelor party. If you are serious Angler go between March thru early May. You should expect to land 10+ fish per day minimally. The captain indicated he caught 26 Sails the first week of May on the boat. In early April the Los Suenos Billfish tournament landed over 1,000+ sailfish caught and released in a three day period amongst 30 boats.

The crew was solid and attentive. The Captian (Carlos) is very expierenced in the waters surrounding the area and mates on several billfish tournament boats that fish the Pacfic from Baja to Panama. His English is very good and has a good humor. We were given a solid offering of food/drinks consisting of:

-Ham and cheese sandwiches
-Pasta salad with fish (very good)
-Roterrise chicken (actually warm)
-Pineapple (cut on the boat)
-Imperial Beer
-Bottled juices
-Coca Cola and Squirt

The boat is a 30 foot center console Panga design boat, which can take the seas well.  We had seas ranging from 2-6ft and it kept us pretty dry. The center console is large and has storage to keep your things dry. I brought a 20 liter dry bag ($30 on Amazon) to keep my things together and subsequently everyone else’s. The boat has a canvas t-top that is extended to provide additional shade, which was crucial when the sun was out. It was mostly cloudly all day for us. We did run back in the rain, however the t-top and direction of the rain kept us from being drenched.

The boat has a single engine 175 HP 4-Stroke Suzuki. This allowed the boat to cruise around 17 knots out to the fishing grounds. There is a draw back to having a smaller single engine in that you will lose roughly 45 minutes - 1 hour of fishing compared to better powered boat. This is based on the additional time it takes get out and return for the prescribed fishing times. If you were booking for multiple days I would factor this in and look for a center console boat with 250 to 300 HP between a single or double engines setup. This should get you cruising at 25-30 knots out or go with a more pricy sportfisher that cruises at 25+ knots. Our run out and in was about an one hour and fifteen minutes each way.

You will board the boat via a tender directly off of the beach. For this reason and that the boat gets wet avoid tennis shoes and opt for sandals.

You will need to arrange or pay for your own transportation ($25 each way). We were staying in Hermosa Beach, which is why I selected this charter. I will note it is in fact not in Hermosa Beach, but in Playa Herradura / Los Suenos (35 minute car ride). I am shaving a star off because of that alone.

Fished June 12, 2016
Go Fish Costa Rica (The Captain)
Replied to this review on June 13, 2016

I am Dan Ross the owner of gofishcostarica and very glad they had a great time and caught 3 Sailfish, yes Doug is a 100% correct fishing in January,February,March April and May are much better for Billfish. Although we have some here year round and you just never now how many you will raise in a given day. As for the transportation I generally include it and pick the customers up myself. But sense this was a last minute booking the evening before I was out of town with other client’s and had to send a taxi. Thanks Doug and hope to see you again soon. Dan

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