Captain Bobby McGuinness - Cazador

Golfo Dulce Bay
Golfito PU, Costa Rica

Have you always wanted to go face-to-gills with that deep sea hard-fighter, the Blue Marlin? Come and join Captain Bobby McGuinness on Costa Rica Sportfishing charters in picturesque Golfito, and get ready for battle! With IGFA-approved world records and legendary Marlin releases under his belt,  there’s no one better equipped to introduce you to these waters and help you land your dream catch.

Capt. Bobby is a local Costa Rican who has fished out of his native Golfito for the past 35 years. He knows these waters intimately! He was named the world’s top captain by the International Game Fish Association in 2006 and 2010, and has set more IGFA world records than any other captain fishing in Costa Rica. No wonder he’s nicknamed the ‘fish magnet!’

You’ll be joining Capt. Bobby on his top-of-the-line 37’ Merritt sportfishing boat, named the ‘Cazador’. Equipped with top-notch safety and navigational gear, as well as a full toilet, you’ll be travelling to the fishing hotspots in comfort and style. Capt. Bobby has customized his vessel especially for fishing these waters, according to what anglers like best. Because of this, she really is a seriously impressive fishing machine!

As for the species you’ll be targeting? You’ll have the choice to explore both inshore and offshore waters, but Capt. Bobby’s speciality is helping you to battle and reel in plenty of Blue Marlin! You’ll be using a variety of techniques, including trolling and even fly fishing, to reel in these billfish, as well as a variety of other species. Expect to reel in Mahi Mahi, Roosterfish, Sailfish, Wahoo, and plenty more.

Your trip includes top-quality rods and reels, and freshly-caught live bait. If you want to fly fish, make sure you bring your favorite gear. All that’s left is to grab a fishing license and come aboard Costa Rica Sportfishing charters—get ready to battle alongside a truly world-class captain!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2 Day Overnight Trip - MAX 3 GUESTS
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    1 day trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    US$ 4600
    up to 6 persons / day
    If you can't imagine anything better than spending a couple of days cruising the plentiful waters of Golfito, then this is the trip for you. You'll spend a night out on the open sea, which is a truly magical experience. On top of this, you'll have plenty of time to reel in your dream catch! Expect to go after Mahi Mahi, Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, and more. You'll be provided with full meals, beverages, top-quality rods, reels, and tackle, bait. Capt. Bobby and two first mates will join you.
  • Private trip
    3 Day Overnight Trip - MAX 3 GUESTS
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 days trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    US$ 2300
    up to 6 persons / day
    What could be better than spending three days out on these bountiful waters? Come aboard and experience the magic of spending two nights on the open sea! On this trip, you'll have plenty of opportunity to battle hard-fighting game fish such as Mahi Mahi, Blue Marlin, Wahoo, and more, as well as experiencing some stunning scenery. Your trip includes full meals, drinks, tackle, top-notch equipment, bait, and a crew made up of your experience captain and two first mates. What are you waiting for?
  • Private trip
    Extended Day Trip - Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 hours trip, starts at 4:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 30 Aug - 31 Oct
    US$ 2200
    up to 6 persons
    Get ready to travel a whopping 40+ miles offshore from the beautiful Golfito coast. On this trip, you'll mainly be targeting the hard-fighting Blue Marlin. Capt. Bobby has plenty of experience when it comes to reeling them in, as well as some world records under his belt - who could be better to take you out into these plentiful waters? You'll also come face-to-gills with Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, and others. Top-notch rods and reels are provided. Bring your game face!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Inshore or Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 30 Aug - 31 Oct
    US$ 1700
    up to 6 persons
    Come join Capt. Bobby for an epic inshore or offshore adventure! On this trip, you'll get to choose your preferred fishing grounds so that you can reel in the catch you've always been dreaming of. Want to target both inshore and offshore waters? Just let your captain know - he'll cater the trip to your needs. Depending on where you choose to fish, you'll be targeting Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Jack Crevalle, and more, plus Capt. Bobby's specialty: Blue Marlin! Top quality rods and reels are provided.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag)
Jack Crevalle
Marlin (Blue)

Shark (Hammerhead)
Snapper (Red)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Merritt (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1993, and restored in 2014. Powered by 2 450HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 27 knots.

37 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing


Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 7 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Bank Transfer

About the Captain

Bobby McGuinness
Golfito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Member since February 2014
"My father Bobby Sr. came to Costa Rica from the US in the mid-1960s. He established the first charter operation in Golfito. I began fishing with him as a teenager, and I became a full captain when I was 18." Captain Bobby McGuniness has some serious bragging rights under his belt. He was chosen twice as the world's top captain by the prestigious International Game Fish Association, and has set well over 200 IGFA-approved world records. On top of this, his Marlin releases are legendary: on September 14, 2010 he released 28 Blue Marlin, along with three Striped Marlin and four Sailfish on his 37ft Cazador. Come aboard his charter and experience some top-quality angling with a world-class captain!
Response time: 4 hours
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

4 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews

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Fished March 15, 2017
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We booked this boat and Bobby McGinnis purposely because we fished with Bobby before.  Our previous experiences were very good as Bobby is an excellent fisherman.  Very disappointed this time because Bobby did not show up to captain the trip.  He sent his boat and crew.  We caught two nice sail fish, however, on past trips we caught many more with Bobby as the the captain.  Very disappointed that he did not show up, and we did not get the trip we paid for.

Fished February 24, 2017
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