Go Fish Costa Rica 28’ Panga

Jacó PU, Costa Rica

Go Fish Costa Rica 28‘ Panga offers trips around the oceanic waters off the coast of west Costa Rica. You can find their service on a fleet of boats, and they will make sure you have a good trip, whether you are a seasoned angler, or completely new to fishing.

The 28’ center console of Tico make was originally built in 2008, and restored in 2015. She is outfitted with a GPS and radio, and has a maximum capacity of four fishermen. There’s a toilet on board, as well as an ice-box for the daily catch, which the crew will be happy to clean and fillet at no additional cost.

All fishing gear, including rods, reels and lures are provided by captain Cheno, and fly fishing equipment can also be made available for any fly enthusiasts. Live bait is included in the overall trip price.

Captain Cheno operates the boat, offering big game fishing, as well as light tackle and bottom fishing. Captain Cheno has a wealth of knowledge about the area that he is happy to share with his guests, as well as local expertise and familiarity with various fishing techniques typically employed in these waters.

There’s a variety of fishing opportunities provided by the productive waters of Costa Rica. Captain Cheno runs both inshore and offshore fishing trips, so some of the species that can be targeted, depending on the season, include Billfish and Tuna, Dorado, Grouper, Snapper, Tarpon, and the very popular Roosterfish.

While catch and release is allowed, guests are free to keep their catch if they want, so following the trip, there’s an option of taking your catch to one of the local restaurants, and have it cooked for your enjoyment.
Fishing licenses are covered in the package, along with drinks and snacks for the trip. Gratuities for the first mate are customary.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Inshore/Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 800
    up to 4 persons
    Depending on what you like, and what the weather is, you can go far out, or stay close to the coast. The gear is provided on the boat, along with the fishing licence, live bait and lure. This full day trips brings just the right amount of time for serious fishing.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 675
    up to 4 persons
    Get up, and head out for some fishing! Costa Rica waters have plenty to offer, and this trip is great if you want to have a short outing. The gear is waiting for you onboard, you will get food and drinks. The licence is included in the trip rates.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 675
    up to 4 persons
    If you're looking for a later start, why not come along and enjoy these waters? This trip gives you a snippet of what fishing in Costa Rica is like. You will get rods, reel, and tackle, lures and live bait. The crew will clean your catch, and you can have it prepared in one of the nearby restaurants.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Broomtail)
Grouper (Goliath)
Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Blue)
Snapper (Cubera)

Snapper (Red)
Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Tico (Center console) originally built in 2008, and restored in 2015. Powered by a 200HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 27 knots.

28 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing


Life Jackets
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 7 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.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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:

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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 knowledge I have acquired over the years.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 86%

Jacó Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews

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Captain didn’t appear to care if we caught fish.  Maybe he knew we weren’t going to catch species we were after in which case he should have given us option.  I’m not new to fishing in CR.

Fished April 9, 2017
Go Fish Costa Rica (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 10, 2017

Sound’s like a picky old fart. I was told they caught Sailfish and Tuna and had a good day. Remember this isn’t last few years when there was lot’s of fish. Fishing is fishing.

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I was somewhat disappointed by the results of the trip. Being a fisherman and having fished off-shore in Hawaii, Florida and South Carolina, I would not rate this trip as one of my most enjoyable and probably the least productive ever. We hooked a good sized (5’-6’) striped marlin and lost it before either one of us even touched the rod to fight the fish. We also raised two sailfish but did not hook either of them. No tuna, dorado or wahoo at all. Giving up on the trolling we switched to bottom fishing and hooked only one snapper in an hour and a half, but did not get it into the boat. The captain and the mate tried hard all day, but it was just not a good day for them, us or the boat. I have fished enough to know that some days you do not catch anything, but with only one day to fish and having paid this much, the trip was not very much fun at the end of the day.

I would also like to mention that Dan Ross who booked the trip for us sent me an e-mail which indicated that the balance owed would be accepted in either cash, VISA or MasterCard. When we arrived he asked for payment in cash! He would not accept a credit card and even said he would take us to an ATM to get cash if we did not have enough. I showed him the e-mail confirmation which I had with me and he refused. Fortunately, we did scrape up the cash but it left us short of cash for the rest of the day. Sorry Dan, but this is not very good business practice in my opinion.

Fished January 26, 2016
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Myself and a buddy went out for the day. We left the spousal units behind to do other Jaco things. We both caught a sailfish and lost what we think was a tuna after about 10-15 minutes, but that’s fishing.
Wonderful day.

Fished January 21, 2016
Go Fish Costa Rica (The Captain)
Replied to this review on January 25, 2016

Fishing has been great and I was out with client’s yesterday and we caught 14 Yellow fin Tuna.

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