Go Fish Costa Rica

Member since December 2013

Jaco, Costa Rica

Background
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.

Go Fish Costa Rica

Jaco, Costa Rica
Background
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.

Our Charter Listings

Jacó
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US$ 2300
Jacó
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US$ 675
Jacó
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US$ 950
Jacó
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US$ 650
Tamarindo
trips from
US$ 950
Quepos
trips from
US$ 800

Fishing Reports

Craig Daniels

May 05, 2016

Greetings Everyone, I have known Dan for going on 20 years now both professionally and personally. Dan and I have fished in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Costa Rica. NO ONE does a finer fishing tour. From 70 pound King… Read Full Report →


Billfishing from Los Suenos Costa Rica

March 08, 2016

it was an awesome trip as we wanted to catch a Pacific Sailfish and we ended up catching 7 all together. We saw giant sea turtles, 100's of Dolpin and got lot's of sun. I would do it again… Read Full Report →


Sailfish and More Sailfish

February 29, 2016

Everything was as much as we could of exspected plus more. Boat, crew were all great food was fantastic and anyday you catch and release 15 sailfish is a good day. Dan for sure hooked us up with the… Read Full Report →


Fishing Report from 26' Super Panga

February 27, 2016

We fished a 1/2 day and the client's had a blast as there target species was Sailfish and it went as planed. We for sure would fish with these guy's again and or recommend them. Thanks Much Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.53 out of 5 stars from 12 reviews

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Great trip!! Professional crew! We wanted bill fish but didn’t catch any but did catch lots of yellow fin tuna.. great trip

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fished February 2017

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Go Fish Costa Rica (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, February 27, 2017

They were great clients to have on board. As they were always paying attention and helping out.

Went fishing on Sunday, February 12, 2017

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 2017

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

Thank you much and was great meeting you.  Dan

Went fishing on Sunday, June 12, 2016

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
-Water
-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 2016

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Go Fish Costa Rica (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, 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

Went fishing on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

felt boat ride too long (1 1/2 hour each way) and not enough fishing time—just fished in 1 spot…  crew members took turns sleeping (GUESS THAT WAS WHY WE RODE SO LONG)  THE ONE EMPANADA WAS NOT SUFFICIENT LUNCH…SOME HAD NO MEAT.. ONLY 4 FISHING RODS FOR 4 ADULTS…
WILL TRY OTHER BOAT NEXT TIME

Phyllis Wunsche does not recommend Go Fish Costa Rica 26’ Panga

Fished March 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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.

Robert S. Blount does not recommend Go Fish Costa Rica 28’ Panga

Fished January 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, January 24, 2016

We fished with Dan Ross on the Ocean for Yellow Fin Tuna and caught 14 in about an hour for me and my wife. We also caught one large sailfish, my first ever!

We highly recommend the boat and it’s Captain as they know where to find the fish. Great customer service and we were pampered while on this fishing trip of a lifetime by our host and the crew! Food and beverages were top notch along with the fishing tackle and gear.

Jane and I will most definitely be back

Jerry B.

Fished January 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, January 21, 2016

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 2016

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

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


Went fishing on Monday, March 30, 2015

It was a wonderful time!!! Trevor and I caught 2 Sailfish with Jose and Gabriel
Thats the biggest fish i have ever caught

Fished March 2015

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Went fishing on Sunday, January 25, 2015

Captain was great… only caught 10 fish… threw them all back.  I attached some pics.

Thanks for everything.  It was a great adventure.

Fished January 2015

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Went fishing on Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I slept all day and night but I needed it. that was a great trip and I’m happy that I made a decision to take it :). I’ll be back with my boys soon enough :)

Fished April 2014

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Went fishing on Thursday, February 27, 2014

Great day of fishing. Jose and Manuel. Of the good day were awesome. Treated us all very well and got us 7 sailfish in the boat raised and lost 10 others. 

On the way back stopped at a floating 50 ft log where the Dorado were schooling and were trying to jump in the boat. Pulled in ten plus in about 25 min. Kept six enough for supper for all now.

Tyler was pretty happy a out his first ever fish caught being a hundred pound sailfish. Great.

Fished February 2014

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