What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Herradura, Puntarenas for the first time?

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Randy Brauckman
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Went fishing with Fishing CR on March 16, 2024
This fish were there, some species chose not to bit today, but that is fishing. For others chartering this boat or any other, expectations before hand can ruin a trip. Captain's are not magicians, but hard working knowledgeable fishermen who do their best to put you on fish, it is up to the fish to bite. In this case it was not the Captain's fault Sailfish didn't bite. Expect to see things you never have, enjoy the dolphins, maybe a whale and the scenery in general, that is what makes a trip fun!

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Xavier Tamez
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Went fishing with Alpha Mike Sport Fishing on March 13, 2024
Ask questions about the condition of the boat. I assumed that the A/C would be working to help cool our group. The boat we went on the fishing trip was a bit outdated and the AC wasn't working. It was a very hot and humid day on March 13. Make sure to eat something before the trip or take snacks. People that aren't used to the culture might not always enjoy what the boat has to offer for snacks/meals.

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Rebekah Benton
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Went fishing with Pacific Boat Rentals - Mad Marlin on February 23, 2024
We had read that this was a great time for fishing but then were told on our trip that there had been rough seas due to two fronts that had been hanging around. No fish were caught other than 2 baitfish.

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Reg Russell
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Went fishing with Fish Hunter – 28’ on February 16, 2024
You should wear protective clothing. We got burnt up pretty good would wear long sleeves, pants and hat to shade face, neck and plenty of sunscreen. If you don't want to be embarrassed tack on 20% of trip price (what you pay captain) for tip.

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Sam Adams
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Went fishing with Barracuda Sportfishing on January 16, 2024
We spoke with other anglers who went our multiple times in the area and also went out with the same captain multiple times (a different captain than ours). I would recommend targeting the $800-1000 range for better captains with additional equipment and better accommodations. Our boat did not have a seat for anglers to use when reeling in catch, did not seem to have pole waist belt holders, and struggled with getting fish on the line.

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Erich Lessing
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Went fishing with Luminare Sport Fishing on January 13, 2024
Get to the Herradura beach early. Give yourself at least 30 minutes if you are staying in Jaco. You will have to take a water taxi so walk down to the beach and tell the water taxi guy which Charter you are fishing with and they will take you right out to the boat. Your feet WILL get wet boarding the water taxi. Ask your Charter Capt to send you a picture of the actual boat you will be fishing on preferably before you book the trip! If you book a $700-ish Charter, chances are you will be fishing from a 26-28' Panga style local fishing boat. You will probably find it to be a bare-bones seaworthy but rough ride. For $700-ish you probably won't be on a nice sportfishing boat like a Bertram, Hatteras or Cabo.

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Adam Beck
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Went fishing with Luminare Sport Fishing on December 26, 2023
Bring some cash (American dollars are fine) to provide tips to the captains taking you out to the fishing boat, and as a tip to the deck hands. Make sure to bring sunscreen and a buff to protect your face/ears, it's very sunny!

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Brad Sanford
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Went fishing with Fishing Herradura on November 21, 2023
This is a great boat for experienced and new fisherman. Stable and fast. Plenty of room on board. Capt. had some great music while traveling which helps make a good day. David was great deck hand, kept all the gear and landed fish in order. Helpful with landing this fish, but gave us plenty of latitude to do what we where comfortable with handling the rods.

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Gerardo Salazar
San José, Provincia De San Jose
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Went fishing with Fishing Herradura on May 7, 2023
The weather tends to be nice in early May. Low chances of rain, especially during the mornings. It's not usually too windy, so not very choppy. There's mahi to be had at this time of the year, though they tend to be on the smaller size. You can go chase yellow-tail, but it might be too far offshore for a half-day trip, so if yellow-tail is your target I'd go for a full-day trip. Bring lots of sunscreen and sun protection (long sleeve shirt, hat, sunglasses)

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Dan Jewell
Pinellas Park, FL
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Went fishing with La Patrona Sportfisher on February 18, 2023
It's fishing can be hot and cold. If you want to try different things or spots, because of not getting bites etc, communicate it or it may not happen. Our Capt only spoke to us once and that was at very start. If coming in from nearby city, get an Uber. Charter charged us $40 round trip for a 14 min ride. Uber would have been $10.

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Allen Brooks
San Leandro, California
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Went fishing with Luminare Sport Fishing on February 20, 2023
The sun is bright and the weather is beautiful. Message the captains before booking and understand what style of fishing they do, such as trolling, jigging, stick baits, drifting live bait. I like to have options and a captain that is willing to switch things up as conditions might dictate,

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Kerry Malone
Sugar Land, TX
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Went fishing with Fish Hunter Charters - The Chipper on March 5, 2018
Before booking in the Herradura / Jaco area, check the calendar. Read reviews suggesting the best season to fish. Weather conditions do not dictate success - moon phase and season are better gauges.

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Ghislain Poulin
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Went fishing with Gitana Fishing on March 27, 2024
Make sure you have a clear plan with your captain, and make sure they understand what you want to catch. Find another spot if you're not catching.

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Blair Brannock
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Went fishing with Snook Sportfishing on March 28, 2024
The trip is behind the pelican restaurant next to los suenos. A mistake I made was going to los suenos marina. Then I had to walk 20 min. To the actual spot.

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Jordan Hartmeyer
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Went fishing with Snook Sportfishing on March 27, 2024
We caught a bad moon cycle and the fishing was a little slow.(some days are like that) however We did catch a really nice trophy size cubera.

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Roy DeCastro
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Went fishing with Fishing Herradura on March 12, 2024
Captain said that they caught 13 fish the day before. Hard to believe we did not catch anything except two small fish.

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Brad Newbry
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Went fishing with Snook Sportfishing on April 16, 2024
Drink a lot of fluids! Not counting beer, it is hot & humid here and subject to hear stress.

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Dustin Landreth
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Went fishing with Hooked Up Sportfishing Costa Rica on April 1, 2024
Fishing was great with multiple species available and great weather with calm seas.

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Amanda Lamerato
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Went fishing with Fishing CR on March 28, 2024
The perfect mix of patiently waiting for a bite and knowing when to look elsewhere!

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Daniel Gowder
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Went fishing with Luminare Sport Fishing on March 22, 2024
Great crew that takes care of all of your needs. Very nice boat with padded seats and nice shad.

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Greg Harla
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Went fishing with Sea Señor Sport Fishing on March 1, 2024
If you are going to charter, make sure your boat is out of the marina, not off the beach!

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Keith Fritschen
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Went fishing with Hooked Up Sportfishing Costa Rica on February 15, 2024
Lots of fish and most of the boats in contact with our captain caught fish that day too.

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Daniel Flores
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Went fishing with Fishing CR on February 12, 2024
Ask the captains what’s biting and fish for whatever that is. Don’t waste your time chasing a dream fish that’s not in the area at the time you’re there.

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Tracy Stein
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Went fishing with Luminare Sport Fishing on January 30, 2024
Fishing in january in this part of costa rica is one of the best times of the year highly recommended.

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John Lehman
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Went fishing with Snook Sportfishing on January 29, 2024
Understand if you want to fight or eat or both. Redfish are a great fight and taste great. Roosters are a good fight but are terrible on the table. Understand your bait.

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Beth Reitsma
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Went fishing with Fishing Herradura on January 12, 2024
Just have some fun. With Fishing there is no guarantee you catch what you catch. And we got to see turtles and dolphins.

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Tom Treiber
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Went fishing with The Brother Alex Tour on January 6, 2024
I’ve fished over a 12 times here in the month of January and never got skunked; something is always biting

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Brandon Walsh
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Went fishing with Luminare Sport Fishing on December 21, 2023
The water taxis expect tips. I did $20 1 way then $10 on the way back. $10 each way is more than fair in my opinion for such a short ride.

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Olivier Cloutier
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Went fishing with Snook Sportfishing on October 29, 2023
remember that fishing is fishing. but with a professional guide, he will know how to put you on the fish every time

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Joshua Larrabee
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Went fishing with Fishing CR on September 29, 2023
It was a little choppy for us, weather was a bit overcast. Show up early, bring your seasickness medicine of choice (we used peppermint oil which was great), sit back and relax and enjoy your time!