Golfito waters are the best for sportfishing in Central America, there are so many different varieties such as Big Snappers, Roosterfish, Amberjacks, Mackerel, Runners, Jacks and Marlin.
There is no other area in Costa Rica or in the world that encompasses Golfito. Located inside the Golfo Dulce Bay, south towards the Panama border, and north along the coast to Drake Bay, it has the largest offshore/inshore saltwater sportfishing species combination found off the South Pacific coast.
Anglers who come for a Golfito sportfishing adventure can catch every offshore and inshore species that you will find in Costa Rican waters. There are more than a dozen different Snapper family species alone!
The Golfito fishing season for billfish usually peaks earlier than in the Central Pacific. Once the rains stop, by mid/end of November, anglers who travel to Golfito for a Costa Rica sportfishing charter can expect lots of Sailfish, along with a goodly number of Blue Marlin, both going 10 miles or so south outside Golfo Dulce, or north along the Pacific coast towards Drake Bay.
Black and Striped Marlin tend to come in a bit later. Yellowfin Tuna also arrive in Golfito earliest.
Golfito is famous for its incredible inshore fishing. The really big Snapper and Roosterfish are consistently caught here every year. The Southern Pacific, like the rest of the Pacific Coast has excellent offshore fishing for Sailfish, Marlin, Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo.
Anglers who fish in Golfito waters can catch Dorado 365 days. However, it is during the ‘Green Season’, from May to November, that yields the most consistent Dorado bite, as the rains bring plenty of debris from the swelling river mouths into the ocean. This is also the time when the biggest Dorado are caught in Costa Rican sportfishing waters. It is not uncommon to catch 20-30 and sometimes 40 Dorado in the 30-40lb range under floating logs and weed lines.
Come to Golfito and enjoy the Sportfishing vacations of a lifetime!
Nicknamed the ‘fish magnet’, Bobby will go that extra mile to give you the Marlin adventure of a lifetime.
- 35 years of experience
- Chosen world’s top captain in 2006 and 2010 by the prestigious International Game Fish Association (IGFA)
- Named one of the world’s 50 top saltwater sportfishing captains by Saltwater Sportsman magazine
- Has set well over 200 IGFA-sanctioned world records – more than any other captain fishing in Costa Rica
- Top Tagging Captain (Pacific Blue Marlin) for the Billfish Foundation’s 2016 International Tag & Release Competition
- Captain Bobby McGuinness was twice chosen the world’s top captain by the prestigious International Game Fish Association (IGFA). He collected the awards in 2006 and 2010.
He was also named one of the world’s 50 top saltwater sportfishing captains by the influential Saltwater Sportsman magazine.
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.
- Life Jackets
- Multimedia System
What to bring?
There’s no special requirements for our Golfito SportFishing but we always recommend to bring the following items:
Keep your skin safe by applying suncream prior to your departure. A hat will also help to keep the sun off your face and out of your eyes, and can also guard against messy hair in the sea winds. Sunglasses are also suggested as the sun’s reflection on the water can be bright or glaring. A good pair of sunglasses will protect your eyes and ensure you are able to enjoy the catch
The memories you make on our Golfito Sportfishing Tour are those you’ll want to remember and share with others. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture them. The camera you bring along is at your discretion, but many of our guests find that GoPro cameras work best. If possible, bring a waterproof covering/case, to guard against sea sprays.
There are 2 options: Half-day and Full-Day
Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting