Golfito Sailfish Rancho
Located in the southwest Costa Rica
Eric and Jose
Favorite Memory: Jose hauling a Sailfish into the boat and putting it
across my lap.
lodge is tucked into a large cove off the Golfo Dulce. Great rooms and fantastic
food. Some caught by you and prepared for dinner that night. The hostess is
wonderful and wakes you every morning by singing. The operation is first class.
The meet you in San Jose where you spend the night and get up at 4:45 the next
morning for the flight to the lodge. Upon arrival at Golfito, you are met and
taken to the dock where a 20 minute boat ride takes you to the Lodge. Get
settled in and off you go. It is about a 2 hour run out to the fishing grounds.
Teasers are set out, and it does not take long to raise the first fish. This was
my first shot at sailfish on the fly and it is very easy. The fish are
aggressive and if you blow the first shot they will hang around for a second
cast. The take is amazing. The fish slashes at the fly with his bill and then
scopes it up. This is where the fun begins. It took about an average of 25
minutes to land the fish. The average size was around 80 pounds. The
deck hands are amazing in the way the handle the thrashing fish. Leaning over the
boat side and grabbing 80 pounds of angry fish with one hand and removing
the fly with the other takes some skill. We almost lost Jose on one fish , but
Eric grabbed him by the belt to hold him in the boat.
In shore fishing is fun with Roosters crashing bait. Find a school that is
actively feeding and cast your bait fish imitation into it and hold on. Roosters
are easier to catch using bait rigs, but definitely try for them with the fly,
because the fight is amazing. They are so powerful.