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Old 11-08-2019, 04:17 PM
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Not to derail another thread, I'm looking at a Fishing Lodge Vacation that doesn't require a flight into an airport then a puddle jumper followed by a long cab ride. Have done Cabo but would love to try another Operation/Lodge in another Country.
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Doesn’t really work too well as most major airports are in major cities which doesn’t usually equate to great pristine fishing. Your best bets include Venice, LA which is about 1 1/2 hours from New Orleans airport; Kona, Hawaii; Miami; San Diego, CA. Most spots require that extra flight to get to the remote area — even Belize, which requires a very short hop or boat ride.
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This is about as easy as you are going to get , still a bit of a ride from airport . https://www.casaviejalodge.com/

What do you want to fish for ? Does it have to be a lodge ?
Old 11-09-2019, 05:12 AM
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Originally Posted by pje View Post
This is about as easy as you are going to get , still a bit of a ride from airport . https://www.casaviejalodge.com/

What do you want to fish for ? Does it have to be a lodge ?
Doesn't have to be a lodge, just back from an all inclusive by Cancun and the flight was under 2 hrs. and after a 20 min cab ride had drink in hand with toes in the sand , only thing lacking was a fishing trip which got me thinking of the perfect next vacation.

I'd like to target YFT which we don't see very often here or other offshore species.
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Costa Rica-los suenos is about a ninety minute drive from the airport-much more to do there then going to casa vieja (when we were there we did not venture outside of the lodge compound and did not spend any time in Guatemala City or Antigua) and for the most part the fishing has more variety-just returned from Sailfish Oasis in Guatemala and had a great time and caught a lot of sailfish (but again did not leave the compound except to fish
Old 11-09-2019, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by buddy29766 View Post
Not to derail another thread, I'm looking at a Fishing Lodge Vacation that doesn't require a flight into an airport then a puddle jumper followed by a long cab ride. Have done Cabo but would love to try another Operation/Lodge in another Country.
The marina we use to serve our island lodge is just a 5 minute ride from the Enrique Malek International Airport here in the city of David, Panama (DAV). Our clients fly into Tocumen International Airport in Panama City (PTY).... just a 2 hour flight from Miami....and then change planes for the 30 minute flight here to David. No 'puddle jumpers' here in Panama though....Copa Airlines flies 2 or 3 times daily in their 80 to 100 passenger jets to/from David and Panama City. Once you arrive in David and take the 5 minute ride to the marina....it is a very pretty one hour ride out through the mangrove out islands and eventually out the mouth of the estuary and offshore to our lodge on Isla Paridas 12 miles off the Pacific coast.

In addition we have some real good YFT fishing here that I'm sur you will like. Please check out our website at https://fishpanamatoday.com/ and let me know if you may be interested?

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Yup, just got back about a month ago. Could not believe how cheap and safe the placed seemed. Big difference from the warnings you heard years ago. Stayed in a bad ass little surf town called Playa el Tunco for a couple days and hiked to the rim of a volcano. Didn't get to fish but would go back for sure. My flight from the states was $150!!!! 30 min cab ride from the airport and you are on the ocean. PM if you want any info, it was a pretty place, the fishing is there but its the surfing that brings most people. Its not widely discovered yet by american tourists yet it seems.






Long story short, if you want a wild getaway on the cheap this could be on your list.


That being said I flew into Cairns Australia 3 weeks ago. 20min uber to the downtown where you can fish for 1000lb marlin and dive the great barrier reef. Again I didn't get to fish but the diving the reef was stellar.
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Cairns, Australia is a 2 hour flight from Sydney. From Cairns to the Outer Reef where you fish for the big marlin is about a 3 hour boat ride. Most boats anchor up for the night on the inside of the Outer Reef and fish multi day trips.

The Great Barrier Reef itself - one of the most impressive beautiful structures on earth, is largely bleached out on the northern half due to global warming. That’s where the best giant marlin fishing takes place.

Cancun happens to be a place where you can fly in and get to some good fishing quickly without another flight. Either head to Isla Mujeres for awesome sailfish in season or down to the Biosphere past Tulum for good bonefish, permit and tarpon.
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Not looking to go to the West Coast & Australia is way to far for this 6'4" traveler . Liked the 2 hr flight from FL. to get to Mexico I have good fishing here but killed it at the Gordo Banks out of Los Cabos a few years back and would like to be able to duplicate that kind of trip for YFT.
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Op from Big Pine I'm guessing your going out of Miami. I think you pretty much hit the best spot in Cancun, very easy flight, short flight, lots of flights so it's inexpensive to fly there and when you get there you are right there I'd advise going there and fishing a USA boat out of Isla for sails. Other ideas flying out of Miami:

Costa Rica: I think if you don't go here your making a mistake yes it's 90 minutes to the shore but a great place to visit and great fishing
Guatemala: Closer to airport excellent fishing but you pretty much stay at the resort
DR: depending on where you are going the ride to the resort can be very close and the marlin fishing can be lights out.
Kona: The airport is a few miles from the harbor

If you want Yellowfin Tuna you should probably look at Puerto Vallarta MX
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Ambergris Caye, Belize. Fly into Belize City, then take a ferry over if you do not want to take a 10 min puddle jump. Best bone fishing on the planet in the flats then good offshore just outside the reef.
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There is good carp and cat fishing in lake Wylie near the Belmont bridge. Not far away at all from Charlotte /Douglas airport. 😂😂😂😂
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Go to Cabo, if you want to fish the Sea of Cortez by San Jose look up Jaqueline Sports fishing. He was the captain that won the WON jackpot in Cabo this year with a 344 pounder. Fished with him last couple years, excellent captain
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Originally Posted by buddy29766 View Post
I'd like to target YFT which we don't see very often here or other offshore species.
Panama is it for YFT!
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Shameless plug for the lodge where I work:

Fly yourself to Anchorage, Alaska. Catch our 1 hour and 15 minute charter flight from Anchorage International to a native village 3 miles upriver from the lodge. We drive you in covered boats 10 minutes down to the lodge. Pretty easy logistics. Fishing and scenery are amazing. Alaska Sportsman's Lodge. Fishasl.com
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Originally Posted by boboe View Post
Shameless plug for the lodge where I work:

Fly yourself to Anchorage, Alaska. Catch our 1 hour and 15 minute charter flight from Anchorage International to a native village 3 miles upriver from the lodge. We drive you in covered boats 10 minutes down to the lodge. Pretty easy logistics. Fishing and scenery are amazing. Alaska Sportsman's Lodge. Fishasl.com
On my Bucket list !! Going to hit Alaska in my RV if & when I retire .
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What do you want to fish for? You mention Yellowfin, panama is one of your best bets for that. Otherwise I would look into a long range trip out of San Diego, long boat ride to the grounds but most likely a short trip from the airport to boat. If you are looking for billfish Los Suenos is a pretty is easy ride from San Jose and has activities other than fishing. Have you looked into Bermuda or Dominican Republic?
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Have you looked into Bermuda or Dominican Republic?[/QUOTE]

I lived in Bermuda '87 - '90. Hearing a lot of bad things about D.R. recently but the flight time is about what Im looking for.
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Originally Posted by buddy29766 View Post
On my Bucket list !! Going to hit Alaska in my RV if & when I retire .
You can do a lot of good stuff on the road system. But if you want to see the best freshwater fishing, it's going to require a plane ride or two. PM me if you want more info. I don't want to derail this thread.

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