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Old 04-10-2006, 04:20 PM
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I am going to Costa Rice the last week of May for vacation this year. I will be in the Flamingo area and would like to offshore fish a day or two. Does anyone have recomendations for charter captians or services? Hove about selecting a guide service from teh internet? This will be my first trip there to charter.

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Old 04-10-2006, 04:52 PM
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I could help you with Quepos (just got back) - only know one guy who has been in the Flamingo area. I'll shoot him an e-mail and see if he has any info. I'll post anything I get.
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I fished with the Swordfish a few years back. Had a lot of fun and did pretty well with the sails. I booked them through Tico travel. You can run a search through them on the web.
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Old 04-10-2006, 09:05 PM
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don't remember how far to Tamarindo, in Tamarindo Phil Lehman on the Temptress, he has a web site
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Capt. Richard Chellimi is the guy you want to charter in Flamingo. You can reach him via phone at : 011-506-654-4150 or e-mail at [email protected]
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Old 04-11-2006, 12:07 PM
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Thanks all. I will try to contact the guys above and post results when I return.
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Old 04-11-2006, 12:56 PM
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I went down for the 4th of july last year, trip of a lifetime to say the least.Billfish Safaris can help you out [email protected] I have the phone# but no area code 828-2173. Check on the winds that time of year i remember them talking about the nicaragua winds being strong during a season. Fished for three days with great results, no reason to go to tamarindo if your in flamingo.
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Old 04-11-2006, 01:42 PM
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Steeve- I sent you a reply to your PM on Quepos, if you didn't get it let me know. My computer is sort acting up so I'm not sure if it sent or not.
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Old 04-11-2006, 08:15 PM
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look for an american captain, I've had mixed sucess with local crews and their concept of "bi-lingual"; makes me glad work made me learn spanish. seriously, some of the local crews can be really rigid with their fishing style, even when things are slow (yes, they have slow days in Costa) although my best day ever came with a local crew who spoke no english, in Quepos: sails and yft's til out hands bled!
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Old 04-11-2006, 08:42 PM
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I was in Flamingo in late JAN-early FEB. Stayed at the Flamingo Beach Resort as part of a group of 61. The trip was "all inclusive". The first night was spent at another hotel because the Flamingo Beach Resort knowingly had double booked our rooms. Additionally, the evening meals were terrible and the "all inclusive" bar closed at about 9:15 PM each night forcing you to pay for cocktails at the other bar. Upon checkout, the resort added 23% tax and gratuity to our bill which was supposed to have included all taxes and gratuity. After a month of hate and discontent and threatening to dispute all charges, the resort finally refunded us the first nights charge and the 23% that was unjustly collected.
As for fishing, it s*cked! We went twice, once each on 2 different boats. The first boat I did not organize but was arranged locally through the Valet at the resort. The boat was roughly 32', shaped like an overgrown Panga and powered by twin 140hp outboards. At WOT it made about 13KTS. The tackle was poor at best. The boats arrived on time (2 boats, 6 anglers per boat). We had to wade out to the boats as there is no marina in Flamingo. The beach is black mud(bring sandals or wade barefoot then switch to your shoes once on board). Once on board I quickly determined that neither the Capt. or mate spoke english, the bilge pump did infact work, and the boat contained 1 life ring and 2 ski vests to accomodate 6 anglers and a crew of 2. the boat did have a VHF but no GPS or Sounder. The other boat was no better. After an hour of waiting around on the beach, the boat owner finally had his wife bring the required no of lifejackets from his house and we got underway. Trolled all day, raised 3 billfish, hooked 0. Those idiots did not know the first thing about catching fish. With a fish in the spread, they neither slowed the boat, turned the boat, freelined a bait or anything else that might actually lead to hooking a fish. They also had no means to troll over the same spot again due to no GPS.
The second trip was organized through Billfish Safaris. This appeared to be a reputable outfit. The boat was a 42 Gamefisherman, well equiped with VHF, GPS, sounder, good tackle properly rigged, plenty of lifejacktes, etc. The Capt. spoke a tiny bit of english, the 2 mates did not. We waded out and departed on time. Trolled all day, raised 6 billfish, hooked 0. Same poor techniques as displayed by the crew of the first boat.
If thinking of fishing in Flamingo, DON'T DO IT!!! Save your money! Go somewhere else like Crocodile Bay, Los Suenos, or Panama.
Sorry this was so long, a full explanation was in order.

















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Book Chellimi and you won't have any problems, he's one of the best in all of Costa Rica.
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Old 04-12-2006, 05:00 PM
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Fished for threee days, 8 of us on two boats. Day one we each hooked up and landed 2 fish apiece on our boat 2nd boat 1 50lb dorado. Day two having been blown away by landing 8 fish and hooking up on 10 we stayed close on light tackle. No sooner had we left the bay we raised a sail while trolling for wahoo, but no hook up. That day was wahoo,tuna, and dorado all day. Day three keep some tuna for bait and went way out for marlin but no luck only schools of yellowfin as far as the eye could see! Now the other 4 guys never got a sail for three days we could have left after day one and been in heaven! Capt's do matter so does the time of year and luck. Would i go back, yes in a heartbeat. Would i bring my wife and kids for a vaction, not unless thay fished.It is a very small,friendly, and safe place.If your looking for the gringo crap we turn every other place into with t-shirt and trinket shops this is not the place-yet!
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Old 04-12-2006, 05:33 PM
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Tamarindo Osprey charters. I have used them on the recommendation of a friend and was very happy. we always caught fish and they were great to deal with. One thing, many of the capt's over there do not run bally in their spread. They will tend to drop a lure back in order to save money on the bait cost. Slip them some additional cash and see if they will run some hooked bally in the spread.

We caught on a little late for this but our friends who fished after us took the advice and hooked up with alot more fish. Generally there is no problem in raising a sail in Costa it is just getting one hooked that can be difficult.
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Old 04-13-2006, 12:04 PM
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Guys thank you for your advice. I am going to try to contact some of the captians/services above this weekend. Hopefully we will be there at the right time of teh year to get into the fish. I will post a report when I return.

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Old 04-15-2006, 05:31 PM
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There is a Great article in the March Issue of Sport Fishing..I think thats the right one. The time you are planning on going is considered the start of the wet season. The prices are better at this time of year, yet the bite is not as good as march and april..Now a bad bite there is like a day you dream of here.. Be sure to look at that issue. It has a bullshark on the front..I hope thats the right issue..Good luck
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Old 04-17-2006, 03:37 PM
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Capt. Chuck - 4/11/2006 5:42 PM

I was in Flamingo in late JAN-early FEB. Stayed at the Flamingo Beach Resort as part of a group of 61.
You went at the absolutely WORST time of the year as far as Flamingo is concerned. Their season is July thru October. Mind you it rains in Sept & Oct, but the bite can be good.

In January & February the bite was great off Quepos, Los Sueños & Carrillo Beach. More marlin this year than any previous in a decade.

We had to wade out to the boats as there is no marina in Flamingo. The beach is black mud(bring sandals or wade barefoot then switch to your shoes once on board).
The govt closed the marina many years ago. Beach launch is the only way of getting to the anchored charter boats. Most good boats stay either in Los Suenos & Carrillo until the fish move northward.


















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Old 04-18-2006, 10:43 AM
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Yeah I agree that may is not the best time to go fishing in the Flamingo area. Hopefully they will correct the marina issue and reopen it.
I would also like to correct some things I read about Costa Rica fishing.
A bad day there is actually the same as a bad day here. No fish! It happens everywhere and when the green water is present the bite can shut down.
My suggestion is to go keep checking the reports and go where the fish are whether that be Golfito/Zancudo, Quepos or Flamingo/Tamarindo.

Beware of some of the cheaper local charters. The boats can be slow and the equipment worn out.
Otherwise have a great time and enjoy the scenery and the people!
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