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COSTA RICA – Operation “GRAND SLAM“ 16.09.-24.09.2020

That will be THE highliht in September 2020 – fishing on board the best Marlin boat in the entire Pacific region – officially awarded by the Billfish Foundation.
 
A – geologically – unique location can be found directly off the coast of Golfito, in the south of Costa Rica, not far from the border with Panama – because here 3 tectonic plates meet, which through their activities create an underwater landscape furrowed by mountains and gorges — and which is also characterized by volcanic activity. Above all, this has a very positive influence on the ocean currents on site, which in turn brings with it million tons of food – including smaller (bonitos) and larger (yellowfin) types of tuna – and finally they are also being followed by the  Kings of the Ocean: Marlin. There is hardly a place in this world where this Billfish appear so numerous. In addition to the dominant species (Blue Marlin), the Black and the Striped Marlin are also regular catches.
 

A so-called “Grand Slam” (3 different Billfish within 24 hours) is always possible here, especially since there are often plenty of Sailfish and there is also the chance of Broadbill (Swordfish) during night fishing.

The success has a name: The “Thumper” has been a guarantee for exceptionally good Marlin catches for years and was recognized by the Billfish Foundation in 2018 as the boat with the most Blue-Marlin Tag & Releases in the entire Pacific Ocean. If you include the Black and Striped Marlins, you get a whopping 5.9 Marlin on average per day of fishing – almost unbelievable, but officially certified. We do not give a catch guarantee anywhere on the planet – not here either – but given such numbers, it is pretty mmuch unlikely if one e should not be successful in the Marlin season (mid-April to February)….
 

In addition to a very professional crew and a boat perfectly equipped for Marlin fishing, there is another aspect in addition to the exception area described above: The boat owner has several so-called “FAD’s” (Fish Attraction Device,) i.e. devices made mostly of wood, anchored offshore below the water surface and thus magnetically attract small fish and large predators) whose position, of course, only he knows. In combination with the naturally created places, which can also only be reached by large yachts, this seems to be the key to this sensational success. And don’t forget: on the “Thumper” the bait is in the water with the first sunlight until darkness falls in the fishing area. The way to the fishing grounds and the way back will be done at night.

What should also be mentioned: The Pacific Ocean, on the latitude on which Golfito / Costa Rica is located, is practically rarely hit by strong winds. This is not only important with regard to the otherwise possible days off, but also makes life on board a lot easier – because fishing in flat sea is simply more pleasant than in rough seas
 

Schedule of the Tour 16.09.-24.09.2020

Arrival from Germany at San Jose Airport around 15:00. (Departure from other countries on request). Then transfer (about 5 hours) to Golfito. In the evening we board the “Thumper” and will be heading to the fishing areas with  following morning.
 

The next 3 days are all about the Marlin – from about 5:30 a.m. to just before 6:00 p.m. we will be chasing the Billfish.

Around midnight we arrive again in Golfito and move into the guest house from the boat owner (double room).

„Relax-Day“

Inshorefishing – also from the “Thumper”. About 12 hours each. Target fish: Roosterfish, Cubera Snapper, Amberjack, etc. with both lifebaits and poppers.

Accommodation as above
 

Transfer to San Jose and return flight

Arrival Deutschland

  • International flight to San Jose / Costa Rica
  • Transfer
  • 3 days / 4 nights on board the “Thumper” including full board. Accommodation in a double cabin
  • 2 full days (each about 12 hours) inshorefishing – including meals.
  • 4 nights in the skipper’s guest house
  • Tips for the crew and for the cleaning staff in the house (Note: Since the tipping habits of the US-dominated markets often seem a little unusual for Europeans, we have already factored this cost factor into the travel price).
  • Participant t-shirt
  • fishing license
  • 1 year membership in the Billfish Foundation (BF) – this means: every angler who releases one or more marlines will receive a visually very beautiful certificate from the BF as a lasting reminder for an (hopefully) unforgettable fishing adventure.
  • Hosted by: Kai Witt, Global Fishing Adventures

 

Price per person: € 4,390

Number of participants: 6

Not included:

– Catering on land

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