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FishingNosara’s Costa Rica Fishing Report features the best catches from our Captains plus includes news, fishing advice, and updates on all of our Costa Rican projects.

What started as a simple mailing list has grown over time to include full-color photographs of the best catches, links to videos and client-submitted reports. 

We hope that the Fishing Report keeps our community of clients feeling connected until they return to Nosara and helps upcoming clients get properly excited for their Costa Rica Vacation!

Suggestions, or contributions? Feel free to send an email.

Tight Lines y Pura Vida!

The Captains, crew, and staff of FishingNosara


April 18, 2014

Martin Spreen and his group had a great day on the Wanderer with the scorecard revealing multiple Sailfish releases and one of the biggest Dorados you’ll ever see!

The early bite was dominated by Sailfish, all fired up and high-flying.


Later in the day Captain William discovered a pod of spinning porpoises and knew that good-eatin’ fish were near.

A few small Dorados found the icebox first, then this granddaddy Mammoth Mahi Mahi hit the hooks:


April 17, 2014

Dan Lavoie and his group had a fantastic day on the Wanderer as Captain William gave them a behind-the-scenes tour of Sailfish City.

They broke the ice with an early release, then nabbed dinner in the form of this big Dorado.

First Mate Alex didn’t even get this fish fileted before a high-flying Sailfish entered the spread and took the hook.

The releases came fast and furious in the afternoon with four more spectacular Sailfish releases on the scorecard.

Great day of action on the mighty Wanderer.

April 16, 2014

Tom Bernik brought his sons down to Nosara with big fish on the brain. Captain William and First Mate Alex of the famous Wanderer overcame overcast skies and some medium chop to deliver the goods to this hard-fishing family from New Jersey.

William and Alex are both family men who are great with kids…We love seeing this big smiles on little anglers!

After a long day of Sailfish releases for the boys, they finally let the old man take a turn and he released the final billfish of the day.

Great work by the mighty Wanderer and the Bernik Boys!

April 6, 2014

Mark Obenour kept the good time rollin’ on the Wanderer with a trio of Sailfish release plus some brutish Dorados.

The first two Sails were no match for Mark and his buddy, and the Dorado met equally quick fates only they got released into the icebox.

Just before ‘lines in’ Mark added this awesome Sailfish release.

Timed at 3:45pm, this is the greatest way to end a fishing trip!

April 5, 2014

April 5 brought a banner finish to the Russell Group’s week of fishing in Costa Rica. Captain William pointed the flagship Wanderer offshore to Sailfish City and these New Yorkers showed off the billfish fighting skills that they have honed over the last seven days.

The ladies’ kicked off the action with Sailfish release for each of them, then the boys strapped up for some big-time billfish battles.

First Mate Alex is on top of his game and released these fish with calm confidence.

The final send off was a beefy Dorado for Ken that satisfied his ‘fishing wishing’ list.

Check out this great email we received from Ken later in the week:

“We wanted to let you know that we all had an outstanding time in Nosara… the place was great, the staff were wonderful, and the fishing was beyond our expectations!”

“We had to add on another 1/2 day with David and Kevin when we found that we were facing two days in a row without going out on the water! Altogether we wound up with 3 full days on the Wanderer, 1/2 day on the Explorer and 1/2 day on the Adventurer…. all the boats  were great as were all the crews.”

“I’ve got to say that William and Alex were genuine sweethearts and I can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed going out with them—even the girls!…. aside from 32 sails, we caught 3 dorados (one being my “bucket list” grande mahi!).

“Please tell Paula that Brenda wore her Pink FishingNosara hat to catch some HUGE sails and let her know too that Brenda says she was right”

He’s right about the hat; check out Paula’s first trip to Nosara compared to Brenda’s recent conquest:


April 4, 2014

Florida’s own Mark Obenour had a field day on the Wanderer with several Sailfish released, a few nice Dorados on ice, and one great big surprise.

The early action was strong, but the highlight of the trip came in the early afternoon:

Most Sailfish top out around 150lbs., but this big mama has to weigh at least two bills…for God’s sake the picture weighs 10 pounds!

These Florida anglers keep the heat on with more release and another Dorado to round out the trip.

Great work by Captain William and First Mate Alex on the mighty flagship.

April 3, 2014

Ken Russell and Larry Komenda couldn’t stand the fact that they would have to go two days until their next trip, so they snapped up Captain David’s only open day and returned to the blue water for more action. 

The Sailfish bite was hot as fire and the lines were popping off frequently throughout the trip. 

Check out the color on this Sail:

Awesome work by Mate Kevin to safely handle these still-green monsters.

They ended up with six Sails released for the day…great performance from the legendary Super panga.

April 3, 2014

Robert Scott and his son pulled in some real sea monsters on the Explorer with Captain David and Mate Kevin.

This family fishing mission saw the release two nice Sailfish.

Excellent work as usual by the baddest panga in the bay…the Explorer!

April 1, 2014

Ken Russell and Larry Komenda left the ladies at home for their trip on the Adventurer, but fortunately they brought home the bacon in the form of this nice Dorado:

April 1, 2014

April Fools’ Day was no joke for client Curtis and Liz Coley! These guys put the chokehold on a swarm of Sailfish and didn’t let up until the big billfish tapped out.

Captain David tracked a feeding school of fish and that led to four big Sails on the trip, with Mate Kevin seeing to the safe release of all billfish.

These Jacksonville anglers showed off the dominance that has made Northeast Florida legendary in these waters.

“Dear Craig and Matty,”

“Curtis and I had a “once in a lifetime” trip to your place in Nosara! The fishing trips were fabulous with Capt. David & Kevin on the barroom brawler Explorer (10 sails total for Chuck) and Capt. Carlos on the “pocket knife” Adventurer.  I caught 3 sails on the Explorer and five bonitas and one tuna on the Adventurer. What a special treat to see the beautiful reefs jut out of the Blue Pacific (which I had never seen before).”

“We also took a horseback ride with Rafael and had lunch with Jesus, his Mama.  She prepared a delicious native lunch, and it was a pleasure meeting them both.”

“Also, Cumi, Marino, Javier and Ahias took great care of us!  I would be remiss without saying how much we adored Freddie and Jenny, too.  Freddie hauled us to and from the boats to Garza, Jenny did our laundry and cleaned up Casa Jardin during the week, and Jenny had fried chicken as a treat on one of our fishing trips.  Everyone was very amenable to answering any questions we had.  We put several miles on the Safari Cart, and our transfers to and from the San Jose airport were impeccable.  One big happy family.”

“It was an amazing adventure which we will always cherish.  You run a top-notch operation, and we will recommend Paradise Rentals & Fishing Nosara to anyone who is headed to Costa Rica.  Best wishes in your future endeavors and your new boat, the Discoverer.  Thanks again for everything!!”

Liz and Curtis “Chuck” Coley
Jacksonville, Florida