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apitalizing on the Pacific sailfish migration, the Gamefisher2 fishes out of Carillo Bay from January through April and Flamingo Bay from May through December, our local knowledge, tournament success and years of experience consistently puts our anglers on the bite.

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Costa Rica has long been recognized as one of the worlds best sport fishing destinations. Couple this with the fact that Costa Rica is a peaceful democracy and a nation of kindhearted, fun-loving citizens who's primary industry is tourism and you have all of the elements in place for a very enjoyable sport fishing vacation in tropical paradise!Click to take advantage of special prices on canceled dates.

Catch & Release - The sport fishing community in Costa Rica has a long standing, unspoken code of ethics of "catch & release" where billfish are concerned. The crew on the Gamefisher2 are no exception. The greatest care is always taken for a healthy billfish release, whereby the fish is able to swim away on his own with a minimal amount of stress. Circle hooks are used as opposed to J hooks because there is a much higher incidence of fair hooked fish (hooked in the mouth rather than swallowing the hook) this way. Our crew has mastered other tricks and techniques over the years that make them confident today that nearly all of the billfish released on the Gamefisher2 are healthy releases.

When Sport Fishing Magazine did a feature article on "Fly Fishing for Billfish" Gamefisher2  was featured and on the cover. We were there for a reason.
Photos from the story:
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January through April are the best months to fish out of Carrillo Bay and can be very productive for both Pacific sailfish, blue, black and striped marlin. May through September, November and December are the better months to fish for billfish out of Flamingo, peak months being June, July & August. October can also be good fishing but it is the rainiest month of the year and conditions are not generally very favorable.

Two Locations:

Flamingo/Potrero - The Gamefisher2 is based out of Potrero Bay, just minutes north of the resort town of Flamingo Beach from May through December.

Carrillo Bay - From January through April the Gamefisher2 runs out of Carrillo Bay in order to get out of the windy, unfavorable sea conditions to the north this time of year.

Catch and Release:

Costa Rica was the first country in the world to practice, from the very beginning of its’ sportfishing history, a very strict code of honor among all the fleet to release all billfish.

Circle Hooks:

We on the Gamefisher2 were one of the first, if not the first, to use circle hooks for catching billfish in Costa Rica. We have been on the cutting edge with the experimentation, research and the practice of the rigging techniques used today. We were also a major force in the passing of the Costa Rican Fishing Law making circle hooks mandatory when fishing for billfish with live or dead bait.

Gamefisher2 Tournament Results:

Gray International Fly Tournament
Quepos, Costa Rica

2003 – 1st
2004 – 1st

2005 – 1st

2006 – 2nd

2007 – 2nd
2008 – 3rd
2009 – 3rd


Presidential Challenge of Central America, “PCCA”
Flamingo & Carrillo, Costa Rica
Joan Vernon, President

2009 – 1st
2008 – 2nd
2006 – 1st

2005 – 3rd
2004 – 1st

2003 – 1st

2002 – 1st
2001 – 1st

2000 – 3rd
1999 – 3rd
1998 – 1st

1997 – 1st

Note: Did not fish in 2007 due to another reservation which conflicted with the tournament dates.


Club Amateur de Pesca, “CAP” International Sailfish Tournament
Flamingo, Costa Rica

1988 – 1st
1989 – 1st

1990 – 7th
1991 – 2nd
1992 – 1st

1993 – 2nd

1994 – 5th
1995 – 3rd
1998 – 1st

2007 – 1st

2008 – 1st

Note: 1999 – 2006 this tournament was held in another part of the country and for this reason the Gamefisher2 did not participate

The Latest Fishing Reports:
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Click for the latest reportsNovember 1, 2, 3 & 4, 2016:
Bob Newell, Larry Spainhour, Brent Elliott and Scott Hamilton from North Carolina fished 4 full days offshore out of Flamingo. The team raised 14 sailfish, got 10 bites and successfully hooked on their own and released 5 Pacific sailfish. They also raised 5 marlin, got 3....
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Optional Adventure Travel Activities:
We're a charter fishing company but we know it's your vacation and you may want to do something else or perhaps others in your party don't fish. No problem, we have a wide variety of activities available for you with reputable vendors we work with all the time. Just choose the activities you want more information on when you complete your reservation and we will fill you in on the details and work out all of the arrangements.
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We Can Arrange Your Accommodations:
We can arrange accommodations for your stay in Costa Rica.We can arrange accommodations for your stay in Costa Rica. Whether its four star luxury or modest digs we can take care of all the details. The list of properties we work with is long and consists of great friendly places that will insure you have the best time while here. Just let us know if we can be of service.
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Costa Rica:

Map of Northwest
Costa Rica.

The Country
Costa Rica is located at 10° north latitude and 85° west longitude. It is bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east.

The country is approximately the size of West Virginia and is very mountainous. The 21 national parks and reserves constitute an impressive 25% of the country and offer a breathtaking variety of flora and fauna.

In Costa Rica there is no shortage of natural adventures. Activities such as whitewater rafting, kayaking and surfing, along with horseback riding, nature hikes and bird watching can be enjoyed. Don't forget mountain biking, sailing, scuba diving and of course fishing on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.

Planning A Trip To Costa Rica
Although the country is small, distances are deceiving because of the mountainous terrain and generally poor road conditions. A good rule of thumb is to spend a minimum of two nights anywhere you go. Travelers should allow for one full day without driving in order to explore the area or take a tour.

Costa Rica has been a peaceful democratic country since 1821. The people are Spanish speaking although English is spoken along the Caribbean coastline. The people affectionately call themselves "Ticos". Ticos are especially friendly and helpful to visitors. They are proud of their country and eager to share their culture and make new friends.

Traveling Safely
Exercise the same precautions in Costa Rica as you would elsewhere in the world. Remember that rental cars are particularly targeted. Never leave luggage unattended in a rental car, even if it is in the trunk. Carry your passport separate from your wallet and your traveler's check numbers separately from your checks. Passport replacements can only be obtained in San Josι.

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Remember the Fisherman's Checklist:
Does the crew speak English?
Does the boat provide good food, fresh fruit, drinks , bottled water, etc.?
Does the boat have U.S. Coast Guard required safety equipment?
Is the charter company insured?
Does the charter company arrange accommodations and other activities?
Does the boat have a proven record of fishing success?
(Tournament Results)
Is the boat equipped with top-of-the-line fishing gear?
Is the boat always clean, organized and everything works?
Does the boat have a private head for the ladies?
On the Gamefisher2 we tick all the boxes!

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Sportfishing in exotic Costa Rica on the world famous Gamefisher2 is the deep sea angler’s charter trip of a lifetime. Whether it is fly fishing for record billfish, escape and camaraderie with the boys or part of a fun family vacation combined with other adventure tours, our bi-lingual crew with over 22 years of experience fishing along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast will ensure your vacation in our tropical paradise will be one you will always remember. The quality of your experience is our mission.

Apdo # 1-5150, Santa Cruz, Gte, Costa Rica
Our US number is: (904) 410-1041
Our primary number is Cell: (011-506)-8828-2287
Our secondary number is Cell: (011-506)-8376-9847
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