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About Go Fish Costa Rica

Fishing Charters for Los Suenos - Quepos - Tamarindo - Flamingo - Papagayo - Golfito - Drake Bay


My name is Dan Ross, founder and owner of Go Fish Costa Rica. I moved to Costa Rica some 15 years ago after having lived in Alaska, Oregon and a long stint in Zihuatenejo, Mexico. I was born in Ilwaco, WA, at the mouth of the Columbia River. From day one, my mother always said it was like I was born with a fishing rod in my hand. I started fishing in our local trout pond, conveniently located in our backyard. I caught my first salmon and steel head in the creek on our property, and spent all the early part of my youth fishing the mighty Columbia River.

As you can probably tell, fishing runs in my blood. I have been in the fishing business since I was 19 years old. I owned and operated a large fishing lodge in Alaska on the Nushagak River for 18 years, where I employed 15 captains and 25 staff members. During this time, I was able to travel and fish all over the great state of Alaska. My travels with my clients and fishing trips took me from Alaska, Oregon, and Washington to Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, and as far south as Colombia.

Having been here in beautiful Costa Rica for the past 15 years, I have had the incredible opportunity to travel and fish in many of its outstandingly diverse locations. I have fished from the south end of Costa Rica (Golfito) to the North Region (Papagayo), and everywhere in between. I have also taken numerous clients to the Caribbean side of this easily-traversable country for very successful Tarpon fishing. By fishing in all these different regions, with many different captains and boats, my fishing knowledge base has expanded tremendously. I try to learn something new from every person I meet, from the size and brand of hooks, to the size of leader and leader material, to different techniques of hooking Bill Fish.

I have also learned a tremendous amount about the boats themselves, including which ones raise fish and which ones do not, there is such a difference in the many different types of hulls that are out there to choose from. There are glass hulls that were layed up with mass producing chopper guns and there are hulls that were precisely built by hand. Then you have your epoxy over wood  covered  boats that are some of the most beautiful Yachts you will ever see. Our fleet of Maverick yachts that are actually built right here in Jaco, Costa Rica are some of the finest boats we have for fishing. I love doing this because I love catching Bill Fish on my fly rod and take great pleasure in teaching clients how to do the same, all the while being able to share my passion.

Leveraging my different experiences here in Costa Rica,  I have had the great opportunity to match my clients with the perfect boat and captain for their skill level and fishing plans. Pairing my clients up with the perfect captain and boat is what I do best. All my years of experience as a professional fisherman have successfully prepared me for this. I know who owns all the boats and who all the captains are. It is very important that the captain has a great passion for fishing! This passion needs to course through their blood and they need to have been around fishing for most of their life in order for them to successfully take you on a fishing trip and meet all the challenges that entails (regardless of your skill level). The passion for fishing needs to outweigh the paycheck. The captains I work with all have years of fishing experience and truly LOVE the sport.

Whether you are a conventional fisherman coming down to hook one of the many species, or an experienced fly fisherman with my many years of experience fishing in Costa Rica, I can certainly help you target the species and style of fishing you prefer. Over time, I have learned which months to fish for what species, and which places are the best to fish for them. Here, in Costa Rica, you can always find some Billfish every month of the year. As they move north to south, you can follow right along with the bait. It is very important as a client coming down to fish, whether it be his your time or your tenth time, to be able to talk to someone that has the knowledge, experience and honesty to help you  successfully plan your trip and assure you of your expectations.

I never want anyone to come down to fish for a specific species that isn’t going to be possible. If at all possible, please do your homework and plan many months in advance. Talk to me about your total expectations for your trip, and which species you would like to target. Here, we have many opportunities. You may target Billfish, Marlin & Sailfish, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Roosterfish, Snapper, Grouper, Tarpon, and many other species of fish in Costa Rica.

While here, you may bring your fresh fish into one of our excellent restaurants to have it cooked your way. Or, the chefs can make some specific suggestions on how to best prepare your catch. Personally, I love to eat fresh fish and enjoying some of our fine restaurants is a must.

I work with many of the hotels, condos, and private vacation rental homes here. I know who takes care of their clients and wants to make sure that they will return soon. There are many price ranges for lodging, so again, planning and talking ahead of time is essential. Contact me and we will talk Costa Rica Fishing.  Remember my slogan,  “My secret to catching fish…fish where the fish are.”