Looking to go with my wife for about 4 nights with 2 days of fishing sometime mid-January to mid-February. Looking for somewhere with a very high probability of fishing success and reasonably comfortable fishing conditions (usually not terribly snotty, reasonable ride to the grounds, decent boats with knowledgable crews). Also interested in a nice place to stay with good food and fairly easy travel access from Southeast Florida. Cost is certainly a factor (we still have multiple kids to support and educate) but I do understand there will be some expense and that's ok, provided the trip will be worth it. Wondering about places like West Coast of Mexico, Northwest Coast of Costa Rica, Panama, etc versus just staying in South Florida or the Keys.
that time of year we are catching piles of sailfish, some marlin, tuna and dorado offshore and inshore, lots of roosterfish, snapper, grouper, snook and more.
here is a video of some billfish action on my boat, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j5eeDU69vU ...note the calm january seas.
and here is a little tuna action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf5S3mbV4ts
and here's my facebook page where you can see lots of recent photos and videos Kinembe-Sportfishing
feel free to drop me a line, i can also help you with accommodations and and the rest of your trip as well.
What we're catching:
What we're catching:
Just as Kinembe suggested, most folks down there will help arrange everything. CRDM is basically a booking agent. They know all the in's and out's and can arrange everything from Airport pick-up to lodging, fishing, zip lining and tour stuff. They make their money from commissions. Our first trip we did on our own only to find out they could handle everything and usually at a discounted cost. We stayed at Marriott Los Suenous the first time then found out we could stay in a condo on the beach at Jaco for less.... The Marriott is very nice and has some of the best restaurants in the area. It's all good once you get there....and very family friendly. In Jaco you'll get more of the local flavor and can walk downtown to all the shops and restaurants. Our last few trips we rented a four wheel drive SUV and traveled up and down the coast almost to Panama and into the mountains to go exploring....it was a blast. It doesn't have quite the same casual feel as the Bahamas however. You are in a "real" third world country.
During that time frame, you will catch fish. And possibly lots of them! I don't want to take anything away from any of the guys down there, we have just had great success with Larry and his crew at CRDM. Give them both a call and see what they have to offer. It’s definitely a lot better to let someone that knows the local scene help with the planning.
Good luck in your travels!
i'm curious, why?
los suenos is, how do i put it, an "uptight, we're better than you, we charge more and got a golf course" location. the water they fish is by no means the best in the country, they fish the same waters as the quepos boats and you can get the same boat in quepos for 25% less than what you'll spend in los sunos.
the impression i get from talking to the original poster is he's looking for a couple days fishing and another day lounging. no real need to spend the extra money for los suenos area. also, it is 2 people so he may or may not need a big fancy los suenos boat.
jaco is a good place for the party crowd. it is not a very safe place and not really where i'd suggest anybody go...unless they were looking for drugs and prostitutes and the chance to be robbed.
quepos has more great lodging options and they have an airport so you don't have to drive to jaco. and the prices are much less than in the los suenos area.
basically, in my opinion, quepos is better than jaco/los suenos for lodging/dining/prices and they have the same fishing. however neither of those places compare to the golfito/puerto jimenez area for the fishing period.
What we're catching:
Check out our website, fishing reports from year's past in January/February on our Blog, You Tube page, and Trip Advisor reviews below. PM me if you'd like more info.
Capt. Shane Jarvis
Panama Cellular Phone 011-507-6675-7191
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Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge
Isla Paridas, Panama