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Located 3.5 hours’ drive northwest of the capital San Jose, Samara is a small, quaint and friendly resort on the Pacific Ocean. Full of character this small resort offers a good choice of restaurants and bars and is an excellent base for enjoying the unexploited fishing in this unspoilt region of Costa Rica.
Dry season: November to May
Wet Season: June to August
Closed Season: September/October
Dave Lewis escorted trips - now booking for 2020
• First night in Hotel at San Jose airport – sharing twin rooms
• Transfers from airport by air conditioned vehicle to your hotel in Samara
• 6 nights’ accommodation at Hotel Pension Playa, Samara
Single rooms with breakfast included. Dinners payable locally
• 5 days’ guided fishing in two boats
Flights from the UK are not included
Fishing licences are to be paid locally and cost approximately £22
Departure tax of around £22 is paid locally
Rental of casting/jigging tackle paid locally
We can book individual groups of 2 to 6 persons on selected dates.
Dave Lewis 2019 Report
I have just returned from my second hosted trip of the year to Samara, Costa Rica, and once again the group caught some very nice fish including roosters, sailfish and a striped marlin. The weather was absolutely glorious though if I am absolutely honest, as I always like to be, the fishing we experienced was tough. The inshore fishing in particular was somewhat disappointing. Despite seeing large numbers of roosters and jacks each day, getting any to bite a lure ranged from difficult to impossible. Some days we managed to tempt a few, but on others it was the best we could do to avoid a blank.
Offshore the fishing was equally tough. Throughout our five days we managed three sailfish releases, one lost, plus a bonus striped marlin that was probably the best part of 200lb. We averaged one or two good dorado a day, plus a few small yellowfin tuna, with other boats fishing the area reporting similar catches. January and February are traditionally absolute peak season in Costa Rica, but this year there is no getting away from the fact the fishing has been below average.
So why is this? Well, offshore we witnessed plenty of (illegal) long line activity each day, and this has undoubtedly impacted on the pelagic fishery. Inshore we were seeing good numbers of fish, but for some obscure reason they were not feeding. Several local skippers and crew told us the inshore sea temperature was much warmer than usual, so this is most likely the reason the fish were lethargic.
I have fished in Costa Rica on many occasions since my first trip in the 1990's and having considered all options, I have decided to reschedule my hosted trips to this wonderful destination to the very start of the season, in November and December. My first trip to Samara was in November 2017 and the inshore fishing we experienced during that trip was truly incredible. Certainly sea temperatures are cooler at this time of the year, but being at the end of the rainy season you should expect a few heavy showers. Most of the anglers who join me on my hosted trips to Pacific Central America travel primarily for the inshore fishing, casting and jigging, and from my recent experience this is the time they will most likely produce plenty of action with large numbers and dorado and jacks, roosterfish and numerous other species.
At the time of writing I have a few places available for November 2020, get in touch with Anglers World Holidays as soon as possible if you would like to join me next year.
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