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Zancudo Lodge Costa Rica Q & A

The Zancudo Lodge, where over 70 IGFA records have been set, is world-renowned for its lure and fly fishing inshore and offshore. You will receive access to all the required fishing tackle from ultra-light to heavy fly fishing tackle with all poppers, lures, jigs and small flies will also be included, all tackle is of a very high standard taking out the need for you to be carrying unnecessary amounts of luggage. Each day the fishing will be tailored to suit what you want to do and all of the relevant equipment is provided. Zancudo Lodge is one of the only beachfront resorts along this coast and can be found in Playa Zancudo.


Where is the hotel?

The hotel is based in the Puntarenas Providence, Playa Zancuda in Costa Rica. Set amongst some stunning Costa Rican Jungle.


Where will I fish?

If you chose to offshore fish then the fishing will be out in the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The inshore fishing takes you along some of the most remote and beautiful deserted beaches in Costa Rica.


How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

On your offshore fishing days the grounds are around 30 – 40 minutes away from the hotel. The inshore is split between zones and depending on what zone you will be fishing that day it can range anything from 5 minutes to 45minutes away from the hotel.


What fish will I catch?

Depending on your targets and if you have certain fish you wish to target then you can expect to catch; Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Tuna, Amberjacks, Roosters, Sharks, and lots of reef groupers and Cubera Snappers.


How many fish will I catch?

If you are fishing offshore then the numbers of fish are lower as the fish you will be targeting are spread around. So if targeting the Marlin and Sailfish you should expect to raise a couple each day. When fishing Tuna you should be looking at multiple strikes. The inshore fishing is different as the fish are more concentrated in areas that are accessible by boat. Inshore fishing is a lot more productive as you can spin, fly or baitfish.


How will I fish?

A normal day fishing offshore will be either spent trolling artificial lures or you can popper/baitfish. Depending on what you are fishing for your skipper will suggest the best methods. The inshore fishing is a lot more active as there are a lot more species willing to take your bait or lure.


Do the guides speak English? 

The guides speak good English


Who is best suited to this destination?

This destination is perfect for a huge variety of anglers from beginners to the most expert of anglers. Your skipper will help you with every style of fishing and if you have never lured fished for hard fighting species before they will give you some lessons. Fly fishing is also a great method and again our skippers will be on hand to help you with everything.


What skill level is required?

A general knowledge of fishing from a boat is an advantage but not necessary. The guides are there to help you achieve what you want out of your holiday.


How physically demanding is this trip?

On the whole, the trip is not that physical apart from playing the fish. The boats are easy to walk around and have comfortable seats for moving around from spot to spot. There is a little step down into the boats at the marina.


When is the best time to go?

The season is November to July with the peak times being from November to March.


How will I get there?

The best route to get to Costa Rica is to take advantage of the direct British Airways flights from London Gatwick straight to San Jose in Costa Rica.


What is the accommodation like?

The hotel is stunning and service is their number one aim. Nothing is too much for the staff. Surrounded by idyllic jungle foliage, its own private beach and their own private marina this truly is a fisherman’s dream location.


What is the food like? 

Breakfast is served in the main restaurant and there is a huge selection from cooked breakfasts to the more continental style breakfast. Lunch is packed in a coolbox at taken down to your boats each day or alternatively if you are not fishing there is a superb menu of lunches from fresh fish to hamburgers. Evening meals are crafted from locally sourced products and locally caught fish. All the food is prepared and cooked onsite by the professional cooks.


Is fishing tackle provided?

The great thing about Zancudo lodge is that they supply everything. If you fancy trying some popper fishing or vertical jigging they will supply everything you will need, try to catch a Marlin on a fly, they will supply the lot. You can just turn up with no fishing equipment and they will have it covered.


Is internet and phone signal available?

The phone signal around the hotel is good plus you get free Wifi at the hotel.


Are there other activities available? 

There are many different tours available that can be arranged with the reception and they have a great spa onsite. Contact a member of the Sportquest Holiday team, who will give you a more detailed list of other activities.


How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all available weeks and prices click the Dates and Prices tab on the Zancudo Lodge tour page.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange your own we can book just the lodge and fishing for you. If you wish to book or have any questions please call our offices on 01603 407596.

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