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Zancudo Lodge Costa Rica Inshore & Offshore fishing

Customer Rating 87%
Tour Code COS003

Big Game fishing in Costa Rica

Zancudo Lodge is home to over 70 IGFA records and 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 tackle to heavy fly fishing tackle with poppers, lures, jigs and small flies all included completely free of charge. All tackle is of a very high standard taking away the need to carry unnecessary amounts of luggage when travelling. Each day the fishing will be tailored to suit what you want to catch and how you wish to catch it. If you are unsure of how to popper fish we have given some great tips on top 10 tips for successful popper fishing which is well worth a read

Zancudo Fishing Lodge is one of the only beachfront resorts along this coast and located in Playa Zancudo. With luxury accommodations consisting of 15 deluxe rooms and suites. All complete with the most beautiful linens, fibreoptic TV, Air conditioning, safes, coffee service and an excellent daily laundry service. Zancudo Lodge has earned its fantastic reputation globally to offer the first-class service, and after spending a relaxing holiday at this resort, you will not need anything. You will want to return year after year.

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Where is Zancudo Lodge

The hotel nestled in the Puntarenas Providence, Playa Zancuda in Costa Rica. Set amongst some stunning Costa Rican Jungle right on the beach. The beaches are unspoilt, and one can walk for many miles without coming into any contact with any other people. Surrounded by fantastic wildlife and foliage, this fishing lodge overlooks amazing Pacific waters in the West. On the east side of the lodge, there are the excellent freshwaters of the Sabalo River.

Within close distance from the lodge, you will find regional attractions. These include Fortunato Atencio Stadium, Golfito Marina, Parque Nacional de Fauna Silvestre Golfito, Corcovado National Park Office, and Playa Cacao. Any of these attractions are a must-visit part of Costa Rica. You can reserve as many eco-tours as you like at the fishing lodge speak to the staff on arrival. 

Zancudo Lodge can be located on the scenic Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, on the Bay of Golfo Dulce, four miles from Golfito. The Golfito Bay area of the Pacific Ocean is renowned for its excellent saltwater fishing. The Pacific Ocean borders Zancudo’s property on the West and the Sabalo River on the east. Head over to your YouTube Channel to see the fantastic fishing available at Zancudo Lodge.

Fishing Around Costa Rica

We can tailor your entire stay to suit your desires from inshore, offshore, and fishing the river banks. Our fishing guides have years of fishing these waters. There is not much they do not know. A significant advantage of fishing with these guides is that they are very experienced in all fishing techniques. If you are a die-hard fly angler, the fishing plan will revolve around areas more suited to this fishing style. If you wish to popper and lure fish all day, your guide will take you to deeper areas searching for these hard fighting pelagic species. If you would like a deeper understanding of what the fishing is like in Costa Rica, make sure to read our Zancudo Lodge question and answers blog

To some people travelling out to the fishing grounds is a big part of their fishing holiday. For a rough guide only, the grounds are around 1hour – 1hr30mins minutes away from the hotel on your offshore fishing days. The inshore fishing splits 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. 

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

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Peak fishing times in Costa Rica

There are certain times of the year that produce better catches for individual species but this isn’t set in stone and all species can turn up at all times of the year. The 

  • Marlin: All Marlin species are caught year-round. The peak time for Blue Marlin is November and December, March, and April, while the Black Marlin peak is during July and August.
  • Sailfish: Common year-round but peaking from November to May. It is not unusual to catch more than 20 sails in a day. When you get a Sailfish bite, you will know about it.
  • Dorado: Year-round, with seasonal highs during November to April.
  • Tuna: Large Yellowfin, in the 200- to 300 lb range, are often found feeding under the large schools of porpoises. Schoolie sized Yellowfin are available year-round.
  • Bigeye: Considered the bruisers in the Tuna family, they are common year-round. Hooking a large Bigeye will lead you on an epic multi-hour fight.
  • Roosterfish: Available year-round with typical sizes for Rooster fish ranging from 20 to 70 lbs.
  • Snapper: There are over a dozen types of Snappers ranging between 15 to 100 lbs.

Boats & Guides In Costa Rica

Zancudo Fishing lodge has eight boats with custom-built 28′ centre-consoles with twin Suzuki 140 HP four-stroke engines. And three 32′ Contenders with two 300 HP four-stroke Yamaha engines. The Contender comes fully equipped with all the necessary navigational electronics. Along with an icebox to keep the refreshments cool. There is a toilet onboard – an essential requirement when spending a day in the ocean or on the river banks. Please call if you wish to upgrade to the contender boats. All the guides and Captains speak excellent English, and it is vital to talk with your crew as a happy team equals more fish.

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is fishing experience needed

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

General knowledge of fishing from a boat is an advantage but not necessary.  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. If you are new to this style of a holiday we recommend you reading Big game fishing holidays for beginners this article is very useful

accommodation

Zancudo Lodge engulfed by the pure beauty of the Costa Rican wildlife and tropical rainforest. Stretching for miles is the stunning private Zancudo beach that offers the perfect setting for a relaxing massage or the tranquil surroundings for some downtime. You can also enjoy the picturesque scenery from your very own beachfront pool and hot tub.

The Resort

The luxury accommodation consists of 15 deluxe rooms and suites all come complete with the finest of linens, fibreoptic TV, Air conditioning, safes, coffee service and an excellent daily laundry service.
The onsite facilities have planned to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as you would expect from this first-class resort. You will find a pool, bar/lounge, business centre with internet access, concierge, shuttle bus service, restaurant, babysitting service, children’s activities, meeting rooms and wheelchair access throughout.

The brand new part of the lodge/reception has an elegant fountain area, gift shop, three lounge areas and a fine dining restaurant capable of seating 40 guests. There is a games room complete with widescreen TV, pool table, shuffleboard table, card table, foosball, and a massage and relaxation room on the second floor.

Food & Drink

The Gamefisher Restaurant has a very high level of service and they pride themselves on sourcing local produces from the bountiful resources of their ideal location in Costa Rica. You will soon realise their true genuine love of delicious and healthy cuisine.

The fleet of boats will bring in daily fresh fish that will be processed on the dock and transferred directly to the kitchen to keep the chain of food as fresh as possible which is the hotel’s prime goal. You will find surrounding the resort Zancudo’s orchid full of fresh organic produce for the guests to enjoy. You will find a vast selection of organic food here from fresh ginger to ripe plantains to green papayas, and they use local farmers to fill the other gaps so you can rest assured that your food will be as fresh as possible.
For the guests who like to eat meat, Zancudo Lodge has raised their own pigs and feed them on local organic coconuts, rice and pineapples. For the beef eaters, they also have their own cattle that go through a dry-ageing process which escalates the calibre of the grass-fed beef.

Other activities

At The Zancudo Lodge, you will experience magical ecological journeys in the Southern zone of Costa Rica. Most tours will showcase abundant wildlife, sea life, flowers and plants in its finest natural state. Any guest staying at the resort should come and explore the beauty of the untouched Southern Zone. A few examples of the tours on offer are, Wildlife Sanctuary tour, Rio Claro Botanical Gardens, Cabo Matalpo Horseback riding, Kayak Mangrove tour and so much more. If you are interested in booking any of the tours or would like a more detailed list, please speak to a member of the Sportquest team who will be more than happy to help.

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Itinerary

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The below itinerary is flexible should you require additional fishing days or additional free days to explore; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.

Day 1:

Depart London Gatwick

Arrive San Jose

When you arrive you will be transferred to your overnight stay in San Jose

Overnight accommodation: The Doubletree By Hilton (Twin room) B/B

Day 2:

At a prearranged time you will be taken back to the airport for your short scenic flight to the resort. Rest of the day is free to relax

Overnight accommodation: Zancudo Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Days 3 To 5: Fishing Days

Over the next three days, you will be taken to fish for your chosen species. Everything is included so if you want to popper fish, jig or even fly fish all the equipment will be supplied. Of course, if you wish to bring all your own fishing equipment please feel free. We have very good up to date pre-trip information including what lures and jigs to take with you. Fishing hours are normally 6 am – 4 pm

Overnight accommodation: Zancudo Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Days 6 & 7: Fishing Days

The inshore and offshore fishing in Costa Rica is some of the best in the world and then when you team that with such a quality outfit such as Zancudo Lodge you will find yourself in paradise. The lodge staff will ensure you have an enjoyable stay and if there is something that you need then just ask as they will make sure it happens.

Overnight accommodation: Zancudo Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Day 8:

On this day you will take the short flight back to San Jose ready for your international flight

Depart San Jose

Day 9:

Arrive UK

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FISHING Seasons

The season runs from November to June.

Blue Marlin

Season: November to April
Peak: November & December
Weight: 150lb to 500lb
Average Weight: 250lb

Sailfish

Season: November to May
Peak: February & March
Weight: 70lb to 140lb
Average Weight: 90lb

Roosterfish

Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 10lb to 80lb
Average Weight: 25lb

Yellowfin Tuna

Season: All Year
Peak: November & December
Weight: 10lb to 300lb
Average Weight: 30lb

Amberjack

Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 10lb to 70lb
Average Weight: 30lb

Cubera Snapper

Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 15lb to 80lb
Average Weight: 35lb

Package Details

Prices from
£6,814
per person

Included

  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • San Jose Hotel as stated in itinerary
  • Airport Transfers
  • State of the art fishing boats
  • All big game tackle
  • All popper and jig rods
  • Fly rods and reels
  • Tackle for both Fly and lure fishing
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 5 days fishing
  • All meals at Zancudo Lodge
  • House wine with evening meal
  • Soft drinks

Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • All other drinks
  • Personal items
  • Laundry service

Optional extras

  • World Traveler Plus upgrades
  • Business Class upgrades
  • First Class upgrades
  • Boat upgrades to Contender
  • Single room upgrade
  • The itinerary is based on the elegant standard double rooms. You can upgrade the rooms to the stunning Junior suites which are 450 sqft bungalows. If you really want to spoil yourself then you can upgrade your room to the spectacular Master Suite which comes with stunning Ocean Views, separate bedroom, spacious living room and private terrace with hammock. Please speak to a member of Sportquest Holidays team who will happily advise on the current upgrade prices.

Price Supplements

If your group size is smaller or larger then call to speak to a member of the Sportquest Team.

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Dates, Prices & Availability

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Departing Returning Days Price Availability
01/12/2022 31/12/2022 9 £6,814 Enquire Now
01/01/2023 31/01/2023 9 £6,814 Enquire Now
01/02/2023 28/02/2023 9 £6,814 Enquire Now
01/03/2023 31/03/2023 9 £6,814 Enquire Now
01/04/2023 30/04/2023 9 £6,814 Enquire Now
01/05/2023 31/05/2023 9 £6,814 Enquire Now
01/11/2023 30/11/2023 9 £6,814 Enquire Now
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01/01/2024 31/01/2024 9 £7,062 Enquire Now
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01/04/2024 30/04/2024 9 £7,062 Enquire Now
01/05/2024 31/05/2024 9 £7,062 Enquire Now

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing (Standard Boat) and Standard twin room for accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

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Reviews

Deborah

Gregg and Goldine were fantastic and very inviting and hospitable. They have definitely created an amazing gem down there in the rain forest. The entire staff was just wonderful and made our stay just as perfect as possible. I would drop names but do not want to risk missing anyone since every single person we interacted with was great. The fishing, the environment, the wildlife all amazing and cant wait to go back

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Barry

The resort has luxury accommodations, tropical gardens, outstanding customer service and gourmet dining which are all inclusive. They have top of the line 32 ft. Contenders with dual 300 hp motors. You have your own private boat and our outstanding captain, who are very knowledgeable on the fishing in the area but also made our fishing adventure a lot of fun. We caught 5 Yellow-fin Tuna, one over 65 lbs., Sailfish, Rooster fish, Crevalle Jack and Red Snapper on our three days of fishing.

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John

Every aspect of this trip to Zancudo Lodge was first rate. Twice daily laundry service, incredible food, courteous
staff, attention to detail and incredible fishing. This lodge is very much about the fishing. Expect to rise early and start the day with a hot breakfast and then off to the boats at 6:00 am. You really are in the best of hands and the staff need a gold medal for their services. Well done to all involved

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Isaac

Zancudo Lodge is Incredible. The fishing was amazing! Eating your fresh catch prepared by awesome chefs! The owners and her their staff go above and beyond to make your adventure come true. I recommend this to everyone from seasoned fishermen to beginners.

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Kelvin

The fishery at Zancudo is second to none.I caught my Grand Slam; ie marlin,sailfish, tuna and Dorado all in one day.

The following day we did inshore; boated 14 Rooster fish with Clive monster Rooster fish at 45 lbs.

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Trevor

Incredible food. Incredible staff and service! And for the non fishing wife an amazing beach!

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Peter

There is plenty to do besides fish at the lodge. However, the fishing is what we came for Our captain Tito was extremely knowledgeable and fun to be around. Every day was an adventure. The boats and equipment are first class. The fishing is spectacular and we all enjoyed our experience

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Larry

Their attention to detail includes many amenities to make you feel like you are truly on holiday in a remote part of Costa Rica. The owner Gregg and wife and staff are incredibly accommodating. The Contender fishing boats are extremely well kept and well-equipped, and the captains really know their stuff. Topmarks all round and thanks for a great holiday

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David

I was fortunate enough to stay at Zancudo Lodge during July. The fishing was superb! The Lodge itself is a beautiful oasis, with incredible views and landscaping and excellent amenities. Thanks for an awesome week and we will be back very soon

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Lauren

The food was terrific and dining in the open air restaurant is a great way to end the day. The staff was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. The Lodge recommended some great eco-tourism centred day trips, which were lots of fun

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Barry

My wife and I just returned from another amazing trip to Zancudo Lodge. It is our 4th time to the lodge. Everything at Zancudo is 5 stars....the staff, the food, the lodge itself, the boats and especially the fishing captains

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Barry, so glad you guys keep going back. Says everything anybody needs to know

All the best, Paul

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Mark

Zancudo Lodge is an excellent place with superb staff and very good food. The standard of the fishing skippers is very good, they all work really hard to put you on fish.

Unlike some other big game lodges they let you hook your own fish and you stand up and fight them with just a waist harness.

I caught the lodge grand slam - marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado and rooster fish, as well as a lovely cubera snapper. An excellent if costly 5 days fishing.

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Latest Reports

Zancudo Lodge Fishing Report March 2022

If variety is the spice of life, The Zancudo Lodge has been the place to be in Costa Rica for sport fishing this past March with some anglers boating over 4 species in a single...

Zancudo Lodge Fishing Report MARCH 2022

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Zancudo Lodge Fishing Report January 24th 2022

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