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“Fun in the Sun....”

Wahoo Fishing & Tours
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Owner description: Get your Pura Vida... wet! Join us for near and/or offshore fishing, dolphin and snorkeling trips, a sunset tour, or a booze cruise. Whether you're a hard core fisherman/woman, or just want to get on the water, we will work with you to design the best trip possible. All trips include fresh tropical fruits, cold drinks (water and something harder) and the exclusive Wahoo cookies. Tours over 4 hours include sandwiches and vegies. Our captain, Pino, was born and raised in Puerto Viejo. He knows the southern Caribe like you know your living room... it is his living room. He will delight you with his humor as he coaches you in the ways of traditional line fishing. If the water's right, he'll dive and find you a langosta for dinner. Rods, reels, bait and tackle included, as well as snorkeling equipment. Boat equipped with GPS, fishfinder, bimini top, fresh water shower, and PFD's. Find us on the beach across from The Parquecito and Tex Mex in Puerto Viejo. Put the Wahoo in your Costa Rica vacation!
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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10 reviews
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“Fun in the Sun....”
Reviewed February 26, 2012

Ok so I have lived here for 8 and a half years and I was lucky enough to have some family visiting me. Which means I get to act like a tourist while they are here. So we decided to go out on a boat for a day. Janet and Pino where our guides that day and where super sweet and fun. Janet supplied nice snacks and refreshments to enjoy out on the high seas.......We are not fishing people so our purpose was just to enjoy the view. We were lucky enough to spot a huge family of Dolphins and lots of Pelicans flying over head. Pino is a magnet for fish he was doing some simple line on a spool fishing to catch some bait while we were enjoying the sun....and he caught SO MANY..wow. So I do recommend this trip for enjoying the water ...being on a boat and hanging out with some nice folks.....and if you want to catch some fish ...well Pino knows where to find them for sure.

Visited January 2012
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Janick2010, Owner at Wahoo Fishing & Tours, responded to this review, March 26, 2012
Thanks for the nice review, folks. We loved having you on the boat. Kind of wondered how you could be satisfied just watching us fish... but with that beautiful view, playful dolphins, warm sunshine, good music... hey, maybe I will just sit back and relax sometime too!!
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English first
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Not for the sports fisherman.”
Reviewed February 21, 2012

The boat is nice and safe, the captain did a nice job. The owner of the boat brought enough food to feed a small army.
The best part of the trip was free diving for lobster.
It's not for real sportsmen. What little equipment they have is in bad shape. The main fishing equipment they use is traditional hand lining, which is string tied to a small chunk of wood.
They did a nice job, but the fishing is very rudimentary. You need to bring your own equipment. They don't know how to target fish. It's more like hanging out with the owner and captain of the boat and they allow you to fish with them. It is not a charter, but the only option in the area.

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Janick2010, Owner at Wahoo Fishing & Tours, responded to this review, February 28, 2012
We appreciate it when guests take the time to review their experience with us; we use the feedback to improve where necessary. With this particular review we are a bit surprised at the evaluation of equipment, method, and services.

We provide quality rods, reels, lures and other tackle for our guest's use; and we do encourage willing guests to try the local method known as hand lining. For bait, our captain, Pino, will cast a net to catch sardines we'll use for trawling, or create a facsimile of a squid using a belly strip of a fresh fish, or in the case of bottom fishing, we use bait fish. On this day, our guest chose to bring his own equipment. With limited space on the boat, we left the majority of ours off to accommodate our guest. Pino's preferred method is a hand line, even with access to a dozen canes; he will always choose his balsa spool with simple monofilament line. In the old days, local fishermen used sewing thread, an interesting piece of nostalgia we shared with our guest. Though hand lining appears primitive, there's nothing quite like watching Pino bring in a 100 pound Tarpon on a light line.

When a guest indicates he/she wants a particular catch, we will do our best to provide the optimum opportunity. This guest wanted Dorado, a fish we informed him is only occasionally found here, and in much smaller numbers than on the Pacific. Pino knows this sea, every shoal, rock head, deep hole, and reef system from Cahuita to Gandoca. He can read currents, tides and wind patterns to know when to fish where and which bait, method or equipment to use. For this to be called rudimentary and without target is quite uninformed. At the end of the tour, we had filled a cooler with more than a dozen fish including red snapper, butterfish, king, spanish mackerel, jack and trigger, as well as 3 spiny lobster, demonstrating a diverse effort.

We strive to provide a safe, comfortable and pleasant experience for a broad continuum of guests. An ample cooler, friendly conversation, and discussion of the local culture and traditions are an effort to treat our guests to an experience they will not have elsewhere. For future guests, we encourage you to contact us directly to discuss your interests and expectations. We will be happy to help you plan a fishing (or snorkel or sight-seeing) trip that fits your experience level and interests. We are confident that we can satisfy the fisherman/woman who sets reasonable expectations for a fishing experience in the Southern Caribbean of Costa Rica.
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Awesome trip, even in rough seas!”
Reviewed January 11, 2012

My girlfriend, her father, and I went out with Nick, Janet, and Pino in late December and had a blast. We called Nick the night before and he warned us seas were high and we might not have much luck but said he was willing to go out if we still wanted to. We really apprecaited his honesty and are so glad we went out for the half day fishing trip. It was a little rough but we stayed pretty close to shore and were able to catch a couple small sharks and a few Jacks (I think thats what they called them). Really enjoyed trying hand line fishing for the first time too. After we got back (some great driving by Pino in a tricky harbor) Nick and Janet cleaned and cut the fish then made arrangments with a local restaurant owner to cook our catch for us for dinner! Nothing like cracking your first beer at 10am and fishing with some great people in Costa Rica! Thanks again guys!
-David, Mallory, and Rob

Visited December 2011
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Janick2010, Owner at Wahoo Fishing & Tours, responded to this review, March 26, 2012
David, thanks for taking the time to review your experience with us. We really enjoyed meeting you, your GF and The Dad. I thought of you today because the seas have calmed down to near glassy surface. I wish you were here to enjoy it. But, hey, that E-ticket ride was part of the adventure, wasn't it?! Hope you're all doing well, come see if us again!!
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McMinnville, Oregon
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“Outstanding fun on the beautiful Caribbean”
Reviewed January 9, 2012

From exotically beautiful Puerto Viejo, our hosts were fun, professional and knowledgeable. What made this trip so special was that Wahoo folks were willing to create a custom experience. The mid-tour surprise included fresh-baked cookies and sandwiches. We caught a slew of fish, saw dolphins, manta ray, and sea turtles! These folks really knew what they were doing! Be sure to bring sunscreen.

Visited January 2012
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Janick2010, Owner at Wahoo Fishing & Tours, responded to this review, March 26, 2012
Thank you for the nice review, and thank you especially for recognizing our efforts at creating a unique experience for you. When opening our business we decided early on that we did not move to a foreign land to get on a boat and drive in circles. We pride ourselves in sharing the culture of the people, the exotic beauty, and the diverse environment with our guests... oh yeah, we'll help you catch a whole lot of fish and try to make you happy too! We LOVE it when our guests open up, tell us what they'd like to do (be flexible if need be) and trust us to deliver a unique and personal experience. Pura Vida!
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant trip - best day out we could have wished for!”
Reviewed November 5, 2011

After several days of choppy seas, we thought we may not get our chance to get out to sea with Pino and Nick - but things improved, and we were off! We had an excellent day of fishing (caught a good sized yellow fin jack) and saw lots of dolphins, who seemed to enjoy the reggae music! Our main interest was to go freediving with Pino, to watch him catching octopus and lobster - it was incredible to see his skillful hunting, he ended up with at least 5 octopus, and a HUGE lobster! After a beer, snacks and more fishing, we headed home, and Nick invited us over for dinner that night, to enjoy our catch. We had a great evening at Nick and Janet's lovely home, and Pino cooked an incredible lobster and octopus pasta dish, which fed 12 guests! An unforgettable day with fabulous hosts - we'll remember it forever.

Visited October 2011
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