The Fred Hall Shows have been an important part of the Fishing, Hunting, Boating, and Outdoor Recreation Travel community in Southern California for almost three-quarters of a century. The 74th annual Fred Hall Show at the Long Beach Convention Center brought enormous joy to both exhibitors and attendees. Since then we have tried hard to produce the 44th annual Fred Hall Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Unfortunately due to the closure of the Del Mar Fairgrounds we are unable to keep our May dates and circumstances prevent us from being able to announce a firm new date at this time. We are determined to keep trying. Look for us to be back at the fairgrounds in the Fall. Stay updated at to find out more about “ Hall in the Fall”!

Costa Rica’s Special Fishing Flavor with FishingNosara

I’ve had the good fortune to visit Costa Rica several times.  It is one of the few countries in South America that really likes Americans.  You feel it when you are there.  The coffee is excellent, the cigars are excellent, the people are beautiful, the food is tasty and eclectic and the fishing is world-class.

Cubaera snapper Typically, you will fly into San Jose.  It is a beautiful city with lots of amenities, good hotels, good restaurants and easy transportation.  If you want to fish on the Atlantic side it is a more difficult proposition because of geography.  However, if you can get there the tarpon fishing can be spectacular.  But most folks will fish on the Pacific side where it is much easier to get around.  The entire West Coast offers fantastic fishing opportunities.  Some locations are easier to negotiate then others and there are many good fishing operations in Costa Rica.  One of the best, is FishingNosara.

FishingNosara offers complete Costa Rican Sportfishing packages.  Their Captains and crew are professional, courteous, English-speaking locals who know all the nuances of the local waters.  They use only top-of-the-line tackle and their boats are the best-equipped in the whole area.  Their onshore support staff provides all the essentials including food, water, ice, plastic bags for filets, sunscreen, transportation to the boats and much more.  Their friendly office staff allows you to conduct business in a safe and secure environment.

All of their fishing packages are personalized to the size of your group and the type of fishing you desire.  They offer first class airport transfers from San Jose and Liberia and Pura Vida style rentals through Nosara Paradise Rentals.

Nosara Paradise Rentals is a totally new concept in Costa Rica Vacation Rentals.  They offer all the full-service amenities of a first-class hotel (concierge, internet, laundry and cleaning, gardener, babysitting, pool, tours and guides, and much more) without compromising your privacy. Their collection of authentic Costa Rican “Pura Vida”-style homes sits on their own lots surrounded by dense landscape barriers to ensure your complete privacy and tranquility yet remain steps from the local business district.rooster

Located next to the Nature Preserve, their complex is an ecologist’s dream; from the monkeys sunning above the pool to the Pizotes wandering through the gardens. All of their vacation homes are equipped to make you feel right at home: ice-cold A/C, all kitchen appliances, utensils, microwave, blender, towels, linens, et cetera. They also have a complete support staff (gardener, concierge, cleaning and laundry services) available to ensure that your stay is trouble free.

The Nature Preserve and gardens guarantee your privacy, however just outside the gate is the thriving Guiones Beach business district. Excellent restaurants like the Zen Cafe, Soda Tico, Giardino Tropical, Casa Tucan, and Cafe de Paris are in the neighborhood and they are directly adjacent to the area’s newest convenience store. They offer guided Safari Tours as well as Safari cart and bicycle rentals which opens up the entire community to exploration…friendly locals, amazing ecology, and fantastic dining are all just outside your door at Nosara Paradise Rentals.

FishingNosara offers a wide array of fishing options from kayak river fishing, super Panga fishing to fighting blue marlin on their 31’ Sportfishing Battle Wagons.  They have the entry level Mates’ Package for three or the Captain’s Package for up to four anglers, the “fully loaded” Admrial’s Package for up to six anglers, a two-person Fishing Buddies Package, a Honeymoon Package, Eco-Adventure Package, Family Holiday Package and a Large Group Package.

The Nosara area is so good for fishing because of the 600-foot ledge bending in towards the beach. This underwater alley brings the blue water and its species of fish very close to the shore. This also holds the blue water species of fish in the Nosara area for the greater part of the year.

tuna This close proximity to the blue water shortens travel time and keeps their fishing rates low. Also, virtually none of your fishing time is wasted in transit…you can fish all day! This fertile fishing ground has little commercial pressure and the prevailing ocean currents bring lots of bait fish to the area.  Sailfish, blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin, dorado, tuna, roosterfish, cubera snapper, snook, wahoo, broomtail grouper and ciero mackerel are all part of the fishing mix at FishingNosara.

While most of the other sport fishing boats out are making the 50-mile run from Los Suenos to the South or 40 miles out of Flamingo and Tamarindo to get to the deep water, FishingNosara is about 6 miles from the best fishing in Costa Rica. These factors give you the angling experience of a lifetime at a reasonable cost with FishingNosara.

Stop by and visit the FishingNosara booth at the Fred Hall Shows in Long Beach and Del Mar.