Fundraising Auction of Sport Fishing and Sightseeing Trip to Costa Rica

Do you want to get away from the cold weather in Wisconsin this winter?  Here is a fantastic opportunity to do just that!  Bill Weege, a longtime Badger Fly Fishers member, has very generously donated a week long February 2020 sport fishing and sightseeing trip to Costa Rica for a fundraising auction.  Money raised from his donation will go in total to the Badger Fly Fishers and in turn will be used to support work on local cold and warm water resources and the fish that live in them.

2019 11 Nov Costa Rica hotel
Hotel Villas Nicolas

About the Trip:  The trip is scheduled for an arrival date of February 8, 2020 and a departure date of February 16, 2020 and is booked with Central America Fishing (CAF), the premier outfitter for fishing trips to Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, and Guatemala.  CAF has appeared on Fox Sports West’s No. 1 rated fishing show three times, has published articles in the Billfish Foundation magazine and is partners with King Sailfish Mounts and the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.  abe downs cropped #2 6419.jpg (2)The trip covers two people and the schedule for the trip is eight nights and nine days which includes travel days, two offshore fishing days, one inshore fishing day and three free days to relax at the beach, shop or set up a tour to see more of Costa Rica such as their Manuel Antonio National Park.  The boat for the offshore fishing days runs 20 to 30 miles offshore. The main target fish are sailfish, marlin, yellow-fin tuna, and mahi mahi.  December through April is both the dry season (summer) in 2019 11 Nov Costa Rica roosterfishCosta Rica and the peak fishing season, so this February trip is right in the middle of both of them!  The boat for the inshore fishing day stays within 1 to 2 miles of the coastline as you fish it North or South around the islands, reefs and river mouths.  The main target fish are snapper, grouper, jacks, snook, seabass, mackerel and of course the famous roosterfish!  The trip is valued at $5,613 USD and the complete 2019 11 Nov Costa Rica orange fishdetailed current itinerary can be found at this link.  Chris Atkins, the CAF owner and founder, will be happy to provide the details on additional tours and other activities that can be added to the current itinerary for the non-fishing days.  These items however are not included in the current package itinerary and therefore would be an additional expense.  Any changes to the current scheduled itinerary will need to be discussed directly with Chris who can be reached by phone toll free at (855) 414-FISH, ext. 13 or via email at  Here is an additional link for a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ’s).  The following is a summary outline of the trip:

  1. The trip package is valued at $5,613 USD and is for two people.
  2. What’s included: all transportation within Costa Rica as outlined in the current itinerary, hotel accommodations, breakfasts and three days of fishing which include all bait, conventional tackle, gas, lunch, and drinks (beer/water/soda).
  3. What’s excluded: international airfare to and from San Jose, Costa Rica, any changes to the current itinerary, fishing licenses ($15 per person), tips (fishing charter – $100 to $200 per day/per boat recommended – also see FAQ’s), lunches on non-fishing days and all dinners.
  4. Please review the current trip itinerary and frequently asked questions in detail and contact Chris directly at the contact information provided above with any questions. DISCLAIMER: the Badger Fly Fishers is not in the travel business so it cannot accept responsibility for any possible misinterpretations of the trip details or any liability.  Only Chris at CAF can explain the trip details and answer any questions related to this trip.

About the Auction:  The minimum bid for this fabulous trip is $1,500 and bids above the minimum need to be made in $100 increments.  Bids need to be submitted to the Badger Fly Fishers email address which is  Emailed bids will be acknowledged via an email response.  The current high bid and the bidder’s name (or initials if preferred) will be listed on the Badger Fly Fishers’ website on the home page ( midway down the page under the “WELCOME” banner.  The last chance and deadline to bid on this trip is Sunday, November 24th at 7:00 p.m.  On November 25th the winning bid will be announced and the winning bidder (or his/her representative) must be present at the next regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 25th to pay for the trip.  That meeting will be at the Maple Tree Restaurant in McFarland and begins at 7:00 p.m.  Payment can be made by check or credit card.  Credit card payments will incur an additional 3% charge to cover the credit card processing fees.  Best of luck at winning this amazing “bucket list item” destination trip!!!


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